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Federal Center in Lakewood saves millions through green initiatives 23.10.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
The General Services Administration is increasingly focused on environmental innovation while also saving taxpayer dollars, and the 624-acre Federal Center in Lakewood has become a testing ground for sustainable technologies.
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Forecasters: Brief, strong solar flare has slight effect on some radio systems, then weakens 22.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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At 3M, solar power becomes an employee benefit 22.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The Maplewood company joined Cisco and Kimberly-Clark in a new, innovative program.
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Take it from us in India: the world needs renewables, not more Australian exported coal | Debi Goenka 22.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Carmichaels coal will be exported to India from Queensland. But Indias clean energy industry is already booming we dont need your coal Here are little known facts about coal: its use is responsible for 400,000 premature deaths per year globally, and many more illnesses. In India, coal contributes to between 80,000 to 115,000 premature deaths and 20m new asthma cases annually. It is also responsible for around 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions that are dramatically changing the worlds climate and impoverishing millions of people. This, however, did not stop Tony Abbott from glossing over these costs when he declared recently that coal is good for humanity , nor did it stop environment minister Greg Hunt from saying that coal will lift millions in the developing world out of energy ...
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N. America treated to partial solar eclipse Thurs. 21.10.2014 AP National
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- North Americans, get set for the fourth and final eclipse of the year....
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What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars 21.10.2014 Wired Top Stories
Plans Courtesy of Blue Planet Research Bryan Christie Design I'd always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for testing crew psychology and technologies for boldly going. I did a four-month tour at the NASA-funded HI-SEAS—that's Hawaii Space Exploration ...
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Are solar farms really hitting British food production? 21.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Environment secretary Liz Truss has cut solar farms subsidies saying they harm food production, but most UK solar farms successfully produce food as well. Karl Mathiesen investigates.

Let us know your thoughts. Post in the comments below, follow Karl Mathiesens Facebook page, email karl.mathiesen.freelance@guardian.co.uk or tweet@karlmathiesen

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Drought and climate change in the Horn of Africa require responsibility and resilience 21.10.2014 MinnPost
While Ebola occupies the world’s attention, a humanitarian crisis is quickly unfolding in Somalia. In August, the Somali federal government declared famine in several regions. The rain necessary for food arrived a month late and was brief in duration. Drought grips much of the country, leaving nearly 3 million Somalis at risk for food insecurity. In conflict areas, over a million people remain displaced from their homes. UNICEF estimates that 200,000 children could die by the end of the year if no action is taken. The Horn of Africa is considered one of the poorest regions in the world, and ongoing droughts continue to plague this region. The 2011-2012 drought and famine was the worst to hit the region in 25 years, and claimed 260,000 lives. Half of the lives lost were children under the age of 5. The United Nations estimates that 16 million people in the Horn of Africa are in urgent need of food and other humanitarian assistance today. If climate change continues at the same rate, East Africa’s food ...
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Natural gas expansion not enough to slow climate change 20.10.2014 New Kerala: Technology
Washington, Oct 20 : In a new study, scientists have found that natural gas alone was not enough to slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
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How Minnesota’s highways are poised to become renewable energy generators 20.10.2014 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Portland General Electric Roadside solar projects were pioneered in Oregon. Minnesota’s highways are poised to become green energy generators with up to five 1-megawatt solar panel arrays built on public right-of-way around the state. If the pilot project proceeds as planned it would exceed the total capacity of a solar installation at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport expected to go online next fall and touted this month as the largest in Minnesota. The state Department of Transportation is soliciting proposals through Nov. 3 for solar developers to lease land along highways that they would select for the installations. MnDOT, with expertise in pavement and bridges, is leaving most of the solar details to experts in that field. “We don’t even know how many potential solar sites we have,” said Rick Morey, the agency’s project manager. “We’re looking for a simple landlord-tenant relationship.” Once sites are suggested, MnDOT would determine only that they had no potential impacts on ...
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While Didcot B burned, renewable energy powered on 20.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Fire at Oxfordshire power station is a reminder of the energy security risks of centralised fossil fuel power and that all energy sources suffer from intermittency

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Powering up the poor shouldn't hurt the climate 19.10.2014 New Scientist: Sex and Cloning
When countries get rich, their emissions rise – but connecting poor rural households barely affects greenhouse gas ...
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What is the environmental cost of a hot tub? 19.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

The idea of lounging around outside in bubbling warm water may be appealling, but the eco footprint is appalling

If you have an ethical dilemma, email Lucy at lucy.siegle@observer.co.uk

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Secret US spaceplane lands after 674-day mission 18.10.2014 New Scientist: News
What was it doing up there? A robotic, top secret US spaceplane landed in California on Friday, after a record-breaking 22 months in ...
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Can you go solar? Leases, loans help 18.10.2014 Durango Herald
NEW YORK – A new financing offering could make home solar cheaper and more attractive to homeowners, and keep the adoption of home solar growing. The offer, announced by SolarCity, is a loan that allows homeowners to install their own solar system on their roof for little or no money down, and pay less for electricity. Previous...
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Secret spaceplane due to land 18.10.2014 New Scientists HIV
What is it doing up there? A robotic, top secret US spaceplane is due to land this week, after a record-breaking 22 months in ...
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Why Sun's corona is hotter than its surface decoded 18.10.2014 CNN-IBN: World
Scientists have finally decoded why the Sun's million-degree corona or outermost atmosphere is so much hotter than its surface, which has baffled astronomers for decades.
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'Nanoflares' behind heating of the Sun's corona 18.10.2014 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Oct 18 : Providing a clue to why the Sun's corona is so much hotter than its surface, a study found that miniature solar flares called 'nanoflares' and the speedy electrons they produce may be the source of that heat.
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Clarkfield, Minnesota company tapping wind and solar power to charge devices 18.10.2014 MinnPost
Trinity You just lit a campfire, miles from the nearest wall socket, when an all-too-familiar tone informs you that your phone is dead. A savior may be on the way, though. A native of Iceland working out of a former school building in the small southwestern Minnesota town of Clarkfield plans to revolutionize the way we charge electronic devices. While running an East Coast investment fund, Einar Agustsson decided to redirect his energy toward developing more efficient generators that use green energy. His company, Skajaquoda, began developing products that allow people to power their phones, tablets, cameras and other devices using wind and solar power—and a successful crowdfunding campaign is helping bring the concepts to market. The first product, Trinity, is a portable wind turbine. A smaller model ($299) has a 15-watt generator and starts as a 12-inch tube, from which emerge aluminum legs that can be propped up in a tripod configuration. There’s also the larger Trinity 100 ($499), which has a ...
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'Nanoflares' maybe responsible for sun's coronal heating 17.10.2014 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Oct 17 : Scientists have studied the mystery of 'nanoflares' that may be responsible for causing coronal heating in the Sun and these observations were used from the recently launched Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS).
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