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Alarm over climate 'tipping point' fueled Portland rally | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Alarm over climate 'tipping point' fueled Portland rally | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hoping to restrict pipelines and quash the pursuit of tar sands oil, activists make their global fight local.
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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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Oklahoma Protesters Threaten to "Secdee" From Union if Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos is not Cancelled - Topekas News

Oklahoma Protesters Threaten to "Secdee" From Union if Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos is not Cancelled - Topekas News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Saddlebridge Township, Oklahoma – Furious parents and citizens of Oklahoma took to the streets early Thursday, protesting against Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos.  Protesters allege the show is blatantly promoting an anti-Creationist agenda and is ‘standing against the Judeo-Christian moors and values of the Saddleback Township community and others nationwide.”

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Climate Change and the Future of Oil | The Energy Collective

Climate Change and the Future of Oil | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We hear a lot about climate change, especially now that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently published another report. At the same time, oil is reaching limits, and this has an effect as well. How do the two issues fit together?
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Climate Code Red: Climate change communication: Key psychological research findings (and why you haven't heard about them yet) (2)

Climate Code Red: Climate change communication: Key psychological research findings (and why you haven't heard about them yet) (2) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Research has identified a number of psychological barriers that can prevent people from believing in or acting on messages about climate change. Luckily, it has also suggested strategies for overcoming these barriers. Second of a two-part report byPaul Connor.

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The World Should Urgently Invest In Renewable Energy

The World Should Urgently Invest In Renewable Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on WWF.

Berlin – WWF supports a call in a major UN scientific report released [yesterday] that the world should more than triple investments in sustainable, safe low-carbon energy sources as the main measure to mitigate climate change.

The report, agreed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says that the world should triple
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Tesla’s Gigafactory Providing More “American-Made” Cars Than Ford

Tesla’s Gigafactory Providing More “American-Made” Cars Than Ford | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Gas2.

Tesla’s proposed Gigafactory has four states vying for multi-billion dollar project, and it could also make the Tesla Model S America’s most American car. If the proposed Gigafactory ends up sourcing raw materials from the surrounding area, as Tesla is proposing, about 90% of the content of the Model S could end up being American
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IPCC tries a gamble with shale gas

IPCC tries a gamble with shale gas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The IPCC's endorsement of gas as a route towards slowing atmospheric warming includes backing shale gas, a fuel whose exploitation entails significant warming potential.
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Colorado oil drilling boom intensifies as voter initiatives multiply

Colorado oil drilling boom intensifies as voter initiatives multiply | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers was walking down Denver's 16th Street Mall recently when a Greenpeace activist asked if he'd like to ban fracking.
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Dual Turning Point for Biofuels

Dual Turning Point for Biofuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Abengoa Bioenergy and other companies are constructing plants for ethanol made from corn stalks and wheat straw, but the market is saturated already.
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March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally | Climate Central

March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
March 2014 was the fourth-warmest year on record, globally, 1.2°F above the 1951-1980 average.
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Climate fears over Colombia drought

Climate fears over Colombia drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BBC Mundo's Arturo Wallace reports from Casanare province in central Colombia on fears that a drought may be a sign of a harsher climate to come.
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Flowing salt water over graphene generates electricity

Flowing salt water over graphene generates electricity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dragging a drop around produces voltage.
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Real-Life Survival Uses for Newspaper

Real-Life Survival Uses for Newspaper | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Newspaper is a wonderful multi-purpose product to include in your stockpile, which could be used within the house, and also for outdoor survival.
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Sustainability explained through animation

Watch this short animated movie explaining sustainability created for RealEyes by Igloo Animations.

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Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws

Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
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Climate Code Red: Climate change communication: Key psychological research findings (and why you haven't heard about them yet) (1)

Climate Code Red: Climate change communication: Key psychological research findings (and why you haven't heard about them yet) (1) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Research has identified a number of psychological barriers that can prevent people from believing in or acting on messages about climate change. Luckily, it has also suggested strategies for overcoming these barriers. First of a two-part report by Paul Connor.

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Clean Electricity and World Sources | The Energy Collective

Clean Electricity and World Sources | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Earlier this week the new French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reiterated President Hollande’s plan to cut French dependence on atomic power to half of all output by 2025, down from almost 75% currently. The plan is to curtail nuclear and ramp up renewables.
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New TV Series ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ On Climate Change & Near Future (VIDEO)

New TV Series ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ On Climate Change & Near Future (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Planetsave.


The subject of climate change and global warming is a divisive one, because while the science is sound, there seems to be no lack of climate deniers.

However, a new TV series that started airing this Sunday aims to get a larger number of people connecting dots on climate change, and could be the catalyst for national (and international)
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Pay Employees at Least a Fair Living Wage | Bob Willard - Sustainability Advantage

Pay Employees at Least a Fair Living Wage | Bob Willard - Sustainability Advantage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A living wage would not only have a positive effect on employee well-being, which improves productivity and reduces employee turnover; it also would increase
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Political Rifts Slow U.S. Effort on Climate Laws

Political Rifts Slow U.S. Effort on Climate Laws | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Efforts to tackle climate change have repeatedly collided with politics in Washington, where Republicans question the science of global warming, and ties to the fossil fuel industry have made them resistant to change.
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ConocoPhillips authorized to resume natural gas exports in Alaska

ConocoPhillips authorized to resume natural gas exports in Alaska | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Energy giant ConocoPhillips Co. has received approval from the Department of Energy to resume exporting liquefied natural gas from its Kenai, Alaska, facility, and plans to start exporting this spring.
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Hybrid cars: Where do they perform most efficiently?

Hybrid cars: Where do they perform most efficiently? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How green your hybrid vehicle actually is may depend on traffic levels, road design and, perhaps most surprisingly, national driving styles.
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Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change - Inter Press Service

Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change - Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle has few sanctuaries left in the world, and this is one of them. But in 2012 only 53 nests were counted on the beaches of this national park in Costa Rica. And there is an enemy that conservation efforts can’t fight: the beaches themselves are shrinking.

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For Miami's immigrants, some of the cheapest land is the most vulnerable to climate change

For Miami's immigrants, some of the cheapest land is the most vulnerable to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising sea levels and surging hispanic immigration into low-lying areas west of Miami have combined to make a climate crusader out of a Venezuelan immigrant.
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'Modest hope' to slow warming, but no 'free lunch,' U.N. warns

'Modest hope' to slow warming, but no 'free lunch,' U.N. warns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carbon emissions must be cut to "near zero" by 2100 to keep global warming to acceptable levels, the U.N. warns.
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China officials seek to block corruption protesters: report

China officials seek to block corruption protesters: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) April 14, 2014 - Local Chinese officials are blocking citizens seeking to report corruption to a central government inspection team, state media said on Monday, in the latest apparent abuse of the country's petitioning system.
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