China is creating a giant panda park three times the size of Yellowstone

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China just announced that it has secured over $1.6 billion in funding for a massive panda reserve that will help the animals recover their numbers in the wild. The Giant Panda National Park will cover 10,000 square miles – twice as big as Yosemite Park and three times as big as Yellowstone – of mountainous wilderness where pandas can breed and live without human encroachment. The park will be constructed in the Sichuan , Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. All of the 2,000 wild pandas in the world live in these three provinces, with 80% in Sichuan. Pandas in the different provinces are currently isolated, but creating a park will allow them to join together and, hopefully, reproduce. Related: Giant pandas removed from the endangered species list in huge conservation win China announced plans for the park last year, but the project didn’t have the funding to make it a reality. The Bank of China and the Sichuan Department of Forestry joined together to make the park happen over the next five years. Via Phys.org Images via Flickr and Deposit Photos

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The Tesla Semi just made its first cargo trip transporting battery packs

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The Tesla Semi recently hit the roads on its very first production cargo trip, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk , who posted a picture to social media. The image showed two of the heavy duty trucks Musk said would ferry battery packs from the Nevada Gigafactory to Tesla’s California car factory. First production cargo trip of the Tesla Semi heavy duty truck, carrying battery packs from the Gigafactory in the Nevada mountains to the car factory in California A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Mar 7, 2018 at 11:23am PST Tesla Semis recently embarked on the 258-mile trip between the first Gigafactory and Tesla’s factory in Fremont, Inverse reported . The journey would take around four hours and pass through Sacramento. Production on the trucks isn’t anticipated to start until next year, so Inverse said it isn’t clear if the cargo trip is basically a real-world test or marks the beginning of regularly scheduled deliveries. According to Electrek , Tesla vice president of Trucks and Programs Jerome Guillen said in 2017 the company would be their own first customer, utilizing the vehicles to transport cargo between the Gigafacory and Fremont car factory. Related: Tesla is selling its solar products in Home Depot stores starting in July Inverse pointed out this is the first time since Tesla unveiled the Semi late last year we’ve glimpsed the vehicle with an attached trailer. Other sightings had shown the Semi on its own. The Semi will have a range of 300 miles or 500 miles, with expected base prices of $150,000 or $180,000, respectively, according to the Tesla Semi web page. Tesla said the truck features “badass performance,” boasting an acceleration of zero to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds. The vehicle, which they described as the safest truck ever, will be equipped with four independent motors and Enhanced Autopilot. The company also said the Tesla Semi offers $200,000 or more in fuel savings, saying, “ Electric energy costs are half those of diesel .” Inverse said Tesla has accepted preorders from UPS, Walmart, Pepsi, Sysco, and Anheuser-Busch, to name a few companies. + Tesla Semi + Elon Musk Instagram Via Inverse Images via Tesla

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