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Nano Breakthrough Paves Way For Super Cheap Solar Panels

Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Nano Breakthrough Paves Way For Super Cheap Solar Panels

Klint Finley (Wired.com) Two things hold back the mass adoption of solar energy as a source of sustainable energy. One is the need to store and transmit excess power, a problem people like Danielle Fong are working on solving by developing innovative new ways to store power.

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Dolphin Social Networks Show Hints of Culture

Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Dolphin Social Networks Show Hints of Culture

Jane J. Lee (LiveScience) For the bottlenose dolphins of Shark Bay, Australia, functional fashion seems to be all the rage, with inclusion in cliques dependent on whether one is wearing a nose sponge — a tool that helps dolphins find food — new research suggests. The female dolphins that wear marine basket sponges on their beaks to scour the sandy bottoms of deep channels for fish associate more with each other than with non-sponge users, the researchers said.

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Teamwork: Gorillas Filmed Collaborating On Amazing Intellectual Feats, Complex Tasks

Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Teamwork: Gorillas Filmed Collaborating On Amazing Intellectual Feats, Complex Tasks

(Phys.org) Researchers working in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda have filmed gorillas dismantling snares set by poachers to catch smaller game. Previously, anecdotal evidence had suggested that silverback gorillas had been seen dismantling snares. In this instance it was two young blackback, mountain gorillas that were involved.

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Widespread Effects on Food Prices Due to Severe U.S. Drought

Widespread Effects on Food Prices Due to Severe U.S. Drought

(By Katie Spoden | Nourishing the Planet) On Tuesday, the New York Times published an article describing the far-reaching consequences of the severe drought on food prices in the United States. The article summarizes the economic consequences of the drought due to the largely damaged corn and soybean crop in the Midwest. The U.S. Drought Monitor recently declared […]

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Scientists Create Transparent Solar Panels Out of ‘Glass-Like’ Plastic

Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Scientists Create Transparent Solar Panels Out of ‘Glass-Like’ Plastic

Eddie Wrenn (Daily Mail) One of the occasional complaints around solar panels is that they are ‘an eyesore’. Well this may be about to change, after researchers developed a new transparent solar cell which means windows in homes and other buildings can have the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside.

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U.S. Installs Country’s First Commercial Tidal Energy Grid

Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
U.S. Installs Country’s First Commercial Tidal Energy Grid

Kirsten Korosec (SmartPlanet) Ocean Renewable Power Company will install the first U.S. commercial grid-connected tidal energy project at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy between eastern Maine and Canada, where 100 billion tons of water flow in and out each day with the force of 8,000 locomotives and tidal ranges of up to 50 feet or more.

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Scientists Warn: Dangerous Levels of Fukushima Radiation Headed for West Coast Within Next Few Years

Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Environment with 0 Comments
Scientists Warn: Dangerous Levels of Fukushima Radiation Headed for West Coast Within Next Few Years

In the immediate wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that occurred in Japan last year, radioactive releases of epic proportions flooded the waters of the Pacific Ocean, where they now flow adrift. And even though more than a year has passed since the time of the first releases, some scientists believe the worst is yet to come as these water-borne radioactive plumes head for the U.S. West Coast.

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Fukushima Decontamination Company Made Workers Fake Radiation Readings

Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Environment with 0 Comments
Fukushima Decontamination Company Made Workers Fake Radiation Readings

Lisa Garber (NaturalSociety) A leaked tape has confirmed that Build-up, a Fukushima decontamination company responsible for aiding in the recovery of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, encouraged workers to falsely lower radiation readings by covering dosimeters with lead boxes. Asahi Shimbun newspaper broke the story.

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The Story of Change – How People can Come Together to Change the World for the Better [video]

Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Conscious Business, Conscious Evolution, Environment with 1 Comment
The Story of Change – How People can Come Together to Change the World for the Better [video]

This is an excellent, six-minute video with Annie Leonard in which she describes what we need to do to create positive changes in our world.   The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world. It is […]

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New Lithium-Air Batteries May Make for a Better Electric Car

Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
New Lithium-Air Batteries May Make for a Better Electric Car

(Wired) Researchers have long had high hopes for lithium-air batteries, a device that has the potential to store 10 times more energy than the best lithium-ion batteries on the market today. But so far, lithium-air batteries have been unstable, falling apart after a few charges. Now researchers report that they’ve made the first stable lithium-air batteries.

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Monsanto Nation: The Worst Farm Bill in History

Monsanto Nation: The Worst Farm Bill in History

Monsanto’s attacks on the law’s ability to protect farmers and consumers from unwanted, dangerous GMO contamination may be the boldest example of its power over Congress. But there’s a lot more in the House Farm Bill that benefits biotechnology and Big Ag at the expense of family farmers and organic and sustainable food and agriculture. If you haven’t already taken action to stop Monsanto’s sneak attack, both in the House Farm Bill and the Monsanto Rider in the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, click here.

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50 Tons of Litter Pulled from Pacific Ocean

Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Environment with 0 Comments
50 Tons of Litter Pulled from Pacific Ocean

Stephanie Pappas (LiveScience) Scientists loaded their ship to the max this month off the coast of Hawaii, but their bounty wasn’t fish or coral or any other scientific specimen. It was garbage. The crew of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship Oscar Elton Sette pulled 50 metric tons of marine debris out of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the northwestern Hawaiian Islands last month…

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Study Says BP Oil Spill and Cold Weather Caused High Dolphin Deaths in Gulf of Mexico

Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Study Says BP Oil Spill and Cold Weather Caused High Dolphin Deaths in Gulf of Mexico

(Eurekalert) The largest oil spill on open water to date and other environmental factors led to the historically high number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico, concludes a two-year scientific study released today.

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Research: E-Cigarettes Notably Healthier

Written by on July 19, 2012 in Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments
Research: E-Cigarettes Notably Healthier

There has been a great deal of argument on the internet and in the real world debating the merits and drawbacks that electronic cigarettes offer. One electronic cigarette review will be extremely positive and appealing, and then a critic will make all sorts of outrageous claims about the veracity of the reviewer’s statement, and then […]

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5 Air Purifying Plants for Your Home

Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Environmental Hazards, Prevention with 0 Comments
5 Air Purifying Plants for Your Home

Lisa Garber (Natural Society) In nature, plants naturally purify their environment. We can use the same principle in our human-made homes by bringing in select plants that remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. NASA gave this idea a shot in the late ‘80s when trying to clean the air in space facilities of three common pollutants: benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. The following plants proved to be some of the most effective:

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