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Iran assumes control of Bushehr nuclear plant

Iran assumes control of Bushehr nuclear plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tehran (AFP) Sept 23, 2013 - Iran on Monday finally took control of its civilian nuclear reactor at Bushehr, a project begun 37 years ago by West Germany, wracked by setbacks, and finished by Russia.
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China free trade zone to allow banned websites: report

China free trade zone to allow banned websites: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 24, 2013 - China's first free trade zone will allow access to Facebook, Twitter and other websites banned nationwide, in a rare exception to strict Internet controls, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Tuesday.
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Clean energy least costly to power America's electricity needs

Clean energy least costly to power America's electricity needs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Sep 24, 2013 - It's less costly to get electricity from wind turbines and solar panels than coal-fired power plants when climate change costs and other health impacts are factored in, according to a new study publ...
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Airline industry calls for CO2 emissions plan

Airline industry calls for CO2 emissions plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Montreal (AFP) Sept 23, 2013 - The airline industry's mouthpiece called Monday for uniform global measures by 2020 to curb all aircrafts' carbon emissions, warning that a patchwork of competing proposals could emerge otherwise.
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India planning world's largest solar project

India planning world's largest solar project | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Delhi (UPI) Sep 23, 2013 -
The Indian government says it is planning the world's largest solar power plant in the northwestern state of Rajasthan.
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Australians should be told of boat turn-backs, ex-navy chief

Australians should be told of boat turn-backs, ex-navy chief | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sydney (AFP) Sept 24, 2013 - A retired Australian navy chief, who once led the turning back of asylum-seeker boats, Tuesday criticised the government's decision to keep operations to repel vessels under wraps.
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Achilles' heel of ice shelves is beneath the water, scientists reveal

Achilles' heel of ice shelves is beneath the water, scientists reveal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bristol, UK (SPX) Sep 24, 2013 - New research has revealed that more ice leaves Antarctica by melting from the underside of submerged ice shelves than was previously thought, accounting for as much as 90 per cent of ice loss in som...
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'Cascade of events' caused sudden explosion of animal life

'Cascade of events' caused sudden explosion of animal life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oxford, UK (SPX) Sep 24, 2013 -
The explosion of animal life on Earth around 520 million years ago was the result of a combination of interlinked factors rather than a single underlying cause, according to a new study.
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Algorithm finds missing phytoplankton in Southern Ocean

Algorithm finds missing phytoplankton in Southern Ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Sep 24, 2013 -
NASA satellites may have missed more than 50% of the phytoplankton in the Southern Ocean, making it far more difficult to estimate the carbon capture potential of this vast area of sea.
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Tropical forests 'fix' themselves

Tropical forests 'fix' themselves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Panama City, Panama (SPX) Sep 24, 2013 -
Tropical forests speed their own recovery, capturing nitrogen and carbon faster after being logged or cleared for agriculture.
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Sense and Sensitivity

Sense and Sensitivity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
IPCC AR5, at least the first parts of it, will be coming out this friday. Don't ask me how it is that IPCC still wants to put out their most important media product in a friday news dump. I'm too t...
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Swiss donate tax money from Glencore Xstrata to countries where firm accused of wrongdoing

Swiss donate tax money from Glencore Xstrata to countries where firm accused of wrongdoing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Several villages are considering to follow Hedingen's example and give their tax money to charities.
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Global Efforts to Tackle Poverty and Climate Change Must Come Together | WRI Insights

Global Efforts to Tackle Poverty and Climate Change Must Come Together | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, takes the floor of the UN general assembly this week, he will address two of the most pressing challenges of our time: poverty and climate change.

 

The debates on these issues are on track to coincide in 2015, a moment that will likely shape international action on climate and development for the next generation. In September 2015, UN negotiators will work towards an agreement on what will come after the millennium development goals (MDGs) expire that year. In Paris, just two months later, negotiators will convene to establish a global climate agreement. The combination of the sustainable development agenda and the international climate agreement will be a defining moment for the UN system – and for the world.

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Russia tows Greenpeace ship to port, activists risk charges

Russia tows Greenpeace ship to port, activists risk charges | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Moscow (AFP) Sept 23, 2013 - Russian border guards were on Monday towing a ship of the environmental lobby group Greenpeace to an Arctic port where its activists could face charges for a protest on an oil rig owned by the Gazprom energy giant.
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Dutch decision to delay shale gas drilling brings mixed reactions

Dutch decision to delay shale gas drilling brings mixed reactions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Hague, Netherlands (UPI) Sep 23, 2013 -
A Dutch government move to delay a decision on allowing shale gas drilling was hailed by local communities but regretted by energy boosters.
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Innovative Auto Steering Device Could Save Lives

Innovative Auto Steering Device Could Save Lives | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Santa Monica, CA (SPX) Sep 24, 2013 -
It can take up to two and a half turns to steer a modern vehicle. While turning, the driver must release the wheel in the necessary hand-over-hand movement, which is unsafe.
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Want wine with those biofuels? Why not, researchers ask

Want wine with those biofuels? Why not, researchers ask | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bilbao, Spain (UPI) Sep 23, 2013 -
Searching for that perfect wine pairing? Try wine and biodiesel, research from the University of the Basque Country in Spain indicates.
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Global panel to make economic case on climate change

Global panel to make economic case on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York City (AFP) Sept 24, 2013 - Mexico's former president Felipe Calderon said that climate action can boost both developed and emerging countries as he led a new commission bringing together government and business leaders.
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Fire scars big nature reserve in Ecuador's capital

Fire scars big nature reserve in Ecuador's capital | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Quito (AFP) Sept 23, 2013 -
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Fire blamed on arson has charred vast areas of a nature reserve in Ecuador's capital, officials said Monday as they declared the blaze under control.
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Worst watershed stresses may become the new normal

Worst watershed stresses may become the new normal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 24, 2013 -
Nearly one in 10 U.S. watersheds is stressed, with demand for water exceeding natural supply, according to a new analysis of surface water in the United States.
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Undersea mountains provide crucial piece in climate prediction puzzle

Undersea mountains provide crucial piece in climate prediction puzzle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Exeter, UK (SPX) Sep 24, 2013 -
A mystery in the ocean near Antarctica has been solved by researchers who have long puzzled over how deep and mid-depth ocean waters are mixed.
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Greenland snowpack shows Carbon monoxide levels drop since 1950s

Greenland snowpack shows Carbon monoxide levels drop since 1950s | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rochester NY (SPX) Sep 24, 2013 -
A first-ever study of air trapped in the deep snowpack of Greenland shows that atmospheric levels of carbon monoxide (CO) in the 1950s were actually slightly higher than what we have today.
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Current pledges put over 600 million people at risk of higher water scarcity

Current pledges put over 600 million people at risk of higher water scarcity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Sep 24, 2013 - Our current pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are projected to set the global mean temperature increase at around 3.5 C above pre-industrial levels, will expose 668 million people wo...
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Good News for Planet. Bad News for Science Deniers. Renewables Breaking Out Everywhere...

Good News for Planet. Bad News for Science Deniers. Renewables Breaking Out Everywhere... | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Good news for the planet is, of course, Mr. Yuck for climate deniers. Four key technologies in ascendance. Wind, for instance. A new report from Michigan Public Service Commission shows that wind e...
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Rio Tinto's Bingham Canyon pollution 'similar to smoking 20 cigarettes a day': US lawsuit

Rio Tinto's Bingham Canyon pollution 'similar to smoking 20 cigarettes a day': US lawsuit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Rio denies the claims.

 

Doctors, environmentalists and a number of citizens have filed a lawsuit at a Utah district court against Rio Tinto subsidiary Kennecott, claiming that the Bingham Canyon copper mine near Salt Lake City has broken the US Clean Air Act for five years

 

 

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