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INFOGRAPHIC: The other big bubble

INFOGRAPHIC: The other big bubble | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Set to break the $1 trillion mark.

The severe property overhang after the crash of 2008 is one of the reasons that it has taken so long for the economy to recover.                                       

But while Americans appears to be shaking off that one big fall, they may be stepping into another: the total student loan debt burden in the US is set to break $1 trillion.

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Americans Among Least Concerned About Major Global Issue, Poll Shows

Americans Among Least Concerned About Major Global Issue, Poll Shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many around the world see climate change as a major threat, but Americans rank among the least concerned about the issue, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.
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Apple growing moves uphill in India's warming Himalaya region

Apple growing moves uphill in India's warming Himalaya region | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Farmers are adapting to shifting conditions - but change doesn't always come easily
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David Collet's curator insight, June 24, 2013 10:40 PM

Adapt and thrive - or die.

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Why Are Wetlands So Important to Preserve?: Scientific American

Why Are Wetlands So Important to Preserve?: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Besides recharging groundwater supplies and trapping floodwaters, wetlands serve a variety of important ecological functions
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Tilting backwards

OVER the past couple of months, officials around the country have been summoned to briefings about a Communist Party circular known as “Document Number...
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Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet [Excerpt, Part 4]: Scientific American

Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet [Excerpt, Part 4]: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spammers deploy malware to hijack unwary machines and use them as purveyors of junk messaging. Read this last installment about how the history of the Internet coincides with the history of spam
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U.S. Looks to Regain Lead in Making Carbon Fiber: Scientific American

U.S. Looks to Regain Lead in Making Carbon Fiber: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The wonder material invented in the U.S. long ago can help enable more efficient engines and renewable energy technologies
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"Fearless Summer" movement launches months of intense climate protest

"Fearless Summer" movement launches months of intense climate protest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Fearless Summer is planning a carnival of non-stop summer protest and direct action against dirty energy.
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Rare giant catfish faces new threat in Southeast Asia's Mekong

Rare giant catfish faces new threat in Southeast Asia's Mekong | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Laos' controversial Xayaburi dam could bring the Giant Catfish to extinction, as well as devastate the Mekong River's other fisheries. The challenge: How to build a dam that allows a 600-pound fish to swim up stream?
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Singapore, Malaysia face economic hit from prolonged smog: Scientific American

Singapore, Malaysia face economic hit from prolonged smog: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Singapore and Malaysia could face a bigger economic impact than from their worst air pollution crisis 16 years ago if slash-and-burn fires in Indonesia continue to rage in the coming weeks, turning off tourists and raising business costs.
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Climate change altering insurers' risk assessment

Climate change altering insurers' risk assessment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climate change is creating more frequent and more unpredictable extreme weather events, forcing insurers to change how they assess the risk of natural disasters hitting a specific area, the Geneva Association think tank said Monday.

"Traditional approaches, which are solely based on analysing historical data, increasingly fail to estimate today's hazard probabilities," the think tank for strategically important insurance and risk management issues, warned in a report.

"A paradigm shift from historic to predictive risk assessment methods is necessary," it stressed, adding that the insurance industry needed to support scientific research to gain a better understanding of when and where weather-related disasters will hit.

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At Chernobyl, danger lurks in the trees — The Daily Climate

At Chernobyl, danger lurks in the trees — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For 27 years, forests around Chernobyl have been absorbing radioactive elements. A fire would send them skyward again – a growing concern as summers grow longer, hotter and drier.
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Michael Charles Albright's curator insight, July 7, 2013 7:22 PM

After 27 years of absorbing radiation, the trees are a ticking time bomb. Long, and dry summers could send these radioactive forests into a blaze, not only releasing radation, but causing additional calamities to the area.

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Enbridge’s oil lines in Alberta still shut after weekend spill

Enbridge’s oil lines in Alberta still shut after weekend spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Major oil Canadian pipelines that move almost 1 million barrels per day (bpd) of Alberta oil sands crude, remained shut on Monday.
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Energy Products: Return on Investment is Already Too Low

Energy Products: Return on Investment is Already Too Low | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
My major point when I gave my talk at the Fifth Biophysical Economics Conference at the University of Vermont was that our economy's overall energy return on investment is already too low to mainta...
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Last Week in Poverty: The Older Americans Act and U.S. Seniors

Last Week in Poverty: The Older Americans Act and U.S. Seniors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Honoring our grandparents, our elders—in these divisive times, at least we hold this value in common, right?

As children, we dutifully sat through long visits or lectures from older relatives, teachers, neighbors or family friends; and then wised up to learn that some of these relationships would prove to be our most enduring.

It’s enough to make you think that maybe—just maybe—this shared experience would lead to a steadfast commitment from policymakers to ensure that those who cared for us, fought for us, and raised us, are able to meet their basic needs.

But if you attended Senator Bernie Sanders’s hearing on reducing senior poverty and hunger through the Older Americans Act (OAA) on Wednesday, you were in for a rude awakening.


Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Offshore Energy Acquisition in the Western Pacific: The Decline of the World’s Most Abundant Fisheries | Expeditions, Scientific American Blog Network

Offshore Energy Acquisition in the Western Pacific: The Decline of the World’s Most Abundant Fisheries | Expeditions, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Ryan Gobar

East Asia and the Northwestern Pacific are home to some of the world’s biggest and most productive fisheries, with average yearly yields in the ...
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The "All One Ocean" Campaign: Scientific American

The "All One Ocean" Campaign: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Contrary to popular myth that a major cause of ocean pollution is oil spilled from ships, most of it is from land-based litter
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Whither the River? The Colorado Is Pronounced America's Most Endangered Waterway: Scientific American

Whither the River? The Colorado Is Pronounced America's Most Endangered Waterway: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The river that carved the Grand Canyon and supplies 36 million Americans with drinking water is in trouble, according to American Rivers
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How Are the NSA and Others Collecting and Using our Data?: Scientific American

How Are the NSA and Others Collecting and Using our Data?: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A metadata expert reveals the sobering implications of personal data collection by governments and companies
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Germany takes the first step toward a supergrid

Germany takes the first step toward a supergrid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Germany is moving to build a "supergrid" that can carry renewable energy long distances. Will the U.S. catch up? Will the world?
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Greenpeace warning over Pesticides in traditional Chinese herbs | Bangkok Post: news

Greenpeace warning over Pesticides in traditional Chinese herbs | Bangkok Post: news | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Traditional Chinese herbs are being contaminated with a toxic cocktail of pesticides that poses a threat to consumer health and the environment, campaign group Greenpeace said on Monday.
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Methane leaks of shale gas may undermine its climate benefits

Methane leaks of shale gas may undermine its climate benefits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If methane leak rates are more than 3 percent of output, fracking of shale gas formations may be boosting greenhouse gas emissions rather than lowering them.
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Wildfires Ravage Colorado, Causing Vacationers to Flee

Wildfires Ravage Colorado, Causing Vacationers to Flee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The blaze had exploded in size to 70,000 acres by Sunday afternoon, and officials said it was likely to get worse without a break in the weather.
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Clean air linked to fiercer storms. — The Daily Climate

British research into storm cycles finds that reduced soot pollution may have had the unexpected side-effect of increasing the hurricane ferocity and frequency.
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