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Seabirds Carry Warnings of Ocean Pollution

Seabirds Carry Warnings of Ocean Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By monitoring wildlife, researchers can determine which chemicals are harming human health.
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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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What Is the Role for Transformation in Adaptation? | World Resources Institute

What Is the Role for Transformation in Adaptation? | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Transformation is a word we use so often in our daily lives that it seems strange to stop and think about what it really means. But in adaptation circles, the definition and role of transformation has recently become a hot topic of conversation, in part because transformational change was an important theme of the recent IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.
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Injecting Urgency into the World Bank's Climate Change Efforts | World Resources Institute

Injecting Urgency into the World Bank's Climate Change Efforts | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Although the World Bank has successfully addressed a number of important economic and social risks in its projects, it is falling short in recognizing climate risks. As the World Bank refreshes its long-term strategies, this is a key moment to bring climate change—and more broadly, sustainability—to the forefront of its investment agenda.
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The Changing Landscape of Forest Management | World Resources Institute

The Changing Landscape of Forest Management | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In an article originally published in Project Syndicate, the authors discuss the changing landscape of forest management and how corporations are making stronger sustainable business commitments.
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How much would it cost to keep climate change in check?

How much would it cost to keep climate change in check? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its new report on Sunday laying out the staggering realities of the impact of climate change. The UN's expert panel said that increases in CO2, mainly from the burning of fossil fuels, pushed global temperatures up by an average of 2.
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Analyzing the IPCC Report: 6 Things You Need to Know About Reducing Emissions | World Resources Institute

Analyzing the IPCC Report: 6 Things You Need to Know About Reducing Emissions | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) newest installment, Working Group III (WGIII): Mitigation and Climate Change, highlights an important message: It’s still possible to limit average global temperature rise to 2°C—but only if the world rapidly reduces emissions and changes its current energy mix.

We've outlined six things you need to know about the level of emissions reductions needed to rein in runaway warming.
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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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How to Address Risk and Make Progress on Climate and Development | World Resources Institute

How to Address Risk and Make Progress on Climate and Development | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
David Waskow discusses the recently released IPCC report. He suggests ways India can address risk and make progress on climate and development.

This article was originally published by The Financial Chronicle.
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World Urban Forum Highlights Opportunities for Sustainable Cities | World Resources Institute

World Urban Forum Highlights Opportunities for Sustainable Cities | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Well-designed cities can generate jobs, innovation, and economic growth for all. But when designed poorly—with too much sprawl, waste, and inefficiency—they can divide urban centers and exacerbate pollution, inequality, and political instability.

Against this backdrop, some 25,000 people have gathered in Medellin, Colombia, for the UN Habitat’s World Urban Forum this week. The key question they face: How can cities drive growth that is inclusive and sustainable?
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WEBINAR: Good Practices Contributing to an Effective National GHG Inventory System | World Resources Institute

WEBINAR: Good Practices Contributing to an Effective National GHG Inventory System | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
THE UNDP LOW-EMISSION CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME AND THE WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE ARE PLEASED TO INVITE YOU TO A JOINT WEBINAR
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Water Stress Magnifies Drought’s Negative Impacts throughout the United States | World Resources Institute

Water Stress Magnifies Drought’s Negative Impacts throughout the United States | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Years of Living Dangerously, a new Showtime series about climate change, turned its lens on how drought devastated the small town of Plainview, Texas in its first episode. In Plainview—and every other drought-stricken place across the United States—a precipitous drop in rainfall is only part of a much broader story. Underlying water stress is one important piece of that complicated puzzle. When drought strikes where baseline water stress is high, it exacerbates regions’ water woes.
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Visualizing the Global Carbon Budget | World Resources Institute

Visualizing the Global Carbon Budget | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There’s a lot we can learn about the "carbon budget"—what it is, what the impacts will be if we exceed it, and how we can stay within it. WRI created a new infographic to help explain the complexities behind this critically important topic.
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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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