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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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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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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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NASA Rover Sees Variable Environmental History at Martian Crater

Planet MarsOne of NASA’s two Mars rovers has recorded a compelling saga of environmental changes that occurred over billions of years at a Martian crater. The Mars rover, Opportunity, surveyed the rim and interior of Victoria Crater on the Red Planet from September 2006 through August 2008. The rover revealed the effects of wind and water. The data show water repeatedly came and left billions of years ago. Wind persisted much longer, heaping sand into dunes between ancient water episodes. Full Story : NASA.gov…..

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“60 Minutes” Exposes Chevron’s Environmental Atrocity in the Amazon

chvron-oilChevron, according to a ‚Äú60 Minutes‚Äù report that aired last night, is the third largest company in the United States, with oil interests all over the world. While reaping a tidy profit‚Äìdespite the economic downturn, Chevron managed to increase revenues by 25% (to $263 billion USD) in 2008 ‚Äî Chevron has consistently engaged in business and environmental practices that have had very real and devastating consequences for communities and ecosystems in South America, Africa, and on other continents. Full Story : Matadorchange.com….

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More Than Half of Americans Living with Dirty Air

EmissionsMore than half of America’s population, 186.1 million people to be exact, live and breathe in communities with dangerously high levels of air pollution, new research shows. Eighty million more Americans (175 million) than last year live in areas with unacceptably high smog (ozone) levels too many days of the year, reflecting both a warmer climate as well as new ozone standards. Full Story : AJC……

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College Cafeteria Trays Can Nearly Double Food Waste

cafeteria-trayAccording to a new study done in the Environmental Studies Department at American University, the percentage of food wasted can be significantly reduced just by removing cafeteria trays from the dining halls. The study found that students that did not have cafeteria trays available in the lunchroom wasted 14.4 percent less food than those that did at lunch and a remarkable 47.1 percent less at dinner. Full Story : Treehugger.com…..

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World’s Major Rivers Are Drying Up

riverMajor rivers around the world are drying up due to climate change, according to US National Center for Atmospheric Research, which has released a study showing that a third of the world’s biggest and most vital rivers have suffered significant changes over the last half century. And the study is pinning it on climate change. The Ganges, the Niger and the Colorado are included in the list of rivers drying up.Full Story : Treehugger.com….

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Linux the Greenest Operating System?

linuxLinux requires less processor power and less advanced hardware than Windows or Mac OS X, you can use hardware much longer with Linux. That means less landfill problems, and less production of new equipment overall. According to a new study Windows users have to upgrade their computers twice as frequently as Linux users. Full Story : Greencomputing…..

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98% of Green Labeled Products are Actually Greenwashed

green-productAccording to TerraChoice Environmental Marketing, only 2% of products labeling themselves as green are completely legit in their claims. The remaining 98%, not so much. The remainder commit “greenwashing” sins, that is they mislead consumers about the environmental benefits of a product or the practices of a company, said TerraChoice, which runs the Canadian government’s eco-labeling program. Full Story : Treehugger.com….

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up 1.4% in 2007

emissionEmissions in the US keep on rising, according to the EPA’s new Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report. Greenhouse gas emissions totaled 7,150,000,000 tons in 2007, showing a 1.4% increase from 2006‚Äîbringing the overall rise from 1990 levels up to 17.2%. If that rise keeps constant, we’re likely to see a 20% increase by 2010. Full Story : Treehugger….

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Renewable energies :Organic solar cells

organic-solar-cellTeams at the Universit?© d’Angers and at the Universit?© Strasbourg have recently obtained record conversion efficiency with solar cells based on organic molecules. They can be manufactured easily and cheaply, they have low environmental impact, and since they are compatible with flexible substrates, they could be used in many applications such as packaging, clothing, flexible screens, or for recharging cell phones and laptops. The solar cells currently on the market are made up of inorganic materials such as silicon. Full Story : Physorg.com….

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Huge Antarctic Ice Block Ready to Break Away

antarctic-icesheetA huge ice shelf that has shown recent signs of thawing is in danger of breaking free from the Antarctic Peninsula, the European Space Agency announced Friday. The shelf is a massive block of floating ice about 90 miles by 70 miles. The northern portion of the ice shelf was first seen and mapped in 1910 by by a French expedition lead by Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Full Story : Allheadlines.com….

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The Planet’s First-ever Mass-Extinction Precipitated by a Biotic Agent: Humans

frogThe Earth is now entering the sixth mass extinction event in its four-billion-year history, but what‚Äôs different about this die-off is that this is the only such event precipitated by a biotic agent: humans. Over 10,000 scientists in the World Conservation Union have compiled data showing that currently 51 per cent of known reptiles, 52 per cent of known insects, and 73 per cent of known flowering plants are in danger along with many mammals, birds and amphibians. Full Story : Dailygalaxy.com….

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Robot Fish Detects Contamination in the Sea in Northern Spain

robot-fishBritish scientists have developed a 1,5 meter long robot fish that will swim around the Spanish north coast to detect contamination in the water. The robot fish can swim at a speed of roughly 1 meter per second. Chemical sensors help find potential dangerous contaminants such as leakage from boats or underwater pipelines. Once found traces of pollutants, the robot fish send the information on by Wi-Fi. Full Story : Treehugger.com……

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US North East coast in high risk of rising sea level

us-north-eastThe northeastern U.S. coast is likely to see the world’s biggest sea level rise from man-made global warming, a new study predicts. However much the oceans rise by the end of the century, add an extra 8 inches or so for New York, Boston and other spots along the coast from the mid-Atlantic to New England. That’s because of predicted changes in ocean currents, according to a study based on computer models published online Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. Full Story : MSNBC.com……

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Tropical Species More Threatened from Global Warming?

treesA team of researchers say that in spite of all the media attention given to the Arctic region and polar bears, species living in the tropics may face an even greater risk as the world warms up. Shrinking polar ice has concerned ecologists that polar bears will soon start dying off as their hunting ground literally melts away. Because tropic species are adapted to living within a much more narrow temperature range. Once temperatures get beyond that comfortable range, many species will likely have a difficult time coping. Full Story : Dailygalaxy.com…………

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Land Degradation Endangers Quarter of World Population

land-degenerationLand degradation is the decline in soil, water, and vegetation quality - the very things we depend on for life. For the first time scientists have used satellite pictures and GIS software to assess the degradation of land over the entire Earth. They found that from 1981-2003, 24% of the globes land surface has been degraded, often in productive areas. The worst-hit areas are Africa south of the Equator, SE Asia and S China.

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Earth Hour: Power down for 60 minutes on March 28

Earth From SpaceFor Earth Hour, citizens of the world will turn off their power for an hour at 8:30 p.m. on March 28, in a move against global warming. The World Wildlife Fund started the event two years ago in Sydney, with 2.2 million people and thousands of businesses going dark. The next year, more than 400 cities on all seven continents participated. 1,858 cities, towns and municipalities in 81 countries have already committed to VOTE EARTH for Earth Hour 2009, as part of the worlds first global election between Earth and global warming.

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