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Weekly Earth News Round Up: April 4th

U.S. and China to Sign Paris Agreement; Laser Cloak to Protect Earth from Aliens; and Google Maps’ April Fools Prank

The topic of planet earth is always top-of-mind in the media. Whether it’s coverage about Earth Day 2016, new environmental legislation, or the latest earth-imaging innovations, there is no shortage of stories to keep on top of – which can be overwhelming. This is why Voices.Earth is providing all of the actionable earth news you need in one place with our Weekly Earth News Round Up.

The U.S. and China Commit To Signing Paris Agreement on Earth Day

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping recently issued a joint statement saying that they will both officially sign the historic Paris climate agreement on April 22nd, and will encourage other nations to do so as well.

‘Laser Cloak’ Could Hide Earth from Evil Aliens

A simple laser beam could disrupt aliens’ observations of Earth, making it look like there’s nobody home on our planet, according to a new study.

States, Power Companies and Environmentalists Defend EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Clean Power Plan supporters — including environmental and health organizations, states, power companies and clean energy trade groups — recently filed briefs asking the DC Circuit court to uphold the power plant emissions regulation.

Meet Microsoft’s New Data Center Sustainability Chief

To help address data center sustainability issues, Microsoft created a new position, which is the Director for Datacenter Sustainability, and hired a former Starbucks executive to the post.

Incredible Interactive Globes Show Our Planet’s Evolving Geology

An incredible series of maps allows people to explore how supercontinents formed and broke up, and explore our planet as it is today in unprecedented detail.

Ford Expanding Environmental Stewardship Efforts by Sharing Best Practices with Suppliers

Ford Motor Company recently launched its Partnership for a Cleaner Environment (PACE), a program that aims to help the automaker’s suppliers minimize their impact on the environment.

April Fools’ Prank Turns Google Maps Into a Disco Dance Party

For April Fools Day, the Google Maps team showed Pegman’s (the normally featureless figure you drag and drop around Maps) funky dance moves with their rendition of Saturday Night Fever appearing inside the Maps app.

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