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Melbourne city centre a death trap as heat-island effect takes its toll | theage.com.au

Melbourne city centre a death trap as heat-island effect takes its toll | theage.com.au | Environment | Scoop.it
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Global Health and Wellness News: Children and the Environment: How gardening lessons impact positively on school kids

Global Health and Wellness News: Children and the Environment: How gardening lessons impact positively on school kids | Environment | Scoop.it

Growing food in schools looks set to become part of the curriculum starting from September 2014, furthering the positive impacts of those very successful initiatives already working to promote gardening and 'grow your own' schemes in schools nationwide.

 

 

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32 tips to get your kids back outdoors

32 tips to get your kids back outdoors | Environment | Scoop.it
Mark Riley Cardwell: This week is the launch of Wild Network, a nationwide campaign to 'rewild' children, and here are some fun ideas to get started
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Global Health and Wellness News: Four in five children are not 'connected to nature'

Global Health and Wellness News: Four in five children are not 'connected to nature' | Environment | Scoop.it

The ground-breaking study, led by the RSPB, marks the first time that connectivity between children and nature has been studied in the UK. Following 3 years of research, the project concluded that only 21% of children between the ages of 8 and 12 were 'connected to nature' at a level which is considered to be both realistic and achievable for all young people.

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Dredging set to swamp decades of Great Barrier Reef protection

Dredging set to swamp decades of Great Barrier Reef protection | Environment | Scoop.it
After decades of work, A$200 million in taxpayer funding and even more from farmers' pockets, we finally have a rare good news story to tell about the Great Barrier Reef.
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Why energy-saving homes often use more energy

Why energy-saving homes often use more energy | Environment | Scoop.it
Energy efficient houses are often thought to be a promising way to reduce our environmental footprint by using less energy and producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
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My husband has been telling me for a long time that the energy used to create something such as solar panels or energy effect house actually makes it less efficient.
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Should we move Tasmanian Devils back to the mainland?

Should we move Tasmanian Devils back to the mainland? | Environment | Scoop.it
In almost all parts of the world our environment is under siege and we are losing the battle to save many species from extinction.
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What do young people really know about climate change?

What do young people really know about climate change? | Environment | Scoop.it
The next generation will be the ones to feel the increasing effects of climate change. But how much do they really know about it?After all, it’s one thing to say: yes, I believe in climate change.
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I think we definitely need to strive towards ecological education and education for sustainability to ensure children understand the changing climate and affect humans have.
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Climate Change News: Shale gas fracking linked to earthquakes in Youngstown, Ohio

Climate Change News: Shale gas fracking linked to earthquakes in Youngstown, Ohio | Environment | Scoop.it

A leading seismologist has linked the process of shale gas fracking with more than 100 earthquakes that blighted a city in the US Midwest within the space of just 12 months.

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let the children play: playdough and natural materials

let the children play: playdough and natural materials | Environment | Scoop.it

Playdough and natural materials

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Fantastic way to explore the playdough

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Tricky navigation: guiding Australia to a safe, sustainable future

Future generations can no longer be assured of being better off: it’s a challenge to traditionally held beliefs in the value of progress.
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Are farmers the future of carbon management?

Both the current Government and Opposition are relying on agriculture and forestry to bear much of the burden of Australia’s emission reduction. But are they building their hopes on sand?
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England's forests: the joy of climbing trees

England's forests: the joy of climbing trees | Environment | Scoop.it
From adrenaline-fuelled ascents to sitting quietly with a book, branching out is deep-rooted in our DNA
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Sustainable Housing and Green Building News: Light Ordinance in France has Benefits for Wildlife

Sustainable Housing and Green Building News: Light Ordinance in France has Benefits for Wildlife | Environment | Scoop.it

Last month, France implemented one of the world's most comprehensive "lights out" ordinances. Conditions include turning off shop lights between 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., shutting off lights inside office buildings within an hour of workers leaving the premises, and waiting only until sunset before turning lights on, on building facades. Over the next two years, regulations restricting lighting on billboards will also go into effect.

 

 

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sustainability news: Ecology: Life's Connections

sustainability news: Ecology: Life's Connections | Environment | Scoop.it

Ultimately, all humanity and all life have is the biosphere, the thin layer of life just above and below Earth’s surface, composed of ancient, miraculously evolved natural ecosystems. The natural Earth is a marvel - a complex coupling of species within ecosystems, whereby life begets life.

 

 

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Too much noise in the ocean for whales' sensitive ears

Too much noise in the ocean for whales' sensitive ears | Environment | Scoop.it
We might only notice whales when they appear in our world, but beyond the scopes of whale watchers, whales and dolphins live rich - and noisy - lives.
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Does becoming a mother make women ‘greener’?

Does becoming a mother make women ‘greener’? | Environment | Scoop.it
Stop press! Actress Julia Roberts has been spotted in a Prius and is reportedly into reusable coffee cups and solar panels.
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Being a mother myself I can understand and relate to this article.

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Climate Council's Code Red bushfire warning

Climate Council's Code Red bushfire warning | Environment | Scoop.it
Australians have always had to live with bushfires - but climate change is driving that fire danger even higher. And we’re not talking about a distant threat to future generations.
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Common plastics chemical linked to pre-term births

Common plastics chemical linked to pre-term births | Environment | Scoop.it
A new US study links premature births with a chemical widely used in everyday plastics.
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Its worrying about all the toxins in everyday products we use.  Packaging and lack of labelling also doesn't help make informed choices.

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Fossil of giant platypus unearthed in Riversleigh

Fossil of giant platypus unearthed in Riversleigh | Environment | Scoop.it
A new study by Rebecca Pian, Mike Archer and Sue Hand, published today in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, describes the tooth of a new, giant species of extinct platypus.The fossil history of…...
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Interesting that platypus were larger given another article I scooped saying global warming caused decreases in animal size.
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When the sun don't shine, the power don’t flow ... or does it?

When the sun don't shine, the power don’t flow ... or does it? | Environment | Scoop.it
Renewable energy seems to be on a roll. One million Australian homes have rooftop solar cells. There’s so much renewable energy it’s reducing wholesale electricity prices.
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Great article about the complexity of solar power meeting peak demand and storing the power.
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Putting a foot in it: an election that ignores ecology

As we ponder who will lead our next government we need to ask who will best deal with Australia’s overblown ecological footprint.

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sustainability news: Wolves and Grizzly Bears, perfect together in Yellowstone!

sustainability news: Wolves and Grizzly Bears, perfect together in Yellowstone! | Environment | Scoop.it
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Solar energy plants get the green light

Solar energy plants get the green light | Environment | Scoop.it
Australia's biggest solar energy plants have been given the funding go-ahead, clearing the way for the installation of 2 million solar panels at two sites in the NSW outback.
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Fantastic to see solar and renewable energy being taken up and invested in

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