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Climate change could leave cities more in the dark

Climate change could leave cities more in the dark | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cities like Miami are all too familiar with hurricane-related power outages. But a Johns Hopkins University analysis finds climate change will give other major metro areas a lot to worry about in future storms.
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Stanford scientist examines ways to put stormwater to use in big cities

Stanford scientist examines ways to put stormwater to use in big cities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Runoff from rainstorms in big cities can represent both threats and opportunities. Too much runoff in the wrong places causes flooding. Too little rainwater in the right places leads to dried-up creeks and rivers. Water that washes up pollution from city streets can dirty downstream watersheds. Figuring ...
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Mitidaption's curator insight, January 6, 2015 5:47 AM

Stormwater reuse is a critical part of ensuring urban water security

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Switching to vehicles powered by electricity from renewables could save lives

Switching to vehicles powered by electricity from renewables could save lives | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent. This finding comes from a new life cycle analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and their air pollution-related public health impacts, published ...
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Study: Hotter days in US mean less cold cash

Study: Hotter days in US mean less cold cash | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hotter days mean less cold cash for Americans, according to a new study matching 40 years of temperatures to economics.
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Migrating 'supraglacial' lakes could trigger future Greenland ice loss

Migrating 'supraglacial' lakes could trigger future Greenland ice loss | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Predictions of Greenland ice loss and its impact on rising sea levels may have been greatly underestimated, according to scientists at the University of Leeds.
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Is the Justice System Overly Punitive?

Is the Justice System Overly Punitive? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reconciliation has not been given enough attention, psychological research suggests
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Black gold loses glitter

The stunning 40% drop in the price of oil over the past few months has scrambled global economic forecasts, changed the geo-political landscape, and has severely pressured many energy sector investments.
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Canadian First Nations arrive in Montreal after 850km march against uranium mining in Quebec

Canadian First Nations arrive in Montreal after 850km march against uranium mining in Quebec | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Group delivers message to the province’s environmental protection watchdog on final day of hearings into uranium extraction and exploration.
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Is China's economy really the largest in the world?

Is China's economy really the largest in the world? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

For the first time in more than 140 years, the US has lost the title of the world's largest economy - it has been stolen by China, according to the IMF. But how reliable are the statistics underpinning this claim? The BBC's economics editor, Robert Peston, explains lower down why China matters to all of us.

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Wood-burning stoves are fuelling rise in winter smog

Wood-burning stoves are fuelling rise in winter smog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists from King’s College London say burning wood generates particulates – minuscule particles that can raise the risk of heart disease, trigger asthma and shorten lives.
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As The Planet Warms, A Remote Alaskan Town Shows Just How Unprepared We Are

As The Planet Warms, A Remote Alaskan Town Shows Just How Unprepared We Are | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The remote village of Shishmaref, Alaska, has been experiencing the effects of climate change first-hand. In the last decades, the island's shores have been eroding into the sea, falling off in giant chunks whenever a big storm hits. (Photo: Gabriel ...
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American drought: California’s crisis

American drought: California’s crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A storm has hit California, but that’s not going to end the ‘worst drought in a generation’ that is turning much of the centre of the state into a dust bowl. Chris McGreal reports on the drought bringing one of the richest states in America to its knees
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Oyster Herpes’ Killer Virus Threatens $4 Billion Industry

Oyster Herpes’ Killer Virus Threatens $4 Billion Industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Herpes has devastated 26 percent of France’s oyster production since the summer of 2008. Halfway around the world in Australia, the virus killed 10 million oysters in three days.
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Attitudes to climate change depend on people's sense of belonging to the planet

Attitudes to climate change depend on people's sense of belonging to the planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

New research led by the University of Exeter has found that people who have a stronger sense of place at the global than the national level are more likely to accept that climate change is caused by human activities. This is the first time that acceptance of human causes of climate change has been shown to be linked to people's sense of place at the global level. The findings have significant implications both for climate change communications and for our understanding of place and identities.

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Denmark claims North Pole via Greenland ridge link

Denmark claims North Pole via Greenland ridge link | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientific data shows Greenland's continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it, Denmark's foreign minister said.
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Climate policy pledges are an important step forward but fall short of 2 C

Climate policy pledges are an important step forward but fall short of 2 C | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pledges to reduce emissions in China, Europe and the US provide an important step forward for climate change action, but a more comprehensive effort is needed to stabilize the climate below critical thresholds. Climate finance can cover investment gaps and alleviate distributional tensions, a new study ...
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Massive study provides first detailed look at how Greenland's ice is vanishing

Massive study provides first detailed look at how Greenland's ice is vanishing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second-largest body of ice on Earth. It covers an area about five times the size of New York State and Kansas combined, and if it melts completely, oceans could rise by 20 feet. Coastal communities from Florida to Bangladesh would suffer extensive damage.
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Past global warming similar to today's: Size, duration were like modern climate shift, but in two pulses

Past global warming similar to today's: Size, duration were like modern climate shift, but in two pulses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The rate at which carbon emissions warmed Earth's climate almost 56 million years ago resembles modern, human-caused global warming much more than previously believed, but involved two pulses of carbon to the atmosphere, University of Utah researchers and their colleagues found.
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Bed Bugs, Kissing Bugs Linked to Deadly Chagas Disease in U.S.

Bed Bugs, Kissing Bugs Linked to Deadly Chagas Disease in U.S. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Risk may still be low, but findings lead scientists to call for better studies
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Environmental review begins on HD Mining's coal mine

Environmental review begins on HD Mining's coal mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A joint environmental review is now underway for a controversial underground coal mine proposed for Tumbler Ridge
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U of A profs duel over lead study

U of A profs duel over lead study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study from the University of Alberta confirms the levels of lead and other heavy metal in the Athabasca River are comparable to bottled water and streams in Algonquin Park. But the study is being called misleading by another ecology professor at the university.
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Could a stove save children's lives?

Could a stove save children's lives? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

An estimated three billion people breathe in poisonous smoke from open-fire cooking, killing more than four million every year. In Malawi, a research team is conducting the largest-ever study on children into the effects of indoor smoke and hopes its results will save millions of young lives, as our science reporter, Victoria Gill, discovered.

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Asbestos revealed as Canada’s top cause of workplace death

Asbestos revealed as Canada’s top cause of workplace death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Federal government continues to allow import of products containing the mineral such as pipes and brake pads
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Waters Warm, and Cod Catch Ebbs in Maine

Waters Warm, and Cod Catch Ebbs in Maine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Gulf of Maine’s waters are warming — faster than almost any ocean waters on earth, scientists say — and fish are voting with their fins for cooler places to live.
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The world's scallops and oysters are mysteriously dying out.

The world's scallops and oysters are mysteriously dying out. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even in the pristine waters of British Columbia—which is how you know it's scary.
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