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INSIGHT: Frozen soil wall at Fukushima plant riddled with uncertainties - Asahi Shimbun

INSIGHT: Frozen soil wall at Fukushima plant riddled with uncertainties - Asahi Shimbun | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
INSIGHT: Frozen soil wall at Fukushima plant riddled with uncertainties
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An ambitious plan to create a frozen underground soil wall at the crippled Fukushima No.

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Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage: Fantasy or Reality?

Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage: Fantasy or Reality? | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage (UW-CAES) — a step beyond underground energy storage in caverns — may soon offer conventional utilities a means of long-duration load shifting for their large-scale electrical grids, and niche microgrid operators a means of reducing their fossil-f

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How superbugs hitch a ride from hog farms into your community

How superbugs hitch a ride from hog farms into your community | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
New study finds antibiotic-resistant staph strains are common and "persistent" in factory farm workers.
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How First Nations in Canada Are Winning the Fight Against Big Oil

How First Nations in Canada Are Winning the Fight Against Big Oil | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
If it wasn’t for the cannons, the pond might be a tranquil sight: its rippling surface reflects the blue of the sky, diffusing the harsh midday light.
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Green Latinos: Will environmental worries dispel idea of one-issue voters? | Al Jazeera America

Green Latinos: Will environmental worries dispel idea of one-issue voters? | Al Jazeera America | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
In some key races, Hispanics who care about climate, air quality could provide key support for candidates
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Building resilience – Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific

Building resilience – Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Habitat for Humanity Sigatoka, Fiji. The Pacific will be the first region in the world to fully integrate climate change and disaster risk management in a single regional strategy focused on resili...

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Unusual species in Alaska waters indicate parts of Pacific warming dramatically

Unusual species in Alaska waters indicate parts of Pacific warming dramatically | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Portions of the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea are close to 5 degrees F warmer than average -- conditions that in the past have had a significant impact on Alaska fisheries. 
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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, September 16, 9:02 PM

"Unusual  species. . .?" An understatement

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Environmental laureates urge foundations and philanthropists to battle climate change - Blue and Green Tomorrow

Environmental laureates urge foundations and philanthropists to battle climate change - Blue and Green Tomorrow | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Some 160 leading environmentalists have issued a call to foundations and philanthropists to use their money and influence to battle climate change. Blue &
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Pesticides are more toxic for soil organisms in dry soil and at enhanced temperatures

Pesticides are more toxic for soil organisms in dry soil and at enhanced temperatures | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Soil organisms react more sensitive to marketable pesticides when exposed in dry soil and at enhanced temperatures. Both conditions may occur more often in the future due to climate change. Singularly and combined these factors lower the toxicity threshold of fungicides for springtails. The study by ...
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When Recycling Becomes a Dirty Business ("single-stream collection not good for recycling")

When Recycling Becomes a Dirty Business ("single-stream collection not good for recycling") | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Dumping all your bottles, cans, and paper in one recycling bin is convenient, but those materials may end up in a landfill.

Once collected, recyclables are taken to a materials recovery facility (MRF), where they’re sorted either by hand or using expensive, high-tech equipment. From there, the materials go to buyers of scrap glass, paper, metal, and plastic. High-quality glass can be turned into new bottles. High-grade office paper can become new office paper. The higher the quality of the recyclables, the better the process works—and the more cash the recycler gets from the sale.

That’s the problem. Single-source collection usually delivers lower-grade material than recyclables from multiple-bin collection programs. That means the material gets “downcycled” into less valuable products, if it isn’t discarded entirely.  

But when a single-stream truck dumps its load out onto the concrete floor of a transfer station, many of the jars and bottles in the load will break. That makes it next to impossible to sort the glass, and that means the broken glass can only be used for lower-grade products, such as roadbed fill.

The same goes for plastic. And if single-stream cities find that their income from scrap sales is declining, those losses cut into the money saved on collection. In many cases, that lowers single-stream’s net cost savings to between 1 and 2 percent. Meanwhile, somewhere between 15 and 27 percent of all single-stream collected recyclables end up in a landfill. That undoes the benefit of more people recycling.


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Recycling is after the quality, not the quantity. The fad of single-stream collection is causing a decline in the recycling rate.

"Single-stream hasn’t spread in a vacuum. ... Those mega-MRFs mean dirtier conditions on the sorting line, which means more recyclables end up in landfills."

Eleen Murphy's curator insight, September 1, 1:32 AM

It is imperative to keep our streams seperate and clean.


With 15 to 27 percent of all single-stream collected recyclables end up in landfills, there is no argument that would weigh in favour of single-stream collection from an environmental or sustainable point of view.

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Light pollution is bad for humans but may be even worse for animals

Light pollution is bad for humans but may be even worse for animals | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Light is among the fastest growing human-made pollutants of the natural environment. Numbers of outdoor lights are growing rapidly across the world, far outpacing general population growth. We know light…
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Monarchs and milkweed: Probing the plant, pollinator partnership

Monarchs and milkweed: Probing the plant, pollinator partnership | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
As dwindling populations of monarch butterflies prepared for their annual migration, two undergraduate students in the William & Mary Plant Ecology Lab spent their summer trying to more deeply understand the plants upon which they rely.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, September 12, 9:07 AM

Frightening how little we know about the things we love.

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NASA probe to study world’s forests and carbon cycle - Blue and Green Tomorrow

NASA probe to study world’s forests and carbon cycle - Blue and Green Tomorrow | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
NASA is developing a new probe that will create a unique 3D map of all the world’s forests, in an attempt to improve understanding of their role in the c
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Drowned tropical forests add to climate change — The Daily Climate

Drowned tropical forests add to climate change — The Daily Climate | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it

Methane emissions from big hydroelectric dams in the tropics outweigh the benefits that this form of renewable energy provides, according to new scientific data.


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Transforming In-Between Spaces for the Benefit of Urban Communities | Sustainable Cities Collective

Transforming In-Between Spaces for the Benefit of Urban Communities | Sustainable Cities Collective | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
In-between spaces, perceived as frontiers and borders, are the spaces that divide territories within our cities, neighbourhoods and towns. In our minds, they are understood as “non-places”, under-utilised spaces that are often associated with dirty, derelict and unsafe areas of the city.
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Study Links Flame Retardants In The Columbia To Household Laundry · EarthFix · News Fixed on the Environment

Study Links Flame Retardants In The Columbia To Household Laundry · EarthFix · News Fixed on the Environment | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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U.S. Putting Climate-Changing Chemicals on Ice | Climate Central

U.S. Putting Climate-Changing Chemicals on Ice | Climate Central | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The White House and EPA announced new efforts Tuesday to reduce HFC pollution.
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Global importance of pollinators underestimated

Global importance of pollinators underestimated | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Declines in populations of pollinators, such as bees and wasps, may be a key threat to nutrition in some of the most poorly fed parts of the globe, according to new research.

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Exclusive: Renewable energy from rivers and lakes could replace gas in homes

Exclusive: Renewable energy from rivers and lakes could replace gas in homes | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Millions of homes across the UK could be heated using a carbon-free technology that draws energy from rivers and lakes in a revolutionary system that could reduce household bills by 20 per cent.
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No More Air Conditioners: This "Skin" For Buildings Keeps The Inside Cool With Zero Energy

No More Air Conditioners: This "Skin" For Buildings Keeps The Inside Cool With Zero Energy | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The facade works with no power at all--not even solar panels--and keeps the temperature comfortable and light bright inside.
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Inviting You to Collaborate with Nature to Transform Your City | The Nature of Cities

Inviting You to Collaborate with Nature to Transform Your City | The Nature of Cities | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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An Energy Revolution is Underway in Uruguay | VICE News

An Energy Revolution is Underway in Uruguay | VICE News | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
With no known oil reserves, tiny Uruguay is harnessing alternative energy sources and bringing down energy costs for consumers.
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UN licences kick off search for underwater minerals

UN licences kick off search for underwater minerals | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Concerns abound on potential environmental impact of seabed mining exploration licences granted by UN body.
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Assassinations in the Amazon: how will Peru respond?

Assassinations in the Amazon: how will Peru respond? | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
David Hill: Indigenous leaders killed near Brazil border following logging and land title battle
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Arctic Greenhouse Grows Greens Year-Round

Arctic Greenhouse Grows Greens Year-Round | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
For the first time, a community in Arctic Canada has access to fresh local produce.
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What can small cities do to fight climate change?

What can small cities do to fight climate change? | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Sticks aren't easy to implement, so carrots usually win the day. Here are some interesting carrots from Eugene, Ore., and Aspen, Colo.
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