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Israel declares “revolution” against gas guzzlers

Prius Plugin Hybrid Israel declared a “green tax revolution” on Monday, proposing a new customs levy on large vehicles and a rebate for junking older gas-guzzling models. Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said he hoped his plan would persuade Israelis to switch to hybrid cars while earning the state up to 400 million shekels ($100 million) a year. Two percent of Israel’s GDP of 714 billion shekels in 2008 was lost to the costs of automobile pollution, including illness, damage to buildings and other infrastructure. Full Story : Reuters.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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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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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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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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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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Biofuel from Canal Algae to Power Venice

canal-algaeItaly recently announced a 200 million euro eco-friendly project to harvest the prolific seaweed that lines Venice‚Äôs canals and transform it into emissions-free energy. The idea is to set up a power plant fuelled by algae, the first facility of its kind in Italy. The plant, to be built in collaboration with renewable energy services company Enalg, will be operative in two years and will produce 40 megawatts of electricity, equivalent to half of the energy required by the entire city centre of Venice. Full Story : Ecoworldly.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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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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20-Year Anniversary of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

exxon-validezTwenty years ago shortly after midnight on 24 March 1989, the Exxon Valdez grounded on a reef in Prince William Sound in the Gulf of Alaska. Nearly 40 million liters of oil spilled from the Exxon Valdez . The accident became a lightening rod for environmentalists and lawmakers, but has also prompted hundreds of scientific studies looking at the implications of the disaster on local people, the ecosystem, remediation practices and oil spill response. Full Story : Nature.com….

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Solar panels in the Sahara ‘could power the whole of Europe’

All of Europe’s energy needs could be supplied by building an array of solar panels in the Sahara, the climate change conference has been told. A £50 billion investment by governments over the next ten years would be enough to make Saharan solar power an attractive and viable prospect for private investors. By harnessing the power of the Sun, possibly in tandem with wind farms along the North African coastline, Europe could easily meet its 2020 target of generating at least 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources. Full Story : Timesonline

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Increased Number Think Global Warming Is “Exaggerated”

Although a majority of Americans believe the seriousness of global warming is either correctly portrayed in the news or underestimated, a record-high 41% now say it is exaggerated. Altogether, 68% of U.S. adults believe the effects of global warming will be manifest at some point in their lifetimes, indicating the public largely believes the problem is real. Full Story : Gallup.com

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Restoring Forests can create 10 Million jobs

treesThe United Nations is advising governments to invest in green jobs working with “sustainable forest management” to address the growing problem of unemployment worldwide. Food and Agriculture organization, one of the UN agency, say in a recent report that at least 10 million green jobs could be created. Sustainable forestry aims to prevent depletion of forests by managing them and making sure their use does not interfere with natural benefits or the local environment. One of the major concerns arising from deforestation is the global effect it produces on climatic change. Between May 2000 and August 2006, Brazil lost nearly 150,000 square kilometers of forest, an area larger than Greece.

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Risks of Global Warming Rising

climate-changeThe risk of catastrophic climate change is getting worse, according to a new study from scientists involved with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Threats—ranging from the destruction of coral reefs to more extreme weather events like hurricanes, droughts and floods—are becoming more likely at the temperature change already underway: as little as 1.8 degree Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) of warming in global average temperatures. Full Story : Sciam.com

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Great New Google Earth Layer Maps US Carbon Emissions

google us carbon emissions mapPurdue university, designed a great layer for Google Earth which maps the US’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. The layer have the option to choose map either absolute carbon emissions or per capita, at a state or county level, isolate sources. Now we can associate different colors for the states than blue and red.

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German electricity plant runs on corn waste

german biogas plantGerman scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems have developed an electricity plant that produces its biogas, a form of biofuel, from non-edible plant waste. Full Story : GreenTech……

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@ a glance : Metals pollute waters near US coal ash spill:group

Preliminary water tests from rivers near a huge coal ash spill in Tennessee show elevated levels of pollutant. Full Story : Reuters.com……

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Plug-in hybrid, From China

Plugin HybridThe new plug-in hybrid F3DM made by Chinese auto maker BYD is now on sale in China for 149,800 yuan ($21,200). BYD boasts the car can travel up to 100 km with a fully charged battery. The car can be plugged into any 220 volt wall outlet. The company also announced that it plans to begin exporting the F3DM to the U.S. in 2010. A plug-in hybrid is a hybrid car with batteries that can be recharged by connecting a plug to an electric power source.

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Mobile App to Calculate Carbon Footprint.

Carbon footprintCarbon Diem, a smartphone app which can calculate a person’s carbon footprint by monitoring the movement by using phone’s GPS. The software determines the mode of transportation from the GPS data and then calculate the impact on environment. The software proved to be 100% accurate when working out or when people were on airplanes or trains. But its only 65-75% accurate at guessing when people travel on buses. Carbon footprint is a measure of the impact that someone‚Äôs activities will have on the environment, measured in units of carbon dioxide produced. Reducing carbon footprint is beneficial to the environment. This kind of efforts will definitely help to reduce these footprints.

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