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Ohio Supreme Court: It’s OK To Strip Mine State Wildlife Areas

Ohio Supreme Court: It’s OK To Strip Mine State Wildlife Areas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to potentially allow part of a state wildlife area to be strip-mined for coal.
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The silence on climate change is deafening. It's time for us to get loud

The silence on climate change is deafening. It's time for us to get loud | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rebecca Solnit: In Dr Seuss’s parable, it take all of Whoville to make enough noise to save their planet. How much will it take to save ours?
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The Negotiations: Overcoming the Obstacles is Critical to Our Future

The Negotiations: Overcoming the Obstacles is Critical to Our Future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the momentum to address climate change is rapidly gaining speed, the clock is ticking down on our ability to act....
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A New Approach to Environmental Law | Blog | BillMoyers.com

A New Approach to Environmental Law | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental statutory processes do not prohibit harm: they permit it. But an ancient legal principle may provide solutions.
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"Tale of Two Cities:" New York Has Become the Capital of Inequality | Blog | BillMoyers.com

"Tale of Two Cities:" New York Has Become the Capital of Inequality | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to the Census Bureau, the Big Apple is now the most unequal city in the US.
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On climate, how far gone is the far right? (Spoiler: far)

On climate, how far gone is the far right? (Spoiler: far) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate communicators badly want to believe that it's possible to reach the Tea Party. Recent episodes from far-right conservatism cast doubt on that proposition.
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Toward making lithium-sulfur batteries a commercial reality for a bigger energy punch

Toward making lithium-sulfur batteries a commercial reality for a bigger energy punch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A fevered search for the next great high-energy, rechargeable battery technology is on. Scientists are now reporting they have overcome key obstacles toward making lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, which have the potential to leave today's lithium-ion technology in the dust. Their study appears in the ...
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Inequality, Nick Hanauer and the Patriot's Moral Code

Inequality, Nick Hanauer and the Patriot's Moral Code | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The July/August 2014 issue of Politico Magazine sports a special report decrying excessive economic inequality, written by plutocrat extraordinare, Nick Hanauer....
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The Hidden Source Of Industry Influence That Threatens Our Health

The Hidden Source Of Industry Influence That Threatens Our Health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SEATTLE -- Dr. Raymond Neutra adopted an alternate persona as he stepped up to the podium on a sunny, late-August afternoon. Sporting a hat and a fake British accent, the respected authority on environmental health transformed into the fictitious Reg...
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Second container possibly leaked at New Mexico nuclear dump

(Reuters) - A second container of plutonium-contaminated debris may have contributed to a radiation leak that has led to the indefinite suspension of operations at an underground nuclear waste dump in
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Mich. Pipeline Leak Is Political Fodder in Heated House Race | InsideClimate News

Mich. Pipeline Leak Is Political Fodder in Heated House Race | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If opponents of incumbent Congressman Fred Upton (R-Mich) have their way, a natural gas pipeline leak that displaced 500 people earlier this week could take center stage in one of the nation's most heated Congressional races. The contest for Michigan's 6th congressional district pins fossil fuel champion Upton, a 14-term U.S.
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China power plants exempt from ban on using low-quality coal: sources

China's bid to limit the consumption of low-quality thermal coal in major cities to help curb pollution will not apply to power plants, traders and utility sources said, exempting a sector responsible for half the country's coal use.

 

China said on Monday that from 2015 it would restrict the production, consumption and import of coal with high impurity levels in a bid to fight smog, much of which is caused by using coal for heating and electricity.

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Draining California

Draining California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stretching between the Pacific coast and the Sierra Nevada and Cascades, the Central Valley is the fertile expanse that makes California the U.S. agricultural leader. Going months without rain, the region was transformed into year-round cropland by manipulating the flow of water.
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Alberta’s New U.S. Envoy: Oil Train Disaster Would Spur Keystone XL

Alberta’s New U.S. Envoy: Oil Train Disaster Would Spur Keystone XL | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alberta’s new envoy to Washington points out the upside of deadly oil train explosions.
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What The GOP’s New Report On Energy Insecurity Doesn’t Tell You

What The GOP’s New Report On Energy Insecurity Doesn’t Tell You | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new GOP report doesn't mention EPA's carbon rule for power plants, but it clearly assumes the regulation will drive up energy costs. Here's why that assumption is wrong.
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Don't expect too much from leaders at climate summit, experts warn

Don't expect too much from leaders at climate summit, experts warn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
World leaders attending UN summit on Tuesday are unlikely to offer new action on climate change that is ambitious enough
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The Joys of Abolishing Debt | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com

The Joys of Abolishing Debt | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Disgusted by the practices of debt collectors, Rolling Jubilee, an Occupy offshoot, just got rid of $4 million of school loans for thousands of students.
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Five Big Considerations for the US as Climate Change Sweeps the Globe | BillMoyers.com

Five Big Considerations for the US as Climate Change Sweeps the Globe | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In order for a climate agreement to be worked out, wealthy nations will have to engage with some of the questions that poorer nations are asking. Here are five big ones.
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Water-based nuclear battery can be used to generate electrical energy

Water-based nuclear battery can be used to generate electrical energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From cell phones to cars and flashlights, batteries play an important role in everyday life. Scientists and technology companies constantly are seeking ways to improve battery life and efficiency. Now, for the first time using a water-based solution, researchers at the University of Missouri have created ...
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Libertarian ‘Utopia’ Styled After Ayn Rand Book Spectacularly Falls Apart Almost Immediately

Libertarian ‘Utopia’ Styled After Ayn Rand Book Spectacularly Falls Apart Almost Immediately | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It's hard to feel sorry for them.

 

A community made up of American ex-pats deep in the South American hills of Chile – far away from America’s annoying taxes, healthcare mandate, and legal abortions — was supposed to be a libertarian paradise of rugged individualism. Instead it cost many of the people who bought into it almost everything, and now is buried under lawsuits — a reminder that everything that glitters is not inflation-proof, Ron Paul-backed gold.

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World population could hit 12b by 2100: demographers

World population could hit 12b by 2100: demographers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world's population could hit 12 billion by the end of the century, a report by population experts has found.
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Massive King fire sets off even louder alarms in California

Massive King fire sets off even louder alarms in California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a summer of destructive blazes across Central and Northern California, the King fire — burning out of control in the forest east of Sacramento — has officials particularly alarmed.
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A Way to Clean Up Ecuador's Oil Mess

A Way to Clean Up Ecuador's Oil Mess | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A law professor points to the case of German companies charged with using Nazi-era slave labor as a possible solution
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New coal plant regulations have 'negligible effect,' report says

New coal plant regulations have 'negligible effect,' report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canada could lag behind the U.S. when it comes to cutting emissions from coal-fired power plants, despite claims by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canada is way ahead of its closest neighbour when it comes to cleaning up coal.
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2014 already a nasty year for Wyoming oil spills

2014 already a nasty year for Wyoming oil spills | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A string of accidents, ranging in geography from a remote gulley in the Powder River Basin to a refinery in downtown Cheyenne, already has made this year the state's worst
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