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Impacts on human health of burning hydrocarbons

Impacts on human health of burning hydrocarbons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A leading professor has spent his considerable career at Kanazawa University in Japan investigating the toxic by-products of burning fuels, and the associated impacts on human health.
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BMW unveils eco-friendly iSolar carport that supplies power to its car

BMW unveils eco-friendly iSolar carport that supplies power to its car | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BMW has announced that in conjunction with the introduction of its new i8 hybrid vehicle in Los Angeles, the company will also unveil what is unofficially being called the iSolar carport. A housing for the i8 (and current all electric i3) that in addition to providing cover from harsh sunlight, will ...
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Farmers skeptical about validity of climate change

Farmers skeptical about validity of climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The recently released National Climate Assessment, reported by a team of 300 experts, including a panel from the National Academy of Sciences, asserts that climate change is already impacting the United States, and that the warming of the past 50 years is 'primarily due to human-induced emissions of ...
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Paul Douglas on Sea Level and Resilience

Paul Douglas on Sea Level and Resilience | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Quick primer on sea level, and survey of the cities considered to be most "resilient" in the face of climate change and other challenges. I like Paul Douglas, and I think his pieces are eminently s...
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Republican Senate Candidates Laugh at Climate Change

Republican Senate Candidates Laugh at Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
No word on their answer to the question "Did Jesus ride a dinosaur?".
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Wyoming is 1st state to reject science standards

Wyoming, the nation's top coal-producing state, is the first to reject new K-12 science standards proposed by national education groups mainly because of global warming components.

 

The Wyoming Board of Education decided recently that the Next Generation Science Standards need more review after questions were raised about the treatment of man-made global warming.

 

Board President Ron Micheli said the review will look into whether "we can't get some standards that are Wyoming standards and standards we all can be proud of."

 

Others see the decision as a blow to science education in Wyoming.

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Oregon ill-prepared for oil train spill into waterways; containment booms spread sparsely

Oregon ill-prepared for oil train spill into waterways; containment booms spread sparsely | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oregon has been slow to address risks oil trains pose to some of the state’s most iconic rivers and best-known salmon runs.
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World’s Largest Solar Array Set to Crank Out 290 Megawatts of Sunshine Power

World’s Largest Solar Array Set to Crank Out 290 Megawatts of Sunshine Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Megaplants like Agua Caliente in Arizona herald a new efficiency in solar-sourced electricity
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COLUMBIA, SC: SC seawalls, beach projects score victory | Politics | The State

COLUMBIA, SC: SC seawalls, beach projects score victory | Politics | The State | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unmoved by calls to push development back from the beach as ocean levels rise, South Carolina lawmakers took steps Thursday that could allow new seawalls and more construction farther out on the state’s eroding shores.
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End game: What happens when the White House press corps seizes the agenda? — The Daily Climate

End game: What happens when the White House press corps seizes the agenda? — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There's an adorably naïve tendency among many who live and breathe environmental issues – journalists, scientists, advocates – to presume that reason, backed by science, will rule the day, any day now.

 

I recommend either one of two easy cures for this: Watch an hour of Fox News, America's most-watched cable newsnetwork by a long shot. Or do what I did earlier this week: Watch the White House press corps.

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China blames Vietnam for ship collisions in disputed waters

China blames Vietnam for ship collisions in disputed waters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 08, 2014 - Beijing on Thursday swatted blame back to Hanoi after it accused Chinese ships of ramming Vietnamese vessels in disputed waters, the latest escalation in territorial disputes involving the Asian giant.
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China Sends Oil Rig To Disputed Waters

China Sends Oil Rig To Disputed Waters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over the weekend of May 3 and 4, China sent an oil rig into disputed waters of the South China Sea to begin oil exploration. The rig is near the Paracel Islands, inside the 200-mile exclusive
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China detains journalist over 'state secrets' leak: police

China detains journalist over 'state secrets' leak: police | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 08, 2014 - China has detained a prominent former journalist for leaking state secrets, police said Thursday, the latest move to silence critics of the ruling Communist Party ahead of June's 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.
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Enclosed tube maglev system tested in China

Enclosed tube maglev system tested in China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Chinese researcher's concept of a super-maglev reaching higher speeds was put to the test recently according to a detailed report appearing earlier this week in the Daily Mail.
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Determining if sea level rise is accelerating

Determining if sea level rise is accelerating | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a new method for revealing how sea levels might rise around the world throughout the 21st century to address the controversial topic of whether the rate of sea level rise is currently increasing.
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Lebanon faces water crisis after record winter drought

Lebanon faces water crisis after record winter drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lebanon is bracing for a summer drought, after a record dry winter exacerbated by a massive influx of Syrian refugees and longstanding water management problems.
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Republicans Increasingly Defensive on Climate

Republicans Increasingly Defensive on Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, GOP Senator Marco Rubio complains that President Obama is 'not a meteorologist", so shouldn't, apparently, listen to people that are.  He states he "understands there is a vast consensus" on...
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Obama to tout renewables, announce solar panel back at the White House

Obama to tout renewables, announce solar panel back at the White House | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Obama will promote his record on energy efficiency on Friday by touting several initiatives he says are taking hold across the country – as well as the completion of one very close to home.
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Fractured dream: What happens when a fracking operation moves in across the street

Fractured dream: What happens when a fracking operation moves in across the street | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In March, when drilling began at the Noble Energy Inc. site, the Ewings were stunned. “You could feel the pulsating in here,” Ewing’s wife, Cokie, says, motioning with her hands in her living room. “The entire house was shaking &md
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North Dakota is the deadliest state to work in

North Dakota is the deadliest state to work in | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report finds exceptionally high fatality rates in the oil and gas and construction industries.
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In New Delhi, A Rough Road For Bus Rapid Transit Systems by Mike Ives: Yale Environment 360

In New Delhi, A Rough Road For Bus Rapid Transit Systems by Mike Ives: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
High-speed bus systems in crowded urban areas have taken off from Brazil to China, but introducing this form of mass transit to the teeming Indian capital of New Delhi has proven to be a vexing challenge.
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Special Report: Tybee Island Leaders Prepare For Sea Level Rise

If steps aren't taken in the coming decades, Tybee Island as we know it may die. Its streets will be flooded and its beaches washed away. Over the next 20, 50, or 100 years it will become impossible to ignore. It's a difficult pill to swallow but that's the harsh reality of Sea Level Rise for many low-lying coastal areas. Now Tybee city leaders are developing plans before it's too late, to keep the island from sink...
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Pressure on US regulators to block Internet 'fast lanes'

Pressure on US regulators to block Internet 'fast lanes' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco (AFP) May 08, 2014 - Pressure is building on US regulators to stop powerful firms from hogging Internet fast lanes that could be allowed under proposed rules that will be discussed next week.
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A New Take on Sustainable Aquaculture With An Interesting Species Choice

A New Take on Sustainable Aquaculture With An Interesting Species Choice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As we move ever closer to 2050 and add an additional 2 billion people to the planet in that time, it’s no secret that many of our current food production methods simply won’t provide the scalabilit...
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Modi 'tsunami' forecast on India's holy Ganges

Modi 'tsunami' forecast on India's holy Ganges | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Varanasi, India (AFP) May 08, 2014 - As he contemplated the vast crowds that greeted Narendra Modi in India's holiest city, the would-be prime minister's top aide proclaimed the wave of support for his boss had become a tsunami.
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