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Battle is set for over natural resources

Countries are tightening their grip on natural resources as they limit exports to build up their domestic industries, a trend that will spawn many challenges to World Trade Organisation rules.

The WTO ruled this month that China broke trade laws when it curbed exports of coveted raw materials, a verdict that seemed to cast doubt over nations’ right to control and use raw materials on their soil. Between October 2010 and April 2011, at least 30 new export limits were imposed by countries like China, India and Vietnam, up from 25 during the 12 months prior to that period, the WTO said in a report in June.
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The 5 Most Toxic Energy Companies and How They Control Our Politics

The 5 Most Toxic Energy Companies and How They Control Our Politics | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it

Regulators are turning a blid eye towards putting proper legistlations that control environmental pollution. In most of the countries Coal, oil and gas companies have been getting away with murder for years.

 

I came across this interesting article on how energy companies continue to rake in massive profits and how they use this wealth to leverage elections, write legislation, scale back regulations and escape accountability. 

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10 Technologies Helping the Military Go Green

10 Technologies Helping the Military Go Green | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it

Have you heard of a Green Combat Vehicle or a Hybrid war ship! Well if you are one of the few who have heard about it, it may soon become a common man's term.The private sector isn't alone in its pursuit of mean-and-green, energy-conscious technologies. All branches of the U.S. military have thrown their hats into the race. By land, sea and air, the military is exploring ways to wean itself off fossil fuels. Here are 10 techs it hopes will help it reach its goal.... Well its all Green Rocket Science after all...

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More and More Refugees Flee the Devastation of Climate Change

More and More Refugees Flee the Devastation of Climate Change | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it

Asian countries, home to about 60 percent of the world's population, will be hit hardest by changing weather patterns and a degrading environment, research indicates. Out of 16 countries with the highest risk of being severely affected by environmental changes in the next 30 years, ten are in Asia, according to the 2010 Climate Change Vulnerability Index, released by a global risks advisory firm.

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World ‘sprinting to climate disaster’ as CO2 hits new record

GREENHOUSE gases in the atmosphere reached record levels in 2010, according to the United Nations’ climate agency.

 

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) also warned that levels of the gases that warm the planet were rising more quickly than in the past.

In a new report the WMO said carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, had increased by 39 per cent since the beginning of the industrial era in 1750 to a new high of 389 parts per million (ppm) last year, largely due to burning fossil fuels, changes in land use and deforestation.

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Why green-tech start-ups depend on big business

Why green-tech start-ups depend on big business | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it

For the thousands of green-tech start-ups out there, big brothers have never been more important. Corporations, once the nemesis of environmentalists, have emerged as vital partners in getting new energy products to market. Whether businesses continue making bets on smaller players will determine how quickly many green technologies, from solar power to plug-in vehicles, become mass-market or remain niche products.

The role of big companies is poised to grow as money from the federal stimulus act draws to an end and the Department of Energy and EPA prepare for cuts in the years ahead following this week's budget deal in Washington.

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Very Interesting 50 SMALL! ways by which we can make a BIG! help to our planet

Very Interesting 50 SMALL! ways by which we can make a BIG! help to our planet | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
"Going green" doesn't have to be a daunting task that means sweeping life changes. Simple things can make a difference.The contents of this list might not be new, but they bear repeating. Sometimes it takes a few reminders for things take root.
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The government unveils new CAFE standards, hopes to push the alternative energy industry forward

The government unveils new CAFE standards, hopes to push the alternative energy industry forward | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
The Obama Administration is preparing to unveil a series of new standards to accompany the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. CAFE was first introduced by Congress in 1975 and has dictated the progress of vehicle efficiency in terms of fuel economy. Obama’s new standards aim to further push the move of the auto industry toward alternative fuels.

According to these new standards, new vehicles must average 56.2 MPG by 2025. While the new standards may seem a bit lofty, the auto industry is already well on the way toward matching them.
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Battle is set for over natural resources

Countries are tightening their grip on natural resources as they limit exports to build up their domestic industries, a trend that will spawn many challenges to World Trade Organisation rules.

The WTO ruled this month that China broke trade laws when it curbed exports of coveted raw materials, a verdict that seemed to cast doubt over nations’ right to control and use raw materials on their soil. Between October 2010 and April 2011, at least 30 new export limits were imposed by countries like China, India and Vietnam, up from 25 during the 12 months prior to that period, the WTO said in a report in June.
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Alternative energy for phones

Alternative energy for phones | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
With most people today using one or more cell phones the energy these devices collectively consume is huge.

Although it would be impossible to expect people to minimise phone use, they can certainly opt for green energy resources for charging their cell phones
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Italy Says No to Nuclear Power

Italy Says No to Nuclear Power | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
The fallout from Fukushima continues. Concerns about an effort by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to revive his country's nuclear power program helped drive millions of Italians to the polls June 13, when they voted overwhelmingly to block any such revival amid safety concerns following the meltdown in March of the Japanese plant.
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Climate change could kill one in 10 species by end of the century

Climate change could kill one in 10 species by end of the century | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
Climate change is speeding up the rate at which animals and plants are becoming extinct. By the end of the century, one in 10 species could be on the verge of extinction because of the effects of global warming, a study has found.
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Businesses need to take the lead to save our planet

Businesses are a major consumer of energy. Although energy consumption has a small growth rate for residential customers, it is nearly four times more for commercial and industrial users. Renewable and alternative energy growth is our key to independency and greener businesses.

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Solar Cookers: An Old Concept with Modern Innovations Make Cooking Greener

Solar Cookers: An Old Concept with Modern Innovations Make Cooking Greener | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
When we think of all the solar innovations, they seem relatively new, but some are older than many imagine. The solar cooker is one of these. In ancient times, the Romans used mirrors and glass that didn’t just give light to their homes and bathhouses, but also enabled them to create an oven. The major cities of Rome were often crowded and wood for fires was sometimes far away. The citizens still needed heat to make food, so they took a Greek idea of using glass to magnify heat and applied it to use as an oven. Our technology has progressed quite a bit since then, but the principle remains the same to use the energy of the sun.

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Expanding the Panama Canal may shrink shipping industry emissions

Expanding the Panama Canal may shrink shipping industry emissions | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it

The Panama Canal is growing. By 2014 – 100 years after it was first completed – larger ships will be able to travel through the 82-kilometre channel. Larger ships will enable the transport of more goods in fewer trips and Overall, the potential savings—in both fuel and reduced emissions—may be up to 16% per tonne-mile.

 

 

Image courtesy of lyng883 via Flickr under Creative Commons.

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Do We Need a Militant Movement to Save the Planet (and Ourselves)?

Do We Need a Militant Movement to Save the Planet (and Ourselves)? | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it

Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith and Aric McBay call for new strategy to stave off environmental catastrophe. 

 

A new book called Deep Green Resistance, by Aric McBay, Lierre Keith and Derrick Jensen, says that we likely won't have enough people interested in saving the planet before we run out of time. So, they're calling for a change in strategy. 

 

The three longtime activists have teamed up to offer a more radical approach to our environmental crisis.

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EU takes hardline stance at UN climate talks

EU takes hardline stance at UN climate talks | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it

Europe is taking the toughest negotiating stand it has ever adopted on global warming at this week's UN climate talks in Durban, departing from decades of "dovish" practice by insisting stiff conditions must be met by China and other major developing countries if there is to be any global climate treaty.

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Climate impact risk 'on the rise'

Climate impact risk 'on the rise' | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it

A report by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said it was "very likely" that emissions had led to an increase in daily maximum temperatures.

 

Citing climate change as a factor that is contributing to more extreme weather events has long been a field of scientific research shrouded in controversy.

 

Earlier this year areport said it had identified a link between an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and extreme rainfall events in the Northern Hemisphere.

While others had suggested that the global climate system - which shapes the planet's weather patterns - was too complex to make such assertions.

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Keep Green in Your Holiday with Biodegradable Wrapping Paper

Keep Green in Your Holiday with Biodegradable Wrapping Paper | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
Practice green living during the holiday season by using biodegradable wrapping paper. Several eco-conscious online stores offer recycled paper in a variety of styles and colors. Bring more green to your holiday season with biodegradable paper!
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Solar panels help cool buildings, says study

Solar panels help cool buildings, says study | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
As well as providing a source of alternative energy, roof-mounted solar panels could also have the extra benefit of cooling the house or workplace on which they are fitted says a new report.

The findings come as part of a study conducted by Jan Kleissal and his team at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering in America due to be printed in an upcoming issue of the journal Solar Energy.
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MoD investigates former chemical weapons factories for contamination

MoD investigates former chemical weapons factories for contamination | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
Lingering risks of contamination from tens of thousands of tonnes of chemicals dumped across UK since first world war...

The Ministry of Defence has investigated 14 former chemical weapons factories and stores across the UK for contamination, according to an official briefing seen by the Guardian.
Tens of thousands of tonnes of mustard gas, phosgene and other lethal chemicals have been made, stored, burned and dumped at sites in England, Wales and Scotland since the first world war. Some areas are still fenced off to protect the public today.
After a four-year investigation of the sites considered potentially hazardous – named Project Cleansweep – it has concluded that there is "no indication of significant risk to public health or environment" from the sites.
That has been questioned, however, by one expert, who pointed out that there was still no scientific proof that all harmful traces of the weapons have been removed, particularly after they were burnt.
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World’s Largest Solar PV Farm to be Built in U.S.? Maybe!

World’s Largest Solar PV Farm to be Built in U.S.?  Maybe! | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
The race is on to choose the best location for the world's largest solar power complex in the United States.Solar power experts have been working behind the scenes on a project that will see the most advanced and the largest solar power farm...
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UN security council to consider climate change peacekeeping

UN security council to consider climate change peacekeeping | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
Small island states, which could disappear beneath rising seas, are pushing the security council to intervene to combat the threat to their existence.
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Australia's manufacturing union backs carbon package

Australia's manufacturing union backs carbon package | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
Australia’s largest manufacturing union, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), has welcomed the federal government’s carbon tax proposal, despite the Australian Industry Group claiming the package will lump manufacturers with a ‘double tax"

The Government should be commended for investing in manufacturing and giving Australia the chance to win a fair share of the jobs that come with clean energy solutions
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67 mln school age children denied access to education

t least 67 million children of school age are still denied the right to education due to financial, social or other challenges, such as health problems and armed conflict, according to statistics released on Monday by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
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Fresh water supplies are going to run out, so what can we do to make the taps keep running?

Fresh water supplies are going to run out, so what can we do to make the taps keep running? | dreams for a better planet | Scoop.it
This may seem like a surprising statement, but the world's supply of fresh water is finite. As global population rises, the demand for food – and the water that produces it – grows inexorably.

Sixty years ago, the world's population was about 1.25 billion people; few people, even in arid lands, worried about water supplies. Then came the Green Revolution, with its new, high-yielding crops, which depend on fertilisers and a great deal more irrigated farming. Global populations skyrocketed to nearly seven billion by 2009, with a projected nine billion by 2050. By the same year, the five hundred million people living in areas chronically short of water in the year 2000 will have grown by 45 per cent to four billion. A billion of us currently go hungry because there is not enough water to grow food. Much of the world's water is still unpriced, but it is now the most valuable commodity in the world.
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