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Water-based AC cools the air without using harmful chemicals

Our air conditioners still draw on principles that are around 100-years-old, sucking up power in the process. Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are working on an alternative: water -based air conditioners. Their system doesn’t need energy -intensive compressors or harmful chemical refrigerants – and can cool air all the way down to 18 degrees Celsius, or 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Over 40 percent of the energy consumption of a building in the tropics goes to air conditioning, according to NUS associate professor Ernest Chua . He led a team to develop a new air conditioning system offering several advantages over conventional machines commonly found in buildings today. Related: This amazing Bangladeshi air cooler is made from plastic bottles and uses no electricity Water serves as the coolant in their air conditioner, and an innovative membrane technology sucks moisture out of humid air. The system uses up around 40...
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Coca-Cola pledges to recycle all packaging by 2030

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Coca-Cola has announced a pledge to recycle a used bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030. Calling it a "massive global ambition" the firm admitted its part in littering the environment and a responsibility to tackle the problem. The company, which markets 500 brands of fizzy drink, juices and water, will also work towards making all of its packaging recyclable worldwide. Greenpeace said Coca-Cola should focus on reducing, not recycling, waste. Coca Cola announced its "World Without Waste" campaign by acknowledging that food and drink companies were responsible for much of the rise in litter on streets, beaches and in the oceans worldwide. "The world has a packaging problem - and, like all companies, we have a responsibility to help solve it," Coca-Cola chief executive James Quincey said in a statement. Image copyright Getty Images The firm also said it subscribed to...
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Impacts from Land-based Sources of Pollution

River mouth and sediment plume south of Rincon, Puerto Rico. Photo Credit: NOAA Impacts from land-based sources of pollution-- including coastal development, deforestation, agricultural runoff, and oil and chemical spills-- can impede coral growth and reproduction, disrupt overall ecological function, and cause disease and mortality in sensitive species. It is now well accepted that many serious coral reef ecosystem stressors originate from land-based sources, most notably toxicants, sediments, and nutrients. Within the U.S., there are numerous locations where coral reef ecosystems are highly impacted by watershed alteration, runoff, and coastal development. On U.S. islands in the Pacific and Caribbean, significant changes in the drainage basins due to agriculture, deforestation, grazing of feral animals, fires, road building, and urbanization have increased the volume of land-based pollution released to adjacent coral reef ecosystems. Many of these issues are made worse because of the geographic and climatic characteristics found in tropical island...
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Government to carry out major environmental assessment of UK seas

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An extremely rare breed of seahorse has been discovered off the coast of Devon. Photograph: Russ Shears/National Marine Aquarium Defra prioritises post-Brexit fisheries plan and protection of UK’s coldwater reefs, promising data will be made publicly available online An assessment of the seas around the UK will carried out by the government and made available online, the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has promised, with a view to cleaning up and improving the inshore environment. Thérèse Coffey, a Defra minister, said that by the end of this year “a major assessment of how our seas have moved towards good environmental status” would be completed. This assessment, which would be accompanied by an online tool that the general public could use to examine progress on the marine environment and the pressures it is under, is expected to inform future marine policy. Licensing and planning systems for coastal and...
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Global warming: 2017 was second-warmest, last three years are record hottest

The World Meteorological Organization has released a meta-analysis confirming that 2017 was the second-hottest year on record . The year 2016 remains the warmest since records began , the United Nations agency said, with an average Earth surface temperature at 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.2 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. Measured global average temperatures in 2015 and 2017 came in at 1.1 degrees Celsius warmer. The analysis consolidated millions of meteorological and marine observations from five international datasets: NASA, the NOAA, the Met Office, the Copernicus Climate Change Service, and the Japan Meteorological Agency. Data from these sources confirmed that the last three years — 2015, 2016 and 2017 — were the warmest ever recorded. "Despite colder than average temperatures in any one part of the world, temperatures over the planet as a whole continue the rapid warming trend we've seen over the last 40 years," said Gavin Schmidt, director of...
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Your Bright Idea Could Save the Biggest Reef on Earth

Access Denied You don't have permission to access "http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/australia-great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching-conservation-competition-spd/" on this server. Reference #18.5d0133b8.1516365605.30bb6647 Original link Original author: Geographic
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New Zealand fisheries want grisly images of dead penguins caught in nets censored

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Industry leaders say plan to install cameras on commercial fishing vessels is a risk to ‘NZ Inc’ NZ fisheries are worried about the release of footage such as this of a penguin found dead in a fishing net. Photograph: Ministry of Primary Industries, New Zealand ​The seafood industry in New Zealand has asked the government to withhold graphic video of dead sea life caught in trawler nets as they are potentially damaging to fisheries and to brand New Zealand . A letter from five seafood industry leaders to the Ministry of Primary Industries highlights the fisheries’ growing unease with the government’s proposal to install video cameras on all commercial fishing vessels to monitor bycatch of other species and illegal fish dumping. The letter requests an amendment to the Fisheries Act, so video captured onboard cannot be released to the general public through a freedom of information request, frequently used by...
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Scientists Just Recalibrated Our Future Climate Scenarios And We Need to Pay Attention

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Climate scientists on Wednesday suggested that they may be able to rule out some of the most dire scenarios of what would happen if greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere were to double.   Unfortunately, the same scientists say the best-case scenarios are also probably unrealistic. How a doubling of atmospheric greenhouse gases would affect the climate is of tremendous importance, as humans are running out of time to avoid that outcome. With current atmospheric concentrations at 405 parts per million , as opposed to about 280 parts per million before the dawn of the industrial era, the planet is already about halfway there. In the new study in the journal Nature, Peter Cox and Mark Williams of the University of Exeter and Chris Huntingford of the United Kingdom's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology attempt to recalculate the "equilibrium climate sensitivity", a highly influential metric that describes how much the...
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Our Choking Oceans

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At several points in the earth’s past the oceans have given up their oxygen and borne witness to massive die-offs of marine creatures--extinction-level events--that forever changed the composition of marine life. These episodes of oxygen depletion seem to have been caused by molten magma being released into the seas, which belched massive quantities of iron into the ocean, prompting iron-loving algae to bloom in huge fields and robbing the seas of oxygen. Or, these eruptions sent carbon dioxide into the air, beginning a greenhouse effect that warmed seawater, reducing its ability to hold oxygen. Either way, when the ocean loses oxygen on a wide scale, it is very bad. And now, it’s happening again. Last week, an article in the journal Science showed that since about 1950, the zones of the world’s oceans that have lower-than-normal oxygen concentrations have increased dramatically in size. Big sections of the seas have such...
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Seismic Sea Sickness

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Whales, are possibly the most irie animal on the planet. Gooi them some dreadlocks and you would be forgiven for mistaking these ocean wanderers as Bob Marley reincarnate, shit these homies even sing. You would also be forgiven for thinking that humans, despite a nation or two, leave these peaceful giants in peace. Well, sorry to burst your underwater bubble bru but your wrong! Familiar with a process called seismic surveying? Naught, didn’t think so! In a nutshell seismic surveying is a process used in ocean exploration to produce detailed images of local geology to source the location and size of possible oil and gas reservoirs. Sound waves are bounced off underground rock formations, and the waves that reflect back to the surface are captured by recording sensors for later analyses. So, what’s the big fuss? Well if you’re a whale, dolphin, turtle, cod, scallop or even plankton (not the oue...
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5 biggest #threats to our #oceans - and what we can do about them #oceanprotection
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#Marine #Etiquette ever heard of it? Here a friendly reminder Knowing how to #interact with #ocean #wildlife can help you make the right decisions when you encounter wildlife. Without paying attention to how you interact in the marine environment, you are running the chance of putting endangered species, federally protected species and thousands of other species' lives at risk.Knowing how to interact with ocean wildlife can help you make the right decisions when you encounter wildlife. Without paying attention to how you interact in the marine environment, you are running the chance of putting endangered species, federally protected species and thousands of other species' lives at risk. #THEOCEANROAMER #NOOA
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#Madagascar: No more fish? We'll farm seaweed instead The changing #climate is a major pressure on communities across Madagascar #nofish #climatechange Add to the equation that coastal communities like Tampolove are experiencing changing weather patterns. "We are well into the rainy season, but have yet to receive rain," said Richard Badouraly, president of the aquaculture community in Tampolove. "Both farmers and fishers are in trouble."
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Way to go scottie! Scotland plans to #ban #plasticstraws by end of 2019