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Drift catchers use citizen science to fight pesticide pollution

Drift catchers use citizen science to fight pesticide pollution | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Tired of watching chemicals blow across their fields, withering crops and threatening their own health, some farmers are taking matters into their own hands.
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A way to organize farmers to stand up to the big chemical companies. I'm hoping that organized violence against these citizen scientists is not allowed to occur.

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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
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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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New CA Bill Threatens Clean Energy in the Golden State

New CA Bill Threatens Clean Energy in the Golden State | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

A proposed California law threatens clean energy start-ups, but you wouldn’t know that simply by reading it. Assembly Bill 2145 entered the state senate late last month on a platform of consumer protection.

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It's more than mere coincidence that the sponsor of this measure is the darling of the large existing power companies.

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Breakthrough Technology & Clean Energy for Australia

Breakthrough Technology & Clean Energy for Australia | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it


A Video from CNBC examines the benefits of breakthrough technologies
inc: wave, solar and geothermal and their impact on the future of clean en


Via TechinBiz
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Time the USA jumped on the bandwagon instead of building infrastructure to export gas, shale oil and tar sand oil!

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

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Here's what a real plan to stop global warming might look like

Here's what a real plan to stop global warming might look like | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

 In a big new report on "deep decarbonization" for the United Nations, a wide array of experts tried to model the massive shifts that would be required if we wanted to cut emissions...

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To hell with nuclear--let's go for more solar!

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3 Clean Energy Startups to Watch in 2014

3 Clean Energy Startups to Watch in 2014 | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

 


Startups come and go. In the age of the internet it's becoming a quick game to play.

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3 interesting companies to watch.

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