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Temperatures to rise 0.3-4.8 C this century: UN panel

Temperatures to rise 0.3-4.8 C this century: UN panel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stockholm (AFP) Sept 27, 2013 - A UN panel said Friday it was more certain than ever that humans were causing global warming and predicted temperatures would rise by 0.3 to 4.8 degrees Celsius (0.5-8.6 degrees Fahrenheit) this century.
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Pakistan quake survivors face long wait for aid

Pakistan quake survivors face long wait for aid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Awaran, Pakistan (AFP) Sept 26, 2013 - Tens of thousands of survivors of Pakistan's earthquake waited for help in soaring temperatures Thursday, as the death toll rose past 350 and anger grew at the slow pace of government aid.
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Sonar mapping for oil killed Madagascar whales: study

Sonar mapping for oil killed Madagascar whales: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Sept 26, 2013 - A noisy technology that blasts high-frequency sounds below water to map the ocean for oil probably caused the deaths of 75 melon-headed whales off Madagascar, experts said Thursday.
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Fossil record shows crustaceans vulnerable as modern coral reefs decline

Fossil record shows crustaceans vulnerable as modern coral reefs decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gainesville FL (SPX) Sep 27, 2013 - Many ancient crustaceans went extinct following a massive collapse of reefs across the planet, and new University of Florida research suggests modern species living in rapidly declining reef habitat...
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Northern moths may fare better under climate warming than expected

Northern moths may fare better under climate warming than expected | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hanover NH (SPX) Sep 27, 2013 - Moths in northern Finland are less susceptible to rising temperatures than expected, suggesting high latitude moth populations around the world may be partly buffered from the effects of rapid clima...
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A fast fish with a huge impact

A fast fish with a huge impact | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 27, 2013 -
Globalization is breaking down barriers - also for plants and animals on the lookout for new homes.
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GE says it's got technology to clean up fracking

GE says it's got technology to clean up fracking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

General Electric (GE) says it has technology that can help decrease the chances of toxic waste spills during fracking and cut the costs of water treatment in half.

 

The technology, based on a type of desalination known as membrane distillation, would make it unnecessary to dilute millions of gallons wastewater – or to transport that water for treatment or disposal – that companies reuse after its been pumped underground and collected chemicals.

 

Based on pilot-scale tests, GE researchers say they'll soon be able to cut fracking wastewater treatment costs in half.

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IUPAC votes to change standard atomic weights of 19 elements

IUPAC votes to change standard atomic weights of 19 elements | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has voted to change the standard atomic weight of 19 elements as listed on the Periodic Table of the Elements.
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River Place: A Contemporary Cantilever with a Strong Energy Conservation Agenda

River Place: A Contemporary Cantilever with a Strong Energy Conservation Agenda | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This contemporary project is located at the end of a single lane road cut into a hillside, on a dry west-facing slope near Juliaetta, Idaho.

To restore the pioneer vineyard for use, the two structures incorporate innovative construction methods in response to unique site requirements.

The location presented a number of challenges: temperatures that can reach 110+degrees F, periodic river flooding, and limited access for construction equipment. A strong energy conservation agenda was also an important requirement and the building forms were influenced by the site and environmental conditions.

Find more details, photos and project information at the article link.


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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, September 26, 2013 12:38 PM

absolutely stunning architecture. - Madi Chaput 

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Why 'cryptic barriers' inhibit energy efficient buildings

Why 'cryptic barriers' inhibit energy efficient buildings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Much time and effort has been invested in addressing the market barriers that inhibit greater investment in energy-efficiency technologies and practices in the buildings sector. In addition to these common and well-known barriers (split incentives, asymmetrical information, higher first costs), a class of “cryptic barriers” has received less attention.These barriers are cryptic in the sense that they are hidden or unrecognized; they do not stem from the same market failures that have been the subject of extensive study and the target of many policy and program interventions. Often these cryptic barriers are aspects of building codes or standards. In this context, “standards” include safety standards, energy efficiency standards and other standards established to assure common quality or performance metrics.


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#Education Campaign Reduces #PlasticPollution in Southwest #China ~

#Education Campaign Reduces #PlasticPollution in Southwest #China ~ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite their reverence for nature, local communities were unaware of how certain actions could damage ecosystems. (RT @ConservationOrg: Imagine beautiful hillsides side by side w garbage piles. What would you do?

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, September 26, 2013 9:22 AM

I hope with additional educational efforts in the region, the number of people taking these actions will continue to grow, helping communities to preserve their precious homeland for future generations. - See more at: http://blog.conservation.org/2013/09/education-campaign-reduces-plastic-pollution-in-southwest-china/#sthash.lRV4yIFF.dpuf

FIP-Berlin's curator insight, September 26, 2013 11:45 PM

... den Fokus richten auf das Schöne, auf das, was sein soll ... und dann: ....  'just do it'

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Widespread Use of Neonicotinoids Poses Risks to More Than Bees

Widespread Use of Neonicotinoids Poses Risks to More Than Bees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A report released this week by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation moves the spotlight from the risks neonicotinoids pose to bees to the impacts of neonicotinoids to invertebrates such as earthworms ...

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Anita Woodruff's curator insight, September 26, 2013 12:36 PM

Neonicotinoids are harmful not just to bees but also to other beneficial insects as well as invertebrates living in the soil.

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Strade e biodiversità

Strade e biodiversità | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Effetto margine" è il nome che viene dato alle conseguenze della trasformazione di aree naturali a causa del disboscamento o più semplicemente della costruzione di strade, asfaltate e non. Di che ...

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Study finds 'microbial clock' may help determine time of death

Boulder, Colo. (UPI) Sep 26, 2013 -
A so-called microbial clock may help determine the time a person dies, research led by the University of Colorado-Boulder indicates.
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2008 mass whale stranding attributed to sonar mapping, researchers say

Antananarivo, Madagascar (UPI) Sep 26, 2013 -
A mass whale stranding in Loza Lagoon off Madagascar on 2008 has been attributed to high-frequency mapping sonar systems, researchers said.
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Modifying Rice Crops to Resist Herbicide Prompts Weedy Neighbors' Growth Spurt

Modifying Rice Crops to Resist Herbicide Prompts Weedy Neighbors' Growth Spurt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Columbus OH (SPX) Sep 27, 2013 - Rice containing an overactive gene that makes it resistant to a common herbicide can pass that genetic trait to weedy rice, prompting powerful growth even without a weed-killer to trigger the modifi...
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Uphill for the trees of the world

Uphill for the trees of the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Aarhus, Denmark (SPX) Sep 27, 2013 -
Human civilisation has had an impact on the world, and it continues to have an even greater impact.
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Chasing the black holes of the ocean

Chasing the black holes of the ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 27, 2013 -
According to researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Miami, some of the largest ocean eddies on Earth are mathematically equivalent to the mysterious black holes of space.
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Safer, more efficient nuclear fuel almost ready to hit the market

Safer, more efficient nuclear fuel almost ready to hit the market | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Known as tristructural-isotropic (TRISO), this fourth-generation reactor fuel can resist high-temperature accident conditions.
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degrowth economy and ecology's comment, September 26, 2013 11:37 PM
stupid
Marian Locksley's comment, September 27, 2013 12:18 AM
oh my! :(
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Folic acid deficiency can affect the health of great, great grandchildren

Folic acid deficiency can affect the health of great, great grandchildren | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Folic acid deficiency can cause severe health problems in offspring, including spina bifida, heart defects and placental abnormalities.
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Mars rover Curiosity finds water in first sample of planet surface

Mars rover Curiosity finds water in first sample of planet surface | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first scoop of soil analyzed by the analytical suite in the belly of NASA's Curiosity rover reveals that fine materials on the surface of the planet contain several percent water by weight.
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Global Warming About to Claim Three Quarters of a Billion People

Global Warming About to Claim Three Quarters of a Billion People | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three quarters of a billion people will almost certainly run low on water in just the regions who's rivers are supplied with water from the glaciers in the Himalayas.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 25, 2013 8:38 PM

I couldn't say this better....

 

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And that's how many people, within the next 22 years, will almost certainly run low on water – a necessity of life – in just the regions whose rivers are supplied with water from the glaciers in the Himalayas.

 

To put that in perspective, 750 million people is more than twice the current population of United States. It's about the population of all of Europe. In the year 1900 there were only 500 million people on the entire planet. Seven hundred fifty million people is a lot of people.

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300 fois plus de résidus de pesticides dans le vin que dans l’eau potable - Rue89

300 fois plus de résidus de pesticides dans le vin que dans l’eau potable - Rue89 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Il y a 300 fois plus de résidus de pesticides dans le vin que dans l’eau potable.

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How many Hiroshimas does it take to describe climate change?

How many Hiroshimas does it take to describe climate change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canadian rock legend Neil Young is worried about the environmental impacts of extracting oil from the tar sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

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BulletinOfTheAtomic's curator insight, September 26, 2013 10:27 AM

What do Neil Young, James Hansen, and John Cook all have in common? They've all used Hiroshima as an analogy to climate change; Dawn Stover at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists explores whether that's an accurate, and appropriate, analogy.

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Des volontaires ont nettoyé l'Everest d'une montagne de déchets

Des volontaires ont nettoyé l'Everest d'une montagne de déchets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

L'Everest constitue aujourd’hui une des plus importantes décharges du monde où s'accumulent depuis des années...


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