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Scientists have found new evidence to show how early humans migrated into Europe

Scientists have found new evidence to show how early humans migrated into Europe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Huddersfield UK (SPX) Aug 15, 2013 -
Humans originated in Africa. But what route did they take as they began to disperse around the world 60,000 years ago?
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Baby corals pass the acid test

Baby corals pass the acid test | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Aug 15, 2013 - Corals can survive the early stages of their development even under the tough conditions that rising carbon emissions will impose on them says a new study from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral...
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Vote to get the Integral Fast Reactor presented at MIT!

Vote to get the Integral Fast Reactor presented at MIT! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mass-producible integral fast reactor modules can power every country on earth for nearly a millennium with waste products already at hand. That's the pitch that Tom Blees has made to the Climate C...
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Warming climate pushes plants up the mountain

Warming climate pushes plants up the mountain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In a rare opportunity to directly compare today's plant communities with a survey taken in the same area 50 years ago, a University of Arizona-led research team has provided the first on-the-ground evidence that Southwestern plants are being pushed to higher elevations by an increasingly warmer and drier climate.

 

The findings confirm that previous hypotheses are correct in their prediction that mountain communities in the Southwest will be strongly impacted by an increasingly warmer and drier climate, and that the area is already experiencing rapid vegetation change.

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Molly Langstraat's curator insight, September 27, 2013 2:23 PM

The warming climate is pushing vegetation up into higher elevations. If the climate contiues to warm researchers say that trees will be pushed up into higher elevations as well

Corin McKinstrey's comment, October 2, 2013 12:19 PM
I think that this topic is very important. It is effecting the civilizations of people who live in these areas. These plants are what some civilizations revolve around so this is a very big change for them.
Marlee Morton's comment, October 3, 2013 2:55 PM
I thought this was a great article. It really shows just how much are climate is changing. It doesn't really matter if it was 50 years ago of 20 days ago. Earth is always rapidly changing. I believe over more and more time this will have a huge effect on the people on that region they might keep farming upland or find new places to grow their crops.
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Warming Gulf Stream Causes Methane Release

Warming Gulf Stream Causes Methane Release | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"If continuing hydrate destabilization triggers slope failure at this site, the amount of methane released could be an order of magnitude greater. Furthermore, recent studies have suggested that si...
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SUSTAINABILITY: Four California colleges make nationwide ranking - Press-Enterprise (blog)

SUSTAINABILITY: Four California colleges make nationwide ranking - Press-Enterprise (blog) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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SUSTAINABILITY: Four California colleges make nationwide ranking. August 14, 2013 by Janet Zimmerman.
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Republican congressman explains climate change: God did it | The Raw Story

Republican congressman explains climate change: God did it | The Raw Story | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Republican Congressman Jeff Miller of Florida recently cited his belief in God to explain why he opposed environmental regulations.

During a “Coffee with the Congressman” event on Tuesday, some of Miller’s constituents confronted him about his position on environmental policy. They said there was a large consensus among scientists about the causes and effects of climate change.

In response, Miller said he was willing to defund the Environmental Protection Agency because regulations were hurting job growth. Miller said the Navy only stated climate change was a threat to national security because of President Barack Obama.

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Earth orbit changes key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age

Earth orbit changes key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For more than a century scientists have known that Earth's ice ages are caused by the wobbling of the planet's orbit, which changes its orientation to the sun and affects the amount of sunlight reaching higher latitudes, particularly the polar...
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Six Questions About Obamacare Answered | Health on GOOD

Six Questions About Obamacare Answered | Health on GOOD | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As a late 20-something, I could very possibly be a member of the "young invincibles," a label used to describe people between 18 and 34 who do not have health insurance because they think they're, well… invincible (not to mention broke).
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One-pot to prep biomass for biofuels

One-pot to prep biomass for biofuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The advantages of the one-stop shop have long been recognized in the retailing and services industries.  Similar advantages would also be realized for the biofuels industry with the development of a “one-pot” processing system in which sugars could be extracted from biomass and turned into fuels in a single vat. 

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Woodpecker population surges in metro Detroit as birds discover emerald ash borer delicacy

Woodpecker population surges in metro Detroit as birds discover emerald ash borer delicacy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Detroit area's dubious distinction as ground zero for an invasive species of ash-tree-destroying bug has led to an unexpected side effect: a surge in the population of at least two species of woodpecker, according to a new study.
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We’re seeing catastrophic effects of climate change

We’re seeing catastrophic effects of climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As I spent time with my grandchildren a few Saturdays ago, I couldn’t help but notice the looming clouds rising over Las Vegas. Only these clouds didn’t represent a 30-second, midsummer downpour. These clouds were smoke.
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Media Slammed For ‘Surprisingly Limited Analysis’ Of Major Report On Climate Change’s ‘New Normal’

Media Slammed For ‘Surprisingly Limited Analysis’ Of Major Report On Climate Change’s ‘New Normal’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Columbia Journalism Review has criticized the NY Times and other major media outlets for inadequate coverage of NOAA's annual State of the Climate report.
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Neandertals made the first specialized bone tools in Europe

Neandertals made the first specialized bone tools in Europe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leipzig, Germany (SPX) Aug 15, 2013 - Two research teams from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands have jointly reported the discovery of Neandertal...
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Team Alberta Completes Solar House | Solar Energy News

"When we bring together the resources and talent of our Campus Alberta partners, we know we can compete with the best," said Thomas Lukaszuk, Deputy Premier and Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education. "Our government is pleased to support Team Alberta. The Borealis home is a great example of made-in-Alberta solutions gaining international attention thanks to the ongoing collaboration between our province's post-secondary institutions, research and innovation system and industry."

Borealis is equipped with solar photovoltaic panels, solar thermal tubes, sun tunnel skylights, an intelligent mechanical system and LED lighting. An energy recovery system stores excess energy to be used for dehumidification and heating. There is also a "living wall" that detoxifies the air. The home features private living areas for two people with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Because the structure consists of prefabricated modules, it is portable and easily transported.

"Borealis is a prefabricated, modular home that tackles the challenge of sustainable living in remote environments," explained Alexandre Ste-Marie, Team Alberta project manager. "We designed Borealis to be flexible and accommodate the specific needs of the target market while operating in a challenging natural environment. The house is sleek and aesthetically appealing while striking a balance between simplicity, practicality and functionality."

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Climate change seen behind ancient civilizations’ fall

Climate change seen behind ancient civilizations’ fall | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A cold, dry spell that lasted hundreds of years may have driven the collapse of Eastern Mediterranean civilizations [...] (Climate change seen behind ancient civilizations’ fall: A cold, dry spell that lasted hundreds of years may ha...
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Ricardo Salazar's curator insight, April 11, 2014 6:48 PM

I though this was very interesting because i can connect it with todays lecture .Professor Kaatz was saying that the climate in The part where Israel is now was different. It was much cooler and it rain more and now it is all dessert. In this article it also talks about that can be one of the key factors for some civilization to fall. 

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Republicans can’t turn off the climate science crazy

Republicans can’t turn off the climate science crazy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Asking folks like Jim Inhofe not to dispute climate science is like asking the scorpion not to sting the frog (Republicans can’t turn off the climate science crazy http://t.co/vQLriXO91u via...
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Why Marketers Ignore Sustainability — but Shouldn't - Environmental Leader

Why Marketers Ignore Sustainability — but Shouldn't - Environmental Leader | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Why Marketers Ignore Sustainability — but Shouldn't Environmental Leader A lack of interest from consumers, a presumed high risk factor and a perception that sustainability is boring, expensive or too complicated are some of the reasons given by...
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Extreme heatwaves are predicted as the new normal for British summers by 2040

Extreme heatwaves are predicted as the new normal for British summers by 2040 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global temperatures are climbing so rapidly that by 2040 Britain will spend up to a fifth of its summer months in an extreme heatwave, a new report warns.
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The futility of "just the facts" climate science

The futility of "just the facts" climate science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some folks urge climate scientists to stay away from politics and policy and stick to "just the facts." That strategy, were it possible, which it isn't, would be utterly ineffective.
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Extreme weather events fuel climate change

Extreme weather events fuel climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere rises, the Earth not only heats up, but extreme weather events, such as lengthy droughts, heat waves, heavy rain and violent storms, may become more frequent.
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Dangerous Operation at Fukushima's Reactor No. 4 Could Ignite "Atomic Chain Reaction"

Dangerous Operation at Fukushima's Reactor No. 4 Could Ignite "Atomic Chain Reaction" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel and other nuclear materials will be taken from the crippled building and moved to a safer location, but the manner of the operation should be put in serious doubt, say the experts.

 

"They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods," said Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education. The fuel rods are being stored in a cooling pool, but if a reaction begins, Gundersen expressed serious concern to Reuters about the company's ability to respond.

 

"To jump to the conclusion that it is going to work just fine," said Gundersen, "is quite a leap of logic."

 

"There is a risk of an inadvertent criticality if the bundles are distorted and get too close to each other," Gundersen continued.

 
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'Mouth bugs' linked to bowel cancer

'Mouth bugs' linked to bowel cancer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers have uncovered how bacteria may set off a chain reaction leading to colorectal cancer.
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The Surprisingly Large Energy Footprint of the Digital Economy | TIME.com

The Surprisingly Large Energy Footprint of the Digital Economy | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Our computers and smartphones might seem clean, but the digital economy uses a tenth of the world's electricity — and that share will only increase, with serious consequences for the economy and the environment...
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Mali's fish traders get wise to wetland conservation

Mali's fish traders get wise to wetland conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wetlands International is providing access to credit and information, enabling local people to start protecting the fragile ecosystem of central Mali's Inner Niger Delta
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