Climate change could dry up global power production, study warns

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Thousands of power plants around the world may face severe reductions in their ability to generate electricity by mid-century due to water shortages, according to new research. Hydro- and thermo-electric (nuclear, fossil-fuelled, biomass-fuelled) power plants are vulnerable to dwindling rivers and reservoirs as the planet warms, a study published in Nature on Monday said. These… Read more »

Going Green Can Be Good for the Bottom Line

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At the same time, business leaders are learning that clean operations and higher growth can go hand in hand. Now that customers, investors, activists, and even a company’s own employees are voicing concerns about environmental impact, a greener record does more than simply guard against public-relations disasters. It can bolster a firm’s reputation. Sourced through… Read more »

Why Japan’s Futuristic Micro-Homes Are So Popular

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Like in many of the world’s most densely populated nations, real estate in Japan is tough to come by. Many of its cities are filled with small, narrow lots, giving rise to the trend of designing and building kyosho jutaku (or micro-homes) that rethink traditional residential spaces through unconventional and striking architecture.   Jutaku, a… Read more »

Is a Robot ‘Cambrian Explosion’ Possible?

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Half a billion years ago, Earth’s animal life rapidly evolved during the event known as the Cambrian explosion. In the future, growing swarms of robots all talking with one another could spark a similar “Cambrian explosion” for robotic evolution. A robotics expert who has worked for the U.S. military recently published a paper on the technological changes that… Read more »

Historic climate deal agreed at COP21

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An historic international climate agreement was signed on Saturday by negotiators from 196 countries and the deal represents a “historical turning point” in efforts to reduce emissions and limit the impacts of climate change. Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.climateactionprogramme.org See on Scoop.it – Green Living

Historic climate deal agreed at COP21

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An historic international climate agreement was signed on Saturday by negotiators from 196 countries and the deal represents a “historical turning point” in efforts to reduce emissions and limit the impacts of climate change. Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.climateactionprogramme.org See on Scoop.it – Green Living

The White House’s COP 21 goals: less climate idealism, more political realism

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To keep a hostile Congress out of the process, the president can only partake in internationally binding agreements with a base in existing US law The United States’ refusal to make internationally binding its ambitious pollution targets at the Cop21 climate talks in Paris isn’t a sign of Barack Obama’s lack of political will, but… Read more »

Texas Fracking Zone Emits 90% More Methane Than EPA Estimated

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A sprawling, aggressive effort to measure the climate footprint of natural gas production has yielded striking results: methane emissions from the Barnett Shale in North Texas are at least 90 percent higher than government estimates. That conclusion comes from a peer-reviewed study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper is… Read more »

Greenhouse Gases have gone into decline (Pity COP21)

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THE world’s once-surging greenhouse gas emissions, blamed for global warming, may have gone into decline. Figures to be published this week will show that global emissions neared a plateau last year and could fall this year — even as the world economy is growing. Scientists will say this week that man-made emissions “nearly stalled” at… Read more »