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Atlantic warming turbocharges Pacific trade winds

Atlantic warming turbocharges Pacific trade winds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research has found rapid warming of the Atlantic Ocean, likely caused by global warming, has turbocharged Pacific Equatorial trade winds. Currently the winds are at a level never before seen on observed records, which extend back to the 1860s.
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How A California Company Is Recycling Waste Slag To Deliver A Cheaper Advanced Battery

How A California Company Is Recycling Waste Slag To Deliver A Cheaper Advanced Battery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thanks to a new chemistry, a California company can use cheaper recycled vanadium in its batteries rather than the purer and more expensive supplies.
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Last Call at the Oasis

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Last Call at the Oasis, now in theaters! Help aid the global water crisis.

 

The global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. We can manage this problem, but only if we are willing to act now. Last Call at the Oasis is a powerful new documentary that shatters myths behind our most precious resource. This film exposes defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects and highlights individuals championing revolutionary solutions during the global water crisis. Firmly establishing the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century, the film posits that we can manage this problem if we act now.

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The Case Against Sugar | C&EN Chemical & Engineering News

The Case Against Sugar | C&EN Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Amid calls to cut back or even ban added sugars, scientists hunt for alternative ways to satisfy our cravings.


Sugar is toxic. The fat and sodium we’ve spent so much time fretting over may in fact be the lesser of the evils in our diet. New evidence suggests that sugar—and possibly artificial sweeteners—might be the ultimate cause of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease.

 

Natural sugars in our diet aren’t the ones on trial here. It’s added sugars that are under greater scrutiny than ever before. 


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Experimental Ebola vaccine to be tested on humans

Experimental Ebola vaccine to be tested on humans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The drug, one of around four in development in U.S. labs, has seen positive results in clinical trials treating primates, prompting the government to move towards testing the possible life-saving vaccine on people for the first time.
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World's top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers

World's top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ten firms say they will not represent clients that deny man-made climate change or seek to block emisson-reducing regulations
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Setting rivers free: As dams are torn down, nature is quickly recovering

Setting rivers free: As dams are torn down, nature is quickly recovering | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the removal of many dams, conservationists are seeing the return of the natural bounty that fed Native Americans and astonished European settlers.
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Destructive wildfires blacken parts of California

Destructive wildfires blacken parts of California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain â€" one of which was menacing a small town and prompted the evacuation of a long-term care hospital. State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Dennis Mathisen said Sunday that the two fires were burning through timber and brush left parched by the state's extended drought. "Today we are looking at slightly cooler temperatures, but Northern California continues to be hot and dry and breezy in some areas, and in fact we are looking at a fire weather watch going into effect Monday morning for a large portion of Northern and northeast California and possible thunderstorms, which could mean more lightning," he said. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Saturday, saying the circumstances and magnitude of the wildfires are beyond the control of any single local government and will require the combined forces of regions to combat. [...] federal officials asked residents in two communities southwest of Yreka to start preparing to evacuate because of advancing flames from a cluster of blazes that had charred 8.6 square miles by Sunday.

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Groups say NC GOP has gutted pollution programs

Groups say NC GOP has gutted pollution programs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental groups say lawmakers have gone too far, gutting laws aimed at protecting the public's health.
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"Leftover" and proud

"Leftover" and proud | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
IT ISN'T easy being young and female in China. The pressure to marry begins from your early to mid-twenties, often with your own mother ringing you on a daily basis...
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Meet the CNN anchor who called Fox News "ignorant fucksticks" over climate change

Meet the CNN anchor who called Fox News "ignorant fucksticks" over climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bill Weir's ill-advised tweet lit up the internet. Here's why he seems to care so much about science.
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China is taking lunar mining seriously

China is taking lunar mining seriously | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China' wants astronauts on the moon early 2020s. Filling one shuttle's cargo bay with helium-3 could bring the equivalent energy of 1bn barrels of oil back to earth.
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The Quarantine Next Door

The Quarantine Next Door | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sickness-related isolation used to involve banishing patients to islands; now the ill are kept separate in our midst.
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Eat Meat and Save the World? | George Monbiot

Eat Meat and Save the World? | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 4th August 2014

 

Allan Savory tells us that increasing livestock numbers can reduce desertification and reverse climate change – but where is the scientific evidence?

 

It doesn’t matter how often miracles are disproved; our willingness to believe in them remains undiminished. Miracle cures, miracle crops, miracle fuels, miracle financial instruments, miracle profits: the continued enthusiasm for these claims reflects the triumph of hope over experience.

 

Here’s another one: a miracle technique that allows us to reconcile our insatiable demand for meat with the need to protect the living planet. Better still, it proposes, eating meat could actually save the biosphere. A TED talk which makes this claim has been viewed 2.6 million times.

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7 Things You Need To Know About The Toxin That’s Poisoned Ohio’s Drinking Water

7 Things You Need To Know About The Toxin That’s Poisoned Ohio’s Drinking Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here are 7 things you need to know about microcystin -- what it does, why it's there, and why it's spreading in the largest system of fresh water in the world.
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Why California Could Run Out of Water in Two Years If the Drought Continues

If anyone knows how dire the drought is, not just in California but throughout the Southwest of the United States, it’s Jay Famiglietti. A senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor at the University of California, Irvine, Famiglietti is frighteningly familiar with the dynamics of a warming climate and an increasingly stressed water supply as well as the Byzantine way we regulate—and don’t—a commodity that will be more valuable than oil this century.

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Andy Nolan's curator insight, August 5, 2014 9:25 AM

Water stress in the western world - could prove to be the tipping point in global action on water conservation and management. Or maybe not. 

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Strong quake kills at least 367 in southern China

Strong quake kills at least 367 in southern China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Strong quake kills at least 367 in southern China.

 

A strong earthquake in southern China's Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 367 people and injuring more than 1,800.

 

About 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian, a densely populated county located around 366 kilometers (277 miles) northeast of Yunnan's capital, Kunming, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The magnitude-6.1 quake struck at 4:30 p.m. at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was in Longtoushan township, 23 kilometers (14 miles) southwest of the city of Zhaotong, the Ludian county seat.

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ICYMI: Dogs, horses show high rates of Lyme disease

ICYMI: Dogs, horses show high rates of Lyme disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lyme disease threatens dogs, horses; tick illnesses grow
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Nigeria, Shell not cleaning oil pollution: report

Nigeria, Shell not cleaning oil pollution: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday.
Oil production has contaminated the drinking water of at least 10 communities in the Ogoniland area but neither the Nigerian government nor Royal Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary have taken effective measures to restore the fouled environment, said the new report by Amnesty International, Friends of The Earth Europe, Center for Environment, Human Rights and Development, Environmental Rights Action, and Platform.
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Elizabeth Warren grills banker over harsh student loan policies

Elizabeth Warren grills banker over harsh student loan policies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Warren illustrated the draconian nature of bank student loan policies and slammed a banker and the banking industry for those cruel policies.
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Farming reforms offer hope for Iran's water crisis

Farming reforms offer hope for Iran's water crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DUBAI (Reuters) - As a child, Mohammad Rahmanpour spent his summers swimming in Lake Orumieh in northwestern Iran - then the largest in the Middle East. In less than two decades, the saltwater lake has
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Algae’s lake effect reveals pea green disaster

Algae’s lake effect reveals pea green disaster | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The most telling sign of western Lake Erie‘s sickness comes from an up-close view of the putrid, bright green algae surrounding Toledo‘s water-intake crib, not from the multiple updates provided by public officials in front of television cameras
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Gone missing

Gone missing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CAN remittances help poor countries to grow rich? In many countries, the money received from workers who are toiling abroad represents a significant source of...
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Alpha to lay off 1,100 workers, mothball 11 coal mines in the US

Alpha to lay off 1,100 workers, mothball 11 coal mines in the US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. second largest coal producer blamed weak market conditions and increased government regulation for the decision.
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Watch the drought take over the entire state of California in one GIF

Watch the drought take over the entire state of California in one GIF | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It started off bad, then it got worse. And then it got much, much worse.
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