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Vouloir des lendemains !

Vouloir des lendemains ! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Le film d'animation ci-dessous questionne notre mode d'exploitation des énergies fossiles et des ressources naturelles, ses conséquences au niveau planétaire."
 


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Katharine Hayhoe: How to Talk to Evangelicals About Climate

Katharine Hayhoe: How to Talk to Evangelicals About Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, newly minted member "Time's 100 Most Influential People" club, in an interview with Chris Mooney -  on how to talk to your evangelical friends and relatives about climate. Ful...
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After Heavy Rain, Afghan Landslide, Thousands Missing

After Heavy Rain, Afghan Landslide, Thousands Missing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stuff happens. But as this week's retaining wall collapse in Baltimore shows, stuff happens a lot more frequently when you push it with weather extremes. BBC: Rescuers in Afghanistan are sifting th...
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Canada Finds China Option No Easy Answer to Keystone Snub

Canada Finds China Option No Easy Answer to Keystone Snub | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stephen Harper was in need of a new friend with a big appetite for oil. The Americans just weren’t cutting it.
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TRANSPORT: Could derailment in D.C.'s shadow accelerate oil-by-rail action?

TRANSPORT: Could derailment in D.C.'s shadow accelerate oil-by-rail action? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- "That guy better be getting hazard pay," said Marquis Brown, pointing across the river to someone scrambling down a smoldering embankment. The lone worker was apparently helping to fish three tank cars from the James River downtown here, where a CSX Corp. train hauling crude derailed and caught fire Wednesday afternoon. No one was hurt in the incident, but "that was a lucky situation," according to Brown, who works for a nearby restoration firm and said he has seen up to 1,000 people gather along the tracks for festivals such as the Fourth of July.
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Cheap, Abundant Shale Gas Won’t Significantly Cut U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions | Chemical & Engineering News

Cheap, Abundant Shale Gas Won’t Significantly Cut U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions | Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The rapid expansion of shale gas production in the U.S. has triggered a polarizing debate: Environmentalists charge that methane leaks could make shale gas a higher carbon emitter than coal, while some industry experts and the Obama Administration claim that cheap shale gas will help cut emissions, even in the absence of policies that constrain carbon release. A new study aiming to settle that debate finds that abundant shale gas by itself will neither slow nor accelerate the current rate of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, DOI:10.1021/es4046154).

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Calamitous climate plays part in Florida’s record rainfall | The Center for Investigative Reporting

Calamitous climate plays part in Florida’s record rainfall | The Center for Investigative Reporting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The National Weather Service said Tuesday was the rainiest day since at least 1880 in Pensacola, Florida. While it probably wouldn't be correct to say that climate change caused Pensacola’s floods, it surely made them more likely.
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Dam It: Feds Say U.S. Can Double Hydropower | Climate Central

Dam It: Feds Say U.S. Can Double Hydropower | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The DOE study suggests America’s rivers are troves of vast untapped hydropower potential and developing many of them could help combat climate change by helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation using fossil fuels.
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Fast-Food CEOs Making 1,200 Times Workers’ Wages Have No Idea What Their Greed Does To Employees

Fast-Food CEOs Making 1,200 Times Workers’ Wages Have No Idea What Their Greed Does To Employees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 A grand canyon of inequality exists between fast food CEOs and the workers who make their corporate and personal fortunes. In the past decade, fast-food CEOs’ wages have increased more than 400 percent, while workers wages increased 0.3 percent, according to a new report by Demos.

The result is that the CEO-to-worker pay ratio is now 1,200-to-one, with the average fast food CEO salary at $23.8 million in 2013 and the average worker salary at $19,000. This ratio is more than quadruple what’s typically found in the nation’s economy, which continues on its path of increasing economic disparity.

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Mixed Earnings Reports Suggest Big Oil May Have Peaked

Mixed Earnings Reports Suggest Big Oil May Have Peaked | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

ExxonMobil, the largest producer of natural gas in the U.S., reported quarterly earnings of $9.10 billion, down 4.2 percent from $9.50 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Yet it beat Wall Street expectations, owing to a spike in natural gas prices during the winter and a boost in its quarterly dividend. The brutal winter in the eastern U.S. drove natural gas prices up, giving the company more revenue than expected.


Royal Dutch Shell also beat expectations, allowing itsstock price to jump 3 percent after reporting. But in a sign of just how low expectations have fallen, Iain Pyle, an analyst with Bernstein Research, said Shell’s latest quarter “was kind of a quarter where everything went right,” but still saw its profit decline by 44 percent in the first quarter compared to a year earlier, according to the Wall Street Journal.

 

Chevron is due to publish its earnings on May 2, and investors have welcomed its announcement that it is boosting its quarterly dividend by 7 percent. However, the company issued an interim report in April and warned that things weren’t going so well. Chevron also had a very bad 2013; itsnet income for the fourth quarter dropped by 32 percent

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Three dead, at least 15 missing in Colombian illegal gold mine collapse

Three dead, at least 15 missing in Colombian illegal gold mine collapse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Colombian rescuers continue Friday looking for more than a dozen people feared trapped beneath debris left by in the collapse of an illegal gold mine.
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Deadly Middle East MERS respiratory virus strikes in US (Update)

Deadly Middle East MERS respiratory virus strikes in US (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first case of MERS, a dangerous respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East and has a high death rate, has been confirmed in the United States, officials said Friday.
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Are we heading for a worrying Super El Nino?

Are we heading for a worrying Super El Nino? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We have only just moved into May and despite being seven months away from next summer in the southern hemisphere, climate researchers are seeing the beginnings of what could be the most powerful El Niño event since 1997/98.
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Right now the USDA and corporate lobbyists are working to destroy organic integrity! Please take a stand today!

Right now the USDA and corporate lobbyists are working to destroy organic integrity! Please take a stand today! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Don't let the USDA and corporate lobbyists destroy organic standards! Take a stand to save organic standards - we need you to act today!

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Sweet! Candy Maker Invests in Wind

Sweet! Candy Maker Invests in Wind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Description: Mars, Incorporated, in partnership with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, announced an agreement on a new 200 MW wind farm that will generate 100% of the electricity needs of Mars' U.S...
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Enviro group accuses Wyoming of choosing 'coal over kids' by rejecting climate change curriculum

Enviro group accuses Wyoming of choosing 'coal over kids' by rejecting climate change curriculum | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An environmental group is taking its fight against fossil fuel into the classroom, accusing officials in the nation's largest coal-producing state of choosing coal over kids.
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California’s Oil Refiners Double Crude-by-Rail Volumes

California, the most-populous U.S. state and biggest gasoline market, more than doubled the volume of oil it received by train in the first quarter as deliveries from Canada surged.
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Carmakers' Greenhouse Gas Reductions Greater Than Required for 2012, EPA Says

Carmakers' Greenhouse Gas Reductions Greater Than Required for 2012, EPA Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
April 25 Lightduty vehicle manufacturers achieved more greenhouse gas emissions reductions in model year 2012 vehicles than was required by the Environmental Protection Agency according to an annual EPA report.
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Panel explores drought's impacts on small business

Panel explores drought's impacts on small business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The impacts of California's worst drought in recorded history are hard to avoid. Water bills go up, lawns go brown, and gray water goes trendy.
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What a Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Could Mean for Fracking and Its Opponents

What a Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Could Mean for Fracking and Its Opponents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When a Dallas jury awarded a North Texas family $3 million for damages from natural gas drilling near their property last week, the Internet went wild. Opponents of hydraulic fracturing called it a landmark, a game changer, the first "anti-fracking" lawsuit to result in a jury award. In truth, the case involved not just fracking, but
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Accident Leads to Scrutiny of Oil Sand Production

Accident Leads to Scrutiny of Oil Sand Production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A relatively minor leak last year has led regulators in Alberta to re-examine production that uses steam under pressure to separate oil from subterranean sands.
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Why Walmart Is a Threat to Organic Food

Why Walmart Is a Threat to Organic Food | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Walmart will turn organic food into another low-cost input that shortchanges consumers, workers and the environment for a fast buck.
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Conservationists Design a Fair, Safe, Sustainable System. Investors Promptly Seize It.

Conservationists Design a Fair, Safe, Sustainable System. Investors Promptly Seize It. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What does it take to buy a share of the American ocean? For Lion Capital, a British private equity firm, the price is less than $980 million. That’s what the firm paid three years ago when it bought Bumble Bee Foods, ...

 

Increasingly, as the Snow’s deal illustrates, equity groups and corporations are poised to rule the seas through their investments. And if you eat seafood, then it ought to matter to you.

 

Over the long term, it means that costs will rise. Fishermen will earn less, their profits halved and quartered by the rental payments they’ll have to make to people in suits just to go fishing. Yet consumers will pay more. Investors will be getting rich off of resources that used to belong to you.

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Famine fear won't sway minds on GM crops

Famine fear won't sway minds on GM crops | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A sack-hauling time traveler from the 21st century lands in an Irish potato field in 1849, just before a terrible famine, and asks: If you thought genetically modified (GM) potatoes could avert late blight disease, spare a million countrymen from starvation and keep another million from emigrating off ...
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Earth's last warm phase exposed

Earth's last warm phase exposed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Analysis of data collected from ice cores and marine sediment cores in both polar regions has given scientists a clearer picture of how the Earth's climate changed during the last Interglacial period. This comparatively warm time period occurred between 130,000 and 115,000 years ago.
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