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International experts to probe H7N9 flu in China: WHO

International experts to probe H7N9 flu in China: WHO | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Geneva (AFP) April 16, 2013 - International experts are poised to head to China to probe the outbreak of H7N9 bird flu which has claimed 14 lives, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday.
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Virginia Tech research team creates potential food source from non-food plants

Virginia Tech research team creates potential food source from non-food plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Apr 17, 2013 - A team of Virginia Tech researchers has succeeded in transforming cellulose into starch, a process that has the potential to provide a previously untapped nutrient source from plants not traditional...
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Can computer-based decision support control health care costs?

Can computer-based decision support control health care costs? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
William M. Tierney, M.D. focuses on the potential of electronic medical systems and computer-based decision support to control healthcare costs in "Controlling costs with computer-based decision support: a hammer, a scalpel or an illusion?" published online in JAMA Internal Medicine on April 15..
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Energy efficiency could increase infection risks in hospital wards

Energy efficiency could increase infection risks in hospital wards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leeds UK (SPX) Apr 17, 2013 -
The chance of infection in some hospital wards varies dramatically according to whether the nurses leave the windows open.
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CO2 released from burning fuel today goes back into new fuels tomorrow

CO2 released from burning fuel today goes back into new fuels tomorrow | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Orleans LA (SPX) Apr 15, 2013 - The search for ways to use megatons of carbon dioxide that may be removed from industrial smokestacks during efforts to curb global warming has led to a process for converting that major greenhouse...
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Oil prices plunge after weak US, China data

Oil prices plunge after weak US, China data | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York (AFP) April 15, 2013 - Oil prices plunged Monday in New York and London after disappointing economic data in the United States and China, the world's biggest crude oil consumers.
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Flap-backed lorries to save lives, energy in Europe

Flap-backed lorries to save lives, energy in Europe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brussels (AFP) April 15, 2013 - Rolling out round-nosed lorries with aeroplane-style flaps at the back on Europe's roads would cut fuel costs, reduce carbon emissions and save lives, while giving a boost to the struggling auto sector, the European...
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Solar becomes single largest source of new grid capacity in the USA

Solar becomes single largest source of new grid capacity in the USA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 16, 2013 -
For the first time, solar energy accounted for all new utility electricity generation capacity added to the U.S.
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12 most amazing time-lapse videos of stars, landscapes, and urban scenes

12 most amazing time-lapse videos of stars, landscapes, and urban scenes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
These videos will completely make your day, maybe even your whole week. For some of them, they might even make your whole year!
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PG&E’s Green Option Gives Customers Opportunity To Support Renewable Energy

PG&E’s Green Option Gives Customers Opportunity To Support Renewable Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, announced on Friday last week that it had reached an agreement to enhance its proposed
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The Keystone XL Distraction | The Energy Collective

The Keystone XL Distraction | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As analysts committed to addressing climate change, we applaud the organizers’ show of strength against Keystone XL, but recommend they switch targets and address a carbon enemy more worthy of their army: U.S.
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Climate Change: Why Going "Green" is Not Enough | The Energy Collective

Climate Change: Why Going "Green" is Not Enough | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We desperately need to find the political skill and courage to impose a carbon tax on ourselves that covers enough of humanity to be effective and is painful enough to change our production and consumption behavior.
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Research Finds Invasive Kudzu Bugs May Pose Greater Threat Than Previously Thought

Research Finds Invasive Kudzu Bugs May Pose Greater Threat Than Previously Thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Raleigh NC (SPX) Apr 17, 2013 -
The invasive kudzu bug has the potential to be a major agricultural pest, causing significant damage to economically important soybean crops.
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Without adequate funding, deadly wheat disease could threaten global food supplies, U of M scientists say

Without adequate funding, deadly wheat disease could threaten global food supplies, U of M scientists say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Apr 17, 2013 - Disease-resistant wheat developed over the past half century helped ensure steady world food supplies, but a global team led by researchers from the University of Minnesota warns in a new paper that...
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Lawrence Livermore scientists discover new materials to capture methane

Lawrence Livermore scientists discover new materials to capture methane | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Livermore CA (SPX) Apr 17, 2013 - Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and UC Berkeley and have discovered new materials to capture methane, the second highest concentration greenhouse gas emitted into the atm...
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No water solution for the Pascua Lama Mine

No water solution for the Pascua Lama Mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This case is yet another example of the exploding issues of mine and water.
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Peel-and-stick solar cells

Peel-and-stick solar cells | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It may be possible soon to charge cell phones, change the tint on windows, or power small toys with peel-and-stick versions of solar cells, thanks to a partnership between Stanford University and the U.S.
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Cost-saving measure to upgrade ethanol to butanol -- a better alternative to gasoline

Cost-saving measure to upgrade ethanol to butanol -- a better alternative to gasoline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Orleans LA (SPX) Apr 15, 2013 - Scientists have reported a discovery that could speed an emerging effort to replace ethanol in gasoline with a substantially better fuel additive called butanol, which some experts regard as the ga...
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Marcus Taylor's curator insight, January 27, 2014 9:23 PM

Ethanol should be the domain of the beverage industry not fuel and that is were butanol fits in

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A solar booster shot for natural gas power plants

A solar booster shot for natural gas power plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Richland WA (SPX) Apr 16, 2013 - Natural gas power plants can use about 20 percent less fuel when the sun is shining by injecting solar energy into natural gas with a new system being developed by the Department of Energy's Pacific...
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Bulgarian nuclear plant shuts down reactor

Bulgarian nuclear plant shuts down reactor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sofia (AFP) April 15, 2013 - Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant said Monday it had shut down one of its two reactors following a problem in the cooling system, but insisted this had no impact on radioactivity levels.
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Health warning labels proposed for gas pump nozzles

Health warning labels proposed for gas pump nozzles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It works for cigarettes, why not for fossil fuels?
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Clean-up or cover-up? Latest in Exxon oil spill reveals AG hired firm with oil industry ties, residents are ill and workers misinformed.

Clean-up or cover-up? Latest in Exxon oil spill reveals AG hired firm with oil industry ties, residents are ill and workers misinformed. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here's the latest from local and national media on the ongoing clean-up of the ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas.
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Stopping LNG Exports Key to Preventing the Spread of Fracking

Stopping LNG Exports Key to Preventing the Spread of Fracking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For people concerned about the harmful effects of fracking in the U.S., they should do whatever they can to prevent natural gas companies from exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG).
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Bill Gates on the Importance of Energy to the Developing World | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Bill Gates on the Importance of Energy to the Developing World | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Anyone who discounts what Bill Gates says on any issue has some explaining to do. Recall that, when he ran Microsoft, Gates would famously make himself
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