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City Mayor Supports Minimum Wage Above $15

City Mayor Supports Minimum Wage Above $15 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SEATTLE -- SEATTLE (AP) — The idea of a $15 minimum wage continues to build momentum in the Seattle area, with Mayor Mike McGinn saying he would support an effort to set the standard even higher.
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Not far from Lake Michigan, city yearns for water

Not far from Lake Michigan, city yearns for water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The aquifer that has provided most of Waukesha's drinking water for the last century has dropped so far that what's left has unhealthy levels of radium and salt.
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Electricity: Keystone XL's not the only cross-border energy fight

Electricity: Keystone XL's not the only cross-border energy fight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
COLEBROOK, N.H. -- In New Hampshire's northernmost reaches, locals are proving there's more than one way to overheat a presidential permit for a major energy project.
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Panama hopes U.S. will clean up chemical weapons it left on island - The Sacramento Bee

Panama hopes U.S. will clean up chemical weapons it left on island - The Sacramento Bee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the U.S. presses for the rapid destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, a dispute lingers over chemical munitions that American soldiers left on a Panamanian island more than 60 years ago. Panama has pressed the U.S.
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Marissa Roy's curator insight, October 28, 2013 11:45 AM

This article brings up some interesting points about U.S. politics as well as chemical warfare in general. The Panamanians want the U.S.'s chemical weapons out, understandably as it has been over fifty years and they are extremely dangerous to people and the environment should anything ever go wrong. The Pentagon has agreed to begin working on cleaning the weapons out of Panama but it will certainly be a waiting game in regards to how long it will take and what the government is going to do with them.

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Chile glacier bill pits mines against water supply

Chile glacier bill pits mines against water supply | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The revival of legislation to ban mining in glacial areas is spawning debate among miners, farmers and environmentalists about how to protect both vital water supplies and Chile's mining industry.
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Law may cut use of flame retardants in buildings

Law may cut use of flame retardants in buildings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law that may lead to a change in state building standards that would discourage the use of potentially hazardous flame-retardant chemicals.
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Bay Area women take on cosmetics industry

Bay Area women take on cosmetics industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This bootstrap effort grew into a national movement -- the San Francisco-based Campaign for Safe Cosmetics -- that has transformed the way consumers shop for personal care items, pushed the cosmetics industry to change the way it makes products,...
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Climate: Uncertainty lies ahead with Zichal's exit, but advocates optimistic about continuity

Having teed up an ambitious second-term agenda on global warming policy, the chief architect of President Obama's Climate Action Plan is headed for the door -- so far without explanation.
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Opponents of ‘fracking’ in George Washington National Forest argue point with report

Opponents of ‘fracking’ in George Washington National Forest argue point with report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

RICHMOND, Va. — Opponents of opening the George Washington National Forest to fracking for natural gas released a report Tuesday that they say proves the drilling practice would be harmful to the largest federal forest on the East Coast.

The report was issued by Environment Virginia ahead of the U.S. Forest Service’s release later this fall of a management plan for the 1.1-million-acre forest. Called “Fracking by the Numbers,” the study looks at the impact of fracking on a national basis, concluding that more than 360,000 U.S. acres have been damaged by fracking since 2005.

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In a Hot, Thirsty Energy Business, Water Is Prized

In a Hot, Thirsty Energy Business, Water Is Prized | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Electricity generators need water for cooling, but competition with other interests is growing, and the plants do not always win.

 

WITH so much focus on carbon emitted from the nation’s power plants, another environmental challenge related to electricity generation is sometimes overlooked: the enormous amount of water needed to cool the power-producing equipment.

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Global warming threatens Hudson Bay Lowlands Arctic refuge

Global warming threatens Hudson Bay Lowlands Arctic refuge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global warming is fast transforming Canada’s Hudson Bay Lowlands, one of Earth’s most southern Arctic refuges, scientists report.
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IPS – Building a Better World, One Block at a Time | Inter Press Service

IPS – Building a Better World, One Block at a Time | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Building a Better World, One Block at a Time - One evening in the small village of Ashton Hayes in Cheshire, England, someone started a conversation about climate change and energy at the local pub. It was 2005.
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South's New Power Push: Natural Gas and Tiny Nukes | Climate Central

South's New Power Push: Natural Gas and Tiny Nukes | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Natural gas, nuclear and renewables — all of these energy sources are part of how utilities in the South are attempting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a region long dependent on coal for power generation.
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Tens Of Thousands Of Customers Rush State Obamacare Markets

Tens Of Thousands Of Customers Rush State Obamacare Markets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Lewis Krauskopf and Deena Beasley Oct 8 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of uninsured people have begun to sign up for health coverage through online Obamacare private insurance marketplaces in California and New York, officials...
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Prosecutions scare food industry - Helena Bottemiller Evich

Prosecutions scare food industry - Helena Bottemiller Evich | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The threat of criminal prosecution has the food industry on its toes.
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High radiation levels found at possible Olympic sites; Tokyo dismisses data - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

High radiation levels found at possible Olympic sites; Tokyo dismisses data - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A citizens group said it measured high radiation levels at candidate venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the metropolitan government disputes the data and the International Olympic Committee has shown little interest.
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Shutdown furloughs about to hit nuclear safety agency

Shutdown furloughs about to hit nuclear safety agency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The federal shutdown is about to hit those who keep an eye on the nation's 100 commercial nuclear power plants.
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Mainland China joins global effort to phase out industrial uses of mercury

Mainland China joins global effort to phase out industrial uses of mercury | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hospitals begin replacing obsolete instruments with electronic versions under global treaty to reduce contamination from heavy metal
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In Afghanistan, villagers and government battle over blame for coal mine collapse

In Afghanistan, villagers and government battle over blame for coal mine collapse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coal was supposed to lift a remote village from poverty. Instead, it has left families devastated.
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Salmonella outbreak in chicken shows resistance to antibiotics

Salmonella outbreak in chicken shows resistance to antibiotics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A salmonella outbreak in Foster Farms chicken contains several antibiotic-resistant strains that may explain an unusually high rate of hospitalization.
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Climate: Celeb-studded documentary uses scientists, everyday Americans to tell less inconvenient truths

AUSTIN, Texas -- Arnold Schwarzenegger suits up with Montana wildfire-fighters. Harrison Ford visits Indonesian loggers. Don Cheadle rides with Texas ranchers.

 

But M. Sanjayan, the Nature Conservancy lead scientist who also appears in the forthcoming Showtime documentary "Years of Living Dangerously," avows that star power alone won't keep viewers engaged in the network's ambitious eight-part exploration of climate change.

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Minnesota’s largest coal unit to restart, despite concerns over pollution, emissions | Midwest Energy News

Minnesota’s largest coal unit to restart, despite concerns over pollution, emissions | Midwest Energy News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the Midwest's largest coal-fired electric generation units is set to restart this week after a nearly two-year shutdown that required the unit to be rebuilt from the ground up.
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Algal blooms causing concern in northern lakes

Algal blooms causing concern in northern lakes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For years Lake Erie has been the poster child in the Great Lakes for the problem of toxic algae. More recently, though, the problem has been showing up
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Alaska sinks as climate change thaws permafrost

Alaska sinks as climate change thaws permafrost | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The nation's last frontier is — in many ways — its ground zero for climate change. Alaska's temperatures are rising twice as fast as those in the lower 48, prompting more sea ice to disappear in summer. While this may eventually open the Northwest Passage to sought-after tourism, oil exploration and trade, it also spells trouble as wildfires increase, roads buckle and tribal villages sink into the sea.

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How Denmark turned an efficiency obligation into opportunity | Midwest Energy News

How Denmark turned an efficiency obligation into opportunity | Midwest Energy News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

IIn the U.S., there’s rising anxiety and speculation about how flat or falling electricity demand could affect utilities’ long-term business models. In Denmark, electric companies have long operated in a slow- or no-growth market, and they continue to invest in further lowering customers' energy use.

 

The Danish efficiency scheme has become the model for a new European Union efficiency law currently being implemented, and it could offer ideas and inspiration for U.S. policymakers, too, as they attempt to design incentives that can convince electric utilities to take a lead role in helping customers use less of the very product they sell.

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