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25 Years After #Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Company Still Hasn’t Paid For Long-Term Environmental Damages

25 Years After #Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Company Still Hasn’t Paid For Long-Term Environmental Damages | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
The long-term plan for rehabilitating damaged resources has yet to be implemented a full quarter century after the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spewing more than 11 million gallons of crude oil into the...
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Cleaning up the Exxon Valdez disaster took four summers and cost approximately $2 billion, according to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. In 1991, Exxon reached a civil settlement with the U.S. government and the state of Alaska in which it agreed to pay $900 million in payments, a $25 million criminal fine and $100 million in restitution.

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Giant #earthquakes are shaking #Greenland & scientists just figured out the disturbing reason why #melting #climate #tsunami

Giant #earthquakes are shaking #Greenland & scientists just figured out the disturbing reason why #melting #climate #tsunami | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
The stunning science behind why Greenland is having so many earthquakes.
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Should #GMO Companies Be Held Liable When Your Gut Starts Producing #Pesticides? YES!

Ladies and Gentlemen, This mornings top Headline reads "Should GMO Companies be held liable when your gut starts producing pesticides? On Monsanto's ...
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This is #climate change: Alaskan villagers struggle as island is chewed up by the sea

This is #climate change: Alaskan villagers struggle as island is chewed up by the sea | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
This is what climate change looks like, up close and personal.
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Long exposure to tiny amounts of #Monsanto’s #Roundup "may" damage liver, kidneys – study

Long exposure to tiny amounts of #Monsanto’s #Roundup "may" damage liver, kidneys – study | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Long-term intake of the Monsanto’s most popular Roundup herbicide, even in very small amounts lower than permissible in US water, may lead to kidney and liver damage, a new study claims.
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The #GOP's Shocking Attack on America's National #Forests

The #GOP's Shocking Attack on America's National #Forests | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Two Republican bills in Congress seek to pillage U.S. National Forests in the name of corporate profit.
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American #forests at risk due to #climate change ‘megasdisturbances': researchers

American #forests at risk due to #climate change ‘megasdisturbances': researchers | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
American Forests Threatened By Climate Change ‘Megadisturbances’ The world’s temperate forests are threatened by increasingly severe disturbances caused by changing climate conditions, including longer, hotter droughts and more severe wildfires,...
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#corrupt #Cameron #UK government plays ‘short term politics’ as it looks to bust the #solar boom #renewables

#corrupt #Cameron #UK government plays ‘short term politics’ as it looks to bust the #solar boom #renewables | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
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The future of UK renewables is in further doubt today, following the announcement of government plans to cut subsidies for electricity generated from rooftop solar panels by almost 90%.
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#ff Digging into big coal's climate connections - The Guardian

#ff Digging into big coal's climate connections - The Guardian | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Michael Halpern: The bankruptcy filings of a Virginia coal firm have shone a rare light on a murky web of corporate attacks on climate science.
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#FF #Queensland turns its back on #coal to embrace #renewables

#FF #Queensland turns its back on #coal to embrace #renewables | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
The Queensland Labor government has flagged a dramatic shift away from the coal sector as it attempts to reach its ambitious target of 50 per cent of renewable energy by 2030.
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#FF #Fukushima #Japan struggles to cool nuclear reactors

#FF #Fukushima #Japan struggles to cool nuclear reactors | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Efforts to stabilise stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are being hampered by leaking radioactive water.

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Rocky Rex's #Science Stuff: #Climate Change #Oceans Are Losing Oxygen

Rocky Rex's #Science Stuff: #Climate Change #Oceans Are Losing Oxygen | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change - Oceans are losing oxygen. See: http://t.co/rl9dRfywOY #science #biology
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The day we stopped Europe’s biggest polluter in its tracks | John Jordan

The day we stopped Europe’s biggest polluter in its tracks | John Jordan | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, 1,500 protesters forced the temporary closure of a vast lignite mine in Germany. It was terrifiyng, exhilarating – and direct action at its bestThis month, I broke the law.
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US regulator sued for withholding information on #GMO crops

US regulator sued for withholding information on #GMO crops | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops.
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Mutating #Polio #Virus Linked to #Environment #climate #science

Mutating #Polio #Virus Linked to #Environment #climate #science | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Mutating polio, which can be spread by the ecosystem, primarily water, is now putting humanity at greater risk of infection.
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#Germany Follows #Scotland on Move to Ban #GMO Crops

#Germany Follows #Scotland on Move to Ban #GMO Crops | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Germany is moving to ban the growing of genetically modified (GMO) crops just weeks after Scotland made a similar announcement. At least 64 countries around
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Study: #GMO #Soy Accumulates #Cancer-Causing #Formaldehyde

Study: #GMO #Soy Accumulates #Cancer-Causing #Formaldehyde | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers found that genetically modifying soy sparks the production of carcinogenic formaldehyde while disrupting the plant's ability to control stress.
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#BP to Pay $18.7B in Sweeping #OilSpill Settlement - Democracy Now!

#BP to Pay $18.7B in Sweeping #OilSpill Settlement - Democracy Now! | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
BP has reached an $18.7 billion settlement to resolve all government claims resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
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How will #climate change affect your livelihood? OK. What abt. the unseen effects?

How will #climate change affect your livelihood? OK. What abt. the unseen effects? | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: "How will it affect my livelihood?"
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Extreme Arctic sea ice melt forces thousands of walruses ashore in #Alaska #melting

Extreme Arctic sea ice melt forces thousands of walruses ashore in #Alaska #melting | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Survival of walruses threatened as they wash ashore on a remote barrier island just before Obama is due to visit region to draw attention to climate change The extreme loss of Arctic sea ice due to climate change is forcing thousands of walruses to...
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More evidence of Roundup's link to kidney, liver damage — Environmental Health News

More evidence of Roundup's link to kidney, liver damage — Environmental Health News | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Long-term exposure to tiny amounts of Roundup—thousands of times lower than what is permitted in U.S. drinking wat… http://t.co/lkEHMQX0Hq
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Bark beetles ravaging drought-stricken forests in California

Bark beetles ravaging drought-stricken forests in California | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Bark beetles ravaging drought-stricken forests in California Armies of tiny bark beetles are ravaging drought-weakened pine trees throughout California in a fast spreading epidemic that biologists fear could soon turn catastrophic.
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#FF Sea levels rise, #NASA experts warn, and 'it's very likely to get worse' #climate

#FF Sea levels rise, #NASA experts warn, and 'it's very likely to get worse' #climate | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
NASA is undertaking an "intensive research effort" into the problem of rising seas brought on by global warming, the agency announced Wednesday.
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#Oceans Will Rise Much More Than Predicted, #NASA Says #Landsat #Geosat #climate

#Oceans Will Rise Much More Than Predicted, #NASA Says #Landsat #Geosat #climate | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Predictions from a few years ago already are outdated. “Sea levels are rising faster than they were 50 years ago, and it's very likely to get worse,” one scientist says.
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Rocky Rex's #Science Stuff: #Climate Change - 2015 temperatures so far ... January to July.

Rocky Rex's #Science Stuff: #Climate Change - 2015 temperatures so far ... January to July. | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Climate Change - There hasn't been a new coldest year for over 100 years. See: http://t.co/MYbp1bcg6v #climatechange #science
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Super-low loss quantum energy transport could revolutionize sunlight to energy conversion #renewables

Super-low loss quantum energy transport could revolutionize sunlight to energy conversion #renewables | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it

The use of sunlight as an energy source is achieved in a number of ways, from conversion to electricity via photovoltaic (PV) panels, concentrated heat to drive steam turbines, and even hydrogen generation via artificial photosynthesis. Unfortunately, much of the light energy in PV and photosynthesis systems is lost as heat due to the thermodynamic inefficiencies inherent in the process of converting the incoming energy from one form to another. Now scientists working at the University of Bayreuth claim to have created a super-efficient light-energy transport conduit that exhibits almost zero loss, and shows promise as the missing link in the sunlight to energy conversion process.

 

Using specifically-generated nanofibers at its core, this is reported to be the very first time a directed energy transport system has been exhibited that effectively moves intact light energy over a distance of several micrometers, and at room temperature. And, according to the researchers, the transference of energy from block to block in the nanofibers is only adequately explained at the quantum level with coherence effects driving the energy along the individual fibers.

 

Quantum coherence is the phenomenon where subatomic waves are closely interlinked via shared electromagnetic fields. As they travel in phase together, these quantum coherent waves start to act as one very large synchronous wave propagating across a medium. In the case of the University of Bayreuth device, these coherent waves of energy travel across the molecular building blocks from which the nanofibers are made, passing from block to block and moving as one continuous energy wave would in unbound free space.

 

It is this effect that the scientists say is driving the super-low energy loss capabilities of their device, and have confirmed this observation using a variety of microscopy techniques to visualize the conveyance of excitation energy along the nanofibers. The nanofibers themselves are specifically-prepared supramolecular strands, manufactured from a chemically bespoke combination of carbonyl-bridged (molecularly connected) triarylamine (an organic compound) combined with three naphthalimide bithiophene chromophores (copolymer molecules that absorb and reflect specific wavelengths of light). When brought together under particular conditions, these elements spontaneously self-assemble into 4 micrometer long, 0.005 micrometer diameter nanofibers made up of more than 10,000 identical chemical building blocks.

 

"These highly promising nanostructures demonstrate that carefully tailoring materials for the efficient transport of light energy is an emerging research area," said Dr. Richard Hildner, an experimental physicist at the University of Bayreuth. The results of this research were recently published in the journal Nature.


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