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NRA attacks "shadowy network" of enviros and zoos fighting to ban lead bullets

NRA attacks "shadowy network" of enviros and zoos fighting to ban lead bullets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As some states weigh bans on lead-based ammunition -- the biggest source of unregulated lead in the environment -- the NRA fights back with a conspiracy theory.
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4 Ways to Recycle Your Old Gadgets

4 Ways to Recycle Your Old Gadgets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Instead of throwing out your old, unwanted gadgets, you can recycle them, donate them to good causes, sell them or even create DIY projects out of them.

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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, August 6, 2013 8:30 AM

We all have unused and unwanted gadgets — cellphones from the days of yore, laptops long since rendered obsolete — and they usually end up just sitting at the bottom of a closet or in a seldom-opened drawer.

In fact, the average mobile customer already owns two unused cellphones, though only a small fraction of gadgets are actually recycled. Luckily, there are dozens of ways for you to help change that.

  

We put together this guide to recycling and otherwise responsibly disposing of your old gadgets. Whether you're looking to donate your cellphone to a non-profit or sell your iPad 2 for the latest version with a retina screen, you'll find an option that fits your situation.

1. Use Tech Company Recycling Programs

Most of the big tech companies have their own recycling programs, which are typically free and easy to recycle or trade in your unused tech responsibly. The list that follows is just a small sample — you can check the website of your specific gadget's brand for more information.

Note that some companies will even accept gadgets from different brands.

Apple Recycling Program: You can send your old Apple products back to the company for proper recycling. If they have any monetary value, Apple will apply it toward a gift card.

Best Buy Recycle: Best Buy will recycle just about any tech product, ranging from TVs and computer monitors to DVD players and video cables.

Canon Recycling Program: You can send Canon your old cameras, lenses, printers and other devices by selecting your specific product, and then you'll receive the special recycling label via email.

Dell Mail-Back Recycling Program: Dell's mail-back program partners with FedEx so you can responsibly recycle your unwanted computer equipment.

Dyson Recycle - WEEE: If you live in the U.K., Dyson will recycle your old vacuum cleaner for free when you buy a new one online. The company will pick up your old vacuum cleaner free of charge and recycle it....

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Cloudy with a chance of war

Cloudy with a chance of war | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
EARTH'S climate is changing, whether you like it or not. As it does, other changes—like rising sea levels or falling crop yields—follow. It is easy to see how...

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:48 AM

This author addresses another high cost of climate change that is often not mentioned in conversations and articles on climate and environment…

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1973-74 Oil Crisis - Timeline - Slaying the Dragon of Debt - UC Berkeley

Between October 1973 and January 1974 world oil prices quadrupled. By putting an end to decades of cheap energy, the 1973-74 oil crisis, which was led by Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), exacerbated the economic difficulties facing many industrialized nations, forced developing countries to finance their energy imports through foreign borrowing, and generated large surpluses for oil-exporters.

 


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Duane Tilden's curator insight, August 7, 2013 3:57 PM

>The 1973-74 oil crisis followed years of often acrimonious negotiations between members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Western oil companies over petroleum production and pricing levels. Richard Nixon's decision to take the U.S. off the gold standard in 1971 was of particular importance in contributing to the oil crisis.

 

Because oil prices were denominated in dollars, the devaluation that accompanied the end of the Bretton Woods monetary regime negatively impacted oil exporting countries and led OPEC officials to consider remedial steps, such as pricing oil in gold instead of dollars. Little came of these efforts until October 1973, when Arab members of OPEC, in response to the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, raised the posted price of crude by 70% and placed an embargo on exports to the U.S. and other nations allied with Israel.

 

Although the fighting ended in late October, OPEC continued to use the "oil weapon" over the coming months. In November oil exporters cut production 25% below September levels, and the following month they doubled the price of crude. By January 1974 world oil prices were four times higher than they had been at the start of the crisis.<

 

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#Radioactive hot spots found in #seabed as far away as #Miyagi

#Radioactive hot spots found in #seabed as far away as #Miyagi | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A research team led by the University of Tokyo has found more than 30 concentrations of radioactive cesium in the first full-fledged study of the isotope's accumulation on the seabed ...

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:38 PM
 7.8.13   ~  Fukushima plant operator cannot confirm volume of contaminated water leaking into ocean> http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/07/fukushima-plant-operator-cannot-confirm-volume-of-contaminated-water-leaking-into-ocean/
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Bird flu 'passed between humans'

Bird flu 'passed between humans' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers have reported the first case of human-to-human transmission of the new bird flu that has emerged in China.
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Fat profits: how the food industry cashed in on obesity

Fat profits: how the food industry cashed in on obesity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ever since definitions of healthy bodyweight changed in the 1990s, the world has feared an obesity epidemic. But the food giants accused of making us fat are also profiting from the slimming industry.
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Childhood obesity rates fall in US

Childhood obesity rates fall in US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Obesity rates have dipped among low-income American children for the first time, according to US health officials.
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Methane Leaking in Utah Suggests Higher National Rate | Climate Central

Methane Leaking in Utah Suggests Higher National Rate | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Using a research aircraft, scientists found that far more methane is leaking from Utah natural gas wells than expected.

 

A new study of the air above a natural gas field in Utah suggests that far more methane gas may be escaping into the atmosphere from drilling operations than previously estimated. The study, to be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is the first to use an aircraft to directly sample the air downwind of natural gas and oil wells in order to calculate emissions of methane and contributors to smog. Most other studies to date have relied on various estimating techniques to determine methane emissions associated with natural gas drilling. 

 

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VIDEO: Set Sail for Greener Maritime Cargo Shipping | TIME.com

VIDEO: Set Sail for Greener Maritime Cargo Shipping | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shipping by sea is as vital to the global economy as it is destructive to the global environment. But new technologies—and old ones—can help make shipping easier on the planet.
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Ozone-Protection Treaty has Unexpected Pay Off

Ozone-Protection Treaty has Unexpected Pay Off | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The global treaty that headed off destruction of Earth’s protective ozone layer in 1987 has also prevented major disruption of global rainfall patterns, even though that was not a motivation for the treaty.
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Renewables and Physical Limitation | The Energy Collective

Renewables and Physical Limitation | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many people still think that it will not be long before renewable energy such as solar and wind becomes outright cheaper than fossil fuels.
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Signs of new climate normal apparent in hot 2012 - report

Signs of new climate normal apparent in hot 2012 - report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The report's data indicate "new normal" conditions that can inform planning decisions, instead of relying on models that "count on the future being statistically a lot like the past," Sullivan said at a news briefing.

Global surface temperatures - land and water - were the eighth or ninth warmest, depending on which data set was used, since recordkeeping began in the late 1800s, the report found.

However, in the decade leading up to 2012, global temperatures actually declined by .09 degree F (.05 degree C), according to Thomas Karl, director of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. Karl said the 50-year trend indicates global temperatures have consistently increased about .27 degree F (.15 degree C) per decade.

The recent decrease in temperatures has been noted by climate change skeptics who question the impact of human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels that emit carbon dioxide, on climate.

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Forget Social Media, It’s Your Handwriting That Gives Away Everything About You

Forget Social Media, It’s Your Handwriting That Gives Away Everything About You | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Graphology - The study of handwriting, especially when regarded as an expression of a writer’s character, personality and abilities.
A controversial means of evaluating personality.
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A Fukushima, 300 tonnes d'eau contaminée déversées chaque jour

A Fukushima, 300 tonnes d'eau contaminée déversées chaque jour | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Le gouvernement japonais a dévoilé une estimation officielle de ces fuites d'eau radioactive qui se déverse dans l'océan Pacifique depuis 2011.

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La scandaleuse inégalité du partage des richesses mondiales (vidéo)

La scandaleuse inégalité du partage des richesses mondiales (vidéo) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Internationalnews 28 juillet 2013 Les inégalités ne cessant d’augmenter. En…

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The age of endings

The age of endings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"The age of endings is a product of misplaced beliefs, of myths gone bad. Now our task is to think about different stories: to create new ones or disinter some old ones and begin telling them again."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, August 7, 2013 3:59 PM

Great article in Open Democracy about the need for new stories and the role of artists in imagining the new civilisation.

Larry Glover's curator insight, August 8, 2013 11:55 AM

Good article reminding me, once again, that a great part of the challenge of our time is the telling of stories that carry us forward. It is hard for me to say they are new stories because they in fact are the ancient stories of birth  and death and rebirth told again and again throughout the ages. 

 

We just need to hear them in modern language and metaphore and image. So go to work artists!

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Urban Homesteaders Produce 6,000 Pounds of Food on 1/10 Acre

Urban Homesteaders Produce 6,000 Pounds of Food on 1/10 Acre | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“In danger of being free.” That’s how Jules Dervaes sums up his journey from a small backyard garden to a super-productive microfarm. It’s a low input, highly efficient urban homestead right next to the metropolis of Los Angeles.

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Jared Broker's curator insight, August 9, 2013 7:50 PM

Urban food, local food, and directing your passions towards the betterment of your community is the way we free ourselves from any type of oppression completely.

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Did We Waste a Recession?

Did We Waste a Recession? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the financial crisis nears its fifth anniversary, economists agree on one thing. Too bad nobody is really listening.
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Can cognitive behavioural therapy really change our brains?

Can cognitive behavioural therapy really change our brains? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CBT is used to treat a variety of depression and anxiety disorders. But how does it actually work?
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Scientists discover new flying mammal in bushmeat market

Scientists discover new flying mammal in bushmeat market | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The bushmeat markets of Lao PDR (Laos) are filled with racks of wild game harvested both legally and illegally from the surrounding landscapes.
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Yale Environment 360: Mimicking Cactus Design, Scientists Devise Oil Spill Cleanup Method

Yale Environment 360: Mimicking Cactus Design, Scientists Devise Oil Spill Cleanup Method | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Chinese researchers have developed a method of removing oil from polluted water using tiny barbed spikes that mimic the natural design of a cactus. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, the Beijing-based researchers describe how arrays of tiny copper spikes, similar to the cone-shaped spikes of a type of cactus known as Opuntia microdasys, are able to collect micron-sized oil droplets that might otherwise be difficult to remove from water.

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Family Farming: The Key to Alleviating Hunger and Poverty

Family Farming: The Key to Alleviating Hunger and Poverty | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Small-scale, family-run farms not only form the base of rural communities in both the developing and developed world and provide a large number of jobs, but they are also at the center of sustainable production.
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Trisha Quek's curator insight, January 27, 9:42 AM

There are currently estimated 1.2 billion people in the world that live in extreme poverty, and at least 870 million people go to bed hungry every night. What are the other 5 billion people doing to help? I think it is good that the world is gearing up for the International Year of Family Farming to highlight effective ways to provide family farmers the right tools they need to really nourish the world. We should all do a part and find out what we can do to help to alleviate the problems of poverty. We only can alleviate poverty by working together as a whole world to help out the poor.

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Japan says Fukushima leak worse than thought, government joins clean-up

Japan says Fukushima leak worse than thought, government joins clean-up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
TOKYO (Reuters) - Highly radioactive water from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tonnes a day, officials said on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered...
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Failing Energy Infrastructure On The Gulf Coast Is Putting Low-Income Communities At Risk

Failing Energy Infrastructure On The Gulf Coast Is Putting Low-Income Communities At Risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report finds that many preventable problems at coal, chemical and oil facilities during and after the 2012's Hurricane Isaac resulted in extremely high levels of air and water pollution.
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