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Region and nation brace for drought-driven rise in food prices

Region and nation brace for drought-driven rise in food prices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southwest Philadelphia resident Mona West has a simple strategy for combatting rising food prices.
"I buy less," she said.
West's friend Gail Glenn of Pine Hill, N.J., has a different approach: "Just stomach it.
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Keys: An endangered county, where climate change turns into money problems -- 08/14/2012 -- www.eenews.net

Keys: An endangered county, where climate change turns into money problems -- 08/14/2012 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BIG PINE KEY, Fla. -- The future inundation of Big Pine Key is one of many issues that could be addressed as part of Monroe County's first-ever climate action plan, set to be released this fall.
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Over 150K Plug-in Electric Vehicles Sold in China by 2017 | Caelus Green Room

Over 150K Plug-in Electric Vehicles Sold in China by 2017  | Caelus Green Room | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China is now the world’s largest automotive market. The Chinese government has made vehicle electrification central to its aggressive plan for growing the automotive market both domestically and internationally and has created many national and local incentives for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) purchases. According to a new report from Pike Research, however, PEV production will fall well short of the government’s ambitious goals of manufacturing 500,000 PEVs a year by 2015. The PEV market in China will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 60% from 2012 to 2017, surpassing 152,000 units sold annually by 2017. However, that figure represents less than 1% of the total light duty vehicle market in China.
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Healthcare Leaders Meet at White House to Focus on Sustainability | Caelus Green Room

Healthcare Leaders Meet at White House to Focus on Sustainability | Caelus Green Room | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Healthcare Leaders Meet at White House to Focus on Sustainability...
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The economic cost of increased temperatures - MIT (2012)

The economic cost of increased temperatures - MIT (2012) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Even temporary rises in local temperatures significantly damage long-term economic growth in the world’s developing nations, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT economist.

Looking at weather data over the last half-century, the study finds that every 1-degree-Celsius increase in a poor country, over the course of a given year, reduces its economic growth by about 1.3 percentage points. However, this only applies to the world’s developing nations; wealthier countries do not appear to be affected by the variations in temperature. “Higher temperatures lead to substantially lower economic growth in poor countries,” says Ben Olken, a professor of economics at MIT, who helped conduct the research. And while it’s relatively straightforward to see how droughts and hot weather might hurt agriculture, the study indicates that hot spells have much wider economic effects. “What we’re suggesting is that it’s much broader than [agriculture],” Olken adds. “It affects investment, political stability and industrial output.”


Via Alexander J. Stein, degrowth economy and ecology
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How Nanotechnology Is Changing How You Eat And Taste

How Nanotechnology Is Changing How You Eat And Taste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nanotechnology is already revolutionizing industries, from the tech sector to the health care industry. It was only a matter of time until the application of this exciting science of building tiny structures came to food.
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Take Care, Water is not a Limitless Resource

Take Care, Water is not a Limitless Resource | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Water too, is a resource that given its careless usage will begin to run-short within a few decades, as is espoused in the book entitled "Mirage", written by Cynthia Barnett, which focusses on water-use in the United States and in Florida particularly.  

Looking at the shortage of water in the US, methods for overcoming this shortage, and also problems that arise...

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The News Tribune - Is the era of oil nearing its end? (print)

After nearly a decade of warnings that the world’s oil supply was running out, Americans now are hearing about technology breakthroughs that can unlock vast U.S. deposits of natural gas, help reverse a 40-year slide in domestic oil production and perhaps transform America into the next Middle East.

But despite the euphoria, there’s a major problem: The looming American oil glut may simply not be enough to sate the United States and the rest of motorized humanity.

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Asian economies most at risk from natural disasters

Asian economies most at risk from natural disasters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Aug 15, 2012 - Asian countries dominate a league table of economies most at risk from earthquakes, floods, storms and other natural hazards, according to research published on Wednesday.
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Samsung expands lead in smartphone market: Gartner

Samsung expands lead in smartphone market: Gartner | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 14, 2012 - Samsung extended its lead over Apple in the smartphone market in the second quarter despite a slowing demand for mobile phones, according to figures released Tuesday.
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Flooding in central Nigeria kills at least 28 people

Flooding in central Nigeria kills at least 28 people | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jos, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 14, 2012 - Flooding caused by heavy rains in central Nigeria has killed at least 28 people, with many others still missing, while also destroying homes, bridges and farmland, officials said Tuesday.
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Chinese lawyers urge labour-camp reform

Chinese lawyers urge labour-camp reform | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Aug 15, 2012 - Ten Chinese lawyers have written an open letter urging the government to reform its system of hard labour after a mother was sent to a camp for challenging the sentences of men who raped her daughter.
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Diversity keeps grasslands resilient to drought, climate change

Diversity keeps grasslands resilient to drought, climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manhattan, KS (SPX) Aug 15, 2012 -
For much of the year drought has been plaguing American grasslands.
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Bill Gates' foundation puts money on solar-powered toilet

Bill Gates' foundation puts money on solar-powered toilet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Bill Gates is betting the toilet of the future for the developing world will be solar powered.The world's leading private philanthropist handed a $100,000 prize to the California Institute...
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Arctic Sea Ice On Pace for a Record Low in September | Climate Central

Arctic Sea Ice On Pace for a Record Low in September | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The conditions scientists are seeing this year, now that the Arctic melting season is fully underway, are anything but normal.
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FedEx Corporation CEO Addresses National Clean Energy Summit | Caelus Green Room

FedEx Corporation CEO Addresses National Clean Energy Summit | Caelus Green Room | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FedEx CEO Fred Smith is delivering a keynote addressduring the conference focused on moving away from our dependence on foreign oil, which presents a significant threat to our national and economic security. While we cannot immediately stop our dependence on foreign oil in particular, we do need to find ways to produce more energy at home so we as a nation take power out of the hands of those elsewhere.
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Why are our fish shrinking? From ocean giants in the Fifties to tiddlers today, these pictures show the astonishing change in one fishing port's typical catch. The reason? We're turning our seas in...

Why are our fish shrinking? From ocean giants in the Fifties to tiddlers today, these pictures show the astonishing change in one fishing port's typical catch. The reason? We're turning our seas in... | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For anyone who loves the sea a new book provides an urgent wakes up call to do more to protect the world's seas from overfishing, dumped waste and shipping.

Via Nausicaa Sea News, degrowth economy and ecology
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Disney’s Interactive Plants Aren’t Just Magic. They’re Practical Magic.

Disney’s Interactive Plants Aren’t Just Magic. They’re Practical Magic. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you touch one of Disney Research’s living Botanicus Interacticus plants, you might be surprised to hear musical notes or see images that correspond with your movement.
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A Gorgeous, Towering Hive To Save Our Dying Bees

A Gorgeous, Towering Hive To Save Our Dying Bees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rick Smith didn’t set out to save the honeybees. Instead, when the Buffalo business owner purchased a 15-acre plot of land along a bend in the Buffalo River just east of Lake Erie in 2006, he planned to build an ethanol plant there.
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Why Alternative Energy Will Never Become Widespread; In Our Lifetime (TAN, FAN, FSLR, UNG, USO)

Why Alternative Energy Will Never Become Widespread; In Our Lifetime (TAN, FAN, FSLR, UNG, USO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It has been an argument that has caught fire in recent years; whether or not countries around the world should make the switch to clean energy. There are two very opposed sides, as big oil has such a prominent impact on the global economy though environmentalists have been quick to point out their destruction of the surrounding environment. But while small strides have been made in recent decades, the fact is, alternative energy is still a minute portion of our energy production.

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Fukushima Chief Yoshida on Video: We must bring foreign experts in to help — Spoke like reactors not stabilized (PHOTO)

Fukushima boss Masao] Yoshida did use the opportunity, though, to call for foreign expertise to be brought in to help stabilize the reactors, something experts claim TEPCO and Japanese authorities have been reluctant to do on a meaningful level.

“People won’t come back to Fukushima until the plant isstabilised and we still need to find a way to do that,” he said. “We have to bring people in from around the world. It will require people, technology and wisdom from all corners.”

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US warns against 'divide and conquer' in China sea

US warns against 'divide and conquer' in China sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2012 - The United States on Tuesday warned against any attempt to divide and conquer in the tense South China Sea, and voiced hope that Beijing and Southeast Asian nations would reach an accord this year.
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Philippines storm brings more floods, landslides

Philippines storm brings more floods, landslides | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manila (AFP) Aug 14, 2012 - Manila braced on Tuesday for more wet weather and authorities rushed relief supplies to the remote northern Philippines as a new storm - expected to trigger flashfloods and landslides - closed in.
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China's water at risk from coal projects

China's water at risk from coal projects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (UPI) Aug 14, 2012 - The 16 large-scale coal bases that China has planned will trigger severe water crises in the country's arid northwest, a new Greenpeace report warns.
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A new global warming culprit: Dam drawdowns

A new global warming culprit: Dam drawdowns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 15, 2012 - Washington State University researchers have documented an underappreciated suite of players in global warming: dams, the water reservoirs behind them, and surges of greenhouse gases as water levels...
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