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China halts environmental approvals for oil giants

China halts environmental approvals for oil giants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 29, 2013 - China's environment ministry has suspended approvals of new projects by the country's two biggest oil firms for failing to achieve pollution reduction goals, it said Thursday.
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18 illegal Chinese miners caught 'black handed,' not in Ghana this time

18 illegal Chinese miners caught 'black handed,' not in Ghana this time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Black sand mining in the Philippines.

 

Eighteen Chinese men caught illegally mining black sand have been taken into custody in the northern coastal town of Aparri in the Philippines.

The Philippines justice department organized a raid following suspicions that Chinese company Hua Xia Miing and Trading Corp. was mining close to the beach, which is illegal.

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Tour a 700-year-old salt mine on Google Street View

Tour a 700-year-old salt mine on Google Street View | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the world's oldest complete with statues and a church, is now on Google Maps Street View.


The mine was built in the 13th century and produced table salt continuously until 2007.

 


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How The House Budget Threatens International Climate and Clean Energy Investment

How The House Budget Threatens International Climate and Clean Energy Investment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There's a $10 billion difference between the House and Senate budgets, which means a lot of international climate and clean energy investment is on the line.
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Pacific leaders adopt 'Majuro declaration' on climate change

Pacific leaders adopt 'Majuro declaration' on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
RTCC: Text calling for climate ambition will be presented to UN chief Ban Ki-moon at general assembly in New York
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Slowing the ageing process—it's in your genes

Slowing the ageing process—it's in your genes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Imagine being able to take a drug that can reduce the rate at which you age. Research by Massey University senior lecturer in genetics Dr Austen Ganley is making this dream one step closer to reality.
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New model of Earth's interior reveals clues to hotspot volcanoes

New model of Earth's interior reveals clues to hotspot volcanoes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have detected previously unknown channels of slow-moving seismic waves in Earth's upper mantle, a discovery that helps explain 'hotspot volcanoes' that give birth to island chains such as Hawaii...
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Tesla is Sucking Up the World's Lithium Ion Battery Supply, Kick Starting Cell Production

Tesla is Sucking Up the World's Lithium Ion Battery Supply, Kick Starting Cell Production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With 14,000 all-electric Model S luxury cars already sold, Tesla is on track to sell 21,000 cars this year, taking a major bite on the lithium ion cell supply.
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Which Came First: Low CO2 or an Ice Age?: Scientific American Podcast

What starts an Ice Age? Clues exist in the remains of coccolithophores, a type of marine algae with a shell.

A study finds that some seven million years ago, the algae had to adapt to low levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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Return of the Natives: How Wild Bees Will Save Our Agricultural System: Scientific American

Return of the Natives: How Wild Bees Will Save Our Agricultural System: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reviving native bee species could save honeybees—and our agricultural system—from collapse
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How Soot Killed the Little Ice Age: Scientific American

How Soot Killed the Little Ice Age: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Industrial Revolution kicked off Alpine glacier retreat 50 years before the latest global warming began
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Global Carbon Trade Countries | The Energy Collective

Global Carbon Trade Countries | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When we discuss things like a country’s carbon emissions we generally only consider those that occur within that country's borders. But where does the fuel for those emissions come from? And where do the products a country makes go?
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South Australia Projected to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy Within the Next Decade

South Australia Projected to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy Within the Next Decade | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A report by the Australian Energy Market Regulator predicts that South Australia will source 50 percent of its energy from renewables within the next ten years.
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Thermal coal approaches 4-year lows

Thermal coal approaches 4-year lows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Weak global demand, too much supply.
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Mining forces entire Swedish city to move 3 km

Mining forces entire Swedish city to move 3 km | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To avoid collapse caused by iron ore mining activities.
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food production | The 19 Biggest Food Problems in America | Rodale News

food production | The 19 Biggest Food Problems in America | Rodale News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Our messed up food system, in cartoons!

 

Anyone who eats holds a stake in the debates about food and nutrition—debates that are often personaland political. Soda taxes, healthcare reform, labeling of genetically modified foods—these all revolve around food.

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Carbon Resources and American Consumption | The Energy Collective

Carbon Resources and American Consumption | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2007 US carbon emissions peaked at roughly 6,029 Mt. We know a lot a how these emissions are generated, and why they have declined since then. But few of us who consume the carbon realize where the resources actually come from.
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NOAA: Sandy-Like Flooding Now Twice As Likely Due to Climate Change

NOAA: Sandy-Like Flooding Now Twice As Likely Due to Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- A new analysis released Thursday of 12 extreme weather events in 2012 found "compelling evidence that human-caused change was a factor contributing to the event" in at least half of them, according to Thomas Karl, director of the...
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Scientists confirm existence of largest single volcano on Earth (Update)

Scientists confirm existence of largest single volcano on Earth (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A University of Houston (UH) professor led a team of scientists to uncover the largest single volcano yet documented on Earth.
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Naomi Klein: Green groups may be more damaging than climate change deniers

Naomi Klein: Green groups may be more damaging than climate change deniers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

I think there is a very deep denialism in the environmental movement among the Big Green groups. And to be very honest with you, I think it’s been more damaging than the right-wing denialism in terms of how much ground we’ve lost. Because it has steered us in directions that have yielded very poor results....


Via Michael Charney, Monica S Mcfeeters
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Michael Charney's curator insight, September 5, 2013 9:01 AM

One of the left's darlings dares iconoclastic thinking; I wonder if we can expect any backlash, the result of typically arrogant cognitive biases... Should be interesting.... (Personally, I think she's brilliant!) MC

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 5, 2013 10:18 AM

Naomie Klein has tremendous insight whenever she shares her thoughts it is worth it to listen.

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Vascular Window Keeps Room Cooler: Scientific American Podcast

Windows can offer beautiful natural light. But on bright days, the sunlight can bake a room. That trapped heat drives up air conditioning use and energy costs.

Now, a team of researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has designed cooler windows—by mimicking nature.

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We Probably Won't Recycle Shredded Paper: Scientific American Podcast

If something looks like trash you are more likely to trash it. Even if it has value—such as recyclable items like aluminum cans or torn paper. That’s according to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research. 

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Farming a Toxin To Protect Crops, Pollinators and People: Scientific American

Farming a Toxin To Protect Crops, Pollinators and People: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Genetically modified crops that produce the pest-killing toxin Bt increase yields and reduce the use of noxious chemical insecticides. But like any powerful tool, they must be used responsibly
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Top 20 Utility Scale Solar Countries

Top 20 Utility Scale Solar Countries | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy. The latest update of utility scale solar developments round the world shows that the US has just joined China as the second country to have installed more than 3 GW of “big solar,” and will soon be joined by...
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Federal Regulation and Fossil Fuel Consumption Reduction | The Energy Collective

Federal Regulation and Fossil Fuel Consumption Reduction | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The U.S. is the world’s largest petroleum consumer and second largest emitter of carbon dioxide.  For over 20 years the Federal Government has mandated and encouraged replacing petroleum with ‘alternative motor fuels’ (AF), and reducing petroleum consumption through ‘corporate average fuel economy’ (CAFE) standards and ‘renewable fuel standards’ (RFS).  Since implementing these regulations significant petroleum motor fuels consumption has been replaced by AF’s or reduced by increased light duty vehicle (LDV) fleet fuel efficiencies.  Which of these regulations have been the most effective to date, and which regulations are most promising towards substantially reducing future U.S. petroleum consumption and associated carbon emissions?

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