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UK Company Offers State-of-the-Art Solar Devices for Everyday and Every Need

UK Company Offers State-of-the-Art Solar Devices for Everyday and Every Need | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 -
Cougar Solar offers a complete selection of solar powered devices through their newly redesigned on-line shop.
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Scientists solve a 14,000-year-old ocean mystery

Scientists solve a 14,000-year-old ocean mystery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Jul 16, 2013 -
At the end of the last Ice Age, as the world began to warm, a swath of the North Pacific Ocean came to life.
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EU bans yet another pesticide harmful to bees

EU bans yet another pesticide harmful to bees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brussels, Brussels Capital Region (AFP) July 16, 2013 - The European Union on Tuesday restricted the use of the insecticide Fipronil, the latest move to protect honey bees after a May ban on three other insecticides.
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Revealed the keys to reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change

Revealed the keys to reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 - Land is not being used to its best advantage according to a new study by Ikerbasque Professor Unai Pascual from the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) and University of Cambridge, and a team of...
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Chew More to Retain More Energy

Chew More to Retain More Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 - Almonds may still be considered one of the highest energy food sources but it's not about how much you bite off, instead it's about how much you chew, according to a July 14 panel discussion at the...
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Is the ice in Greenland in growing decline?

Is the ice in Greenland in growing decline? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 - The time period of satellite observations of the ice sheets of Greenland and the Antarctic is still too short to be able to say whether the accelerated loss of ice measured today will persist in the...
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Changing Atmosphere Affects How Much Water Trees Need

Changing Atmosphere Affects How Much Water Trees Need | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 -
Spurred by increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, forests over the last two decades have become dramatically more efficient in how they use water.
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New critique of AEMO 100% renewable electricity for Australia report

New critique of AEMO 100% renewable electricity for Australia report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Guest post by Dr Ted Trainer, University of NSW (http://ssis.arts.unsw.edu.au/tsw/). For other critiques of the "100 Per Cent Renewables Study – Draft Modelling Outcomes" report on BNC, see here an...
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China's economy on track for slowest growth in 23 years

China's economy on track for slowest growth in 23 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Manufacturers will continue to hurt and construction will slow unless the government steps up."
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Rewarding work

Rewarding work | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A comparison of lawmakers' payIN TIMES of austerity awarding yourself a big fat pay rise is not generally considered a good idea. A new report that proposes a...
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Human-powered helicopter wins Sikorsky prize

Human-powered helicopter wins Sikorsky prize | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Canadian-built helicopter that is powered by a human riding a bicycle has become the first winner of a decades-old $250,000 engineering prize, the US awarder said Friday.
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3 Signs of Progress in Curbing the Illegal Wood Trade | WRI Insights

3 Signs of Progress in Curbing the Illegal Wood Trade | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The global market for wood and other forest products is changing quickly. The industry has long struggled to address the problem of illegal logging, which damages diverse and valuable forests and creates economic losses of up to $10 billion a year. In some wood-producing countries, illegal logging accounts for 50-90 percent of total production. But recent developments indicate that we may be turning a corner: Illegal logging rates worldwide have declined by about 20 percent since 2008.

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First dementia dogs start work

First dementia dogs start work | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first ever "dementia dogs", specially trained to help people with early-stage dementia, start work in Scotland.
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Ionic liquid breakthrough in thermal electrical energy

Ionic liquid breakthrough in thermal electrical energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 -
Harvesting waste heat from power stations and even vehicle exhaust pipes could soon provide a valuable supply of electricity.
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Russia blocks bid for Antarctic sanctuary: NGOs

Russia blocks bid for Antarctic sanctuary: NGOs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris, France (AFP) July 16, 2013 - Russia on Tuesday blocked attempts by Western countries to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary off Antarctica, green groups said.
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Study: Ancient Neolithic farmers used sophisticated growing techniques

Study: Ancient Neolithic farmers used sophisticated growing techniques | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oxford, England (UPI) Jul 16, 2013 - Europe's first farmers were far more sophisticated than previously thought, say researchers who found they manured and watered crops as early as 6,000 B.C.
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flor molina's curator insight, January 18, 2014 1:20 AM

Scientist use to assume that Neolithic farmers would use nitrogen to grow crops when really, all the used is feces from their animals. These farmers had specific methods, one of them being the "slash and burn" technique. Their special methods were used to form farm land for agricultural crops.

Sean P Burns's curator insight, February 21, 2014 10:00 PM

The first farmers of Europe have been found to have manure and watered crops as early as 6,000 BC. Before this recent discovery, fertilizer and manure had not been used until the Iron Age and Roman times. The Neolithic farmers were suggested to have used the dung from their herds to release fertilizer fro their crops.

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Researchers Shed New Light on Supraglacial Lake Drainage

Researchers Shed New Light on Supraglacial Lake Drainage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York NY (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 -
Supraglacial lakes - bodies of water that collect on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet - lubricate the bottom of the sheet when they drain, causing it to flow faster.
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New study addresses trade-offs between food security and climate change mitigation

New study addresses trade-offs between food security and climate change mitigation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rome, Italy (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 - Improving crop yields using sustainable methods could cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 12% per calorie produced according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Let...
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A new alien-like species discovered off California

A new alien-like species discovered off California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 -
After nearly 25 years of searching, three scientists have finally found Waldo.
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Are Beer and Cigarettes the New Bioenergy?

Are Beer and Cigarettes the New Bioenergy? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Don Draper and fellow “Mad Men” would likely be horrified, but alcohol and tobacco — long joined at the hip by chain smokers and heavy drinkers — are countering the U.S.’ current aversion to excess by rebranding themselves as new sources of bioenergy...
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Canada Rare Earth covets US site for potential refinery

Canada Rare Earth covets US site for potential refinery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Company moves forward with purchase of 100-acre site.
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Energy Efficiency, Geothermal Heat Pumps and "Negawatts" | PRLog

Energy Efficiency, Geothermal Heat Pumps and "Negawatts" | PRLog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Energy Efficiency, Geothermal Heat Pumps and "Negawatts".

Via Vikram R Chari, Kirsten Lang
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Kirsten Lang's curator insight, July 15, 2013 1:34 PM

A great article for those looking for more GHP information.

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Microsoft slashes price of Surface tablet

Microsoft slashes price of Surface tablet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Microsoft has quietly cut the price of its entry-level Surface tablet computer by some 30 percent, after surveys indicating sluggish sales.
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Isabelle Zonderland's curator insight, July 25, 2013 5:47 AM

Microsoft Surface tablet cut in price

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Helping Clean Energy Entrepreneurs Turn on the Lights in Poor Countries | WRI Insights

Helping Clean Energy Entrepreneurs Turn on the Lights in Poor Countries | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A social entrepreneur invests the little working capital she has to bring solar electricity to a community that –like 1.2 billion people worldwide– lacks access to electricity. The community used to use dirty, expensive and choking kerosene for light to cook by and for children to learn by. The entrepreneur knows she can recoup her costs, because people are willing to pay for reliable, high-quality, clean energy – and it will be even less than what they used to pay for kerosene. Sounds like a good news story, right? 

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A Look at China's New Environmental Guidelines on Overseas Investments | WRI Insights

A Look at China's New Environmental Guidelines on Overseas Investments | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Few countries are unaffected by China’s overseas investments. The country’s outward foreign direct investments (OFDI) have grownfrom $29 billion in 2002 to more than $424 billion in 2011. While these investments can bring economic opportunities to recipient countries, they also have the potential to create negative economic, social, and environmental impacts and spur tension with local communities.

To address these risks, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and Ministry of Environment (MEP)—with support from several think tanks—recently issued Guidelines on Environmental Protection and Cooperation. These Guidelines are the first-ever to establish criteria for Chinese companies’ behaviors when doing business overseas—including their environmental impact. But what exactly do the Guidelines cover, and how effective will they be? Here, we’ll answer these questions and more.

 

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