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The Netherlands Is Considering a Ban on Selling Gas-Powered Cars in the Next 10 Years
Environment  (tags: netherlands, gasoline, car, ban, proposal, 2025 )

- 6 days ago -
Gasoline-powered cars may soon be a thing of the past. But the Netherlands wants to get there quicker. The Dutch government is debating the possibility of banning new gas and diesel cars from 2025.
Kyrgyzstan President: 'Women in Mini Skirts Don't Become Suicide Bombers'
World  (tags: kyrgyzstan, women, rights, clothing, islam, extremism )

- 10 days ago -
Speaking at a press conference last week, President Atambayev attacked those in his country, where 80% of the population is Muslim, who are critical of women who wear more revealing outfits.
Kenny Baker, Actor Behind R2-D2, Dies
Society & Culture  (tags: kenny baker, star wars, r2-d2, droid, actor, dead )

- 10 days ago -
The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 83 after a long illness. Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in (112 cm) tall, shot to fame in 1977 when he first played the robot character.
Earth's Resources Used Up at Quickest Rate Ever in 2016
Environment  (tags: earth, resources, use, depletion, record )

- 16 days ago -
In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year's allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air - the quickest rate yet, according to a new report.
Leaked TTIP Energy Proposal Could 'Sabotage' EU Climate Policy
Environment  (tags: global warming, climate change, climate policy, free trade, ttip, eu, usa )

- 43 days ago -
EU proposal on a free trade deal with the US could curb energy saving measures and a planned switch to clean energy.
We Just Broke the Record for Hottest Year, Nine Straight Times
Environment  (tags: climate, change, global warming, hottest year, record )

- 43 days ago -
2014 and 2015 each set the record for hottest calendar year since we began measuring surface temperatures over 150 years ago, and 2016 is almost certain to break the record once again.
Dinosaurs Killed Off By 'One-Two Punch' of Climate Change and Asteroid Strike
Animals  (tags: dinosaurs, extinction, global warming, climate change, volcanoes, asteroid )

- 48 days ago -
Demise caused by two periods of global warming - the first sparked by volcanic eruptions and the second by the cosmic impact
Rare Dinosaur-Era Bird Wings Found Trapped in Amber
Animals  (tags: birds, dinosaurs, amber, find, feathers, wings, claws, skin, burma )

- 55 days ago -
Two tiny wings entombed in amber reveal that plumage (the layering, patterning, coloring, and arrangement of feathers) seen in birds today already existed in at least some of their predecessors nearly a hundred million years ago.
Outrage, Threats in Response to Quebec City Pit Bull Ban
Animals  (tags: pitbull, ban, canada, quebec, outrage )

- 64 days ago -
The Quebec City ban will force current pit bull owners to get rid of their dogs by the end of the year, or face escalating fines.
Barrier Reef Rodent Is First Mammal Declared Extinct Due to Climate Change
Environment  (tags: bramble cay melomys, great barrier reef, extinct, climate change, australia, rodent )

- 69 days ago -
University of Queensland and Queensland Government researchers have confirmed that the Bramble Cay melomys - the only mammal species endemic to the Great Barrier Reef - is the first mammal to go extinct due to human-induced climate change.
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