Prioritizing Conservation Over Farming Does Not Protect Nature

August 29, 2011 by  
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From small-scale agriculture boosting global food production to reinventing our entire food system , the case for radical agricultural reform has been made many times over. Science Daily reports on a new analysis resulting from the joined forces of the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) that argues

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Researchers May Have Found a Way to Predict Ecosystem Collapse

April 29, 2011 by  
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According to Science Daily , “Researchers have found that models used to assess catastrophic changes in economic and medical systems can also predict environmental collapse.” The same sort of models that can be used to predict a drop in the stock market or an epileptic seizure can be employed to assess whether an ecosystem is on the brink of destruction, they argue. As a case study, they’ve looked at the habitat around Wisconsin lake — and deemed that it is indeed sounding a hitherto undetected ‘death knell’. ..

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Harvard Could Bring Us Methane Laptops

November 29, 2010 by  
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Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are making advances in fuel cell technology that could eventually allow portable electronics to run on fuels like methane.  Laptops could greatly extend their running life while utilizing a cleaner source of energy and the researchers don’t think we’ll have to wait long.

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Australia identified as world’s most promising site for energy from waves

August 19, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: World Energy Council identifies potential for wave-energy generation in Australia. The Australian government has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent by the year 2050

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New Rubber Film Could Harvest Energy from Breathing, Walking to Power Gadgets

January 28, 2010 by  
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Photo via Science Daily , Credit: Frank Wojciechowski Princeton University engineers have come up with a rubber film that harvests kinetic energy.

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Tiny Wasps Could Be Natural Alternative to Pesticides

January 15, 2010 by  
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Photo via Science Daily Or it could be an ecological disaster, as introducing one species to combat another species often turns out to be. However, after a “detailed” study, scientists are looking at using tiny parasitic wasps as a natural solution to pesticide to protect crops. ..

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Wood-Devouring Clams Infest 100 Sunken Ships in Baltic Sea, Continue to Spread

January 14, 2010 by  
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Photo via Science Daily ‘Dreaded’ Shipworm Can Devour a Shipwreck in 10 Years The shipworm, which isn’t a worm at all, is a maritime archaeologist’s worst enemy. The unusual saltwater clam is known for boring into underwater wooden structures–eventually destroying them entirely. The shipworm can destroy an entire historical archeological site like a sunken ship in just ten years

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Climate & Energy Quick Takes: US Wants Diminished UN Climate Roll, Madagascar Sanctions Illegal Logging, Hindu Epic Recitation Helps Plant Trees

January 14, 2010 by  
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photo: Julian Rotela via flickr. Lots of newsworthy stuff coming through in that last 48 hours, so here’s a quick recap: US Says Diminished UN Climate Roll Would Help The Guardian and others have reported that US climate negotiator John Pershing has said that the UN should relinquish its central role for future climate change negotiations.

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