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Appropriations: House proposes 'devastating' cuts to Interior, EPA accounts in fiscal 2014

House appropriators yesterday proposed allocating $24.3 billion to the subcommittee that funds the Interior Department, Forest Service and U.S. EPA for next fiscal year, a level that would likely require significant cuts to a host of conservation programs, clean water grants, and climate change and habitat restoration work, environmentalists warned.
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Montreal's boil-water warning inflames an already simmering city

Montreal's boil-water warning inflames an already simmering city | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In an extraordinary warning, 1.3 million residents in and around Montreal were told their tap water was unsafe to drink, further eroding the public’s trust in the stewardship of a city mired in infrastructure woes and corruption scandals.  Residents are advised to boil their water for at least a minute, or to use bottled water
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Bipartisan Senate bill would give EPA power to ban dangerous chemicals

Bipartisan Senate bill would give EPA power to ban dangerous chemicals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a rare display of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, a group of key senators unveiled legislation Wednesday that would require chemical companies to provide more health and safety information about their products and give regulators more power to...
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Whey Too Much: Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side

Whey Too Much: Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Greek yogurt boom has produced an unfortunate byproduct: tons and tons of whey.   

Greek yogurt is a booming $2 billion a year industry — and it's producing millions of pounds of waste that industry insiders are scrambling to figure out what to do with.

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Fresh Eggs Daily®: Got Flies ? Here's an Idea for a DIY Fly Catcher

Fresh Eggs Daily®: Got Flies ? Here's an Idea for a DIY Fly Catcher | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Flies are more than a nuisance in your chicken run.  They carry disease and spread bacteria which can lead to E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, New Castle Disease, Dysentery and other germs that are harmful to both your family and your flock. Eating the resulting maggots in wet feed can also lead to botulism in your flock. This past winter was so mild that the flies have returned in droves this spring.  They are drawn to moisture and puddles, wet bedding, damp feed and chicken poop. 

I tried a few different ways to repel the flies, but this DIY Fly Catcher is easy to make, effective and an inexpensive way to rid your chicken run of flies.

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IMF says Washington cutting budget deficits too quickly

IMF says Washington cutting budget deficits too quickly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
International Monetary Fund says U.S. getting carried away with government austerity drive
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US report urges action on 'unprecedented' IP theft

US report urges action on 'unprecedented' IP theft | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) May 22, 2013 - A high-powered commission said Wednesday that intellectual property theft was costing the United States the equivalent of all its exports to Asia and urged a tougher approach to China.
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New EU climate policy unlikely before 2015: Poland

New EU climate policy unlikely before 2015: Poland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warsaw (AFP) May 22, 2013 - The European Union is unlikely to hammer out its new policy on global warming ahead of a global climate deal that could be clinched in 2015, Poland's environment minister said Wednesday.
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Farmers plant rice near doomed Fukushima plant

Farmers plant rice near doomed Fukushima plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) May 22, 2013 - Farmers have resumed planting rice for market only 15 kilometres (nine miles) from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a local official said Wednesday.
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Why we need to put the fish back into fisheries

Why we need to put the fish back into fisheries | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
York, UK (SPX) May 23, 2013 -
Overfishing has reduced fish populations and biodiversity across much of the world's oceans. In response, fisheries are increasingly reliant on a handful of highly valuable shellfish.
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Physics of 'green waves' could make city traffic flow more smoothly

Physics of 'green waves' could make city traffic flow more smoothly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —If you've been lucky enough to catch all the green lights as you drive down a busy street, you may have been benefiting from intentional synchronization called a 'green wave.' The green wave concept has been around in the US since the...
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William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design | Video on TED.com

Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account "all children, all species, for all time."

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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:00 PM

Zero Footprint requires cradle to cradle design.

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Can Systems Experts Create Scale and Speed in Sustainability? - A New, Unknown World Ahead

Can Systems Experts Create Scale and Speed in Sustainability? -  A New, Unknown World Ahead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

May 21, 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business - Guardian Professional

 

True collaboration is hard work but a small group of systems thinkers, mappers and innovators could make all the difference..

The reason systems experts are so valuable is that they not only understand the inter-connection of issues, important in itself, but also recognise the power of group dynamics and of finding ways to encourage groups with competing interests to find common ground....

...we need to recognise we don't really understand any more the complexity of the current system, or how it dynamically evolves over time. We also have no prototypes for an alternative system so have no clear sense of where we are exactly aiming for.... http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/blog/systems-experts-scale-and-speed-sustainability

 

May 22, 2012 Guardian Sustainable Business - Guardian Professional
WHY GOOGLE AND SONY ARE TURNING TO NATURE TO INSPIRE THEIR LEADERS  http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/google-sony-nature-inspire-leaders

 

May 10, 2013 Forbes

WHY CSR? THE BENEFITS OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY WILL MOVE YOU TO ACT http://www.forbes.com/sites/devinthorpe/2013/05/18/why-csr-the-benefits-of-corporate-social-responsibility-will-move-you-to-act/

 

NATURE'S CEO: MARK TERCEK SAYS CONSERVATION IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS http://sco.lt/6TQC8X

 

May 14, 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business
SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION:  WHY BRANDS SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/sustainable-consumption-brands-take-lead

 


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How Two College Pals Are Growing A Solution To Our Reliance On Plastic

How Two College Pals Are Growing A Solution To Our Reliance On Plastic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Maybe the most devastating aspect of styrofoam packaging is that it’s useful for a matter of days or hours--say, while a product ships--but it lasts for a millennium. Plastics like styrofoam currently take up between 25% and 30% of our landfill space, and a single cubic foot of styrofoam has the same energy content as about one and a half liters of gasoline. That’s a lot of impact for just a little bit of value.
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Frog, toad and salamander populations plummeting, U.S. survey finds

Frog, toad and salamander populations plummeting, U.S. survey finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Geological Survey report is first to document rapid disappearance of amphibian species.
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Plastic food packaging 'could cause high blood pressure in children'

Plastic food packaging 'could cause high blood pressure in children' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research published in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that exposure to phalates in packaging can cause metabolic and hormonal abnormalities, especially during childhood.
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Are Smart Cities Not So Smart After All?

Are Smart Cities Not So Smart After All? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

You may have missed it, because you had more important things to do – like worry about your mortgage, choice of kids school, extreme weather events or the Syrian conflict. Earlier in 2013, the chief executive of Toyota Motors mentioned plans to begin to eradicate the use of Terbium from all its cars.              

 

This casual mark was in fact a major statement of intent by a forward looking business leader. Why so? 

 

Terbium is used in the magnets of electric motors in Toyota's hybrid vehicles. The problem is that Terbium is a rare earth element, the type also used in computers and mobile phones, and increasingly in such short supply that many analysts predict supply to outstrip demand in a couple of years.

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ICE Joins CME Warning of Splits in Global Derivatives Rules

Top executives of the two largest U.S. derivatives exchanges say regulators must take further steps to align Dodd-Frank Act rules with those of foreign counterparts to avoid oversight splits that could harm markets.
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ProtekPark Solar Launches REVIVE Line for Quick and Efficient Solar Parking and EV Charging Integration

ProtekPark Solar Launches REVIVE Line for Quick and Efficient Solar Parking and EV Charging Integration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cincinnati OH (SPX) May 22, 2013 - ProtekPark Solar has launched REVIVE, a system designed to integrate solar energy solutions with EV charging stations into a variety of structures commonly found in parking environments, including p...
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Study reveals scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change

Study reveals scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) May 23, 2013 -
A comprehensive analysis of peer-reviewed articles on the topic of global warming and climate change has revealed an overwhelming consensus among scientists that recent warming is human-caused.
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Concept flu vaccine may protect against many strains

Concept flu vaccine may protect against many strains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) May 22, 2013 - Scientists unveiled a concept vaccine against flu Wednesday they said may protect against various strains with a single jab.
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Storm shelters few in 'Tornado Alley'

Storm shelters few in 'Tornado Alley' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Moore, Oklahoma (AFP) May 22, 2013 - Seventy-five percent of the world's tornadoes occur in the United States, yet few people who live in Tornado Alley bother with the trouble and expense of a proper shelter from the storms.
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Employers Eye Bare-Bones Health Plans

Employers Eye Bare-Bones Health Plans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Employers are increasingly recognizing they may be able to avoid certain penalties under the federal health law by offering very limited plans that can lack key benefits such as hospital coverage.
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Stanford scientists develop new type of solar structure that cools buildings in full sunlight

Stanford scientists develop new type of solar structure that cools buildings in full sunlight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Homes and buildings chilled without air conditioners. Car interiors that don't heat up in the summer sun. Tapping the frigid expanses of outer space to cool the planet. Science fiction, you say? Well, maybe not any more.
A team of researchers at Stanford has designed an entirely new form of cooling structure that cools even when the sun is shining. Such a structure could vastly improve the daylight cooling of buildings, cars and other structures by reflecting sunlight back into the chilly vacuum of space.


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Awesome.
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A March Against Monsanto is a March for Life and Freedom - 25th May 2013

March Against Monsanto Worldwide on 25th May 2013. Join a March near you: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/p/blog-page.html ACT for Seed Freedom • Trans...

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 22, 2013 5:03 AM
Here is a message you may want to spread. From: Seed Freedom CALLING ALL TRANSLATORS! Help us to translate and share Vandana Shiva's March Against Monsanto video message - http://youtu.be/vdxrQit45iU - in as many languages as possible before Saturday. For more details please message us your email.