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Dozens missing as boats sink in South China Sea typhoon: Xinhua

Dozens missing as boats sink in South China Sea typhoon: Xinhua | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Sept 30, 2013 - More than 70 people were missing after three Chinese boats sank in a powerful typhoon in the South China Sea, state media said on Monday, as Vietnam undertook mass evacuations.
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Discovery offers bio-solution to severe canola crop losses

Discovery offers bio-solution to severe canola crop losses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Calgary, Canada (SPX) Sep 30, 2013 - A genetic discovery by a University of Calgary-led international research team offers a solution to a long-standing green seed problem that causes millions of dollars annually in canola crop losse...
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China says 75 missing in typhoon; Vietnam prepares

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Tens of thousands of people were being evacuated from high-risk areas in central Vietnam on Monday as a typhoon that sank at least two Chinese fishing ships neared the coast.

 

A total of 75 fishermen are missing after three vessels encountered strong winds near the Paracel Islands, according to a statement on the website of the Hainan government in south China. Two of the vessels sank Sunday and contact with the third has been lost, it said.

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American coal miner announces mine closure

American coal miner announces mine closure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Alliance Resource Partners (NASDAQ: ARLP) announced on Friday that it will shut down its Pontiki coal mine in response to weak demand.

 

The Kentucky mine employs 142 people. All employees were issued Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notices.


Operations will wind down in December as the company works to fulfill existing sales contracts.

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Dutch firm launches conflict-free smartphone

Dutch firm launches conflict-free smartphone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tin and tantalum come from 'conflict-free' sources in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Why Do So Many People Still Doubt Climate Change?

Why Do So Many People Still Doubt Climate Change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When scholars of the future write the history of climate change, they may look to early 2008 as a pivotal moment. Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth was bringing the science to the masses.
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, September 29, 2013 6:08 PM
"Accepting this is a challenge for those seeking to communicate climate science. Too often, they assume that the facts will speak for themselves—ignoring the research that reveals how real people respond. That is a pretty unscientific way of going about science communication.

The challenge now that the IPCC report has appeared, then, is not to simply crank up the volume on the facts. Instead, we must use the report as the beginning of a series of conversations about climate change—conversations that start from people's values and work back from there to the science."

This article originally appeared in New Scientist.
Christophe Lastennet's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:09 AM

I like the idea here that speaking to people's values and beliefs may be more effective than pure facts, although evidently bulding a rock solid case based on facts is an absolute must have

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Climate Graphics by Skeptical Science: Human Fingerprints

Climate Graphics by Skeptical Science: Human Fingerprints | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Examines the science and arguments of global warming skepticism


Summary of observational evidence that human carbon dioxide emissions are causing the climate to warm (described here and here). 

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My Shocking Train Ride Through the Heart of China’s “Airpocalypse”

My Shocking Train Ride Through the Heart of China’s “Airpocalypse” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By James West

People write about China’s growth so much it’s daunting to wring out something new. But—wow—when you see …
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Scientists More Certain Humans Are Heating the Planet | MIT Technology Review

Scientists More Certain Humans Are Heating the Planet | MIT Technology Review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The latest report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that scientists are more certain than ever that humans are causing global warming, and that climate change will get worse if greenhouse gas levels continue to rise.

 

The report is influential with policymakers because it represents the consensus of hundreds of scientists who have worked for years to draw conclusions from the scientific research on climate change.

 

The report, the first of four IPCC reports scheduled for this year, focuses on the science of climate change. The other reports will take a closer look at the likely impacts of climate change and what can be done to minimize them.


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#Oceans are taking the brunt of #ClimateChange ~ ~~ #IPPC

#Oceans are taking the brunt of #ClimateChange ~ ~~ #IPPC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As politicians, scientists and the world's media begin to respond to the latest IPCC report, Jack Wilson reminds us of the critical role that oceans play in mitigating the impacts of climate change and explains just how detrimental this role is to...

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Consumption and Carbon Costs | The Energy Collective

Consumption and Carbon Costs | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Food production, from the growth and harvesting of food all the way to it's transportation and consumption, results in a huge volume of greenhouse gases, but these vary greatly between foods. This video looks at what a low carbon food is.
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3-D models of electrical streamers

3-D models of electrical streamers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed an accurate 3-D model of streamer propagation that qualitatively and quantitatively describes the streamer development, an advance that may impact applications such as medical imaging, aerospace engineering, power...
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Biomass Gets A Slice Of Army’s $7 Billion Renewable Energy Pie

Biomass Gets A Slice Of Army’s $7 Billion Renewable Energy Pie | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We've been following the US Army Corps of Engineers' ambitious $7 billion renewable energy plan, and it looks like the first round of contracts has concluded with smooth sailing.
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Greater desertification control using sand trap simulations

Greater desertification control using sand trap simulations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Sep 30, 2013 -
In the fight against desertification, so-called straw checkerboard barriers (SCB) play a significant role.
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Global study reveals new hotspots of fish biodiversity

Global study reveals new hotspots of fish biodiversity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gloucester Point VA (SPX) Sep 30, 2013 - Teeming with millions of species, tropical coral reefs have been long thought to be the areas of greatest biodiversity for fishes and other marine life-and thus most deserving of resources for conse...
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Climate change will unearth toxic mercury - USGS

Climate change will unearth toxic mercury - USGS | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As global temperatures rise, the distribution of mercury worldwide will shift and possibly increase, a new study by the US Geological Survey finds (USGS).

 

The study points out several "seemingly unconnected aspects of climate change" that are expected to affect mercury distribution. These include higher temperatures, weaker air circulation patterns and diminished storm frequency but heightened intensity.

 
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Caterpillar mows down more jobs

Caterpillar mows down more jobs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Targeting support and management positions.

 

Caterpillar is getting ready to fire more employees, adding to a job-cutting rampage which started late last year.

 

This week the machinery giant sent letters to white collar workers across the US, advising them that their jobs are under the axe, the Herald-Review reports.

 

The company wouldn't comment on numbers but said employees in "support and management" would be affected.

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Four thousand protesters march in Bucharest over Rosia Montana

Four thousand protesters march in Bucharest over Rosia Montana | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Protests against Europe's would-be largest gold mine hit their fifth straight week on Sunday, showing that opponents are nowhere near losing force.

 

Thousands of people gathered in London and Bucharest on Sunday in a show of opposition against mine plans.

 

Protesters are battling Canadian company Gabriel Resources (TSX:GBU) over its proposed Rosia Montana gold mine project in Transylvania. Romanians are concerned over the firm's plans to use cyanide and other environmental impacts of mining.

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Climate Change Deniers Don't Deserve an Equal Voice

Climate Change Deniers Don't Deserve an Equal Voice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many news outlets are complicit in efforts to undermine scientific evidence. The attacks on legitimate climate science are coming from people whose arguments have been debunked many times and who often have ties to the fossil fuel industry.
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Switch! Face and body scrubs

Switch! Face and body scrubs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Switch your usual face scrub for a plastic-free one Why? Well, many cosmetic exfoliators contain tiny plastic microbeads. The beads are so small they get washed down the drain, going undetected by ...
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24 Hours Of Reality – The Cost Of Carbon

24 Hours Of Reality – The Cost Of Carbon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Join us October 22 & 23 as we travel around the world, identifying the costs of carbon pollution and the solution that can change the course of our future.
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Towards Permaculture Centres Worldwide

Geoff Lawton explaining the need to establish self-sustaining Permaculture centres around the world. More info: www.ecofilms.com.au

 

From: http://www.permaculturenews.org/about-permaculture-and-the-pri/

 

The Mission of the Permaculture Research Institute is to work with individuals and communities worldwide, to expand the knowledge and practice of integrated, sustainable agriculture and culture using the whole-systems approach of permaculture design. This will provide solutions for permanent abundance by training local people to become leaders of sustainable development in their communities and countries.

 

Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale. It is a multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development.

 

The Permaculture Research Institute works to establish a global network of educational demonstration sites, which operate as education centres that seek to replicate themselves across their respective surrounding regions. Each demonstration site seeks to become financially self-sufficient within three years[...]

 

Permaculture (the word, coined by Bill Mollison, is a portmanteau of permanent agriculture and permanent culture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people — providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.

 

The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

 

Recycling of nutrients and energy in nature is a function of many species. In our gardens, it is our own responsibility to return wastes (via compost or mulch) to the soil and plants. We actively create soil in our gardens, whereas in nature many other species carry out that function. Around our homes we can catch water for garden use, but we rely on natural forested landscapes to provide the condenser leaves and clouds to keep rivers running with clean water, to maintain the global atmosphere, and to lock up our gaseous pollutants. Thus, even anthropocentric people would be well-advised to pay close attention to, and to assist in, conservation of existing forests and to assist in, the conservation of all existing species and allow them a place to live.

 


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, September 29, 2013 10:42 AM

Building a worldwide network of permaculture centers that reach every corner of the world where humanity resides will ensure that abundant localized food sources will be available sustainably for all, but moreover, we can begin to effectively reverse the damage to the environment caused by the predominant unsustainable factory agriculture.

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Fukushima: un bout de plastique probable cause de la panne

Fukushima: un bout de plastique probable cause de la panne | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tokyo - Un morceau de revêtement plastique qui a bloqué les tuyaux d'écoulement serait à l'origine de la panne du système de décontamination d'eau radioactive ALPS de la centrale accidentée deFukushima, a annoncé dimanche l'opérateur de la centrale.

 


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Pioneering Commercial Solar Microgrid Completed

Pioneering Commercial Solar Microgrid Completed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Microgrids, by all accounts I've seen, are projected to increase considerably in the coming years.
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California's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law: Scientific American

California's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three regions in California have now formally adopted transportation plans designed to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases
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Samantha Fuller's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:20 PM

 "San Diego, Sacramento and southern California have now instituted transportation plans mandated by the state's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law." Although Washingtons poloticions are still debating to mandate greenhouse gas amition cutbacks some states taking action on their own. California plans to create this “sustainable communities strategy”  by "establishing greenhouse gas reduction targets through integrated land use, housing and transportation planning." Most enviromental leaders say this is a step in the right direction, but others worry it won't go far enough.