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Officials: Illegal pot growers are a threat to wildlife

The evidence is growing — pesticides used on illegal marijuana grows may be sickening and killing wildlife. Specifically, a new study documents deaths of fishers, a forest carnivore of the weasel family, in remote forested areas due to rat poisons, but Fish and Game Warden Patrick Foy said the damage goes far beyond one species.
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Treasure Hunt: The Battle Over Alaska’s Mega Mine – Alaska Gold - FRONTLINE

Treasure Hunt: The Battle Over Alaska’s Mega Mine – Alaska Gold - FRONTLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska is the biggest and richest in North America.
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Penn State scientist threatens legal action over Sandusky comparison - Andrew Restuccia

Penn State scientist threatens legal action over Sandusky comparison - Andrew Restuccia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Penn State University global warming researcher Michael Mann is lawyering up to counter attacks by conservatives who have referred to him as the “Jerry Sandusky of climate science.” Mann’s lawyer wrote Friday to National Review Executive Publisher...
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Oil and gas: As debate heats up on oil sands, feds admit lack of data -- 07/23/2012 -- www.eenews.net

Oil and gas: As debate heats up on oil sands, feds admit lack of data -- 07/23/2012 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As House Republicans offered a new bill and green activists unveiled a report related to Canadian oil sands crude today, government regulators revealed that they do not record how much of the controversial heavy fuel is transported daily through U.S. pipelines.
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Self-Driving Cars: Coming Soon to a Highway Near You by Dave Levitan: Yale Environment 360

Self-Driving Cars: Coming Soon to a Highway Near You by Dave Levitan: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vehicles that virtually drive themselves are no longer the stuff of science fiction, with Google and other companies working to develop self-driving cars.
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China's population and economy are a double whammy for the world

China's population and economy are a double whammy for the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China's 'one-child' policy has slowed population growth and brought prosperity — but it couldn't avert massive damage to the environment.
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From an Unlikely Source, a Serious Challenge to Wall Street | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone

From an Unlikely Source, a Serious Challenge to Wall Street | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Something very interesting is happening.

There’s been so much corruption on Wall Street in recent years, and the federal government has appeared to be so deeply complicit in many of the problems, that many people have experienced something very like despair over the question of what to do about it all.

But there’s something brewing that looks like it might eventually turn into a blueprint to take on the financial services industry: a plan to allow local governments to take on the problem of neighborhoods blighted by toxic home loans and foreclosures through the use of eminent domain. I can't speak for how well this program will work, but it's certaily been effective in scaring the hell out of Wall Street.

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Amid drought, US opens up land for grazing, haying

Amid drought, US opens up land for grazing, haying | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) July 23, 2012 - The Obama administration opened up protected US land to help farmers and ranchers hit by severe drought Monday, and encouraged crop insurance companies to forgo charging interest for a month.
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Researchers unveil promising TB drug cocktail

Researchers unveil promising TB drug cocktail | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) July 23, 2012 - Researchers reported progress Monday with an experimental drug cocktail that killed a record 99 percent of TB bacteria in two weeks and costs a fraction of existing treatments.
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Study: Himalayan glacial melt accelerating

Study: Himalayan glacial melt accelerating | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kathmandu, Nepal (UPI) Jul 23, 2012 - Glacial melt in the Himalayas has been increasing over the last 30 years, a new study argues.
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Asia unlikely to achieve climate, poverty goals unless women's rights are recognized

Asia unlikely to achieve climate, poverty goals unless women's rights are recognized | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2012 - New research released by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) shows that despite more understanding, more resources, and policy recommendations, women continue to be largely marginalized and ig...
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Polar bear evolution tracked climate change

Polar bear evolution tracked climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Jul 24, 2012 - An analysis of newly sequenced polar bear genomes is providing important clues about the species' evolution, suggesting that climate change and genetic exchange with brown bears helped create the po...
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Look At That, Getting Your House Electric-Car Ready Is Insanely Simple

Look At That, Getting Your House Electric-Car Ready Is Insanely Simple | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As part of the promotion efforts for the new electric Audi A3 e-tron, Audi is giving a few lucky American employees a chance to be the first people to drive the sporty EV.
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Thirsty South Asia's river rifts threaten water wars

Thirsty South Asia's river rifts threaten water wars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
KANZALWAN, India-Pakistan Line of Control, July 23 (AlertNet) - As the silver waters of the Kishanganga rush through this north Kashmir valley, Indian laborers are hard at work on a hydropower project...
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David Cameron urged to intervene in cabinet energy row

David Cameron urged to intervene in cabinet energy row | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chancellor and energy secretary's differences threaten to derail planned reforms to the UK's energy sector...
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Fracking Company Paid Texas Professor Behind Water Contamination Study

Fracking Company Paid Texas Professor Behind Water Contamination Study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, a study led by Dr. Charles "Chip" Groat for the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin made headlines for saying there was no link between fracking and groundwater contamination.
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Cruising the Arctic « Experts warn the Arctic is ill equipped to deal with a potential cruise ship disaster

Cruising the Arctic « Experts warn the Arctic is ill equipped to deal with a potential cruise ship disaster | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Thanks to global warming, more ships than ever before will likely venture beyond the Arctic Circle this year. The melting polar ice caps have opened up new routes in recent years for natural gas exploration and tourism.

But the increased traffic, while it might be good for business, could have dire consequences in a region that is ill-prepared for a possible disaster, say experts interviewed for this story.

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Environmentalists target 5 Republicans who question humans’ impact on climate

Environmentalists target 5 Republicans who question humans’ impact on climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The League of Conservation Voters’ campaign will target five lawmakers who question the link between human activity and climate change, and will test how voters feel about global warming.
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In California, Warehouse Industry Is Expanding

In California, Warehouse Industry Is Expanding | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many Californians welcome the jobs for low-skilled workers, but some warn that employees are being mistreated in the distribution warehouse industry, known as logistics.
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Anger in Beijing as record rains kill at least 37

Anger in Beijing as record rains kill at least 37 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) July 23, 2012 - Beijing residents expressed fury on Monday after the worst rains to hit the Chinese capital in more than 60 years left at least 37 people dead, with at least another seven still missing.
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Three killed in Spanish wildfires

Three killed in Spanish wildfires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Portbou, Spain (AFP) July 23, 2012 - Forest fires fanned by strong winds in Spain's Catalonia region left three French nationals dead as Madrid on Monday stepped up fire fighting efforts by deploying water bombing planes.
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Asia fuels record elephant, rhino killings: WWF

Asia fuels record elephant, rhino killings: WWF | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manila (AFP) July 23, 2012 - China, Vietnam and Thailand are among the worst offenders in fuelling a global black market that is seeing record numbers of elephants and rhinos killed in Africa, environment group WWF said on Monday.
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Colliding continents affected climate

Colliding continents affected climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Jul 23, 2012 - An alteration of seawater chemistry caused by a continental collision 50 million years ago has been linked with past climate changes, researchers say.
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Climate change and deforestation: When the past influences the present

Climate change and deforestation: When the past influences the present | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The impact of deforestation on loss of biodiversity is undeniable. Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot for its richness of endemic species, has been especially hard hit by deforestation and subsequent destruction of natural habitats, caused mainly, it is thought, by human pauperisation, economic activities and population growth.
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How To Create Products For People Living On Less Than $4 Per Day

How To Create Products For People Living On Less Than $4 Per Day | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Think your organization is productive? We’d like to direct your attention to D-Rev, a nonprofit technology design firm that aims to improve the health of people around the world living on under $4 per day.
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