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Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia by Mike Ives: Yale Environment 360

Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia by Mike Ives: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By encouraging the adoption of innovative architectural design and energy-saving technologies, Singapore has emerged as a model of green building in Asia — an important development in a region that is urbanizing more rapidly than any other in the...
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Study: Climate Change Could Put Millions More at Risk of Water Scarcity

Study: Climate Change Could Put Millions More at Risk of Water Scarcity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water scarcity will be amplified 40 percent by climate change, study says.
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Parched Jordan faces water crisis as Syrian refugees flood in

Parched Jordan faces water crisis as Syrian refugees flood in | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water security is a pressing issue for Jordan. A resource-sharing pact with Syria goes unenforced, and a $1 billion water pipeline provides only temporary relief
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Mexico Readies to Join North American Oil Boom

Mexico Readies to Join North American Oil Boom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Mexican legislators passed a reform ending the 75-year state grip on the energy sector in overwhelming fashion. Petroleos Mexicanos, the former monopoly known also as Pemex, is on course for nine straight years of production decline. That could change as the measure, passed Thursday, was lauded as the most significant measure for the Mexican economy since the North American Free Trade Agreement went into force in 1994.

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Powerful New Tool Helps People Learn to Read and Write in English Without Years of Schooling | Stock Market Summary (NSDQ, NYSE, AMEX and more) on Boston.com

Powerful New Tool Helps People Learn to Read and Write in English Without Years of Schooling | Stock Market Summary (NSDQ, NYSE, AMEX and more) on Boston.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Beverly Hills, Ca -- The creators of Project Unspell, a revolutionary software program that is currently being developed to help people Learn to read and write English, are pleased to announce that they have launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com. Project Unspell offers an exciting new approach to circumventing the complexities of English spelling by providing a platform that allows people to learn proper pronunciation, read English text phonetically, and then easily convert it back into standard spelling.

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US, EU hold third round of free-trade trade talks

US, EU hold third round of free-trade trade talks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Dec 16, 2013 - The United States and the European Union entered a third round of trade negotiations Monday in Washington aimed at creating a powerful free-trade bloc to boost their economies and jobs.
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Yutu robotic rover begins lunar mission

Yutu robotic rover begins lunar mission | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Dec 16, 2013 - China's Jade Rabbit rover sent back its first pictures from the moon, as officials on Monday lauded the first lunar soft landing in nearly four decades as a step forward for mankind as a whole.
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Discovery of 1.4 million-year-old fossil human hand bone closes human evolution gap

Discovery of 1.4 million-year-old fossil human hand bone closes human evolution gap | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Columbia MO (SPX) Dec 17, 2013 -
Humans have a distinctive hand anatomy that allows them to make and use tools.
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Blind cavefish offer evidence for alternative mechanism of evolutionary change

Blind cavefish offer evidence for alternative mechanism of evolutionary change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Woods Hole MA (SPX) Dec 16, 2013 - In a blind fish that dwells in deep, dark Mexican caves, scientists have found evidence for a long-debated mechanism of evolutionary change that is distinct from natural selection of spontaneously a...
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Neanderthals buried their dead

Neanderthals buried their dead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York NY (SPX) Dec 17, 2013 -
Neanderthals, forerunners to modern humans, buried their dead, an international team of archaeologists has concluded after a 13-year study of remains discovered in southwestern France.
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Rio Tinto says Chinese now make 'much higher quality' mining equipment

Rio Tinto says Chinese now make 'much higher quality' mining equipment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The CEO of world number two miner Rio Tinto said the quality of Chinese mining equipment is catching up and in some instances surpassing that of the major US manufacturers.
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Twins study confirms genetic role in political belief

Twins study confirms genetic role in political belief | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—A research paper appearing in the academic journal Political Psychology re-affirms the genetic underpinnings of political beliefs, refuting critics who challenged previous research that linked politics with genetics.
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A Struggle to Balance Wind Energy With Wildlife

A Struggle to Balance Wind Energy With Wildlife | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tensions between the White House, the wind energy industry and environmental groups have risen over a new rule allowing wind farms to kill eagles.
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Surge Seen in U.S. Oil Output, Lowering Gasoline Prices

Surge Seen in U.S. Oil Output, Lowering Gasoline Prices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A report predicted that the world oil benchmark price over the next few years would slip from a 2012 average of $112 a barrel to $92 a barrel in 2017.
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Life Is What We Make of It

Life Is What We Make of It | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For most people, it won't be economic hardship that harms them, but their own lack of emotional resilience that does them in.
After the fall of the former Soviet Union, in the years that followed,
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Food (In)security: Are Farms The Next Terrorist Target? - Modern Farmer

Food (In)security: Are Farms The Next Terrorist Target? - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

An insecure food supply is an alarming prospect. Are we doing enough to defend American farms from acts of terror? Or spending billions on pork barrel projects to defend a few cows?

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Walker's World: Merkel -- Reigning or ruling?

Walker's World: Merkel -- Reigning or ruling? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (UPI) Dec 16, 2013 - Germany's new coalition government threatens to leave Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe's dominant politician, reigning rather than ruling in her homeland after the opposition Social Democrats extracted a stiff price for...
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China's holding of US debt tops $1.3 trillion

China's holding of US debt tops $1.3 trillion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Dec 16, 2013 - China's holding of US debt surged past $1.3 trillion for the first time in October, worth nearly $1,000 per Chinese citizen, US Treasury figures showed Monday.
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French customs announce major ivory haul

French customs announce major ivory haul | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Poitiers, France (AFP) Dec 16, 2013 - French customs said Monday they found 82 kilogrammes (180 pounds) of elephant tusks in the boot of a car as part of a routine inspection, one of the biggest ivory seizures in a decade.
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Alpine glacier, unchanged for thousands of years, now melting

Alpine glacier, unchanged for thousands of years, now melting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco CA (SPX) Dec 16, 2013 - Less than 20 miles from the site where melting ice exposed the 5,000-year-old body of Otzi the Iceman, scientists have discovered new and compelling evidence that the Italian Alps are warming at an...
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Environment drives genetics in 'Evolution Canyon'; discovery sheds light on climate change

Environment drives genetics in 'Evolution Canyon'; discovery sheds light on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Dec 16, 2013 -
Interplay between genes and the environment has been pondered at least since the phrase nature versus nurture was coined in the mid-1800s.
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Good news for Arctic, as sea ice volume up by half

Good news for Arctic, as sea ice volume up by half | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Dec 16, 2013 - Arctic sea ice last month was around 50 percent higher in volume compared with a year earlier, following a recovery in area this summer, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Monday.
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Using natural gas to mine for oil sands - a strategy by Shell and Caterpillar

Using natural gas to mine for oil sands - a strategy by Shell and Caterpillar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The companies have signed an agreement to test a new truck engine which would run on liquefied natural gas rather than diesel.
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New catalyst for fuel cells a potential substitute for platinum

New catalyst for fuel cells a potential substitute for platinum | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fuel cells represent an important component of the energy transition, as they supply electrical energy without first having to create heat and steam from fossil fuels.
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