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January 25, 2016 Alzheimer's 'cause' discovered: Poisonous algae found in UK freshwater lakes and reservoirs could be fuelling dementia epidemic afflicting one million people

Source: Daily Mail

A poisonous toxin found in freshwater lakes and reservoirs across Britain could be fuelling the country’s dementia epidemic, scientists fear.Researchers have found the first direct evidence that a chemical, produced by algae,...

January 22, 2016 Old Buildings Are U.S. Cities’ Biggest Sustainability Challenge

Source: Harvard Business Review

In the United States, buildings consume 41 percent of the nation’s total energy use, through lighting, heating, air conditioning, elevators, and the thousands of items plugged into their sockets. In large urban centers such as...

January 22, 2016 The Climate Post: Climate Change Tops WEF Risk Ranking

Source: Huff Post

For the first time, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked an environmental risk--climate change--as the most severe economic risk facing the world. Global Risks Report 2016 says climate change is compounding and intensifying...

January 22, 2016 Fear of corruption now the biggest obstruction to doing business in emerging markets

Source: The Load Star

theloadstar.co.uk - It was followed by political instability, which 19% of respondents quoted as their major worry. These findings chime with those of Verisk Maplecroft's Political Risk Outlook for 2016, which also sees Latin...

January 21, 2016 EPA says its response to Flint water crisis too slow

Source: Reuters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it was reviewing its handling of a crisis over lead-contaminated drinking water in the Michigan city of Flint and acknowledged it did not respond fast enough.

January 21, 2016 Flint water crisis: Email release do little to ease pressure on Michigan Gov. Snyder

Source: CNN

Flint, Michigan (CNN)—Saying the people of Flint deserve the truth about the city's water, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has released more than 250 pages of his emails that relate to the crisis.

January 21, 2016 The fight for clean water for everyone is also my fight

The Huffington Post - That is why we are present when water is on the agenda in both national and international forums. This also applies to the World Water Forum Summit. Recently, we have recently joined the 2030 Water Resource...

January 21, 2016 China Electricity Demand Slows, Coal Consumption Drops, Hits Australia Hard

CleanTechnica - Earlier this month, Bloomberg New Energy Finance revealed that China's investment in clean energy increased in 2015 by 17%, reaching $110.5 billion, as its government spurred on wind and solar development to meet...

January 21, 2016 It’s official: 2015 ‘smashed’ 2014’s global temperature record. It wasn’t even close

Source: Washington Post

Last year shattered 2014’s record to become the hottest year since reliable record-keeping began, two U.S. government science agencies announced Wednesday in yet another sign that the planet is heating up.

January 21, 2016 Snow Soaks Up Toxic Pollutants In The Air, Study Shows

Source: Huff Post

A team of scientists recently revealed that snow in urban areas can absorb the same toxic and carcinogenic pollutants that come from car exhaust. The interaction of pollutants with cold elements and freezing temperatures in snow...

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