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Honour for India’s green heroes -Earth Care Awards -TERRE was outreach partner

Honour for India’s green heroes -Earth Care Awards -TERRE was outreach partner | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Farmland Rainwater Harvesting Systems, which developed a ‘V-Wire injection well’ technology for runoff rainwater harvesting and recharge in Karnataka, won the ‘Innovations for Climate Protection’ award.
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TERRE Policy Centre worked in partnership with Centre for Environmental Education and Times of India for the nomination and award institutionalized by Jindal Steel works.
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Three decades of Nuclear Fears and Hopes -USA's

Three decades of Nuclear Fears and Hopes -USA's | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Three decades of  nuclear power, that feeds 19 percent of USA's energy.  Nuclear Electricity is in the shadow of Three Miles Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. But it is in the lime-light of climate change . This  fossil-fuel alternative still holds great allure for our goal of decarbonized world. 

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Third and final report of IPCC firth assessment released : Short time left to act

Third and final report of IPCC firth assessment released : Short  time left to act | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The countries of the world have dragged their feet so long on global warming that only an intensive push in the next 15 years can stave off potential disaster, United Nations-appointed experts said.
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GHG emissions are  outrunning our determination to tackle it, with atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rising almost twice as fast in the first decade of this century as they did in the last decades of the 20th century. There is  huge rush to use coal-fired power plants in developing countries , while rich countries are making only slow progress in cutting their historically high emissions,

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My NYTimes article : The Developing World Must Help Protect Itself From Climate Change

My NYTimes article : The Developing World Must Help Protect Itself From Climate Change | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Crops and practices must be adapted for less water and higher temperatures. Pollutants like black carbon and methane can be cut.
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Britain's honeybee colony deaths among worst in Europe, study reveals

Britain's honeybee colony deaths among worst in Europe, study reveals | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Landmark research shows 29% of honeybee colonies died in winter of 2012-13, with summer losses also high at 9.7%
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Insecticide , one of the neonicotinoids,  was banned in Dec 2013 in EU  , but UK did not vote for ban.  EC to decide on implementation of ban. Till then Bees continued to get killed. 

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Developing World should Act on Climate Change - my opinion in NYTimes.com

Developing World should Act on Climate Change - my opinion in NYTimes.com | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Crops and practices must be adapted for less water and higher temperatures. Pollutants like black carbon and methane can be cut.
By Rajendra Shende.
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We cannot be sitting duck, neither head hiding ostrich, nor migrating bird but coulour changing reptile -my opinion piece in New York Times. 

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New threat to ozone layer identified

New threat to ozone layer identified | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

chemicals Scientists identify four new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer.

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These gases seem to be intermediate chemicals in manufacture of other chemicals. But why they are let in atmosphere? We need UN agency for 'atmospheric crime' on the lines of IAEA. 

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Solar Efficiency Records Broken for Thin-film Technology: Getting nearer to Silicon PV.

Solar Efficiency Records Broken for  Thin-film Technology: Getting nearer to Silicon PV. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
That’s right, not one, but two thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies broke efficiency records last week. Both technologies put their thin-film PV within much closer range of silicon-based PV, which comprise the overwhelming majority of installed solar power today.  Sinc
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A world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) PV cells, converting 20.4 percent of the sun’s energy into electricity. The cell was built by First Solar in USA. It is certified by NREL. It is still less than silicon PV,  cells that convert 24.7 percent of the sun’s energy into electricity, but  it’s generally much less expensive to produce thin-film PV since it can use less expensive components and processes than most silicon technology requires.

Stion another USA company announced that it produced a 23.2 efficient copper indium gallium (di)selenide (CIGS)-based thin-film cell. However it is not yet certified by NREL. 

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Huge Solar Farms On California’s Public Lands Could Power 170,000 Homes | EcoWatch

Huge Solar Farms On California’s Public Lands Could Power 170,000 Homes | EcoWatch | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced that it has given final approval to two sizable solar projects on public lands near the Nevada-California border, which when operational are expected to provide a combined 550 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough to power about 170,000 homes and create 700 jobs.
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Public land for renewable energy project is the appropriate move the way the public land is used for gardens and afforestation.
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President Xi tells John Kerry China "will do more" on climate

President Xi tells John Kerry China "will do more" on climate | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
US secretary of state and Chinese president Xi Jinping agree to advance cooperative efforts to push climate change on the global agenda
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China and the USA are jointly responsible for around 45% of annual greenhouse gas emissions. They are the two top countries in terms of GDP . Cooperation between China and US will be key to achieving a meaningful climate change treaty, which the UN hopes to secure in Paris in 2015.

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Pandas do not have tusks , but can China care for Elephants in Africa in the same way as they do for Pandas?

Pandas do not have tusks , but can China care for  Elephants in Africa in the same way as they do for Pandas? | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
At Tianya Antiques City, a shopping centre devoted to art and collectables in central Beijing, the price of ivory is steadily rising
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In 2008 the international community allowed four African countries – Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana – to sell their stockpiles of ivory to Japan and China for a total of $15 million (£9 million) in a bid to control the slaughter of elephants in the wild for their tusks.

All of the ivory available in China is technically supposed to have come from that auction, and each carving carries its own credit card-sized certificate of provenance.

But environmentalists warn that there is rampant cheating in the system and that illegal ivory is easily laundered. A survey by IFAW in 2011 found that out of 158 shops and carving factories in Beijing, Shanghai, Fuzhou and Guangzhou, 101 were not licensed, or were selling smuggled ivory.

 

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New York's overhead water tanks: E.Coli found in majority of them

New York's overhead water tanks: E.Coli found  in majority of them | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Many of New York City’s iconic water Overhead tanks  have not been cleaned or inspected in years, and regulations governing the tanks are rarely enforced, an examination shows.

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Simple techniques like displaying on internet the cleaning schedule and following it with certification process could easily be managed. Use of modern technology i.e. e-water governance could help. 

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Selecting gas over water -Fracking depleting water supplies in America's driest areas.

Selecting gas over water -Fracking depleting water supplies in America's driest areas. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
From Texas to California, drilling for oil and gas is using billions of gallons of water in the country's most drought-prone areas
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Of the nearly 40,000 oil and gas wells drilled since 2011, three-quarters were located in areas where water is scarce, and 55% were in areas experiencing drought. Fracking those wells used 97bn gallons of water, raising new concerns about unforeseen costs of America's energy rush.

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Water Use in Power Plants

Water Use in Power Plants | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Every year since 1993, the community of nations has focused on the importance of fresh water and advocated for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Severe droughts experienced recently in places like the American West, the Horn of Africa, Russia, China, and Australia have highlighted the fact that humans are rapidly using up the world's water supplies—and when they’re gone, they’re gone. We are spending one of our most vital resources in greater volumes every day.

One Block Off The Grid recently developed an infographic to illustrate how energy production depends on water. It shows water use by four of the most common energy sources: coal, nuclear, oil and gas, and solar. Solar comes out on top big time.

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Obituary of Carbon? Grave yard selected by UK.

Obituary of Carbon? Grave yard  selected by UK. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.
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Man-made fossils of Carbon-to be discovered after thousand soy Years ? or early during earthquake? 

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Just Hit Their Highest Point In 800,000 Years: 402 ppm.

Carbon Dioxide Levels Just Hit Their Highest Point In 800,000 Years: 402 ppm. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The concentration of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that drives climate change, hit a level unseen in human history this week.
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Some say such levels were observed 15 million years ago. In any case, it is unprecedented in human history. 

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Governance to reach high shares of wind, solar power

Governance to reach high shares of wind, solar power | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
In India, China, Brazil and other emerging economies, wind power and solar PV can be cost-effective solutions to meet incremental demand. With proper investments, a flexible system can be built from the very start, in parallel with the deployment of variable renewables. Emerging economies really have an opportunity here. They can leap-frog to a 21st-century power system – and they should reap the benefits.
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Currently, wind and solar PV account for just about 3 percent of world electricity generation, but a few countries already feature very high shares: In Italy, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Denmark, wind and solar PV accounted respectively from around 10 to more than 30 percent of electricity generation in 2012 on an annual basis.Any country can reach high shares of wind, solar power cost-effectively, study shows.
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Melting of Permafrost in polar region could accelerate global warming

Melting of Permafrost in polar region could accelerate global warming | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. have found new evidence that permafrost thawing is releasing large quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere via plants decomposed centuries back , which could accelerate warming trends. Permafrost is soil that is frozen year round and is typically located in polar regions. 

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Has this been taking into account by latest IPCC report. It could turn out to be catastrophic extreme event with dangerous feedback loop. 

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World Water Day: Mimicking the Nature for filtration

World Water Day: Mimicking the Nature for filtration | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
780 million people still lack access to clean drinking water. A new breed of filter could change that but must be made more affordable.
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The filters are based on the technology used in kidney dialysis machines. Each filter is made up of tiny micro tubes with pores hundreds of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. These pores remove deadly bacteria and allow only clean water to pass through for drinking. Bio Mimicry at its simplest form…but costly.
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California, richest state is USA ,facing water shortages

California, richest state is USA ,facing water shortages | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
For the middle-class town Lake of the Woods, the absence of rain is posing a fundamental threat to drinking water.
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Had  California been an independent  country , it would be 9th largest economy in the world. Richie rich state in USA, with software giants, wealthy farmers and home for hollywood stars, is unable to cope with water scarcity. Ban on watering lawns and washing cars, not the conscientious homeowners who clean their dishes in the sink and reuse the gray water on trees, not even the three inches of rain that soaked the area last weekend. Three attempts to drill new wells, going down 500 feet, have failed. Lesson to the world. Money cannot be eaten or drunk. 

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Global violence epidemic due to end of cheap fossil fuels-good for action on climate change?

Global violence  epidemic due to end of cheap fossil fuels-good for action on climate change? | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: From South America to South Asia, a new age of unrest is in full swing as industrial civilisation transitions to post-carbon reality
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Post-2008 financial crash era, including 2013 and early 2014, has seen a persistence and proliferation of civil unrest on a scale that has never been seen before in human history. From Venezuela to Tunasia to Egypt to Ukraine to Thailand, the waves do not stop. 

The riots are of course rooted in protracted process of global system failure as we transition from the old industrial era of dirty fossil fuels, towards something else.

It is time economists also review the action on climate change to make cheaper and clean fuel available to masses. 

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China air pollution resembles nuclear winter?India not far behind

China air pollution resembles nuclear winter?India not far behind | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Air pollution now impeding photosynthesis and potentially wreaking havoc on country's food supply, experts warn
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Talking of winter smog and air pollution always involves cancellation of the flights and people with masks. We never talk about impact on agriculture and bio-doversity.
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Ultimate green and Sustainable energy-goal is far but we are getting there.

Ultimate green and Sustainable energy-goal is far but we are getting there. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Scientists have moved a step closer to achieving sustainable nuclear fusion and almost limitless clean energy
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The experimental fusion reactor Iter, in France, is expected to be the first plant to produce more energy than it consumes.It  remains a long way off, but the feat has nonetheless raised hopes that after decades of setbacks, firm progress is finally being made.


Fusion energy has the potential to become a radical alternative power source, with zero carbon emissions during operation and minimal waste, but the technical difficulties in demonstrating fusion in the lab have so far proved overwhelming. While existing nuclear reactors generate energy by splitting atoms into lighter particles, fusion reactors combine light atomic nuclei into heavier particles.

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Start Organic Gardening in your apartment : Answer to Many of the Problems, it is easy

Start Organic Gardening in your apartment : Answer to Many of the Problems, it is easy | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Organic gardening is an important step toward building a more sustainable food system -- food grown in your own garden is more nutritious and fresher.
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Urban farming and community gardens are rising in popularity across the US, which is an important step toward building a more sustainable food system
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Fish Extinction Seen By 2048 in Sea water. A news difficult to digest.

Fish Extinction Seen By 2048 in Sea water. A news difficult to digest. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Study By Ecologists, Economists Predicts Collapse of World Ocean Ecology Published in Science 

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Due to Overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change and addiction to overeating and waste already, 29% of edible fish and seafood species have declined by 90% -- a drop that means the collapse of these fisheries.

Loss of species isn't gradual. It's happening fast -- and getting faster. And remember fish is not only for eating! It is part of ecologic chain of the earth that makes oceans breath, toxins removed, and life flourish. 

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