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Eau et changement climatique : adaptons-nous !

Film d'animation sur l'adaptation au changement climatique dans le domaine de l'eau. Le changement climatique est là. Adaptons-nous ! L'Etat, l'agence de l'e...

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Bitcoin - good for who?

Bitcoin - good for who? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Those already in power are benefiting most from the digital currency (#Bitcoin - a complementary currency but who is reaping its benefits?

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John Boik's curator insight, August 6, 2014 3:01 PM

Bitcoin is built upon innovative technology, and that alone has value. But it is worthwhile to question who in society has benefited the most.

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The Himalayan Times : Pesticide-laced veggies being exported to India

RAUTAHAT: After the government increased its vigilance against sale of pesticide-laced vegetables, the vegetables grown in mid-Tarai are being exported to India.
Vegetables grown in Sarlahi, Rautahat, Makawanpur, Chitwan used to be supplied to major cities inside the country including Kathmandu. However, after government agencies tightened the screw against the harmful vegetables, export of vege ... Nepal's most frequently updated news portal. The Himalayan Times brings the Latest & Top Breaking News on Politics and Current Affairs in Nepal & around the World; Cricket, Sports, Business, Bollywood News and Entertainment, Science, Technology, Health & Fitness news, opinions from leading columnists.

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Urban Permaculture for the Balcony and Beyond (Argentina)

Urban Permaculture for the Balcony and Beyond (Argentina) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This is the first article I've written for PermacultureNews.Org, and I'd like to share some Urban Permaculture experiences from Córdoba,

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Norma R. Burnson's curator insight, August 7, 2014 4:55 AM

Sustainable Food for the Globe.   Found a little gem, en joy it! .

..."In all of the classes we do an introduction to the history and principles of Permaculture, and then we get to work on site analysis and practical design ideas for apartment-scale food production, composting and other projects. Using plants for creating privacy screens, improving air quality, and providing protection from the heat are also common design goals in these situations."  *****




Your involvement is the key! Help empower all the children in the world to save our planet. Act now, go to www.energine-university-fundraiser.com. Thanks

Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, August 9, 2014 12:19 AM

Permaculture is the way to garden!

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Commercial buildings to invest nearly US$960 billion in energy efficiency retrofits

Because the existing building stock dwarfs the amount of building space that is added on an annual basis, retrofits are a critical pathway to greening the world's commercial buildings. Regulations and policy measures, technological advances, and cost reductions are all driving increased investment in energy efficiency retrofits. According to Navigant Research, cumulative investment in commercial building energy efficiency retrofits will total US$959 billion from 2014 through 2023.

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Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years

Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't -- and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years.

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Major Milestone In Tidal Power Emerges With ‘Spirit Of The Sea’

Major Milestone In Tidal Power Emerges With ‘Spirit Of The Sea’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A full-scale, 156-ton tidal power generator meant to display the potential for harnessing tides as a source of renewable energy has been unveiled in Wales for a 12-month trial.

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La Suède est victime des pires feux de forêt de son histoire

La Suède est victime des pires feux de forêt de son histoire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Quatre avions bombardiers d'eau de la Sécurité civile française et de son homologue italienne ont commencé mercredi 6 août leurs rondes pour éteindre les feux de forêt qui font rage dans le centre de la Suède, décrits par les pompiers comme les pires feux de forêt de l'histoire moderne du pays.

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Southerners Think Differently on How Energy Affects Environment

Southerners Think Differently on How Energy Affects Environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

According to the University of Michigan Energy Survey, Southerners, compared to individuals in other parts of the country, are less likely to believe that energy affects the environment by at least a fair amount. http://bit.ly/1pe3n3M


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Driverless cars to hit UK roads next year

Driverless cars to hit UK roads next year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Driverless cars are an exciting glimpse of the future, with great potential to improve road safety. It seems the UK has caught on to this, announcing a £10 million (US$17 million) scheme to test driverless cars on public roads from January 2015.


The UK Government is calling on all major cities to join together with businesses and research organizations to put forward a proposal for the country to become a test location for autonomous cars. Trials are expected to last between 18 and 36 months, and the £10 million funding pot will serve as a competition prize for up to three UK cities, with London being confirmed as a hopeful bid.


Currently, self-driving cars are only allowed on private roads in the UK, but the new scheme will allow for the testing of fully autonomous vehicles on public roads, as well as cars with self-driving features.

"Driverless cars have huge potential to transform the UK’s transport network – they could improve safety, reduce congestion and lower emissions, particularly CO2," said the UK’s Transport Minister, Claire Perry.


Driverless cars have been coming for some time, with manufacturers including 


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Marco Bertolini's curator insight, August 7, 2014 2:09 PM

Des voitures sans chauffeur au Royaume Uni dès l'an prochain !


Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, August 8, 2014 10:01 PM

Google isn't the only one working on a driverless car. However, they would be the most ambitious and perhaps the only company which could imagine digitizing all the surface streets of the United States as a key part of the solution of self-driving cars. Read more about it here: http://sco.lt/5XGlH7

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A modern-day Dust Bowl

A modern-day Dust Bowl | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As a drought unfolds slowly and devastatingly, California farmers feel desperate and abandoned

 

An unprecedented 82 percent of California is in an “extreme drought,” according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report released last week. Of that, 58 percent of the state is in an “exceptional drought” — the driest conditions possible — an increase of more than 20 percent in a single week. Record-low rainfall has sent rivers, lakes and water reservoirs to their lowest levels in decades — threatening the water supply of many cities. The unusually dry conditions have increased the risk of wildfires, which have already ravaged parts of the state — most recently an area near Yosemite National Park.

 

But the drought’s biggest victim could be California’s Central Valley, the source of fully half the nation’s fruits and vegetables, where panicked farmers are taking extraordinary steps to survive a drought that could drive them out of business. In Kern County, one farmer recently drilled five new wells at 2,500-feet deep apiece — twice the height of the Empire State Building — in a desperate attempt to tap into new water sources below.

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The Tree of 40 Fruit

The Tree of 40 Fruit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
[Sam Van Aken] is working on a long-term project which literally will bear fruit. Forty different kinds, in fact. The Tree of 40 Fruit is a single tree, carefully grafted to produce 40 different va...
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Ships to slow down off California to save whales and cut pollution

Ships to slow down off California to save whales and cut pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A program being launched off the California coast this summer will tackle two environmental problems posed by thousands of cargo ships that ferry goods to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach each year: Not only are the hulking vessels major sources of air pollution, their shipping lanes overlap with a prime feeding area for migrating blue whales off Santa Barbara.
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NASA: New "impossible" engine works, could change space travel forever

NASA: New "impossible" engine works, could change space travel forever | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Until yesterday, every physicist was laughing at this engine and its inventor, Roger Shawyer. It's called the EmDrive and everyone said it was impossible because it goes against classical mechanics. But the fact is that the quantum vacuum plasma thruster works and scientists can't explain why.

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Into The Storm: Rising Risks Of Big Tornado Outbreaks ‘Suggest A Climate Change Signal’

Into The Storm: Rising Risks Of Big Tornado Outbreaks ‘Suggest A Climate Change Signal’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study provides some of the first documented evidence that the risk of big, concentrated tornado outbreaks is on the rise. The lead author, Florida State tornado expert James Elsner, told me, “I think our results suggest a climate change signal on U.S. tornado activity.”

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New device diagnoses sick people using a mobile phone and the cloud

New device diagnoses sick people using a mobile phone and the cloud | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Remote diagnostics is an emerging field that allows healthcare workers to perform tests on patient samples in the field and to get results interpreted by medical experts remotely.

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New report raises concern about electricity and water

New report raises concern about electricity and water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water is used around the world for the production of electricity, but new research results show that there will not be enough water in the world to meet demand by 2040 if the energy and power situation does not improve before then.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, August 7, 2014 2:38 AM

"Two new reports that focus on the global electricity water nexus have just been published. Three years of research show that by the year 2040 there will not be enough water in the world to quench the thirst of the world population and keep the current energy and power solutions going if we continue doing what we are doing today. It is a clash of competing necessities, between drinking water and energy demand."

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UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once again is sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system. That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) titled“Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before It’s Too Late,” which included contributions from more than 60 experts around the world.


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Deep Water Fracking Next Frontier for Offshore Drilling

Deep Water Fracking Next Frontier for Offshore Drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Energy companies are taking their controversial fracking operations from the land to the sea -- to deep waters off the U.S., South American and African coasts.

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Magnétiser le pétrole pour lutter contre les marées noires

Magnétiser le pétrole pour lutter contre les marées noires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Un physicien états-unien du célèbre Fermilab a déposé un brevet concernant une technique ingénieuse pour lutter contre les marées noires. Au lieu d’utiliser des surfactants dont l’innocuité pour...

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From 'Front-Lines of Climate Crisis,' Gathering Calls for New Economy

From 'Front-Lines of Climate Crisis,' Gathering Calls for New Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Power without pollution. Communities united for a just transition." That is the theme of an international gathering that kicked off Wednesday in Richmond, California, bringing together hundreds of people on the front-lines in the fight against...

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John Boik's curator insight, August 7, 2014 11:35 AM

More efforts toward a just transition to a just and sustainable economy.

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« Inutile de se préoccuper des résidus de pesticides dans les fruits et légumes » (USA) - ForumPhyto

« Inutile de se préoccuper des résidus de pesticides dans les fruits et légumes » (USA) - ForumPhyto | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tel est le titre de cet article (in English) de Barbara Quinn, diététicienne, repris dans plusieurs quotidiens régionaux aux USA.

 

L’EWG; ONG environnementaliste conseille aux consommateurs d’éviter les « douze salopards » (« dirty dozen »), des fruits et légumes dont il faudrait se méfier parce qu’ils contiendraient plus de résidus.

 

L’AFF (association d’agriculteurs bios et conventionnels) répond que l’EWG inquiète inutilement les consommateurs. Les travaux d’universitaires montrent que ce n’est pas le nombre de résidus qui comptent, mais bien le niveau des résidus. Or, même en mangeant 154 pommes par jour avec les plus hauts niveaux  de résidus jamais enregistré, un enfant n’atteindrait pas encore un niveau ayant un mondre effet sur sa santé.

 

A l’inverse de nombreuses études montrent l’intérêt pour la santé de manger des fruits et légumes. Même l’EWG l’admet dans ses campagnes alarmistes : « les bénéfices pour la santé d’un régime riche en fruits et légumes dépassent les risques d’une exposition aux pesticides »

Conclusion de la diététicienne :


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ForumPhyto's comment, August 13, 2014 11:40 AM
Je suis OK : il n'y a pas de réglementation parfaite. Je dis simplement qu'elle est "très protectrice en matière de résidus". D'ailleurs tous les efforts pour montrer qu'il y aurait des problèmes de santé avec les résidus échouent.
Même l'EWG, l'ONG environnementaliste qui stigmatise les douze salopards de fruits ou légumes qui contiendraient plus de pesticides, cette ONG, donc, déclare que la préoccupation des résidus ne doit pas empêcher de manger des fruits et légumes, y compris conventionnels.
ForumPhyto's comment, August 13, 2014 11:46 AM
@LabelBlanc à propos de l'effet cocktail :
- Il marche dans les deux sens. 2+2 peut être égal à 5, mais peut aussi être égal à 3
- Les substances naturelles, toxiques à un certain niveau comme les synthétiques, présentes naturellement dans les produits peuvent aussi avoir un effet cocktail. Or, elles sont 10 000 fois plus présente en quantité. Pourquoi le négliger ?
Encore une fois lisez Bruce Ames et ses 9 réponses...
ForumPhyto's comment, August 13, 2014 11:51 AM
@labelblanc "pas de test à l'échelle humaine" ???
- Parce que vous êtes partisan de tests de toxicologie sur les humains ? Vous savez qu'il y a qq chose qui s'appelle la déontologie ?
- D'une certaine façon, il y a bien un test. Donnez-moi un seul exemple de problème avéré de santé dû à une présence de résidus à des taux pas trop abherrant.
Oui, il existe des accidents comme l'intoxication d'écoliers en Inde parce que de l'huile avait été stocké dans un bidon d'insecticide. Mais dans un tel cas, ce n'est clairement pas un résidu.
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Wealth gap is slowing U.S. economic growth, S&P says

Wealth gap is slowing U.S. economic growth, S&P says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The rating agency's report advises against using the tax code to try to narrow the gap, suggesting instead that greater access to education would help ease wealth disparities.
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Prices soar as Liberia struggles to contain Ebola

Prices soar as Liberia struggles to contain Ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Monrovia (AFP) - Shoppers in Liberia complained Tuesday that traders were using the Ebola epidemic to profiteer by raising prices as the country enforced tough new measures to stem the spread of the disease.

 

The impoverished nation is at the centre of the world's worst-ever outbreak, alongside neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, with almost 900 people dead since the start of the year.

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Natural Products Offer New Hope For The Honeybee | Chemical & Engineering News

Natural Products Offer New Hope For The Honeybee | Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The deadly disease American foulbrood threatens honeybees—and therefore human food supplies—across the globe. But new hope may come from a set of natural products recently discovered by chemists in Germany: The compounds they isolated from the bacterium responsible for American foulbrood give clues about how the disease kills and point to molecular targets for combating it.

 

American foulbrood, which is caused by the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae, is both deadly and highly contagious. Although a few antibiotics are available to keep the disease in check, if it takes hold, beekeepers have no choice but to burn infected hives. Because pollination by honeybees is critical for cultivating commercial crops from pumpkins to peaches, scientists are hunting for new weapons against P. larvae.

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