Archive for June 8th, 2011

"We Can Do It" Says German Environment Agency on Nuclear Phase Out
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QR Codes Defined

QR Codes Defined
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Salt-tolerant species as biofuels feedstock?
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“Biofuels jump forward with elimination of key cost barrier.”
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Elevance acquires Mississippi ethanol plant for conversion to integrated biorefinery
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Honeybee Air Monitoring Comes to Berlin’s New Airport
Honeybees concentrate air pollution in their pollen collection activities, making their honey a useful monitor for air quality photo
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Bees may well be a canary in the coal mine when it comes to environmental quality. But as scientists still struggle to determine the causes of colony collapse, airports in Germany have been using honeybees to evalu… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Across UK in a Tesla, Free Charging, and an Electric Rolls Royce (Video)
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When we last checked out Robert Llewellyn’s Fully Charged show, he was taking yet another electric sports car for a spin, and checking out a battery-powered dragster. This time around he’s talking to a pair of EV advocates who are driving across Britain, and installing charing points so they can do it. He also gets to check out a prototype electric Rolls Royce, and the forthcoming plug-in hybrid Vauxhall Ampera too… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Amazing new images from BBC Earth: Eating and living with Lions
While diving into Life Is Human, we’ve cherished catching up with the Human Planet Production team via their blog. Traveling to eighty of the most remote locations on Earth, to gather incredible stories about man’s remarkable relationship with the natural world… just was not enough! They decided to share their personal experiences too.

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring some of the posts we’ve been bowled over by, and bringing them directly to you!

This week, we’re featuring Human Planet researcher Jane Atkins who tells the exceptional tale of the Dorobo tribe’s hunter scavengers. Using skills passed down over 1000′s of years, this ancient lifestyle is rapidly in decline, but is it the end of the Dorobo? Dive in to find out more.

“You see, Lions and the Dorobo, we feed each other.”

“If we hunt a large animal, we take away as much as we can, but leave the rest for the lions to feed on. And sometimes the lions kill a really fat animal and we say, lets take this one. It is not simple, you have to track carefully and quietly. You are scared… thinking – will I be mauled?”

“Once you make the decision to steal meat from lions, you have to be committed” Rakita says.

“But when you are hungry and know lions have killed first – you take your chance. There are days when we eat only what the lion has killed. We live on those lion kills until we finally make our own kills.”

When we filmed 3 Dorobo hunters stride up to 15 lions to steal from their fresh kill our hearts were in our mouths. Courageous? Ingenious? Suicidal? All of these perhaps, but this one act is undeniably impressive. The Dorobo say they are hunters just like lions. They watch lions, and how they hunt. Just as lions do, the Dorobo watch every animal on the great plains – and study each individual. Like lions they observe which ones are wounded, slower, easier to pick off. They wait and wait until the time is right to hunt. And if the lion gets there first, well the Dorobo turn that into another opportunity.
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Dueling Keystone Kops: USEPA, State Department May Clash Over Tar Sands Oil Pipeline
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“The Keystone Kops are an incompetent group of policemen that featured in silent film comedies in the early 20th century.” Image credit:Wikipedia

According to an article in yesterday’s Lincoln Journal Star, “The EPA announced Tuesday that it had placed the TransCanada project in a category headed “Environmental Objections” and said what the State Department has done so far with an environmental impact statement is based on insufficient information.” This means USEPA, in spite of n…
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Obama is a Pushover on the Environment: Ex-Interior Secretary
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Bruce Babbitt was the Secretary of the Interior under President Bill Clinton. He knows firsthand the dangers of failing to push back against corporate and political interests that seek to overturn environmental safeguards and exploit the nation’s invaluable natural resources. He himself admits to at times having failed to be tough enough on the conservation front, and letting big business and industry-friendly Republicans trample environmental concerns. But so far, Obama has been a total pushover. Babbitt said as muc…
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How Can Businesses Plan for Peak Oil?

How Can Businesses Plan for Peak Oil?
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Given that the IEA (International Energy Agency) chief is warning that no government is prepared for peak oil, the business community might do well to start making preparations of its own. But who should act, and how? When I asked how small businesses will be hit by peak oil, some thought that small business would be at an advantage, while others believed the big guys would leverage political clout and economies of scale to weather the storm. Whatever a…
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Smart grid innovation contest

Smart grid innovation contest
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Smart grid innovation contest

Smart grid innovation contest
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Smart grid innovation contest

Smart grid innovation contest
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