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Disinfected Water, Fuel Additives, Nanotubes Should Be High IARC Priorities, Adviser...

Disinfected Water, Fuel Additives, Nanotubes Should Be High IARC Priorities, Adviser... | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
July 3 Advisers to the International Agency for Research on Cancer have recommended the agency evaluate dozens of chemicals pesticides food contact substances and occupational situations for their potential to cause cancer in people.
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Oil sands pollutants contaminate traditional First Nations' foods: report

Oil sands pollutants contaminate traditional First Nations' foods: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Study finds increased levels of metals, arsenic and mercury in wild animals, forcing aboriginals to shift to store-bought foods
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Climate Activists Mourn Victims Of Lac-Mégantic Tragedy

Climate Activists Mourn Victims Of Lac-Mégantic Tragedy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Groups: 'Lac-Megantic’s struggle is a grim reminder to us all: Big oil will stop at nothing to extract, transport, and burn every drop of oil in the ground.'
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US rail traffic hits traffic highs thanks to commodities

US rail traffic hits traffic highs thanks to commodities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even coal showing a gain.
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Mike Barry's curator insight, July 7, 2014 4:06 AM

First the good news, rail freight in the US is growing up 3.6% on LY.

 

But there's a (potential) sting in the tail. Road freight may be being displaced but overall the figures probably show that US consumption of primary raw materials (grain, coal, oil, timber etc) is going up as the economy improves.

 

Economic growth is welcomed after years of downturn but a growing US (and world) economic growth is currently largely connected to growing consumption of (finite) materials.

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The Public Eye: As drought persists, frustration mounts over secrecy of California’s well drilling logs | Central Valley | Modesto Bee

The Public Eye: As drought persists, frustration mounts over secrecy of California’s well drilling logs | Central Valley | Modesto Bee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Inside a government warehouse along a noisy freeway in West Sacramento is a set of metal shelves holding more than 100 carefully labeled cardboard boxes. Inside those boxes are tens of thousands of state records that could help scientists and water policy specialists better understand and protect California groundwater.
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World Bank email leaks reveal internal row over 'light touch' $50bn loans

World Bank email leaks reveal internal row over 'light touch' $50bn loans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leaked emails show more money could be made available for 'damaging' power and mining projects
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GreenSpace: Momentum grows to phase out plastic microbeads

GreenSpace: Momentum grows to phase out plastic microbeads | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just days ago, a research vessel docked in Iceland after a three-week voyage from Bermuda, assessing the North Atlantic's plastic problem.
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Why sewers got so costly, complicated

Why sewers got so costly, complicated | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How Hamilton County’s “sleepy” sewer district became a complicated and costly giant
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Another Sacrifice Zone Courtesy of Fracking

Another Sacrifice Zone Courtesy of Fracking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 Colorado’s Cache La Poudre River—a National Heritage Area, and home to Colorado’s only naturally self-sustaining wild trout population—was contaminated by more than 7,500 gallons of crude oil, hazardous liquid waste, produced water and other fracking industry chemicals after a well-pad was engulfed by floodwaters from unusually heavy snowmelt.

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Caribbean coral reefs will be lost within 20 years without protection

Caribbean coral reefs will be lost within 20 years without protection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Major report warns that loss of grazing fish due to pollution and overfishing is a key driver of region's coral decline.
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Pope: Exploitation Of Nature Is Sin Of Our Time

Pope: Exploitation Of Nature Is Sin Of Our Time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CAMPOBASSO, Italy, July 5 (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for more respect for nature on Saturday, branding the destruction of South America's rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation a sin of modern times. In an a...
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Pope Francis Just Made a Powerful Statement About Environmenal Pollution

Pope Francis Just Made a Powerful Statement About Environmenal Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

One of Pope Francis' biggest agenda items as the leader of the Catholic Church has been to promote preservation of the environment. The pontiff has been critical of the effects of industrialization on the environment and on Saturday renewed his call for an eco-conscious society.

 

"This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: To convert ourselves to a type of development that knows how to respect creation," the pope said in a speech at University of Molise, a school in southern Italy.

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Lawsuits seek to stop work at mines in 3 states

Lawsuits seek to stop work at mines in 3 states | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.

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Cut use of antibiotics in livestock, veterinary experts tell government

Cut use of antibiotics in livestock, veterinary experts tell government | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drugs contribute to rise of untreatable bacteria in humans – but farmers say production would be 'impossible' without them
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IBM signs up to help fight China's war on smog

IBM signs up to help fight China's war on smog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - IBM Corp has signed an agreement with the city of Beijing to use advanced weather forecasting and cloud computing technologies to help tackle the Chinese capital's persistent smog.After
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Cherished Redwood Region Threatened By Nickel Mines

Cherished Redwood Region Threatened By Nickel Mines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hidden from the usual tourist circuit, two streams of southwestern Oregon tumble down from the Siskiyou Mountains through wild canyons embossed with pines and boulder fields. These unprotected waters are now threatened by nickel mines.
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Bye bye big bee: In South America, the world's largest bumblebee is at risk from imported rivals

Bye bye big bee: In South America, the world's largest bumblebee is at risk from imported rivals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It is believed to be the largest in the world – with queens likened to "flying mice". But a bumblebee once common in South America is heading for extinction, scientists fear, as European invaders mass on the doorstep of its last known stronghold.
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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, July 7, 2014 5:23 AM

Tragic story of invasive species.  Similar to what we face with the Melipona…it is too late to turn back the clock on the arrival of the honey bee and the african bee, but it will be important to follow efforts made to preserve these bees to see what we can do to preserve our own Melipona bees.


Trágica historia de las especies invasoras. De manera similar a lo que nos enfrentamos con la Melipona ... ya es demasiado tarde para dar marcha atrás al reloj de la llegada de la abeja de la miel y de la abeja africana, pero será importante seguir los esfuerzos realizados para preservar estas abejas para ver lo que podemos hacer para preservar nuestras propias abejas Melipona.

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California rice farmers could get pollution credit - The Sacramento Bee

California rice farmers could get pollution credit - The Sacramento Bee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A proposal to the California Air Resources Board, up for approval in September, would allow Sacramento Valley rice farmers to sell carbon emission offsets as part of the state’s effort to combat climate change. Rice farmers would flood their fields for shorter periods to reduce the decomposition process that emits methane – a potent greenhouse gas.
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Billionaire Koch brothers are big oil players in Alberta | Toronto Star

Billionaire Koch brothers are big oil players in Alberta | Toronto Star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The ultra-right U.S. Koch brothers, little-known to Canadians, are major players in Alberta's oil patch, where they control at least 1.1 million acres.
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Why does Europe hate genetically modified food?

Why does Europe hate genetically modified food? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With new European Union rules that now seek to clear up years of internal deadlock that could, in theory, lead to widespread cultivation of GM foods, is Europe about to change its mind?
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9 things that make air pollution bearable

9 things that make air pollution bearable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing may have to wait another 16 years before it will have safe, clean air, according to a report from the capital's environmental authority earlier this week.
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'Shocking' decline seen in oceans

'Shocking' decline seen in oceans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, with mass extinction of marine species looming, according to a panel of scientists.
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Indonesia Is Killing the Planet for Palm Oil | VICE News

Indonesia Is Killing the Planet for Palm Oil | VICE News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Burning rainforest to expand plantations has destroyed habitats for endangered species and become a critical factor in climate change.
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Popenomics Debunks Everything the GOP Told Us About Capitalism

Popenomics Debunks Everything the GOP Told Us About Capitalism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pope Francis bangs the papal hammer on trickle-down economics.
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