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Palm Oil and Extreme Violence in Honduras: The Inexorable Rise and Dubious Reform of Grupo Dinant

Palm Oil and Extreme Violence in Honduras: The Inexorable Rise and Dubious Reform of Grupo Dinant | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Honduras, with Grupo Dinant and land grabs, is producing the world's bloodiest palm oil.
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Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Republican attorneys general have formed an unprecedented, secretive alliance with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
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Northern Kenya’s Drought-hit Herders Pin Hopes on Desert Farming

Northern Kenya’s Drought-hit Herders Pin Hopes on Desert Farming | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Kenya’s hot and arid north has been suffering droughts and dry spells for years, which locals say are getting more severe. Herders have seen their animals die, leaving them with nearly nothing...
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Encroaching Tides: What's at Stake for the US

Encroaching Tides: What's at Stake for the US | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The eastern coast of the United States -- from the Gulf of Mexico to New England -- has one of the highest rates of sea level rise in the world. As a result of climate change, sea levels are expected to rise 5 to 11 inches by 2045, leaving communities like Miami Beach, Norfolk, Va., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Annapolis, Md. essentially inundated.
Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists speaks to "Earth Focus" about what's at stake for major U.S. coastal cities and local communities, and what they need to do to adapt to this imminent threat.
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Chemicals released during natural gas extraction may harm reproduction and development

Chemicals released during natural gas extraction may harm reproduction and development | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' to release natural gas from underground rock. Recent discussions have centered on potential air and water pollution from chemicals used in these processes and how it affects the more than ...
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NW Tribes Bring Coal Concerns To National Conference · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting

NW Tribes Bring Coal Concerns To National Conference · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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How Close Are You to a Superfund Site?

How Close Are You to a Superfund Site? | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
In 1980 Congress created the Superfund to pay for the cleanup of the country's most hazardous waste sites. There are currently more than 1,700 of these waste sites. Use this map to see how close you are to the nearest Superfund site.
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The Environmental Protection Agency Just Proposed Smog Rules That Could Save Thousands of Lives | VICE News

The Environmental Protection Agency Just Proposed Smog Rules That Could Save Thousands of Lives | VICE News | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Industry groups and Republicans say EPA efforts to cut down on smog will cost billions of dollars, with one organization calling the proposed rule the most expensive regulation in history.
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Photographer zooms in on unique coastal wolves of British Columbia

Photographer zooms in on unique coastal wolves of British Columbia | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Wolves living on the coastline of the Pacific Northwest have specialized in enough ways to be considered an unofficial subspecies of grey wolf. Conservation photographer April Bencze zeroes in on their lives and needs.
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Robot submarine looks under Antarctic to find out why sea ice is getting thicker

Robot submarine looks under Antarctic to find out why sea ice is getting thicker | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
For several years now climatologists have puzzled over an apparent conundrum: why is Antarctic sea ice continuing to expand, albeit at the relatively slow rate of about one to two percent per decade, while…
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India may be the next big polluter to announce a climate plan

India may be the next big polluter to announce a climate plan | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
India is the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter after China and the U.S., and now it's cooking up a new climate action strategy.
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3 Key Issues Governments Must Agree On at Lima Climate Talks » EcoWatch

3 Key Issues Governments Must Agree On at Lima Climate Talks » EcoWatch | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
2014 has been a key year for the politics of climate change as the climate talks get under way in Lima, Peru. China and the U.S. agreed to reduce carbon pollution
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Diversify food now! | Al Jazeera America

Diversify food now! | Al Jazeera America | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
To achieve global food security, we must forgo our myopic reliance on wheat, rice and corn
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UCSC researchers link bat epidemic to hibernation

UCSC researchers link bat epidemic to hibernation | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Santa Cruz>> A deadly fungal infection called white-nose syndrome has decimated bat populations across the eastern U.S. since 2006. Millions of bats have died and several species are now on the brink of extinction. This week, a research t

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'Worst' Ecological Disaster in Israel's History as Pipeline Spews Oil

'Worst' Ecological Disaster in Israel's History as Pipeline Spews Oil | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Black rivers of crude oil could be seen flowing across the desert sands in the eastern part of Israel Thursday morning and people on both sides of the border with neighboring Jordan were rushed to hospitals after inhaling toxic fumes from the massive spill that occurred after a major pipeline ruptured, possibly by a maintenace crew.
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California drought: Are water users slacking off conservation? - SFGate

California drought: Are water users slacking off conservation? - SFGate | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Californians, particularly in the thirsty southern part of the state, are slipping and sliding in their attempts to save water, new data show, despite efforts to draw attention to the historic dry spell that has gripped the state and isn’t about to...

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Bus Rapid Transit Nearly Quadruples Over Ten Years - Institute for Transportation and Development Policy

Bus Rapid Transit Nearly Quadruples Over Ten Years - Institute for Transportation and Development Policy | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Bus rapid transit has grown by 383 percent in the last ten years, according to new data released by ITDP. As cities around the world discover the benefits and cost effectiveness of BRT, they have built hundreds of systems across dozens of countries that qualify as true BRT. A new interactive map shows a comprehesive …
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Engineer Reimagines Solar Energy With Stick-On Panels

Engineer Reimagines Solar Energy With Stick-On Panels | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
As Xiaolin Zheng sees it, installing solar panels might one day be as simple as putting on a sticker.
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Killing wolves to protect livestock doesn't work in long run, WSU study says - The Spokesman-Review

Killing wolves to protect livestock doesn't work in long run, WSU study says - The Spokesman-Review | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Rob Wielgus noticed something interesting when he studied reports of wolf attacks on sheep and cattle in the Northern Rockies.
When wolves were killed to reduce livestock predation, the number of dead sheep and cows rose the following year.
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Carbon Emissions and Warming: First Direct Mathematical Link Identified

Carbon Emissions and Warming: First Direct Mathematical Link Identified | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Most climatologists, ecologists, and even the World Bank have all reached a consensus that climate change is occurring. Experts and policymakers alike have attributed rising concentrations of carbon dioxide to net warming, but finding straightforward evidence of this can be difficult. Now, a team of researchers claims that they have identified, for the first time, how global warming is related to the amount of carbon emitted in a mathematical proof.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, December 3, 6:19 AM

Yet another series of robust facts and rigorous science telling us what we knew 40 years ago.  Climate Change is real.  How embarrassing this is "newsworthy."

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Ocean science for development in SIDS: Facts and figures

Ocean science for development in SIDS: Facts and figures | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Sarah Grimes explores why small-island states need good ocean monitoring — and why it still fails them in some areas.
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Heavy metal pollution in Hunan soil exceeds China’s limits by 1,500 times

Heavy metal pollution in Hunan soil exceeds China’s limits by 1,500 times | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
More than 1,500 times the permitted level of heavy metal has been found in soil in China’s south-central Hunan province, according to an unofficial environmental study....

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Celebrating Farmer Creativity Around the World

Celebrating Farmer Creativity Around the World | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The international network Prolinnova hosts Farmer Innovation Fairs across the globe to bring together smallholder farmers and celebrate their creativity.
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Philip Smith-Lawrence shares - South African academy trains anti-poaching dogs - Deseret News

Philip Smith-Lawrence shares - South African academy trains anti-poaching dogs - Deseret News | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Venom and Killer.These are members of a furry breed of anti-poaching operatives, dogs that can detect a whiff of hidden rhino horn in a suspect's vehicle or follow the spoor of armed poachers in Sout...

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