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Butterfly decline a worrying portent

Butterfly decline a worrying portent | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Butterflies are the essence of cool in the insect world, a favorite muse for poets and songwriters who hold them up as symbols of love, beauty, transformation and good fortune.
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Like the canary in a coal mine, losing these species prefaces our own extinction at worst and at best the loss of biodiversity that could offer the cure(s) to disease unless we can reverse the trend.

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Calculating economic value of forests often overlooks biodiversity, study finds

Calculating economic value of forests often overlooks biodiversity, study finds | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Conventional yardsticks for measuring the value of ecosystem services miss the nuances of highly varied tropical landscapes, researchers say.
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Taking in the big picture and valuing every nuance is crucial to global economics.

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Testing Matt Ridley’s Hypotheses About Global Warming

Testing Matt Ridley’s Hypotheses About Global Warming | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Matt Ridley has written an opinion piece for The Times (not the New York Times, the other one) which is a response to his critics, specifically, to those who openly disagree with him about climate change.
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As the momentum builds towards acting on climate change the arguments against it being real fail under scrutiny.

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New law allows NGOs to pursue legal action against environmental offenders

New law allows NGOs to pursue legal action against environmental offenders | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Granting some NGOs the legal standing necessary to sue polluters, the revised version of China’s Environmental Protection Law is expected to allow social organizations to play a bigger role in fighting environmental crimes.

Via SustainOurEarth
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A look at the developing Chinese environmental justice system.

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Papal text says man betrays God by destroying the environment

Papal text says man betrays God by destroying the environment | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

 Pope Francis waded into the global debate on climate change and the environment on Sunday, saying in the text of a speech that man was destroying nature and betraying God's calling to be stewards...

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Finally, a call to environmental conservation and action with influence upon billions of people of faith.

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A New Year's scramble to obey California's hard-boiled egg laws

A New Year's scramble to obey California's hard-boiled egg laws | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
By aiming rules at eaters rather than farmers, California's bid to change poultry farming might actually succeed.
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Cool  concept. Keeps the industry in place and improves the quality of food at the same time. : )

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Something Alive Is Moving About Half Of The Water In The Oceans

Something Alive Is Moving About Half Of The Water In The Oceans | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
We thought we knew what went on down there...
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Here is the whale as rototiller/interdimensional fertilizer.

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Transparent solar windows generate energy without obstructing the view

Transparent solar windows generate energy without obstructing the view | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed solar concentrators that can be placed on windows or cellphone screens.
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Iraq War 4.0?

Iraq War 4.0? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
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Here we go again and again and again killing our soldiers and hundreds of thousands of  civilians and inspiring terror.

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This poo-powered bus runs on the regular as long as you do

This poo-powered bus runs on the regular as long as you do | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Move over, Popemobile. The poopmobile is heaven scent.
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Far Out!!

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Is our Sun falling silent?

Is our Sun falling silent? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Astronomers are trying to understand how a lack of activity on the Sun might affect our planet.
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Entering a new "minimum" for a prolonged period of time could change conditions for us....

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Biodegradable fishing nets could prevent sea mammal deaths

Biodegradable fishing nets could prevent sea mammal deaths | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Alejandro Plasencia has created biodegradable fishing nets and tracking tags for fishermen to prevent sea mammals getting trapped in lost trawling equipment

Via Kathy Dowsett
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Finally a sensible solution.

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Two massive bears brawl in the middle of a neighbourhood street

Two massive bears brawl in the middle of a neighbourhood street | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
For a brief period on a sunny summer afternoon, a quiet neighbourhood in Rockaway, New Jersey was ground zero for a battle of titans. Two male black bears duk
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Even the inside of a car doesn't seem so safe when you're that close to an epic battle like this.

 

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California Energy Strategists Push For 100% Clean Energy, Without Fossil Fuels Or Nuclear Power

California Energy Strategists Push For 100% Clean Energy, Without Fossil Fuels Or Nuclear Power | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
If this game-changing goal is widely adopted by the environmental community and by a vanguard of public officials, it would put California climate policymakers and others under pressure to advance the state's already ambitious clean energy goals....

Via Vikram R Chari
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As a way to provide employment to those who once depended on the fossil fuel energy industries this is priceless.

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Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change

Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Driven by a growing environmental movement and mounting pressure from Western consumers, corporate and government leaders are making a new push to slow the cutting of rain forests.
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It sounds good yet is so fragile, depending on the development of new food practices and the investment of richer countries to make it work.

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Media Ignore Study Finding Ocean Warming 15 Times Faster Than In Past 10,000 Years

Media Ignore Study Finding Ocean Warming 15 Times Faster Than In Past 10,000 Years | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

 Media have ignored how climate change has affected the oceans:


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Good reporting would cover this context for the so-called "pause" in warming temperatures. How can we ignore 70% of the planet?

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Is Keystone about energy security or naked greed?

Is Keystone about energy security or naked greed? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The real motive for this project has nothing to do with America's best interest.
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Let's build American green infrastructure, not Canada's filthy tar sands industry buried near our aquifers.

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This small-scale hybrid energy device harvests both sun and wind

This small-scale hybrid energy device harvests both sun and wind | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Combining solar PV and vertical axis wind turbines into a single modular unit, the SolarMill is billed as "world’s first integrated hybrid technology"
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Put it on your roof and let the device pay for itself in four years, while it goes on making energy and saving money for decades : )

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Hateful little cannibal squirrels could help California drought

Hateful little cannibal squirrels could help California drought | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Belding’s squirrels, long considered a pest, may actually be helping California’s water woes.
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Imagine being fertile one day a year and sleeping for 9 months!

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14 Ways to Cleanse the Body from GMO's and Environmental Toxins

14 Ways to Cleanse the Body from GMO's and Environmental Toxins | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
From the chemtrails being sprayed over our neighborhoods to the poisons killing our bees and making our food toxic ‘medicine’ we need a way to purge the deadly elixirs of a greedy government, owned and run by corporate interests.
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Some of these ideas have been around for centuries.

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Ultimate recycling: New plastic that disappears when you want it to

Ultimate recycling: New plastic that disappears when you want it to | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Plastic populates our world through everything from electronics to packaging and vehicles. Once discarded, it resides almost permanently in landfills and oceans.
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If these new plastics could be made durable and chemically inert while in use it would revolutionize industry...but they would still have to be collected to break them back down and that could be problematic, not solving the waste issue.

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​New research to turn salty oceans into a renewable energy source

​New research to turn salty oceans into a renewable energy source | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Dutch researchers are to test a renewable water energy source known as “blue energy” at an experimental facility which opened on Wednesday.
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The key is improving the efficiency to make it useful in larger scenarios.

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The Deep Sea Mystery Circle - a love story

The Deep Sea Mystery Circle - a love story | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
even for a man who spent the last 50 years immersed in the underwater world of sea life, the ocean proved infinitely mysterious.
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Way to go puffer fish!

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Bikes created 655,000 jobs in Europe

Bikes created 655,000 jobs in Europe | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
That's more than the entire European mining and quarrying industry -- not bad for a hippie hobby, right?
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And soon may grow to a million jobs!

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Fast-Warming Gulf of MaineOffers Hint of Future for Oceans

Fast-Warming Gulf of MaineOffers Hint of Future for Oceans | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The waters off the coast of New England are warming more rapidly than almost any other ocean region on earth.
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Really interesting detailed report on the changes in this region.

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The 10 things you need to know from the new IPCC climate report

The 10 things you need to know from the new IPCC climate report | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
This is -- finally and for real -- the last installment of the report. Here's what it says in a nutshell.
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Even China is moving toward the goals set here. They recognize it is in their own interest. Whereas our elected officials are mostly in the pocket of oil/gas/coal, and are barely moving at all or are legislating obstacles to change.

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