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Climate change: BLAMING HUMANS FOR OUR WARMING PLANET - What we know, what we're doing

Climate change: BLAMING HUMANS FOR OUR WARMING PLANET - What we know, what we're doing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We highlight not only how our lives are affected by climate change, but what people are doing about it.

 

In 1995, climate scientist Ben Santer first brought up the notion that humans were partially to blame for a warming planet. His views on climate change, backed by stacks of data, have gone from being in the extreme minority to the near-universally accepted majority.


"The warming we have seen in these many different aspects of the climate system — the ocean, the land surface, the ice, the atmosphere, water vapor, pressure patterns, circulation patterns — these changes cannot be purely explained by natural causation," Santer said. "You need a substantial human influence in order to best explain the observed changes we've seen."

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Pipeline On Wheels: Trains Are Winning Big Off U.S. Oil

Pipeline On Wheels: Trains Are Winning Big Off U.S. Oil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The oil boom in the United States is creating another boom — for the railroad industry.

 

So far this year, in North Dakota alone, 140 million barrels of oil have left on trains. Shipments of crude oil by rail are up almost 50 percent over last year — and this upward trend is expected to continue.

 

A visit to the world-famous Tehachapi Loop, part of a winding mountain pass in Southern California, demonstrates the scale and reach of the oil boom in the middle of the country. As a train full of oil tanker cars rumbles past, it's hard not to think of it as a pipeline on wheels.

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Chinese cities becoming a minicar mecca - USATODAY.com

Chinese cities becoming a minicar mecca - USATODAY.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Speeding up one-way streets, and ignoring red lights, Liu Wenhe dares any Beijing cop to get in his way.

 

"If the police want to confiscate my car, I'll tell them to take my wife, too," laughs Liu, 62, gesturing to his smiling 61-year-old wife in the back seat.

 

Though not street legal, Liu's tiny, enclosed four-wheeler is one of the growing fleet of low-speed electric minicars appearing in China's traffic-choked cities. Factories are ramping up production of the vehicles, which can squeeze past gridlock as well as bypass government laws that restrict car use and ownership in China.


Legally speaking, police are supposed to pull over the unlicensed, uninsured and in some cases unsafe vehicles used predominantly by the elderly. But the battery-powered 7-by-3½-foot cars cruise the streets in open view and are stopped only during irregular crackdowns.

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Illegal miners infest Venezuela's Amazon | Reuters

Illegal miners infest Venezuela's Amazon | Reuters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PUERTO AYACUCHO, Venezuela (Reuters) - From the air, the thick green canopy that covers the Venezuelan Amazon is pocked with ever more frequent small holes.On the ground, at 40 degrees Celsius (104 F)...
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Large Companies Prepared to Pay Price on Carbon

Large Companies Prepared to Pay Price on Carbon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than two dozen major American corporations are preparing to pay climate-related taxes, departing from conservative orthodoxy and exposing divisions between the Republican Party and its business supporters.
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Diseases on the move because of climate change

Diseases on the move because of climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is causing diseases to move in the USA, putting millions at risk.
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USDA announces new plan to combat salmonella

USDA announces new plan to combat salmonella | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled a new plan Wednesday to reduce the number of salmonella outbreaks linked to meat and poultry.
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Latin American Herald Tribune - Mexican Truck Carrying Radioactive Material Reported Found

Latin American Herald Tribune - Mexican Truck Carrying Radioactive Material Reported Found | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

MEXICO CITY – The truck stolen on Monday while it was transporting “extremely dangerous” radioactive material was found Wednesday, officials with Mexico’s National Commission for Nuclear Safety and Safeguards confirmed.

The radioactive material was said to be still with the vehicle but its container had been opened – presumably by the thieves – and removed from the truck.

“This means that the person or persons who removed it now must be feeling the symptoms of acute radiation (poisoning),” said Mardonio Jimenez, a physicist with the nuclear safety commission.

The thieves have already died or are “at the point of dying because it was a very high intensity,” he added, although since the truck was found abandoned in a rural area some 30 or 40 kilometers (19 to 25 miles) from where it was stolen authorities have said there is no danger to the general public.

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WILDLIFE: Ethanol's rise, conservation programs' demise spur habitat losses in Prairie Pothole region

BISMARCK, N.D. -- As pheasant season opened this fall, the news reports were grim: Fewer birds were expected across the Dakotas, their numbers most likely thinned by a rainy summer nesting season and an early fall blizzard.
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Lip service: China seems to be winning its arguments with the West over Tibet and human rights

Lip service:   China seems to be winning its arguments with the West over Tibet and human rights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
HYPOCRISY does not make you wrong, but it hands your critics a convenient weapon. When David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister, visited Sri Lanka for the recent...
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Young Americans Know Who They Blame For The Student Debt Crisis

Young Americans Know Who They Blame For The Student Debt Crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEW YORK -- A majority of young Americans say student debt is a major issue facing the nation, a new poll finds, and many blame colleges for the problem.
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Home Remedies for Coughs - Common Sense Homesteading

Home Remedies for Coughs - Common Sense Homesteading | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Home Remedies for Coughs - check out a dozen home remedies for dry cough, hacking cough and croupy cough. All natural cough and sore throat care.
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Coal rush ravages Indonesian Borneo

Coal rush ravages Indonesian Borneo | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Samarinda, Indonesia (AFP) Dec 04, 2013 - Barges loaded with mountains of coal glide down the polluted Mahakam River on Indonesian Borneo every few minutes.
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ALEC calls for penalties on 'freerider' homeowners in assault on clean energy

ALEC calls for penalties on 'freerider' homeowners in assault on clean energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 Documents reveal conservative group's anti-green agenda • Strategy to charge people who install their own solar panels • Environmentalists accuse Alec of protecting utility firms' profits.

 

An alliance of corporations and conservative activists is mobilising to penalise homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as "freeriders" – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable energy, the Guardian has learned.

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Air Pollution Shrouds Eastern China

Air Pollution Shrouds Eastern China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shanghai, which generally has better air quality than northern cities like Beijing, is experiencing some of the worst pollution in recent memory.
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Mandalay villagers fall ill from contaminated lake | DVB Multimedia Group

Mandalay villagers fall ill from contaminated lake | DVB Multimedia Group | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The use of pesticides for fishing in Mandalay division’s Thabyaw lake is contaminating the freshwater supply for local villagers in Sintgu township.

 

The residents of Kyauknganwar village rely on the lake for drinking water and domestic use, but many are becoming ill with hepatitis and diarrhoea.

 

Village resident, Nyunt Thu, said hepatitis is now common among the villagers.

 

“I have it and many other people do too,” he said. “Doctors warned us that drinking contaminated water could be the main cause.”

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Worst-Case Scenario for Oil Sands Industry Has Come to Life, Leaked Document Shows | InsideClimate News

Worst-Case Scenario for Oil Sands Industry Has Come to Life, Leaked Document Shows | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As environmentalists began ratcheting up pressure against Canada's tar sands three years ago, one of the world's biggest strategic consulting firms was tapped to help the North American oil industry figure out how to handle the mounting activism.
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EPA proposal could shift war on renewable fuels - Darren Goode

EPA proposal could shift war on renewable fuels - Darren Goode | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A battle royal over ethanol will be on display Thursday as oil, livestock, environmental, biofuels and consumer groups descend on a public hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuels mandate.
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Pollution-eating concrete?

Pollution-eating concrete? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some of the fastest-growing jobs in the world deal with how to make technologies that do not to pollute the environment. There is plenty of research that shows more disease and illnesses in cities that have high pollution.
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There’s a Reason They Call Them ‘Crazy Ants’

There’s a Reason They Call Them ‘Crazy Ants’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What if you discovered an invasive species that seems drawn to electricity — in your outlets, appliances, laptops and TVs — and no one would listen?
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Widened Panama Canal Threatens the Environment « DC BureauDC Bureau

Widened Panama Canal Threatens the Environment « DC BureauDC Bureau | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Obama administration’s push to modernize U.S. ports to accommodate huge new ships that can pass through the widened Panama Canal worries environmentalists who believe U.S. coastlines will be subjected to enormous damage and coastal residents will face increased health risks. For marine life already threatened by shipping traffic, like the majestic right whale, the odds are even tougher.

 

The North Atlantic right whale gets its name, legend has it, from the fishing industry’s belief that it was the “right” whale to hunt because of its docile nature, tendency to stay close to the coast and habit of swimming near the ocean surface to skim for food. One of the largest animals in the world at 59 feet and 70 tons, it’s also one of the most critically endangered.

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New report: Unregulated contaminants common in drinking water — Environmental Health News

New report: Unregulated contaminants common in drinking water — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Traces of 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling, according to new, unpublished research by federal scientists.
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The Future of OPEC

The Future of OPEC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The oil cartel will face pressure from within through boosted Iranian and Iraqi production and from outside through growing U.S. energy exports.
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Food poverty in UK has reached level of 'public health emergency', warn experts

Food poverty in UK has reached level of 'public health emergency', warn experts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hunger in Britain has reached the level of a “public health emergency” and the Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem, leading experts have said.
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Spain's bankruptcy epidemic slays giants, dwarfs

Spain's bankruptcy epidemic slays giants, dwarfs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Madrid (AFP) Dec 04, 2013 - Washing machines, fish fingers and football teams: not even household names are safe from a Spanish bankruptcy epidemic ravaging big and small businesses alike.
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