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Effective social media marketing in 2015 | Hypemade

Effective social media marketing in 2015 | Hypemade | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it

Social media platforms are not all equally effective, especially if you’re trying to market predominantly to specific demographics determined by age, education level, income, or location. One of the most important factors that you might use to streamline your social media usage is age — attempting to market a product for established businesses on a platform like Snapchat, which is primarily made up of 18-24 year old users, will not yield favorable results.


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 10, 2015 1:34 AM
5 Steps for efficient and effective social media marketing in 2015
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Standard Chartered faces pressure to cut links to Australian 'carbon bomb' project

Standard Chartered faces pressure to cut links to Australian 'carbon bomb' project | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it
UK bank lent $680m to the company building one of world’s largest coal mines in Queensland, according to court testimony, despite publicly saying it is not funding the project
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Can biotech provide the magic formula for the green economy? - The Guardian

Can biotech provide the magic formula for the green economy? - The Guardian | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it
Genetic engineering could help cut our use of fossil fuels and resources with the right support from environmentalists and government
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Canada’s Silence on Climate is Deafening | Danielle Droitsch for the NRDC | Medium.com

Canada's Silence on Climate is Deafening - Natural Resources Defense Council - Medium

Canada just missed a critical deadline to address climate change, in what is the latest in series of worrisome actions.

While the United States and Mexico stepped up to announce new emissions targets in advance of the world climate conference in Paris in December, Canada stood silent. By failing to stand with its North American allies, Canada’s current Conservative government will miss its 2020 climate pollution target, and the enormous opportunity to grow its clean energy economy.

Why did Canada miss this key deadline?

 

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France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels

France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it

All new buildings in commercial zones across the country must comply with new environmental legislation.

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved on Thursday.

Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer.

The law approved by parliament was more limited in scope than initial calls by French environmental activists to make green roofs that cover the entire surface mandatory on all new buildings.


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Jim Gramata's curator insight, March 20, 2015 4:10 PM

Leadership once again overseas. Well done. While our commercial leadership is doing great we can do better with better community standards. 

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In Florida, officials ban term 'climate change'

In Florida, officials ban term 'climate change' | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it
State environmental officials ordered not to use the terms “climate change” or “global warming” in any government communications, emails, or reports.

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Here's a novel approach by a Government to the effects of climate change and global warming, NOT!  If we don't say the nasty words "climate change" and "global warming" then maybe the problem will just disappear....!!!

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Under the sun: Australia's largest solar farm set to sprout in a Queensland field

Under the sun: Australia's largest solar farm set to sprout in a Queensland field | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it
A sea of glass panels may soon be sprawling across a paddock in Queensland’s Darling Downs cranking out two gigawatts of energy – 100 times more than the largest solar farm in Australia today – and a former top flight barrister is the unusual shining light behind its development

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Helios concept yacht harvests solar power to explore the world’s high seas | Lucy Wang | Inhabitat.com

Helios concept yacht harvests solar power to explore the world’s high seas | Lucy Wang | Inhabitat.com | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it

Italian designers Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi developed Helios, a solar-powered sailing yacht concept design for the Young Designer of the Year 2015 contest.

 

Created with a low carbon footprint in mind, the 180.5-foot-long modern yacht can accommodate 10 guests and 8 crewmembers. Hello harvests solar power through its flexible solar cell-clad sails made of silicon. The surface area covers about 2,500 panels that can generate approximately 355 kWh of power.

 

The luxury boat offers many amenities, from an infinity pool with sunbathing areas to a cinema and tender garages that house jet skis, canoes, and even a 23-foot-long limo tender.

 

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Eight million tons: Researchers calculate the magnitude of plastic waste going into the ocean

Eight million tons: Researchers calculate the magnitude of plastic waste going into the ocean | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it
A plastic grocery bag cartwheels down the beach until a gust of wind spins it into the ocean. In 192 coastal countries, this scenario plays out over and over again as discarded beverage bottles, food wrappers, toys and other bits of plastic make their way from estuaries, seashores and uncontrolled landfills ...

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The 12 most pesticide-contaminated foods (Infographic) - and 15 cleanest

The 12 most pesticide-contaminated foods (Infographic) - and 15 cleanest | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it
Pesticides have been linked to cancer, developmental disabilities, endocrine disruption, and many other serious problems. This infographic from Juicing with G gives critical information about which are the most, and the least, pesticide contaminated fruits and vegetables. This chart does not address GMOs. So sweet corn shows up as being less contaminated with pesticides, mainly because the husk catches most of them. But if the corn is genetically modified, then it is itself literally registered

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foodofhistory's curator insight, February 19, 2015 6:15 PM

(It is worthwhile to go #organic or grow your own when it comes to these foods)

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Lithium-ion batteries inspired by snail shells could prove longer-lasting | Nick Lavars | GizMag.com

Lithium-ion batteries inspired by snail shells could prove longer-lasting | Nick Lavars | GizMag.com | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it

In an ongoing effort to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries, scientists have looked to the techniques that snails use to control the growth of their shells. This biological inspiration, combined with a peptide found to bind very effectively with materials used to make cathodes, has potential for making lighter and longer-lasting batteries.

What pointed the battery researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) toward the slithering slugs was the inherent obstacles in dealing with materials at the nanoscale. Working with objects between one and 100 nanometers in size, chemical reactions are different and can be somewhat unpredictable, due in part to an increase in surface area for nanostructured materials

In terms of battery technology, nanostructured electrodes with greater surface area compared to conventional bulk material electrodes offer more active sites for electrochemical reactions to occur, with the particles that carry the charge also traveling shorter distances.

The team looked to the way mollusks are able to use peptides, strings of amino acids, to dictate the growth of their shells. Using inorganic materials such as calcium carbonate, the creatures display a high amount of control in forming nanoscale structures, something the researchers believed could be used as a blueprint in battery chemistry and lead to lithium-ion batteries that are both lighter and have longer lifetimes.

 

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We did the math on clean coal, and it doesn't add up

We did the math on clean coal, and it doesn't add up | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it
Is carbon capture and sequestration a net win for the climate? That depends on how you crunch the numbers.

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From So What to Now What - Developing an Innovator's mindset - Thanks @shareski

Keynote for Google Academy at TCEA 2015 in Austin, Texas February 2, 2015

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, February 5, 2015 1:27 PM

People will only scratch an itch that is annoying enough to create discomfort.  Let's get more educators to the point of discomfort.

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This Wind Tubine has no Blades -- and that's why it's better

This Wind Tubine has no Blades -- and that's why it's better | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it
The Vortex bladeless turbine uses the wind to vibrate instead of spin. That makes it cheaper, quieter, and more reliable than a bladed turbine.

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thando mhlongo's curator insight, May 22, 2015 5:46 AM

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Is Solar Energy Ready To Compete With Oil And Other Fossil Fuels?

Is Solar Energy Ready To Compete With Oil And Other Fossil Fuels? | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it
By Gaurav Agnihotri for Oilprice.comThe solar energy industry may prove to be a dark horse in the race to provide global energy security. The world.
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In Morocco, the Dawn of a Green Energy Revolution | Juan Cole | Truthdig.com

In Morocco, the Dawn of a Green Energy Revolution | Juan Cole | Truthdig.com | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it

American attention in the Middle East is usually directed by our press to the oil and gas giants of the Gulf. Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq all loom large in our collective consciousness, even though they are not typical of the region.

Important countries such as Morocco, Egypt and Turkey mostly lack these hydrocarbon resources and so are barely mentioned in American television news programs. Morocco in particular gets less coverage than the moons of Jupiter. But in ways that are escaping most observers, its aggressive green energy plans are likely much more representative of the future of the Arab world than are those of the petrostates. Moreover, this development would be a good thing, putting energy wars off the agenda and shifting wealth and cultural power from the archconservative Gulf to more cosmopolitan Arab centers.

The Moroccan government is the one in the Arab world most serious about renewable energy. It imports 95 percent of its fuel, a huge annual outlay for a relatively poor country (with a population of 33 million, and nominal gross domestic product of $103 billion). Worse, that government heavily subsidizes fuel costs for citizens, costing additional billions each year.

The beauty of renewables for a country with a moral economy like Morocco’s is that the fuel is free and so requires no subsidies. The costs would be for equipment, installation and grid infrastructure. No wonder the Moroccan government has set a goal of getting 42 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, only five years from now.

Green energy is no pipe dream for Morocco but rather is powering its transformation from a poverty-stricken agricultural country to a modern industrial nation.

 

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A renewed outlook for Morocco as it is set to spearhead the transformation for innovation on the African continent.  

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Even scarier than California's shrinking reservoirs is its shrinking groundwater supply | Colleen Shalby | PBS News Hour

Even scarier than California's shrinking reservoirs is its shrinking groundwater supply | Colleen Shalby | PBS News Hour | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it

Last week a startling headline on California’s dire water supply fueled a wave of reports that the state was on borrowed time: “California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?” read the Op-Ed that first appeared in the Los Angeles Times. Several other news outlets picked up the story.

 

But Jay Famiglietti, JPL scientist and author of the Op-Ed that sparked the coverage, said while the problem is indeed serious, many of the headlines didn’t quite get it right. That California’s reservoirs hold only a year’s worth of water is true, but somewhat beside the point. Most concerning, he says, is what’s happening to the state’s groundwater supply.

 

California’s reservoirs, he said, typically store about three years of water at a time. Sure, with the state’s severe drought, the amount now is less than ideal. But far more water exists underground.

Groundwater comes from aquifers — water that’s stored beneath the Earth’s surface in the pores of soil and the cracks of rock and granite. And in California, which is entering its fourth year of drought, there’s no current management plan to sustain that reserve, Famiglietti said.

Think about it this way, he said. Reservoir water is your checking account, and groundwater is your money in the bank. Some goes into your checking, but most exists in your savings account. Rainfall and snow is your monthly income.

Essentially, the state is depleting its primary funds.

“If you can live check-to-check on rain and snowmelt, that’s great. But [California] can’t. We haven’t really ever done that.”

 

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Next Big Future: Ten Kilowatts beamed 500 meters in a proof of concept for space based solar power

Next Big Future: Ten Kilowatts beamed 500 meters in a proof of concept for space based solar power | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has conducted ground demonstration testing of "wireless power transmission," a new technology presently under development to serve as the core technology of the space solar power systems (SSPS) that are expected to be the power generation systems of the future. With successful completion of the test at the company's Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works, MHI has now verified the viability of long-distance wireless power transmission.
In the ground demonstration test, 10 kilowatts (kW) of power was sent from a transmitting unit by microwave. The reception of power was confirmed at a receiver unit located at a distance of 500 meters (m) away by the illumination of LED lights, using part of power transmitted.


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Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters | Michaeleen Doucleff | NPR.org

Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters | Michaeleen Doucleff | NPR.org | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it

It's March. It's freezing. And there's half a foot of snow on the ground. When is this winter going to end?

 

Many scientists think that climate change might be one cause of this year's "snowpocalypse" in Boston and bitter cold snaps in New York and Washington.

 

But physicists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been looking into another culprit: air pollution in China and India.

 

"Over the past 30 years or so, man-made emission centers have shifted from traditional industrialized countries to fast, developing countries in Asia," physicist Jonathan Jiang writes in an email.

 

The animation from NASA shows how pollution from Asia and other continents mixes and moves around the world. (It's a simulation made with satellite data from September 2006 to April 2007.)

The colorful swirls represent airborne particles in the atmosphere. Many of those particles are sea salt (shown in blue) picked up from the ocean, and dust (shown in red-orange) scooped up from deserts.

But there are also man-made sources of particles. Soot from fires is shown in green-yellow, and sulfur from fossil fuel emissions and volcanoes is in white.

As the animation moves through time, you can see fires billow up from South America and parts of Africa. Dust from the Sahara Desert sweeps west, and power plants in North America and Europe emit sulfur that blows east.

Then, about 43 seconds into the video, Asia comes into view. And its coal-powered industrialization is clear.

 

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Seth Forman's curator insight, March 23, 2015 6:08 PM

Summary: This article is very interesting because it analyzes the possible effects of this years long winter. This article claims it is caused by air pollution in China.

 

Insight:  This article is basically the epitome of what we learned in Unit 1 because it is all about the spatial analysis of world processes. The article says that China's population lead to major air pollution there and that, they claim, has lead to global warming, meaning that the polar ice caps are descending and causing longer winters and masking the sun in the ozone.  

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System to turn wastewater into fresh water developed | Science Daily

System to turn wastewater into fresh water developed | Science Daily | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it

A Missouri University of Science and Technology professor has shown that improving wastewater treatment and saving energy are not only essential, but they're also compatible.

Dr. Jianmin Wang, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, has developed multiple wastewater treatment technologies that produce freshwater that is not only cleaner than wastewater treated using traditional methods, but also requires less maintenance and energy. Additionally, his inventions can be used to retrofit existing wastewater treatment plants.

On Feb. 6, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced nearly $1.1 million in grants for the Small Community Engineering Assistance Program, implemented through the Department of Natural Resources to help communities with wastewater engineering costs, whether it's commissioning a report or making repairs and upgrades.

Although his technology is too new, in regulatory terms, to be of use in the grant recipient communities, Wang says his technology is superior to existing ones in terms of cost and treatment efficiency.

Wang will discuss his treatment systems during a presentation titled, "Harnessing Energy and Freshwater from Wastewater: Reversing the Environmental Footprint" on Feb. 27 at the Missouri S&T campus. Part of his talk will focus on comparing how much energy existing systems use and how much his can save.

 

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Rafael Ruiz's curator insight, November 7, 2015 7:05 AM

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Biofuel from trash could create green jobs bonanza, says report

Biofuel from trash could create green jobs bonanza, says report | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it
Advanced biofuels industry could spur hundreds of thousands of jobs across Europe, says new report, but key European parliament vote next week could throw clean fuel ambitions into disarray

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The First US City to Run On 100% Renewable Energy

The First US City to Run On 100% Renewable Energy | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it
Congratulations to Vermont's Largest City, Burlington The first US city to run entirely on 100% renewable energy

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The World's First Carbon-Positive Prefab House

The World's First Carbon-Positive Prefab House | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it
Australian firm Archiblox has designed the world's first carbon-positive prefab. We take a tour of the space, which is currently on view in Melbourne's City Square.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, February 19, 2015 2:32 AM

Les photos à l'intérieur la présentent très lumineuse et étonnamment  vaste.

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ShellBOMB - Big Oil CEO Pivots on Carbon: Calls for "Carbon Pricing System"

ShellBOMB - Big Oil CEO Pivots on Carbon: Calls for "Carbon Pricing System" | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it

PLC Chief Executive Ben van Beurden is preparing to offer some criticism of the debate over climate-change policy, and his industry’s approach to it, at a London oil-industry conference on Thursday night.

 

In a speech — an excerpt of which the Journal obtained — Mr. van Beurden will tell a roomful of oil executives in formal wear that the industry should support policies to curb climate change, including a carbon-pricing system and “a shift from coal to natural gas.”

The solution, Mr. van Beurden says, is for the industry to stop keeping “a low profile on the issue. I understand that tactic,” the speech says, “but in the end it’s not a good tactic.”


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23 Shocking Photos Reveal How Bad China's Pollution Problem Has Become - StumbleUpon

23 Shocking Photos Reveal How Bad China's Pollution Problem Has Become - StumbleUpon | innovative ways to save the environment | Scoop.it

You won’t believe just how bad the pollution problem in China has become. China is the most populous country on the planet, and with economic growth rate at over 10% the environment is paying a heavy toll.

 

Pollution in China remains largely  unchecked and as a result the country contains some of the dirtiest air in the world. Hence why people walk through the city wearing dust masks for protection against the thick clouds of smog. China is home to many polluted, unusable waterways, as well as swaths of garbage-infested land.


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