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Climate changes the distribution of plants and animals

Climate changes the distribution of plants and animals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Jan 13, 2014 -
Swiss plants, butterflies and birds have moved 8 to 42 meters uphill between 2003 and 2010, as scientists from the University of Basel write in the online journal Plos One.
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EU policy is driving up demand for pollination faster than honeybee numbers

EU policy is driving up demand for pollination faster than honeybee numbers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reading, UK (SPX) Jan 13, 2014 - Research conducted by the University of Reading's Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, and funded by the EU FP7 project STEP and the Insect Pollinators Initiative Crops project, indicates that de...
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On-demand vaccines possible with engineered nanoparticles

On-demand vaccines possible with engineered nanoparticles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seattle WA (SPX) Jan 13, 2014 -
Vaccines combat diseases and protect populations from outbreaks, but the life-saving technology leaves room for improvement.
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Funding Problems Threaten US Disaster Preparedness

Funding Problems Threaten US Disaster Preparedness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 13, 2014 -
The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York City prompted large increases in government funding to help communities respond and recover after man-made and natural disasters.
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China's rare earth industry is still dominated by illegal operations

China's rare earth industry is still dominated by illegal operations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite a two year campaign aimed at cleaning the sector and removing all unlawful operations, China has admitted that its rare earth industry still suffers greatly from pollution, smuggling, and illegal mining.
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Group Wants A Planetary Hazard Label For Gas Pumps

Group Wants A Planetary Hazard Label For Gas Pumps | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on ThinkProgress.
By Ari Phillips.
Smoking tobacco causes cancer. Greenhouse gases warm the planet. These are things that scientists are at least 95 percent sure of.
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Sharp & Vintage Electric Bicycles From Barcelona

Sharp & Vintage Electric Bicycles From Barcelona | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

I recently got to check out some pretty sweet electric bikes while at EVS27 in Barcelona, but Chris somehow ran across these bikes himself and got an article up on them before me, so I’m primarily reposting his post (below). However, I’ll note that these electric bicycles really zip along fast & smooth. They look beautiful as they fly by, very sharp. Above are some pics I snapped while at EVS27 and at an electric vehicle event before EVS27 started. The photos from Chris DeMorro’s Gas2 article below come from Otocycle itself.

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Canada's War on Science

Canada's War on Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sort of like our own domestic war on science. This is not a side show - it's the main event. Knowledge is a threat to those who seek to profit thru the destruction of the planet's living community....
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Battle over rooftop solar heads to Public Utilities Commission

Battle over rooftop solar heads to Public Utilities Commission | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Xcel Energy is seeking to restructure the incentives and credits for rooftop solar, and it has set off a battle over competing visions of the future of solar in Colorado.
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Snow-Hit Sheep Farmers Fear Worse Is To Come | City Talk 105.9 FM

Snow-Hit Sheep Farmers Fear Worse Is To Come | City Talk 105.9 FM | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Farmers will have to prepare for the impact of more extreme weather on livestock and crops, according to the National Farmers Union.
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California drought will test Jerry Brown - The Sacramento Bee

California drought will test Jerry Brown - The Sacramento Bee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As California withered through a drought in 1977, Gov. Jerry Brown called for a 25percent reduction in personal water use statewide and flew to Washington to press the Carter administration for federal aid.
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Global climate change brings big public health challenges, CDC scientist says

Global climate change poses severe public health challenges for the world, and some of the biggest challenges will come here in the southeastern United States, researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe.
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Silver Is The Most Precious Metal

Silver Is The Most Precious Metal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new book called "The most precious metals" shows that silver is nature’s finest germ killer.
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Paper predicts a future without carnivores would be truly scary

Paper predicts a future without carnivores would be truly scary | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York NY (SPX) Jan 13, 2014 -
A fascinating paper released today from a team of leading scientists, including Dr.
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Ancient Cambodian city's intensive land use led to extensive environmental impacts

Ancient Cambodian city's intensive land use led to extensive environmental impacts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Jan 13, 2014 - Soil erosion and vegetation change indicate approximately 400 years of intensive land use around the city of Mahendraparvata in the Phnom Kulen region beginning in the mid 9th century, with marked c...
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Europe to suffer from more severe and persistent droughts

Europe to suffer from more severe and persistent droughts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Jan 13, 2014 -
As Europe is battered by storms, new research reminds us of the other side of the coin.
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West Virginia copes, with days of water woes still ahead

West Virginia copes, with days of water woes still ahead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Angry and anxious residents want to know why they weren’t warned earlier of the chemical spill in the Elk River.
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Energy Storage Innovation and EnerVault | The Energy Collective

Energy Storage Innovation and EnerVault | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The flow battery market is defined more by grandiose claims than by commercial projects in the ground.
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Carbon Funds and California Clean Energy | The Energy Collective

Carbon Funds and California Clean Energy | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Governor Brown’s administration made public yesterday details of the first expenditure plan for revenues generated from the sale of carbon pollution allowances under California’s cap-and-trade program.
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Microgrid Resiliency and Innovation Incentives | The Energy Collective

Microgrid Resiliency and Innovation Incentives | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has put $40 million in prize money behind his push to bolster the state’s post-Hurricane Sandy storm resilience with community microgrids.
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EHP – Myopia: The Evidence for Environmental Factors

EHP – Myopia: The Evidence for Environmental Factors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Centuries ago, dedicated monastic scribes or cloistered seamstresses might have blamed failing eyesight on their particular type of near-focus “close work.” By the late twentieth century, such blame was expanded to include “close leisure,” such as countless hours spent studying, sitting in front of the television, and most recently squinting at high-resolution monitors on everything from gaming consoles to cell phones.

 

However, despite ongoing attempts to tie these close behaviors to the onset of nearsightedness, or myopia, researchers have not come up with convincing results. On the other hand, a rapidly growing body of research on certain populations in East Asia is yielding strong evidence linking diminishing levels of exposure to outdoor light with a prevalence of myopia that is approaching epidemic proportions.1,2,3

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Pa. vying to be global energy leader

Pa. vying to be global energy leader | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gas drilled in the fields of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale will soon be shipped to Japan, in a deal announced by Cabot Oil and Gas in December. The
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Rising Tide Is a Mystery That Sinks Island Hopes

Rising Tide Is a Mystery That Sinks Island Hopes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lago Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic, the largest lake in the Caribbean, has been rising and rising, devouring tens of thousands of acres of farmland, ranches and whatever else stands in its way.
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For oil trains crossing Oregon, Washington, state oversight gaps raise questions in wake of accidents

For oil trains crossing Oregon, Washington, state oversight gaps raise questions in wake of accidents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil is moving on trains through the Pacific Northwest under lighter state oversight than if it moved any other way.
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Climate change role in cold snap triggers debate

Climate change role in cold snap triggers debate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
North America’s sudden fascination with the swirling, icy-cold air mass called the polar vortex has — if nothing else — expanded the meteorological vocabulary of millions of people, from late-night talk-show hosts tossing around their quips to...
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