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Out of sight, out of mind: Carcinogenic chemical spreads beneath Michigan town — Environmental Health News

Out of sight, out of mind: Carcinogenic chemical spreads beneath Michigan town — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When state and federal environmental officials visited the tucked-away town of Mancelona, Mich., 15 years ago, their presence surprised local residents.
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George Monbiot – Obstinate Questionings

George Monbiot – Obstinate Questionings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Lake District’s bid for World Heritage status shows just what a mess conservation is in.
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Life began on Mars, not Earth: Steven Benner

Life began on Mars, not Earth: Steven Benner | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Molybdenum is the key.

 

It's more likely that life began on Mars rather than Earth because only Mars' surface contained highly oxidized molybdenum, crucial to the origin of life, according to University of Florida chemistry professorSteven A. Benner. 

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Gold effective in prostate cancer treatment

Gold effective in prostate cancer treatment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The injection of gold granules into a cancer patient's prostate allows for precise targeting during radiation treatment, according to a joint study by the Calvary Mater Hospital and the University of Newcastle in Australia.
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Spread of crop pests threatens global food security as Earth warms

Spread of crop pests threatens global food security as Earth warms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study has revealed that global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km a year.
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On Labor Day, It’s Worth Asking: What Is a “Laborer,” Anyway?

On Labor Day, It’s Worth Asking: What Is a “Laborer,” Anyway? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“If you work for a living, you’re labor, too!” So read the text of a full-page newspaper advertisement sponsored by the American Federation of Labor  in the spring of 1947.
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Living Well: 15 Secrets to Dutch Oven Cooking

Living Well: 15 Secrets to Dutch Oven Cooking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Cooking in a Dutch oven is one of life’s pleasures, I think. It’s hard to duplicate the feeling of cooking outdoors in a big, cast-iron pot over hot coals. It’s hard to duplicate that flavor too — a cross between cooking over a fire and using a slow cooker. I love it (if that wasn’t already obvious). :)

 

Dutch ovens have been around for years and years and years. Now that most of us do our daily cooking indoors on and in modern stoves and ovens, it seems like Dutch oven cooking is more for hobbyists and campers. If you haven’t enjoyed Dutch oven cooking as the cook or the eater, you’ve been missing out!

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Rob Bryant's curator insight, September 4, 2013 7:56 AM

Nothing like a slow cooked melt in the mouth Duchie - "Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side

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Salamanders under threat from deadly skin-eating fungus

Salamanders under threat from deadly skin-eating fungus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new species of fungus that eats amphibians' skin has ravaged the fire salamander population in the Netherlands, bringing it close to regional extinction.
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US, Sweden unveil $25 mln clean water technology grant

US, Sweden unveil $25 mln clean water technology grant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The US Agency for International Development and the Swedish government announced a $25 million grant program Monday to increase access to clean water for farming.
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Soot suspect in puzzling mid-1800s Alps glacier retreat

Soot suspect in puzzling mid-1800s Alps glacier retreat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have uncovered strong evidence that soot, or black carbon, sent into the air by a rapidly industrializing Europe, likely caused the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps.
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Wise old birds teach migration route to young whooping cranes

Wise old birds teach migration route to young whooping cranes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
GrrlScientist: A study of captive-bred whooping cranes found that young birds learn their migration routes over many years, and migrating alongside older birds improves the migratory efficiency of younger birds...
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Hidden in Paradise: Fascinating, Rare Dolphins and Whales You've Never Seen Before - Wired Science

Hidden in Paradise: Fascinating, Rare Dolphins and Whales You've Never Seen Before - Wired Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Sometimes, it seems, large whales and talking dolphins get all the attention. Yes, we love these animals, too – how can you not? A humpback whale launching itself from the sea like a giant, blubbery rocket and crashing down with a triumphant spray of seafoam can impress even the most curmudgeonly of whale watchers.

 

But the pantheon of cetaceans includes far more than just our charismatic, coastal kin. Preferring deeper water and diving for more than an hour at a time, some species of whales and dolphins are rarely seen, and seldom studied. These animals slip stealthily between the waves at the surface and retreat into a deep blue world that we still know very little about.

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EIB moves funding from fossil fuels to renewables | Windpower Monthly

Read EIB moves funding from fossil fuels to renewables and other wind energy news & analysis on Windpower Monthly
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Wes's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:52 PM

There can be no effecient than a renewable energy source. It's more than life... 

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Spirulina microfarm/testbed launched in Northwest US

Spirulina microfarm/testbed launched in Northwest US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the northern most spirulina farms in operation officially opened in July 2013, when the first tour group from Seattle, Bellingham and British Columbia visited the new...
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Here’s why Microsoft is buying Nokia’s phone business

Here’s why Microsoft is buying Nokia’s phone business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Steve Ballmer believes that acquiring Nokia's phone business will allow it to produce better products, capture a larger share of the profits, and grow the market for Windows-based mobile devices.
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AngloGold Ashanti faces charges for polluting South Africa’s Vaal River

AngloGold Ashanti faces charges for polluting South Africa’s Vaal River | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last week’s spillage from a pipe at the miner's operations in Stilfontein is said to have spread toxic waste over about 1.6 kilometres of the water resource.
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Bolivia to open bids for world’s biggest iron ore deposit

Bolivia to open bids for world’s biggest iron ore deposit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Mutún reserve is home to 20 billion tonnes of iron ore.

 

The Bolivian government said Sunday it is preparing a new tender for its Mutún iron ore deposit — believed to contain some of the world's largest reserves of iron ore—and the related steel manufacturing facility, after India’s Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) abandoned the endeavour over a year ago.

 

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What a World Without Nuclear Looks Like

What a World Without Nuclear Looks Like | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
nuclear power is vital to providing cheap electricity. When the San Onofre power plant in California shut down earlier this year, electricity prices jumped 70%.
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U.S. Government Prepares Mass Pension-Rape

U.S. Government Prepares Mass Pension-Rape | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Beginning in February 2009, U.S. Big Banks weren’t required to account for their assets (or liabilities) at “market value” (i.e. what people were willing to pay for them in the real world). Instead, the Banksters were allowed to do their accounting on the basis of what they thoughttheir own assets should be worth.


Suddenly, the same corporations which had just all been bankrupted ten times over were able to pass a “stress test.” Of course that Cinderella Stress Test proved nothing about the solvency of U.S. banks. However simply being instantly able to cobble-together a façade of solvency did illustrate the magnitude of the fraud in this Mark-to-Fantasy accounting.


But for decades prior to this the U.S. federal government had already been engaging in its own Mark-to-Fantasy accounting. Unlike U.S. corporations, which are (accept for the Big Banks) still required by law to acknowledge all debts and liabilities in their accounting; the federal government only acknowledges the liabilities it wants to acknowledge – the small ones.

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Red cedar tree study shows that Clean Air Act is reducing pollution, improving forests

Red cedar tree study shows that Clean Air Act is reducing pollution, improving forests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A collaborative project involving a Kansas State University ecologist has shown that the Clean Air Act has helped forest systems recover from decades of sulfur pollution and acid rain.
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The true raw material footprint of nations

The true raw material footprint of nations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The amount of raw materials needed to sustain the economies of developed countries is significantly greater than presently used indicators suggest, a new Australian study has revealed.
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Prehistoric climate change due to cosmic crash in Canada: Team reveals cause of global climate shift 12,900 years ago

Prehistoric climate change due to cosmic crash in Canada: Team reveals cause of global climate shift 12,900 years ago | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For the first time, a dramatic global climate shift has been linked to the impact in Quebec of an asteroid or comet, Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues report in a new study.
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Labor Day 2050: Global Warming And The Coming Collapse Of Labor Productivity

Labor Day 2050: Global Warming And The Coming Collapse Of Labor Productivity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The next time you see a projection of the economic cost from climate change -- and a resulting social cost of carbon -- you might want to double the numbers to get a more accurate picture of what we are risking by our callous inaction.
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, September 2, 2013 8:36 PM

A new NOAA study projects that heat-stress related labor capacity losses will double globally by 2050 with a warming climate.

 
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New technology said to neutralize carbon fuel pollution emissions

New technology said to neutralize carbon fuel pollution emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Swedish company claims that their "nano gas" can reduce power plant pollution emissions to zero, safely and cost-effectively.
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10 Things You Can Do Today to Start Solving the Plastic Water Bottle Problem

10 Things You Can Do Today to Start Solving the Plastic Water Bottle Problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Plastic water bottles are causing a flood of harm to our environment, as the vast majority of them end up in landfills, not properly recycled. The PETs in plastics don't biodegrade, instead releasing harmful toxins into the soil and ground water for decades or even centuries. As the purchase of plastic water bottles has risen to unprecedented levels, there is also an alternative environmental cost in the fossil fuels it takes to manufacture and distribute these bottles, and even health concerns as the plastics leach into the water they carry.

So what are we doing about it?

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