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Australian government orders uranium mine to close

Australian government orders uranium mine to close | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Dec 9, 2013 -
The Australian government has suspended processing operations at a uranium mine following a leak of more than 26,000 gallons of acid-laced radioactive material.
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Ground broken on $6 million Hungarian farm biogas plant

Ground broken on $6 million Hungarian farm biogas plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bekes, Hungary (UPI) Dec 9, 2013 -
Construction of a new biogas plant is under way in Hungary, where officials predict it will cover the energy needs of thousands of homes.
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New Poll shows Coloradans Support Colorado's Rooftop Solar Policies

New Poll shows Coloradans Support Colorado's Rooftop Solar Policies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Denver CO (SPX) Dec 10, 2013 -
A new poll finds that nearly four in five Colorado voters (78%) support solar net metering, a successful renewable energy policy that monopoly utility Xcel is attacking.
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US solar sector small but growing

US solar sector small but growing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York (AFP) Dec 10, 2013 - Solar power, only a minuscule part of the energy mix in the United States, is getting a boost from cheap panels, growing acceptance by large companies and chances for homeowners to rent solar systems.
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Who Is Keeping the Lights on in California?

Who Is Keeping the Lights on in California? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Mateo CA (SPX) Dec 10, 2013 -
The Northeast Blackout of 2003 affected over 55 million people in the United States and Canada, caused 11 fatalities, and shut down the delivery of critical consumer services for several days.
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Walk this way, says China's heavy metal shoe maker

Walk this way, says China's heavy metal shoe maker | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tangshan, China (AFP) Dec 09, 2013 - A Chinese factory worker says walking in huge iron shoes weighing more than 200 kilograms each can cure back pain, but faces hefty competition in his bid to build the country's heaviest footwear.
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US urges China to free Nobel laureate

US urges China to free Nobel laureate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Dec 10, 2013 - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged China to free Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo as the writer and activist marked five years in detention.
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Canada to claim North Pole: minister

Canada to claim North Pole: minister | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 10, 2013 - Canada signalled intentions to claim the North Pole and surrounding Arctic waters while announcing Monday the filing of a UN application seeking to vastly expand its Atlantic sea boundary.
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New study finds corn oil superior to extra virgin olive oil in lowering cholesterol

New study finds corn oil superior to extra virgin olive oil in lowering cholesterol | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 10, 2013 -
Corn oil significantly reduces cholesterol with more favorable changes in total cholesterol (TC) and LDL-C than extra virgin olive oil, new research shows.
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Better water purification with seeds from Moringa trees

Better water purification with seeds from Moringa trees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Seeds from Moringa oleifera trees can be used to purify water. Uppsala University leads a research group which has discovered that seed material can give a more efficient purification process than conventional synthetic materials in use today.

 

Clean water is essential for good health. In many countries it is still difficult to obtain clean water. Even developed countries can benefit from a process that treats waste water without addition of further synthetic chemicals.

 

In a project lead by Uppsala University, scientists from several countries have investigated how an extract from seeds of Moringa trees can be used to purify water. A protein in the seeds binds to impurities causing them to aggregate so that the clusters can be separated from the water.

 
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Geoengineering approaches to reduce climate change unlikely to succeed

Geoengineering approaches to reduce climate change unlikely to succeed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 10, 2013 -
Reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the planet's surface by geoengineering may not undo climate change after all.
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Abandoned mine may offer novel solution for global warming

Abandoned mine may offer novel solution for global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from Stanford University may have found a way to permanently bury greenhouse gas emissions inside the Earth.
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CU-Boulder scientist: 2012 solar storm points up need for society to prepare | University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder scientist: 2012 solar storm points up need for society to prepare | University of Colorado Boulder | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A massive ejection of material from the sun initially traveling at over 7 million miles per hour that narrowly missed Earth last year is an event solar scientists hope will open the eyes of policymakers regarding the impacts and mitigation of severe space weather, says a University of Colorado Boulder professor.

 

The coronal mass ejection, or CME, event was likely more powerful than the famous Carrington storm of 1859, when the sun blasted Earth’s atmosphere hard enough twice to light up the sky from the North Pole to Central America and allowed New Englanders to read their newspapers at night by aurora light, said CU-Boulder Professor Daniel Baker. Had it hit Earth, the July 2012 event likely would have created a technological disaster by short-circuiting satellites, power grids, ground communication equipment and even threatening the health of astronauts and aircraft crews, he said.

 

“My space weather colleagues believe that until we have an event that slams Earth and causes complete mayhem, policymakers are not going to pay attention,” he said. “The message we are trying to convey is that we made direct measurements of the 2012 event and saw the full consequences without going through a direct hit on our planet.”

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David Collet's curator insight, December 9, 2013 10:49 PM

This is fun. Or maybe not. In line with my general coverage of things climate related - this is just another of the things that will happen - we just don't know when.

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Decommissioning of nuclear installations: world first for the robot CHARLI

Decommissioning of nuclear installations: world first for the robot CHARLI | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris, France (SPX) Dec 10, 2013 -
With the aid of a new robot, called CHARLI*, AREVA carried out innovative laser cutting operations in the reactor vessel of the Superphenix fast neutron reactor in Creys-Malville, France.
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Morgan Advanced Materials Delivers Superior Insulation Solution To Wind Farm

Morgan Advanced Materials Delivers Superior Insulation Solution To Wind Farm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Windsor, UK (SPX) Dec 10, 2013 - Exceptionally high-temperature resistance, a low installed thickness and low weight are just three key benefits of Morgan Advanced Materials FireMaster Marine Plus blanket, which has been installed...
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Chinese investors look to mine Bitcoin volatility

Chinese investors look to mine Bitcoin volatility | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shanghai (AFP) Dec 10, 2013 - Chinese speculators have seen Bitcoin values plunge, soar and plunge again within days, but say the virtual currency's extreme volatility is a profit opportunity despite the white-knuckle ride.
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Rooftop solar powers past new milestone

Rooftop solar powers past new milestone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Dec 10, 2013 - More than 3 gigawatts of solar power has now been installed on Australian rooftops, which will produce enough energy over the next year to run Melbourne's entire train network for more than a decade...
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Oil explorer eyes Spain's pristine Canary Islands

Oil explorer eyes Spain's pristine Canary Islands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Madrid (AFP) Dec 10, 2013 - Luring millions of tourists a year with its crystal-clear waters, warm winters and precious wildlife, Spain's Canary Islands may hold another treasure - oil - that is attracting a less welcome visitor.
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Lebanon races to help Syria refugees ahead of storm

Lebanon races to help Syria refugees ahead of storm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beirut (AFP) Dec 09, 2013 - Lebanese authorities are mobilising to help Syrian refugees living in makeshift camps ahead of a winter storm expected to bring snow and heavy rain, the social affairs minister said Monday.
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New Japan volcanic islet here to stay, for now: official

New Japan volcanic islet here to stay, for now: official | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 10, 2013 - A new island created by a volcanic eruption off Japan's coast is here to stay - for now at least, scientists said Tuesday, adding the new landmass could withstand erosion for several years.
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Chinese newspaper blasts state TV for tribute to smog

Chinese newspaper blasts state TV for tribute to smog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Dec 10, 2013 - A Chinese newspaper lashed out Tuesday at the state broadcaster for crediting the country's choking air pollution with making the nation more equal, branding it a sycophantic stunt to curry favour with Communist...
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More logging, deforestation may better serve climate in some areas

More logging, deforestation may better serve climate in some areas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hanover, NH (SPX) Dec 10, 2013 - Replacing forests with snow-covered meadows may provide greater climatic and economic benefits than if trees are left standing in some regions, according to a Dartmouth College study that for the fi...
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Discovery of partial skeleton suggests ruggedly built, tree-climbing human ancestor

Discovery of partial skeleton suggests ruggedly built, tree-climbing human ancestor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Denver CO (SPX) Dec 10, 2013 - A human ancestor characterized by robust jaw and skull bones was a muscular creature with a gorilla-like upper body and more adaptive to its environment than previously thought, scientists have di...
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NASA Finds Reducing Salt Is Bad For Glacial Health

NASA Finds Reducing Salt Is Bad For Glacial Health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 10, 2013 -
A new NASA-led study has discovered an intriguing link between sea ice conditions and the melting rate of Totten Glacier, the glacier in East Antarctica that discharges the most ice into the ocean.
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Materials Management through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Our October 8, 2013 Climate Friendly Government Purchasing webinar has been rescheduled to Deceber 10, 2013 due to the Government Shutdown.
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