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Global carbon dioxide levels reach new monthly record

Partial repost from Yahoo! News Miami (AFP) – In another ominous sign of human-caused climate change, US government scientists said Wednesday that global carbon dioxide concentrations have reached a new monthly record of 400 parts per million. Carbon dioxide is a potent greenhouse gas, and is a harmful by-product of burning fossil fuels such as oil and coal. “For the first time since we began tracking carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere, the monthly global average concentration of this greenhouse gas surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015,” said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Scientists announced that
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Tesla to announce home and utility-scale batteries that offer energy independence

By 2020, Tesla believes its Gigafactory will produce more lithium-ion batteries in one year than were produced worldwide in 2013 Reposted from Computerworld Tesla Motors next week will announce two battery lines, one for households and another for utilities, that will store power from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, supplementing them when the sun goes down or the weather changes. Late last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he planned to announce a “major new Tesla product line” that isn’t a car. The announcement, he said, would take place at his company’s Hawthorne Design Studio in Hawthorne,
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Posh Beverly Hills approves water restrictions, fines amid drought

Reposted from Reuters (4/23/15) Beverly Hills, the southern California city renowned for Hollywood-tinged glamour and luxury, approved stricter water restrictions on Tuesday, including bans on filling new swimming pools and $1,000 fines for water violations. Faced with an order from the governor to cut water use dramatically as the state reels from a three-year drought, the five-member city council approved the measures at the end of a three-hour afternoon meeting. Beverly Hills is one of the nation’s most affluent cities, with palm tree-lined avenues and mansions surrounded by emerald-green lawns, fountains and pools. California’s upscale communities have been criticized for
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Top experts call for zero-carbon world by 2050

Reposted from Yahoo! News (4/21/15) London (AFP) – A group of top international experts on Wednesday urged governments to stick to their promises to combat climate change and said the aim should be to create a “zero-carbon society” by 2050.  To coincide with Earth Day, research institute The Earth League published a statement warning that 2015 would be “a critical year for humanity” ahead of a global warming summit in Paris in December. World leaders will also meet this year to discuss financing for developing countries and UN sustainable development goals are due to be adopted in September. “Our civilisation
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California restricts water as snowpack survey finds ‘no snow whatsoever’

Reposted from The Guardian by Lauren Gambino The governor of California has ordered unprecedented and mandatory water restrictions in the state as officials conducted a regular measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack and found “no snow whatsoever” amid the state’s ongoing drought. “This was the first time in 75 years of early-April measurements at the Phillips snow course that no snow was found there,” the California Department of Water Resources said in a statement on Wednesday at the conclusion of a survey attended by the Governor Jerry Brown. It said readings from Wednesday put the state’s level of water content
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