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H1N1 flu cases up sharply in Venezuela

H1N1 flu cases up sharply in Venezuela | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Caracas, 12 Jun 2013 - The number of H1N1 swine flu cases rose sharply in Venezuela during the last week of May, the health ministry said Wednesday, refusing to disclose whether any deaths have been linked to the outbreak.
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AU urges Egypt and Ethiopia to hold talks on Nile row

AU urges Egypt and Ethiopia to hold talks on Nile row | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Addis Ababa (AFP) June 12, 2013 - The African Union urged Egypt and Ethiopia Wednesday to come together for talks to solve a bitter dispute over the sharing of Nile river waters triggered by an Ethiopian dam project.
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DNA code sheds light on world-ranging algae

DNA code sheds light on world-ranging algae | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) June 12, 2013 - It's just a tiny thing - a single-celled organism visible only under a microscope - yet it is one of the most successful life forms on the planet.
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Whitebark Pine Trees: Is Their Future at Risk

Whitebark Pine Trees: Is Their Future at Risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 13, 2013 -
There's trouble ahead for the whitebark pine, a mountain tree that's integral to wildlife and water resources in the western United States and Canada.
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Corin McKinstrey's comment, September 27, 2013 2:21 PM
I did not know that Trees future could be at risk. I think that scientists are doing the right thing by trying to figure out why at certain intervals wildlife reproduces. I think that they should try and find ways to preserve these trees. These seeds are important to some wild animals and to keep them from starving and dying out we need to do all we can to help them. I found this article very interesting.
Laurel Stelter's curator insight, October 2, 2013 11:42 PM

I was very surprised when I stumbled upon this article. When most people think of endangered things, they immediately think of animals. I hadn't even thought about trees being endangered. Hopefully the U.S. and Canada can come up with a plan to save these pine trees. What I understood from this article is that these trees aren't producing the normal amount of cones and seeds, therefore, less are sprouting from the original tree. 

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Danish researchers expose new cause of life-threatening disease

Danish researchers expose new cause of life-threatening disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Jun 13, 2013 -
Danish researchers have just published findings that explain a previously unknown mechanism used by cells to communicate with one another.
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Potentially 'catastrophic' changes underway in Canada's northern Mackenzie River Basin

Potentially 'catastrophic' changes underway in Canada's northern Mackenzie River Basin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 13, 2013 - Canada's Mackenzie River basin - among the world's most important major ecosystems - is poorly studied, inadequately monitored, and at serious risk due to climate change and resource exploitation,...
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Forget oil, there is a far more precious commodity at stake

Forget oil for once; the new cause of rising tension in the Greater Middle East (and Africa) today is between two countries that do not even share a common border.

They have no real bad history between each other, no direct links or political divergences or land or sea disputes with one another, yet the sudden appearance of tension between them could erupt in a violent conflict.

This new tension stems from a dispute over the most precious commodity in the world today, something far more precious than oil: water.

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Zimbabwe bans alluvial mining

Zimbabwe bans alluvial mining | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The government has cancelled all existing permits and will issue no new ones.  

An official said alluvial mining activities, particularly for gold, are seriously degrading waterways and posing a threat to water sources by toxic chemicals, such as mercury and cyanide, as well as increased accumulation of clay and silt particles.

Mining activities polluting the water ways have been blamed by local people for an increase in water-borne diseases.

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Chinese firms continue to scoop up VC-backed cleantech startups for cheap

Chinese firms continue to scoop up VC-backed cleantech startups for cheap | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
VC-backed LED startup Luminus Devices has been sold off to a Chinese lighting company. Following in the footsteps of solar, electric cars, and batteries, LED technology is now also getting bought up by Chinese players.
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Unusually Massive Line Of Storms Aim At Midwest

Unusually Massive Line Of Storms Aim At Midwest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CHICAGO — A massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds rolled through the Midwest Wednesday evening driving people into basements for shelter, tearing down power lines and causing flooding in low-lying areas.
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US emissions hit first low since mid-1990s - environment - 12 June 2013 - New Scientist

US emissions hit first low since mid-1990s - environment - 12 June 2013 - New Scientist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The latest figures on carbon dioxide emissions suggest US emissions are still falling, while China's emissions growth is also in decline
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A Breakthrough in How We Work to Protect Our Oceans

The Bering Sea is known to scientists and conservationists as one of the most remarkable places on Earth.
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New York City Faces Increasing Risk From Climate Change, New Data Show

New York City Faces Increasing Risk From Climate Change, New Data Show | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 800,000 New York City residents will live in flood zones by the 2050s, according to warnings issued by the Bloomberg administration, which hopes to encourage better preparation for climate change.
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Colorado fires destroy homes, thousands evacuated

Colorado fires destroy homes, thousands evacuated | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Los Angeles (AFP) June 12, 2013 - Forest fires raged Wednesday across the western US state of Colorado, destroying dozens of houses and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents.
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Cutting 'super greenhouse gases' can spare Earth 0.5 deg C: report

Cutting 'super greenhouse gases' can spare Earth 0.5 deg C: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bonn (AFP) June 12, 2013 - Phasing out super greenhouse gases, which mass emitters China and the United States have agreed to restrict, could curb global warming by as much as half a degree Celsius by 2050, a report said Wednesday.
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Merkel urges greater flood protection as tours region

Merkel urges greater flood protection as tours region | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Berlin (AFP) June 12, 2013 - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that Germany still had much to do in bolstering the country's flood defences as she toured a northern water-logged region battling historic river levels.
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Drought, river fragmentation forcing endangered fish out of water

Drought, river fragmentation forcing endangered fish out of water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manhattan KS (SPX) Jun 13, 2013 -
A Kansas State University researcher is discovering that the North American drought has caused dramatic changes in native fish communities.
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'Caldas tear' resolves puzzling seismic activity beneath Colombia

'Caldas tear' resolves puzzling seismic activity beneath Colombia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jun 13, 2013 -
Colombia sits atop a complex geological area where three tectonic plates are interacting, producing seismicity patterns that have puzzled seismologists for years.
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New study proposes solution to long-running debate as to how stable the Earth system is

New study proposes solution to long-running debate as to how stable the Earth system is | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southampton, UK (SPX) Jun 13, 2013 -
Researchers at the University of Southampton have proposed an answer to the long-running debate as to how stable the Earth system is.
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INFOGRAPHIC: locating the world's minerals and mines

INFOGRAPHIC: locating the world's minerals and mines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Do you know which country holds the largest percentage of global copper? Platinum? Chromium? What about hafnium?
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Three All-Electric Cars Now Available for $199 a Month | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Three All-Electric Cars Now Available for $199 a Month | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are clear signs that electric vehicles are becoming affordable to mainstream car buyers. At the end of May, Honda announced a new lower price for
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How Cuba Is Bracing For Climate Change

How Cuba Is Bracing For Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CAYO COCO, Cuba -- After Cuban scientists studied the effects of climate change on this island's 3,500 miles (5,630 kilometers) of coastline, their discoveries were so alarming that officials didn't share the results with the public to avoid...
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Anti-Keystone Activists Can Continue WIth Lawsuit, Judge Rules

Anti-Keystone Activists Can Continue WIth Lawsuit, Judge Rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A judge has ruled that opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska can proceed with their legal challenge to a state law that paved the way for a new project route.
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Curbing Food Waste | The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Kojo Nnamdi Show features two-hours of news, political issues and social trends of the day in a magazine program format. The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by WAMU 88.5fm American University Radio.
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Why Greenland's darkening ice has become a hot topic in climate science

Why Greenland's darkening ice has become a hot topic in climate science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
John Abraham: Darkening causes the snow to absorb more sunlight which in turn increases melting
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