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Walking the Talk: WRI Uses Fiber Analysis to Test Office Paper Products | WRI Insights

Walking the Talk: WRI Uses Fiber Analysis to Test Office Paper Products | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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How Are China’s Overseas Investments Affecting the Environment? | WRI Insights

How Are China’s Overseas Investments Affecting the Environment? | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

WRI‘s new issue brief surveys the progress and challenges China faces in regulating the environmental and social impacts of its overseas investments. I sat down with WRI senior associate and China expert, Hu Tao, to talk about China’s overseas investment landscape. Before joining WRI, Tao worked as a senior environmental economist with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). Here’s what he had to say:

 
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Apple Avoiding Billions and Billions of Dollars in Taxes

Apple Avoiding Billions and Billions of Dollars in Taxes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Apple (like many giant, multinational corporations) has been avoiding paying the taxes they owe to the country by setting up foreign "subsidiaries" in tax-haven countries, and moving jobs out of the country.
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Report raises fears over plastic foam dinnerware -- Shanghai Daily | 上海日报 -- English Window to China New

PLASTIC foam dinnerware, allowed to be used again after a 14-year ban was lifted recently, is being made from industrial waste and toxic chemicals in a city in south China's Guangdong Province, according to an undercover...
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The other costs of concrete

The other costs of concrete | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Where does concrete come from? The material has become such a pervasive symbol of human alienation from nature that it's tempting to assume it's just another brutish product of the ...
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Climate change: human disaster looms, claims new research

Climate change: human disaster looms, claims new research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Forecast global temperature rise of 4C a calamity for large swaths of planet even if predicted extremes are not reached
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Fight Over Fluoride Splits Portland's Left

Fight Over Fluoride Splits Portland's Left | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A vote over fluoridated water has prompted something of an existential crisis in this left-leaning city. Weighing in: Indie rockers, craft-beer brewers and organic-food purveyors.
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Insight: The fight for North Dakota's fracking-water market

Insight: The fight for North Dakota's fracking-water market | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WATFORD CITY, North Dakota (Reuters) - In towns across North Dakota, the wellhead of the North American energy boom, the locals have taken to quoting the adage: Whiskey is for drinking, and water is for...
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Rebuilding the Coastline, but at What Cost?

Rebuilding the Coastline, but at What Cost? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beach nourishment projects will restore shorelines but require expensive upkeep and affect ecosystems; federal taxpayers will foot the bill.
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Hong Kong launches first electric taxis

Hong Kong launches first electric taxis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) May 18, 2013 - Hong Kong saw its first electric taxis hit the streets on Saturday in a step towards reducing the city's high levels of roadside pollution.
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EU, China have much to lose if trade war breaks out: analysts

EU, China have much to lose if trade war breaks out: analysts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brussels (AFP) May 19, 2013 - The latest tit-for-tat EU-China trade disputes could signal worse to come but both sides have a lot to lose if things get out of hand and harm the much-needed economic growth they seek, analysts said.
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Three new suicides at Foxconn China factory: report

Three new suicides at Foxconn China factory: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 18, 2013 - Three Foxconn workers have committed suicide at a factory in China in the past three weeks, a labour rights group said Saturday.
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Add boron for better batteries

Add boron for better batteries | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Houston TX (SPX) May 20, 2013 -
Frustration led to revelation when Rice University scientists determined how graphene might be made useful for high-capacity batteries.
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Strengthening Ownership and Effectiveness of Climate Finance | WRI Insights

Strengthening Ownership and Effectiveness of Climate Finance | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), one of the world’s largest dedicated funding facilities for climate change mitigation/adaptation projects, have now been in operation for five years. It’s a good time to step back and evaluate what lessons we’re learning from these important sources of climate finance.

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U.S. Natural Gas Exports: Friend or Foe? | WRI Insights

U.S. Natural Gas Exports: Friend or Foe? | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Tornado emergency: live updates

Tornado emergency: live updates | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A large, violent tornado has carved a long, destructive path on the south side of Oklahoma City.
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'Cadmium Rice' Is China's Latest Food Scandal

'Cadmium Rice' Is China's Latest Food Scandal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As China absorbs the news that quite a bit of its rice contains too much of the toxic metal cadmium, the state-run media are advising people to diversify the geographical sources of their food, to reduce risk.
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Heat deaths in Manhattan to rise — Killing season may push into spring and fall, says study. | The Daily Climate

Heat deaths in Manhattan to rise — Killing season may push into spring and fall, says study.  |  The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Residents of Manhattan will not just sweat harder from rising temperatures in the future, says a new study; many may die. 

Heat events are one of the greatest hazards faced by urban populations around the globe. 
- Radley Horton, Columbia University

Researchers at Columbia University estimate deaths linked to warming climate may rise some 20 percent by the 2020s, and, in some worst-case scenarios, 90 percent or more 70 years hence. 

Higher winter temperatures may partially offset heat-related deaths by cutting cold-related mortality, but even so, scientists say annual net temperature-related deaths might go up a third.

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TV staff takes cover from tornado

TV staff takes cover from tornado | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
KSN-TV employees and meteorologists took shelter from a tornado Sunday while continuing to broadcast from a safe place.
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High Plains Aquifer Dwindles, Hurting Farmers

High Plains Aquifer Dwindles, Hurting Farmers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parts of the vast High Plains Aquifer, once a prodigious source of water, are now so low that crops can’t be watered and bridges span arid stream beds.
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China: High and dry - FT.com

China: High and dry - FT.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wang Fuguo, a 63-year-old cotton farmer, does not know when his ancestors began tilling the land in the dusty village of Weijie. But he is fairly sure he will be the last of his family to do so.
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The Health Toll of Immigration

The Health Toll of Immigration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A growing body of mortality research on immigrants has shown that the longer they live in the United States, the worse their rates of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
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Apple, US lawmakers in offshore tax showdown

Apple, US lawmakers in offshore tax showdown | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) May 17, 2013 - Apple and US lawmakers are gearing up for a showdown over taxes - specifically how to deal with the huge stockpile of cash held by Apple and other multinational firms offshore.
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China 'will not accept' carbon tax on EU flights: report

China 'will not accept' carbon tax on EU flights: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 18, 2013 - China will not pay for CO2 emissions by its airlines on flights within Europe, a top civil aviation official reportedly said after the European Commission warned eight Chinese firms face fines for nonpayment.
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Thousands rally against nuclear power in Taiwan

Thousands rally against nuclear power in Taiwan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Taipei (AFP) May 19, 2013 - Thousands of Taiwanese marched through the capital Taipei Sunday urging the government to halt construction of a nearly completed nuclear power plant, citing the Japanese atomic crisis.
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