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Disappearing packaging could save 70 million tons of waste a year

Disappearing packaging could save 70 million tons of waste a year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Packaging, be gone. We have had enough of you. But more importantly, so has an intrepid grad student.
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Pollution de l'air : le changement d'attitude des autorités chinoises

Pollution de l'air : le changement d'attitude des autorités chinoises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Pékin et une grande partie du nord de la Chine ont été frappés en janvier par des taux de pollution atmosphérique sans précédent. Pour la première fois, le phénomène n'a pas été censuré par les autorités, qui ont annoncé des mesures."


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Updating Reaganomics

Updating Reaganomics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

by Ramesh Ponnura,

new york times,

columnist for Bloomberg View,

& visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

 

TODAY’S Republicans are very good at tending the fire of Ronald Reagan’s memory but not nearly as good at learning from his successes. They slavishly adhere to the economic program that Reagan developed to meet the challenges of the late 1970s and early 1980s, ignoring the fact that he largely overcame those challenges, and now we have new ones. It’s because Republicans have not moved on from that time that Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, in their responses to the State of the Union address last week, offered so few new ideas.

 

When Reagan cut rates for everyone, the top tax rate was 70 percent and the income tax was the biggest tax most people paid. Now neither of those things is true: For most of the last decade the top rate has been 35 percent, and the payroll tax is larger than the income tax for most people. Yet Republicans have treated the income tax as the same impediment to economic growth and middle-class millstone that it was in Reagan’s day. House Republicans have repeatedly voted to bring the top rate down still further, to 25 percent.

 

A Republican Party attentive to today’s problems rather than yesterday’s would work to lighten the burden of the payroll tax, not just the income tax. An expanded child tax credit that offset the burden of both taxes would be the kind of broad-based middle-class tax relief that Reagan delivered. Republicans should make room for this idea in their budgets, even if it means giving up on the idea of a 25 percent top tax rate. [MORE]

 

 


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Joseph Pomponio's comment, February 21, 2013 7:24 AM
What I always find strange when reading about Reagan's tax policies is tax deductions. The average person could deduct sales taxes, insurance cost and local taxes before his polices took effect. these were taken away for a standard deduction, with no cost of living index. This together with failed trickle down economics help degrade middle class standard of living.
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Brands Need Social Sustainability to be Truly Sustainable

Brands Need Social Sustainability to be Truly Sustainable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The apparent disconnect between the real, increased sustainability performance of top global companies and the public's negative perception of same companies may lie in the global surveys data pointing to the public's desire to see strong social...

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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, February 19, 2013 11:07 AM

A 2012 Sustainable Brands survey found that the “corporate citizenship reputation” perception of the largest 100 global brands/firms declined even when the analytics and technical evaluation of their sustainability programs showed real increased performance over the previous year. The survey was produced by CRD Analytics, an ESG research firm, and Brandlogic, a global branding firm.

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Top predators have sway over climate

Top predators have sway over climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that when the animals at the top of the food chain are removed, freshwater ecosystems emit a lot more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
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Ex-IPCC Head: Prepare for 5°C Warmer World | Climate Central

Ex-IPCC Head: Prepare for 5°C Warmer World | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Former chair of the IPCC says global average temperatures could reach 5°C above their pre-industrial level.
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Capitalizing on Where Water and Energy Meet | The Energy Collective

Capitalizing on Where Water and Energy Meet | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The relationship between energy and water should be capitalized on when crafting programs and policies aimed at solving these tough issues at the national and municipal level.
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Climate Impacts from the Keystone XL Pipeline | The Energy Collective

Climate Impacts from the Keystone XL Pipeline | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
EPA has estimated that Keystone XL would increase annual carbon emissions by up to 27.6 MMt CO2e annually - the equivalent of seven coal-fired power plants operating continuously.
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UK Energy Secretary on Climate Change Deniers: "Dogmatic and Blinkered" | The Energy Collective

UK Energy Secretary on Climate Change Deniers: "Dogmatic and Blinkered" | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, was as blunt on the reality of climate science as he was critical of those who deny it.
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We cannot afford not to have nuclear in our low-carbon energy mix

We cannot afford not to have nuclear in our low-carbon energy mix | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
James Smith: Nuclear power must prove itself in cost terms – but we should not be thinking of giving up now
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Study Links Tobacco, Tea Party, Climate Denial,... and Fox News.

Study Links Tobacco, Tea Party, Climate Denial,... and Fox News. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The anti-science movement is rooted in the decades old realization among conservative corporate and political entities, that the findings of science were not always compatible with the economic int...
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Donor's Trust: ATM for Climate Denial

Donor's Trust: ATM for Climate Denial | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Democracy Now: While the secretive Donors Trust has given millions to a variety of right-wing causes, denying climate change appears to be its top priority. An analysis by the environmentalist grou...
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Food Security in the Age of “Water Grabbing”

Food Security in the Age of “Water Grabbing” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gaining control of water is often a motive behind land grabs, and according to a 2013 report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, up to 57 million hectares of land and 454 billion cubic meters of water are grabbed each...

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9 Economic Facts That Will Make Your Head Spin

9 Economic Facts That Will Make Your Head Spin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Feb 18, 2013 Alternet

Half the population of the U.S. has slipped into poverty or are barely making enough to get by.

How much will you need for medical expenses in retirement? What does it cost to keep 2.5 million Americans behind bars? Here are a few facts and figures that might surprise you. .. http://www.alternet.org/economy/9-economic-facts-will-make-your-head-spin?akid=10075.237541.p5aQbJ&rd=1&src=newsletter796736&t=3

 

Feb 18, 2013 IPS NEWS
NEW YORK: Erratic Weather Looms Above while Injustice Boils Below http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/02/erratic-weather-looms-above-while-injustice-boils-below/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 


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The unstoppable rise of the collaborative economy

The unstoppable rise of the collaborative economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
My work at REconomy Project has inspired me to believe that a credible alternative to our current system is now emerging at an incredible rate. In this 12 minute TEDx talk I explore the unstoppable rise of the collaborative economy.

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5 Top Energy-Efficient Subway Systems Of The World | Earthtechling

5 Top Energy-Efficient Subway Systems Of The World | Earthtechling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here is a list of some of the world's most energy-efficient subway systems.

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Tim Marston's curator insight, February 19, 2013 5:03 AM

Energy efficiency makes sense for so many reasons...!

Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, February 19, 2013 7:21 AM

According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), public transportation avoids the use of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually in the United States. While public transportation can refer to a variety of modes, APTA attributes access to bus and rail lines with reducing U.S. driving by 4,400 miles, or approximately 223 gallons of gasoline per household, annually. 

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Oxford University Now Testing Self-Driving Cars

Oxford University Now Testing Self-Driving Cars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's not just Google developing the future of automobile travel. Oxford University has just shed some light on the self-driving cars a team of scientists is developing.

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How will our future cities look?

How will our future cities look? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cities have inspired movie-makers, artists, architects and engineers for centuries, but what will they look like in the future?
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Nepali farmers abandon rice as monsoon shifts - AlertNet

Nepali farmers abandon rice as monsoon shifts - AlertNet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“How can we prepare our paddy fields when we do not know which month in any year the monsoon rains will drench our fields?” asks one farmer
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Shopping For Solar Panels Just Got Easier With Free New Online Tool

Shopping For Solar Panels Just Got Easier With Free New Online Tool | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You have a roof, you have the sun, and now there is a free online solar power shopping service that makes it easy to shop around for a solar power company that will give you the best bang for your solar buck.
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EcoATM Raises £25m To Roll Out e-Waste Cashback Machines

EcoATM Raises £25m To Roll Out e-Waste Cashback Machines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
EcoATM raised £25 million ($40 million) in debt financing to deploy more of its e-waste machines across the United States. The mezzanine debt financing  was obtained from Falcon Investment Advisors.
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Nuclear: Less CO2 than solar, hydro, biomass | SmartPlanet

Nuclear: Less CO2 than solar, hydro, biomass | SmartPlanet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A simple chart from a Nobel prize winning physicist summarizes why nuclear power belongs in a low carbon economy.
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Every recorded meteorite strike on Earth since 2,300 BCE mapped

Every recorded meteorite strike on Earth since 2,300 BCE mapped | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The meteorite that struck central Russia last week, which injured around 1,000 people as it broke apart over a section of the Ural Mountains and sent shockwaves across the ground below, was but one...
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