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First global assessment of land and water 'grabbing'

As world food and energy demands grow, nations and some corporations increasingly are looking to acquire quality agricultural land for food production. Some nations are gaining land by buying up property - and accompanying water resources - in other, generally less wealthy countries.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2013

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Health and environment: A closer look at plastics

Plastics have transformed modern society, providing attractive benefits but also befouling waterways and aquifers, depleting petroleum supplies and disrupting human health. Rolf Halden, a researcher at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute has been following the chemical trail of plastics, quantifying their impact on human health and the environment.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2013

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Scientists race to develop floating wind farms

In order to take advantage of high wind speeds on the open seas, the race is on to create wind turbines and wind farms that float on the surface of the water. But, the jury is still out on which is the best method.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2013

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Wind energy market set to boom in Japan as doubts over nuclear power remains

The wind energy industry is likely to regain its lost sheen back in 2013 with the extension of federal tax credit in the US and Japan's recent announcement to invest in offshore wind farms in Fukushima. Despite falling prices and technological advancements, the wind power market growth continues to be fuelled by extensive government support.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2013

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Electrical optimization project of biogas from landfills

The Industrial Engineering degree student Ferran Garcia Darás from the Universitat Jaume I has defended as his final university project a study for the electrical optimization of biogas generated by the anaerobic decomposition of the waste deposited in a landfill.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2013

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Public acceptance of climate change affected by word usage

A recent study of word usage in popular literature documented how the usage of certain words related to climate change has risen and fallen over the past two centuries. Understanding how word usage affects public acceptance of science could lead to better science communication and a more informed public.

Posted: Jan 22nd, 2013

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