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Porpoises on European coasts maintain their populations but migrate southwards - YottaFire

Porpoises on European coasts maintain their populations but migrate southwards YottaFire Seven oceanographic research vessels and three light aircrafts from the SCANSII Project have recorded the abundance and distribution of small cetaceans in the...

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Des centaines de millions d'hectares de terres,sont menacées de dégradation selon un rapport de l'ONU - UNEP

Des centaines de millions d'hectares de terres,sont menacées de dégradation selon un rapport de l'ONU - UNEP | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Davos (Switzerland) January 24, 2014 - Up to 849 million hectares of natural land - almost the size of Brazil - will likely be degraded by 2050 if current trends to their unsustainable use continues, warns a report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


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California Drought: Start of a New Big Dry?

California Drought: Start of a New Big Dry? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Daily Californian: A week after declaring a drought emergency, Gov. Jerry Brown called California’s current drought “a stark warning of things to come” in his State of the State address Wednesd...
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The other side of the peak: Italy's collapse of oil and gas consumption

The other side of the peak: Italy's collapse of oil and gas consumption | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Italy' peak oil has arrived: we are back to 1967 in terms of oil consumption.
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Cost Of Solar 2 To 100 Times Lower Than You Think

Cost Of Solar 2 To 100 Times Lower Than You Think | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What’s the cost of solar today? Well, it depends a great deal on where exactly you are located, but no matter where you’re located, I’d bet that most of you have a cost of solar in your head that’s 2–100 times greater than the actual cost of solar power.

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New research warns world to prepare for power outages

Living without electricity in today's technological world may be difficult to imagine. Yet the reality of living without computers, mobile phones and entertainment systems, and managing a transport system thrown into chaos by an absence of traffic lights, trains and subways, may become increasingly common, according to an academic study published today.

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How Farouk al Kasim Saved Norway From Its Oil - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

How Farouk al Kasim Saved Norway From Its Oil - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After growing up watching the benefits of Iraqi oil elude the Iraqi people, a young executive insisted that Norway do things differently.
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The science of staying warm

The science of staying warm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Polar vortex got you down? Beat the winter blues with this cool post on how - and why - to warm things up.
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Flatulent cows cause methane explosion on German farm

Flatulent cows cause methane explosion on German farm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Yes, you read that right.

 

It’s no secret that cows are living, breathing methane machines. Cattle produce large amounts of methane as part of their normal digestive process; globally, cows and their ruminant colleagues produce some 80 million metric tons of methane annually. In fact, livestock is accountable for an estimated 28 percent of global methane emissions from human-related activities. 

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The Great Lakes Go Dry: How One-Fifth Of The World’s Fresh Water Is Dwindling Away

The Great Lakes Go Dry: How One-Fifth Of The World’s Fresh Water Is Dwindling Away | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For the past 15 years, residents of Washington Island have watched Lake Michigan slowly disappear.
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Ice Cover Affects Lake Levels in Surprising Ways

Ice Cover Affects Lake Levels in Surprising Ways | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The announcement last week that $300 million was included in the 2014 federal spending bill for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was followed this week with more good news about water levels.
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During Drought, Pop-Up Wetlands Give Birds a Break

During Drought, Pop-Up Wetlands Give Birds a Break | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As California's drought gets worse, farmers and conservationists are teaming up to create temporary wetlands for birds migrating on the Pacific Flyway.
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DDT linked to higher risk of Alzheimer's — Environmental Health News

DDT linked to higher risk of Alzheimer's — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People with high levels of exposure to the banned insecticide DDT were four times more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than people with low levels, according to a study of patients in Georgia and Texas published today.
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Hybrid aircraft is mix of everything that flies @ sustentadigital

Hybrid aircraft is mix of everything that flies @ sustentadigital | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
O projeto combina as melhores características de um avião, um hidroavião, um helicóptero, um aerodeslizador e um dirigível.
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Un procédé original développé à Hong Kong pour réduire la production de boues d'assainissement et la consommation d'eau potable des villes côtières

Un procédé original développé à Hong Kong pour réduire la production de boues d'assainissement et la consommation d'eau potable des villes côtières | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong possède un système original d'assainissement qui permet d'économiser de grandes quantités d'eau potable: les chasses d'eau des toilettes sont alimentées par de l'eau de mer (grossièrement filtrée et simplement désinfectée). Une équipe de l'Université des Sciences et Technologies de Hong Kong (HKUST) a développé un système innovant de traitement de ces eaux usées particulières : le SANI ("sulphate reduction autotrophic denitrification and nitrification integrated"). Selon ces chercheurs, ce procédé s'appuyant sur les particularités de l'eau de mer permet, par rapport aux procédés traditionnels, de réduire le volume des boues d'assainissement de 90%, la surface nécessaire au traitement de 50%, l'émission de gaz à effets de serre de 35% et le coût du traitement de 50%.

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La question de la gestion dans la durée d'ne double réseau intérieur n'est pas posée. Les problèmes d'interconnexion entre l'eau potable et l'eau de mer ne sont pourtant pas à négliger.

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Alaska All Time High for This Date: Warmer Than Alabama

Alaska All Time High for This Date: Warmer Than Alabama | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

On the graph above, orange and red stuff is warmer than average, "average" being defined as the average on this date between 1979 and 2000. Blue/purple stuff is colder. PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

 

ON SUNDAY THE 26TH THE TEMPERATURE CLIMBED TO A SCORCHING 52
DEGREES AT DENALI NATIONAL PARK HEADQUARTERS. THIS IS THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED AT THE PARK HEADQUARTERS IN JANUARY
DURING THE PAST 92 YEARS OF OBSERVATIONS. THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR
THE MONTH WAS 51 DEGREES SET ON JANUARY 21ST 1961. FOR
REFERENCE…52 DEGREES IS THE NORMAL HIGH TEMPERATURE IN MID MAY
AT THE PARK HEADQUARTERS. THE NORMAL HIGH FOR JANUARY 26TH IS 11
DEGREES ABOVE ZERO.

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Boeing Biofuel Breakthrough — This Is A BIG Deal (Interview With Boeing’s Biofuel Director)

Boeing Biofuel Breakthrough — This Is A BIG Deal (Interview With Boeing’s Biofuel Director) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On the sidelines of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week*, European energy journalist Karel Beckman, university biologist Joanne Manaster, and I got to have a conversation with a member of Boeing leadership who has been working on what seems to be a...
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China and Renewables | The Energy Collective

China and Renewables | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new year brought some deserved celebration of the advance of renewable energy in China, as the government announced nearly 8 Gigawatts of wind power additions and 3.6 Gigawatts of new solar installed during 2013.
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Environmentalism and the Good Life | The Energy Collective

Environmentalism and the Good Life | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The climate problem is real. The objective needs to be to make more and more salaries and more and more livelihoods dependent upon an accelerate progression up the global warming learning curve. This could be the best way to address the problem.
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Barnidge: Waging war on climate change, one speaking engagement at a time

Barnidge: Waging war on climate change, one speaking engagement at a time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Academy Award-winning documentary that helped former Vice President Al Gore win a 2007 Nobel Prize is but a historical footnote for many Americans. For Lafayette resident Wei-Tai Kwok, "An Inconvenient Truth" was a call to action.

 

He remembers taking his wife, Violet, to see the film and worrying afterward about what future lay in store for his children, Shelley and Gareth, if its dire forecast of global warming was correct.

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Jim Yong Kim on climate change at Davos: "Now is the time to act for future generations before it’s too late"

Jim Yong Kim on climate change at Davos: "Now is the time to act for future generations before it’s too late" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
During the World Economic Forum in Davos, this weekend President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim published a blog spotlighting 2014 as the year for climate action.
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Meeting On Possible Crude Oil Trains Through D.C. Turns Tense After EPA Doesn’t Show Up

Meeting On Possible Crude Oil Trains Through D.C. Turns Tense After EPA Doesn’t Show Up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With EPA absent and only CSX there to answer questions, the meeting turned into more of a battlefield of arguments between residents and the company than a productive discussion on environmental health effects.
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'I Apologize For Using That Awful Word'

'I Apologize For Using That Awful Word' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thomas Perkins, the venture capitalist who compared the "progressive war on the 1 percent" to Nazi anti-Semitism over the weekend, said he regrets using the word "Kristallnacht" during an appearance with Bloomberg TV on Monday.
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Oilsands and water: report calls for more research on effects of spill

Oilsands and water: report calls for more research on effects of spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Too little is known about products from Alberta’s oilsands to assess whether spills in rivers or coastal areas could be effectively cleaned up, according to a recent report for a U.S. government agency.
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Report: FDA allows antibiotics in animal feed despite risks

Report: FDA allows antibiotics in animal feed despite risks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An advocacy group says the agency has ignored its own findings, endangering public health.
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