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Report: There Are 85 People Who Are As Wealthy As Half The WORLD

Report: There Are 85 People Who Are As Wealthy As Half The WORLD | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Worldwide economic inequality is looking rather bleak these days, according to a new report by relief organization Oxfam.
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China Aims for Food Security as Pollution Destroys Crop Land

China Aims for Food Security as Pollution Destroys Crop Land | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As China emphasizes "basic grain self-sufficiency," an area the size of Belgium has become too contaminated to grow crops.

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North Texans to Texas Railroad Commission: Stop the 'Frackquakes' - The Texas Observer

North Texans to Texas Railroad Commission: Stop the 'Frackquakes' - The Texas Observer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Citizens from the Azle area asked the Texas Railroad Commission to halt wastewater injection wells linked to 'frackquakes' in North Texas.
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Leaked Records Reveal Offshore Holdings of China’s Elite

Leaked Records Reveal Offshore Holdings of China’s Elite | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Files shed light on nearly 22,000 tax haven clients from Hong Kong and mainland China.
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Changes for Obama climate goals do not need congressional OK: report

Changes for Obama climate goals do not need congressional OK: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of business leaders, energy experts and former government leaders believes that the Obama administration could tackle climate change by taking measures that do not require...
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Activists, CSX concerned about derailed oil trains

Activists, CSX concerned about derailed oil trains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA (AP) â€" Six train cars that derailed on a Philadelphia bridge this week carried the same type of flammable crude that exploded in a small Canadian town, killing 47 people.
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White roofs beat 'green' roofs on climate change, says Berkeley Lab study - San Francisco Business Times

White roofs beat 'green' roofs on climate change, says Berkeley Lab study - San Francisco Business Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Though so-called green roofs with gardens growing on them are popular today an...
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INTERVIEW-Greenland eyes mines as melting ice cap unlocks mineral riches | Reuters

INTERVIEW-Greenland eyes mines as melting ice cap unlocks mineral riches | Reuters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
TROMSOE, Norway, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Greenland will pushahead with a uranium and rare earths mine despite the objectionsof its former colonial ruler and main benefactor as the meltingof the polar ice
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Keystone pipeline's southern section to open | Al Jazeera America

Keystone pipeline's southern section to open | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Once complete, the controversial project will move 830K barrels of crude oil per day from Canada’s oil sands to the U.S.
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Andrew Winston - If We Don't Tackle Climate Change, Our Other Problems Will Be Moot

When Bill de Blasio took the oath of office as mayor of New York City on 1 January, his inauguration address focused heavily on inequality. In a speech four weeks earlier, President Obama madereducing economic inequality a core mission, saying: "For the rest of my presidency, that's where you should expect my administration to focus all our efforts." Inequality is a critical issue globally. A society where the gains of economic growth go only to the already wealthy is not stable. That said, I believe that when we look back on the priorities set by presidents and mayors at this time in history, people will be astonished at what our leaders didn't prioritise. We should focus our energies on building general societal resilience (of which efforts to address inequality are a part), but more specifically, the first priority needs to be fighting and preparing for climate change.

 

The latest analyses on the likely outcomes of our continuing use of the atmosphere as a carbon dumping ground are not optimistic. A study published in Nature has suggested we're heading towards a 4C (7.2F) increase by 2100. This would not just be inconvenient: it could make the world uninhabitable for humans. The majority of scientists are not painting a picture this extreme, but the message is clear from those the Nation calls "thoughtful outliers".

 

Imagine a probability curve of possible outcomes from our planet-baking experiment. According to some sane, smart people, now showing up a few standard deviations out on the curve is the possibility of humanity's demise.

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Thai palm oil producers want policy shift to better support biodiesel

Thai palm oil producers want policy shift to better support biodiesel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In Thailand, the palm oil producers association wants the government to make the biodiesel blending policy more flexible, allowing prices to rise when supplies fall rather than capping cooking oil prices as is currently being done. The group says that capping cooking oil prices distorts the market, as does exports. Exports rose 39% year-on-year in November, and now there isn’t enough biodiesel to supply the B7 mandate that was scheduled to come into effect on Jan. 1. Those plans are currently on hold until supplies improve.

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ePure calls on European Commission to set transportation targets to 2030

ePure calls on European Commission to set transportation targets to 2030 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In Belgium, on Wednesday the European Commission will present its long awaited vision for a new climate and energy policy framework towards the year 2030. The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) welcomes the European Commission’s efforts to build a long-term perspective on climate and energy but calls on the Commission to elaborate upon the successes of the current policy by proposing new binding targets for GHG reductions and renewable energy use in transport by 2030.

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Farmworkers Win an Extra Penny From the Ultimate Penny Pincher, Walmart

Farmworkers Win an Extra Penny From the Ultimate Penny Pincher, Walmart | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Score a big one for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers—and for low-wage workers everywhere.
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Banks Could Still Blow Up The World

Banks Could Still Blow Up The World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Big banks are perfectly safe these days, unless you count all those weapons of mass financial destruction they've got lying around. And who's counting those?
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As Drought Threatens Orcas' Food Supply, Group Wants NorCal Coast Protected | ReWild | KCET

As Drought Threatens Orcas' Food Supply, Group Wants NorCal Coast Protected | ReWild | KCET | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With just 81 individuals left, the southern resident population of killer whales (a.k.a. orcas) has been listed as a federally Endangered species since 2005.
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Perry nuclear power plant is leaking radioactive water, danger minimal

Perry nuclear power plant is leaking radioactive water, danger minimal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 The Perry nuclear power plant is leaking tritium, a radioactive form of water with a half-life of more than 12 years.

 

The radioactive water has been found in groundwater at concentrations more than twice the federal drinking water limit outside of a building where the leak was discovered Monday. No other, more dangerous radioactive isotopes were found.

 

Plant owner FirstEnergy said the tritium has not made its way into the plant’s larger under-drain system designed to collect groundwater from under the entire site. Nor has the isotope been found in other groundwater test sites on the property or into nearby Lake Erie.

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Elk River leak included another chemical  - News - The Charleston Gazette

 Federal and state investigators learned Tuesday that an additional chemical that wasn't previously identified was in the tank that leaked Jan. 9 at the Freedom Industries tank farm, just upstream from West Virginia American Water's regional drinking water intake.

 

The company told investigators that the Crude MCHM that leaked also contained a product called "PPH," according to state and federal officials.

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SCIENCE: Climate scientists, facing skeptics' demands for personal emails, learn how to cope -- Tuesday, January 21, 2014 -- www.eenews.net

SCIENCE: Climate scientists, facing skeptics' demands for personal emails, learn how to cope -- Tuesday, January 21, 2014 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the spring of 2012, Andrew Dessler, a climate scientist at Texas A&M University, received a somewhat unusual request: The American Tradition Institute, a conservative group, wanted to search through his emails.
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If 50 Tons of Pipe Falls From a Crane, Does Anyone See It? | InsideClimate News

If 50 Tons of Pipe Falls From a Crane, Does Anyone See It? | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The view from David Gallagher's porch window should have been bucolic on that January evening. In the distance, the setting sun was bouncing off fresh snow that blanketed old farmland surrounding his Ceresco, Mich.
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As Uses of Biochar Expand, Climate Benefits Still Uncertain by Mark Hertsgaard: Yale Environment 360

As Uses of Biochar Expand, Climate Benefits Still Uncertain by Mark Hertsgaard: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research shows that biochar made from plant fodder and even chicken manure can be used to scrub mercury from power plant emissions and clean up polluted soil.
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California drought and the polar vortex: 'New normal' by 2030?

California drought and the polar vortex: 'New normal' by 2030? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here in Southern California, residents are grappling with what it means to be back in an official drought and wondering why it is so hot — in January.
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At Davos, push for clean energy as climate weapon

At Davos, push for clean energy as climate weapon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nations emerged from climate talks in Poland in November with a vague road map on how to prepare for a global climate pact to stabilize warming at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), a level countries hope will avoid the worst consequences of...
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In California, a Raft of Measures to Improve Conditions and Oversight of Assisted Living

In California, a Raft of Measures to Improve Conditions and Oversight of Assisted Living | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After months of damning reports, including an investigation by ProPublica and PBS “Frontline,” legislators have proposed a regulatory overhaul.
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European farmers union wants stable framework for biofuels

European farmers union wants stable framework for biofuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In Germany, the European farmers union Copa-Cogeca is calling on European legislators to implement a stable framework for biofuels, or else risk losing the positive impacts on the region’s rural areas.

 

Copa-Cogeca highlighted the major benefits of biofuels for the environment, for the economy, for animal feed, for growth and jobs in EU rural areas and called for a consistent EU policy at a major conference held in the auspices of Berlin Green Week today. Copa-Cogeca warned that if the EU cuts its biofuel targets it will fail to meet its EU energy and climate change goals.

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Jobe, NBB take aim at Big Oil in fiery keynote in San Diego

Jobe, NBB take aim at Big Oil in fiery keynote in San Diego | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NBB chief Joe Jobe blasts Big Oil for “misleading Americans about fuel policy,” and operating a “propaganda machine” to “kill diversity and choice” in transportation fuels.

In California, National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe blasted the petroleum industry for “misleading Americans about fuel policy”, and he called on President Barack Obama to stand firm behind his previous commitments to supporting alternative energy industries.

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