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Worrying about global tipping points distracts from real planetary threats

Worrying about global tipping points distracts from real planetary threats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a paper published last week in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, I (Barry Brook) and my colleagues argue against the idea of an ecological global-scale “tipping point”. Here, I outline the paper’...
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US teen designs compact nuclear reactor

US teen designs compact nuclear reactor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Long Beach, California (AFP) Feb 28, 2013 - Eighteen-year-old Taylor Wilson has designed a compact nuclear reactor that could one day burn waste from old atomic weapons to power anything from homes and factories to space colonies.
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Scientists have overestimated capacity of wind farms to generate power

Scientists have overestimated capacity of wind farms to generate power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Charlotte NC (SPX) Mar 04, 2013 -
People think of wind as an energy source with few limits, offering an unending power source with distinct capacity advantages over sources that deplete, such as fossil fuel.
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Shark fin-hungry China drives 'chaotic' fishing in Indonesia

Shark fin-hungry China drives 'chaotic' fishing in Indonesia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Benoa, Indonesia (AFP) March 1, 2013 - Dozens of weary Indonesian fishermen sail into a busy port on the resort island of Bali celebrating their lucrative and controversial haul that is destined to end up at Chinese banquets.
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EU Council agrees to limit fish discards

EU Council agrees to limit fish discards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brussels (UPI) Mar 1, 2013 -
In what backers called a historic moment for EU fisheries policy, member states have agreed to ban the discarding of fish but with exceptions.
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Six people die as blizzards hit northern Japan

Six people die as blizzards hit northern Japan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) March 3, 2013 - At least six people died in a spate of snow-related incidents as blizzards swept across the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend, police and news reports said Sunday.
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Solar Report Stunner: Unsubsidized 'Grid Parity Has Been Reached In India', Italy--With More Countries Coming in 2014 | ThinkProgress

Solar Report Stunner: Unsubsidized 'Grid Parity Has Been Reached In India', Italy--With More Countries Coming in 2014 | ThinkProgress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Deutsche Bank just released new analyses concluding that global solar market will become sustainable on its own terms by the end of 2014, no longer needing subsidies to continue performing.
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Fire in Chinese coal mine kills 11 people | MINING.com

Fire in Chinese coal mine kills 11 people | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Search and rescue team looks for two missing people.
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Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality

Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The matter of wealth inequality in the United States is well known, but this video shows you the extent of that inequality in dramatic and graphic fashion.
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New Study: ‘World Can End Poverty and Limit Warming’ | Climate Central

New Study: ‘World Can End Poverty and Limit Warming’ | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A U.N. plan intended to guarantee everyone access to clean energy could help to keep global temperature rise below 3.6°F.
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Permafrost: Climate Change Time Bomb [Video] | The Energy Collective

Permafrost: Climate Change Time Bomb [Video] | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recent research from a team of Russian scientists reports that a 1.5°C rise in global temperature is enough to melt permafrost in Siberia and throughout the Arctic.
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The Scary Hidden Stressor

The Scary Hidden Stressor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The brutal winter drought in China is connected to a global wheat shortage is connected to the Arab Spring is connected to ...
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Biogas From Garbage Powers Monterrey’s City Lights

Biogas From Garbage Powers Monterrey’s City Lights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Biogas generated from decaying garbage in a landfill in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey is being turned into electricity that is illuminating city lights and making a significant dent in the methane (CH4) emissions that are contributing to...
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Spill in China Lays Bare Environmental Concerns

Spill in China Lays Bare Environmental Concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A conflict over a recent chemical spill at a factory has drawn attention to growing problems with environmental degradation and officials’ reluctance to take on polluters.
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Second leak at North Sea oil platform forces evacuation

Second leak at North Sea oil platform forces evacuation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London (AFP) March 02, 2013 - An oil leak at a North Sea platform caused it to be partially evacuated on Saturday, its Middle East operator said, the second such incident at the installation in less than two months.
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Estimates reduce amount of additional land available for biofuel production

Estimates reduce amount of additional land available for biofuel production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 04, 2013 -
Amid efforts to expand production of biofuels, scientists are reporting new estimates that downgrade the amount of additional land available for growing fuel crops by almost 80 percent.
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China village defies officials to demand democracy

China village defies officials to demand democracy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shangpu, China (AFP) March 3, 2013 - Villagers in southern China were locked in a stand-off with authorities Sunday and were demanding democratic polls after a violent clash with thugs linked to a local official over a land transfer.
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At least eight dead in Ecuador floods: officials

At least eight dead in Ecuador floods: officials | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Guayaquil, Ecuador (AFP) March 3, 2013 - At least eight people were killed by flooding in southwestern Ecuador following several hours of torrential rains, officials said Sunday.
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Atlantic warming points to malaria risk... in India

Atlantic warming points to malaria risk... in India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) March 03, 2013 - Health watchdogs monitoring the risk of malaria in India should keep a close eye on what's happening thousands of kilometres (miles) away in the Atlantic, an unusual study published on Sunday suggests.
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Ivanpah — The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant — Passes Its First Functional Test

Ivanpah — The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant — Passes Its First Functional Test | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 377-megawatt Ivanpah solar thermal power plant achieved a milestone in its development recently, something called the
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New process transforms old milk jugs into everything from lab equipment to cell phone cases

New process transforms old milk jugs into everything from lab equipment to cell phone cases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Suppose you could replace 'Made in China' with 'Made in my garage.' Suppose also that every time you polished off a jug of two percent, you would be stocking up on raw material to make anything from a cell phone case and golf tees to a toy castle...
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The Tyee – Alberta's Tar Sands Pollution Refugees

The Tyee – Alberta's Tar Sands Pollution Refugees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'Gassed' by oil sands operations, families say they've been forced to evacuate.
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After Keystone Review, Environmentalists Vow To Continue Fight : NPR

After Keystone Review, Environmentalists Vow To Continue Fight  : NPR | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A report released by the State Department Friday says the pipeline won't have much of an impact on the development of oil from Alberta. But activists who oppose the project aren't giving in.
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