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NSA Chief Says China Is Capable of Shutting Down Entire U.S. Power Grid With Cyber Attack

Admiral Michael Rogers is the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command. Speaking to the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday (November 20), Rogers said that China and “one or two” other countries currently possess the ability to shut down the entire U.S. power grid, as well as other critical infrastructure. Rogers told the congressional panel that his agencies had detected malware in China capable of breaking into the computer networks of major power companies and other critical systems. “It enables

Why Hundreds of Australian Climate Change Activists Just Buried Their Heads In the Sand

Photo Credit: David Gray/Reuters

Yesterday (November 13) was an interesting day on Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Someone walking along the beach yesterday would have seen 400 people with their heads buried in the sand. These people were climate activists, and they were mocking Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s stance on climate change. Specifically, the protest aimed to criticize the Australian government for not putting climate change on the agenda of the upcoming G20 summit that will take place in the country this weekend. The G20 summit is an

Russia and China Just Signed A $400 Billion Gas Deal. What Does It Mean For Global Affairs?

On May 21st of this year, China and Russia signed an enormous gas deal, worth an estimated $400 billion. The agreement calls for Russia’s government-controlled Gazprom to supply state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation with up to 38 billion cubic metres of gas a year over the span of 30 years, beginning in 2018. On November 10th, China and Russia struck a second agreement that deepened their budding energy ties. The new deal lessens Russian reliance on Europe and secures almost a fifth of the gas supplies China

Chinese Officials Busted For Illegal Ivory Trade During Presidential Trip to Africa

Chinese investors call it “White Gold.” Carvers and collectors prefer the term “Organic Gemstone.” Smugglers, however, provide the most poignant and telling (not to mention chilling) name: “Bloody Teeth.” Critics say the Chinese government is not doing enough to stem the illicit ivory trade, which has exploded in the five years since conservationists and governments agreed to a program of limited ivory sales in an attempt to stifle poaching. Many are now going so far as to blame China for not only allowing

Xinhua Reports That More than 40 percent of China’s Arable Land Is Degraded

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On Tuesday (11/4), Xinhua (China’s state news agency) reported that more than 40% of China’s arable (farmable) land is suffering from degradation, seriously reducing the country’s ability to produce the massive amounts of food necessary to sustain the world’s biggest population.  Degraded land typically includes soil suffering from reduced fertility, erosion, and changes in acidity, as well as the effects of climate change and damage from pollutants. This is not a surprise when you consider that China has been one of our planet’s heaviest

Poorer Nations Are Growing Renewables Nearly Twice as Fast as Richer Ones

According to a new study from Climatescope, developing nations are far outpacing developed ones when it comes to the installation of new renewable energy infrastructure. The study monitored 55 developing countries, including emerging economies like China, Brazil, South Africa, India and Kenya, and found that between the years of 2008-2013, developing nations saw 143% growth in renewable energy, versus only 84% in developed countries. The Climatescope project was originally put together in 2012 by Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance division, the U.K. Government Department for International

Perspective: 50,000 People Once Lived In 0.0102 Sq. Miles In China (Pictures)

No that’s not a typo. The Kowloon Walled City was a collection of 300+ interconnected high-rise buildings constructed without the guidance of a single architect or engineer. The city was also ungoverned by any health or safety standards. The Walled City was initially built as a Chinese military fort but became an enclave in 1898 while China was under British occupation. The population of the city ballooned after the Japanese took control of Hong Kong during World War II. The

Hong Kong’s Leader: We Have Too Many Poor People to Allow Direct Elections

Since the end of last month, hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest the Chinese government’s attempts to maintain its stranglehold on political authority there. In 2017, Hong Kong is set to choose a new chief executive in the first ever democratic election for that position (all the chief executives up to now have been directly appointed by the Chinese government). The only problem: Beijing wants the power to “vet” any and all candidates for

This 3-D Printer Uses Mud to Print Homes for People In Impoverished Areas (Video)

Worldwide, about 100 million people are homeless. Another 863 million people are living in slums and other substandard conditions. That’s nearly a billion people living with unacceptably inadequate housing. The rapid development of 3-D printing technology is already starting to play a role in lowering these numbers. Earlier this year, the Chinese company WinSun showed off their new 3-D printer by printing 10 complete homes in just 24 hours: Unfortunately, 3-D printers like the one above are bulky and costly to transport, and materials like concrete are

This Futuristic Air Umbrella Forms An Invisible Shield to Keep You Dry (Video)

The umbrella is an ancient innovation. The first written record of a collapsible umbrella dates all the way back to 21 AD – it was included as part of a ceremonial carriage for a Chinese emperor. The umbrella’s design is simple and functional, which is why it has remained relatively unchanged for 2,000 years. But a research and development team from Nanjing, China may have just taken the next step in umbrella evolution: they created an umbrella that uses air to protect you

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