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Environment&Ecology: City Biomimicry, Spainish Habitat Banking, Fracking & Drinking Water, City Composting

ENVIRONMENT & ECOLOGY

LA Streetlights Replaced to Save Energy 

Sacramento Bee

 

Los Angeles officials expect to save millions of dollars on the city's light bill now that more than 140,000 street lights have been retrofitted with energy efficient bulbs.


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Biomimicry Applied to a City 

Treehugger

 

Take a moment. Scrunch your eyes closed and imagine your ideal city. What do you want your city to look like in 50 years?


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Habitat Banking in Spain 

Ecosystem Marketplace

 

High Biological Value sites are regions where a wide variety of ecosystems concentrate, and Spain may have more of them in private hands than any other European country.


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Fracking Fuels Battles for Drinking Water 

Politico, via: Governing

 

The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation's driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves from beneath the Earth's surface.


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Small Dam Construction Can Have Ecological Consequences 

Science Daily

 

Researchers conclude in a new report that a global push for small hydropower projects, supported by various nations and also the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, may cause unanticipated and potentially significant losses of habitat and biodiversity.


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How Cities Compost Mountains of Food Waste 

National Geographic

 

This week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a plan to increase composting of food scraps generated by the city's eight million inhabitants.


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