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Buried in Muck, Clues to Future NYC Drought : Climate Desk

Buried in Muck, Clues to Future NYC Drought : Climate Desk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Piermont Marsh seems an unlikely place to learn about drought. This warren of narrow streams and muddy, reed-choked embankments clinging to the edge of the Hudson River twenty miles north of Times Square is the domain of crabs, worms, herons, and other water-loving creatures. But as Columbia University climatologist Dorothy Peteet paddles a narrow aluminum canoe deep into the marsh, she insists that buried deep in this black, sulphur-stinking muck are clues that could reveal when, and how badly, the nation’s largest city will next be struck by crippling drought.

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Areas of Sacramento will be inundated as sea rises over the years, study says - The Sacramento Bee

Areas of Sacramento will be inundated as sea rises over the years, study says - The Sacramento Bee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A rising sea level due to climate change is expected to dramatically alter the future landscape of many of the world's coastal areas around the world. A new study shows that the largest U.S. cities highly threatened by future sea level rise are Miami, Virginia Beach, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., and Sacramento.

While Sacramento is not a coastal city like the others, its numerous waterways make it particularly vulnerable.



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Slum Farmers Rise Above the Sewers | Inter Press Service

Slum Farmers Rise Above the Sewers | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Slum Farmers Rise Above the Sewers - Tucked deep in Kenya’s sprawling Kibera slum is the shanty that Alice Atieno calls home.
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A Save-the-World Field Trip for Millionaire Tech Moguls

A Save-the-World Field Trip for Millionaire Tech Moguls | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How a vice-loving club promoter saved himself through charity. And how he’s persuading Silicon Valley’s superrich to do the same.
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China and India 'water grab' dams put ecology of Himalayas in danger

China and India 'water grab' dams put ecology of Himalayas in danger | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 400 hydroelectric schemes are planned in the mountain region, which could be a disaster for the environment
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On the Reboun Scientists revive search for new rubber sources

On the Reboun Scientists revive search for new rubber sources | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In the summer of 2008, Jan Kirschner led an expedition to the highlands of southeastern Kazakhstan in search of a dandelion. Not just any dandelion: He was hunting kok-saghyz, a flower much like the common roadside weed that flourishes all over the world. But kok-saghyz (pronounced “coke-suh-GEEZ”) grows only in remote valleys of the Tien Shan Mountains.

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The town where 'fracking' is already happening - Telegraph

The town where 'fracking' is already happening  - Telegraph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fracking might be causing mass protests in Middle England, but for the community living around one of the hundreds of wells already “fracked” in the UK, the locals hardly seem to notice.
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Islands: Tiny Pacific islands make big plans for climate resilience -- Friday, August 9, 2013 -- www.eenews.net

Islands: Tiny Pacific islands make big plans for climate resilience -- Friday, August 9, 2013 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga (population 106,000) doesn't have the loudest voice at the climate change negotiations, and it isn't known for pulling stunts like underwater Cabinet meetings to draw attention to the grave threats...
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With warmer winters, ticks devastating N.H. moose population

As many as 150,000 blood-sucking insects can turn an 1,800-pound animal into a ‘ghost in the woods.’
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Pollution is killing Everglades, Miccosukee warn

Pollution is killing Everglades, Miccosukee warn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When his 4-year-old daughter asked why he was traveling to Washington earlier this month, Miccosukee Chairman Colley Billie told her he needed help to save their tribal homeland and preserve what remains of their traditional way of life.
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Militant Filipino farmers destroy Golden Rice GM crop - environment - 09 August 2013 - New Scientist

Militant Filipino farmers destroy Golden Rice GM crop - environment - 09 August 2013 - New Scientist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
400 famers stormed a government-owned field, destroying a genetically modified crop they fear will contaminate their crops and poison consumers
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African nations vow tougher stance on dumping of electronic waste

African nations vow tougher stance on dumping of electronic waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
African nations have called for continent-wide action to staunch the import of electronic waste, including old computers and mobile telephones from Europe where stringent environmental laws make exporting used goods cheaper than disposing of...
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The Plight of the Honeybee

The Plight of the Honeybee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mass deaths in bee colonies may mean disaster for farmers--and your favorite foods
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The water versus energy paradox

Water and energy are hopelessly entangled -- you can't have one without the other.

 

But figuring out how to get either cleanly and affordably makes for a complex jumble of policy, economic and environmental considerations, said Michael Webber, who runs an energy research group at the University of Texas at Austin.

 

“We use energy for water, we use water for energy” said Webber, who spoke last week at the Austin Forum at Austin's AT&T Conference Center . “That energy-water relationship is already under strain.”

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Amid Keystone pipeline debate, two costly cleanups forever change U.S. towns

Amid Keystone pipeline debate, two costly cleanups forever change U.S. towns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MARSHALL, Mich. — As the Obama administration inches closer to a decision on whether to approve the construction of the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline, costly cleanup efforts in two communities stricken by oil spills portend the potential...
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Chevron refinery fire one year later: Fallout, impact show no signs of waning

Last summers blaze at the Chevron refinery in Richmond generated a level of response, outrage and scrutiny that eclipsed previous accidents.
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Strange tale of Shell's pipeline battle, the Garda and £30,000 worth of booze

Strange tale of Shell's pipeline battle, the Garda and £30,000 worth of booze | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shell's Corrib gas project has been delayed for years by strong resistance in County Mayo. Now claims are emerging of corporate sweeteners, including a consignment of alcohol for police after a clash with protesters
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Exclusive: U.S. system for flagging hazardous chemicals is widely flawed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 27-year-old U.S.program intended to warn the public of the presence of hazardous chemicals is flawed in many states due to scant oversight and lax reporting by plant owners, a Reuters...
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Leak at Oil Sands Project in Alberta Heightens Conservationists’ Concerns

Leak at Oil Sands Project in Alberta Heightens Conservationists’ Concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental concerns threaten the oil sands industry, which is pumping billions of dollars into the Canadian economy and providing thousands of jobs.
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Wacky weather changing Iowans’ climate change perceptions

Wacky weather changing Iowans’ climate change perceptions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists say annual weather proves little about climate trends, but this year and last, at opposite ends of the extreme weather spectrum, have strengthened Iowans’ belief that the state’s climate is changing.
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China tries £20m hi-tech raindance as country roasts in heatwave

China tries £20m hi-tech raindance as country roasts in heatwave | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dry ice to be fired at clouds to entice precipitation as crops threatened by drought, after temperatures pass 40C
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CDC: Heat wave the deadliest extreme weather event

From 2000 to 2011, about 1,600 people were hospitalized and around 2,700 went to the ER in New York City alone due to extreme heat
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Green sea turtles eating more plastic than ever

Green sea turtles eating more plastic than ever | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SYDNEY — Endangered green turtles are ingesting more man-made debris, including potentially lethal plastic products, than ever before, a new Australian study has shown.
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Japan May Create Frozen Ground Barrier to Stop Radioactive Leak in Fukushima | PBS NewsHour | Aug. 8, 2013

Japan May Create Frozen Ground Barrier to Stop Radioactive Leak in Fukushima | PBS NewsHour | Aug. 8, 2013 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since an earthquake and tsunami shattered the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in 2011, radioactive water has been pouring into the sea off the coast of Japan at a rate of 300 tons per day.
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Persisting Impact of Ark. Oil Spill Tears Community and Family Fabric | InsideClimate News

Persisting Impact of Ark. Oil Spill Tears Community and Family Fabric | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Part 2 of a two-part series on the residents of Mayflower, Ark., who live a short distance from the homes that were evacuated after Exxon's oil spill and who feel neglected. Read Part 1.
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