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Lead Contamination in Shooting Ranges

Lead Contamination in Shooting Ranges | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Outdoor shooting ranges are heavily reliant on lead products: bullets. Does this cause lead contamination, and how should it be handled?
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Why haven't China's cities learned from America's mistakes?

Why haven't China's cities learned from America's mistakes? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Faceless estates. Sprawling suburbs. Soulless financial districts. Discredited elsewhere as fostering the worst kind of urban angst, these are the vogue in China – but change could be afoot
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A Tipped Scale in California: Time to See the True Value of Geothermal

A Tipped Scale in California: Time to See the True Value of Geothermal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2004, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed the least-cost best fit (LCBF) rule as part of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard procurement. This statute required utilities to select renewable resources that have the lowest cost and that best fit their system needs.
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Photos of a remote $200-million mine cleanup in Washington State

Photos of a remote $200-million mine cleanup in Washington State | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Holden Mine cleanup is a remediation project costing upwards of a $200 million at a remote access site in central Washington State to fix environmental damage from an underground copper mine that operated over 50 years ago.

 

The mine has been closed since the late 1950s, and the cleanup is necessary to prevent water and soil contamination. Rio Tinto, which obtained the project after acquiring Alcan in 2007, is managing and paying for the five-year cleanup project, which began in January 2012.

 

It's also a religious retreat.

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Air France staff refuse to fly to Ebola-hit nations

Air France staff refuse to fly to Ebola-hit nations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some Air France flight crews are refusing to board planes bound for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria over fears of the Ebola outbreak, the airline said Tuesday.
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Liberia: Three receiving untested Ebola drug improving

Liberia: Three receiving untested Ebola drug improving | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug for Ebola are showing signs of recovery, officials said Tuesday, though medical experts caution it is not certain if the drug is effective.
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Antibacterial soap exposes health workers to high triclosan levels

Antibacterial soap exposes health workers to high triclosan levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Handwashing with antibacterial soap exposes hospital workers to significant and potentially unsafe levels of triclosan, a widely-used chemical currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a study led by researchers from UC San Francisco.
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Physically fit kids have beefier brain white matter than their less-fit peers

Physically fit kids have beefier brain white matter than their less-fit peers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study of 9- and 10-year-olds finds that those who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in the brain than their peers who are less fit. 'White matter' describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one brain region to another. More compact white ...
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Research shows how buildings can better generate and retain energy

Research shows how buildings can better generate and retain energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A PhD student at the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) on the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus has published research whose aim is to help improve the efficiency and performance of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BiPV) systems.
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Asian inventions dominate energy storage systems

Asian inventions dominate energy storage systems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In recent years, the number of patent applications for electrochemical energy storage technologies has soared. According to a study by the Technical University Munich, the largest volume of applications is submitted by developers of lithium batteries. The study offers a first differentiated analysis ...
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Wildfire near Yosemite sparks 13,000 evacuation orders

Wildfire near Yosemite sparks 13,000 evacuation orders | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Californian authorities said Tuesday they have issued more than 13,000 evacuation orders near Yosemite National Park due to a wildfire encroaching on the US tourist attraction.
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Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.
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New satellite data will help farmers facing drought

New satellite data will help farmers facing drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —About 60 percent of California is experiencing 'exceptional drought,' the U.S. Drought Monitor's most dire classification. The agency issued the same warning to Texas and the southeastern United States in 2012. California's last two winters have been among the driest since records began ...
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US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
$1bn lawsuit accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about radiation levels that have caused health problems to themselves and their families stationed in Japan
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In state’s karst area, even good farming may pollute groundwater

In state’s karst area, even good farming may pollute groundwater | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two new studies of private well water in Kewaunee County have linked contamination to fertilizer, livestock manure and human waste. “In these shallow bedrock areas, what you put on the surface, you will end up drinking eventually,” county conservationist Andy Wallander said.
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China coal mine explosion traps 29 workers

China coal mine explosion traps 29 workers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last year alone 1,049 people were killed or went missing in mining-related accidents in China.
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Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listener'

Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listener' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One hand clinging to his boat's gunwale, Harun Muhammad submerges himself, eyes and ears wide open underwater as he 'listens' for fish sounds emanating from the blue depths.
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Commentary focuses on 2014 Ebola outbreak in west africa

Commentary focuses on 2014 Ebola outbreak in west africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The Ebola epidemic is spreading in West Africa, with little hope for treatment, and an experimental therapy is unlikely to be provided to African patients, according to two commentaries published online Aug. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Ebola kills 84 in three days: UN

Ebola kills 84 in three days: UN | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Ebola virus killed 84 people in just three days, bringing the global death toll to 1,229, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
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What's in your gut? Certain bacteria may influence susceptibility to infection

What's in your gut? Certain bacteria may influence susceptibility to infection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The specific composition of bacterial species in a person's gut may protect against or increase susceptibility to Campylobacter, the most common cause of human bacterial intestinal inflammation, according research published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society ...
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Czechs roll out new Bitcoin-style virtual currency

Czechs roll out new Bitcoin-style virtual currency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Czech Republic launched its answer to Bitcoin on Tuesday when new virtual currency CzechCrownCoin started trading.
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New study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low; competitiveness of wind has improved

New study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low; competitiveness of wind has improved | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged just $25/MWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2013, ...
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Green power blooms as Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell'

Green power blooms as Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A solar cell that resembles a flower is offering a new take on green energy in Japan, where one scientist is searching for renewables that look good.
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'Severe' drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, report says

'Severe' drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drought conditions may have leveled off across California, but nearly 100 percent of the state remains in the third-harshest category for dryness, according to the latest measurements.
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Has the puzzle of rapid climate change in the last ice age been solved?

Has the puzzle of rapid climate change in the last ice age been solved? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over the past one hundred thousand years cold temperatures largely prevailed over the planet in what is known as the last ice age. However, the cold period was repeatedly interrupted by much warmer climate conditions. Scientists have long attempted to find out why these drastic temperature jumps of ...
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