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Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years

Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
German scientists have developed technology that makes lithium-ion batteries last for 10,000 charging and discharging cycles while still retaining 85% of their original capacity.
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And the motto is, if you think it can be done...it usually can ;  )

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States try to block cities' transit plans

States try to block cities' transit plans | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
More and more cities in the Midwest and Sun Belt are trying to develop mass transit systems, but GOP-controlled state legislatures are getting in the way.
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Yet another reason not to vote for GOP candidates.

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How did Vancouver get so green?

How did Vancouver get so green? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Vancouver's progress on greenhouse gas emissions shows what's possible with political will and bold leadership. But it also reveals the limits.
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We need more focus on planning like this and carrying it out promptly!

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New Research: is this the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s?

New Research: is this the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The protein, which switches off at birth, reawakens in some older brains, protecting people from the memory and thinking problems of dementia, researchers say.
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This is extremely promising news!

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Tasmania's forests

Tasmania's forests | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it


Both sides signed a deal two years ago that gave everyone something: secure supplies for timber companies and protection for native forests.

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One of our last lines of defense against the rape of the natural world: protecting forests. Managing them as conservators.

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Now, panchayats to manage village forests

Now, panchayats to manage village forests | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

Now, panchayats to manage village forests. In bid to institutionalize an effective management regime for conservation and long-term sustainability of forests, the state government has now empowered village panchayats to manage...

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This reminds me of a documentary I saw about Nova Scotia where large timber companies have been allowed to manage regional forests and have been clear-cutting and wreaking havoc with the ecosystems and watersheds. Local management by those whose lives are intimately tied to the forests makes so much better sense.

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It's Official: Efficiency, Clean Energy to Help Fill California's Nuclear ...

It's Official: Efficiency, Clean Energy to Help Fill California's Nuclear ... | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
California took another major and symbolic step today with its decision to rely significantly on energy efficiency and other clean energy resources to help replace electricity once generated by the San Onofre Nuclear ...
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It would be great if plans like this one could be put in place for our other US nuclear power plants and we could shut them all down : ).

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Study Says Climate Change Accelerating Greenland's Ice Loss

Study Says Climate Change Accelerating Greenland's Ice Loss | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

 Greenland: A Laboratory For The Symptoms Of Global Warming Part of the glacial ice sheet that covers about 80 percent of the country is seen on July 17, 2013 on the...

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When more glacial ice melts in Greenland, the sea levels rise accordingly. There is no "denying" it.

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Is the Pentagon Doomed -- To Be Flush Forever

Is the Pentagon Doomed -- To Be Flush Forever | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

A brief summary of the cuts that didn't happen and where the money went instead.  How the U.S. Military Avoided Budget Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Then Asked for Billions More .

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Real cuts to date: almost nil. It's infuriating.

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This rough diamond hints at oceans’ worth of water inside Earth

This rough diamond hints at oceans’ worth of water inside Earth | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
A $20 diamond provides evidence of a 'wet zone' deep below Earth's surface where vast volumes of water are locked up inside minerals. (This rough diamond hints at oceans' worth of water inside Earth locked up inside minerals.
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Very exciting for possible water needs : ).

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Environment MEPs clamp down on wasteful plastic carrier bags

Environment MEPs clamp down on wasteful plastic carrier bags | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

 EU states would have to reduce the consumption of most common and polluting plastic bags by 80% by 2019, under draft rules...

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Hurrah, lets do this in the U.S. too!

 

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Rice is the new cocaine for European drug dealers

Rice is the new cocaine for European drug dealers | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

inDrug dealers are hanging up their dime bags and moving into the food-counterfeiting game.

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This is appalling.

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Brilliant teen publishes paper on saving the climate with ammonia-fueled cars

Brilliant teen publishes paper on saving the climate with ammonia-fueled cars | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Someone give this kid a hefty college scholarship.
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So let's do it!

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The Divine Right of President Obama?

The Divine Right of President Obama? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
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Killing American citizens without judicial due process -- it seems we have indeed abandoned our founding principals.

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Are Rainforests Drying Out?

Are Rainforests Drying Out? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

According to a new study, the Amazon rainforest’s … (The Amazon Rainforest drying out likely due to climatechange)

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At first I thought it said "dying" out; but drying out could be just as bad to indigenous life.

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13 of 14 warmest years on record occurred in 21st century

13 of 14 warmest years on record occurred in 21st century | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

Global warming trend continues with floods, droughts and extreme weather events around the world

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Let's face the hard, hot data.

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Kansas Senate panel advances bill to repeal renewable energy standards

Kansas Senate panel advances bill to repeal renewable energy standards | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

Supporters of wind energy say the industry is under attack by the Legislature, pointing to a bill that would eliminate renewable energy standards for utility...

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Building a market for renewables needs continued promotion.

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Genes And Environment: Does It Mean What You Think It Means?

Genes And Environment: Does It Mean What You Think It Means? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it


When you read news stories about what affects a developing human in the womb or how cancer or obesity arises, you probably also see references to genes and environment.

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I saw a video recently which discusses epigenetics, where the membrane of each cell acts as the "brain" and signals the genes how to react to it's cellular environment.

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The global Transition tipping point has arrived - vive la révolution

The global Transition tipping point has arrived - vive la révolution | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

 Last Friday, I posted an exclusive report about a new NASA-backed scientific research project at the US National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center...

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A thoughtful and well-presented discussion of where the new global economy is headed.

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Cold snaps result of global warming, study says

Cold snaps result of global warming, study says | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it


This year's uncommonly cold winter has put to bed the notion global warming is anything but a myth, right?

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Just to put the evidence in order.

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Evacuate the Economy

Evacuate the Economy | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

Your House Is On Fire

 

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It is crucial that the largest group of people understand the analysis made in this article.

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Clean Energy Created Nearly 80,000 Green Jobs In America During 2013 Alone

Clean Energy Created Nearly 80,000 Green Jobs In America During 2013 Alone | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

The numbers displayed in chart form.

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Major oil corporations and the dirty fuel industry are fighting tooth and nail to cut back on the creation of a clean energy economy. We must fight back!

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Is THIS The Way We'll Identify Alien Life?

Is THIS The Way We'll Identify Alien Life? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Earth’s atmosphere is heavy—it’s what keeps water from flying off into space. So astronomers looking for alien worlds that can harbor life have also been looking for heavy atmospheres. Now, they’ve found a way to gauge the at...
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Really neat.

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Moss can power a radio, and could eventually charge your phone

Moss can power a radio, and could eventually charge your phone | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
A team of scientists over in Europe have decided to take the idea of “green” power very, very literally.
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Pretty neat, huh?

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Fracking infrastructure? Not in my backyard, says Exxon CEO

Fracking infrastructure? Not in my backyard, says Exxon CEO | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
A Texas utility has had the nerve to plan a water tower right next to Rex Tillerson’s own horse ranch!
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Maybe no one else should have to put up with this either--whatd'y think?

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Man of the forests who made Bangalore green

Man of the forests who made Bangalore green | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

Man of the forests who made Bangalore green.
Sitting in the balcony of his two-storey house in Basaveshwaranagar, west Bangalore, SG Neginhal, 85, is busy preparing notes.

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A lakh or lac is a unit in the South Asian numbering system equal to one hundred thousand.

That's a lot of trees!

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