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Passi avanti contro la cementificazione dei terreni agricoli?

Passi avanti contro la cementificazione dei terreni agricoli? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Via libera, con modifiche, al Ddl sul consumo di suolo agricolo. La Conferenza Stato-Regioni approva la bozza del provvedimento. Necessita un ulteriore passaggio in Consiglio dei Ministri. Poi si dovrà esprimere il ParlamentoIl 30 ottobre la Conferenza unificata ha dato il via libera al disegno di legge contro il consumo del suolo varato dal Consiglio dei Ministri lo scorso 14 settembre. Le Regioni e gli Enti locali hanno ritenuto di fare alcune proposte emendative in larga parte condivisibili. Un primo passaggio istituzionale è stato completato.
“Ora l’obiettivo è quello di proseguire nell’iter previsto, che richiede un ulteriore passaggio a Palazzo Chigi prima del coinvolgimento del Parlamento, per fare in modo che questo provvedimento diventi legge prima della fine dell’attuale legislatura” – ha detto il Ministro delle Politiche Agricole Catania-. Il testo approvato in Conferenza Stato-Regioni appare molto modificato, in base alle bozze circolate, rispetto alla versione licenziata dal Consiglio dei Ministri il mese scorso ...


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Human domination of the biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind

Human domination of the biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Earth is a chemical battery where, over evolutionary time with a trickle-charge of photosynthesis using solar energy, billions of tons of living biomass were stored in forests and other ecosystems and in vast reserves of fossil fuels. In just the last few hundred years, humans extracted exploitable energy from these living and fossilized biomass fuels to build the modern industrial-technological-informational economy, to grow our population to more than 7 billion, and to transform the biogeochemical cycles and biodiversity of the earth. This rapid discharge of the earth’s store of organic energy fuels the human domination of the biosphere, including conversion of natural habitats to agricultural fields and the resulting loss of native species, emission of carbon dioxide and the resulting climate and sea level change, and use of supplemental nuclear, hydro, wind, and solar energy sources. The laws of thermodynamics governing the trickle-charge and rapid discharge of the earth’s battery are universal and absolute; the earth is only temporarily poised a quantifiable distance from the thermodynamic equilibrium of outer space. Although this distance from equilibrium is comprised of all energy types, most critical for humans is the store of living biomass. With the rapid depletion of this chemical energy, the earth is shifting back toward the inhospitable equilibrium of outer space with fundamental ramifications for the biosphere and humanity. Because there is no substitute or replacement energy for living biomass, the remaining distance from equilibrium that will be required to support human life is unknown.

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Island nations seek UN help combatting climate change

Island nations seek UN help combatting climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - More than a dozen small island nations made an urgent appeal to the UN Security Council for help in combatting climate...
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Orion Magazine | Concrete Progress: From Waste to Watts at One of the World's Biggest Automobile Plants

Orion Magazine | Concrete Progress: From Waste to Watts at One of the World's Biggest Automobile Plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Concrete Progress is an ongoing series of columns by Peter Brewitt devoted to exploring America’s infrastructure. It is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure project. Above: a landfill flare burns off excess Continue reading →
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‘Sandorkraut: A Pickle Maker’ - NYTimes.com

‘Sandorkraut: A Pickle Maker’ - NYTimes.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Since the beginning of time, humans have been fermenting our food. Sauerkraut, chocolate, beer, cheese: Because of fermentation these foods not only last longer — they are delicious. But although nearly every region of the world has cultivated its own unique fermentation traditions — and devoted eaters — the practice has all but disappeared from many modern households.

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NCPA publishes U.S. map of successful anti-fracking campaigns | MINING.com

NCPA publishes U.S. map of successful anti-fracking campaigns | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research shows campaigns to ban fracking are widespread.
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Evolutionary war between microorganisms affecting human health, biologist says

Evolutionary war between microorganisms affecting human health, biologist says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Health experts have warned for years that the overuse of antibiotics is creating "superbugs" able to resist drugs treating infection.
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Inadequate hydration can lead to impaired cognitive, emotional function

Inadequate hydration can lead to impaired cognitive, emotional function | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than half of all children and adolescents in the United States are under-hydrated—probably because they're not drinking enough water—and that could have significant repercussions for their physical health and cognitive and emotional functioning, according to the first national study of its kind from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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Drought's lasting impact on forests

Drought's lasting impact on forests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the virtual worlds of climate modeling, forests and other vegetation are assumed to bounce back quickly from extreme drought. But that assumption is far off the mark, according to a new study of drought impacts at forest sites worldwide. Living trees took an average of two to four years to recover and resume normal growth rates after droughts ended, researchers report today in the journal Science.
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Park Service to Big Water: No federal funding for bottled water bans? We’ll find our own money, thanks.

Park Service to Big Water: No federal funding for bottled water bans? We’ll find our own money, thanks. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The International Bottled Water Association questions a new Park Service strategy to work around any federal ban on bottled water restrictions. "You certainly don’t want to be doing things that Congress has indicated they don’t want you doing."
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China: As water demands grow sharply, supply is shrinking

China: As water demands grow sharply, supply is shrinking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China has 20 percent of the world's population, and 7 percent of its fresh water. As pressure mounts, officials are pushing conservation reforms such as reforestation and water taxes – and diverting water from the south to the north.
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Hillary Clinton's climate change plan 'just plain silly', says leading expert

Hillary Clinton's climate change plan 'just plain silly', says leading expert | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Democratic frontrunner’s solar proposal has major holes if she hopes to halt global warming. What would a real climate-change candidate look like?
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Alarm over 'timber grab' from Cambodia's protected forests - BBC News

Alarm over 'timber grab' from Cambodia's protected forests - BBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report says that highly valuable forests are being lost at an "unprecedented" rate from protected lands in Cambodia.
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REGIONS: New risk report lists potential health and economic costs of climate change in southeastern U.S.

REGIONS: New risk report lists potential health and economic costs of climate change in southeastern U.S. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By midcentury, an additional 4,500 people may be dying from heat-related illness each year in Texas, and more than $150 billion worth of Florida property may be below flood-swollen high tide levels, along with critical manufacturing and energy infrastructure in Louisiana.
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As salmon vanish in the dry Pacific Northwest, so does Native heritage

As salmon vanish in the dry Pacific Northwest, so does Native heritage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Human development has lowered salmon populations for years, but drought could be the final blow.
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Hot stuff: Generating power from waste heat

ANY sufficiently advanced technology, as Arthur C. Clarke once observed, is indistinguishable from magic. And one that seems routinely to be ascribed magical...
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Major S.F. Bayfront Developments Advance Despite Sea Rise Warnings | San Francisco Public Press

Major S.F. Bayfront Developments Advance Despite Sea Rise Warnings | San Francisco Public Press | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Builders plan to invest more than $21 billion in offices and homes in flood-prone areas, where waters could climb 8 feet above today’s high tide by the end of this century.

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Water mafia: Why Delhi is buying water on the black market - BBC News

Water mafia: Why Delhi is buying water on the black market - BBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Millions in the Indian capital, Delhi, are forced to buy water from private contractors because of shortages in supply, writes the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder.
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Why bacteria could be the answer to a future without oil

Why bacteria could be the answer to a future without oil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chemicals are all around us. They are crucial in all manner of industries, from agriculture to food to cosmetics. Most people give little thought to how these chemicals are made – and certainly very few would consider the chemical industry as a contributor to our society's dependence on oil. But it is.
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Super, natural cows make the best sports recovery drink

Super, natural cows make the best sports recovery drink | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health found milk outperformed top commercial products in aiding post-exercise recovery.
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Toyota robot can pick up after people, help the sick

Toyota robot can pick up after people, help the sick | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up.
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AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, an Associated…
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Worried about PVC and BPA? A toxic-free back-to-school shopping guide.

Worried about PVC and BPA? A toxic-free back-to-school shopping guide. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
School supplies sometimes contain plastics that health advocates are raising warnings about.
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UN: Expect 11.2 billion population by the end of the century - News - NorthJersey.com

Move over: The world's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new United Nations report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end of this century.
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Sanders rebuffed on amendment stating climate change is real

Sanders rebuffed on amendment stating climate change is real | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Senate panel rejected adding the amendment to an energy reform bill.
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11 maps that explain energy in America

If you've ever wondered where the electricity in your house comes from, here's a visual guide.
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