“Biggest Battery Contracts Move U.K. Closer to Grid-Scale Storage”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-25/biggest-battery-contracts-move-u-k-closer-to-grid-scale-storage

Grid-scale electricity storage will move closer to commercial reality on Friday when the U.K.’s grid operator offers contracts to companies to help balance the network, a key measure needed to help balance increasing supply from renewables.

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A game changing moment for the UK.

“MPs call for ban on plastic microbeads”

Facial scrub particles

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37161479

The Environmental Audit Committee says the tiny balls of plastic used in shower gels and facial scrubs can even be found in Arctic sea-ice and on the ocean floor.

The MPs say synthetic fibres from worn car tyres and fleece jackets may also be harming wildlife.

We Were Promised The Greenest Olympics Ever. We Got An Ecological Disaster.

https://thinkprogress.org/we-were-promised-the-greenest-olympics-ever-we-got-an-ecological-disaster-6fba72f30aad#.hj8f5twtf

So how did an international environmental champion fail to meet the promises of a sustainable Rio in time for the city’s biggest international event in decades?

“Milk, Not Plastic, Will Protect Food in the Future”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-22/don-t-toss-that-food-wrapping-you-can-eat-it

U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers have discovered that a milk protein called casein can be used to develop an edible, biodegradable packaging film. The casein-based film is up to 500 times better than plastic at keeping oxygen away from food because proteins form a tighter network when they polymerize, the researchers found. It’s also more effective than current edible packaging materials made from starch and protects food products that are sensitive to light.

“Could Less Gassy Livestock Be a Cash Cow?”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-18/could-less-gassy-livestock-be-a-cash-cow

It’s time to have a conversation about flatulent cows.

The hamburgers and cheese that come from U.S. cattle may be favorite fare at many summer cookouts, but the methane the same cows produce is significantly less appetizing.

That’s especially the case for sustainable investors looking for a low-emission place to park their cash. “Enteric fermentation,” or livestock’s digestive process, accounts for 22 percent of all U.S. methane emissions, and the manure they produce makes up 8 percent more, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

And although agriculture is a growing industry as the world looks to feed its swelling population, some investors are reluctant to support a sector with such a hefty methane footprint.

“Balkan wildlife faces extinction threat from border fence to control migrants”

Razor-wire fence built by Slovenia is killing wildlife

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The death toll of animals killed by a razor wire fence designed to stop migrants crossing into Europe is mounting, amid warnings that bears, lynx and wolves could become locally extinct if the barrier is completed and consolidated.

“Agriculture and overuse greater threats to wildlife than climate change – study”

The African wild dog is one of more than 4,600 species under threat from land conversion for food, fodder or fuel crops.

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Agriculture and the overexploitation of plants and animal species are significantly greater threats to biodiversity than climate change, new analysis shows.

“400-year-old Greenland shark is oldest vertebrate animal”

A Greenland shark near the surface after its release from the research vessel Sanna in northern Greenland.

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She was born during the reign of James I, was a youngster when René Descartes set out his rules of thought and the great fire of London raged, saw out her adolescent years as George II ascended the throne, reached adulthood around the time that the American revolution kicked off, and lived through two world wars. Living to an estimated age of nearly 400 years, a female Greenland shark has set a new record for longevity, scientists have revealed.

“Male dog fertility in rapid decline, new research shows”

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/08/09/Male-dog-fertility-in-rapid-decline-new-research-shows/7771470747666/?nll=1

For 26 years, between 1988 and 2014, a team of researchers collected and analyzed sperm samples from five dog breeds, including the Labrador retriever, golden retriever, curly coat retriever, border collie and German shepherd. The results, detailed this week in the journal Scientific Reports, suggest canine fertility is rapidly declining.

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