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What's Next in the Ongoing Keystone XL Saga?

What's Next in the Ongoing Keystone XL Saga? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The State Department could give soon the go ahead - or the ax - to the Keystone pipeline.
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CO2 Emissions: Can Europe Save Its Cap-and-Trade System? - SPIEGEL ONLINE

CO2 Emissions: Can Europe Save Its Cap-and-Trade System? - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Europe's cap-and-trade system for reducing the release of greenhouse gases is broken, but not everybody wants to fix it.
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Corals can survive warmer seas if humans don't meddle - environment - 05 April 2013 - New Scientist

Corals can survive warmer seas if humans don't meddle - environment - 05 April 2013 - New Scientist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global warming bleaches and kills coral, but reefs can recover if their environment is pristine and free of human impacts such as pollution
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Interior chief sees many wind farms in US future

Interior chief sees many wind farms in US future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar voiced optimism Friday that the nation's first offshore wind farm will soon break ground after more than a decade of delays and be followed by more off the Atlantic coast.
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A Long Drought Tests Texas Cattle Ranchers’ Patience and Creativity

A Long Drought Tests Texas Cattle Ranchers’ Patience and Creativity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As a three-year drought parches their grazing land, some ranchers are staying afloat on a combination of ingenuity and patience.
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Oil Spill Spotlights Keystone XL Issue: Is Canadian Crude Worse?

Oil Spill Spotlights Keystone XL Issue: Is Canadian Crude Worse? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An Arkansas pipeline spill is focusing new attention on a question that may be decisive in the Keystone XL debate: Is oil from Canada’s tar sands more damaging than conventional crude?
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Shanghai’s long road to prosperity

Shanghai’s long road to prosperity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. Global Research Analyst Xian Liang was born and raised in Shanghai and says the road holds special significance to the country as it has more than 170 years of history.
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Mindfulness from meditation associated with lower stress hormone

Mindfulness from meditation associated with lower stress hormone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Focusing on the present rather than letting the mind drift may help to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, suggests new research from the Shamatha Project at the University of California...This is the first study to show a direct relation between resting cortisol and scores on any type of mindfulness scale," said Tonya Jacobs, a postdoctoral researcher at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and first author of a paper describing the work."

 

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Objective: Cognitive perseverations that include worry and rumination over past or future events may prolong cortisol release, which in turn may contribute to predisease pathways and adversely affect physical health. Meditation training may increase self-reported mindfulness, which has been linked to reductions in cognitive perseverations. However, there are no reports that directly link self-reported mindfulness and resting cortisol output. Here, the authors investigate this link. Methods: In an observational study, we measured self-reported mindfulness and p.m. cortisol near the beginning and end of a 3-month meditation retreat (N = 57). Results: Mindfulness increased from pre- to post-retreat.. Cortisol did not significantly change. However, mindfulness was inversely related to p.m. cortisol at pre-retreat.., and post-retreat.., controlling for age and body mass index. Pre to postchange in mindfulness was associated with pre to postchange in p.m. cortisol..Larger increases in mindfulness were associated with decreases in p.m. cortisol, whereas smaller increases (or slight decreases) in mindfulness were associated with an increase in p.m. cortisol. Conclusions: These data suggest a relation between self-reported mindfulness and resting output of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system...

 

Jacobs, T. et al. (in press). Self-reported mindfulness and resting cortisol in a Shamatha meditation retreat. Health Psychology. Advanced publication online. doi: 10.1037/a0031362


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Eileen Cardillo's curator insight, April 4, 2013 9:22 AM

Modest but interesting new findings to come out of the Shamatha Project, the most comprehensive long-term investigation to date of the physical and cognitive effects of meditation. 

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China is overfishing its official catch number by 12x (!!!), report shows

China is overfishing its official catch number by 12x (!!!), report shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent study estimates how much fish China's distant-water fleet has been catching around the world between 2000 and 2011, and the numbers are shocking.

 

Why is it so hard to know how much fish China's long-distance fishing fleet is catching? Mostly because they keep contracts with other countries - especially African ones - secret, and they often operate with local flags on their ships. They also don't bring it all back to China; a lot is sold locally. Chinese ships have been found operating around countries where they officially report no catch.


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Selon une étude qui vient d’être publiée par la Cnuced et l’EPFZ,les deux tiers des variations des prix des matières premières sont d’origine financière

Selon une étude qui vient d’être publiée par la Cnuced et l’EPFZ,les deux tiers des variations des prix des matières premières sont d’origine financière | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

La Cnuced ne lâche pas l’affaire. Un an après une première étude, deux chercheurs de l’agence des Nations unies basée à Genève – ­celle-ci a tenté, en vain, il y a trente ans, de mieux réguler le commerce des produits tropicaux – révèlent à nouveau l’influence de la finance sur les prix mondiaux du pétrole. Mais aussi sur ceux du sucre, du blé, du maïs, du soja.


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Japan #whaling haul at 'record low' #SeaShepherds #Guardians of Ocean Species*

Japan #whaling haul at 'record low' #SeaShepherds #Guardians of Ocean Species* | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The haul from Japan's whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean was a "record low" this year, a government minister says, blaming "unforgivable sabotage" by activists.
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L'habitat participatif sera inscrit dans la loi Urbanisme et Logement

L'habitat participatif sera inscrit dans la loi Urbanisme et Logement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Clôturant, le 28 mars, par vidéo interposée, les ateliers de travail sur l'habitat participatif, Cécile Duflot a indiqué que "personne ne pouvait ignorer les richesses et les potentialités de ce type d'habitat" et a confirmé son intention de donner un cadre législatif à cette forme de logement."


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Stéfane Grandcamp's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:35 AM

Une autre idée du logement. A suivre...

Michèle Turbin's curator insight, April 10, 2013 8:37 AM

" L'habitat participatif (ou habitat groupé) [...] correspond au souhait de candidats à la propriété et constitue une nouvelle approche du logement, qui peut être à l'origine d'avancées reprises par ailleurs.

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Le développement de l'habitat participatif est cependant freiné par le fait qu'"il n'existe pas de reconnaissance officielle de cette troisième voie du logement, à côté du logement privé et du logement social". Ce vide juridique "rend les montages juridiques des projets difficiles et incertains". Cécile Duflot, qui avait déjà lancé la concertation sur cette forme d'habitat en novembre dernier, a donc confirmé son intention de lui donner "une reconnaissance institutionnelle et législative". Celle-ci permettra "de développer ce secteur innovant et porteur de valeurs essentielles comme la non spéculation, la solidarité, la mixité sociale, l'habitat sain et écologique, la mutualisation d'espaces et de ressources". "

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We really want to live in this floating Finnish village -- and thanks to climate change, we'll eventually have to

We really want to live in this floating Finnish village -- and thanks to climate change, we'll eventually have to | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
They're building some energy efficient floating condos in a little town in Finland. Maybe we will learn Finnish and retire to one and drink aquavit forever.
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Living on Earth: High Court for the Environment

Living on Earth: High Court for the Environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Obama has pledged to take on climate change, but vacancies on the DC Court of Appeals may make that difficult. This court has a Republican majority and rules on many environmental regulations.
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Global climate efforts threaten oilsands growth, memo told Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver

Global climate efforts threaten oilsands growth, memo told Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
OTTAWA – The economic benefits to Canada from oilsands industrial expansion may be “considerably less” than what the Canadian government and industry representatives predict, if the planet collectively takes action to slash the heat-trapping greenhouse...
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Wind developer seeks rehearing after Wisconsin PSC's split decision

A wind farm developer is making one more effort to persuade state regulators that the turbines it wants to build will meet Wisconsin's noise standards.
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UK fuel sales plummet as motorists embrace efficiency

UK fuel sales plummet as motorists embrace efficiency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
AA reveals petrol sales fell by more than 20 per cent over the past five years as demand for fuel efficient cars increases
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Health: Study finds improved cookstoves solve one emissions problem, but create another -- 04/05/2013 -- www.eenews.net

Health: Study finds improved cookstoves solve one emissions problem, but create another -- 04/05/2013 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Smoldering embers beneath pots and skillets around the world spew acrid plumes of greenhouse gases and aerosols, polluting lungs and warming the planet.
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George Monbiot – Political Barbed Wire

George Monbiot – Political Barbed Wire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Why are 97% of our rivers shut to the public? A millionaire minister’s amazing conflicts of interest give you a clue.
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How Oil Exporters Reach Financial Collapse

How Oil Exporters Reach Financial Collapse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recently, I explained how high oil prices can bring on financial collapse for oil importers. In this post, I'll discuss the flip side of the situation: how oil exporters reach financial collapse. U...
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Employees Take Corporate Sustainability Efforts Home, Study Says

Employees Take Corporate Sustainability Efforts Home, Study Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Employees who participate in workplace sustainability programs are likely to promote sustainable practices at home, and encourage others to participate. And three out of four will make purchasing decisions based on a company’s ...

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How workplace sustainability translates to everyday life. 

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Discover the Magic of Black Cumin Seeds

Discover the Magic of Black Cumin Seeds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The prophet Mohammed reportedly said that seeds of the black cumin plant could remedy "anything but death itself".

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Report finds materials manufacturers will likely be unable to meet targets for carbon-emissions reductions by 2050

Report finds materials manufacturers will likely be unable to meet targets for carbon-emissions reductions by 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report by researchers at MIT and elsewhere finds that the global manufacturing sector has made great strides in energy efficiency: The manufacturing of materials such as steel, cement, paper and aluminum has become increasingly streamlined,...

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However, despite more energy-efficient manufacturing, the researchers found that such processes may be approaching their thermodynamic limits: There are increasingly limited options available to make them significantly more efficient. The result, the team observed, is that energy efficiency for many important processes in manufacturing is approaching a plateau. The researchers looked at how materials manufacturing might meet the energy-reduction targets implied by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has suggested a 50 percent reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions by 2050 as a means of avoiding further climate change. Meanwhile, economists have estimated that global demand for materials will simultaneously double. To reduce energy use by 50 percent while doubling the output of materials, the team—led by graduate student Sahil Sahni and Tim Gutowski, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT—studied whether manufacturing processes could improve in efficiency by 75 percent. The researchers identified the five most energy-using materials produced, and outlined scenarios in which further energy may be saved in manufacturing. But even in the most aggressive scenario, the team found it was only able to reduce energy use by about 50 percent—far short of its 75 percent goal. "What we're saying is, when you look really big, at global targets for limiting climate change, we think this appears to be beyond what industry can do by itself," says Gutowski, who leads MIT's Environmentally Benign Manufacturing research group. "If industry can't meet these goals, we may need bigger cuts in other sectors."

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Shredded Social Safety Net: European Austerity Costing Lives

Shredded Social Safety Net: European Austerity Costing Lives | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the euro crisis wears on, the tough austerity measures implemented in ailing member states are resulting in serious health issues, a study revealed on Wednesday.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, April 5, 2013 4:06 AM

How the EU's austerity policies is leading to more suicides, mental illness and increased epidemics. Spiegel report based on scientific article in The Lancet.