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Corn prices plunge amid oversupply, retreat from ethanol

Corn prices plunge amid oversupply, retreat from ethanol | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After recent boom, grain producers appear set for a loss this year
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British forests under threat

British forests under threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A year after the first case of ash dieback in wild trees in Britain, the disease has now spread across much of England, Wales and Scotland. The public is being asked to be the "eyes and ears" of the countryside amid concern about new global threats that could spell disaster for forests.

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California residents cautioned to look out for yellow fever mosquito

California residents cautioned to look out for yellow fever mosquito | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FRESNO — A mosquito that can carry dengue and yellow fever has been found in California, prompting intense eradication efforts in the Central Valley and warnings from officials about how to keep the pest from spreading.
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Whether Tepco fails or not, it's taxpayers' tab

Whether Tepco fails or not, it's taxpayers' tab | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It is impossible to put a price tag on all the pain and suffering inflicted on people as a result of the March 2011 meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s ...
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Heavy smog in northern Chinese city halts buses, closes schools, cancels flights

Heavy smog in northern Chinese city halts buses, closes schools, cancels flights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING, China - Severe smog has reduced the visibility of a northern Chinese city to less than half a football field.
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DISASTER LESSONS: Plenty to learn from oil and gas flood damage | GJSentinel.com

DISASTER LESSONS: Plenty to learn from oil and gas flood damage | GJSentinel.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Grand Junction - After last month’s Front Range flooding tore through oil and gas facilities, causing some tanks to leak and even become unmoored,
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Scientists issue safety warning over GM food

Scientists issue safety warning over GM food | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eighty-five scientists have joined forces to challenge the claims of biotech giants and the UK government that genetically modified food is safe for humans.
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Interview: How Edward Guinness' Alternative Energy Portfolio Climbed 67% in One Year| The Energy Collective

Interview: How Edward Guinness' Alternative Energy Portfolio Climbed 67% in One Year| The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Edward Guinness joined Guinness Asset Management in 2006. He is co-manager of the Guinness Atkinson Alternative Energy Fund.
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How to Feed the World Without Wrecking the Planet

How to Feed the World Without Wrecking the Planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new book argues that genetic diversity could save us from climate-change-induced famine.
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Building with Hugelkultur

Building with Hugelkultur | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hugelkultur (“HOO-gull” (mound) culture) is a permaculture gardening method that utilizes buried logs to create an effective gardening and growing system with local resources and materials
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Can China topple the dollar?

Can China topple the dollar? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese state media commentary calls for 'new world order' with 'new international reserve currency.'
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China smog emergency shuts city of 11 million people

China smog emergency shuts city of 11 million people | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - Choking smog all but shut down one of northeastern China's largest cities on Monday, forcing schools to suspended classes, snarling traffic and closing the airport, in the country's first major air pollution crisis of the winter.
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Britain looks to Asia to manage 'national shame' of elderly care

Britain looks to Asia to manage 'national shame' of elderly care | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London (AFP) Oct 18, 2013 - Hundreds of thousands of elderly Britons are being ignored by society, the health minister said on Friday, saying people should look to Japan and China for lessons on how to manage this national shame.
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Bushfire smoke: health risks travel further than the flames - Health & Wellbeing

Bushfire smoke: health risks travel further than the flames - Health & Wellbeing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It's not just those living in the areas directly affected by the bushfires in New South Wales who need to be aware of the dangers of bushfire smoke.

 

As the smoke can travel considerable distances, people living hundreds of kilometres away from a bushfire can be affected – especially if they have a pre-existing heart or lung condition.

 

Dr Martine Dennekamp from the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University in Victoria says bushfire smoke can cover large areas, including major cities, and has the potential to affect millions of people.

 

Research has shown extreme air pollution events – such as bushfires – lead to an increase in the number of deaths and hospital admissions for people with lung disease.

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Tobacco Companies Still Target Youth Despite a Global Treaty: Scientific American

Tobacco Companies Still Target Youth Despite a Global Treaty: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With novel marketing and flavors to appeal to first-time smokers, Big Tobacco seems to be aiming for youth smokers in the developing world
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China's Mountains of Construction Rubble

China's Mountains of Construction Rubble | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the problem is often concealed, with hundreds of millions of tons of waste being quietly dumped on the outskirts of China’s major cities each year, the rate of growth has made it increasingly inescapable.
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Fukushima fishermen watch recovery slip away

Fukushima fishermen watch recovery slip away | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SOMA, Japan — For much of his life, Koichi Matsumoto, 58, happily slipped out of bed in the dead of night to work on a fishing trawler.
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Australia crews battle to tame wildfires

Australia crews battle to tame wildfires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mount Victoria — Firefighters were battling an enormous blaze in southeastern Australia Monday, with officials warning it could merge with another to create a "mega-fire" if weather conditions worsen.
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Alberta train derailment renews fears over moving oil by rail

Alberta train derailment renews fears over moving oil by rail | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Government has promised stricter rules for moving hazardous materials as latest derailment follows in wake of this summer’s Lac-Mégantic disaster
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Landscape Architecture and Disaster Preparedness | The Energy Collective

Landscape Architecture and Disaster Preparedness | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last year around this time, the night Superstorm Sandy hit, I barely made it out of New York’s JFK Airport for a work trip to California -- on one of the last planes to leave before the airport shut down.
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The numbers don't add up to U.S. energy independence

The numbers don't add up to U.S. energy independence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Energy independence. It's so easy to say, but oh so hard to actually accomplish, which is why the United States has been a consistent importer of oil since the late 1940s.
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How 9 major papers deal with climate-denying letters

How 9 major papers deal with climate-denying letters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles Times took a stand against climate misinformation on its letters page. Will other newspapers follow its lead?
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North Dakota in spotlight after oil spill

Scrutiny over crude oil deliveries by rail and the first major pipeline spill in the state may dampen some of the state's optimism.
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Heavy smog hits north China city; flights canceled

Heavy smog hits north China city; flights canceled | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING (AP) — As northern China entered its high-smog season, one city's visibility was less than half a football field Monday and the manager of jazz singer Patti Austin said she had canceled a Beijing concert because of asthma likely linked to...
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Hundreds flee homes in typhoon-hit Japan island

Hundreds flee homes in typhoon-hit Japan island | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 20, 2013 - Hundreds fled their homes Sunday on a Japanese island already devastated by a typhoon for fear that torrential rain would trigger fresh mudslides.
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