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Virus Kills over 1,000 Bottlenose Dolphins along U.S. East Coast: Scientific American

Virus Kills over 1,000 Bottlenose Dolphins along U.S. East Coast: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 1,000 migratory bottlenose dolphins have died from a measles-like virus along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard in 2013 and the epidemic shows no sign of abating, a marine biologist said on Monday.
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Antarctic Blizzard Halts Icebreaker's Bid to Rescue Stranded Ship: Scientific American

Antarctic Blizzard Halts Icebreaker's Bid to Rescue Stranded Ship: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An Antarctic blizzard has halted an Australian icebreaker's bid to reach a Russian ship trapped for a week with 74 people onboard, rescuers said on Monday.
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Biometric Security Poses Huge Privacy Risks: Scientific American

Biometric Security Poses Huge Privacy Risks: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Without explicit safeguards, your personal biometric data are destined for a government database
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10 Best Documentaries of 2013 | EcoWatch

10 Best Documentaries of 2013 | EcoWatch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

I love documentaries as they have an incredible ability to educate and motivate people to care about the world around them. We need more people to be part of the solution by tackling the most critical issues facing the planet. Check out my list of favorite documentaries of 2013. Share your favorites documentaries in the comment area below.

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Looming Danger of Abrupt Climate Change » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

“The history of climate on the planet— as read in archives such as tree rings, ocean sediments, and ice cores— is punctuated with large changes that occurred rapidly, over the course of decades to as little as a few years,” Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change, Anticipating Surprises, (Prepublication Version), National Research Council of the National Academies, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., December 2013.

 

U.S. intelligence agencies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academies sponsored the NRCNA report. The National Academies consists of: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.

 

The NRCNA report mentions three primary areas of risks of abrupt climate change this century, as follows:

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Triple-threat method sparks hope for fusion

Triple-threat method sparks hope for fusion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico discharges the most intense pulses of electrical current on Earth. Millions of amperes can be sent towards a metallic cylinder the size of a pencil eraser, inducing a magnetic field that creates a force — called a Z pinch — that crushes the cylinder in a fraction of a second.

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The Mind Boggling Promise of Energy Storage

The Mind Boggling Promise of Energy Storage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A well connected individual in the EV industry told me the other day, "There are three kinds of liars. Liars, damn liars, and battery salesmen." Having said that, he went on to relate how, despite ...
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The Biggest Stories on Earth: Scientific American Podcast

What were the biggest stories on this earth podcast in 2013? I'm glad I asked:

We had the new rush for oil in the Arctic and other extreme places. Scientists offered new hope for bringing back extinct species like the passenger pigeon. And the new Pope Francis began talking up the environment, just like his saintly namesake.

Plastic litter got just about everywhere, while ants stowed away on ships to spread around the globe.Cities turn out to follow mathematical rules andour dandruff shampoo turns out to be poisoningplants. The best places to put wind or solar powerare not necessarily the windiest or the sunniest but rather wherever they cut the most pollution.

Junk piles of old gadgets, TVs and other electronics remain a large and growing problem. And life persists almost everywhere we look on this planet, from the skies above to the deepest spots in the oceans.

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SolarEdge Creates Perhaps Best Solar Video Ever

SolarEdge Creates Perhaps Best Solar Video Ever | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Perhaps I'm just in a good mood, but this video below is great.
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Breast milk harbors environmental pollutants

Breast milk harbors environmental pollutants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Breast milk's high fat and protein content tends to attract heavy metals and other contaminants that make their way into a woman's body from the environment, and are then passed on to newborns, albeit usually in minuscule amounts.
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China says over 3 mln hectares of land too polluted to farm

BEIJING, Dec 30 (Reuters) - About 3.33 million hectares (8million acres) of China's farmland is too polluted to growcrops, a government official said on Monday, highlighting therisk facing agriculture...
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In Philippines, workers toil among hazards in compressor mining | The Center for Investigative Reporting

In Philippines, workers toil among hazards in compressor mining | The Center for Investigative Reporting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Compressor mining is dangerous and the returns are paltry. But that doesn’t stop the miners – adults and children – who say there is no other work available.
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Fracking Pioneer Helped Boost U.S. Energy Independence

Fracking Pioneer Helped Boost U.S. Energy Independence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
George Mitchell, the "father of hydraulic fracturing," passed away earlier this year. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold about Mitchell's invention and his somewhat progressive environmental views.
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Green Technology Depends on Metals with Weird Names: Scientific American

Green Technology Depends on Metals with Weird Names: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A supply of clean, affordable energy depends on little-known substances
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Where Do Nonhuman Mammals Fit in Our Moral Hierarchy?: Scientific American

Where Do Nonhuman Mammals Fit in Our Moral Hierarchy?: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The case for exploiting animals for food, clothing and entertainment often relies on our superior intelligence, language and self-awareness: the rights of the superior being trump those of the inferior. A poignant counterargument is Mark Devries'sSpeciesism: The Movie, which I saw at the premiere in September 2013. The animal advocates who filled the Los Angeles theater cheered wildly for Princeton University ethicist Peter Singer. In the film, Singer and Devries argue that some animals have the mental upper hand over certain humans, such as infants, people in comas, and the severely mentally handicapped. The argument for our moral superiority thus breaks down, Devries told me: “The presumption that nonhuman animals' interests are less important than human interests could be merely a prejudice—similar in kind to prejudices against groups of humans such as racism—termed speciesism."

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▶ Last Hours - YouTube

▶ Last Hours - YouTube | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About "Last Hours" is the first in a series of short films that explore the perils of climate change and the solutions to avert climate disaster. Each subseq...
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Climate change by the numbers: The worst is yet to come

Climate change by the numbers: The worst is yet to come | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CO2 levels went through the roof in 2013, as the world tried — and mostly failed — to slow down warming.

 

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” President Obama announced back in January at his second-term inauguration. Thus began another year of steady climate change, continued pollution of the atmosphere and half-hearted attempts at changing the world’s dire trajectory.

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Free online course 'Water in a Thirsty World (WITW)', Open2Study, January 13 - February 11, 2014

Free online course 'Water in a Thirsty World (WITW)', Open2Study, January 13 - February 11, 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A course that will take you on the journey of water - how it began, and its availability today in light of global warming and urbanization.
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Coal feels the heat

Coal feels the heat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Concerns over global warming are seeing influential investors put the squeeze on miners and power firms in a campaign with parallels to the push against tobacco
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Natural Gas and Production Amounts | The Energy Collective

Natural Gas and Production Amounts | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On December 27, 2013, Matt Wald published a piece in the New York Times titled New Energy Struggles on Its Way to Markets that points to the predictable consequences of having too many energy options chasing too few customers.
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7 things everyone knows about energy that just ain't so (2013 Edition)

7 things everyone knows about energy that just ain't so (2013 Edition) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mark Twain once said, "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." And, there are many, many things that the public and policymakers know for sure about energy that just ain't so.
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Energy Efficiency and the Future | The Energy Collective

Energy Efficiency and the Future | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Was 2013 the year efficiency got cool, sexy and cheap? Not quite.  But it did become cooler, sexier and cheaper than ever before -- driven by largely by innovations in intelligent efficiency such as energy management software, virtual audits and better data crunching abilities.

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Purifiers and masks: essential or ineffective tools against smog in China|Environment|News|WantChinaTimes.com

Purifiers and masks: essential or ineffective tools against smog in China|Environment|News|WantChinaTimes.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Even with dense smog covering the northern Chinese city of Shijiazhuang for 12 consecutive days, few people in the hazy city wear masks.

 

For Liu Jia, 30, a white-collar worker in Beijing, it is impossible to live in the "poisonous" air without any protection.

 

"Masks and air purifiers are necessities for families with children and elderly people," said Liu, the mother of a three-year-old boy.

 

Air purifiers ranging from 3,000-4000 yuan (US$490-660) are the most popular. Some machines with more functions are also popular, retailing at over 10,000 yuan (US$1,650), according to a salesman at a Beijing outlet of Gome, an electronics retailer.

 

Taobao, China's leading online shopping platform, estimated in a report on Dec. 12 that Chinese consumers will spent about 870 million yuan (US$143.5 million) on anti-smog products in 2013 through the internet. Equipment aimed at helping people cope with smog is being bought by middle-class consumers from the developed megacities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.

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Opportunity glimmers through China's toxic smog

Opportunity glimmers through China's toxic smog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - As China's smog levels crept past record highs in early December, the phone lines at pollution-busting kit maker Broad Group lit up with Chinese customers worried about hazardous pollution...
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Climate a bright spot in China relationship

Climate a bright spot in China relationship | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING — Since the Copenhagen talks, the U.S. and China have ramped up their cooperation.
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