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In Face of Climate Change, Major Wildlife Group Calls for Renewable Energy

In Face of Climate Change, Major Wildlife Group Calls for Renewable Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is altering and destroying important habitats that America’s migratory birds depend on and urgent action is needed to change that dangerous "flight path," including rapid development of renewable energy sources, according to a new report...
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China Tops Table for Renewables Investment

China Tops Table for Renewables Investment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China is currently the best country in the world for renewable energy investment, while India has the strongest potential for conventional power investors, according to a new report.
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Canadian gold miner responds to fatal mine collapse in the Central African Republic

Canadian gold miner responds to fatal mine collapse in the Central African Republic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Canadian gold explorer AXMIN (TSX VENTURE: AXM) has issued a statement in response toSunday's fatal gold mine collapse in the Central African Republic.

Provoked by heavy rainfall, the incident killed nearly 40 people at the location of AXMIN's Passendro project. But the gold miner has not had access to the mine since December 2012 due to political volatility and a brief occupation by rebel groups, the company said. Since that time artisanal miners have been working the site.

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Climate Change Severely Impacting Food Prices

Climate Change Severely Impacting Food Prices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

While there are hardly any signs of substantive and forward-looking agreements being reached at the United Nations climate change conference from November 26 to December 7, 2012 in Doha, latest research cautions that impact of climate change on future food prices is being underestimated.


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L’habitat de demain : passif ou à énergie positive, plus respectueux de l’environnement

L’habitat de demain : passif ou à énergie positive, plus respectueux de l’environnement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Le BBC, bâtiment basse consommation, est devenu la règle dans le neuf. Il s’étend à la rénovation. Prochaine étape : la maison passive, qui ne consomme presque plus d’énergie et émet encore moins de gaz à effet de serre.

 

 « Le Grenelle de l’environnement vise la rénovation BBC de tous les logements d’ici 2050. En Alsace, cela suppose de rénover 752 000 logements, dont 390 000 maisons individuelles » , souligne la Région Alsace. Vaste chantier, qui concerne aussi le logement social, les bâtiments publics et tertiaires…

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Via Pascal Faucompré, Frédéric Liégeois
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Risk of Ozone Destruction Above Populated Mid-latitude Regions

Risk of Ozone Destruction Above Populated Mid-latitude Regions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Harvard scientists have discovered that intense summer storms can force water vapor into the dry and cold stratosphere through a process called convective injection. The presence of such water vapor, which normally stops at the tropopause (the boundary between the troposphere and the stratosphere), changes the threshold temperature at which ozone is destroyed by chemistry dependent on manmade chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are still present in the atmosphere despite an international ban on their use. The chemical reactions that destroy ozone typically occur only at very cold temperatures. The presence of water vapor raises the temperature at which ozone loss takes place, to the point that threshold conditions for ozone destruction are routinely crossed during the summer above the United States and possibly elsewhere. The frequency and intensity of these summer storms is expected to increase with climate forcing due to increasing levels of heat-trapping atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane. Reductions in stratospheric ozone would allow more DNA-damaging ultraviolet radiation to reach Earth, with potential biological effects on human beings, animals, and plants.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Marc Suzdak
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Retirement Crisis: Americans Living Longer, Saving Less

Retirement Crisis: Americans Living Longer, Saving Less | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The good news is the life span of Americans is increasing. The bad news is many can’t take care of themselves financially, nor for a longer period of time.
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Water Prices Headed Up, As Pipes Reach End Of Days

That cold cup of water is getting more expensive.

So is watering the lawn, showering, flushing the toilet, filling up the pool and washing the car, as a number of Connecticut's water companies file rate increases to cover the growing maintenance costs on the thousands of miles of aging water pipes, fluid pumps, treatment facilities and storage tanks.

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College Debt Forcing Recent Grads To Put Off Major Life Decisions - CBS Boston

College Debt Forcing Recent Grads To Put Off Major Life Decisions - CBS Boston | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Americans have now racked up more in college loans than credit card bills. Recent graduates owe an average of $28,000.
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Asia needs $944 billion investment for energy efficiency

Asia needs $944 billion investment for energy efficiency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manilla, Philippines (UPI) Jun 26, 2013 -
About $944 billion of investment is needed by 2020 for Asian countries to meet their national energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, a study indicates.
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Solar power heads in a new direction: Thinner

Solar power heads in a new direction: Thinner | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 27, 2013 -
Most efforts at improving solar cells have focused on increasing the efficiency of their energy conversion, or on lowering the cost of manufacturing.
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Solar Trackers Beam Growing Energy Trend into China and India

Solar Trackers Beam Growing Energy Trend into China and India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Jun 27, 2013 -
The solar power industry is spreading from matured developed economies into emerging nations further afield, states new analysis by research and consulting firm GlobalData.
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Bangladesh to exhaust gas reserves?

Bangladesh to exhaust gas reserves? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dhaka, Bangladesh (UPI) Jun 25, 2013 -
Bangladesh risks running out of existing recoverable gas reserves within the next decade if no new gas fields are discovered, experts warn.
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Sunrun to Utilities: It's Time to Innovate with Rooftop Solar

Sunrun to Utilities: It's Time to Innovate with Rooftop Solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the cost of distributed solar, like rooftop solar, continues to become cheaper for home and business owners, utilities are getting worried that distributed solar will hurt their bottom line.
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INFOGRAPHIC: Is deep sea mining worth the risk?

INFOGRAPHIC: Is deep sea mining worth the risk? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The pros and cons of extraction from the seabed.  

The team at 911 Metallurgist takes a look at mining the ocean floor in their newest infographic.

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Death toll rises to 52 in African gold mine collapse

Death toll rises to 52 in African gold mine collapse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Local officials fear that the number of deceased could rise higher still.
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Heat Wave May Threaten World's Hottest Temperature Record

Heat Wave May Threaten World's Hottest Temperature Record | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A brutal and potentially historic heat wave is in store for the West as parts of Nevada, Arizona and California may get dangerously hot temperatures this weekend and into next week.
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Une énorme zone morte se forme dans le Golfe du Mexique

Une énorme zone morte se forme dans le Golfe du Mexique | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Une zone recouvrant l'équivalent de la moitié de la surface de la Suisse et où ne subsiste aucune vie a été repérée dans le Golfe du Mexique. Elle est due aux engrais de l'agriculture américaine qui se déversent dans la mer.

Via Baudouin de Menten, Frédéric Liégeois
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Number Of Children Living In Poverty Grows

Number Of Children Living In Poverty Grows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It wasn't so long ago that David Hutchinson spent a month sleeping under a bridge while his wife and young daughter spent their nights at a domestic violence shelter. But this wasn't a case of domestic violence.
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China debt-crisis fears focus on ‘shadow banks’

China debt-crisis fears focus on ‘shadow banks’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China’s shadow banks are at the center of mounting concerns over whether the country’s slowing economy could trigger a debt crisis.
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Austria Starts New Stimulus After Insolvency Shows Not Immune

Austria committed to increase spending by as much as 1.6 billion euros ($2.1 billion) until 2016 for construction projects after a builder filed for the country’s biggest post-World War II insolvency and put 5,000 jobs at risk in an election year.
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Ultra-wired South Korea battles smartphone addiction

Ultra-wired South Korea battles smartphone addiction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seoul (AFP) June 27, 2013 - Kim Nam-Hee pulls no punches as she warns a classroom of wide-eyed South Korean 10-year-olds that they stand on the edge of an addiction that will turn them all into mindless slaves.
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High-octane bacteria could ease pain at the pump

High-octane bacteria could ease pain at the pump | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 27, 2013 - New lines of engineered bacteria can tailor-make key precursors of high-octane biofuels that could one day replace gasoline, scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at...
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Qatar succession and the gulf's aging monarchies

Qatar succession and the gulf's aging monarchies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Doha, Qatar (UPI) Jun 26, 2013 - The handover of power by the emir of Qatar to his 33-year-old son is a rare occurrence among the Persian Gulf's aging ruler-for-life monarchs, but it could show them the way to go as they grapple with the turmoil...
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