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Yale Environment 360: Five Questions for Mario Molina On Climate Science’s PR Campaign

Yale Environment 360: Five Questions for Mario Molina On Climate Science’s PR Campaign | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest scientific society, recently launched the “What We Know” campaign, designed to cut through the fog of misinformation about climate change and convey to the public the current state of climate science. Chairing that effort is Mario J. Molina, a chemist who won a 1995 Nobel Prize for his work on the threat to the world’s ozone layer. Yale Environment 360 asked Molina five questions about the AAAS campaign and why it might succeed where others have failed.

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Assessing Future Water Availability in Arid Regions Using Composition and Salience of Decision Criteria - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Assessing Future Water Availability in Arid Regions Using Composition and Salience of Decision Criteria - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water resources development options are usually selected on a least-cost basis. While economic considerations are dominant in choosing projects, there are also a mix of other factors including social demands, political expediency, social equity, and environmental considerations that impact final decisions and development of water supply systems. Understanding local priorities in water resource management decisions can allow for forming expectations of future regional water availability. In this research, the authors propose that future water availability in arid regions may be assessed by considering key projects that have been identified or planned by regional experts.
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China says polluting industry still growing too fast, heavy smog alert for Beijing

China says polluting industry still growing too fast, heavy smog alert for Beijing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's energy-hungry, high-polluting industries continued to grow too fast in 2013, putting "huge pressures" on the environment and causing air quality to worsen, the country's pollution agency said on Tuesday.


Premier Li Keqiang "declared war" on pollution in a major policy address this month, butChina has long struggled to strike a balance between protecting the environment and keeping up economic growth.

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Scientist who discovered Ebola frustrated by deadly Guinea outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) - Peter Piot was 27, newly qualified and working in amicrobiology lab in Antwerp when he received a flask of human blood contaminated with a mysterious pathogen that had been killing people in the forests of Zaire.

 

If he'd known then what he was to discover - that inside was Ebola, one of the most lethal infectious diseases now known in humans - he would have taken more safety precautions.

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What Is The Difference Between A Psychic And A Climate Science Denier?

What Is The Difference Between A Psychic And A Climate Science Denier? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What is the difference between a psychic and a climate science denier? The answer might surprise you.

 

The question popped out of my head while it was exploding from this jaw-dropping story: “CNN’s Sister Network Asks Psychic To Explain What Happened To Missing Malaysia Jet!”

 

Yes, HLN put a psychic, Lisa Williams, on the same panel as CNN’s aviation analyst, an actual 777 pilot! Now that gives a whole new meaning to false balance. Williams believes the plane has crashed with survivors. HLN wonders why she would take that view when she doesn’t have “hard concrete evidence.”

 

Her answer:

“Naturally, I don’t have hard, concrete evidence. I think any psychic who has hard, concrete evidence can’t do their job correctly…. They’ll just work off what they know. I tend to work off what I don’t know.”

“I tend to work off what I don’t know” — that could be the denier mantra.

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Oil Spill Shuts Down Houston Ship Channel on Exxon Valdez Anniversary

Oil Spill Shuts Down Houston Ship Channel on Exxon Valdez Anniversary | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil leaking from a damaged barge has shut down traffic in Galveston Bay, Texas and affected wildlife in the surrounding area.
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A Cool Idea for How to Reuse Candle Wax

A Cool Idea for How to Reuse Candle Wax | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Candle wax generally gets wasted. The Rekindle Candle is a concept that allows users to reuse that candle wax over and over.
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Zimbabwe’s Growing Electronic Waste Becomes a Real Danger - Inter Press Service

Zimbabwe’s Growing Electronic Waste Becomes a Real Danger - Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Electronic waste in Zimbabwe is becoming “an emerging environmental crisis that is by and large unheralded,” according to Steady Kangata, the education and
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Willie Nelson Joins Fight to Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Willie Nelson Joins Fight to Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Country music legend Willie Nelson is joining the fight in Congress to protect Appalachian communities from the impacts of the devastating mining practice of mountaintop removal.

 

In a new music video that depicts dynamiting operations in Appalachia and their ruinous consequences, the American icon sings “America the Beautiful” to highlight opposition to giving coal companies free rein to blast the tops off mountains and dump dangerous pollution into surrounding streams and creeks.

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Evidence Finds BP Gulf Oil Disaster Causing Widespread Deformities in Fish

Evidence Finds BP Gulf Oil Disaster Causing Widespread Deformities in Fish | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The new study shows that crude oil exposures adversely affect heart development.

 

Crude oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of bluefin and yellowfin tunas, according to a new study by a team of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and academic scientists.

 

The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, show how the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history may have affected tunas and other species that spawned in oiled offshore habitats in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

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Video: Innovative technology to instantly detect pathogens in water and immediately alert people in affected areas

Video: Innovative technology to instantly detect pathogens in water and immediately alert people in affected areas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Imagine having the power to instantly detect pathogens such as E. coli in water—and to let everyone in the area know within minutes.
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Why can't a man think like a woman, and a woman think like a man?

Why can't a man think like a woman, and a woman think like a man? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Men and women may feel like they differ on much more than just the possession or not of a Y chromosome. How we react emotionally to a situation, remember events and navigate our way around the environment has also been shown to differ between genders.
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Rashes from wipes, liquid soaps on the rise

Rashes from wipes, liquid soaps on the rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Allergic skin reactions to a preservative used in pre-moistened wipes and liquid soaps are on the increase, a doctor says.
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LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: How Sustainable is Digital Fabrication?

LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: How Sustainable is Digital Fabrication? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Digital fabrication is praised as the future of manufacturing. Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine tools can convert a digital design into an object with the click of a mouse, which means the production process is completely automated. The use of digital machine tools has spread rapidly in factories over the last two decades, and they have now become cheap and user-friendly enough to bring them within reach of workshops and makers. While CNC machines have been embraced by many, including some environmentalists who say the technology can be more...
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Oil spills into Lake Michigan from BP refinery

(Reuters) - An unknown amount of oil leaked from BP Plc'sWhiting refinery in Indiana into Lake Michigan after a mechanical glitch on Monday afternoon, the company confirmed on Tuesday.


The discharge had stopped, the leak was contained, and no injuries were reported, the London-based company said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Rescuers scour Washington state mudslide rubble; toll expected to rise

Rescuers scour Washington state mudslide rubble; toll expected to rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

ARLINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Rescue workers combed through muck and rubble on Tuesday left by a devastating weekend mudslide in Washington state that killed at least 14 people and left scores more missing, and authorities said they expected the death toll to rise through the day.

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North Carolina Voters Want Action On Coal Ash As EPA Asks For More Time On Regulations

North Carolina Voters Want Action On Coal Ash As EPA Asks For More Time On Regulations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new Sierra Club poll found that 70 percent of North Carolina voters are more likely to support candidates who favor strong regulation of coal ash.
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Interview: Monique Oxender on Keurig's New Sustainability Report

Interview: Monique Oxender on Keurig's New Sustainability Report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Keurig Green Mountain recently released its 2013 Sustainability containing new goals for 2020 and announced some important water conservation partnerships.
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New York City wants fossil fuels to go the way of the dinosaur

New York City wants fossil fuels to go the way of the dinosaur | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Divestment activists are pushing for New York City to take a stand against dirty energy through a  $147 billion fossil fuel divestment opportunity.
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Chevy Volt vs Toyota Prius Plug-in

Chevy Volt vs Toyota Prius Plug-in | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new Toyota Prius Plug-in owner and former Chevy Volt owner has been putting together a list of the pluses and minuses of each. It's quite a detailed list, and he's been updating it a bit based on feedback from Chevy Volt owners and perhaps other members from the GM-Volt.com forum. Of course, much of the
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Despite Risks, Cuban Fisher Families Don’t Want to Leave the Sea - Inter Press Service

Despite Risks, Cuban Fisher Families Don’t Want to Leave the Sea - Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The road to Guanímar, a fishing village on the southern coast of Cuba, is as narrow as the future of its 252 inhabitants, who don’t want to abandon the  area despite its vulnerability to hurricanes, storm surges and flooding.

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Organic Standards Lowered for Livestock in Drought-Ridden California

Organic Standards Lowered for Livestock in Drought-Ridden California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Due to California’s historic drought, a variance was issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in February that enables applicable organic livestock farmers in the Golden State to temporarily disregard the feeding standards that allow them to stamp their product as organic.

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Scientists discover material that can be solar cell by day, light panel by night

Scientists discover material that can be solar cell by day, light panel by night | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the future, when your mobile or tablet runs out of battery, you could just recharge it by putting it out in the sun. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists have developed a next-generation solar cell material which can also emit light, in addition to converting light to electricity.
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California doctors speed up Valley fever diagnosis

California doctors speed up Valley fever diagnosis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Doctors in California say they've found a quicker way to diagnose patients with the fungal disease Valley fever.
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Experts warn over Nigerian 'viagra' drinks

Experts warn over Nigerian 'viagra' drinks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nike Ajibade and three of her colleagues sit on a Lagos pavement with small plastic bottles of liquids tucked inside weather-beaten plastic buckets.
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