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WIND: U.S. issues first criminal sentence for bird deaths at Wyo. turbine farms

The federal government Friday announced the first-ever criminal enforcement of bird-protection laws at a wind energy facility, fining a North Carolina-based energy giant $1 million for killing more than 150 migratory birds, including 14 golden...
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VIDEO - Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind, Part 1 | InsideClimate News

VIDEO - Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind, Part 1 | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On March 29, 2013, an ExxonMobil oil pipeline that runs under a tiny residential neighborhood in Mayflower, Ark. split open and spilled 210,000 gallons of Canadian dilbit across backyards and streets and in waterways.
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Deaths of dozens in Qingdao pipeline blast highlight issues of China's rapid industrialization

Deaths of dozens in Qingdao pipeline blast highlight issues of China's rapid industrialization | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Explosions at a pipeline that left at least 55 dead and upended cars and sidewalks in a busy Chinese port city have brought renewed focus on industrial facilities in densely populated areas—an issue of rising importance as Beijing pushes an...
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Documents Reveal Coal Exporter Disturbed Native American Archaeological Site At Cherry Point

Documents Reveal Coal Exporter Disturbed Native American Archaeological Site At Cherry Point | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Three summers ago the company that wants to build the largest coal export terminal in North America failed to obtain the environmental permits it needed before bulldozing more than four miles of roads and clearing more than nine acres of land, including some wetlands.

 

Pacific International Terminals also failed to meet a requirement to consult first with local Native American tribes, the Lummi and Nooksack tribes, about the potential archaeological impacts of the work. Sidestepping tribal consultation meant avoiding potential delays and roadblocks for the project’s development.

 

It also led to the disturbance of a site from which 3,000-year-old human remains had previously been removed — and where archeologists and tribal members suspect more are buried.

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EPA Hires Scientific Integrity Advocate | Science/AAAS | News

EPA Hires Scientific Integrity Advocate | Science/AAAS | News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

For more than a decade, Francesca Grifo of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) advocated for improving scientific integrity policies at government agencies. When shecommented on a draft of the policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011, she wrote: “These are great principles but how will this happen? Who will monitor? Who will detect problems and enforce these strong words?”

 

Well, it turns out, she will. EPA announced today that it has hired Grifo to oversee its new policy on scientific integrity. “It’s great news,” says Rena Steinzor of the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, who studies environmental regulation and the misuse of science in environmental policy.

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Turning Water and Carbon Dioxide into Gasoline in the Holy Land

Turning Water and Carbon Dioxide into Gasoline in the Holy Land | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
University researchers in Israel have developed a method to create gasoline from carbon dioxide and water. If scalable, the implications could be huge, changing the world’s
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China state TV targets property firms over unpaid taxes

China state TV targets property firms over unpaid taxes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 25, 2013 - Chinese property developers owe 3.8 trillion yuan ($623 billion) in taxes, the state broadcaster said, firing a shot across the bows of real estate firms amid anger over high housing prices.
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Plans for Australian rail line for transporting coal move forward

Plans for Australian rail line for transporting coal move forward | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Nov 25, 2013 -
Indian-owned coal company GVK Hancock and Australian rail freight company Aurizon have agreed to jointly develop a rail line to transport thermal coal from Queensland's Galilee Basin to export terminals.
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UN nuclear watchdog in Japan for Fukushima review

UN nuclear watchdog in Japan for Fukushima review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 25, 2013 - The UN's nuclear watchdog on Monday kicked off a review of Japan's efforts to shut down the disaster-hit Fukushima plant after its operator began removing nuclear fuel.
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An Inside Look at a MOF in Action

An Inside Look at a MOF in Action | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 26, 2013 - A unique inside look at the electronic structure of a highly touted metal-organic framework (MOF) as it is adsorbing carbon dioxide gas should help in the design of new and improved MOFs for carbon...
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Copper promises cheaper, sturdier fuel cells

Copper promises cheaper, sturdier fuel cells | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 26, 2013 -
Copper adorns the Statue of Liberty, makes sturdy, affordable wiring, and helps our bodies absorb iron.
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WTO backs EU in seal ban battle with Canada and Norway

WTO backs EU in seal ban battle with Canada and Norway | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Geneva (AFP) Nov 25, 2013 - The WTO on Monday ruled in favour of the European Union in a bitter battle with Canada and Norway over its ban on the import and sale of seal products.
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Winter storm kills 13 in US, threatens holiday travel

Winter storm kills 13 in US, threatens holiday travel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chicago (AFP) Nov 25, 2013 - A major winter storm that has dumped freezing rain and snow in the US southwest has killed at least 13 people in five states, US media reported.
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VIDEO - Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind, Part 2 | InsideClimate News

VIDEO - Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind, Part 2 | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On March 29, 2013, ExxonMobil's 850-mile Pegasus oil pipeline split open and spilled 210,000 gallons of Canadian dilbit across an Arkansas suburb.
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Let a billion trees bloom: Can a great green wall of trees stop China’s spreading desert?

Let a billion trees bloom: Can a great green wall of trees stop China’s spreading desert? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Former ambassador to China tries to grow a great wall of trees to stop the Kubuqi desert from spreading.
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Fracking Bonanza Eludes Wastewater Recycling Investors

Fracking Bonanza Eludes Wastewater Recycling Investors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After two years searching for a blockbuster investment in oilfield water management, fund manager Judson Hill is still holding on to his money.
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White Wine and Beer Important Sources of Arsenic

White Wine and Beer Important Sources of Arsenic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
White wine, beer and Brussels sprouts can be major sources of the toxic metal arsenic in people's diets, according to a new study.
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Kids' brains are at risk from a barrage of toxic chemicals

Kids' brains are at risk from a barrage of toxic chemicals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We’ve known for years that lead seriously impairs early childhood development. Now scientists are finding that our kids’ brains are at risk from a barrage of other common chemicals.

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(Un)Paving Our Way To Nirvana

(Un)Paving Our Way To Nirvana | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You can’t overstate the baleful effects for Americans of living in the tortured landscapes and townscapes we created for ourselves in the past century. This fiasco of cartoon suburbia, overgrown
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More than a million seek China government jobs

More than a million seek China government jobs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Nov 25, 2013 - More than one million people took China's national civil service exam at the weekend in a modern version of an age-old rite, but faced huge odds against clinching one of the few government jobs available.
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Oettinger reassures Norway on undersea grid link to Britain

Oettinger reassures Norway on undersea grid link to Britain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oslo, Norway (UPI) Nov 25, 2013 -
A planned power interconnector between Norway and Britain, threatened by regulatory hurdles, is important to Europe's future, the EU's energy chief says.
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Romania, China ink nuclear cooperation agreements

Romania, China ink nuclear cooperation agreements | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bucharest (AFP) Nov 25, 2013 - Romania and China on Monday signed two nuclear cooperation agreements expected to give China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) a role in Romania's sole Cernavoda plant as it builds extra reactors.
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JPL to Assist in Oil and Gas Tech Development

JPL to Assist in Oil and Gas Tech Development | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 26, 2013 -
Charles Elachi, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., met with top executives of the Norwegian-based oil and gas company, Statoil, on Friday, Nov.
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US methane emissions higher than EPA numbers: study

US methane emissions higher than EPA numbers: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Nov 25, 2013 - US emissions of methane - a potent greenhouse gas - could be significantly higher than indicated in estimates by the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study published Monday.
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Okapi, Flufftail face extinction: IUCN 'Red List'

Okapi, Flufftail face extinction: IUCN 'Red List' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The giraffe-like Okapi and the White-winged Flufftail, one of Africa's rarest birds, are on the verge of extinction, conservation body the IUCN warned on Tuesday.
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