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How did Vancouver get so green?

How did Vancouver get so green? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Vancouver's progress on greenhouse gas emissions shows what's possible with political will and bold leadership. But it also reveals the limits.
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We need more focus on planning like this and carrying it out promptly!

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Norwegian green energy to power UK homes

Norwegian green energy to power UK homes | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
UK homes will be powered by the Norwegian green power according to National Grid
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Hopefully the interests involved in building an international supply will not work against independent supplies such as home solar collection and generation.

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Nasa reveals robot that could spot life in Europa's underground oceans

Nasa reveals robot that could spot life in Europa's underground oceans | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The undersea rover has been scouring an aquarium in LA before being blasted off to Europa. It is controlled remotely via satellite.
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Amazing what we can attempt when we use funds for exploration and knowledge instead of war.

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How forests can help to feed the world

How forests can help to feed the world | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
A new report shows how forests around the world can help eliminate malnutrition while fighting climate change.
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Rather than watching a population starve, this idea along with forest species conservation really helps!

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L'Oreal is about to 3D print human skin — because you're worth it

L'Oreal is about to 3D print human skin — because you're worth it | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
3D printing human flesh to test cosmetics: Humane, horrifying, or both?
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Wonderful to see a technology that effectively ends an excuse for cruelty towards animals : )

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Dutch Wonder Designs System to Clean Up Plastic Ocean Trash

Dutch Wonder Designs System to Clean Up Plastic Ocean Trash | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Boyan Slat, a 20-year-old Dutch national, believes he has invented a system that can help confront the growing crisis of plastic trash in the oceans.
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Simple and sounds like it's efficient.

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Nuclear Is NOT a Low-Carbon Source of Energy

Nuclear Is NOT a Low-Carbon Source of Energy | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Why Do People Claim that Nuclear Power is a Low-Carbon Source of Energy? Even well-known, well-intentioned scientists sometimes push bad ideas.   For example, well-known scientists considered pouri...
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A critical analysis of one of industry's big lies.

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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...
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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
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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.
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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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China, US in new bid to protect world's oceans

China, US in new bid to protect world's oceans | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
China and the United States launched a new joint initiative Wednesday to protect the oceans, a key issue along with climate change on which the two nations say they can cooperate.
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The marine protected area near Antarctica sounds good, not many details about what other provisions might be in it....

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Corals adapting to global warming: Study

Corals adapting to global warming: Study | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
At a time when global warming is threatening the very survival of coral reefs, some coral populations already have genetic variants necessary to tolerate warm ocean waters, a new study says.
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I wonder what effect ocean coral  engineering will have on the fish and ocean animal populations that depended on the coral that is dying off.

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Norway, Colombia target partnership to save rainforests

Norway, Colombia target partnership to save rainforests | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Norway and Colombia are in talks to establish a partnership to protect the South American country's rainforests.
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Norway and Columbia, rock on!

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Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050 | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Mark Z. Jacobson and colleagues show that it's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy.
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Combine this plan with the new blade-free turbines (see earlier Scoop) and it's not only feasible but could also be low-impact environmentally : )

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3 Green Stocks for World Environment Day

3 Green Stocks for World Environment Day | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Supporting green stocks is just another way of showing how responsible we are in nurturing seven billion dreams and saving the one planet we have.
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Something to invest in that isn't working to destroy our environment.

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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?
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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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