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Japan retailer Rakuten slammed over ivory and whale meat products

Japan retailer Rakuten slammed over ivory and whale meat products | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London (AFP) March 18, 2014 - Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten is the world's largest online marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat products, an environmental campaign group said Tuesday, saying that running the advertisements was akin to arming poachers.
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Amazon Inhales More Carbon than It Emits

Amazon Inhales More Carbon than It Emits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 19, 2014 -
A new NASA-led study seven years in the making has confirmed that natural forests in the Amazon remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit, therefore reducing global warming. This
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Global problem of fisheries bycatch needs global solutions

Global problem of fisheries bycatch needs global solutions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Diego CA (SPX) Mar 19, 2014 -
Whenever fishing vessels harvest fish, other animals can be accidentally caught or entangled in fishing gear as bycatch. Numerous strategies exist to prevent bycatch, but data have been lacking on t
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A 'back to the future' approach to taking action on climate change

A 'back to the future' approach to taking action on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How can communities dodge future disasters from Mother Nature before she has dealt the blow? Researchers are taking a unique approach to the issue and gaining input and support from community stakeholders. Daniel Murphy, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of anthropology, will present findings ...
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Measuring the effect of water vapor on climate warming

Measuring the effect of water vapor on climate warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water vapor is a potent greenhouse gas. In the atmosphere, the concentration of water vapor increases with the temperature, setting up a powerful positive feedback loop. This water vapor feedback is the strongest known positive feedback, with the potential to roughly double the effect of warming caused ...
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Crop intensification and organic fertilizers can be a long-term solution to perennial food shortages in Africa

Crop intensification and organic fertilizers can be a long-term solution to perennial food shortages in Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Farmers in Africa can increase their food production if they avoid over dependence on chemical fertilizers, pesticides and practice agricultural intensification - growing more food on the same amount of land – using natural and resource-conserving approaches such as agroforestry.
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College Heroes - Story Of Stuff

College Heroes - Story Of Stuff | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alex Fried noticed that garbage was piling up all over his college campus on moveout day. Amira Odeh was shocked to see plastic bottles littering the beach in her country. Find out what what these Brower Youth Awards winners did next in our latest podcast: The Good Stuff: College Heroes.
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Official prophecy of doom: Global warming will cause widespread conflict, displace millions of people and devastate the global economy

Official prophecy of doom: Global warming will cause widespread conflict, displace millions of people and devastate the global economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change will displace hundreds of millions of people by the end of this century, increasing the risk of violent conflict and wiping trillions of dollars off the global economy, a forthcoming UN report will warn.
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Marin research on human waste compost could benefit the planet

Marin research on human waste compost could benefit the planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ON A RANCH in West Marin researchers are looking at ways human waste could help stem global warming while keeping pasture lands fertile and healthy.
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Shale could be long-term home for nuclear waste

Shale could be long-term home for nuclear waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Could shale rock spur another energy bonanza? It's already helped create a surge in U.S. oil and natural gas production, and research today suggests it could do something else: store radioactive waste from nuclear power plants.
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India's rice warrior battles to build living seed bank as climate chaos looms

India's rice warrior battles to build living seed bank as climate chaos looms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rice conservationist Debal Deb grapples with 'mindless Indian elite' to reintroduce genetically diverse, drought-tolerant varieties
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Getting Worried About Global Warming | TIME

Getting Worried About Global Warming | TIME | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report from the country's preeminent scientific body warns of the danger of unchecked global warming
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London Electric Carsharing Network Coming Thanks To Billionaire Vincent Bollore

London Electric Carsharing Network Coming Thanks To Billionaire Vincent Bollore | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
7 years ago, when I was introduced to the Velib bikesharing program in Paris, I knew that was going to be an influential, popular model replicated elsewhere. About 9 years ago, I was an early member of Zipcar and benefited greatly from the budding carsharing network it was building. I loved it, and was not
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Global food trade can alleviate water scarcity

Global food trade can alleviate water scarcity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 19, 2014 -
International trade of food crops led to freshwater savings worth 2.4 billion US-Dollars in 2005 and had a major impact on local water stress. This is shown in a new study by the Potsdam Institute f
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Sea anemone is genetically half animal, half plant

Sea anemone is genetically half animal, half plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 19, 2014 -
The team led by evolutionary and developmental biologist Ulrich Technau at the University of Vienna discovered that sea anemones display a genomic landscape with a complexity of regulatory elements
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Hunt for water intensifies—on two planets

Hunt for water intensifies—on two planets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Scientists are using a promising new theory to track down hidden water both on Earth – where fresh water is becoming dangerously scarce in some regions – and in the quest for life on the red planet, Mars.
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Researchers model Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Researchers model Deepwater Horizon oil spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dr. Jason Jolliff is an oceanographer with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). 'The emphasis here,' he says, 'is on developing models of the ocean environment to help the naval warfighter.' His most recent paper, published in Ocean Modeling (March 2014), shows NRL can also forecast where oil will ...
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Indochina agricultural fires still ongoing

Indochina agricultural fires still ongoing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Agricultural fires continue to burn in the Indochina region as evidenced by this Aqua image taken on March 18, 2014.
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Our food waste is our wealth

Our food waste is our wealth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australians waste an estimated 20 per cent of the food they buy. That's like one in five bags of groceries going straight to the bin.
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Join us at CommonBound this June! | New Economy Coalition

Join us at CommonBound this June! | New Economy Coalition | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Everywhere we look, people are experimenting with new ways to create sustainable businesses, share knowledge and resources, and build resilient and democratic communities. From many people and places, a common vision for a new economy is gaining the momentum and power necessary to transform our broken system. A movement is emerging, and now is the time to move toward greater unity and deeper action.

 

This June, more than 600 people will converge in Boston, MA for CommonBound: Moving Together Toward A New Economy.

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IEA: Energy sector’s use of water to rise by 20%

IEA: Energy sector’s use of water to rise by 20% | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ahead of World Water Day [1], the International Energy Agency (IEA) has
warned that the energy sector accounts for 15% of global water usage,
predicting that it will “consume ever more by 2035”.


[1] http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday
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Latin American Herald Tribune - First Battery-Powered Bus Transports 135,000 Passengers in 10 Days

Latin American Herald Tribune - First Battery-Powered Bus Transports 135,000 Passengers in 10 Days | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

SAO PAULO – The first battery-powered bus in the world has been working its route for 10 days in the Sao Paulo suburb of Diadema, where the more than 135,000 passengers it has transported up to now are getting to like this Brazilian project to reduce both noise and greenhouse-gas emissions.

The bus has been carrying passengers since March 5 as part of the conventional urban fleet, which includes buses fueled with diesel, ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen, and, in some parts of the metropolis, the traditional electric trolleybuses.

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World Environment News - Warmest winter on record worsens California drought - Planet Ark

California is coming off of its warmest winter on record, aggravating an enduring drought in the most populous U.S. state, federal weather scientists said Monday.
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A stark new report seeks to cut through confusion and awaken the public to the urgency of the dangers of global warming.

A stark new report seeks to cut through confusion and awaken the public to the urgency of the dangers of global warming. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Early in his career, a scientist named Mario J. Molina was pulled into seemingly obscure research about strange chemicals being spewed into the atmosphere. Within a year, he had helped discover a global environmental emergency, work that would ultimately win a Nobel Prize.

 

Now, at 70, Dr. Molina is trying to awaken the public to an even bigger risk. He is spearheading a committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, which will release a stark report Tuesday on global warming.

 

The report will warn that the effects of human emissions of heat-trapping gases are already being felt, that the ultimate consequences could be dire, and that the window to do something about it is closing.

 

“The evidence is overwhelming: ..."

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Can Coal Ever Be Clean?

Can Coal Ever Be Clean? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's the dirtiest of fossil fuels. We burn eight billion tons of it a year, with growing consequences. The world must face the question.
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