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H1N1 flu deaths hit 123 in Mexico, officials say

H1N1 flu deaths hit 123 in Mexico, officials say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mexico is worried about a spike in the number of H1N1 flu cases and deaths, in the country that was the epicenter of the 2009 outbreak of the strain.
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China's Baidu paints New Year travel map from mobiles

China's Baidu paints New Year travel map from mobiles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pale blue, fibre-optic-like lines linking dots in an outline of China emerging from darkness—technology giant Baidu has launched an astronomical chart-style image of the country's New Year travels.
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Mollusc shells inspire super-glass

Mollusc shells inspire super-glass | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Engineers intrigued by the toughness of mollusc shells, which are composed of brittle minerals, have found inspiration in their structure to make glass 200 times stronger than a standard pane.
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Microbeads a major problem in L.A. River

Microbeads a major problem in L.A. River | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientist Marcus Eriksen stood ankle deep in the murky Los Angeles River on Friday and dipped a net into the water, looking for a problem.
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'Natural' engineering offers solution against future flooding

'Natural' engineering offers solution against future flooding | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Back-to-nature flood schemes which use the land's natural defences to slow river flow and reduce flooding could be a cost-effective way of tackling one of the biggest problems facing the UK today.
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Fertilizer nutrient imbalance to limit food production in Africa

Fertilizer nutrient imbalance to limit food production in Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Underuse of phosphorus-based fertilizers in Africa currently contributes to a growing yield gap—the difference between how much crops could produce in ideal circumstances compared to actual yields.
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Genetics May Hold the Key to Climate Change Solutions for Plants

Genetics May Hold the Key to Climate Change Solutions for Plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Genetics-based research could help identify individual plants that possess superior traits to allow them to survive droughts and temperature shifts
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This is what Earth will look like if we melt all the ice

This is what Earth will look like if we melt all the ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
National Geographic has a good interactive map showing what 216 feet of sea level rise will do to coastlines around the world.
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VIDEO. L'évolution inquiétante des anomalies climatiques

VIDEO. L'évolution inquiétante des anomalies climatiques | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La Nasa a publié une vidéo qui met en évidence le réchauffement climatique depuis plus d'un demi siècle.

Via Dominique Martin- Ferrari, Stephane Bilodeau
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, January 26, 2014 11:05 AM

L'Institut Goddard pour les études spatiales (GISS en anglais), un laboratoire de la Nasa spécialisé dans l'étude des changements climatiques a publié mardi 21 janvier sur son site une vidéo des plus inquiétantes. On y voit la manière dont les anomalies climatiques se sont multipliées ces dernières années. Les zones en jaune (1°C d'écart) et en rouge (2°C d'écart) indiquent une température mesurée supérieure à la moyenne tandis que les zones en bleu claie (1°C d'écart) et en bleu foncé (2°C d'écart) font état d'un froid inhabituel. 

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Detrás de la huella de carbono

Para las compañías es clave conocer su huella de carbono por su responsabilidad ambiental y con todo sus públicos de interés. (#MedioAmbiente: Calcular la huella de carbono es una acción real de las empresas de compromiso con el planeta.

Via Ursula Sola de Hinestrosa
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The dire need to support 'orphan crop' research - SciDev.Net

The dire need to support 'orphan crop' research - SciDev.Net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The dire need to support 'orphan crop' research SciDev.Net Although orphan crops like tef have long been ignored, technological developments now present an opportunity to make a big difference with research into improving the productivity of these...

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Plus de la moitié des terriens subiront des difficultés d’accès à l’eau d’ici 2050

Plus de la moitié des terriens subiront des difficultés d’accès à l’eau d’ici 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Les inégalités d’accès à l’eau douce ont tendance à se creuser entre pays développés et pays en voie de développement. Or l’eau douce est nécessaire dans la chaîne de développement des écosystèmes ou encore pour des activités vitales développées par l’homme comme l’agriculture. Les chercheur du MIT ont ainsi mis au point un nouvel outil logiciel permettant d’évaluer la capacité des ressources en eau actuelles à satisfaire les besoins d’ici 2050, et le résultat est pour le moins inquiétant.


Via Renaud Green, échoplanète, Flo @ddline2020 ✏
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D-DAY 365 ! SOLAR DECATHLON EUROPE 2014 KICK-OFF | Solar decathlon

D-DAY 365 ! SOLAR DECATHLON EUROPE 2014 KICK-OFF | Solar decathlon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Paris, Tuesday the 27th of June 2013 – Today marks a major date: D-Day is one year from now: the official kick-off for the international Solar Decathlon Europe 2014competition will happen in “La Cité du Soleil”!

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Japanese bra only unhooks for true love, say makers

Japanese bra only unhooks for true love, say makers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a long-awaited fusion between hot-blooded hormones and cold-headed engineering, a Japanese lingerie company has produced a bra they claim will only unlock when the wearer is really in love.
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Reality Bytes's curator insight, January 29, 2014 3:01 AM

Only the Japanese could invent something like this!

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New theory suggests way to teleport energy long distances

New theory suggests way to teleport energy long distances | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A trio of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan, led by Masahiro Hotta, has proposed a new way to teleport energy that allows for doing so over long distances.
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Study shows airborne black carbon soot much worse than thought in China and India

Study shows airborne black carbon soot much worse than thought in China and India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A team made up of researchers from France and China has developed a new model for describing the amount of black carbon soot pollution in the air.
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Coral reef discovered off Greenland

Coral reef discovered off Greenland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By sheer coincidence, Canadian researchers have discovered a reef of living cold-water corals in southern Greenland.
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UN warns climate change is drowning Senegal

UN warns climate change is drowning Senegal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The United Nations' head of disaster risk warned Tuesday that flooding caused by climate change had become an emergency in Senegal, with some towns finding themselves underwater for large parts of the year.
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A New Physics Theory of Life

A New Physics Theory of Life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A physicist has proposed the provocative idea that life exists because the law of increasing entropy drives matter to acquire life-like physical properties
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Reality Bytes's curator insight, January 29, 2014 3:00 AM

Physics. Sounds really, REALLY dull and boring, isnt it?  You'd be wrong, though. It can be an absorbing and extremely interesting subject once you really pay attention to what they're saying.

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Fact or Fiction: Is Wind Chill Real?

Fact or Fiction: Is Wind Chill Real? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The infamous polar vortex has put the U.S. and Canada in a deep freeze several times already this winter. Alarmed weather forecasters are now routinely displaying big maps that show the extremely low wind chill values: –34 degrees Fahrenheit in Minneapolis, –36 degrees F in Chicago, –39 degrees F in Fargo, N.D., last night alone. But if the air temperature is, say, 15 degrees F, and a 20–mile per hour wind makes the wind chill –2 degrees F, would the temperature of your exposed skin drop to that temperature?

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Comparaison internationale des politiques publiques en matière d’économie circulaire - Ministère du Développement durable

Comparaison internationale des politiques publiques en matière d’économie circulaire - Ministère du Développement durable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

L’étude de comparaison internationale menée par le Commissariat Général au Développement Durable a pour objectif de fournir quelques pistes de réflexion aux débats actuellement en cours sur le thème de l’économie circulaire. L’étude analyse quatre pays précurseurs sur ce sujet : le Japon, pays le plus souvent associé au concept des 3R (réduction, réutilisation et recyclage) en matière de politique des déchets ; l’Allemagne, un des premiers pays à adopter une loi s’inspirant des principes de l’économie circulaire et un programme national sur l’utilisation efficace des ressources ; les Pays-Bas qui ont intégré une approche cycle de vie en matière de gestion des déchets ; et la Chine, puissance émergente, qui a promulgué une loi de promotion de l’économie circulaire.


Via la Fabrique Spinoza, Catherine Pourvoyeur, François GARREAU
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Fulvia ALLIEVI DOROSZ's curator insight, July 6, 2014 7:11 AM

Un document intéressant, retraçant plus de 20 ans d’initiatives prises dans ces pays si différents (Japon, Chine, Allemagne et Pays Bas), montrant que la diversité,  culturelle, structurelle ou en termes de dispositifs légaux d’encadrement et/ou de sollicitation (volontariste ou coercitive) peut nourrir un débat intéressant et surtout générateur d’innovation et de progrès !

 

Un point commun à méditer, dans toutes ces initiatives « l’économie circulaire est envisagée comme un levier de croissance économique »

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Why climate change is inevitable

Why climate change is inevitable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Human beings are lousy at assessing risk, and even worse at making big sacrifices now for future benefits

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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chris Hedges: The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville's ''Moby Dick.''

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, January 27, 2014 2:16 PM

Absolutely brilliant but bleak analysis of the state of our world. Must-read article for all with the courage to see...

Scott A Gibbs's curator insight, January 28, 2014 9:48 AM

Interesting opinions.  Although they are sure to enrage, there needs to be a different discussion about economic development and the metrics by which we measure it.

Artur Alves's curator insight, January 31, 2014 10:54 AM

"Decayed civilizations always make war on independent intellectual inquiry, art and culture for this reason. They do not want the masses to look into the pit. They condemn and vilify the “burnt people”—Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Cornel West. They feed the human addiction for illusion, happiness and hope. They peddle the fantasy of eternal material progress. They urge us to build images of ourselves to worship. They insist—and this is the argument of globalization ¬¬—that our voyage is, after all, decreed by natural law. We have surrendered our lives to corporate forces that ultimately serve systems of death. We ignore and belittle the cries of the burnt people. And, if we do not swiftly and radically reconfigure our relationship to each other and the ecosystem, microbes look set to inherit the earth."

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The sharing economy: a short introduction to its political evolution | Share The World's Resources (STWR)

The sharing economy: a short introduction to its political evolution | Share The World's Resources (STWR) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Can the sharing economy movement address the root causes of the world’s converging crises?

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Why CFOs are sustainability’s surprising new superheroes

Why CFOs are sustainability’s surprising new superheroes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here's why their unique skills empower them to advance green initiatives in the swiftly changing corporate marketplace. 

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