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Landslide kills 14 in Ecuador

Landslide kills 14 in Ecuador | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Quito (AFP) April 24, 2013 - A landslide swept into a village in northern Ecuador, burying homes and killing at least 14 people, authorities said Wednesday.
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Nitrogen has key role in estimating CO2 emissions from land use change

Nitrogen has key role in estimating CO2 emissions from land use change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Champaign, IL (SPX) Apr 25, 2013 - A new global-scale modeling study that takes into account nitrogen - a key nutrient for plants - estimates that carbon emissions from human activities on land were 40 percent higher in the 1990s tha...
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New studies explore mango's potential health-affirming properties

New studies explore mango's potential health-affirming properties | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 25, 2013 - Two of the most serious health conditions facing Americans today-obesity and cancer-are the subject of new mango nutrition research presented this week at the Federation of American Societies for Ex...
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Double cropping helps Brazil develop

Double cropping helps Brazil develop | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Providence RI (SPX) Apr 25, 2013 -
New research finds that double cropping - planting two crops in a field in the same year - is associated with positive signs of economic development for rural Brazilians.
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H7N9 flu 'one of most lethal' says WHO as spreads to Taiwan

H7N9 flu 'one of most lethal' says WHO as spreads to Taiwan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) April 24, 2013 - International experts probing China's deadly H7N9 bird flu virus said Wednesday it was one of the most lethal influenza viruses seen so far as Taiwan reported the first case outside the mainland.
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How ICT is helping farmers and combatting climate change | e-Agriculture

How ICT is helping farmers and combatting climate change | e-Agriculture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Greenhouse gases from agriculture account for over ten percent of total emissions globally, roughly equivalent to the entire global transport sector. Meanwhile, it is estimated that agricultural production will need to increase by about 70% by 2050 to keep pace with global population growth. What’s more, the real impacts of climate change on the agricultural sector are likely going to be hardest felt in many of those countries whose people rely on agriculture most for their livelihoods. In sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, for example, some estimates show a reduction in the productivity of most major food crops as a result of changes to the climate over the next forty years.

While this may sound like a doom and gloom scenario, this Earth Day I want to focus on an area of promise:

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The new geopolitics of food scarcity

The new geopolitics of food scarcity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As food supplies tighten, we are moving into a new era, one in which it is every country for itself
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If Climate Change and Population Growth Are Going to Push Food Prices Up by 50%, What Happens When you Add in Peak Oil?

If Climate Change and Population Growth Are Going to Push Food Prices Up by 50%, What Happens When you Add in Peak Oil? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly everyone is failing to take into account the role of geology, oil and energy limits in their predictions – and we’re racing towards disaster.
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Climate Change: New Report Offers Principles for Managing the Arctic | The Energy Collective

Climate Change: New Report Offers Principles for Managing the Arctic | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Arctic may be a rugged place, but it is also fragile. A new report from the Obama Administration sets the stage for moving in the right direction, but now the government must take concrete steps.
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Nestlé CEO Denies That Water is an Essential Human Right - GreenMedTV

Nestlé CEO Denies That Water is an Essential Human Right - GreenMedTV | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The current Chairman and former CEO of Nestlé, the largest producer of food products in the world, believes that the answer to global water issues is privatization.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 24, 2013 6:29 AM

Privatize everything that was once free? They will find a way and reason to bottle air for survival if they can. What do you think?

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Green hypocrites? Behaviour change in a consumerist society - RenewEconomy

Green hypocrites? Behaviour change in a consumerist society - RenewEconomy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Green hypocrites? Behaviour change in a consumerist society
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But how many of them are prepared to reduce the amount they actually consume?
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Applied Mythology: Six Reasons Organic is NOT The Most Environmentally Friendly Way To Farm

Applied Mythology: Six Reasons Organic is NOT The Most Environmentally Friendly Way To Farm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Contrary to widespread consumer belief, organic farming is not the best way to farm from an environmental point if view. The guiding principal of organic is to rely exclusively on natural inputs.  That was decided early in the 20th century, decades before before the scientific disciplines of toxicology, environmental studies and climate science emerged to inform our understanding of how farming practices impact the environment.  As both farming and science have progressed, there are now several cutting edge agricultural practices which are good for the environment, but difficult or impossible for organic farmers to implement within the constraints of their pre-scientific rules.


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Flower Power: This Machine Seed-Bombs Dirty Air

Flower Power: This Machine Seed-Bombs Dirty Air | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There’s nothing wrong with “art for art’s sake,” the notion that works of art don’t require a justification or need to serve a higher purpose. But it’s also kind of cool when they do transcend that philosophy and send a specific message.

That’s certainly the case with artist Michael Jantzen’s design for his Eco-Seed Sowing Machines. The solar-powered structures would contain a large number of flower seeds that would be automatically released in small amounts whenever evidence of environmental degradation was observed around the machines.

Jantzen calls the project “a symbolic public art response to environmental degradation,” and he’d like to see the machines located in places around the world where environmental damage is the worst.


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Susan Davis Cushing's curator insight, April 24, 2013 9:38 PM

Imagine a piece of art that would blossom where environmental destruction is the worst, drawing more attention to the area as signals cause it to activate into a work of flowering beauty. Would it get your attention? Would it be a call for action? When funded, this artist's designs will change some landscapes significanlty.

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New Caledonia bans shark fishing

New Caledonia bans shark fishing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Noumea, New Caledonia (AFP) April 24, 2013 - The government of the Pacific paradise of New Caledonia said Wednesday it had decided to ban fishing of sharks, which are being decimated to feed growing demand for luxury goods.
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New data show that white potatoes increase intake of potassium

New data show that white potatoes increase intake of potassium | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston, MA (SPX) Apr 25, 2013 -
Consumption of white potatoes is linked to increased intake of potassium, according to a new study released at the Experimental Biology 2013 Annual Meeting.
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Study finds that residential lawns efflux more carbon dioxide than corn fields

Study finds that residential lawns efflux more carbon dioxide than corn fields | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 25, 2013 -
More carbon dioxide is released from residential lawns than corn fields according to a new study. And much of the difference can likely be attributed to soil temperature.
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Ecology, economy and management of an agro-industrial Amazon frontier

Ecology, economy and management of an agro-industrial Amazon frontier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Apr 25, 2013 - Published today, a special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society - Biological Sciences, addresses a major challenge facing our society: feeding a global population that is sim...
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UN Says Clean Energy Funding Too Low to Halt Climate Harm

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the funds flowing to renewable power and efficiency aren’t sufficient to avert environmental calamities and that investors must move more quickly to back new energy technologies.
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Sea Ice Loss Could Alter Arctic Air Chemistry

Sea Ice Loss Could Alter Arctic Air Chemistry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From Andrea Thompson, OurAmazingPlanet Managing Editor: Over the past 30 years, the Arctic has warmed more than any other place on the planet, and that warming and the resulting melt of the region's sea ice presents a number of potential adverse...
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Why is Reuters puzzled by global warming's acceleration?

Why is Reuters puzzled by global warming's acceleration? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dana Nuccitelli: 'Climate scientists struggle to explain warming slowdown,' said Reuters. But warming is speeding up, and scientists can explain it
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BOMA’s Top 10 Efficiency Tips for Commercial Buildings | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

BOMA’s Top 10 Efficiency Tips for Commercial Buildings | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has published its top-10 ways for making energy efficiency and sustainability a priority in
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Shale Gas Development "Need Not Cost Environment" [VIDEO] | The Energy Collective

Shale Gas Development "Need Not Cost Environment" [VIDEO] | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As a result of the unconventional oil and gas revolution, American states have been updating their regulatory frameworks to include new measures to protect groundwater and reduce air emissions.
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Koch brothers’ real plan for media domination

Koch brothers’ real plan for media domination | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The conservative brothers would make money off owning newspapers. Just not in the straightforward way they claim

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, April 24, 2013 6:44 AM

This article brings out the realistic reasons for these men to want newspapers. The Koch's most likely are by the way one of the 132 Americans Lessig's TED talk speaks of as corrupting our republic for personal gain even though he mentioned no one by name. All you have to do is research what they own, how they use their wealth to shape politics as much as possible to realize this.


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For such a sprawling corporate behemoth, newspapers are a decent investment, just not in the way corporate leaders may want to admit in polite company. They don’t necessarily want to admit that while the papers themselves may lose money, they can be incredibly valuable to the corporate parent because they can deviously skew the news in a way that serves the larger company. In other words, newspapers can become a crucial part of a corporation’s larger profit-generating political machinery by specifically manufacturing the Overton windows that determine the public policies on which the corporate parent relies.

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Circular Economy | Visual.ly

Circular Economy | Visual.ly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A simple graphic showing how the Circular economy works, and how it could benefit us.

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How the U.S. and China Are Reinvigorating the Battle Against Climate Change

How the U.S. and China Are Reinvigorating the Battle Against Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"The new Joint U.S.-China Statement on Climate Change, signed during Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to China last week, is a remarkable document. Using the strongest possible diplomatic language, the statement clearly displays a new sense of urgency about the dangers of climate change and the need for stronger coordinated efforts in addressing the issue."


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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, April 24, 2013 9:28 PM

"It recognizes the inadequacy of the global response: In its new report, Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013, the International Energy Agency delivers a stark message: that the global transformation to low-carbon energy is advancing too slowly to limit global warming. The IEA said that "unless we get 'carbon emissions' prices and policies right, a cost-effective clean-energy transition just will not happen." The joint statement calls for a fast-track, scaled-up and focused initiative that will reflect this compelling call to action."