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  • Save The Great Barrier Reef: Australia Offers Cash For Great Ideas"

In the latest effort to protect the world's largest living structure, the Australian government has called on the "greatest scientific minds, industry and business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs" to come up with solutions to save the Great Barrier Reef. On Tuesday, it announced an A$2.0 million (US$1.6 million) funding pot for the same. The Great Barrier Reef off north-east Australia is the most extensive coral reef ecosystem on the planet, and is often listed in the top seven natural wonders of the world.

 These are some of the events trending for week ending January 19, 2018
  • Chernobyl Is Being Transformed Into An Immense Renewable Energy Farm

When the words "energy" and "Chernobyl" appear together in a sentence, the topic is typically the 1986 nuclear energy disaster that left the Ukrainian city in shambles. Today, the abandoned site of the world's worst nuclear disaster is no longer just a radioactive pile of rubble. It's the future home of Ukraine's first solar plant.

  • Solar Drones Take a Step Towards Commercial Flight  

Flying a plane with solar energy alone may seem like a far fetched idea, but it's now a reality. In 2016, a prototype plane built by Solar Impulse with a single pilot flew around the world on nothing but solar energy, a first for humanity. A number of companies are trying to take that test flight from prototype to commercial viability.

  • Montclair Expands Smart Waste Disposal To All Businesses

Showing continued commitment to more environmentally friendly and efficient waste collection practices, the Township installed 30 more Bigbelly smart disposal units this week. The purchase of the 150-gallon solar-powered trash compactors follows the success of the initial rollout of 40 units in Montclair Center last February.

  •  Climate Change Risk To 28 Historic Sites In Scotland

Landmark Scottish castles and chapels are among 28 historic sites at "very high risk" from climate change, according to a new report. A further 160 properties were found to be at "high risk" from flooding, coastal erosion and slope instability. More than 350 buildings owned by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) were assessed by experts.

  • Take A Good Look At These Stunning Photos Of The World's Endangered Animals. It Could Be Your Last.

Photographer Tim Flach spent two years photographing 'at risk' animals around the world. And his images, collected in a book called Endangered, are stunning. But they are equally heartbreaking, because they offer a glimpse of animals that we may never see again. Flach spoke to The Canary about this project and the "reality that we all face".

  • Up To $3 M In Funding Now Available For Locally-Focused Environmental Education Grants

EPA is pleased to announce that up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants will be available this week under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program.  EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA's ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018.

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Aboard the first hydrogen commuter train

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