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Local Coal? A Mom And Pop Coal Mine Near Seattle Looks To Get Back To Work · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting

Local Coal? A Mom And Pop Coal Mine Near Seattle Looks To Get Back To Work · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In 2006 the State Department of Ecology fined the mine $2,000 for exceeding monthly phosphorous discharge levels into nearby waterways. Phosphorous can contribute to harmful algal blooms and other problems.

 

But now the mine has almost all the necessary permits to begin blasting, and notified residents of its plans in a recent letter. It just needs a final OK from the Federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

 

“We’re ready to go now as soon as we have the federal permit,” Morris said. “It is a valuable asset that we want to get out of the ground, fill back the hole and move on.”

 

The public has until Tuesday to comment on the proposal.

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U.S. takes first step toward fracking disclosure rules

U.S. takes first step toward fracking disclosure rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration announced its first steps on Friday toward possibly tighter regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, seeking public input on whether companies should
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Wave and Tidal Power Hit First in Remote Communities

Wave and Tidal Power Hit First in Remote Communities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The still nascent technology to generate electricity from the sea may find its first economical uses far from the grid
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Living on Earth: Gardening for Climate Change

Living on Earth: Gardening for Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From vicious drought to terrible storms, climate change is affecting people throughout the world. Writer Jim Barilla sees that climate change is being felt in his own urban garden in South Carolina. He tells host Steve Curwood how climate disruption has changed his gardening practice.
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From Wal-Mart to the White House, Obama talks up expansion of solar power

From Wal-Mart to the White House, Obama talks up expansion of solar power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As panel installation is completed at White House, administration makes moves to encourage solar’s use.
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Can Rail Rebound From Rough Winter With New Oil Rules?

Can Rail Rebound From Rough Winter With New Oil Rules? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Railroad companies fared well last year as the U.S. economy expanded, though how quickly they're able to adapt to transportation rules for oil delivery may determine how well they steam ahead.

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Fire. Them. All.

Fire. Them. All. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Has any organization ever failed so miserably that every employee should be fired? One finally has. It’s called Congress.
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The solutions to all our problems may be buried in PDFs that nobody reads

The solutions to all our problems may be buried in PDFs that nobody reads | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A World Bank study found that nearly a third of its reports had never been downloaded.
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This Rusty Shipping Container Seems Abandoned. But Look Inside…It’s Actually A Ravishing Home!

This Rusty Shipping Container Seems Abandoned. But Look Inside…It’s Actually A Ravishing Home! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shipping container homes are a genius way to repurpose something we'd otherwise throw away. These are the most amazing ones I've come across.
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Cambodia seizes three tonnes of ivory in record haul

Cambodia seizes three tonnes of ivory in record haul | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cambodian customs on Friday seized more than three tonnes of ivory—the country's largest-ever haul of elephant tusks—hidden in a container of beans.
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Implantable device to beat high blood pressure

Implantable device to beat high blood pressure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An implantable device that reduces blood pressure by sending electrical signals to the brain has been created by a group of researchers in Germany.
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Obama administration limits on soot pollution upheld by appeals court

Obama administration limits on soot pollution upheld by appeals court | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Obama administration on Friday scored its third major legal victory on air pollution in less than month when a federal appeals court rejected an industry challenge to its latest health standards for fine particulate matter, or soot.
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The Charleston Gazette | Another study points to climate harm from gas drilling

Another study has found that global warming pollution from natural gas drilling and production is likely far greater than estimated by current government emissions inventories.

 

During two days of intensive airborne measurements, oil and gas operations in Colorado’s Front Range leaked nearly three times as much heat-trapping methane as predicted by current inventory estimates, according to the new study from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

 

The measurements also found that benzene emissions were seven times higher than existing inventories, and that emissions of other chemicals that contribute to smog were twice as high as estimates.

 

“These discrepancies are substantial,” said lead author Gabrielle Petron, an atmospheric scientist with the university’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.

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If you drink wine and care about the planet, cork growers want your attention

If you drink wine and care about the planet, cork growers want your attention | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You may have noticed that more and more wine bottles — even expensive ones — are increasingly coming with screw tops and synthetic stoppers. You might not think much about the stopper when you make a purchase, but cork producers want you to start. They're mounting a campaign to show that real cork is better for the planet.
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BMW to Expand U.S. Plant in Push for Lighter and More Fuel-Efficient Cars

BMW to Expand U.S. Plant in Push for Lighter and More Fuel-Efficient Cars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
c.2014 New York Times News Service
FRANKFURT — BMW said Friday that it would invest $200 million and double its workforce at a factory in Washington state that makes carbon fibers as the company moves to use more of the lightweight material in cars and meet demand for a new electric vehicle.
The German carmaker operates the factory in Moses Lake in a joint venture with the SGL Group, another German company. BMW said it would hire 120 new workers as part of the expansion, which is to be completed early next year and bring the total number of employees to about 200.
The move reflects the effort of BMW and other automakers to make cars lighter and more fuel efficient, as well as increase interest by German companies in manufacturing in the United States, partly because of lower energy
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California drought: El Niño probability raised to 78 percent for next winter

California drought: El Niño probability raised to 78 percent for next winter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Strong El Niño conditions can bring soaking rains, but will the one shaping up in the Pacific Ocean now be enough to break California's drought?
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#fastfortheclimate: gimmick or powerful climate change campaign?

#fastfortheclimate: gimmick or powerful climate change campaign? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change campaigners are encouraging a monthly fast. We speak to Yeb Sano, the unofficial face of the movement
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Industrial Agriculture: Too Big to Succeed - Inter Press Service

Industrial Agriculture: Too Big to Succeed - Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

An estimated one billion small farmers scratching out a living growing diverse crops and raising animals in developing countries represent the key to maintaining food production in the face of hotter temperatures and drought, especially in the tropical regions, says Sarah Elton, author of the book, “Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet.”

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Portland has 10 times more people cycling to work than the average US city

Portland has 10 times more people cycling to work than the average US city | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of US workers skipping bus or car and bicycling to work jumped 60% in the last decade. Men were more than twice as likely to take a two-wheeled commute as women and bicycle commuting also was more common in college towns and in a few cities that promote it, the US Census Bureau...
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Why Americans are fleeing the suburbs

Why Americans are fleeing the suburbs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The American dream: a white picket fence and a patch of grass to call your own. In 2002 President Bush declared “owning a home lies at the heart of the American dream,” and wanted, "everybody in America to own their own home.” Twelve years and a housing crisis later, it seems as though that’s no longer the case: Americans are packing up and booking it to the city.

 

“The American dream is fundamentally about opportunity,” says Vishaan Chakrabarti, director of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University. “It’s not so much where you live but whether you can do better than your parents and grandparents and a lot of young people today are finding those opportunities in cities. The data are very clear, we’ve seen an enormous migration to every urban area in the country.”

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Study on impacts of uranium mining to extend Quebec moratorium another year

Study on impacts of uranium mining to extend Quebec moratorium another year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Groups are pressing Quebec’s new premier to keep the moratorium on uranium mining until the risks and effects of these kinds of operations have been thoroughly studied.
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Study strengthens link between neonicotinoids and collapse of honey bee colonies

Study strengthens link between neonicotinoids and collapse of honey bee colonies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two widely used neonicotinoids—a class of insecticide—appear to significantly harm honey bee colonies over the winter, particularly during colder winters, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The study replicated a 2012 finding from the same research group that found ...
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Japan imports tonnes of whale meat from Iceland, Greenpeace says

Japan imports tonnes of whale meat from Iceland, Greenpeace says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmentalists on Friday lashed out after Japan imported 2,000 tonnes of frozen whale meat from Iceland, in what they say is continued defiance of world opinion over the hunting of the mammals.
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