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White House Urges Research on Geoengineering to Combat Global Warming

White House Urges Research on Geoengineering to Combat Global Warming | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
A report recommends modest studies on geoengineering, the controversial concept of intervening in nature to slow or reverse global warming.
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Here's why 2017 will be the year of the circular economy revolution

Here's why 2017 will be the year of the circular economy revolution | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
These 4 reasons recent trends point to closing the loop in the near future.
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Teenager invents phone charger which generates energy from the human body

Teenager invents phone charger which generates energy from the human body | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
A teenager has invented and developed a phone charger which uses energy from the human body to get the energy to charge your phone.
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States Wire Up Roads as Cars Get Smarter

States Wire Up Roads as Cars Get Smarter | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Some states are setting up “smart roads” lined with fiber optics, cameras and connected signaling devices in an effort to unlock benefits from self-driving cars, curb accidents and save fuel.
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Recycle your Christmas tree at MulchFest 2017

Recycle your Christmas tree at MulchFest 2017 | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
New Yorkers can bring their Christmas trees to designated parks and have them recycled into mulch for the city's gardens.
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Rockefeller Foundation, USDA, EPA to Create Center for Action Against Food Waste | Sustainable Brands

Rockefeller Foundation, USDA, EPA to Create Center for Action Against Food Waste | Sustainable Brands | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
A partnership of 12 organization is set to launch an online hub for information and solutions to reduce food waste, “Further With Food: Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions,” at FurtherWithFood.org. The site is intended to help realize the national goal to halve food waste by 2030.
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France cuts ribbon on world’s first solar road - SeeNews Renewables

France cuts ribbon on world’s first solar road - SeeNews Renewables | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
December 23 (SeeNews) - France's Ecology Minister Segolene Royal on Thursday officially inaugurated a one-kilometre pilot solar road project in Tourouvre, the Orne department, in north-western France.

Construction started in October and the EUR-5-million (USD 5.22m) investment was financed by the Ministry.

In total, 2,800 square metres (30,139 sq feet) of Wattway solar road tiles were laid down. Their annual electricity generation is estimated at 280,000 kWh (roughly 800 kWh per day) or the equivalent to providing public lighting for a small town with 5,000 residents.

1ère mondiale : j'inaugure demain à 11h le prototype de route solaire dans l'Orne. L'usine sur place compte 70 salariés #TransportPropre pic.twitter.com/6gWFm9IvTI

— Ségolène Royal (@RoyalSegolene) December 21, 2016

According to a presentation on French TV  channel TF1, the revolutionary technology could provide power to light up electronic road signs, power traffic lights or even power the batteries of electric cars as they move on the road. If stored, the produced energy could power road lights at night and melt snowfall during winter.

Still, with an efficiency of 100 kWh per square metre, the solar road tiles are underperforming in generation, compared with rooftop solar installations whose average performance in France is about 137 kWh per square metre. In terms of costs, the difference is even wider, as the solar road tiles were initially priced at EUR 6/W while rooftop solar installations currently cost about EUR 1.3/W.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.043)

 
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Black women are exposed to more chemicals in personal care products

Black women are exposed to more chemicals in personal care products | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Not only do black women buy more cosmetics and hair care products than other ethnic groups, but those products are also more toxic.
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Trump Building “submerged” by Rising Seas installation in New York City

Trump Building “submerged” by Rising Seas installation in New York City | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
The Sierra Club made waves this week as they “submerged” 40 Wall St., also known as “The Trump Building”, in a symbolic flood of light.
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The High Environmental Cost of Fast Fashion

The High Environmental Cost of Fast Fashion | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Greenpeace Germany analyzed the environmental cost of fast fashion -- and the results aren't pretty.
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EU Report Suggests Wider Volkswagen Emissions Cheating

EU Report Suggests Wider Volkswagen Emissions Cheating | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Volkswagen AG’s emissions-cheating scandal could involve more vehicles than previously acknowledged, and some new models built to meet the most stringent European emissions standards may still cheat, according to a European Union research body.
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Santa's Shrinking Reindeer Blamed On Arctic Climate Change

Santa's Shrinking Reindeer Blamed On Arctic Climate Change | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Animals starve when rain, not snow, falls and lichen becomes encased in ice, researchers discover.
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All Dutch Trains Now Run 100% On Wind Power

All Dutch Trains Now Run 100% On Wind Power | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Electric trains have always been a relatively sustainable mode of transport, with much lower emissions than cars, but as of the 1st of January, 2017, all electric train rides in the Netherlands hav…
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Baldor Specialty Foods Reaches Sustainability Goal Early by Reimagining Waste | Sustainable Brands

Baldor Specialty Foods Reaches Sustainability Goal Early by Reimagining Waste | Sustainable Brands | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
The latest success in the fight against food waste comes from Baldor Specialty Foods, the Northeast’s leading produce processor and distributor, which this week announced that it has successfully diverted 100 percent of the organic waste generated in its Fresh Cuts operation from landfill and become the first U.S. wholesaler to completely eliminate food waste from its production facility.
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The Great Lakes Have Become A Dumping Ground For Millions Of Pounds Of Plastic

The Great Lakes Have Become A Dumping Ground For Millions Of Pounds Of Plastic | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
The amount of plastic that enters Lake Michigan alone each year is equivalent to 100 Olympic-sized pools full of plastic bottles, a study finds.
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The biggest clean energy advances in 2016

The biggest clean energy advances in 2016 | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Bionic leaves, a hot solar cell, and other picks for the most notable renewable energy strides in 2016.
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Obama creates national monuments in Utah, Nevada

Obama creates national monuments in Utah, Nevada | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
President Obama protected two massive areas in the American West Wednesday, including a swath of southern Utah that has been at the center of a contentious battle over land protections for years.
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President Obama bans oil drilling in large areas of Atlantic and Arctic oceans

President Obama bans oil drilling in large areas of Atlantic and Arctic oceans | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Sources say U.S. and Canadian officials will reach a joint understanding on how to make the new protections as sweeping and politically durable as possible.
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How H+M Is Trying To Balance Fast Fashion With Revolutionary Recycling

How H+M Is Trying To Balance Fast Fashion With Revolutionary Recycling | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
The company's giant recycling facility in Germany receives hundreds of tons of old clothes a day. Can it find a way to turn those old clothes int
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Trump's Cabinet Looks Like a Bunch of Comic Book Villains

Trump's Cabinet Looks Like a Bunch of Comic Book Villains | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
President-elect Donald Trump is systematically stacking his cabinet with people who oppose the existence of the very organizations they're tasked to run. This group must have one heckuva secret lair. It's probably already being built under Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., with a secret passage planned from the White House War Room. Here's a line-up of the key players and their superpowers.
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Pledge seen as ‘breakthrough’ for seafood industry sustainability

Pledge seen as ‘breakthrough’ for seafood industry sustainability | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Eight CEOs of the leading seafood companies globally, in both wild capture and aquaculture, along with fish feed players have signed a major ocean sustainability pledge.
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