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Minor Oil Spills Are Often Bigger Than Reported: Scientific American

Minor Oil Spills Are Often Bigger Than Reported: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A remote imaging study has found that the official number of Gulf of Mexico slicks is correct, but the size estimates are not always so
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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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America Is Ignoring the Worst Natural Disaster Since Superstorm Sandy

America Is Ignoring the Worst Natural Disaster Since Superstorm Sandy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southern Louisiana is drowning again. No one seems to care.
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Louisiana flood: Worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross says

Louisiana flood: Worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago, the Red Cross said.
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EIA: Energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas will surpass coal in 2016

EIA: Energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas will surpass coal in 2016 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Connecting the dots on 2016’s extreme summer weather and global warming

Connecting the dots on 2016’s extreme summer weather and global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The extreme weather events of 2016 show the deadly fingerprints of global warming, scientists say.
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Heat Waves Bring Warnings About Synthetic Turf Risks

Heat Waves Bring Warnings About Synthetic Turf Risks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This summer's waves of blistering temperatures and oppressive humidity are also bringing renewed warnings about the risks to young athletes playing on super-hot synthetic turf fields.
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An epic Middle East heat wave could be global warming’s hellish curtain-raiser

An epic Middle East heat wave could be global warming’s hellish curtain-raiser | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Record temperatures scorch countries from Morocco to Iraq, causing major disruptions.
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Manufacturers returning to US may mean jobs for robots, not people

Manufacturers returning to US may mean jobs for robots, not people | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It's precisely the kind of thing that both Clinton and Trump, with varying degrees of emphasis and policy prescriptions, have pledged to accelerate as a way to cure America's blue-collar woes. Using tougher trade policies with China and others to restore the nation's manufacturing sector will bring home jobs, the theory goes.

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Care About the Ocean? Think Twice About Your Coffee Lid: Filmmaker Q&A with Justin Lewis and Michelle Stauffer

Near Bermuda in the Atlantic Ocean, currents define the Sargasso Sea—the only sea that is not defined by land boundaries. Known by some as a floating rain forest, the Sargasso Sea is named for the …
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The latest Brexit buzz is about the fate of England’s honeybees

The latest Brexit buzz is about the fate of England’s honeybees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s unclear how the pollinators will be affected by the country’s decision to leave the E.U.
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Exxon, GT find way to cut carbon emissions for chemicals: Science

Exxon, GT find way to cut carbon emissions for chemicals: Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Exxon Mobil and Georgia Tech researchers published findings of a breakthrough in the journal Science on Thursday, saying they had devised a way to slash carbon emissions from chemicals manufacturing by using reverse osmosis instead of heat to separate molecules.
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Never Heard of Black Fever? It’s Killing People All Over the World

Never Heard of Black Fever? It’s Killing People All Over the World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers focus on eradicating sand flies that transmit the disease since medical treatment is impractical.
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Could Zika damage your adult brain if you get it?

Could Zika damage your adult brain if you get it? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Zika virus, previously thought only to be a big threat to developing babies, might also affect adult brains, researchers reported Thursday.
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Welcome to the Arctic, Fish | Hakai Magazine

Welcome to the Arctic, Fish | Hakai Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the climate changes, the Arctic Ocean beckons Pacific salmon and other species. How will we fish responsibly?
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Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change

Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Though countries like Bangladesh have contributed little to the industrial pollution driving climate change, they will suffer the most from the devastating consequences.
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Uncharted Waters: An Uncertain Future For Dungeness Crabs on U.S. West Coast by : Yale Environment 360

Uncharted Waters: An Uncertain Future For Dungeness Crabs on U.S. West Coast by : Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dungeness crab is one of the most valuable commercial fisheries on the U.S. West Coast, worth nearly $170 million in Washington, Oregon, and California in 2014. These crabs are also a vital part of the region’s marine food web, their larvae serving as prey for numerous fish species. But as acidifying waters alter the chemistry of the world’s oceans, scientists and fishermen are just beginning to understand how this economically, culturally, and ecologically important species will be impacted.
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Panel: TEPCO’s ‘ice wall’ failing at Fukushima nuclear plant:The Asahi Shimbun

Panel: TEPCO’s ‘ice wall’ failing at Fukushima nuclear plant:The Asahi Shimbun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s “frozen wall of earth” has failed to prevent groundwater from entering th
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Ocean Slime Spreading Quickly Across the Earth

Ocean Slime Spreading Quickly Across the Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Toxic algae blooms, perhaps accelerated by ocean warming and other climate shifts, are spreading, poisoning marine life and people.
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Experts warn of threat of born-again smallpox from old Siberian graveyards

Experts warn of threat of born-again smallpox from old Siberian graveyards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This summer's melting of permafrost is more than THREE TIMES greater than usual, unlocking long-frozen deadly diseases.
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We have to recycle water on a massive scale – this is how we can

We have to recycle water on a massive scale – this is how we can | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world is running out of drinkable water, and putting a price on the stuff won't work. But we are well on the way to building a circular water economy
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OIL AND GAS: Law profs issue takedown of decision striking fracking rule

OIL AND GAS: Law profs issue takedown of decision striking fracking rule | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dozens of law professors banded together this week to assail a federal court's recent decision striking down the Obama administration's hydraulic fracturing rule.
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Ever wanted to track where your fish comes from? Now you can

Ever wanted to track where your fish comes from? Now you can | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Alex WhitingROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Anyone with internet access and a passion for seafood will soon be able to track commercial fishin
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Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?

Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For some climate activists, the personal decision to have a child is also fraught with moral consequences: the negative impact on the environment, and on the quality of life for those children.
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Zika now spreading in Miami Beach, sources say

Zika now spreading in Miami Beach, sources say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Florida’s health department held conversations with public officials Thursday to alert them that a new area of Zika transmission has been identified in Miami Beach, the heart of Miami-Dade’s tourism industry.
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Scientists are about to declare that human beings have entered a ‘scary’ new epoch

Scientists are about to declare that human beings have entered a ‘scary’ new epoch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A worldwide hunt for a “line in the rock” that shows the beginning of a new geological epoch defined by humanity’s extraordinary impact on planet Earth is expected to get underway in the next few weeks. The idea that we are now living in the Anthropocene epoch has been gaining ground in recent years.
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Saudi Companies Unable to Pay Foreign Workers Salaries in Arrears

Thousands of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, most of them Asian, are in financial dire straits as large Saudi corporations are in arrears with their salaries, a crisis due to the freeze on many construction projects after the oil prices collapse.

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