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Costa Rica has successfully ditched fossil fuels for over two months! 

The Latin American country of Costa Rica has achieved an impressive milestone in green energy production by generating 100 per cent of its energy from renewable resources, with a combination of hydropower and geothermal for 75 days in a row.

Thanks to the favorable rainy conditions in the first months of the year, four of Costa Rica’s hydropower plants — Arenal, Cachí, La Angostura and Pirrís — are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. Using a mix of geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, the nation of 5 million inhabitants hasn’t needed an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on since December of 2014.

What an extraordinary effort by a small nation! Way to go!

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China may have achieved a seemingly impossible renewable energy goal, putting the US to shame

  • President Trump may not be interested in renewable energy or the Paris Agreement, but that’s not stopping other parts of the world.
  • China, long ridiculed for its air pollution and use of fossil fuels, may quickly outpace the U.S. when it comes to clean energy.
  • A test run in the nation’s Qinghai Province foreshadows that future:
  • China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency claims that more than 5 million residents lived completely off of wind energy, solar energy and hydropower for seven consecutive days.
  • The amount of energy allegedly used in the test run is equivalent to a whopping 535,000 tons of coal, the news report said.
  • About 72% of the energy came from hydro power plants during the project, which started on June 17 and ended at midnight on June 23. Read more (6/27/17)

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Renewable energy had its best year yet

A new report has found that renewable energy power capacity around the world grew more in 2015 than in any other year in  history. A majority of the new additions to sources of renewable energy in the power sector came through wind, solar and hydropower. And that’s good news for those down on their luck.

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theguardian.com
Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone
Zero emission milestone reached as country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours
By Arthur Neslen

“Watson said: “The age of inflexible and polluting technologies is drawing to an end and power will increasingly be provided from clean, renewable sources.”

50 PICKUP LINES THAT WORK 108% OF THE TIME

1. Do you turn water into electricity through hydropower because DAM
2. Are you an element because i’d periodically do you on a table
3. Are you an atom because ive got my ion you
4. I want you more than Leonardo Dicaprio wants an Oscar
5. I might be the left shark but youre the right shark for me
6. Do you have an iphone i can borrow? I just really need google maps because im completely lost in your eyes right now
7. I like you more than kanye likes kanye
8. Are you hot topic because im uncomfortable when i enter you
9. Are you from starbucks because i like you a latte
10. The club isn’t the only thing goin up on a tuesday
11. Do you want to get chipotlaid
12. Minerals aren’t the only thing I crave
13. I’d share my tots with you
14. I see youre drinking skim milk. Is that because you think youre fat? Because youre not. You could drink whole if you wanted to.
15. Is your name Neville because I long for your bottom
16. Tea won’t be the only thing i’m dropping into your harbour
17.U just (nicholas) caged my heart
18. Are you tired? Youve been running through my mind all day
19. If i was a superhero, id be YourMan
20. Tags arent the only thing i’m gonna be poppin
21. Vincent van gogh out with me
22. If you were my homework i’d do you
23. Are you my pinky toe because i want to bang you on every piece of furniture in my house
24. Are you spahgetti because i’d love you to meat my balls
25. Youre the hottest pocket
26. My heads in the game but itd rather be between your thighs
27. Are you playing mario golf because you just won this hole
28. In west philadelphia, born and raised, on top of you is how i’ll be spending most of today
29. Roses are red violets are blue like the titanic im going down on you
30. Your soul isnt the only thing i wanna suck
31. If im mozart, will you be my baethoven
32. All this cream cheese and i still want you in my bae goals
33. Do you play sims because YIPKEE BANAKATOO! NABO BAZEDDD
34. Do you want creme bru laid for dessert
35. Are you from hogwarts because id love to slytherin your pants
36. Catching the golden snitch isnt the only thing i can do with my mouth
37. Hell ive fallen for you and cant get up
38. Are you raven because i’ll be your lil nasty
39. Are you Robin Thicke because get the fuck away from me
40. Are you instagram because i’m likin what i see
41. Is that a cellphone in your back pocket because dat ass is calling me
42. Are you tumblr because im gonna be on you all night
43. Tonight, im gonna put a snake in YOUR boot
44. Is your name wifi because im feelin a connection
45. If you were a sharpie youd be ultra fine
46. A dolla aint gonna be the only thing that makes you holla tonight honey boo boo child
47. You can hakuna my tatas
48. Youre the obi-wan for me
49. Are you feelin it now mr krabs
50. You make my life les miserables

[Korrasami] Theory of Operation

Original Prompt: “Korra getting lessons in engineering so that she understands Asami’s work, and hopefully impress her.”

Notes: For @the-fragile-knight​. I can’t figure out how the reply option works on Tumblr, so here you goooo. Shoutout to @anonymousclone for the abstract algebra bits.

[Read on AO3]

Having a genius as the love of your life is pretty great, most of the time. But sometimes Korra wished she could understand what Asami was saying.

“I really think hydropower is the most reliable and cost-efficient energy source available to us right now,” Asami said, as she rolled open her blueprints. “I mean, employing firebenders to power electrical engines is great, but—if you have an automated device that combines the rapid response load-following and balancing capabilities of hydroelectricity generation, as well as its peaking capacity and power quality, plus the accessibility of combustion energy, hydropower can surpass coal power plants in no time.” Asami beamed at Korra. “An invention like that would be a game-changer.”

“Uh-huh,” Korra replied.

Asami blushed. “Sorry, this is boring, isn’t it?”

“No, no, it’s not. Uh, I really like the part about—planting. Powerful planting. That sounds really interesting.”

Korra knew she had said the wrong thing when Asami smiled kindly instead of lighting up in excitement.

“Why don’t we go over what the the president wanted for the Republic City Aquatic Center?” Asami asked.

“Yeah,” Korra said, secretly grateful, because it involved repositioning spirit vines—something Korra understood—instead of this newfangled thing known as engineering

“Why don’t you just try to—I dunno, learn it?” Bolin asked her, when they were getting drinks at Swamp Munches the next day. “Like, pick up a book from the Central Library—”

Korra shot him an irritated look. “I did. But they had all these—letters. Mixed in with weird symbols. And I couldn’t read any of it, even though the librarian swore the book wasn’t written in a foreign language.”

“What about metal benders?”

Korra threw her hands up. “I mean. I asked Chief Beifong if she knew what Asami meant by ‘hydrodynamic stability,’ and she looked at me like I was possessed.”

Which was a legitimate concern, given Korra’s line of work.

“I don’t think metal benders know anything more about this ‘engineering’ than we do,” Korra concluded.

“Huh.” Bolin tapped his chin. “Well then. There’s only one way out of this, isn’t it?”

“What?”

“Consult the only other guy we know who understands this—” he made jazz hands, “—engineering.”

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LET THE MONEY BE YOUR GUIDE: FAMOUS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ON VIETNAM’S BANK NOTES
What’s really on the money?
VND500,000 bill
The banknote with the highest denomination features a thatched roof house inside a museum dedicated to the late president Ho Chi Minh in Kim Lien Village, the central province of Nghe An. The museum displays items about his life.
VND200,000 bill
As one of the country’s most popular destinations, Ha Long Bay has twice been featured on Vietnamese banknotes – the former VND10,000 paper note and the current VND200,000 polymer note.
VND100,000 bill The thousand-year-old Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam’s first national university, appears here. It attracts millions of visitors and hosts a variety of cultural events every year.
VND50,000 bill

Phu Van Lau, a historic pavilion in Hue’s Imperial City, and the nearby communal house Nghenh Luong Dinh have graced the VND50,000-bill since 2003. The complex was built some 200 years ago by the Nguyen dynasty.
VND20,000 bill
The blue bill features the 400-year-old Chua Cau (Pagoda Bridge) in the ancient town of Hoi An. The bridge was built by Japanese traders who once made up a large part of the town’s population, hence the nickname Japanese Bridge.Smaller bills show more modern sites like Hai Phong Port on the VND500 or a textile factory in the northern province of Nam Dinh on the VND2,000 bill.Tri An Hydropower Plant in the southern province of Dong Nai graces the VND5,000 note.The VND10,000 has the Bach Ho Oil Field, about 145 kilometers off the southern beach town of Vung Tau.
By VnExpress  

Viktor Popkov - The builders of Bratsk, 1960.

Bratsk was Hydropower Station. Its construction symbolized the power of Soviet economics and development of industrialization. The builders were considered to be new heroes of the Communist epoch.

This painting is a representative of the so-called “severe style”.