Ecology - Sustainability

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To Expand a City, Make it Float | Science News. Algae biofuels: the wave of the future | Science News. Science Fiction or Fact: Sentient Living Planets Exist | Science News. Wind turbines that learn like humans | Science News. Earth Hour dilemma: When the 'like' button harms the planet | Science News. New synthetic biology technique boosts microbial production of diesel fuel | Science News. Electricity from trees | Science News. T. Boone Pickens: Let's transform energy -- with natural gas | Science News. How to turn caves into giant batteries | Science News. Symbiosis: a surprising tale of species cooperation | Science News. Studying the importance of biological rhythms for the ecological performance of plants | Science News. In Spain, eco-friendly hotels are more profitable | Science News. New Tubes: Redesigning the Toilet to Produce Water, Fertilizer, and Energy | Popular Science | Science News.

Space bacteria found in British river could be new power source for the world | Science News. Replacing electricity with light: First physical 'metatronic' circuit created | Science News. Games for nature | Science News. Fungi Discovered In The Amazon Will Eat Your Plastic | Science News. Superbugs from space offer new source of power | Science News. 'Perpetual Growth Myth' Leading World to Meltdown: Experts. "The current system is broken," says Bob Watson, the UK’s chief scientific advisor on environmental issues and a winner of the prestigious Blue Planet prize in 2010.

'Perpetual Growth Myth' Leading World to Meltdown: Experts

"It is driving humanity to a future that is 3-5°C warmer than our species has ever known, and is eliminating the ecology that we depend on for our health, wealth and senses of self. " Smoke billows from burned trees. Water management and climate change in ancient Maya city | Science News. Does history repeat? Using the past to improve ecological forecasting | Science News. Man-made photosynthesis to revolutionize food and energy production | Science News. Explaining Climate Change with Baseball and Steroids | LiveScience | Science News. New TED Book – Living Architecture | Science News. New study suggests that electric-powered trucks will save money for businesses | Science News.

Cheap, Sustainable Water Filter Made from Seeds and Sand | Water Issues | LiveScience | Science News. Radical theory explains the origin, evolution, and nature of life - "Earth is alive" | Science News. Turtles' mating habits protect against effects of climate change | Science News. Sunshade geoengineering more likely to improve global food security, research suggests | Science News. Biodiversity crisis is worse than climate change, experts say | Science News. A map that reveals Earth's emerging hot zones [VIDEO] | Science News. Bolivia Set to Pass Historic 'Law of Mother Earth' Which Will Grant Nature Equal Rights to Humans. With the cooperation of politicians and grassroots organizations, Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans.

Bolivia Set to Pass Historic 'Law of Mother Earth' Which Will Grant Nature Equal Rights to Humans

The piece of legislation, called la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra, is intended to encourage a radical shift in conservation attitudes and actions, to enforce new control measures on industry, and to reduce environmental destruction. The law redefines natural resources as blessings and confers the same rights to nature as to human beings, including: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered. Biofuel from beneath the waves : Nature News & Comment | Science News. Chemistry professor developing sustainable bioplastics | Science News. 5 Phone Apps for Healthy Green Eating | Science News.

Climate and the statistics of extremes | Science News. Project to pour water into volcano to make power | Science News. Soil’s Hidden Secrets | Science News. Researchers discover particle which could 'cool the planet' | Science News. Battery, heal thyself: Inventing self-repairing batteries | Science News. Where the Trees Are. Trees are one of Earth’s largest banks for storing the carbon that gets emitted by natural processes and human activities.

Where the Trees Are

Forests cover about 30 percent of the planet’s surface, and as much as 45 percent of the carbon stored on land is tied up in forests. But did global forests hold more or less carbon in the past? And could they store more in the future? Does it matter where those trees are growing? Scientists really don’t know.