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The Ocean’s Surface Layer Has Been Warming Much Faster Than Previously Thought

The Ocean’s Surface Layer Has Been Warming Much Faster Than Previously Thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The difference is warming estimates is likely due to "poor sampling" of ocean temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere.
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The wave has passed

The wave has passed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
IF YOU had asked a pundit three months ago to predict the first round of Brazil’s presidential election on October 5th, the response would more or less have...
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In the cities of the future, skyscrapers could be made out of wood

In the cities of the future, skyscrapers could be made out of wood | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Canadian architect thinks we should build skyscrapers out of wood to save the earth and climate a whole lotta hurt.
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The SXSW kids are about to get schooled by the dean of environmental justice

The SXSW kids are about to get schooled by the dean of environmental justice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Robert Bullard, who keynotes the eco-geek conference, says the war for climate justice will be won (or lost) in the South.
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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, October 6, 2014 10:38 PM

The south really is a distinct region of our nation.  Dealing with the nation as if we are all the same and approaching climate issues from the same page is not an effective way to move us all forward.

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Jon Stewart reminds us it's climate change that'll kill us, not ebola or ISIS

Jon Stewart reminds us it's climate change that'll kill us, not ebola or ISIS | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yes, even if ebola piggybacked on ISIS across our porous border.
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Nature Does Not Need You - and other Stories Worth Hearing

Nature Does Not Need You - and other Stories Worth Hearing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unique and attention getting web project. Business Week: Should the human race suffer a massive die-off or even extinction, Mother Nature, to hear Julia Roberts tell it, won’t much care. “I’ve been...
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EnergieWende: How Following Germany's Example Can Save the US Energy System, Create Jobs, and Grow the Economy

EnergieWende: How Following Germany's Example Can Save the US Energy System, Create Jobs, and Grow the Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Germany's transition to renewable energy, the EnergieWende,  has been on a breakneck pace for a decade, surprising even its most ardent proponents, and continuing to confound nay-sayers in the foss...
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WSJ Gets it Wrong on "Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven't Come True"

WSJ Gets it Wrong on "Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven't Come True" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

On Monday, September 29, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published a story called “Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven’t Come True.” The story is written as if there are only two possible outcomes:

The Peak Oil version of what to expect from oil limits is correct, orDiminishing Returns can and are being put off by technological progress–the view of the WSJ.

It seems to me, though, that a third outcome is not only possible, but is what is actually happening.

3. Diminishing returns from oil limits are already beginning to hit, but the impacts and the expected shape of the down slope are quite different from those forecast by most Peak Oilers.

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Fish failing to adapt to rising carbon dioxide levels in ocean

Fish failing to adapt to rising carbon dioxide levels in ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spiny damselfish study suggests it would take at least several generations for fish to start coping with climate change
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Testimony: Obsolete tests tainted shale analysis

State regulators did not consider available water chemistry test results and had limited knowledge of past spills and leaks at Range Resources’ Yeager Farm shale gas development site in Washington County before deciding the operation did not contaminate the nearby private water supply of Loren Kiskadden, according to testimony last week in the ongoing case before the state Environmental Hearing Board in Pittsburgh. A state Department of Environmental Protection geologist also testified that a hydro-geological report he wrote in response to Mr. Kiskadden’s contamination complaint contained an unattributed conclusion by Range Resources’ that an analysis of Mr. Kiskadden’s water, “does not indicate contamination by gas well drilling.” The DEP geologist, Michael Morgart, sent that report to
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UN biodiversity report highlights failure to meet conservation targets

UN biodiversity report highlights failure to meet conservation targets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 paints a damning picture of governments’ efforts to meet a set of targets agreed in 2010
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Salmon people pray for sacred fish to return to historic home

Salmon people pray for sacred fish to return to historic home | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Northwest tribes urge US and Canada to revise Columbia River Treaty to allow safe passage for salmon crossing dams
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Smelly, contaminated, full of disease: the world’s open dumps are growing

Smelly, contaminated, full of disease: the world’s open dumps are growing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Almost 40% of the world’s waste ends up in huge rubbish tips, mostly found near urban populations in poor countries, posing a serious threat to human health and the environment. John Vidal reports
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How many scriptures?

How many scriptures? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The graffiti scrawled on the wall of this abandoned Christian home in Mosul reads "Long live the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Muslims are happy with the...
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Watch Morgan Freeman present an awesome vision of a green future

Watch Morgan Freeman present an awesome vision of a green future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Attention, world leaders: When Morgan Freeman tells you to do something, you better do it.
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Here's why landlubbers should care about the ocean

Here's why landlubbers should care about the ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If your eyes are already glazing over, bear with me -- here are 6 ways you should be thinking about the ocean.
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Farm tech isn't a war between good and evil -- it's a quest for whatever works

Farm tech isn't a war between good and evil -- it's a quest for whatever works | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Forget the ideological showdowns. Poor farmers will thrive when they find the right mix of high and low technologies that serves their needs.
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Colorado Governor Candidate - Not Worried About Climate

Colorado Governor Candidate - Not Worried About Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ThinkProgress: In Colorado, a state with a recent history of severe drought, epic wildfires and historic floods, the Republican candidate for governor is not backing down from his stance denying th...
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Zeitgeist Shift Accelerates: WaPo Hires Science Warrior Chris Mooney

Zeitgeist Shift Accelerates: WaPo Hires Science Warrior Chris Mooney | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, my interivew with Chris Mooney at the American Geophysical Fall Meeting in 2011. He lays out the thrust of his book "The Republican Brain". For years, Mooney has pursued the question of why ...
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In Miami, the King Tide is Coming

In Miami, the King Tide is Coming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reuters: MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 3 (Reuters) - Construction crews are wading into chest high pools of muck in a race against time to install pumps Miami Beach officials hope will help control an an...
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Small West Texas Towns Consider Lengths They'll Go for Water Supplies, by Alana Rocha

Small West Texas Towns Consider Lengths They'll Go for Water Supplies, by Alana Rocha | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thirteen sparsely populated Permian Basin counties are considering a water company's plan to secure groundwater for the region from Val Verde County, hundreds of miles south of the region.
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Difficulties remain in protecting nuclear plants from volcanic eruptions - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Difficulties remain in protecting nuclear plants from volcanic eruptions - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The deadly eruption of Mount Ontakesan in central Japan has rekindled concerns about whether Japan's nuclear power plants, such as the Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, have adequate safeguards for dealing with such a disaster.
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Reef agency insiders say cuts undermining conservation

Reef agency insiders say cuts undermining conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ex-directors of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority say lacking leadership is undermining the agency.
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Asia's Rising Middle Class Is Forcing Countries To Face Notoriously Poor Food Safety

Asia's Rising Middle Class Is Forcing Countries To Face Notoriously Poor Food Safety | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Food safety in Asia is still "a work in progress."
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In Massachusetts, contaminated drinking water linked to stillbirths

In Massachusetts, contaminated drinking water linked to stillbirths | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

For nearly 20 years, New Englanders drank and bathed in water without knowing it was laced with a neurotoxin. The chemical leached into the water from vinyl coating sprayed inside water pipes in the late 1960s in response to complaints the water smelled and tasted funny.

 

More than half of New England’s 1,050 miles of water pipes sprayed with the contaminant are in Massachusetts, mostly in the Cape Cod region. The poison, tetrachloroethylene or PCE, still widely used in dry cleaning, wasn’tdiscovered in the water supply until 1979.

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