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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, January 7

India faces a tough choice between cheap coal energy and renewable solar energy. A new discovery at Stonehenge causes controversy in the archaeological community. And the possibility of cleaner, greener cities for the future is considered. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Alongside China, India is one of the most rapidly developing economies in the world right now... as well as one of the largest. As a consequence it now faces a difficult choice which could significantly impact the global climate for generations to come: choosing cheap coal or clean solar as its path to energy self-sufficiency.

It's well-known that depression can occur either during or after pregnancy. What's less recognized is how this depression can tragically lead to suicide. In Britain, a new study suggests that as many as 15% of women who committed suicide during or shortly after their pregnancy did not have access to specialist mental health services, leading to a call for better mental health care access in the country.

Was Stonehenge constructed in one location and then moved to another or did the stones move from their original location in Wales through natural processes? That's the new controversy that's propped up in the archaeological community now that two different studies point to different answers.

Despite the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence that the climate is warming faster than natural processes alone would allow many continue to deny and combat the idea of anthropogenic climate change. Over at Scientific American Michael Shermer explains how wrong denialists are.

What will the future's cities look like? Hopefully, cleaner, greener, and more ecological in outlook. In that regard, maybe nature can help us out. Gizmodo's Esther Inglis-Arkell explains some of the ways wild animals might help freshen up our cities.

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