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Zombie Servers: They’re Here and Doing Nothing but Burning Energy

Zombie Servers: They’re Here and Doing Nothing but Burning Energy | Science Policy | Scoop.it
By one estimate, 10 million zombie servers world-wide use up power roughly equal in total to the output of eight large power plants.
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Biodiversity belowground is just as important as aboveground

Biodiversity belowground is just as important as aboveground | Science Policy | Scoop.it
Although most of the world's biodiversity is below ground, surprisingly little is known about how it affects ecosystems or how it will be affected by climate change. A new study demonstrates that soil bacteria and the richness of animal species belowground play a key role in regulating a whole suite of ecosystem functions on Earth. The authors call for far more attention to this overlooked world of worms, bugs and bacteria in the soil.
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The uncomfortable truth about dealing with climate change

A new EPA report says we have a choice between moderate disaster or major disaster.
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E.P.A. to Set New Limits on Airplane Emissions

E.P.A. to Set New Limits on Airplane Emissions | Science Policy | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to report as early as Friday that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes endanger human health through global warming.
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Why science is not enough for good policy

Why science is not enough for good policy | Science Policy | Scoop.it
Science can help and hinder knowledge of sustainability so we need a better grasp of its role, says Erik Millstone.
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Science can influence policy and benefit the public—here's how

Science can influence policy and benefit the public—here's how | Science Policy | Scoop.it
We have all heard the calls to translate research into action, and have it influence policy and management. Each year, volumes of research are published that could help policy makers make better decisions.
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Nice that research informed policy so directly and neatly in this case, but how to make this scenario more common?

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CIA Stops Sharing Climate Change Info With Scientists : DNews

CIA Stops Sharing Climate Change Info With Scientists : DNews | Science Policy | Scoop.it
The intelligence agency quietly has shut down a program that provided climate researchers with data from spy satellites and other sources. Continue reading →
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What Does Tesla's Powerwall Really Mean for the Grid? - Blogs

What Does Tesla's Powerwall Really Mean for the Grid? - Blogs | Science Policy | Scoop.it
Tesla's Powerwall is the first serious entrant to the U.S. home energy storage market, but don't expect it to unleash solar or kill the utilities overnight.
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Top six innovations for rural farmers

Top six innovations for rural farmers | Science Policy | Scoop.it
Agricultural production has tripled in half a century. To find out how, we crowdsourced new technology in smallholder farming

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Climate Change Could Wipe Out 16 Percent of World's Species | InsideClimate News

Climate Change Could Wipe Out 16 Percent of World's Species | InsideClimate News | Science Policy | Scoop.it
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European air pollution has deadly trillion-dollar price tag – WHO

European air pollution has deadly trillion-dollar price tag – WHO | Science Policy | Scoop.it
NEWS: Related deaths and diseases cost European economies $1.6 trillion a year, World Health Organization finds, calling on leaders to enact curbs
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Obama orders 40% cut in government's greenhouse gases

Obama orders 40% cut in government's greenhouse gases | Science Policy | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama will order the federal government on Thursday to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change.
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Health innovations need much more than research

Health innovations need much more than research | Science Policy | Scoop.it
The challenges of developing and scaling up health innovations go beyond research. They need careful consideration.
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In Oklahoma, Fracking Companies Can Now Be Sued Over Earthquakes

In Oklahoma, Fracking Companies Can Now Be Sued Over Earthquakes | Science Policy | Scoop.it
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected efforts by the oil industry to prevent earthquake injury lawsuits from being heard in court.
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Here's what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy

Just requires a wholesale social and political revolution, NBD.
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Scientists Who Cheat

Scientists Who Cheat | Science Policy | Scoop.it
The retraction of the study on same-sex marriage from the journal Science raises the question of just how much cheating goes on.
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This is the future of meat

This is the future of meat | Science Policy | Scoop.it

Meat — despite popular movements to decrease the amount humans consume — is still a central part of diets around the world. People who live in industrial countries (like the United States) eat roughly 210 pounds of it each year. And consumption in the developing world, where people eat closer to 66 pounds each year, is climbing fast. Growth is such that by 2030 the average human is expected to consume just under 100 pounds per year, 10 percent more than today.


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Solar on the Rise: Will Arizona be the Persian Gulf of Solar?

Solar on the Rise: Will Arizona be the Persian Gulf of Solar? | Science Policy | Scoop.it
Part 1: When rooftop panels outnumber swimming pools, we'll be there, expert says.
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There’s a Major Oil Spill in California. So Where’s the Outrage in D.C.?

There’s a Major Oil Spill in California. So Where’s the Outrage in D.C.? | Science Policy | Scoop.it
Greens want to see strong response, but political reaction has been muted.
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The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades | WIRED

The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades | WIRED | Science Policy | Scoop.it
The Vortex, a radical new way to generate wind energy, is a bladeless wind turbine that looks like a giant rolled joint shooting into the sky.
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Study links air pollution in Baltimore, DC to fracking outside Maryland

Study links air pollution in Baltimore, DC to fracking outside Maryland | Science Policy | Scoop.it
Even though Maryland has yet to permit any hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, emissions linked to the controversial drilling technique have been detected in the air in Baltimore and Washington, according to a new study .
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California’s Forests Have Become Climate Polluters | Climate Central

California’s Forests Have Become Climate Polluters | Climate Central | Science Policy | Scoop.it
An emerging body of research shows that greenhouse gases are billowing out of California's forests.
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Audi have successfully made diesel fuel from carbon dioxide and water

Audi have successfully made diesel fuel from carbon dioxide and water | Science Policy | Scoop.it
German car manufacturer Audi has reportedly invented a carbon-neutral diesel fuel , made solely from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energy sources. And the crystal clear 'e-diesel' is already being used to power the Audi A8 owned by the...

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‘Anti-petroleum’ movement a growing security threat to Canada, RCMP say

‘Anti-petroleum’ movement a growing security threat to Canada, RCMP say | Science Policy | Scoop.it
Documents obtained by Greenpeace raise environmentalists’ fears they’ll be targets of surveillance and dirty tricks under Bill C-51
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