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China consumes almost as much coal as the rest of world combined

China consumes almost as much coal as the rest of world combined | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) May 14, 2013 -
China consumes almost as much coal per year as the rest of the world combined, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show Wednesday.
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China’s Sizzling Real Estate Market Cools

China’s Sizzling Real Estate Market Cools | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Housing starts plummeted 25 percent last month from a year ago, a severe blow for a country long buoyed by residential construction.
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China youth suicides blamed on education system: study

China youth suicides blamed on education system: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 14, 2014 - China's high-pressure, exam-driven education system is responsible for the vast majority of suicides by schoolchildren in the country, state media said Wednesday, citing a study.
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Surprising Species Shake-up Discovered

Surprising Species Shake-up Discovered | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Burlington VT (SPX) May 15, 2014 -
The diversity of the world's life forms - from corals to carnivores - is under assault. Decades of scientific studies document the fraying of ecosystems and a grim tally of species extinctions due t
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Coral Reefs are Critical for Risk Reduction and Adaptation

Coral Reefs are Critical for Risk Reduction and Adaptation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Arlington VA (SPX) May 15, 2014 -
Stronger storms, rising seas, and flooding are placing hundreds of millions people at risk around the world, and big part of the solution to decrease those risks is just off shore. A new study finds
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Australian government eliminates mining tax

Australian government eliminates mining tax | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The announcement was part of the Federal Budget unveiled Tuesday night, considered the toughest in almost two decades.
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Today's insects to be tomorrow's grub - food experts

Today's insects to be tomorrow's grub - food experts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Will locusts feed the world? The voracious flying insect, capable of swarming in millions and stripping fields of crops, has long been associated with hunger. But if a major conference gathering food experts and entomologists is right, captive locusts—and many other protein-rich insects—will be heading to a menu near you just a few years from now.

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US panel to study Agent Orange residue exposure

US panel to study Agent Orange residue exposure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department has long resisted disability claims from service members who said chemical residue left in Vietnam War-era planes that were used to spray defoliants over Southeast Asia caused them severe illnesses, including cancer.
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Google self-driving car coming around the corner

Google self-driving car coming around the corner | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A white Lexus cruised along a road near the Google campus, braking for pedestrians and scooting over in its lane to give bicyclists ample space.
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Tropical cyclone intensity shifting poleward, study shows

Tropical cyclone intensity shifting poleward, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Powerful, destructive tropical cyclones are now reaching their peak intensity farther from the equator and closer to the poles, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT scientist.
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Canada's water: A paradox of pollution and waste

Canada's water: A paradox of pollution and waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Canada, a country with vast reserves of freshwater, the precious resource should reasonably be expected to be pristine and practically free to consumers.
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UN chief to discuss climate change in China

UN chief to discuss climate change in China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UN chief Ban Ki-moon will leave for China at the end of the week to discuss the nation's role in combating climate change.
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Brazil scores 60 out of 100 in first Ocean Health Index regional assessment

Brazil scores 60 out of 100 in first Ocean Health Index regional assessment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a study published this month by the open-access science journal PLOS ONE, the Ocean Health Index revealed the findings of its first regional assessment, which was conducted for Brazil. The assessment found the 3,660,995 sq. km. Brazilian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), an area larger than India, scored ...
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Student debt increases to $1.1 trillion, borrowers lagging in home and auto buying | WashingtonExaminer.com

Student debt increases to $1.1 trillion, borrowers lagging in home and auto buying | WashingtonExaminer.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Student debt increased by $31 billion to a record $1.1 trillion in the first quarter of 2014, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday.
Total consumer debt stood at $11.65 trillion in the quarter, still 8 percent below its 2008 peak, according to the New York Fed data. In recent months, student debt has eclipsed other kinds of consumer credit other than mortgages, including credit card debt and auto loans.
In a separate analysis released Thursday, New York Fed researchers noted that student borrowers continue to lag in home and auto purchases, even though both housing and auto sales improved significantly over the course of 2013.
Analysts noted that the share of 25-year-olds with student debt continued to increase in 2013, and the group's average student loan balance also rose, to $20,926 — nearly 70 percent of all their debts.
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EU proposes complete ban on drift-net fishing

EU proposes complete ban on drift-net fishing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brussels (AFP) May 14, 2014 - The European Union said Wednesday it wants a complete ban by 2015 on drift-net fishing, dubbed by environmentalists as 'walls of death' for killing other marine animals, especially dolphins.
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How climate talks can be more successful

How climate talks can be more successful | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) May 15, 2014 -
For more than two decades, members of the United Nations have sought to forge an agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. But so far, these international climate negotiations have had li
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Water extraction boosts California quake risk: study

Water extraction boosts California quake risk: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) May 14, 2014 - Relentless pumping of water to irrigate farms in part of California's Central Valley is boosting the risk of earthquakes on the San Andreas fault, geologists said on Wednesday.
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Turkey mine explosion: Over 230 dead, smoke hindering rescue efforts

Turkey mine explosion: Over 230 dead, smoke hindering rescue efforts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fire is still blazing inside the mine, 18 hours after the blast, and hundreds remain trapped underground.
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Justice For All...Except Those Too Big For Jail - The National Memo

Fair warning: This book will make you angry. The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, by Matt Taibbi, is a volume of stories. Like the Vietnamese refugee and rape victim in San Diego who applied for public assistance, only to be visited by a “welfare inspector” who barged into her home and …
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The beautiful new jellyfish identified in the Gulf of Venice

The beautiful new jellyfish identified in the Gulf of Venice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A bloom of new jellyfish started appearing in the Gulf of Venice last autumn. They were first detected by a fisherman from Chioggia in north-east Italy when hundreds of the beautiful yellow species filled his nets. News of this reached my team at the University of Salento's MED-JELLYRISK and VECTORS ...
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VW announces dual clutch automatic 10-speed transmission for its automotive vehicles

VW announces dual clutch automatic 10-speed transmission for its automotive vehicles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Volkswagen development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser has announced at the ongoing International Motor Symposium, in Vienna, Austria, that the company is set to debut a world first 10 speed automatic transmission, which should VW Group Chairman Dr. Martin Winterkorn, boasted, help the company meet its goal ...
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Study shows electric cars bring environmental benefits

Study shows electric cars bring environmental benefits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —If electric vehicles were widely available, New Zealanders would buy enough of them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector by one-fifth over the next 18 years, new research from Victoria University of Wellington shows.
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Control methane now, greenhouse gas expert warns

Control methane now, greenhouse gas expert warns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —As the shale gas boom continues, the atmosphere receives more methane, adding to Earth's greenhouse gas problem. A Cornell ecology professor fears that we may not be many years away from an environmental tipping point – and disaster.
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Qat cultivation drains Yemen's precious groundwater

Qat cultivation drains Yemen's precious groundwater | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mountainous Yemen is blessed with more water than its Arabian desert neighbours but the national passion for the stimulant plant qat threatens to exhaust that precious resource.
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Emissions by carbon-neutral municipalities down by almost 20 per cent in six years

Emissions by carbon-neutral municipalities down by almost 20 per cent in six years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sixteen municipalities involved in the Towards Carbon-Neutral Municipalities (Canemu, HINKU in Finnish) project reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 19% between 2007 and 2012. The greatest emissions reduction was made by Hanko (-34%) and Ii (-31%), which has invested heavily in emission-free ...
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