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Genetic secrets of microbes revealed

Genetic secrets of microbes revealed | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The genomes of 200 microbes, which represent the most abundant and diverse forms of life on Earth, are sequenced.
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This could eventually lead to our heightened ability to defend ourselves from outbreaks of disease, I hope.

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This wind turbine has no blades -- and that's why it's better

This wind turbine has no blades -- and that's why it's better | Lauri's Environment Scope | 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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Goodbye dead bird incidents...?

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Here's one way the developing world totally has America beat

Here's one way the developing world totally has America beat | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
It's poised to lead the world on clean energy investment.
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Our old power distribution system is going to be outmoded and very expensive for us if we don't adapt

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Ultimate power plant: Device uses energy in SOIL to charge a phone

Ultimate power plant: Device uses energy in SOIL to charge a phone | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The E-Kaia portable charger prototype (shown) was developed by students from Andrés Bello National University in Chile. It can also be used to power lamps and other devices with a USB port.
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Awesome : )

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Kyrgyzstan will have “green villages”

Kyrgyzstan will have “green villages” | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

Kyrgyzstan launches energy efficient rural GreenVillages

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The UN working for clean development and sustainability.

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Billionaires versus big oil

Billionaires versus big oil | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
A growing number of the world’s wealthiest people, From both ends of the political spectrum, are banding together to bet on new technologies that could displace fossil fuels. The one thing they have in common?
Lauri's insight:

This is encouraging news for the development of clean technologies...in one way at least. Hopefully a much more grass-roots investor pool will emerge with community projects funded by their own people taking shape.

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'The world is finally producing renewable energy at an industrial scale'

'The world is finally producing renewable energy at an industrial scale' | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Clean energy has spread to every corner of the globe, with more than 100,000 megawatts of capacity installed last year
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One key is to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and instead focus on clean energy infrastructure, this will drastically speed up the process.

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Canada's Green Energy: The Push for a New East-West Grid

Canada's Green Energy: The Push for a New East-West Grid | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Canadians call for a new smart power grid that could revolutionize the push for green energy.
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The US will need to re-think its own grid and how it fits with allowing home and community-generated clean energy to flow into the grid.

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France Passes Green Rooftop Law

France Passes Green Rooftop Law | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
France keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Initiatives like this make so much sense : )

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Air pollution may cause more UK deaths than previously thought, say scientists

Air pollution may cause more UK deaths than previously thought, say scientists | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Current figures of almost 30,000 UK deaths a year from air pollution do not factor in lethal nitrogen dioxide from diesel engines and wood, oil and coal burning, say experts
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Yet another reason to eliminate petrochemicals from our energy portfolios.

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Scientists identified almost 1,500 new creatures in world’s oceans last year

Scientists identified almost 1,500 new creatures in world’s oceans last year | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

 

 

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We're just beginning to find most of the species in the ocean.

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Carbon dioxide emissions cause tropical rainforests to grow faster

Carbon dioxide emissions cause tropical rainforests to grow faster | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Researchers from Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California have found that tropical forests account for more than half of all carbon dioxide absorbed by plants growing on land.
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It's interesting to see the research expand and evolve.

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How Fake Mollusk Poop Can Save The Environment

How Fake Mollusk Poop Can Save The Environment | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Did a clam just excrete some brown particles in your hand? The good news is that it might not be poop. The bad news is that it might be worse than poop. The best news is that stuff that's "worse than poop" can save an ecosystem.
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Interesting process.

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Ice cold water heats whole city

Ice cold water heats whole city | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The residents of Drammen in Norway have rather an unusual way of keeping warm, based on ice cold water from the local fjord.
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Check out the description of the process, center of article. Way far out!!

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Scientists may have found a way to eliminate antibiotic-resistant infections

Scientists may have found a way to eliminate antibiotic-resistant infections | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
New gene-editing technologies may take down antibiotic-resistant bacteria once and for all.
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Really, really cool : )

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Tesla's renewable home battery could help Africa become the global centre for green energy

Tesla's renewable home battery could help Africa become the global centre for green energy | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
At the end of April, Tesla launched two batteries that could revolutionise Africa's energy supply. Able to generate electricity from either the grid or...
Lauri's insight:

The point about disengaging from government is intriguing for the globe, not just Africa : )

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A lesson from Fukushima: A safe, clean energy future will be nuclear-free

A lesson from Fukushima: A safe, clean energy future will be nuclear-free | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

 The 11th of March 2015, marks the fourth year since beginning of one of the world's worst nuclear disasters: the triple reactor core meltdowns and catastrophic containment building failures at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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Nuclear power is an insane attempt to create power. It is not clean and never has been, but rather unbelievably toxic and dangerous.

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Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reviews plans for positioning Dubai as global hub for green economy

Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reviews plans for positioning Dubai as global hub for green economy | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The meeting was attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, HE Ahmed Buti Al
Lauri's insight:

So the reason the U.S. hasn't done this is because we want to.....make money off the dirty petrochemical industry we already have set up...? Oh wait, that would make us stupid compared to this....

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It's time to sunburn National Grid

It's time to sunburn National Grid | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
DURING A 2014 LEGISLATIVE HEARING, one state senator in Massachusetts compared our current utility structure to a Soviet system—bureaucratic, opaque, and inefficient with little public accountability.
Lauri's insight:

I agree with this analysis. We need to fund a new structure, not continue to be billed for an expansion and entrenchment of the old one.

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Almost half of Brits willing to pay more for green energy

Almost half of Brits willing to pay more for green energy | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Despite affording energy bills being one of the top concerns amongst British householders, almost half have said they would be willing to pay more in order
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Hopefully people in the US and other developed countries will think the same.

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New energy storage plant could 'revolutionise' renewable sector

New energy storage plant could 'revolutionise' renewable sector | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Flywheel plant being built in Ireland with potentially unlimited storage capability could solve the problem of clean energy supply shortfalls when there is insufficient sun or wind
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A little sketchy on the details, I could use more specifics but it sounds wonderful.

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Oxygen-depleted toxic oceans had key role in mass extinction over 200 million years ago

Oxygen-depleted toxic oceans had key role in mass extinction over 200 million years ago | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Changes in the biochemical balance of the ocean were a crucial factor in the end-Triassic mass extinction, during which half of all plant, animal and marine life on Earth perished, according to new research involving the University of Southampton.

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Fueled by massive releases of CO2.

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Preston D. McSwain's curator insight, May 4, 9:22 AM

Don't let this happen again.  Clean Up Oceans

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In Africa, Clean Energy Provides a Route to Clean Water

In Africa, Clean Energy Provides a Route to Clean Water | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Uganda and South Sudan us solar PV to lower cost of pumping water
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More economically viable.

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Ancient teeth reveal early human entry into rainforests

Ancient teeth reveal early human entry into rainforests | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

 People adapted to living in tropical rainforests thousands of years earlier than previously known, according to scientists who found crucial evidence in 20,000-year-old fossilized...

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Seems that this would only be sustainable with a small population of humans.

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Clean Energy Investment: Companies To Issue $30 Billion In 'Green Bonds'

Clean Energy Investment: Companies To Issue $30 Billion In 'Green Bonds' | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Companies could issue record amounts of green bonds this year to support clean energy projects around the world, the ratings service says.
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This opens even more a way for those who invest to divest from petrochemical investments and invest instead in green infrastructure.

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We could put utility-scale solar plants in our cities

We could put utility-scale solar plants in our cities | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Big solar projects don't have to be built in undeveloped areas, new research finds. We could fit them right into developed urban areas.
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Awesome idea here.

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