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California drought: communities at risk of running dry

California drought: communities at risk of running dry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It is a bleak roadmap of the deepening crisis brought on by one of California's worst droughts - a list of 17 communities and water districts that within 100 days could run dry of the state's most precious commodity.

 

The threatened towns and districts, identified this week by state health officials, are mostly small and in rural areas. They get their water in a variety of ways, from reservoirs to wells to rivers. But, in all cases, a largely rainless winter has left their supplies near empty.

 

In the Bay Area, Cloverdale and Healdsburg in Sonoma County are among those at risk of running out of water, according to the state. The small Lompico Water District in the Santa Cruz Mountains is also on the list. Others could be added if the dry weather lingers.

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Chesapeake Energy’s $5 Billion Shuffle

Chesapeake Energy’s $5 Billion Shuffle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The energy giant raised the cash it needed to survive by slashing royalties it paid property owners to drill on their land.
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A Better Energy Weapon to Stop Putin - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

A Better Energy Weapon to Stop Putin - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Ukraine crisis has spurred calls for ramping up U.S. liquefied natural gas exports to Europe in the hope of translating our new-found energy prowess into geopolitical influence. It's a nice idea. But if the goal is to put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime, a more considered proposal might be to lift the ban on the export of U.S. crude oil.
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WELTEC Optimises Wastewater Plants

WELTEC Optimises Wastewater Plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lower Saxony, Germany (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
In the future, the anaerobic fermentation and utilisation of sludge from wastewater plants will play an increasingly important role. To ensure an economically and ecologically sustainable solution,
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US regulators warned of problems on Boeing 777s

US regulators warned of problems on Boeing 777s | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2014 - Months before Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mysteriously vanished, US regulators warned of a cracking and corrosion problem on Boeing 777s that could lead to a mid-air breakup and drastic drop in cabin pressure.
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Predation on invertebrates by woodland salamanders increases carbon capture

Predation on invertebrates by woodland salamanders increases carbon capture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Arcata CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
Woodland salamanders perform a vital ecological service in American forests by helping to mitigate the impacts of global warming. Global warming occurs when greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are
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Acoustic Cloaking Device Hides Objects from Sound

Acoustic Cloaking Device Hides Objects from Sound | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Durham NC (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number crunching, Duke engineers have demonstrated the world's first three-dimensional acoustic cloak. The new de
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Activated Carbon Processing Facility and Biomass Plant Hit The Auction Block

Activated Carbon Processing Facility and Biomass Plant Hit The Auction Block | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kawaihae HI (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 - By order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Tiger Group's Remarketing Services Division and Aaron Equipment Company Inc. are liquidating an activated carbon processing facility and a biomass power plant
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Russia agrees to build at least two more nuclear plants: Iran

Russia agrees to build at least two more nuclear plants: Iran | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tehran (AFP) March 12, 2014 - Russia has signed a preliminary agreement to build at least two more nuclear power plants in the Iranian port city of Bushehr, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.
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Plasma plumes help shield Earth from damaging solar storms

Plasma plumes help shield Earth from damaging solar storms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 10, 2014 -
The Earth's magnetic field, or magnetosphere, stretches from the planet's core out into space, where it meets the solar wind, a stream of charged particles emitted by the sun. For the most part, the
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Avalanches kill six in Indian Kashmir

Avalanches kill six in Indian Kashmir | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Srinagar, India (AFP) March 12, 2014 - Avalanches triggered by unusually heavy snowfall killed at least six people in Indian Kashmir, as flimsy buildings caved in across the Himalayan valley, police said Wednesday.
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Earth has a secret reservoir of water, say scientists

Earth has a secret reservoir of water, say scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris, France (AFP) March 12, 2014 - A hundred and fifty years ago, in Journey to the Centre of the Earth, French science-fiction forerunner Jules Verne pictured a vast sea that lay deep under our planet's surface.
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In grasslands remade by humans, animals may protect biodiversity

In grasslands remade by humans, animals may protect biodiversity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
College Park MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
A comparative study of grasslands on six continents suggests there may be a way to counteract the human-made overdose of fertilizer that threatens to permanently alter the biodiversity of the world'
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Ryan Defends Comments On Lazy ‘Inner City’ Men

Ryan Defends Comments On Lazy ‘Inner City’ Men | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Facts don't appear to be on Paul Ryan's side.

 

Rep. Paul Ryan’s claim that young “inner city” men are “not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work” because they rely on government assistance has sparked outrage from a growing number of Democratic lawmakers, one of whom called the comments “a thinly veiled racial attack.”

 

Ryan defended himself on Wednesday night, telling the blog Crew of 42, “This has nothing to do whatsoever with race. It never even occurred to me. This has nothing to do with race whatsoever.”

 

But whether or not race was at the heart of Ryan’s intentions, it appears that the government data and the social research he uses to argue that “inner city” men are taking advantage of anti-poverty programs to avoid employment actually only undermine his claims.

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The new age of crony capitalism

The new age of crony capitalism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
AS THE regime of Viktor Yanukovych collapsed in Ukraine, protesters against it could be found outside One Hyde Park, a luxury development in west London. Their...
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Belfer Center Perspectives on the Crisis in Ukraine - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Belfer Center Perspectives on the Crisis in Ukraine - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A selection of Belfer Center analysis and commentary on the situation in Ukraine from print, broadcast, and online media.
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High-Concentration Solar Photovoltaic Systems to Reach Greater Efficiencies

High-Concentration Solar Photovoltaic Systems to Reach Greater Efficiencies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
Consistent improvements in technology and gradually lower costs will drive high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) systems to superior efficiencies, making HCPV an increasingly viable rival to conven
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Small Biomass Power Plants Could Help Rural Economies, Stabilize Grid

Small Biomass Power Plants Could Help Rural Economies, Stabilize Grid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Columbia MO (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 - As energy costs rise, more Americans are turning to bioenergy to provide power to their homes and workplaces. Bioenergy is renewable energy made from organic sources, such as biomass. Technology has
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Contaminated Fukushima water may be dumped as problems mount

Contaminated Fukushima water may be dumped as problems mount | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Mar 13, 2014 -
Contaminated water at the battered Fukushima plant has taken precedence over everything else. As the larger cleanup effort continues and storage space for the water is rapidly running out, scientist
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LED lamps: less energy, more light

LED lamps: less energy, more light | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tullastrabe, Germany (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 -
LEDs are durable and save energy. Now researchers have found a way to make LED lamps even more compact while supplying more light than commercially available models. The key to success: transistors
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Scientists build thinnest-possible LEDs to be stronger, more energy efficient

Scientists build thinnest-possible LEDs to be stronger, more energy efficient | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 13, 2014 - Most modern electronics, from flat-screen TVs and smartphones to wearable technologies and computer monitors, use tiny light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. These LEDs are based off of semiconductors that emit light with the movement of electrons. As devices get smaller and faster, there is more demand for such semiconductors that are tinier, stronger and more energy efficient.

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Oil, gas wastewater disposal causes cascade of Oklahoma quakes-USGS

Underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas drilling likely triggered a series of earthquakes in central Oklahoma in November 2011, according to a study from the U.S. Geological Survey that will add to the controversy surrounding the impact of the U.S. energy boom.

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Pakistani Kashmir turns to water to solve power crisis

Pakistani Kashmir turns to water to solve power crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Neelum Valley, Pakistan (AFP) March 12, 2014 - As Pakistan grapples with a crippling energy crisis, people in one corner of Kashmir have taken matters into their own hands, using small-scale turbines to generate electricity from streams and rivers.
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Floods kill 7 in Saudi Arabia: media

Floods kill 7 in Saudi Arabia: media | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Riyadh (AFP) March 12, 2014 - Seven people have died in floods that hit northern Hail province of mainly desert Saudi Arabia, local media reported Wednesday.
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Thousands sue nuclear giants over Japan Fukushima disaster

Thousands sue nuclear giants over Japan Fukushima disaster | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) March 12, 2014 - A class action lawsuit against nuclear suppliers General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi has ballooned to more than 4,000 claimants who are seeking damages over the Fukushima atomic disaster, the lead lawyer said Wednesday.
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