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Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, named secretary of Energy

 12/15/2016 - 05:58
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The oil and gas industry is quickly amassing power in Trump's Washington, according to The Washington Post.

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The former Texas governor has questioned the scientific consensus on climate change and has defended oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. EFE / ALBIN LOHR-JONES / POOL

Fast Track

 12/14/2016 - 03:30
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Will the US get a high-speed rail network like in Europe or Japan? Not in the near future, but some meaning progress has been made.

With a mix of privately funded projects and upgrades to what already exists, America’s trains are finally set to speed up in the near future, reports City Lab.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 3:11am
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Clean Air Gates

 12/13/2016 - 03:58
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Bill Gates is afraid that the new Donald Trump Administration won't take climate change and emissions reduction as a priority. Therefore, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft announced on Monday the start of a fund to invest in transformative energy research and development to reduce carbon emissions. 

Mr. Gates’s new investment fund, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, is intended to capitalize on the government-backed research through partnerships with other research and academic institutions.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 3:33am
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Bill and Melinda Gates during their visit to the Oslo Opera House in June 2009. Photo: Kjetil Ree/Commons Wikimedia

La renovación del American Legion Playground abre una nueva etapa para los parques de la ciudad.

 12/12/2016 - 19:41
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La presidenta de la Comisión de Parques y Recreación de Filadelfia, Kathryn Ott Lovell, presidió ayer junto al Concejal Bobby Henon y varios miembros de la comunidad, la ceremonia inaugural del American Legion Playground, en el noreste de Filadelfia,en motivo de la finalización de las obras de renovación recientes.

La modernización del parque es fruto de las continuadas quejas por parte de los habitantes de la ciudad, no solo del noreste, que lamentan la falta de espacio para que los niños puedan jugar y aprender.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 8:26am
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Updates to American Legion Playground: A Sign of More Parks to Come

 12/12/2016 - 19:30
City of Philadelphia and the Department of Parks & Recreation

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell initiated a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Councilman Bobby Henon and community members at American Legion Playground in Northeast Philadelphia to celebrate the completion of recent renovations.

This is coming off the heels of several criticisms through the city, not just the Northeast, that children need places to play and learn in the area.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 8:26am
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City of Philadelphia and the Department of Parks & Recreation

La Última Calada

 12/12/2016 - 03:57

 

 

EFE / Agencias. Con toda una vida dedicada a la elaboración artesanal de tabaco, Wallace Reyes no le da más de "quince o veinte" años de existencia a una industria que ha marcado la historia de la ciudad de Tampa (EE.UU.), en la costa oeste de Florida y que llegó a ser llamada la "capital mundial del puro".

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Monday, December 12, 2016 - 3:31am
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El museo de historia de Tampa tiene una sección dedicada a la industria tabaquera. La ciudad llegó a llamarse Cigar City. Photo: Christopher Collins/Wikimedia Commons

The Last Puff

 12/12/2016 - 03:50
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Tampa was once dubbed "Cigar City", but its last cigar factory is about to disappear, like Fidel Castro, the most iconic cigar smoker, did last week.

Among those most worried about the future of the city is Eric Newman, whose family has been making 31 brands of cigars, including Cuesta-Rey, Diamond Crown and La Unica, for three generations, reports The Washington Post.
For 121 years, the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has produced millions of cigars and shipped them worldwide, while the rest of 149 surrounding factories shuttered their doors or outsourced overseas. 

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 Part of the walk through Cigar City display at the Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Christopher Collins/Wikimedia Commons

Sea Blades

 12/12/2016 - 03:24
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Wind power accounts for about five percent of all electricity generation in the nation, but a new project aims to change that. A $300 million installation off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, takes the renewable energy technology out to sea.

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Monday, December 12, 2016 - 3:08am
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Offshore windmills near Copenhagen (Denmark). In Denmark, offshore wind turbines, combined with land-based turbines already provide 40 percent of the country’s electricity. Photo: WIKIMEDIA

Spartan Diet

 12/09/2016 - 03:24
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While president-elect, Donald Trump, wants to cancel an order to build a new model of the Air Force One, arguing that it would cost more than $4,000 milion, a small Latin-American country like Uruguay is debating if it really needs a presidential plane:  

For the last two years, Uruguay’s President Tabaré Vázquez has been trying to acquire a presidential plane to travel abroad, but the Audit Court has recently rejected the purchase process because only one company submitted a bid.

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Friday, December 9, 2016 - 3:12am
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President-elect, Donald Trump, announced the need to cancel an order to build a new model of the Air Force One, that would cost more than $4,000 milion, as he said. EFE/Kevin Dietsch

Fuel friendly

 12/08/2016 - 05:53
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President-elect Donald J. Trump once called Climate Change "a Chinese Hoax". He has promised to boost the national mining industry and help coal to come back again, despite pollution and environmental hazards it may cause. And he has threatened to dismantle President Obama's effort to counter climate change.

So, it felt normal yesterday when he announced that he has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, or the E.P.A.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 5:39am
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Donald Trump named Scott Pruitt, a Climate Change denialist, to lead the E.P.A. EFE/John Taggart

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Guatemalan indigenous leader Rodrigo Tot poses during an interview with EFE in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Apr. 24, 2017. EFE/Esteban Biba
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Rodrigo Tot, born in central Guatemala during the mining boom of the 1960s, spent much of his 59 years in a tenacious battle against the mining industry in the Lake Izabal region.