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Warming Oceans Leading to Extinction of Some Plankton, A Vital Marine Food

Warming Oceans Leading to Extinction of Some Plankton, A Vital Marine Food | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

Cod and hake are not the only marine animals affected, of course...

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Humpback whales (like all baleen whales) are seasonal feeders and carnivores that filter feed tiny crustaceans (krill - mainly Euphausia superba, copepods, etc.), plankton, and small fish (including herring, mackerel, capelin, and sandeel) from the water. They are gulpers (not skimmers), filter feeders that alternatively swim then gulp a mouthful of plankton or fish. Concentrated masses of prey are preferable for this method of feeding. An average-sized humpback whale will eat 4,400-5,500 pounds (2000-2500 kg) of plankton, krill and small, schooling fish each day during the feeding season in cold waters (about 120 days).

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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.
Lauri's insight:

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
Lauri's insight:

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

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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.
Lauri's insight:

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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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.
Lauri's insight:

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.
Lauri's insight:

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.
Lauri's insight:

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.
Lauri's insight:

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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China: Solar Schools to Help Build Green Cities

China: Solar Schools to Help Build Green Cities | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
With support from the World Bank, Beijing is implementing a large project to install 100 megawatts of rooftop solar PV systems in 800 primary and middle schools - the largest of such initiatives in the country so far.
Lauri's insight:

Which would you rather have, bombs in the Middle East or solar on every school in the nation?

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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.
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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
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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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