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Discovery of partial skeleton suggests ruggedly built, tree-climbing human ancestor

Discovery of partial skeleton suggests ruggedly built, tree-climbing human ancestor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Denver CO (SPX) Dec 10, 2013 - A human ancestor characterized by robust jaw and skull bones was a muscular creature with a gorilla-like upper body and more adaptive to its environment than previously thought, scientists have di...
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NASA Finds Reducing Salt Is Bad For Glacial Health

NASA Finds Reducing Salt Is Bad For Glacial Health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 10, 2013 -
A new NASA-led study has discovered an intriguing link between sea ice conditions and the melting rate of Totten Glacier, the glacier in East Antarctica that discharges the most ice into the ocean.
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Materials Management through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Our October 8, 2013 Climate Friendly Government Purchasing webinar has been rescheduled to Deceber 10, 2013 due to the Government Shutdown.
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Arctic thaw tied to European, US heatwaves and downpours: study

Arctic thaw tied to European, US heatwaves and downpours: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A woman carries belongings outside a flooded house, close to the River Trent in Willington, central England, Nov. 26, 2012. REUTERS/Darren Staples
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China says poorly prepared to fight impact of climate change

China says poorly prepared to fight impact of climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The world's most populous country already faces challenges from weather extremes, with 2,000 people dying on average each year since the 1990s in natural disasters that are set to get worse, China's powerful economic planning agency said.

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Cut fossil fuel subsidies to cut climate change and poverty?

Cut fossil fuel subsidies to cut climate change and poverty? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Governments each year spend around half a trillion dollars on fossil fuel subsidies – a huge expense that pulls investment away from other budget priorities that might more directly help the poor
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Two big issues to tackle as Green Climate Fund sets up shop

Two big issues to tackle as Green Climate Fund sets up shop | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Efforts are needed to ensure the GCF's resources are used well, and business must be incentivised to step up its role in tackling climate change
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Join the deep sea rescue team!

Join the deep sea rescue team! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Deep sea life is being destroyed by massive bottom trawlers. But in days, we have the chance to do something about it. Let’s give the European Parliament the backing they need to protect one of the world’s most precious ecosystems.
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Climate change hits bamboo production in India

Climate change hits bamboo production in India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Erratic weather is leading to job losses and greater imports from China
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China and Climate Change Mitigation | The Energy Collective

China and Climate Change Mitigation | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t go to China very often. But when she does it generates a lot of attention.
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Apple, Google And Others To NSA: 'It's Time For A Change'

Apple, Google And Others To NSA: 'It's Time For A Change' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LONDON (AP) — Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S.
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Climate Council Warns Australia to Brace for More Raging Bushfires, Longer Heatwaves

Climate Council Warns Australia to Brace for More Raging Bushfires, Longer Heatwaves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Climate Council's chief Tim Flannery said that although bushfires in Australia are nothing new, there was a growing possibility that more will happen in the future. Mr Flannery said climate change will increase the risk of frequent bushfires.

 

He said many people have lost their lives. Property and infrastructure have been damaged because of bushfires. According to the Climate Council's report, people need to understand the risks of climate change to prepare for the future.

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The Tyee – What Climate Change Does to Our Minds

The Tyee – What Climate Change Does to Our Minds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Surprising insights from studies on the experience of Canada's Inuit.
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Geoengineering approaches to reduce climate change unlikely to succeed

Geoengineering approaches to reduce climate change unlikely to succeed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 10, 2013 -
Reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the planet's surface by geoengineering may not undo climate change after all.
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Abandoned mine may offer novel solution for global warming

Abandoned mine may offer novel solution for global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from Stanford University may have found a way to permanently bury greenhouse gas emissions inside the Earth.
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CU-Boulder scientist: 2012 solar storm points up need for society to prepare | University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder scientist: 2012 solar storm points up need for society to prepare | University of Colorado Boulder | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A massive ejection of material from the sun initially traveling at over 7 million miles per hour that narrowly missed Earth last year is an event solar scientists hope will open the eyes of policymakers regarding the impacts and mitigation of severe space weather, says a University of Colorado Boulder professor.

 

The coronal mass ejection, or CME, event was likely more powerful than the famous Carrington storm of 1859, when the sun blasted Earth’s atmosphere hard enough twice to light up the sky from the North Pole to Central America and allowed New Englanders to read their newspapers at night by aurora light, said CU-Boulder Professor Daniel Baker. Had it hit Earth, the July 2012 event likely would have created a technological disaster by short-circuiting satellites, power grids, ground communication equipment and even threatening the health of astronauts and aircraft crews, he said.

 

“My space weather colleagues believe that until we have an event that slams Earth and causes complete mayhem, policymakers are not going to pay attention,” he said. “The message we are trying to convey is that we made direct measurements of the 2012 event and saw the full consequences without going through a direct hit on our planet.”

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David Collet's curator insight, December 9, 2013 10:49 PM

This is fun. Or maybe not. In line with my general coverage of things climate related - this is just another of the things that will happen - we just don't know when.

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Ancient farming seen curbing extinctions of animals, plants

Ancient farming seen curbing extinctions of animals, plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Ancient farming practices, such as raising fish in rice paddies in China or Aboriginal Australian fire controls, will get a new lease of life under plans to slow extinctions of animals and plants, experts said on Monday.

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Coffee or Beer? The Choice Could Affect Your Genome

Coffee or Beer? The Choice Could Affect Your Genome | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Coffee and beer are polar opposites in the beverage world. Coffee picks you up, and beer winds you down.


Now Prof. Martin Kupiec and his team at Tel Aviv University's Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology have discovered that the beverages may also have opposite effects on your genome. Working with a kind of yeast that shares many important genetic similarities with humans, the researchers found that caffeine shortens and alcohol lengthens telomeres -- the end points of chromosomal DNA, implicated in aging and cancer.

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The moment a crocodile sneaks up on underwater photographer

The moment a crocodile sneaks up on underwater photographer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This is the moment an underwater photographer was suddenly faced with the sapping jaws of a crocodile while swimming in murky waters in the Mexican Caribbean.
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Largest Private-Sector Union In Canada Says ‘No’ To The Northern Gateway Pipeline

Largest Private-Sector Union In Canada Says ‘No’ To The Northern Gateway Pipeline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The pipeline "creates few jobs in Canada compared to its scale and exports more of our natural resources even faster," a union leader said.
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West Virginia Landfills Will Now Accept Unlimited Amounts Of Often Radioactive Fracking Waste

West Virginia Landfills Will Now Accept Unlimited Amounts Of Often Radioactive Fracking Waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new rule has environmentalists in the state worried.
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More Predictable Than the Weather: "It's Cold in winter - there is no Global Warming"

More Predictable Than the Weather: "It's Cold in winter - there is no Global Warming" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unseasonably warm falls keep pushing back the season for the "Where's global warming" spots on Fox News.  F-4 Tornadoes in November tend to mitigate against the popular right wing meme. But now we'...
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Barcelona Bus Story Shows Difference Between Hydrogen & Battery-Electric Vehicles

Barcelona Bus Story Shows Difference Between Hydrogen & Battery-Electric Vehicles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on EV Obsession. http://youtu.be/CqHzJ2wMKzU The experience of Barcelona's leading transit agency, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), provides an excellent comparison of the key difference between battery-electric...
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As Keystone ruling nears, Canada short on time for climate plan

As Keystone ruling nears, Canada short on time for climate plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON/CALGARY (Reuters) - Canada is running out of time to offer U.S.
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Sea defences questioned after storm wreaks havoc on England’s east coast

Sea defences questioned after storm wreaks havoc on England’s east coast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A storm packing hurricane-force gusts of wind ripped across Britain causing record sea levels and the worst tidal surges in 60 years
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