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Storms on U.S. Plains stir memories of the Dust Bowl

Storms on U.S. Plains stir memories of the Dust Bowl | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LIBERAL, Kansas (Reuters) - Real estate agent Mark Faulkner recalls a day in early November when he was putting up a sign near Ulysses, Kansas, in 60-miles-per-hour winds that blew up blinding dust clouds.There...
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Climate Code Red: New evidence of persistent high Arctic methane levels

Climate Code Red: New evidence of persistent high Arctic methane levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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It’s getting warm in Antarctica, but mining still a pipe dream | MINING.com

It’s getting warm in Antarctica, but mining still a pipe dream | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is warming at three times the global average. Would this open the door for mining?
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Germany 'exporting' old and sick to foreign care homes

Germany 'exporting' old and sick to foreign care homes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pensioners are being sent to care homes in eastern Europe and Asia in an austerity move dismissed as 'inhumane deportation'
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Tesla Superchargers Set Up On East Coast

Tesla Superchargers Set Up On East Coast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 
Tesla has announced the locations of its first two supercharger electric vehicle charging stations on the US East Coast.



These charging stations allow Tesla Model S owners to charge for free, and in a relatively short 30-minute period.
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How Britain went from a drought to a deluge as south-west is drenched again

How Britain went from a drought to a deluge as south-west is drenched again | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It will take less than two inches of rain by the month's end to make 2012 the wettest year ever
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Why climate change matters in Delaware

Why climate change matters in Delaware | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For those living along Delaware Bay's exposed coastline, even ordinary storms can do harm.
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Ethical goods sales increase despite recession

Ethical goods sales increase despite recession | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Co-operative Bank puts sales of ethical goods and services in 2011 at more than £47bn, up from £35.5bn five years ago
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Agrichemical companies power up genetically modified seeds

Agrichemical companies power up genetically modified seeds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The next generation of engineered seeds will escalate herbicide spraying, with potentially large environmental consequences.
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Winter Storm Euclid Punctuates Year of Extreme Weather

Winter Storm Euclid Punctuates Year of Extreme Weather | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Winter storm Euclid continues its assault on the US today as it pounds New England with heavy snow while scientists caution that monumental snowfalls are a sign of things to come.

A water vapor view of winter storm Euclid on Wednesday. Scientists say that heavy snowfall is related to increasing temperatures on the Earth's surface. (Image: NOAA)On Christmas Day a massive swath of the country experienced weather so extreme it will likely go down in history as the worst Dec. 25 tornado outbreak on record.

Co-founder and director of meteorology at the Weather Underground, Dr. Jeff Master, writes:

The impressive storm is highly likely to set a record for most tornadoes spawned on Christmas Day, as 11 tornadoes have been confirmed, and there are at least 14 other suspected tornadoes that occurred. The most tornadoes ever recorded on Christmas Day was twelve, back in 1969. The storm spawned an additional confirmed tornado on December 26 in North Carolina.

He says that at least two of the Christmas Day tornadoes were rated EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which rates the strength of tornadoes based on the damage they cause; only four other EF-3 tornadoes have been recorded on Christmas Day since 1950.

 
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Time to Stop Marketing Food to Kids, Period

Time to Stop Marketing Food to Kids, Period | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Michele Simon, Appetite for Profit

The time has come to confront the food industry's practices of marketing directly to kids. The food industry has resisted all forms of regulation other than the useless "voluntary" variety.... http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/time-to-stop-marketing-food-to-kids-period/#.UN6Cz7bZ03Z

 

THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF FAMILY http://www.scoop.it/t/environmental-and-human-health/p/3835815511/the-commercialization-of-family

 

Not Monsanto's Biotech Basics: The ABCs of GMOs Children's Book  http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2520334912/not-monsanto-s-biotech-basics-the-abcs-of-gmos


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ASLA's 2011 Best Residential Landscapes | Garden Design

ASLA's 2011 Best Residential Landscapes | Garden Design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

ASLA 2011 Best Residential Landscapes Garden Design Professional Awards...

 

... and one is an edible landscape! :)


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Kyoto climate change treaty sputters to a sorry end - Politics - CBC News

Kyoto climate change treaty sputters to a sorry end - Politics - CBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The controversial and ineffective Kyoto Protocol's first stage comes to an end today, leaving the world with 58 per cent more greenhouse gases than in 1990, as opposed to the five per cent reduction its signatories sought.
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Social Consciousness and Civilization’s Sustainability

Social Consciousness and Civilization’s Sustainability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Yesterday was the birthday of Rod Serling, creator of the iconic mid-20th Century television program “The Twilight Zone.”  According to the Writer’s Almanac, “Serling believed it was the writer’s job to ‘menace the public consciousness’ and considered television and radio as a means for social criticism.

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Izok Corridor: Tories mull Chin’s massive mining plan for Arctic | Mining | News | Financial Post

Izok Corridor: Tories mull Chin’s massive mining plan for Arctic | Mining | News | Financial Post | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
But the development of open-pit mines, roads and ports is in the centre of calving grounds for the fragile Bathurst caribou herd
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New York’s Mental Health System Thrashed by Services Lost to Storm

New York’s Mental Health System Thrashed by Services Lost to Storm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The odds of securing mental health treatment in a crisis in New York City have worsened significantly since Hurricane Sandy knocked out hospitals and disrupted outpatient services.
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Negative European Power Prices Seen Sunday Through Thursday Due To Strong Wind Power Supply

 
The European Energy Exchange has seen the price of electricity turn negative during certain hours of the day Sunday through Thursday of las week.
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Measuring The Cost Of Energy, Drop By Drop

Measuring The Cost Of Energy, Drop By Drop | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 
As far as interrelated water and energy challenges go, the case of the natural gas drilling method known as fracking is a doozy.
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2012 poised to tie record for warmth

2012 poised to tie record for warmth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It might not feel like it now, but 2012 is set to match the warmest year on record in the Twin Cities and could turn out to be Minnesota's warmest ever
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China expands pollution monitoring to biggest cities: Scientific American

China plans to release hourly air pollution monitoring data in 74 of its biggest cities starting on New Year's Day, state media said on Sunday, in a sign of increasing responsiveness to quality-of-life concerns among prosperous urban people.
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As Biodiversity Declines, Tropical Diseases Thrive : NPR

As Biodiversity Declines, Tropical Diseases Thrive : NPR | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers argue that ecology has a pretty big say in whether disease rates increase or die down. They used a new field that blends economics and ecology called "macroecology" to figure out how biodiversity loss affected disease burden.
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Exploring the Roots of an Emerging Planet-Spanning 'Mind'

Exploring the Roots of an Emerging Planet-Spanning 'Mind' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An exploration of the 21st-century relevance of a 20th-century theologian's ideas about humanity's global consciousness.
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Upcoming free online courses « UT Health Science Center Library

Upcoming free online courses « UT Health Science Center Library | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This website is designed to provide users with the ability to access information. (Upcoming free online courses « UT Health Science Center Library: If you haven't yet heard the term “MOOC,” you'l...

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Community Power: Renewing Communities Through Renewable Energy

Community Power: Renewing Communities Through Renewable Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There is much meaning behind the name Community Power. It does not only refer to electrical power generated by a community; it also implies individual and community empowerment.

Community Power enables individuals to take steps towards the betterment of the environment, their communities, and also their personal finances. It also enables these individuals to gather for a common purpose and achieve something extraordinary, as a community. This is where true economic, environmental and social sustainability lies. Through igniting individual behaviour change and community solidarity, Community Power starts an empowering process that enables communities to provide local solutions to their local needs for the long term.


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"A National Renewable Energy Laboratory study found that the impact of community-owned projects on jobs creation during construction period is 1.1 to 1.3 times higher than corporate ones, and 1.1 to 2.8 times higher during operations period.

 

The employment and investment impact of community-owned projects can also go beyond a local community. Community ownership played a pivotal role in Germany and Denmark becoming global leaders not only in renewable energy generation but also in energy research & development and systems manufacturing. Currently, more than 50% of Germany’s renewable power is generated by community-based projects, and 80% of Denmark’s world-renowned windmills are cooperatively owned. ..."


Clean Technica (http://s.tt/1xJmi)Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2012/12/28/community-power-renewing-communities-through-renewable-energy/#9BJDEsWlYydVVI10.99