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Plant of the Day
Tuesday 7 March 2017

Dramatic drifts of Crocus vernus (Dutch crocus, giant crocus, large-flowering crocus) cultivars include Crocus ‘Pickwick’ with large purple-striped flowers on a greyish-white background with orange stamens and stigma. These
herbaceous perennials grow from a corm, with linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe.

Jill Raggett

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Scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan to lose access to Elsevier journals
Libraries pursue alternative delivery routes after licence negotiations break down.

Thousands of scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan are preparing for a new year without online access to journals from the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier. Contract negotiations in both Germany and Taiwan broke down in December, while Peru’s government has cut off funding for a licence.

“It’s very unpleasant,” says Horst Hippler, spokesperson for the DEAL consortium of state-funded universities and research organizations, which is overseeing negotiations in Germany. “But we just cannot accept what Elsevier has proposed so far.”

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Oil and Mining Giants Detail Road Map to Reduce Carbon by Half

A group of companies and non-profit agencies that includes energy giants Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BHP Billiton said global greenhouse gas emissions could be cut in half by 2040 without impeding economic development, in part by converting grids to use mostly renewable power.

The declining costs of wind, solar and batteries will make it possible within 15 years to build power networks that get as much as 90 percent of their power from renewable sources while providing electricity at a cost that’s competitive with fossil-fuels, according to a report released Tuesday by the Energy Transitions Commission, a group of energy companies, investors and non-profit organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute.

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The study’s details will be outlined Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit in New York and presents a road map toward meeting the Paris climate agreement aimed at keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius. It comes as U.S. President Donald Trump is weighing whether to meet a campaign promise of pulling out of the Paris accord.

“The really good news is the potential on renewable electricity,” Adair Turner, chairman of the Energy Transitions Commission, said in an interview. “It is really credible to say we can decarbonize electricity.”

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Converting grids to green power and running cars and heating buildings on electricity would account for half of the emission cuts outlined in the report, which details how to slash carbon from 36 gigatonnes a year to 20 gigatonnes by 2040. The group said governments and companies must boost investments in hydrogen, bioenergy, waste heat and carbon-capture technologies, which would reduce emissions in aviation, shipping and heavy industries.

Fossil fuel use will also need to fall by 30 percent by 2040 as energy-efficiency measures accelerate to meet international climate goals, according to the report.

The group said policies including putting a price on carbon, phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, and encouraging more research into low-carbon technologies will be needed to hit the targets, along with more public investment in transport and city infrastructure.

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Investments will also need to shift, including a $3.7 trillion reduction in spending on fossil fuels, a $6 trillion increase for low-carbon technologies and a $9 trillion boost for energy-efficient equipment and buildings.

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I’m laughing so hard at this Dutch show where they’re trying to trick scammers (rich fake relative and nigerian prince scam stuff) they’re just calling and emailing them back feeding the same type of story and making it more and more soap opera dramatic as they go along. 

They met up with one of the scammers who believes this is a rich guy and his cheating girlfriend, bringing a giant dutch cheese wheel as a gift “it’s a typical Dutch thing to show that you trust someone" 

The actor is just crying on his shoulder about his relationship problems now and he looks so confused. "It’s all about shopping and partying she’s just with me for my money.”

They got another one to record himself wearing a red hat singing the “Dutch national anthem” because traditions are important, and it’s just a song where he’s trying to sing in Dutch “you lied to me as if I were a child, believed that I was completely blind, honey tell me do you think that you can handle me.”