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Reports Peg Lingering Problems With Meat Production in the U.S. | TIME.com

Reports Peg Lingering Problems With Meat Production in the U.S. | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2008 a report from the Pew Commission laid out the many problems with factory farms in damning detail. Five years later, little has changed
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Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump as U.S. Fails to Pick Site

Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump as U.S. Fails to Pick Site | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. lawmakers have debated for decades where to put all the spent fuel generated by the nation’s nuclear power plants. The dithering means that an unintended site has emerged: Illinois.
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Insurance for Floods May Force Relocations

Insurance for Floods May Force Relocations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About 32,000 properties in New York City will be added to the flood plain under updated maps from FEMA, a move that will require those owners to buy federal flood insurance, according to a study.
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Acidification of oceans threatens to change entire marine ecosystem

Acidification of oceans threatens to change entire marine ecosystem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ocean acidification due to excessive release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is threatening to produce large-scale changes to the marine ecosystem affecting all levels of the food chain, a University of B.C.
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Sounding the alarm over belugas’ decline

Sounding the alarm over belugas’ decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers studying the white whales of the St. Lawrence have seen the population of the mammals fall from 1,000 to about 900 during the last five years, coinciding with a huge increase in dead calves.
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Carcinogens emitted from Canada's main fossil fuel hub, study says

Carcinogens emitted from Canada's main fossil fuel hub, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — A new study has detected air pollutants, including carcinogens, in areas downwind of Canada's main fossil fuel hub in Alberta at levels rivaling those of major metropolises such as Beijing and Mexico City.
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Aussie gov produces draft repeal of mining tax

Aussie gov produces draft repeal of mining tax | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Not a done deal quite yet.

 

The Australian federal government has released draft legislation that would repeal the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRTT), a tax long opposed by recently elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

 

“The MRRT is a complex and unnecessary tax which struggled to raise the substantial revenue predicted by the former Government,’’ Treasurer Joe Hockeysaid today.

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Canadian gov expects greenhouse gas increase

Canadian gov expects greenhouse gas increase | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The trend will spoil Prime Minister Harper's pledge to reduce emissions by 17% by 2020.
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Finely tuned nanogold turns greenhouse gas to fuel

Finely tuned nanogold turns greenhouse gas to fuel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CO2 to CO.

 

Maximizing the long edges of gold nanoparticles is the key to turning carbon dioxide to into fuel or industrial chemicals, according to researchers at Brown University.

 

This 'fine tuning' of the particle's edges helps to create a catalyst that selectively converts carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide, which can be used to create alternative fuels.

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As Our Safety Nets Get Slashed, More People Fall into Deep Poverty | The Poverty Line, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

As Our Safety Nets Get Slashed, More People Fall into Deep Poverty | The Poverty Line, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since 1996, the number of families with children living in extreme poverty — that is, on $2 a day or less — has gone up nearly 130 percent.
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Investors ask fossil fuel companies to assess how business plans fare in low-carbon future — Ceres

Investors ask fossil fuel companies to assess how business plans fare in low-carbon future — Ceres | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A group of 70 global investors managing more than $3 trillion of collective assets launched the first-ever coordinated effort to spur 45 of the world’s top oil and gas, coal and electric power companies to assess the financial risks that climate...

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, October 25, 2013 12:18 PM

"Recent studies by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency have suggested that, in order to achieve the international goal of limiting global warming to 2˚C, the world will need to live within a set carbon budget, and a significant portion of proven global fossil fuel reserves will need to be left in the ground.


The world is currently, however, on a path toward global warming of 4˚C or more, which the World Bank warned must be avoided in order to prevent catastrophic climate change impacts.


The investors, most of them based in the United States and Europe, sent letters to the fossil fuel companies last month, requesting detailed responses before their annual shareholder meetings in early 2014.  Investors signing the letters include California’s two largest public pension funds, the New York State and New York City Comptrollers, F&C Asset Management and the Scottish Widows Investment Partnership.

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La centrale de Fukushima évacuée après un séisme

La centrale de Fukushima évacuée après un séisme | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Un séisme de magnitude 7,3  a eu lieu au large de la côte est du Japon. Les autorités anticipent une vague qui ne devrait pas dépasser un mètre.

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Earth's richest areas for #biodiversity – northern #SAmerica, western #PacificOcean – are threatened by future #fossilfuelExtraction #Environmental Damage

Earth's richest areas for #biodiversity – northern #SAmerica, western #PacificOcean – are threatened by future #fossilfuelExtraction #Environmental Damage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fossil fuel's 'double whammy' to wildlife Phys.Org The researchers warn that oil demand is projected to increase by more than 30 per cent, natural gas by 53 per cent and coal by 50 per cent by 2035, and the world could lose significantly more of...

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, October 25, 2013 4:10 PM

Dr Butt said the direct impacts of fossil fuel extraction included noise disturbance, pollution, destruction and fragmentation – splitting up forests or landscapes into fragments too small to sustain wildlife populations.

"Fossil fuel companies can try to return the area to its 'original state', but there are indirect impacts that continue long after the extraction, including the introduction of invasive species, soil erosion, water pollution and illegal hunting."



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-10-fossil-fuel-whammy-wildlife.html#jCp

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Ruling opens door to U.S. sales of chicken from China

Coming soon, maybe, to a grocery store near you — chicken from China.

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture ruled recently that poultry processed in China can now be sold in the United States. But first the birds must be born and raised in the U.S., Canada or Chile. Then they’re exported to China before being shipped back to the Americas.

 

Food safety experts worry about the quality of chicken processed in a country notorious for avian influenza and food-borne illnesses. And they predict that China will eventually seek to broaden the export rules to allow chickens born and raised in China.


“I’ve never been to China, but my impression is it’s very polluted and the food isn’t always safe,” said Annie Hall, shopping recently at a Kroger’s in Atlanta. “We’ve got chicken farming and processing plants right up the road on I-85. We have enough here already. It doesn’t make sense to ship chickens all over the world.”

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Worst weather since the Great Storm of 1987? UK braces for hurricane-strength winds

Worst weather since the Great Storm of 1987? UK braces for hurricane-strength winds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A powerful weather system developing over the Atlantic could see Britain battered with some of the worst weather conditions since the Great Storm of 1987, forecasters are predicting.
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Climate Change Aids Toxic Slime's Advance

Climate Change Aids Toxic Slime's Advance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Toxic blooms of cyanobacteria are choking lakes and rivers worldwide, due in part to warmer waters.

 

Sewage and fertilizer runoff into China's Lake Taihu have fed a nasty bloom: an annual explosion of frothy cyanobacteria, which release neurotoxins into the lake. Hans Paerl, a marine and environmental scientist who studies Lake Taihu, says the warmer temperatures brought by climate change only contribute to the slime's advance.

 

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North Dakota recorded 300 oil spills in two years without notifying the public

North Dakota recorded 300 oil spills in two years without notifying the public | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The records of 750 'oil field incidents' were obtained after state and Tesoro officials kept the massive September wheat field spill quiet for two weeks
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Hans Lak's curator insight, October 27, 2013 2:34 PM

Dirty Oil?

Dangerous Nuclear Power?

Clean Sun Wind Water Geo Thermal Power?

Its time to RETHINK the Future of our ENERGY!

Renewable Energy is the only way to build a sustainable Future!

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Pesticide illness triggers anti-Monsanto protest in Argentina | Environment | DW.DE | 25.10.2013

Pesticide illness triggers anti-Monsanto protest in Argentina | Environment | DW.DE | 25.10.2013 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Monsanto pesticides are causing birth defects and cancer in Argentina, according to a new report. In a farming community near Córdoba, residents say they have been poisoned by pesticides used in soy fields.
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China's tentacles grip world - Gold Miners Weekly

Its long tentacles can reach out in any direction, grasping its prey in an inescapable vice-like grip.
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Wastewater injection may be cause of Oklahoma 'earthquake swarm,' USGS study suggests

Wastewater injection may be cause of Oklahoma 'earthquake swarm,' USGS study suggests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Earthquakes on the rise, USGS looks at injection-induced seismicity.
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Fukushima on yellow alert after 7.3 earthquake, tsunami warning in Japan

Fukushima on yellow alert after 7.3 earthquake, tsunami warning in Japan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co has ordered workers to evacuate facilities and move to higher ground.
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Reading ancient climate from plankton shells

Reading ancient climate from plankton shells | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate changes from millions of years ago are recorded at daily rate in ancient sea shells, new research shows.
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Researcher is optimistic about meeting 'Grand Challenge' of global prosperity | Science Codex

Researcher is optimistic about meeting 'Grand Challenge' of global prosperity | Science Codex | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ITHACA, N.Y. – With ecological viability threatened, world resources draining, population burgeoning and despair running rampant, the end is nigh. Or not, says Lawrence M. Cathles, Cornell professor of earth and atmospheric sciences.

 

"In spite of our apparent environmental problems, we stand a remarkable chance of achieving solutions," he says. "Societies all around the world are living longer. We have more access to food, clean water and energy… and we've never been more healthy."

 

Meeting the Grand Challenge would require energy production of 50 terawatts today and 75 terawatts 100 years from now, ideally all from zero carbon energy sources, says Cathles. Growing from 15 to 75 terawatts over a century requires a growth rate of 1.6 percent per year, which is modest, he says.

 

The lion's share of the power expansion could be met by wind, solar power produced in deserts or nuclear; but by far the least environmentally intrusive, feasible and realistic option is nuclear, he says. The oceans have enough dissolved uranium to sustain 10.5 billion people at a European standard for more than 100 centuries, and the extraction footprint would be tiny.

 

"Everything is possible with energy, nothing is possible without it," says Cathles.

 

(Note: The full paper is available for download online here.)


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In The Quest For Net Zero, Lessons From A High Performance... Wigwam?

In The Quest For Net Zero, Lessons From A High Performance... Wigwam? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A traditional Native American wigwam What’s a wigwam you ask? An architectural historian might refer to it as a Native American dwelling, but by today’s standards the wigwam is a super high performance building.

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Patagonia May be the World's Most Responsible Company

Patagonia May be the World's Most Responsible Company | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Green Market Oracle, October 24, 2013 
Patagonia May be the World's Most Responsible Company
Patagonia, is in a league of their own. For almost three decades the outdoor apparel and gear company has been a champion of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The are leaders in reporting transparency, responsible marketing, employee engagement, consumer education and helping environmentally oriented start-ups... http://networkedblogs.com/QorLk

 

 

 


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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, October 25, 2013 8:57 PM

I have always loved the Patagonia clothes I have been able to afford. They do last a long time.

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, November 9, 2013 7:29 PM

Patagonia not only champions environmental and social causes. They also design outdoor clothing that is meant to be the best of its kind. The few pieces of Patagonia outerwear that I have is very dear to me. 

Lili Dávila's curator insight, December 5, 2013 11:53 AM

Is it?