Environment

Keeping fracking out of the UK – 4 years and counting

Friends of the Earth - April 13, 2015
Since then they've not managed to frack anywhere in the UK, despite the Government’s efforts – from Osborne’s secret plans to back frackers to tax breaks for the industry. It's all thanks to the hard work of the brilliant anti-fracking movement.  Friends of the Earth and other groups ran events across the country on Saturday to spread the good news and help keep the UK frack free for good.  From Burnley to Belfast, local people set up party stalls and talked to passers-by about fracking. People signed huge "4 year frack free" anniversary cards asking
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Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Girl Scouts of America - April 12, 2015

Let’s face it—our incredible Movement would be nothing without the selfless volunteers who dedicate so much of their time every week to uplifting girls. Whether you serve as a Girl Scout troop leader, volunteer, or cookie mom or dad, we know that your job is not an easy one. Many of you lead busy lives outside of Girl Scouting: you’re parents, guardians, teachers, employees… the list goes on! So this week, we want to celebrate YOU! 
Seriously—thank you for all you do. You’re changing lives, instilling hope, and changing the world, one girl at a time. 
Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

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Coal Power Plant Closings To Spur Large CO2 Cut in U.S. in 2015

Yale Environment 360 - April 10, 2015
Thanks to the closing of a record number of coal-fired power plants, emissions from the U.S. power sector in 2015 are expected to fall 15 percent below 2005 levels, according to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report said that seven percent of the U.S.’s coal-fired power capacity will be shut down this year, and that on the basis of emissions per-unit-of-power-generated, 2015 will be the cleanest year in more than 60 years. The loss of coal-fired power is being made up by cleaner natural gas-fired plants and by rapid growth of renewable energy, Bloomberg noted. U.S. solar power installations are expected to hit a record 9.1 gigawatts, led by California, and wind power installations should hit 8.7 gigawatts, led by Texas. “In 2015 we’ll take a giant, permanent step towards decarbonizing our entire fleet of power plants,” said analyst William Nelson.
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This Amazing Beach Art Will Give You a Moment of Zen

The EnvironmentaList - April 10, 2015
Artist Andres Amador seeks to highlight the power of the impermanent
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Can Canada Lead on Climate Change?

The EnvironmentaList - April 09, 2015
In major climate march this weekend, activists aim to put pressure on national government
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Melting Arctic Permafrost To Cause Massive but Gradual CO2 Release

Yale Environment 360 - April 09, 2015
A comprehensive new study of the potential climate change impacts of melting Arctic permafrost says that a vast amount of carbon dioxide will be released from thawing permafrost but that it will seep out gradually, rather than in an abrupt “carbon bomb.” Working since 2011, a group of 17 Arctic permafrost scientists studied the rate at which permafrost is thawing and the resulting release of CO2. The scientists concluded that Arctic permafrost has undergone a stunning degree of warming, rising from an average of 18 F three decades ago to 28 F today. As permafrost continues to melt, it will release an amount of carbon roughly equal to the carbon released from current rates of deforestation, the study said. The study, published in the journal Nature, said the CO2 release from thawing permafrost will be prolonged but gradual, giving society time to adapt to rising seas and other impacts of a warming climate.
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Turning the tide against fracking

Friends of the Earth - April 09, 2015
The UK has been Frack Free for 4 years. Friends of the Earth has called a national day of action on 11 April to celebrate - and to build the pressure to keep it that way.  Join an event near you It’s 4 years since the one disastrous attempt at fracking in Britain, near Blackpool, where the well has since been abandoned. Council after council has turned down applications to frack following overwhelming opposition from local communities wherever fracking has been proposed. It's clear fracking isn't the way forward. In January first Scotland then Wales
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Republicans Try to Prevent Wisconsin Official Working on Climate Change

The EnvironmentaList - April 09, 2015
Critics say Matt Adamczyk’s proposal to prohibit Tia Nelson from ‘engaging in global warming or climate change work’ on the job is politically motivated
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How Conservative Texas Took The Lead in U.S. Wind Power

Yale Environment 360 - April 09, 2015
Innovative government policies have helped propel Texas into the forefront of wind energy generation in the U.S. But the main impetus for the Lone Star State’s flourishing wind sector is the revenue it has generated for landowners and local communities. BY ROGER REAL DROUIN
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Laugh a Little or A Lot. It’s National Humor Month!

Girl Scouts of America - April 08, 2015



Did you know April is National Humor Month? A giggle so great it makes your belly ache does the soul good any day, but this month make a little extra room in your life for some hearty, first-class, fill-your-heart-with-joy laughter. Started in 1976 by comedian and author Larry Wilde, National Humor Month is a celebration of the healing power that humor, joy, and laughter can have on our lives.
Here are three ways you can use humor to lighten your load. 
Learn to laugh at yourself!
Sounds weird right? It isn’t! Being able to laugh at yourself (we all have our silly moments!) can be super freeing. It helps us not to take ourselves and life so seriously all the time—because we all know that can be exhausting! So don’t sweat the small stuff, loosen up a little, and don’t be scared to laugh at yourself every once in a while.
Cheer up a friend with a joke!There’s no cure for a bad day quite like a good laugh. Use your judgment and make sure you sweep in at an appropriate time, but don’t be afraid to use a little humor to help a friend see the lighter side of life. They will feel much better for it, and you will too!
Start your day with a laugh. Looking for a way to set up your day for success? Make it a habit to read one joke online every morning before you leave the house—call it your humor meditation! It will help you loosen up, de-stress, and focus on the less-complicated things in life. It’ll also put you in the right mood to attack your day like a rock star! 
Now go out, put those stomach muscles to good use, and have yourself a turn-your-day-right-side-up-again laugh this month, next month, and always! And remember, there’s a lot of power in choosing to be positive and smile even in the face of a challenge. That’s why at Girl Scouts, girls can earn a Science of Happiness badge that encourages them to analyze and find ways to increase their own happiness. How awesome is that?



Whether you’re a girl or an adult, we encourage you to take our Science of Happiness Quiz to get you started down a path to more smiles and more laughs today!
Categories: Environment

Clay Shows Promise in Capturing CO2 from Power Plants

Yale Environment 360 - April 08, 2015
Common clay can be just as effective as more advanced materials in capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, according to research by Norwegian and Slovak scientists. One particular type of clay mineral, known as smectite, was especially effective in absorbing CO2 emissions, the researchers said in the journal Scientific Reports. One possible use for clay would be to incorporate it into filters or scrubbers in smokestacks at power plants, the scientists said. They said their research into clay’s CO2-absorbing capabilities is preliminary and would not be available for commercial use anytime soon. But the scientists said clay offers many benefits compared to some other expensive and potentially toxic CO2-scrubbing materials.
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Sharknado and solar energy: how are they linked?

Friends of the Earth - April 08, 2015
In those days of optimism the Energy Department launched a strategy calling for 20GW of solar by the end of the decade. Government buildings would host to up to 4 million panels. The Department even teamed up with the Department for Education to call for a big push on solar schools. A year on, where have those big ideas gone? Sign up to our campaign for more solar power   Solar schools plan It’s fair to say that we raised an eyebrow when we heard the Government would be launching a solar schools plan so soon after we had begun to discuss our Run on Sun
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What election debates would you be having?

Friends of the Earth - April 08, 2015
Perhaps not surprisingly I’m an avid follower of politics, so I take a keen interest in how the debates pan out each day. And, like many, I get frustrated that the discussion rarely gets beyond the superficial.  Why not have 1 hour debates by the leaders on the purpose of the economy, or the education system? Or about how the UK can make the very deep cuts in carbon pollution necessary and help developing countries grow clean, green economies? Or how can we protect nature’s ecosystem services from over-consumption and degradation in the context of a growing global
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Weeds – They’re What’s for Dinner

The EnvironmentaList - April 08, 2015
Urban foraging could help boost nutrition in food deserts, researchers say
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Save your energy for the bedroom

Friends of the Earth - April 07, 2015
Our steamy video featuring Cinderella star Lily James and Dan Rigby was inspired by the US President's excitement over home insulation. If everyone was this turned on by energy efficiency, our homes would be a lot warmer and cheaper to heat. Stopping our homes leaking heat is the best way to reduce our energy bills, and to make sure no one has to suffer in a cold, drafty home. What's more, it's one of the fastest and easiest ways to fight dangerous climate change. But it won't happen by itself.  Friends of the Earth is
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Nationwide Vehicle Emissions Database Could Help Cities Curb CO2

Yale Environment 360 - April 07, 2015
Researchers at Boston University have created a nationwide database for determining how much carbon dioxide

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Nationwide CO2 emissions from vehicle travel is produced by vehicle travel in U.S. cities and suburbs — an essential part of greenhouse gas reduction efforts, they say. Encompassing 33 years of data, the system provides kilometer-by-kilometer views of vehicle emission trends from roads across the country. Those emissions account for 28 percent of all fossil fuel CO2 emissions in the U.S., the researchers note. The data highlight the ongoing shift in the U.S. toward urban traffic and emissions. For example, cities have been responsible for 80 percent of the growth in vehicle CO2 emissions since 1980 and for 63 percent of total vehicle CO2 in 2012. Emission levels and trends can vary dramatically across different cities, however. Population density hasn't changed much in Salt Lake City since the 1980s, but the per-capita emissions have soared because the suburb and exurb populations are growing, the data indicate.
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Join the mass lobby of Parliament on 17 June

Friends of the Earth - April 07, 2015
You can play your part by coming to Parliament on 17 June to lobby your MP alongside thousands of others. Collectively we'll be sending a strong message to every MP that action on climate change is now more urgent than ever.  It should be an unforgettable day. There will be fringe events in the morning, then between 1-4pm we'll meet our MPs near Parliament. At 4.30pm there will be a grand finale with inspiring speakers. The day will have an enjoyable festival feel, with music, entertainers and art installations (for more info, download the Lobby
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Frustrated Tar Sands Industry Looks for Arctic Export Route

Yale Environment 360 - April 07, 2015
With the Keystone XL and other pipeline projects running into stiff opposition, Alberta’s tar sands industry is facing growing pressure to find ways to get its oil to market. One option under consideration would be to ship the oil via an increasingly ice-free Arctic Ocean. BY ED STRUZIK
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Saving lives: Friends of the Earth Liberia's campaign against Ebola

Friends of the Earth - April 07, 2015
This was an act of solidarity with these communities during a critical period. Nora Bowier, Coordinator, Friends of the Earth Liberia. It's one year since the announcement of an Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Since then, Ebola has killed over 10,300 people. Liberia has lost 4,296 lives. To date, nearly 25,000 cases of Ebola have been recorded. Groups like the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), Friends of the Earth Liberia, have carried out vital life-saving work in rural communities. Between August 2014 and March 2015, under its Community
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The Island Fox Returns

The EnvironmentaList - April 07, 2015
This tiny fox’s recovery is probably the fastest rebound of any land mammal in the history of the Endangered Species Act
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