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Climate change study: 82 percent of Calif. native fish species risk extinction - The Sacramento Bee

Climate change study: 82 percent of Calif. native fish species risk extinction - The Sacramento Bee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change may cause the extinction of 82 percent of California's native fish species over the next century, according to a new study, including iconic species such as coastal steelhead and Central Valley salmon.
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Drought: The latest casualty of drought may be U.S. aquifers -- Thursday, May 30, 2013 -- www.eenews.net

Drought: The latest casualty of drought may be U.S. aquifers -- Thursday, May 30, 2013 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Follow Highway 70 through central Kansas on a hot summer's day and you'll invariably see this: a flat sea of cornstalks, stretching from horizon to horizon.     It was not always so. The High Plains region of the United States -- a subregion of the Great Plains stretching from the Midwest to the Rockies -- encompasses some of the most productive agricultural land in the country, but 200 years ago it was arid grassland. Its transformation was accomplished through innovations in technology and relied on a finite resource -- water.

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Fracked off

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IT IS the sort of thing you would expect to see in China, not in the pine forests of rural Georgia. On the banks of the sluggish Savannah river towers one of the world’s biggest cranes. It is helping build two nuclear reactors, to add to the two already up and running at the Vogtle power plant. It testifies to the mammoth efforts that have been made in recent years to revive America’s nuclear industry—and to the disappointing results.
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Climate change linked to more pollen, allergies, asthma

Climate change linked to more pollen, allergies, asthma | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change may be partly to blame for the rise in hay fever and allergic asthma. Tests show that the more carbon dioxide emitted into the air, the more plants grow and the more pollen they produce.
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Europe's Green-Fuel Search Turns to America's Forest

Europe's Green-Fuel Search Turns to America's Forest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Loggers here are clear-cutting a wetland forest with decades-old trees.

Behind the move: an environmental push.

The push isn't in North Carolina but in Europe, where governments are trying to reduce fossil-fuel use and carbon-dioxide emissions. Under pressure, some of the Continent's coal-burning power plants are switching to wood.

But Europe doesn't have enough forests to chop for fuel, and in those it does have, many restrictions apply. So Europe's power plants are devouring wood from the U.S., where forests are bigger and restrictions fewer.
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World Bank Announces Renewed Support for Large Hydropower

World Bank Announces Renewed Support for Large Hydropower | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Delegates at the International Hydropower Association World Congress, which took place last week in Kuching in Malaysian Borneo, have heard that the World Bank has reversed a two-decade old decision to turn its back on large hydropower investment.
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Corn Growers Turn to Pesticides After Genetically Modified Seeds Fail | Food Safety News

Corn Growers Turn to Pesticides After Genetically Modified Seeds Fail | Food Safety News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The $1 billion pest has done it before. It beat crop rotation during the 1990s when a new strain of the western corn rootworm began breeding opposite fields so they’d be ready for corn planting in the following year. “Up until then rotation of corn and soybeans was a pretty good control strategy,” University of Illinois entomologist Michael Gray told Food Safety News.

After that came the controversial genetically modified Bt seeds–from Monsanto and licensed to others—that came with built-in toxins to slay the destructive corn rootworm.  And everyone from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that approved them to Monsanto who developed them to Land Grant universities who monitor the performance of American agriculture—all said use of the Bt seeds would reduce pesticide use.

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Weather disasters increasing, insurance industry warns - Business - CBC News

Weather disasters increasing, insurance industry warns - Business - CBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Insurance Bureau of Canada says the frequency, severity and cost of extreme weather in Canada are increasing, with Alberta leading the way.
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China's dead pig scandal ushers in hard times for fishermen, farmers

China's dead pig scandal ushers in hard times for fishermen, farmers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Livelihoods are forced to enter a new era as story of rotting pigs in Jiaxing's rivers hit headlines
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US targets digital currency in huge fraud probe

US targets digital currency in huge fraud probe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The United States on Tuesday unveiled what it said was the world's 'largest' money laundering probe against the digital currency operator Liberty Reserve.
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Good Consumers, Bad Citizens

Good Consumers, Bad Citizens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A few days ago, I was listening to a radio talk show discussion of the bill passed on May 7 by the New York City Council, requiring some businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees.

The first caller was indignant. “This bill is anti-consumer!” he bellowed because, he insisted, it would raise prices. I thought, no, this bill is pro-citizen, helping out people, many of them in extremis — and just when did we stop being citizens and become merely consumers? When did access to material goods and low prices become a right more important than public health and welfare? When did our celebration of profit take precedence over fundamental fairness and justice?

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War on drugs 'driving hep C pandemic'

War on drugs 'driving hep C pandemic' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The global war on drugs is fuelling a hepatitis C pandemic causing millions of needless infections, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has warned.
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Despite safety and other concerns, nuclear power saves lives, greenhouse gas emissions

Despite safety and other concerns, nuclear power saves lives, greenhouse gas emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Global use of nuclear power has prevented about 1.84 million air pollution-related deaths and release of 64 billion tons of greenhouse gases that would have resulted from burning coal and other fossil fuels, a new study concludes. It appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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Arctic Sea Ice Melt Disrupts Weather Patterns

Arctic Sea Ice Melt Disrupts Weather Patterns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fall and winter weather patterns shift in the Arctic.   Shrinking Arctic sea ice is shifting polar weatherpatterns, especially in fall and winter, a new climate modeling study finds.
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Will Huge New Hydro Projects Bring Power to Africa’s People? by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

Will Huge New Hydro Projects Bring Power to Africa’s People? by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A giant new hydro project on the Congo River is only the latest in a rush of massive dams being built across Africa. Critics contend small-scale renewable energy projects would be a far more effective way of bringing power to the hundreds of millions of Africans still without electricity.
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Clean Energy: Big dams are booming business, but politics remain difficult -- Thursday, May 30, 2013 -- www.eenews.net

Clean Energy: Big dams are booming business, but politics remain difficult -- Thursday, May 30, 2013 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the United States, big hydropower projects like the Hoover Dam are things of the past. But big dams are a booming business in Asia, Africa and Latin America, where countries are eagerly looking for ways to meet their growing energy needs.
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The Car Of The Future: Relax, It Drives Itself

The Car Of The Future: Relax, It Drives Itself | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recently numerous articles have focused on “autonomous vehicles” as the “car of the future.” The most visible company involved in helping establish this new transportation frontier has been Google (GOOG-Nasdaq), which sees the venture as a mechanism to promote their data gathering expertise because to function, these autonomous vehicles must be able to “see” and “understand” the environment in which they are traveling.
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Monbiot on 'rewilding' Britain

Monbiot on 'rewilding' Britain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmentalist and writer George Monbiot explain what lies behind his plan to turn unproductive farmland back to the wild and encourage nature to take over.
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In China, 'cancer villages' a reality of life

In China, 'cancer villages' a reality of life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

They say Wuli was once famed for wooded hills and fertile soil. Government officials came in the 1990s and promised riches. "All the local officials did was fill their pockets with money," says an older woman angrily. During this period, a number of textile companies moved into Wuli, building their plants across town.

"All these factories should be moved, because they have caused the cancer," says one man, as others nod. "All of these factories should be removed from here."

They tell us that Wuli is now a "cancer village."

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Some in situ oil sands projects nixed from environmental review list | Energy | News | Financial Post

Some in situ oil sands projects nixed from environmental review list | Energy | News | Financial Post | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The federal government removed some oil sands projects from a list of those requiring environmental screenings, after being told in an internal memorandum that this form of industrial development could disturb water sources and harm fish habitat...
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Portland, Maine Doctor Forgoes Insurance To Provide Affordable Care To Community

Portland, Maine Doctor Forgoes Insurance To Provide Affordable Care To Community | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With more time to spend on house calls and quality care, rather than bills, Dr. Ciampi from Maine feels he can better serve patients in need.
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kim swagemakers's curator insight, June 3, 2013 2:40 PM

Focus on care instead of result.

Read: focus on webcare instead of roi

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Russia Warns Obama: Monsanto

Russia Warns Obama: Monsanto | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protect...
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Energy limits: Is there anything we can do?

Energy limits: Is there anything we can do? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The energy limit we are running into is a cost limit. I would argue that neither the Republican or Democrat approach to solving the problem will really work. The Republicans favor "Drill Baby Drill...
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Common painkillers 'pose heart risk'

Common painkillers 'pose heart risk' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some common painkillers, including ibuprofen and diclofenac, may slightly increase the risk of heart problems if taken in high doses for a long time, data suggests.
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UN Urges Deeper Pollution Cuts in Biggest Challenge for Humanity

UN Urges Deeper Pollution Cuts in Biggest Challenge for Humanity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Governments worldwide must step up efforts to save the planet from global warming in the biggest challenge humanity has ever undertaken, according to United Nations’ climate chief Christiana Figueres.
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