Porto, Portugal: a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the city that gave name to Portugal | Photo: Shutterstock

Portugal has broken the record for the most number of hours running straight on 100 percent renewable energy sources in the European Union.

The Iberian country powered its electricity for 107 hours through solar, wind and hydro energy from May 7th (6.45am) until May 11th (5.45pm). In 2015, the wind was responsible for providing 22 percent of the energy consumed in Portugal; all clean, renewable sources account for 48 percent of the nation's yearly power consumption.

Portugal, who once was the biggest CO2 emission producers in the Old Continent, is becoming one of the most sustainable energy producers, and fossil fuels will be ruled out for the next decade.

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Solomon Islands: five islands have been submerged since 1947

Five Pacific Ocean islands have been swallowed by the sea due to high wave energy and sea level rise. since 1947.

The Solomon Islands comprise of nearly 1,000 small islands. They are home to roughly 560,000 people but soon they will be at the hands of climate change. In other words, many small islands may disappear from the map in the next decades.

Australian researchers analyzed satellite images and confirmed that five vegetated reef islands - Kale, Rapita, Rehana, Kakatina, and Zollies - have already been wiped out due to rising waters and erosion. These tiny islands were not inhabited by Solomon Islanders.

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Plastic straws: 500 million units used daily in the US | Photo: Horia Varlan/Creative Commons

Did you know that 500 million straws are used daily in the United States? Surfrider Foundation invites us to reduce and ban plastic straws and stirrers from our daily habits.

In 2012, Miami Beach, Florida, became the first US city to prohibit beachside restaurants from using plastic straws. But Surfrider wants a change in the West Coast. And San Francisco could be next.

"Assuming every San Francisco resident uses one straw per day (which is a conservative estimate based on national statistics), over 4,800 pounds per day of plastic straws could be eliminated by a ban in San Francisco," explains the organization led by Chad Nelsen.

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