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California Offers Electric Car Subsidies For Low-Income Families

California Offers Electric Car Subsidies For Low-Income Families | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Hybrid and electric cars can make a huge difference in reducing local air quality, and can help their owners save money while staying more insulated against the volatility of fossil fuel prices. Unfortunately, most plug-in electric cars cost more than the used cars that lower-income families and communities — the people who could most benefit from EV fuel savings, in other words — can typically afford. It doesn’t have to be that way, however, and California’s Air Resource Board (CARB) is working to help low-income families get access to EVs by issuing vouchers starting at $2500.

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Controversial Peru gas project expansion gets go-ahead

Controversial Peru gas project expansion gets go-ahead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Camisea operations could endanger isolated indigenous groups, activists say
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Buy vs. Lease: Solar Panels on Your Home

Buy vs. Lease: Solar Panels on Your Home | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Falling prices and advancements of home solar power is leading many consumers to consider adding them to their homes. And while prices have fallen dramatically over the last decade, residential systems can still be costly, which is why some owners turn to leasing their systems.

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A Historical Perspective on Arctic Warming: Part One

A Historical Perspective on Arctic Warming: Part One | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

During her most recent Senate testimony, Dr. Judith Curry (Georgia Tech) repeated one of the most common misconceptions found in the blogosphere, that the Arctic was warmer than present during the 1940s. This period - known as the Early Century Warm Period (ECWP) - coincides with observations of reduced Arctic sea ice cover and allowed for more widespread ship navigation than during the late 1800s and early 1900s (Johanessen et al. 2004). There are two elements to the contrarian views on the ECWP in the Arctic. 

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Kicking cigarette butts out of California is aim of bill

Kicking cigarette butts out of California is aim of bill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Studies show that their non-biodegradable nature and toxic chemical makeup can contaminate waterways, poison fish and birds, and be a health danger to children who try to eat them. Filters were thought to lower the tar and nicotine content of cigarette smoke, making them a healthier addition to the smoking experience. Smokers tend to compensate for the diluted smoke by puffing deeper and more frequently. [...] they tend to breathe in virtually the same amount of tar and nicotine as those who smoke non-filtered cigarettes, research shows. A study, published last January in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggested that filters and other design changes in cigarettes haven't reduced lung cancer, but rather changed the types of lung cancers that have become more common since the 1970s. 

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State maintains Cooper Rule; environmentalists fear ground water pollution

State maintains Cooper Rule; environmentalists fear ground water pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

SILVER CITY >> A unanimous decision Jan. 8 by the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) to maintain the so-called Copper Rule will allow Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. to pollute ground water within a nine-square-mile area of the Tyrone Mine, according to Bruce Frederick, staff attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center.

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Keystone: Why the wait?

Keystone: Why the wait? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is nearing a crucial milestone in its review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but one vexing question remains: What took so long? It’s been more than five years since pipeline developer TransCanada first asked for a permit for the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline, and 10 months since a State Department draft study said...
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D-day looms for massive Qld coal port plan

D-day looms for massive Qld coal port plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SOME warn it will be the death toll for the Great Barrier Reef, others say it will bring a golden age of prosperity to Queensland.
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South Korea approves $7 bln reactor plans in boost for nuclear power

* Two nuclear plants due to be completed by 2020* First nod since Fukushima disaster and policy shift to cutnuclear reliance* Two plants costing $7 billion come on top of 5 reactorsunder construction
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Efficient new jets have airlines in buying frenzy

ROSWELL, N.M. - Capt. Paul Wannberg pilots an old Boeing 757 over the New Mexico desert, lining up with the runway. A computerized voice squawks elevation warnings. Forty feet. Thirty. Twenty. Ten. Touchdown.
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California drought: 17 communities could run out of water within 60 to 120 days, state says

California drought: 17 communities could run out of water within 60 to 120 days, state says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As California's drought deepens, 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120 days. In some communities, wells are running dry. In others, reservoirs are nearly empty. Some have long-running problems that predate the drought.
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What we're seeing: Record warmth, huge avalanches isolate Alaska town — The Daily Climate

What we're seeing: Record warmth, huge avalanches isolate Alaska town — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Destabilized by unseasonal rain and warmth, a mountain of snow roared downhill, buried a road, blocked a river and cut Valdez, Alaska, from the state's road system.'We haven't had to deal with anything quite like this before.'
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BIOCOMES: new biological control products for farmers and foresters

BIOCOMES: new biological control products for farmers and foresters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wageningen, Netherlands (SPX) Jan 29, 2014 -
The new EU project BIOCOMES offers farmers and foresters the prospect of having at least eleven new biological control products at their disposal. The biological control products are designed to com
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Today?s solar homes draw inspiration from the past

Today?s solar homes draw inspiration from the past | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Today?s solar homes draw inspiration from the past - Renewable Energy Magazine, at the heart of clean energy journalism
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Snow's Melting in Alaska and Pelting the South. What's Going On?

Snow's Melting in Alaska and Pelting the South. What's Going On? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, squeals of delight (and/or searing pain) gripped much of the country as we were collectively introduced to the wonders of the polar vortex. But now the novelty’s over, and for the second time this month, an extreme weather pattern is sending Arctic weather toward the Deep South....
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Fewer Americans Than Ever Think They're Middle-Class

Fewer Americans Than Ever Think They're Middle-Class | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As President Obama takes the stage Tuesday night to deliver his State of the Union address, he may want to be wary of appealing to the middle class, traditionally politicians’ favorite demographic. That's because fewer Americans than ever see themselves that way.
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City Sea Otters Live Better Than Their Country Cousins [Slide Show]

City Sea Otters Live Better Than Their Country Cousins [Slide Show] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By doggedly tracking California sea otters, marine biologists learn that sea otters often face bigger challenges than human pollution
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Feds Declare Salmon Fishery Disaster For Washington Tribes · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting

Feds Declare Salmon Fishery Disaster For Washington Tribes · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Is The Central Valley's Air Pollution Affecting Our Cells And Genes?

Is The Central Valley's Air Pollution Affecting Our Cells And Genes? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here in the Central Valley – in one of the most polluted air basins in the country – we know that poor air is bad for our health. We feel it in our eyes
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Tanzania grapples with higher electricity costs

Tanzania grapples with higher electricity costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Increasingly variable rainfall has hit hydropower production in Tanzania, forcing more use of costly fuel oil – and leading to price hikes for electricity and the threat of more deforestation
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Frozen Northeast Getting Gouged by Natural Gas Prices

Frozen Northeast Getting Gouged by Natural Gas Prices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Natural gas delivered to New York City costs about 30 times as much as in nearby Pennsylvania, home to the country's biggest gas field
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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Mojave project tests Interior strategy for stemming habitat losses

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Mojave project tests Interior strategy for stemming habitat losses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MESQUITE, Nev. -- The Obama administration has begun a bold conservation experiment in a desert ripped several years ago by wildfires that charred native plants, fragmented critical tortoise habitat and created a foothold for noxious weeds.
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CALIFORNIA: Napa grape growers fret over their future amid severe drought

CALIFORNIA: Napa grape growers fret over their future amid severe drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
YOUNTVILLE, Calif. -- California's drought has farmers worried about protecting Napa Valley's reputation for world-class wines.
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US energy revolution transforming international relations

US energy revolution transforming international relations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Policymakers prefer to talk about clean technologies like wind and solar, but the biggest shift in balance of power is coming from old-fashioned polluting fossil fuels
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India's Essar sues Greenpeace for $80 mn for defamation

India's Essar sues Greenpeace for $80 mn for defamation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mumbai (AFP) Jan 28, 2014 - Indian energy group Essar said Tuesday it is suing Greenpeace for defamation over a giant banner unfurled on the front of the conglomerate's headquarters that read We kill forests.
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