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Made in America: Staggering amounts of toxic chemicals

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Richard Denison
Although concerned about chemicals such as BPA, consumers often don't know what chemicals are present in the products they use.
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Recent spills in West Virginia and North Carolina cast a spotlight on toxic hazards in our midst. But as bad as they are, these acute incidents pale in scope compared to the chronic flow of hazardous chemicals coursing through our lives each day with little notice and minimal regulation. ... Read more about Made in America: Staggering amounts of toxic chemicals

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More Than 120 Large-Scale Solar PV Farms Approved for Construction in the UK

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World Of Photovoltaics
The United Kingdom is forecast to be the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) market in Europe in 2014
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Investment firms rush to accumulate PV assets based on UK’s growing solar farm capacity. ... Read more about More Than 120 Large-Scale Solar PV Farms Approved for Construction in the UK

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Africa must work harder to reduce inequality: Annan

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Matthew Mpoke Bigg
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan attends a news conference with former President of Tanzania Benjamin Mkapa in Nairobi, October 11, 2012.
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(Reuters) - African governments should work harder to reduce inequality that has prevented the benefits of a decade of economic growth from being spread equitably, according to a report by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan released on Thursday. ... Read more about Africa must work harder to reduce inequality: Annan

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Research makes desalination cheaper and greener

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Tim Kevin
The pilot-scale FDFO desalination plant being installed.
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A new cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly method of desalination that could use up to 80 per cent less energy has been developed by a team of Sydney researchers.

With an El Nino weather pattern expected to develop in Spring, possibly triggering droughts and bushfires, researchers from the UTS Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater (CTWW) have developed an innovative way of desalinating water for irrigation. ... Read more about Research makes desalination cheaper and greener

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Resilient Cities 01 Video: Last week tonight - Climate Change

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John Oliver hosts a mathematically representative climate change debate, with the help of special guest Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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Temperatures in the Contiguous 48 United States, 1901-2013

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http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/weather-climate/temperature.html

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“This figure shows how annual average temperatures in the contiguous 48 states have changed since 1901. Surface data come from land-based weather stations. Satellite measurements cover the lower troposphere, which is the lowest level of the Earth’s atmosphere. “UAH” and “RSS” represent two different methods of analyzing the original satellite measurements. This graph uses the 1901–2000 average as a baseline for depicting change. Choosing a different baseline period would not change the shape of the data over time.” – United States Environmental Protection Agency ... Read more about Temperatures in the Contiguous 48 United States, 1901-2013

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Water Woes: Vast US Aquifer Is Being Tapped Out

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Denise Chow, Aug 26, 2013
An irrigation system sprays water on a cornfield. Credit: Kansas State University Photo Services
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Nearly 70 percent of the groundwater stored in parts of the United States' High Plains Aquifer — a vast underground reservoir that stretches through eight states, from South Dakota to Texas, and supplies 30 percent of the nation's irrigated groundwater — could be used up within 50 years, unless current water use is reduced, a new study finds. ... Read more about Water Woes: Vast US Aquifer Is Being Tapped Out

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China says it is poorly prepared to fight impact of climate change

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Ben Blanchard
A man wears a face mask while walking on the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong during a hazy day in downtown Shanghai December 9, 2013.
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(Reuters) - China is poorly prepared to tackle the impact of climate change that presents a serious threat to the country, thanks to a lack of planning and public awareness, the government said on Monday. ... Read more about China says it is poorly prepared to fight impact of climate change

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NREL/DOE Launch New Alternative Transportation Web Tools

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Ways to reduce fleet petroleum use debut alongside a Web site makeover.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched a new tool and redesigned DOE's Alternative Fuels Data Center Web site to help fleet managers, municipalities and consumers choose from a wide variety of alternative fuels and energy efficiency strategies for reducing petroleum use, vehicle emissions, and operating costs.

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India’s energy demand projected to surge

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Simon Denyer and Rama Lakshmi
Total primary energy supply per capita in tonnes of oil equivalent
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NEW DELHI — Like China two decades ago and the United States in 1950, India stands on the cusp of transformational economic and social change, a jumping-off point at which the demand for electricity is about to explode.

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