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Water-saving apps turn conservation into a money-saving game

Water-saving apps turn conservation into a money-saving game | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With millions of people worried about California's historic drought, a proliferation of free applications turn water conservation into a game while letting consumers save both water and money around the house.
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What has happened to the tsunami debris from Japan?

What has happened to the tsunami debris from Japan? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The amount of debris in the ocean is growing exponentially, becoming more and more hazardous and harmful to marine life and therefore also to our ocean food source. Measuring and tracking the movements of such debris are still in their infancy. The driftage generated by the tragic 2011 tsunami in Japan ...
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Beijing issues rare air pollution alert

Beijing issues rare air pollution alert | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When the air gets really bad, Beijing says it has an emergency plan to yank half the city's cars off the road. The only problem is: It may be difficult to ever set that plan in motion.
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ALEC-Affiliated Legislators Launch Premature Attacks on Carbon Pollution Limits | EcoWatch

ALEC-Affiliated Legislators Launch Premature Attacks on Carbon Pollution Limits | EcoWatch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

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Stewardship of the Deep Sea - Video

Biological Oceanographer Lisa Levin presents the need for stewardship of the deep sea.

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If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production. ~ Pete Seeger - via @...

If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production. ~ Pete Seeger - via @... | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it http://t.co/lqfO6jspGU

Via Collection of First, SLOOTH (A Sustainably Ethical Brand)
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Transition énergétique : mais où est passée
la loi de programmation ?

Transition énergétique : mais où est passée<br/>la loi de programmation ? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

".. le plus intéressant, dans la lettre de cadrage adressée au ministre de l'Écologie, est peut-être... ce qui n'y figure pas. Lorsque le Premier ministre évoque les projets de loi à « porter » en 2014, on cherche évidemment le grand projet de loi de programmation sur la transition énergétique, inlassablement repoussé depuis 18 mois. En vain. Porter ce texte ne figure tout simplement pas dans les directives fixées par le Premier ministre à son ministre de l'Écologie, ce qui est extrêmement surprenant. Est-ce à dire que le projet de loi, qui devait être présenté au printemps en Conseil des ministres, va être repoussé à l'année prochaine ?"

 


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If You Think Only Poor People Need Welfare, Wait Till You See What Really Rich Folks Do With It

If You Think Only Poor People Need Welfare, Wait Till You See What Really Rich Folks Do With It | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's amazing how little we really know about a system so many people judge.

Via David Hall, Jocelyn Stoller
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Pollution de plages. La presqu’île, cimetière pour les oiseaux de mer

Pollution de plages. La presqu’île, cimetière pour les oiseaux de mer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Après le pollution et la tempête sur la presqu''île. Les cadavres d'oiseaux échoués ont été ramassés par centaines pendant dix jours.


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Climate change deniers have grasped that markets can't fix the climate

Climate change deniers have grasped that markets can't fix the climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seumas Milne: The refusal to accept global warming is driven by corporate interests and the fear of what it will cost to try to stop it
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Wal-Mart 'Looking at' Supporting a Minimum Wage Hike | Blog, The Poverty Line | BillMoyers.com

Wal-Mart 'Looking at' Supporting a Minimum Wage Hike | Blog, The Poverty Line | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The retailer is weighing the low wages it pays its employees against declining sales caused by poor and middle-class customers struggling to buy the company's cheap imports.
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The Creeping Expansion of Corporate Civil Rights | Blog, Connecting the Dots | BillMoyers.com

The Creeping Expansion of Corporate Civil Rights | Blog, Connecting the Dots | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Civil rights for corporate "persons" often conflict with the public interest.

 

Last week, The Wire creator David Simon told Bill Moyers that the legal doctrine that spending money on political campaigns is an act of political speech protected by the First Amendment poses the greatest threat to American democracy. “That to me was the nail in the coffin,” he said. “If the combination of the monetization of our elections and gerrymandering create a bicameral legislature that doesn’t in any way reflect the will of the American people, you’ve reached the end game for democracy.”

 

He’s right. Not only does money as speech allow those with the fattest wallets to drown out the voices of average citizens, as John Light points out, it also gives wealthy donors an effective veto over policies that enjoy majority support. But it’s important to understand the other ways that the expansion of civil rights for corporations can conflict with the public interest.

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The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to “endanger our liberties or democratic process” but have you heard of the “Deep State?”

 

Former GOP congressional analyst Mike Lofgren talks to Bill about America's "Deep State," in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests. Also, an exclusive essay on the Deep State, by Lofgren.

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Comparing the effects of human activities with historic periods of climate change

Comparing the effects of human activities with historic periods of climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers supported in part by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) have compared the effects of human activities with historic periods of climate change using data collected from wetlands along the lower Hudson River in New York State. What did they find? Over the past millennium, ...
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Researchers predict 22 per cent reduction in provincial greenhouse gas with biochar use

Researchers predict 22 per cent reduction in provincial greenhouse gas with biochar use | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A renewable fuel called biochar could substitute for all coal and some natural gas burned in BC resulting in as much as a 22 per cent reduction in provincial greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new policy paper from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).
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Tell Facebook: Quit ALEC and stop funding climate deniers!

Tell Facebook: Quit ALEC and stop funding climate deniers! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Why is Facebook funding climate denial? Tell Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, quit ALEC today!

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Global Food Index :: Oxfam

Global Food Index :: Oxfam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oxfam's Global Food Index is a snapshot of 125 countries indicating the best and worst places to eat. The data has been compiled as an interactive graph - to show where people face particular challenges in getting enough of the right food.

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Développement durable : un Baromètre qui sert aussi à s'orienter

Développement durable : un Baromètre qui sert aussi à s'orienter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Les Fédérations hospitalières ont lancé la semaine dernière l'édition 2014 du Baromètre du développement durable en établissement de santé. Il leur permet de se comparer entre eux et de mieux structurer leur action dans ce domaine. Le Baromètre du développement durable est l'un des pivots du dispositif Hôpital durable, destiné à identifier, promouvoir et accompagner les actions de développement durable au sein des établissements de santé. "Il est issu d'une collaboration entre les quatre fédérations hospitalièrs (FHF, FHP, Fehap et Unicancer), une démarche interfédérale assez unique dans la santé", souligne Barbara Vernet, spécialiste du développement durable et partenaire de la FHF. Le Baromètre est articulé autour de 80 questions organisées en grandes thématiques collant au aux préoccupations et aux exigences environnementales et sociétales que rencontrent les établissements de santé : construction, pilotage et management durable, responsabilité sociétale (RSE), achats, gestion des déchets, eau, énergie… Source: http://www.directhopital.com/Developpement-durable--un-Barometre-qui-sert-aussi-a-s-orienter-NS_1343.html#ixzz2toORINOC


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NEMA Supports Energy-efficiency

NEMA Supports Energy-efficiency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEMA has proposed a simple, effective, and technology-neutral package of tax incentives for energy efficiency in buildings, factories, and the electric grid. But it is still up to building owners and managers to retrofit their buildings.

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#Eat #whales ~ and perhaps get #Parkinson’s ~ high concentrations of #PCBs & #mercury in their blood.

#Eat #whales ~ and perhaps get #Parkinson’s ~ high concentrations of #PCBs & #mercury  in their blood. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parkinson’s disease is twice as prevalent on the Faroe Islands as in Norway. The reason might be the consumption of a particular kind of whale meat.

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, February 21, 2014 11:40 AM

Petersen says that because this whale meat is so contaminated,

 

Faroe Islanders have had high concentrations of PCBs and mercury

 

in their blood.

 

The situation is a little different today, but inhabitants still have high

 

levels of these contaminants compared to people in other countries.

 

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Fish Robots Search for Pollution in the Waters

Fish Robots Search for Pollution in the Waters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"A number of robotic fish are going to be used in an experiment in the port of Gijon in Spain in order to evaluate how effectively and cost-efficiently they can detect water pollution. The carp-shaped robots are part of a three-year research project of Huosheng Hu and his robotics team at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex. The robot fish could be used to inspect rivers, lakes and seas. The life-like creatures, which mimic the undulating movement of real fish, are 1.5 meters (5 feet) long and will be equipped with tiny chemical sensors. These sensors are used to find sources of potentially hazardous pollutants in the water, such as leaks from vessels in the port or underwater pipelines. When they recharge their batteries via a “charging hub” they will be able to transmit the information to the port’s control center. This will enable the authorities to map the source and scale of the pollution virtually in real time."


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Sustainability is Proven Better Business

Sustainability is Proven Better Business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hunter Lovins in Natural Capitalism Solutions: It’s become weirdly fashionable to criticise companies cutting their impact on the environment and implementing more sustainable practices as insuffic...
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A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines | Blog, News & Notes | BillMoyers.com

Wednesday’s announcement that the FCC would write new Net neutrality rules was a step in the right direction, but some are concerned that it didn’t go far enough.
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The Billionaires on Both Sides of Climate Change | Blog, Connecting the Dots | BillMoyers.com

The Billionaires on Both Sides of Climate Change | Blog, Connecting the Dots | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It's the wealthy who hold the power to set the agenda.

 

The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore recently reported that Tom Steyer, a billionaire former hedge fund manager, is campaigning to get President Obama to say no to the Keystone XL pipeline. He plans to spend $100 million (or more) during the 2014 midterm elections supporting candidates with strong environmental platforms and opposing politicians such as Florida Gov. Rick Scott who deny the reality of climate change. He hopes to raise $50 million from like-minded wealthy individuals to match $50 million of his own money. Confessore reports that Steyer, a Democrat, is hoping to build the prevention of climate change into an issue that all Americans will get behind.

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Obama Admin’s TPP Trade Officials Received Hefty Bonuses From Big Banks | Blog, News & Notes | BillMoyers.com

Obama Admin’s TPP Trade Officials Received Hefty Bonuses From Big Banks | Blog, News & Notes | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Million-dollar payouts were awarded once the banks knew the individuals were headed for the administration.
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