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'Safer' pesticide could create toxic mercury, study says

'Safer' pesticide could create toxic mercury, study says | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
A compound in pesticides that replaced another banned for its harmful effects, may threaten humans and wildlife by reacting with mercury in natural water to form a toxic chemical, researchers said Tuesday.
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Otters feel the burn from wildfires | Conservation

Otters feel the burn from wildfires | Conservation | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
In 2008, two wildfires burned more than 70,000 hectares of Big Sur. Now scientists have found that sea otters may have suffered as a result.
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Brazil’s “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest” Faces Death Threats | Inter Press Service

Brazil’s “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest” Faces Death Threats | Inter Press Service | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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Impressive Wildlife Photos That Will Brighten Your Day: From BBC’s Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Competition

Impressive Wildlife Photos That Will Brighten Your Day: From BBC’s Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Competition | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Capturing that magical wildlife photo takes decent equipment, an extreme amount of patience and a little bit of luck. Beyond composition and color, the best wildlife photographs give you a reason t...

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Wildlife Depletion May Be Driving Child Labor and Crime

Wildlife Depletion May Be Driving Child Labor and Crime | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Decline in biodiversity is a source of social conflict rather than a symptom, says UC Berkeley report
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Residents Get Justice from City of Rochelle, Georgia | Earthjustice

Residents Get Justice from City of Rochelle, Georgia | Earthjustice | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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Raw sewage has been flowing into their houses and yards after heavy rains for decades. It's wonderful that the problem is now going to be addressed but it is shameful that these people had to take the city to court to make this happen.

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Politicians need to address transport taboos, not just new technology, to meet carbon targets, say researchers

Politicians need to address transport taboos, not just new technology, to meet carbon targets, say researchers | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Transport accounts for 30% of carbon dioxide emissions in the EU, with emissions rising 36% between 1990 and 2007. New research has found a need to dissect the widely-held view that new technologies, such as biofuel and improved aircraft design, will result in carbon reduction targets being met.
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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, August 16, 7:14 PM

Be wary of the the techno fix.

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Setting the Record Straight on the Legality of Seed Libraries

Setting the Record Straight on the Legality of Seed Libraries | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture cracked down on a seed bank in the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, hundreds of seed libraries in the U.S. are suddenly wondering if they are breaking the law.
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Ebola and Climate Change: How Are They Connected?

Ebola and Climate Change: How Are They Connected? | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Climate change would in turn amplify food insecurity, and prompt even more remote West African communities to eat
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Southeast could become an overdeveloped ‘megalopolis’ in the next half century

Southeast could become an overdeveloped ‘megalopolis’ in the next half century | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The Southeast US is going the way of the Northeast with the creation of an ecologically damaging ‘megalopolis’
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Don’t hate on algae—they could teach us a thing or two about survival

Don’t hate on algae—they could teach us a thing or two about survival | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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Report: Banned Toxic PCB Still Showing Up In Everyday Products · EarthFix · KCTS 9

Report: Banned Toxic PCB Still Showing Up In Everyday Products · EarthFix · KCTS 9 | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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Lyft, Uber Edge Closer to True Ridesharing

Lyft, Uber Edge Closer to True Ridesharing | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Last week, Lyft and Uber launched carpooling services that allow users to share rides with strangers going along similar routes.
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Counter crop patents by freeing seeds to feed the world

Counter crop patents by freeing seeds to feed the world | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Today, just three companies – Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta – account for about half of all commercial seed sales. More and more, agricultural patents are used to increase the control these and similar…
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Zero Waste World

Zero Waste World | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
When the economy goes in circles, everybody wins.
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Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: Report - The Times of India

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: Report - The Times of India | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper said, citing an academic report.
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Sustainable schools project boosts exam results | Forum for the Future

Sustainable schools project boosts exam results | Forum for the Future | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The pupil-friendly design of several Bristol schools has helped to increase the percentage of pupils gaining 5 A*-to-C grades. In a poll result almost as unsurprising as a North Korean election, 70% of respondents told a recent UK opinion survey that they believe good school design helps children learn. Over half also think hospital patients will recover faster in better-designed buildings. Yet these ‘no-brainers’ are seldom acted upon. Sustainable design in the built environment has tended to focus more on tackling energy inefficiency and emissions. Social considerations such as cutting crime may also motivate clients, but ‘softer’ wellbeing objectives like empowerment, sense of security and community are notoriously hard to capture in cost-benefit calculations. Now, a ‘sustainable schools’ project in Bristol is providing both evidence of success.
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Ash in Lungs: How Breathing Coal Ash is Hazardous to Your Health | Earthjustice

Ash in Lungs: How Breathing Coal Ash is Hazardous to Your Health | Earthjustice | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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A Game Changer for Houston Streets - News - Greensource Magazine

A Game Changer for Houston Streets - News - Greensource Magazine | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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As Small Hydropower Expands, So Does Caution on Its Impacts by Dave Levitan: Yale Environment 360

As Small Hydropower Expands, So Does Caution on Its Impacts by Dave Levitan: Yale Environment 360 | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Small hydropower projects have the potential to bring electricity to millions of people now living off the grid. But experts warn that planners must carefully consider the cumulative effects of constructing too many small dams in a single watershed.
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Does Ecoliteracy Prevent Environmental Action? | Worldwatch Institute

Does Ecoliteracy Prevent Environmental Action? | Worldwatch Institute | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Why environmental education isn’t enough to create change and improve governance
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First Nation aims to evict Imperial Metals over Mount Polley tailings spill

First Nation aims to evict Imperial Metals over Mount Polley tailings spill | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Neskonlith Indian Band in British Columbia has issued an eviction notice to the company that owns the Mount Polley tailings pond, which spilled millions of cubic metres of waste in the Cariboo region.
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The Hidden Ways Urban Design Segregates The Poor

The Hidden Ways Urban Design Segregates The Poor | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
There's a name for uncomfortable benches, hard-to-reach parks, and ubiquitous surveillance: disciplinary architecture.
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Montana Lee Nolan's comment, August 18, 11:09 PM
It’s sad to think about how much effort has been put into architecture and design with the intent of pushing away the homeless and “less desired” low income segment of our population. All of this effort could have been used towards helping these homeless and lower income people of our country by finding them housing, starting jobs, health care, etc. These designs are only positively affecting the appearance of more well off neighborhoods, making them seem even more “desirable”. It might be keeping crime rates down in these neighborhoods, but it is also pushing those crime rates into other less “nourished” neighborhoods that are already facing bad crime and hard times. Besides the irritating design of inconvenient bus stops, benches, and public areas, the whole idea of “Poor Doors” also boggled my mind. This separating of entrances is unnecessary segregation. (The opening paragraph intrigued me to read more about “Poor Doors”, so I followed that link and read more on the subject). This method of hiding the affordable housing inhabitants is disgusting and degrading. There are other, as well as better-off and well-mannered ways, to provide affordable housing, that doesn't make its inhabitants feel unworthy.
Montana Lee Nolan's curator insight, August 18, 11:10 PM

It’s sad to think about how much effort has been put into architecture and design with the intent of pushing away the homeless and “less desired” low income segment of our population.  All of this effort could have been used towards helping these homeless and lower income people of our country by finding them housing, starting jobs, health care, etc.  These designs are only positively affecting the appearance of more well off neighborhoods, making them seem even more “desirable”.  It might be keeping crime rates down in these neighborhoods, but it is also pushing those crime rates into other less “nourished” neighborhoods that are already facing bad crime and hard times.  Besides the irritating design of inconvenient bus stops, benches, and public areas, the whole idea of “Poor Doors” also boggled my mind.  This separating of entrances is unnecessary segregation.  (The opening paragraph intrigued me to read more about “Poor Doors”, so I followed that link and read more on the subject).  This method of hiding the affordable housing inhabitants is disgusting and degrading.  There are other, as well as better-off and well-mannered ways, to provide affordable housing, that doesn’t make its inhabitants feel unworthy.

Anita Woodruff's comment, August 19, 12:25 AM
I agree, Montana. The political climate in this country is so ugly right now. At least we can bring these problems to light through social media and try to shame those who want to criminalize being poor.
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How We Ended Up With Corporations That Serve Shareholders, Not Customers | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com

How We Ended Up With Corporations That Serve Shareholders, Not Customers | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
In recent weeks, the managers, employees and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets have banded together to support a CEO who put them first — and was ousted for it.
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Gangs raking in thousands from the rising tide of wildlife crime

Gangs raking in thousands from the rising tide of wildlife crime | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Report reveals the extent of poaching and poisoning and calls for tougher sanctions, writes Tracy McVeigh
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This report is not about Africa but about the UK.

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