Meltdown at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

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Japan announces toxic danger as severity level raises from one to three at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

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The severity level has increased due to a major toxic leak, where radioactive water breached a steel storage tank & went in to the ground making this situation environmentally harmful.

REFERENCE:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/21/leap-fukushima-danger-ranking

 

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Living Wall in London Revealed

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London’s largest wall is an environmental benefactor. It is 21m with 10,000 plants. London hopes for the wall to reduce surface flooding potentially able to contain 10,000 litres of water.

REFERENCE:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/picture/2013/aug/21/london-largest-living-wall-big-picture

 

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$75 Million Invested in Energy Projects in Australia

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$75 million was invested by Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation [CEFC] to help rising projects produce waste coal gas & landfill gas to turn in to electricity & generate remote hybrid renewable projects.

The CEFC purposefully have a $10 billion fund of which is to be invested in clean energy projects.

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REFERENCE:

http://econews.com.au/news-to-sustain-our-world/cefc-puts-75m-into-waste-energy-generation/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON:

THE CEFC

http://www.cleanenergyfinancecorp.com.au/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean_Energy_Finance_Corporation

http://www.cleanenergyfuture.gov.au/clean-energy-future/renewable-energy/

Mining Company FOUND Guilty For Damaging A Sacred Site

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Australian owned mining company, OM Manganese, is the first mining company to be taken to court for mining on sacred land.

Two Women Sitting Down at Bootu Creek mine, was said to be off limits, however blasting took place 25m away from the site.

OM Manganese was fined $150 000 due to explosives breaking up ground in July 2011. It was declared guilty for the damage done, but none for desecration.

 

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REFERENCE:

http://econews.com.au/news-to-sustain-our-world/miner-fined-150k-for-sacred-site-desecration/

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OM MANGANESE:

http://www.omholdingsltd.com/

http://www.ibtimes.com/om-manganese-fined-150000-damaging-sacred-two-women-sitting-down-aboriginal-site-australia-1370451

http://www.miningweekly.com/topic/om-holdings

LOCAL HERO: The First School in the UAE to Achieve Renewable Energy

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Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangledish Islamiya Private School in Abu Dhabi, is the first educational institution in the UAE to follow the path of sustainability by installing solar panels and by meeting energy needs.
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The prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize was awarded to the school. The award was given by MASDAR with an additional prize of $100,000 [367,000 AED].
1. All lights and fans in the school are now powered by 48 solar panels.
 
2. 700 tube lights and bulbs were replaced by LED lights.
 
3. 3 bins have been placed in every classroom to encourage students and others to recycle
4. Plastic bottles are not allowed on campus
The solar panels are installed by Mulk Renewable Energy.  They can produce 60KwH daily and can meet 30% of the schools needs. Mr. Anisul Hasan, principle of the school, stated that this is just the first phase.
Dr. Anita Saul and Rekha Tushar are teachers in charge of transforming the school in to a green zone. A futuristic mission has been initiated where the school plans to install solar batteries for the storage of solar energy. They also intend on installing Arabian style wind towers for passive cooling.
Principal Hasan concluded saying, “We want to encourage our children to protect and preserve our environment. It is a culture they should imbibe and spread to the rest of the world as envisioned by our visionary leader Shaikh Zayed.”
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Being the first institution in the UAE to follow-up their mission by going green with sustainable energy, creates a clear path behind them for other educational institution to follow with majority of the students wanting to take up sustainability and energy as their future course of study.

REFERENCE:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/environment/abu-dhabis-us-100-000-green-school-is-a-ray-of-sunshine

For more tips on how to Go Green click the following links

http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/green-living?gclid=CPbWkobu_LgCFeXMtAodLTcAPQ

http://www.worldwatch.org/resources/go_green_save_green

http://simplemom.net/tips-to-go-green-at-home/

http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/807479/52-cheap-ways-to-go-green

Strange Animals Uncovered

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Do you know what animal this is?

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or this?

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or this one?

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These extraordinary animals are marine animals. A 10-year mission discovery conducted by several institutions have uncovered the looks of vampire squids, to the Dumbo octopus with flying ears.

CLICK HERE to enjoy more astounding photos.

Haiti Taking Action

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Over the years Haiti has experienced the battering of tropical hurricanes and earthquakes undergoing severe-felt damage. CNN’s Philippe Cousteau and his team aim to uncover the environmental challenges many nations are battling. They stop in Haiti to see how locals are not only repairing the damages of severe hurricanes and earthquakes, but they are left inspired as locals show them how they are also trying to improve their way of living through being sustainable.

Haiti lies right on the hurricane belt in the Atlantic Ocean. This is where tropical depressions [mainly] develop off the eastern coast of Africa in to tropical storms and eventually hurricanes as it moves across water in a westwards/north west direction on the hurricane belt. In its way lies Haiti.

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Not only enduring the inevitable destruction of hurricanes, they also experience earthquakes due to blind thrust faults. In January 2010 a 7.3 magnitude earthquake killed 2% [200,000-250,000 people] of Haiti’s population out of 10 million. It was near the epicenter of its capital, Port-au-Prince.

Despite all their suffering Haitians are keeping their hopes alive by taking action. 

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CLICK HERE to know more about Philippe Cousteau’s trip to Haiti.

Here is a behind the scene with Philippe Cousteau and his team in Haiti

Inside Haiti’s Poorest Slums

 

REFERENCES:

http://www.cnnasiapacific.com/press/en/content/906/

http://useconomy.about.com/od/criticalssues/a/Haiti_earthquake.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_belt

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON:

PHILIPPE COUSTEAU AND HIS WORK

http://philippecousteau.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippe_Cousteau

http://www.oceanfutures.org/about/cousteau-family/alexandra-and-philippe-cousteau

http://www.azureworldwide.com/team-philippe.php

http://earthecho.org/about

 

HAITI AND ITS DISASTERS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_natural_disasters_in_Haiti

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Haiti_earthquake

http://reliefweb.int/report/haiti/hurricane-gustav-strikes-haiti

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Gustav

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7581669.stm

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/hurricane-gustav-47082601