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Vietnam seizes two tonnes of illegal ivory

Vietnam seizes two tonnes of illegal ivory | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hanoi (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Vietnam has seized two tonnes of illegal elephant tusks found stashed in bags of shells being shipped to China, state media reported Wednesday.
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Radical climate change just around the corner: study

Radical climate change just around the corner: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Earth may experience a radically different climate already within 34 years, forever changing life as we know it, said a study Wednesday that aims to bring the dangers of global warming into sharper focus.
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Delegates pay tribute at Japan's mercury poison site

Delegates pay tribute at Japan's mercury poison site | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Delegates from around the world paid tribute Wednesday to the hundreds of Japanese who were killed by decades-long mercury dumping as they gathered at the site of the country's worst industrial poisoning.
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European satellites included in test of search-and-rescue system

European satellites included in test of search-and-rescue system | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (UPI) Oct 8, 2013 -
A pair of dedicated ground stations at opposite ends of Europe will let satellites participate in global testing of a search-and-rescue system, scientists say.
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Southeast Asia agrees anti-haze system

Southeast Asia agrees anti-haze system | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Southeast Asian leaders on Wednesday approved a new system aimed at cracking down on illegal forest fires blamed for the region's worst smog crisis in years.
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China displaces the US as world’s main oil importer

China displaces the US as world’s main oil importer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Americans currently import close to 10 million barrels of crude per day and Canadian oil accounts for 30% of that total.
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Tackling climate change: Copenhagen's sustainable city design

Tackling climate change: Copenhagen's sustainable city design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elisabeth Braw: Global warming poses a real threat to cities but planners in the Danish capital are taking visionary steps to ensure its resilience – and success – as far ahead as 2100
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United States suspends Antarctic research season : Nature News Blog

United States suspends Antarctic research season : Nature News Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) is recalling staff and scientists from Antarctica due to the ongoing US government shutdown. Nearly all science at the three US bases will grind to a halt.

The agency’s decision, posted today, could spell the end of this year’s Antarctic field season at McMurdo, Amundsen-Scott and Palmer stations, depending on the duration of the shutdown, which began on 1 Octoberand shows no signs of ending.

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Building Climate Resilience for Nepal’s Vulnerable Populations

The Government of Nepal has officially started implementation of the Building Resilience to Climate Related Hazards (BRCH) Project for a value of $31 million.
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5 Ways Monsanto Wants to Profit Off Climate Change

5 Ways Monsanto Wants to Profit Off Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The agriculture giant has a variety solutions for mitigating and adapting to global warming.
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Land airbus the future of the city

Land airbus the future of the city | China TBS Limited

Via Sílvia Dias
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Four Books Explore Humans’ Relationship With Water

Four Books Explore Humans’ Relationship With Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New books dive into our planet’s dwindling supply of clean water, a resource that might often seem omnipresent.

Via Wildcat2030, Flora Moon
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Octavio Osorio's curator insight, October 9, 2013 1:41 PM

Preocupación a tiempo, podemos afrontar los problemas del agua mientras mas rápido será mas facil y económico.

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Global warming’s evil twin: ocean acidification

Global warming’s evil twin: ocean acidification | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Greenhouse gas emissions have warmed the oceans in regions such as the Baltic by as much as 1.3°C.

Via Susan Davis Cushing
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University teams with industry to build deep-sea submersible

University teams with industry to build deep-sea submersible | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seattle (UPI) Oct 9, 2013 -
University of Washington researchers say they're helping build an innovative five-person submarine that would travel nearly 2 miles below the ocean's surface.
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Alarming suicide rates among Brazil's Guarani Indians

Alarming suicide rates among Brazil's Guarani Indians | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sao Paulo (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Survival International, a non-profit which champions the rights of indigenous people around the world, on Wednesday highlighted alarming suicide rates among Brazil's tiny Guarani Indian tribe.
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Kenya seizes 4 tonnes of ivory as elephant slaughter surges

Kenya seizes 4 tonnes of ivory as elephant slaughter surges | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nairobi (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Kenyan customs officers have seized almost four tonnes of elephant ivory in two separate shipments, officials said Wednesday, amid a surge in poaching of the threatened animals.
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No Fukushima radiation effect on bulls

No Fukushima radiation effect on bulls | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - The testes and sperm of bulls abandoned in the evacuation zone around the battered Fukushima nuclear plant were not affected by chronic exposure to radiation, a Japanese academic study has found.
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Typhoon Fitow kills 10 in east China province

Typhoon Fitow kills 10 in east China province | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Ten people have died after a typhoon slammed into China's east coast, including a family of three who were all killed by electric shocks, state media reported Wednesday.
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Al Gore: The Media Is 'Frightened to Death' of Talking About Climate Change

Al Gore: The Media Is 'Frightened to Death' of Talking About Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In the seven years since An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore has continued his crusade against global climate change. It remains the most important issue the cities of the world can invest in, he says.

 

“Go whole hog on electrification,” Gore urged during an interview with AtlanticEditor in Chief James Bennet on Monday night at the magazine’s CityLab summit. “Put these solar panels in. Start generating renewable electricity. Deal with the heat through tree planting and green roofs. Cheap fossil energy has created an incredibly inefficient infrastructure.”

 

Gore painted an alarming picture of the future of ocean temperatures, hurricanes, and wind storms. “The cumulative amount of man-made global warming pollution is trapping enough extra heat each day to equal the amount of heat energy that would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima bombs going off every single day,” he said. “That’s a lot of energy.”

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PETM Shocker: When CO2 Levels Doubled 55 Million Years Ago, Earth May Have Warmed 9°F In 13 Years

PETM Shocker: When CO2 Levels Doubled 55 Million Years Ago, Earth May Have Warmed 9°F In 13 Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Paleocene/Eocene thermal maximum (PETM) and associated carbon pulse “are often touted as the best geologic analog for the current” manmade rise in CO2 levels, as a new study notes.

 

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper, “Evidence for a rapid release of carbon at the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum,” concludes that sediment data indicates the carbon was released in the geologic blink of an eye. As the news release explains, Rutgers geologists Morgan Schaller and James Wright argue that:

 

… following a doubling in carbon dioxide levels, the surface of the ocean turned acidic over a period of weeks or months and global temperatures rose by 5 degrees centigrade – all in the space of about 13 years. Scientists previously thought this process happened over 10,000 years.

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Stefan Rahmstorf: The View from Reykjavik and Earth 101

Stefan Rahmstorf: The View from Reykjavik and Earth 101 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

One distinct privilege and pleasure of attending the Earth 101 conference in Reykjavik was my opportunity to meet a number of scary smart and fiercely passionate people who are devoting their professional lives to better understanding and communicating the climate issue.


One of those is Stefan Rahmstorf, a globally known oceanographer and physicist with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

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Economies d'énergie : beaucoup d'efforts restent à faire

Economies d'énergie : beaucoup d'efforts restent à faire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Si de plus en plus de pays se préoccupent de réduire la consommation d'énergie, la crise et le développement de l'électricité contrarient les objectifs à réaliser.

Via équilibredesénergies, Stephane Bilodeau
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:22 PM
Présenté mardi 8 octobre, le rapport sur "Les politiques d'efficacité énergétique dans le monde"réalisé par l'Agence de l'environnement et de la maîtrise de l'énergie (Ademe) pour le Conseil mondial de l'énergie qui tiendra son XXIIe congrès du 13 au 17 octobre 2013 à Daegu (Corée du Sud), fait état de progrès notables en la matière, dans toutes les grandes régions du monde.
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Lumo, une plateforme participative empreinte d'énergies renouvelables | Le Labo de l'économie sociale et solidaire

Lumo, une plateforme participative empreinte d'énergies renouvelables | Le Labo de l'économie sociale et solidaire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Lumo, c’est l’histoire d’un projet qui veut participer à la transition de la société : comment à la fois développer le secteur des énergies renouvelables et susciter la participation citoyenne la plus large ? 


Via Jón Sallé
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D'Dline 2020 ✏ 's curator insight, October 9, 2013 3:04 AM

Sa première particularité porte sur ses liens de coopération avec le secteur public et d’autres acteurs privés. La totalité des projets financés sont à finalité collective et le fruit d’un partenariat avec les collectivités territoriales. Par exemple des projets de pose de panneaux photovoltaïques dans des lieux publics. Lumo a aussi tissé des liens avec la banque Crédit Coopératif, entre autres, ce qui permet de financer les projets de manière complémentaire.

 

L’autre caractéristique est la place de l’entreprise dans le processus de décision-réalisation-suivi d’un projet. En amont, Lumo participe aux concertations et à l’élaboration du projet avec ses partenaires.