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How the U.S. and China Are Reinvigorating the Battle Against Climate Change

How the U.S. and China Are Reinvigorating the Battle Against Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"The new Joint U.S.-China Statement on Climate Change, signed during Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to China last week, is a remarkable document. Using the strongest possible diplomatic language, the statement clearly displays a new sense of urgency about the dangers of climate change and the need for stronger coordinated efforts in addressing the issue."


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"It recognizes the inadequacy of the global response: In its new report, Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013, the International Energy Agency delivers a stark message: that the global transformation to low-carbon energy is advancing too slowly to limit global warming. The IEA said that "unless we get 'carbon emissions' prices and policies right, a cost-effective clean-energy transition just will not happen." The joint statement calls for a fast-track, scaled-up and focused initiative that will reflect this compelling call to action."

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EarthTalk: Global Warming, Droughts and Wildfire

EarthTalk: Global Warming, Droughts and Wildfire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The editors of EarthTalk answer a question about the relationship between climate change, droughts and wildfire

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Des réacteurs japonais pourraient être relancés cet automne

Des réacteurs japonais pourraient être relancés cet automne | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Actuellement, 48 des 50 réacteurs du pays sont stoppés. Certains pourraient être relancés après l'entrée en vigueur de nouvelles normes de sûreté en juillet.

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Cisco, Google Top Greenpeace's Cool IT Leaderboard for Energy Innovation

Cisco, Google Top Greenpeace's Cool IT Leaderboard for Energy Innovation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cisco and Google tied for first place in a recent evaluation of the top 21 IT and telecom firms that prioritize energy solutions to climate change as a core aspect of their business model.

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“Tech giants have the capacity to lead society to cleaner, smarter energy systems, as both Cisco and Google have demonstrated,” announced Greenpeace International Senior IT analyst Gary Cook. The two companies tied for first place in a recent evaluation of the top 21 IT and telecom firms that prioritize energy solutions to climate change as a core aspect of their business model. Ericsson made it to the podium in third place, Fujitsu came in fourth, and Sprint, Wipro and Hewlett Packard all tied for fifth.

This is Greenpeace International’s sixth edition of its Cool IT Leaderboard. The three main criteria used in the rankings were:

An offering of IT solutions to reduce energy demandThe management of their own energy footprintHow they use their influence to advocate for government policies that encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency

This year most companies made the biggest strides in enabling a renewably powered economy. However, most companies were found to be underperforming in demanding a policy shift towards new investment in smart grid and clean energy solutions. This is further hampered by companies such as Duke Energy in the U.S. and TEPCO in Japan shunning the innovative potential of the IT sector in favor of polluting and using centralized electricity generation through coal or nuclear energy.

Companies that were successful in Greenpeace's ranking were the most active in the political arena. Sprint, Google, Wipro and SoftBank all prioritized policy changes to incentivize investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy across the U.S., Japan, and India.

Policy change needs to go beyond the global or even the national scale. For example, in North Carolina where AT&T, Cisco, Google, IBM, and Wipro all operate, these companies could work together to demand renewable energy from the imperfect Duke Energy or step in to defend state renewable energy policies currently at risk from fossil-fuel funded groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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GM salmon's global HQ – 1,500m high in the Panamanian rainforest

GM salmon's global HQ – 1,500m high in the Panamanian rainforest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Supersized genetically modified salmon grow fast and fat and after years of wrangling, are ready for market – but is the market ready for them? And why is the firm hidden away in Panama?
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Fertilizer Plants Spring Up to Take Advantage of U.S.’s Cheap Natural Gas: Scientific American

Fertilizer Plants Spring Up to Take Advantage of U.S.’s Cheap Natural Gas: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Growing demand for fertilizer presents increased safety and environmental concerns.

The devastating explosion at a fertilizer-blending facility in West, Texas, on April 17 called attention to the risks of ammonia-based fertilizer production and storage. Between 1984 and 2006, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported 224 accidents, resulting in 50 fatalities, at ammonia plantsaround the U.S., and ammonia-based fertilizers and explosives were involved in a variety of intentional attacks, including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Now, a different kind of boom in the fertilizer business—no explosives required—could also spell trouble.

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Report: Federal agency charged with oversight of fertilizer plant security in disarray

Report: Federal agency charged with oversight of fertilizer plant security in disarray | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Homeland Security Department program charged with the security of chemical facilities like the former West Fertilizer Co. plant has been riddled with problems so severe since its creation five years ago that federal investigators recently wondered publicly “whether it can achieve its mission, given the challenges the program continues to face.”.
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Dave Roberts: The Renewable Threat to Utilities

Dave Roberts: The Renewable Threat to Utilities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This is a point I've been hammering in my talks, and in recent postings. We are heading for a policy train wreck if we do  not find a way to smoothly transition to the new energy technologies that ...
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Canadian oil minister Joe Oliver condemns climatologist James Hansen

Canadian oil minister Joe Oliver condemns climatologist James Hansen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Outspoken politician says US scientist should be 'ashamed' of his 'exaggerated rhetoric' on exploitation of tar sands.  It's not clear why Oliver was so vehement. The minister launched his attack on Hansen just 48 hours after a report from the Environmental Protection Agency essentially reaffirmed the climate scientist's concerns about the development of the tar sands.

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Maybe it is because the majority of politicians are blinded and corupted by their ties to the corprate oligarchy.

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EPA: Tar Sands Pipelines Should Be Held To Different Standards : NPR

Up until now, the U.S. has had the same rules for all oil pipelines. But the EPA says pipelines that carry tar sands oil, like the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, should have special standards. That's because when tar sands oil spills, it can be next to impossible to clean up. 
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Bruce Cameron's curator insight, April 27, 2013 4:28 PM

The US EPA wants tougher than ordinary requirements for TransCanada's Keystone project, most likely a precursor to Obama approval.

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Keeling_Curve (Keeling_curve) on Twitter

Keeling_Curve (Keeling_curve) on Twitter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The latest from Keeling_Curve (@Keeling_curve). Daily update on global CO2 from Scripps Institution of Oceanography as concentrations reach 400 parts per million. Get the story behind this key record.
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Science: As CO2 concentrations near ominous benchmark, daily updates begin -- 04/24/2013 -- www.eenews.net

Science: As CO2 concentrations near ominous benchmark, daily updates begin -- 04/24/2013 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most people can mark their time on Earth by significant world events: the landing of a man on the moon, say; the dismantling of the Berlin Wall; or, more negatively, the 9/11 attacks. Another significant event is impending.
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Washington, D.C. under water: what sea level rise looks like

Nickolay Lamm, a 24-year-old researcher and artist, was motivated to gain a better idea of what a devastating rise in sea level would look like. And so he created a set of surreal images showing treasured landmarks swallowed by sea water.
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Flower Power: This Machine Seed-Bombs Dirty Air

Flower Power: This Machine Seed-Bombs Dirty Air | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There’s nothing wrong with “art for art’s sake,” the notion that works of art don’t require a justification or need to serve a higher purpose. But it’s also kind of cool when they do transcend that philosophy and send a specific message.

That’s certainly the case with artist Michael Jantzen’s design for his Eco-Seed Sowing Machines. The solar-powered structures would contain a large number of flower seeds that would be automatically released in small amounts whenever evidence of environmental degradation was observed around the machines.

Jantzen calls the project “a symbolic public art response to environmental degradation,” and he’d like to see the machines located in places around the world where environmental damage is the worst.

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Capitalism needs rethinking but what are the options?

Capitalism needs rethinking but what are the options? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

April 19, 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business

Building financial wealth on unsustainable or unjust use of human, social or natural capital must change, argues Allen L White..

Business as usual is not an option for a future-proofed economy in which nine billion people live well within the limits of the planet by mid-century"... http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/capitalism-needs-rethinking-what-options

 

 


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#China 'looting' #Africa of its #fish !

#China 'looting' #Africa of its #fish ! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just 9% of the millions of tonnes of fish caught by China's giant fishing fleet in African and other international waters is officially reported to the UN, say researchers using a new way to estimate the size and value of catches.

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, April 25, 2013 10:36 AM

"Chinese agreements are generally the most private and secretive and are often only known to a few individuals within a host country's ministry," says the report.

"China hasn't been forthcoming about its fisheries catches," says Dirk Zeller, a co-author of the study. "While not reporting catches doesn't necessarily mean the fishing is illegal—there could be agreements between these countries and China that allow fishing—we simply don't know for sure as this information just isn't available."

The authors estimated that 345 Chinese ocean-going vessels fish African waters with several thousand others working in Pacific waters. Some of the fish is sold on the international market but much is returned to China. The only large regions of the world where Chinese distant water vessels do not operate are the Arctic, the Caribbean and the coasts of North America and Europe.
Read more athttp://news.mongabay.com/2013/0424-gen-china-africa-fishing.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#4Y1lhgb2ehPOISEW.99

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Algae Medical Solutions: Part 2

The four most prevalent deficiency diseases globally in 2013 are: malnutrition, nutritional anemia (iron and B12 deficiency), xerophthalmia (vitamin A deficiency), and endemic goiter (iodine deficiency). These algae therapeutic solutions are based on recent empirical medical research, including field studies in developing countries. One tablespoon of algae a day can relieve these and other nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin B, C, D, E and K.
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Demand for metals likely to increase tenfold, study says

Demand for metals likely to increase tenfold, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unep suggests using the expertise of mining companies – often seen as the environmental villains – to improve recycling
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Japanese Scientist Blames China for Yakushima’s Dying Trees

Japanese Scientist Blames China for Yakushima’s Dying Trees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Osamu Nagafuchi has warned for years that a die-off among pine trees on Yakushima island is caused by pollution from China. Now he is being taken more seriously.
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Many coal sludge impoundments have weak walls, federal study says

Many coal sludge impoundments have weak walls, federal study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pools of toxic sludge in W.Va., Ky. and elsewhere could pose safety and environmental threats.
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Live Chat: Have We Entered the 'Age of Man'? (Video) - ScienceNOW

Live Chat: Have We Entered the 'Age of Man'? (Video) - ScienceNOW | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Live Chat: Have We Entered the 'Age of Man'? (Video) - ScienceNOW
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‘Environmental Justice’ Soldiers On Without a King, Queen—or Major Dollars - COLORLINES

‘Environmental Justice’ Soldiers On Without a King, Queen—or Major Dollars - COLORLINES | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the defeat of Big Green on climate-change, community-based, grassroots groups led by people of color are creating a blueprint for actual change. The EJ response to Superstorm Sandy is Exhibit A.
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‘Peak Fossil Fuels’ Is Closer Than You Think: BNEF

Every time an iPhone is charged or an episode of "Mad Men" plays on a television, puffs of vaporized carbon join the atmosphere, products of power-plant combustion. And every year the world demands more.
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The Keeling Curve

The Keeling Curve | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere are approaching 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history
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Pa. climate change: Less winter chill could mean trouble for state's apple crop

Could one of life’s simple pleasures, the apple, be endangered by changes in our climate?

It could, according to some experts, who maintain that apples, like other fruit, depend heavily on a certain amount of what is called “winter chill,” before they bloom in the spring.

“If there’s not enough winter chill that happens in a certain year there can be anywhere from a decreased production of fruit to a complete crop failure,” says Evan Girvetz, the senior scientist on climate change for the non-profit Nature Conservancy.

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