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Green groups must denounce the sham 'smart meter' scandal

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:18
So-called 'smart meters' are being rolled out across the UK, writes David Toke, but they don't support the dynamic pricing that's essential to expand renewable energy and decarbonise our electricity. It's time for green NGOs to get campaigning - and not leave vital decisions to a hostile government, a failing regulator and industry insiders.
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"Geofencing" Shows Promise in Tracking Chronic Care

ENN Health - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 03:23
Location-tracking apps on smartphones could be used to help track and manage care for thousands of patients who suffer from chronic diseases, and possibly even provide feedback to them on lifestyle changes that could help, according to an initial assessment by researchers at UC San Francisco.In the study, researchers provided a smartphone app to 3,443 participants age 18 and older from all 50 states. The app, which was developed by app developer Ginger.io in collaboration with study investigators, used “geofencing,” a location-based program that defines geographical boundaries. This app tracked participants when they entered a hospital and triggered a questionnaire when they were located in the hospital for more than four hours.
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The foundation of aquatic life can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests

ENN Climate - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 02:41
Important microscopic creatures which produce half of the oxygen in the atmosphere can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests.Phytoplankton, which also act as an essential food supply for fish, can increase the rate at which they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen while in warmer water temperatures, a long-running experiment shows.Monitoring of one species, a green algae, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, after ten years of them being in waters of a higher temperature shows they quickly adapt so they are still able to photosynthesise more than they respire.
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2017 U.S. Wildfire Season Off to an Intense Start

ENN Health - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 02:29
Wildfires have consumed more than 2 million acres of U.S. land so far this year, nearly 10 times the long-term average and a punishing start to this year’s wildfire season, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).
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2017 U.S. Wildfire Season Off to an Intense Start

ENN Climate - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 02:29
Wildfires have consumed more than 2 million acres of U.S. land so far this year, nearly 10 times the long-term average and a punishing start to this year’s wildfire season, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).
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2017 U.S. Wildfire Season Off to an Intense Start

ENN Pollution - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 02:29
Wildfires have consumed more than 2 million acres of U.S. land so far this year, nearly 10 times the long-term average and a punishing start to this year’s wildfire season, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).
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Carnegie Mellon University Launches Carbon Emissions Index

ENN Climate - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 01:36
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) today announced the creation of a new index that will measure carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. electrical power generation sector. The Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index will track the environmental performance of U.S. power producers and compare current emissions to historical data collected nationwide for more than two decades. A quarterly press release will inform interested parties of power sector carbon emissions performance trends.  In addition, CMU will provide an online resource for a wide variety of power sector emissions data and forecasts.
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Boulder scientist teams on study probing implications of ice sheet's demise

ENN Climate - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 23:55
Flying over the remote during research at the Barnes Ice Cap on Baffin Island in 2009, a Boulder scientist saw dark where there should have been white.Closer inspection revealed that what Gifford Miller spotted was the remnants of a 1963 geological camp that had been buried for decades by snow and ice. Long-abandoned tents and snowmobiles were being unveiled by melting of the ice cap, and that helped inspire a study that suggests a disturbing climate change signal.
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10 Excellent Reasons to Use Raised Beds in Your Garden

EarthEasy Blog - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 22:11
Raised beds have a dedicated fan base. Did you ever wonder why?
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Ecologist Special Report: Colombian Coffee Growers Adapt to a Changing Climate

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 20:46
Growing coffee is both a point of pride and a significant economic driver for Colombia but a changing climate is now threatening the harvest. FOREST RAY reports on the new challenges facing growers from that country
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Stop wasting sewage to save 'finite' supplies of fresh water, warns UN.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:30
The United Nations is to issue a call for the world to stop simply throwing sewage away, arguing that it is economically valuable and warning that fresh water is a finite resource.
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VIDEO: Another step toward getting the nuclear waste off the beach at San Onofre?

Environmental Health News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:30
A sense of momentum is building about finding a way to deal with the massive amounts of radioactive waste from nuclear power plants, including Southern California’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
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Research emerges on Zika virus in pregnancy, and early signs of autism.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:30
New research from the University of Missouri offers insight into how the Zika virus infects placental cells in pregnant mothers, often altering fetal development.
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How healthy soils make for a healthy life.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:30
The next time you bite into an apple, spare a thought for the soils that helped to produce it. Soils play a vital role, not just in an apple’s growth, but in our own health too.
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DEP blames coal-mine spill on vandalism.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:30
About 1,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide solution leaked from a storage tank at a closed Kanawha County coal mine, apparently after someone shot two holes in the tank, the state Department of Environmental Protection said Monday.
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Hawaii Rep. Richard Creagan revives pesticide disclosure bill.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:30
The representative from the Big Island also wants to fund a study of the impact of chlorpyrifos on pregnant women in Hawaii.
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Union chief strikes back at the ‘insanity’ of Trump’s budget cuts at the EPA.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:30
John O’Grady, head of the employees’ union at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, rips into the Trump administration for its budget-slashing proposal that he says is aimed at destroying the agency that safeguards the nation’s air and water.
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Dozens of Michigan water systems top Snyder’s lead limit.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:30
Nearly 380,000 Michigan residents get their water from systems that would fail to meet a tough new lead-safety standard proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
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More chicken trouble for NYC school kitchens.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:30
The sky is not falling. But getting antibiotic-free, grass-fed, humanely raised chicken onto NYC school lunch tables is proving more difficult than expected.
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Climate change makes deadly China pollution worse.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:30
Global warming has boosted the frequency and severity of deadly air pollution peaks in northern China, scientists said Monday.
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