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Railroads claim national security in keeping oil train routes secret, but feds say not so

Railroads claim national security in keeping oil train routes secret, but feds say not so | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As crude-by-rail proliferated, railroads refused to acknowledge basic details that anyone patient enough to watch trains move by could learn.
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Recycling the Leftovers

Recycling the Leftovers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Food waste has become a hot-button issue, with cities and companies adopting strategies for reducing it.
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Drought, Fire, and the New Normal in the American West

Drought, Fire, and the New Normal in the American West | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Half of the U.S. is in drought, and wildfire season hit early. But could the fall bring relief?

 

The wildfire season arrived early this week in southern California, at a time of the year when skies usually are covered in cooling clouds of gray.

 

But this spring, the skies have been more like ashen gray, and fire agencies have responded to nearly 1,400 fires this year—twice the typical number, a Cal Fire spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times. A New York Times report May 16 said fire season in the West is now 75 days longer each year than it was a decade ago.

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Jane Kleeb vs. the Keystone Pipeline

Jane Kleeb vs. the Keystone Pipeline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An environmental activist has organized an unlikely group to protest the project: Nebraska ranchers and farmers.
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Insuring the Apocalypse

Insuring the Apocalypse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We continue to gamble with our environmental policies. But the insurance industry, year after year, keeps winning.
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With half the planet up for grabs, a call for deep-ocean stewardship

With half the planet up for grabs, a call for deep-ocean stewardship | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —The world's deep ocean spans more than half the planet and untold quantities of untapped energy resources, precious metals, and minerals reside in its depths. Humankind needs and depends upon many of the deep ocean's treasures, and the race is already on to exploit them.
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Climate change could shift Southeast's drinking water supply to higher ground

Climate change could shift Southeast's drinking water supply to higher ground | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Researchers studying how Southeastern forests respond to drought report that stressed watersheds at lower elevations will be less able to provide high-quality drinking water as the climate continues to change.
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Ecuador emergency over stricken Galapagos freighter

Ecuador emergency over stricken Galapagos freighter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ecuador declared an environmental emergency in the Galapagos Islands Thursday, after a freighter carrying pollutants ran aground last week.
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Southern California Wildfires: Body Found in Blaze's Ashes - NBC News

Southern California Wildfires: Body Found in Blaze's Ashes - NBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A badly burned body was found in Southern California Thursday, as fire crews stepped up their assault on the worst of the wildfires raging across San Diego C...
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Peter Schiff and Nouriel Roubini duke it out—again

Schiff: “The real point of the argument and the panel was over inflation, over whether it was good or bad. Nouriel’s point is that he believes that economies need a certain amount of inflation to grow, and that somehow consumers are better off if the prices of the things that they need and want go up every year,” he said. “And it’s my opinion that economies are served by falling prices, by increased production, increased efficiencies, that lower consumer prices, that that’s what makes people better off. And I think the idea that central banks need to deliberately create inflation because it’s somehow a necessary ingredient to economic growth is wrong. Inflation is actually worsening the problems in the economy.”

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Great Moments in Political Science: North Carolina Will Look at Sea Level, but Only 30 Years Out

Great Moments in Political Science: North Carolina Will Look at Sea Level, but Only 30 Years Out | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Exquisitely timed for this week's bad news about Antarctic melt.  When we last looked in on the North Carolina legislature, they were outlawing the study of sea level rise impacts on coastal real e...
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100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought | Climate Central

100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
All of California is now in the highest stages of drought, while rains brought some relief to parts of Texas.
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Carnage on China Roads Shows Dark Side of Electric Bikes

Carnage on China Roads Shows Dark Side of Electric Bikes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Electric bicycles are China’s answer to the Prius because they’re green, they’re zippy and they’re cheap. They’re also emerging as a safety hazard in a country where road accidents are the biggest killer of young people.
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GreenTech Scatters New Seeds

GreenTech Scatters New Seeds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After the merger with VL Automotive, GreenTech Automotive promises to deliver a mix of electric city cars, plug-ins converted into muscle machines and performance-tuned cars for the Chinese market.
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U.S. insurer class action may signal wave of climate-change suits | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

(Reuters) - A major insurance company is accusing dozens of
localities in Illinois of failing to prepare for severe rains
and flooding in lawsuits that are the first in what could be a
wave of litigation
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Advancing development drives up cost of battling wildfires

Advancing development drives up cost of battling wildfires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Development in wilderness areas is one reason why the government is shelling out more money to battle wildfires
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Intended showcase of clean-coal future hits snags

Intended showcase of clean-coal future hits snags | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southern Co.’s ambitious project in Mississippi is plagued by cost overruns and delays.
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Tiny House In a Landscape

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This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is of a Park Model Home located at Windmill Cove in Central California. A park model seems to be ideal as a tiny living space for two people. My wife and I are in the process of downsizing and looking for a new place to live and I wonder if this could be an option.

 

I love the idea of a park model around 400 square feet with a full size bedroom, a small kitchen and living area.

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Researchers call for better ocean stewardship

Researchers call for better ocean stewardship | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It has been said that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our own planet's oceans. That especially applies to the deepest parts of our oceans – depths that are 200 meters or deeper.
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NASA image: Fires continue in San Diego County, California

NASA image: Fires continue in San Diego County, California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seven fires are still burning in San Diego County, California. Arson is suspected as the origin of these fires. Two teens have been arrested on suspicion of setting the fire that spread so ferociously across the county. All of California is experiencing exceptional, extreme or severe drought conditions. ...
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When Neil deGrasse Tyson Says 'Evolution' on National TV, Creationists Go Into Full Panic Mode

When Neil deGrasse Tyson Says 'Evolution' on National TV, Creationists Go Into Full Panic Mode | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tyson puts the fear into the anti-science crowd.

 

If there is one topic in each week’s Cosmos that sends the Christian fundamentalists into a frenzy, it is evolution.

 

You see, scientists understand that most sciences cannot be done correctly if you ignore the scientific fact of evolution. Yet, week in and week out, creationists critique the job Tyson and his team of writers are doing, callling them speculative and misleading.

 

Creationists would have you believe that Tyson and his crew are force-feeding viewers a story of evolution dreamed up in the minds of those who simply want to refute God and spread atheism.

 

Calling evolutionary biologists names such as "evolutionists"—a word not used outside of the creationists sphere—is an attempt to demean the science as nothing more than a religion; ironically, the very thing they are trying to sell you on.

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OPEC Questions Sustainability Of North American Oil Boom

OPEC Questions Sustainability Of North American Oil Boom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

OPEC Secretary-General Abdalla el-Badri said oil supplies from North America “will play an important role in the coming few years,” but he cast doubt on their sustainability over the long term.

 

Speaking May 15 in Moscow, el-Badri acknowledged that oil supply from producers outside of OPEC are expected to increase by more than 4 million barrels per day (bpd) between 2013 and 2018, with much of that coming from North America. But he cautioned that the addition of non-OPEC oil supplies to the global market “should be viewed as a periodic shift."

 

"Tight oil adds depth and diversity to the market," he said. "But questions remain over its sustainability in the long-term."

 

Much of the North American oil production will come from shale, known as “tight oil.”

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Are We Bothered? | George Monbiot

Are We Bothered? | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The more we consume, the less we care about the living planet.

 

That didn’t take long. The public interest in the state of the natural world stimulated by the winter floods receded almost as quickly as the waters did. A YouGov poll showed that the number of respondents placing the environment among their top three issues of concern rose from 6% in mid-January to 23% in mid-February. By early April – though the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had just published two massive and horrifying reports – the proportion had fallen back to 11%.

CarbonBrief has plotted the results on this graph:

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David Collet's curator insight, May 17, 2014 7:19 PM

interesting but it should be expected

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This Giant Tower In The Desert Could Generate As Much Power As The Hoover Dam

This Giant Tower In The Desert Could Generate As Much Power As The Hoover Dam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Solar Wind Downdraft Tower will generate huge amounts of power--if it's ever built.

 

If the Solar Wind Downdraft Tower is ever built in the Arizona desert, it truly will be a wonder of the modern world. At 2,250 feet, it would be taller than the new Freedom Tower in New York (1,776 feet), and 1,000 feet higher than the Empire State Building. It would have 120 huge turbines at its base, and enough pumping capacity to keep more than 2.5 billion gallons of water circulating. And it would have colossal power output: the equivalent of wind turbines spread over 100,000 acres, or as big as the Hoover Dam.

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Tiny nuclear waste fee added up to billions

Tiny nuclear waste fee added up to billions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A charge for electricity that millions of Americans didn't even know they pay will suddenly disappear Friday, after the Energy Department this week quietly notified utilities across the country that it was suspending its fees for a future nuclear waste dump.
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