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Conflict Minerals: How the SEC requirements will affect mining companies - MINING.com

Conflict Minerals: How the SEC requirements will affect mining companies - MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The SEC won’t require mining companies to disclose whether they mined tin and gold in African conflict countries, in a long-awaited ruling released this week. However, manufacturers will have to make such disclosures, and will likely require their suppliers, such as mining companies, to make the same disclosures.

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I Wonder Why Fox News Chose Not To Air This Footage

I Wonder Why Fox News Chose Not To Air This Footage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Whenever I get into an argument, I'd like the option to tag out and put this guy in instead.
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Reagan-Appointed Judge: Deregulation Movement Made 'A Fundamental Mistake'

Reagan-Appointed Judge: Deregulation Movement Made 'A Fundamental Mistake' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Apparently the financial crisis was a big enough disaster to convince even some of the firmest deregulation advocates that they were wrong.
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The End of the Industrial Revolution - A Wild And Exhilarating Ride

The End of the Industrial Revolution - A Wild And Exhilarating Ride | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

By Author "The Great Disruption" - - Paul Gilding - Independent writer & advisor on sustainability.

 

"What a privilege it is to be alive in these times, in such a significant period in human history.... It’s going to be a wild and exhilarating ride, with winners and losers, crises and breakthroughs. There’ll be a fair amount of chaos and we’ll teeter on the edge for a while, wondering if we’ll get through. But we will, and we’ll then look back to this time and say, yes, I was there. I was there when the third great wave of human progress began. The first was the domestication of plants and animals, enabling what we today see as civilisation to form. The second was the industrial revolution with its great technological and human progress but inherent unsustainability because it depended on taking energy from the past and ecological capacity from the future.

Now we shift to the third great wave, the world post the industrial revolution. To an economy designed to last, that is built around the present and nurtures the future. This will be an era where we…… http://paulgilding.com/cockatoo-chronicles/cc20120823endindustrialrevolution.html


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30 Minutes of Exercise Each Day Is Better Than One Hour

30 Minutes of Exercise Each Day Is Better Than One Hour | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to a study published in the American Journal of Physiology, 30 minutes of daily exercise is just as effective for losing weight as 60 minutes.

 

In fact, those who exercised less lost more weight than their counterparts in the study. Researchers explain the likely reasons for their surprising findings. . . .

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This is really misleading, because it claims that it's "better" in the title, but is actually "just as effective." Also, it's ONLY about weight gain- what about other health benefits? I did read about some negative effects of long endurance exercise over a lifetime, but that's another thing altogether.

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Jeremy Grantham: ‘Welcome to Dystopia’: We Are ‘Entering A Long-Term And Politically Dangerous Food Crisis’

Jeremy Grantham: ‘Welcome to Dystopia’: We Are ‘Entering A Long-Term And Politically Dangerous Food Crisis’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"We are five years into a severe global food crisis that is very unlikely to go away. It will threaten poor countries with increased malnutrition and starvation and even collapse. Resource squabbles and waves of food-induced migration will threaten global stability and global growth. This threat is badly underestimated by almost everybody and all institutions with the possible exception of some military establishments."

 

Joe Romm summarises the latest article by guru investor Jeremy Grantham in his Quarterly Newsletter. "The global economy is a Ponzi scheme".


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Filling South America With Smart Cities

Filling South America With Smart Cities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The smart cities movement has been picking up steam the past few years as old and new cities around the globe embrace technology, ubiquitous transit, green infrastructure and support for entrepreneurial ecosystems.
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The Most Honest Places In The U.S.

Honesty is a difficult trait to quantify. Lying about the way someone looks isn’t equivalent to stealing from a local shop, which isn’t the same as cheating on a test, and so on.
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Grid Power and the Death of the Automobile

Grid Power and the Death of the Automobile | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the same way that Western economies have shed enormous tranches of oil demand so that emerging markets could increase their oil consumption...
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Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe

Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists search for the explosive source of a disaster that wiped out almost a third of Londoners in 1258...
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Google online maps embark on Arctic adventure

Google online maps embark on Arctic adventure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cambridge Bay, Canada (AFP) Aug 22, 2012 - Google set out Wednesday to take users of its free online mapping service on an Arctic adventure with help from an Inuit community in the Canadian tundra.
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Russia to 'considerably' cut grain exports amid drought

Russia to 'considerably' cut grain exports amid drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Moscow (AFP) Aug 23, 2012 - Russia on Thursday admitted that a poor harvest will force the world's third-largest wheat exporter to considerably cut its foreign deliveries despite worrying spikes in global food prices.
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Heavy rain, floods kill 26 in Pakistan: officials

Heavy rain, floods kill 26 in Pakistan: officials | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Muzaffarabad, Pakistan (AFP) Aug 23, 2012 - Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 26 people and destroyed hundreds of houses in northern Pakistan, officials said on Thursday.
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US power supply will be impacted by water shortages - MINING.com

US power supply will be impacted by water shortages - MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Power plants are completely dependent on water for cooling, they are overheating and utilities are shutting them down or running their plants at lower capacity.

If the water levels in the rivers they use for cooling drop too low, the power plant – already overworked from the heat – won't be able to draw in enough water and if the cooling water discharged from the plant raises already high river water temperatures above safe environmental limits a plant will be forced to shut down.

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Taibbi: Wall Street Has 'No Fear Of Individual Punishment'

Taibbi: Wall Street Has 'No Fear Of Individual Punishment' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Matt Taibbi has said it before and he’ll say it again: Wall Street bankers responsible for the financial crisis need to be punished. The problem is, no one has the "real guts" to do it.
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Megatrends: Future Paradigms for Business

Megatrends: Future Paradigms for Business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Against the broad sweep of human history on this planet the last few hundred years has given rise to astonishing innovations resulting in prosperity for a large proportion of the human family and the accumulation of massive wealth by a small minority.

But as we begin to internalise and comprehend the real costs associated with this remarkable and unprecedented phase of exponential growth and development, there is increasing evidence that a fundamental course correction is needed (at least in the means of production and the rates of consumption) if continued affluence is to remain a viable goal.


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How Baby-Driven Robots Could Help Disabled Children

How Baby-Driven Robots Could Help Disabled Children | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The latest in research about robots for babies who can't even crawl yet.

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In Brazil, A Sustainable City Sector Under Development #Brasil

In Brazil, A Sustainable City Sector Under Development #Brasil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As the London Olympics have concluded, the world’s attention turns to Rio. The XXXI Games in 2016 will mark the first Olympics for the South American continent; the Olympic flag was officially handed off at this summer’s closing ceremony. And as the world follows the day-by-day progress as Rio moves toward the next installment in 2016, all that green scrutiny directed at this summer’s competition naturally turns toward green building and sustainable development in Brazil.


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Floating Housing (And Golf Courses) For Post-Climate-Change Island Paradises

Floating Housing (And Golf Courses) For Post-Climate-Change Island Paradises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coming to a real estate catalog soon: private floating islands and luxurious villas made to withstand climate change. Price: $10 million, plus. Location: the Maldives--a beautiful, climate-endangered set of islands in the Indian Ocean.
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Are Charter Cities The Cities Of The Future?

Are Charter Cities The Cities Of The Future? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteThis is the second part of a three-part article on Paul Romer and charter cities. Read the first part here,, and the second part here.Honduras created special development zones once before.
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A New Period Industry To Drastically Improve The Lives Of India’s Women

A New Period Industry To Drastically Improve The Lives Of India’s Women | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Periods are big business. Reusable silicone menstrual cups are popular in some circles, but they’re hardly mainstream--most women are captive to companies that offer disposable pads and tampons.
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Reliance on natural gas sparks concern - Boston.com

Reliance on natural gas sparks concern - Boston.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New England’s increasing reliance on natural gas has regional energy officials worried about potential shortages over the next few years that could disrupt electricity production, especially if the area is hit with an extremely cold winter.
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Haiti faces new tragedy as Storm Isaac swells

Haiti faces new tragedy as Storm Isaac swells | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Miami (AFP) Aug 22, 2012 - Haiti braced for a cruel new battering Thursday as Tropical Storm Isaac swept across the Caribbean towards the shattered island, gathering strength and threatening to reach hurricane force.
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Bosnia on red alert during hottest summer on record

Bosnia on red alert during hottest summer on record | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sarajevo (AFP) Aug 23, 2012 - Bosnian authorities put the entire country on red alert Thursday against a heatwave that has seen the Balkan nation bake in its hottest summer on record, the national weather institute said.
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Taiwan evacuates nearly 5,000 as typhoon closes in

Taiwan evacuates nearly 5,000 as typhoon closes in | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hualien, Taiwan (AFP) Aug 23, 2012 - Taiwan evacuated nearly 5,000 people Thursday ahead of Typhoon Tembin, as a military official warned major measures were needed a avoid a repeat of a deadly disaster three years ago.
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