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The 800-Pound Gorilla Of The Christian Right

The 800-Pound Gorilla Of The Christian Right | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Alliance Defending Freedom wants to take America back to the 3rd century. Literally. On the website for its legal fellowship program, the organization explains that it “seeks to recover the robust Christendomic theology of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th centuries.”

 

“This is catholic, universal orthodoxy and it is desperately crucial for cultural renewal,” the explanation goes on. “Christians must strive to build glorious cultural cathedrals, rather than shanty tin sheds.”

 

While the Arizona-based organization has not made much progress in its mission of restoring the religious sentiments of the Byzantine Era, it has built a massive “legal ministry,” relying on 21st century attorneys and an eight-figure annual budget to reshape American law and society.

 
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GREENVILLE, SC: SC must cut emissions from coal-fired power plants or close them | Local News | The State

GREENVILLE, SC: SC must cut emissions from coal-fired power plants or close them | Local News | The State | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gives the Environmental Protection Agency authority to cut air pollution that drifts in the wind across states in the eastern half of the United States means South Carolina’s coal-burning power plants must either close or cut the amount of soot and smog they contribute to the airstream.
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From Bundy To The Keystone XL: Where's The Property Rights Outrage Here?

From Bundy To The Keystone XL: Where's The Property Rights Outrage Here? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -– Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has become something of a folk hero among the anti-government, pro-property rights crowd, thanks to his recent standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management. Some landowners in the path of the pro...
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Tanker spills, pipelines raise questions about crude oil transport

Tanker spills, pipelines raise questions about crude oil transport | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A tanker crash caused 4,500 gallons of crude oil to wash over I-80 up Parleys Canyon, leading to questions about how crude oil is best transported in a safe manner. Utah has a rough history with pipel
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‘To call garbage-burning green energy is asinine’: Chilliwack councillor to Metro Vancouver

‘To call garbage-burning green energy is asinine’: Chilliwack councillor to Metro Vancouver | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While Metro Vancouver employees were upstairs at the Hilton Metrotown putting on a presentation for the proposed roughly $500-million waste-to-energy (WTE) incinerator, several city councillors from the Fraser Valley were protesting outside. City of Chilliwack Coun. Jason Lum said he…
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China slashes spending on new fossil-fuel power plants

China slashes spending on new fossil-fuel power plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China added nearly 40 per cent less coal- and gas-fired power capacity in the first quarter than it did a year ago mainly due to stronger pollution controls and slower economic growth, a senior government advisor said on Wednesday.
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Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer

Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This is part of a series examining the health repercussions for Canadians of a changing climate. Today’s subject: Extreme heat.

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts substantial increases in occurrences of extremely hot seasons throughout North America in early, middle and late 21st century.

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Fast facts on bike commuting — The Daily Climate

Fast facts on bike commuting — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Every year since 2003, the Alliance for Biking and Walking has taken the pulse of efforts to improve bicycle and pedestrian options within communities nationwide. The 2014 report, Bicycling and Walking in the United States, runs 268 pages. Here are some tidbits:

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Church demolition illuminates China's religious tensions

Church demolition illuminates China's religious tensions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wenzhou, China (AFP) April 30, 2014 - The destruction of a towering church by Chinese authorities has sown fear in a thriving Christian community and highlighted tensions between a rapidly growing number of worshippers and the Communist state.
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Nepal counts cost of damaging Everest debacle

Nepal counts cost of damaging Everest debacle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kathmandu (AFP) April 30, 2014 - Dreams shattered and counting their losses, many foreign climbers say they might never return to Nepal to climb Everest, upset by ugly scenes at base camp and what they see as the government's mismanagement of the peak.
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Cities, get ready -- the tiny houses are coming

Cities, get ready -- the tiny houses are coming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How should one fill an awkward, leftover urban space? Put a tiny house on it.
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Even routine housework may help stave off disability

Even routine housework may help stave off disability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Daily physical activity as light as pushing a shopping cart, vacuuming the house or strolling through a museum can dramatically reduce a person's risk of disability, a new study reports.
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Antibiotic resistance giving killer diseases free rein, WHO says (Update 2)

Antibiotic resistance giving killer diseases free rein, WHO says (Update 2) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The rise of superbugs, stoked by misuse of antibiotics and poor hospital hygiene, is enabling long-treatable diseases to once again become killers, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday.
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Paul Ryan Won’t Let Poor People Testify At Hearing About Poverty

Paul Ryan Won’t Let Poor People Testify At Hearing About Poverty | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The low-income people who were asked instead to give written testimony are frustrated that they won't get heard.
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Battle over oil and gas regs in Colorado loops in political powers

Battle over oil and gas regs in Colorado loops in political powers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The battle over what power local governments should have over oil and gas drilling swept through the statehouse Wednesday and out into a statewide campaign to defeat local-control ballot measures.
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Junk food bad for environment

Junk food bad for environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study has found that foods with the largest environmental footprint tend to also provide less nutrition and cost more per unit than foods with a smaller impact.
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As New Shipping Rules Are Studied, Another Oil Train Derails

As New Shipping Rules Are Studied, Another Oil Train Derails | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Transportation Department said that a long-awaited package of rules aimed at improving the safety of oil transport by rail had been sent Wednesday night to the White House for review.
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Are The 613 Largest U.S. Public Companies Actually Working On Sustainability?

Are The 613 Largest U.S. Public Companies Actually Working On Sustainability? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Corporations are getting better at incorporating sustainability into their business structure, but not fast enough and not to the scale that the...
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South Australians warned they may have to carry cost of losing their homes to rising sea levels

South Australians warned they may have to carry cost of losing their homes to rising sea levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
COASTAL South Australians have been warned they may have to let their homes be swallowed by the sea, and carry the cost of their loss, as climate change raises ocean levels.
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Epic Rains Deluge Florida Panhandle & Parts of Alabama | Climate Central

Epic Rains Deluge Florida Panhandle & Parts of Alabama | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Heavy rain drenched parts of the Gulf Coast on Tuesday night, leading to widespread flooding.
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Outbuilding turned into a Little House

Outbuilding turned into a Little House | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
My name is Donna Corley and I am from West Virginia. I had an idea to turn an outbuilding into a house for when I had company and they would have somewhere private to stay.
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British designer Heatherwick seeks cities with 'human scale'

British designer Heatherwick seeks cities with 'human scale' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) April 30, 2014 - Counting among his creations an Olympic cauldron, a sunken desert oasis and a London double-decker bus, British designer Thomas Heatherwick can at the very least be described as unpredictable.
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How costly are natural hazards?

How costly are natural hazards? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) May 01, 2014 -
Costs of natural hazards are at historically high levels, and show an increasing trend. Cost assessments of natural hazards often only cover direct costs and even these are assumed to be at least 50
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Crude Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire, Spills Into Virginia’s James River

Crude Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire, Spills Into Virginia’s James River | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The City of Lynchburg said that between 12 and 14 crude oil tanker cars derailed next to the James River, though fortunately there have been no reported injuries.
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Eating organic food significantly lowers pesticide exposure

Eating organic food significantly lowers pesticide exposure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eating an organic diet for a week can cause pesticide levels to drop by almost 90% in adults, research from RMIT University has found.
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