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Korea Tackles Record Drought

Korea Tackles Record Drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sizzling hot summer weather has arrived in South Korea, but the early summer rains have yet to come.
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Researchers Observe Climate Change, First-Hand : NPR

As the climate changes, scientists are documenting measurable shifts in the natural world — from a tremendous loss in Arctic sea ice and an increase in extreme weather like drought, floods and heatwaves, to the migration of plants and animals to...
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Study: Happiness Comes From Respect, Not Money

Study: Happiness Comes From Respect, Not Money | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent U.C. Berkeley study suggests that admiration from peers drives MBAs more than fat salaries.
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Corporate Profits Just Hit An All-Time High, Wages Just Hit An All-Time Low

Corporate Profits Just Hit An All-Time High, Wages Just Hit An All-Time Low | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Our priorities are seriously screwed up.

 

Corporate profit margins just hit an all-time high. Companies are making more per dollar of sales than they ever have before. (And some people are still saying that companies are suffering from "too much regulation" and "too many taxes." Maybe little companies are, but big ones certainly aren't).

 

Wages as a percent of the economy are at an all-time low. This is both cause and effect. One reason companies are so profitable is that they're paying employees less than they ever have as a share of GDP. And that, in turn, is one reason the economy is so weak: Those "wages" are other companies' revenue.

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This City Has By Far The Worst Inequality In The Developed World

This City Has By Far The Worst Inequality In The Developed World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you thought New York was bad...

Someone from Hong Kong tells us their city feels much more unequal than New York City.
We ran the numbers to back up this claim.
Both cities are dangerously unequal according to the Gini coefficient, which measures inequality from 0 (totally equal) to 1 (totally unequal) based on the distribution of income.

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What, if anything, was achieved at Rio+20?

What, if anything, was achieved at Rio+20? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hopes were dashed upon discovery early on June 19 that a 3 a.m. coup by a coalition of the US and Venezuela, helped by Canada, Russia and Japan, vetoed text in the final document for a UN treaty to protect the high seas and create an international network of marine protected areas, including the Arctic Ocean. On Tuesday the Secretary-General of Rio+20, Sha Zukang, confirmed that there would be no further negotiations on that particular text which signaled the continuation of mining and oil extraction to those countries staking their claim.
The loss was both a disappointment and a shock after being named among top priorities through public pre-voting and by experts at the Sustainable Development Dialogue on Oceans. The Dialogues, moderated by Phillipe Cousteau, included his uncle Dr. Jean-Michel Cousteau, President of Ocean Futures Society, and Dr. Sylvia Earle, Founder of Mission Blue, whose speech can be viewed here.
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9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better | zen habits

9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better | zen habits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”...
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Coffee Party USA | Corporate Personhood and Politics Don’t Mix

Coffee Party USA | Corporate Personhood and Politics Don’t Mix | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

One point that no one seems to be making is that corporations were formed to be people organizing together as a group. Each of these individual people have the right of free speech, and now the entity has the right of free speech. In the arena of politics, this effectively doubles, triples or more the voice of every person who has enough money to buy more "free speech." If the media would provide "free advertising" to each entity or person who requested it, then we might actually have free speech in politics. Right now, it’s more of an auction atmosphere.

Additionally, not every person who organizes within a corporate entity is a citizen of the United States. This allows foreign investors, who likely have profit motives, rather than civic investment motives, "free speech" rights in our electoral process. They may not get to vote in the election itself, but their influence will be felt, none the less.

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Installing a Drip Irrigation System

Installing a Drip Irrigation System | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The garden beds are dug.  The soil has been amended with organic compost and natural fertilizers.  Plants are in and starting to grow.  All they need is the warming rays of the sun and...
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Exposure to environmental chemicals in the womb reprograms the rodent brain to disrupt reproduction

Prenatal exposure to the environmental contaminants polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, causes long-term changes to the developing brain that have adverse effects on reproductive function later in life, a new study finds.
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Kindle Fire 2 will light a blaze in the next few weeks, report says

Kindle Fire 2 will light a blaze in the next few weeks, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Amazon plans to launch a better-equipped successor to its Kindle Fire tablet on July 31, according to a report by CNET.
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Professors argue against fracking

Professors argue against fracking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Jun 25, 2012 - Hydraulic fracturing to access natural gas should be slowed and eventually stopped, two Cornell University professors who have studied the technology said Monday during briefings for U.S.
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Documents shows specs of Google tablet?

Documents shows specs of Google tablet? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco (UPI) Jun 25, 2012 - A 7-inch tablet by Google will run Android 4.1, cost $199 or $249 depending on the model, and go on sale in July, an Australian tech Web site is reporting.
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Goodbye to Mountain Forests?

Goodbye to Mountain Forests? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Forests at the southern end of the Rockies are burning themselves into oblivion and are unlikely to replenish themselves, a scientist suggests.
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Biomass: Mimicking coal with crops could be a lifeline for Ore. power plant -- 06/25/2012 -- www.eenews.net

Biomass: Mimicking coal with crops could be a lifeline for Ore. power plant -- 06/25/2012 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There isn't any coal to mine in Morrow County, Ore., but there's a lot of cropland.
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The end of the family farm? 72% of family farms don’t earn enough to support the family on them

The end of the family farm?  72% of family farms don’t earn enough to support the family on them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Small family-owned and managed farms are struggling for survival in the face of corporate and large-scale agriculture.
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The 5 Craziest Policies In Texas Republicans’ 2012 Platform

The 5 Craziest Policies In Texas Republicans’ 2012 Platform | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Republican Party of Texas released its 2012 platform this month, outlining its policies on taxation, education, and a host of other issues related to the economy.
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BREAKING: U.S. Appeals Court Upholds EPA Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

BREAKING: U.S. Appeals Court Upholds EPA Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today unanimously ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) legal authority to limit industrial carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act to protect Americans’ health. In addition, it dismissed challenges to EPA’s policy to focus carbon pollution reductions on the very largest industrial sources.
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George Monbiot – End of an Era

George Monbiot – End of an Era | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So now what do we do to defend life on Earth? By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 25th June 2012 It is, perhaps, the greatest failure of collective leadership since the first world war.
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Capitalism Without Failure: Michael J. Burry: Failed Ideologues are Writing Reality out of the History of the Economic Crisis

Capitalism Without Failure: Michael J. Burry: Failed Ideologues are Writing Reality out of the History of the Economic Crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Michael J. Burry is one of the few who saw the crisis coming in all its glory and bet heavily on that unmistakable eventuality. Bernanke and Geithner and Greenspan and Summers and Rubin did not see it coming. Yet, who has been in charge of guiding us out of this predictable and self-inflicted crisis? Greenspan's prodigies: Bernanke, Geithner, Summers, Rubin and many other profoundly compromised parties.

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Experts say protocols for identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals inadequate

Experts say protocols for identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals inadequate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a Statement of Principles unveiled today, The Endocrine Society proposes a streamlined definition for endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and offers recommendations that will strengthen the ability of current screening programs to identify EDCs.
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Phthalate, environmental chemical is linked to higher rates of childhood obesity

Phthalate, environmental chemical is linked to higher rates of childhood obesity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Obese children show greater exposure than nonobese children to a phthalate, a chemical used to soften plastics in some children's toys and many household products, according to a new study, which found that the obesity risk increases according to...
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States Lacking Income Tax Get No Boost in Growth: BGOV Barometer

States Lacking Income Tax Get No Boost in Growth: BGOV Barometer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Governors seeking to expand their economies by eliminating income taxes find little support for the idea in the record of U.S. states that lack such a levy.
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Australia to be ranked second for LNG?

Australia to be ranked second for LNG? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Jun 25, 2012 - Investment in Australia's liquefied natural gas sector will boost the country's gross domestic product growth by 2.2 percent by 2016, a new study indicates.
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