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New, fossil-fuel-free process makes biodiesel sustainable

New, fossil-fuel-free process makes biodiesel sustainable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new fuel-cell concept, developed by an Michigan State University researcher, will allow biodiesel plants to eliminate the creation of hazardous wastes while removing their dependence on fossil fuel from their production process.
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Dryland ecosystems emerge as driver in global carbon cycle

Dryland ecosystems emerge as driver in global carbon cycle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dryland ecosystems, which include deserts to dry-shrublands, play a more important role in the global carbon cycle than previously thought. In fact, they have emerged as one of its drivers, says Montana State University faculty member Ben Poulter.
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China glaciers shrink 15 percent in warming

China glaciers shrink 15 percent in warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China's glaciers have shrunk by thousands of square kilometres over the past 30 years as a result of climate change, state-run media reported Wednesday.
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New tide gauge uses GPS signals to measure sea level change

New tide gauge uses GPS signals to measure sea level change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new way of measuring sea level using satellite navigation system signals, for instance GPS, has been implemented by scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Sea level and its variation can easily be monitored using existing coastal GPS stations, the scientists have shown.
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Sewer upgrade flushes West Nile virus vector from Atlanta stream

Sewer upgrade flushes West Nile virus vector from Atlanta stream | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just 10 years ago, a heavy rain in Atlanta could turn Tanyard Creek into a river of raw sewage. 'You would sometimes see toilet paper hanging from low branches along its banks,' recalls Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, a disease ecologist in Emory's Department of Environmental Sciences.
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Will carbon capture and storage ever make fossil fuels safe?

Will carbon capture and storage ever make fossil fuels safe? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A UK parliament report has called for renewed investment in the storage of carbon emitted by industry. But will the technology ever come of age? With your help, Karl Mathiesen investigates.
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What is moderate aerobic exercise?: 13 easy, enjoyable activities for better health

What is moderate aerobic exercise?: 13 easy, enjoyable activities for better health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Experts say we should get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week for significant health benefits. Here’s how to do it without even realizing it.
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Modi to Use Solar to Bring Power to Every Home by 2019

Modi to Use Solar to Bring Power to Every Home by 2019 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India’s new government led by Narendra Modi plans to harness solar power to enable every home to run at least one light bulb by 2019, a party official said.
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The Connection Between Oil Prices, Debt Levels, and Interest Rates

The Connection Between Oil Prices, Debt Levels, and Interest Rates | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If oil is "just another commodity," then there shouldn't be any connection between oil prices, debt levels, interest rates, and total rates of return. But there clearly is a connection. On one hand...
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"Diane Humetewa, Confirmed to Federal Bench, Makes History" | Indian Country Today | 05/15/14

"Diane Humetewa, Confirmed to Federal Bench, Makes History" | Indian Country Today | 05/15/14 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Senate voted unanimously May 14 to confirm Diane Humetewa to become a judge for the U.S. District Court for Arizona.

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Franklin Delano Williams's curator insight, May 15, 2014 4:29 PM

.....John Lundin: "The Senate voted unanimously May 14 to confirm Diane Humetewa to become a judge for the U.S. District Court for Arizona, making her the first Native American woman federal judge in U.S. history and the third Native American to ever hold such a position."

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The World’s Bank: How Crowdfunding is Disrupting Old Banking

The World’s Bank: How Crowdfunding is Disrupting Old Banking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Julie Hanna and Reid Hoffman In San Francisco, Teresa Goines is breaking down deeply entrenched cycles of poverty and crime, one bowl of peanut butter stew at a time. Old Skool Café, the 1940’s

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Climate Change Costing Companies ‘Millions’

Climate Change Costing Companies ‘Millions’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Gap, HP and Dr Pepper Snapple Group are among the S&P 500 companies facing climate change related risks and costs, according to a CDP report.


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Foodwatch démasque les ruses de certaines marques d'alimentation

Foodwatch démasque les ruses de certaines marques d'alimentation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Au regard des mouvements d’opinion qui manifestent des inquiétudes quant à la sûreté de l’alimentation, il paraît légitime de s’interroger sur les divers modes de fabrication des aliments que nous consommons. Et face à l’évolution des modes de vie et de consommation et au nombre croissant de nos concitoyens en situation d’insécurité alimentaire, permettre à chacun d’accéder à une alimentation de qualité, saine et équilibrée, constitue un défi ambitieux.

 


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Rethinking nuclear security efforts

Rethinking nuclear security efforts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What is the best way to prevent countries from acquiring nuclear weapons? The vast majority of nonproliferation efforts attempt to control access to sensitive technologies. However, a new study by Scott Kemp, an assistant professor in MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, suggests that ...
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Study shows iron from melting ice sheets may help buffer global warming

Study shows iron from melting ice sheets may help buffer global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A newly-discovered source of oceanic bioavailable iron could have a major impact our understanding of marine food chains and global warming. A UK team has discovered that summer meltwaters from ice sheets are rich in iron, which will have important implications on phytoplankton growth. The findings ...
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Understanding the planets through volcanoes

Understanding the planets through volcanoes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Billions of years ago, volcanoes sent material from inside planetary bodies to the surface. Subsequent impacts have covered those original deposits. Jennifer Whitten, who receives her Ph.D. in geological sciences this year, has figured out a way to study those 'hidden seas' and learn more about the ...
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US Southwest water availability reductions ahead according to research that reveals spring drying trends

US Southwest water availability reductions ahead according to research that reveals spring drying trends | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research from scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory identified a trajectory of spring drying that will alter water availability across the U.S. Southwest. To describe the net change in water, they calculated the water gained through precipitation and subtracted the water lost through ...
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Ecologists confront the dilemma of a changing climate on a shrinking planet

Ecologists confront the dilemma of a changing climate on a shrinking planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —The University of Wisconsin-Madison, home of pioneering ecologists who studied lakes, forests, wetlands and prairies, is playing a key role in the next wave of ecological research: large teams of scientists confronting the dilemma of a changing climate on a shrinking planet.
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‘The role of the state should be pragmatic, not ideological’

‘The role of the state should be pragmatic, not ideological’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Calestous Juma is professor of Practice of International Development and faculty chair of Innovation for Economic Development Program at Harvard Kennedy School. A technology and development expert in
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Singapore braces for worst "haze" as Indonesia fails to halt slash-and-burn clearances

Singapore braces for worst "haze" as Indonesia fails to halt slash-and-burn clearances | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This year may be worse than 2013's record pollution due to lack of action by Jakarta and expected El Nino
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Global Analysis - April 2014 | State of the Climate | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

Global Analysis - April 2014 | State of the Climate | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
a summary of global temperatures and precipitation, placing the data into a historical perspective
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What is a Climate and Energy Indicator? | Infographic

What is a Climate and Energy Indicator? | Infographic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This infographic is from the 2014 Environmental Performance Index. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks how well countries perform on high-priority environmental issues in two broad policy areas: protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. Within these two policy objectives the EPI scores country performance in nine issue areas comprised of 20 indicators. Indicators in the EPI measure how close countries are to meeting internationally established targets or, in the absence of agreed-upon targets, how they compare to the range of observed countries.


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Colombia frente a la gestión de los recursos hídricos

Colombia frente a la gestión de los recursos hídricos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Colombia se enfrenta a la paradoja de que siendo uno de los países con más recursos hídricos en el mundo, acoge poblaciones que no pueden acceder a un vaso de agua potable.


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The Håkansson Tegman House by Johan Sundberg

The Håkansson Tegman House by Johan Sundberg | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Johan Sundberg designed the Håkansson Tegman house in Höllviken, Sweden. Angled around an inner garden, the design rests on the tradition of the Danish atrium house from the 60s and 70s. Three small bedrooms form the northern wing of the house, while the western wing is a continuous sequence of spaces consisting of a kitchen, dining room, library, living area, and winter garden.

The outer walls along the streets are clad with clay bricks as a screen. The stucture is a steel-enforced timber frame. Windows and sliding glass doors are made from Schüco aluminum profiles. The front and garage doors are custom made from ammonium smoked oak.


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Top 5 Myths of Summer Energy Efficiency

Top 5 Myths of Summer Energy Efficiency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Summer is just around the corner. In an effort to maintain a comfortably cool environment during the heat, many people blast air conditioning and turn fans to high gear without giving it a second thought. By doing so, they rack up astronomical energy bills, much of which could be easily avoided.


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Top 5 Myths of Summer Energy Efficiency. #energyefficiency