October 20, 2016 @ 10:13 AM

Residents living in towns and cities can play a major role in ensuring insect pollinators survive and thrive around them, a team of international scientists has said.

With global bee and butterfly populations in decline, the nature of cities is shifting so that they often contain more diverse and abundant populations of native bees than nearby rural landscapes. However, urban conservation programs are largely lagging behind, in that they continue to invest in education and outreach rather than programs designed to achieve high-priority species conservation.

In an essay to be published in Conservation Biology, the academics – including researchers from the University of Northampton and the University of Plymouth – said new .........

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October 6, 2016 @ 9:16 AM

The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy - raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.

Benefits of Reducing and Reusing

 - Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials

 - Saves energy

 - Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change

 - Helps sustain the environment for future generations

 - Saves money

 - Reduces ......

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October 4, 2016 @ 8:56 AM

by Nadia Prupis

Around the world, resistance is growing to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as more and more communities line up to ban the controversial fossil fuel extraction method from their lands.

Victoria, Australia's Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the state is set to introduce a permanent ban on all onshore unconventional gas exploration, including fracking and other methods like gas mining, making it the first state in the nation to do so.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet said, "It is clear that the Victorian community has spoken. They simply don't support fracking." The government will introduce legislation for the ban later this year, and the Herald Sun added that it would also extend the ......

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October 3, 2016 @ 9:42 AM

by Nadia Prupis

Over half the residents of the European Union could be generating their own renewable electricity by 2050. A people-powered energy revolution—an era in which people can produce their own electricity—is possible, and could happen soon, according to a new report released by the environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE).

The report, The Potential of Energy Citizens in the European Union, finds that over half the residents of the E.U. could be generating their own renewable electricity by 2050. That's 264 million "energy citizens" meeting 45 percent of the region's energy demand through a democratized, citizen-owned system that allows people to be the operators of their own .........

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October 2, 2016 @ 7:51 AM

Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using sunlight. The raw material of the device is water, and its products are electric current, hydrogen and oxygen. The findings were published in Nature Communications.

The unique combination of a man-made BPEC cell and plant membranes, which absorb sunlight and convert it into a flow of electrons highly efficiently, paves the way for the development of new technologies for the creation of clean fuels from renewable sources: water and solar energy.

The BPEC cell developed by the researchers is based on the naturally ......

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