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UTILITIES: Nuclear giants urge market changes to thwart closures

The country's largest nuclear operators yesterday reiterated their calls for market changes to prevent a spate of reactor closures in markets that they say are becoming too reliant on subsidized renewables and cheap gas amid premature plant retirements.
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The Avalanche And The Alaskan City Finding Its Way Out

The Avalanche And The Alaskan City Finding Its Way Out | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The only road into Valdez, Alaska, was reopened on Wednesday after an avalanche closed the city off from all highway traffic for nearly two weeks.

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Accustomed to Floods, but ‘Nothing Like This,’ in Southern England

Accustomed to Floods, but ‘Nothing Like This,’ in Southern England | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In parts of England, the wettest January on record has left whole villages flooded and residents cut off from vital services. And it is still raining.
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From Occupy to Climate Justice | The Nation

From Occupy to Climate Justice | The Nation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There’s a growing effort to merge economic-justice and climate activism. Call it climate democracy.
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2013 was the second-hottest year on record without an El Niño

2013 was the second-hottest year on record without an El Niño | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to the global surface temperate data set compiled by Kevin Cowtan & Robert Way, which achieves the best coverage of the rapidly-warming Arctic by filling in data gaps between temperature stations using a statistical method called kriging, 2013 was the 5th-hottest year on record (since 1850).  The top three hottest years (2010, 2005, and 2007) were influenced by El Niño events, which cause short-term warming of the Earth's atmosphere.
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North Korea's computer operating system is Apple OS X lookalike

North Korea's computer operating system is Apple OS X lookalike | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pyongyang, North Korea (UPI) Feb 5, 2013 -
North Korea's latest version of its state-mandated computer operating system bears a striking resemblance to Apple's Mac OS X platform, Web watchers say.
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India needs nuclear power, for now -- minister

India needs nuclear power, for now -- minister | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Delhi (UPI) Feb 6, 2013 -
India needs to rely on nuclear power until it can further develop renewable energy, a government official said.
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Recurrent Pitch Announces Completion of six-project portfolio

Recurrent Pitch Announces Completion of six-project portfolio | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco CA (SPX) Feb 07, 2014 - Recurrent Energy has announced the commercial operation of six solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 106 megawatts peak (MWp)/88 megawatts AC (MWac) in Southern California and Arizona.

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Japan Looks at Dozens of New Geothermal Power Plants

as Japan searches for alternative energy sources geothermal has become popular, leading to a boom in the construction of midsized geothermal plants
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Forex allegations 'as bad as Libor'

Forex allegations 'as bad as Libor' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Allegations of foreign exchange rate-fixing at major banks are "every bit as bad" as the Libor scandal, the boss of the UK's financial regulator has said.


Traders are alleged to have colluded in setting certain key exchange rates in the £3bn-a-day forex market.

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JP Morgan Holds Highest Amount Of Physical Silver In History

JP Morgan Holds Highest Amount Of Physical Silver In History | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Butler’s calculations show that JPMorgan has piled up the largest holding of physical silver in modern world. Since the silver price peak in May 2011, the bank has accumulated between 100 and 200 million ounces of physical silver (if not more). The equivalent in metric tonnes is between 3,110 and ...

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Italy pledges to improve conditions at migrant detention centers

Rome (UPI) Feb 6, 2013 -
An Italian official promised this week to improve conditions in the country's much-criticized immigrant detention camps amid a rising tide of migrant landings.
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US hits Iceland on whaling, looks at sanctions

US hits Iceland on whaling, looks at sanctions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Feb 06, 2014 - The United States said Thursday that Iceland was violating an international agreement through its whaling, opening the possibility of economic sanctions over the controversial hunt.
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LEDs Change Thinking About the Light Bulb

LEDs Change Thinking About the Light Bulb | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Able to be programmed and to change spectrum, LEDs are being seen as devices to change moods, help people sleep or stay awake, and help plants grow.
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California ski resorts slog through a warm winter

California ski resorts slog through a warm winter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the East Coast braces for another series of frigid storms, California ski resort operators are cursing Mother Nature for a winter of unseasonably warm temperatures and persistent blue skies.
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Winter Olympics Inadvertently Adapting to Climate Change | Climate Central

Winter Olympics Inadvertently Adapting to Climate Change | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Winter Olympics have spent 90 years adapting to the weather. What climate change lessons do they provide?
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Debunking climate myths: two contrasting case studies

Debunking climate myths: two contrasting case studies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Debunking myths requires an understanding of the psychological research into misinformation. But getting your refutation out in front of lots of eyeballs is a whole other matter.

 

Here, I look at two contrasting case studies in debunking climate myths.

 

If you don’t do it right, you run the risk of actually reinforcing the myth. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to avoid any potential backfire effects.

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7 Things Republicans Would Be Shocked To Learn About Ronald Reagan

7 Things Republicans Would Be Shocked To Learn About Ronald Reagan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ronald Reagan's surprisingly impressive record on 7 issues.
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Hungary approves controversial nuclear project with Russia

Hungary approves controversial nuclear project with Russia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Budapest (AFP) Feb 06, 2014 - Hungarian lawmakers approved Thursday a controversial Russian-financed extension of the country's only nuclear power plant, despite concerns in Hungary and Brussels over transparency and fair competition.
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Gummy material addresses safety of lithium ion batteries

Gummy material addresses safety of lithium ion batteries | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Pullman WA (SPX) Feb 07, 2014 -
A group of Washington State University researchers has developed a chewing gum-like battery material that could dramatically improve the safety of lithium ion batteries.

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Searching for signs of Fukushima radiation on North Coast

Searching for signs of Fukushima radiation on North Coast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Initial results from the search, called Kelp Watch 2014 and stretching from Alaska to Mexico, will be posted online by the end of April by marine biologist Steven Manley’s lab at CSU Long Beach.

 

The year-long project, Manley said, intends to answer questions on the minds of many Californians who wonder if the state’s coastal waters — and the food from them — are as safe as they used to be.

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Diesel prices on rise in wake of refinery fire

Diesel prices on rise in wake of refinery fire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The price of diesel fuel has jumped across the country creating pain at the pumps for people in transport and agriculture industries. One expert says the elevated costs could even lead to rising commodity prices.
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ICIJ - OFFSHORE LEAKS

ICIJ - OFFSHORE LEAKS | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Explore all the @icijorg #offshoreleaks stories in a map. 


More than 110 journalists in 60 countries investigate who does business offshore.

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The agony and ecstasy of Hong Kong's extreme runners

The agony and ecstasy of Hong Kong's extreme runners | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 06, 2014 - Hong Kong is known for its long working hours and rat-race lifestyle, but on the rugged trails of the surrounding hills extreme runners are driven by a different ambition - the ultimate 'ultra' experience.
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Britain deploys Royal Marines to help with floods

Britain deploys Royal Marines to help with floods | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London (AFP) Feb 06, 2014 - Britain deployed Royal Marines on Thursday to help with devastating floods after what officials said was likely the worst winter rainfall in 250 years.
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