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Unexpected finding shows climate change complexities in soil

Unexpected finding shows climate change complexities in soil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Sep 05, 2012 - In a surprising finding, North Carolina State University researchers have shown that certain underground organisms thought to promote chemical interactions that make the soil a carbon sink actually...
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These Sandals Pay For College Educations

These Sandals Pay For College Educations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At 22, Liz Bohannon was an idealistic young college graduate headed to Uganda to help youth development organizations with their communications.
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Party of Strivers

Party of Strivers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

by DAVID BROOKS

 

...But there is a flaw in the vision the Republicans offered in Tampa. It is contained in its rampant hyperindividualism. Speaker after speaker celebrated the solitary and heroic individual. There was almost no talk of community and compassionate conservatism. There was certainly no conservatism as Edmund Burke understood it, in which individuals are embedded in webs of customs, traditions, habits and governing institutions.

 

Today’s Republicans strongly believe that individuals determine their own fates. In a Pew Research Center poll, for example, 57 percent of Republicans believe people are poor because they don’t work hard. Only 28 percent believe people are poor because of circumstances beyond their control. These Republicans believe that if only government gets out of the way, then people’s innate qualities will enable them to flourish...

 

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Human impact felt on Black Sea long before industrial era

Human impact felt on Black Sea long before industrial era | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution geologist Liviu Giosan and an international team of collaborators including environmental engineers, modelers, paleogeographers, and paleobiologists have pieced together a unique history of the Danube...
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Private Equity Tax Break 'Weakens The Bonds That Hold A Society Together' Tax Dodges: Bad For America

It's already pretty easy to be mad at the super-low tax rates paid by private-equity executives. But here's another reason, maybe, to shake our fists at them: They hate America.
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Power from the People by Greg Pahl - Chelsea Green

Power from the People by Greg Pahl - Chelsea Green | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over 90 percent of US power generation comes from large, centralized, highly polluting, nonrenewable sources of energy. It is delivered through long, brittle transmission lines, and then is squandered through inefficiency and waste.
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Oil market steady amid weak Chinese data

Oil market steady amid weak Chinese data | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 Global oil prices held steady on Monday as traders worried that contracting Chinese manufacturing activity could hit global demand for crude.

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US experts probe beaching that killed 17 whales

US experts probe beaching that killed 17 whales | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Miami (AFP) Sept 2, 2012 - US scientists are to investigate what led 22 whales to beach themselves in Florida - killing 17 of them - one of three such incidents in North America over the weekend.
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Storms kill 20 people in Algeria

Storms kill 20 people in Algeria | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Algiers (AFP) Sept 2, 2012 - Storms sweeping across northeast Algeria have killed 20 people and injured 56, the state news agency APS on Sunday cited emergency services as saying.
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Ancient genome reveals its secrets

Ancient genome reveals its secrets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leipzig, Germany (SPX) Sep 04, 2012 - The analyses of an international team of researchers led by Svante Paabo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, show that the genetic variation of Denisovans...
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Increased Sediment and Nutrients Delivered to Bay as Susquehanna Reservoirs Near Sediment Capacity

Increased Sediment and Nutrients Delivered to Bay as Susquehanna Reservoirs Near Sediment Capacity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reston VA (SPX) Sep 04, 2012 -
Reservoirs near the mouth of the Susquehanna River just above Chesapeake Bay are nearly at capacity in their ability to trap sediment.
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Scripps Researchers Pinpoint Hot Spots as Earthquake Trigger Points

Scripps Researchers Pinpoint Hot Spots as Earthquake Trigger Points | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2012 - Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have come a step closer to deciphering some of the basic mysteries and mechanisms behind earthquakes and how average-sized earthquak...
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Earthquake Hazards Map Study Finds Deadly Flaws, MU Researcher Suggests Improvements

Earthquake Hazards Map Study Finds Deadly Flaws, MU Researcher Suggests Improvements | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Columbia MO (SPX) Sep 04, 2012 -
Three of the largest and deadliest earthquakes in recent history occurred where earthquake hazard maps didn't predict massive quakes.
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Why Our Definition of “Failure” Gets an F

Why Our Definition of “Failure” Gets an F | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
American schools have spent close to $4.4 billion on testing in the past decade thanks to No Child Left Behind.
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An Ingeniously Designed Kids Bike Grows With Them As They Age

An Ingeniously Designed Kids Bike Grows With Them As They Age | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kids outgrow their bikes unless, that is, they grow with them. Spanish bicycle designer Orbea has designed what may be the first line of bikes that expands with the frame of the owner.
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Mike Lofgren on Dysfunction in Our Political Parties | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Mike Lofgren on Dysfunction in Our Political Parties | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Bill talks with Mike Lofgren, a long-time Republican who talks about the modern dysfunction of both Republican and Democratic parties. In Lofgren’s view, Republicans have become overly obsessed with obstructing President Obama, and the Democrats suffer from political complacency. Lofgren’s new book is The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted. ...


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Children of mining town hit by wave of cancers | MINING.com

Children of mining town hit by wave of cancers | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People raised in the former mining town of Wittenoom in Western Australia have been hit by a wave of cancers and untimely deaths many decades following the closure of a nearby blue-asbestos mine in 1966.
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Credit Suisse Executive Facing Extradition Threat

Credit Suisse Executive Facing Extradition Threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A judge in Argentina has ordered the arrest of Credit Suisse executive and former U.S. Treasury Undersecretary David Mulford because he failed to testify over a 2001 Argentine debt swap, the state news agency reported on Monday.

Federal Judge Marcelo Martinez de Giorgi will ask Interpol to issue an international arrest warrant seeking Mulford's extradition for questioning over the bond exchange carried out by the government in an unsuccessful bid to avoid default.

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New Saab cars to be rolled out in 2014

New Saab cars to be rolled out in 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The buyers of bankrupt Swedish carmaker Saab said Monday they would launch their first model in 2014 using the Saab name, after concluding the purchase of the company for an undisclosed sum.

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Waste cooking oil makes bioplastics cheaper

Waste cooking oil makes bioplastics cheaper | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Sep 04, 2012 - 'Bioplastics' that are naturally synthesized by microbes could be made commercially viable by using waste cooking oil as a starting material.
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N. Korea says typhoon killed 48 people

N. Korea says typhoon killed 48 people | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seoul (AFP) Sept 3, 2012 - A strong typhoon which hit North Korea last week killed 48 people and left more than 50 injured or missing, the country's state news agency said on Monday.
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Smaller families increases descendant wealth but reduces evolutionary success

Smaller families increases descendant wealth but reduces evolutionary success | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Sep 04, 2012 - Scientists have taken a step closer to solving one of life's mysteries - why family size generally falls as societies become richer.
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Coral scientists use new model to find where corals are most likely to survive climate change

Coral scientists use new model to find where corals are most likely to survive climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 04, 2012 - Marine conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society working with other coral reef experts have identified heat-tolerant coral species living in locations with continuous background temper...
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Discovery may help protect crops from stressors

Discovery may help protect crops from stressors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La Jolla, CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2012 - Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered a key genetic switch by which plants control their response to ethylene gas, a natural plant hormone best known for its abilit...
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Major world interests at stake in Canada's vast Mackenzie River Basin

Major world interests at stake in Canada's vast Mackenzie River Basin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Sep 04, 2012 - The governance of Canada's massive Mackenzie River Basin holds enormous national but also global importance due to the watershed's impact on the Arctic Ocean, international migratory birds and clima...
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