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Chevron turns tables on lawyer in pollution case

Chevron turns tables on lawyer in pollution case | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lawyer in Ecuador lawsuit now finds himself accused by oil giant of masterminding massive judicial fraud SAN FRANCISCO - In April 2007, New York lawyer Steven Donziger flew to Ecuador convinced he was on the brink of victory against a formidable...
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Pamela's curator insight, October 17, 2013 6:41 AM

For Chevron, the actual diary offers ample evidence of wrongdoing. The organization provides centered in particular about portions the item states that display Donziger seeking to demand judges and shape a new court-appointed skilled who had been likely to stay separate.

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Spills revive U.S.-Canada waterway concerns

Spills revive U.S.-Canada waterway concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three environmental accidents straddling the U.S.-Canadian border during the past 15 months have revived longstanding questions about the ability of the two countries to protect water supplies in emergencies in Metro Detroit and elsewhere.
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Risk By Association | Chemical & Engineering News

Risk By Association  | Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

You are what you eat, so the saying goes. But now that expression isn’t so simple. Synthetic chemicals are increasingly entering our bodies through our food and drink and our material surroundings. On top of that, scientific studies are showing that exercise, sleep, stress, and social support affect our biochemistry. Yet the human machine is so complex that any specific beneficial or harmful effect stemming from diet or lifestyle can usually only be guessed at.

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WATCH: Drought-hardy barley could save your beer

WATCH: Drought-hardy barley could save your beer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Just in time for Oktoberfest, genetic research on barley could save a staple crop from drought…and keep the beer flowing.

 

Barley is the fourth most produced cereal in the world; a recent drought in Russia that hurt barley production led to a global price spike.

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A Backyard Wind Farm of Your Very Own - Modern Farmer

A Backyard Wind Farm of Your Very Own - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Small-scale wind can be a great option, with some caveats, for people looking to reduce dependence on the electric grid or power their homes with a zero-emission energy source. Though small wind is not as universally adaptable to residential use as solar power, nor as affordable, more than 7,300 small wind turbines (those with a generating capacity below 100 kilowatts) were sold in the U.S. in 2011.

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The Roman bathhouse still in daily use

The Roman bathhouse still in daily use | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Roman ruins are rarely boisterous places, full of noise, laughter and life. But Edward Lewis stumbled across one that is, in northern Algeria.
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Twelve Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem

Twelve Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Globalization seems to be looked on as an unmitigated "good" by economists. Unfortunately, economists seem to be guided by their badly flawed models; they miss  real-world problems. In particular, ...
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The gated globe

The gated globe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In part one, our correspondents reflect on the ways in which the world economy has changed in response to the worst financial crisis since the Great DepressionIn...
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Latin America's commodities-fueled growth slowing

Latin America's commodities-fueled growth slowing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brasilia, Brazil (UPI) Oct 11, 2013 - As the IMF and the World Bank see Latin American economic growth faltering and a recovery unlikely before 2014, a dim outlook for Brazil is emerging - with the biggest surprise of all in revised projections...
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Saudis drive to boost oil output, fast-track shale gas

Saudis drive to boost oil output, fast-track shale gas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (UPI) Oct 11, 2013 -
Saudi Arabia is pushing to boost its oil production capacity by 1.75 million barrels per day by 2017 and is fast-tracking shale gas exploration, analysts say.
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NREL Releases New Roadmap to Reducing Solar PV Soft Costs by 2020

NREL Releases New Roadmap to Reducing Solar PV Soft Costs by 2020 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Golden CO (SPX) Oct 14, 2013 - The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently issued a new report, Non-Hardware ('Soft') Cost-Reduction Roadmap for Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photo...
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Thousands protest against Areva in Niger

Thousands protest against Areva in Niger | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Niamey (AFP) Oct 12, 2013 - Thousands of people in Niger protested Saturday against French nuclear firm Areva, which has been mining uranium in the impoverished country for nearly 50 years, one of the organisers said.
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Hard road to world domination for Chinese firms

Hard road to world domination for Chinese firms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Oct 13, 2013 - In the global contest for business Chinese brands struggle to rival big Western and Japanese names, but some are now looking to reinvent their identities to overcome image and political hurdles.
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Britain's lost rivers resurrected and freed to go with the flow

Britain's lost rivers resurrected and freed to go with the flow | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Waterways once buried underground by Victorian industrialists are restored to their natural courses
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Greenwashing the War on Drugs

Greenwashing the War on Drugs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Law enforcement is now pointing to the environmental harms caused by illegal pot farms to justify the ongoing Drug War. But it was the Drug War that sent growers into California's forests.
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Study links warmer water temperatures to greater levels of mercury in fish

Study links warmer water temperatures to greater levels of mercury in fish | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study links warmer water temperatures to greater levels of the toxic substance in fish.
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Elevated radiation claimed at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues

Elevated radiation claimed at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Citizens' group carries out tests at sites for key Tokyo Games facilities, but expert cautious about findings and organisers see no problem
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Cost of Flood Insurance Rises, Along With Worries

Cost of Flood Insurance Rises, Along With Worries | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sharp increases in federal flood insurance rates are starting to hurt property values and housing sales in areas just beginning to recover from the recession, according to residents and legislators.
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Economist Debates: Globalization, Is It In Trouble?

Economist Debates: Globalization, Is It In Trouble? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After the financial crisis of 2008, many feared the world would spiral down into the isolationism of the 1930s. It didn’t. Nonetheless, policymakers in many countries have rethought the benefits of unfettered globalisation.
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What kind of capitalism?

What kind of capitalism? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
GLOBALISATION’S OBITUARY HAS been written many times. In the 1970s and 1980s the multilateral trade system was regarded as moribund or even dead. In 1999 and 2000...
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US and allies push China for progress on sea disputes

US and allies push China for progress on sea disputes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (AFP) Oct 10, 2013 - The United States and its allies pushed Thursday for accelerated efforts to lower tension in the disputed South China Sea, where Beijing's assertive sovereignty claims have raised fears of potential...
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Toyota unveils cars with auto pilot

Toyota unveils cars with auto pilot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 11, 2013 - Toyota on Friday unveiled the next generation of cars featuring an auto pilot system that will swerve to avoid collisions and also keep to the middle of the road, all without drivers touching the wheel.
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Simple chain of carbon atoms may be world's strongest material

Simple chain of carbon atoms may be world's strongest material | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Houston (UPI) Oct 11, 2013 -
A material dubbed carbyne may be the strongest material in the world, stronger even than graphene or diamond, scientists at Rice University in Texas report.
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Austrian leaders hail EU decision on nuclear power subsidies

Austrian leaders hail EU decision on nuclear power subsidies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vienna (UPI) Oct 11, 2013 -
Austrian leaders this week hailed an EU decision to exclude nuclear power from new guidelines for member states in establishing renewable energy subsides.
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Global energy challenges under spotlight in South Korea

Global energy challenges under spotlight in South Korea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seoul (AFP) Oct 13, 2013 - The world's leading energy officials will meet this week in South Korea to discuss the sector's major challenges, ranging from climate change to the rise of fracking and nuclear power's uncertain future.
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