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Taiwan risks tensions with survey of disputed Spratlys

Taiwan risks tensions with survey of disputed Spratlys | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Taipei (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Taiwan has conducted a natural gas and oil survey in the disputed Spratly Islands, a legislator said Wednesday, the latest in a string of moves that risk stoking tensions over the South China Sea archipelago.
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Six Fukushima workers doused with radioactive water

Six Fukushima workers doused with radioactive water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Six workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant were doused with radioactive water from a desalination system Wednesday, the plant's operator said.
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Russian warhead fallout keeps America warm

Russian warhead fallout keeps America warm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
United Nations, United States (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Uranium fuel from 20,000 disarmed Russian warheads is generating about half of US nuclear power in a spinoff from a landmark disarmament accord, a top US official said Wednesday.
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Myanmar to get more coal-fired power

Myanmar to get more coal-fired power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Naypyidaw, Myanmar (UPI) Oct 9, 2013 -
India and Singapore have agreed to jointly build a power plant with Myanmar for the energy-starved Southeast Asian country.
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Vietnam seizes two tonnes of illegal ivory

Vietnam seizes two tonnes of illegal ivory | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hanoi (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Vietnam has seized two tonnes of illegal elephant tusks found stashed in bags of shells being shipped to China, state media reported Wednesday.
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Radical climate change just around the corner: study

Radical climate change just around the corner: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Earth may experience a radically different climate already within 34 years, forever changing life as we know it, said a study Wednesday that aims to bring the dangers of global warming into sharper focus.
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Delegates pay tribute at Japan's mercury poison site

Delegates pay tribute at Japan's mercury poison site | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Delegates from around the world paid tribute Wednesday to the hundreds of Japanese who were killed by decades-long mercury dumping as they gathered at the site of the country's worst industrial poisoning.
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European satellites included in test of search-and-rescue system

European satellites included in test of search-and-rescue system | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (UPI) Oct 8, 2013 -
A pair of dedicated ground stations at opposite ends of Europe will let satellites participate in global testing of a search-and-rescue system, scientists say.
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Southeast Asia agrees anti-haze system

Southeast Asia agrees anti-haze system | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Southeast Asian leaders on Wednesday approved a new system aimed at cracking down on illegal forest fires blamed for the region's worst smog crisis in years.
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China displaces the US as world’s main oil importer

China displaces the US as world’s main oil importer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Americans currently import close to 10 million barrels of crude per day and Canadian oil accounts for 30% of that total.
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Tackling climate change: Copenhagen's sustainable city design

Tackling climate change: Copenhagen's sustainable city design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elisabeth Braw: Global warming poses a real threat to cities but planners in the Danish capital are taking visionary steps to ensure its resilience – and success – as far ahead as 2100
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United States suspends Antarctic research season : Nature News Blog

United States suspends Antarctic research season : Nature News Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) is recalling staff and scientists from Antarctica due to the ongoing US government shutdown. Nearly all science at the three US bases will grind to a halt.

The agency’s decision, posted today, could spell the end of this year’s Antarctic field season at McMurdo, Amundsen-Scott and Palmer stations, depending on the duration of the shutdown, which began on 1 Octoberand shows no signs of ending.

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Building Climate Resilience for Nepal’s Vulnerable Populations

The Government of Nepal has officially started implementation of the Building Resilience to Climate Related Hazards (BRCH) Project for a value of $31 million.
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UN atomic agency praises British nuclear safety

UN atomic agency praises British nuclear safety | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vienna (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - The UN atomic agency on Wednesday praised Britain's improvements to its regulatory framework for nuclear safety but said more needed to be done.
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Report says U.S. could face shortage of nuclear reactor material

Report says U.S. could face shortage of nuclear reactor material | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2013 -
The United States could be facing a shortage of lithium, an element vital to the operation of many of the country's nuclear reactors, a study says.
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MEPs: shale gas projects require environment impact study

MEPs: shale gas projects require environment impact study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Extracting shale oil and gas reserves through controversial 'fracking' will in future require an environmental impact study, European lawmakers agreed Wednesday, despite opposition this will add to costs and...
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Smart smoke alarm can speak, warn of smoke, carbon monoxide

Smart smoke alarm can speak, warn of smoke, carbon monoxide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Palo Alto, Calif. (UPI) Oct 8, 2013 -
U.S. company Nest Labs, makers of a so-called smart home thermostat, says its latest product - a smoke alarm - has similar smarts.
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University teams with industry to build deep-sea submersible

University teams with industry to build deep-sea submersible | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seattle (UPI) Oct 9, 2013 -
University of Washington researchers say they're helping build an innovative five-person submarine that would travel nearly 2 miles below the ocean's surface.
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Alarming suicide rates among Brazil's Guarani Indians

Alarming suicide rates among Brazil's Guarani Indians | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sao Paulo (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Survival International, a non-profit which champions the rights of indigenous people around the world, on Wednesday highlighted alarming suicide rates among Brazil's tiny Guarani Indian tribe.
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Kenya seizes 4 tonnes of ivory as elephant slaughter surges

Kenya seizes 4 tonnes of ivory as elephant slaughter surges | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nairobi (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Kenyan customs officers have seized almost four tonnes of elephant ivory in two separate shipments, officials said Wednesday, amid a surge in poaching of the threatened animals.
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No Fukushima radiation effect on bulls

No Fukushima radiation effect on bulls | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - The testes and sperm of bulls abandoned in the evacuation zone around the battered Fukushima nuclear plant were not affected by chronic exposure to radiation, a Japanese academic study has found.
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Typhoon Fitow kills 10 in east China province

Typhoon Fitow kills 10 in east China province | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Oct 09, 2013 - Ten people have died after a typhoon slammed into China's east coast, including a family of three who were all killed by electric shocks, state media reported Wednesday.
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Al Gore: The Media Is 'Frightened to Death' of Talking About Climate Change

Al Gore: The Media Is 'Frightened to Death' of Talking About Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In the seven years since An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore has continued his crusade against global climate change. It remains the most important issue the cities of the world can invest in, he says.

 

“Go whole hog on electrification,” Gore urged during an interview with AtlanticEditor in Chief James Bennet on Monday night at the magazine’s CityLab summit. “Put these solar panels in. Start generating renewable electricity. Deal with the heat through tree planting and green roofs. Cheap fossil energy has created an incredibly inefficient infrastructure.”

 

Gore painted an alarming picture of the future of ocean temperatures, hurricanes, and wind storms. “The cumulative amount of man-made global warming pollution is trapping enough extra heat each day to equal the amount of heat energy that would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima bombs going off every single day,” he said. “That’s a lot of energy.”

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PETM Shocker: When CO2 Levels Doubled 55 Million Years Ago, Earth May Have Warmed 9°F In 13 Years

PETM Shocker: When CO2 Levels Doubled 55 Million Years Ago, Earth May Have Warmed 9°F In 13 Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Paleocene/Eocene thermal maximum (PETM) and associated carbon pulse “are often touted as the best geologic analog for the current” manmade rise in CO2 levels, as a new study notes.

 

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper, “Evidence for a rapid release of carbon at the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum,” concludes that sediment data indicates the carbon was released in the geologic blink of an eye. As the news release explains, Rutgers geologists Morgan Schaller and James Wright argue that:

 

… following a doubling in carbon dioxide levels, the surface of the ocean turned acidic over a period of weeks or months and global temperatures rose by 5 degrees centigrade – all in the space of about 13 years. Scientists previously thought this process happened over 10,000 years.

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