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Volunteer Recap: A Bumpy (And Itchy) Ride Through Tanzania

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 05:43

Nick Stadlberger, a medical student at Dartmouth, spent a month volunteering at Muhimbili Hospital in Dar es Salaam. The scariest moment, he says, was when he boarded a dala dala bus.

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Mail apologises to George Clooney

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 05:39
The Mail Online apologises to US actor George Clooney after publishing a story claiming his fiancee's mother opposes their marriage.

Missing teen twins 'now in Syria'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 05:31
Police searching for missing twin teenage girls from Manchester believe the pair are now in Syria.

Second 'suspected spy' in Germany

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 05:28
Prosecutors in Germany search the home of a defence ministry employee suspected of spying, in the second such case in a week.

Brazil Reels From Thrashing That Bounced It From World Cup

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 05:19

To say Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany stunned the host country would risk giving the impression that its fans aren't feeling intense pain at this defeat.

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Big rigs get environmental overhaul

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-09 05:03

Head on down to the Port of Long Beach on any given day, stand alongside the hundreds of big rigs meandering from harbors to Southern California's freeways and take a deep breath. Every truck that rolls by coughs out a little whiff of diesel exhaust.

"We still suffer from the worst air quality in the nation," says Dr. Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer for Science and Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, "and that means that our residents are not breathing healthful air about a third of the year." 

Miyasato identifies diesel engines as a major contributor to toxic air -- not just in Long Beach, but across the country. And in addition to delivering asthma and lung cancer, old-fashioned dirty big-rigs eat up $150 billion in fuel every year.

The good news is manufacturers like Cummins and Peterbilt are working on new trucks that are 50% more energy-efficient.

Dr. Mark Duvall at the Electric Power Research Institute says companies like Staples are experimenting with electric delivery trucks. Staples can expect to pay $30,000 more for an electric truck, but recoup that expense in maintenance after about three years.

"You can actually take the combustion engine and it’s not even in the equation," says Duvall. "You get rid of the transmission, the fuel tank, all the emission systems. And so you you save quite a bit of cost and weight and you make a much simpler vehicle."

Researchers have identified various new technologies that would yield significant energy savings if implemented.

"We would be cutting the projected fuel use by 1.4 million barrels of oil per day," says Dr. Dave Cooke, a Vehicles Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists. "And that corresponds to about 270 million metric tons of greenhouse gasses.”

The Department of Energy is pushing truck manufacturers to bring these tech innovations to market as soon as possible, through an initiative called SuperTruck.

"I think you will see these technologies migrate to the market quite quickly," says Patrick Davis, Director of the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. "The cost of shipping is directly added to the cost of goods and services delivered. So as you lower the cost of shipping, you would expect the cost of those goods and services to go down."

Those savings aren’t due until 2017, when tighter emissions rules go into effect. But some truck manufacturers are already getting a jump on that deadline by rolling out small improvements one by one, three years ahead of schedule.

Big rigs get environmental overhaul

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-09 05:03

Head on down to the Port of Long Beach on any given day, stand alongside the hundreds of big rigs meandering from harbors to Southern California's freeways and take a deep breath. Every truck that rolls by coughs out a little whiff of diesel exhaust.

"We still suffer from the worst air quality in the nation," says Dr. Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer for Science and Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, "and that means that our residents are not breathing healthful air about a third of the year." 

Miyasato identifies diesel engines as a major contributor to toxic air -- not just in Long Beach, but across the country. And in addition to delivering asthma and lung cancer, old-fashioned dirty big-rigs eat up $150 billion in fuel every year.

The good news is manufacturers like Cummins and Peterbilt are working on new trucks that are 50% more energy-efficient.

Dr. Mark Duvall at the Electric Power Research Institute says companies like Staples are experimenting with electric delivery trucks. Staples can expect to pay $30,000 more for an electric truck, but recoup that expense in maintenance after about three years.

"You can actually take the combustion engine and it’s not even in the equation," says Duvall. "You get rid of the transmission, the fuel tank, all the emission systems. And so you you save quite a bit of cost and weight and you make a much simpler vehicle."

Researchers have identified various new technologies that would yield significant energy savings if implemented.

"We would be cutting the projected fuel use by 1.4 million barrels of oil per day," says Dr. Dave Cooke, a Vehicles Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists. "And that corresponds to about 270 million metric tons of greenhouse gasses.”

The Department of Energy is pushing truck manufacturers to bring these tech innovations to market as soon as possible, through an initiative called SuperTruck.

"I think you will see these technologies migrate to the market quite quickly," says Patrick Davis, Director of the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. "The cost of shipping is directly added to the cost of goods and services delivered. So as you lower the cost of shipping, you would expect the cost of those goods and services to go down."

Those savings aren’t due until 2017, when tighter emissions rules go into effect. But some truck manufacturers are already getting a jump on that deadline by rolling out small improvements one by one, three years ahead of schedule.

Snowden wants to extend Russia stay

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 05:00
US whistleblower Edward Snowden has officially asked to extend his stay in Russia after his visa expires on 31 July, his lawyer tells the BBC.

Cameron hints at abuse law change

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 04:56
Prime Minister David Cameron tells MPs "it may well be time" to change the law to enforce mandatory reporting of child abuse.

Groves targets world title by 2015

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 04:51
George Groves believes he could be WBC super-middleweight champion by the end of the year if he beats Christopher Rebrasse.

Duggan family bid to quash verdict

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 04:46
The family of Mark Duggan start a legal challenge to have an inquest jury's verdict of lawful killing quashed.

Clooney slams 'irresponsible' Mail

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 04:29
US actor George Clooney accuses the Daily Mail of "irresponsibility" after it claimed his fiancee's mother opposes their marriage on religious grounds.

Bakery site sold to new company

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 04:18
A bakery in Newport which was threatened with closure has been sold, its owners confirm.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 04:16
The PM says the government is considering making it mandatory to report child abuse.

Vatican bank chief to step down

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 04:11
The president of the Vatican bank is to be replaced by a French financier as part of a restructuring of the Church's central government.

David Beckham eyed in new tax probe

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 04:11
Some of the biggest names in business, sport and entertainment are due to be sent new tax demands, when HMRC gets new powers later this month.

Brazil in shock at World Cup rout

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 04:08
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff urges the country to "bounce back" after its devastating 7-1 World Cup defeat against Germany.

VIDEO: PM: Time to legislate on strike ballots

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 04:06
The Conservatives will have a manifesto commitment over strike ballots by unions, David Cameron tells MPs.

Immigrants Sending Money Back Home Face Fewer Options

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 04:03

The giant remittances economy has been expanding for years. Facing tighter regulations, big banks are nixing services that let people send money across borders.

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Israel and Hamas attacks intensify

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 03:57
Palestinian militants fire more rockets at Israeli cities after Israel carries out dozens of air strikes on Gaza, amid intensifying hostilities.
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