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Enhanced international cooperation needed in Antarctica, scientists say

Enhanced international cooperation needed in Antarctica, scientists say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Countries need to work together to ensure Antarctic research continues and key questions on the region are answered, researchers say.

 

In an article published in Nature this week, 75 scientists along with policy makers in 22 countries have outlined what they see as the major priorities for Antarctic research over the next 20 years and beyond.

 

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Making Sense of the US Oil Story

Making Sense of the US Oil Story | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We frequently see stories telling us how well the United States is doing at oil extraction. The fact that there are stories in the press about the US wanting to export crude oil adds to the hype. How much of these stories are really true? If we believe the stories, the US is now the largest producer of oil liquids in the world. In fact, it has been the largest producer since the fourth quarter of 2012.

 

One of the issues is that a few years ago, the US created a new oil-related grouping, combining valuable products with much less valuable (lower energy content, less dense) products. Using this new grouping, the US was able to show much improved growth in total “oil” supply. The US EIA now calls the grouping “Total Oil Supply.” I refer to it as “Total Liquids,” a name I find more descriptive. Besides “crude and condensate,” the mixture includes “other liquids,” “natural gas plant liquids,” and “refinery expansion.”

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Europeans Struggle To Pay Their Electric Bills

Europeans Struggle To Pay Their Electric Bills | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Europeans are coping with paying their monthly energy bills as prices continue to soar.

 

A survey by a European retail group Kingfisher found that “[h]omeowners in Europe are more worried about energy bills than paying the rent or mortgage,” reports the BBC. Kingfisher surveyed 17,000 European households and found that many families are worried they won’t be able to pay their soaring energy bills.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, August 6, 2014 6:23 PM

"The German media has called electricity a “luxury good” as prices have more than doubled “from €0.14/kilowatt hour (kWh) ($0.18) in 2000 to more than €0.29/kWh ($0.38) in 2013,” according to FAA. The report adds that German consumers will pay $31.1 billion for energy subsidies this year alone."


David Collet's curator insight, August 6, 2014 10:35 PM

'Green' is essential but we must be prepared to reduce consumption or pay the price.

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Turn On, Retweet, Tune Out

Turn On, Retweet, Tune Out | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From Syria to Gaza to #BringBackOurGirls, what makes people care about stories one minute -- and forget about them the next?
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Dr. Jesse Steinfeld dies at 87; fought tobacco use as surgeon general

Dr. Jesse Steinfeld dies at 87; fought tobacco use as surgeon general | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Three U.S. surgeons general have played the biggest roles in alerting the public to the dangers of tobacco.

 

In 1964, Dr. Luther Terry issued the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, irrefutably linking smoking with lung disease and other illnesses. The report led to a sharp drop in smoking and to the first warning labels on cigarette packages.

 

Seven years later, Dr. Jesse L. Steinfeld issued a second report focused on the dangers of secondhand smoke. He proposed what he called the Non-Smoker's Bill of Rights, which said that the country must free non-smokers from the hazards and annoyance of other people's addictions. He strengthened the warning on packages and issued the first ban on smoking in certain government buildings.

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State to consider emergency protection for tricolored blackbird

State to consider emergency protection for tricolored blackbird | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday will consider an emergency listing of the tricolored blackbird as a threatened or endangered species in response to a statewide survey showing its population has plummeted 44% since 2011.
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Food poisoning bug campylobacter found in majority of chicken bought in shops as FSA urged to name and shame retailers

Food poisoning bug campylobacter found in majority of chicken bought in shops as FSA urged to name and shame retailers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The consumer organisation Which? is calling on food chiefs to name and shame retailers after a survey found almost three fifths of fresh shop-bought chickens tested positive for campylobacter, a common cause of food poisoning.
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Feces-Clogged Shore Shows Africa Infrastructure Failings

Feces-Clogged Shore Shows Africa Infrastructure Failings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fredrik Sunesson had high hopes when the first tanker truck unloaded feces from some of Accra’s 4 million residents at his recycling plant in Ghana’s capital. Seventeen months later, those expectations have been dashed.
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Columbia Gorge Commission Sounds Alarm On Coal, Oil Transport

Columbia Gorge Commission Sounds Alarm On Coal, Oil Transport | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Columbia River Gorge Commission has passed a resolution against the transport of coal and crude oil through the Columbia River Gorge in Washington and Oregon.

 

The Gorge Commission also sent letters to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee asking state leaders to “fully assess the risk of coal and oil transport in the Gorge,” and to develop policies to protect the communities and habitat it would impact.

 

The letters cited risks from loss of tribal and public access to the Columbia River, to noise and coal dust threatening air and water quality, and worse, a potential rail disaster.

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Polley Mine tailings pond was growing at unsustainable rate, says environmental consultant

Polley Mine tailings pond was growing at unsustainable rate, says environmental consultant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An environmental consultant who examined the tailings pond in central British Columbia that breached over the weekend says the storage facility was growing at an unsustainable rate.
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FOOD SECURITY: Aquaculture is hooked on chemicals, an addiction that must be fixed in the future -- study

FOOD SECURITY: Aquaculture is hooked on chemicals, an addiction that must be fixed in the future -- study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In part of the search to find ways to feed future populations, given the mounting impacts of extreme weather on traditional farming, many have begun to turn their attention to the ocean. Over the past 40 years, aquaculture has grown rapidly, accounting for half of human-consumed seafood in 2011 and continuing at a 6 percent annual increase in production. But along with increased demand and rapid expansion are many of the same problems presented by industrialized agriculture.
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Tsilhqot'in First Nation tells junior miner to stop drilling

Tsilhqot'in First Nation tells junior miner to stop drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Another mining company has run up against the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, whose aboriginal title to land in its traditional territory were recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada.
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Grizzly research offers surprising insights into diabetes-obesity link

Grizzly research offers surprising insights into diabetes-obesity link | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While diabetes rates are on the rise and are having serious effects on millions of people's health, researchers studying grizzly bears have now discovered a natural state of diabetes that serves a real biological purpose and is also reversible. Investigators reporting in the August 5 issue of the Cell ...
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Burrowing animals may have been key to stabilizing Earth's oxygen

Burrowing animals may have been key to stabilizing Earth's oxygen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Evolution of the first burrowing animals may have played a major role in stabilizing the Earth's oxygen reservoir, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience.
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Deviant and Proud | George Monbiot

Deviant and Proud | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 6th August 2014

 

Do you feel left out? Perhaps it’s because you refuse to succumb to the competition, envy and fear neoliberalism breeds

 

To be at peace with a troubled world: this is not a reasonable aim. It can be achieved only through a disavowal of what surrounds you. To be at peace with yourself within a troubled world: that, by contrast, is an honourable aspiration. This column is for those who feel at odds with life. It calls on you not to be ashamed.

 

I was prompted to write it by a remarkable book, just published in English, by a Belgian professor of psychoanalysis, Paul Verhaeghe(1). What About Me?: The Struggle for Identity in a Market-Based Society is one of those books that, by making connections between apparently distinct phenomena, permits sudden new insights into what is happening to us and why.

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Here's Everything We Know About The 'Secret Serum' Used To Treat An American With Ebola

Here's Everything We Know About The 'Secret Serum' Used To Treat An American With Ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brantly reportedly told doctors "I am going to die." But an hour after he received the experimental serum, his breathing improved and a rash on his body faded.
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Fermentation is the New Canning

Fermentation is the New Canning | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

While it’s still a little early in the year to think about preserving our homegrown produce for winter, I recently came across an interesting Kickstarter campaign that makes home fermentation easier than ever.

 

Before detailing this new product, let’s take a moment to review the benefits of fermentation compared to canning and dehydrating.

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Fish Oil Could (One Day) Come From Plants

Fish Oil Could (One Day) Come From Plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A field trial of genetically modified oilseed plants that can make fish oil hopes to help fish farming become more sustainable
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Massive Dolphin Die-Off Eludes Final Explanation

Massive Dolphin Die-Off Eludes Final Explanation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The morbillivirus is the prime suspect in the unprecedented and ongoing die-offs, but other culprits are possible
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Minnesota starts to think about re-using wastewater

Minnesota starts to think about re-using wastewater | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Treated sewage water is getting used again
in a few places, watering golf courses, washing trucks and sweeping streets. The economics in a water-rich state make for slow change, but those who have tried it think it could be a way of the future.
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Politicians, Texas companies still figuring out the new rules for carbon dioxide

Politicians, Texas companies still figuring out the new rules for carbon dioxide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
EPA modeling suggests that by 2030 coal generation would be cut in half, to be replaced by natural gas plants, solar and wind power.
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State: Fracking waste tainted groundwater, soil at three Washington County sites

State: Fracking waste tainted groundwater, soil at three Washington County sites | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leaks of fracking waste water from three impoundments in Washington County have contaminated soil and groundwater, prompting the state to issue a violation notice at one site and increase monitoring and testing at another. John Poister, a state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman, said the problems at three of Range Resources Inc.’s nine Washington County impoundments have raised concerns and increased regulators’ scrutiny. The impoundments store flowback and waste water from multiple Marcellus Shale well drilling and fracking operations. PG graphic: Range Resources impoundments (Click image for larger version) “We have had some discussions with Range about its impoundments,” Mr. Poister said. “We are looking at them and discussing things with them. “But in terms of saying
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Fertilizer pollution fears bubble up in wake of Toledo water crisis

Fertilizer pollution fears bubble up in wake of Toledo water crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Experts say that lax rules for fertilizer and creeping climate change brought on algae bloom that tainted city’s taps
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What caused the Mount Polley tailings pond failure?

What caused the Mount Polley tailings pond failure? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“Whatever the facts, the failure casts a poor light on the industry, and makes all of our jobs more difficult in the future.”

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