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Escaping Migrants Sell What They Have: Their Bodies

A sailing yacht in the North Sea, August 15, 2020 (Photo by Ronnie Robertson) Creative Commons license via Flickr

What’s that in the distance? A yacht? Are you thinking, “Oh, those lucky wealthy people playing on their pleasure boat?” Well, you could be wrong. The people below decks are often migrants desperate to escape violence or natural disaster in their home countries.

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The Sprint to Harness Europe’s Offshore Winds

A wind farm offshore of Crosby Beach,Liverpool, Merseyside, England at sunset. June 18, 2017 (Photo by Tee Cee) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Europe invested a record amount in new offshore wind farms last year – €26.3 billion – despite the unexpected financial demands of the coronavirus pandemic. These fresh investments will finance 7.1 gigawatts of new offshore wind energy, enough to power 2.13 million homes. But that’s not many compared to the millions of homes in the EU’s future plans.

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Refugee Doctors Volunteer to Fight Virus

Medic tests a patient for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, at the Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain, March 18, 2020 (Photo by Hospital Clinic) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Doctors and nurses wearing surgical masks and gloves dash in and out of hospital rooms, working around the clock to register and check the symptoms of anxious patients filling up every space in the hallways of the Taleghani Hospital in Iran. Refugee nurse Moheyman Alkhatavi, 24, uses a long, cotton-tipped swab to collect cell samples from the nose of a frail, elderly man.

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Floating Turbines Turn Offshore Winds to Energy

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Paris-based wind power developer Eolfi forecasts as much as 16 gigawatts of floating wind energy could be installed off the coasts of France by 2040, if the French government issues commercial-scale tenders for the fast-emerging technology.

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Seven Brave Activists Win Goldman Environmental Prize

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The Goldman Environmental Foundation Monday announced seven recipients of the world’s largest award for grassroots environmental activists, the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize. The honor comes with a no-strings-attached award of US$175,000 per recipient.

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Carbon Pricing Gathers Momentum

Carbon Pricing Gathers Momentum

“There is a growing sense of inevitability about putting a price on carbon pollution,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on the eve of the April 22 signing ceremony at UN Headquarters of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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