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China import deal boosts Argentina's genetically modified crops

China import deal boosts Argentina's genetically modified crops | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Buenos Aires (UPI) Jun 11, 2013 -
Argentina is celebrating an agricultural success in China that is seen likely to blunt advocacy groups' frequent campaigns against genetically modified food crops.
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China approves imports of GM soybean from Brazil

China approves imports of GM soybean from Brazil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) June 11, 2013 - China, the main buyer of Brazilian soybeans, has approved imports of three genetically modified varieties of the crop, to be produced on a large scale in the South American country.
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Bridge species drive tropical engine of biodiversity

Bridge species drive tropical engine of biodiversity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 12, 2013 - Although scientists have known since the middle of the 19th century that the tropics are teeming with species while the poles harbor relatively few, the origin of the most dramatic and pervasive bio...
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Large-scale biodiversity is vital to maintain ecosystem health

Large-scale biodiversity is vital to maintain ecosystem health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Jun 12, 2013 -
Over the years ecologists have shown how biological diversity benefits the health of small, natural communities.
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Compassion-in-Action Chain Reaction: Send-A-Kid to Camp!

Compassion-in-Action Chain Reaction: Send-A-Kid to Camp! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tools for Peace Summer Teen Camp offers teens a weeklong camp experience rooted in mindfulness, meditation, & compassion. Help us raise $25,000 of scholarships!
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Disease Outbreak Threatens the Future of Good Coffee | Wired Science | Wired.com

Disease Outbreak Threatens the Future of Good Coffee | Wired Science | Wired.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A disease called coffee rust has reached epidemic proportions in Central America, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers and the morning pick-me-up of millions of coffee drinkers.
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Yale Environment 360: Growing Number of Pests Developing Resistance to GM Crops

Yale Environment 360: Growing Number of Pests Developing Resistance to GM Crops | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

An increasing number of pest species are developing resistance to crops genetically engineered to be toxic to insects, according to new research. In an analysis of 77 studies conducted in eight countries, a team of U.S. and French scientists found that five of 13 major pest species had become resistant to so-called Bt cotton or corn plants, which are genetically modified to exude a bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis, that is toxic to insects. Three of the cases occurred in the U.S., where half of all Bt plantings occur, while the others were in India and South Africa. In one instance, early signs of pest resistance to the plants appeared within two years.

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How to Use Behavioral Science to Encourage Energy Efficiency | TIME.com

How to Use Behavioral Science to Encourage Energy Efficiency | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Energy efficiency isn't just about technology. As Alex Laskey of Opower explains in this video, it's also about psychology
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Free Chinese activists calling for disclosure of wealth - HRW

Free Chinese activists calling for disclosure of wealth - HRW | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Campaigners urge the Chinese government to drop charges against 15 anti-corruption activists involved in demonstrations for greater transparency
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SBI deadlock looms over Bonn climate talks

SBI deadlock looms over Bonn climate talks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Katia Simeonova, SBI Coordinator, Dan Bondi Ogolla, Coordinator and Principal Legal Adviser, SBI Vice-Chair Robert Van Lierop and SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow consulting during the SBI plenary (Courtes...
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Shareable: Research: Why Big Companies Must Join the Collaborative Economy

Shareable: Research: Why Big Companies Must Join the Collaborative Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Collaborative consumption has proven to be a lasting, widespread, and disruptive movement, which is why a number of forward-thinking companies — including Patagonia, Toyota, and NBC — have already begun incorporating sharing-based strategies into their core businesses. As the report notes, "Companies risk becoming disintermediated by customers who connect with each other. The Collaborative Economy Value Chain illustrates how companies can rethink their business models by becoming a Company-as-a-Service, Motivating a Marketplace, or Providing a Platform. The forward-looking company employs one model; the most advanced companies employ all three, with the corporation at the center." - See more at: http://www.shareable.net/blog/research-why-big-companies-must-join-the-collaborative-economy?utm_content=kbjohnson888%40gmail.com&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Read%20more&utm_campaign=Shareable%3A%20Turkey%27s%20urban%20uprising%20and%20the%20commonscontent#sthash.CihMwzq6.dpuf

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Why Wall Street Is To Blame For The Lousy Job Market

Why Wall Street Is To Blame For The Lousy Job Market | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Having a hard time finding a decent-paying job? Thank Wall Street.
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An estimate of the consensus project paper search coverage

An estimate of the consensus project paper search coverage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As part of my involvement in the consensus project (TCP) that recently published its results, I looked into some aspects of the data which were not part of the final paper.
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Egypt's Nile crisis and the Dam Busters

Egypt's Nile crisis and the Dam Busters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cairo (UPI) Jun 11, 2013 - Tension between Egypt and Ethiopia has risen sharply after Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil warned Addis Ababa not to build a massive dam on the Blue Nile he says will reduce the amount of water Egypt gets from the...
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Children 'left behind' in China's rush to the cities

Children 'left behind' in China's rush to the cities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Zhuangshuzui, China (AFP) June 12, 2013 - Six-year-old Keke looks silently from a bare living room at her closest companion: a grandmother who resents having to raise her.
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A potential new target to thwart antibiotic resistance

A potential new target to thwart antibiotic resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 12, 2013 -
Bacteria in the gut that are under attack by antibiotics have allies no one had anticipated, a team of Wyss Institute scientists has found.
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Asteroid mining firm hires former White House officer

Asteroid mining firm hires former White House officer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Peter Marquez, former director of space policy under US Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is Planetary Resources’s new vice president for global engagement.
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Fraud Against Seniors Often Is Routed Through Banks

Fraud Against Seniors Often Is Routed Through Banks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Federal authorities and consumer lawyers say banks play a key role in giving questionable Internet merchants access to the financial system, enabling them to prey on consumers.
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Russian Flood Barrier Is a Model for New York City: Scientific American

Russian Flood Barrier Is a Model for New York City: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 24-kilometer wall has already saved Saint Petersburg from a fierce winter storm
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Commercial Building Energy Storage Systems Revenue Will Surpass $7.5 Billion Annually by 2022 | Caelus Green Room

Commercial Building Energy Storage Systems Revenue Will Surpass $7.5 Billion Annually by 2022 | Caelus Green Room | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Commercial Building Energy Storage Systems Revenue Will Surpass $7.5 Billion Annually by 2022
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Sequester Forces NOAA Satellite Cuts To Save Weather Jobs

Sequester Forces NOAA Satellite Cuts To Save Weather Jobs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There has been mounting concern over the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s mandatory furloughs of National Weather Service employees amidst increasingly severe weather.
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Experts push ethical case for climate adaptation policies

Experts push ethical case for climate adaptation policies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A UN report notes that "because the poorest people are already struggling with day-to-day survival, the poorest countries will face more difficulties as they attempt to overcome the damage done by climate change"...
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What to Make of a Climate-Change Plateau

What to Make of a Climate-Change Plateau | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The rise in the planet’s surface temperature has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that, a circumstance that highlights how much is still unknown about the climate system.
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Shareable: The Abundant Life of an Intentionally Homeless Cat Lover

Shareable: The Abundant Life of an Intentionally Homeless Cat Lover | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Three years ago, I sold and gave away most of my possessions and became intentionally homeless. At the time, I was 43 years old, working, and happy. But giving up a permanent home seemed to be the next and most obvious step in a pattern of downsizing that had begun years before.

In the beginning, my head swirled with doubt and scenarios of regret. Waking up in a warm familiar bed in my own apartment, surrounded by years of accumulated possessions felt safe and good—and there is a powerful comfort in always having the same place to come back to. But even after acknowledging the risks and uncertainties, I was ready for a major change, propelled by curiosity and a pull towards the unknown.

 

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LOOK: Depressing Chart Shows How Workers Are Getting Squeezed

LOOK: Depressing Chart Shows How Workers Are Getting Squeezed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Minimum wage workers haven’t seen their pay go up much in the past 50 years, but that doesn't mean they're less valuable to their employers.
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