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Smart cities: innovation in energy will drive sustainable cities

Smart cities: innovation in energy will drive sustainable cities | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

'Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide, and represent the largest of any environmental policy challenge. Urbanisation is only set to increase, cities house half the world's population today but are set to host three quarters in 2050.

To cope with this continued urban growth we will need to invent new ways to manage cities and make them more effective. The convergence between digital technology and the world of energy, or Energy 3.0, will pave the way for a new ecosystem of services which will enable both a better quality of life and reduced energy consumption.'


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I think local focus and efforts will indeed be where sustainability will come from in the long run.

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Empowering people in smart cities

In the same way that the IT revolution has been driven by consumer needs, so too will the energy revolution. As blogs, social networks and video platforms have enabled people to produce information and customise their content, new technologies will make possible energy self-production and customisation of energy usages and consumption.

 

Smart cities will also enable the use of open data which will create new urban services such as better transport connections, accident risk warnings and home monitoring for part-time and full-time carers. Local councils will have greater responsibility for ensuring the collection and the public availability of this data.

 

Furthermore, by leveraging this data, businesses will be able to offer personalised services for users, for example smart meter data could permit utilities to offer new tariffs, such as time-of use pricing which will encourage end-users to use energy in off-peak times when it is cheaper.

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Tips for Growing Desert Rose Plants

Tips for Growing Desert Rose Plants | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Learn about growing conditions, propagation, repotting and varieties of Desert Rose plants, plus general grower's tips.
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Sistema Huautla, the Deepest Cave in the Western Hemisphere Is Bigger Than We Thought

While trapped inside Mexico's Sistema Huautla by torrential flooding, cavers and scientists discovered new connections—expanding the map of the Western Hemisphere's deepest cave.
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Candling eggs: how to watch a speck grow into a chick.

Candling eggs: how to watch a speck grow into a chick. | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Want to learn a fascinating way to see your chicks grow before they evenhatch? Let's do some candling!
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Do Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies? - The New York Times

Do Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies? - The New York Times | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Exercise changes the brains and sperm of male mice in ways that later boost the thinking skills of their offspring. Could the same be true of men?

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Les eaux glacées du calcul égoïste -- Pari gagné, Paris baigné, mais Paris inondé, puis asséché!

Les eaux glacées du calcul égoïste -- Pari gagné, Paris baigné, mais Paris inondé, puis asséché! | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

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Just click translate if you don't read french! Interesting article.

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Obama’s calorie rule kicks in thanks to Trump

Obama’s calorie rule kicks in thanks to Trump | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
An oft-forgotten provision of Obamacare is being pushed over the finish line by Trump’s FDA.
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In worst case scenario, the trees in big parts of Canada's boreal forest 'will probably die,' says federal scientist | Carl Meyer | NationalObserver.com

In worst case scenario, the trees in big parts of Canada's boreal forest 'will probably die,' says federal scientist | Carl Meyer | NationalObserver.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Large portions of Canada’s vast boreal forest could be at risk of dying off by the end of the century, as climate change will dramatically aggravate the risk of wildfires, drought and insect infestations, say government scientists in a groundbreaking new study.

Even by mid-century, parts of Canada’s 270-million hectares of boreal forest that purifies water and air, regulates the climate and stores carbon will already be at heightened risk of devastating fires like the ones seen in Fort McMurray, Alberta in 2016, the Northwest Territories in 2014 and the James Bay area in 2013, according to scientists in the Canadian Forest Service.

 

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A Trump Plan To Nationalize Coal Plants Could Be A Surprise Gift To Climate Hawks

A Trump Plan To Nationalize Coal Plants Could Be A Surprise Gift To Climate Hawks | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
It could be time to start talking seriously about nationalizing and decommissioning fossil fuel companies.
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School lunches around the world with pictures -- Parenting Without Borders

School lunches around the world with pictures -- Parenting Without Borders | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Children eat an important meal at school each day: lunch. Here's a look at what lunchtime looks like for kids around the world and how this quintessential meal impacts their health.

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inFact: Plastic Water Bottles

They say leaving your plastic water bottle in the car will heat it up and leach toxins into the water. Should you be concerned? http://infactvideo.com/ I

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Genetic study shows explosion of diversity in fish after end-Cretaceous mass extinction

Genetic study shows explosion of diversity in fish after end-Cretaceous mass extinction | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A team of researchers from several institutions across the U.S. has found evidence suggesting that there was an explosion of diversity in fish after the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. In their paper published in the journa
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A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body

A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
None of these workouts requires a gym membership. Most are low-impact (meaning good for your joints) and have benefits for your heart and brain too.
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Invasive plant that causes 3rd-degree burns, permanent blindness discovered in Virginia

Invasive plant that causes 3rd-degree burns, permanent blindness discovered in Virginia | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Officials in Virginia are warning residents to be on the lookout after an invasive plant was found Tuesday in the northern part of the state can cause third-degree burns and even permanent blindness.
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6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong - The New York Times

6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong - The New York Times | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Can you recycle coffee cups or greasy pizza boxes? If you’re tossing things in the recycling bin out of sheer hope, you might be an “aspirational recycler.”
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Butterfly Weed Seeds - Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed Seeds - Asclepias tuberosa | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is the famous orange milkweed species native from Canada to Florida. Needs fast-draining soil and full sun. Perennial
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Method assembles cellulose nanofibres into a material stronger than spider silk

Method assembles cellulose nanofibres into a material stronger than spider silk | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Researchers in Sweden have produced a bio-based material that is reported to surpass the strength of all known bio-based materials whether fabricated or natural, including wood and spider silk.

Working with cellulose nanofibre (CNF), the essential building block of wood and other plant life, the researchers report that they have overcome the difficulty in translating the incredible mechanical properties of these nanofibres into larger, lightweight materials for use in airplanes, cars, furniture and other products.

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How Nature & Nurture Contribute To Addiction

How Nature & Nurture Contribute To Addiction | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Ever wonder what causes addiction? It’s a unique set of risk factors and influences — some genetic, others environmental. It’s rare for one thing to drive a person to addiction. Instead, it’s a simmering witch’s brew of nature mixed with nurture. Here's how they work together to encourage or discourage addiction.

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Is this basic common sense, or overly simplistic?  -Lon

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Everglades under threat as Florida's mangroves face death by rising sea level | Oliver Milman | Environment | TheGuardian.com

Everglades under threat as Florida's mangroves face death by rising sea level | Oliver Milman | Environment | TheGuardian.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Florida’s mangroves have been forced into a hasty retreat by sea level rise and now face being drowned, imperiling coastal communities and the prized Everglades wetlands, researchers have found.

Mangroves in south-east Florida in an area studied by the researchers have been on a “death march” inland as they edge away from the swelling ocean but have now hit a manmade levee and are likely to be submerged by water within 30 years, according to the Florida International University analysis.

“There’s nowhere left for them to go,” said Dr Randall Parkinson, a coastal geologist at FIU. “They are done. The sea will continue to rise and the question now is whether they will be replaced by open water. I think they will.

“The outlook is pretty grim. What’s mind boggling is that we are facing the inundation of south Florida this century..

 

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Hawaii Approves Bill Banning Sunscreen Believed To Kill Coral Reefs | Vanessa Romo | The Two-Way | NPR.org

Hawaii Approves Bill Banning Sunscreen Believed To Kill Coral Reefs | Vanessa Romo | The Two-Way | NPR.org | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens containing chemicals they say are contributing to the destruction of the state's coral reefs and other ocean life.

If signed by Gov. David Ige, it will make Hawaii the first state in the country to pass such a law and will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

"Amazingly, this is a first-in-the-world law," state Sen. Mike Gabbard, who introduced the bill, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "So, Hawaii is definitely on the cutting edge by banning these dangerous chemicals in sunscreens."

 

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Senate Confirms Former Coal Lobbyist to EPA’s No. 2 Job - Bloomberg

Senate Confirms Former Coal Lobbyist to EPA’s No. 2 Job - Bloomberg | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A former lobbyist for one of the largest U.S. coal mining companies won confirmation to be the Environmental Protection Agency’s No. 2 official.
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Russia state of emergency as toxic dump fumes hit town near Moscow

Russia state of emergency as toxic dump fumes hit town near Moscow | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Thousands of Volokolamsk residents have been protesting over foul air from a landfill site.
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FACT CHECK: Rhinos and Elephants Are Getting Pink Horns to Prevent Poaching?

FACT CHECK: Rhinos and Elephants Are Getting Pink Horns to Prevent Poaching? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Does a photograph depict a rhino that was given a pink horn to prevent poaching?
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How Can You Tell If a Recipe Is Healthy?

How Can You Tell If a Recipe Is Healthy? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Finding a recipe online is easier than ever, but how can you be sure it's healthy? Follow these tips for finding nutritious recipes and making your favorite recipes healthier.

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