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Ocean-in-a-Box to Test Future CO2 Impact on Polar Environments

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A team of international scientists is preparing to test the effect of heightened CO2 levels in waters around Antarctica, to learn more about the impact of conditions expected over the next century. The researchers will be using technology that replicates future expected acidity levels to see how plants and animals respond. Rob Muir reports.


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Deutsche Welle (Mar. 4, 2013) — 95 percent of the population in Uganda has no electric power in their homes and relies on paraffin lamps for lighting. But not only is kerosene expensive, it's also a serious pollutant. Set up in 2010, the project Solar Sister has now provided almost 32,000 Ugandans with solar technology - and trained women as saleswomen. They're earning a living, helping their community and protecting the environment. In the course of ten years, a solar lamp saves over 600 liters of kerosene and that means CO2 savings of 1.5 tons. Solar Sister hopes to have helped save 10 million tons of CO2 over the next ten years.
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Alaska Zoo Plans for Polar Bear Transition Ctr.

Alaska Zoo Plans for Polar Bear Transition Ctr.

AP (May 27, 2014) — The Alaska Zoo is expanding its polar bear exhibit and building a Polar Bear Transition Center to help polar bears that become orphaned as cubs learn how to survive in the wild. (May 27) Video provided by AP
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Polluting the Oceans: Cruise Ships' Environmental Footprint

Polluting the Oceans: Cruise Ships' Environmental Footprint

Deutsche Welle (Oct. 29, 2012) — The cruise ship industry comes in for heavy criticism for its poor environmental record. Environmental groups accuse the sector of polluting the seas, with luxury liners disposing of their waste in the ocean and emitting huge amounts of CO2. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, cruise ships' wastewater disposal practices are creating marine dead zones. But passenger numbers are climbing - last year, 20 million holidaymakers booked a cruise.
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Agriculture and Climate Change What Can Farmers Do to Protect the Environment?

Agriculture and Climate Change What Can Farmers Do to Protect the Environment?

Deutsche Welle (Sep. 24, 2012) — The impact of climate change on international food production has long been underestimated. New studies looking at the effects of extreme weather scenarios on global food prices in 2030 project that the consumer price of corn and other grains could increase by as much as 140 percent. Moreover, scant attention is paid to the fact that the agricultural industry itself contributes to climate change. Experts maintain that the sector could theoretically reduce its CO2 emissions by some 6 billion tonnes a year. But how?
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