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'Great wall of Jakarta' plan to combat floods

'Great wall of Jakarta' plan to combat floods | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jakarta has launched a multi-billion-dollar scheme to build a huge sea wall to combat flooding as the Indonesian capital sinks, but there is scepticism about its chances of success in a country with a history of corruption and failed megaprojects.
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A global natural gas boom alone won't slow climate change

A global natural gas boom alone won't slow climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that without new climate policies, expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide over the long term, according to a study appearing today in Nature.
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Lost Louisiana: The race to reclaim vanished land back from the sea

Lost Louisiana: The race to reclaim vanished land back from the sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world’s fastest submerging state is looking to nature in an ambitious plan to turn back the tide, and to BP to fund it -- but will it work?
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How one building is changing the world

How one building is changing the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seattle's Bullitt Center is making waves far beyond its super-insulated, nontoxic, and FSC-certified walls.
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Ebola by the numbers: The size, spread and cost of an outbreak

Ebola by the numbers: The size, spread and cost of an outbreak | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the virus continues to rampage in West Africa, Nature’s graphic offers a guide to the figures that matter.
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Global Climate Deal Shouldn't Be Legally Binding, Top State Dept. Official Says

Global Climate Deal Shouldn't Be Legally Binding, Top State Dept. Official Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - The United States wants to broker a global agreement on climate change that would contain some legal elements but would stop short of being legally binding on an international leve...
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Can Progressives, Enviros, And Scientists Save Capitalism From The Pro-Collapse Polluters?

Can Progressives, Enviros, And Scientists Save Capitalism From The Pro-Collapse Polluters? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” — Edward Abbey

 

It’s not environmentalists who are anti-growth -- it’s polluters and their enablers who are pro-collapse. Unchecked capitalism is a Ponzi scheme that must collapse. And it is our prolonged inaction in the face of the growing threat of collapse that forces drastic action now.

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Polar vortex will likely make a return this winter, says Accuweather

Polar vortex will likely make a return this winter, says Accuweather | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If you’re wondering what this winter holds for the Mid-Atlantic, you need not look further than last winter, though not as prolonged, says Accuweather in their winter weather outlook.

 

“Cold air will surge into the Northeast in late November, but the brunt of the season will hold off until January and February,” they write. “The polar vortex, the culprit responsible for several days of below-zero temperatures last year, will slip down into the region from time to time, delivering blasts of arctic air.”

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In 15 Years, Floods Will Be a Part of Everyday Life on the East Coast

In 15 Years, Floods Will Be a Part of Everyday Life on the East Coast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climate change is not as far away as you might think.

 

Live on the East Coast? Rising sea levels will cause problems for your home and community a lot sooner than you probably think. In a new report, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) forecasts that 30 major cities on the East Coast will face more frequent and extensive flooding in 15 years time. In 30 years, flooding will be a near-daily occurence in nine of these cities.


The sea level has risen roughly eight inches globally from 1880 to 2009, largely due to global warming, but the rise has been over 10 inches along parts of the U.S. Atlantic coast. Higher sea level leads to higher tides, which can flood cities' streets, waterfronts, and low-lying properties. As extreme high tides become more common, UCS researchers predict that things like power outages, lost cell phone coverage, and impassable roadways will become challenges of daily life. 

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5 Reasons Oil Prices Are Dropping

5 Reasons Oil Prices Are Dropping | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Key contributing factors in the fall in oil prices range from surprise production levels in Libya to, in-fighting between OPEC members and EU economic outlook…
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Do Minimum Wage Increases Benefit the Middle Class?

Do Minimum Wage Increases Benefit the Middle Class? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This is not to argue against minimum wage increases as much as to argue that this remedy must not be substituted for reforms at deeper levels....
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How human noise affects the ocean – Peter Brannen – Aeon

How human noise affects the ocean – Peter Brannen – Aeon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Human industry is now noisy enough to drown out whale songs. What happens in the ocean when we go quiet?
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SUPREME COURT: Justices vexed by Kan.-Neb. water dispute case

The Supreme Court today dove into a decadeslong water dispute between Kansas and Nebraska, with both sides seeming to gain traction while arguing for different remedies.
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New report says more effort needed to help combat ocean acidification

New report says more effort needed to help combat ocean acidification | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The federal government needs to pay more attention to what is often referred to as 'the other carbon dioxide problem' - the acidification of the oceans - to help stave off widespread damage to seafood, tourism and storm protection, according to a new federal report.
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Past climate change and continental ice melt linked to varying CO2 levels

Past climate change and continental ice melt linked to varying CO2 levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Universities of Southampton and Cardiff have discovered that a globally warm period in Earth's geological past featured highly variable levels of CO2.
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Serious about saving the bees? Time to rethink agriculture

Serious about saving the bees? Time to rethink agriculture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's not as easy as banning pesticides and boosting honeybees. We need to make our farms function more like wild ecosystems.
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Poll reveals public’s ocean worries - environmentalresearchweb

Poll reveals public’s ocean worries - environmentalresearchweb | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research into sea ice, physical changes in the ocean, and impacts of climate change on marine organisms should be a priority, citizens say
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China: Ambitious project to rescue Beijing from water crisis

China: Ambitious project to rescue Beijing from water crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water will be diverted from country’s south to the water-scarce northern region
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Chilean Near-Shore Fisheries: From Shutdown to Successful Management

Chilean Near-Shore Fisheries: From Shutdown to Successful Management | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By: Carmen Revenga, Sustainable Fisheries Director, The Nature Conservancy and Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Senior Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation Today, Chile is a global example for...
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New Study Details Alarming Acceleration In Sea Level Rise

New Study Details Alarming Acceleration In Sea Level Rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Melting polar and glacial ice and thermally expanding ocean water have accelerated sea level rise to the highest rate in at least 6,000 years according to a new study.
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Health-care worker with Ebola flew on commercial flight a day before being diagnosed

Health-care worker with Ebola flew on commercial flight a day before being diagnosed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The woman flew on Monday night and was isolated and tested the following day.

 

The second health-care worker diagnosed with Ebola had a fever of 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit before boarding a passenger jet on Monday, a day before she reported symptoms of the virus and was tested, according to public health officials.

 

Even though there appeared to be little risk for the other people on that flight, she should not have traveled that way, Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a news conference Wednesday.

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New report outlines national security threats of climate change

New report outlines national security threats of climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The military is bracing for a global warming crisis that will cause sea levels to rise by at least 12 to 18 inches over the next 20 to 50 years.
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The Coal Paradox: The current business case for carbon sequestration? Burning coal to make oil.

The Coal Paradox: The current business case for carbon sequestration? Burning coal to make oil. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Because coal creates more and nastier emissions than other fuel sources, the black rock has landed on the blacklist of regulators and public health officials. The prospect of higher environmental standards and a carbon tax is posing an existential threat to the industry. One solution would be to capture and...
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How to Make Biogas in 5 Easy Steps

How to Make Biogas in 5 Easy Steps | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This article does not get into home biogas gas yields or what biogas can be used for, but it is a basic introduction to the five necessary conditions for how to make biogas at home to get you started.
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The New Commute | Orion Magazine

Ridesharing is a simple solution to traffic congestion that also builds community. Seventh installment of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure series.
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