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Nanoparticle opens the door to clean-energy alternatives

Nanoparticle opens the door to clean-energy alternatives | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

 Nanoparticle opens the door to clean-energy alternatives A transmission-electron microscope image of a collection of quasi-spherical nickel phosphide nanoparticles Cheaper clean-energy technologies could be made....

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This is pretty cool, an inexpensive way to catalyze hydrogen...assuming there is a safe way to contain the nanoparticles themselves.

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The octopus that strangled its lover to death

The octopus that strangled its lover to death | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
In a single extraordinary act, a female octopus has changed how we think of her kind

Via Kathy Dowsett
Lauri's insight:

Reminds me of spiders that kill the male they mate with.

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Kathy Dowsett's curator insight, October 28, 9:04 PM

Love em and kill em!

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Developing countries begin to take lead in green energy growth

Developing countries begin to take lead in green energy growth | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The growth rate of wind farms and solar plants in China, India and an array of smaller developing countries is starting to outpace that in many of the world’s richest nations.
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Are we such slaves to big oil profits that we are missing the boat to the future?

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Bamboo Could Be a Savior for Climate Change, Biodiversity

Bamboo Could Be a Savior for Climate Change, Biodiversity | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

"The evidence shows that [bamboo] is being seriously undervalued as a possibility for countries to engage in biodiversity protection and protection of the natural environment.

The plant bamboo, and there are about 1,250 different species, has a very important role to play in environmental protection and climate change mitigation.


Via Debra Dawson
Lauri's insight:

The idea of locking in a lot of carbon and then cutting it down and using it to build while another generation locks in even more is intriguing.

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Why clean energy might be cheaper than you think

Why clean energy might be cheaper than you think | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
A new report written for the European Commission says cleaner power is cheaper power when all costs are considered.
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Just makes a LOT of sense. : )

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
“This bill is a step in the right direction - it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” Brown said in a statement Tuesday.
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Hurray!!

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36 bits of good news to cure your ocean blues

36 bits of good news to cure your ocean blues | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
These stories of measured success and cute animals suggest the ocean may not be entirely screwed!
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Here's a silver lining for the climate (ocean) warming/pollution cloud.

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Obama Just Created the World's Largest Marine Reserve

Obama Just Created the World's Largest Marine Reserve | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
U.S. President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of a marine reserve in the Southwest Pacific, protecting a massive area from commercial development. (OCEANS - Some good news for a change ...
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Recreational fishing consistent with conservation will be allowed...but no commercial fishing.

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How Often are Unarmed Black Men Shot Down By Police?

How Often are Unarmed Black Men Shot Down By Police? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
We stand today, two weeks after the shooting Death of Unarmed John Crawford , a week and a half after the Police Shooting Death of Unarmed Michael Brown, about a week after the shooting of Death of ...
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The figures (read down the page of the article) speak volumes.

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Sun's magnetic field set to 'flip'

Sun's magnetic field set to 'flip' | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The Solar System is about to feel the force of the Sun's power when its magnetic field "flips" in the next few weeks.
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I never knew that this happened...interesting.

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Washington state just lopped up to $2,500 off the cost of solar panels. Here's how.

Washington state just lopped up to $2,500 off the cost of solar panels. Here's how. | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Instead of a patchquilt of permitting rules that vary from county to county, the state now has a simpler -- and cheaper -- process.
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Some things are getting better : )

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In 10 years, no one in Helsinki is going to own a car

In 10 years, no one in Helsinki is going to own a car | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Why would they? The Finnish capital will have a smartphone-enabled travel network that combines small buses, self-driving cars, bicycles, and even ferries.
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Really cool : )

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Crazy contraption turns cow poo into clean water, fertilizer, and natural gas (ahem)

Crazy contraption turns cow poo into clean water, fertilizer, and natural gas (ahem) | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
A single cow produces 10,000 gallons of poop each year. That's a whole lotta Kool-Aid!
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It's ok to feed this water back to the cows, but not to drink apparently.

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Group Representing 590 Million Christians Divests From Fossil Fuel

Group Representing 590 Million Christians Divests From Fossil Fuel | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it



Perhaps recalling the parts of the Bible in which God asks that his followers be good stewards to the Earth, the World Council of Churches, a global coalition of 345 churches ...

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Whooeee!!

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Bougainville Voices Say ‘No’ to Mining

Bougainville Voices Say ‘No’ to Mining | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

"We planted taro, but it wouldn’t grow like before [the mine] and the breadfruit trees didn’t have any fruits […]. In Panguna, the chemicals are still there in the river. No-one drinks the water, there is no fish there." -- Lynette Ona, a member of the Bougainville Indigenous Women Landowner Association


Via Debra Dawson
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Mining takes it's toll globally.

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15-Ton Prehistoric Shark Captured Off Coast Of Pakistan

15-Ton Prehistoric Shark Captured Off Coast Of Pakistan | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

 A giant prehistoric shark previously thought to be extinct for more than 20 million years has been captured by local fishermen off the coast of Pakistan, reports the Islamabad Herald this m


Via Kathy Dowsett
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Well the picture looks like it might be real...

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Fly genome could help us improve health and our environment - Phys.Org

Fly genome could help us improve health and our environment - Phys.Org | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The house fly might be a worldwide pest, but its genome will provide information that could improve our lives.
Lauri's insight:

Research like this is one reason why the future could be so much better in terms of health care and in other areas as well.

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Australia’s Clean Energy Investment Plummets Below Algeria, Myanmar, Thailand, And Uruguay

Australia’s Clean Energy Investment Plummets Below Algeria, Myanmar, Thailand, And Uruguay | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
At the same time, China's investment in clean energy surged ahead to a new record of almost $20 billion with a focus on domestic solar installation.

Via SustainOurEarth
Lauri's insight:

Clean energy production is so clearly the way to develop and invest now. Petrochemicals may still be plentiful but they are literally killing this planet.

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35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'

35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest' | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
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A dramatic illustration of the changing environmental conditions in the Arctic regions.

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Complex molecule discovered in space

Complex molecule discovered in space | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The discovery of a branched carbon molecule 27,000 light-years from Earth suggests the building blocks of life may be ubiquitous throughout the galaxy.
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A further step to proving that we are not alone as living forms in the universe.

 

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This California bill will make electric cars way less pretentious

This California bill will make electric cars way less pretentious | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
If passed, the Charge Ahead California Initiative would subsidize electric cars for low-income drivers throughout the state.
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CA leads the way, again. : )

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Magical algae turns sewage into biofuel and Dasani

Magical algae turns sewage into biofuel and Dasani | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
By Dasani, we mean potable tap water. And by sewage, we mean sewage.
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Can you say, "when's the IPO?"

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How a town in Maine is blocking an Exxon tar-sands pipeline

How a town in Maine is blocking an Exxon tar-sands pipeline | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The city council of South Portland has voted to block ExxonMobil's scheme to ship filthy Albertan oil out through the city's port.
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Way to go!!

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Leave It to Beaver(s)

Leave It to Beaver(s) | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
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How beavers created a lush green environment out West and can do so again.

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German Environment Agency calls for rules preventing fracking

German Environment Agency calls for rules preventing fracking | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it


A spokeswoman for the environment ministry said draft laws on fracking would be presented to the cabinet after the summer break.

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A sane approach which we would do well to  copy in the US.

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One judge's smackdown of a Colorado coal mine could help fight carbon projects everywhere

One judge's smackdown of a Colorado coal mine could help fight carbon projects everywhere | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
A coal mine expansion snags on the 'social cost of carbon protocol' — a boring bit of legalese that could one day prove invaluable in the climate fight.
Lauri's insight:

This is such an important step in the legal process of outlawing dirty energy development.

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