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People under 33 are all for alternative energy sources and believe that climate change is man-made, but resist being labeled "environmentalists", says the Pew Center. Millenials are reportedly concerned that the term has unwanted political implications and can potentially be polarizing. Despite this, the younger generation is said to be more concerned with environmental health than older folks.
A new study suggests that plants absorb 16 percent more CO2 than previously thought. About half of the CO2 produced is absorbed by living things and the ocean. Experts say that the discovery does not negate the need to cut CO2 emissions.
The delicacy known as foie gras remains banned in California, thanks to this week's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Foie gras ("fatty liver" in French) consists of the enlarged livers of ducks and geese who are force fed corn. A restaurant group and a producer of foie gras had challenged the law.
If you like pine nuts in your pesto, then protecting the forests where they're grown would be a good idea. Pine nuts are expensive because most of them are not farmed, but come from remote villages in far away places. Unusual weather, poor land management, and insects have been affecting recent harvests.
Salmon are being shot out of a virtual cannon in the Pacific Northwest as part of a new transport system that is less labor-intensive than previous methods when it comes to getting them loaded onto a truck and on to their spawning grounds. The so-called "salmon cannon" launches the fish from a holding pen to a truck via a pressurized tube. Drought and man-made dams are keeping some salmon from their spawning grounds and the salmon cannon may eventually be used to shoot them over dams that are posing obstacles.
Tesla has released a dual motor version of their electric car that can go from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. If that's not enough to impress you, the car can also operate on auto pilot, park and unpark itself, and meet you at your front door in the morning. (It still can't bring you a coffee, though).
10/17/14
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