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Rural energy impacts to be reviewed

Rural energy impacts to be reviewed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The government is conducting an inquiry into the impact of electricity infrastructure on rural areas, which will include wind farms, pylons, solar panels and hydropower - but not shale gas fracking.
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'Liconomics': China's Green Revolution Arrives - SPIEGEL ONLINE

'Liconomics': China's Green Revolution Arrives - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China has changed course and announced an ambitious new plan to push sustainable energy. The initiative by Li Keqiang's government signals a turning point in the country's approach to the environment -- and could mean big business for Germany.
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Western Wildfires Push Spending Past $1 Billion

Western Wildfires Push Spending Past $1 Billion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FRESNO, Calif. — An out-of-control wildfire threatening more than 2,000 structures near Yosemite National Park is one of more than 50 active, large blazes dotting the western U.S.
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Mine safety rule for methane risk delayed again 

Rule would require machines to shut off when explosive gas is present.


A regulation to implement a key portion of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's year-old mine safety legislation won't be submitted for final legislative approval until at least 2015, officials said Tuesday.

 

The Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety allowed its proposed rule to expire without finalizing it -- a move that means board members must essentially start the process over from the beginning.


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Expert brings public health into climate change

Expert brings public health into climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Temperatures are intensifying. Sea levels are climbing. Wildfires are spreading.

None of this is news to Dr. Linda Rudolph, a Bay Area expert on climate change. What worries her most, however, are the human health disasters that global warming may end up unleashing.

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Exxon Pipeline Rupture: Amount of Oil Spilled Is Still Guesswork | InsideClimate News

Exxon Pipeline Rupture: Amount of Oil Spilled Is Still Guesswork | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MAYFLOWER, Ark.—Homeowners whose lives are still in limbo after thousands of gallons of oil streamed into their neighborhood from a ruptured pipeline on March 29 might never know precisely how much of the sticky black goo oil actually spilled.
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Transport: Tangled web of liability trails deadly oil-train disaster

Quebec's government last week added rail giant Canadian Pacific Railway Corp. to its list of companies deemed responsible for cleanup costs following last month's deadly oil train derailment.
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AIG contracts with Gulf Hydrocarbon for algae oils

AIG contracts with Gulf Hydrocarbon for algae oils | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Algae International Group Inc. (AIG) and Gulf Hydrocarbon, Inc. signed an agreement for Gulf exclusively to represent AIG in sales and distribution of its proprietary and non-proprietary algal oils...
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George Monbiot – Resource Testeria

George Monbiot – Resource Testeria | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Promoting extractive industries is seen by politicians as a proper, manly pursuit, even if it makes no sense. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th August 2013 It’s not about jobs. It’s not about securing energy supplies.
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6 Mind-Boggling Facts About Farms in China

6 Mind-Boggling Facts About Farms in China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China's industrial behemoth hasn't just fouled up the vast nation's water; it's also taken a big bite out of its land.
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The Apocalypse Sperm Bank - Modern Farmer

The Apocalypse Sperm Bank - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Housed in a vast storehouse in Fort Collins, Colorado, the USDA has 700,000 straws of sperm, from 18 different species. They're ready for any disaster.
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FTC head voices privacy concerns over Google Glass, similar devices

FTC head voices privacy concerns over Google Glass, similar devices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Aug 20, 2013 - The head of the Federal Trade Commission in Washington says she's closely monitoring Google Glass and other wearable computers for potential privacy violations.
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Installed Price of Solar PV Systems in the US Continues to Decline at a Rapid Pace

Installed Price of Solar PV Systems in the US Continues to Decline at a Rapid Pace | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 - The installed price of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2012 and through the first half of 2013, according to the latest edition of Tracking the Sun,...
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Britain's home-grown energy revolution

Britain's home-grown energy revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Energy consumption in UK homes is plummeting, in part because of rising costs but also because of a massive program to boost energy efficiency.
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Quitting smoking in pregnancy tied to benefit for baby

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who quit smoking immediately before or after becoming pregnant gain more weight during and after pregnancy - but their babies are less likely to be born small than those...
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PG&E records raise concerns about pipeline safety

PG&E records raise concerns about pipeline safety | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. used flawed documents to improperly declare two Peninsula natural-gas pipelines safe, state regulators say - raising questions about whether the company has fixed record-keeping issues that contributed to the 2010 San...
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Dolphin deaths along coast investigated; 61 in N.J. since July

Dolphin deaths along coast investigated; 61 in N.J. since July | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
They've been found on beaches at Sandy Hook and Island Beach State Park, and in the back bay marshes in Margate. One was lying, dead, on a jetty in Avalon. Others were spotted on Long Beach Island, in Ocean City and Seaside Heights.
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Mosquitoes are worse this summer in parts of US

Mosquitoes are worse this summer in parts of US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Humans have been battling the blood-drinking bugs for thousands of years, and despite man's huge advantages in technology and size, people are not getting the upper hand.
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Japan says Fukushima leak worst since tsunami

Japan says Fukushima leak worst since tsunami | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
TOKYO, Japan — Japan Wednesday issued its strongest warning about the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant since the crisis began in 2011, as it struggled to seal a tank that has leaked 300 tonnes of radioactive water.
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Trainwreck | eugeneweekly.com

Trainwreck | eugeneweekly.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Trains smack of progress, freedom and adventure. It’s said that railroads revolutionized America.  The Association of American Railroads (AAR) touts the safety record of the rails: “In 2012, North American railroads safely delivered more than 2.47 million carloads of hazardous materials.” But sometimes trains leak, derail or just plain explode. 

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The Novelty UnSchool Bus

The Novelty UnSchool Bus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We repurposed a 1986 International School Bus, and created within it a very warm, comfortable, highly functional, off-grid, self-contained cabin.
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Did Berkeley Defund a High-Profile Pesticide Researcher? (UPDATED)

Did Berkeley Defund a High-Profile Pesticide Researcher? (UPDATED) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tyrone Hayes, the scientist who showed that atrzine can change a frog's gender, has lost his lab funding.
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Fish Farms Cause Rapid Local Sea-Level Rise: Scientific American

Fish Farms Cause Rapid Local Sea-Level Rise: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Groundwater extraction for aquaculture is making the land at China's Yellow River delta sink, and that subsidence is causing local sea levels to rise incredibly rapidly
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Why Every Oil & Gas Discovery is a ‘Game Changer’

Why Every Oil & Gas Discovery is a ‘Game Changer’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Everytime someone makes a new discovery in the oil and gas industry, they claims it will be a game changer, just to attract investment. The US has just announced the discovery of the world’s largest
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Yampa Valley Electric Association Inks Power Purchase Agreement for Community-Owned Solar

Yampa Valley Electric Association Inks Power Purchase Agreement for Community-Owned Solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 - Renewable energy in Colorado is taking another leap forward with a new power purchase agreement between community-owned solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) and the Yampa Valley Electric As...
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