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Cheap Solar Power Pushes Renewables Growth Worldwide | Climate Central

Cheap Solar Power Pushes Renewables Growth Worldwide | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report from the United Nations and Bloomberg shows renewables such as wind and solar are gaining market share globally despite a decline in investments between 2012 and 2013. The reason: Solar is getting cheaper.
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What’s devastating the wild moose population in New England?

What’s devastating the wild moose population in New England? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The cause of the dramatic die-off is not yet known, but a main theory is centered on the parasitic winter tick, and warmer winters may be partly to blame.
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Salamander’s Hefty Role in the Forest

Salamander’s Hefty Role in the Forest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Small but prolific predators, salamanders affect the ecosystem of a forest and collectively could help stave off climate disaster.
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The new call in Europe: Frack, baby, frack.

The new call in Europe: Frack, baby, frack. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Engaged in a showdown with Russia, leaders push shale gas as a path to energy independence.
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U.S. shale to curb imports for decades, EIA says

U.S. shale to curb imports for decades, EIA says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2013 - U.S. imports of petroleum and liquid fuel sources should dip to 25 percent by the mid 2010s before rising again by 2040, the Energy Department said Monday.
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Australia's first solar electric hybrid sports car

Australia's first solar electric hybrid sports car | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Apr 08, 2014 -
A sports car designed to be the toughest on the road, while helping the environment and showcasing the benefits of solar power, is on its way to reality thanks to a group of Swinburne University of
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Felix Salmon on Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys

Felix Salmon on Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Michael Lewis couldn't have timed it better if he'd tried. His blockbuster new book about high-frequency trading, Flash Boys, came out in a blaze of publicity during exactly the same week as a little-known Wall Street company named Virtu was scheduled to start marketing its initial public offering of shares....
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Cities Advance Their Fight Against Rising Inequality

Cities Advance Their Fight Against Rising Inequality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cities across the country are considering proposals to tackle income inequality, but experts say localities have little control over the policy tools that could make the biggest impact.
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Anti-corruption activists back on trial in China

Anti-corruption activists back on trial in China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) April 08, 2014 - Two Chinese anti-corruption activists were set to go on trial under heavy security Tuesday, in Beijing's latest strike against a burgeoning rights movement whose central figure was jailed in January.
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Hummingbird evolution soared after they invaded South America 22 million years ago

Hummingbird evolution soared after they invaded South America 22 million years ago | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Berkeley CA (SPX) Apr 08, 2014 -
A newly constructed family tree of the hummingbirds, published in the journal Current Biology, tells a story of a unique group of birds that originated in Europe, passed through Asia and North Ameri
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Sage grouse losing habitat to fire as endangered species decision looms

Sage grouse losing habitat to fire as endangered species decision looms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 08, 2014 -
As fires sweep more frequently across the American Great Basin, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been tasked with reseeding the burned landscapes to stabilize soils. BLM's interventions ha
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Saving plants from cyanide with carbon dioxide

Saving plants from cyanide with carbon dioxide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Halifax, Canada (SPX) Apr 08, 2014 -
The scientific world is one step closer to understanding how nature uses carbon-capture to tame poisons, thanks to a recent discovery of cyanoformate by researchers at Saint Mary's University (Halif
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Taking action to deliver agriculture growth, jobs, food security in face of climate change

Taking action to deliver agriculture growth, jobs, food security in face of climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Apr 08, 2014 -
The influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released this week, concluded that climate change is already damaging food production and increasing food prices, and will ha
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A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World

A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With almost $1billion in funding and ambitions to replace petroleum-based cars with a network of cheap electrics, Shai Agassis Better Place was...
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Climate change, coral reefs, deforestation and dengue

Climate change, coral reefs, deforestation and dengue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 21st century will present gloomy challenges for Costa Rica and the rest of Latin America, such as the collapse of wildlife habitats, animal extinction, water scarcity and the spread of disease in an already vulnerable population.
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Early springs surprise many species — The Daily Climate

Early springs surprise many species — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

LONDON – Spring is arriving earlier – maybe not this year for North America, but the trend is clear. This is not welcome news for Arctic creatures or the roe deer of France. And it could be awkward for flower festival organizers as well.

 

Julienne Stroeve of the United States' National Snow and Ice Data Center and colleagues will report in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that the length of the Arctic melt season is growing by several days each decade. When the melt starts earlier, the Arctic Ocean absorbs more radiation: Enough in some places to melt four feet in thickness from the Arctic ice cap.

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US Navy 'game-changer': converting seawater into fuel

US Navy 'game-changer': converting seawater into fuel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) April 07, 2014 - The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel.
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EPA Names TCP 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

EPA Names TCP 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Aurora OH (SPX) Apr 08, 2014 -
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP), a leader in energy-efficient lighting innovations, as a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its
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dow chemical seeks usda approval for 2,4-d ready corn

dow chemical seeks usda approval for 2,4-d ready corn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
  Excerpts taken from the Pesticide Action Network Dow and USDA are hoping to quietly approve a new genetically engineered corn seed that basically swaps RoundUp (glyphosate) for a worse weedk...
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Natural air conditioner cools with the power of terracotta and evaporation

Natural air conditioner cools with the power of terracotta and evaporation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Using an age-old method to cool the air, this terracotta "cold pot" could be an energy-efficient and low-maintenance alternative to conventional air conditioners.
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Tiananmen Square dissident warns Uighur militancy on the rise

Tiananmen Square dissident warns Uighur militancy on the rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Taipei April 07, 2014 - Militancy is on the rise in China among Uighurs driven to despair over Beijing's terrorist colonisation, Wu'er Kaixi, a Uighur exiled after his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, has warned.
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Bacteria Get New Badge as Planet's Detoxifier

Bacteria Get New Badge as Planet's Detoxifier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Las Vegas NV (SPX) Apr 08, 2014 -
A study published this week in PLOS ONE authored by Dr. Henry Sun and his postdoctoral student Dr. Gaosen Zhang of Nevada based research institute DRI provides new evidence that Earth bacteria can do something that is quite unusual. Despite the fact that these bacteria are made of left-handed (L) amino acids, they are able to grow on right-handed (D) amino acids.


"This finding is important because D-amino acids are slowly produced in soils through geochemical transformation of L amino acids. If they were allowed to accumulate, they would poison the environment for plants and animals. Our research shows that it is the bacteria that prevent D-amino acids from accumulating to toxic levels," explains Dr. Sun, who has studied microbial life in extreme environments in the Antarctic dry valleys, the Atacama Desert, and Death Valley.

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Tracking sperm whales' ecology through stomach contents

Tracking sperm whales' ecology through stomach contents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Amherst MA (SPX) Apr 08, 2014 -
In the largest regional study of its type to date, marine ecologist Michelle Staudinger and colleagues offer better understanding of the feeding ecologies of two very rare sperm whale species in wat
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Climate change forces flower festival forward a month since 1960s

Climate change forces flower festival forward a month since 1960s | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coventry, UK (SPX) Apr 08, 2014 -
Organisers of flower festivals are being forced to adapt to increasingly early first blooming dates in spring, according to a study by a Coventry University academic which is shortly due to be publi
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