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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, May 7

One of the greatest needs of industrial civilization is cheap and plentiful energy. Our search for such energy has often come at the cost of the environment. But need that be the case in the future? Several of our articles this week take a look at the relationship between our power sources and the environment as well as how new technological innovations may make green energy truly sustainable and practical very soon.

First up, Grist examines why—after decades of false starts—renewable energy sources finally seem to be catching on. Specifically, they've got four points.

Next, this article from AGU talks about how scientists are now using satellites to observe and analyze earthquakes. As it turns out, it can help a lot with relief efforts.

You might expect the site of a nuclear disaster like Chernobyl to be lifeless but you'd be wrong. BBC takes a look at how the Ukrainian wildlife has colonized the abandoned nuclear site since the 1986 disaster.

They always say farming's hard work but what does that mean exactly? This article has all the details, some of which may surprise you.

Lastly, Forbes Magazine takes a look at how a new invention by Elon Musk's company Tesla may have revolutionized clean energy. Specifically, Tesla has invented a super-cheap, efficient battery that could make solar power more efficient than nuclear fission.

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