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Campus showcases high-performance buildings

Campus showcases high-performance buildings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are transforming the way the world uses energy—and those transformations become apparent the moment one sets foot on the NREL campus in Golden, Colorado. Here, research teams have applied their expertise to develop ...
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A simpler way to test for water pollution

A simpler way to test for water pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some of the toxins found in our air and waterways were put there intentionally: DDT, for instance, was introduced to protect against malaria and other insect-borne diseases. Others find their way into the environment unintentionally.
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Researchers help NASA measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

Researchers help NASA measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Colorado State University scientists are involved in the launch of a $467 million NASA satellite that will provide researchers with the clearest picture to date of the amount of carbon dioxide accumulating in the atmosphere and in natural 'sinks' such as plants and oceans.
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Pollution blamed for drop in Beijing tourism

Pollution blamed for drop in Beijing tourism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of overseas tourists visiting China's capital fell by 10 percent last year compared to 2012, state media reported, with air pollution blamed for the decline.
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Greenpeace Urges LEGO To End Shell Partnership And Save The Arctic

Greenpeace Urges LEGO To End Shell Partnership And Save The Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shell’s Arctic program has faced fierce criticism since 2012. In that same period 16 million Shell-branded LEGO sets were sold or given away at petrol stations in 26 countries, making Shell a major contributor to LEGO’s global sales.
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Ash Forests After Emerald Ash Borers Destroy Them

Ash Forests After Emerald Ash Borers Destroy Them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The emerald ash borer is devastating trees from Minnesota to New York, and there is little scientists can do but study what effect the trees’ extinction will have on the ecosystem.
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U.S. Supreme Court refuses challenge to California climate rule | Reuters

U.S. Supreme Court refuses challenge to California climate rule | Reuters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
June 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Mondaydeclined to hear a challenge to California's landmark low-carbonfuel standard, in a blow to out-of-state ethanol and gasolineproducers that say the
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Study: BPA Can Activate Breast Cancer Cells | North Carolina Health News

Study: BPA Can Activate Breast Cancer Cells | North Carolina Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A study from Duke University researchers offers new evidence of BPA’s dangers

 

It’s everywhere, lining metal cans, in sippy cups, on receipts from the store: It’s BPA, a chemical used to make plastics and epoxy resins.

 

BPA has been in the news the last two years as the Food and Drug Administration has weighed the pros and cons of banning it in food containers. The chemical has been widely banned throughout the European Union and is currently banned from baby bottles in the United States. A known endocrine disruptor, BPA has been shown to mimic estrogen in the body.

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China’s Dirty Pollution Secret: The Boom Poisoned Its Soil and Crops by He Guangwei: Yale Environment 360

China’s Dirty Pollution Secret: The Boom Poisoned Its Soil and Crops by He Guangwei: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Three decades of rapid economic development in China has left a troubling legacy – widespread soil pollution that has contaminated food crops and jeopardized public health. Although they once labeled soil data a “state secret,” Chinese officials are slowly beginning to acknowledge this grave problem. 

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Home Depot Looks to Limit Pesticides to Help Honeybees

Home Depot Looks to Limit Pesticides to Help Honeybees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Home Depot and other U.S. companies are working to eliminate or limit use of a type of pesticide suspected of helping cause dramatic declines in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, officials said on Wednesday.

 

The moves include requiring suppliers to label any plants treated with neonicotinoid, or neonic, pesticides sold through home and garden stores.

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Most of World's Population Will Breathe Stagnant, Sooty Air by 2099

Most of World's Population Will Breathe Stagnant, Sooty Air by 2099 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The effects of climate change will slow air circulation around the world, a study finds
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3 Billion to Zero: What Happened to the Passenger Pigeon?

3 Billion to Zero: What Happened to the Passenger Pigeon? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Human actions may have caused the species’s populations to grow huge as well as led to its demise
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Recent Loss of Freshwater Wetlands Worldwide Valued at $2.7 Trillion per Year

Recent Loss of Freshwater Wetlands Worldwide Valued at $2.7 Trillion per Year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The question of whether to drain a wetland to make way for a shopping mall or a cornfield, or to instead leave the wetland intact, often seems like a no-brainer: the “development” options have a clear dollar value, but the wetlands themselves do not.
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Kudzu can release soil carbon, accelerate global warming

Kudzu can release soil carbon, accelerate global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Clemson University scientists are shedding new light on how invasion by exotic plant species affects the ability of soil to store greenhouse gases. The research could have far-reaching implications for how we manage agricultural land and native ecosystems.
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Climate change could stop fish finding their friends

Climate change could stop fish finding their friends | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Like humans, fish prefer to group with individuals with whom they are familiar, rather than strangers. This gives numerous benefits including higher growth and survival rates, greater defence against predators and faster social learning. However, high carbon dioxide levels, such as those anticipated ...
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Obama signs bill for more toxic algae research

Obama signs bill for more toxic algae research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama has signed a bill authorizing $82 million for new research aimed at controlling toxic algae outbreaks nationwide.
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Big Hong Kong Democracy Rally Fueled By Fury At Beijing

Big Hong Kong Democracy Rally Fueled By Fury At Beijing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Organizers expected the crowd to swell to at least 150,000 and were hoping as many as 500,000 would turn out to call for reforms allowing residents to elect their leader.
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Starfish are ‘just melting’: Disease killing 80 percent of them

Starfish are ‘just melting’: Disease killing 80 percent of them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A mysterious wasting syndrome is wiping out sea stars along the entire West Coast, with a new flareup in Washington hitting hard this month and walloping Oregon waters previously unaffected.
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Evacuation plans stir fresh doubts over Japan nuclear restarts

Evacuation plans stir fresh doubts over Japan nuclear restarts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ICHIKIKUSHIKINO Japan (Reuters) - Japanese authorities, keen to restart nuclear power plants three years after the Fukushima disaster, may face an additional hurdle in securing approval - coming up with
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New York Towns Can Prohibit Fracking, State’s Top Court Rules

New York Towns Can Prohibit Fracking, State’s Top Court Rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Court of Appeals affirmed a lower-court ruling, saying that local zoning ordinances may be used to ban the gas drilling process.
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Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children

Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lead exposure lowers children's IQ and causes aggression. But children exposed to low levels of lead show different symptoms, including more depression and anxiety, a study of preschoolers finds.
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U.S. Fishermen Throw Away $1 Billion Annually in Catch

U.S. Fishermen Throw Away $1 Billion Annually in Catch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 U.S. commercial fishermen are throwing away about $1 billion worth of edible fish each year, according to a conservation group which is advocating for incentives to stop the waste.

 

The quantity of so-called bycatch – that is, fish that wasn't targeted but caught inadvertently – is estimated by the U.S. government at two billion pounds (907,185 tonnes) a year.

 

The surprise was the quality of the bycatch that often is tossed back into the ocean dead or dying, said marine scientist Amanda Keledjian, author of the report from Oceana, a nonprofit international conservation group.

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Rising Temperatures Drive People to Relocate

Rising Temperatures Drive People to Relocate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Natural disasters like storms or floods cause less people to migrate than rising temperatures, new research suggests
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How Many Cell Phones Does It Take to Arouse a Supreme Court Justice’s Suspicion?

How Many Cell Phones Does It Take to Arouse a Supreme Court Justice’s Suspicion? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Do you promise to tell the truth on however many phones you carry?
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The Peak Oil Crisis: Iraq on the Precipice

The Peak Oil Crisis: Iraq on the Precipice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The daily newspapers are now full of stories predicting that Iraq, as we know it, will soon disintegrate into three or more warring states.
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