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Only 3% of Americans name “environment” as top issue.

Only 3% of Americans name “environment” as top issue. | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The Gallup poll results for May show the environment is not the most important issue for 97% of Americans. Golly, but those naming the environment as the top concern tripled from 1% – 3% from April to May.
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Talk about collective fantasy, or rather collective denial of reality! What planet are the other 97% planning to live on?

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Wyoming doesn't want its kids to learn about climate change

Wyoming doesn't want its kids to learn about climate change | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
It's the first state to reject new national science education standards. And it just so happens to be the biggest coal-producing state.
Lauri's insight:

This highlights the problem with state-funded public education in a drastic way: are we producing workers who will make the most money for our businessmen, or are we trying to give our children an opportunity to grow and learn how to change the world?

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Amazon rainforests pay the price as the demand for beef soars

Amazon rainforests pay the price as the demand for beef soars | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
It is estimated that between 80%-91% of the destruction and degradation caused to the Brazilian Amazon is due animal agriculture.
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The loss of the Amazon rainforest will alter our climate and the very air we breathe in ways with which we are not prepared to deal.

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Hemp is having its moment. Meet the miracle plant's biggest champion

Hemp is having its moment. Meet the miracle plant's biggest champion | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
In a new book, Doug Fine argues hemp is the key to a food and energy revolution.
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Takes less water to grow, stronger and lighter than plastic with no toxins...and leaving behind the cellulose mass from which to make biofuels! Win, win, win....

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Designed for lone commuters, this three-wheeled car gets 84 mpg

Designed for lone commuters, this three-wheeled car gets 84 mpg | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The Elio can go 672 freeway miles on a full tank. Its price tag is equally bite-size: $6,800.
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According to their spokespeople this car is also safe to drive on the highways with larger cars and trucks around.

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Monsanto’s RoundUp Chemicals Found to Damage Enzyme Pathways

Monsanto’s RoundUp Chemicals Found to Damage Enzyme Pathways | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Enzymes are essential to proper gastrointestinal health.
Lauri's insight:

So the effects described here are caused by all the corn products that are manufactured non-organically in the U.S. They all contain GMO corn, which contains these Round Up chemicals...which are killing us.

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Todd Miller, The Creation of a Border Security State

Todd Miller, The Creation of a Border Security State | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
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So we sit here, privileged and wealthy, while people die in droves.

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A $173 Tax Bill Is Behind A Big Court Case On Mass. Forests

A $173 Tax Bill Is Behind A Big Court Case On Mass. Forests | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

Who pays for protecting our woodlands? Conservation groups say the forests they maintain should be tax exempt. But forested towns say they need revenue. 

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This issue could affect the fate of conservation organizations everywhere in the U.S.

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Eat your heart out, Rome: This 3D-printed village was built in a day

Eat your heart out, Rome: This 3D-printed village was built in a day | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
A hyper-insulated house made through lightning-fast production and with repurposed materials? What's the catch?
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Construction like this could be the wave of the future.

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Are Rainforests Drying Out?

Are Rainforests Drying Out? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

According to a new study, the Amazon rainforest’s … (The Amazon Rainforest drying out likely due to climatechange)

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At first I thought it said "dying" out; but drying out could be just as bad to indigenous life.

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13 of 14 warmest years on record occurred in 21st century

13 of 14 warmest years on record occurred in 21st century | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

Global warming trend continues with floods, droughts and extreme weather events around the world

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Let's face the hard, hot data.

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Kansas Senate panel advances bill to repeal renewable energy standards

Kansas Senate panel advances bill to repeal renewable energy standards | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

Supporters of wind energy say the industry is under attack by the Legislature, pointing to a bill that would eliminate renewable energy standards for utility...

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Building a market for renewables needs continued promotion.

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Genes And Environment: Does It Mean What You Think It Means?

Genes And Environment: Does It Mean What You Think It Means? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it


When you read news stories about what affects a developing human in the womb or how cancer or obesity arises, you probably also see references to genes and environment.

Lauri's insight:

I saw a video recently which discusses epigenetics, where the membrane of each cell acts as the "brain" and signals the genes how to react to it's cellular environment.

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Why UK Solar Industry’s Swift Start to 2014 Will Only Improve

Why UK Solar Industry’s Swift Start to 2014 Will Only Improve | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it

The United Kingdom could add 13 gigawatts over the next five years

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This could be mirrored in the U.S. and elsewhere with some incentives.

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The secret life of Rust Belt beekeepers

The secret life of Rust Belt beekeepers | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
In Buffalo and Pittsburgh, urban beekeepers are taking sustainable food production into their own hands -- sometimes in secret.
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My experience with domestic honey bees is that if you don't bother them, they won't bother you : ).

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West Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Begun to Collapse

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Begun to Collapse | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The West Antarctic ice sheet has long been considered at risk due to global warming, and today, two studies report, the melting has begun.
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"The report states that the collapse is "irreversible " and that the oceans will rise several feet as a result of just this section of the ice sheet melting; much more when the rest of the ice sheet, affected by this collapse, also goes.

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Diapers and tampons could soon be made from jellyfish

Diapers and tampons could soon be made from jellyfish | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
First there was the Diva Cup. Then came the sea pearl. So what’s next for sustainable menstrual solutions? Jellyfish!
Lauri's insight:

Useful for paper towels and diapers, biodegrades in 30 days...(I know it sounds creepy and wierd, but--) Whoo-hoo!

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In Darkened Forests, Ferns Stole Gene From an Unlikely Source — and Then ...

In Darkened Forests, Ferns Stole Gene From an Unlikely Source — and Then ... | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
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On of the original and natural GMO plants  : ).

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No-till farming's Johnny Appleseed -- in a grimy Prius

No-till farming's Johnny Appleseed -- in a grimy Prius | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Jeff Mitchell rides up and down California's Central Valley bearing a message: Farming without plowing saves soil and money.
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Sounds like an excellent way to conserve the soil and energy all together.

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Research warns of graphene's environmental impact

Research warns of graphene's environmental impact | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
Researchers have warned that the wonder-material graphene may have a hidden negative environmental impact, even as the race to use the material to revolutionise the field of electronics becomes increasingly competitive.
Lauri's insight:

Nano particles can cross normal barriers--like skin-- and poison us without our knowing it until we suffer the effects.

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Astra Taylor, Misogyny and the Cult of Internet Openness

Astra Taylor, Misogyny and the Cult of Internet Openness | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
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The old boys in a new frontier.

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States try to block cities' transit plans

States try to block cities' transit plans | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
More and more cities in the Midwest and Sun Belt are trying to develop mass transit systems, but GOP-controlled state legislatures are getting in the way.
Lauri's insight:

Yet another reason not to vote for GOP candidates.

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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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New Research: is this the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s?

New Research: is this the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s? | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it
The protein, which switches off at birth, reawakens in some older brains, protecting people from the memory and thinking problems of dementia, researchers say.
Lauri's insight:

This is extremely promising news!

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Tasmania's forests

Tasmania's forests | Lauri's Environment Scope | Scoop.it


Both sides signed a deal two years ago that gave everyone something: secure supplies for timber companies and protection for native forests.

Lauri's insight:

One of our last lines of defense against the rape of the natural world: protecting forests. Managing them as conservators.

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