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EPIC FAIL for Canada on WWF Climate Report Card

canada-fail-emissionTo the surprise of nobody who lives there, Canada has come in dead last on a climate report card prepared by the World Wildlife Foundation. The US is close behind, but at least is going in the right direction. “Nowhere else on Earth do fewer people steward more resources, yet Canada now stands dead last among the G8 nations in protecting our shared home from the threat of dangerous climate change,” said foundation spokesman Keith Stewart. Full Story : TreeHugger.com…..

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Extreme Wind Power Calls for Killer High-Altitude Kites

wind-turbine-kiteHigh-altitude wind streams boast more than 100 times as much power as needed to meet the planet‚Äôs electricity needs at any given moment, according to research by Stanford University‚Äôs Cristina Archer and Ken Caldeira. Entrepreneurs are refining models of wind-turbine kites that fly as high as airliners. Theoretically, these extreme wind power kites would float high enough for powerful jet streams to flow through their turbines more than 10 times faster than winds would flow near the ground. Full Story : Cleantechlawandbusiness.com….

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Great white sharks hunt just like Hannibal Lecter

sharkGreat white sharks have some things in common with human serial killers, a new study says: They don’t attack at random, but stalk specific victims, lurking out of sight. The sharks hang back and observe from a not-too-close, not-too-far base, hunt strategically, and learn from previous attempts, according to a study being published online Monday in the Journal of Zoology. Researchers used a serial killer profiling method to figure out just how the fearsome ocean predator hunts, something that’s been hard to observe beneath the surface. Full Story : Google…..

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Study Indicates Wind Speeds Are Slowing in the U.S.

offshore-windfarmThe wind appears to be dying down across the United States, according to a first-of-its-kind study that indicates that average and peak winds have been slowing since 1973, particularly in the Midwest and the East. The study‚Äôs lead author, Sara Pryor, an atmospheric scientist at Indiana University, also noted in the article that there has been a jump of low or no wind days in the Midwest. Full Story : Environmentalleader.com….

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Oceans Rising Faster Than UN Forecast, Scientists Say

antarcticPolar ice caps are melting faster and oceans are rising more than the United Nations projected just two years ago, 10 universities said in a report suggesting that climate change has been underestimated. Global sea levels will climb a meter (39 inches) by 2100, 69 percent more than the most dire forecast made in 2007 by the UN‚Äôs climate panel, according to the study released today in Brussels. The forecast was based on new findings, including that Greenland‚Äôs ice sheet is losing 179 billion tons of ice a year. Full Story : Bloomberg.com…..

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Deadly Protests Force Peru’s PM to Resign after Law Opens Up Amazonian Land to Oil, Gas Companies

peruAt least 34 people have been killed in clashes between indigenous groups and the Peruvian police after the government passed a law opening up regions in the Amazon for foreign oil and gas ventures. The crisis has escalated to such heights that Peru’s Prime Minister, Yehude Simon, has said that he plans on resigning due to his failure to win the support of the indigenous population in moving ahead with the land law‚Äîbut has the Amazon been spared? Full Story : Treehugger.com….

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Same-sex behavior seen in nearly all animals

Same-sex behavior is a nearly universal phenomenon in the animal kingdom, common across species, from worms to frogs to birds, concludes a new review of existing research. There is a caveat, however. The review also reports that same-sex behaviors are not the same across species, and that researchers may be calling qualitatively different phenomena by the same name. Full Story : Physorg.com….

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Court orders $507.5 million damages in Exxon Valdez spill

exxon-validezA federal appeals court on Monday ordered Exxon Mobil Corp to pay $507.5 million in punitive damages stemming from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, plus 5.9 percent interest running from the 1996 trial judgment, the opinion said. The amount is a fraction of the $5 billion in punitive damages originally awarded to fishermen, Alaska natives, business owners and other litigants by a jury in 1996, and equals the compensatory damages agreed to in a subsequent settlement, the opinion said. The oil spill from the Exxon Valdez supertanker in 1989 was the worst in the nation’s history, blackening more than 1,200 miles of Alaska’s coastline. The clean-up alone cost around $2.5 billion. Full Story : YahooNews…..

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Obama Launches US Ocean Protection Plan

Under Sea CableThough it’s in the early stages of development, Obama announced he’s creating an Ocean Protection Plan that will provide a comprehensive national policy for protecting seas, coastal areas, and the Great Lakes. Here’s how he’s going to do it. It’s been called one of Obama’s biggest environmental challenges, but evidently he feels up for the task. With a water crisis looming, making efficient use of our oceans is more important than ever. Full Story : Treehugger.com….

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France moves to bring in carbon tax by 2011

EmissionsThe French government on Wednesday kickstarted plans for a so-called carbon tax on energy-hungry products, to be rolled out by 2011 as part of France’s efforts to slash global warming emissions. Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo unveiled a white paper on the new Climate-Energy Contribution, to be posted online for public comment before an experts’ panel gathers on July 2-3 to hammer out the details. Eventually the government would hope to extend the new tax to all goods and services, as and when an international standard emerges for measuring carbon footprint. Full Story : France24.com….

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Black Pixel: Is it possible to Save Energy one Pixel at a Time?

crtGreenpeace Brazil has a simple proposition for us: let’s save energy by annulling one pixel of our computer screens. According to the project presentation, one pixel will save 0,057 watts per hour, so if one million people join, it will make 57 thousand watts per hour. This is equivalent to 1425 40W light-bulbs turned off per hour and can save up to 70 kilogrames of CO2 (if the energy for that came from a coal plant). From the campaign they make it clear that this only works on CRT and plasma monitors. Full Story : TreeHugger.com…

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NASA photos reveal destruction of 99% of rainforest park in Rwanda

Satellite images released by NASA show nearly complete destruction of Rwanda’s Gishwati Forest between 1986 and 2001. Deforestation of the forest reserve is largely the result of subsistence harvesting and cultivation by refugees in the aftermath of the country’s 1994 genocide. Overall only 600 hectares of Gishwati’s original 100,000 hectares of forest remain, a loss of 99.4 percent. Full Story : Mongabay.com….

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Chimps mentally map fruit trees

monkeyChimpanzees remember the exact location of all their favourite fruit trees. Their spatial memory is so precise that they can find a single tree among more than 12,000 others within a patch of forest, primatologists have found. More than that, the chimps also recall how productive each tree is, and decide to travel farther to eat from those they know will yield the most fruit. Acquiring such an ability might have helped drive the evolution of sophisticated primate brains. Full Story : BBC.co.uk….

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Train can be worse for climate than plane

small-planeA new study compares the “full life-cycle” emissions generated by 11 different modes of transportation in the US. Unlike previous studies on transport emissions, Mikhail Chester and Arpad Horvath of the University of California, Berkeley, looked beyond what is emitted by different types of car, train, bus or plane while their engines are running and includes emissions from building and maintaining the vehicles and their infrastructure, as well as generating the fuel to run them. Full Story : NewScientist.com….

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China Launches Complaint Hotline for Pollution

cellphone-talkingIn China, the mobile phone has become one of the most powerful tools citizens have to fight pollution. Today, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection is hoping to redirect citizen frustration to its own phones, launching a hotline to take complaints about pollution. The hotline, 010-12369, will take calls about “emergency environment issues, cross-provincial pollution and other environmental issues that should be directly dealt with by the ministry.

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Beehive fence deters elephant raiders

beehive-fenceA fence made out of beehives wired together has been shown to significantly reduce crop raids by elephants, Oxford University scientists report. The fence is constructed of log beehives suspended on poles beneath tiny thatched roofs (to keep off the sun). The hives are connected by eight metre lengths of fencing wire. Elephants avoid the hives and will attempt to push through the wire but this causes the hives to swing violently causing the elephants to fear an attack of angry bees. Full Story : Insciences.org…..

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Climate Change Causes 300,000 Deaths a Year, Controversial Study Claims

indian-floodvictims300,000 people across the world die every year as a result of global warming, according to a new report by the Global Humanitarian Forum. Human-influenced climate change is elevating the global death rates from illnesses including malaria, malnutrition and heat-related ailments, mostly by worsening flooding and droughts. The report said that the lives of 325 million people were being seriously affected by global warming and that the number will double by 2030. It also stated that global warming is causing $125 billion in economic losses each year. Full Story : EarthFirst.com….

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China to Impose Stricter Gas Mileage Rules Than U.S

beijing-trafficThe president of China’s Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation has said that Chinese officials are drafting new mileage standards that would require an 18 percent improvement in fuel economy by 2015. New cars in China already average about 35.8 mpg and under the new rules, would be required to get 42.2 mpg by 2015. The new U.S. standards require an average mgp of 35.5 by 2016. Full Story : EcoGeek.com…..

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UK public making ‘mountain of technology waste’

electronic-wasteAccording to research conducted for Dell on the recycling habits of 5,000 consumers across the UK (1,000 respondents), France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, Germans are proving the savviest (80 per cent regularly recycle electronics). Consumer confusion around the recycling options available for old electronics has led to 50 per cent of UK consumers failing to correctly recycle old technology. How ever, the level of UK consumers who claim to regularly recycle paper, plastics, and glass, is higher than the European average. Full Story : Theiet.org….

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China begins construction of Largest Quake simulator

earth-quakeThe world’s largest vibration simulation center has begun construction at Shanghai’s Tongji University. The center will be able to test the quake-proof capabilities of the city’s skyscrapers and stadiums more accurately, and observe the effects of earthquakes on long structures such as bridges, subways and tunnels. The center’s four vibrating platforms will be able to carry 200tonnes, almost double the capacity of the current largest at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the United States. Simulator at Beijing’s China Academy of Building Research and Chongqing’s Communications Research and Design Institute can bear up to 70 tonnes. Full Story : Xinhua.net……

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