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It’s Not Easy Being Green | September 9, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 36 | Chemical & Engineering News

It’s Not Easy Being Green | September 9, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 36 | Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When Paul S. Anderson was in graduate school in the early 1960s, he remembers that his fellow chemists had some vague awareness that their work could affect the environment. “But it was pretty minimal,” says Anderson, a retired pharmaceutical industry chemist and former president of the American Chemical Society. In those days, chemists flushed solvents down laboratory sink drains as a matter of course, he says.

 

Then spring sprang. Rachel Carson published her landmark book “Silent Spring” in 1962. It raised awareness about unintended consequences of pesticides and triggered a public outcry that eventually led Congress to pass modern pollution control laws. Anderson says the book also triggered environmental cognizance among chemists. “It made us aware of the fact that things that were intended to be good might turn out to have consequences that were neither anticipated nor understood in any detail,” he says

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New finding: Even when Lake Erie's algae leaves, health threat remains

New finding: Even when Lake Erie's algae leaves, health threat remains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have recently discovered that even when ugly algae leaves the water it can leave behind a deadly legacy: toxins capable of damaging your central nervous system.

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Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Human Basis for Sustainable Development | Obama News Report Store

Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Human Basis for Sustainable Development | Obama News Report Store | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pick and Sirkin show how IMIFAP, a Mexican NGO, has employed a development strategy to encourage the establishment of a participatory, healthy and educated citi

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, September 9, 2013 10:29 AM

If you teach a man to fish ....

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Smoothies and Fruit Juices Linked to Obesity: The 'New Danger?'

Smoothies and Fruit Juices Linked to Obesity: The 'New Danger?' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The two researchers who uncovered the dangers behind high-fructose corn syrup in soft drinks in 2004, Barry Popkin and George Bray, recently spoke to the Guardian about why smoothies and fruit juices are deceptively unhealthy and could be the "new...

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EcoPod Holidays Homes - Tiny House Blog

EcoPod Holidays Homes - Tiny House Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The tiny EcoPod Holidays vacation homes, located in the Derbyshire area of England are not only portable vardo-like structures, but they have been built from over 50 percent waste materials including sheep’s wool and recycled glass bottles. Each of...
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Our energy future:

Our energy future: | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With oil prices hovering near historic highs and coal, natural gas and uranium prices yo-yoing during the last several years, concerns about the future of fossil fuel and uranium supplies often elicit the response: "They'll think of something.
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Pacific islands hope to convince world to move on climate change | Al Jazeera America

Pacific islands hope to convince world to move on climate change | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leaders from nations most affected by climate change sign declaration pledging to reduce emissions
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Did global warming cause the Syrian civil war?

Did global warming cause the Syrian civil war? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If Congress authorizes military strikes against Syria, is global warming to blame?
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Hybrids, small SUVs, sense of relief at Frankfurt

Hybrids, small SUVs, sense of relief at Frankfurt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The show has a slew of new battery-powered electrics and hybrids — which combine electric motors with internal combustion engines.
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Carbon Social Cost Growth | The Energy Collective

Carbon Social Cost Growth | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2010, 12 government agencies working in conjunction with economists, lawyers, and scientists agreed to work out what they considered a coherent standard for establishing the social cost of carbon.
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Climate change’s silver bullet?

Climate change’s silver bullet? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Interview with one of the world’s top geoengineering scholars.“The potential risks are enormous... and it’s attracting a flood of interest from scientists, venture capitalists and oil companies.”
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PetroChina denies more officials probed for graft

PetroChina denies more officials probed for graft | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shanghai, China (AFP) Sept 09, 2013 - PetroChina, the listed arm of China's largest oil producer China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), rejected a media report Monday that said two of its executives were under investigation for graft.
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Greening Calif. Schools a ‘Win-Win’ for Students, Districts - New America Media

Greening Calif. Schools a ‘Win-Win’ for Students, Districts - New America Media | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism.
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Energy efficient lighting alternatives for in and around the home

Energy efficient lighting alternatives for in and around the home | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Energy efficient lighting alternatives for in and around the home. http://goo.gl/CHJ6NP

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U.S. Navy Triples Clean Energy Startup Funding In Hawaii

U.S. Navy Triples Clean Energy Startup Funding In Hawaii | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Every summer, the program selects 13 businesses that have ideas related to: grid integration of renewable energy; bioenergy and transportation; and energy efficiency for built environment and agriculture.

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Hundreds of companies apply for grants, but fewer than 5 percent receive funding.

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'Baseless economics': Lord Stern on David Cameron’s claims that a UK fracking boom can bring down price of gas

'Baseless economics': Lord Stern on David Cameron’s claims that a UK fracking boom can bring down price of gas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lord Stern, author of the hugely influential Stern review on the financial implications of climate change, has dismissed David Cameron’s claims that a fracking boom in the UK can bring down the price of gas in the UK as “baseless”.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, September 9, 2013 4:22 PM

With European policymakers increasingly seduced by the siren songs of the fossil fuel barrons, it is good some policy advisors are keeping a cool head.

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Greening the Empire State Building Evaluation | The Energy Collective

Greening the Empire State Building Evaluation | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Empire State Building is the tallest and most well-known building in the United States to have received LEED certification. The certification was part of a massive retrofit of the New York City building undertaken between 2009 and 2011.
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American Banks and Coal Energy in India | The Energy Collective

American Banks and Coal Energy in India | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Green is in on Wall Street, or so you'd think. Yet many large banking institutions have lined up for a controversial share offering from one of the world's largest miners, Coal India Limited.
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A Silent Hurricane Season Adds Fuel to a Debate Over Global Warming | TIME.com

A Silent Hurricane Season Adds Fuel to a Debate Over Global Warming | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We've passed the midpoint of the Atlantic hurricane season, and there's been not a storm to see. What does a hurricane drought tell us about how climate change will impact tropical cyclones?
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Small islands make big statement on climate change

Small islands make big statement on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sometimes, the biggest ideas come from the smallest of places. In other times, desperation pushes individuals, groups or nations to bite off more than they can chew. In the case of the Marshall Islands, both of the above statements may be true.
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Scientists studying solar radiation management as a way to cool planet

Scientists studying solar radiation management as a way to cool planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After Mount Pinatubo erupted, a cloud of sulfur particles deflected enough sunlight to cool Earth.
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Water in New Orleans: pushing a new approach to old problem

Water in New Orleans: pushing a new approach to old problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eight years ago, 25 acres in Gentilly that an order of Catholic nuns called a sanctuary became a danger zone as the floodwaters that followed Hurricane Katrina quickly inundated its grounds.The waters have long since receded, and that land has...
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Colorado and Climate Change Effects on Business | The Energy Collective

Colorado and Climate Change Effects on Business | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Colorado, things have been different of late.
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Hong Kong launches electric bus in drive against pollution

Hong Kong launches electric bus in drive against pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 09, 2013 - Hong Kong's first battery-powered public bus took to the streets Monday as part of a drive against the city's choking pollution.
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