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Dot Earth Blog: Wildlife Agency Seeks Educational Use For Crushed Ivory

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking ideas on how to use the crushed remains of illegal ivory it has confiscated and destroyed. The agency wants to use the rubble in a way that increases awareness about the consequences of the illegal trade in ivory.






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Duke Energy Invests Heavily in Solar

An RFP issued in February 2014 is paying off in spades for the solar industry with Duke Energy today announcing that it is making a $500 million commitment to solar power in North Carolina. Duke said that the announcement furthers its commitment to renewable energy, helps diversify its energy portfolio and helps it meet North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS). ...

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German Clean Energy Shift Can Ignore Storage for Now, Study Says

Germany’s shift toward renewable energy can do without new storage infrastructure in the next two decades as it’s too expensive, according to a new study....

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Jatropha Biofuel Around the World: A 13-country Tour of Development Activity

In California, SGB announced an $11 million Series C financing to drive commercial rollout, after reducing the time to maturity from 5 years to 1-2 years in its latest generation of Jatropha hybrids....

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Wary of U.N. Action, Australia Unveils Plan to Aid Great Barrier Reef

Hoping to forestall a move by Unesco to put the reef on its list of endangered World Heritage sites, officials said they would set conservation targets.






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India’s Tamil Nadu Sets Solar Power Price as Program Stalls

The electricity regulator for India’s Tamil Nadu set a price for solar-power producers after failing for the past two years to attract investments to a state that gets about 300 days of sun a year....

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A Marriage Between Solar and Forest: Japan Promotes Wooden PV Racking Systems

In the midst of the rapid growth in its solar photovoltaic (PV) market, Japan is looking into its local resources — forests — to provide racking for PV systems. Several firms in Japan are turning domestic cypress or cedar trees into PV racks, which are traditionally made of metal such as aluminum and steel. A 150-kW PV system owner in Mie prefecture stated that it came naturally to choose wood as racking for environmentally friendly solar energy. The company used cedar wood, which was harvested locally....

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Toxic Algae Problem Likely To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

The issue of blue-green algae in lakes took the spotlight in August after the Ohio city of Toledo banned its drinking water for two days. Toledo could be a wake-up call for people around Lake Erie.

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Benefits of Using Artificial Grass in Your Lawn

Because of the development and new manufacturing techniques, people become more aware about the long term environmental benefits. With the aim to make the lifestyle easier and comfortable, most of the people are ready to ... ...

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Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Blocks India Are Made Up of Eco-Friendly Material

AAC blocks are known to be highly useful construction material and eco-friendly product. Using these blocks helps in reducing the entire cost of construction to a great extent. These blocks are best at adding strength ... ...

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