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Posted by on in Animals
The widely-reported decline of bee populations worldwide is wreaking havoc in certain ecosystems, particularly since it is now known that bees can be very fickle when it comes to pollination.  PLAY VIDEO Why Are All The Bees Dying? Bee populations around the world have collapsed. DC...
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Posted by on in Oil Spill
  Dirty oil, at the root of this, has no moral compass. It is a style of bullying at the worst level. If the earth did not have the resources for renewable energy that its does, this would still be wrong. One oil spill is too much. Three oil spills happened in the last short week, bringing ho...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
China's efforts to assess the problem of smog hanging over Beijing and other cities has meant business for Western providers of specialized air-monitoring equipment, and this could pick up with efforts to clear the skies. "It's only recently that equipment able to monitor PM2.5 has been manufacture...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The globally-averaged temperature for 2012 marked the 10th warmest year since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 36th consecutive year with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average annual temperature was 1976. Including 2012, all 12 yea...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
(CBS News) Withering drought, vast wildfires, town-leveling tornadoes, fierce heat -- not to mention superstorm Sandy -- all made 2012 one of the worst years in terms of lives lost and property destroyed from extreme weather. Most scientists believe climate change is partly to blame for last year's...
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Posted by on in Wind
U.S. companies built record 13.2 gigawatts worth of new wind power capacity in the country in 2012, according to a study released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. A large factor in the construction record is that companies rushed to complete projects before production tax credits for wind proj...
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Posted by on in Food
  In the sea, almost everything that swims, burrows or crawls can be presented on a plate and eaten. Yet many marine species aren't well known among chefs and diners. The lack of variety on the menu represents not only a loss of culinary opportunity, but also a potential source of ecological i...
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Posted by on in Clean Technology
Image Credit: Chyrko Olena / Shutterstock For almost three decades, scientists have tried to identify a particular enzyme involved in regulating electron transport during photosynthesis. Now, a research team from Ludwig Maximilians Universitat (LMU) has found the missing link, which turns out to be...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
It’s nearly 2013 and I am grateful. After three years of traveling with a backpack through 14 countries in Africa and the Middle East, I am finally back home with my family in the United States.  The time I spent abroad stretched my mind and broadened my heart, transformed long h...
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Posted by on in Biofuels
  Algae biofuels could bloom into a $1.6 billion industry by 2015, according to a recent report by energy research firm SBI. As pondscum fuels make the jump from test tube to tanker trucks, the growing industry is lobbying Congress to make sure it has a level playing field&nb...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
  If there were any climate change denialists located in the United States, over the last nine months, their arguments have been shattered by rising temperatures and the highest average over nine months with severe drought conditions disabling many economic sectors and livelihoods....
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
  * 70 pct of corals will suffer degradation by 2030* To protect half of reefs, temperature rise must be under 1.5C     By Nina ChestneyLONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The chance to save the world's coral reefs from damage caused by climate change is dwindling as man-made greenhouse...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
  About 17 million Americans live in areas afflicted by all three air pollution hazards. This worries scientists since research suggests air pollution threatens human health — and not just the lungs. On days in which smog levels spike, there's an increase in hospital admissions for respira...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
  * Particles, ozone are Europe's biggest air problems* Eastern Europe, Mediterranean nations worst affected* EU to review air quality laws, WHO standards much tougher* Sulphur dioxide levels have fallenBy Barbara LewisBRUSSELS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Microscopic particles, among the most har...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
  Australian scientists have proposed covering endangered coral reefs with cloth to give them shade as a "last resort" to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The cloths would be anchored with ropes and float on the water surface to protect corals from sunlight, reducing heat stress which leads ...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
  Bees are a vital part of the ecosystem. It has been falsely attributed to Albert Einstein that the great scientist and philosopher said that if the bee disappeared from the planet then man would have no more than four years to live. Einstein did not say this but the sentiment, if exaggerat...
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Posted by on in Solar
  Apple is building a giant solar farm to power a data center in North Carolina, and GigaOM has aerial shots that show just how huge it is. The pictures were taken by North Carolina television station WCNC-TV. At 100 acres, this is going to be the world’s largest privately owned solar ...
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