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Oil prices spark economic growth concerns

Oil prices spark economic growth concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LONDON - Islamist militant gains in Iraq sent world oil prices higher Monday, sparking concerns that this could hurt global economic growth, especially in Europe where the recovery seems to be faltering.
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James Pitts dies at 93; his research led to cleaner air in California

James Pitts dies at 93; his research led to cleaner air in California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
James Pitts, an influential smog researcher whose work was used to craft California's pioneering air quality regulations, has died. He was 93.
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Hawaii at center of battle over aquarium fish

Hawaii at center of battle over aquarium fish | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A coalition of fishermen, state regulators and even local environmentalists say the group should focus its attention elsewhere, noting comprehensive aquarium fishery regulations and scientific research that shows fish stocks there are rebounding. Robert Wintner, the owner of the Hawaii dive shop chain Snorkel Bob's and vice president of Sea Shepherd's board, lobbied the state Legislature for years to ban aquarium fish collecting but the bills didn't pass. The group is focusing on filming and documenting to bring attention to what Long called "a very fragile ecosystem out there that is being depleted for the sole benefit of a multi-billion dollar industry for the home and business hobbyist." West Hawaii's aquarium fish collecting rules date to the late 1990s, when the state Legislature, responding to concerns about declining fish stocks, banned fish collecting along sections of the coastline. Scientific surveys show yellow tang populations have jumped 88 percent in these areas since the regulations went into effect, said Brian Tissot, a Humbolt State University conservation biologist who has studied the fishery for decades. Arielle Levine, a San Diego State University marine conservation expert who recently co-authored a paper on the success of the no-collection zones, said they're doing "an impressive job" of protecting and increasing fish populations. Andy Rhyne, an assistant professor at Roger Williams University and New England Aquarium research scientist, said the fishery's management could still be improved but regulations have "really worked."
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Ruling could help U.S. become a major oil exporter

Ruling could help U.S. become a major oil exporter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York • Companies are taking advantage of new ways to export oil from the U.S. despite government restrictions, and in the process helping the U.S. become an ever bigger exporter of petroleum on the world stage. The Obama Administration has opened the door to more exports — without changing policy — by allowing some light oils to be defined as petroleum products like gasoline or diesel, which are not ...
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Some manufacturers replacing PBDEs with unregulated chemicals - Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald

Some manufacturers replacing PBDEs with unregulated chemicals - Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tests on 125 consumer and children’s products show some manufacturers have replaced flame retardants banned in many products sold in Washington, with unregulated - but also potentially toxic - chemicals.
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Despite decade of protection, resident orcas still in trouble

Despite decade of protection, resident orcas still in trouble | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We’ve learned where they go in winter, confirmed that they eat chinook salmon more than anything else, and we now try to keep noisy boats away from them. But even after 10 years of research, the number of southern-resident killer whales in Puget Sound is still in decline.
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Some dogs find kennels exciting, not stressful

Some dogs find kennels exciting, not stressful | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research suggests that dogs who spend a short time in boarding kennels may not find it unduly stressful and could in fact find the change of scenery exciting.
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Team unearths what may be secret weapon against antibiotic resistance

Team unearths what may be secret weapon against antibiotic resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A fungus living in the soils of Nova Scotia could offer new hope in the pressing battle against drug-resistant germs that kill tens of thousands of people every year, including one considered a serious global threat.
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Chronic inflammation accelerates ageing

Chronic inflammation accelerates ageing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Inflammation could be a key factor in the ageing process academics at Newcastle University have found, and the discovery could help scientists identify new ways of delaying ageing.
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Net energy analysis should become a standard policy tool, scientists say

Net energy analysis should become a standard policy tool, scientists say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Policymakers should conduct 'net energy analyses' when evaluating the long-term sustainability of energy technologies, according to new Stanford University research.
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A win-win-win solution for biofuel, climate, and biodiversity

A win-win-win solution for biofuel, climate, and biodiversity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fossil fuel emissions release billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year, which is changing the climate and threatening the sustainability of life on planet Earth. In Brazil, the demand for alternative energy sources has led to an increase in biofuel crops. A new 'News and Views' paper ...
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Reorganization of crop production and trade could save China's water supply

Reorganization of crop production and trade could save China's water supply | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China's rapid socioeconomic growth continues to tax national water resources – especially in the agricultural sector – due to increasing demands for food. And, because of the country's climate and geography, irrigation is now widespread, burdening rivers and groundwater supplies.
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FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, June 26, 2014 2:46 PM

I think this would be too difficult to achieve. But if China decides to do it, it will happen

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Another concern arises over groundwater contamination from fracking accidents

Another concern arises over groundwater contamination from fracking accidents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could potentially contribute more pollutants to groundwater than past research has suggested, according to a new study in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. Scientists are reporting that when spilled or deliberately ...
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KCBS Cover Story Series: California Drought Turning Central Valley Farmland Into Dust Bowl - CBS San Francisco

KCBS Cover Story Series: California Drought Turning Central Valley Farmland Into Dust Bowl - CBS San Francisco | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Summer is here and nowhere is the drought being felt more severely than in California’s Central Valley, where fertile farmland is slowly turning into a dust bowl.
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UN panel: Detroit water cutoffs violate human rights

UN panel: Detroit water cutoffs violate human rights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A large-scale water shutoff is underway in Detroit, a move that advocates say is taking its toll on the poor
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ECONOMICS: Risky Business team spreads out in D.C. to spread word on climate costs

The high-profile team behind the "Risky Business" report on the economic costs of climate change fans out in Washington, D.C., today, spreading its message about what it sees as a looming crisis.
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Study: Pesticide used on 'bee-friendly' plants may hurt bees

Study: Pesticide used on 'bee-friendly' plants may hurt bees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many plants being marketed in nurseries and garden centers as beneficial to bees have been treated with an insecticide some scientists believe to be harmful to bee colonies, according to a study made public Wednesday by an environmental group.
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Are fish near extinction? Researcher discovers the biological flaw that dooms fish larvae's ability to feed

Are fish near extinction? Researcher discovers the biological flaw that dooms fish larvae's ability to feed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'An end to seafood by 2050?' 'Fish to disappear by 2050?' These sensational media headlines were the result of a 2010 report by the United Nations Environment Program, declaring that over-fishing and pollution had nearly emptied the world's fish stocks. That scarcity portends disaster for over a billion ...
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Insects as the food of the future

Insects as the food of the future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the human population grows, it is critical that the drain on the planet's resources be lessened by decreasing consumption of animal protein. According to two panel discussions on June 23 and 24 at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in New Orleans, insects are ...
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Reproduction later in life is a marker for longevity in women

Reproduction later in life is a marker for longevity in women | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Women who are able to naturally have children later in life tend to live longer and the genetic variants that allow them to do so might also facilitate exceptionally long life spans.
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Scientists create new battery that's cheap, clean, rechargeable... and organic

Scientists create new battery that's cheap, clean, rechargeable... and organic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists at USC have developed a water-based organic battery that is long lasting, built from cheap, eco-friendly components.
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Study links Greenland ice sheet collapse, sea level rise 400,000 years ago

Study links Greenland ice sheet collapse, sea level rise 400,000 years ago | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that a warming period more than 400,000 years ago pushed the Greenland ice sheet past its stability threshold, resulting in a nearly complete deglaciation of southern Greenland and raising global sea levels some 4-6 meters.
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Fracking flowback could pollute groundwater with heavy metals

Fracking flowback could pollute groundwater with heavy metals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The chemical makeup of wastewater generated by 'hydrofracking' could cause the release of tiny particles in soils that often strongly bind heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating the environmental risks during accidental spills, Cornell University researchers have found.
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Natural resources worth more than US$40 trillion must be accounted for

Natural resources worth more than US$40 trillion must be accounted for | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Natural resources worth more than US$40 Trillion must be accounted for Governments and companies must do more to account for their impact and dependence on the natural environment - according to researchers at the University of East Anglia.
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