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Agricultural engineer says tobacco could be used to produce biofuels

Good news this week for tobacco growers, especially in emerging nations, worried that the health risks from smoking might one day affect their business following the revelation that their plants could help power the next generation of motor cars. Research from the Public University of Navarre in Spain has reportedly shown that genetically modified tobacco [...]

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UNEP urges lead paints to be phased out

Children in the developing world are still exposed to “astonishingly high and dangerous levels of lead” through unsafe paints, finds a study by the UN Environment Programme, released Tuesday during the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action. The study analysed enamel decorative paints from: Argentina, Azerbaijan, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia and [...]

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Chinese climate scientist awarded the Volvo Environment Prize

Dr Qin Dahe, Chinese glaciologist and climate scientist, has been awarded this year’s Volvo Environment Prize. The award winner is a key contributor to the fifth assessment report from the UN climate panel (IPPC), whose first section, the “Physical Science Basis”, was released in September. He attracted wide attention last year with a report on [...]

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Team Austria wins the Solar Decathlon 2013

Academic teams from Austria, Las Vegas and Czech Republic took the top three spots in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, a global competition to build the most energy-efficient solar-powered house. Team Austria, made up of students from the Vienna University of Technology, won top honours overall by designing, building, and operating the [...]

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Ocean to be massively damaged by 2100

By the year 2100, about 98% of the oceans will be affected by acidification, warming temperatures, low oxygen, or lack of biological productivity, and most areas will be hit by a multitude of these stressors, finds a new study of the impacts of climate change on the world’s ocean systems. These biogeochemical changes triggered by [...]

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KSA to launch environment programme in schools

Saudi Environment Society (SENS) will launch an environment programme in schools throughout Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Arab countries. The programme will be a collaboration between international organisations and the Ministry of Education. Eight programmes will focus on solid waste management, coastal line and ocean preservation, electricity consumption, industrial waste management, environmental safety, recycling, water consumption, [...]

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