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Coffee Fungus Outbreak Resumes: Scientific American

Coffee Fungus Outbreak Resumes: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers are marshaling technology in a bid to thwart the harvest-threatening outbreak in Central America
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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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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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China expected to show slowest growth since 1990 - FT.com

China expected to show slowest growth since 1990 - FT.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China will reveal on Wednesday how quickly its economy grew in the first quarter. The figures are almost certain to show the world’s second-biggest economy slowed sharply from 7.7 per cent growth in the fourth quarter of last year. Analyst estimates
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Water users can reduce the risk of spreading invasive species

Water users can reduce the risk of spreading invasive species | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leeds, UK (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 -
Foreign species that are devastating water ecosystems could be hitchhiking around Britain on canoeists' and anglers' kit, according to a new study.

Invaders like the killer shrimp, zebra mus
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Plugging an ozone hole

Plugging an ozone hole | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 -
Since the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, scientists, policymakers, and the public have wondered whether we might someday see a similarly extreme depletion of ozone over the Arctic.

But
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Two workers killed in wall collapse at Australian coal mine

Two workers killed in wall collapse at Australian coal mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The employees died following the incident at the Austar coal mine in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales state.
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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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Kadner: Chicago water hikes spur suburban revolt - Southtown Star

Kadner: Chicago water hikes spur suburban revolt - Southtown Star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There is apparently no independent agency monitoring the skyrocketing cost of Chicago water in the suburbs. While the Illinois Commerce Commission must approve rate increase requests by ComEd and Northern Illinois Gas, there is no entity with regulatory authority over the cost of Lake Michigan
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MEPs back plans to slash use of plastic shopping bags

MEPs back plans to slash use of plastic shopping bags | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Strasbourg, France (AFP) April 16, 2014 - The European Parliament on Wednesday backed plans to slash the use of plastic shopping bags which, carelessly thrown away, end up as unsightly litter and pollute the environment.
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Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain, success of US Clean Air Act

Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain, success of US Clean Air Act | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seattle WA (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 -
The rise and fall of acid rain is a global experiment whose results are preserved in the geologic record. By analyzing samples from the Greenland ice sheet, University of Washington atmospheric scie
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The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge - a Product of Climate Change?

The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge - a Product of Climate Change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dr. Joe Romm reports on a new study that provides more detail on  the drying of the western US, this winter's Polar Vortex, and the "Warm Arctic, Cold Continents" paradox. As readers here know, the...
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Ex-US president Jimmy Carter comes out against Keystone XL

Ex-US president Jimmy Carter comes out against Keystone XL | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
He is first US former president to urge the current administration reject TransCanada's pipeline.
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