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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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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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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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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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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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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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