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Saudi hospital head sacked as MERS death toll hits 117 (Update)

Saudi hospital head sacked as MERS death toll hits 117 (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia's acting health minister has announced the sacking of the head of a Jeddah hospital where a spike in MERS infections among medical staff sparked panic among the public.
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Germany now EU's worst polluter as CO2 emissions rise

Germany now EU's worst polluter as CO2 emissions rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Germany is the European Union's worst polluter, with its production of CO2 gasses from fossil fuel rising by two percent in 2013 to 760 million tonnes, official data showed on Wednesday.
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More extreme heat and drought in coming decades

More extreme heat and drought in coming decades | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

By the end of this century climate change will result in more frequent and more extreme heat, more drought, and fewer extremes in cold weather in the United States. Average high temperatures could climb as much as 10 or more degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the country. These are some of the projections made by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) climate scientist Michael Wehner and his co-authors on the National Climate Assessment (NCA).

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Extinction stalks Myanmar's forests

Extinction stalks Myanmar's forests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ashen earth strewn with the limbs of once-mighty trees is all that is left of the fearsome forest in central Myanmar that Wa Tote remembers from her youth.
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From climate change comes opportunity to innovate

From climate change comes opportunity to innovate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A cursory look at the Third National Climate Assessment released Tuesday by the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee yields a grim outlook. The authors state that climate change is already beginning to impact nearly every sector of the economy—and that's not all: It's already ...
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The Four Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Inequality

The Four Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Inequality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Even though French economist Thomas Piketty has made an air-tight case that we’re heading toward levels of inequality not seen since the days of the nineteenth-century robber barons, ...

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Watch: Bill Nye debates climate change on "Crossfire"

Watch: Bill Nye debates climate change on "Crossfire" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A glint of scientific reason shone through on cable news last night.

 

Thanks to the Obama administration's high-profile rollout of the National Climate Assessment,climate change was, for a day yesterday, the nation's leading story. Different media outlets approached it in different ways, but when it came to CNN's Crossfire…well, not surprisingly, the show opted for a debate about the science.

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China fertile ground for green progress - report

China fertile ground for green progress - report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China's massive pollution problems give rise to a new force of environmental campaigners, research finds
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Seeking Tough Justice, but Settling for Empty Promises

Seeking Tough Justice, but Settling for Empty Promises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Don't get too excited about bank indictments.

 

The Justice Department is talking tough. In an unusually frank video statement, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. proclaimed that he was personally overseeing major financial investigations and that his department was poised to bring charges against several large institutions. The United States attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, gave a rousing speech several weeks ago, declaring that the era of "too big to jail" is over.

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Science-based Target Setting Guidance Workshop - London | World Resources Institute

Science-based Target Setting Guidance Workshop - London | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WWF, World Resources Institute and CDP invite you to a one day workshop to learn about and provide input on a new method to develop science-based corporate GHG reduction targets.

This workshop is part of a larger public consultation process we are opening for companies to share useful insights for the improvement of this method.

Workshop objectives include:
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How U.S.-China Cooperation Can Expand Clean Energy Development | World Resources Institute

How U.S.-China Cooperation Can Expand Clean Energy Development | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sarah Forbes testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, discussing U.S.-China cooperation on clean energy and its global impact on climate change.
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A Renewables Club to Change the World | World Resources Institute

A Renewables Club to Change the World | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The meeting of climate change ministers in Abu Dhabi from 4 to 5 May 2014 represents an opportunity to develop the Renewables Club, established by Germany and nine other countries last year.

The club could play a key role in overcoming the climate crisis—provided that it becomes more than just an informal discussion group.
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Snapshots of Miami Sea Level Rise | World Resources Institute

Snapshots of Miami Sea Level Rise | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Miami ranks as the most vulnerable city in the world to the risk of coastal flooding caused by sea level rise.

Despite Miami’s vulnerability to sea level rise, there is reason to be hopeful: Many of the city’s local leaders and community residents are emerging as innovators in local climate action.
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Rising carbon dioxide may compromise human nutrition, study says

Rising carbon dioxide may compromise human nutrition, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health ...
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Airborne measurements confirm leaks from oil and gas operations

Airborne measurements confirm leaks from oil and gas operations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
During two days of intensive airborne measurements, oil and gas operations in Colorado's Front Range leaked nearly three times as much methane, a greenhouse gas, as predicted based on inventory estimates, and seven times as much benzene, a regulated air toxic. Emissions of other chemicals that contribute ...
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Space brings fresh water to Morocco

Space brings fresh water to Morocco | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recycling waste water and urine into drinking water is not only for astronauts – the same method is now treating groundwater for a school in Morocco.
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Phytoplankton and zooplankton biomass will decrease 6 and 11 percent due to climate change

Phytoplankton and zooplankton biomass will decrease 6 and 11 percent due to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It is estimated that ocean temperature warming will cause phytoplankton and zooplankton biomass to decrease by 6 percent and 11 percent respectively by the end of the century. A lower amount of these two main elements in the marine food web could reduce fish biomass in certain regions. These are some ...
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Capital in the Twenty-First Century - YouTube

The French economist Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics) discussed his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century at the Graduate Center. In this l...
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Hindu Prayer Interrupted In Senate By Christians - YouTube

Christian activists briefly disrupted a Hindu invocation in the U.S Senate on Thursday, marring a historic first for the chamber and showing that fundamental...
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Brazil sets final rules for forest use, allows tradable credits

Brazil sets final rules for forest use, allows tradable credits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new land-use database could push farmers to restore a huge amount of illegally cleared native vegetation
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In Russia, home-grown environmental activism on the rise

In Russia, home-grown environmental activism on the rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental protests and legal cases are growing across Russia, as people get involved in campaigning for green causes
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Science-based Target Setting Guidance Workshop - Washington, DC | World Resources Institute

Science-based Target Setting Guidance Workshop - Washington, DC | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WWF, World Resources Institute and CDP invite you to a one day workshop to learn about and provide input on a new method to develop science-based corporate GHG reduction targets.

This workshop is part of a larger public consultation process we are opening for companies to share useful insights for the improvement of this method.

Workshop objectives include:
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Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development | World Resources Institute

Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Veolia Environment Institute organizes jointly with Agence Française de Développement, International Union for Conservation of Nature and US National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board this international event on "Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development". World Resources Institute is an Associated Partner for the conference.
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Unlocking Private Climate Investment: Two Lessons from OPIC and Ex-Im Bank | World Resources Institute

Unlocking Private Climate Investment: Two Lessons from OPIC and Ex-Im Bank | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Globally, we are learning lessons on how to close the climate finance gap by tapping into the private sector’s vast resources.

In a recent WRI working paper, Unlocking Private Climate Investment: Focus on OPIC and Ex-Im Bank’s Use of Financial Instruments, research reveals that through smart and innovative financial tools, public institutions can play a key role in shifting private capital away from business-as-usual investments and into climate-friendly ones.
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Corporate Lobbying on Climate Change: Silence is not Neutrality | World Resources Institute

Corporate Lobbying on Climate Change: Silence is not Neutrality | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While some companies are stepping forward on climate change policy, many others have remained quiet.

WRI worked with the UN and several esteemed partners on a Caring for Climate report to create a common standard for engaging corporate responsibly in climate policy debates. The guide represents a baseline for action and transparent reporting.
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