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World's Largest Wind Turbines Installed off UK

World's Largest Wind Turbines Installed off UK | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Dong Energy has installed the first of the world's largest wind turbines, which are taller and wider than the London Eye |
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The wind farm with the largest yet produced blades is about to kick on in the UK!
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EU shipping could be forced to report CO2 emissions

EU shipping could be forced to report CO2 emissions | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Ships, which create 3% of all emissions across the European Union, could soon have to report their CO2 impact if new MEP proposals get the green light.

The plans, designed to help cut emissions from the sector, would come into play from 2018 for all ships that weigh more than 5,000 tonnes.
There are currently no pieces of legislation covering maritime emissions reduction. And with shipping emissions jumping 70% since 1990, the EU thinks the time is right to take action. If emissions continue to

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Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities

Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Urban areas around the world are installing wireless networks of streetlamps and sensors that could ease traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions.

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Wyke Farms to recover 95% of wastewater with £1.3m investment

Wyke Farms to recover 95% of wastewater with £1.3m investment | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The UK’s largest independent cheese-maker has officially opened a £1m water treatment plant that will recover up to 95% of its factory waste water.


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Pollution Costs to Rise as EU Governments Back Market Fix

Pollution Costs to Rise as EU Governments Back Market Fix | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Carbon prices are poised to rebound from a three-year slump as European Union member states backed a stopgap plan to reduce a record glut of pollution permits.
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The European Union (EU) has opted to beef up its carbon trading system. Carbon prices are poised to rebound from a three-year decline after the 28-country bloc decided to back a stopgap plan to reduce the number of pollution permits that have flooded the market. As a result, the cost of emitting carbon dioxide may increasemore than 50 percent on average to $10.54 a metric ton by the end of 2014.

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Thirty years ago today--Close-up lesson from Chernobyl 

Thirty years ago today--Close-up lesson from Chernobyl  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
 I was in Munich as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry when Chernobyl exploded.   Below is the letter I wrote to friends in San Diego on May 1, 1986... ...I’m writing to give you
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This is a great piece of history.  It shows that we often seem to have problems relating timely data to decision makers when the crisis in question is large in scale.  We have seen very similar responses during the Deepwater Horizon, Fukushima, etc.
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Santander: The Smartest Smart City

Santander: The Smartest Smart City | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Where some see smart cities, others fear a new form of governance based on algorithms rather than human experience.
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Where some see smart cities, others fear a new form of governance based on algorithms rather than human experience.

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Leading Edge

Leading Edge | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Denmark supplies three out of four of the world's offshore wind turbines, and it's on track to be free of fossil fuels by 2050.
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Waste coffee grounds set to fuel London with biodiesel and biomass pellets

Waste coffee grounds set to fuel London with biodiesel and biomass pellets | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Bio-bean, a new London based company, is taking waste coffee grounds and turning them into biofuels. Tim Smedley reports

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I tried a coffee-ground based "wooden" log for the fireplace last year.  It burned quite nicely and cleanly.  And it smelled like a coffee shop.

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WWF Welcomes EU Application of Tighter Timber Regulations - Jakarta Globe

WWF Welcomes EU Application of Tighter Timber Regulations - Jakarta Globe | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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Nazir, however, noted that the EUTR was still only dealing with the legality of products and not whether the products was produced in a sustainable manner.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, March 6, 2013 3:53 PM

The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) since March 3rd imposes responsibilities to develop a risk management system for E.U. traders' who place timber and timber products on the EU market.  The Regulation is legally binding on all 27 EU Member States.