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Round-the-world trips that made aviation history

Abu Dhabi - Whether in aircraft or hot-air balloons, with or without stop-offs, and sometimes solo: round-the-world trips by air have produced several records since 1924.

Solar Impulse 2: Flying the flag for solar power

Paris - In its round-the-world tour, the plane Solar Impulse 2 has become a showcase for Sun-powered technology, featuring innovations which could have a bright commercial future.What's new about it?

Solar Impulse 2: A shining global tour

Abu Dhabi - Solar Impulse 2 took off on March 9, 2015 from Abu Dhabi for the first round-the-world flight using only solar energy, a huge bet on current technology.

Solar plane completes epic round-the-world trip

Abu Dhabi - Solar Impulse 2 on Tuesday completed its historic round-the-world journey, becoming the first airplane to circle the globe powered only by the sun to promote renewable energy.

Solar plane nears end of historic round-the-world trip

Abu Dhabi - Solar Impulse 2 was on Monday approaching the end of its epic bid to become the first sun-powered plane to circle the globe without a drop of fuel to promote renewable energy.

Solar Impulse 2 leaves Egypt for final leg of world tour

Cairo - The first solar-powered plane to circle the world took off from Cairo on Sunday for Abu Dhabi, in the final leg of its journey.Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard was behind the controls of Solar Impulse 2, which can fly for days on only energy from the sun.

Solar Impulse 2 embarks on world tour final leg

Cairo - A sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on a record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy was due to depart from Cairo early Sunday on the last leg of its journey.

Air pollution up in a third of Chinese cities: Greenpeace

Bejing - Air pollution levels rose in nearly a third of Chinese cities monitored in the second quarter, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said Wednesday.

EU probes French state rescue of nuclear firm Areva

Brussels - EU anti-trust regulators opened an investigation into the restructuring of the French state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

Uproar as Albania to dam Europe's 'wildest river'

- "This river will bury the living and the dead," sighed Enver Vasilaj, 93, standing by the Vjosa, one of Europe’s last wild waterways, which runs uninterrupted from its source in northwest Greece to the Adriatic Sea.

World touring solar plane's final leg to UAE delayed

Cairo - The final leg of an unprecedented world tour by a solar-powered plane was postponed Saturday due to the pilot's health, he said in a message on Twitter.The Solar Impulse 2 had been scheduled to leave Cairo for Abu Dhabi."I'm sick. Stomach upset.

China 'may build nuclear plants' in South China Sea

Bejing - China may build mobile nuclear power plants in the South China Sea, state media reported on Friday, days after an international tribunal dismissed Beijing's vast claims in the strategically vital waters.

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Egypt in penultimate stop of world tour

Cairo - The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Cairo on Wednesday for its penultimate stop as the solar-powered plane nears the end of its marathon tour around the world.

Nanobubbles turn heated water into power

Yale - Scientists have worked out how to generate energy from the low-temperature wasted heat produced by factories and power plants. This promises a new wave of low cost energy.

Electricity-starved Gazans turn to sun for help

Gaza - Nahed Abu Assi's farm has been bombed in each of the three Gaza wars since 2008 and like in the rest of the Palestinian enclave, he receives only a paltry amount of electricity each day.

Solar Impulse 2 completes first-ever Atlantic flight

Seville - The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Spain Thursday after completing a 71-hour flight from New York in the first "magical" solo transatlantic crossing in a solar-powered airplane.

Solar plane powers on over Atlantic after turbulence

Madrid - The Solar Impulse 2 plane went through "a long night of turbulence" over the Atlantic, its weary pilot said Wednesday as he continued on the challenging leg of its sun-powered trip around the world.

Solar-powered plane more than halfway across the Atlantic

New York - The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft passed the halfway mark of its marathon flight across the Atlantic late Tuesday, one of the most challenging legs of its historic sun-powered journey around the world.

Japan says ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line

Toukyo - Japanese regulators said Monday that two ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line for up to 20 more years -- the first such exception under tighter safety rules imposed after the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

Solar Impulse 2 begins Atlantic crossing

New York - The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft was flying over the western Atlantic Monday morning on one of the most difficult legs of its record-breaking bid to cross the globe using only solar energy.

Russia unveils 'world's biggest' nuclear icebreaker

Moscow - Russia on Thursday floated out a new nuclear-powered icebreaker, said to be the world's biggest and most powerful, to be used for hauling liquefied natural gas from its Arctic terminal.

Dutch probe cross-border nuclear safety

Den Haag - The Dutch safety board announced on Wednesday it is launching an investigation into how the Netherlands works with its neighbours to prevent and handle any cross-border nuclear power accidents.

Norway MPs vote to go carbon neutral by 2030

Oslo - Lawmakers have voted for Norway, a major energy-producing nation, to become carbon-neutral by 2030, two decades ahead of schedule, as a result of the UN's December 2015 climate accord.

Venezuela ends two-day workweek crisis measure

Caracas - Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro said he was scrapping an emergency measure that had public sector employees working only two days a week.

Pioneering solar pilots 'make sci-fi a reality'

New York - The Swiss pilot readying to cross the Atlantic in a solar-powered plane on the next leg of a record-breaking, round-the-world mission says he is making science fiction reality.

Sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft reaches Statue of Liberty

New York - The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft flew by the Statue of Liberty early Saturday, ending the US portion of its bid to circle the globe using only solar power.

In turnaround, Sweden agrees to continue nuclear power

Stockholm - Sweden's left-wing government struck a deal with the opposition Friday to continue nuclear power for the foreseeable future, backtracking on its pledge to phase out atomic energy.

Mexico backs India's nuclear suppliers group bid

- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto backed India's bid to join a nuclear trade group as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Latin American nation.

Renewable energy sources grew at record pace in 2015: study

Paris - Developing countries spent more on renewable power than rich ones for the first time last year, driving the fastest increase in sources of green energy on record, a study said Wednesday.

Venezuela extends shortened workweek decree for public sector

Caracas - Venezuela's government on Saturday extended by two weeks a decree reducing the public sector workweek to Mondays and Tuesdays in a bid to tackle the oil-rich country's electricity crisis.
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