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Floating Iceberg the Size of Singapore in Southern Ocean

  A 700 sq km iceberg that split from Pine Island Glacier (PIG) in Antarctica last July is now moving through the Southern Ocean. UK researchers following its movement said if this current iceberg follows the trajectory of previous ones, it will bring the Singapore-size floating island of ice into international shipping lanes. The iceberg comes from PIG, the longest and fastest flowing glacier in the Antarctic. The glacier sheds icebergs every 6-10 years. The world’s largest recorded iceberg is the B-15, which measured 11,000 sq km at its peak….

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Cuba’s 1st Solar Farm

  It’s like a vision of the space age, carved out of the jungle: Thousands of glassy panels surrounded by a lush canopy of green stretch as far as the eye can see, reflecting the few clouds that dot the sky on a scorching Caribbean morning. Cuba’s first solar farm opened this spring with little fanfare and no prior announcement. It boasts 14,000 photovoltaic panels which in a stroke more than doubled the country’s capacity to harvest energy from the sun. This farm project is one of seven farms for the…

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Brazil to Count Trees in Amazon

  Brazil is reportedly going to create a census of its rainforest trees by counting each in an attempt to better learn how to conserve its trees. The planned tree census, set to take four years. “Teams sent across Brazil’s 3,288,000 square miles, encompassing about half of the world’s remaining tropical forest, will sample about 20,000 points at 20-kilometer intervals,” reports Fast Company. “Researchers will log the number, height, diameter, and species of trees, along with soil types, biomass carbon stocks, and even local people’s interactions with the forest at each…

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Stunning Images from Veolia’s Best Wildlife Photo Competition

  The winners of the Veolia Environment Photographer of the Year Competition, owned by the Natural History Museum in London and BBCWorldwide, were announced October 2012. The competition, now in its 48th year, features powerful images of nature (and sometimes its destruction), including a moonset at sunrise, a polar bear stranded on an ice floe and endangered Bengal tigers.    One-hundred winning photographs were culled from 48,000 entries from 98 countries. Here are some of the stories behind the award-winning images. You can see more photographs at the Natural History Museum website. Motionless but alert, a…

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Must Watch: Argentina’s Iceberg Tipping Over

  A tourist has captured some rare and startling video of an iceberg tipping over in March 2012 but posted the video this week. The tourist was traveling on a boat near the Upsala Glacier in Argentina and caught the unexpected moment. Before industrialization, global CO2 levels were about 280 ppm but in recent years global levels have reached as high as 395 ppm. The fact that any area of the globe has climbed above the 400 ppm mark concerns climate scientists that even with many countries rolling out carbon…

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Hofman’s Rubber Ducky Travels the World

  Artist Florentin Hofman is an environmentalist that puts smiles on people’s faces. He knows how to place impressionable and universal large fixtures around the world. Famous for his humoristic pieces, the Dutch artist Florentin Hofman used rubber coated PVC to built the duck on a pontoon with a generator. Hofman believes that the soft giant can relieve global tensions through delighting people coming from different countries and backgrounds. The  yellow duckie had enlightened viewers passers-by as it floats from city to city along the Loire river in France and…

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Medellin, CO wins 2012 Sustainable Transport Award

  The public transportation system in Medellín, Colombia, has proven to be one of the most successful transit systems in the world. It not only reduces the city’s energy consumption and carbon footprint, making the city more environmentally sustainable, but also drives positive social and economic change for Medellín as a whole. Medellín received the 2012 Sustainable Transport Award from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. ITDP is a global consortium of organizations that works with cities worldwide, mainly in developing countries, to provide solutions for their public transportation…

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BioTrade Butterfly Business

  Alas de Colombia, founded in 2001, generates income through sustainable butterfly farming. Alas de Colombia is a refreshing sustainable BioTrade social business that does butterfly farming in order to create income for rural communities. In El Arenillo, Palmira city, Valle del Cauca (a district of Colombia), there are over 300 species of butterflies making it the apt location for the farming activities, which is run by poor women who lack alternative job opportunities. Colombia has been known worldwide for its wealth of butterflies that were taken out of the…

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Mexico Closing Biggest Garbage Dump

  Mexico City will close one of the world’s largest garbage dumps by Dec. 31, 2011 and will instead turn the garbage from millions of people into reusable materials and energy. Some 700 trucks that carry garbage to the Bordo Poniente will no longer be admitted as of Monday, and all operations will cease by the end of the year. Trucks will still enter the recycling separation plant and a composting plant already on the premises. The city that once dumped 12,600 tons of garbage daily already has cut the…

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Obama Approves Shell to Drill in Antartica

  The Obama administration just approved Shell Oil’s plan to drill for oil in the Arctic, and even though it got its way, the company is still whining about “unwarranted restrictions” attached to this approval such as it can’t drill when winter ice is present. Shell is at the center of a classic Alaska development battle, gearing up to explore for oil as it confronts ever-higher regulatory hurdles and court challenges by environmentalists who say a big Arctic oil spill would be a disaster. So far, Shell has spent nearly…

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Gisele wins Best Green Intl Celebrity

  Gisele’s Eco Message on Youtube Gisele Bündchen was named ‘Best Green International Celebrity’ at this year’s Green Awards at a ceremony at the National History Museum in London on November 24. The 31 year old Brazilian supermodel who has preciously starred in campaigns for labels such as Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Versace is also involved in numerous environmental campaigns. She became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2009 and has supported numerous environmental initiatives such as the Drop of Water Movement (Movimento Gota…

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Brazilian SugarCane

  Dow Chemical Company aims to make biomass a larger part of its raw material mix with plans for the world’s biggest bioplastic production facility. Building off of current operations in Brazil, Dow will operate the plant as a joint venture with Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co. to make plastic from sugarcane. The venture will initially produce ethanol from sugarcane — Brazil is the second biggest ethanol producer in the world — and after the completion of additional facilities, use that to make biopolymers. Production will focus on polyethylene, the…

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Chevron vs. Ecuador in Amazon Forest Case

  Between 1972 and 1993, Chevron (formerly Texaco) released 18 billion gallons of formation water into the Amazon forest. This sickened thousands of Ecuadorians with many illnesses including cancer. It also killed farm animals and crops. Water and soil samples taken by an Ecuadorean scientific team after 1998 found almost half still contained unsafelevels of petroleum hydrocarbons. This damage led furied victims to sue Chevron. On February 15, 2011 an Ecuadorian court fined Chevron $8.6 billion for damages. Chevron was declared guilty. Environmentalist hope to use this case as precedent to other…

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Rising Artic Ice Mercury & Sea Levels

  The Artic Ice is melting faster than expected and raising global sea level projection. This is causing Mercury stored under the permafrost to be released. What does this meanto all the coastal areas? According to the international Artic Monitoring and Assessment Program, AMAP,  a few conclusions are made: Artic Temperatures have been the warmest they’ve measured in the past 6 years since 1880. At this rate, the Artic Ocean will be ice free within 30-40 years. Melting ice will raise global sea level 35-63 inches by 2100. As the…

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