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Texas architecture firm designs prefab, LEED certified homes

Texas architecture firm designs prefab, LEED certified homes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Designed by San Antonio based Lake|Flato, the Porch House is a new hybrid of prefabricated, modular, and custom.
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Brazil's 'chainsaw queen' takes on environmentalists

Brazil's 'chainsaw queen' takes on environmentalists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Ambitious politician Kátia Abreu leads agricultural lobby in loosening controls on Amazon deforestation.

 

Outside the political hothouse of Brasilia, there are probably few who can name the head of Brazil's powerful agricultural lobby, yet the woman in question, Kátia Abreu, is rapidly becoming the country's most interesting, important – and dangerous – politician.

 
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Angie Weihs's curator insight, May 6, 2014 2:04 PM

Gruesome. And there we thought it would be great to have female politicians on the top as they are supposed to have "heart" and sensitivity. But then there are those bitches who only think money and career - and are maybe worse then men as they have to prove they have a penis.

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Green Stock Index Rejects Natural Gas Along With Oil and Coal

Green Stock Index Rejects Natural Gas Along With Oil and Coal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since U.S. climate legislation failed in 2010, environmentalists and like-minded investors have begun campaigning to get investors to avoid fossil-fuel stocks. It’s worth putting the scale of that challenge in perspective.
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Solar on your roof: the new wave in electricity

Solar on your roof: the new wave in electricity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The municipalities of Cape Cod have spent the last few years on a somewhat rocky road to electrical savings wrestling with wind turbines and fitfully installing solar. Now, Cape homeowners are finding the path to solar paved with rose petals and greenbacks.
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Climate Change Warming Up Business In The Arctic

Climate Change Warming Up Business In The Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change has caused rapidly melting ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic. Once inhospitable to business ventures, economic forecasters are now predicting some $100 billion will be invested there over the next decade. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Isaac Arnsdorf of Bloomberg about the boom.
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Disasters Could Dent Progress for Moms, Babies in the Philippines - Southeast Asia Real Time - WSJ

Disasters Could Dent Progress for Moms, Babies in the Philippines - Southeast Asia Real Time - WSJ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Frequent and increasingly severe natural disasters are testing the Philippines’ ability to improve conditions for mothers and children and could erode recent gains in maternal health.
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Climate science drops the crystal ball — The Daily Climate

Climate science drops the crystal ball — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The strength of the new National Climate Assessment is its focus on change already underway – not forecasts of what may happen in the future, authors say. A Climate at your Doorstep story.
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Land of Impunity | George Monbiot

Land of Impunity | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Politicians and government contractors now seem to be able to get away with almost anything.

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Protests against British energy companies turn violent

Protests against British energy companies turn violent | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London (UPI) May 5, 2013 - Though operations are in their infancy, protests against hydraulic fracturing in the United Kingdom have turned violent, corporate officials said.
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China tycoon eyes Norway after cold reception in Iceland

China tycoon eyes Norway after cold reception in Iceland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shanghai (AFP) May 05, 2014 - A Chinese property tycoon shut out by Iceland after he sought to buy a vast tract of the country is turning his attention to Norway, he told AFP on Monday.
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Where the Wild Things Were | The Scientist Magazine®

Where the Wild Things Were | The Scientist Magazine® | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Conservationists are reintroducing large animals to areas they once roamed, providing ecologists with the chance to assess whether such “rewilding” efforts can restore lost ecosystems.
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U.S. Announces First Superstorm-Related Oil Reserve

U.S. Announces First Superstorm-Related Oil Reserve | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Energy announced on May 2 that it plans to build an oil storage facility in the northeast to prepare for future emergencies. The storage reserve will hold approximately 1 million barrels of gasoline, and DOE estimates it will cost $215 million to build.

 

The decision to build gasoline storage infrastructure is part of the government’s response to the widespread damage caused by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. In the super storm’s aftermath, people in New Jersey and New York suffered through periods of blackouts and gasoline shortages. Some gas stations had no supplies for 30 days and others experienced long lines.

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Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'

Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake in history.
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Boycotting Tar Sands Oil: Will It Work?

Boycotting Tar Sands Oil: Will It Work? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Sierra Club and others are urging companies to procure fuel from refineries that don't use oil sands crude.
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Obama Taps TV Meteorologists to Roll Out New Climate Report

Obama Taps TV Meteorologists to Roll Out New Climate Report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In releasing a new climate report on Tuesday, the White House is enlisting a select group of TV meteorologists to be trusted messengers about its findings.
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Shale Gas Plagued By Unusual Methane Leaks

Shale Gas Plagued By Unusual Methane Leaks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists investigate high levels of damaging gas released in fracked areas.
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Solar power breakthrough hints at cheaper panels for more roofs (+video)

Solar power breakthrough hints at cheaper panels for more roofs (+video) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two sets of scientists have reported promising results from a new recipe for solar cells, which could result in panels for solar power that are easier and cheaper to make.
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Fungus causing valley fever found in Washington

Fungus causing valley fever found in Washington | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP) â€" A fungus that can cause a potentially fatal illness called valley fever has been found for the first time in the soil of Washington, officials at Washington State University said Monday. Valley fever is most prevalent in parts of Arizona and the San Joaquin Valley of central California. Because the three people who got sick in Washington had not traveled there, scientists have become "quite certain ... the fungus has moved beyond its normal geographical range," Chiller said in a press release. "Because valley fever is hard to detect and often misdiagnosed by physicians who are not acquainted with it, it's important to know where cocci's range is expanding," Rogers said, calling valley fever by its scientific name. The three Washington cases included a 12-year-old boy who may have contracted the fungal infection while playing in a dirt canyon near his home; a 15-year-old boy believed to have been infected through skin lacerations when his ATV crashed on a dirt track; and a 58-year-old man who may have gotten sick after inhaling spores while working as a construction excavator.
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“Oklahoma is burning”: Heat ignites temperature records, wildfires in Southern Plains

“Oklahoma is burning”: Heat ignites temperature records, wildfires in Southern Plains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A sweltering pool of hot air set up over the Southern Plains this weekend, smashing records in Kansas and Oklahoma, and stoking wildfires.
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Climate change assessment paints stark picture of potential damage

Climate change assessment paints stark picture of potential damage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The warming of Earth, with human consumption of fossil fuels as the main cause, will have severe consequences for every region of the United States, according to the Third National Climate Assessment released Tuesday morning by the Obama administration.
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Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada

Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ottawa, Canada (SPX) May 05, 2014 -
The North American energy landscape is undergoing dramatic change. Unconventional oil and gas resources are fuelling an energy boom that is having profound economic, environmental, and social impact
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Chinese rig suspected of entering Vietnamese waters illegally

Chinese rig suspected of entering Vietnamese waters illegally | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hanoi, Vietnam (UPI) May 5, 2013 - China National Offshore Oil Corp. is operating in waters claimed by the government of Vietnam, a spokesman for the Vietnamese government said.
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Iran ready to help European energy sector as Odessa burns

Iran ready to help European energy sector as Odessa burns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tehran (UPI) May 5, 2013 - Iran is ready to help meet European energy needs through pipeline or liquefied natural gas deliveries, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangenah said.
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Michigan Takes Away the "Right to Farm" from Folks in the Suburbs | The Daily Sheeple

Michigan Takes Away the "Right to Farm" from Folks in the Suburbs | The Daily Sheeple | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The War on Self-Sufficiency continues, and this week's victims are small backyard farmers in Michigan.
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Faber: The Market is Long Overdue for a Significant Correction

Faber: The Market is Long Overdue for a Significant Correction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

On whether or not China is headed toward financial crisis, Dr. Faber had this to say: “You know, this discussion about China being a bubble or not, all I can say is that the credit expansion as a percentage of GDP – which has been 50% between 2008 and today – is unprecedented in any country in modern history…The credit expansion points towards a credit bubble of huge dimensions.”

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