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Shale Gas Fuels Gulf's Chemical Industry | The Allegheny Front

Shale Gas Fuels Gulf's Chemical Industry | The Allegheny Front | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shale gas is fueling an expansion of the Gulf Coast's petrochemical industry, bringing jobs but also renewed fears about air quality.
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Billion litres of coal-mine muck leaks into Athabasca River

Billion litres of coal-mine muck leaks into Athabasca River | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Geotechnical engineers remained at the Obed Mountain coal mine Sunday trying to determine how one billion litres of murky water leaked from a containment pond into the Athabasca River.
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Be Very Afraid: The American Economy Is Cannibalizing Itself, and We the People Are Going to Pay a Huge Price

Be Very Afraid: The American Economy Is Cannibalizing Itself, and We the People Are Going to Pay a Huge Price | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The bottom 90 percent of Americans have disappeared from official Washington.
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Why Dengue and Yellow Fever could be coming to a city near you

Why Dengue and Yellow Fever could be coming to a city near you | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is spreading two of the world's scariest diseases.
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Making a living on the black market

Making a living on the black market | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Finding a job in Italy is hard enough, but it's only part of the battle. Many, especially the young, can find work only "on the black" - employed in the shadow economy, without a contract or the rights that go with it.

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China vows to silence Dalai Lama in Tibet

China vows to silence Dalai Lama in Tibet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Nov 02, 2013 - China's ruling Communist Party aims to silence the voice of the Dalai Lama in his Tibetan homeland by tightening controls on media and the Internet, a top official said Saturday.
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Bats and whales behave in surprisingly similar ways

Bats and whales behave in surprisingly similar ways | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Odense, Denmark (SPX) Nov 04, 2013 -
Sperm whales weigh up to 50 tons, and the smallest bat barely reaches a gram. Nevertheless, the two species share the same success story: They both have developed the ability to use echolocation - a biological sonar - for hunting. Now Danish researchers show that the biosonar of toothed whales and bats share surprisingly many similarities - even though they live in very different environments and vary extremely in size.

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When the wind blows

When the wind blows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Newark DE (SPX) Nov 04, 2013 -
Research into the best ways to arrange wind turbines has produced staggering results - quite literally. The University of Delaware's Cristina Archer and her Atmosphere and Energy Research Group found that staggering and spacing out turbines in an offshore wind farm can improve performance by as much as 33 percent.

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Improving earthquake early warning systems for California and Taiwan

Improving earthquake early warning systems for California and Taiwan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco CA (SPX) Nov 04, 2013 -
Earthquake early warning systems may provide the public with crucial seconds to prepare for severe shaking.
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Violent, Sicker, Poorer: Welcome To The Future

Violent, Sicker, Poorer: Welcome To The Future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — A leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts that man-made global warming likely will worsen already existing human tragedies of war, starvation, poverty, flooding, extreme weather and disease.
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Sustainability: How Humans' Economy Differs from Natures'

Sustainability: How Humans' Economy Differs from Natures' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A few years ago, I had an ah-ha moment when it comes to what we as humans would need to do to live in a sustainable manner. It is very easy. All we have to do is leave our homes, take off all of ou...
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Pacific Ocean waters absorbing heat 15 times faster over past 60 years than in past 10,000

Pacific Ocean waters absorbing heat 15 times faster over past 60 years than in past 10,000 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A recent slowdown in global warming has led some skeptics to renew their claims that industrial carbon emissions are not causing a century-long rise in Earth's surface temperatures. But rather than letting humans off the hook, a new study in the leading journal Science adds support to the idea that the oceans are taking up some of the excess heat, at least for the moment. In a reconstruction of Pacific Ocean temperatures in the last 10,000 years, researchers have found that its middle depths have warmed 15 times faster in the last 60 years than they did during apparent natural warming cycles in the previous 10,000.
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This massive underground complex protects Tokyo from floods | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

This massive underground complex protects Tokyo from floods | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In what looks like a set piece out of the James Bond film You Only Live Twice lies a civil engineering masterpiece that protects Tokyo from floods. It’s official title is the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, and its job is to direct excessive rainfall away from the metro area into underground shafts and eventually into rivers.

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Central Ill. officials: Aquifer fight isn't over

Central Ill. officials: Aquifer fight isn't over | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP) â€" Elected officials in central Illinois are vowing to intensify efforts to prevent a landfill from burying toxic waste above a large aquifer, saying even a slim risk that groundwater could be polluted is too high.
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The West's energy landscape, transformed — The Daily Climate

The West's energy landscape, transformed — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We're scraping millions of tons of coal from the ground in Wyoming and Montana.But new oil and gas developments are shifting the energy landscape – and sparking debate on U.S. fuel and climate policy.
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5 Ways Super-Rich Are Betraying America

5 Ways Super-Rich Are Betraying America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This small group of takers is giving up on the country that made it possible for them to build huge fortunes.
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How Dr. Bronner's got all lathered up about GMOs

How Dr. Bronner's got all lathered up about GMOs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The soap company has become one of the biggest players in the battle over labeling GM ingredients.
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Obama orders government to prepare for climate change

Obama orders government to prepare for climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Nov 01, 2013 - US President Barack Obama on Friday signed an executive order requiring government departments to take steps to prepare for extreme weather and other impacts of climate change.
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Study challenges soil testing for potassium and the fertilizer value of potassium chloride

Study challenges soil testing for potassium and the fertilizer value of potassium chloride | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Urbana IL (SPX) Nov 04, 2013 - In the chemical age of agriculture that began in the 1960s, potassium chloride (KCl), the common salt often referred to as potash, is widely used as a major fertilizer in the Corn Belt without regar...
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Plant production could decline as climate change affects soil nutrients

Plant production could decline as climate change affects soil nutrients | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Flagstaff AZ (SPX) Nov 04, 2013 -
As drylands of the world become even drier, water will not be the only resource in short supply.
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CU-Boulder-led team gets first look at diverse life below rare tallgrass prairies

CU-Boulder-led team gets first look at diverse life below rare tallgrass prairies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boulder CO (SPX) Nov 04, 2013 - America's once-abundant tallgrass prairies-which have all but disappeared-were home to dozens of species of grasses that could grow to the height of a man, hundreds of species of flowers, and herds...
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Warm winters let trees sleep longer

Warm winters let trees sleep longer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 04, 2013 -
In the temperate zones, vegetation follows the change of the seasons. After a winter pause, plants put out new growth in spring.
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GeoEngineering and the Ooops Factor

GeoEngineering and the Ooops Factor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Someone always asks me about GeoEngineering. I say, well, 20, 30  years down the road, let's say, maybe China, or India, starts to really feel a serious food or water pinch from climate change. And...
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Bond market guru Bill Gross to super-rich: we must pay more taxes

Bond market guru Bill Gross to super-rich: we must pay more taxes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"The era of taxing “capital” at lower rates than “labor” should now end."

 

Bill Gross, co-founder of Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO) and manager of the world's largest bond fund, says the "privileged 1%" must pay more in taxes to help the US economy.

 

The super-rich “should be paddling right alongside and willing to support higher taxes on carried interest, and certainly capital gains readjusted to existing marginal income tax rates,” Gross wrote in his most recent investment letter entitled Scrooge McDuck.

 

"Having benefited enormously via the leveraging of capital since the beginning of my career and having shared a decreasing percentage of my income thanks to Presidents Reagan and Bush 43 via lower government taxes, I now find my intellectual leanings shifting to the plight of labor."

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