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Des toilettes solaires et solidaires qui produisent du biochar

Des toilettes solaires et solidaires qui produisent du biochar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Une équipe de chercheurs de l’université de Colorado Boulder développe actuellement des toilettes écolos et solidaires. Alimentés à l’énergie solaire, ces sanitaires brûlent et stérilisent les excréments et les transforment en biochar, un « charbon vert » utilisé en agriculture pour restaurer les sols, améliorer les rendements et stocker le CO2. L’innovation pourrait profiter aux 2,5 milliards de personnes dépourvues de toilettes à travers le monde.

 


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Why Dell, Coca-Cola and Carlsberg are developing greener packaging

Why Dell, Coca-Cola and Carlsberg are developing greener packaging | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dell has bamboo and mushrooms in the mix, Coca-Cola is looking into potential of barks and fruit skins, while Carlsberg aims for packaging with afterlife warranty

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The green is on the air

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São Paulo Transforms Parklets into Public Policy

São Paulo Transforms Parklets into Public Policy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A temporary parklets experiment took place in parts of São Paulo last year during Environment Week, with the initiative gaining media coverage as well as being widely applauded by citizens. With the recent introduction of a new master plan for the city, there was a strong push for the creation of a law that encourages new spaces like parklets and, thankfully, City Hall listened.

Now as a result of Decree No. 55,405, São Paulo has rules for the creation and maintenance of parklets, the first Latin American public policy on the issue.


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New Thermoelectric Material May Boost Green Tech

New Thermoelectric Material May Boost Green Tech | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

University of Miami physicist Joshua Cohn and his collaborators report new surprising properties of a metal named lithium purple-bronze (LiPB) that may impact the search for materials useful in power generation, refrigeration, or energy detection. http://bit.ly/1gNORsl


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Un bilan de l’autopartage - Journal de l'environnement

Un bilan de l’autopartage - Journal de l'environnement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

L’usage collectif de la voiture individuelle n’augmente pas l’usage des transports collectifs, mais il libère de la place sur la voirie et réduit le kilométrage parcouru. Ce qui pourrait diminuer l’empreinte carbone des transports urbains. Explications.



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Philippines releases photos showing China reef 'reclamation'

Philippines releases photos showing China reef 'reclamation' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manila (AFP) May 15, 2014 - The Philippines released photographs Thursday to back its claim that China was reclaiming land on a disputed reef in the South China Sea in an apparent effort to build an airstrip.
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Bolivia to develop nuclear power: president

Bolivia to develop nuclear power: president | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La Paz (AFP) May 15, 2014 - Bolivian President Evo Morales said Thursday that, with Argentina's help, his country was working to develop nuclear power.
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One dead, 100 hurt in anti-China riot in Vietnam

One dead, 100 hurt in anti-China riot in Vietnam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hanoi (AFP) May 15, 2014 - Anti-China riots at a steel plant in Vietnam left one Chinese worker dead and 100 injured, officials said Thursday, as unrest triggered by an escalating territorial dispute spreads across the communist country.
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The largest electrical networks are not the best

The largest electrical networks are not the best | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Madrid , Spain (SPX) May 16, 2014 -
There is an optimum size for electrical networks if what is being considered is the risk of a blackout. This is the conclusion reached by a scientific study done by researchers at Universidad Carlos
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Feeding 9 Billion - National Geographic

Feeding 9 Billion - National Geographic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet.
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The Mukombe

The Mukombe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dr. Peter Morgan, winner of the 2013 Stockholm Water Prize and resident of Zimbabwe, recently shared the design of The Mukombe on the forum of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance. The Mukombe is a ...
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China official had cash stash of $16 million: report

China official had cash stash of $16 million: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2014 - A Chinese official was found to have kept more than 100 million yuan ($16 million) in cash at his home, in the country's latest apparent corruption scandal, a report said Thursday.
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Hong Kong begins destroying huge ivory haul

Hong Kong begins destroying huge ivory haul | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) May 15, 2014 - Hong Kong on Thursday began destroying nearly 30 tonnes of ivory seized from smugglers in the world's largest such operation, a major step in the fight against the illegal trade in elephant tusks.
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NASA Wants to Build a Greenhouse on Mars

NASA Wants to Build a Greenhouse on Mars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A small greenhouse growing thale cress may be on its way to Mars by 2021

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L’arrivée précoce des incendies de forêts rappelle l’importance du débroussaillement | Blog PCS & Résilience

L’arrivée précoce des incendies de forêts rappelle l’importance du débroussaillement | Blog PCS & Résilience | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

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A Glimpse of the Future? Local Officials Tour Major Desalination Plant Today

A Glimpse of the Future?  Local Officials Tour Major Desalination Plant Today | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mayor, SAWS officials to travel to El Paso

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Climat, PAC, environnement : qui défend vraiment l’écologie à Bruxelles ?

Climat, PAC, environnement : qui défend vraiment l’écologie à Bruxelles ? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Au delà des discours, comment votent les eurodéputés sur les grands les textes liés à l’environnement ? À l'approche des élections européennes, deux ONGs publient leur classement."

 


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The Jetstream is a Nasty Drunk

The Jetstream is a Nasty Drunk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jetstream walks into a bar... My sister in Frankfort, Michigan called me today to complain about snow. Meanwhile, droughts, flooding, and fire continue, as the jet takes on what senior meteorologis...
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Vietnam-China South China Sea conflict developing into dangerous checkmate scenario

Vietnam-China South China Sea conflict developing into dangerous checkmate scenario | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Arlington, Va. (UPI) May 14, 2013 - The Chinese deployment of Marine Oil 981 offshore drill rig to the coast of Vietnam in early May was yet another serious escalation in an already tense South China Sea. The possibility of a naval clash between China and Vietnam has not been more probable than since their last skirmish on Johnson Reef in 1988 that killed some 70 Vietnamese sailors. Many in Washington perceive Beijing as reckless, but in the Chinese mind, this provocation is rooted in strategic logic.
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US regulators tentatively OK Internet 'fast lanes'

US regulators tentatively OK Internet 'fast lanes' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) May 15, 2014 - US regulators voted Thursday for a controversial proposal that would allow Internet fast lanes while leaving open the possibility of tougher regulations to protect online access.
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Still no agreement on huge China-Russia gas deal: official

Still no agreement on huge China-Russia gas deal: official | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2014 - China and Russia still disagree over pricing a multi-billion-dollar gas deal despite years of negotiations, a senior Beijing official said Thursday, ahead of a visit by Vladimir Putin when a contract signature had been expected.
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XL Pipeline Dispute Kills Senate Bill On Energy Efficiency

Bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate that would have encouraged energy efficiency in homes and public buildings has been scuttled over differences between the White House plan for new climate changeregulations and the Keystone XL pipeline.

 

The Senate voted 55-36 on May 12 on a motion that would have brought the bill to a final vote. Despite winning a majority of votes, the motion failed because it fell short of the 60 needed for passage.

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Earthquakes and the Texas Miracle

Earthquakes and the Texas Miracle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In the nearly 35 years since she’d anchored her dinner bell on these 11 and a half acres, she’d never felt an earthquake until November 6, 2013. She could look back 150 years, and the historical record would bear no evidence of seismic activity in the area until now. Yet in the last month, there had been more than 20 quakes. 

 
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Thai army chief warns military 'may use force' if unrest continues

Thai army chief warns military 'may use force' if unrest continues | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bangkok, Thailand (AFP) May 15, 2014 - Thailand's army chief warned Thursday that the military may use force if political violence escalates in a six-month crisis which has left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded.
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Winners and losers in cereal production from El Nino

Winners and losers in cereal production from El Nino | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) May 15, 2014 - Food experts on Thursday drew up the first global map of how the El Nino weather phenomenon affects production of four key cereals.
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