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APNewsBreak: Corps cuts flow on Missouri River

APNewsBreak: Corps cuts flow on Missouri River | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the flow from a Missouri River reservoir, a move expected to worsen low-water conditions on the Mississippi River and potentially bring barge traffic to a halt within weeks.
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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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Chemicals in soaps & shampoos may up miscarriage risk - The Economic Times

Chemicals in soaps & shampoos may up miscarriage risk - The Economic Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Exposure to certain substances found in personal care products such as soaps and food packaging could be associated with increased risk of miscarriage.
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Syngenta moves on from Monsanto bid with ‘blockbuster’ fungicide approval

Syngenta moves on from Monsanto bid with ‘blockbuster’ fungicide approval | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Syngenta announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved what the Swiss chemical company calls a “blockbuster” fungus killer known as Solatenol. The announcement comes about a week after a mega deal that would have combined Syngenta with St. Louis-based Monsanto fell apart.
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Loggerhead Sea Turtles Reach Another Nesting Record In Georgia

In 2004, the number of loggerhead sea turtle nests on Georgia’s barrier island beaches plunged to 358, the fewest since comprehensive surveys began in the state in 1989.


This summer, the season count has reached 2,292 nests, the most since 1989 and the latest in a string of strong nesting seasons that point toward a recovery for Georgia’s primary nesting marine turtle.

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Climate Envoys Urge Faster Talks as Global Deal Deadline Nears

Climate envoys across the globe urged a faster pace of talks with only seven days left for formal negotiations before a December conference where nations aim to reach a global agreement to rein in pollution.
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In rural Alaska, Obama works to speed renewable energy revolution

In rural Alaska, Obama works to speed renewable energy revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alaskans pay dramatically high energy costs -- and the president is moving to help fix that.
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Gasland: HBO documentary key driver of opposition to fracking, study finds

Gasland: HBO documentary key driver of opposition to fracking, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research indicates power of Oscar-nominated film that fueled rise in online searches, social media discussion, news coverage and activism, paper says
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California Peaches Tasting Extra Sweet? Thank the Drought

California Peaches Tasting Extra Sweet? Thank the Drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Less water means a little more sugar in your fruit bowl.
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Not convinced acid oceans are causing harm? Ask a shellfish grower

Not convinced acid oceans are causing harm? Ask a shellfish grower | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study from Oregon State University found shellfish industry workers are four times more likely to agree that ocean acidification is having an impact on the world's aquatic animals. That's likely because they've been among the first to witness the harm.
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Spurred by innovators like Tesla, the energy storage business is growing fast

Spurred by innovators like Tesla, the energy storage business is growing fast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report finds dramatic growth in the energy storage market -- and projects more to come.
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China ARRESTS journalists and traders who it says are creating market panic

China ARRESTS journalists and traders who it says are creating market panic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FEARS over China's ability to deal with its economic crisis have escalated after authorities lashed out and took people into custody, as part of investigations over "undermining market confidence".
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Russia economy, shoppers hit by falling global oil prices

Russia economy, shoppers hit by falling global oil prices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Irina Tashaeva, a 35-year-old housewife, has made a habit of checking world oil prices as she sits down to breakfast in her Moscow apartment.
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Energy Storage Capacity Will Triple this Year in the US

Energy Storage Capacity Will Triple this Year in the US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Energy News: The 40% growth in yearly additions to U.S. energy storage capacity from 2013 to 2014 was big news but growth for 2015 is expected to more than triple to 220 MW. The numbers explain...
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EPA Proposes to Ban Drain Disposal of Pharmaceutical Waste

EPA Proposes to Ban Drain Disposal of Pharmaceutical Waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A proposed federal regulation would limit the pharmaceutical chemicals reaching the nation’s waterways. The rule will affect hospitals, clinics, pharmacies
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Senate Democrat Slams Climate Change Activists Who Deny Science On GMOs

Senate Democrat Slams Climate Change Activists Who Deny Science On GMOs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sen. Claire McCaskill mocked the double standards of activists who campaign ferociously on the issue of climate change but refuse to apply the same reasoning when it comes genetically modified organis
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Coal ash contains radioactive contaminants: US study

Coal ash contains radioactive contaminants: US study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
High levels of radioactive contaminants have been found in coal ash in major coal-producing regions of the United States, raising concern about the dangers of this unregulated waste, researchers said Wednesday.
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The controversy over Shell's Arctic oil drilling, explained

Obama's decision to green-light Shell's activities this summer have put him at sharp odds with environmentalists.
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Google-powered map shows that deforestation isn't just about the Amazon

Google-powered map shows that deforestation isn't just about the Amazon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New data from the tech giant and the University of Maryland reveal previously overlooked deforestation in Southeast Asia and West Africa.
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Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' visits tar sands: 'extraordinary exploitation' of environment - APTN National News

Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' visits tar sands: 'extraordinary exploitation' of environment - APTN National News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brandi Morin APTN National News American science educator Bill Nye “the Science Guy” is in northern Alberta filming a climate change documentary. Nye visited the …
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Watch as a massive chunk of ice breaks off of the world’s fastest-flowing glacier

Watch as a massive chunk of ice breaks off of the world’s fastest-flowing glacier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A chunk of ice twice as tall as the Washington Monument and more than a mile long was captured falling off of a Greenland glacier.
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Wind Industry Plans Serious Changes to Protect Bats

Wind Industry Plans Serious Changes to Protect Bats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The move to ramp down turbines during the fall migration season is "a big deal," says one scientist.
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Fossil Fuel CEOs Bonus Pay Helps Sink the Climate, Report Says

Fossil Fuel CEOs Bonus Pay Helps Sink the Climate, Report Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A report released Wednesday examining the pay practices of the 30 largest publicly held U.S. oil, gas, and coal companies concluded that pay incentives for the companies' chief executives encourages reckless behavior and is hastening a climate crisis.
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Goldman slashes China’s economic growth targets

Goldman slashes China’s economic growth targets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Goldman Sachs on Monday slashed China’s economic outlook in the next three years, lending credence to widespread concerns that the fissures in the Chinese economy are deeper than perceived.
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Hit by cheap oil, Canada's economy falls into recession

Hit by cheap oil, Canada's economy falls into recession | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Canadian economy shrank again in the second quarter, putting the country in recession for the first time since the financial crisis, with a plunge in oil prices spurring companies to chop business
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