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UK-China joint climate change statement - Publications - GOV.UK

UK-China joint climate change statement - Publications - GOV.UK | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UK-China joint statement on climate change released during the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to the UK on the 17 June 2014.
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Play-In For Climate Action On Capitol Hill

Play-In For Climate Action On Capitol Hill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Join Moms Clean Air Force on Capitol Hill for a play-in to raise awareness around climate change and urge Congress to take action on climate.
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Despite Industry Attacks, Americans Still Love The New Proposed EPA Carbon Rules

Despite Industry Attacks, Americans Still Love The New Proposed EPA Carbon Rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An eye-popping two-thirds of Americans support a new federal rule cutting carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's power plants, the latest in a string of polls finding similar approval.
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Tourism threatened by climate change as ski slopes thaw, seas rise

Tourism threatened by climate change as ski slopes thaw, seas rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is a growing threat to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study showed on Tuesday.
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Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt?

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already strapped for water, so political scientists expect feuds will become even more intense. To track disputes worldwide, researchers at Oregon State University spent a decade building a comprehensive database of international exchanges—-both conflicts and alliances—over shared water resources. They found that countries often begin disputes belligerently but ultimately reach peaceful agreements. Says Aaron Wolf, the geographer who leads the project, “For me the really interesting part is how even Arabs and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis, are able to resolve their differences and find a solution.”


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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 20, 2014 2:50 PM

Questões políticas... 

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, June 21, 2014 11:01 AM

Add water to geography education curriculum? You better believe it. The crisis of the 21st century is and will be water.  

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 2015 11:36 AM

summer reading KQ2: How have humans altered the Earth's environment?  Water Security

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Tesla Motors: "All Our Patents are Belong to You"

Tesla Motors: "All Our Patents are Belong to You" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors launched a big, unexpected initiative the other day, towards making electric autos a standard platform. Above, Elon Musk interviewed. Refreshing and unusual perspective from an Auto ma...
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There are not enough resources to support the world's population

There are not enough resources to support the world's population | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We have reached a stage where the amount of resources needed to sustain the human population exceeds what's available, argues Professor John Guillebaud from University College London..

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The green lawn: American staple or water waster?

The green lawn: American staple or water waster? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Groundskeepers are reluctantly letting the grass at Sacramento's Capitol Park die off, while legislators are considering laws to make sure homeowners associations don't punish residents for not running the sprinklers. Strict water rulesIn East Bay suburbs like Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore, where some of California's strictest water rules are now in place, subdivisions are already turning into tapestries of yellows and browns as households, sometimes begrudgingly, cut back water use. With the local water district capping consumption at 640 gallons per day per home, as well as limiting outdoor watering to two days a week, Schofield thinks he can keep the Nebraska shrine in his backyard alive as well as the flowers he maintains out front. Schofield planted his azaleas when his mother was fighting breast cancer. David Roth, manager of Dublin's Armstrong Garden Center, says many who shop at his store are emotionally invested in their green grass. "When a lot of us were growing up, a green lawn was a symbol of a peaceful, prosperous home," said Roth, who stocks plenty of drought-tolerant alternatives to grass at his store. If the dry weather persists, a front yard without green grass may become like a Prius in the driveway - a symbol of environmental consciousness. 

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The parched planet: Water on tap

The parched planet: Water on tap | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers are exploring unconventional sources of fresh water to quench the globe's growing thirst.
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Miracle Crop: India's Quest to End World Hunger - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Miracle Crop: India's Quest to End World Hunger - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over one third of humanity is undernourished. Now a group of scientists are experimenting with specially-bred crops, and hoping to launch a new Green Revolution -- but controversy is brewing.
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Early signs point to a strong, disruptive El Niño

Early signs point to a strong, disruptive El Niño | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fish and mammals are showing up in odd places, fueling speculation that this El Niño event is already wreaking environmental havoc.
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Le sens “commun”, une alternative au capitalisme ? - Télérama.fr

Le sens “commun”, une alternative au capitalisme ? - Télérama.fr | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Quoi de commun entre les mouvements Occupy, les partisans du « logiciel libre », qui souhaitent un meilleur partage des idées et connaissances, ou encore les nouveaux modes de consommation alternatifs, qui fleurissent à travers le monde ? L'aspiration, précisément, au « commun », affirment le philosophe Pierre Dardot et le sociologue Christian Laval. Pour eux, ces myriades d'initiatives sont en train d'inventer de nouveaux rapports sociaux et politiques, même si les acteurs du collaboratif n'en sont pas toujours conscients. Explications à deux voix sur la notion de « commun », qui inspire de plus en plus de philosophes, d'économistes, de juristes et de citoyens. Et pourrait devenir « le terme central d'une nouvelle alternative politique au capitalisme ».


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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: We Are Literally Filling Up The Pacific Ocean With Plastic

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: We Are Literally Filling Up The Pacific Ocean With Plastic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Michael Snyder | We are starting to see that there are very serious consequences for filling up our oceans with massive amounts of plastic that never biodegrades.
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Can You Build A Safe, Sustainable Skyscraper Out Of Wood?

Can You Build A Safe, Sustainable Skyscraper Out Of Wood? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
North America’s tallest modern all-wood building is nearing completion in Prince George, British Columbia, but it might not hold that high rank for long.
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Sustainia Unveils World’s Top 100 Sustainable Innovations

Sustainia Unveils World’s Top 100 Sustainable Innovations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Scandinavian think tank considered sectors ranging from energy to fashion in its ranking (900 companies & projects nominated for showing environmental concern http://t.co/btm1jUBI19 @WWF ...
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High-School Dropouts and College Grads Are Moving to Very Different Places

High-School Dropouts and College Grads Are Moving to Very Different Places | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cities like Washington and San Francisco are gaining the highly skilled but losing their less-educated workforce.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 16, 2014 2:56 PM

This article, with its charts and interactive maps, is worth exploring to show some of the important spatial patterns of internal migration.  It's not hard to realize that larger, cosmopolitan metro areas will have an advantage in attracting and keeping prospective college graduates; the question that we should be asking our students is how will this impact neighborhoods, cities and regions?    


Tags: migration, USA, mappingcensus, education.

Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, June 19, 2014 8:47 AM

Good charts/grafts - worth looking at and using with the concept of migration.   

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House Ponders Roadblocks to Carbon Control

House Ponders Roadblocks to Carbon Control | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Rep. Eric Cantor’s defeat in the recent Virginia primary has implications for new EPA carbon regs – which were already looking at rough sailing.

National Journal:


And now Eric Cantor’s upset loss has put one of the ozone rule’s congressional critics—House Whip and presumed next Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy—in position to keep fighting it from the top.

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Government Shutdown Over Climate Rules?

Government Shutdown Over Climate Rules? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

See more on this elsewhere on the page below. Given the polling results shown below, one is tempted to say "bring it on". Talking Points Memo: 

 

If early Republican enthusiasm is any indication, the upcoming Sept. 30 deadline to keep the federal government open could turn into an all-out war over President Barack Obama’s executive actions to combat climate change.

 

As TPM reported earlier this week, senior House Republicans are considering using appropriations legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s new restrictions on coal-fired power plants, aimed at cutting climate-warming pollution by 30 percent by 2030.

 

On Tuesday, numerous Senate Republicans expressed strong support for the idea.  “I think there’s going to be a lot of support on our side for trying to block that. 

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Poor nutrition suggested for humpack strandings

Poor nutrition suggested for humpack strandings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A RECORD number of deaths and strandings of humpback whales in Western Australia has raised concern about the impacts of climate change on ocean food webs.

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California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply

California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mountain meadows that would normally be covered with wildflowers have nothing to offer the bees this year, as the flowers lie dormant in the drought. Beekeepers are looking at drastically reduced production, and in some cases are just trying to keep their bees alive.
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Fracking California: The View from Kern County

Fracking California: The View from Kern County | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In a study by the American Lung Association, Kern County topped most of the lists of the most polluted counties in the United States. Frantz says when it comes to pollution, there are lots of culprits: pesticides and trucks connected to farming, but also leakage of benzene and methane from oil production.   

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Scientists Close In On What’s Killing Sea Stars · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting

Scientists Close In On What’s Killing Sea Stars · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

ORCAS ISLAND, Wash. — Drew Harvell peers into the nooks and crannies along the rocky shoreline of Eastsound on Orcas Island. Purple and orange starfish clutch the rocks, as if hanging on for dear life.

In fact, they are.

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US continues its losing streak in health care quality comparison

Money can’t buy everything — including great health care.


The U.S. spends the most of any country on its health care system, and yet it ranked the lowest out of 11 industrialized nations in overall healthcare quality, according to a report published Monday by the Commonwealth Fund.


The report, which covered the years 2011-2013, compared more than 80 indicators of U.S. health care spending, quality and performance to the likes of Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and Sweden, among other developed nations.   

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We will never run out of oil (which is entirely beside the point)

We will never run out of oil (which is entirely beside the point) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What if technology does advance, but not enough, and what if the price of oil is high, but not high enough to justify bringing it out of the ground at the RATE required for the smooth functioning of global society? What then?

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