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Rural Rwanda is home to a pioneering new solar power idea.

A group of London graduates have, apparently against the odds, helped thousands of people in Africa access energy from the sun. Could their idea teach power providers in the West a thing or two?

Rural Rwanda is home to a pioneering new solar power idea

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Solar grid keeps harvests high, hospitals lit in parched rural Zimbabwe.

With worsening droughts drying fields and hydropower, solar energy is providing a way forward in rural areas.

With worsening droughts drying fields and hydropower, solar energy is providing a way forward in rural areas

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In Houston, a terrifying real-life lesson for disaster-prone cities.

Cities across the country that live with the threat of disaster — from earthquakes in San Francisco to hurricanes in Miami — are watching the catastrophe in Houston for lessons learned.

LOS ANGELES — Cities across the country that live with the threat of disaster — from earthquakes in San Francisco to hurricanes in Miami — are anxiously watching the catastrophe unfolding in Houston for lessons learned, cautionary tales, anything to soften the blow when their residents are the ones in danger.

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The tiny Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma are in trouble — and begging for help.

Hurricane Jose appears headed for the Irma-ravaged Caribbean islands, as well.

As the worst of Hurricane Irma departed Antigua and Barbuda early Wednesday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne boasted that “no other country in the Caribbean would have been as well prepared as we were.” The problem with this statement, as he later acknowledged, was that Barbuda was left “barely habitable.”

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FEMA avoids disaster in Houston — so far.

Officials have learned a lot from Katrina — and have a lot to learn from this storm.

THE GULF of Mexico coast is just coming to grips with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the remnants of which continued to pelt inland areas Thursday. Tragedy on this scale cannot be fully managed, and the response is only beginning. William “Brock” Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, warned before the hurricane hit that rebuilding would take years. Early damage estimates foresee costs ranging around or above $100 billion. Yet, given the effort so far, Harvey may not become synonymous with government mismanagement, as Katrina did.

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How climate change is linked to sudden spike in American road fatalities.

A 7% spike in road deaths in 2015 has been attributed to unusually warm weather across the US.

A 7% spike in road deaths in 2015 has been attributed to unusually warm weather across the US.

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'Too many soldiers to feed': North Koreans fear more sanctions as drought threatens famine.

Sanctions and the worst drought for almost two decades threaten to cause severe hardship for millions of people in North Korea, while the country’s leadership continues to plough scarce resources into its missile and nuclear programmes.

Sanctions and the worst drought for almost two decades threaten to cause severe hardship for millions of people in North Korea, while the country’s leadership continues to plough scarce resources into its missile and nuclear programmes, according to UN agencies and those with contacts in the impoverished nation.

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