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Scientists put mankind's technological impact on the planet to the test

Scientists put mankind's technological impact on the planet to the test | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From threatened coral reefs and oxygen-starved seas to the industrial wastes around our cities and the subway systems beneath them, humans have clearly left their mark on the planet – and now a team of geologists from the University of Leicester has examined evidence from around the world to see exactly ...
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Warming climates intensify greenhouse gas given out by oceans

Warming climates intensify greenhouse gas given out by oceans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising global temperatures could increase the amount of carbon dioxide naturally released by the world's oceans, fuelling further climate change, a study suggests.
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Environmental pollution linked to autism, schizophrenia, study shows

Environmental pollution linked to autism, schizophrenia, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Exposure to environmental pollution may cause brain changes that make people more vulnerable to developing autism or schizophrenia, according to a new study published in Environmental Heath Perspectives.
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Designing a sustainable toilet: to the victor goes the throne

Designing a sustainable toilet: to the victor goes the throne | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For companies working to redesign the sewage system, the ultimate waste stream may become a rich vein of resource and opportunity
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Air Pollution Linked to Irregular Heartbeat, Blood Clots

Air Pollution Linked to Irregular Heartbeat, Blood Clots | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research published in the journal Heart cites evidence that air pollution is linked to irregular heartbeat and lung blood clots, while also suggesting an effect on other cardiovascular diseases.
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White House: Climate Change Is Ruining Our Health - NBC News

White House: Climate Change Is Ruining Our Health - NBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is aggravating asthma and allergies and killing more people through extreme heat and floods, the White House said in a report Friday promoting...
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Louisiana governor signs law to block suits against oil industry

Louisiana governor signs law to block suits against oil industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill Friday to quash a landmark lawsuit brought by a local flood protection agency that sought damages from the oil and gas industry to restore the state’s vanishing coastline.
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The newest threat to the middle class: Why private equity is becoming a public problem

The newest threat to the middle class: Why private equity is becoming a public problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report reveals firms are inflating fees and expenses, sucking millions out of companies creating jobs

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La dette perpétue l’accaparement du monde et le pillage des ressources

La dette perpétue l’accaparement du monde et le pillage des ressources | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Si les impacts sociaux et environnementaux de la colonisation sont aujourd’hui connus, le capitalisme a depuis trouvé un moyen de poursuivre son emprise sur le monde et les ressources naturelles : la dette.


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Some Antibiotics May Slightly Increase Colon Cancer Risk

Some Antibiotics May Slightly Increase Colon Cancer Risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Antibiotics can reduce the diversity of bacteria in the gut, which has been linked to higher risk of colorectal cancer.
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Welcome to West Port Arthur, Texas, Ground Zero in the Fight for Climate Justice

Welcome to West Port Arthur, Texas, Ground Zero in the Fight for Climate Justice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you live in a place like West Port Arthur, Texas, you’re probably not thinking about some future apocalypse. You’re living in one.
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Sierra rises, quakes erupt as Central Valley aquifer drained

Sierra rises, quakes erupt as Central Valley aquifer drained | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drought-stricken farmers in the Central Valley are pumping more and more water from the valley's huge aquifer beneath them, and the drainage is triggering unexpected earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault, scientists have discovered. During that same period of increased pumping, instruments at Parkfield in Monterey County detected unusual clusters of earthquakes along the quake-prone San Andreas Fault there. The unexpected links between the periodic drainage of the Central Valley's aquifer and the rise of the mountains that increase stresses on the San Andreas fault zone are reported in the May issue of the journal Nature. GPS sensitivityThe remarkable ability to measure tiny changes in the height of mountains is made possible by the extraordinary sensitivity of advanced global positioning systems, similar in principle to the GPS devices that tell car drivers where they're going in unfamiliar cities, block by block. 'Real eye-opener'"The periodic stress on earthquake faults would be very small, but in some circumstances even such small stress changes can be the straw that breaks the camel's back," Bürgmann said.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how Republicans blew it on climate change

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how Republicans blew it on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The host of Cosmos dishes on our warming planet, why science is "trending" in our culture, and the meaning of a groundbreaking science TV experiment.
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Earth's breathable atmosphere a result of continents taking control of the carbon cycle

Earth's breathable atmosphere a result of continents taking control of the carbon cycle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists investigating one of the greatest riddles of the Earth's past may have discovered a mechanism to help determine how oxygen levels in the atmosphere expanded to allow life to evolve.
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Researchers find major West Antarctic glacier melting from geothermal sources

Researchers find major West Antarctic glacier melting from geothermal sources | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thwaites Glacier, the large, rapidly changing outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is not only being eroded by the ocean, it's being melted from below by geothermal heat, researchers at the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (UTIG) report in the current edition of the Proceedings ...
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Organic agriculture attracts a new generation of farmers

Organic agriculture attracts a new generation of farmers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

By 9 a.m., Jack Motter had been planting peas for hours.

 

He pushed a two-wheeled contraption that deposited a seed every few inches along neat rows at Ellwood Canyon Farms, just outside Santa Barbara. As clouds gathered overhead, he picked up the pace to avoid losing days of work to the fall rain.

 

Timing can mean the difference between profit and loss for the 4-year-old farm.

 

Motter and his business partner, Jeff Kramer, are part of a growing crop of farmers — many of them young — choosing to produce food without pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. As consumers demand more fresh and local food grown with minimal environmental effects, a new generation has taken up organic farming.

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Mining for fracking sand drives some Illinois farmers from land

Mining for fracking sand drives some Illinois farmers from land | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
— The Flynns are weary of bright lights that flood their bedroom each night from a sand mine next door. A second neighboring mine is in the works, and yet another nearby field has just been sold for mining as well.
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10 Living Things That Are Loving Global Warming - weather.com

10 Living Things That Are Loving Global Warming - weather.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From the indestructible cockroach to CO2-enriched poison ivy to the Asian Tiger Mosquito, here's a look at 10 species poised to thrive in a world made warmer and wetter by human-caused climate change.
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Blackout on green projects if target for renewables is axed

Blackout on green projects if target for renewables is axed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Billions of dollars in renewable energy investments could be facing the chop.

 

This week saw US President Barack Obama unveil the most ambitious policy in US history to cut greenhouse gas emissions - a requirement for 1600 power plants to cut emissions 30 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030 - and news that China was also working on a cap for its greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Last week, South Korea announced plans to cap carbon emissions as part of a carbon trading scheme kicking off at the start of next year.

 

In Australia, however, the clean energy sector - which by its own count employs 24,000 people and has generated $20 billion in investment - feels under siege, amid government plans to dismantle climate agencies and uncertainty about the future of the nation's Renewable Energy Target.

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Sweetener Is Toxic To Fruit Flies | Chemical & Engineering News

Sweetener Is Toxic To Fruit Flies | Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It’s not every day that the results of a sixth grader’s science fair project end up in a peer-reviewed journal article. But earlier this week, a research team at Drexel University published a study in PLoS One that was the brainchild of a 12-year-old (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098949).

 

Daniel R. Marenda, Sean O’ Donnell, and colleagues reported that erythritol, the main ingredient of the sweetenerTruvia, is toxic to Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Because erythritol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol and because it isn’t harmful to people, the scientists think the compound holds promise as a human-safe insecticide. “Fruit flies are a major pest category,” Marenda says.

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195 pays réunis à Bonn pour préparer la conférence, cruciale, de Paris Climat 2015

195 pays réunis à Bonn pour préparer la conférence, cruciale, de Paris Climat 2015 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
12 jours de discussions où l'on parle de mesures contraignantes pour inciter chacun à limiter ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre.

 

 Les "contributions" des pays contre le réchauffement doivent-elles être de simples objectifs globaux? Des objectifs par secteurs économiques? Faut-il des engagements financiers de la part des pays industrialisés? Autant de sujets "explosifs", selon un négociateur.


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À Paris, des représentants religieux ont par ailleurs lancé mercredi un appel à jeûner le 1er jour de chaque mois jusqu'en décembre 2015 comme signe d'engagement dans la lutte contre le réchauffement. Cette mobilisation est inspirée par Yeb Sano, chef négociateur des Philippines, qui avait cessé de manger en solidarité avec les Philippins touchés par le typhon Haiyan, lors de la conférence de Varsovie fin 2013.

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Exhaustion of cheap mineral resources is terraforming Earth – scientific report

Exhaustion of cheap mineral resources is terraforming Earth – scientific report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Soaring costs of resource extraction require transition to post-industrial 'circular economy' to avoid collapse.

 

A new landmark scientific report drawing on the work of the world's leading mineral experts forecasts that industrial civilisation's extraction of critical minerals and fossil fuel resources is reaching the limits of economic feasibility, and could lead to a collapse of key infrastructures unless new ways to manage resources are implemented.

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The Charleston Gazette | In key ruling, judge finds Alpha mining ‘conductivity’ pollution damaged water quality

Citing what he said was “extensive scientific evidence,” a federal judge has ruled for the first time that conductivity pollution from mountaintop removal mining operations is damaging streams in Southern West Virginia.

 

U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers concluded that mines operated by Alpha Natural Resources in Boone and Nicholas counties have “caused or materially contributed to a significant adverse impact” to nearby streams, giving citizen groups a major victory that also supports Obama administration efforts to reduce mountaintop removal impacts.

 

In a 67-page ruling issued Wednesday, Chambers found that mining discharges had not only altered the chemistry of the streams, but also “unquestionably biologically impaired” them, leaving both the diversity and abundance of aquatic life “profoundly reduced.”

 

“Losing diversity in aquatic life, as sensitive species are extirpated and only pollution-tolerant species survive, is akin to the canary in a coal mine,” the judge wrote.

 

“As key ingredients to West Virginia‘s once abundant clean water, the upper reaches of West Virginia‘s complex network of flowing streams provide critical attributes ― functions,‖in ecological science — that support the downstream water quality relied upon by West Virginians for drinking water, fishing and recreation, and important economic uses,” Chambers wrote. “Protecting these uses is the overriding purpose of West Virginia’s water quality standards and the goal of the state’s permit requirements.”

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Breaking Bad: A Nuclear Waste Disaster « DC Bureau

Breaking Bad: A Nuclear Waste Disaster « DC Bureau | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Carlsbad, New Mexico – A vast salt mine under the New Mexico desert was the Department of Energy’s last nuclear waste storage solution. On Valentines night, one of the now suspect 500 waste drums from DOE’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) blast open inside DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Casks filled with 3.2 million cubic feet of deadly radioactive wastes remain buried at the crippled plant. That huge facility was rendered useless. Investigators believe the waste drums from Los Alamos were incorrectly packed under DOE supervision and one of them exploded.

 

“As part of the ongoing efforts to identify the cause of the event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, we are evaluating all possible causes including the waste packages themselves,” a statement issued by DOE says. “All possible scenarios will be thoroughly investigated until the cause of the event has been determined.” Investigators are examining “the possibility that a chemical reaction may have occurred within a drum, causing a potential release.”

 

The disaster at WIPP is rooted in careless contractors and lack of DOE oversight, according to aDOE report released on April 24.

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Gulf operations still unsafe despite reforms

HOUSTON -- Four years after the deadly Macondo offshore well blowout and explosion, oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico remains unsafe despite scores of reform efforts, an independent federal investigative team warns in a report released here today.
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