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Going trayless study shows student impact

Going trayless study shows student impact | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 04, 2013 -
If you need any evidence of the impact of student research on life at American University's campus, look no further than something that's missing.
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Study shows climate change could affect onset and severity of flu seasons

Study shows climate change could affect onset and severity of flu seasons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tempe AZ (SPX) Feb 04, 2013 -
The American public can expect to add earlier and more severe flu seasons to the fallout from climate change, according to a research study published online in PLOS Currents: Influenza.
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Energy Policy – substance wins over style

Energy Policy – substance wins over style | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There’s a gradual, but a rising tide of rational, enviro-progressive scientists out there who are committed to solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Many of these problems involve touchy su...
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Maison en sacs de terre de 50 m2 pour 8700 euros

Maison en sacs de terre de 50 m2 pour 8700 euros | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Dans les pays occidentaux, le secteur du bâtiment est énergétivore et fortement émetteur de gaz à effet de serre. De plus, construire  une maison engloutie les budgets des ménages. Le concept de maison en sacs de terre permet d'utiliser des produits locaux (terre trouvée sur place) et à un coût dérisoire."

 


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David Collet's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:51 PM

Not as necessary in Malaysia with the abundance of natural wood for construction - but still an interesting concept.

Frédéric Liégeois's comment, February 4, 2013 7:21 AM
Je pense que l'argile peut alors être une bonne alternative régionale pour la construction. De plus confort de vie et recyclage infini...
Pierre Johnson's comment, February 4, 2013 10:53 AM
N'est-ce pas gaspiller improductivement de la préciseuse terre, qui devrait servir à l'agriculture ?
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Thousands more birds expected to be washed up in 'enormous eco crime' - Telegraph

Thousands more birds expected to be washed up in 'enormous eco crime'  - Telegraph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thousands more birds are expected to be washed up on Britain’s shores this week dead or dying as pressure mounts to find the ship that dumped the illegal oil in the sea.
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Study: Global Warming Causes Most Monthly Heat Records Today

Study: Global Warming Causes Most Monthly Heat Records Today | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
by Dana Nuccitelli, via Skeptical Science A new paper published in Climatic Change by Coumou, Robinson, and Rahmstorf (CRR13) examines the increased frequency of record-breaking monthly temperature records over the past 130 years, finding that...
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Google chief Eric Schmidt calls China world's 'most sophisticated' hacker | Hong Kong Herald

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, has described China as the most "sophisticated and prolific" hacker of foreign companies in his upcoming book, according to leaked extracts.

Schmidt, in his book "The New Digital Age", said that the disparity between American and Chinese firms and their tactics will put both the government and the companies of the US at a distinct disadvantage, because the US will not take the same path of digital corporate espionage, as its laws are much stricter - and better enforced - and because illicit competition violate the American sense of fair play, reports the Telegraph.

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The Climate Show #32: a Cook's tour of the Aussie heat

The Climate Show #32: a Cook's tour of the Aussie heat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At long last: John Cook from Skeptical Science rejoins the Climate Show team for the first show of 2013.

Watch The Climate Show on our Youtube channel, subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, listen to us via Stitcher on your smartphone or listen direct/download from The Climate Show web site.  Follow The Climate Show at on Facebook and Twitter.

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Murkowski unveils blueprint for energy policy | State News | ADN.com

Murkowski unveils blueprint for energy policy | State News | ADN.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The Senate's top Republican on energy issues, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, has crafted a blueprint for U.S. energy policy that calls for increased drilling while opposing laws to cap greenhouse gases that are blamed for global warming. 

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Energy 20/20" is a signal of how the Republicans want to proceed on energy policy in the coming years as the nation wrestles with contentious debates over oil drilling, fracking and climate change.

Murkowski, top ranking Republican on the Senate energy committee, argues energy is too often seen as a necessary evil rather than embraced for what it brings.

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"Republican on the Senate energy committee, argues energy is too often seen as a necessary evil rather than embraced for what it brings."

What it often brings is polution, dedgregation of the environment, public health issues, overconsumption, waste and contamination of other valuable resourses and climate change.  $$ dollar signs are the blinders corporations use on all politicians, but seem to be particularly effective on Rebublicans

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Living on Earth: Capitol Hill Pollution Under Fire

Living on Earth: Capitol Hill Pollution Under Fire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2009, Jeff Young reported on protests against the use of coal at the Capitol Power plant, which supplies energy to Capitol Hill. The plant has taken steps to transition towards natural gas, yet it still burns coal.
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Sandy's wake leaves shore birds in dire straits

Sandy's wake leaves shore birds in dire straits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When red knots descend on the beaches of Delaware Bay this spring famished from their marathon flight toward the Canadian Arctic from the tip of South America, the rosy-breasted shorebirds may find slim pickings instead of the feast of horseshoe...
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Living on Earth: Burning! A Longer US Fire Season May Be the New Normal

Living on Earth: Burning! A Longer US Fire Season May Be the New Normal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
2012 was an extreme year for wildfires, and overall fire season now lasts about 75 days longer than forty years ago.
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Solar development absorbing Calif. farmland

Solar development absorbing Calif. farmland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Developers are flocking to flat farmland near power transmission lines, but agriculture interests, environmental groups and even the state are concerned that there is no official accounting of how much of this important agricultural region's...
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Tomorrow's life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the sea

Tomorrow's life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Portland OR (SPX) Feb 04, 2013 - OHSU researchers, in partnership with scientists from several other institutions, have published two new research papers that signal how the next class of powerful medications may currently reside a...
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Pandemic Controversies: the global response to pandemic influenza must change

Pandemic Controversies: the global response to pandemic influenza must change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Feb 04, 2013 -
'Evil' scientists, deadly viruses and terrorist plots are usually the preserve of Hollywood blockbusters. But when it comes to pandemic influenza, it is the stuff of real life.
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Popular Aphrodisiac Fungus Could Be Harvested To Extinction

Popular Aphrodisiac Fungus Could Be Harvested To Extinction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A seemingly insatiable demand for the so-called "Himalayan Viagra" may cause lasting ecological damage to the high-altitude regions where the fungus is found. Heralded for its medicinal properties, the fungus is found high in the mountainous Himalayan region, where it is a vital but increasingly tenuous livelihood for poor farmers in rural Nepal and Tibet, according to CBS News. CNN reports that theaverage annual income for many harvesters is $283.

Researches, who will publish a new study in the journal "Biological Conservation," write that "Himalayan Viagra" can fetch as much as $100 per gram in China, making it potentially more valuable than gold.

 


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How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank : NPR

How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank : NPR | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A small-town library in Colorado is lending more than just books. Patrons can now check out seeds and farm them.

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Battery-powered intercity trains possible, says government study

Battery-powered intercity trains possible, says government study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research for Department of Transport reveals trains could travel 600 miles on single charge if fossil fuel prices trigger demand

If for some an intercity express will always resemble an oversized toy then this is perhaps just one stage further towards an extravagant childhood dream: a battery-powered train capable of travelling 600 miles on a single charge.

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New Mexico Utility Agrees To Purchase Solar Power At A Lower Price Than Coal

New Mexico Utility Agrees To Purchase Solar Power At A Lower Price Than Coal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The economic viability of solar power is advancing rapidly. It’s actually already more then competitive within certain markets, and the price of solar panels saw a precipitous decline over the last four years.
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David Collet's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:04 PM

Malaysia is a perfect nation for solar power - similar to New Mexico

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[ Episode #55 // Degrowth ]

[ Episode #55 // Degrowth ] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We speak with Peter Brown, Michael M'Gonigle, Josh Farley, David Suzuki, Bill Rees, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Janice Harvey, Charles Hall, Gail Tverberg, Juliet Schor, Joan Martinez-Alier and Erik Assadourian.
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Considering Solar? Of Course You Are…

Considering Solar? Of Course You Are… | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It may seem obvious — close your eyes, dream about them, and then put them on your list to Santa (and, of course, make sure you are being nice, not naughty, throughout the year). Unfortunately, it actually takes a little more work than that. However, not too much more.

There happen to be many different ways of getting those cleantech superstars on your roof, but one or two of those options dominate the huge majority of installations:

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Colorado Communities Take On Fight Against Energy Land Leases

Colorado Communities Take On Fight Against Energy Land Leases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Amid organic farms and ranches, the government is opening up thousands of acres of public land for oil and gas drilling, part of its largest lease sale in Colorado since President Obama took office.
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Living on Earth: Booming Coal Exports Threaten the Great Barrier Reef

Living on Earth: Booming Coal Exports Threaten the Great Barrier Reef | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UNESCO is threatening to take the Great Barrier Reef off its list of World Heritage sites in the wake of Australia’s decision to build new coal transport facilities on the Queensland coast.
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Further floods sap spirit of reeling town

Further floods sap spirit of reeling town | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the main street of Laidley, locals walk slowly, disbelief written across their faces as they peer into the dirty glass windows of their local stores.
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IPS – Solar Streetlights Light the Way Toward Green Energy in Caribbean | Inter Press Service

IPS – Solar Streetlights Light the Way Toward Green Energy in Caribbean | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar Streetlights Light the Way Toward Green Energy in Caribbean - The tiny federation of St.
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