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RESUELVEN EL PROBLEMA DEL DERRAME EN PLAYA BLANCA CONOCIDA COMO MALIBU

Costa Salvaje - August 22, 2014
RESUELVEN EL PROBLEMA DEL DERRAME EN PLAYA BLANCA CONOCIDA COMO MALIBU
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Antarctica and Greenland Losing Ice at Fastest Rate Ever Recorded

Yale Environment 360 - August 21, 2014
Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are losing mass at an unprecedented rate of 500 cubic kilometers per

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Antarctic ice elevation year — enough ice to cover the Chicago metropolitan area with a layer of ice 600 meters thick — according to German researchers. Using data from the European Space Agency's CryoSat 2 satellite from 2011 to 2014, the team created the most detailed maps to date of ice elevations across Antarctica and Greenland, accurate to a few meters in height. The results reveal that Greenland alone is losing ice volume by about 375 cubic kilometers per year, doubling since 2009, the scientists report. Ice loss in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has increased by a factor of three over the same period. Combined, the two ice sheets are thinning at the highest rate observed since altimetry satellite records began about 20 years ago, the study found. Data show that East Antarctica is gaining ice volume, but at a moderate rate that doesn’t compensate the losses on the continent's other side.
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5 Ways to Get Your Girl Ready for Kindergarten

Girl Scouts of America - August 21, 2014
Pencils, backpacks, and school buses. New friends, new teachers and a brand new schedule every morning. Starting school brings a lot of change for both you and your daughter. But there are a few simple things you can do to help her walk through doors on her first day not only ready to learn, but with a big smile and a sense of confidence.
From Girl Scouts For Adults, here are 5 ways to prepare her for a happy, safe (and fun) start to her first ever school year: 
  1. A little independence goes a long way. This is especially important if your daughter has never been away from home all day. Start small. Work on your child’s ability to do basic physical things for themselves before school starts. Can she put on and take off shoes? Check. Zip up her coat? Check. Does she know how to navigate the bathroom independently at potty time? Check. And remember, tights are tough. So is anything with lots of complicated zips, buttons and snaps. Kindergarten is a place to play, run, climb and learn, so the fancy dress you bought last week might be best saved for your next special occasion rather than her first day of school.
  2. Get to know the school. Lots of schools set aside a day to let incoming kindergartners and parents get familiar with the classroom, so take advantage of the opportunity or ask to schedule a special visit. Get beyond the classroom—show your child the hallways, the bathroom and other important places like the library too. And don’t forget the fun—make sure you leave some playground time.
  3. Take turns telling a story with your girl. Even if she’s the social butterfly in your neighborhood or within the family, she still may need a little boost to help her communicate with others in a new setting. Tell a piece of the story as your child listens and ask her to pick up where you left off. It’s not only fun, but also really develops the listening and communication skills that will give her a smooth transition into kindergarten. Reading bedtime stories is helpful too. Try stories and books about kindergarten, as the first day gets closer. Want to see more activities you can do to help your daughter get ready for school? Here’s a list of suggestions.
  4. Do a practice run. A few days before school starts, set the alarm for the new wake up time, visit the bus stop, or walk the route to school. If you have neighbors who will be attending the same school, it might be a great time to find your bus buddy—or a friendly face to join her on the first ever walk to school.
  5. Kindness counts. Friendships are important, but if this will be the first time you don’t choose her friends, just remember one thing: That’s ok. To reinforce the skills that will help her make new friends, let her know when you see those positive behaviors in action. Like the way she shared with a younger sibling or neighborhood playmate? Tell her. Did she notice someone was sad and try to cheer her up? Let her know what a nice thing she did. And when kids aren’t kind: Make sure she’s just as comfortable as her brother is speaking up for herself and being her own advocate.
Looking for more things to do with your daughter? Check out more tips and activitiesyou can do together to help her get ready for school.
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Is China Turning the Corner on Environmental Protection?

The EnvironmentaList - August 21, 2014
Growing health concerns have spurred significant changes to the Middle Kingdom’s environmental law and policy.
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Exporting Coal to Korea Could Slash Emissions by 21 Percent, Analysis Finds

Yale Environment 360 - August 20, 2014
Exporting U.S. coal to South Korean power plants could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 21 percent compared to burning it at less efficient U.S. plants, according to researchers at Duke University. The strategy could also generate more than $25 billion in economic activity in the U.S. and cut emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and particulate matter, the researchers say. For those benefits to occur, however, U.S. plants would need to replace the exported coal with natural gas, and South Korea must use the imported coal to replace dirtier sources of coal. South Korea's coal-fired power plants are newer and significantly more efficient than those in the U.S. — efficient enough to offset emissions associated with shipping the coal across the globe, the researchers say. However, they also caution that further studies are needed to assess the scenario's full environmental impacts, including water use, land use, and the degradation of vital habitats.
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Girl Scouts Take Top Awards at Solar Car Race!

Girl Scouts of America - August 20, 2014
Girl Scouts Heart of the South has some news to share! Girl Scout Troops 10103 and 13361 took home top honors in Memphis Light, Gas and Water’s “A-Blazing Model Solar Car Race”. The object of the competition was to design and build a vehicle powered strictly by solar power using recycled materials and a special kit containing a solar panel and motor.
Participants were instructed to use the kits along with various recycled materials to design and construct a vehicle to race on a 20-meter course. After a series of head-to-head elimination rounds, Girl Scout Troop 10103 from Collierville won first place in the Middle School Division with their car, “Samoa Fun.”   Awards were also presented for speed and design. Girl Scout Troop 13361 from Cordova won first place overall in the “Best Use of Recycled Materials” category with their entry. The Cordova girls were thrilled to be honored for their creativity but said they are excited for next year’s event where they hope to build a vehicle that takes top honors for design and wins the race as well!
The Girl Scouts Heart of the South council was a proud partner of the event along with the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America, The University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
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How Drones Are Emerging As Valuable Conservation Tool

Yale Environment 360 - August 20, 2014
Lian Pin Koh believes drones can be a key part of conservation efforts, particularly in remote regions. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, he talks about how his project, ConservationDrones, is promoting the use of drones for everything from counting orangutans to stopping poaching. BY CRYSTAL GAMMON
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Major Companies Using Palm Oil Commit to Addressing Worst Industry Abuses. But is It Enough?

The EnvironmentaList - August 20, 2014
Only continued consumer pressure will ensure that food and cosmetics industries deliver on their promises
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BANNER: Philippines School

Operation USA - August 19, 2014
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BANNER: DC Event

Operation USA - August 19, 2014
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Wind Energy Prices at All-Time Low, According to U.S. Report

Yale Environment 360 - August 19, 2014
The cost of wind power in the U.S. is at an all-time low of 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour, according to a new report

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Major U.S. wind farms from the U.S. Department of Energy, and utility companies are in some cases electing to use wind as an energy source over fossil fuels because of its low cost. Although wind power grew modestly in 2013 — installations were only 8 percent of those seen in the record year of 2012 — it now meets 4.5 percent of U.S. energy needs, producing enough electricity to power 16 million homes. The country ranks second only to China in installed wind capacity, the report says, and wind power accounts for 33 percent of all new U.S. electric capacity additions since 2007. That progress has been heavily dependent on federal, state, and local incentives, however, and wind power's growth could slow if those incentives expire. Its viability could also fall if natural gas becomes more affordable than wind, the report cautions.
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Climate Change-Fueled Forest Loss in Colorado Shows Need for More Wilderness Protections

The EnvironmentaList - August 19, 2014
Connected preserves especially important as pine beetle continues to wreak havoc
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BANNER: DC Event

Operation USA - August 18, 2014
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Both Girls and Volunteers Benefit from Their Experience in Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of America - August 18, 2014
Girl Scouts really is great for everyone! While there are possibly too many positive outcomes associated with being a member of Girl Scouts to list, there is some compelling research which illustrates just how good Girl Scouts is.
Results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with more than 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in the K−5 age range show positive effects on members of all ages. Ninety-seven percent of parents agree that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter, that she has had fun and exciting new experiences (95 percent), and that she has learned or tried something new (96 percent). In addition, 94 percent of parents say that because of Girl Scouts, their daughter feels special, has more friends (95 percent), is more confident (90 percent), and is happier (89 percent).
While GSUSA boasts more than two million members nationwide, there are more than 30,000 girls on waiting lists who want to join Girl Scouts but can’t because there are not enough volunteers in local communities to help deliver the Girl Scout experience. Data shows it is not just girls who benefit from participating in the organization: 94 percent of volunteers have made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts, and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally. Ninety-five percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.
"Girl Scouts has provided a safe, fun, and engaging place for girls and adult volunteers to lead and thrive for over 100 years," said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. "We know the majority of volunteers feel their Girl Scout experience has helped them both personally and professionally, but in many places throughout the country, the lack of volunteers is what keeps girls on waiting lists. Every adult who volunteers for Girl Scouts can help us bring fun, new experiences to at least five girls. Imagine what that can do to shape the next generation of female leaders."
Girl Scouts gives girls a place to explore topics of interest in a judgment-free space outside of classroom confinements, and it cultivates cooperative and self-directed learning, as well as the growth mindset (the understanding that intelligence and talent can be developed)—all of which help foster a lifetime passion for learning. The variety of experiences and the value for the money the Girl Scout program provides are also popular selling points. Eighty-nine percent of parents say their daughter gets a greater variety of experiences from Girl Scouts than she does from other extracurricular activities, and the majority of parents feel Girl Scouts is a great value for the money compared to other extracurricular activities. Overall, parents consider Girl Scouts one of the most beneficial extracurricular activities for their daughter.
“The value of the all-girl, girl-led environment offered by Girl Scouts cannot be overstated, and is so important to the social-emotional and personal development of girls,” said Dr. Andrea Bastiani-Archibald, Chief Girl Expert at Girl Scouts of the USA. “Girl Scouts is a place where girls are free to be girls; to try new things, experiment, and have fun learning from and leading one another. There is no other leadership development program in the world that offers girls this inclusive, safe space, without the distractions and pressures of school and other social settings.”
Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12. The more adults step forward to volunteer, the more girls will get the chance to be a Girl Scout. Adults over age 18 may become volunteers, and both girls and adult volunteers can join at any time of the year. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life; they are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more. To join or volunteer, please visit: www.girlscouts.org/join.
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Global Warming Denial Rears Its Ugly Head Around the World, in English

The EnvironmentaList - August 18, 2014
In Australia, USA, UK, and Canada, politicians are rejecting evidence and expert opinion about climate change
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Recent Glacier Losses Are Mostly Driven by Human Activity, Study Says

Yale Environment 360 - August 18, 2014
Roughly one-quarter of the global glacier mass loss between the years 1851 and 2010 can be attributed to

Artesonraju Glacier in Cordillera Blanca, Peru human activities, and that fraction increased to more than two-thirds between 1991 and 2010, according to research published in the journal Science. The study is the first to document the extent of human contribution to glacier mass loss, which is driven by both naturally caused climate factors, such as fluctuations in solar radiation, and anthropogenic influences. “In the 19th and first half of 20th century we observed that glacier mass loss attributable to human activity is hardly noticeable but since then has steadily increased,” the lead researcher said. The analysis was based on data from the recently established Randolph Glacier Inventory and included all glaciers outside of Antarctica. Changes in glaciers in the Alps and North America were particularly well documented and seem to be definitively influenced by human activities, the researchers said.
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Recent Glacier Losses Are Mostly Driven by Human Acitivity, Study Says

Yale Environment 360 - August 18, 2014
Roughly one-quarter of the global glacier mass loss between the years 1851 and 2010 can be attributed to human activities, and that fraction increased to more than two-thirds between 1991 and 2010, according to research published in the journal Science. The study is the first to document the extent of human contribution to glacier mass loss, which is driven by both naturally caused climate factors, such as fluctuations in solar radiation, and anthropogenic influences. “In the 19th and first half of 20th century we observed that glacier mass loss attributable to human activity is hardly noticeable but since then has steadily increased,” the lead researcher said. The analysis was based on data from the recently established Randolph Glacier Inventory and included all glaciers outside of Antarctica. Changes in glaciers in the Alps and North America were particularly well documented and seem to be definitively influenced by human activities, the researchers said.
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A New Frontier for Fracking: Drilling Near the Arctic Circle

Yale Environment 360 - August 18, 2014
Hydraulic fracturing is about to move into the Canadian Arctic, with companies exploring the region's rich shale oil deposits. But many indigenous people and conservationists have serious concerns about the impact of fracking in more fragile northern environments. BY ED STRUZIK
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DENUNCIAN DERRAME DE AGUAS NEGRAS ENTRE TIJUANA Y ROSARITO

Costa Salvaje - August 18, 2014
DENUNCIAN DERRAME DE AGUAS NEGRAS ENTRE TIJUANA Y ROSARITO
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