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Man-made climate change helped set stage for wild 2012 weather: study

Man-made climate change helped set stage for wild 2012 weather: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study of a dozen of 2012's wildest weather events found that man-made global warming increased the likelihood of about half of them, including Superstorm Sandy's devastating surge and shrinking Arctic sea ice.
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Kentucky nuns say they have no faith in fracking...anywhere | Al Jazeera America

Kentucky nuns say they have no faith in fracking...anywhere | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Though pipeline was rerouted off the Convent's land, sisters say they don't believe it should be built on anyone's land
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Ohio River commission may relax mercury pollution rules

Ohio River commission may relax mercury pollution rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The eight-state commission that sets water quality standards for the Ohio River wants a two-year delay on enforcement of a more stringent mercury standard while it considers relaxing those rules.
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Novel Economically Efficient Modular Battery Concept For Electric Vehicles Unveiled

Novel Economically Efficient Modular Battery Concept For Electric Vehicles Unveiled | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An interesting-looking concept for an electric city bus -- one that would already be economically efficient, even when current battery costs are taken into consideration -- was recently unveiled by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
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Public Health Biomass and Mortality | The Energy Collective

Public Health Biomass and Mortality | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While browsing the news and comments portion of an issue of Nature I came upon a note by two scientists suggesting that someone on this planet should offer an innovation prize to the person who can invent better biomass burning stoves.
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DOE Pumps $45 Million Into EV Batteries and Other Green Car Tech

DOE Pumps $45 Million Into EV Batteries and Other Green Car Tech | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Department of Energy has just come out with a new round of $45 million in funding to improve the performance of EV batteries, along with other projects to reduce vehicle weight, improve efficiency and increase EV battery range.
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Warning Labels and the Psychology of Climate Change

Warning Labels and the Psychology of Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ever since launching our project to put climate change warning labels on gas pumps, people have frequently told me, "My friend still smokes, so warning labels don't work." They draw a very general conclusion from a very particular example.
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Why Incomes Could Fall For the Next 30 Years

Every downturn in America’s economic history has been followed by a recovery. And since the 1930s, those recoveries have only taken a couple of years to materialize.
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China graft probe to focus on oil firm: media

China graft probe to focus on oil firm: media | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Sept 02, 2013 - China's corruption inquiry into Jiang Jiemin, the highest-ranking official to be caught in a crackdown under the new leadership, will focus on a giant state oil firm, state media said Monday.
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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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Exclusive: Oil & gas industry fears more deep-sea leaks linked to drill fluid

Exclusive: Oil & gas industry fears more deep-sea leaks linked to drill fluid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - A corrosive drilling fluid that triggered the North Sea's worst gas leak in 20 years could threaten similar deep-sea wells across the world, and operatorTotal has already warned Shell that its nearby Shearwater field may be at risk.


The corrosive fluids implicated in the leak at Total's Elgin field, such as calcium bromide, are commonly used in such deep-sea wells, and experts fear a recurrence as operators, under pressure to offset declining output from conventional reservoirs, turn to deeper, hotter and higher pressure fields.

 

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Enbridge dredging in full swing in Calhoun County

Enbridge dredging in full swing in Calhoun County | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Large pipes, buoys and pontoon boats have been placed throughout sections of the Kalamazoo River as Enbridge Inc. works to fulfill an order by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do additional cleanup.
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Arsenic emissions from Vernon firm Exide pose 'chronic hazard'

Arsenic emissions from Vernon firm Exide pose 'chronic hazard' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 250,000 people living in a broad swath of eastern Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Huntington Park and other southeast cities face a "chronic hazard" from exposure to arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery recycler, according to air district...
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Nissan Leaf & Chevy Volt Both Break Their US Monthly Sales Records

Nissan Leaf & Chevy Volt Both Break Their US Monthly Sales Records | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The month of August was a good one for plug-in electric car companies. Two of the three leading electric cars (in terms of sales) broke their US monthly sales records last month (we don't have monthly sales numbers for the other one).
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Fracking and California Public Health | The Energy Collective

Fracking and California Public Health | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California is sitting on one of the largest tight oil deposits in the country, the Monterey Formation, estimated to hold over 15 billion barrels of oil.
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Audi Presenting 94 MPG, 700 HP Sport Quattro PHEV At IAA

Audi Presenting 94 MPG, 700 HP Sport Quattro PHEV At IAA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Audi has announced that it will present the Sport Quattro PHEV at the International Auto Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. This vehicle has three modes:
EV Mode
In EV mode, the vehicle operates on electricity only.
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Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News: Children and the Environment: How gardening lessons impact positively on school kids

Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News: Children and the Environment: How gardening lessons impact positively on school kids | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Growing food in schools looks set to become part of the curriculum starting from September 2014, furthering the positive impacts of those very successful initiatives already working to promote gardening and 'grow your own' schemes in schools nationwide.

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Viewpoints: Is a salary of £300,000 a week too much?

Viewpoints: Is a salary of £300,000 a week too much? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After a summer of speculation, Welsh forward Gareth Bale has officially a world record £85m move to Real Madrid. He will earn a reported £300,000 a week after signing a six-year contract. But is it too much?
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Poll finds 70% of oil-rich Norwegians against EU membership

Poll finds 70% of oil-rich Norwegians against EU membership | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oslo, Norway (UPI) Aug 29, 2013 - A new poll finds more than two-thirds of Norwegians opposed to the country's membership in the European Union.
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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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