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Little LED is Getting Big

Little LED is Getting Big | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The common complaint about compact fluorescent lights, the harsh glow, may have an energy-efficient answer, especially as LED bulbs fall under $10 each.
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In USA  incandescent bulbs, including newer, more efficient halogen models, still accounted for roughly 75 percent of general lighting sales. LED bulbs are getting cost effective. Policy makers need to wake up to incentivise. 

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2013 report : Global CO2 emissions: Good and Bad news

2013 report : Global CO2 emissions: Good and Bad news | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) reached a new record of 34.5 billion tonnes in 2012. Good nws is: increase in global CO2 emissions in that year slowed down to 1.1%  which was less than half the average annual increase of 2.9% over the last decade. This development signals a shift towards less fossil-fuel-intensive activities, more use of renewable energy and increased energy saving.

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The news signals a shift towards natural gas, more use of renewable energy and increased energy saving.The slowing of economy is also a factor to recon with. 

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Africa's biggest windfarm :120 MW

Africa's biggest windfarm :120 MW | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Etiopia's Ashegoda windfarm  cost €210m and builds on plan to create 'climate resilient' economy by 2025. More than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity, and more than 85% of those living in rural areas lack access. 

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Trade off? Media reports in 2011, however, noted that about 700 farmers had lost some or all their land to make way for the turbines. They were given financial compensation but some complained the money was too little. Same story as Hydroelectric dams that displace people? 

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Apps for Pedestrian power to shape future cities and towns

Apps for Pedestrian power to shape future cities and towns | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

New walking apps – and maps that help journeys seem more walkable – may lead to healthier, happier cities and towns.

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Digital Power can spark the Pedestrian Power to power the future 

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Fuel forgotten and hidden in the layers of mind-rocks

Fuel forgotten and hidden in the layers of mind-rocks | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
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Call it first fuel or last fuel. It emits hopes !

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Migrating birds fly nonstop for more than six months

Migrating birds fly nonstop for more than six months | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Talk about a red-eye flight! After attaching electronic monitors to half a dozen Alpine swifts, researchers say they were shocked to discover that migrating birds flew nonstop for 200 days.
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Hope humans would be able to mimic it one day 

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Graph of the day: More bike lanes = more cyclists = fewer accidents

Graph of the day: More bike lanes = more cyclists = fewer accidents | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
New York's Janette Sadik-Khan demonstrates the effect bike lanes have had on New York City
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US begins shutdown amid budget row

US begins shutdown amid budget row | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The US federal government begins a partial shutdown, the first in 17 years, after the two houses of Congress fail to agree a budget.
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President Obama and PM Manmohan Singh agree on HFCs talks

President Obama and PM Manmohan Singh agree  on HFCs talks | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
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The two leaders agreed to immediately convene the India-U.S. Task Force on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to discuss, inter alia, multilateral approaches that include using the expertise and the institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the consumption and production of HFCs, based on economically viable and technically feasible alternatives, and include HFCs within the scope of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol for accounting and reporting of emissions.

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UN panel to deliver climate report

UN panel to deliver climate report | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
A senior figure on the UN's climate panel says he is increasingly worried about humans' abilities to rein in global warming, ahead of a report.
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Four earlier science reports of IPCC did not move the world to take action. What is the 'probablity' of 'human intervention' to save the world from climate disaster? 

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India reclaiming global leadership on climate change

India reclaiming global leadership on climate change | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched India's National Action Plan on Climate Change in 2008 and its target to reduce energy intensity, he was hailed as a global leader for taking bold steps to address ...
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Vital partner in green drive[1]|chinadaily.com.cn

Vital partner in green drive[1]|chinadaily.com.cn | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Chinese leadership is now appropriately reflecting how best to improve the enviroment and the quality of life for Chinese citizens.
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China is now the largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions by volume. Its per capita emission has risen to 7.2 carbon dioxide metric tons, comparable with countries of the European Union.

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United States, China, and Leaders of G-20 Countries Announce Historic Progress Toward a Global Phase Down of HFCs | The White House

United States, China, and Leaders of G-20 Countries Announce Historic Progress Toward a Global Phase Down of HFCs | The White House | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
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IPCC Impact report leaked: Risk to Food Supplies

IPCC Impact report leaked: Risk to Food Supplies | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
A leaked draft of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that climate change could reduce output and send prices higher in a period when global food demand is expected to soar.
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Demand is expected to rise as much as 14 percent each decade as the world population is projected to grow to 9.6 billion in 2050, from 7.2 billion today, and as many of those people in developing countries acquire the money to eat richer diets.        

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Risk Atlas of most vulnerable countries to climate change

Risk Atlas  of most vulnerable countries to climate change | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
A third of global economic output worth $44 trillion is likely to face ‘high’ or ‘extreme’ risk as a result of global warming
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Phailin hit the Bay of Bengal in early October, prompting India’s largest civil evacuation in 23 years, with over 550,000 people leaving their homes.

The storm caused an estimated US$4.15 billion of damage to the agriculture and power sectors in the state of Odisha, while around one million tonnes of rice were destroyed

 

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Solar revolution sparks in UK counties

Solar revolution  sparks in UK counties | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

UK's ageing electrical grid with inadequate capacity , 50% drop in PV panel prices and government incentives sparked a race to get connected to soalr energy.

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The first ever census of trees in Amazon Rainforest-Disturbing facts

The first ever census of trees in Amazon Rainforest-Disturbing facts | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

1.4 billion acres of dense  Amazon forest is  the world's natural major carbon sink has 390 billion individual trees of 16000 species Half of the trees belong to only 227 species. 

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6,000 tree species out of 16000  in Amazon have a population of less than 1,000 individuals, which makes them eligible for the IUCN red list.

 

"Just like physicists' models tell them that dark matter accounts for much of the universe, our models tell us that species too rare to find account for much of the planet's biodiversity. That's a real problem for conservation, because the species at the greatest risk of extinction may disappear before we ever find them," says Mike Silman, an ecologist  and co-author of the paper.

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Cleantech 100 case study: Attero waste management

Cleantech 100 case study: Attero waste management | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Half a million tonnes of e-waste is discarded each year in India. Attero's recycling process is aimed at extracting valuable metals without damaging the environment, writes Jim Witkin
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Social entrepreneurship with Employment potential
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Water Shortage Seen Worsening on Climate Change in Potsdam Study

Water Shortage Seen Worsening on Climate Change in Potsdam Study | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Water scarcity will increase around the world due to climate change, with more than 500 million people affected if mean global warming is limited to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), based on modeling studies by the Potsdam Institute for...
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Climate Refugees-in Reverse sense: Japan’s Nuclear Refugees.

Climate Refugees-in Reverse sense: Japan’s Nuclear Refugees. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of evacuees from the area around the Fukushima nuclear plant are in emotional and legal limbo as the cleanup limps along.
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83000 refugees from the country that  tried to move away from fossil fuel. Can also call as-anti climate refugees? 

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830 scientists from 85 countries , over six years, 9,200 scientific studies 136,000 comments from experts -IPCC

830 scientists from 85 countries , over six years, 9,200 scientific studies 136,000 comments from experts -IPCC | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The new report further states that greenhouse gas emissions at or above current rates would induce changes in the oceans, ice caps, glaciers, the biosphere, and other components of the climate system.
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IPCC climate report: 'the heat is on – we must act'

IPCC climate report: 'the heat is on – we must act' | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
UN secretary-general urges global response to 'unequivocal' message from scientists that climate change is human-induced
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Yet another warning on warming , would we heat up to act now ? 

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There is no bail-out in animal world- by Jean-Jacques Annaud

There is no bail-out in animal world- by Jean-Jacques Annaud | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
"The Bear" is an unusually involving film about animals that will give you a fresh perspective on their world.
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Official explains why IITs are not on list of world's top 200 universities

Official explains why IITs are not on list of world's top 200 universities | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

paying to India's top engineering institutes, the IITs, have failed to find a place in the world's top 200 universities, and the reason, according to an IIT director, is that they couldn't pay to be even considered for a global ranking.

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Its like paying to appear for examination  

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Arctic on course for ice-free summer 'within decades', scientists say

Arctic on course for ice-free summer 'within decades', scientists say | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
National Snow and Ice Data Center says expanse of ice in Arctic on 13 September was sixth-lowest of all time
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Overall, the Arctic has lost 40% of its sea-ice cover since 1980, and 75% of its volume. Most scientists believe the ocean at the north pole could be entirely ice-free in the summer by the middle of the century – if not sooner.

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