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Large Share Of Companies Tie Workers' Pay To Company Performance

Large Share Of Companies Tie Workers' Pay To Company Performance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Like a lot of companies, the world's largest maker of mining and construction equipment has adopted what is known as a "pay-at-risk" compensation system, which ties a percentage of nearly every non-union employee's income to Caterpillar's financial performance.

In updates to the plan's roughly 60,000 participants, and in quarterly disclosures to investors, Caterpillar said it expects outlays related to the program to be down as much as 40 percent from last year, reflecting sharply reduced payments to employees.

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CEO Shares $3.25 Million Bonus With Hourly Workers

CEO Shares $3.25 Million Bonus With Hourly Workers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It may be Labor Day in America, but a Chinese CEO is getting into the true spirit of the holiday by celebrating his workers in a big way.
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It is remembering who it is that really helps make your bonus possible. We all should remember that we seldom accomplish anything alone.

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Should you divest from coal and oil?

Should you divest from coal and oil? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Students across the US are pushing college endowments to divest from fossil fuels. But endowments worry it will trim profits. Can you divest from coal and oil without hurting your portfolio?
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World Bank pilots climate insurance - 44th Pacific Islands Forum - News - Islands Business magazine

World Bank pilots climate insurance - 44th Pacific Islands Forum - News - Islands Business magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The World Bank’s leading official for the Asia-Pacific region has highlighted the Bank’s support for action on climate change, insurance and disaster risk management, as Pacific leaders meet this week in the Marshall Islands.

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Pushing down energy use — and bills

Pushing down energy use — and bills | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Sick of $450-a-month gas and electric bills for their Baltimore County rowhouse, James and JoAnn Allis replaced their old, inefficient air conditioner. And their windows and doors. Then they added insulation in their home's many leaky spots and coated their roof to keep the house cooler in the summer.


Now the retirees pay about $220 a month.

 

They're not the only ones needing less energy. BGE says per-customer electricity use was about 10 percent lower last year than in 2005, despite the proliferation of power-sapping smartphones, digital video recorders and other electronics. Highly efficient appliances, light bulbs and other products — both residential and commercial — are helping reduce consumption.

 

The recession suppressed electricity demand, too. But that's not the major story, BGE says.

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Children are exposed to a minefield of labour, mercury for the sake of gold

Children are exposed to a minefield of labour, mercury for the sake of gold | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thousands of children are working in small-scale Tanzanian gold mines, with many using or being exposed to mercury, a new report says.
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Population growth increases climate fear

Population growth increases climate fear | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In less than a lifetime, the world population has tripled, to 7.1 billion, and continues to climb by more than 1.5 million people a week.

 

A consensus statement issued in May by scientists at Stanford University and signed by more than 1,000 scientists warned that "Earth is reaching a tipping point."

 

An array of events under way - including what scientists have identified as the sixth mass extinction in the earth's 540 million-year history - suggest that human activity already exceeds earth's capacity.

 

Climate change is but one of many signs of environmental stress. "The big connector is how many people are on earth," said Anthony Barnosky, a UC Berkeley integrative biologist.

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Britain’s debate over fracking ignites popular resistance

Britain’s debate over fracking ignites popular resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A quiet English village has become a focal point for those who are against a shale gas revolution.
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As reservoirs shrink and farms expand, Chile’s agriculture at risk

As reservoirs shrink and farms expand, Chile’s agriculture at risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As reservoirs shrink and farms expand, Chile’s agriculture at risk

Part II of a three-part series on Chile’s water crisis: A combination of severe drought, climate change and overuse leaves farmers struggling to compete for a dwindling resource.
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Out of sight, out of mind: Carcinogenic chemical spreads beneath Michigan town — Environmental Health News

Out of sight, out of mind: Carcinogenic chemical spreads beneath Michigan town — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When state and federal environmental officials visited the tucked-away town of Mancelona, Mich., 15 years ago, their presence surprised local residents.
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George Monbiot – Obstinate Questionings

George Monbiot – Obstinate Questionings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Lake District’s bid for World Heritage status shows just what a mess conservation is in.
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Life began on Mars, not Earth: Steven Benner

Life began on Mars, not Earth: Steven Benner | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Molybdenum is the key.

 

It's more likely that life began on Mars rather than Earth because only Mars' surface contained highly oxidized molybdenum, crucial to the origin of life, according to University of Florida chemistry professorSteven A. Benner. 

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Gold effective in prostate cancer treatment

Gold effective in prostate cancer treatment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The injection of gold granules into a cancer patient's prostate allows for precise targeting during radiation treatment, according to a joint study by the Calvary Mater Hospital and the University of Newcastle in Australia.
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As Summers’s Odds Rise, Stimulus Easing Is Seen

As Summers’s Odds Rise, Stimulus Easing Is Seen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Anticipation that Larry Summers will be chosen to lead the Fed has some speculating about faster withdrawal of stimulus.
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Study offers clues on 20th century global warming wobbles

Study offers clues on 20th century global warming wobbles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The amount of solar radiation passing through Earth’s atmosphere and reaching the ground globally peaked in the 1930s, substantially decreased from the 1940s to the 1970s, and changed little after that, a new study has found.

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Study reveals 'true' cost of imports

Study reveals 'true' cost of imports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New data indicates that the amount of raw materials used to produce goods is far higher than previously thought.
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B.C. company at centre of iron dumping scandal stands by its convictions

B.C. company at centre of iron dumping scandal stands by its convictions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A year ago on Sept. 12, an unassuming fishing boat reached port after causing an international uproar by dumping tonnes of iron dust in the North Pacific, off the coast of Haida Gwaii.
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Going Viral | The Scientist Magazine®

Going Viral | The Scientist Magazine® | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From therapeutics to gene transfer, bacteriophages offer a sustainable and powerful method of controlling microbes.
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Choking on Pollution, Beijing Eyes Car Congestion Fee

Choking on Pollution, Beijing Eyes Car Congestion Fee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Faced with frequently catastrophic air pollution, Beijing is considering taking a page out of London’s playbook: a congestion fee for car owners.
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Japan to fund costly ice wall around Fukushima reactors to contain radioactive water leaks

Japan to fund costly ice wall around Fukushima reactors to contain radioactive water leaks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after repeated failures by the plant’s operator.

 

The decision is widely seen as an attempt to show that the nuclear accident won’t be a safety concern just days before the International Olympic Committee chooses among Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid as the host of the 2020 Olympics.

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Fracking in Texas: Seen as the future, also viewed with fear | Al Jazeera America

Fracking in Texas: Seen as the future, also viewed with fear | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The people of Dewitt County and their proximity to the Eagle Ford shale formation tell one part of a big story
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In Chile’s dry north, big mining threatens a vital resource

In Chile’s dry north, big mining threatens a vital resource | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Chile’s dry north, big mining threatens a vital resource Part I of a three-part series on Chile’s water crisis: Amid a growing water shortage, the Huasco Valley struggles to find a balance between mining and agriculture.
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Spirulina microfarm/testbed launched in Northwest US

Spirulina microfarm/testbed launched in Northwest US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the northern most spirulina farms in operation officially opened in July 2013, when the first tour group from Seattle, Bellingham and British Columbia visited the new...
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Here’s why Microsoft is buying Nokia’s phone business

Here’s why Microsoft is buying Nokia’s phone business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Steve Ballmer believes that acquiring Nokia's phone business will allow it to produce better products, capture a larger share of the profits, and grow the market for Windows-based mobile devices.
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AngloGold Ashanti faces charges for polluting South Africa’s Vaal River

AngloGold Ashanti faces charges for polluting South Africa’s Vaal River | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last week’s spillage from a pipe at the miner's operations in Stilfontein is said to have spread toxic waste over about 1.6 kilometres of the water resource.
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