October 27, 2011

Bolivian President Evo Morales     Photo: Sebastian Baryli/Flickr

Bolivian President Nixes Amazon Road

Morales responds to indigenous pressure

Bolivian President Evo Morales has killed a plan to build a road through a section of the Amazon and on Tuesday signed a law preventing any future highway construction in the area. The Tipnis territory, the proposed site of the road, is home to a group of Indigenous people, some 2,000 of whom marched 375 miles to reach the capital in protest. The road would have connected Bolivia to both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Read more at the BBC

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Flood relief, Thailand     Photo: DVIDSHUB/Flickr

Bangkok Flooding Worsens, Crisis Nears

City center threatened as airport floods

The worst flooding in Thailand's history has breached a dike at one of Bangkok's two main airports and threatens to inundate downtown Bangkok. Residents of the city's northern neighborhoods, parts of which are under several feet of water, are being evacuated. Bangkok's mayor has warned that up to five feet of water could inundate the downtown area this weekend as sea levels rise and imperil hundreds of thousands of the city's nine million residents. Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport is still operating.

Read more at the Washington Post

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Moab Rim     Photo: Steven Damron/Flickr

Champion Skydiver's Body Found in Utah

Man missing near Moab since summer

A hiker on Sunday found the body of a champion skydiver who went missing in southern Utah this summer. David Brown, 37, was found in rugged terrain hundreds of feet below the Moab Rim. Brown, who had been working as a skydiving instructor, disappeared from his home in Moab on June 29. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Brown was a former national skydiving champion and world record holder with more than 30,000 jumps to his credit.

Read more at the Salt Lake Tribune

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Geothermal in Iceland     Photo: Bill Ward's Brickpile/flickr

Geothermal Reserves Greater Than Coal

New maps of U.S. indicate huge potential

A Google-funded study released on Tuesday indicates that the United States is sitting on geothermal energy reserves 10-times larger than the current output of the country's coal-fired power plants. Southern Methodist University's Geothermal Lab has produced new geothermal energy maps, which are now available via a Google search, showing massive areas of untapped geothermal activity in regions previously considered unsuitable for energy production. The report mapped only reserves that are available with current drilling technology. The country's total capacity is around three million megawatts.

Read more at Discovery News

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