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Air-Gun Oil Exploration Wrongs Right Whales

Air-Gun Oil Exploration Wrongs Right Whales | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. government has given industry permission to use of lethally loud seismic devices up and down the east coast. David Biello reports
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Study: You can't change an anti-vaxxer's mind

Study: You can't change an anti-vaxxer's mind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study examined multiple strategies for communicating about the safety and importance of vaccines. None of them worked.
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2 Key Slides On Why Electric Cars Make A Ton Of Sense

2 Key Slides On Why Electric Cars Make A Ton Of Sense | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As I stated in a previous article referencing his presentation, Francisco Carranza Sierra, Manager of Corporate Planning at Nissan Europe, gave probably the best presentation I saw at EVS27 in Barcelona in November. There were some complications getting his slides, but I received them this week and wanted to share three of the slides with
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Global riot epidemic due to demise of cheap fossil fuels

Global riot epidemic due to demise of cheap fossil fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This month alone has seen riots kick-off in Venezuela, Bosnia, Ukraine, Iceland, and Thailand. This is not a coincidence.
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While Duke Energy Dodges Taxes, Its Pollution Costs the Public Dearly

While Duke Energy Dodges Taxes, Its Pollution Costs the Public Dearly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Duke Energy came in 13th on the list of companies with the lowest tax rates, among other utilities.
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Warren Buffett: Here's What We Need More Than A Minimum Wage Hike

Warren Buffett: Here's What We Need More Than A Minimum Wage Hike | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Raising the minimum wage isn’t the best way to help the working poor, according to Warren Buffett.

The billionaire investor told CNBC’s Becky Quick Monday morning that the Earned Income Tax Credit -- a tax break for low-income America...
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The Tyee – Beautiful Relationships: Local Biz Sees the Upside of Dung

The Tyee – Beautiful Relationships: Local Biz Sees the Upside of Dung | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Matt Dickson has a plan. A plan that, while still in its beginning stages (and not without its hiccups), has the potential to fuel a big change in local energy consumption. A plan that, if it comes to fruition, has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and produce additional income for local farms.

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Asia's poor urban children left out of disaster prevention - report

Asia's poor urban children left out of disaster prevention - report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The few disaster risk efforts that do target urban children tend to focus on preparedness, early warning and response, rather than the root causes of vulnerability, researchers find
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Opinion: Thar she blows! The whale oil myth surfaces again — The Daily Climate

Opinion: Thar she blows! The whale oil myth surfaces again — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Petroleum did not arrive, a gift from the free market, to suddenly light a world busy trying to exterminate the whales. Whale oil was on the way out by the 1860s, and the petroleum industry has benefited from the start from subsidies and tax breaks. One hundred and fifty-five years ago, Edwin Drake stuck a pipe into a cleared patch of Pennsylvania timberland and started pumping the country's first crude petrol. He changed the world, no question. But he didn't save the whales.
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Private Equity Industry Floats Trial Balloon For "Get Out of Decades of Flagrant SEC Abuses for Free" Card - naked capitalism

Private Equity Industry Floats Trial Balloon For "Get Out of Decades of Flagrant SEC Abuses for Free" Card - naked capitalism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In late February, Bloomberg stated that the SEC is "considering" forgiving decades of private equity firms acting as unregistered broker-dealers and possibly legalizing the practice going forward. In case you think this is not a big deal, as we explain later in the post, the SEC is in fact vigilant about enforcing these regulations, so this would be an unprecedented waiver of liability. But richer-than-Croesus private equity firms are special, right?
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Abandoned German Nuclear Plant Transformed Into Wunderland Kalkar Amusement Park!

Abandoned German Nuclear Plant Transformed Into Wunderland Kalkar Amusement Park! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Germany has it will gradually shut down it’s nuclear reactors. This brilliant former nuclear power station was re-adapted to become an innovative amusement park.
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Yale Environment 360: Harsh Winter Causing Large Die-off of Invasive Insects, Researchers Say

Yale Environment 360: Harsh Winter Causing Large Die-off of Invasive Insects, Researchers Say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As a frigid winter takes a toll on the United States and Canada, invasive insect populations are also taking a hit. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that up to 80 percent of emerald ash borers, which have been decimating ash tree populations, were killed by long stretches of bitter cold in the the upper Midwest this year. Several other insect pests, many of which have migrated northward because of milder winters in recent years, also are faring poorly this winter, including corn earworms and gypsy moths. Researchers remain skeptical, however, that the die-offs will have lasting effects on pest populations. 

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Most Worst-Polluting Countries Now Have Laws to Combat Climate Change

Most Worst-Polluting Countries Now Have Laws to Combat Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Legislation to curb carbon dioxide are now law in 61 countries, though more action is needed
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Free the Elephants and Orcas in Captivity [Editorial]

Free the Elephants and Orcas in Captivity [Editorial] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Such large, intelligent animals suffer when stuffed in a zoo
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Department of Energy Loan Program Reinstated | The Energy Collective

Department of Energy Loan Program Reinstated | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Department of Energy is targeting from $1.5 billion to as much as $4 billion for a new renewable energy project loan guarantee program, one that could open the door to solicitations for a range of smaller-scale, distributed and grid-integrated projects by the end of this year.
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China Pollution and Power | The Energy Collective

China Pollution and Power | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here’s a riddle: how does GDP growth slow, growth in oil consumption stutter to its lowest levels in a decade, pollution skyrocket and growth in electricity consumption pick up? In this post we break down essential themes on the relationship between China’s electricity consumption, pollution and GDP growth.
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Monsanto’s Roundup Found in 75% of Air and Rain Samples | EcoWatch

Monsanto’s Roundup Found in 75% of Air and Rain Samples | EcoWatch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Roundup herbicide, Monsanto’s flagship weed killer, was present in 75 percent of air and rainfall test samples, according to the study, which focused on Mississippi’s highly fertile Delta agricultural region.

 

GreenMedInfo reports new research, soon to be published by Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry journal, discovered the traces over a 12-year span from 1995-2007.

 

In recent years, Roundup was found to be even more toxic than it was when first approved for agricultural use, though that discovery has not led to any changes in regulation of the pesticide. Moreover, Roundup’s overuse has enabled weeds and insects to build an immunity to its harsh toxins.
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New Research Reveals Surprising Pollution Levels in Antarctica

New Research Reveals Surprising Pollution Levels in Antarctica | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Antarctica and the Southern Ocean that surrounds it are considered to be among the last pristine places in the world.
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School run killing planet, says greens

School run killing planet, says greens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research by transport charity Sustrans says if a child is driven to school daily they would generate 183,379 balloons worth of CO2 over their school career.
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Age-old indicators under stress in high Bolivia

Age-old indicators under stress in high Bolivia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CUTUSUMA, Bolivia (AP) — For centuries, farmers in the fragile ecosystems of the high Andes have looked to the behavior of plants and animals to figure out what crops to grow and when.

 

If reeds dried up in the late summer, rainless weather lay ahead, they believed. If the Andean fox made a howling appearance, abundant rains were thought sure to come.

 

But increasingly erratic weather that scientists attribute to global warming is rendering their age-old methods less reliable, endangering harvests in a region where life is hard in the best of times.

 

Experts may scoff at such folk science, but the men and women who till the high mountain soil continue to swear by the traditional indicators, and Bolivia's government has even incorporated them into climate reports provided to farmers when it lacked modern data from meteorological stations.

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Cities hope for state guidance on sea rise

Cities hope for state guidance on sea rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
They may be getting help. A state emergency management panel created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks formed a sub-panel to tackle coastal flooding problems last year.
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Talking Neanderthals challenge the origins of speech

Talking Neanderthals challenge the origins of speech | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We humans like to think of ourselves as unique for many reasons, not least of which being our ability to communicate with words. But ground-breaking research shows that our 'misunderstood cousins,' the Neanderthals, may well have spoken in languages not dissimilar to the ones we use today.
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Could These Artificial Composting Islands Be the Future of NYC Sanitation?

Could These Artificial Composting Islands Be the Future of NYC Sanitation? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

No one wants a landfill in their backyard, but the alternative – trucking garbage to other states – is an obvious drain on funds, fuel and energy. Present Architecture recently proposed a plan that they think could alleviate some of New York City’s current waste management issues by creating artificial islands off of each of the five boroughs.

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