How Renewables can Come to the Rescue in Disaster Zones

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

When people’s lives are thrown into chaos by war, famine or natural disaster, using renewable energy may not seem like an obvious response. However, a group of UK entrepreneurs believes that decentralised renewable energy could provide a cheap and immediate source of power to those who need it most. John Hingley, founder of Renovagen, a

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Energy Poured in to Cutting-edge Conservation Ideas

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By

Here’s a plan for cutting your carbon footprint: fit your electric car with a high-performance lithium sulphur battery that can treble the mileage for a much lower cost. That’s just one of many examples of innovative energy conservation solutions that scientists are currently on the brink of turning into reality. Others include fitting your clothes

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What Tech Will Take Off in Developing Nations in 2015?

Dec 29th, 2014 | By

‘Light’ will be the buzz word next year. The UN has proclaimed 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, with the goal of raising global awareness of how such technologies can help development by providing solutions to challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. But besides light, developing nations are struggling with many

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Hydro Nano Gas could be the Answer for Neutralizing Carbon Fuel Emissions

Dec 8th, 2014 | By

Hydro Infra Technologies (HIT), a Swedish clean tech company based in Stockholm, has developed an innovative patent pending approach for neutralizing carbon fuel emissions by generating a novel gas called Hydro Nano Gas (HNG). In spite of all the advancement happening in the energy sector, global economies are still dependent on fossil fuels as the

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Floating Homes to Tackle Overcrowding in the Maldives

Nov 17th, 2014 | By

The Maldives — one of the most densely populated nations in the world — has embarked on a series of floating developments that could take the pressure off a severe housing shortage and counter sea-level rises owing to climate change. The firm behind the project is also proposing to build cheaper floating platforms, made largely

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SWITCH Tool Aims to Show Best Path to Green Energy

Nov 12th, 2014 | By

SciDev.Net: New software could help the world go green efficiently – while minimising environmental damage. Called SWITCH, the tool was presented by a team from the US-based University of California, Berkeley, at the International Alliance of Research Universities’ Sustainability Science Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark on 23 October. The program determines the most efficient way among a myriad

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UN Launches ‘Game-changer’ Software to Help Developing Countries Monitor Forests

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

“Many countries simply do not have a full picture of what is happening in their forests, and without that knowledge it is hard to develop effective forest policies to combat deforestation and forest degradation or to advance national climate change strategies,” said Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General for FAO Forestry, in a press release. As it

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‘3for2’ Concept in Singapore Signals New Phase in Green Building

Aug 28th, 2014 | By

Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory (SEC FCL) and the United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA) have formed a new partnership and are looking to develop the first commercial project to use the new concept ‘3for2’. The concept enables developers to construct three floors in the space normally occupied by two, through the use of

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Geoengineering the Earth’s Climate Sends Policy Debate Down a Curious Rabbit Hole

Aug 4th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: There’s a bit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland where things get “curiouser and curiouser” as the heroine tries to reach a garden at the end of a rat-hole sized corridor that she’s just way too big for. She drinks a potion and eats a cake with no real clue what the consequences might

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Tackling Climate Change One Rock at a Time

Jun 29th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Temples rise above mud-brick houses and castles. Prayer flags flutter from every roof and woollen-cloaked men and women with brightly coloured waist-sashes stand in the street gossiping. I’m in northern India’s remote Trans-Himalaya, in the ancient kingdom of Ladakh. Consisting entirely of mountains, this, the highest inhabited region on Earth, was settled by pilgrims and

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Chimera Enzyme May Make Better Biofuels from Waste

Jun 11th, 2014 | By

New Scientist: A chemical chimera may one day help break down stubborn plant matter into biofuel. The feat involves mixing enzymes from two types of plant-munching bacteria that would never have met in nature. Biofuel producers use the sugars in crops such as corn to create alternative fuel that is more climate friendly than gas or coal. But

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In the Himalayas, Drones Map Melting Glaciers

May 29th, 2014 | By

“Because it’s there,” George Mallory famously replied when asked in 1923 his motivation for challenging the world’s highest peak. Yet long before Mallory’s linguistic minimalism Everest was there, a Himalayan mountain above all others. In the early 20th century, however, climbing technology was too rudimentary to allow alpinists more than unfulfilled hopes and deadly dreams.

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Scientists Beef up Energy Potential

May 13th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: New scientific discoveries have been made to beef up a biofuel, re-use waste heat, get more power from solar panels – and even deliver electricity across a room without using wires. Scientists in the US have crossed a fir tree with a gut bacterium, fed it beef soup, and watched it deliver the chemistry

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Round-the-clock Solar Power Arrives

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Solar power’s greatest drawback has always been that it is intermittent and, even in the sunniest climes, peak electricity demand is frequently in the evening when the Sun is going down. The engineering challenge has been to design a system in which enough of the Sun’s heat can be stored to produce full power continuously

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First Solar Bread Oven Takes a Bow

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Cooking using just the power of the Sun is not a new technology. Dozens of designs of solar cookers using mirrors and other shiny surfaces to concentrate the Sun’s rays are popular across the world, especially where electricity and wood for fires are in short supply. Many thousands are in use in Africa, and they

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The Cost of Limiting Climate Change Could Double without Carbon Capture Technology

Apr 19th, 2014 | By

When it comes to technology for averting climate change, renewable energy often gets the limelight. But a relatively neglected technology—capturing carbon dioxide from power plants—could have a far bigger impact on the economics of dealing with climate change, according to a U.N. report released earlier this week. The report is the third in a series of major

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UN Dilemma Over ‘Cinderella’ Technology

Apr 13th, 2014 | By

BBC News: Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting here in Berlin, will shortly publish a key study on how to curb rising temperatures. One of the techniques they are considering is a little known method called Bio-Energy Carbon Capture and Storage (Beccs). But critics warn that the technology is unproven and could

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Climate Change: Artificial Cooling Tricky Topic for Panel

Apr 12th, 2014 | By

It’s Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. Called geoengineering, it’s considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A — slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels — is moving

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Stick Filters Out ‘99%’ of Bacteria From Water

Mar 24th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net:  Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States are working with their counterparts in developing countries to produce an “economical and efficient” means of filtering out bacteria from water using plant xylem that normally transports water and nutrients from the soil. The novel technology could provide a solution to the burden of water-borne diseases in

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New Climate Satellite for ESA to Track GHG’s for Key Data

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, will be pushing ahead with the preparation of CarbonSat, a new climate satellite for the European Space Agency (ESA), over the next 2 years. In December 2013, ESA kicked off the Phase A2 activities which will be followed by the Phase B1 starting in late summer to

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New Tracking Technology Reveals Birds’ Epic and Amazing Journeys

Feb 26th, 2014 | By
Tagging birds : RSPB ringing and tagging a red-necked phalarope

The Guardian: Today sees the launch of the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science – and one of the most exciting areas of research the centre will be involved in is tracking birds and other animals as they migrate, forage and breed. Last June, at the edge of a small loch on the island of Fetlar in Shetland,RSPB conservationists and members of the local

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New Online Tool Tracks Tree Loss in ‘Near Real Time’

Feb 21st, 2014 | By

A new global monitoring system has been launched that promises “near real time” information on deforestation around the world. Global Forest Watch (GFW) is backed by Google and over 40 business and campaigning groups. It uses information from hundreds of millions of satellite images as well as data from people on the ground. Businesses have welcomed

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Geo-Engineering ‘Could Mean More Heat’

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The geo-engineers just cannot win, it seems. First, scientists demonstrated that ambitious plans to cool the planet by dimming solar radiation could have unintended and unwelcome consequences. And now they have shown something even more alarming: any programme to block the sunlight could precipitate even more dramatic global warming once it stopped, according

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Google Earth to Show Global Temperature Records

Feb 6th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: Want to know if it was a rainy day or a sunny one when you were born? Google Earth may help. Climate researchers at the University of East Anglia, UK, have made the world’s temperature records, dating back to 1850, available via Google Earth. The Climatic Research Unit Temperature Version 4 (CRUTEM4) land-surface air temperature

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Computers to Help Farmers Set Planting Schedules

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: A team of scientists is developing improvements to a computer model that can predict the best planting dates for rice farming in areas affected by monsoons as a way of adaptation in an era of climate change. The Japanese government-funded research was presented in a session on the effects of climate change on rice farming in Asia, which was

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PepsiCo and Unilever Launch Online Tool for Sustainable Agriculture

Jan 25th, 2014 | By

Climate Action Programme: PepsiCo and Unilever with other members of the Cool Farm Institute have launched an online tool to help farmers improve the environmental and economic performance of their businesses. The carbon-management tool, which can help agricultural orgainsations asses and report their carbon emissions, is free for individual farmers and use by supply chain businesses

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Scientists Get Closer to Harnessing Solar Energy When Sun Doesn’t Shine

Jan 15th, 2014 | By

Tasnim News Agency: Led by Tom Meyer, a University of North Carolina chemistry professor, researchers at UNC’s Energy Frontier Research Center devised a “dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell” (DSPEC) that receives incoming solar energy from solar panels and uses it to split a stored volume of water into its composites hydrogen and oxygen. The reaction has, as its

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Battery Offers New Hope to Renewables

Jan 11th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network:  Scientists in the US think they may be on the track of a new kind of battery technology that could store huge reserves of energy. One of the great problems of renewable energy generators such as photovoltaic cells and wind turbines is that they can’t respond to demand. When the sun is out,

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Easy Way To Increase Solar Cell Efficiency By 30 Percent

Jan 6th, 2014 | By

A research team found that by manipulating the structure of polymers within the solar cell they could increase its efficiency by 30 percent, a North Carolina State University news release reported. Solar cells that are polymer-based possess two “domains,” one is an electron acceptor and the other an electron donor material. Excitons (“the energy particles created by solar

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Monitoring Climate Change Software Uses Local Weather Data to Predict Trends

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By

Scientists have developed a new software that gives anyone the opportunity to know their community, state or country’s weather activity for the day and months ahead. Researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) designed the software Monitoring Climate Change (Moclic) through which it is possible to organise, store and operate geo-referenced data from

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BARC Using Nuclear Technology for Agriculture

Dec 29th, 2013 | By

Press Trust of India: The nuclear technology is making valuable contribution to the agriculture in India, a scientist from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre said here. Sanjay J Jambhulkar, a senior BARC scientist, said that BARC has a separate department for nuclear agriculture and bio technology including the food technology. This technology — specifically called mutation breeding

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Ostim Eco Park is an Incubator for Clean Tech in Turkey

Dec 24th, 2013 | By

A central hub of innovation is great for incubating clean tech breakthroughs. Abu Dhabi has Masdar City, Saudi Arabia has KAUST, and Turkey will soon have the Ostim Eco Park. ONZ Architects strike the perfect balance between nature and development with their incredibly efficient green-roofed design proposal for the park, slated for construction in Ankara. ONZ Architects is one of

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What Do Computer Models Reveal about Likely Impacts of Climate Change?

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

Climate Wire: The underlying science behind climate models has greatly improved in the past couple of decades, partly due to a concerted research effort known as the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project. Through that work, scientists have improved the accuracy of climate models and their representation of Earth’s physical processes. Another type of model used to

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NASA App Shows Effects of Climate Change on Earth

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

Business Line: NASA has launched a new app that gives users a glimpse into how climate change and natural disasters are quickly transforming the landscape of the Earth. Human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters are rapidly altering the face of our planet, NASA said. Now, with NASA’s Images of Change iPad application, users

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Roll on The Green Revolution

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

TECHNOLOGY and greenery don’t mix well. Some greens are technophobes. Most environmental policies focus on prices, consumption and subsidies to solar and wind power, which are not at the cutting edge. The list of technological breakthroughs is short. One of the most promising is carbon capture and storage, which neutralises emissions of carbon dioxide from

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Forest Change Mapped by Google Earth

Nov 15th, 2013 | By

A new high-resolution global map of forest loss and gain has been created with the help of Google Earth. The interactive online tool is publicly available and zooms in to a remarkably high level of local detail – a resolution of 30m. It charts the story of the world’s tree canopies from 2000 to 2012, based on 650,000 satellite

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Why We’d be Mad to Rule Out Climate Engineering

Oct 9th, 2013 | By
Tests to see whether climate engineering work could see water droplets sprayed into the atmosphere.

The Guardian: If climate change continues then all options to lessen its impact, including geoengineering, must be considered as a last resort. The release of the report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last month threw into stark relief the clear message on anthropogenic global warming and sounded the direst of warnings against our continued

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Green Warriors Turn To Engineering To Save The Earth

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
Global warming due to increased greenhouse gas emissions since the Industrial Revolution is a major global concern.

New Indian Express: The recent announcement by climate watchers that carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere has crossed a psychologically significant barrier of 400 parts per million raised all the intended alarm bells world over. In a field which has been continually consuming a lot of public attention, and where the public are fed bits

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The Himalayas Are Changing-For The Worse

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By

IPS: Residents of Jhirpu Phulpingkatt, a village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 110 km from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, are on red alert. As the impacts of climate change batter the towering mountains above them, these villagers on the banks of the Bhote Koshi river have started to dread the sound of incoming

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NASA Helps Pinpoint Glaciers’ Role In Sea Level Rise

May 27th, 2013 | By
The Aletschglacier in Switzerland is the largest valley glacier in the Alps. Its volume loss since the middle of the 19th century is well visible from the trimlines to the right of the image. Credit: Frank Paul, University of Zurich

NASA: A new study of glaciers worldwide using observations from two NASA satellites has helped resolve differences in estimates of how fast glaciers are disappearing and contributing to sea level rise. The new research found glaciers outside of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, repositories of 1 percent of all land ice, lost an average

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Early Warning Technology Protects Nepali Villagers From Sudden Floods

May 23rd, 2013 | By
The Phulping bridge crosses the Bhote Koshi River in Jhirpu Phulpingkatti, a village near Nepal’s border with China. It replaced an old stone bridge, remnants of which can be seen to the left, which was washed away in the floods of 1981. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Saleem Shaikh

TR Foundation: For years, Deepa Newar and her neighbours lived with the fear that their livelihoods – and even their lives – might be swept away without warning. Newar and her fellow residents of Jhirpu Phulpingkatti, a village some 112 km (70 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, live perched on the bank of the

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Brazil’s Indigenous Harness The Wind

May 13th, 2013 | By

CNN: While Brazil’s Government tends to favour a one-size-fits-all approach to energy provision, an indigenous group in the far north has come up with its own more sustainable solution, as our São Paulo correspondent reports. A few years ago I lay in a hammock in a mud and wattle hut in a Makuxi village, shining

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..Accurate Technology To Identify Threats From Sea-Level Rise

May 1st, 2013 | By
RSET set-up and measurements. (Credit: US Geological Survey)

Science Daily: A team of researchers led by Associate Professor Edward L. Webb of the National University of Singapore (NUS) is calling for the global adoption of a method to identify areas that are vulnerable to sea-level rise. The method, which utilises a simple, low-cost tool, is financially and technically accessible to every country with

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Software Model To Assess Climate Change

May 1st, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: Development of a large-scale software model to examine the impact of climate change in Kerala is part of a forthcoming scientific study that will formulate an integrated climate change database and information system for the State. The proposal, estimated at Rs.80 crore, will map the impact of climate change on agriculture, fisheries, industries,

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Benign E. Coli Makes Biodiesel

Apr 25th, 2013 | By

CNN: Environmentally-friendly biofuel may have come a step closer with the news that scientists in the UK think they have found how a genetically-modified bacterium can produce diesel oil – on a very small scale so far.  British scientists may have found a new way to pump high quality diesel into the tractors, trucks and

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Climate Models Fail To ‘Predict’ US Droughts

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
FAQ on drought :  Historic Drought Cripples Farms And Ranches In American West

Scientific American: Most of my day job involves simulating the behavior of molecules like drugs and proteins using computer models. The field is more an art than a science, partially because the systems that are being modeled are too complex and ill-understood to succumb to exact solutions. Success often depends on experience and intuition gained

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Geo Engineering Could Imperil Sahel

Apr 1st, 2013 | By

CNN: Attempts to tackle climate change by altering the atmosphere – geo-engineering – may have unpredictable effects. They could even trigger disaster in a drought-prone region of Africa, a study suggests. Less than three weeks after two US researchers called for global agreement on the governance of geo-engineering research, British meteorologists have provided a case

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Geoengineering Is A Dangerous SolutionTo Climate Change

Mar 25th, 2013 | By

Huffingtonpost: As the realities of global climate change become ever more alarming, advocates of technological approaches to “geoengineer” the planet’s climate are gaining a following. But the technologies that are promoted — from spraying sulphate particles into the stratosphere, to dumping iron particles into the ocean, to stimulate carbon absorbing plankton, to burning millions of

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Norwegian Startup Launches Its Green Data Center Services

Mar 21st, 2013 | By
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GIGAOM: Fjord IT opens its first data center space in Oslo and is banking on a air cooling technology and cheap hydropower to attract European customers who want low-carbon cloud services. Norway, known for breathtaking glacier-carved valleys, fjords and abundant hydropower, is also increasingly the home to green data centers that can use the cold

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Updated Water Wheels Power India’s Rural Mountain Economy

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
A steel water wheel operates in northern India's Himalayan Uttarakhand state. ALERTNET/Archita Bhatta

Alertnet: Wooden water wheels have long captured energy from mountain streams. New versions work even better, helping provide a local, sustainable source of energy to Indian villages high in the Himalayas. Living in an isolated Himalayan hamlet, 2,500 meters (5,600 feet) above sea level, Govind Singh Rana seems an unlikely candidate for wealth. But by

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Cool Heads Needed By Geo-engineers

Mar 9th, 2013 | By
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CNN: The world may need to turn to geo-engineering in order to tackle climate change effectively, scientists think – and that would raise a whole lot of tricky questions. Geo-engineering of the climate is fraught with all manner of technical, ethical and governance issues but needs to be taken into consideration if targets for limiting

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No-Till Farming Holds The Key To Food Security

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
No-till farming could save the Caribbean from the impacts of climate change. Credit: Wadner Pierre/IPS

Alertnet: No-till farming is a response to climate change that fits well with the needs of the Caribbean: it increases the ability to capture water, while withstanding both drought and excessive rains, says expert Theodor Friedrich, representative of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Cuba. The Caribbean islands are in dire need

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A Better Way to Fight Climate Change Read

Mar 1st, 2013 | By
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Project Syndication: Of all major world regions, Europe has worked the hardest to implement policies aimed at countering human-caused climate change. Yet the cornerstone of Europe’s approach – a continent-wide emissions trading system for the greenhouse gases that cause climate change – is in trouble. That experience suggests a better strategy for both Europe and

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Wind Power Is Now Cheaper Than Coal In Some Countries

Feb 12th, 2013 | By

New Scientist: When many countries are choosing their next generation of power stations, they will be tempted to pick wind turbines. Thanks to better design, building wind farms can now be cheaper than building new coal or gas power stations. Figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance show that this is already the case in Australia.

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NASA To Launch New Earth-Observing Satellite

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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Climate Central: If the weather holds, NASA will launch its newest Earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California late Monday morning. An Atlas V rocket is scheduled to carry Landsat 8 into space just after 2 p.m. Eastern time. Once in orbit, the $855 million probe will begin capturing detailed images of

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Go Green: An Initiative Towards Greening Earth

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
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Go Green’ web portal was launched in July 2008 to remind people to be mindful of and sensitive to the natural environment in our daily life The main objective of the site is to increase the awareness of environmental issues that affect the future of the planet. features ‘Green Stories’ that demonstrate the steps

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Wind Power: What Is It We Are Trying To Save?

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
Hundreds of birds are killed worldwide each year from collisions with wind turbines.

The Ecologist: Luke Dale-Harris questions whether our concern over climate change is actually driving us to invest in renewable technologies that negatively impact the very natural wonders we are aiming to preserve. Even if the naysayers are right and they produce little else, wind farms most certainly generate debate. Ever since they started to become

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Cost Of Ignoring Warning Signs-EEA Lessons From Early Warnings

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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EEA: New technologies have sometimes had very harmful effects, but in many cases the early warning signs have been suppressed or ignored. The second volume of Late Lessons from Early Warnings investigates specific cases where danger signals have gone unheeded, in some cases leading to deaths, illness and environmental destruction. The first volume of Late

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Damning Truths From New Study

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
India’s hydroelectric projects, such as this dam on the River Teesta, are raising environmental concerns. DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/GETTY

Sevensisterspost: A new study has confirmed the worst fears of Assam’s anti-dam activists who are opposed to building mega hydel projects in the highly-seismic Northeast, known for its rich biodiversity. Unprecedented dam building in the Indian Himalayas holds serious consequences for biodiversity and could pose a threat to human lives and livelihoods, a team of

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Curbing Climate Change Will Cost $700 Billion a Year

Jan 24th, 2013 | By

Scientific American: The world must spend an extra $700 billion a year to curb its addiction to fossil fuels blamed for worsening floods and heat waves and rising sea levels, a study issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) showed on Monday. The world must spend an extra $700 billion a year to curb its

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