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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, speaks at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City, U.S., September 20, 2017.

Bill Gates says there are 5 ‘grand challenges’ to stopping an apocalyptic future of floods, hurricanes, and drought

Renewable energy sources aren't enough to eliminate the harmful effects of climate change, Bill Gates wrote in a recent blog post. To prevent climate-related disasters such as floods, drought, and extreme temperatures, the world must focus on five "grand challenges," Gates said.

Stephen Hawking: Humans need to leave Earth or risk being annihilated by nuclear war or climate change

Stephen Hawking, who died in March, wrote a collection of essays that were published this week. Hawking believed humans need to leave the Earth to survive as a race. In one of the essays, he wrote that he is worried about the possibility of nuclear war and the devastating effects of climate change.
Bonnet Springs Park's nature center will feature information for those interested in learning more about the region's plants and animals. The building will also offer paddle boat rentals.

A former arsenic-contaminated rail yard in Florida is being turned into a giant park — take a look

Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland, Florida, used to be a rail yard from 1880 until the early 1950s. In 2015, a group of local residents came together and proposed redeveloping the 180-acre space. The park is expected to open in 2020.
Professor Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Hawking feared intelligent machines could destroy humans with weapons ‘we cannot even understand’

Stephen Hawking, who died in March, wrote a collection of essays that were released on Tuesday. The book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, discusses the potential dangers of artificial intelligence. Hawking wrote that superhuman intelligence could manipulate financial markets and human leaders.

California’s mega-farms have a dark side that could put our supply of fruits, vegetables, and nuts at risk

In the wake of a six-year drought, the region's mega-farms have begun to sink, and pumping groundwater has released toxic levels of arsenic into the water supply.
SodaStream's "Holy Turtle" contraption, which is used to clean plastic from ocean waters.

SodaStream built a 1000-foot-long contraption called the ‘Holy Turtle’ to collect plastic from the ocean

SodaStream has unveiled a 1000-foot-long contraption for cleaning plastic waste from ocean waters. CEO Daniel Birnbaum, along with 150 company executives, environmental specialists, and others, gathered last week in Roatán, Honduras, to pilot the contraption.

Canada has legalized marijuana — this map shows every US state that has legalized marijuana

Marijuana is legal for adults over the age of 21 in 9 states, and medical marijuana is legal in 30.

Here’s where you can legally consume marijuana in the US in 2018

It's legal to use marijuana in nine states, including California, Nevada, and Vermont, in 2018 — and more are expected to join them. Here's the full list of where you can legally light up.
Sand Palace before Hurricane Michael

A Florida home called ‘Sand Palace’ survived Hurricane Michael while everything was flattened around it. Here’s why.

Hurricane Michael obliterated nearly every structure along the coast of Mexico Beach, Florida — except for a few shoddy foundations and one pristine home, known to its owners as Sand Palace.

Toppled scooters, sidewalk riding, and illegal parking: Electric scooters have returned to San Francisco after being banned

The launch of a yearlong pilot program called to mind previous complaints of residents knocking over scooters, parking illegally, and riding on sidewalks instead of bike lanes.