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Opinion: Tracking global warming trends? Think like a stockbroker — The Daily Climate

Opinion: Tracking global warming trends? Think like a stockbroker — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Ask a Wall Street analyst and all but the most extreme contrarians will tell you that over the long run, the market is going to go up. Sure, over the last century there have been some downturns, and some flat periods of little growth, but if you invested over the long haul you were virtually guaranteed to make money.

Now consider the question: Is the planet warming?

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Alternative Flame Retardants Detected In Outdoor Air | Chemical & Engineering News

Alternative Flame Retardants Detected In Outdoor Air | Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Manufacturers have used organophosphate esters for more than 40 years as flame retardants in items such as upholstered furniture, electronics, and plastics. The chemicals’ use has increased over the past decade as manufacturers have phased out brominated flame retardants due to environmental and human health concerns. A new study measures organophosphate flame retardants in outdoor air at levels 100 to 1,000 times higher than the brominated flame retardants they are replacing (Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett.2013, DOI: 10.1021/ez400034n). The study suggests that organophosphate esters, which also have raised health concerns, are more persistent and get transported more easily in the environment than once thought.

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SC mandates all sewage and waste facilities to test for toxic pollutant | Local News | Rock Hill Herald Online

SC mandates all sewage and waste facilities to test for toxic pollutant | Local News | Rock Hill Herald Online | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The state has mandated all wastewater treatment plants and municipal solid waste landfills test for a toxic pollutant after rolling out emergency regulations last week.
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Hotter Summers Mean More Health Risks In Urban Heat Islands · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting

Hotter Summers Mean More Health Risks In Urban Heat Islands · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

PORTLAND – On hot summer days, 74-year-old HelenRuth Stephens doesn’t dare leave her apartment. Not to get the mail or take out the trash.

 

“You don’t do it because you’ll be breathless by the time you get back,” she says.

 

She suffers from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Both affect her lungs. Hot weather drains her energy, she says, and makes it hard for her to breathe.

 

Stephens is the type of person public health officials worry about as they’re preparing for climate change.

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Energy: The toll on coal - FT.com

Energy: The toll on coal - FT.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For the world at large, Wyoming still means Buffalo Bill and cowboy boots. For global energy markets, the sparsely populated US state has a more modern relevance – as the source of some of the largest coal reserves in the world.
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Waiting for the Next Oil Spill Disaster |

Eco Watch | The Bay Area Environment Column

Waiting for the Next Oil Spill Disaster |<br/>   <br/>Eco Watch | The Bay Area Environment Column | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By sunset, the tanker had delivered its cargo of crude petroleum to a North Bay refinery and was passing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge en route to its next port of call in Ecuador.
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Alaska Hunts Oil as Arctic Damage Shows Most Change From Climate

Alaska Hunts Oil as Arctic Damage Shows Most Change From Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When Jerry Otto started hunting for Alaskan oil in 1980, his tractor-trailers barreled along ice roads as much as 10 feet thick for 180 days every year.
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Tiny House Workshops October through December 2013 | Tiny House News

Tiny House Workshops October through December 2013 | Tiny House News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tiny House workshops are becoming an invaluable tool for individuals interested in changing their lives by downsizing and simplifying. There are new hands-on we
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A Disease Cuts Corn Yields

A Disease Cuts Corn Yields | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Goss’s wilt, a disease that is spreading in the United States, has been devastating the crops of corn farmers, while the cause of the tidal wave remains uncertain.
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US shutdown puzzles other nations

US shutdown puzzles other nations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The shutdown of the US Federal government has America-watchers abroad scratching their heads in wonder and concern.
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Warming hits Greenland's caribou

Warming hits Greenland's caribou | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Oct 01, 2013 - Arctic ice melt due to global warming is having an unexpected impact on West Greenland's caribou, causing fewer calves to be born and boosting their death rate, a study said Tuesday.
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Five dead as Typhoon Wutip batters Vietnam

Five dead as Typhoon Wutip batters Vietnam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hanoi (AFP) Oct 01, 2013 - Typhoon Wutip left a trail of destruction with at least five people dead, dozens of fishermen missing in the South China Sea and thousands of homes damaged in Vietnam, authorities said Tuesday.
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Satellite flood maps reach crisis teams via Internet

Satellite flood maps reach crisis teams via Internet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (ESA) Oct 02, 2013 -
Building on its use of satellites for responding to disasters, ESA has helped to create a service that makes flood maps available simply via the Internet.
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10,000 walrus come ashore in Alaska as ice recedes beyond shallow water

10,000 walrus come ashore in Alaska as ice recedes beyond shallow water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An estimated 10,000 walrus unable to find sea ice over shallow Arctic Ocean water have come ashore on Alaska’s northwest coast.
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Molecular Competition: Flame Retardants Interact with Key Metabolism Enzyme

Molecular Competition: Flame Retardants Interact with Key Metabolism Enzyme | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Molecular Competition: Flame Retardants Interact with Key Metabolism Enzyme.

 

Flame retardants come in two types: reactive agents, which are chemically bound to base materials during manufacturing, and additive agents, which are incorporated into products but not chemically bound, allowing them to escape into the surrounding environment.3 People are exposed mainly to additive flame retardants that have migrated into house dust,4with children potentially more exposed than adults because of their more frequent hand-to-mouth activity and contact with floors.

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Sacrificing an Idyll for an Ideal: Bavarians Protest Power Plant - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Sacrificing an Idyll for an Ideal: Bavarians Protest Power Plant - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pumped-storage power plants are an important part of Germany's shift away from nuclear energy. But the facilities are being planned in some of the country's most idyllic areas, leading locals and supporters of renewable energies alike to protest.
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Physicians group targets fireplaces and fuel burning stoves

Physicians group targets fireplaces and fuel burning stoves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most people recognize that driving motor vehicles contributes to winter inversions and summer smog, but burning wood or coal is a larger culprit for air pollution than some may think.
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China Faces Steep Climb to Exploit Its Shale Riches

China Faces Steep Climb to Exploit Its Shale Riches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Although it has the world's largest technically recoverable reserves of shale gas, they are less accessible than elsewhere and the country's economy is not structured to exploit them quickly.
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The Tyee – Conflict Dogs Canadian Mining Abroad

The Tyee – Conflict Dogs Canadian Mining Abroad | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Companies blame violence at foreign sites on long-standing local disputes. Does the story hold up?
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Japan’s Nuclear Refugees, Still Stuck in Limbo

Japan’s Nuclear Refugees, Still Stuck in Limbo | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of evacuees from the area around the Fukushima nuclear plant are in emotional and legal limbo as the cleanup limps along.
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IPCC Claims the Oceans are Dying to Save Us from Ourselves

in its latest report the IPCC has claimed that he effects of global warming would be many times worse if it weren’t for the oceans absorbing 93% of the heat, and 25% of CO2 produced. This is
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World's Biggest Ship: The $185M Maersk Triple-E

World's Biggest Ship: The $185M Maersk Triple-E | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- On a dry-dock in South Korea Maersk is building the world's biggest ship. A container vessel, it will ply the route between Northern Europe and China.
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How to Make a Barrel Compost Tumbler - Preparing For SHTF

How to Make a Barrel Compost Tumbler - Preparing For SHTF | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Today I will show you how to make this barrel compost tumbler with the plans I used by DixieGrilling.com and some of the modifications I made to them.
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Japanese fast-food chain to farm in Fukushima

Tokyo (AFP) Oct 01, 2013 - Major Japanese fast-food chain Yoshinoya said Tuesday it would grow rice and vegetables in Fukushima prefecture, home to the nuclear plant that was crippled by a tsunami in 2011.
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New data show agricultural anabolic steroids regenerate in aquatic ecosystems

New data show agricultural anabolic steroids regenerate in aquatic ecosystems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reno NV (SPX) Oct 02, 2013 - New regulatory approaches may be needed to assess environmental risks of agricultural growth promoters, and similar human pharmaceuticals, following research that shows a newly found reversion mecha...
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