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U-M releases online tool to help cities in Great Lakes region plan for climate impacts

U-M releases online tool to help cities in Great Lakes region plan for climate impacts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reduced water availability and quality, floods and problems related to heat stress are some of the potential impacts cities face with a changing climate.
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Protect the world's deltas

Protect the world's deltas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Extensive areas of the world's deltas—which accommodate major cities such as Shanghai, Dhaka and Bangkok—will be drowned in the next century by rising sea levels, according to a Comment piece in this week's Nature.
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Managing reefs to benefit coastal communities

Managing reefs to benefit coastal communities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coral reefs provide a range of benefits, such as food, opportunities for income and education, but not everyone has the same access to them, according to a new study conducted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University.
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A glimmer of hope for corals as baby reef builders cope with acidifying oceans

A glimmer of hope for corals as baby reef builders cope with acidifying oceans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A glimmer of hope for corals as baby reef builders cope with acidifying oceans
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Improving media coverage of climate science

Improving media coverage of climate science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate science makes headlines every day: 'Shrinking Sea Ice Could Put Polar Bears In Grave Peril by 2100.' 'Climate Change May Spark More Lightning Strikes, Igniting Wildfires.' 'U.S., British Data Show 2014 Could Be Hottest Year on Record.' 'Volcanoes May be Slowing Down Climate Change.' 'Polar Ice ...
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UN weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year

UN weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused.
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CO2 warming effects felt just a decade after being emitted

CO2 warming effects felt just a decade after being emitted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It takes just 10 years for a single emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) to have its maximum warming effects on the Earth.
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Assessing the Impact of Aerial Pesticide Spraying: Mancozeb Exposures among Pregnant Women Living near Banana Plantations

Assessing the Impact of Aerial Pesticide Spraying: Mancozeb Exposures among Pregnant Women Living near Banana Plantations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Assessing the Impact of Aerial Pesticide Spraying: Mancozeb Exposures among Pregnant Women Living near Banana Plantations
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SAFETY: A death in the Bakken: Worker's family rejects drug conclusion -- Tuesday, December 2, 2014 -- www.eenews.net

SAFETY: A death in the Bakken: Worker's family rejects drug conclusion -- Tuesday, December 2, 2014 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- One thing is clear: Brandon Belk should have been wearing an oxygen mask. After that, there's a long list of questions. It starts with a big one. Why did he die? There's the mix of solvents and petroleum gunk he was breathing while cleaning a frack tank two days before his death in July 2013. When federal worker safety inspectors showed up, they found the working conditions dangerous. But there's also the traces of methadone -- a potent and often abused painkiller -- found in his bloodstream.
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Mining for smartphone minerals is eating up farmland

Mining for smartphone minerals is eating up farmland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The booming global mining industry is encroaching on farmland for marginalised people, how can NGOs protect them? Writes Caspar van Vark
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'14 reactors have ineffective parts'

'14 reactors have ineffective parts' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Components in 14 of the nation’s 23 nuclear reactors were made with an ineffective material, which could cause an environmental disaster similar to that which occurred in Fukushima three years ago, Greenpeace alleged Wednesday.
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Pivoting the Climate Debate from Oil to Coal - The New Yorker

Pivoting the Climate Debate from Oil to Coal - The New Yorker | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The “game over for the climate” rhetoric used against oil development overshadows a battle with even higher stakes—the one against coal.
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The Leftovers We Toss: Americans Throw Away 31% of All Tomatoes They Buy

The Leftovers We Toss:  Americans Throw Away 31% of All Tomatoes They Buy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wasted groceries are a big, expensive problem. Here are the items Americans are most likely to throw away.
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Christopher L. Story's curator insight, December 4, 2014 11:15 AM

Possible solution....fewer grocery stores and more, dare I say it, European style neighborhood markets. OR better still, grow our own. But,I like the market idea.

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Satellite time-lapse movie shows California soaker

Satellite time-lapse movie shows California soaker | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new time-lapse animation of data from NOAA's GOES-West satellite provides a good picture of why the U.S. West Coast continues to experience record rainfall. The new animation shows the movement of storms from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.
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New study explains the role of oceans in global 'warming hiatus'

New study explains the role of oceans in global 'warming hiatus' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research shows that ocean heat uptake across three oceans is the likely cause of the 'warming hiatus' - the current decade-long slowdown in global surface warming.
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Human influence important factor in possible global and UK temperature records

Human influence important factor in possible global and UK temperature records | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recent research from the Met Office and the University of East Anglia (UEA) suggests breaking the existing global and UK temperature records is much more likely due to human influence on the climate.
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How soil microorganisms get out of step through climate change

How soil microorganisms get out of step through climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München, in collaboration with colleagues from the TU München and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), have studied how soil microorganisms react to climatic change. Their result: Extreme weather events such as long periods of drought and heavy rainfall have ...
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Andes glaciers, ailing giants hit by climate change

Andes glaciers, ailing giants hit by climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Like ailing giants, the tropical glaciers of the Andes Mountains are melting at worrying speed, raising scientists' fears that many will disappear before anything can be done to save them.
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Study shows that the effects of smaller volcanic eruptions have been underestimated in climate models

Study shows that the effects of smaller volcanic eruptions have been underestimated in climate models | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research shows that relatively small volcanic eruptions can increase aerosol particles in the atmosphere, temporarily mitigating the global warming caused by greenhouse gases. The impact of such smaller eruptions has been underestimated in climate models, the researchers say, and helps to account ...
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Scientists turn to crowdfunding sites for research money

Scientists turn to crowdfunding sites for research money | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Federal spending on scientific research hasn’t kept up with inflation in recent years, and it’s made it harder for researchers to fund their work. Some of
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PUBLIC LANDS: Policy fight looms as agencies treat honeybee -- a 17th-century import -- as exotic invader -- Tuesday, December 2, 2014 -- www.eenews.net

PUBLIC LANDS: Policy fight looms as agencies treat honeybee -- a 17th-century import -- as exotic invader -- Tuesday, December 2, 2014 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A bitter feud between beekeepers and federal land managers is coming to a head as the Obama administration prepares plans for stemming a steep decline in pollinators.
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Army aims to leave behind radioactive mess

Army aims to leave behind radioactive mess | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. Army is seeking permission from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to stop environmental testing at the old Jefferson Proving Ground, where an estimated 162,040 pounds of depleted uranium projectiles and roughly 85 unexploded artillery shells per acre remain in the 2,080-acre firing range.
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Bird flu kills thousands of birds on two Canadian farms

(Reuters) - Avian influenza, known as bird flu, has killed thousands of turkeys and chickens on two farms in the province of British Columbia, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said on Tuesday.The
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California nuke plant key in quake safety review

California nuke plant key in quake safety review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two national response centers have been opened in the past six months — one in Phoenix and the other in Memphis — that can deliver emergency generators, hoses and other backup equipment to nuclear plants in distress within 24 hours. "[...] recently completed advanced seismic research in the region further confirms the facility can withstand potential earthquakes on nearby faults," company spokesman Blair Jones said. Another hearing witness, a former California state senator, urged regulators t
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Ignoring indigenous rights in Amazon fuels global warming - study

Ignoring indigenous rights in Amazon fuels global warming - study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than half the carbon in the Amazon region could be released unless indigenous land rights are protected
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