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Pakistan has only 30 days of water reserves - researchers

Pakistan has only 30 days of water reserves - researchers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Inadequate storage of water is putting crops, industry and lives at risk, water experts say
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Vertical Axis Wind Turbines: Great In 1890, Also-rans In 2014

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines: Great In 1890, Also-rans In 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) continue to get attention, press and R&D funding. Antagonists of mainstream wind generation continually point at them as if they were a superior technology. People perpetually re-invent them and believe that they have found something new and exciting. However, they are undeserving of any significant attention, are an inferior technology
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California and Climate Change Response | The Energy Collective

California and Climate Change Response | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eight years ago California enacted its Global Warming Solutions Act, known as AB32. Since then, an entire network of interacting, mutually-reinforcing legislation has evolved in the state, historic in how the different measures support one another.
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Big Oil Spends Millions Lobbying For Its Subsidies

Big Oil Spends Millions Lobbying For Its Subsidies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Red, Green & Blue.


A new chart released by Stop Fooling California reveals that the oil industry, including the Western States Petroleum Association, Chevron, BP and other oil companies, spent $56.63 million on lobbying at the State Capitol in the five years from 2009 through 2013.

“It’s enough to spend $471,000 on each California
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U.S. natural gas exports poised for takeoff despite debate

The export gas rush is on. From the Pacific Northwest to the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf states, companies are moving forward with plans to export U.S. natural gas despite controversy over prices and pollution.
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Coal’s Clout Endures in Washington Even as Jobs Decline

Coal’s Clout Endures in Washington Even as Jobs Decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Natalie Tennant, the presumptive Democratic nominee for West Virginia’s open U.S. Senate seat, got an earful visiting a company where workers said President Barack Obama’s environmental policies threaten their jobs.
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A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World

A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With almost $1billion in funding and ambitions to replace petroleum-based cars with a network of cheap electrics, Shai Agassis Better Place was...
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Climate change, coral reefs, deforestation and dengue

Climate change, coral reefs, deforestation and dengue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 21st century will present gloomy challenges for Costa Rica and the rest of Latin America, such as the collapse of wildlife habitats, animal extinction, water scarcity and the spread of disease in an already vulnerable population.
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Early springs surprise many species — The Daily Climate

Early springs surprise many species — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

LONDON – Spring is arriving earlier – maybe not this year for North America, but the trend is clear. This is not welcome news for Arctic creatures or the roe deer of France. And it could be awkward for flower festival organizers as well.

 

Julienne Stroeve of the United States' National Snow and Ice Data Center and colleagues will report in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that the length of the Arctic melt season is growing by several days each decade. When the melt starts earlier, the Arctic Ocean absorbs more radiation: Enough in some places to melt four feet in thickness from the Arctic ice cap.

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US Navy 'game-changer': converting seawater into fuel

US Navy 'game-changer': converting seawater into fuel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) April 07, 2014 - The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel.
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EPA Names TCP 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

EPA Names TCP 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Aurora OH (SPX) Apr 08, 2014 -
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP), a leader in energy-efficient lighting innovations, as a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its
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dow chemical seeks usda approval for 2,4-d ready corn

dow chemical seeks usda approval for 2,4-d ready corn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
  Excerpts taken from the Pesticide Action Network Dow and USDA are hoping to quietly approve a new genetically engineered corn seed that basically swaps RoundUp (glyphosate) for a worse weedk...
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Underwater Ocean Energy Turbine Harvests Vast & Powerful Marine Currents

Underwater Ocean Energy Turbine Harvests Vast & Powerful Marine Currents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Crowd Energy is currently developing an underwater Ocean Energy Turbine to harvest the massive potential of marine currents.
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Celebrating The 60th Anniversary Of The First Practical Solar Cell — From Powering Ferris Wheels To Cities, & Beyond

Celebrating The 60th Anniversary Of The First Practical Solar Cell — From Powering Ferris Wheels To Cities, & Beyond | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By John Perlin, author of Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy.
Photo's courtesy of AT&T archive.
Sixty years ago on April 25, 1954, Bell Laboratories demonstrated to the world one of the most significant breakthroughs ever recorded in the history of solar energy and of electricity – the first solar cell capable of converting enough sunlight into
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Shear Away That Sprawl — It Kills

Shear Away That Sprawl — It Kills | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An update of a thought-provoking 2002 report on the effects of sprawl has more data on the negative health effects of this development pattern. The study probes how sprawl affects a person's well-being (or, alternatively, how connected and compact neighborhoods do). The study finds that urban sprawl does affect health in negative ways, creates more financial
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Three-Quarters Of World Bank-Backed Projects Still Don't Evaluate Climate Risks: Report

Three-Quarters Of World Bank-Backed Projects Still Don't Evaluate Climate Risks: Report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The World Bank is still failing to take climate change into account as it makes decisions about the projects it finances, according to a new report from the nonprofit World Resources Institute. The impacts of climate change were only ta...
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A Landscape of Fire Rises Over North Dakota’s Gas Fields

A Landscape of Fire Rises Over North Dakota’s Gas Fields | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Towering flames atop oil wells break the inky darkness in the badlands on North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The flares of natural gas set grass fires on the prairie where Theodora Bird Bear’s ancestors hunted buffalo and create a driving hazard on rural roads.
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Cheap Solar Power Pushes Renewables Growth Worldwide | Climate Central

Cheap Solar Power Pushes Renewables Growth Worldwide | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report from the United Nations and Bloomberg shows renewables such as wind and solar are gaining market share globally despite a decline in investments between 2012 and 2013. The reason: Solar is getting cheaper.
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What’s devastating the wild moose population in New England?

What’s devastating the wild moose population in New England? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The cause of the dramatic die-off is not yet known, but a main theory is centered on the parasitic winter tick, and warmer winters may be partly to blame.
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Salamander’s Hefty Role in the Forest

Salamander’s Hefty Role in the Forest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Small but prolific predators, salamanders affect the ecosystem of a forest and collectively could help stave off climate disaster.
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The new call in Europe: Frack, baby, frack.

The new call in Europe: Frack, baby, frack. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Engaged in a showdown with Russia, leaders push shale gas as a path to energy independence.
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U.S. shale to curb imports for decades, EIA says

U.S. shale to curb imports for decades, EIA says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2013 - U.S. imports of petroleum and liquid fuel sources should dip to 25 percent by the mid 2010s before rising again by 2040, the Energy Department said Monday.
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Australia's first solar electric hybrid sports car

Australia's first solar electric hybrid sports car | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Apr 08, 2014 -
A sports car designed to be the toughest on the road, while helping the environment and showcasing the benefits of solar power, is on its way to reality thanks to a group of Swinburne University of
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Felix Salmon on Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys

Felix Salmon on Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Michael Lewis couldn't have timed it better if he'd tried. His blockbuster new book about high-frequency trading, Flash Boys, came out in a blaze of publicity during exactly the same week as a little-known Wall Street company named Virtu was scheduled to start marketing its initial public offering of shares....
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