Solar power: Cheap illumination’s benefits in remote areas may be limited | The Economist

www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21722156-does-light-equal-enlightenment-cheap-illuminations-benefits-remote-areas-may?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/solarpowercheapilluminationsbenefitsinremote…
FOR sunny places not connected to the electricity grid, the falling price of solar panels and LED lighting promises a bright future. No more smoky, lung-damaging kerosene lamps. Greater security and safety. More ways to connect with the world—even if that involves only something as simple as being able to charge a mobile phone. And, above all, the chance to work or study into the evening and thus improve both a family’s immediate economic circumstances and its children’s future prospects.

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts | Environment | The Guardian

www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts?CMP=twt_gu
It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.

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