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Israel’s Carte Blanche for War Crimes in Gaza

Israel’s Carte Blanche for War Crimes in Gaza | 911 | Scoop.it
The latest disgraceful Israeli attack at a United Nations school sheltering displaced Palestinians is one more indication of Israel’s lack of moral compunction in the killing of innocent civilians, particularly children.

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This Amazing Village in India Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Little Girl is Born

This Amazing Village in India Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Little Girl is Born | 911 | Scoop.it
Every culture has its own traditions surrounding the birth of a child. While we celebrate newborn girls by sending pink dresses and dolls, in Piplantri village in Rajasthan, India, they celebrate by planting 111 trees.

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This is an incredible story and away of helping the earth. I think the world needs adopt this Idea.

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Fracking is building up a disaster waiting to happen in oil-rich Oklahoma

Fracking is building up a disaster waiting to happen in oil-rich Oklahoma | 911 | Scoop.it
At first glance the small town of less than 8,000 inhabitants looks like typical country America, the kind of place that John Updike might once have written about. Except Cushing, in north-east Oklahoma, is very different.

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Wake up people !

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In California, farmers rely on oil wastewater to weather the drought

In California, farmers rely on oil wastewater to weather the drought | 911 | Scoop.it
Totally fucking #Insane. In California, farmers rely on untreated #fracking #wastewater to weather the drought http://t.co/DYl6vCNS2g

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 I agree this is insanity ! They will use this process and not stop the corporations from bottling up what water they have.

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Losing the forest in Papua - Washington Post

Losing the forest in Papua - Washington Post | 911 | Scoop.it
Deforestation and illegal logging have cut down on much of Papua's rich biodiversity.

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 The eco system is being shattered world wide and with it's devastation  we are the cause of global warming. There is reason for the forest and fauna and one day we will all suffer because of the greed all over the world .

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New source of methane gas found in Arctic

New source of methane gas found in Arctic | 911 | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate and Environment in Norway have found vast reservoirs of abiotic methane, formed by chemical reactions in the crust beneath the seafloor.

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The Federal Government Killed Nearly Three Million Animals Last Year - VICE News

An agency within the US Department of Agriculture killed black bears, mountain lions, grey wolves, and even bald eagles in an effort to curb losses in the agricultural sector.

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 This is something you do not hear in main stream news medias and yet it is going on under your nose. The U.S. is under Siege from our own Government !

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The Chernobyl Disaster Is Still Creating Radioactive Animals

The Chernobyl Disaster Is Still Creating Radioactive Animals | 911 | Scoop.it
The disaster of Chernobyl is known worldwide and has created acres of uninhabitable land. Some choose to ignore than bad and continue to live in the ...

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Our wake up call and just how dangerous Nuclear power is
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Switzerland: Tallest building in Europe planned for ... a small Alpine village? | Adam Williams | GizMag.com

Switzerland: Tallest building in Europe planned for ... a small Alpine village? | Adam Williams | GizMag.com | 911 | Scoop.it

Californian firm Morphosis (headed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Thom Mayne) has revealed plans for a slim mirrored skyscraper that – if it goes ahead – will be the tallest building in Europe. The part where things get weird is that it's due to be located in Vals: a small Swiss village with a population in the region of just 1,000.

Vals is an odd choice of location for the type of building that's best suited to a dense urban area without room for horizontal construction, but it must make monetary sense to the developers fronting up the cash to build it. That's beacause Vals isn't just a sleepy village but also the site of luxury resort 7132 (named after the postcode) that boasts a high-end hotel and spa complex built by fellow Pritzker winner Peter Zumthor.

The proposed skyscraper is part of an ongoing development of the area that also involves yet another Pritzker winner, Japanese architect Tadao Ando and his Valser Path project, a park due for completion in 2017.


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 It is tallest building to be built in Europe , but wonder if will be as high as Zugspitz  ?

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Facebook successfully tests its internet-beaming drones | Nick Lavars | GizMag.com

Facebook successfully tests its internet-beaming drones | Nick Lavars | GizMag.com | 911 | Scoop.it

Mark Zuckerberg's plans to use unmanned drones to provide internet connections appear one step closer to reality. The Facebook CEO today revealed that his Internet.org initiative has put the aircraft to the test for the first time, describing the operation as a success.

Zuckerberg first unveiled his vision for flying wireless internet access points in March last year. The aim of Internet.org is to use solar-powered, internet-beaming aircraft flying over remote communities to connect parts of the global population that don't currently have internet access.

In a Facebook post this morning, Zuckerberg revealed that the Internet.org aircraft have been successfully tested in the UK. Indicating that it is still under development, he says the finished aircraft will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737, but still weigh less than a car. It will be capable of flying at an altitude of 60,000 ft (18,288 m) for months at a time.

"Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10% of the world's population that live in remote communities without existing internet infrastructure," Zuckerberg writes.


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 Face Book is soaring to new heights with use of drones. This is news had not heard of till now. Connecting the world   this is an amazing story !  Stay tuned to see what happens because Oh Boy Howdy it is not done yet !

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Sweden: Wooden high-rise planned for Stockholm | Adam Williams | GizMag.com

Sweden: Wooden high-rise planned for Stockholm | Adam Williams | GizMag.com | 911 | Scoop.it

Stockholm's Tham & Videgård Arkitekter has proposed four interconnected high-rise apartment blocks constructed from wood. Still in the planning stage at present, if the project goes ahead it will rise to a height of 20 stories and include 240 apartments that overlook the sea in Loudden, a former busy international harbor in Stockholm that's currently under redevelopment.

The firm designed the unnamed residential development, which comprises a total floorspace of 24,700 sq m (265,868 sq ft), as four separate towers with significant gaps in-between each tower rather than a large block so as to not completely block the view toward the sea for other nearby buildings. This also enables sunlight to reach a nearby quay promenade. Each tower is connected by a three-story base that's angled to create sheltered exterior spaces suitable for outdoor activities and features sedum plants to reduce stormwater runoff.


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 Very 21st Century and beyond and looks so different from anything ever built before

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China Develops World's First Hydrogen-Powered Tram | Justine Alford | IFL Science

China Develops World's First Hydrogen-Powered Tram | Justine Alford | IFL Science | 911 | Scoop.it

As the world’s biggest polluter, China may have earned its reputation as the big bad wolf of greenhouse gas emissions. That being said, officials left many with their mouths open recently after their rare admission that they are aware of the negative impacts emissions have on global climate, which could threaten the country’s infrastructure projects, crop yields and environment.

Although still reluctant to set a target for slashing emissions, China is investing a substantial amount into green energy and was even a world leader in renewable energy production back in 2013. They generate more wind power than any other country in the world and their contributions accounted for almost 30% of all global investment in clean energy. Now, continuing with their push for clean energy developments, China has just announced the production of the world’s first hydrogen-powered tram.

The vehicle was developed by Sifang, a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation, and was rolled off the assembly line in Qiangdao, Shandong Province, last week. Although hydrogen fuel cells have been around for a while and are currently being used and tested in various vehicles, including buses, nobody had managed to master the technology for trams before.

 

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Reintroduction of the Clouded Leopard

Reintroduction of the Clouded Leopard | 911 | Scoop.it
In 2013, the Formosan clouded leopard, a subspecies of the clouded leopard species and native to Taiwan, was declared extinct.

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Jewish Lawyer Seeks Answers for 9/11 Victims - Jewish Daily Forward

Jewish Lawyer Seeks Answers for 9/11 Victims - Jewish Daily Forward | 911 | Scoop.it
Attorney Jerry Goldman has met with 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, who accuses Saudi Arabia of backing al Qaeda. Could the ‘20th hijacker’ provide a break in a long-stalled civil case?
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 It has taken years but many question what really happen that day and un till the truth finally comes out  . All those that died that day will never rest in peace .

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Many of the vast glaciers in western Canada could almost disappear by end of the century

Many of the vast glaciers in western Canada could almost disappear by end of the century | 911 | Scoop.it
Many of the vast glaciers of western Canada could have almost disappeared by the end of the century according to one of the most detailed studies of how fast mountain glaciers are melting.

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With out Glaciers and snow the water supplies  will continue to be depleted . This is life source all humanity  must have.

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Fracking: New aerial research to track pollutants above western fossil fuel development zones

Fracking: New aerial research to track pollutants above western fossil fuel development zones | 911 | Scoop.it
Sensitive instruments to track methane, VOCs and other airborne toxins from New Mexico to North Dakota Staff Report FRISCO — A recent study of satellite data showing a hotspot of potent heat-trappi...

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 Think this is not a big problem in USA? This may bring it front and center and this has have effect on everything from coast to coast ! Millions of gallons of water used times how many wells ! We need water to sustain life and those oil baron's  are making a killing selling other countries and America is paying a very heavy price.  Our water will disappear and our food will sky rocket ! THIS IS SERIOUS FOLKS AND WE MUST BRING IT UNDER CONTROL NOW !!!!

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Rising Levels of Toxic Gas Found in Homes Near Fracking Sites

Rising Levels of Toxic Gas Found in Homes Near Fracking Sites | 911 | Scoop.it
Levels of radon, a cancer-causing, radioactive gas, have been rising measurably in Pennsylvania since the controversial practice of fracking started there, r...

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 Good Grief how many red flags can we raise against Fracking and the list is growing.

(1) The millions of water used and then contaminated and put back in to the earth. There are reports they are using this process to get rid of Nuclear waste.

(2) Proof is can cause earth Quakes

(3)  Now this with Radon

(4) California needs fracking there like hole in the head with worst drought ever and lakes going dry ! How many more states will face same thing ?

 How many ways can the world scream "STOP FRACKING " ?

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Golly, gosh, if you attack the earth, the earth fights back. What a concept. Seriously, does anybody remember Buckminster Fuller? And let there be no mistake about it, fracking is as aggressive an approach to getting oil as you can find, much more disruptive of the geology than drilling. There is no question that we need to be more careful of our planet; it's the only one we have.

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Scientists Drilling Asteroid Crater - Will Dinosaur Extinction Mystery Finally ... - The Inquisitr

Scientists Drilling Asteroid Crater - Will Dinosaur Extinction Mystery Finally ... - The Inquisitr | 911 | Scoop.it
The extinction of the dinosaurs is one of Earth’s most enduring mysteries; now, that mystery may soon be unraveled. About 65 million years ago, an asteroid

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One of the world's last female tigers has been killed after she was poisoned

One of the world's last female tigers has been killed after she was poisoned | 911 | Scoop.it
The deliberate killing of the three-year-old tigress has prompted new fears the species could be wiped out

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 There is a circle of life being destroyed  by man, it has been said when the Orca sings last song in our oceans it will be our last on earth as well. Everything has a purpose on this earth and we man kind are dependent on it for our survival.

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Indigenous Africans Struggle With Traditions, Modern Life

Indigenous Africans Struggle With Traditions, Modern Life | 911 | Scoop.it
While indigenous people from central African countries attended a meeting in Cameroon to promote their respective traditions, languages and cultures, Yaounde is taking measures to bring forma...

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California Water Wars: Another Form of Asset Stripping? | Ellen Brown | Truth-Out.org

California Water Wars: Another Form of Asset Stripping? | Ellen Brown | Truth-Out.org | 911 | Scoop.it

Wars over California's limited water supply have been going on for at least a century. Water wars have been the subject of some vintage movies, including the 1958 hit The Big Country starring Gregory Peck, Clint Eastwood's 1985 Pale Rider, 1995's Waterworld with Kevin Costner, and the 2005 film Batman Begins. Most acclaimed was the 1975 Academy Award winner Chinatown with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, involving a plot between a corrupt Los Angeles politician and land speculators to fabricate the 1937 drought in order to force farmers to sell their land at low prices. The plot was rooted in historical fact, reflecting battles between Owens Valley farmers and Los Angeles urbanites over water rights.

Today the water wars continue on a larger scale with new players. It's no longer just the farmers against the ranchers or the urbanites. It's the people against the new "water barons" – Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto, the Bush family, and their ilk – who are buying up water all over the world at an unprecedented pace.

At a news conference on March 19, 2015, California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon warned, "There is no greater crisis facing our state today than our lack of water."


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 California has a future that looks desperate. NASA says  they have one year water left. Then you have at least 8.0 earth Quake that could happen at any time. California Dreaming anyone ? Hope they are taking this serious ! Then you have Yellow Stone Volcano like sleepy Dragon just waiting to blow and this will affect the whole world. There is a question  being asked if California has massive earth quake could it touch off Yellow Stone ? 

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Roots Up greenhouse collects mountain dew to water crops in Ethiopian highlands | Stu Robarts | GizMag.com

Roots Up greenhouse collects mountain dew to water crops in Ethiopian highlands | Stu Robarts | GizMag.com | 911 | Scoop.it

In hot, dry areas of the world, collecting enough rainwater to grow crops can be difficult. Another potential source of water for collection, however, can be dew. Roots Up has designed a greenhouse to collect dew in Gondar, Ethiopia, as part of a scheme to help local farmers with low-tech solutions.

The water collected is, of course, meant for watering the crops contained within the greenhouse. It can, however, be used as drinking water if needed. Like the Warka Water bamboo tower, the Roots Up greenhouse uses basic materials and simple to build.

The greenhouse is set into a pit dug into the ground and is built using locally-sourced bamboo, a polycarbonate sheet, a bioplastic sheet, ropes and a cistern water tank. It can be constructed by unskilled people with just basic tools and takes around five days to complete.

The polycarbonate sheet forms the pyramidal walls of the greenhouse, like a tent, and can be opened at the top. The bioplastic sheet is set up as a funnel in the center of the greenhouse and directs water into a tank. Water from the tank is then used to irrigate the crops.

The greenhouse works by trapping hot, humid air during the day and ensuring that it circulates rather than being lost. When the outside temperature drops in the evening, the top section of the greenhouse is opened, allowing dew to form on the the bioplastic sheet and run down into the water tank. This setup also allows for the collection of any rainwater.


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Roots Up is a business that designed a greenhouse to collect dew then that which is collected is meant to water the crops within the greenhouse. It’s a very smart idea and especially useful in some parts of the world that experience extremely dry temperatures. They tested out this simply made greenhouse in Gondar, Ethiopia, to help local farmers with low-tech solutions for watering and growing their crops. The greenhouse is built using locally-sources bamboo, a bioplastic sheet, a polycarbonate sheet, ropes and a cistern water tank.

 

When the greenhouse traps the hot, humid air it circulates it rather than having it escape that area. This water trickles into a funnel like area and during the cool nights when the top is open it collects dew and rainwater. This water can be used for drinking if needed, and can provide up to 44 gallons of water in high regions with 50 percent humidity like Gondar. It varies from region to region how much water one of Roots Ups greenhouses can collect based on the level of humidity in the atmosphere.

 

This creation is not only sustainable, but very ethical in the development of crops around the globe. Roots Up is aiming for the first greenhouse prototype to be built in June, followed by a possible 10 more by November. This type of organization proves that it is possible to benefit from Mother Natures acts to help a community grow. If you would like to get involved, Roots Up is raising funds for the project on Indiegogo. What a great opportunity for dry areas of the world to have a better environment.

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Study says climate change is messing with the ocean's circulation. That's not good. | Brian Palmer | onEarth.org

Study says climate change is messing with the ocean's circulation. That's not good. | Brian Palmer | onEarth.org | 911 | Scoop.it

Thermohaline circulation (n.): deep ocean current driven by variations in salinity and temperature.

I used to love watching the weather forecast when I was a kid, because I thought it was a cartoon. There were lots of colorful arrows going every which way and a man waving his arms like a snake charmer. I had no idea what any of it meant.

Suddenly, I know more than I ever wanted to. A major study released in the journal Nature Climate Change warned that those arrows, and the ocean currents they represent, might be changing rapidly—with the potential to alter regional climates faster than anyone expected.

The story begins with a stream of water called the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), which runs from the tropics south of the equator to the North Atlantic. Oceanographers describe it as a conveyor belt because of the looping pattern in which the water flows. Warm tropical water stays near the surface as it heads north because warm water is, generally speaking, less dense than cold water. When it reaches the North Atlantic, the water gets cold and some of it freezes. Very little of the salt winds up in the sea ice, causing the surrounding water to become more saline. Both processes—the cooling and intensified saltiness—increase the water's density. The cold, salty water then sinks toward the bottom and eventually moves southward along the lower rung of the conveyor belt.

Since variations in temperature and salinity are responsible for the difference in density that powers the conveyor belt, scientists refer to the AMOC and similar currents as thermo- (heat) haline (salt).


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 The seas are rising and changing, The sun is showing off enormous solar flares. Tides are higher than ever seen before. Storms are more severe, Snow falls and record cold. Whether you believe in climate change or not is beside point. The earth we all live on is in definite transformation and what lies ahead for all of us on this big blue marble remains to be seen .

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World's Biggest PR Firm Quits American Oil Lobby | Connor Gibson of Greenpeace | EcoWatch.com

World's Biggest PR Firm Quits American Oil Lobby | Connor Gibson of Greenpeace | EcoWatch.com | 911 | Scoop.it

For years, Edelman has managed multi-million dollar contracts with the API, using its Blue Advertising subsidiary to help API run commercials selling fantasies to people: that oil and gas are our only viable, plentiful, “AMERICAN” sources of energy.

In the saga that led Edelman to dump the lobbyists at API, Greenpeace had a small role to play: we infiltrated a commercial shoot, run by Edelman’s Blue advertising arm for API. The commercials were to be called “Vote 4 Energy,” casting the illusion of mass popular demand for more oil and gas drilling (and more pollution, more climate change, and more government giveaways to prop it all up).

After being dressed up in a button-down, plaid orange shirt—I’m not sure what look they had in mind for me—I was put in front of the camera and told to repeat lines back. This despite the casting call for “real people, not actors.” Huh.

Instead of telling them “I Vote” for oil and gas, I ran off script and demanded a prioritization of clean energy, not continued pandering to oil lobbyists at API. As I was ushered off set, the person I appealed to for a clean energy future was Robert McKernan, president of Blue Advertising, the company that Edelman is ditching. He was the last person I saw before being booted out of the studio rooms, and as we locked eyes, I appealed directly to him: “we need clean sources of energy, like wind and solar.” Here’s a transcribed recording of that on-set disruption:


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The Urban Taste for Bushmeat - Conservation Jobs

The Urban Taste for Bushmeat - Conservation Jobs | 911 | Scoop.it
There were no laws in place regarding bushmeat until the late 1990s, but even now they are rarely enforced.

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