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Lake Ice In Northern Alaska Shows A ‘Dramatic’ Decline In 20 Years, Study Finds

Lake Ice In Northern Alaska Shows A ‘Dramatic’ Decline In 20 Years, Study Finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Decreased ice levels have serious effects on the Arctic ecosystem.
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Green Buildings and Energy Savings | The Energy Collective

Green Buildings and Energy Savings | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If building efficiency were an indicator of success in sports, we could likely declare a winner in this week's Super Bowl matchup between Seattle and Denver. As one of the top five most efficient cities in the country, Seattle takes the crown. But other cities aren't waiting on the sidelines.
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Oil Spills Are Keystone XL’s Greatest Threat To Environment, Limited US State Department Report Concludes

Oil Spills Are Keystone XL’s Greatest Threat To Environment, Limited US State Department Report Concludes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Again, before reading this article, be sure to read yesterday's CleanTechnica piece discussing how limited the State Department was in it evaluation of the Keystone XL.
Originally published on Reviving Gaia:

The US State Department environmental assessment has identified an oil spill as the most likely threat the Keystone XL Pipeline presents to the environment. The report relies upon a
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Solazyme Begins Commercial Production Of Algal Oil In The US

Solazyme Begins Commercial Production Of Algal Oil In The US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The pioneering biofuels producer Solazyme recently made yet another important step towards its goal of offering a commercially and economically viable alternative to conventional sources of liquid fuels -- the company has officially begun commercial production for the first time at its US facilities.

The two facilities -- both the Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) facility
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This Is How Americans Are Grappling With Income Inequality

This Is How Americans Are Grappling With Income Inequality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The wealthiest county in America is settled deep in 4 a.m. slumber when Neal Breen threads the mini-mansion subdivisions and snow-blanketed fairways on his way to open shop. There's two hours yet before the business day begins, but Breen, who is 21, has plenty to do after flipping on the lights.
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South Korea completing sea cleanup 164,000 liters oil leak: Coast Guard

South Korea completing sea cleanup 164,000 liters oil leak: Coast Guard | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SEOUL/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Teams of workers, aided by ships and aircraft, will complete on Monday the sea cleanup of 164,000 liters of oil that leaked off South Korea's southern coast, the coast guard
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Fears widen over Kadena toxins

Fears widen over Kadena toxins | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just days after the commander of U.S. Kadena Air Base, near the city of Okinawa, promised parents their children's schools were safe from dioxin contamination, a further 50 chemical barrels ...
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The Crimes Of Lead | February 3, 2014 Issue - Vol. 92 Issue 5 | Chemical & Engineering News

The Crimes Of Lead | February 3, 2014 Issue - Vol. 92 Issue 5 | Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Research on the toxic metal’s effects on the brain bolsters the hypothesis that childhood exposure is linked to criminal acts.


When crime rates began to drop across the U.S. during the 1990s, city officials and criminologists were thrilled—but baffled. Violent acts, most often committed by young adults, had reached an all-time high at the start of the decade, and there was no sign of a turnaround.

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Satellite data sound alarm on safety of bitumen extraction

Satellite data sound alarm on safety of bitumen extraction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — Satellite imagery used by the federal government to review a major bitumen leak last year in Alberta has found the project’s steam-based extraction caused “measurable levels of ground deformation in the area of the leak” at a rate […]
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Building a Better Battery

Building a Better Battery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As tech companies focus on small, wearable devices, they have encountered an obstacle: Battery technology is largely stuck in the 20th century.
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Michigan health officials struggle to anticipate disease threats from climate change

Michigan health officials struggle to anticipate disease threats from climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Officials say that unusual weather brought on by climate change can have health consequences that range from something as minor as dehydration to as serious as a West Nile virus outbreak.
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Coastal communities flooded by storm

Coastal communities flooded by storm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Coastal towns in south-west England have been left flooded after being hit by strong winds, large waves and a high tide.

 

The Environment Agency earlier warned of extreme danger on the Cornish coast and issued a severe flood warning.

 

Elsewhere in England, a woman died in Sussex after being carried out to sea by strong currents on Saturday.

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Elsevier opens its papers to text-mining

Elsevier opens its papers to text-mining | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers welcome easier access for harvesting content, but some spurn tight controls.
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Climate Code Red: Code Red's most popular climate posts

Climate Code Red: Code Red's most popular climate posts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Here's the pick of the crop: our most popular posts over the last three years, starting with the most read.

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Which Solar Panels Are Most Efficient?

Which Solar Panels Are Most Efficient? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Cost Of Solar.
One of the most common things people ask when they start to consider going solar or start to plan their life-changing solar expedition is which are the most efficient solar panels. However, first of all, that’s not even the right question for most people, and second of all, the literal
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The shareable economy: Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good

The shareable economy: Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Getaround, the car sharing service, made the astounding statement that car sharing had the potential to reduce the number of cars on the road by an order of magnitude--90 percent.
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Food Stamp Cuts So Devastating Even Walmart Is Too Expensive

Food Stamp Cuts So Devastating Even Walmart Is Too Expensive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Walmart struggled at the end of last year. But according to the retailer's new estimations, it wasn’t because people didn’t want to buy.
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Oil spill risks would rise from three major projects: U.S. study

Oil spill risks would rise from three major projects: U.S. study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A U.S. study that takes a wider examination than Canadian research into oil spill risks in the Salish Sea shows the greatest potential increase in spills is off the San Juan and Gulf Islands.

 

The potential for oil spills in the Haro Strait-Boundary Pass passage increases by 4.75 times as a result of the anticipated increase of 1,250 large ships annually from three planned projects in the waters shared by British Columbia and Washington state, according to the draft findings of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-funded study.

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PILGRIM STATION: Contrasting assessments of tritium significance

PILGRIM STATION: Contrasting assessments of tritium significance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent NRC report that high levels of radioactive tritium had been discovered in a monitoring well at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station actually contained a trace of good news from the perspective of plant-owner Entergy.
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Secretive China shocks environmentalists by making public its data on smog-filled air

Secretive China shocks environmentalists by making public its data on smog-filled air | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unprecedented real-time disclosure of pollution data from 15,000 factories is seen as a step forward.
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Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer

Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tyrone Hayes, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has devoted the past fifteen years to studying the herbicide atrazine, which is applied to more than half the corn in the country. During that time scientists around the world have expanded on his findings, suggesting that the herbicide is associated with birth defects in humans as well as in animals. Company documents show that while Hayes was studying atrazine, Syngenta, the agribusiness firm which had originally asked him to conduct experiments on the herbicide, was studying him, as he had suspected for years. Syngenta’s notes reveal that the company’s employees struggled for years to make sense of him.
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EHP – Radionuclides in Fracking Wastewater: Managing a Toxic Blend

Naturally occurring radionuclides are widely distributed in the earth’s crust, so it’s no surprise that mineral and hydrocarbon extraction processes, conventional and unconventional alike, often produce some radioactive waste.1 Radioactive drilling waste is a form of TENORM (short for “technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material”)—that is, naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) that has been concentrated or otherwise made more available for human exposure through anthropogenic means.2 Both the rapidity and the extent of the U.S. natural gas drilling boom have brought heightened scrutiny to the issues of radioactive exposure and waste management.

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Sorry, Buying A Prius Won't Help With Climate Change

Sorry, Buying A Prius Won't Help With Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hybrid and electric car sales may help automakers' bottom line but they might not do much to mitigate upcoming environmental disasters.
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Climate change threatens a simple cup of tea - The Boston Globe

Climate change threatens a simple cup of tea - The Boston Globe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Everyone knows that climate change threatens coastlines and wildlife. But its effects will not be limited to destroying property and altering the natural world; it will also affect the quality of experiences and products we now take for granted — such as the simple ritual of sipping a cup of tea. A group of scientists including a Tufts University chemical ecologist are exploring the effects that climate change will have on tea crops in China, supported by a four-year, $931,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Colin Orians, a professor of biology at Tufts, sees tea as an ideal way to study fundamental questions about plant biology, including how changing external conditions influence plants’ allocation of resources toward making defensive chemicals that protect them against being eaten.
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