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Research stalls on dangers of military burn pits

Research stalls on dangers of military burn pits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Timothy Lowery's family believes the ditches where the military dumps its waste contributed to his recent death.
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Kenyans rally to save their wildlife

Kenyans rally to save their wildlife | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A grass-roots campaign is putting pressure on politicians and the courts to act decisively.
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Lionfish infestation in Atlantic Ocean a growing epidemic

Lionfish infestation in Atlantic Ocean a growing epidemic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Ocean is picturesque and the fish are vividly amazing. But a serious problem lurks: the lionfish. Katie Linendoll reports special for CNN.
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Intel finds Asian pollution makes computers sick, too

Intel finds Asian pollution makes computers sick, too | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The symptoms of industrial pollution are everywhere in Asia, where pedestrians wear surgical masks to filter the air and urban smog is sometimes so thick that Beijing’s Forbidden City is rendered nearly invisible behind a cloak of soot. Just this month, Chinese authorities canceled flights at Beijing’s main airport amid especially heavy pollution, and shuttered highways in and out of the city.

 

The implications for human health are obvious; studies show that pollution is shortening lifespans in northern China by five years or more.

 

Intel engineers in Oregon are now discovering that rotten air is also taking a toll on electronics in China and India, with sulfur corroding the copper circuitry that provides neural networks for PCs and servers and wrecking the motherboards that run whole systems.

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California Governor Jerry Brown and Energy Development | The Energy Collective

California Governor Jerry Brown and Energy Development | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The thing I like about California Governor Jerry Brown is he seems to be able to look a problem squarely in the face and simply say ” How do we solve this?”. He knuckles down very hard by all accounts.
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Moment of Truth for Farmers with Food Safety

Moment of Truth for Farmers with Food Safety | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s hard to believe, but many of my colleagues and I have now been working on food safety issues for well over four years, at least since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) began to move thr...
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Solar: The ‘No-Brainer’ That Could Take Suburbs Off Grid

Solar: The ‘No-Brainer’ That Could Take Suburbs Off Grid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy.
The installation of rooftop-solar has become such a “no brainer” for Australian households that whole suburbs could generate and store enough electricity to go-off grid.
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How Change Manifests, How Action To Stop Global Warming Must Come About

How Change Manifests, How Action To Stop Global Warming Must Come About | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There is just something about brevity. A recent episode of David Biello's Scientific American podcast Sixty Second Earth cuts to the chase of how change manifests, and how to most effectively tackle the global warming crisis: by local action.
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China Recycling Energy: Profiting From Murky Air, But How Much? | Alternative Energy Stocks

China Recycling Energy: Profiting From Murky Air, But How Much? | Alternative Energy Stocks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

China’s industrial pollution problems are mounting.  Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) increased by 3% in 2011, reaching an all-time high of 34 billion tons.  China contributed a whopping 29% of that carbon dioxide  -  nearly twice that of the second worst polluter, the U.S., which spit out 5.4 million tons or 16% of the total CO2 emissions.  

Policy makers in China have been slow to move against industrial polluters out of concern for stalling economic growth the country badly needs to provide room and board for its 1.4 billion people.  Still there is a building waste reclamation and recycling sector.  One of the private sector leaders, China Recycling Energy Corp. is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol CREG after one of those reverse merger transactions that got so much attention a few years back.  The company designs, commissions and eventually sells waste processing and waste-to-energy systems to China’s industrial sector.

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A Fierce Green Fire Documents Rise of the Modern Environmental Movement: Scientific American

A Fierce Green Fire Documents Rise of the Modern Environmental Movement: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Academy Award–nominated film is based on a 1993 book by Phil Shabecoff.


A Fierce Green Fire is a new film documenting the rise of the modern environmental movement from the 1960s through the present day. 


The phrase “a fierce green fire” refers to a longer passage in one of the seminal environmental books of the 20th century, 1949’s A Sand County Almanac. In the famous “Think Like a Mountain” section of that book, author Aldo Leopold relates his experience as part of a predator extirpation team that shoots a wolf in the New Mexico desert: “We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes.


I realized then and have known ever since that there was something new to me in those eyes, something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”

 

 

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Study Finds Hot Cocoa to Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Keep Brain Healthy

Study Finds Hot Cocoa to Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Keep Brain Healthy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers suggest having two cups of hot cocoa each day could help prevent the cognitive decline associated with aging and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, October 19, 2013 2:59 PM

Warm your Cocoa and have a nice morning!

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La contestation contre le gaz de schiste essaime dans le monde

La contestation contre le gaz de schiste essaime dans le monde | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alors que de plus en plus de pays autorisent son exploitation, les opposants défilent samedi pour la Journée mondiale contre cet hydrocarbure.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Talks open on no fishing zone to protect Antarctic seas

Talks open on no fishing zone to protect Antarctic seas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources negotiations aim to ban fishing across much of Southern Ocean
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Ethical Farming: Germany Ponders the Super Chicken - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Ethical Farming: Germany Ponders the Super Chicken - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Every year, millions of male chicks are discarded because of the demands of industrial chicken farming. Now a German company has engineered a new breed that could solve the problem -- but it comes with drawbacks of its own.
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allAfrica.com: East Africa: Ethiopian Dam Plans Spark Regional Tensions (Page 1 of 2)

allAfrica.com: East Africa: Ethiopian Dam Plans Spark Regional Tensions (Page 1 of 2) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience
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Ponds fall silent as toxic cocktail destroys frogs and toads | The Sunday Times

Ponds fall silent as toxic cocktail destroys frogs and toads | The Sunday Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A CHEMICAL onslaught is destroying Britain’s amphibians — the frogs, toads and newts that once dominated the country’s streams and rivers — scientists have warned.

 

They found that agricultural pesticides and other man-made chemicals released into the water can affect the animals’ immune systems — leaving them vulnerable to attack by fungi, bacteria and other infections.

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Reading The Renewable Energy Tea Leaves In Latest FERC Report

Reading The Renewable Energy Tea Leaves In Latest FERC Report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We got all excited when our friends over at the SUN DAY Campaign tipped us off to the latest federal report on newly installed electrical generating capacity in the US, given that the overall picture looks so rosy for renewables.
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Vastly Improved Solar Cells Possible With Use Of New Heat-Resistant Materials

Vastly Improved Solar Cells Possible With Use Of New Heat-Resistant Materials | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Significant improvements to the efficiency of solar cells could be possible in the near-future thanks to the recent development of a new heat-resistant thermal emitter by researchers at Stanford University.
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Preserving the Harvest: Learn why and how to use the sun to dehydrate foods

Preserving the Harvest: Learn why and how to use the sun to dehydrate foods | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dehydration is one way to preserve some of the excess production from your garden. Learn why and how you can use the sun to dehydrate foods.
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Government Shutdown and Aftereffects: The Many Ways the Government Shutdown Hurt Public Health and the Environment

Government Shutdown and Aftereffects:  The Many Ways the Government Shutdown Hurt Public Health and the Environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

After 16 long days, the government shutdown has finally come to an end. It is a relief to know that hundreds of thousands public servants can return to work and that critical programs protecting our health and the environment will fully function once again. But any sense of reassurance is tempered by two simple facts: we never should have been here in the first place, and we could easily be in the same position again in January.

 

Political extremists pushed our nation to the brink out of sheer obstinance. Speaker Boehner could have ended this days ago by simply letting the full House vote on reopening the government. Instead, he declared himself a willing hostage to the radical wing of his party. The shutdown caused real damage. It undermined critical efforts to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the places we love.

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Oil Spills and Environmental Damage | The Energy Collective

Oil Spills and Environmental Damage | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The oil boom is alive in North Dakota where fracking - injecting water, sand and chemicals into the Earth to liberate the fuel trapped inside rock formations - has opened up huge new reserves of oil trapped in shale.
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Carbon Emissions Reductions and Oil Industry | The Energy Collective

Carbon Emissions Reductions and Oil Industry | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the substitution of cleaner energy sources for crude oil, like advanced renewable fuels made from agricultural waste, is a key strategy to reduce carbon pollution, it is also important to employ technologies that can directly reduce the...
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El hielo marino antártico alcanza un nuevo máximo de extensión

El hielo marino antártico alcanza un nuevo máximo de extensión | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A finales de septiembre de 2013, el hielo que rodea la Antártida alcanzó su máximo anual de invierno y estableció un nuevo récord. El hielo marino se extendió sobre 19.470.000 km2 del Océano Austral.


Via Ursula Sola de Hinestrosa
SustainOurEarth's insight:

Un buen artículo para leer en este tema: http://www.skepticalscience.com/antarctica-gaining-ice.htm

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Global Slavery Index catalogues forced labour around the world

Global Slavery Index catalogues forced labour around the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pioneering global survey says 29 million people work in servitude, but activism can only go so far

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