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The Great Balancing Act: 3 Needs for a Sustainable Food Future | WRI Insights

The Great Balancing Act: 3 Needs for a Sustainable Food Future | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

How can the world feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in a manner that advances economic development and reduces pressure on the environment? This is one of the paramount questions the world faces over the next four decades.

Answering it requires a “great balancing act” of three needs—all of which must be met simultaneously.

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The Cold Rush: An Effort to Protect the Arctic from Oil Spills During Rapid Development | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

The Cold Rush: An Effort to Protect the Arctic from Oil Spills During Rapid Development | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On May 15th, the U.S. was given an assignment to create a contingency plan for oil and gas spills in the Arctic. Seven other Arctic Council ...
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Vloasis's curator insight, June 3, 2013 5:54 PM

The best plan to keep arctic wildlife safe from oil spills is to more aggressively support alternate forms of energy.

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The Status of Fisheries in China: How deep will we have to dive to find the truth? | Expeditions, Scientific American Blog Network

The Status of Fisheries in China: How deep will we have to dive to find the truth? | Expeditions, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Justin Pearce

China’s economy and population are growing rapidly. As their population increases, so does the demand for food. Feeding 1.3 billion people is no small ...
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Jellyfish: How to Prune the Blooms : DNews

Jellyfish: How to Prune the Blooms : DNews | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Find out the different ways humans can pitch in to curb growing populations of the 'cockroach of the sea.'
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Jellyfish surge in Mediterranean threatens environment – and tourists

Jellyfish surge in Mediterranean threatens environment – and tourists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A project is tracking the phenomenon as global warming and overfishing boost numbers of the venomous sea creature
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The Changing Sea: Squid Will Be Vulnerable to Ocean Acidification | TIME.com

The Changing Sea: Squid Will Be Vulnerable to Ocean Acidification | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most of the attention around climate change focuses on the increases in global temperatures. But changes in the chemistry of the oceans could be just as disruptive
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Czech floods force 2,700 from homes, threaten central Prague

Czech floods force 2,700 from homes, threaten central Prague | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The worst floods to hit the Czech Republic in a decade have forced, widespread evacuations and school closures, and disrupted pulic transport
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Introducing 'Global Sustainability'

Introducing 'Global Sustainability' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I have long been deeply concerned about the effect our modern, highly industrialised approach is having on nature's capacity to sustain life on Earth.
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Will Huge New Hydro Projects Bring Power to Africa’s People? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Will Huge New Hydro Projects Bring Power to Africa’s People? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | 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 energyprojects would be a far more effective way of bringing power to the hundreds of millions of Africans still without electricity.
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Big scale projects come with big political clout and profit for big international corporations and sponsoringg nations like China, while small scall projects not so much, if at all.

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China, U.S. Agree To Save Planet From Climate Change

China, U.S. Agree To Save Planet From Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

China and the United States agreed to step up joint efforts to save the planet on Friday.  Though so far both are doing a — how do I say this and be impartial — a subpar job at it when compared to their smaller peers in Europe and Latin America.

China and the U.S. are both the world’s largest emitters of carbon gasses into the atmosphere, believed by science to be one of the reasons for a warmer north pole.

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Climate Envoys Urged to Draft Plan B on Failure of Global Target

Climate Envoys Urged to Draft Plan B on Failure of Global Target | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate policy makers must come up with a new global target to cap temperature gains because the current goal is no longer feasible, according to a German study.
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Must-See Van Jones Video: ‘The Obama Tar Sands Pipeline’

Must-See Van Jones Video: ‘The Obama Tar Sands Pipeline’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here’s a great idea from Van Jones. If the President decides the Keystone XL pipeline is a good thing, let’s rename it “The Obama Tar Sands Pipeline.” Help this video go viral:
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Is Enbridge Building a Secret Keystone Pipeline?

Is Enbridge Building a Secret Keystone Pipeline? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Is Enbridge building its own version of the tar sands-carrying Keystone XL pipeline?


InsideClimate News' Lisa Song reports on Monday that the Calgary-based energy giant is putting together plans for 5,000-mile pipeline network that would bring tar sands crude to the U.S., but, unlike TransCanada's Keystone XL, Enbridge's project has thus far escaped the same kind of debate.

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Why Biking 7,000 Miles to Patagonia is Essential for Creative Living | Global Citizenship on GOOD

Why Biking 7,000 Miles to Patagonia is Essential for Creative Living | Global Citizenship on GOOD | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you need conversation material at parties, I suggest planning a seven thousand mile bike ride. It gives you the ability to talk to anybody. It’s a story that spreads on its own. People will just walk right up to you and ask, "Is it true?
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Allergic to Science–Proteins and Allergens in Our Genetically Engineered Food | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Allergic to Science–Proteins and Allergens in Our Genetically Engineered Food | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a policy paper entitled
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Can Humans Survive Mass Extinction? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Can Humans Survive Mass Extinction? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Threats that could wipe out the bulk of life on earth abound. Planetary catastrophe could come in the form of a killer asteroid impact, the eruption ...
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Nick Nielsen's curator insight, June 3, 2013 11:11 PM

Here's another notice of Annalee Newitz's book, which I have already mentioned several times, Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, this time by Ramez Naam writing in Scientific American.

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Yale Environment 360: Genetic Study Reveals Cheaper Process to Convert Sawdust to Biofuel

Yale Environment 360: Genetic Study Reveals Cheaper Process to Convert Sawdust to Biofuel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A team of genetic engineers reports it has developed an inexpensive process that uses fungus to convert raw materials such as straw and sawdust into a productive biofuel. While it was previously known that the Trichoderma fungus produces the enzymes needed to break down such lignocellulosic wastes into a form of biofuel, the process was prohibitively expensive since the molecular switch required stimulation from a pure substance known as disaccharide sophorose, which is worth 60 times more than gold.

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Nuclear states developing new weapons in defiance of treaty, report claims

Nuclear states developing new weapons in defiance of treaty, report claims | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
All five legally recognised nuclear states 'appear determined to retain nuclear arsenals indefinitely', says Stockholm institute
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Nearly 2,800 Told to Evacuate Amid Calif. Wildfire

Officials estimate that nearly 3,000 people from some 700 homes are under evacuation orders as a wildfire rages north of Los Angeles. LA County Sheriff's Lt.
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Does "Jugaad" or "frugal innovation" stand a chance in ICTs? Some thoughts | e-Agriculture

Does "Jugaad" or "frugal innovation" stand a chance in ICTs? Some thoughts | e-Agriculture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In India, some of the best specimens of jugaad or frugal innovation are found in the agriculture sector. One can find several examples where rural engineers (they are not regular engineering degree holders, but simple rural farmers or artisans with limited literacy and schooling, and a scientific bent of mind) have adapted, transformed or created new machines or evolved new techniques to serve their purpose. These rural engineers have made it possible because of their understanding of local needs; knowledge about locally available resources and their skills to modify the technology or innovate upon it.

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Mothers out Front on Climate Change

Mothers out Front on Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Could Massachusetts become the first state in the nation to stop investing in fossil fuels and invest only in renewable energies -- as a result of pressure from mothers and grandmothers?
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Corporate Sustainability Is Not Sustainable

Corporate Sustainability Is Not Sustainable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Green initiatives are ubiquitous these days, implemented with zeal at companies like Dupont, IBM, Walmart, and Walt Disney.

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Humans Are Not Like Slowly Boiling Frogs … We Are Like Slowly Boiling Brainless Frogs

Humans Are Not Like Slowly Boiling Frogs … We Are Like Slowly Boiling Brainless Frogs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even though people keep using the famous simile — “the fatally slow human response to climate change makes us like a slowly boiling frog” — it is not quite right.
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How to Fix the Climate, in One Simple Flowchart

How to Fix the Climate, in One Simple Flowchart | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Will eating fewer hamburgers help? How about dumping iron into the ocean? Here's your one-stop shop for the answers.
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