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Wastewater leak from oilsands plant enters Athabasca River - Edmonton - CBC News

Wastewater leak from oilsands plant enters Athabasca River - Edmonton - CBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Suncor has now confirmed that a wastewater leak from an outfall pond at its oilsands plant north of Fort McMurray, Alta., did enter the Athabasca River.
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Canada first country to pull out of UN drought convention

Canada first country to pull out of UN drought convention | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
United Nations officials stunned as cabinet order makes Canada the only country not involved in anti-desertification project
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Cleanup of 2010 Mich. Dilbit Spill Aims to Stop Spread of Submerged Oil | InsideClimate News

Cleanup of 2010 Mich. Dilbit Spill Aims to Stop Spread of Submerged Oil | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If all goes well, the next oil removal operation on Michigan's Kalamazoo River will mark the beginning of the end for the cleanup of the largest oil pipeline spill in U.S.
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Intermittent Power from "Baseload" Nuclear Plant Raises Prices for Consumers

Intermittent Power from "Baseload" Nuclear Plant Raises Prices for Consumers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If a unit of distributed electric generation, say a wind turbine, or a solar panel, has a problem, you can shut it down and replace it without pulling a huge amount of power off the grid. You certa...
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Arctic change reverberates around globe, experts say

Arctic change reverberates around globe, experts say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most of the sea ice that forms each fall and winter in the Arctic now melts each spring and summer, a recent change that is impacting global patterns of weather and trade as well as the U.S.
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Is the U.K. On the Brink of an Energy Disaster?

Is the U.K. On the Brink of an Energy Disaster? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'Is the U.K. On the Brink of an Energy Disaster?' blog post by Guest Contributors.
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Strong quake kills one, injures 86 in Taiwan

Strong quake kills one, injures 86 in Taiwan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Taipei (AFP) March 27, 2013 - A strong earthquake killed one person and injured at least 86 others in Taiwan on Wednesday as violent shock waves damaged buildings and triggered two blazes, emergency officials said.
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US regulators under fire over bee-toxic pesticides

US regulators under fire over bee-toxic pesticides | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) March 27, 2013 - US environmental regulators are under fire from beekeepers and conservationists who say they are failing to vet risky pesticides that put people and valuable crop pollinators like bees in peril.
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'Freak tornado' leaves 12 dead in Philippines

'Freak tornado' leaves 12 dead in Philippines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cotabato, Philippines (AFP) March 27, 2013 - Twelve people died when a mini-tornado caused an overloaded boat to capsize in remote southern Philippine marshes, a local official said on Wednesday.
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Researchers Issue Forecast for 'Moderate' New England Red Tide in 2013

Researchers Issue Forecast for 'Moderate' New England Red Tide in 2013 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Mar 28, 2013 -
New England is expected to experience a moderate red tide this spring and summer, report NOAA-funded scientists studying the toxic algae that cause blooms in the Gulf of Maine.
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Predictions of climate impacts on fisheries can be a mirage

Predictions of climate impacts on fisheries can be a mirage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Diego CA (SPX) Mar 28, 2013 -
In the early 1940s, California fishermen hauled in a historic bounty of sardine at a time that set the backdrop for John Steinbeck's Cannery Row novel.
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Airdrop to animals as spring snow blights Britain

Airdrop to animals as spring snow blights Britain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London (AFP) March 26, 2013 - Britain's military airdropped fodder to farms cut off by freak spring snow as concerns grew Tuesday for livestock animals feared buried under giant snowdrifts.
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Climate change rewrites world wine list

Climate change rewrites world wine list | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bordeaux (AFP) March 26, 2013 - It's circa 2050 and shoppers are stopping off at Ikea to buy fine wine made in Sweden.
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Train hauling Canadian oil derails in Minnesota

NEW YORK/CALGARY (Reuters) - A mile-long train hauling oil from Canada derailed and leaked 30,000 gallons of crude in western Minnesota on Wednesday, as debate rages over the environmental risks of transporting...
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With Drought Season Off to a Bad Start, Scientists Forecast Another Bleak Year | InsideClimate News

With Drought Season Off to a Bad Start, Scientists Forecast Another Bleak Year | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drought conditions in more than half of the United States have slipped into a pattern that climatologists say is uncomfortably similar to the most severe droughts in recent U.S. history, including the 1930s Dust Bowl and the widespread 1950s drought.
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Producing hydrogen in the dark from Chlamydomonas

Producing hydrogen in the dark from Chlamydomonas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Biologists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have identified a pathway whereby the green algae Chlamydomonas can produce hydrogen in the dark. Their findings were published recently...
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No More Minnesota Nice: John Abraham Tears into Anthony Watts

No More Minnesota Nice: John Abraham Tears into Anthony Watts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
John Abraham, a professor at St Thomas college in St. Paul, Minnesota, is best known for his utterly devastating takedown of His Splendiferous Weirdness, Lord Monckton. Now, Abraham has responded t...
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Sustainable Behavior Change Campaigns: Messy, Complex, Critical

Sustainable Behavior Change Campaigns: Messy, Complex, Critical | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'Sustainable Behavior Change Campaigns: Messy, Complex, Critical' blog post by Guest Contributors.
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California State Treasurer emphasizes shrinking retirement savings | Orange County Breeze

California State Treasurer emphasizes shrinking retirement savings | Orange County Breeze | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Pesticides short-circuit bee brains: study

Pesticides short-circuit bee brains: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) March 27, 2013 - Pesticides used by farmers to protect crops or bee hives can scramble the brain circuits of honeybees, affecting memory and navigation skills needed to find food, scientists said Wednesday.
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Short of water, Peru's engineers 'make our own'

Short of water, Peru's engineers 'make our own' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bujama, Peru (AFP) March 27, 2013 - The message emblazoned on a billboard outside the Peruvian capital sounds almost too good to be true: drinkable water for anyone who wants some in this arid village.
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Disasters caused $186 bn in damage last year: Swiss Re

Disasters caused $186 bn in damage last year: Swiss Re | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Zurich (AFP) March 27, 2013 - Natural and man-made disasters caused $186 billion (152 billion euros) in damages worldwide last year, according to a calculation released on Wednesday by the Swiss re-insurance group Swiss Re.
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Urban vegetation deters crime in Philadelphia

Urban vegetation deters crime in Philadelphia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Mar 28, 2013 - Contrary to convention, vegetation, when well-maintained, can lower the rates of certain types of crime, such as aggravated assault, robbery and burglary, in cities, according to a Temple University...
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New Study Analyzes the Risk to Endangered Whales from Ship Traffic off Southern California

New Study Analyzes the Risk to Endangered Whales from Ship Traffic off Southern California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La Jolla CA (SPX) Mar 28, 2013 - Researchers have identified areas off southern California with high numbers of whales and assessed their risk from potentially deadly collisions with commercial ship traffic in a study released toda...
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Sub-zero spring causes chaos across Europe, US

Sub-zero spring causes chaos across Europe, US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warsaw (AFP) March 26, 2013 - Freak blizzards and freezing weather over the first few days of spring have hit Europe and parts of the United States, causing fatal cases of hypothermia, power outages and transport chaos.
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