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Big brother, Mother Nature allies in sea wall bout

Big brother, Mother Nature allies in sea wall bout | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dividing the two is a crumbling 80-foot cliff that forms a battle line between homeowners who built concrete walls to prevent their houses from sliding into the sea and those who want to put limits on how long they can fend off the waters.
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In North Dakota, The Dreams And Dark Side Of Shale Gas "Black Gold Rush"

In North Dakota, The Dreams And Dark Side Of Shale Gas "Black Gold Rush" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Here in Williston, the black-gold rush fever has increased everything: population, wages, prices, traffic, work accidents, single men, sexual assaults and delinquency in general. This agricultural town was dying five years ago. Now it’s expanding by the day with its warehouses, prefab buildings, fast-food joints and hotels – spreading far into the huge prairie that surrounds the city, and which has been transformed into a Swiss cheese of oil wells and easy money. 

International jets now fly into the city, which has absorbed the airport – that used to be just a country shed. Cereal silos are left to rust while derricks and oil drills are taking possession of what used to be a vast Sioux territory.

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Rail picks up steam as a way to move crude

Rail picks up steam as a way to move crude | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The surge in North American oil production has prompted energy companies to invest heavily in a 19th-century technology: rail.
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EU regulator suspects BASF insecticide of harming bees

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Union's food safety regulator has added a BASF insecticide to the list of crop chemicals it suspects of playing a role in declining bee populations.The European Food...
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New Tools to Hunt New Viruses

New Tools to Hunt New Viruses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New viruses are emerging faster than ever. But better surveillance means they are being caught sooner, giving time to develop countermeasures like vaccines.
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Kinder Morgan forges ahead with pipeline expansion plan

Trans Mountain Pipeline submitted a project description to the National Energy Board, Canada's independent industry regulator.
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Central African Republic banned from blood diamonds watchdog

Central African Republic banned from blood diamonds watchdog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ban comes several weeks after rebels seized control of the country from former President François Bozizé.
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The Growing Importance of the Arctic Council | Stratfor

The Growing Importance of the Arctic Council | Stratfor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Arctic is expected to become more important in the coming decades as climate change makes natural resources and transport routes more accessible. Reflecting the growing interest in the region, the Arctic Council granted six new countries (China, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Singapore) observer status during a May 15 ministerial meeting in Kiruna, Sweden. By admitting more observers, the Arctic Council -- an organization that promotes cooperation among countries with interests in the Arctic -- will likely become more important as a forum for discussions on Arctic issues. However, this does not necessarily mean it will be able to establish itself as a central decision-making body regarding Arctic matters.


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Drought Gobbles Up Texas Turkey Hunt: Scientific American

Drought Gobbles Up Texas Turkey Hunt: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Turkey hunting in the Lone Star State has dried up along with the
state's water
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Don't Dump Iron -- Dump Rogue Climate Schemes

Don't Dump Iron -- Dump Rogue Climate Schemes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The press release had a pretty stark headline: "Haida Announce Termination of Russ George." George was the guy who persuaded the small impoverished indigenous community of Old Massett on Haida Gwaii to part with over $2.5-million.
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Prince Charles attacks food production methods at German symposium

Prince Charles attacks food production methods at German symposium | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Prince of Wales calls for more local model of food production and distribution following recent public health scares
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The Unintended Consequences of Exporting Natural Gas | TIME.com

The Unintended Consequences of Exporting Natural Gas | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A move to increase U.S. exports of natural gas could pay off for the economy, but it could also lead to more pollution and higher carbon emissions
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New Appliances More Efficient, Better, Bunch Of New Features

New Appliances More Efficient, Better, Bunch Of New Features | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Newer appliances are not only more efficient, they perform the same or better while including a large number of new features, according to a new report, Better Appliances: An Analysis of Performance, Features, and Price as Efficiency Has Improved, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). In many cases, product prices have stayed the same or even declined as efficiency has improved. In other cases, electricity bill savings outweigh price increases.

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Future of Colorado River on agenda in San Diego

Future of Colorado River on agenda in San Diego | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Top water decision-makers from seven Western states plan to join conservation groups and Indian tribes in San Diego on Tuesday to begin hammering out rules for squeezing every useable drop from the overtaxed Colorado River.
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Shale Gas on the Intensity Scale -

Shale Gas on the Intensity Scale - | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers say large-scale shale gas development in China's southwestern region could present the country with greater earthquake risks
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Warmer seas could lead to more dolphin deaths in South Australia

Warmer seas could lead to more dolphin deaths in South Australia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washing up of thousands of dead fish earlier this year might be a foretaste of future impact of climate change, expert warns
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GE investing billions in fracking technology - Business - CBC News

GE investing billions in fracking technology - Business - CBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. corporate giant General Electric is investing billions of dollars in the new boom of oil and gas drilling that relies on a controversial extraction method known as fracking, saying it can use its experience in the energy and engineering...
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George Monbiot – A Manifesto for Rewilding the World

George Monbiot – A Manifesto for Rewilding the World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A mass restoration of ecosystems offers us hope where there was little hope before. Until modern humans arrived, every continent except Antarctica possessed a megafauna. . In the Americas, alongside mastodons, mammoths, four-tusked and spiral-tusked elephants, there was a beaver the size of a black bear: eight feet from nose to tail(1). There were giant bison weighing two tonnes, which carried horns seven feet across(2).

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Gas ‘golden age’ at risk due to rising costs, coal comeback: IEA

Gas ‘golden age’ at risk due to rising costs, coal comeback: IEA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Agency foresees a very harsh competition between coal and gas.
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Mineral transfer from asteroids to the Moon sparks conversation of Earth's origins

Mineral transfer from asteroids to the Moon sparks conversation of Earth's origins | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"The Moon's hard crust dates back billions of years, offering clues to the formation of the solar system, including Earth."  Rare minerals like spinel and olivine in lunar craters could have arrived by way of asteroid collisions, according to a study by Chinese and American scientists, giving rise to speculation that early Earth materials may also be stored on the moon.
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Bill Black: Our System is So Flawed That Fraud is Mathematically Guaranteed

Bill Black: Our System is So Flawed That Fraud is Mathematically Guaranteed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
[Chris lost his voice this week due to illness, so we were unable to record a new podcast.
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Alberta’s oil sands loss could be B.C.’s shale gas gain | Energy | News | Financial Post

Alberta’s oil sands loss could be B.C.’s shale gas gain | Energy | News | Financial Post | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
British Columbia’s shale gas fields stand to gain as buyers flee landlocked bitumen reserves in neighboring Alberta
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Surviving A Tornado

Surviving A Tornado | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

[NOTE: This article is adapted from When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival]
Who could not be shocked and saddened by the images of massive devastation left in the wake of recent tornadoes that struck in Oklahoma and Texas? Though nothing can guarantee absolute safety in the path of a tornado, outside of a shelter with reinforced concrete and steel walls, understanding something about the nature of tornadoes, safety tips for surviving a tornado strike, and which common folklore is to be trusted or ignored, will improve your chances for making the right decision when confronted by a tornado.

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Rachel Strauss's comment, July 8, 2013 11:22 PM
I think that this will give me insight if people really do know what to do in the event of a tornado. Is it that they don't have time or not listening to the warnings.
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Nursing goes 'back to the future'

Nursing goes 'back to the future' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The success of a Dutch district nursing firm is reshaping neighbourhood care.
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Top 8 Energy And Water-Saving Landscaping Tips

Top 8 Energy And Water-Saving Landscaping Tips | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Midwest’s climate is anything but mild -- it goes from toasty hot summers to bitterly cold winters. To help save on your home’s energy and water use, follow these landscaping tips:

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