The Daily Populous

Tuesday August 21st, 2018 evening edition

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China, the world’s largest source of planet-warming carbon emissions, may have hit the peak it promised in the Paris climate accord well before its 2030 timetable.

That’s the conclusion reached by scientists who looked at the country’s estimated carbon output between 2007 and 2016, as the country’s rapid industrialization slowed and its consumption of coal declined.

Guan and his colleagues estimate Chinese emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases topped out in 2013 at about 9.5 billion tons.

The numbers declined to about 9.2 billion tons in 2016, the last year of the study.

After nearly three decades of rapid growth, China passed the United States to become the world’s largest source of carbon emissions in 2006.

The Chinese experience can show those large, still-developing nations that they too can bring prosperity to their people without an outsized carbon footprint. “

Even if China hasn’t hit its peak emissions already, it’s still expected to hit that goal and most likely hit it early, Li said. »

Twenty-two states ask U.S. appeals court to reinstate 'net neutrality' rules

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The new rules took effect in early June but major providers have made no changes in internet access.

Governors in six states have signed executive orders on net neutrality, while three states have enacted net neutrality legislation.

They argue “the absence of open internet rules jeopardizes the ability to reduce load in times of extreme energy grid stress. »

TELEVISION; The Case of the Game-Show Ploy

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Its star is the redheaded master criminal, Carmen Sandiego, a spy-turned-thief who leads a gang of outlaws.

A set of cartoon crooks was invented, and new questions were written to include more humor and more material about history and culture.

Gabe Kaplan played a remedial student who returned to his alma mater to teach in "Welcome Back, Kotter" (1975-79; ABC). »

Ice Confirmed at the Moon's Poles

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At the southern pole, most of the ice is concentrated at lunar craters, while the northern pole's ice is more widely, but sparsely spread.

M3, aboard the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, launched in 2008 by the Indian Space Research Organization, was uniquely equipped to confirm the presence of solid ice on the Moon.

Most of the newfound water ice lies in the shadows of craters near the poles, where the warmest temperatures never reach above minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit. »

37 dead as measles cases spike in Europe

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The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died.

The U.N. agency’s European office said Monday more than 41,000 measles cases were reported in the region during the first half of the year — more than in all 12-month periods so far this decade.

The U.N. agency on Monday called for better surveillance of the disease and increased immunization rates to prevent measles from becoming endemic. »