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Jon Stewart explains how to make GOP senators care about climate

Jon Stewart explains how to make GOP senators care about climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Barack Obama must become a global warming denier," says the Daily Show host. "We'd have cap-and-trade by the morning."
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A mapping group at MIT wants to show us the way to greener cities

A mapping group at MIT wants to show us the way to greener cities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sep Kamvar's slick data maps help urbanites recognize the elements that they love, and the ones that need some tweaking.
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Report Exposes Companies That Dumped 206 Million Pounds Of Toxic Chemicals Into U.S. Waterways

Report Exposes Companies That Dumped 206 Million Pounds Of Toxic Chemicals Into U.S. Waterways | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research from Environment America shows that 2012 was a bigger year for toxic chemical dumping than most of us could have imagined.
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Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Extreme heat claims American lives each year, and with climate change, some experts predict the number will rise.

 

Hot weather kills more Americans than all other natural disasters combined, and the casualties continue to climb despite decades of warnings about how to recognize the signs of heat stress and take prompt corrective action.

 

With climate change, some experts predict ever-worsening summer heat waves and even more related illnesses and deaths. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that excessive heat caused by climate change could kill more than 150,000 Americans by the end of the century in the 40 largest cities.

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How Rupert Murdoch created the world’s newest climate change villain

How Rupert Murdoch created the world’s newest climate change villain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia was once a leader on climate action. Thanks to American conservative powerhouses, that's no longer true
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Lawsuits mount in case against DuPont in West Virginia, Ohio

Lawsuits mount in case against DuPont in West Virginia, Ohio | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Plaintiffs claim company knew of dangers.

 

Roughly 3,000 people in West Virginia and Ohio are expected to sue DuPont for personal injury by chemical contamination in the latest chapter of a long running saga that included a massive public health study.

 

The suits, which numbered 1,300 as of Thursday, claim injury from pollution at DuPont's Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The chemical in question is C8, or perfluorooctanoic acid, which DuPont has used in the production of products such as Teflon.

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Duke scientists report air pollution controls linked to lower NC death rates | Health & Science | NewsObserver.com

Duke scientists report air pollution controls linked to lower NC death rates | Health & Science | NewsObserver.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
State and federal air pollution standards that require fewer emissions are linked to lower death rates in North Carolina, Duke University scientists report today in the International Journal of COPD.
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Enbridge opponents rally against pipeline in Prince George

Enbridge opponents rally against pipeline in Prince George | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Several hundred people gathered outside Prince George MP Dick Harris' office on Thursday to voice their opposition to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

 
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30-year NC sea-level forecast gathers calm support | Weather News | NewsObserver.com

30-year NC sea-level forecast gathers calm support | Weather News | NewsObserver.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Coastal Resources Commission chairman, Frank Gorham III, is working to avoid the controversy sparked in 2010 when a science panel warned that the Atlantic Ocean might rise 39 inches higher by 2100.
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Russian Arctic: a new promised land for oil giants | My Sinchew

Tens of degrees below zero during winter and home to endangered species and remote infrastructure -- welcome to the Russian Arctic, a new promised land for oil companies despite clear obstacles.

 

"The Arctic is one of the world's largest remaining regions of undiscovered conventional oil and natural gas resources," said Rex Tillerson, chief executive for US giant ExxonMobil, during a major industry conference in Moscow last week.

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Mallee Oil - Landline - ABC

Mallee Oil - Landline - ABC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many West Australian farmers who have invested heavily in tree cropping will miss out on the $1 9b windfall being offered under the Federal Governments direct action plan to tackle climate change
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Bees and butterflies get a boost from the feds

Bees and butterflies get a boost from the feds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new White House program doesn't have a lot of muscle behind it, but at least it acknowledges the problem of declining pollinator populations.
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Why Standard Economic Models Don't Work--Our Economy is a Network

Why Standard Economic Models Don't Work--Our Economy is a Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The story of energy and the economy seems to be an obvious common sense one: some sources of energy are becoming scarce or overly polluting, so we need to develop new ones. The new ones may be more...
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Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

He just needs to get it to them.

 

At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of canned food, toilet paper, cooking oil, and first-aid supplies. Solar panels on the roof power wireless Internet and a television, for the occasional soccer game. And two faucets dispense free purified drinking water to anyone who wants it.

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Man-made chemicals are hidden health hazards

Man-made chemicals are hidden health hazards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
EDCs — man-made chemicals that interfere with hormone regulation — are all around us. The EU is trying to regulate them, but industry has other ideas, says Europe Correspondent Ann Cahill
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Ebola Outbreak 'Tip of the Iceberg,' Experts Say - NBC News

Ebola Outbreak 'Tip of the Iceberg,' Experts Say - NBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An "out of control" outbreak of Ebola in West Africa that’s being called the deadliest ever is far from over and it’s likely to get worse before it...
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Air quality to suffer with global warming

Air quality to suffer with global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Study suggests effects of climate change will slow air circulation around the world.
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A deepening crisis / Search for scarce water strains communities.

A deepening crisis / Search for scarce water strains communities. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The underground aquifer supply is not as predictable in today’s wicked drought.

 

As one of Texas’ most intense droughts drags on and developments gobble up the countryside, Watts has to drill twice as deep as he did 20 years ago. The search for water pits homeowner against nature and neighbor against neighbor in a battle for water from dwindling reservoirs.

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Arsenic pollution sows despair in Chinese cancer village

Arsenic pollution sows despair in Chinese cancer village | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
HESHAN China (Reuters) - Xiong Demin could not have foreseen that the mine he worked at for 32 years would leave his home village poisoned and hundreds of residents, including himself and his wife, stricken
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Autism risk higher near pesticide-treated fields, study says — Environmental Health News

Autism risk higher near pesticide-treated fields, study says — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Babies whose moms lived within a mile of crops treated with widely used pesticides were more likely to develop autism, according to new researchpublished today.

 

The study of 970 children, born in farm-rich areas of Northern California, is part of the largest project to date that is exploring links between autism and environmental exposures.

 

The University of California, Davis research – which used women’s addresses to determine their proximity to insecticide-treated fields – is the third project to link prenatal insecticide exposures to autism and related disorders.


“The weight of evidence is beginning to suggest that mothers’ exposures during pregnancy may play a role in the development of autism spectrum disorders,” said Kim Harley, associate director of University of California, Berkeley's Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health. She was not involved in the new study.

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Volcanoes are waking up in the Aleutians

Volcanoes are waking up in the Aleutians | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Aircraft told to to avoid ash plumes.

 

Sharply increased seismic activity and volcanic eruptions in the Aleutian Islands and the far western Brooks Range are being investigated by scientists.

 

The Alaska Volcano Observatory says the activity over the past few months is the most seen by the station 26 years.

 

On the Alaska Volcano Observatory website three volcanoes are classified with a yellow alert level—signifying signs of elevated unrest above known background levels—and three are at an orange alert level—heightened unrest with increased likelihood of eruption.

 

Orange is the second-highest alert level after red signifying an eruption that is imminent or underway.

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US corn’s gravy train faces derailment

US corn’s gravy train faces derailment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Corn produced annually in the US is estimated to be enough to fill a freight train stretching round the world, but climate change and unsustainable use of water resources and fertilizers threaten t...
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Why driving slowly and responsibly can actually be fun

Why driving slowly and responsibly can actually be fun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thanks to gamification, driving slow isn't just good for the environment, it's fun.
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