China

Regional Grid Operators Weigh in on Resilience

Regional grid operators filed comments on efforts to enhance the resilience of the bulk power system in a proceeding initiated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) after rejecting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants. The comments by the nation’s federally overseen regional transmission…

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Complicated Economics Challenging Nuclear

Speaking at the International Petroleum Week conference in London on Wednesday, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol voiced concerns that the United States and Europe aren’t investing enough in nuclear power, while China is charging ahead. “China is coming back strong. Today there are about 60 nuclear power plants under construction and more…

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“Catching air”: Measuring the amount of indoor air pollution we breathe and how it impacts our health

Household air pollution from inefficient cooking and heating with solid fuels (e.g., wood, coal) causes millions of deaths each year. Improving the stoves and fuels people use can potentially reduce exposures to pollution and improve health. This photo essay portrays household air pollution and its impacts on cardiovascular health in rural Chinese communities in the Tibetan Plateau mountains, and the field-work activities of an international team trying to study it….

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China Announces Long-Awaited Carbon Market Plan

China, the world’s top polluter, unveiled plans for an emissions trading scheme on Tuesday. This carbon market, which would allow facilities to trade credits for the right to emit planet-warming greenhouse gases, would initially start with China’s power sector. It would include approximately 1,700 utilities that each emit more than 26,000 tons of carbon a year—adding up to more than 3 billion…

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Air Pollution Now Top Environmental Health Risk

New analysis from the World Health Organization (WHO) links exposure to air pollution to roughly 7 million deaths annually. The report confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest environmental health risk. It estimates 4.3 million people died in 2012—mainly due to cooking inside with coal or wood stoves. Another 3.7 million died from outdoor pollution, including…

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February 15, 2014: California’s Drought, Inside the Human Brain, a 1,000 Mile Desert Trek and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below!   Hour 1 – Inspired by Wilfred Thesiger, long distance…

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Bumblebees Can Fly Higher Than Mount Everest, Scientists Find

Talk about a high-altitude buzz. Bumblebees may be capable of scaling Earth’s tallest peaks, flying higher than Mount Everest, according to new research. It’s difficult for most insects and birds to fly at extremely high altitudes where the air is thin and oxygen is scarce. Flapping wings push against the air to generate lift, and…

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Elephants in the Media: A Conversation with Melissa Groo

Since 2001, elephant conservationist Melissa Groo has been managing the Save the Elephants listserv, a free news service that disseminates daily news about elephants from around the world. Save The Elephants (STE) is a Kenya-based international conservation organization founded by preeminent scientist Iain Douglas-Hamilton, who has been working across Africa on behalf of elephants since…

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January 12, 2014: Climbing Buildings, Hunting Poachers and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 – Alex Honnold has made a name for himself…

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Mercury Reduction in Xinjiang’s Gold Mines: Fieldnotes from an Eco-entrepreneur

Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASM) continues to be a major user of metallic mercury worldwide. During the past six months the National Geographic Air and Water Fund for China has supported an applied research project with Dr. Lanhai Li based at the Xinjiang Institute of Geography and Ecology (a Chinese Academy of Sciences institute)…

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Cool Photos: While China’s Jade Rabbit Sleeps, NASA Watches Overhead

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has snapped an image of both the Chinese lander and the hibernating Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, rover sitting among the craters on the surface of the moon. (Related: “Cool Video: Watch HD Footage of China’s Historic Moon Rover Landing.”) Although the six-wheeled robotic geologist is only a scant 5 feet…

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