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In California, Climate Change Is ‘Real, And It’s Already Here’

In California, Climate Change Is ‘Real, And It’s Already Here’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report released Thursday documents the toll climate change is taking across on California, with more frequent and intense wildfires, rising sea levels, shrinking glaciers, warmer lakes and oceans, and hotter temperatures.
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How To Protect America’s Public Lands During The Energy Boom

How To Protect America’s Public Lands During The Energy Boom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report offers recommendations on how to protect our treasured public lands amidst America's fossil fuel boom.
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Native Americans Arrested While Protesting Tar Sands Equipment Transport Through Tribal Lands

Native Americans Arrested While Protesting Tar Sands Equipment Transport Through Tribal Lands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Police broke up their human barrier meant to block equipment on its way to the tar sands in Canada.
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S. Korea tests 'electric road' for public buses

S. Korea tests 'electric road' for public buses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gumi, South Korea (AFP) Aug 08, 2013 - A South Korean city has begun testing an electrified road that allows electric public buses to recharge their batteries from buried cables as they travel.
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Localized wind power blowing more near homes, farms and factories

Localized wind power blowing more near homes, farms and factories | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 -
Americans are increasingly installing wind turbines near their homes, farms and businesses to generate their own energy, concludes a new report released.
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Namibia drought threatens 400,000 with hunger: govt

Namibia drought threatens 400,000 with hunger: govt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Windhoek, Khomas (AFP) Aug 07, 2013 - A severe drought that sparked a state of emergency in Namibia has left 400,000 people facing hunger, the government said.
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Chronic harvesting threatens tropical tree

Chronic harvesting threatens tropical tree | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 - Chronic harvesting of a tropical tree that many local communities in Western Africa depend on can alter the tree's reproduction and drastically curtail fruit and seed yields over the tree's lifetime...
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Temperature alters population dynamics of common plant pests

Temperature alters population dynamics of common plant pests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 - Temperature-driven changes alter outbreak patterns of tea tortrix - an insect pest - and may shed light on how temperature influences whether insects emerge as cohesive cohorts or continuously, ac...
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Carbon emissions to impact climate beyond the day after tomorrow

Carbon emissions to impact climate beyond the day after tomorrow | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Honolulu HI (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 -
Future warming from fossil fuel burning could be more intense and longer-lasting than previously thought.
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Anybody have any thoughts on how we could go-about designing Hell?  Do you think our grandchildren are going to appreciate what we have left for them?  We at least have the ability to start slowing the desent from a freefall to a survivable crash landing. The question is, will we do it???

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Lower Great Lakes Levels - Another New Normal?

Lower Great Lakes Levels - Another New Normal? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Lake Michigan is no longer just a Great Lake; it is a great unknown. More ominous than the all-time low the lake touched this winter is the fact that it came after langu...
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NRA attacks "shadowy network" of enviros and zoos fighting to ban lead bullets

NRA attacks "shadowy network" of enviros and zoos fighting to ban lead bullets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As some states weigh bans on lead-based ammunition -- the biggest source of unregulated lead in the environment -- the NRA fights back with a conspiracy theory.
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4 Ways to Recycle Your Old Gadgets

4 Ways to Recycle Your Old Gadgets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Instead of throwing out your old, unwanted gadgets, you can recycle them, donate them to good causes, sell them or even create DIY projects out of them.

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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, August 6, 2013 8:30 AM

We all have unused and unwanted gadgets — cellphones from the days of yore, laptops long since rendered obsolete — and they usually end up just sitting at the bottom of a closet or in a seldom-opened drawer.

In fact, the average mobile customer already owns two unused cellphones, though only a small fraction of gadgets are actually recycled. Luckily, there are dozens of ways for you to help change that.

  

We put together this guide to recycling and otherwise responsibly disposing of your old gadgets. Whether you're looking to donate your cellphone to a non-profit or sell your iPad 2 for the latest version with a retina screen, you'll find an option that fits your situation.

1. Use Tech Company Recycling Programs

Most of the big tech companies have their own recycling programs, which are typically free and easy to recycle or trade in your unused tech responsibly. The list that follows is just a small sample — you can check the website of your specific gadget's brand for more information.

Note that some companies will even accept gadgets from different brands.

Apple Recycling Program: You can send your old Apple products back to the company for proper recycling. If they have any monetary value, Apple will apply it toward a gift card.

Best Buy Recycle: Best Buy will recycle just about any tech product, ranging from TVs and computer monitors to DVD players and video cables.

Canon Recycling Program: You can send Canon your old cameras, lenses, printers and other devices by selecting your specific product, and then you'll receive the special recycling label via email.

Dell Mail-Back Recycling Program: Dell's mail-back program partners with FedEx so you can responsibly recycle your unwanted computer equipment.

Dyson Recycle - WEEE: If you live in the U.K., Dyson will recycle your old vacuum cleaner for free when you buy a new one online. The company will pick up your old vacuum cleaner free of charge and recycle it....

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Cloudy with a chance of war

Cloudy with a chance of war | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
EARTH'S climate is changing, whether you like it or not. As it does, other changes—like rising sea levels or falling crop yields—follow. It is easy to see how...

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:48 AM

This author addresses another high cost of climate change that is often not mentioned in conversations and articles on climate and environment…

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Wisconsin’s Surprising Involvement In The Fracking Boom

Wisconsin’s Surprising Involvement In The Fracking Boom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
No one is trying to extract natural gas in Wisconsin, but that doesn't mean that fracking isn't haven't big impacts on the land and water quality.
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Government Inaction Is Turning Off Investors Who Want To Back Green Energy

Government Inaction Is Turning Off Investors Who Want To Back Green Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new global survey of investors reveals growing concern that national policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions are "inadequate, inconsistent and halting."
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Can China clean up fast enough?

Can China clean up fast enough? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“HELL is a city much like London—a populous and a smoky city,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1819. It is a description that would suit many Chinese cities...
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NREL Report Firms Up Land-Use Requirements of Solar

NREL Report Firms Up Land-Use Requirements of Solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 - The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report on the land use requirements of solar power plants based on actual land-use practices from existing solar f...
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Wonders of nature inspire exotic man-made materials

Wonders of nature inspire exotic man-made materials | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 - In this month's edition of Physics World, a group of physicists describe how unique structures in the natural world are inspiring scientists to develop new types of materials with unprecedented prop...
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Arctic sea-ice loss has widespread effects on wildlife

Arctic sea-ice loss has widespread effects on wildlife | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 -
With sea ice at its lowest point in 1,500 years, how might ecological communities in the Arctic be affected by its continued and even accelerated melting over the next decades?
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Climate change is causing modifications to marine life behavior

Climate change is causing modifications to marine life behavior | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 - Oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth's surface, yet our knowledge of the impact of climate change on marine habitats is a mere drop in the proverbial ocean compared to terrestrial systems.
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Soil carbon 'blowing in the wind'

Soil carbon 'blowing in the wind' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 -
Top soil is rich in nutrients and carbon but is increasingly being blown away by events such as the 'Red Dawn' in Sydney in 2009.
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Existing cropland could feed four billion more

Existing cropland could feed four billion more | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 - The world's croplands could feed 4 billion more people than they do now just by shifting from producing animal feed and biofuels to producing exclusively food for human consumption, according to new...
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I guess we can say boodbye to beef, but the problem is, with climate changing, the existing cropland isn't going to exist much longer in its current form, or location. Besides increased temperatures, water is becoming a problem with over used aquafers, and areas of less productive watershed. California's watershed with climate change is expected to be reduced by 50% by the end of this century. Not so good for crops, or anyone else.

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New reports reveal the dire picture humanity is painting for Earth’s climate

New reports reveal the dire picture humanity is painting for Earth’s climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The report notes the continuing rise in temperatures over both land and ocean, with rising trends starting as far back as the mid-19th century, a rise in humidity levels over the past 40 years (consistent with what is expected as air temperatures rise), and record or near-record level rises in sea level and ocean heat content. It also noted declines in the climate as well, specifically with the depth and extent of the world's glaciers, with record or near-record lows in the temperature of the lower stratosphere (the layer of the atmosphere directly above where our weather happens), and record or near-record lows in the amount of sea ice observed, the depth and extent of the Greenland Ice Sheet, and the amount of snow cover seen.

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Forget Social Media, It’s Your Handwriting That Gives Away Everything About You

Forget Social Media, It’s Your Handwriting That Gives Away Everything About You | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Graphology - The study of handwriting, especially when regarded as an expression of a writer’s character, personality and abilities.
A controversial means of evaluating personality.
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A Fukushima, 300 tonnes d'eau contaminée déversées chaque jour

A Fukushima, 300 tonnes d'eau contaminée déversées chaque jour | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Le gouvernement japonais a dévoilé une estimation officielle de ces fuites d'eau radioactive qui se déverse dans l'océan Pacifique depuis 2011.

Via Jón Sallé
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