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Mysterious Electric Blue Clouds Appear Again Over the Poles

Mysterious Electric Blue Clouds Appear Again Over the Poles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Every year around this time, mysterious electric blue clouds appear over the North and South pole. They are called noctilucent clouds and they can only be seen in deep twilight, when the Sun is below the horizon.
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Modifying Hubbert’s Model of Peak Oil to Account for a Rise in Production Due to Higher Prices

Here I describe some interesting new research on modifying Hubbert’s model of peak oil to take into account the incentives for additional production that higher oil prices would be expected to bring.

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Why Fossil Fuel Companies Hate Solar So Much

Why Fossil Fuel Companies Hate Solar So Much | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
  We've covered these points below (including the specific case study discussed) numerous times before, but this is another really good, short write-up of the story from Jeremy Bloom over on sister site Red, Green, and Blue, so I thought it'd be a...
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5 smartest cities in America | SmartPlanet

5 smartest cities in America | SmartPlanet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“You’re better off coming to the city than sitting on your parents couch,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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Lake Superior and Climate Change part 3

Lake Superior and Climate Change part 3 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Video: with Peter Sinclair (by Daniel LaLiberte)...

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Private Student Loan Debt Is Ruining People's Lives

Private Student Loan Debt Is Ruining People's Lives | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The graduates have spoken. Student loan debt is weighing down a generation.
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Jury Convicts Ex-Goldman Director Of Insider Trading

Jury Convicts Ex-Goldman Director Of Insider Trading | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEW YORK -- Jurors in a Manhattan federal court Friday found former Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta guilty of conspiracy and securities fraud, only two days after closing arguments ended in the closely watched insider trading case.
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Kaiser Permanente: Climate Change ‘Will Impact Our Ability To Provide Quality Health Care’

Kaiser Permanente: Climate Change ‘Will Impact Our Ability To Provide Quality Health Care’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of America’s largest health care companies is warning that climate change will worsen public health problems and make it more difficult to provide services.
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Climate change could cause ‘zombie weeds’

Climate change could cause ‘zombie weeds’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research found that weeds exposed to high levels of CO2 actually transfer their genes to nearby crops and make them behave like weeds.
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Say it ain’t soil: What’s the true value of organic farmland?

Say it ain’t soil: What’s the true value of organic farmland? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Maryland organic farm's battle against development raises big questions about the future of food and farming in this country.
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Vanguard state: California might just lead the way on GMO labeling

Vanguard state: California might just lead the way on GMO labeling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Golden State residents will cast a vote on GMO labeling this November. Here's what it would mean for farmers and consumers if the measure passes.
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US Biomass: Where Do All the Wood Pellets Go?

US Biomass: Where Do All the Wood Pellets Go? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Europe is usually the last place on one's mind when riding through miles of surprisingly desolate pine forests, stretching from the Alabama line to Georgia's marshy coast.
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INFOGRAPHIC: Fattening Kids And Lobbyist Wallets

INFOGRAPHIC: Fattening Kids And Lobbyist Wallets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

By Suzanne Merkelson, Republic Report

 

Child health advocates are losing the war over school lunches and that’s because they face exceptionally strong adversaries: the food and beverage industry. While it’s pretty obvious that more vegetables and less sugar at lunch would be a good start to healthier kids, we’ve recently seen Congress declare pizza a vegetable and kill a plan to reduce sugar, salt, and fat in foods marketed to children, while 24 states and five cities have seen efforts to tax sugary drinks fail. As Reuters tells us in a recent special report on childhood obesity and lobbying, 50 different food and beverage groups have spent $175 million lobbying on childhood nutritional standards since Obama took office — more than double the $83 million spent during the Bush Administration’s last three years.

 

As United Republic’s Jasper McChesney shows in the infographic below, it’s pretty evident that money has everything to do with government’s failure to help protect our kids’ health — when they need money from rich industries to campaign, they can’t effectively regulate those industries.


Via Lynda Park
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The Certificate Myth

The Certificate Myth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What if vocational certificates are the future of higher education? The certificate story is the latest topic in "higher education's future" news. Maybe in the future most people won't study in college for four years at all.
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Humans Using Resources & Emitting Waste “52 Percent Faster than the Earth Can Sustain”

Humans Using Resources & Emitting Waste “52 Percent Faster than the Earth Can Sustain” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 
by WWF

Humanity is using resources and emitting waste (particularly carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning) at a rate 52 percent faster than the Earth can sustain according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2012.
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New Study: Smart Roofs Could Transform California Energy and Water Use

New Study: Smart Roofs Could Transform California Energy and Water Use | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
  Green and Cool roofs will save money, reduce emissions, and relieve stress on limited water supplies Installing green roofs and cool roofs in southern California could save consumers more than $211 million in energy bills and reduce emissions equivalent...
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Amazing ship can carry 100,000 ton oil rigs (photos) | SmartPlanet

Amazing ship can carry 100,000 ton oil rigs (photos) | SmartPlanet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An innovative new heavy lift vessel with an unheard of loading capacity of 117,000 tons will soon transport the world’s most massive structures.
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Carbon Surprise: US Has Made Biggest Cuts in CO2

Carbon Surprise: US Has Made Biggest Cuts in CO2 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vancouver Observer: The Americans? Really? Every year the International Energy Agency (IEA) calculates humanity’s CO2 pollution from burning fossil fuels. And once again, the overall story ...
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We Don’t Need No Education

We Don’t Need No Education | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A look at Mitt Romney’s accidental truth-telling reveals a lot about what conservatives really mean when they talk about shrinking government.
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Incredible Quotes By Critics Attacking Mercury And Air Toxics Standards For Power Plants

Incredible Quotes By Critics Attacking Mercury And Air Toxics Standards For Power Plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
by John Walke, via NRDC’s Switchboard The Senate soon will take up a bill that represents an irresponsible attack on Americans’ right to clean, healthy air.
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The Beauty Of Industrial Energy Efficiency

The Beauty Of Industrial Energy Efficiency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Industry is about producing more, more, more. And that means sucking up more and more energy. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
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9-year-old’s lunch blog gets banned by politicians, then unbanned by internet outrage

9-year-old’s lunch blog gets banned by politicians, then unbanned by internet outrage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Local politicians tried to ban Martha Payne's blog documenting her pathetic school lunches. The 9-year-old and her legions of internet fans, including Jamie Oliver, fought back and won.
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Why climate polls don’t mean much

Why climate polls don’t mean much | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People involved in climate politics are always using polls to show that the public supports their policy positions. But polls actually tell us very little about how politics will play out in the re...
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Arcfinity ARC 1.1: THE FUTURE ALWAYS WINSARC 1.2: POST HUMAN CONDITIONS

Arcfinity  ARC 1.1: THE FUTURE ALWAYS WINSARC 1.2: POST HUMAN CONDITIONS | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Behind the scenes at Arc, a magazine about the future...
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New Chevy Volt Vids: Volt Explained by “Happiest Drivers on the Planet”

New Chevy Volt Vids: Volt Explained by “Happiest Drivers on the Planet” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fox News viewers, listen carefully for the above “un-Fox’n'Friends” explanation how the Chevy Volt works. Below, delighted drivers. More of these here at the playlist.
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