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The double threat of climate and land use change enhances risks to biodiversity

The double threat of climate and land use change enhances risks to biodiversity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, have developed a new approach to measure the combined exposure of species to both climate and land use change. This new metric was used to assess the risk to species in the face of combined rates of climate and ...
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Older coral species more hardy, biologists say

Older coral species more hardy, biologists say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research indicates older species of coral have more of what it takes to survive a warming and increasingly polluted climate, according to biologists from the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez.
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No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land

No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As climate change alters habitats for birds and bees and everything in between, so too does the way humans decide to use land. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Aarhus University in Denmark have, for the first time, found a way to determine the potential combined impacts of both ...
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Mining Spill Near U.S. Border Closes 88 Schools, Leaves Thousands Of Mexicans Without Water

Mining Spill Near U.S. Border Closes 88 Schools, Leaves Thousands Of Mexicans Without Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A toxic wastewater spill from a large copper mine in northern Mexico is keeping 88 schools closed starting Monday due to uncertainty over the safety of drinking water.
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David Collet's curator insight, August 18, 2014 7:51 PM

Another one. U.S. company causes the problem. Pockets get lined (read: bribes are paid) profits are made and moved off shore and the local inhabitants are left with the cleanup.

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More Brewster MacCracken: Solar Power and Electric Vehicles

More Brewster MacCracken: Solar Power and Electric Vehicles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More from my interview with Brewster MacCracken of Austin's Pecan Street Project.
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Defective Photovoltaics and Other Flaws Plague China's Push to Build Solar Power

Defective Photovoltaics and Other Flaws Plague China's Push to Build Solar Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Poor installation and grid connections are also among a laundry list of problems facing China's effort to go solar
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The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’

The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com.
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David Collet's curator insight, August 18, 2014 8:14 PM

This is scary reading and is at the extreme of climate change reporting. But it is possible. When I combine this with the rapid changes in communication and automation I feel that the current state of advanced education (beyond SPM) renders it a waste of time for  my grandchildren. It is training for jobs that won't exist. And, perhaps, society as we know it won't exist. Scary stuff. Trust in God. All others pay cash.

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What Toledo’s Water Crisis Reveals About Industrial Farming | Civil Eats

What Toledo’s Water Crisis Reveals About Industrial Farming | Civil Eats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Toledo, Ohio area lost their municipal drinking water supply. Here's why.
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Yale Environment 360: Trees Save Lives and Billions in Health Costs Annually, Forest Service Finds

Yale Environment 360: Trees Save Lives and Billions in Health Costs Annually, Forest Service Finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Trees are saving more than 850 human lives each year and preventing 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms in the U.S., according to the first broad-scale estimate of trees' air pollution removal by U.S. Forest Service researchers. 

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The Longest River In The U.S. Is Being Altered By Climate Change

The Longest River In The U.S. Is Being Altered By Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The river provides crucial resources to agriculture, tourism and water supplies along its route.
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Beer shortage and heatwave spells misery for Cubans

Beer shortage and heatwave spells misery for Cubans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Havana (AFP) Aug 15, 2014 - Cuba has been hit by a severe beer shortage during one of its hottest summers on record, sparking hoarding and driving thirsty drinkers to pay greatly inflated prices.
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Displaced Iraq Yazidis left hungry and desperate

Displaced Iraq Yazidis left hungry and desperate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dohuk, Iraq (AFP) Aug 17, 2014 - Scores of Yazidis, mainly children, who fled as jihadists overran their villages in northern Iraq are now sheltering in an abandoned construction site on the outskirts of Dohuk city.
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Water scarcity and climate change through 2095

Water scarcity and climate change through 2095 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What will a global water scarcity map look like in 2095? Radically different, according to scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, depending on the type and the stringency of the climate mitigation policies chosen to reduce carbon pollution.
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Climate change will threaten fish by drying out Southwest US streams, research predicts

Climate change will threaten fish by drying out Southwest US streams, research predicts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fish species native to a major Arizona watershed may lose access to important segments of their habitat by 2050 as surface water flow is reduced by the effects of climate warming, new research suggests.
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Study finds possible link between Arctic change and extreme mid-latitude weather

Study finds possible link between Arctic change and extreme mid-latitude weather | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from Europe and the U.S. has found a possible link between Arctic amplification and severe weather in the northern mid-latitude parts of the planet. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the researchers describe how they conducted ...
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Coaxing Congress Out of the Climate Closet

Coaxing Congress Out of the Climate Closet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Blooomberg:In stark contrast to their party's public stance on Capitol Hill, many Republicans privately acknowledge the scientific consensus that human activity is at least partially responsible fo...
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Booming Rooftop Solar Power Suffers Growing Pains

Booming Rooftop Solar Power Suffers Growing Pains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reaping benefits from solar panels on a home may be harder than some sales pitches suggest
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Rubber Bullets in Missouri Clash Highlight Militarization of America’s Police

Rubber Bullets in Missouri Clash Highlight Militarization of America’s Police | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Police forces are increasingly turning to so-called nonlethal but dangerous weapons to control conflicts
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20 Powerful Photos That Show The Severe Reality Of Climate Change Today

20 Powerful Photos That Show The Severe Reality Of Climate Change Today | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climate change is already beginning to transform life on Earth. Around the globe, seasons are shifting, temperatures are climbing and sea levels are rising. Climate change may seem complicated or like a far-away thing that doesn’t matter to your daily life but it does. The images below do a pretty good job of showing what’s going on with our world.

Take a look at what we’re dealing with.

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Global warming denial rears its ugly head around the world, in English

Global warming denial rears its ugly head around the world, in English | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dana Nuccitelli: In Australia, USA, UK, and Canada, politicians are rejecting evidence and expert opinion about climate change
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Oceans need saving before science is nailed : Nature News Blog

Oceans need saving before science is nailed : Nature News Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Don’t just gather data, do something. Scientists need to stop using a lack of knowledge as an excuse for not doing more to protect threatened species, a major gathering of marine conservationists has been warned.

 

“Science matters deeply, but we can’t let ourselves be trapped by the need to gather more data,” Amanda Vincent, a marine researcher at the University of British Columbia, told delegates at the opening of the International Marine Conservation Congress, which kicked off on 14 August in Glasgow, UK.

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The Diminishing of Renewable Energy Target Will Drastically Alter Australias Energy Landscape

The Diminishing of Renewable Energy Target Will Drastically Alter Australias Energy Landscape | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Any reduction or outright scrapping of Australia's Renewable Energy Target would cause a major shit in the country's energy landscape.
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Armed police Trigger happy

Armed police Trigger happy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

THE shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is a reminder that civilians—innocent or guilty—are far more likely to be shot by police in America than in any other rich country.

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HK pro-government activists rally against Occupy protest

HK pro-government activists rally against Occupy protest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 17, 2014 - Thousands protested in Hong Kong Sunday against plans by pro-democracy activists to paralyse the city centre with a mass sit-in unless China grants acceptable electoral reforms.
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