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Measuring the consequence of forest fires on public health

Measuring the consequence of forest fires on public health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Feb 01, 2013 -
Pollution from forest fires is impacting the health of people with asthma and other chronic obstructive lung diseases, finds a study in Biomed Central's open access journal Environmental Health.
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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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California has urged President Obama and Congress to tax carbon pollution

California has urged President Obama and Congress to tax carbon pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last week, the California state senate passed Assembly Joint Resolution 43, urging the federal government to pass a revenue-neutral carbon tax:
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60 percent of key S.Asian water basin not usable: study

60 percent of key S.Asian water basin not usable: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sixty percent of the groundwater in a river basin supporting more than 750 million people in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh is not drinkable or usable for irrigation, researchers said Monday.
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The tribes paying the brutal price of conservation

The tribes paying the brutal price of conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Across the world, governments are protecting habitats. But indigenous peoples are being evicted
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Dry summer 'pretty hard' on Nova Scotia fish, say conservationists

Dry summer 'pretty hard' on Nova Scotia fish, say conservationists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water levels are low in many rivers and lakes, the muddy and rocky floors peeking through in parts.
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Exotic ticks appear to be establishing themselves in Alaska

Exotic ticks appear to be establishing themselves in Alaska | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers are finding ticks in Alaska that haven't historically been here. Some hitchhiked from the Lower 48—but others seem to have settled in.
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One shower could flush 100,000 microbeads into the ocean

One shower could flush 100,000 microbeads into the ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
British MPs have issued a report detailing the alarming damage to the environment wreaked by microbeads used in cosmetic products.
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Exxon: The Road Not Taken

Exxon: The Road Not Taken | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After eight months of investigation, InsideClimate News presents this multi-part history of Exxon's engagement with the emerging science of climate change. The story spans four decades, and is based on primary sources including internal company files dating back to the late 1970s, interviews with former company employees, and other evidence, much of which is being published here for the first time.
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Study casts doubts on environmental benefits of Canadian LNG exports

Study casts doubts on environmental benefits of Canadian LNG exports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The C.D. Howe Institute released a report Wednesday that concluded that Canada's LNG exports could reduce carbon emissions in parts of Asia, but would likely increase emissions in the majority of other potential markets.
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Investing in off-grid renewables in the developing world: what you need to know

Investing in off-grid renewables in the developing world: what you need to know | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Renewables are cheaper but there’s still a huge investment gap. Here’s what our expert panel said in a recent debate on clean energy
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'It's a lit fuse:' Release of ancient carbon from melting permafrost measured

'It's a lit fuse:' Release of ancient carbon from melting permafrost measured | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Researchers have confirmed the widespread release of ancient carbon from melting Arctic permafrost in what could be the lit fuse on a climate-change bomb.

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800 Viruses That Threaten the World [Video]

800 Viruses That Threaten the World [Video] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A powerful documentary chronicles the mysterious viruses, such as Ebola and Zika, that jump from animals to people—any one of which could one day cause the next great pandemic
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FBI alert sparks fears that state voting systems are under digital assault

FBI alert sparks fears that state voting systems are under digital assault | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Could hacks of Arizona’s and Illinois’ voter databases be part of a Russian attempt to meddle in the U.S. election?
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Wind Power Finally Getting Out From Solar’s Shadow | OilPrice.com

Wind Power Finally Getting Out From Solar’s Shadow | OilPrice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar power has been getting all of the proverbial sunlight for the last few years in the renewable energy market, but wind is now moving out from beneath that shadow
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A changing sun, a changing climate?

A changing sun, a changing climate? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The sun's impact on our planet's climate has recently been a hotly debated topic in the context of climate change. The controversy around this issue has led scientists across Europe to dig deeper into the claim that sola
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The Anthropocene is here: scientists

The Anthropocene is here: scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The human impact on Earth's chemistry and climate has cut short the 11,700-year-old geological epoch known as the Holocene and ushered in a new one, scientists said Monday.
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VIDEO: Pete Myers, in the round, on the circular economy — Environmental Health News

VIDEO: Pete Myers, in the round, on the circular economy — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
EHS founder Pete Myers heads to London to talk plastics but is confronted by drummers banging on polycarbonate bottles, a circular stage, and a solo violinist playing Beatles. He pulls it off.
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Drought Deals Harsh Blow to Cameroon’s Cocoa Farmers | Inter Press Service

Drought Deals Harsh Blow to Cameroon’s Cocoa Farmers | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tanchenow Daniel fears he will lose more than half a tonne of his cocoa yield during the next harvest at the end of this month. 

 He usually harvests no less than 1.5 tonnes of cocoa beans during the mid-crop season, but he says every farmer in the Manyu Division of Cameroon’s South West Region is witnessing a catastrophe this year because of a prolonged dry season.
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How air pollution is causing the world’s ‘Third Pole’ to melt

How air pollution is causing the world’s ‘Third Pole’ to melt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
And that could mean trouble for rivers supplying water to more than a billion people downstream.
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Here’s how the world’s population will change by 2050

Here’s how the world’s population will change by 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India, with a projected population of 1.7 billion, is expected to overtake China as the world's most populous country by 2050.
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ICN honored for Exxon series with Oakes Award for environmental journalism

ICN honored for Exxon series with Oakes Award for environmental journalism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Another journalism award for the series Exxon: The Road Not Taken, detailing the oil giant's four decades of climate research and efforts to cast doubt on the science.
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As sea levels rise, nearly 1.9 million U.S. homes could be underwater by 2100

As sea levels rise, nearly 1.9 million U.S. homes could be underwater by 2100 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Especially along the East Coast, many cities would be at risk by the end of this century.
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Hit by climate change, Central American coffee growers get a taste for cocoa

Hit by climate change, Central American coffee growers get a taste for cocoa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Farmer Abelardo Ayala took a tough decision on his estate in San Juan Tepezontes, a traditional coffee-producing region of El Salvador: to swap his coffee trees for cocoa as a warming climate hit his crop.

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Human-induced climate change began earlier than previously thought

Human-induced climate change began earlier than previously thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Signs of warming appear as early as 1830 say researchers, whose analysis will help build accurate baseline of temperature before influence of human activity
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Corporate Sponsors at Yosemite? The Case Against Privatizing National Parks

Corporate Sponsors at Yosemite? The Case Against Privatizing National Parks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As parks turn 100, rangers warn of pressures that have pushed state parks to add hotels, golf courses and ski resorts 
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