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WELTEC Optimises Wastewater Plants

WELTEC Optimises Wastewater Plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lower Saxony, Germany (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
In the future, the anaerobic fermentation and utilisation of sludge from wastewater plants will play an increasingly important role. To ensure an economically and ecologically sustainable solution,
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US regulators warned of problems on Boeing 777s

US regulators warned of problems on Boeing 777s | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2014 - Months before Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mysteriously vanished, US regulators warned of a cracking and corrosion problem on Boeing 777s that could lead to a mid-air breakup and drastic drop in cabin pressure.
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Predation on invertebrates by woodland salamanders increases carbon capture

Predation on invertebrates by woodland salamanders increases carbon capture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Arcata CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
Woodland salamanders perform a vital ecological service in American forests by helping to mitigate the impacts of global warming. Global warming occurs when greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are
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Acoustic Cloaking Device Hides Objects from Sound

Acoustic Cloaking Device Hides Objects from Sound | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Durham NC (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number crunching, Duke engineers have demonstrated the world's first three-dimensional acoustic cloak. The new de
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Activated Carbon Processing Facility and Biomass Plant Hit The Auction Block

Activated Carbon Processing Facility and Biomass Plant Hit The Auction Block | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kawaihae HI (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 - By order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Tiger Group's Remarketing Services Division and Aaron Equipment Company Inc. are liquidating an activated carbon processing facility and a biomass power plant
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Russia agrees to build at least two more nuclear plants: Iran

Russia agrees to build at least two more nuclear plants: Iran | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tehran (AFP) March 12, 2014 - Russia has signed a preliminary agreement to build at least two more nuclear power plants in the Iranian port city of Bushehr, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.
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Plasma plumes help shield Earth from damaging solar storms

Plasma plumes help shield Earth from damaging solar storms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 10, 2014 -
The Earth's magnetic field, or magnetosphere, stretches from the planet's core out into space, where it meets the solar wind, a stream of charged particles emitted by the sun. For the most part, the
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Avalanches kill six in Indian Kashmir

Avalanches kill six in Indian Kashmir | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Srinagar, India (AFP) March 12, 2014 - Avalanches triggered by unusually heavy snowfall killed at least six people in Indian Kashmir, as flimsy buildings caved in across the Himalayan valley, police said Wednesday.
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Earth has a secret reservoir of water, say scientists

Earth has a secret reservoir of water, say scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris, France (AFP) March 12, 2014 - A hundred and fifty years ago, in Journey to the Centre of the Earth, French science-fiction forerunner Jules Verne pictured a vast sea that lay deep under our planet's surface.
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In grasslands remade by humans, animals may protect biodiversity

In grasslands remade by humans, animals may protect biodiversity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
College Park MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
A comparative study of grasslands on six continents suggests there may be a way to counteract the human-made overdose of fertilizer that threatens to permanently alter the biodiversity of the world'
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Ocean food web is key in the global carbon cycle

Ocean food web is key in the global carbon cycle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
Nothing dies of old age in the ocean. Everything gets eaten and all that remains of anything is waste. But that waste is pure gold to oceanographer David Siegel, director of the Earth Research Institute at UC Santa Barbara.

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Cold nights, warm days trigger pollution alerts across France

Cold nights, warm days trigger pollution alerts across France | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) March 12, 2014 - Nearly a third of the 22 regions in mainland France on Wednesday were on a maximum pollution alert including a swathe of the country's north, centre-east and the Paris region.
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Jim Green's distractions and James Hansen's analysis

Jim Green's distractions and James Hansen's analysis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jim Green's indictment of Fukushima fails to weigh the benefits of nuclear, such as the health dividends from a world with fewer wood stoves and coal plants.
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High-Concentration Solar Photovoltaic Systems to Reach Greater Efficiencies

High-Concentration Solar Photovoltaic Systems to Reach Greater Efficiencies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
Consistent improvements in technology and gradually lower costs will drive high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) systems to superior efficiencies, making HCPV an increasingly viable rival to conven
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Small Biomass Power Plants Could Help Rural Economies, Stabilize Grid

Small Biomass Power Plants Could Help Rural Economies, Stabilize Grid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Columbia MO (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 - As energy costs rise, more Americans are turning to bioenergy to provide power to their homes and workplaces. Bioenergy is renewable energy made from organic sources, such as biomass. Technology has
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Contaminated Fukushima water may be dumped as problems mount

Contaminated Fukushima water may be dumped as problems mount | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Mar 13, 2014 -
Contaminated water at the battered Fukushima plant has taken precedence over everything else. As the larger cleanup effort continues and storage space for the water is rapidly running out, scientist
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LED lamps: less energy, more light

LED lamps: less energy, more light | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tullastrabe, Germany (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
LEDs are durable and save energy. Now researchers have found a way to make LED lamps even more compact while supplying more light than commercially available models. The key to success: transistors
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Scientists build thinnest-possible LEDs to be stronger, more energy efficient

Scientists build thinnest-possible LEDs to be stronger, more energy efficient | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 - Most modern electronics, from flat-screen TVs and smartphones to wearable technologies and computer monitors, use tiny light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. These LEDs are based off of semiconductors that emit light with the movement of electrons. As devices get smaller and faster, there is more demand for such semiconductors that are tinier, stronger and more energy efficient.

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Oil, gas wastewater disposal causes cascade of Oklahoma quakes-USGS

Underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas drilling likely triggered a series of earthquakes in central Oklahoma in November 2011, according to a study from the U.S. Geological Survey that will add to the controversy surrounding the impact of the U.S. energy boom.

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Pakistani Kashmir turns to water to solve power crisis

Pakistani Kashmir turns to water to solve power crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Neelum Valley, Pakistan (AFP) March 12, 2014 - As Pakistan grapples with a crippling energy crisis, people in one corner of Kashmir have taken matters into their own hands, using small-scale turbines to generate electricity from streams and rivers.
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Floods kill 7 in Saudi Arabia: media

Floods kill 7 in Saudi Arabia: media | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Riyadh (AFP) March 12, 2014 - Seven people have died in floods that hit northern Hail province of mainly desert Saudi Arabia, local media reported Wednesday.
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Thousands sue nuclear giants over Japan Fukushima disaster

Thousands sue nuclear giants over Japan Fukushima disaster | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) March 12, 2014 - A class action lawsuit against nuclear suppliers General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi has ballooned to more than 4,000 claimants who are seeking damages over the Fukushima atomic disaster, the lead lawyer said Wednesday.
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Mongol Empire rode wave of mild climate

Mongol Empire rode wave of mild climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

New York NY (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -

Researchers studying the rings of ancient trees in mountainous central Mongolia think they may have gotten at the mystery of how small bands of nomadic Mongol horsemen united to conquer much of the world within a span of decades, 800 years ago. The rise of the great leader Genghis Khan and the start of the largest contiguous empire in human history was propelled by a temporary run of nice weather.

 

The rings show that exactly when the empire rose, the normally cold, arid steppes of central Asia saw their mildest, wettest weather in more than 1,000 years. Grass production must have boomed, as did vast numbers of war horses and other livestock that gave the Mongols their power. But the tree rings, spanning 1,112 years from 900 to 2011, also exhibit an ominous modern trend.

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Long-Term Warming Likely to Be Significant Despite Recent Slowdown

Long-Term Warming Likely to Be Significant Despite Recent Slowdown | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
A new NASA study shows Earth's climate likely will continue to warm during this century on track with previous estimates, despite the recent slowdown in the rate of global warming.

This research hinges on a new and more detailed calculation of the sensitivity of Earth's climate to the factors that cause it to change, such as greenhouse gas emissions. Drew Shindell, a climatologist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, found Earth is likely to experience roughly 20 percent more warming than estimates that were largely based on surface temperature observations during the past 150 years.

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NASA Data Sheds New Light on Changing Greenland Ice

NASA Data Sheds New Light on Changing Greenland Ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
Research using NASA data is giving new insight into one of the processes causing Greenland's ice sheet to lose mass. A team of scientists used satellite observations and ice thickness measurements g
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