Save water in your Jeans

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Did you know that making a single pair of  jeans (yes the blue jeans that you wear to keep your legs warm) on average uses 42L or 11 gallons of water? Manufacturers wash the completed jeans  in huge machines, using dyes and abrasives to achieve different styles of finish and texture, and sometimes going through 10 washing cycles. Levi Strauss, …

Arab nations face major water crisis without changes.

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The Arab world is set for a water crisis within 5 years, according to the Arab Forum for Environment and Development. Rapid increases in population, and poor management of already scarce water could leave nations including Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, with massive water shortages by 2015. Climate change is expected to exacerbate the situation as rainfall decreases …

Fed tells Florida to clean up its rivers, but not just yet.

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The State of Florida has become the first to be subjected to tough new environmental standards set by the Federal Government. New Limits The Environmental Protection Agency has set strict limits for phosphorus and nitrogen levels in Florida’s lakes and rivers following repeated problems with toxic algae blooms caused by runoff from sewage processing plants, stormwater drainage and farming. Eutrophication …

New dinosaur species discovered in China

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Scientists working  in China have discovered the first complete skeleton of a new species of Sauropod, believed to be more than 200 million years old. Yizhousaurus sunae, as it is currently being titled, was a plant-eating dinosaur around 30 feet long, and exhibits many of the characteristics of the giant sauropods that came later. This has led researchers at Texas …

New planet could support life.

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Scientists from the University of California Santa Cruz have discovered a distant planet that they believe is suitable for sustaining life. Using ground based telescopes in Hawaii, and advanced astronomy and astrophysics  techniques they have determined that the planet, Gliese 581G in the constellation Libra, is likely to contain liquid water and has enough gravity to maintain an atmosphere. 2 other …

Uganda’s Wildlife shows signs of Recovery

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Uganda‘s Wildlife Authority is reporting large rises in numbers in some species inhabiting its wildlife reserves. The rise in the animal population – including Buffalo, Elephants and Giraffes, is credited to a number of factors, including the end of Uganda’s rebel war. Spokeswoman Lillian Nsubuga told the BBC “We have been able to reduce poaching by improving the monitoring of …