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Bedbugs could be potential new source of tropical disease in US

Bedbugs could be potential new source of tropical disease in US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Until recently, insect-transmitted Chagas disease was found mainly in Latin America and South America, but it has made its way to the United States over the past few years.
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Lessons on censorship from Syria's internet filter machines

Lessons on censorship from Syria's internet filter machines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Norwegian writer Mette Newth once wrote that: 'censorship has followed the free expressions of men and women like a shadow throughout history.' As we develop new means to gather and create information, new means to control, erase and censor that information evolve alongside it. Today that means access ...
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Greenpeace accuses Canada pipeline firm of 'dirty tricks'

Greenpeace accuses Canada pipeline firm of 'dirty tricks' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental pressure group Greenpeace accused pipeline firm TransCanada of 'dirty tricks' Tuesday, publishing leaked documents it said showed it plans to smear opponents of one of its projects.
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High earthquake danger in Tianjin, China

High earthquake danger in Tianjin, China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With a population of 11 million and located about 100 km from Beijing (22 million people) and Tangshan (7 million people), Tianjin lies on top of the Tangshan-Hejian-Cixian fault that has been the site of 15 devastating earthquakes in the past 1,000 years. An example of the disastrous events is the ...
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The science behind fire tornados

The science behind fire tornados | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Meteorology meets fire science in a recent Weatherwise article exploring the violent whirlwinds that are known to wreak havoc in the nation's west.
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Using science to open way to 'blue economy'

Using science to open way to 'blue economy' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Today, scientists at the Natural Capital Project share new science and open source software that can calculate risk to coastal and marine ecosystems. These novel tools, described in the journal Environmental Research Letters, were used to design the first integrated coastal zone management plan for ...
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Small volcanic eruptions could be slowing global warming

Small volcanic eruptions could be slowing global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Small volcanic eruptions might eject more of an atmosphere-cooling gas into Earth's upper atmosphere than previously thought, potentially contributing to the recent slowdown in global warming, according to a new study.
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John Holdren on China and Climate

John Holdren on China and Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Description: John Holdren, the president’s top adviser on science and technology, and activist Josh Fox discuss last week's game-changing climate deal. From ALL IN, MSNBC
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Oil: Keep it in the Ground

Oil: Keep it in the Ground | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Description: Humanity's survival depends on not burning two-thirds of our global oil reserves, so we must act now by limiting fossil fuel extraction. The highly biodiverse Amazon basin is a keyston...
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Huge US solar plant lags in early production

Huge US solar plant lags in early production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The largest solar power plant of its type in the world—once promoted as a turning point in green energy—isn't producing as much energy as planned.
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Hostile undercurrent in signs from sea

Hostile undercurrent in signs from sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Funding is needed to properly track the declining numbers of seabirds off our shores as environmental impacts bite, says Richard Luxmoore
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Council to vote on water recycling agreement

Council to vote on water recycling agreement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The San Diego City Council on Tuesday will consider entering into an agreement with many environmental groups intended to take San Diego to its next level of water reuse.
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Increased global shipping has caused pollution on open seas

London, Nov 18 (IANS): Owing to growing international trade, maritime traffic on the world's oceans has increased four-fold over the past 20 years, causing more water, air and noise pollution on the open seas, says a new research.

 

In the Indian Ocean, where the world's busiest shipping lanes are located, ship traffic grew by more than 300 percent over the 20 year period, the findings showed.

 

Traffic went up in every ocean during the 20 years of the study, except off the coast of Somalia, where increasing piracy has almost completely halted commercial shipping since 2006.

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New school meal requirements: More harm than good?

New school meal requirements: More harm than good? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New federal regulations requiring school meals to contain more whole grains, less saturated fat and more fruits and vegetables, while perhaps improving some aspects of the food being served at schools across the United States, may also be perpetuating eating habits linked to obesity, diabetes and other ...
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Amnesty feels 'chill' from China Internet meeting

Amnesty feels 'chill' from China Internet meeting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday described a major Chinese-organised Internet conference as chilling, calling it an attempt to have a greater say in the rules that govern the web.
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Repsol starts search for oil in Spain's Canary Islands

Repsol starts search for oil in Spain's Canary Islands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spanish energy firm Repsol began searching for oil Tuesday in the waters off the Canary Islands, a top holiday destination, despite objections from environmentalists and the local government.
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Tillage shows very little impact on carbon sequestration

Tillage shows very little impact on carbon sequestration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reducing or eliminating tillage is one of the farming practices most frequently touted to improve carbon sequestration in soil. A new study by INRA and Arvalis-Institut du Végétal turns this paradigm on its head. This study, the result of a rigorous experiment conducted in the Ile-de-France region, ...
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Coastal communities face winter threat

Coastal communities face winter threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The coastal communities of South West England are in a vulnerable position because beaches that previously protected them have not recovered from the severe storms of last winter.
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Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon 'surges 450%'

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon 'surges 450%' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Deforestation in Brazil's storied Amazon basin region skyrocketed more than 450 percent in October from a year earlier, a non-governmental group warned Monday.
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Now You Can Study at the World’s Oldest University

Now You Can Study at the World’s Oldest University | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How academics, government officials, and one Nobel prize winner are fighting to resurrect ancient Nalanda from the ruins.
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Citizens Climate Lobby and the Carbon Free Road Map

Citizens Climate Lobby and the Carbon Free Road Map | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Citizen's Climate Lobby is one of the most effective grassroots organizations working on specifically on the issue of climate change.
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Eight Pitfalls in Evaluating Green Energy Solutions

Eight Pitfalls in Evaluating Green Energy Solutions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Does the recent climate accord between US and China mean that many countries will now forge ahead with renewables and other green solutions? I think that there are more pitfalls than many realize. ...
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Ikea Buys Second U.S. Wind Farm, Plans More in Renewables Push

Ikea Buys Second U.S. Wind Farm, Plans More in Renewables Push | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ikea, the largest furniture retailer, made its biggest renewable-energy investment to date by buying a 165-megawatt wind farm in southern Texas.
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Margate considers banning helium balloon release

MARGATE – If you’re planning to release helium balloons at your festive occasion city officials may be about to burst your bubble What floats 5 miles up eventually comes down and some of it washes up on beaches and ends up in the stomachs of wildlife Helium filled balloons may disappear from view but they do not disappear from the environment
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China-U.S. Move to Curb Global Warming Loosens Climate Logjam in Developing World

China-U.S. Move to Curb Global Warming Loosens Climate Logjam in Developing World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China’s decision to join with U.S. President Barack Obama in reining in greenhouse gases jump- starts the global fight against climate change, removing an excuse for inaction in developing nations.
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