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Pacific region faces economic risk from climate change: ADB

Pacific region faces economic risk from climate change: ADB | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Pacific region could experience economic losses of as much as 12.7 percent of annual gross domestic product by 2100 as a result of climate change, an Asian Development Bank report warns.

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Rare whooping cranes in US face enemies large and small

Rare whooping cranes in US face enemies large and small | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Jane Chandler raises the rarest cranes in the world. For them to have a chance at surviving in the wild, the young birds must never see her face, hear her speak, or know her to be a human being.

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Large study shows pollution impact on coral reefs -- and offers solution

Large study shows pollution impact on coral reefs -- and offers solution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

One of the largest and longest experiments ever done to test the impact of nutrient loading on coral reefs today confirmed what scientists have long suspected - that this type of pollution from sewage, agricultural practices or other sources can lead to coral disease and bleaching.

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Ancient minerals: Which gave rise to life?

Ancient minerals: Which gave rise to life? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Life originated as a result of natural processes that exploited early Earth's raw materials. Scientific models of life's origins almost always look to minerals for such essential tasks as the synthesis of life's molecular building blocks or the supply of metabolic energy. But this assumes that the mineral species found on Earth today are much the same as they were during Earth's first 550 million years-the Hadean Eon-when life emerged.

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The lingering clouds

The lingering clouds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it


A new study reveals how pollution causes thunderstorms to leave behind larger, deeper, longer lasting clouds.

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On That Methane Bomb Thing

On That Methane Bomb Thing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I'm on my way to take a dog to the vet, and, well, I need a stool sample. Not mine, his. Anyway, this is not a methane joke, just means, I'm in a rush. Important: Everyone should know that the Guy ...
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Pope Francis' Stunning Critique Of Capitalism

Pope Francis' Stunning Critique Of Capitalism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Pope Francis called for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny", urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff.
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DOE proposes new efficiency standards for electric motors

DOE proposes new efficiency standards for electric motors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Energy Department said the rule could save consumers up to $23 billion and cut emissions of carbon dioxide from electric motors by roughly 400 million metric tons over a 30-year span of motor shipments. ...
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New Zealand judge rejects climate refugee plea

New Zealand judge rejects climate refugee plea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A New Zealand judge on Tuesday rejected a Kiribati man’s claim that he should be granted refugee status because of climate change.
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Global Warming Threatens Pacific Economies, Report Says

Global Warming Threatens Pacific Economies, Report Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising temperatures might sound nice for people planning a vacation. But for Pacific Island nations, global warming poses a threat to their ability to capture tourist dollars, according to the Asian Development Bank.
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Yale Environment 360: Fish 2.0: A Contest Seeks to Foster A More Sustainable Seafood Industry

Yale Environment 360: Fish 2.0: A Contest Seeks to Foster A More Sustainable Seafood Industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Think of it as a live version of Shark Tank, the U.S. primetime TV favorite in which entrepreneurs pitch their fledgling companies to investors. 

Twenty pioneers in the sustainable seafood business climbed a stage at Stanford University earlier this month, and by the time they finished wooing the judges, the aptly named Fish 2.0 had schooled the audience in salmon-egg cryogenics, aquaponic gardens, and a large-scale aquaculture farm in South Dakota. 

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In Canada, a Stern Critique of University-Industry Collaborations | Science/AAAS | News

In Canada, a Stern Critique of University-Industry Collaborations | Science/AAAS | News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Canadian universities aren’t doing enough to protect academic freedom and safeguard against conflicts of interest in research agreements with industry, argues a new report from an academic association. But the leader of one applied research collaboration says the findings are misguided.

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VIDEO - Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind, Part 2 | InsideClimate News

VIDEO - Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind, Part 2 | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On March 29, 2013, ExxonMobil's 850-mile Pegasus oil pipeline split open and spilled 210,000 gallons of Canadian dilbit across an Arkansas suburb.
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In Borneo jungle, natives stand up against Malaysian dams

In Borneo jungle, natives stand up against Malaysian dams | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

With a grimace on his sun-bronzed face, Borneo tribal chieftain Lenjau Tusau glares down a dirt road that vanishes into a rainforest mist, on alert for what he views as a mortal enemy.

 

Evoking their past as feared headhunters, Malaysian indigenous men and women in traditional longboats knifed down the Baram river in Sarawak state on October 23 to chase off surveyors and road-builders at the site of a proposed dam.

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Investments in Aging Biology Research will Pay Longevity Dividend

Investments in Aging Biology Research will Pay Longevity Dividend | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Finding a way to slow the biological processes of aging will do more to extend the period of healthy life in humans than attacking individual diseases alone, according to some of the nation's top ge...

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A possible cause of the end-Permian mass extinction: Lemon juice?

A possible cause of the end-Permian mass extinction: Lemon juice? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Rain as acidic as undiluted lemon juice may have played a part in killing off plants and organisms around the world during the most severe mass extinction in Earth's history.

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Rice scientists ID new catalyst for cleanup of nitrites

Rice scientists ID new catalyst for cleanup of nitrites | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 27, 2013 - Chemical engineers at Rice University have found a new catalyst that can rapidly break down nitrites, a common and harmful contaminant in drinking water that often results from overuse of agricultur...
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Study finds the forgotten ape threatened by human activity and forest loss

Study finds the forgotten ape threatened by human activity and forest loss | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The most detailed range-wide assessment of the bonobo (formerly known as the pygmy chimpanzee) ever conducted has revealed that this poorly known and endangered great ape is quickly losing space in a world with growing human populations.
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Muhammad Ali: Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Muhammad Ali:  Tribute to Nelson Mandela | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Few men in the history of mankind have had more impact on a nation and inspired the world.
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Political turbulence threatens long-term investment in renewable energy

Times are tough for a number of nations that, only a short while ago, led the charge toward renewable energy.
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Fuel Cells at Center Stage

Fuel Cells at Center Stage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Toyota , General Motors, Hyundai, Honda and Mercedes-Benz are promising to sell fuel-cell cars in the next few years, making it clear that hydrogen will be part of their future.
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Cicadas could destroy Provence's lavender fields in 20 years

Cicadas could destroy Provence's lavender fields in 20 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Plague of cicada insects in southern France, linked to global warming, is devastating Provence's famous flower crops
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4 Hiroshima bombs per second: a widget to raise awareness about global warming

4 Hiroshima bombs per second: a widget to raise awareness about global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Our planet is building up a lot of heat. When scientists add up all the heat warming the oceans, land,atmosphere and melting the ice, they calculate that our planet is accumulating heat at a rate of 2.5x1014 Watts. This is equivalent to 4 Hiroshima bombs worth of heatper second.

 

When I mention this in public talks, I see eyes as wide as saucers. Few people are aware of how much heat ourclimate system is absorbing. To actively communicate our planet's energy imbalance, Skeptical Science is releasing the Skeptical Science Heat Widget.

 

The widget can be added to just about any blog or web site. You can customise the colour of the widget, the style of the design and even the year from which theheat graph begins. 

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Changes to Canada's fisheries law alarm biologists

Changes to Canada's fisheries law alarm biologists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Revisions that take effect today remove protections for 80% of endangered freshwater species.
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WIND: U.S. issues first criminal sentence for bird deaths at Wyo. turbine farms

The federal government Friday announced the first-ever criminal enforcement of bird-protection laws at a wind energy facility, fining a North Carolina-based energy giant $1 million for killing more than 150 migratory birds, including 14 golden...
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