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Noise:A Health Culprit?

No one on earth can escape the sounds of noise- an unwanted, disturbing sound that causes a nuisance in the eye of the beholder. Noise is a disturbance to the human environment that is escalating at such a high rate … Continue reading

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Noise Pollution: Sources and Types

Environmental noise is a worldwide problem. However, the way the problem is dealt with differs greatly from country to country and is very much dependent on culture, economy and politics. But the problem persists even in areas where extensive resources … Continue reading

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Earthship:A House on Its Own

An earthship is a type of passive solar house made of natural and recycled materials. Designed and marketed by Earthship Biotecture of Taos, New Mexico, the homes are primarily constructed to work as autonomous buildings and are generally made of … Continue reading

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We Need to Pull Carbon Out of the Atmosphere to Save The Planet

The year saw the Arctic sea ice extent fall to a new and shocking low, while the U.S. experienced it warmest month ever on record (July), beating even Dust Bowl temperatures. Meanwhile, a flood of new research has convincingly connected … Continue reading

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And Now Danger of Plastic Litter in Arctic Ocean

Plastic does not easily decompose. That darn plastic bag can move many thousands of miles. The sea bed in the Arctic deep sea is increasingly strewn with litter and plastic waste as reported in the advance online publication of the … Continue reading

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch : World’s Biggest Landfill in the Pacific Ocean?

Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135°W to 155°W and 35°N to 42°N. The patch runs over an indeterminate area, … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power is Environment Friendly

Some environmentalists opine that nuclear is a viable emissions-free option to dirty coal while renewable-energy technologies continue to advance. Instead of burning some material, nuclear power plants split uranium nuclei, as noted, without producing any air pollution .The heat that … Continue reading

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Amazon Fungus Will Eat Plastic Solving a Big Environmental Problem of Landfills

Popular Science reports that a group of students from Yale found the fungus during an expedition to Ecuador and learned it breaks down polyurethane. This plastic is one of those modern chemical compounds found in so many products and it … Continue reading

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Plants Can Purify Our Surroundings: NASA

 A NASA research document came to the conclusion that “house plants can purify and rejuvenate air within our houses and workplaces, safeguarding us all from any side effects connected with prevalent toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and also benzene.”� Trees … Continue reading

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Japan to map radioactive contaminated farmlands

The Japanese Government will soon draw up a radioactive substance concentration map for farmlands. The government will also conduct a study on contaminated debris as part of measures to deal with radioactive material released from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear … Continue reading

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Rain Gardens: Natural Solution to Urban Water Pollution

Rain gardens are also known as recharge gardens.A rain garden is a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain … Continue reading

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Turning Waste In Wealth (Energy)

We constantly turn wealth to waste. Now it is threatening the sustainability of our planet , our race. It  is high time we reverse this process. TERI’s enhanced acidification and methanation technology is a great leap forward in this direction. … Continue reading

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Montenegro town’s dream: from toxic dump to eco-tourism hub

Once reputed as the most polluted spot in Montenegro, the remote northern town of Mojkovac is trying to shake off the stigma, clean up and promote itself as a new Balkans eco-tourism hub. read here

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Detecting Noise Pollution in the Sea

The Applied Bioacoustics Laboratory (LAB) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) has developed the first system equipped with hydrophones able to record sounds on the seafloor in real time over the Internet. The system detects the presence of cetaceans … Continue reading

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Plants Play Larger Role Than Thought in Cleaning Up Air Pollution

The research, led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., uses observations, gene expression studies, and computer modeling to show that deciduous plants absorb about a third more of a common class of air-polluting … Continue reading

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Coca Cola is Not Showing Responsible Behavior In India

Interestingly some multinationals behave differently in different parts of the world. Coca-Cola is not alone. I have found an article about this by The New Ecologist.I am reproducing it here. Read and think. Coca-Cola is usually a company that makes … Continue reading

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Current Could Push Oil Spill Up East Coast

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is expected to strike the Louisiana coastline , and officials are bracing for impacts to shorebirds, turtles, shellfish and other endangered wildlife. But many ocean scientists are now raising concerns that a powerful current … Continue reading

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Animal Clean-Up After Oil Spill

When it comes to organizing efforts to rescue wildlife affected by oil spills like the one in the Gulf of Mexico that made landfall in Louisiana late Thursday, timing is everything. The first step is to search for, and collect, … Continue reading

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Rig sinks in Gulf of Mexico, oil spill risk looms

The rig was drilling BP Plc’s Macondo project with 126 workers on board when it was ripped by an explosion and fire on Tuesday night. Some 115 workers escaped, including 17 helicoptered to New Orleans area hospitals with injuries. read … Continue reading

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Bad News :Oceans Absorb Less Carbon Dioxide as Marine Systems Change

The oceans are largest carbon sink on the planet. Some 93 percent of carbon dioxide is stored in algae, vegetation, and coral under the sea. But oceans are not able to absorb all of the carbon dioxide released from the … Continue reading

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Arctic Warming Overtakes 2,000 Years of Natural Cooling

Arctic temperatures have been dropping for the last 2,000 years. Since 1900, temperature anomaly has turned positive, indicating temperatures started becoming warmer than the long term average, new research indicates. The study, which incorporates geologic records and computer simulations, provides … Continue reading

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Oceans Could Absorb Much More CO2

Earth’s oceans are vast reservoirs of carbon dioxide (CO2) with the potential to control the pace of global warming. It all hinges on the fate of marine “snow” — a constant sprinkle of carbon-rich bits that flutter down from the … Continue reading

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Global Map Of Ammonia Emissions Measured From Space Reveals New Hotspots

The first complete map of global ammonia emissions has recently been achieved using to satellite data. It reveals an underestimation of some of the ammonia concentrations detected by current inventories, and identifies new hotspots.This work, carried out by a team … Continue reading

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From Cup to Drain :Artificial Sweeteners Linger in Groundwater

Artificial sweeteners pass through our bodies and end up in wastewater virtually unchanged. Some sweeteners are particularly widespread in the environment, according to a new study, making them ideal markers for following pollution from treatment plants and other sources into … Continue reading

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Major Emitters’ Meet To Tackle Climate Change

Sixteen nations are responsible for 80 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Now those nations, dubbed the “major emitters,” are sending representatives to a conference beginning Monday in Washington, D.C., to see if they can work together to slow … Continue reading

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Rich nation greenhouse gas emissions rise in 2007

Greenhouse gas emissions from industrialized nations rose by nearly one percent in 2007, led by strong gains in the United States, official data showed.Carbon emissions from countries signed up to the Kyoto Protocol climate pact edged up by 0.1 percent … Continue reading

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Clinton urges controls on Antarctic tourism

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  urged tighter controls on cruise ships and tourists in Antarctica to prevent further environmental damage to the fragile region. Clinton was speaking at a joint session of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting and the … Continue reading

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World’s 2nd Largest Solar Power Plant in Florida

Solar power plant in Florida could serve 11,000 people. Lauren Engineers & Constructors have signed a contract with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to develop the world’s second largest solar power plant in Indiantown, Florida. Using concentrated photovoltaic technology, … Continue reading

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UK team builds robot fish to detect pollution

Robot fish developed by British scientists are to be released into the sea off north Spain to detect pollution.If next year’s trial of the first five robotic fish in the northern Spanish port of Gijon is successful, the team hopes … Continue reading

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New Tool For Study Of Air Quality Developed

Air quality models have achieved a great degree of sophistication over the last few years thanks mainly to scientific and computational advances. These are tools that simulate the dynamics of the atmosphere and estimate the impact of particular sources of … Continue reading

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Waste could be crucial in search for cleaner fuels

What we throw away could soon be used to power our cars, if projects to produce ethanol from commercial waste are ramped up. Some companies are exploring the environmental and financial benefits of putting waste to good use and are … Continue reading

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Chaiten volcano in Chile still poses danger

File image shows members of Chilean armed forces watching the smoke rising from Chaiten volcano at Chaiten town, located some 1220 km (760 miles) south of Santiago May 4, 2008. Chile’s government said    the area surrounding the Chaiten Volcano, … Continue reading

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Coal should be warming concern: scientists

Researchers and officials concerned about global warming have focused on oil usage, but scientists on Wednesday said liquefied coal could have a greater affect on global climate change. Global warming scenarios are based on oil reserves, but those reserves will … Continue reading

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Pollution may hit Himalayan monsoon clouds

Higher levels of pollution in Asia may affect the formation of clouds high in the Himalayas, perhaps disrupting monsoons and speeding a thaw of glaciers, according to a study on Monday. The report, by scientists in France and Italy, found … Continue reading

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Fuel shortage hits Indian forestry

Villagers unable to get supplies of LPG are ravaging local forests for firewood. Desperate villagers are felling trees in the woodlands around their homes in northern Himachal Pradesh, an area which has already suffered heavy deforestation. video

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World’s first wave energy farm goes live

On Tuesday the 23th of September, the deployment of the first commercial wave energy farm in the world started. A Pelamis unit was towed into the sea, connected to an underwater cable and moored to the sea floor, at a … Continue reading

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Coral Reefs are Dying Due to Pollution Caused by Us

Coral reefs like Chitales, near the northern tip of a Caribbean reef chain stretching from Mexico to Honduras, are dying around the world as people and cities put more stress on the environment. Climate change alone could trigger a global … Continue reading

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Create Urban Rainforests for a Sustainable Ecosystem

Most urban areas have undeveloped land that can be utilized productively. Follow these steps to create an oasis where people can meet, learn and develop new interests. Choose an appropriate site. Several underutilized, contiguous city blocks near public transportation is … Continue reading

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Beijing may expand pollution-cutting scheme

Beijing is ready to expand an already drastic pollution-cutting scheme by taking more cars off the roads and shutting more factories if air quality remains a problem during the Olympic Games, state media said on Monday. Beijing authorities have cut … Continue reading

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Smog and Acid Rain

Particularly for large metropolitan cities, smog and poor air quality is a pressing environmental problem. Smog primarily consists of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds chemically interacting with heat from sunlight forming ground level ozone. Smog is that familiar … Continue reading

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Tidal power fuels Britain’s National Grid

Tidal power has been harnessed to generate electricity for Britain’s National Grid for the first time, it has been announced. The move has been hailed as a milestone in the development of marine energy, which could provide up to a … Continue reading

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Biodiesel

If you’ve read or watched the news lately, you’ve probably come across some article, snippet or sound bite related to oil and oil prices. Even in your daily routines, there’s a good chance of someone mentioning it. Whether it’s in … Continue reading

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Ground Water Pollution

Ground water is a resource found under the earth’s surface. Most ground water comes from rain and melting snow soaking into the ground. Water fills the spaces between rocks and soils, making an “aquifer”. (See Watershed Graphic.) About half of … Continue reading

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Disappearing Forests in Papua New Guinea

A new satellite analysis of logging in Papua New Guinea shows that the country has been losing about 1,400 square miles of rain forest, or about 1.4 percent of its total forest cover, each year. At that pace, by 2021 … Continue reading

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IBM Research Unveils Breakthrough In Solar Farm Technology

By mimicking the antics of a child using a magnifying glass to burn a leaf or a camper to start a fire, IBM scientists are using a large lens to concentrate the Sun’s power, capturing a record 230 watts onto … Continue reading

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Solar Power:How it Works

Solar power How it works seems like a mystery to some, but we’ve all seen it used to power everyday things like calculators. It is also used to supply electricity to the appliances and lights we use in our homes. … Continue reading

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