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Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems?

Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems? | Environment | Scoop.it
With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks so.
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Europe's cycling economy has created 650,000 jobs

Europe's cycling economy has created 650,000 jobs | Environment | Scoop.it
Cycling industry employs more people than mining and quarrying with potential for a million jobs by 2020, says new study
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Online petition against using BP funds for beachfront convention center gets 26,000 signatures

Online petition against using BP funds for beachfront convention center gets 26,000 signatures | Environment | Scoop.it
Alabama man starts online petition against the use of BP restoration funds for a $58.5 million convention center at Gulf State Park.
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Metal Madness: Lead Doesn't Just Poison Birds, It Scrambles Everything They Need to Survive

Metal Madness: Lead Doesn't Just Poison Birds, It Scrambles Everything They Need to Survive | Environment | Scoop.it
It's well-known that high levels of lead kill birds. But now it's becoming clear that amounts commonly encountered by waterfowl and raptors can mess up their digestion, brains, hearts, vision and other body processes critical for their survival in the wild.
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New York – Restoring Quality Habitat and Combating Invasive Plants at Times Beach | Coastal Engineering News & Subscription List

New York – Restoring Quality Habitat and Combating Invasive Plants at Times Beach | Coastal Engineering News & Subscription List | Environment | Scoop.it
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Great Lakes Action Plan II launched by Task Force to restore world's largest freshwater system

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Shifting perspectives on coastal impacts and adaptation | weADAPT 4.0

Shifting perspectives on coastal impacts and adaptation | weADAPT 4.0 | Environment | Scoop.it
Coastal regions under threat from climate change and sea-level rise need to tackle the more immediate threats of human-led and other non-climatic changes, according to a team of international scientists.The team of 27 scientists from five continents, led by Dr Sally Brown at the University of Southampton, reviewed 24 years of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments (the fifth and latest set being published in 2013 and 2014). They focused on climate change and...
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We found that managing long-term coastal change requires more holistic thinking, taking account of multiple drivers other than climate change, and that more attention should be given to these drivers when making management and adaptation decisions.

 
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The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Small Island Developing States | weADAPT 4.0

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Small Island Developing States | weADAPT 4.0 | Environment | Scoop.it
SummaryThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever. The Fifth Assessment Report, which the IPCC is releasing in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014, is the work of 830 expert authors, from 85 countries. Its first three volumes already stretch to 5,000+ pages. Now the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and Overseas Development Institute have released a succinct guide to the assessment for...
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Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America’s Bird Species, Study Says - NYTimes.com

Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America’s Bird Species, Study Says - NYTimes.com | Environment | Scoop.it
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Proposed St. Tammany fracking operation must rework wetlands permit application, Corps of Engineers says

Proposed St. Tammany fracking operation must rework wetlands permit application, Corps of Engineers says | Environment | Scoop.it
The Louisiana Geological Survey has rendered invalid Helis Oil & Gas Co.'s application for an Army Corps of Engineers' wetlands permit for its proposed oil drilling and fracking project near Mandeville, the corps said Tuesday (Aug. 5). The move means...
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Drive-By Shooting on Frenchmen Street | NOLA DEFENDER

Drive-By Shooting on Frenchmen Street | NOLA DEFENDER | Environment | Scoop.it
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Drive-By Shooting on Frenchmen Street leaves victim dead  #NOLA DEFENDER | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...

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Obama to Pledge $3 Billion for New UN Climate Change Fund - Bloomberg

Obama to Pledge $3 Billion for New UN Climate Change Fund - Bloomberg | Environment | Scoop.it
Obama to Pledge $3 Billion for New UN Climate Change Fund
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Tracking Frackers From the Sky

Tracking Frackers From the Sky | Environment | Scoop.it
Citizen scientists eyeing Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnesses
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Global natural gas boom alone won't slow climate change

Global natural gas boom alone won't slow climate change | Environment | Scoop.it
A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Recent advances in gas production technology based on horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing -- also known as fracking -- have led to bountiful, low-cost natural gas. Because gas emits far less carbon dioxide than coal, some researchers have linked the natural gas boom to recent reduct
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Gulf Coast chambers split with national parent, urge U.S. Supreme Court to deny BP's oil spill settlement appeal

Gulf Coast chambers split with national parent, urge U.S. Supreme Court to deny BP's oil spill settlement appeal | Environment | Scoop.it
The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce told the U.S. Supreme Court this week their national parent organization has turned its back on hundreds of Gulf Coast members in choosing to support BP's challenge to its oil spill settlement. The group said reversing the agreement would cause "incalculable" damage and urged the court not to hear BP's appeal.
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The hundreds of local chambers exposed an issue with the nature of the US Chamber's membership. 

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New Research Shows Pollution Inequality in America Even Worse Than Income Inequality

New Research Shows Pollution Inequality in America Even Worse Than Income Inequality | Environment | Scoop.it
If you are poor or non-white, inequality is in the air you breathe.
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Three Measures of Environmental Inequality"Using data on industrial air pollution exposure in the United States, we compute three measures of environmental inequality: the Gini coefficient of exposure, the ratio of median exposure of minorities to that of non-Hispanic whites, and the ratio of median exposure of poor households to that of nonpoor households. Comparing inequalities in states and Congressional districts, we find that relative rankings by the three measures vary considerably. We conclude that different measures of environmental inequality may be appropriate for different analytical purposes"

The Gini coefficient measures the inequality among values of a frequency distribution (for example levels of income). A Gini coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality, where all values are the same (for example, where everyone has the same income). A Gini coefficient of one (or 100%) expresses maximal inequality among values (for example where only one person has all the income).

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What a Park’s Design Does to Your Brain – Next City

What a Park’s Design Does to Your Brain – Next City | Environment | Scoop.it
This scientist wants to enable designers and planners to maximize the serenity of urban green space.
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A.G. Schneiderman Issues Report Highlighting Need To Tackle Climate Change At State Level, Details Work Of Environmental Protection Bureau | Eric T. Schneiderman

A.G. Schneiderman Issues Report Highlighting Need To Tackle Climate Change At State Level, Details Work Of Environmental Protection Bureau | Eric T. Schneiderman | Environment | Scoop.it
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The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Small Island Developing States | weADAPT 4.0

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Small Island Developing States | weADAPT 4.0 | Environment | Scoop.it
SummaryThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever. The Fifth Assessment Report, which the IPCC is releasing in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014, is the work of 830 expert authors, from 85 countries. Its first three volumes already stretch to 5,000+ pages. Now the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and Overseas Development Institute have released a succinct guide to the assessment for...
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FEATURE: What do leaders of Small Island Developing States say about living with climate change?

FEATURE: What do leaders of Small Island Developing States say about living with climate change? | Environment | Scoop.it
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Critical Facilities Would Be Protected From Power Outages by New Jersey Bank

Critical Facilities Would Be Protected From Power Outages by New Jersey Bank | Environment | Scoop.it
Anew statesponsored bank in New Jersey soon will provide grants and loans formaking the states critical infrastructure more resilient to power outages fromextreme weather events. ...
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Cedric Grant takes over duties of New Orleans public works and S&WB

Cedric Grant takes over duties of New Orleans public works and S&WB | Environment | Scoop.it
Cedric Grant gained assent from the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans Wednesday to take on the daunting task of managing all aspects of public buildings, streets, rights-of-way and everything beneath them. The board unanimously agreed to a cooperative endeavor...
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New Orleans East to Increase Access to Healthcare - New Orleans Magazine - July 2014 - New Orleans, LA

New Orleans East to Increase Access to Healthcare - New Orleans Magazine - July 2014 - New Orleans, LA | Environment | Scoop.it
New Orleans Magazine is a monthly lifestyle magazine that features articles on dining, going out, bars and nightclubs, shopping, events and political commentary by editor Errol Laborde.
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