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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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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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This New Underwater Technology Could Solve a Host of Environmental Problems

This New Underwater Technology Could Solve a Host of Environmental Problems | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Australia with some big news.
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Let's build these offshore instead of drilling rigs....

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Cigarette butts could solve clean energy storage conundrum

Cigarette butts could solve clean energy storage conundrum | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
It's rare that smoking receives some good press, but South Korean scientists say they have found an unlikely benefit to cigarettes: used butts can be converted into powerful batteries for storing renewable energy.
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Pretty cool. : )

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This 'eco stove' does more than cook your dinner

This 'eco stove' does more than cook your dinner | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Meet the eco-superhero using the sun and volcanic rocks to reinvent cooking in Kampala.
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Another brilliant idea from another brilliant mind.

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Best Houseplants to Filter Toxins in Your Bathroom

Best Houseplants to Filter Toxins in Your Bathroom | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
A lot has been said about the benefits that come with keeping houseplants, especially when it comes to their ability to naturally filter toxins out of the air in our homes. Most of us keep our hous...
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A little green in the house makes the environment cheerier.

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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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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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10 myths about fossil fuel divestment put to the sword

10 myths about fossil fuel divestment put to the sword | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
As environmentalist Bill McKibben lays out the case for divesting from coal, oil and gas companies in the Guardian, we examine some of the popular myths around fossil fuel divestment
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Don't deplore, divest!!

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Why These Former Burger King and Pepsi Execs Ditched Meat To Bet on Plant-Based Protein

Why These Former Burger King and Pepsi Execs Ditched Meat To Bet on Plant-Based Protein | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The Swette’s are onto something. Not only do they understand that Americans’ interest in global flavors is increasing, they know that consumers want leaner, healthier, greener protein sources in convenient packages.
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The wave of the future in food.

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The Promise of Clean Energy Student Entrepreneurs

The Promise of Clean Energy Student Entrepreneurs | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Cleantech investing has taken quite a hit in recent years. Last year, CBS News highlighted the “cleantech crash” on U.S.
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Funding for innovative products in clean energy is still coming in, thank goodness.

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New technique may make solar panel production less expensive

New technique may make solar panel production less expensive | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a more efficient method of creating the material that makes solar panels work, according to a report published this week, which researchers say could be key to creating clean global energy in the future.
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Whoo-hoo! I wonder how this new mineral is obtained and what the environmental impact of mining it will be.

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Forget foam -- now we can grow better takeout containers

Forget foam -- now we can grow better takeout containers | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Bricks that grow themselves, plastic made of mushrooms ... the future is a weird and wonderful place.
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This stuff is awesome!

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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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