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[1THING] Blog: Archive for February, 2014

[ In Rockaways, Infusion of Sand Will Soon Raise Beaches Hit by a Hurricane ]

This month, a contractor will start to dredge and spread 2.9 million cubic yards of sand on a six-mile strand in Queens.

    



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[ New York Will Consider Nonlethal Ways to Reduce Swan Population ]

After a backlash over a plan to euthanize the state’s population of the invasive birds, the agency will revise its approach.

    



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[ E.P.A. Says It Will Fight Mine Project in Alaska ]

The agency’s decision makes it unlikely that developers of the huge open-pit project in the Bristol Bay watershed will be able to proceed.

    



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[ Bat Conservation International ]

Bat Conservation International’s mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet. Based in Austin, Texas, BCI is devoted to conservation, education and research initiatives involving bats and the ecosystems they serve. It was founded in 1982, as scientists around the world became concerned that bats, which are crucial for maintaining the balance of nature and the health of many human economies, were in alarming decline. Under the founding guidance of Dr. Merlin Tuttle, an internationally recognized authority on bats, the organization achieved unprecedented progress by emphasizing sustainable uses of natural resources that benefit both bats and people.

BCI’s conservation efforts have resulted in permanent protection for many of North America’s most important remaining bat caves, saved millions of bats from being accidentally buried during mine-safety closures and led to creation of the first national park in U.S. history to protect a tropical rainforest.

BCI has proven that bats and people can live together in harmony, with great mutual benefit. Bats are an irreplaceable and invaluable natural resource that simply must be conserved. Nevertheless, they still rank among the world’s most misunderstood and endangered wildlife. Hence, BCI’s continuing mission.

Check out Bat Conservation International at http://www.batcon.org/.  They have tons of excellent info including an introduction to bats as well as material about North American bats and a section showing you where you can see bats around the world for yourself.

To become a BCI member, make a donation, or adopt a bat click here.

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[ Rain in California Brings Relief, and New Problems ]

The downpours, as welcome as they were, will not rescue the state from its historically bad drought, officials said.

    



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[ #SolarMOOC: OnGrid – Core Solar Concepts for a Smart Proposal w/ Michael Bishop ]

OnGrid Solar COO Michael Bishop will introduce the OnGrid Tool with a crash course on the core concepts behind optimally sized PV systems, methods for creating winning solar proposals, and the secrets behind a successful sales pitch in the next SolPowerPeople #SolarMOOC lecture.

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[ #SolarMOOC: OnGrid – Core Solar Concepts for a Smart Proposal w/ Michael Bishop ]

OnGrid Solar COO Michael Bishop will introduce the OnGrid Tool with a crash course on the core concepts behind optimally sized PV systems, methods for creating winning solar proposals, and the secrets behind a successful sales pitch in the next SolPowerPeople #SolarMOOC lecture.

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[ Another Renewables-Limiting Tax Reform Proposal Launches Into Statis ]

This week House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced his version of draft legislation to simplify the U.S. tax code, dubbed the “Tax Reform Act of 2014,” which has some decidedly negative implications for renewable energy — that is, if any of it makes it through Congressional compromise.

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[ Another Renewables-Limiting Tax Reform Proposal Launches Into Statis ]

This week House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced his version of draft legislation to simplify the U.S. tax code, dubbed the “Tax Reform Act of 2014,” which has some decidedly negative implications for renewable energy — that is, if any of it makes it through Congressional compromise.

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[ Ash Spill Shows How Watchdog Was Defanged ]

North Carolina regulators say that under Gov. Pat McCrory, a weakened Department of Environment and Natural Resources has abandoned its regulatory role.

    



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