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Solar power generator in Mojave Desert connected to electric grid

Solar power generator in Mojave Desert connected to electric grid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Connecting part of a solar thermal power plant in the California desert to the grid shows how steam impacts renewable energy development, NRG Energy Inc. said.
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Infectious disease: Blowing in the wind

Infectious disease: Blowing in the wind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The mysterious Kawasaki disease might cross the Pacific on air currents high in the atmosphere.
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A Slow-Motion Disaster: One Community’s Fight To Save Itself From Climate Change

A Slow-Motion Disaster: One Community’s Fight To Save Itself From Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As sea level rise puts many coastal communities at risk, a new video from the Center for American Progress shows the impact that climate change is having on the city of Norfolk, Virginia.
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Leading climate change economist brands sceptics 'irrational'

Leading climate change economist brands sceptics 'irrational' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lord Stern says governments should treat as 'just noise' what sceptics say on climate change
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Obamacare Prices Revealed

Obamacare Prices Revealed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The average price for basic health coverage purchased on health insurance exchanges created by President Barack Obama's health care reform law will be $249 a month, not counting subsidies, in 48 states reviewed by the Department of Health and Human...
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CDC chief Frieden: Valley fever a 'growing problem' in California

CDC chief Frieden: Valley fever a 'growing problem' in California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In an interview with The Times, U.S. Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden called valley fever "a big and growing problem" that presents "substantial" economic and health costs for Californians.
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Atomic Goal: 800 Years of Power From Waste

TerraPower, a start-up led by Bill Gates, is at work on a new kind of reactor that would be fueled by today’s nuclear waste.
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How the Insurance Industry Is Dealing With Climate Change

How the Insurance Industry Is Dealing With Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The rising chance of extreme weather is forcing insurance companies to adjust their models as they take on more risk
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Canadian Natural told to drain Alberta lake due to oil sands leak

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canadian Natural Resources Ltd has been ordered to drain a lake on the site of its northern Alberta oil sands project so that contamination on the lake's bottom, from a leak...
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Death toll from earthquake in Pakistan rises to 327

Death toll from earthquake in Pakistan rises to 327 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - The death toll from a powerful earthquake in southwest Pakistan rose to 327 on Wednesday after hundreds of mud houses collapsed on residents throughout the remote and thinly...
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N.C. returns EPA grant for fracking study

N.C. returns EPA grant for fracking study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

North Carolina’s environment agency has taken the unusual step of returning a federal grant to study streams and wetlands that could be harmed by hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

 

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources had itself recommended last year that baseline water-quality data be collected where drilling might occur. The information would help document any problems linked to drilling.

 

New head of environment agency is reorganizing, says they can pay for needed studies themselves

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Decades needed for recovery of tiny life on Gulf seabed after BP oil spill, new study says

Decades needed for recovery of tiny life on Gulf seabed after BP oil spill, new study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The damage from oil during the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster to communities of tiny organisms living in and on the soft sediment on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico surrounding BP's Macondo well will take decades to repair, according...
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Queensland coal projects a threat to water

Queensland coal projects a threat to water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 23, 2013 - Mega mines planned for the Australian state of Queensland would adversely affect the region's water supply, a new report says.
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World Bank Defies Its Own Coal Policy, Aiding Massive Indonesia Power Plant, Environmental Group Says

World Bank Defies Its Own Coal Policy, Aiding Massive Indonesia Power Plant, Environmental Group Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
World Bank Group units are aiding the development of a new coal-fired power plant in Indonesia, despite a new bank policy discouraging support for coal projects, according to a report from the environmental group Oil Change International released...
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The politicians are wrong - 100% renewable energy is possible

The politicians are wrong - 100% renewable energy is possible | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: If Miliband wants to beat the Big Six and deliver energy price freeze promise, he must fix his party's broken policies first
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The Australian Government Axed The Country’s Climate Commission — But Australians Are Bringing It Back

The Australian Government Axed The Country’s Climate Commission — But Australians Are Bringing It Back | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Last week, Australia’s new prime minister Tony Abbot eliminated the country’s Climate Commission, the independent but government-funded panel of experts that studied the effects climate change is having on the country. But the Australian people aren’t standing for that.


Just a few days after the commission was cut, it’s being reborn as the Climate Council, a privately-funded body with the same leader — professor and conservationist Tim Flannery — and commissioners. Flannery told the Guardianthat after the Abbot government’s announcement to end the Climate Commission was made, he and the other commissioners were “deluged” by emails and calls from Australians who didn’t want to see the commission’s work end and were pledging their financial support to help keep it going.

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Neary 1 In 10 U.S. Watersheds Is 'Stressed': Study

Neary 1 In 10 U.S. Watersheds Is 'Stressed': Study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly one in 10 watersheds in the United States is "stressed," with demand for water exceeding natural supply -- a trend that appears likely to become the new normal, according to a recent study.
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Pollution control plan to slash PM2.5|Society|chinadaily.com.cn

Pollution control plan to slash PM2.5|Society|chinadaily.com.cn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hebei and Shandong provinces and the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin will cut their combined coal consumption by 83 million metric tons by 2017.
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Nations: Debt-plagued Greece sees economic gains in adapting to climate change -- Tuesday, September 24, 2013 -- www.eenews.net

Nations: Debt-plagued Greece sees economic gains in adapting to climate change -- Tuesday, September 24, 2013 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ATHENS -- Greece has a long history of recording climate variations. There are centuries-old tales of heat waves, droughts and floods striking the region -- often thought to be at the hand of a spurned god or goddess.
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Proposed Power Lines Tangle With Native American History

Proposed Power Lines Tangle With Native American History | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new transmission line project would go up near cave paintings deemed sacred to Northwest tribes.
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Rite Aid Corp. Ordered To Pay $12.3M For Dumping Hazardous Waste In Local Landfills - CBS Los Angeles

Rite Aid Corp. Ordered To Pay $12.3M For Dumping Hazardous Waste In Local Landfills - CBS Los Angeles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A judge has ordered Rite Aid Corporation to pay more than $12.3 million stemming from a civil lawsuit alleging some 600 California stores dumped hazardous waste in local landfills.
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Wetlands: Battle lines form as EPA hints at revised regulatory plan -- Tuesday, September 24, 2013 -- www.eenews.net

At its heart, a major new U.S. EPA report that synthesizes more than 1,000 studies about connections among streams, wetlands, rivers and lakes comes down to what elementary school students are taught about the water cycle.
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California has so much shale oil—but it's so hard to get.

California has so much shale oil—but it's so hard to get. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Facing challenges of geology as well as resistance from regulators and environmentalists, oil firms are trying a variety of techniques to tap the oil in California's Monterey Shale field.
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Minnesota sets goals for fixing Gulf of Mexico dead zone

Minnesota sets goals for fixing Gulf of Mexico dead zone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Minnesota’s top pollution officials are setting ambitious goals — primarily for farmers — to cut back on the millions of tons of pollution that each year flow out of the state and down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, where it adds to ...
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Flame retardants banned years ago finally declining in women, study suggests — Environmental Health News

Flame retardants banned years ago finally declining in women, study suggests — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have documented for the first time that banned flame retardants have declined in people in the United States, where levels of the chemicals had been growing exponentially.
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