Sunday, 30 April 2017

Re-inhabitation of Small Town America

A lot of small villages in the USA didn't grow for more than 50 years. They became forgotten Small Towns, Shitvilles.....However they are now discovered by people from the large cities. Waterville, Mississippi is a nice example.

Less than a decade ago, Water Valley, Mississippi was a forgotten small town: there were 18 empty storefronts lining it’s four-block Main Street and plenty of decaying homes for sale. Located only twenty miles from the University of Mississippi and the pricey town of Oxford , it was well-placed for revival.
 In 2002, the first new inhabitants came from Oxford. They were early pioneers in the effort to rehabilitate the old 19th Century railroad town- turning their former drugstore into the Bozarts art gallery, but it took the formation of a community to create real change.
Water Valley is 3,500 people with a four-block long downtown. Since 2002 the  team has been instrumental in bringing 88 new jobs to downtown. Adding 26 new businesses. Fixing buildings, more major renovations in 29 buildings. Adding 14 upper floor apartments. In that new business mix they have added four new restaurants, three art galleries, one grocery store, one doctor’s office and one brewery.”

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Solar Power world leaders

China is now the largest producer of solar energy in the world. But neighbouring India is no less ambitious when it comes to renewable energy. The country has just put the world’s largest solar power plant into service. The Adani Group’s new site in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu covers an area of 10 square kilometers and has a capacity of 648 megawatts (MW). This is nearly 100 MW more than the previous record-holder, the Topaz Solar Farm in California.
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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Volcanic eruption captured by drones in Guatemala

Violent volcanic eruptions in Guatemala have been captured by drones for the first time.

A team of scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge flew the unmanned vehicles 3,700m (12139ft) over the Volcan de Fuego, which erupts every three to four weeks.

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Geological Brexit

The UK has now started the formal process of leaving the EU, but scientists say they have evidence of a much earlier "Brexit".

They have worked out how a thin strip of land that once connected ancient Britain to Europe was destroyed. The researchers believe a large lake overflowed 450,000 years ago, damaging the land link, then a later flood fully opened the Dover Strait.

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Floods and mudflows in Colombia

Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing onto houses killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents, some in their pajamas, scrambling to evacuate. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks onto buildings and roads in the capital of southwestern Putumayo province and immobilising cars in several feet of mud in the early hours of Saturday morning.