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Rising gas prices create smoking-hot demand for cooking oil - USA TODAY

Rising gas prices create smoking-hot demand for cooking oil - USA TODAY | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
USA TODAYRising gas prices create smoking-hot demand for cooking oilUSA TODAYWaste companies are currently selling the used oil for 15 cents per pound, vs. 5 cents per pound in 2005.

Sa pagmahal ng krudo, tumaas din ngayon ang presyo ng gamit na "cooking oil". Ang masamang epekto nito ay ninanakaw ito mula sa mga restoran. Ginagamit na ito sa paggawa ng langis na ginagamit sa sasakyan.

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A List You Don't Want to Be On: The Countries Most Vulnerable to Climate Change - Environment - GOOD

A List You Don't Want to Be On: The Countries Most Vulnerable to Climate Change - Environment - GOOD | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
The consulting firm Maplecroft just produced a list of countries most vulnerable to climate change-related disasters (and least prepared to cope).

Here are the 16 countries that face "extreme" risk, in order from most vulnerable to least.

1. Bangladesh

2. India

3. Madagascar

4. Nepal

5. Mozambique

6. Philippines

7. Haiti

8. Afghanistan

9. Zimbabwe

10. Myanmar

11. Ethiopia

12. Cambodia

13. Vietnam

14. Thailand

15. Malawi

16. Pakistan

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Biggest solar storm in years races toward Earth - Atlanta Journal Constitution

Biggest solar storm in years races toward Earth - Atlanta Journal Constitution | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionBiggest solar storm in years races toward EarthAtlanta Journal ConstitutionBy SETH BORENSTEIN AP WASHINGTON — The largest solar storm in five years was due to arrive on Earth early Thursday, promising to shake the...

The massive cloud of charged particles could disrupt utility grids, airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services, especially in northern areas. But the same blast could also paint colorful auroras farther from the poles than normal.

"This is a big sun spot group, particularly nasty," NASA solar physicist David Hathaway said. "Things are really twisted up and mixed up. It keeps flaring."

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Greenpeace leads war against coal

Greenpeace leads war against coal | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Greenpeace leads war against coal (RT @bencubby The biggest environmental campaign in Australian history: green groups battle against #coal http://t.co/Dor0Xyle #climate...)...

Ang isa sa pinakamatinding kalaban ng pagbabago ng klima sa mundo ay ang industriya ng uling. Bagaman ito ang pinakamurang panggatong daw, ito ay napabalitang nagmamahal na din. Pero kung susumahin ang pangkalahatang pinsala nito sa kalikasan, ito ang pinakamahal na panggatong. Masyado lang makitid ang pananaw ng mga nagsusulong nito. Pera lang ang binibilang.

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Our many-coloured planet: Largest earth-observing satellite shows off best pictures from 10 years orbiting our planet

Our many-coloured planet: Largest earth-observing satellite shows off best pictures from 10 years orbiting our planet | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
The eight-tonne Envisat had a planned lifetime of five years, but the European Space Agency has celebrated its tenth anniversary with a gallery of the unforgettable imagery captured by its ten sensors.
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Economy v. environment - an animation

Animated TV commercial depicts the effect on the natural world and its resources of our money obsession. Spoof of 'Money Makes the World Go Round'. From WWF ...
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Are Frogs Rapidly Facing Extinction?

Are Frogs Rapidly Facing Extinction? | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it

Ecologists are increasingly warning that due to habitat destruction, widespread infectious disease and climate change, amphibians are facing "extinction in real time."

As many as 40 percent of amphibious species, which include frogs, salamanders and newts, could be facing "imminent extinction," according to David Wake, a researcher at the University of California Berkeley. ...

"It's not that climate change isn't going to have an effect, it's that the most acute things [habitat destruction and disease] are here right now, hitting amphibians hard," he says. "Climate change is a little more remote and more controversial." ...

Most likely, a combination of the three factors is to blame for amphibian decline. Wake says all three factors contribute to a "witches' brew" that spells almost certain doom for thousands of amphibious species.

 

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/03/02/are-frogs-rapidly-facing-extinction

 

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Disposal sites in Japan refuse to accept 140000 tons of radioactive waste - Kansas City Star

Disposal sites in Japan refuse to accept 140000 tons of radioactive waste - Kansas City Star | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Disposal sites in Japan refuse to accept 140000 tons of radioactive wasteKansas City StarWhen The Yomiuri Shimbun asked local governments in Tokyo and six other prefectures with waste water processing facilities how they have handled sewage sludge,...

Walang gustong tumanggap ng kontaminadong basura na galing sa Fukushima, Japan na bunga ng aksidenteng nangyari doon mula sa tsunami. Malaking problema ito dahil tinatanggihan ng mga tambakan ng basura ang naturang mga kontaminadong tambak.

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CO2 Emissions statistics - countries compared worldwide - NationMaster

CO2 Emissions statistics - countries compared worldwide - NationMaster | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Sourced information from the United Nations and other reliable sources. Sort by amount. Sort by country. (menurut http://t.co/NUyIRXmH, negara dengan emisi karbon terkecil adalah...

Narito ang listahan ng mga bansa ayon sa kontribusyon nila sa pagbuga ng karbon sa kalawakan, na nagiging sanhi ng pagbabago ng klima. Mataas din pala ang pwesto ng Pilipinas, numero 36.

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No-waste circular economy is good business – ask China - environment - 29 February 2012 - New Scientist

No-waste circular economy is good business – ask China - environment - 29 February 2012 - New Scientist | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Redesigning the economy to make it circular – so that all waste is reused or recycled – would be good for business, say two new reports (No-waste circular economy is good business – ask China - environment - 29 February 2012 - New Scie..)...

 

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The Earth Is Full (Video) - Huffington Post

The Earth Is Full (Video) - Huffington Post | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
The Earth Is Full (Video)Huffington PostMy message is a tough one for this audience -- that sure technology will do wonderful things for us, but the reality is we are going to face some very difficult consequences of our overloading of planet earth,...
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Earth Day Network Philippines Holds GA for April 2012 Month-long Celebration

Earth Day Network Philippines Holds GA for April 2012 Month-long Celebration | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it

In the tradition of Earth Day Network Philippines, a General Assembly is held close to the April Celebration, to organize the conduct of the activities. For this year, the whole month of April will be occupied with environment-related activities of the member organizations all over the country. The GA was held at the DENR-EMB meeting room, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.

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1st Luzon Conference on Mining & the Ecology

1st Luzon Conference on Mining & the Ecology | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it

This is a people's conference which wants to project the message "NO TO MINING," at least the way it is being done in the Philippines.

Several speakers were invited to send the following messages:

- the economic benefits of mining to the Philippine Economy is not even 1% of GDP;

- the current mining law is biased in favor of foreign investors;

- the local communities are made poorer by mining, and many who went against it were martyred;

- the environmental cost of mining is largely irreparable;

- there are better income propects for the people from eco-tourism and agriculture;

- we have an alternative mining bill;

- in the meantime, there should be a moratorium on all mining activities in the Phil.

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Delicious, edible food packaging could curb plastic waste

Delicious, edible food packaging could curb plastic waste | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
If you want to know why the earth and waterways are quickly morphing into giant garbage heaps, look no further than your pudding cup. Desserts, sodas, yogurts, and every other processed treat that ...

Darating ang araw na pwede na kainin ang mga pambalot at sisidlan ng pagkain, para hindi ito maging basura.

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The Climate Plans That Aren't Helping Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Climate Plans That Aren't Helping Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
A new study finds citywide plans are not as effective as smaller-scale initiatives.

Batay sa pinakahuling pag-aaral, ang mga malalaking plano ng pamahalaan upang bawasan ang buga ng karbon at usok, ay hindi pala ganoon ka-epektibo. Bagaman nakakabawas ang mga lungsod sa karbon sa kalawakan, ang talagang epektibo ay ang kilos ng mga mamamayan. Nakakatulong ang malalaking plano sa paghubog ng kaisipan ng mamamayan, subalit ang mga proyekto ng mga lungsod ay mahina ang kabawasan sa usok at karbon.

 

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Entire nation of Kiribati to be relocated over rising sea level threat

Entire nation of Kiribati to be relocated over rising sea level threat | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it

In what could be the world's first climate-induced migration of modern times, Anote Tong, the Kiribati president, said he was in talks with Fiji's military government to buy up to 5,000 acres of freehold land on which his countrymen could be housed.
"This is the last resort, there's no way out of this one," Mr Tong said.
"Our people will have to move as the tides have reached our homes and villages."
What we need is the international community to come up with an urgent funding package to deal with that ambition, and the needs of countries like Kiribati."
Mr Tong's proposal is the latest in an increasingly desperate search for solutions.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/kiribati/9127576/Entire-nation-of-Kiribati-to-be-relocated-over-rising-sea-level-threat.html

 

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Oldest Arctic Sea Ice is Disappearing

Oldest Arctic Sea Ice is Disappearing | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it

 The images above show sea ice coverage in 1980 and 2012, as observed by passive microwave sensors on NASA’s Nimbus-7 satellite and by the Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS) from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP). Multi-year ice is shown in bright white, while average sea ice cover is shown in light blue to milky white. The data shows the ice cover for the period of November 1 through January 31 in their respective years.

“The Arctic sea ice cover is getting thinner because it’s rapidly losing its thick component,” Comiso said. “At the same time, the surface temperature in the Arctic is going up, which results in a shorter ice-forming season. It would take a persistent cold spell for multi-year sea ice to grow thick enough again to be able to survive the summer melt season and reverse the trend.”

 

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=77270

 

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Baillieu retreats on bottle refund scheme

Baillieu retreats on bottle refund scheme | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Baillieu retreats on bottle refund scheme (Another disappointing development from the state gov as they walk away from supporting container deposit legislation.)...

Noong araw, nauso na binabalik ang mga bote ng softdrink sa tindahan kapalit ng deposito. Ito ay mabuti sa kalikasan dahil bawas ang tinatapon na botelya. Ngayon at nauso na ang boteng plastik, umaayaw ang mga kumpanya na ibalik ang sistema ng deposito. Bakit kaya?

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The Majestic Plastic Bag - A Mockumentary

Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this "mockumentary" video, hammers home the stark reality of California's plastic bag pollution situation. Lea...

Dahil siya ay matibay, magaan, makunat, atbp., mahaba ang buhay ng plastik bag. Dahil sa kanayang katangian, siya ay nagiging problema kasi hindi tugma sa kalikasan ang mga bagay na hindi nabubulok. Kahit ito ay luma na, hindi siya kailanman bumabalik sa lupa, di tulad ng mga likha ng kalikasan.

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7 Dangerous Lies About Plastic

7 Dangerous Lies About Plastic | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it

Lie #1: Plastics are safe.
Lie #2: The so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch does not exist.
Lie #3: Plastics don't kill sea life or pose a threat to people eating fish.
Lie #4: It shouldn't be called "plastic pollution" but rather "marine debris."
Lie #5: "Plastic retail carry-out bags are 100-percent recyclable and made from clean natural gas."
Lie #6: Reusable bags are dangerous.
Lie #7: We care about polar bears and recycling.

 

http://www.alternet.org/water/154279/7_dangerous_lies_about_plastic?page=entire

 

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FAO Media Centre: The safe use of wastewater in agriculture offers multiple benefits

FAO Media Centre: The safe use of wastewater in agriculture offers multiple benefits | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
RT @FAOnews: How the safe use of wastewater in #ag can help food production, protect the environment, feed cities http://t.co/6TsDNU21 #WorldWaterDay...

Nirerekomenda na gumamit ng "treated waste water" para sa agrikultura. Mahalaga ito dahil malaking bahagi ng ating malinis na tubig ay ginagamit sa agrikultura. Dahil sa kakulangan ng tubig para sa gamit ng tao, mahalagang pagtuunan ito ng pansin.

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How A Tiny Central American Country Is Getting Richer And Saving The Environment

How A Tiny Central American Country Is Getting Richer And Saving The Environment | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Mission: Eco Preservation Society is actively engaged in sustainably focused programming for the purpose of wildlife conservation and reforestation.

Narito ang isang bansa na umunlad ng tuloy-tuloy kahit na pinanatili ang kanyang likas yaman. Bagaman isya ay isang maliit na bansa, ipinakita ng Costa Rica na ito ay pwede pagsamahin: ang kaunlaran ng ekonomiya at kalikasan.

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Asphalt recycling pulls material from roads and roofs - American Recycler Newspaper

Asphalt recycling pulls material from roads and roofs - American Recycler Newspaper | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
American Recycler NewspaperAsphalt recycling pulls material from roads and roofsAmerican Recycler Newspaperby Mark Henricks Asphalt is one of America's most recycled materials, but the sticky black product admired for its weather resistance, its...
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Himalayan Sherpas lament climate change devastation

Himalayan Sherpas lament climate change devastation | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Climate change is altering the face of the Himalayas, devastating farming communities and making Mount Everest increasingly treacherous to climb, some of the world's top mountaineers have warned.
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Scientists say cassava will thrive in climate change, best bet for African farmers

Scientists say cassava will thrive in climate change, best bet for African farmers | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG — Calling cassava “the Rambo of food crops,” scientists Monday said the long-neglected root becomes even more productive in hotter temperatures and could be the best bet for African farmers threatened by climate change.

Hindi masyadong pinapansin ito sa Pilipinas, pero lumalabas sa mga pagaaral na isa ito sa magiging matatag na bunga sa panahon ng matinding pagbabago ng klima na mundo. Higit na kakailanganin ito sa mainit na bansa tulad ng Afrika.

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