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This is What Monsanto Considers ‘Good’ News (VIDEO)

This is What Monsanto Considers ‘Good’ News (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Julianna Forlano Absurdity Today
Here’s some ‘good’ news according to Monsanto, followed up with some actual good news, and a tip for how to deal with all the bad news. Brought you to by me, Julianna Forlano.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, August 14, 2013 6:06 PM

A good idea is to never let Monsanto out of your sight or there is no idea what this company and ir's owners will decide to feed you, pour into your water or sneak with rush and little testing into any other object.. 

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, August 19, 2013 10:27 AM

Keep your eyes on Monsanto and on't believe a word they say.

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Rethinking Agriculture

"Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities."


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Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 5:56 AM

with the increasing numbers of urban citizens in years to come the key to success in the city will be its ability to adapted to its growing enviroment. It would be nearly impossible for cities to exsit in the future with the current ways of agriculuture, there needs to be a change in the way things are done. Thats why this next gen way of agriculuture is going to take off in urban areas. with the ability to have full farms on rooftops the city will be able to self sustain itself more properly than it does in current times.

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:40 PM

For the past three years I have had the luxury of having a garden in my backyard, it is a lot of work but there is nothing better than knowing where my food is coming from. I enjoy going in my backyard and being able to grab vegetables whenever I need them. I also go to farmers markets for vegetables that I don't grow in my own garden.  I would defeniately support local people to get good quality food. 

Lauren Shigemasa's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:28 AM

a powerful way to increase access to healthy foods! this organization called Growing Power is using urban gardening not only to create a sustainable food source for its neighbors, but also provides a system so we can donate and send a week's worth of fresh fruit/vegetables to any surrounding community in need. so amazing!

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NOVA: Finding Life Beyond Earth - Do the Gods have Gods?

Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone? Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling CGI, "Finding Life Beyond Earth" immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system. We used to think our neighboring planets and moons were fairly boring — mostly cold, dead rocks where life could never take hold. Today, however, the solar system looks wilder than we ever imagined. Powerful telescopes and unmanned space missions have revealed a wide range of dynamic environments — atmospheres thick with organic molecules, active volcanoes and vast saltwater oceans. This ongoing revolution is forcing scientists to expand their ideas about what kinds of worlds could support life. If we do find primitive life forms elsewhere in the solar system, it may well be that life is common in the universe — the rule, and not the exception.


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Imagine There’s No Garbage. I Wonder If I Can. | Plugged In, Scientific American

Imagine There’s No Garbage. I Wonder If I Can. | Plugged In, Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In John Lennon’s iconic song “Imagine,” he paints a world without war, greed or hunger. I’d like to add garbage to his list. Yup, plain ol’ trash. It’s everywhere. It’s persistent, and as the name implies, it’s dirty.


In the U.S. we throw away about 70% more garbage per person than those in Sweden.

 

When scanning the globe to check out ways different countries address this problem, I pause at Sweden. In 2011, this northern European land of water and forests prevented more than 99% of its garbage (municipal solid waste) from ending up in a landfill, emailed Hans Wrådhe, Head of the Waste and Chemicals Section, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. That’s a dizzying stat compared to the U.S. where over half of ours made its way into the ground that very year.

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Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima: What We Know: Scientific American

Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima: What We Know: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The lingering questions include how the radioactivity might contaminate ocean life that humans eat
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A royal(ty) scam: How oil and gas companies shortchange landowners

A royal(ty) scam: How oil and gas companies shortchange landowners | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Energy companies work the system so that landowners who lease drilling rights to their property rarely see royalties as high as expected.
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"Bee-friendly" plants could be bee killers

"Bee-friendly" plants could be bee killers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Half of a sampling of "bee-friendly" plants purchased from major retailers tested positive for bee-killing neonic pesticides, according to a new report.
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JP Market Manipulation Case and Complexity | The Energy Collective

JP Market Manipulation Case and Complexity | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
JP Morgan has recently settled charges that its “creative” bidding practices represented market abuse (or manipulation) for just over $400 million.
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Misconceptions About Health Care: CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Launches New Video Series

Misconceptions About Health Care: CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Launches New Video Series | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If 75 percent of your income was spent on managing a medical condition that could have been prevented, that would get your attention, right?

That staggering statistic caught CVS Caremark’s attention.

 

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Shanghai surprise: China now has four of the world’s ten biggest banks.

The Economist recently reported that The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) displaced Bank of America to become the world’s biggest bank in 2012, marking the first time in history a Chinese bank has reached this pedestal. China now has four of the world’s ten biggest banks.1

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Man dies working at Fortescue's Pilbara site

Man dies working at Fortescue's Pilbara site | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
First mining death in Western Australia in almost two years.
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Wal-Mart Lowers Outlook as Buyers Stick to Essentials

Wal-Mart Lowers Outlook as Buyers Stick to Essentials | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The company blamed sluggish second quarter results on payroll-tax increases and a reluctance by consumers to spend on discretionary items.
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As Northeast Asia Bakes, Climate Scientists Predict More Extreme Heat Waves on the Horizon | TIME.com

As Northeast Asia Bakes, Climate Scientists Predict More Extreme Heat Waves on the Horizon | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cities like Shanghai and Seoul are enduring a brutal heat wave. But climate change will make this year's summer feel like nothing in the decades to come
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csr-reporting: The first G4 Sustainability Report in the World

csr-reporting: The first G4 Sustainability Report in the World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

I'll use this example of a public agency report to reflect on the value of G4 reporting in the public sector. We have every right to hold governments and municipal leadership to the same high standards we expect of corporations when it comes to transparency, accountability and management of sustainability impacts.

 

http://t.co/sAccuXf9Wo"


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Minería acecha joya ambiental del Orinoco

Minería acecha joya ambiental del Orinoco | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mientras el Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible impulsa la declaratoria de la Estrella Fluvial de Inírida como humedal de importancia internacional, el Ministerio de Minas y Energía la empuja hacia la explotación de oro y coltán.

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5 Crazy Ideas To Help Save The Environment

5 Crazy Ideas To Help Save The Environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here’s five ways of helping to save the environment and you can play your part in any of them. Which do you think is the craziest way to save the planet?
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Rare Monkey Population up 50 Percent in China and Tibet | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Rare Monkey Population up 50 Percent in China and Tibet | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two decades ago just 50 black snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti) lived in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. This January a survey revealed that number had ...
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Geothermal Power Plants Face Rocky Starts: Scientific American

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The technology that revitalized gas drilling could start an entirely new energy boom
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Kochs must move their massive piles of tar-sands waste, Detroit mayor says

Kochs must move their massive piles of tar-sands waste, Detroit mayor says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Petcoke has been piling up on Detroit's riverfront near a refinery processing tar-sands oil from Canada, but the city has finally had enough.
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Biochip holds promise for quickly triaging people after radiation exposure

Biochip holds promise for quickly triaging people after radiation exposure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists have helped to develop a tiny chip that has big potential for quickly determining whether someone has been exposed to dangerous levels of ionizing radiation.
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Richard Heinberg on Natural Gas: Bridge Fuel or Fool’s Gold?

Richard Heinberg on Natural Gas: Bridge Fuel or Fool’s Gold? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise talks with Heinberg about his book, titled Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future, and delve into the economic and environmental factors behind the natural gas boom, which...
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A Giant Leap Backwards On CSR: India’s Great Missed Opportunity

A Giant Leap Backwards On CSR: India’s Great Missed Opportunity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In the past week, major reforms to the country’s Companies Act of 1956 were approved. Many of the changes are a laudable attempt to bring India’s business sector up to date with international trends in corporate governance, transparency and anti-corruption.

But through the same legislation, India is taking giant leap backwards on CSR. The new Companies Bill requires companies with profits over 50 million Rupees ($816,000) in the last three years to spend at least two percent of their profits on CSR. At a time when most of the world has moved beyond defensive and philanthropic modes of CSR, toward promotional, strategic and transformative approaches, India’s policy virtually guarantees that its companies will remain stuck in an out-dated charitable mind set.

 

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INFOGRAPHIC: The basics of buying jewellery

INFOGRAPHIC: The basics of buying jewellery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This are the main reasons that motivate people to pay sometimes very large sums for luxurious ornaments.
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How often do people think about the corruption, and blood spilt in obtanning the raw resources of their desire. There is a reasons behind the name "blood diamonds", and it also goes much of the gold, and other so-called precious stones. 

They are precious not just for the false status they bring, but for the lives ruined and lost in obtaining them from the ground along with the immense environmental degradation and destruction.  

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The Lumia 1020, a Great Camera Grafted to an Oddball Phone

The Lumia 1020, a Great Camera Grafted to an Oddball Phone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Big, but not unwieldy, Nokia’s Lumia 1020 cellphone takes excellent photos, and is essentially a decent camera grafted onto a phone. But you’ll have to make peace with its apps and its Windows operating system.
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Chocolate-Covered Elephant Ivory Seized in Macau : DNews

Chocolate-Covered Elephant Ivory Seized in Macau : DNews | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ivory poachers go to sometimes-absurd lengths to smuggle prized pieces of elephant tusks across borders.
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