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Report offers field guide to the climate change denial industry

Report offers field guide to the climate change denial industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Greenpeace report documents the who, what, when and how of a long-running campaign to block action on climate change
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The Real Dirt: Regenerating Soil Quality To Sustain Life

The Real Dirt: Regenerating Soil Quality To Sustain Life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The current buzzword in production agriculture today is "sustainability." But what does that really mean?

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Senate Takes Up Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation

Senate Takes Up Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Senate is debating a bipartisan energy bill this week that if passed would become the first substantial energy legislation in six years. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, from Sens.

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A Climate Alarm, Too Muted for Some | NYTimes.com

A Climate Alarm, Too Muted for Some | NYTimes.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This month, the world will get a new report from a United Nations panel about the science of climate change. Scientists will soon meet in Stockholm to put the finishing touches on the document, and behind the scenes, two big fights are brewing.

 

In one case, we have a lot of mainstream science that says if human society keeps burning fossil fuels with abandon, considerable land ice could melt and the ocean could rise as much as three feet by the year 2100. We have some outlier science that says the problem could be quite a bit worse than that, with a maximum rise exceeding five feet.

 

The drafters of the report went with the lower numbers, choosing to treat the outlier science as not very credible.

 

In the second case, we have mainstream science that says if the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere doubles, which is well on its way to happening, the long-term rise in the temperature of the earth will be at least 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, but more likely above 5 degrees. We have outlier science that says the rise could come in well below 3 degrees.

 

In this case, the drafters of the report lowered the bottom end in a range of temperatures for how much the earth could warm, treating the outlier science as credible.

 

Climate change skeptics often disparage these periodic reports from the United Nations, claiming that the panel writing them routinely stretches the boundaries of scientific evidence to make the problem look as dire as possible. So it is interesting to see that in these two important cases, the panel seems to be bending over backward to be scientifically conservative.

 

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Luster Class 2's curator insight, September 25, 2013 1:11 PM

Very informational in terms of what is happning due to fossil fuels.

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Compass project empowers fairtrade farmers to get a fairer deal

Compass project empowers fairtrade farmers to get a fairer deal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new initiative from Compass supports growers and producers from developing countries to get their Fairtrade produce to market Sponsor's feature

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Controversial, old law could make people starve

Controversial, old law could make people starve | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Countless Syrians are without adequate food -- but an old U.S. law ties the hands of those who would deliver it

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Boulder Colorado and the Quest for Local Control of Energy

Boulder Colorado and the Quest for Local Control of Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One feature of the changing landscape of energy distribution  is the movement in some communities to gain local control of their electrical supply. It's not a new thing, many communities around the...
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Eyes wide shut: The growing threat of cyber attacks on industrial control systems

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When industrial control systems are connected to the Internet, they can be vulnerable to cyber attacks. At risk are energy sources and electric grids, water and sewer systems, manufacturing, banks, transportation and communication networks, and other systems that may be targeted by hackers, terrorists, or enemy states seeking to wreak economic havoc. Despite a series of well-publicized cyber attacks in recent years, few companies have taken the steps necessary to isolate industrial control systems and sensitive information, and to limit the damage an attack can inflict.  Security is not just a matter of dealing with technical issues, which are fairly straightforward and tactical. The strategic issue is governance: coordinating the efforts of various departments to ensure that information technology works together with physical security, legal counsel, human resources, and operations management.

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Trader Joe's Makes Big Obamacare Move

Trader Joe's Makes Big Obamacare Move | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After extending health care coverage to many of its part-time employees for years, Trader Joe's has told workers who log fewer than 30 hours a week that they will need to find insurance on the Obamacare exchanges next year, according to a...
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More Companies Plan To Cut Health Coverage For Spouses

Your company may be having second thoughts about the health insurance it offers to your spouse. That means you might wind up paying more for that coverage or have to switch your spouse to another plan as early as next year.
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What Is America's Most Fuel-Efficient Airline? | Climate Central

What Is America's Most Fuel-Efficient Airline? | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The International Council on Clean Transportation has ranked 15 major U.S. airlines in order of fuel efficiency, but the group says more work needs to be done to learn why some airlines are more efficient than others.
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Number of landslides hitting Britain up fivefold in a year: Heavy rain

Number of landslides hitting Britain up fivefold in a year: Heavy rain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite the return of days of sunshine, last year's record wet weather had a sting in its tail - landslides, which are set to cost tens of millions of pounds to repair.
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Zen in the Art of Citizen Science: Apps for Collective Discovery and the 1 Percent Rule of the Web | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Zen in the Art of Citizen Science: Apps for Collective Discovery and the 1 Percent Rule of the Web | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When it comes to online participation in collective endeavors, 99% of us typically take a free ride.

From Wikipedia and YouTube to simple forum discussions, there is ...
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In Greenland: This Phoenix Will Not Rise Again

In Greenland: This Phoenix Will Not Rise Again | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jason Box's Meltfactor Blog: I’m in South Greenland drilling low tech metal pipes into the ice to calibrate high tech satellite, aircraft, and model data. Flying over this landscape, it’s stunning ...
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Study provides insights on protecting world's poor from climate change

Study provides insights on protecting world's poor from climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The worst impacts of climate change on the world's poorest fishing communities can likely be avoided by careful management of the local environment and investing in the diversification of options for local people, according to new research.

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victor g martinez's curator insight, September 12, 2013 5:16 AM

This is a good thing to do, but there are wider problems and implications that need to be addressed too.

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Découverte d'un nouveau moustique vecteur de la dengue et du chikungunya

Découverte d'un nouveau moustique vecteur de la dengue et du chikungunya | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Une nouvelle espèce de moustique susceptible de transmettre la dengue et le chikungunya a été découverte à Mayotte, selon une étude rendue publique jeudi.

Via Bernadette Cassel, Institut Pasteur de Tunis - معهد باستور تونس‎
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Bernadette Cassel's curator insight, September 12, 2013 5:00 AM

 

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« Baptisé Stegomyia pia, il est "extrêmement proche" du moustique Aedes egypti, originaire d'Afrique et qu'on trouve aujourd'hui dans toutes les régions tropicales du monde.»

 

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Fukushima: nouvelle possible fuite d'eau radioactive en mer

Fukushima: nouvelle possible fuite d'eau radioactive en mer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cette énième fuite tombe quelques jours après l'annonce que les jeux Olympiques de 2020 auront lieu à Tokyo.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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#HumpbackWhale populations #increase off British Columbia ~ good news at last*

#HumpbackWhale populations #increase off British Columbia ~ good news at last* | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Humpback whale populations are on the rise in a small coastal area of British Columbia, a new estimate reveals, but researchers remain cautious about the whales'...


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El desperdicio de 1 300 millones de toneladas de alimentos daña al clima, el agua, la tierra y la biodiversidad

El desperdicio de 1 300 millones de toneladas de alimentos daña al clima, el agua, la tierra y la biodiversidad | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

La asombrosa cifra de 1 300 millones de toneladas de alimentos que se desperdician anualmente no sólo provoca grandes pérdidas económicas, sino también un grave daño a los recursos naturales de los que la humanidad depende para alimentarse,...


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Global nuclear weapons inventories, 1945–2013

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The authors calculate that some 125,000 nuclear warheads have been built since 1945, about 97 percent of them by the United States and the Soviet Union and Russia. The nine nations with nuclear weapons now possess more than 10,000 nuclear warheads in their military stockpiles, the authors estimate, with several thousand additional US and Russian retired warheads in storage, awaiting dismantlement. The nuclear stockpiles of China, as well as Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea, are minuscule in comparison with the US and Russian arsenals, but more difficult to estimate. Still, the authors believe that China’s nuclear weapons stockpile has surpassed Great Britain’s. Although the total number of nuclear warheads in the world is decreasing because of US and Russian reductions, all the nations with nuclear weapons continue to modernize or upgrade their nuclear arsenals.

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Global imprint of climate change on marine life

Global imprint of climate change on marine life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An NCEAS working group I was a relatively minor participant in has an important new paper out in Nature Climate Change (Poloczanska et al 2013 [PDF]).
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Food Insecurity Grows As House Weighs Food Stamp Cuts

Food Insecurity Grows As House Weighs Food Stamp Cuts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A growing percentage of Americans are struggling to put food on the table, but that's not stopping the House of Representatives from considering drastic cuts to the nation's food stamp program.
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Global Warming: United Nations Climate Report Proves Earth Is Suffering | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Global Warming: United Nations Climate Report Proves Earth Is Suffering | Politics News | Rolling Stone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists are fighting deniers with irrefutable proof the planet is headed for catastrophe
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Wasted food is world's third-biggest carbon emitter after China and US: UN - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Wasted food is world's third-biggest carbon emitter after China and US: UN - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The food the world wastes accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except for China and the United States, according to a United Nations report.
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Valley fever hospitalizations increase in Calif.

Valley fever hospitalizations increase in Calif. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The study, conducted by researchers at the California Department of Public Health, was published in the October 2013 issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, CDC's monthly peer-reviewed public health journal.
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