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3 ways for companies to protect water resources and save money - GreenBiz.com

3 ways for companies to protect water resources and save money - GreenBiz.com | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

The Carbon Disclosure Project and General Electric both released reports on water this week. While the focus of the reports varied—CDP looked at how many companies are tracking, reporting and doing something about their impact on water while GE surveyed the general public to gauge consumer attitudes about water usage—the conclusions were roughly the same: Everyone knows we need to do something about water consumption, and there are plenty of opportunities to do so profitably. Those opportunities break down generally into three categories: reducing usage, reusing water and improving infrastructure.


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David Attenborough: US Politicans Duck Climate Change Because of Cost

David Attenborough: US Politicans Duck Climate Change Because of Cost | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
The naturalist warns that it will take a terrible example of extreme weather to wake people up to global warming.

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Where the Jobs Are (what's the real score for clean energy?)

Where the Jobs Are (what's the real score for clean energy?) | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
For years, the dirty energy industry has warned of massive job losses if the nation switches to clean energy. It's dead wrong.

For years, the dirty energy industry has warned of massive job losses if the nation switches to clean energy. It's dead wrong. Max Wei, Shana Patadia, and Daniel Kammen of the University of California at Berkeley reviewed 15 recent studies on the job-creation potential of various energy sources and found that renewables generate more jobs per unit of energy delivered than do fossil fuels. For a calculator showing how many jobs could be created under various assumptions, see rael.berkeley.edu/greenjobs. Figures shown here represent jobs per megawatt and include jobs in construction, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. —Paul Rauber


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EDA announces Minnesota renewable energy business cluster planning grant - Brainerd Daily Dispatch

EDA announces Minnesota renewable energy business cluster planning grantBrainerd Daily DispatchThe emerging renewable energy business sector in Minnesota will explore the potential for a comprehensive research to commercialization effort over the...
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Why Arusha meeting on agriculture was important to Africa’s food security | IPP Media

Why Arusha meeting on agriculture was important to Africa’s food security | IPP Media | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

The East African scenarios building process, led by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS), seeks to capture key uncertainties and challenges for regional food security, environment and livelihoods under conditions of global environmental and socio-economic change from various perspectives and to develop regional capacity for governance and decision-making in the face of uncertainty.

The scenarios have also been developed to in order to identify adaptation and mitigation technology, policy options and opportunities towards improved food security, governance, environmental management and livelihoods, particularly in areas of regional collaboration.

 

During the workshop, the participants, who represented various regional needs, agendas and aspirations, worked together to create a shared vision for the region’s future. They then mapped the actions needed to realize the visions starting from the time the vision is to be realized going backwards.

 

learn more: http://ccafs.cgiar.org/scenarios


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Tokyo – Rooftop and underground urban farming lures young Japanese office workers

Tokyo – Rooftop and underground urban farming lures young Japanese office workers | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

"Crops planted on rooftops, underground create new jobs, lower temperatures"


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Climate change awareness in Africa and Asia 'varies greatly' - SciDev.Net

Climate change awareness in Africa and Asia 'varies greatly' - SciDev.Net | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

The team from the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) at the CGIAR Consortium revealed their findings in a working paper entitled Participatory Gender-sensitive Approaches for Addressing Key Climate Change-related Research Issues — Evidence from Bangladesh, Ghana and Uganda, published by the consortium on 23 August.


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Filling Our Landfills (From 18,500 in 1979; only 1754 left in 2006) - "Time for 3Rs"

Filling Our Landfills (From 18,500 in 1979; only 1754 left in 2006) - "Time for 3Rs" | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Landfill statistics show that in 1979, approximately 18,500 landfills were available to receive trash all across the United States. In 1990, just 11 years later, this number was drastically decreased by almost 60%. According to the landfill statistics given by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 1988 there were 7,924 landfills available in the US. In 2006, there were only 1,754 left. This continued decrease in available landfill space is relative to the amount of trash that has been increasing in great proportions.

At present, the biggest landfill in the US is located in Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada. This location alone received 3,824,814 tons of trash in 2007. The second largest is located in Puente Hills, Whittier, California that received 3,756,718 tons of trash in the same year.


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Totally green: IKEA pledges to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2020 - RT

Totally green: IKEA pledges to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2020 - RT | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
RTTotally green: IKEA pledges to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2020RTSwedish furniture retailer IKEA plans to completely shift to renewable energy by 2020 and will invest up to 1.5 billion euro in wind and solar energy as part of new safeguard...

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25 Innovations in 25 U.S. States - Huffington Post (blog)

25 Innovations in 25 U.S. States - Huffington Post (blog) | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
25 Innovations in 25 U.S. StatesHuffington Post (blog)In honor of Food Day 2012, Nourishing the Planet would like to showcase 50 state-by-state programs, projects, individuals, and organizations that are innovating to make the nation's food and...
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What Is Sustainable Beef? - Beef Magazine (blog)

What Is Sustainable Beef? - Beef Magazine (blog) | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Beef Magazine (blog)What Is Sustainable Beef?Beef Magazine (blog)Consumers today are blessed with a myriad of choices when they walk into a grocery store.
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Engineers create gasoline from air and water. Yes, really.

Engineers create gasoline from air and water. Yes, really. | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
In what sounds more like alchemy than science, a small British company has figured out a way to create gasoline from air and water. To do so, engineers at Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS) produced five litres (1.3 gallons) of the fuel ...

In what sounds more like alchemy than science, a small British company has figured out a way to create gasoline from air and water. To do so, engineers at Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS) produced five litres (1.3 gallons) of the fuel by extracting carbon dioxide from air, and hydrogen from water, which was then combined in a reactor with a catalyst to create methanol. This methanol was then converted into gasoline.
The entire chemical process to create this synthetic hydrocarbon liquid took three months, and is part of a $1.6 million dollar project to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly fuel. And because renewable energy was used to power the process, the scientists say it may be possible to create carbon-neutral fuel en masse that can be used like regular gasoline.


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Should Cities Ban Plastic Bags?

Should Cities Ban Plastic Bags? | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Many cities around the globe have already banned the ubiquitous bags from stores, and activists are pushing for bans elsewhere. But skeptics say that science doesn't support the idea that plastic bags do any genuine harm.

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Rising Ocean Temps Threaten The Ocean Food Chain

Rising Ocean Temps Threaten The Ocean Food Chain | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
From Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick: Of all the plants and animals facing a potentially dire future because of climate change, a study released Thursday in Science paints a potentially grim picture for one of the most important and...

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In China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale

In China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
This toxic lake poisons Chinese farmers, their children and their land. It is what's left behind after making the magnets for Britain's latest wind turbines...

The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.


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Is This The World's First 100% Organic, Chemically Free Nation?

Is This The World's First 100% Organic, Chemically Free Nation? | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

October 24, 2012 | Wake Up World

The tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan serves as home to just 738,000 people—about the population of Alaska. But this tiny landlocked nation is on track to make one of the biggest pro-organic moves in the world.... http://wakeup-world.com/2012/10/24/is-this-the-worlds-first-100-organic-nation/

 

-October 3, 2012 - Common Dreams

Bhutan Pledges to be First 100% Organic, Chemically-Free Nation

The small nation of Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas between China and India, is committed to becoming the first "hundred percent organic" "chemical-free" nation within decade.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/10/03-4


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10 Awesome Gadgets To Reuse Water

10 Awesome Gadgets To Reuse Water | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Meet some of the coolest ideas to save water.

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Nanoflowers Promise Energy Storage, Solar Cells | News | Laboratory Equipment

Nanoflowers Promise Energy Storage, Solar Cells | News | Laboratory Equipment | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Flower-like structures made from a semiconductor material have extremely thin petals with an enormous surface area. The “flowers” hold promise for next-generation energy storage devices and solar cells.

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Earthquakes Triggered by Dams (Besides underground water extraction)

Earthquakes Triggered by Dams (Besides underground water extraction) | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
RT @americanrivers: New research: earthquakes can be induced by dams.

In a paper prepared for the World Commission on Dams, Dr. V. P Jauhari wrote the following about this phenomenon, known as Reservoir-Induced Seismicity (RIS): "The most widely accepted explanation of how dams cause earthquakes is related to the extra water pressure created in the micro-cracks and fissures in the ground under and near a reservoir. When the pressure of the water in the rocks increases, it acts to lubricate faults which are already under tectonic strain, but are prevented from slipping by the friction of the rock surfaces."

Given that every dam site has unique geological characteristics, it is not possible to accurately predict when and where earthquakes will occur. However, the International Commission on Large Dams recommends that RIS should be considered for reservoirs deeper than 100 meters.


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Conservation scientists look beyond greenbelts to connect wildlife ...

Conservation scientists look beyond greenbelts to connect wildlife ... | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Landscape corridors and connectivity in conservation and restoration planning A wildlife overpass on the Trans-Canada Highway helps wildlife and vehicles avoid lethal connections in Banff National Park, British Columbia.

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East Africa: African Farmers Turn to Climate Coping Strategies - allAfrica.com

East Africa: African Farmers Turn to Climate Coping Strategies - allAfrica.com | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Research conducted in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda by the the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) found that farmers have taken up strategies aimed at improving crop production.


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Take your garbage home, Goa village tells tourists - "Leave nothing but footprints..."

Take your garbage home, Goa village tells tourists - "Leave nothing but footprints..." | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Take your garbage home, Goa village tell...Betalbatim, a southern village 40 km from Panaji, ..."The gram sabha (village assembly) has resolv...Goa's overcrowded beaches and countryside have see...Beer bottles, empty tetra ...

Goa's overcrowded beaches and countryside have seen garbage piling up, with the state failing to put in place an effective garbage disposal mechanism.
Beer bottles, empty tetra packs and potato wafer packets are ubiquitous. Assorted dry waste litters the beach, left behind by irresponsible tourists and locals.
Neither the coastal village panchayats nor the tourism department is equipped to safely dispose of the garbage collected by sweepers.
Esperance Fernandes believes that the move by the village panchayat would help minimise the filth on the beach as well as set an example for other coastal village panchayats.


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Sustainable Farming Proven to Increase Yield at Zero Cost - OpEdNews

Sustainable Farming Proven to Increase Yield at Zero Cost - OpEdNews | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Sustainable Farming Proven to Increase Yield at Zero CostOpEdNewsView Article Stats Sustainable Farming Proven to Increase Yield at Zero Cost Quicklink submitted by Daniel Geery (Add your own quicklinks easily with the OpEdNews Quick Link Browser...
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The Latest in TEDliness From the Onion: A Car That Runs on Compost

The Latest in TEDliness From the Onion: A Car That Runs on Compost | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Step 1: The idea of a car that runs on compost. Step 2: Implementation of a car that runs on compost. We're half done.

"Every day the world burns 400 million gallons of fuel. But there is so much compost in the world." The perfect takeoff of TED talks. "Compostization is the future. The idea is there, it just needs implementation."


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Enthusiastic Student Scientist Wins Attention for Promising Solar Clean Water Project

Enthusiastic Student Scientist Wins Attention for Promising Solar Clean Water Project | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Deepika Kurup's green and sustainable water purification project wins her honors as "America’s Top Young Scientist"...

Deepika designed a simple but elegant experiment. She created three UV-treatment vessels with catalytic rods: two using each photocatalyst on its own and a third with a combined TiO2-ZnO coating. A fourth plastic bottle without any photocatalyst served as a control. Deepika then sampled water from the bottles every three hours, using an incubator she developed herself to grow colonies in order to test the water contamination levels.

Deepika was able to prove that the combined TiO2-ZnO rods significantly accelerated the treatment time necessary to achieve clean water using the sun for treatment.


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