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Drought Brings out Water Rustlers in California

Drought Brings out Water Rustlers in California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
National Journal: Water theft has become increasingly common in California as the state suffers through its worst drought on record. There's no reliable tracking of exactly how much water has gone ...
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U.S., China Unveil Ambitious Climate Change Goals

U.S., China Unveil Ambitious Climate Change Goals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China pledged Wednesday to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of high-stakes climate negotiations next year.

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Protect Yourself From Future Housing Crises By Living Tiny

Protect Yourself From Future Housing Crises By Living Tiny | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Protect Yourself From Future Housing Crises By Living Tiny
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China's Xi says he checks pollution first thing every day

China's Xi says he checks pollution first thing every day | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese President Xi Jinping has been checking Beijing's pollution first thing every morning, he told world leaders Monday, after authorities pulled out all the stops to avoid the city's notorious smog during a summit.
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Too many people, not enough water: Now and 2,700 years ago

Too many people, not enough water: Now and 2,700 years ago | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Assyrian Empire once dominated the ancient Near East. At the start of the 7th century BC, it was a mighty military machine and the largest empire the Old World had yet seen. But then, before the century was out, it had collapsed. Why? An international study now offers two new factors as possible ...

 

... eerie similarity between Nineveh and Southern California. Though people weren't forcibly relocated to Los Angeles or San Diego to help an emperor grow himself a "great city," still, the populations of these contemporary metropolitan areas are probably also too large for their environments.

 

On a more global scale, Schneider and Adalı conclude, modern societies should pay attention to what can happen when immediate gains are prioritized over considerations of the long term.

 

"The Assyrians can be 'excused' to some extent," they write, "for focusing on short-term economic or political goals which increased their risk of being negatively impacted by climate change, given their technological capacity and their level of scientific understanding about how the natural world works. We, however, have no such excuses, and we also possess the additional benefit of hindsight, which allows us to piece together from the past what can go wrong if we choose not to enact policies that promote longer-term sustainability."

 

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A sea change for marine conservation

A sea change for marine conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Harnessing 'people power' to manage fisheries in the developing world has significantly benefited local communities and coral reefs, according to new research.
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Breakaway lava slithers near empty Hawaii facility

Breakaway lava slithers near empty Hawaii facility | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A small flow of lava moved closer to a now-closed refuse transfer station on Hawaii's Big Island, but the main area of the molten rock hasn't crept any closer to the small town of Pahoa.
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Tree shock: Research shows climate change hitting eucalypts

Tree shock: Research shows climate change hitting eucalypts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eucalypts are a defining and distinctive feature of the Australian landscape. Large and small, we think of these hardy and adaptable trees as being at home in a variety of environments across the nation ranging from hot and dry coastal areas all the way through to cooler mountain and alpine regions.
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New roads will mean more traffic and pollution and make it harder to tackle climate change

New roads will mean more traffic and pollution and make it harder to tackle climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Commenting on David Cameron’s promise of the biggest programme of road-building since the 1970s – and possible plans for a tunnel under Stonehenge - Friends of the Earth South West Campaigner Mike Birkin said:

"The Prime Minister says he's choosing the future but these new road-building plans look like a blast from the past.

"We should be investing in cleaner alternatives to the car, such as better and cheaper rail travel - not new road-building that will cause more traffic, more pollution and make it harder to meet our targets for tackling climate change.

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France falls out of love with the car

France falls out of love with the car | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For an increasing number of French drivers, car ownership is now seen as a burden and a vehicle as merely a service
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Kirill Klip.: Electric Cars To The Rescue: China Pollution Levels Hit 20 Times Safe Limit.

Kirill Klip.: Electric Cars To The Rescue: China Pollution Levels Hit 20 Times Safe Limit. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

China has escalated electric cars to the status of strategic industry and is building the supply chain of Strategic Commodities for the electric cars, mobile devices and alternative energy.

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California’s strawberry industry is hooked on dangerous pesticides

California’s strawberry industry is hooked on dangerous pesticides | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California’s strawberry growers rely on heavy amounts of dangerous pesticides to deliver fruit year-round at an affordable price. But the health and environmental problems that come with those chemicals have threatened the foundation of a $2.6 billion industry.
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Gas or Food. You Choose.

Gas or Food. You Choose. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reuters: Martha Franco says she hadn’t really noticed the sharp drop in gasoline prices, even though the mother of three is always shuttling the kids around in her SUV. She has been paying closer a...
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Better Dead Than Different | George Monbiot

Better Dead Than Different | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Our visions of the future are defined, like the film Interstellar, by technological optimism and political defeatism

 

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 12th November 2014

“It’s like we’ve forgotten who we are,” the hero of Interstellar complains. “Explorers, pioneers, not caretakers … We’re not meant to save the world. We’re meant to leave it.” It could be the epigraph of our age.

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Indian govt sending 'chilling message' on environment: Greenpeace

Indian govt sending 'chilling message' on environment: Greenpeace | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Moves by India's new right-wing government to block Greenpeace funds and weaken environmental protection laws send a 'chilling message', the head of the lobby group said Monday, as he urged the prime minister to release the money.
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Slow-moving lava hits first house in Hawaii town

Slow-moving lava hits first house in Hawaii town | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Officials say a stream of lava has hit the first home in a rural Hawaii town that has been watching the slow-moving flow for months.
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Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones

Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it's only going to get worse, according to a new study.
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New global maps detail human-caused ocean acidification

New global maps detail human-caused ocean acidification | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team of scientists has published the most comprehensive picture yet of how acidity levels vary across the world's oceans, providing a benchmark for years to come as enormous amounts of human-caused carbon emissions continue to wind up at sea.
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What happened to 'Food Miles?'

What happened to 'Food Miles?' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some years ago we were being advised to buy UK-grown fresh produce to avoid the 'food miles' associated with importing air-freighted fruit and vegetables due to concerns over how this was contributing to the release of CO2 emissions. But it seems that that these concerns were far too simplistic. A true ...
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Global warming not just a blanket: In the long run, it's more like tanning oil

Global warming not just a blanket: In the long run, it's more like tanning oil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While computer models churn out bleak forecasts for the planet's future, we also have a more conceptual understanding of what is happening as humans pump carbon dioxide into the air. But the conceptual understanding of carbon dioxide wrapping the planet in a blanket that traps more heat is not quite ...
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We must manage global warming risks by cutting carbon pollution, top scientists conclude | Dana Nuccitelli

We must manage global warming risks by cutting carbon pollution, top scientists conclude | Dana Nuccitelli | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dana Nuccitelli: The latest IPCC report details the immense risks posed by failing to mitigate global warming
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China Pollution: Blue Skies Over Beijing

China Pollution: Blue Skies Over Beijing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the government clears the air for the APEC Summit, there are glimmers of hope for a less polluted future.
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Environment is one of wars’ greatest victims

Environment is one of wars’ greatest victims | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Illegal logging by US-backed warlords and wood harvesting by refugees caused more than one-third of Afghanistan’s forests to vanish between 1990 and 2007
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