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Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project

Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project

The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African country’s “Ouallywood” film industry it has played host to big-budget location shots in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Living Daylights and even Game of Thrones. Now the trading city, nicknamed […]

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Obama Cancels Arctic Drilling Leases

Obama Cancels Arctic Drilling Leases

It just keeps getting better and better for the Arctic. First, Shell Oil pulled the plug on its horrific current drilling effort there two weeks ago. Now the Obama administration has taken its first concrete steps to reduce future threats. Yesterday, it cancelled new lease sales scheduled for next year and 2017 in our Polar Bear Seas—the Chukchi and […]

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MacArthur winner wants to make clean energy with fake leaves

MacArthur winner wants to make clean energy with fake leaves

Yang, a professor of energy and chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant recipients. His lab has developed a “leaf” that uses nanowires between 100 and 1,000 times thinner than a human hair to capture sunlight. Bacteria cultured among the nanowires then use that sunlight to convert CO2 into […]

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Plastic-eating worms may offer solution to mounting waste, Stanford researchers discover

Plastic-eating worms may offer solution to mounting waste, Stanford researchers discover

An ongoing study by Stanford engineers, in collaboration with researchers in China, shows that common mealworms can safely biodegrade various types of plastic. BY ROB JORDAN Consider the plastic foam cup. Every year, Americans throw away 2.5 billion of them. And yet, that waste is just a fraction of the 33 million tons of plastic […]

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Eco-geeks hold open source alternative to UN climate talks

Eco-geeks hold open source alternative to UN climate talks

In reaction to the failure of COP21, POC21 has brought together a network of 100 plus designers, makers and eco-geeks to innovate a new breed of sustainable lifestyle products. In the unusual setting of an ancient French castle, 12 selected projects have spent the last five weeks developing portable solar power systems, low-waste self-filtering showers, […]

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Learning event: Climate-smart agriculture in the field – planning, implementation and upscaling

Learning event: Climate-smart agriculture in the field – planning, implementation and upscaling

All interested participants are welcome to join the online learning event ‘Climate-smart agriculture in the field – planning, implementation and upscaling’ during the month of October 2015. The event consists of two webinars and a facilitated online discussion taking place during the whole month of October. The content of the event is targeted at agriculture and climate change […]

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Does Our Military Know Something We Don't About Global Warming?

Does Our Military Know Something We Don’t About Global Warming?

Every branch of the United States Military is worried about climate change. They have been since well before it became controversial. In the wake of an historic climate change agreement between President Obama and President Xi Jinping in China this week (Brookings), the military’s perspective is significant in how it views climate effects on emerging […]

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Valuing Ecosystem Goods and Services in the Columbia River Basin

VALUING ECOSYSTEM GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN

When decision makers undervalue the benefits we derive from nature, they underestimate the full costs to society of converting natural resources to uses that destroy or degrade natural capital. Recognition of the benefits of ecosystem goods and services (EGS) by policy makers is therefore an important step in formulating effective natural resources policy that is […]

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