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Budget Deal Protects Fossil Fuel Interests | InsideClimate News

Budget Deal Protects Fossil Fuel Interests | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The $1.1 trillion catch-all spending bill negotiated by Congressional leaders and published on Monday night shaves away at several of the Obama administration's climate priorities, propping up fossil fuels at the expense of clean energy programs.
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Under Investor Pressure, Utility to Study Emissions

Under Investor Pressure, Utility to Study Emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FirstEnergy promised to report on what it could do to cut emissions after prodding by shareholders like New York State and Connecticut pension funds.
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Detroit Auto Show: Tesla and GM in race for an affordable electric car

Detroit Auto Show: Tesla and GM in race for an affordable electric car | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With Tesla's Model S cornering the market for luxury electric sedans — a stunning feat for a new company in a capital-intensive business — the automaker now finds itself in a direct competition with General Motors and other automakers for the real...
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Montana snowshoe hare study provides documentation of climate-change adaptation

Montana snowshoe hare study provides documentation of climate-change adaptation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the biting cold and snow-filled backcountry of the Seeley-Swan Valley, researchers from the University of Montana are looking for what should be nearly invisible.
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CAMPAIGN 2014: Mich. governor, challenger tread warily on environmental issues in tight race

Michigan seemed to be on a path to reducing its emissions in 2008. Citing "greenhouse gases that threaten the air, water and other natural resources of Michigan and the health, safety and general welfare of Michigan residents," then-Gov.
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Big Coal Undercuts Landmark U.S. Overseas Investment Policy - Inter Press Service

Big Coal Undercuts Landmark U.S. Overseas Investment Policy - Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmentalists and some lawmakers are decrying a surprise move by conservative members of Congress to roll back landmark “clean energy” policies guiding
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The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’ | The Nation

The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’ | The Nation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

I grew up planning for my future, wondering which college I would attend, what to study, and later on, where to work, which articles to write, what my next book might be, how to pay a mortgage, and which mountaineering trip I might like to take next.


Now, I wonder about the future of our planet. During a recent visit with my eight-year-old niece and 10- and 12-year-old nephews, I stopped myself from asking them what they wanted to do when they grew up, or any of the future-oriented questions I used to ask myself. I did so because the reality of their generation may be that questions like where they will work could be replaced by: Where will they get their fresh water? What food will be available? And what parts of their country and the rest of the world will still be habitable?


The reason, of course, is climate change—and just how bad it might be came home to me in the summer of 2010.  I was climbing Mount Rainier in Washington State, taking the same route I had used in a 1994 ascent.  Instead of experiencing the metal tips of the crampons attached to my boots crunching into the ice of a glacier, I was aware that, at high altitudes, they were still scraping against exposed volcanic rock. In the pre-dawn night, sparks shot from my steps.

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Bankers 'sneaking around bonus cap'

Bankers 'sneaking around bonus cap' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Bankers are using "sneaky" ways of avoiding the European Union's new cap on bonus sizes, a think tank has claimed.

 

The High Pay Centre predicted bankers would enjoy yet another bumper year of bonuses while other workers saw their wages stagnate.

 

Spokeswoman Deborah Hargreaves said: "We saw fat-cat Wednesday last week, where top bosses on an average of £4.3m a year had already taken home as much as average earnings in two and a half days this year.

 

"It is wrong to be over-paying a small group of people at the top and leaving the rest of the workforce struggling to make ends meet."

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H.K. economy world's freest for 20th consecutive year

H.K. economy world's freest for 20th consecutive year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 14, 2014 - Hong Kong on Tuesday retained the title of the world's freest economy for the twentieth year in a row, with rival Singapore closing the gap between the two cities.
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An improved, cost-effective catalyst for water-splitting devices

An improved, cost-effective catalyst for water-splitting devices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jan 15, 2014 -
Solar energy appears to be the only form of renewable that can be exploited at level that matches the world's growing needs.
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US power plant emissions down

US power plant emissions down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boulder CO (SPX) Jan 15, 2014 - Power plants that use natural gas and a new technology to squeeze more energy from the fuel release far less of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide than coal-fired power plants do, according to a new...
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China's Xi vows to root out 'dirty' corruption: Xinhua

China's Xi vows to root out 'dirty' corruption: Xinhua | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Jan 14, 2014 - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday promised a no-holds barred anti-corruption crusade, warning ruling Communist Party officials that all dirty hands will be caught, state media reported.
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Locust genome exposes hundreds of pesticide targets

Locust genome exposes hundreds of pesticide targets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Jan 14, 2014 - Chinese scientists said Tuesday they had unravelled the genetic code of the locust, laying bare hundreds of genes that can be targeted by insecticides.
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Eni Is Said to Abandon Polish Shale Aspirations

Eni Is Said to Abandon Polish Shale Aspirations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Italian energy giant has found that its drilling efforts have not produced enough natural gas to be commercially viable.
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Report urges province to blaze trail on conservation

Report urges province to blaze trail on conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Homeowners could save up to 25 per cent on energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions would fall substantially if the province takes the lead on conservation programs, says a new report by an alliance of oil companies, Calgary and Edmonton, and...
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L.A.-area fire danger 'about as high as it can be,' forecaster says

L.A.-area fire danger 'about as high as it can be,' forecaster says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fire danger in many parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties is "about as high as it can be," a meteorologist warned Tuesday.
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Australia dithers as another heatwave strikes - environment - 14 January 2014 - New Scientist

Australia dithers as another heatwave strikes - environment - 14 January 2014 - New Scientist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Australian government's reluctance to admit the reality of climate change means it is failing to save people's lives as heatwaves become more common
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North California drought threatens farmers, ag workers, cities – and you | Al Jazeera America

North California drought threatens farmers, ag workers, cities – and you | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Driest conditions in 100 years could hit the nation’s food basket hard, affecting half of US fruits and vegetables
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Mitigation Mosaic: How small steps can make a difference

Mitigation Mosaic: How small steps can make a difference | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I live in Fellbach (pop. 44,200 in 2011) in southern Germany’s Baden-Württemberg.
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Lifting the Oil Export Ban: Where the Refiners Stand

whilst US crude oil producers will clearly benefit from lifting the export ban, things are not as obvious for refiners.
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Oil price gains capped by prospect of Iran supplies

Oil price gains capped by prospect of Iran supplies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London (AFP) Jan 14, 2014 - Global oil prices rose on Tuesday, but gains were capped by the prospect of a return of Iranian supplies, with a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme taking effect next week.
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Polish auditors slam government for slow pace of shale gas development

Polish auditors slam government for slow pace of shale gas development | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warsaw, Poland (UPI) Jan 15, 2013 -
Poland's national auditing agency this week criticized the slow place of developing the country's shale gas industry, blaming government inefficiency.
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Fastest organic transistor heralds new generation of see-through electronics

Fastest organic transistor heralds new generation of see-through electronics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stanford CA (SPX) Jan 15, 2014 - Two university research teams have worked together to produce the world's fastest thin-film organic transistors, proving that this experimental technology has the potential to achieve the performanc...
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China Nobel winner's wife in rare video appearance

China Nobel winner's wife in rare video appearance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Jan 15, 2014 - Rare video footage of Liu Xia, the wife of imprisoned Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, reading two self-written poems under house arrest was posted online Wednesday.
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Study: Species face extinction unless bold conservation moves made

Study: Species face extinction unless bold conservation moves made | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canterbury, England (UPI) Jan 13, 2013 -
Despite record levels of funding of anti-poaching measures, many species face extinction and will need extensive protections, British researchers say.
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