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Pentagon weapons-maker finds method for cheap, clean water

WASHINGTON, March 13-A defense contractor says it has found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater, potentially making it vastly cheaper to produce clean water at a time when scarcity has become a global security...
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A very significant development for the almost 800 million without access to clean water.

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Environment: Some Gulf of Mexico beaches are still contaminated with a toxic sludge of oil and dispersant

Environment: Some Gulf of Mexico beaches are still contaminated with a toxic sludge of oil and dispersant | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, beaches along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline are far from being clean, says University of South Florida researcher James “Rip” Kirby, who recently documented accumulations of remnant oil with “scary high” concentrations of carcinogenic oil-related compounds.

 

In fact, the weathered tar product from crude oil dispersed with Corexit were found to have PAH concentrations consistently in excess of limits set to identify danger to life and health — IDHL limits, as defined by NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration.
In all, 32 sites were sampled; only three were free of PAH contamination. Samples at 26 of the sites exceeded the IDHL limits. Testing was done at beaches between Waveland, Miss. and Cape San Blas, Fla.


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David Rowing's comment, May 1, 2012 10:20 AM
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Mountaineer tackles Everest to protect the Planet | Environment Green

Mountaineer tackles Everest to protect the Planet | Environment Green | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton from Sleaford aims to become one of the youngest British climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, in order to help raise awareness of global environmental and sustainability issues.
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Chemical exposures cause child IQ losses that rival major diseases. — Environmental Health News

Chemical exposures cause child IQ losses that rival major diseases. — Environmental Health News | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

A recent analysis suggests that in the US children from 0 to 5 years, the IQ loss from exposure to lead, organophosphate, and methylmercury is about the same magnitude as from major childhood diseases such as preterm birth and ADHD.

 

It's a bit of a "science-y" read, but the implications are both clear and sobering.


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Unsustainable consumption – the mother of all environmental issues? — European Environment Agency (EEA)

Unsustainable consumption – the mother of all environmental issues? — European Environment Agency (EEA) | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Consumption of products and services impacts the environment in many different ways.

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delaneygrimes-sarahmcfadyen's curator insight, February 7, 2:00 AM

In this article they include the many things that are continuously brought to the populations attention about out earth and how we treat it. But in the passage it includes many unbelievable facts such as roughly 89 million gallons of food is put into waste each year. Sometimes this is the approach you need to catch peoples attention on the effects that we are causing our planet.

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Damage to world's oceans 'to reach $2 trillion a year'

LONDON, March 21-The cost of damage to the world's oceans from climate change could reach $2 trillion a year by 2100 if measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions are not stepped up...
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E.P.A. Denies Request to Ban 2,4-D, a Popular Weed Killer

E.P.A. Denies Request to Ban 2,4-D, a Popular Weed Killer: The Environmental Protection Age...

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California deer population declines as habitat disappears

California deer population declines as habitat disappears | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
An estimated 445,000 deer live in California, or about equal to the city of Sacramento's human population. Which sounds like a lot, until you realize the deer are spread over the entire state: 99 million acres.

 

The decline has been almost too small to see on an annual basis. But since 1990, California has lost nearly half its deer population, according to the state Department of Fish and Game.

 


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The Environment Is So Bad in North Korea, They'll Even Let Americans Help

The Environment Is So Bad in North Korea, They'll Even Let Americans Help | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
The environmental degradation in North Korean has become so severe, North Korea invited a group of five Americans to Pyongyang last month to talk about restoration and food security.

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David Rowing's comment, April 3, 2012 5:22 PM
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Is God Green?

Is God Green? | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Environmentalism is the subject of heated debate all over the globe. But where do we end up when we set aside political and commercial questions?

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