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Black Carbon and Warming: It’s Worse than We Thought by Carl Zimmer: Yale Environment 360

A new study indicates soot, known as black carbon, plays a far greater role in global warming than previously believed and is second only to CO2 in the amount of heat it traps in the atmosphere.
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Jesse's Café Américain: The Scandal in America That Is Hidden In Plain Sight - Privilege Blindness

Jesse's Café Américain: The Scandal in America That Is Hidden In Plain Sight - Privilege Blindness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

One of the great marvels of the time is how effectively well-funded propaganda campaigns and a captive mainstream media have distorted the peoples' view of reality so that they act as if they are sleep-walking.

An ongoing trend in the US has been a tax code that favors large multinational corporations with loopholes and subsidies that far too often result in an effective tax rate of close to zero, despite booming corporate profits in the face of a long stagnation in median family income and wages.  

The real unemployment numbers are shockingly high, and those jobs that are available are often part time and poorly paid.   Justice is openly administered in ways that give the powerful a free pass on grossly criminal activity, from laundering drug money to financial racketeering. The rigging of prices and markets by powerful interests, and the lack of effective prosecution of such grave abuses of power, is something that seems to be de facto government policy.


This places small private businesses and individuals at a distinct disadvantage with regard to economic viability in the marketplace.  It fosters consolidation and monopoly.  It lends itself to a cynicism that is undermining the conscience of many of those who have sworn oaths of office.  It isolates dissent to corrals and 'free speech zones.'  It breaks up peaceful gatherings of protest with pepper spray, bullets, and clubs.  It pollutes the internet with campaigns of disinformation, and silences the voices of journalists.

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Beijing's bid to move polluting firms watched warily in nearby regions

Beijing's bid to move polluting firms watched warily in nearby regions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

China's capital has ordered more than 50 companies to shut down this year in an effort to cut pollution but pushing factories out could raise objections in surrounding areas reluctant to host Beijing's polluters.

 

Smog-shrouded Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei have become a front in a "war against pollution" declared by Premier Li Keqiang last month.

 

But experts say efforts to cut coal consumption and industrial output in big cities like Beijing is likely to put pressure on other regions to endure more pollution to keep the economy growing, with overall coal consumption expected to rise by a quarter from 2011 to 2015.

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China's air pollution leading to more erratic climate for US, say scientists

China's air pollution leading to more erratic climate for US, say scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Computer modelling showed intensification of US-bound Pacific storms, driven by fine aerosols from coal power plants and traffic
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Not just a nightly ritual

Not just a nightly ritual | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Sleep is usually seen as the domain of physicians, psychiatrists and mental health specialists, even writers and folklorists. Historical accounts of sleep are rare. In 2001, American historian Roger Ekirch published a seminal paper revealing a wealth of historical evidence showing that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks at night. His book At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past, published four years later, carried a wealth of detail about the human segmented sleeping pattern. Ekirch used a variety of sources, including court records, medical books and literature, Homer’s Odyssey and an anthropological account of modern tribes in Nigeria.

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Turns Out, You Can Make Solar Panels Work in Cloudy Cities

Turns Out, You Can Make Solar Panels Work in Cloudy Cities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have already developed technologies that are more effective in cloudy weather. Now they just have to prove it.
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New study outlines 'water world' theory of life's origins

New study outlines 'water world' theory of life's origins | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place than now, bathed in sizzling ultraviolet rays. What started out as simple cells ultimately transformed into slime molds, frogs, elephants, humans and the rest of our planet's living kingdoms. ...
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Future heat waves pose risk for population of Greater London

Future heat waves pose risk for population of Greater London | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A study led by Oxford University has modelled the effects of future heat waves on people living in Greater London in 2050 and concludes that the risk of heat-related deaths could be significantly reduced if buildings were adapted properly for climate change.
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European climate at the +2 C global warming threshold

European climate at the +2 C global warming threshold | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A global warming of 2 C relative to pre-industrial climate has been considered as a threshold which society should endeavor to remain below, in order to limit the dangerous effects of anthropogenic climate change.
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Hidden Vulnerability Discovered in the World's Airline Network | MIT Technology Review

Hidden Vulnerability Discovered in the World's Airline Network | MIT Technology Review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The global network of links between the world’s airports looks robust but contains a hidden weakness that could lead to entire regions of the planet being cut off.
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Cork trees offer greener source of polyester

Cork trees offer greener source of polyester | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 -
On the scale of earth-friendly materials, you'd be hard pressed to find two that are farther apart than polyester (not at all) and cork (very). In an unexpected twist, however, scientists are figuri
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First Liquefied Natural Gas Tank Rolls Off Assembly Line

First Liquefied Natural Gas Tank Rolls Off Assembly Line | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Orleans LA (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 -
Lockheed Martin's first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tank has transitioned from the assembly line to the shipyard for integration with the Wartsila LNG propulsion system.

Weighing in at 250,000
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Expanding energy access key to solving global challenges

Expanding energy access key to solving global challenges | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tempe AZ (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 -
Giving the poor access to reliable modern energy offers a better route to address global challenges, climate and energy, scholars say in a new report, Our High-Energy Planet.

The report is the
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"I'm Alive": A song for Brazil's rainforests | Rainforest Alliance

"I'm Alive": A song for Brazil's rainforests | Rainforest Alliance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Inspired to protect the rainforests of their native Brazil from further destruction, world-renowned artists Caetano Veloso andLenine, Criolo, Emicida and Pretinho da Serrinha—along with many other celebrated Brazilian musicians—came together in Rio de Janeiro’s Floresta da Tijuca to create a music film and original composition (previewed in the trailer above) for Earth Day. "I’m Alive: The Floresta da Tijuca Sessions" was conceived of and led by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Andres Levin of Content-OS, who directed and produced the film alongside Paula Lavigne and Fernando Young. The project supports the Rainforest Alliance, which works in partnership with Brazilian nonprofit Imaflora—as well as farmers, forest communities and cattle ranchers—to protect Brazil’s magnificent and ecologically fragile natural heritage.

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One-third of Beijing pollution comes from outside the city, figures show

One-third of Beijing pollution comes from outside the city, figures show | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pollution watchdog says 28-36% of hazardous airborne particles came from surrounding provinces like Hebei
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China govt survey shows 16 pct of its soil is polluted

China govt survey shows 16 pct of its soil is polluted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 A nationwide investigation has shown that as much as 16 percent of China's soil contains higher-than-permitted levels of pollution, the environment ministry said on Thursday.

 

China is desperate to tackle the impact of rapid industrialisation and urbanisation on its food supplies, with the aim of maintaining self-sufficiency and reducing its dependence on grain imports amid soaring demand.

 

The Ministry of Environmental Protection said in a notice posted on its website (www.mep.gov.cn) that its long-awaited soil survey involved samples taken across 6.3 million square kilometres (sq km) of land, two-thirds of the country's total.

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Climate change and desertification a threat to social stability - UN

Climate change and desertification a threat to social stability - UN | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As their resilience diminishes in vulnerable regions, the poor are forced to take a stand to fight for their survival – or flee
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The shirt on your back: the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry

The shirt on your back: the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How did the clothes you're wearing get to you? Guardian journalists trace the lifecycle of the shirt on your back via the teeming workshops of Dhaka, where labour is cheap, factories are cheaper and just going to work can be fatal
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Climate Change 101: An Introduction - Years Of Living Dangerously

Climate Change 101: An Introduction - Years Of Living Dangerously | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Climate Change 101: An Introduction, Dr. Joseph Romm, Ph.D. discusses why our climate is changing at an unnatural pace, and what we can do to help.
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Warm US West, cold East: A 4,000-year pattern

Warm US West, cold East: A 4,000-year pattern | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last winter's curvy jet stream pattern brought mild temperatures to western North America and harsh cold to the East. A University of Utah-led study shows that pattern became more pronounced 4,000 years ago, and suggests it may worsen as Earth's climate warms.
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Australia's dirty secret: who's breathing toxic air?

Australia's dirty secret: who's breathing toxic air? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australians living in poorer communities, with lower employment and education levels, as well as communities with a high proportion of Indigenous people, are significantly more likely to be exposed to high levels of toxic air pollution.
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U.N. Report Draws Attention to Unproven Carbon Capture Technologies | MIT Technology Review

U.N. Report Draws Attention to Unproven Carbon Capture Technologies | MIT Technology Review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A U.N. climate report says we’ll overshoot greenhouse gas targets, and will need new technologies to make up for it.
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Tesla Might Find Success in China, but the Results Could Be Bad for the Environment | MIT Technology Review

Tesla Might Find Success in China, but the Results Could Be Bad for the Environment | MIT Technology Review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Because China relies so heavily on coal for power, electric vehicles aren’t necessarily an improvement over gasoline-powered cars.
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Genetically modified tobacco plants as an alternative for producing bioethanol

Genetically modified tobacco plants as an alternative for producing bioethanol | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Navarre, Spain (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 -
Researchers at the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre and the IdAB-Institute of Agrobiotechnology have conducted a study into genetically modified tobacco plants from which it is possible to prod
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ORNL study pegs fuel economy costs of common practices

ORNL study pegs fuel economy costs of common practices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oak Ridge YN (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 -
People who pack their cars and drive like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon's Vacation pay a steep penalty when it comes to fuel economy, according to a report by the Department of Energy's Oak R
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Study Says Renewables to Hit 16 percent by 2018

Study Says Renewables to Hit 16 percent by 2018 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 -
In a new 32-page study the SUN DAY Campaign challenges assertions by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) that renewable energy sources will provide only 16% of the nation's net electric
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Food prices rising due to California drought

Food prices rising due to California drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beef and produce prices are increasing at grocery stores due to a long-standing and severe drought in California.
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