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Fossil fuel web of power - the links between UK government ministers and companies fueling climate change | World Development Movement

Fossil fuel web of power - the links between UK government ministers and companies fueling climate change | World Development Movement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Ice roads in Russia and Canada hit by mild weather | MINING.com

Ice roads in Russia and Canada hit by mild weather | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Weather conditions have been changing often and rapidly
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Ryan Budget Plan Gets Endorsement from Ayn Rand

Ryan Budget Plan Gets Endorsement from Ayn Rand | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) was jubilant today after his newly unveiled budget plan picked up a key endorsement from the novelist Ayn Rand.
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Chinese forests now just chopstick factories in waiting

Chinese forests now just chopstick factories in waiting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The country produces 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks each year, and that's taking a toll on China's forests.
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Proposed Lion-Meat Ban Shines Light on Wild-Animal Meat

Proposed Lion-Meat Ban Shines Light on Wild-Animal Meat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A lion-meat ban proposed in Illinois highlights people's taste for exotic meats-especially in Asia.
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Corporate-Approved State Bills Kick Low-Wage Workers While They’re Down

Corporate-Approved State Bills Kick Low-Wage Workers While They’re Down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

an insidious effort to lower the wage floor is already underway much closer to the ground—in the state legislatures where right-wing lobbyists have been greasing the skids for years for an onslaught of anti-worker policies.

An extensive analysis recently published by labor advocacy organization the National Employment Law Project tracks more than 100 bills introduced in 31 states since January 2011 that “aim to repeal or weaken core wage standards at the state or local level." Each bears the fingerprint of notorious super-lobbying organization the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which acts as a forum for “private sector leaders” to advise public officials. Most of the anti-worker bills were proposed by lawmakers directly linked to ALEC and include language that echoes that of "model legislation" developed by ALEC. Among the proposals are measures to undercut minimum wages for teenage workers, restrict overtime pay and repeal or ban local laws to improve working conditions.

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If Corporations Don’t Pay Taxes, Why Should You?

If Corporations Don’t Pay Taxes, Why Should You? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Go offshore young man and avoid paying taxes. Plunder at will in those foreign lands, and if you get in trouble, Uncle Sam will come rushing to your assistance, diplomatically, financially and militarily, even if you have managed to avoid paying for those government services. Just pretend you’re a multinational corporation.

That’s the honest instruction for business success provided by 60 of the largest U.S. corporations that, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis,

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Hilarious Conan Video Skewers Media Reporting On Gasoline Price Rise

Hilarious Conan Video Skewers Media Reporting On Gasoline Price Rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I guess you don’t need anyone to tell you gas prices are back on the rise: But then what do we need local media for? So maybe those folks who said there’s just one person writing all the news were right….
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A Dry Spring: Drought Expands In Texas And Florida, Pounding State Economies

A Dry Spring: Drought Expands In Texas And Florida, Pounding State Economies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to the latest report from U.S. Drought Monitor, drought conditions expanded in Florida and West Texas last week.
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Meet The New Oil Tax Breaks, Same As The Old Oil Tax Breaks

Meet The New Oil Tax Breaks, Same As The Old Oil Tax Breaks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
American families have been plagued by higher oil and gasoline prices over the past several years despite a significant increase in domestic oil production and a decline in consumption.
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NREL: Continuum Magazine - Maximizing the Benefits of Plug-in Electric Vehicles

NREL: Continuum Magazine - Maximizing the Benefits of Plug-in Electric Vehicles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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INFOGRAPHIC: What is a Ponzi scheme? | MINING.com

INFOGRAPHIC: What is a Ponzi scheme? | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Convincing people to place money in a fraudulent investment by promising outlandish returns.
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University of Michigan Announces 4-Wheeled Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge!

University of Michigan Announces 4-Wheeled Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The University of Michigan’s new solar car, Generation, for the 2013 World Solar Challenge will have four wheels instead of three.
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New protection for endangered trees against rampant logging trade

New protection for endangered trees against rampant logging trade | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
178 nations at the world's biggest wildlife summit agree to strictly regulate trade in mahogany and rosewood timber
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Peak Everything: Industry At a Crossroads, Says Nestlé Waters North America

Peak Everything: Industry At a Crossroads, Says Nestlé Waters North America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'Peak Everything: Industry At a Crossroads, Says Nestlé Waters North America' blog post by Francesca Rheannon.
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Why Saving the Planet Means Saving the Economy, Too

Why Saving the Planet Means Saving the Economy, Too | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Washington is obsessed with the deficit, and fixated on austerity. Boehner, McConnell and a chorus of know-nothing fear-mongers raise the issues of debt and deficits as if they were an imminent and substantial danger. Obama is sabotaging the social safety net in order to get a “grand bargain” so we can shrink the deficit. The press can talk about nothing else. As a nation, we’re being held hostage to a series of “hold-our-breath-until-we-turn-blue” ultimatums, all because of the deficit.

Let’s be clear: the deficit is not our biggest problem right now. Climate change is. It isn’t even our biggest economic problem. A stagnating economy is. And—as the majority of economists have pointed out, and as the European experience clearly shows—austerity will only make our economy worse.

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Troy Schmidt's comment, March 16, 2013 12:44 PM
we're building technology, and that's the economy. HOWEVER, our companies can't afford to profit by building the whole technology, only what they can sell. So, we end up just burning through our fuels, and we didn't finish the project, and we can't afford to. The technology of energy is that energy cannot be created or destroyed, and so it might be that to fix both the economy and the environment is the same thing. recouping carbon, using urban wind farms to recoup waste heat, etc. are expensive and require the re-development of our entire cities, but the end result is that what we put in we get out, rather than putting in so much more than we get out as we do now.
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James Hansen with Subhankar Banerjee: The US is the 'Most Dangerous Climate Criminal in the World': Video

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Head Of U.S. Pacific Forces: Climate Change Is Biggest Threat To Region’s Security

Head Of U.S. Pacific Forces: Climate Change Is Biggest Threat To Region’s Security | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command has identifued climate change as the most likely threat to the Pacific region, as ThinkProgress reported: Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of the U.S.
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March 12 News: NOAA Reports Warm Winter Saw Wet Areas Get Wetter, Dry Areas Drier

March 12 News: NOAA Reports Warm Winter Saw Wet Areas Get Wetter, Dry Areas Drier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NOAA released data on Monday that the last winter was warmer and wetter than average. [USA Today] The average temperature for the contiguous U.S.
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Draft Bill Released By Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Would Price Carbon And Reduce Emissions

Draft Bill Released By Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Would Price Carbon And Reduce Emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the last two years, severe extreme weather events — including drought and hurricanes — have cost the American economy $188 billion.
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NREL: Continuum Magazine - Hydrogen: A Promising Fuel and Energy Storage Solution

NREL: Continuum Magazine - Hydrogen: A Promising Fuel and Energy Storage Solution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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