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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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New research shows smelting emissions are escaping regulation in Australia

New research shows smelting emissions are escaping regulation in Australia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The ineffectiveness of regulatory authorities and inconsistencies in pollution licensing of Australia's lead smelting towns of Mount Isa and Port Pirie are examined in detail in a new article published this week in Aeolian Research.
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Showdown at the organic standards board meeting

Showdown at the organic standards board meeting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Behind protest chants and an arrest, an obscure rule change. And behind that, a fight for the purity of a movement.
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How Piketty's Bombshell Book Blows Up Libertarian Fantasies | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com

How Piketty's Bombshell Book Blows Up Libertarian Fantasies | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sorry, Ayn Rand. Your fiction has been exposed as, well, fiction.
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Two Texas Oil Field Workers Die In Explosion

Two Texas Oil Field Workers Die In Explosion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The oil and gas industry fatality rate is almost eight times the average industry rate.
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Record Heat And Drought Help Kick Off California Wildfire Season In Full

Record Heat And Drought Help Kick Off California Wildfire Season In Full | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nine schools in southern California remain closed for the second day as firefighters tackle a smokey blaze burning in the foothills east of Los Angeles.
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¿Qué es la Permacultura?

¿Qué es la Permacultura? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La permacultura constituye un sistema en el que se combina la vida de los seres humanos de una manera respetuosa y beneficiosa con la de ...
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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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Longtime Vegas water czar warns other cities to brace for climate change

Longtime Vegas water czar warns other cities to brace for climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Patricia Mulroy talks about climate adaptation, rancher Cliven Bundy, and the day she thought Las Vegas had run out of water.
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Broccoli City: Where Cam'ron meets green living

Broccoli City: Where Cam'ron meets green living | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Broccoli City Festival founder Brandon McEachern wants hip, multiculti urbanites to help spread the green gospel.
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Full Show: Is Net Neutrality Dead? | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Full Show: Is Net Neutrality Dead? | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Democracy loses if the Internet’s sold to the highest bidder -- and that may be exactly what's about to happen.
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Flood warnings in place after record rains soak eastern U.S.

Flood warnings in place after record rains soak eastern U.S. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
USA-WEATHER/ (UPDATE 1):UPDATE 1-Flood warnings in place after record rains soak eastern U.S.
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ALEC Has A New Tactic It’s Using To Take Down The EPA

ALEC Has A New Tactic It’s Using To Take Down The EPA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2014, the influential right-wing group adopted a new tactic -- seeking out friendly state attorneys and encouraging them to sue the EPA.
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