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Share Your Buy Less, Live More Picture!

Share Your Buy Less, Live More Picture! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Will you share a photo of what you do when you buy less and live more? From now through the end of December, we’re on a mission to collect pictures and stories from you -our amazing Community- doing all the glorious, delicious, and simple things that make this time of year special; the things you have time to do when you aren’t shopping.
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​Frankfurt begins first European direct settlements in Chinese yuan

​Frankfurt begins first European direct settlements in Chinese yuan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
European companies now have the opportunity to settle trading accounts in Chinese yuan. The Bank of China in Frankfurt has become the first to operate European yuan clearing. Trading costs will be cut as there will be no dollar exchange first.
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France's flailing economy endangering the eurozone | Europe | DW.DE | 18.11.2014

France's flailing economy endangering the eurozone | Europe | DW.DE | 18.11.2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The French economy is stagnating, with growth only in unemployment and the national debt. It will likely only hit the EU budget deficit target in 2017. Will the debt spiral continue?
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Scientists look to reverse sea turtle's sudden decline

Scientists look to reverse sea turtle's sudden decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientific research presented on the Kemp's ridley raised the possibility that the 2010 BP oil spill, the largest in U.S. history, might have contributed to the declines of sea turtle nests in 2013 and 2014, which have alarmed scientists. [...] experts outlined other factors that may be harming the turtles, such as a die-off of the creatures the turtles eat, expanding dead zones where oxygen is so scant that almost nothing can survive, pesticide runoff and other chemicals dumped in the Gulf. S
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Ohio House passes anti-algae bill limiting manure, fertilizer on farms

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House overwhelmingly approved new restrictions on the application of manure and other fertilizers on farmland as one step to reduce harmful algae blooms on Lake Erie. The sweeping bill also would allow telecommunications
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Cristina da Silva's curator insight, April 2, 2015 10:13 AM

Finally, some awareness! 

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Backyard pesticides show up increasingly in California watersheds: report

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Levels of a type of pesticide commonly used in backyard gardens and on farms have increased in urban and rural watersheds in California, the state said in a report released
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More Than Ebola, Other Tropical Diseases Pose Growing Threat to U.S.

More Than Ebola, Other Tropical Diseases Pose Growing Threat to U.S. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dengue, chagas, and chikungunya may establish U.S. footholds.
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California environmental groups call for tighter fracking controls | Al Jazeera America

California environmental groups call for tighter fracking controls  | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
They claim billions of gallons of fracking wastewater may have illegally ended up in aquifers as state testing continues
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Parent company liability for foreign subsidiary’s actions – alarming new trend?

Parent company liability for foreign subsidiary’s actions – alarming new trend? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent lawsuit in British Columbia is the latest example of an emerging trend in which plaintiffs are seeking to hold parent companies liable in negligence in relation to the actions of their foreign subsidiaries.
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How an IPCC graph linked fossil fuel use to climate change, and why it led to a heated debate | Carbon Brief

How an IPCC graph linked fossil fuel use to climate change, and why it led to a heated debate | Carbon Brief | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a majornew report, summarising scientific knowledge on climate change.

 

It contained something of a milestone in IPCC history - a chart linking greenhouse gas concentrations to fossil fuel emissions, rising global temperatures and sea level.

 

That might sound fairly innocuous. But some countries argued against its inclusion.  So why was a figure outlining the well-understood link between carbon dioxide and climate change contentious?

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Asia Pushes Hard for Clean Energy

Asia Pushes Hard for Clean Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than $250 billion a year will pour into renewable energy generation, two-thirds of Asia’s power investment, but the use of fossil fuels is also growing.
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Parched San Diego Looks To Wastewater Recycling

Parched San Diego Looks To Wastewater Recycling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Acknowledging California's parched new reality, the city of San Diego has embraced a once-toxic idea: turning sewer water into drinking water.
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion ...
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Interest rates may stay low for years: RBA

Interest rates may stay low for years: RBA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens indicated that interest rates may need to stay low for years because of the weak economy but warned this would only be possible if property prices are kept in check.
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Bank of Japan meets as economic slump, tax delay cast doubt over outlook

Bank of Japan meets as economic slump, tax delay cast doubt over outlook | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan is expected to hold policy steady when its two-day meeting ends on Wednesday, but what it has to say about the country's slide into recession may unsettle markets already
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World Parks Congress aims to protect a third of oceans in marine parks – News – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

World Parks Congress aims to protect a third of oceans in marine parks – News – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The once-a-decade World Parks Congress concluded in Sydney with a new target to reserve 30 per cent of the world's marine areas in parks where fishing is banned.
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House takes up Lamar Smith’s ‘secret science’ bill; EBJ slams ‘insidious’ attack on EPA

House takes up Lamar Smith’s ‘secret science’ bill; EBJ slams ‘insidious’ attack on EPA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Update: The House passed the bill at 3:23 p.m. EST., 237 to 190. The House rejected two Democratic amendments, one by Rep. Joseph Kennedy of Massachusetts, which would have allowed…
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Congress holds hearing on algae contamination of Lake Erie drinking water

Congress holds hearing on algae contamination of Lake Erie drinking water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Lake Erie algae outbreak this summer that rendered Toledo area tap water undrinkable spurred a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Wednesday to examine what's being done to address problems.
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Cross Currents

Cross Currents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southern Africa has some of the world's richest waters. But debate swirls over how to sustain these seas and the fishing communities that depend on them.
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Shale Oil Fuels Indigenous Conflict in Argentina | Inter Press Service

Shale Oil Fuels Indigenous Conflict in Argentina | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CAMPO MARIPE, Argentina, Nov 18 2014 (IPS) - The boom in unconventional fossil fuels has revived indigenous conflicts in southwest Argentina. Twenty-two Mapuche communities who live on top of Vaca Muerta, the geological formation where the reserves are located, complain that they were not consulted about the use of their ancestral lands, both “above and below ground.”

 

Albino Campo, ”logko” or chief of the Campo Maripe Mapuche community, is critical of the term “superficiary” – one to whom a right of surface occupation is granted – which was used in the oil contracts to describe the people living on the land, with whom the oil companies are negotiating.

 

“We are the owners of the surface, and of what is above and below as well. That is the ‘mapu’ (earth). It’s not hollow below ground; there is another people below,” he told IPS.

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What Happened When Whole Foods Tried to Challenge Elitism, Racism, and Obesity in Detroit

What Happened When Whole Foods Tried to Challenge Elitism, Racism, and Obesity in Detroit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, as winter gave way to spring, Toyoda Ruff began to think about changing how she ate. Ruff had always been heavy, but her son, Tarik, a freshman honor student, had recently crossed the 300-pound mark, prompting Ruff to ferry him to appointments at a children’s...
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Industrial pollution is turning lakes into ‘jelly’

Industrial pollution is turning lakes into ‘jelly’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As Canadian lakes have become more acidic, they've become increasingly dominated by jelly-like plankton, new research suggests. And these gummy invaders aren't going anywhere.
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At least eight dead in 'historic' U.S. blizzard | The Japan Times

At least eight dead in 'historic' U.S. blizzard | The Japan Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A "historic" storm dumped more than 5 feet of snow, stranding scores of motorists, canceling flights and killing at least eight people in the Northeastern
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Australia stands firm against G20 pack on climate change

Australia stands firm against G20 pack on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australian PM warns 2015 Paris climate summit will fail if leaders put cutting emissions ahead of economic growth
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7 health benefits of drinking hot cocoa

From the 'too good to be true' file: Hot cocoa has some really surprising health benefits.
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