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Vamos a la playa

Vamos a la playa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
AT LAST, August is upon us. The summer fruit is plump and the sea is warm. You can almost hear the warbling melody of “La Mer”, Charles Trenet’s ode to the...
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Sri Lanka eyes South Asian hub with Chinese mega port

Sri Lanka eyes South Asian hub with Chinese mega port | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Colombo (AFP) Aug 04, 2013 - A $500 million Chinese-built port opens Monday in Sri Lanka, giving Beijing a vital foothold on the world's busiest international shipping lane as it seeks to secure maritime supply routes.
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Moniz addresses emissions, natural gas and exports

Moniz addresses emissions, natural gas and exports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2013 -
The United States is on course to meet its greenhouse gas reduction target of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
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Taiwan lawmakers scuffle over planned nuclear plant

Taiwan lawmakers scuffle over planned nuclear plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Taipei (AFP) Aug 02, 2013 - Taiwanese lawmakers hurled water and wrestled each other to the floor of the island's parliament Friday in a brawl which broke out during a debate on the fate of a controversial nuclear plant.
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Netherlands redraws shipping lanes for crowded North Sea

The Hague, Netherlands (UPI) Aug 2, 2013 -
The crowded North Sea shipping lanes off the Netherlands this week began operating under a sweeping new set of traffic rules meant to optimize safety.
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Myanmar floods leave 33,000 in camps, three dead

Myanmar floods leave 33,000 in camps, three dead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yangon (AFP) Aug 02, 2013 - Tens of thousands of people were sheltering in relief camps in eastern Myanmar after flash floods swept the region leaving three dead, state media said Friday, warning of more heavy rain to come.
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Nepal bans chicken sales after bird flu outbreak

Nepal bans chicken sales after bird flu outbreak | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kathmandu (AFP) Aug 01, 2013 - Nepal on Thursday banned the sale of chicken after health workers found cases of bird flu at several poultry farms on the outskirts of the capital Kathmandu, officials said.
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Climate change said driving force behind larger, more extreme wildfiresz

Climate change said driving force behind larger, more extreme wildfiresz | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
East Lansing, Mich. (UPI) Aug 1, 2013 -
Climate change is likely behind the larger and more frequent extreme wildfires being experienced in the U.S. West, researchers say.
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Drought making trees more susceptible to dying in forest fires

Drought making trees more susceptible to dying in forest fires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Arcata, Calif. (UPI) Aug 2, 2013 -
Prolonged droughts are weakening trees and causing more of them to die in forest fires in the western United States, a study indicates.
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As dams loom, Mekong fishermen fear for their future

As dams loom, Mekong fishermen fear for their future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wiang Kaen, Thailand (AFP) Aug 04, 2013 - The waters of the mighty Mekong have sustained generations of families but nowadays its fishermen often find their nets empty and fear hydropower mega-dams will destroy their livelihoods.
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Headset Gives Doctors Virtual X-Ray Vision : DNews

Headset Gives Doctors Virtual X-Ray Vision : DNews | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Surgeons will be able to view high-definition, 3-D images of the inside their patient, while performing laparoscopic surgery. Continue reading →
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The Climate Is Set to Change 'Orders of Magnitude' Faster Than at Any Other Time in the Past 65 Million Years

The Climate Is Set to Change 'Orders of Magnitude' Faster Than at Any Other Time in the Past 65 Million Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The pace of global warming is going to make it difficult if not impossible for species to find appropriate habitats.
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The Future of Fossil Fuels and Reliability | The Energy Collective

The Future of Fossil Fuels and Reliability | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The federal government’s latest international energy projections are out, and there’s no question we’re living in a time of enormous change—and perhaps remarkably little progress, as the EIA projects the world’s overall energy mix won’t change much...
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Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A sprawling abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas has been transformed into the nation's largest public library, with self-check-out kiosks and an art gallery.
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Tests show every cellphone emits a traceable digital fingerprint

Tests show every cellphone emits a traceable digital fingerprint | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dresden, Germany (UPI) Aug 1, 2013 -
Engineers in Germany say the radio signal from every cellphone is a unique, unalterable digital fingerprint that could allow police to track a handset.
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Asian manufacturing weakness deepens: Surveys

Asian manufacturing weakness deepens: Surveys | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing, China (AFP) Aug 01, 2013 - Asia's manufacturing sector weakened in July, private surveys showed Thursday, with China's showing a deepening contraction amid nagging worries over the growth outlook for the world's second-largest economy.
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Major west-to-east oil pipeline proposed in Canada

Major west-to-east oil pipeline proposed in Canada | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Montreal, Quebec (AFP) Aug 01, 2013 - TransCanada announced plans Thursday for the construction of a $12 billion pipeline to carry oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Atlantic seaboard.
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Brazilian infrastructure problems multiply amid labor unrest

Brazilian infrastructure problems multiply amid labor unrest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rio De Janeiro (UPI) Aug 1, 2013 -
Labor unrest and popular protests threaten to derail Brazilian plans to have the country's infrastructure ready for the soccer World Cup next year and the summer Olympics in 2016.
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Pollution blamed for drop in Beijing tourism: state media

Pollution blamed for drop in Beijing tourism: state media | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Aug 03, 2013 - The number of tourists visiting China's capital fell by more than 14 percent in the first half of this year compared to 2012, state media reported Saturday, with air pollution blamed for the decline.
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New Zealand dairy giant issues global botulism alert

New Zealand dairy giant issues global botulism alert | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wellington (AFP) Aug 03, 2013 - New Zealand warned international health authorities Saturday of exported dairy products, including infant formula, containing a bacteria that could lead to botulism - a potentially fatal illness.
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Excessive rain in U.S. Southeast causing millions in crop damage

Excessive rain in U.S. Southeast causing millions in crop damage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cordele, Ga. (UPI) Aug 2, 2013 -
While half the United States west of the Mississippi River is in drought, the Southeast is getting too much rain and it's damaging crops, officials say.
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Top French court lifts ban on growing Monsanto GM corn

Top French court lifts ban on growing Monsanto GM corn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris, France (AFP) Aug 01, 2013 - A wrangle over growing genetically modified crops in France flared anew on Thursday as the country's top administrative court overturned a government ban on growing GM corn sold by the US giant Monsanto.
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Climate change said affecting global spread of infectious diseases

Climate change said affecting global spread of infectious diseases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Athens, Ga. (UPI) Aug 2, 2013 -
Climate change affects the spread of infectious diseases worldwide with serious impacts to human health and biodiversity conservation, disease ecologists say.
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Koch Cloud Spews Cloud of Toxic Dust Over Detroit

Koch Cloud Spews Cloud of Toxic Dust Over Detroit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Those Kochs really know how to kick a city when it's down!

 

Mind-boggling video of a billowing, high-carbon, high-sulfur cloud from the mountain of petroleum coke - waste from Canadian tar sands shipped from Alberta to Detroit, and the dirtiest potential energy source ever - illegally stored by the Koch Brothers along the Detroit River.

 

Produced by Marathon Refinery but owned by Koch Carbon, the pet-coke piles have for months been producing "fugitive dust" - ie: thick black crud - that blankets the homes of outraged residents and lawmakers; analysis shows the dust contains elevated levels of lead, sulfur, zinc and the likely carcinogenic vanadium.

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European Electric Micro Car Can Drive On Solar Alone | EarthTechling

European Electric Micro Car Can Drive On Solar Alone | EarthTechling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers in Europe develop a micro electric car prototype capable of traveling up to 12 miles or so on solar power alone.
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