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New Design Delivers Round-the-Clock Solar Power

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6 mentions6 months ago
LONDON - Solar power’s greatest drawback has always been that it is intermittent and, even in the sunniest climes, peak electricity demand is frequently in the evening when the Sun is going down. The engineering challenge has been to design a system in which enough of the Sun’s ...

New nature preserve will be the largest on Earth

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5 mentions6 months ago
Covering more than 320 million acres, the marine park in New Caledonia is twice the size of Texas, three times the size of Germany and much larger than any other protected area on the planet.Corals grow just below the ocean surface near Maré Island, New Caledonia. (Photo: Ethan ...

Californians, stop watering your lawns — for real this time

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4 mentions6 months ago
With every square foot of California now affected by crippling drought, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has urged residents, yet again, to avoid wasting water – such as by watering their lawns more than twice a week. And in his latest drought-related proclamation, issued on Friday, the governor struck ...

How To Convince Conservative Christians That Global Warming Is Real

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7 mentions6 months ago
Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian, has had quite the run lately. A few weeks back, she was featured in the first episode of the Showtime series The Years of Living Dangerously, meeting with actor Don Cheadle in her home state of Texas to explain to him ...

Climate change is clear and present danger, says landmark US report

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3 mentions6 months ago
Climate change has moved from distant threat to present-day danger and no American will be left unscathed, according to a landmark report due to be unveiled on Tuesday. The National Climate Assessment, a 1,300-page report compiled by 300 leading scientists and experts, is meant to be the definitive ...

Aerial pesticide spraying of UK woods to go ahead despite fears over wildlife

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2 mentions6 months ago
Woodland will be sprayed with insecticide from a helicopter for a second time to wipe out a caterpillar that is destroying the UK's oak trees, despite the government regulator saying in private that such an approach is unlikely to work and could have "serious" effects on other wildlife.Officials ...

Nightingale has best birdsong because of its complex brain, research finds

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2 mentions6 months ago
No wonder they celebrated it in a song. The common nightingale is top of the feathered crooners, according to research highlighted on International Dawn Chorus Day that suggests the bird's impressive vocal range is down to the composition of its brain. The secretive bird, immortalised in the romantic ...

More Herbicide, or More Innovative, Sustainable Farming?

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2 mentions6 months ago
As another growing season begins, production agriculture is confronted with important choices. Among them is whether the farming community and policy makers will heed the clear warnings from herbicide-resistant weeds that industrial monoculture farming methods are not sustainable.The epidemic of weeds that have developed resistance to glyphosate herbicide,

Spoof film mocks BP sponsorship of British Museum Vikings exhibition BP or not BP

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Spoof film launched by hijacking Museum’s own #Vikingslive hashtag to coincide with “Vikings Live” screenings in cinemas around the countryToday, grassroots “actor-vist” group the Reclaim Shakespeare Company have launched a spoof film challenging BP’s sponsorship of the British Museum’s popular Vikings exhibition. The film is modelled closely on ...

Obama's Last Shot

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7 mentions6 months ago
Obama's Last Shot The president came into office promising to make fighting climate change a priority. Now, he finally seems to be getting serious about itEDITOR'S NOTE: On Friday April 18th, after the print version of this story had closed, the State Department announced that the decision on ...

Bulky, hard-to-recycle items can be dropped off at R.I. Resource Recovery

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2 mentions6 months ago
There’s more to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation than the Central Landfill. We have many resource recovery operations on site, including our drop-off center for bulky and harder-to-recycle items. Here are five things you can drop off for free in our Small Vehicle Area from 6 a.m.

Indigenous resistance grows strong in Keystone XL battle

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2 mentions6 months ago
On cloudy days, heavy smoke fills the air of Ponca City, Okla., with grey smog that camouflages itself into the sky. The ConocoPhillips oil refinery that makes its home there uses overcast days as a disguise to release more toxins into the air. These toxins are brimming with ...

Fashion Revolution

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10 mentions6 months ago
Fashion is a force to be reckoned with. It celebrates, provokes, and entertains. And, from April 24th 2014, it’s going to do even more. Because we’re turning fashion into a force for good.On 24th April last year, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the ...

Which U.S. Universities Are The Greenest?

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2 mentions6 months ago
In a recently released free book by the Princeton Review, three-hundred and thirty universities in the United States and two in Canada are profiled as green four-year higher education institutions. The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, released on April 17, set out to profile these institutions ...

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things …Like the Ocean

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11 mentions6 months ago
On April 22, Senator John Kerry made an announcement of a new global conference that was going to be held in Washington DC, bringing experts from around the world together with scientists and environmentalists, in 7 weeks time. The announcement is an example of some of the chronic ...

Overfishing Remains Biggest Threat to Mediterranean, Study Confirms

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9 mentions6 months ago
Marine reserves bring back large predators like this Mediterranean dusky grouper at Cabrera National Park, Spain. (Photo: Enric Sala / National Geographic)Overfishing is still the most important threat to Mediterranean underwater ecosystems, “more than pollution, invasive species, or climate change”, says Enric Sala, one of the authors of ...

Coal Company Cuts Off Ex-Miners From Their Health Benefits

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4 mentions6 months ago
More than one-thousand ex-coal miners are losing their promised health benefits in eight months. Murray Energy redirected the blame in its announcement this week to the Obama administration, insisting that the largest independent coal company in the U.S. is the real victim here — of the so-called war ...

Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering

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3 mentions6 months ago
PJ Hahn, Coastal Zone Manager for Plaquemines Parish, examines oil along the shoreline of Bay Jimmy, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. In his 34 years living in Louisiana, Ryan Lambert can’t remember ever seeing young,

15 Years After Columbine, How "Never Again" Became "Oh, Well"

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5 mentions6 months ago
On April 20, 1999, two teenagers walked into a suburban high school outside of Denver and shot 13 people to death. The massacre at Columbine was not the first mass shooting in America. It was not the first mass shooting at an American school. Indeed, Peter Jennings began ...

Green Education and College Environmental Studies

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3 mentions6 months ago
This year’s Earth Day and college graduation ceremonies set for next month provide a timely platform to spotlight what colleges and universities in the U.S. are doing to arm this generation’s ability to deal with the environmental challenges they will inherit in an economically sustainable manner.What follows is ...

How to Battle Climate Change and Poverty Together

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5 mentions7 months ago
World Bank President Jim Kim yesterday put climate change at the center of the fight against extreme poverty, part of an effort since he began his tenure to link the two looming global problems. Speaking at the opening of the bank's spring meetings, he noted that fewer than ...

Map: Is There a Risky Chemical Plant Near You?

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8 mentions6 months ago
Last April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people, injured at least 200, and destroyed dozens of homes, schools, and a nursing home. In the wake of the disaster, we wondered: Can we locate the industrial sites in your community where similar ...

Jackfruit heralded as 'miracle' food crop

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3 mentions6 months ago
It's big and bumpy with a gooey interior and a powerful smell of decay – but it could help keep millions of people from hunger. Researchers say jackfruit – a large ungainly fruit grown across south and south-east Asia – could be a replacement for wheat, corn and ...

9 reasons to wonder why you don't have a green roof yet

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2 mentions6 months ago
Published: 04/22/2014 | 0 Comments Posted“It’s very important to have sustainability in my life and in my business,” says Deborah Solo, co-owner of Solo Real Estate. As part of that ongoing commitment, she recently installed her second green roof — a roof with a layer of plants growing ...

Salmon farms ‘killing off wild stock’

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2 mentions6 months ago
A GOVERNMENT review of wild fisheries in Scotland is failing to take into account the threat posed by farmed salmon, experts have claimed.The review, launched in January by Alex Salmond at the start of the River Tay fishing season, is looking at how best to manage wild fish ...

The big environmental problem highlighted by the search for Flight 370

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2 mentions6 months ago
View Photo Gallery —An Australian navy vessel searching for a missing Malaysian airliner has picked up deep-sea acoustic signals “consistent” with those emitted by an airplane’s black box, the leader of the multinational search operation said.Officials leading the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane are now focused ...

BirdLife Partners join forces against illegal bird killing in the Mediterranean

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2 mentions6 months ago
For migratory birds, illegal killing is an additional threat to their already dangerous and challenging journey. The EU Bird Directive protects the millions of birds who travel between their nesting and wintering grounds twice every year, by stating that only a few species can be hunted under certain ...

Household rat poison linked to death and disease in wildlife

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Scientists recaptured P-22 in late March and, after noticing crusting on his hair and skin, treated him for mange. (National Park Service / March 27, 2014)The mountain lion known as P-22 looked majestic just a few months ago, in a trail-camera photo shot against the backdrop of the ...

Botswana bushmen: 'If you deny us the right to hunt, you are killing us'

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2 mentions6 months ago
The San people are reaching out to Prince Charles to help overturn new laws threatening their tribal culture It costs £500 a night to stay in a luxury safari camp in the Kalahari desert in Botswana. For that price, wealthy tourists get drinks, game drives and, says one ...

A Single Pot Plant Uses HOW Much Water?!

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4 mentions7 months ago
Like college sophomores philosophizing over bong hits late at night, the California North Coast's booming marijuana farms languish in the smoky haze of paradox. On the one hand, they're hyperregulated—that is to say, illegal (with the exception of farms licensed to grow for the medical trade). On the ...

Congressman Denies Manmade Climate Change, Calls It 'An Agenda-Driven Science'

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4 mentions7 months ago
GAINESVILLE, Florida — Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) readily admits he’s “not smart enough” to determine the roots of climate change. He is, however, able to rule out one possible cause: humans. The freshman congressman’s remarks came in an interview with ThinkProgress Monday following a town hall meeting. Asked ...

Groups rally against ocean seismic blasts

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5 mentions7 months ago
Add Cape Canaveral to the list of coastal communities against proposed seismic airgun testing, which would shoot dynamite-like underwater blasts to survey for oil and gas deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor.Earlier the same day, the nonprofit Oceana announced that 110 local elected officials and 155 conservation and ...

Coal is not the answer to energy poverty – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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7 mentions7 months ago
Despite the coal industry's claims, the developing world is looking to move away from the antiquated, polluting energy source. COAL DOES NOT alleviate poverty, it aggravates it. We of course rarely ask the poor what poverty means to them and what it will take to move them out ...

Eat the Invaders Program Is Working in Jamaica

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4 mentions7 months ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on regional reefs for years and wolfing down native juvenile fish and crustaceans.Some four years after a national campaign got started to slash numbers of ...

Carbon Dioxide Levels Just Hit Their Highest Point In 800,000 Years [Updated]

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19 mentions7 months ago
The concentration of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that drives climate change, hit 402 parts per million this week — the highest level recorded in at least 800,000 years. The recordings came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, which marked another ominous ...

4 Reasons Why The Future Of Capitalism Is Homegrown, Small Scale, And Independent

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2 mentions6 months ago
You won’t learn about it in business school, hear about it from Wall Street, or see it in Palo Alto. But if you spend time in Bushwick, Brooklyn, or on Rivington Street in Manhattan, you just might detect the outlines of an emerging “indie” capitalism. This new form ...

Ugo Bardi on Resource Depletion: The Banquet of Consequences

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2 mentions7 months ago
"Growth is the problem; not the solution" says Ugo Bardi, Professor of Physical Chemistry at Italy's University of Florence and author of the recent book Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet. In this week's podcast, Professor Bardi and Chris discuss resource depletion and ...

We Have What We Need To Solve the Climate Crisis

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Today, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chance released the final portion of their Fifth Assessment Report. Their conclusion is clear: we have all the tools we need to solve the climate crisis, but we must act quickly and decisively to stave off climatic disaster.Solving this crisis will ...

Up To 1,000 Times More Methane Released At Gas Wells Than EPA Estimates, Study Finds

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3 mentions7 months ago
An analysis of a number of hydraulic fracturing sites in southwestern Pennsylvania has found that methane was being released into the atmosphere at 100 to 1,000 times the rate that the Environmental Protection Agency estimated. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,

China water contamination affects 2.4m after oil leak

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2 mentions7 months ago
China's biggest oil company has been blamed for water contamination affecting over 2.4 million people in Lanzhou.State media said the city's environmental protection chief, Yan Zijiang, blamed it on a leak from a pipeline owned by a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation. Lanzhou Petrochemical Co., is the ...

Pompeo’s DARK Act Will Keep Consumers in the Dark

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2 mentions7 months ago
After two states have passed GE labeling bills and more than 30 others are poised to consider similar labeling bills and ballot initiatives, the food and biotech industry have goat-roped some members of Congress into introducing legislation to block state GE labeling laws.Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.) has introduced ...

Big Win for Sea Turtles in Puerto Rico

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9 mentions7 months ago
A newly hatched leatherback sea turtle takes to the sea on a beach in Puerto Rico. (Photograph by IrinaK, shutterstock; International Mapping)Last spring Puerto Rico bucked a decades-long trend by protecting 3,000 acres of pristine beaches and mangroves along the Northeast Ecological Corridor. A new law marks an ...

Eamon O'Hara on the "important catalytic effect" of community-led action

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2 mentions7 months ago
One of the most fascinating recent studies into the impact of Transition was Local Communities Leading the Way to a Low Carbon Society, a report published by AEIDL (Association Européenne pour l’Information sur le Développement Local.It looks at Transition, permaculture and ecovillage networks, what it calls the "Silent ...

Indigenous leaders empowering communities through social enterprise

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2 mentions7 months ago
In the late 1960s, Tashka Yawanawá's father, from the Yawanawá Amazonian indigenous group, was in the first generation of his people to make contact with the outside world. They wanted to assert their rights to their land, prevent deforestation, and continue living ecologically. "Twenty years later my dad ...

More than 100 scientists and economists call for rejection of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

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9 mentions7 months ago
Today, more than 100 scientists and economists called on President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that would bring some of the world’s dirtiest fuel from under Canada’s Boreal forest to the Gulf Coast mainly for export. They write ...

Extreme Weather Has Driven A Ten-Fold Increase In Power Outages Over The Last Two Decades

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2 mentions7 months ago
A new report from Climate Central has found that major power outages have increased ten times over since the early 1980s — and extreme weather is by far the biggest culprit. The analysis defined a “major power outage” as a loss of electrical power for at least 50,000 ...

Green growth cannot make a sustainable world

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2 mentions7 months ago
Policies can be that little bit greener. Business models can incorporate more corporate social responsibility. But the underlying structures of unsustainable economies and lifestyles remain the same. In discussions of the future of economic growth, 'business as usual' is not an option. The alternative, say many, is 'green ...

How Wales is defeating bovine TB without killing badgers

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2 mentions7 months ago
In many ways what is being achieved in Wales mirrors what happened in GB during the Area Eradication Strategy (AES) of the 1950's, 60's and 70's.In Wales the number of cattle slaughtered due to bovine TB has nearly halved in just 4 years, from 11,671 in 2009 down ...

Entire marine food chain at risk from rising CO2 levels in water

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4 mentions7 months ago
Escalating carbon dioxide emissions will cause fish to lose their fear of predators, potentially damaging the entire marine food chain, joint Australian and US research has found.A study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, James Cook University and the Georgia Institute of Technology found the behavior of ...

Obama Unveils New Wildfire Strategy Citing New Risks Posed By Climate Change

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3 mentions7 months ago
With wildfire season just around the corner and much of the west and southwest still dangerously dry, the Obama Administration has released its National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.The strategy addresses factors exacerbating wildfire danger such as climate change, increasing community sprawl, and pests and disease affecting forest ...
 

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