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Spring comes sooner to Phila. - and that's not good

Spring comes sooner to Phila. - and that's not good | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One in an occasional series about the regional effects of climate change and how we're coping.
On May 2, 1908, as he strolled along the Perkiomen Creek in Montgomery County, Bayard Long collected a flowering sprig of redbud.
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Dallas suburb solar panel fight exposes problems

Dallas suburb solar panel fight exposes problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A legal battle between a suburban Dallas neighborhood association and a homeowner seeking to install solar panels on his house exposed problems with a 2011 Texas law.
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Stop Coca-Cola trashing Australia

Coca-Cola is blocking a recycling scheme. Take action, http://bit.ly/stoptrashingaus_yt, ask your MP to support a national 'Cash for Containers' scheme. In M...
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Elizabeth Kolbert: Obama’s Keystone Decision

Elizabeth Kolbert: Obama’s Keystone Decision | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carbon-dioxide levels have been monitored at the observatory ever since, and they’ve exhibited a pattern that started out as terrifying and may be now described as terrifyingly predictable. They have increased every year, and earlier this month they reached the milestone of four hundred parts per million. No one knows exactly when CO2 levels were last this high; the best guess is the mid-Pliocene, about three million years ago. At that point, summertime temperatures in the Arctic were fourteen degrees warmer than they are now and sea levels were some seventy-five feet higher..
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Asia-Pacific leaders warn of water conflict threat

Asia-Pacific leaders warn of water conflict threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chiang Mai, Thailand (AFP) May 20, 2013 - Fierce competition for water could trigger conflict unless nations cooperate to share the diminishing resource, leaders from Asia-Pacific nations warned Monday.
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Terracotta And Cement Roofs Vulnerable In Wildfires

Terracotta And Cement Roofs Vulnerable In Wildfires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2013 - Although made of fire-resistant materials, terracotta and cement roof tiles are vulnerable to penetration by windblown embers generated in wildfires, according to new research findings* from the Nat...
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Bird flu costs China industry $65 bn: state media

Bird flu costs China industry $65 bn: state media | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 20, 2013 - China's human H7N9 bird flu outbreak has cost the country's poultry industry more than 400 billion yuan ($65 billion) as consumers shun chicken, government officials said according to state media Monday.
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Hydropower frenzy threatens Carpathian mountains: WWF

Hydropower frenzy threatens Carpathian mountains: WWF | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bucharest (AFP) May 20, 2013 - The frenzy to build hydropower stations across the Carpathian mountains poses an imminent threat to biodiversity in Eastern Europe, conservationist group WWF warned Monday.
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Dozens dead as massive tornado strikes US city

Dozens dead as massive tornado strikes US city | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) May 21, 2013 - A powerful tornado swept through an Oklahoma City suburb on Monday, tearing down blocks of homes, two schools and leaving up to 91 people dead, including 20 children, local officials said.
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Tornado Drought Officially Over

Tornado Drought Officially Over | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I'm declaring the tornado drought officially over. Monday's horrifying events in Oklahoma are still being sorted out.  Standard disclaimers apply, "No particular weather event ..." etc I have a sta...
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A Plague of Deforestation Sweeps Across Southeast Asia by Daniel Drollette: Yale Environment 360

A Plague of Deforestation Sweeps Across Southeast Asia by Daniel Drollette: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Illegal logging and unchecked economic development are taking a devastating toll on the forests of Vietnam and neighboring countries, threatening areas of biodiversity so rich that 1,700 species have been discovered in the last 15 years alone.
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Climate resilience: Deconstructing the new buzzword

Climate resilience: Deconstructing the new buzzword | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Defining resilience goes a long way to understanding what to put under the umbrella of climate resiliency. 
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Walking the Talk: WRI Uses Fiber Analysis to Test Office Paper Products | WRI Insights

Walking the Talk: WRI Uses Fiber Analysis to Test Office Paper Products | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Biofuels a boon for Brazil's rural poor, but obstacles remain elsewhere

Biofuels a boon for Brazil's rural poor, but obstacles remain elsewhere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While biofuels have facilitated slow but positive change for farmers in Brazil, other countries have been less successful. Paige McClanahan reports
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With U.S. Awash in Oil, Nat'l Interest Argument for Keystone Weakens | InsideClimate News

With U.S. Awash in Oil, Nat'l Interest Argument for Keystone Weakens | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. oil production is suddenly growing so fast that some analysts are questioning how much the country really needs the Canadian tar sands oil that would move through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
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High Plains Aquifer Dwindles, Hurting Farmers

High Plains Aquifer Dwindles, Hurting Farmers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parts of the vast High Plains Aquifer, once a prodigious source of water, are now so low that crops can’t be watered and bridges span arid stream beds.
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6.0 quake off Russia's far-east Kamchatka coastline

6.0 quake off Russia's far-east Kamchatka coastline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Moscow (AFP) May 21, 2013 - A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula early Tuesday followed by a series of strong after-shocks, the US Geological Survey said.
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Using clay to grow bone

Using clay to grow bone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) May 22, 2013 - In new research published online in Advanced Materials, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) are the first to report that synthetic silicate nanoplatelets (also known as layered clay)...
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Climate change will cause widespread global-scale loss of common plants and animals

Climate change will cause widespread global-scale loss of common plants and animals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it


More than half of common plants and one third of the animals could see a dramatic decline this century due to climate change - according to research from the University of East Anglia.

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No new H7N9 cases in China for a week: government

No new H7N9 cases in China for a week: government | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 21, 2013 - No new human cases of the H7N9 virus have been recorded in China for a week, national health authorities said, for the first time since the outbreak began in March.
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China factory blast leaves 33 dead and missing

China factory blast leaves 33 dead and missing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 21, 2013 - A blast at an explosives plant in China has left 13 people dead and another 20 missing, state media said Tuesday, compounding the country's poor industrial safety record.
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United Nations publishes first plan for deep sea mining

United Nations publishes first plan for deep sea mining | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Companies could apply for mining licences as soon as 2016 to extract gold, copper and more.
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Canadian Government Pursuing Aggressive Lobbying Push On Keystone XL

Canadian Government Pursuing Aggressive Lobbying Push On Keystone XL | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Canadian government has nearly doubled its spending to promote the Keystone XL pipeline to $16.5 million, up from $9 million a year ago.
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10 Health Remedies You Already Have in Your Kitchen - Earth911.com

10 Health Remedies You Already Have in Your Kitchen - Earth911.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We’ve all heard that it’s good to drink orange juice and eat chicken noodle soup when we’re sick, but did you know there are plenty of other foods you can eat to help treat minor ailments like colds, seasonal allergies, upset stomachs and sore throats?

It turns out many items you already have in your kitchen can help relieve symptoms of common illnesses and even some chronic health problems. Click through to find out how you can put your kitchen to work for your health.

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Climate disasters displace millions of people worldwide

Climate disasters displace millions of people worldwide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 32 million people fled their homes last year because of disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes
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