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Solar Energy For and By the People: Mosaic Gets $100M Approval for California Investments

Solar Energy For and By the People: Mosaic Gets $100M Approval for California Investments | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How do we get to 100 percent clean energy? At Mosaic, we believe the fastest way is to allow more people to participate in building the clean energy economy.
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Fasten seatbelts for bumpier flights: climate study

Fasten seatbelts for bumpier flights: climate study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) April 08, 2013 - Flights will become bumpier as global warming destabilises air currents at altitudes used by commercial airliners, climate scientists warned Monday.
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New emissions standards would fuel shift from coal to natural gas

New emissions standards would fuel shift from coal to natural gas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Durham NC (SPX) Apr 09, 2013 -
The cost of complying with tougher EPA air-quality standards could spur an increased shift away from coal and toward natural gas for electricity generation, according to a new Duke University study.
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Rural Kenyans Are Bringing Their Cows With Them to Cities. What Could Go Wrong?

Rural Kenyans Are Bringing Their Cows With Them to Cities. What Could Go Wrong? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the stranger aspects of Africa's rapid urbanization is the influx of livestock in new, unplanned towns -- and the diseases they bring with them.
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Bubble or No, Virtual Bitcoins Show Real Worth

Bubble or No, Virtual Bitcoins Show Real Worth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The bitcoin, a virtual currency created in 2009, has achieved a billion-dollar milestone that has turned the relatively obscure online means of exchange into a media sensation.
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Growing Sprouted Fodder For Livestock

Growing Sprouted Fodder For Livestock | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fodder or animal feed is any feedstock used specifically to feed domesticated livestock such as cattle, goats, sheep, horses, chickens and pigs. "Fodder" refers particularly to food given to
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Vietnam reports first bird flu death in 14 months

Vietnam reports first bird flu death in 14 months | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hanoi (AFP) April 9, 2013 - A four-year-old child has become Vietnam's first victim of the H5N1 bird flu virus in more than a year, a health worker said on Tuesday, amid growing regional concerns about the virulent disease.
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Russian forest campaigner dies after 2008 attack

Russian forest campaigner dies after 2008 attack | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Moscow (AFP) April 08, 2013 - Outspoken Russian journalist and environmentalist Mikhail Beketov, who was beaten nearly to death in 2008 in an attack thought to be linked to his activism, died on Monday, his lawyer said.
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Pandas vs pinot as vineyards adjust to warming

Pandas vs pinot as vineyards adjust to warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2013 - Which is more important, pandas or pinot?
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High salt levels in Saharan groundwater endanger oases farming

High salt levels in Saharan groundwater endanger oases farming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Durham NC (SPX) Apr 09, 2013 - For more than 40 years, snowmelt and runoff from Morocco's High Atlas Mountains has been dammed and redirected hundreds of kilometers to the south to irrigate oases farms in the arid, sub-Saharan Dr...
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Developed Nations Must Reduce Emissions by Half by 2020, Says New Study | WRI Insights

Developed Nations Must Reduce Emissions by Half by 2020, Says New Study | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

After a year of extreme weather events and recent studiesoutlining climate change’s impacts, it’s become increasingly clear that we must understand what emissions reduction pathways are necessary to avoid these risks. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) last Assessment Report, for example, outlined the emissions reductions needed from developed countries to stabilize concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG) consistent with limiting warming to 2°C. Further research has continued to examine the global GHG emissions reductions necessary to avert dangerous climate change. And as countriesimplement existing policies and consider new ones, the scale of required emissions cuts is a fundamental question. In fact, it’s one of the most pressing questions facing the international climate change community.

One new study shows that we have to reduce emissions even more than scientists initially thought in order to avoid climate change’s worst impacts.

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4 Lessons on Environmental Sustainability that Every Corporation Should Learn | WRI Insights

4 Lessons on Environmental Sustainability that Every Corporation Should Learn | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Saving the World's Forests: A Technology Revolution to Curb Illegal Logging | WRI Insights

Saving the World's Forests: A Technology Revolution to Curb Illegal Logging | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This piece explores how advances in technology can curb illegal logging, written in honor of the first International Day of Forests. Itoriginally appeared on The Guardian’s Sustainable Business Blog.

Our future is inextricably linked to forests. The social and economic benefits they provide are essential to realizing a sustainable century. A key litmus test of our commitment to this future is our response to a growing, global threat: illegal loggingand the criminal timber trade.

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New radioactive water leak feared at Japan's Fukushima

New radioactive water leak feared at Japan's Fukushima | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) April 9, 2013 - Another suspected leak of radioactive water was discovered at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station on Tuesday, its operator said, the latest in a series of problems at the plant.
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Brazil allows Chevron to resume oil exploration after spill

Brazil allows Chevron to resume oil exploration after spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) April 8, 2013 - Chevron was given the green light to resume oil exploration in Brazil following a massive 2011 spill which led to the US oil giant halting its activities, authorities said Monday.
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Nicholas Lemann: What Happened to the Environmental Movement?

Nicholas Lemann: What Happened to the Environmental Movement? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Today’s environmental movement is vastly bigger, richer, and better connected than it was in 1970. It’s also vastly less successful. What went wrong?
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Alberta oil field boom is a boon for thieves

Alberta oil field boom is a boon for thieves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Millions lost due to theft of equipment is causing a crackdown throughout Alberta
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DIY Home Fodder System

DIY Home Fodder System | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many months ago, we learned about growing fodder for livestock (Growing Sprouted Fodder for Livestock) and how large-scale systems are being developed to reduce animal feed costs, provide better nutri...
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China lauds 'Thatcher's biggest compromise' over H.K.

China lauds 'Thatcher's biggest compromise' over H.K. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) April 9, 2013 - Margaret Thatcher was an outstanding leader who wisely compromised over Hong Kong's future, Chinese state media said Tuesday, although reactions to her death in the territory itself were mixed.
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Ban hails Thatcher the forgotten climate warrior

Ban hails Thatcher the forgotten climate warrior | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
United Nations (AFP) April 8, 2013 - UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Monday lauded a little-remembered act in Margaret Thatcher's welter of political firsts - when she urged action on global warming.
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$87 bn needed to fight AIDS, TB, malaria: report

$87 bn needed to fight AIDS, TB, malaria: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brussels (AFP) April 08, 2013 - The fight against HIV AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria will cost some $87 billion (67 billion euros) between 2014-16 if the three scourges are to be kept in check, a report showed Monday.
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3-D printer can build synthetic tissues

3-D printer can build synthetic tissues | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oxford UK (SPX) Apr 09, 2013 -
A custom-built programmable 3D printer can create materials with several of the properties of living tissues, Oxford University scientists have demonstrated.
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Rapid climate change and the role of the Southern Ocean

Rapid climate change and the role of the Southern Ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists from Cardiff University and the University of Barcelona have discovered new clues about past rapid climate change.
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Marian Locksley's curator insight, April 9, 2013 3:42 AM

The research, published this month in the journal Nature Geoscience, concludes that oceanographic reorganisations and biological processes are linked to the supply of airborne dust in the Southern Ocean and this connection played a key role in past rapid fluctuations of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, an important component in the climate system.


The scientists studied a marine sediment core from the Southern Ocean and reconstructed chemical signatures at different water depths using stable isotope ratios in the shells of foraminifera, single–celled marine organisms.


They found that the chemical difference between intermediate level and deep waters over the last 300,000 years closely resembled the changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and the input of windblown dust.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-rapid-climate-role-southern-ocean.html#jCp

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Making Adaptation Count: Concepts and Options for Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation | World Resources Institute

Making Adaptation Count: Concepts and Options for Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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