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UN Treaty Would Recognize “Mother Earth’s” Rights

UN Treaty Would Recognize “Mother Earth’s” Rights

Bolivia, which has enacted its own "Law of the Rights of Mother Earth", reflecting the beliefs of the indigenous people of that country, is seeking to bring those principles worldwide with a United Nations treaty. The treaty, in draft at this time, would give Mother Earth the same rights as humans, including rights to life, water and clean air, the right to repair livelihoods affected by human activities, and the right to be free from pollution.
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Eco-friendly Superbus gets UAE trial [Video]

Eco-friendly Superbus gets UAE trial [Video]

The allure of public transport is so often undermined by the scent of urine and dawdling performance, but the only people soiling themselves in the Dutch-made Superbus are likely to be those over-excited by its eco-friendly turn of electric speed. Capable of accommodating up to 23 passengers and still hitting 155kph (96mph), the lengthy carbon fiber and fiberglass vehicle is headed to Dubai next month.

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NASA Glory satellite suffers inglorious crash landing

NASA Glory satellite suffers inglorious crash landing

A wet, unsatisfactory ending for NASA's Glory this morning, after a rocket casing malfunction saw the environmental observation satellite likely land in the South Pacific rather than reach orbit. According to the space agency, "the fairing, the protective shell atop the Taurus XL rocket, did not separate as expected about three minutes after launch." The same issue occurred on another launch two years ago, though NASA is quick to point out that the system has been successful many times.

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Windpower winners Vestas give $1.5m prize to runners-up

Windpower winners Vestas give $1.5m prize to runners-up

Wind turbine specialist Vestas has surprised the eco-energy community by giving away a $1.5m prize the company won for its green innovation to the unrewarded runners-up. Vestas - which is globally the largest windpower company - took first place in the Zayed Future Energy Prize, but company execs chose to redistribute the money after realising much smaller ventures would go without. "We quickly decided that we should seize the opportunity to extend the influence of the prize through redistributing the cash award to others" CEO Ditlev Engel told the Guardian.

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ELP energy-monitoring system allows remote appliance control [Video]

ELP energy-monitoring system allows remote appliance control [Video]

A new energy-monitoring system promises to make tracking individual appliance electricity use straightforward, as well as allowing users to not only view data from their smartphone but remotely shut down greedy devices. The Energy Literacy Platform, a Tokyo-based startup, use compact ELP Modules which plug inline between appliances and AC sockets; they link wirelessly to an ELP Receiver that uploads stats to the ELP server.

Video demo after the cut

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