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UK declares new powers to break up banks

UK declares new powers to break up banks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LONDON (AP) — Britain's treasury chief warned the country's banks on Monday that they face being broken up if they fail to protect their retail operations from their riskier investment arms.
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Furry crabs may be healing Great Barrier Reef

Furry crabs may be healing Great Barrier Reef | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sydney (AFP) Feb 5, 2013 - Furry crabs once thought to be damaging the Great Barrier Reef may in fact be helping save the coral by stopping the spread of disease, a researcher said Tuesday.
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US envoy cautious over hopes for China reforms

US envoy cautious over hopes for China reforms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 5, 2013 - The US ambassador to China expressed caution Tuesday over hopes for reform under Beijing's new leadership and said the mainland should turn to Hong Kong for inspiration.
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UNC scientists unveil a superbug's secret to antibiotic resistance

UNC scientists unveil a superbug's secret to antibiotic resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chapel Hill NC (SPX) Feb 06, 2013 -
Worldwide, many strains of the bacterium Staphyloccocus aureus are already resistant to all antibiotics except vancomycin. But as bacteria are becoming resistant to this once powerful antidote, S.
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Lake Mead Aquatic-Science Research Documents Substantial Improvements in Ecosystem

Lake Mead Aquatic-Science Research Documents Substantial Improvements in Ecosystem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Las Vegas NV (SPX) Feb 06, 2013 -
Lake Mead National Recreation Area's water quality is good, the sport fish populations are sufficient, and the lakes provide important habitat for an increasing number of birds.
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New Geology study raises questions about long-held theories of human evolution

New Geology study raises questions about long-held theories of human evolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2013 -
What came first: the bipedal human ancestor or the grassland encroaching on the forest?
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Science is never afraid to question itself when new information appears, unlike dogmatic beliefs, which observable information has no impact. 

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Five dead as 8.0 quake off Solomons sparks Pacific tsunami

Five dead as 8.0 quake off Solomons sparks Pacific tsunami | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Honiara (AFP) Feb 06, 2013 - A major 8.0 magnitude earthquake jolted the Solomon Islands Wednesday with small tsunami waves buffeting Pacific coastlines, leaving at least five people dead and dozens of homes damaged or destroyed.
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New malware sleeps its way into financial institutions

New malware sleeps its way into financial institutions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FireEye detected a new malware called Nap that evades antivirus software by going to "sleep." It was found attacking financial institutions and has the power to steal information.
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How can we prepare for climate change without screwing poor people?

How can we prepare for climate change without screwing poor people? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Urban adaptation plans are ramping up. It would be nice if the interests of poor and minority communities didn't get trampled in the process.
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Changing course on nuclear power

Changing course on nuclear power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Letters: Lack of satisfactory nuclear waste disposal strangles the nuclear process, as does its expense and proliferation dangers
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Work Less, Save the Planet

Work Less, Save the Planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An economist argues that cutting back on your work hours can also help cut planet-warming emissions.
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Work less, consum less, save the planet!

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Shell Oil Invests in Solar Startup to Boost Enhanced Oil Recovery

Shell Oil Invests in Solar Startup to Boost Enhanced Oil Recovery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shell Oil recently became the second oil company to invest in solar energy to tap crude in older wells, putting $26 million into busy startup GlassPoint Solar.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:46 PM

"In the complex world of enhanced oil recovery (EOR), sometimes low-tech trumps high. Case in point,


1) Royal Dutch Shell recently became the second oil major to invest in solar energy to coax heavy crude from older wells. Along with with two other investors, they’ve pumping $26 million into busy California startupGlassPoint Solar, because its low cost technology works so well in the dusty, dirty and often remote terrain of oil exploration

 

2) At the same time, competitors Chevron and Bright Source built a rival 27MW project just miles away (watch video), which used 3,822 expensive and unprotected heliostats, consisting of two 10′ x 7′ mirrors mounted on a steel pole.

 

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Infographic: Feeding 7 Billion People And Counting

Infographic: Feeding 7 Billion People And Counting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Inspired by a recent Wall Street Journal article, Sustainable America has created the following infographic to show how food is wasted and lost around the world, and what can be done about it.

 

Food waste and food security are serious problems, but there are current solutions and ways you can help. Read on to learn more, and stay tuned for our next blog post, which will delve deeper into some of the points made by Lappe and Nierenberg in the Wall Street Journal piece.


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Creativity Angel's comment, February 3, 2013 11:30 PM
Insects are the solution, more than 1,000,000,000 people on the planet eat insects every day.
Creativity Angel's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:31 PM

Insects are the solution. Western people has to use to know that more than 1,000,000,000 people on the planet eat insects every day and they are the most effective food.

Mercor's curator insight, February 4, 2013 2:45 AM

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Friends of Fraud

Friends of Fraud | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Republicans are fighting to make America safe for financial abuse.
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Paper giant APP promises no deforestation in Indonesia

Paper giant APP promises no deforestation in Indonesia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jakarta (AFP) Feb 5, 2013 - The world's third-largest paper producer Asia Pulp and Paper said Tuesday it had stopped using logs from Indonesia's natural forests, after fierce campaigning by green groups against the company.
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How do corals survive in the hottest reefs on the planet?

How do corals survive in the hottest reefs on the planet? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southampton UK (SPX) Feb 06, 2013 -
Coral reefs are predicted to decline under the pressure of global warming.
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Birds may need a hand to weather climate change

Birds may need a hand to weather climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Durham, UK (SPX) Feb 06, 2013 - A new study led by Durham University and BirdLife International, shows that many bird species are likely to suffer under future climate change, and will require enhanced protection of important site...
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Understanding the historical probability of drought

Understanding the historical probability of drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 06, 2013 -
Droughts can severely limit crop growth, causing yearly losses of around $8 billion in the United States.
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Alec Giugliano and Bryan Morell's comment, March 2, 2013 8:00 AM
This article talks about using probability to look at how often droughts would occur. This is what actuaries use probability for, except financially.
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Osaka Basin map: Identifies high-rise buildings at risk from quakes

Osaka Basin map: Identifies high-rise buildings at risk from quakes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2013 -
The Osaka Basin, Japan is home to many high-rise buildings that sit atop its thick soft sediments, vulnerable to long-period strong ground motions that last minutes.
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Green tea and red wine extracts interrupt Alzheimer's disease pathway in cells

Green tea and red wine extracts interrupt Alzheimer's disease pathway in cells | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Natural chemicals found in green tea and red wine may disrupt a key step of the Alzheimer's disease pathway, according to new research from the University of Leeds.
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Report: Climate change could devastate agriculture

Report: Climate change could devastate agriculture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new USDA study predicts climate change could create more pests and force farmers to change.
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Water, food and energy nexus debates - live broadcast

Water, food and energy nexus debates - live broadcast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Guardian and SABMiller bring you a day of online debates discussing how to achieve inter-connected action on water, food and energy
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How Are U.S. Local Governments Adapting to Climate Change?

How Are U.S. Local Governments Adapting to Climate Change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fighting global warming means stopping pumping more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, but it also increasingly mean adapting to new weather patterns. The ICLEI has compiled a list of actions taken by local governments.
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Climate change clues from tiny marine algae – ancient and modern « Descent into the Icehouse

Climate change clues from tiny marine algae – ancient and modern « Descent into the Icehouse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Microscopic ocean algae called coccolithophores are providing clues about the impact of climate change both now and many millions of years ago. The study found that their response to environmental change varies between species, in terms of how quickly they grow.

Coccolithophores, a type of plankton, are not only widespread in the modern ocean but they are also prolific in the fossil record because their tiny calcium carbonate shells are preserved on the seafloor after death – the vast chalk cliffs of Dover, for example, are almost entirely made of fossilised coccolithophores.

In article, published in Nature Geoscience this week, the scientists report that they responded in different ways to a rapid climate warming event that occurred 56 million years ago, the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM).

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Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy: Stacy Mitchell’s TEDx Talk

Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy: Stacy Mitchell’s TEDx Talk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“As remarkable as these trends are, they are unlikely to amount to more than an small sideshow on the margins of the mainstream if the only way we can conceive of confronting corporate power and bringing about a new economy is through our buying decisions… What we really need to do is change the underlying policies that shape our economy. We can’t do that through the sum of our individual behavior in the marketplace. We can only do it by exercising our collective power as citizens.”


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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:59 PM

This is very worth the time it takes to listen. A great summary of where we are today.

Rhett Rebold's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:20 PM

This is very worth the time it takes to listen. A great summary of where we are today.