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Indigenous Communities Challenge Big Oil in Belize

Indigenous Communities Challenge Big Oil in Belize | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Groups push to keep US Capital Energy out of Sarstoon Temash National Park
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Pragmatism on Climate Change Trumps Politics at Local Level Across US - New York Times

Pragmatism on Climate Change Trumps Politics at Local Level Across US - New York Times | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Even as politicians at the national level steer clear of the politically charged topic, officials who live where its effects lap at residents’ doorsteps are embracing the issue.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, October 26, 2014 1:39 PM

“I really see this as a very bipartisan issue that people are interested in talking about,” said Ms. Brooks, a Democrat who also serves on Mr. Obama’s climate task force. “These weather impacts are coming home to roost.”

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When the Workday Never Really Ends | BillMoyers.com

When the Workday Never Really Ends | BillMoyers.com | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The "new economy" has created a demand for "flexible" workers, but it's creating a new social order that brings chaos to the workplace and the home.
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Facing lawsuit, California oil train terminal to shut down

Facing lawsuit, California oil train terminal to shut down | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — A legal victory in California this week over crude oil operations could have a spillover effect, emboldening critics of crude-by-rail shipments to press their concerns in other jurisdicti
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The Future of Work, Leisure and Consumption

The Future of Work, Leisure and Consumption | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
We’re going to have to deal with working hours, because that’s the only way to stop expanding the size of the economy in any sensible way. So the core of what we need to do is to get back on the trajectory of using productivity growth to reduce hours of work. And that then opens up incredible possibilities in terms of rebalancing the labor market, integrating the unemployed, and having a fairer distribution of hours.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 23, 2014 3:22 PM

Great must-read interview with economist Juliet Schor on the crisis, consumption and the need to reduce working time.

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Cleaning Up South Asia's Arsenic Pollution With Thousands Of Money-Making Franchises Co.Exist | ideas + impact

Cleaning Up South Asia's Arsenic Pollution With Thousands Of Money-Making Franchises Co.Exist | ideas + impact | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Cleaning Up South Asia's Arsenic Pollution With Thousands Of Money-Making Franchises
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Shannon Morris's curator insight, October 24, 2014 12:22 PM

Thought this was really neat. Summarizes the pros and cons to proposing these new projects. 

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Ashland City Council Passes Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution · EarthFix · KCTS 9

Ashland City Council Passes Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution · EarthFix · KCTS 9 | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area

Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Palau raises over $50,000 to support the creation and enforcement of a Pacific Ocean no-fishing zone the size of France
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Natural underground CO2 reservoir reveals clues about storage

Natural underground CO2 reservoir reveals clues about storage | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
CO2 has stayed down there for over a million years, but it dissolves slowly.

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Algae-powered technology is blossoming in the 21st century. Find out about ten of the most innovative algae-powered designs that are currently being developed.
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New study calls for continuing need to assess impacts of offshore wind farms on marine species | The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

New study calls for continuing need to assess impacts of offshore wind farms on marine species | The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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Energy Efficiency and Government Buildings in Europe | Sustainable Cities Collective

Energy Efficiency and Government Buildings in Europe | Sustainable Cities Collective | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
(Buildings Performance Institute Europe report cover) The European Commission has set a target for 3% of public buildings throughout the continent to be renovated to improve their energy efficiency every year. We all know this will save public money on energy bills. So why are countries dragging their feet?
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How Costa Rica has been unlocking the value of its rainforest

How Costa Rica has been unlocking the value of its rainforest | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Payment for Environmental Services, a government-led initiative, has enabled the country to double the size of its forests while tripling its GDP per capita in the last 25 years.
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Firechat Enables Activist Mesh Network in Hong Kong

Firechat Enables Activist Mesh Network in Hong Kong | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The Umbrella Revolution that is still going on in Hong Kong has gained widespread attention for its use of social media to organize the protests, the clearest example being the chatroom app Firechat. Firechat allows users to turn their smartphone into a node that transmits data, either by WiFi or Bluetooth, to other phones within a short range.
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Albania’s Coastal Wetlands: Killing Field for Migrating Birds by Phil McKenna: Yale Environment 360

Albania’s Coastal Wetlands: Killing Field for Migrating Birds by Phil McKenna: Yale Environment 360 | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Millions of birds migrating between Africa and Europe are being illegally hunted on the Balkan Peninsula, with the most egregious poaching occurring in Albania. Conservationists and the European Commission are calling for an end to the carnage.
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as if birds don't face enough threats

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Canadian Beaufort Sea Fisheries Management Plan Applauded

Canadian Beaufort Sea Fisheries Management Plan Applauded | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
A new Arctic fisheries management plan announced by Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq that will protect more than 800,000 square kilometres in Canada’s Beaufort Sea from large-scale commercial fishing and ensure a sustainable resource for local communities was praised today by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
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Thyroid Cancer in Young People Surge in Fukushima Since Nuclear Meltdown » EcoWatch

Thyroid Cancer in Young People Surge in Fukushima Since Nuclear Meltdown » EcoWatch | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The impact of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown
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Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds

Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
When it comes to providing jobs and money to towns and cities, not all renewable energy is created equal.
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Oregon Divers Find Hope In Thousands Of Baby Sea Stars · EarthFix · KCTS 9

Oregon Divers Find Hope In Thousands Of Baby Sea Stars · EarthFix · KCTS 9 | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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Shannon Morris's curator insight, October 24, 2014 12:27 PM

I know in class we've mentioned (slightly) that starfish are experiencing some sort of mutation and are essentially melting away. Found this article very exciting.

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China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests

China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Drop of 1-2% in amount of coal burned offers ‘a window of opportunity’ to bring climate change under control, say Greenpeace energy analysts
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Why Don't More Businesses Donate Excess Food?

Why Don't More Businesses Donate Excess Food? | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Though the reasons vary for businesses choosing not to donate their leftovers, the main cause is a “misunderstanding of how food liability works.”
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Shannon Morris's curator insight, October 24, 2014 12:47 PM

Article states a good point that America is known to be the "land of plenty" and that requiring large quantities - almost always far more than can be consumed  - is a cultural misunderstanding. 

Knowing that most businesses don't want to be liable for somebody's health may be a consideration for the revision of how much is produced, at least in restaurants and other sit-down-and -eat places. 

 

We're a country that's starving for a constant increase in production yet toss the produced when there are plenty of people who would easily consume. 

 

"Natural resources are expended at every step of the food production cycle – growing, transporting, processing, storing, cooking and even disposing. Each of these activities has associated and high environmental costs, such as energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions." 

 Why not kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. Feed the hungry AND protect our natural resources.
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Lighting cities with cheap, glaring LEDs is a dim move - opinion - 15 October 2014 - New Scientist

Lighting cities with cheap, glaring LEDs is a dim move - opinion - 15 October 2014 - New Scientist | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The roll-out of cheap energy-saving street lights with a bluish glare has little regard for people or wildlife. There is a better way, says Jeff Hecht
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Solidarity Economy Organizing in the Wake of Mike Brown

Solidarity Economy Organizing in the Wake of Mike Brown | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) is a grassroots organization that has taken the lead in organizing the community around the Mike Brown case, systemic racism and building a solidarity economy in St. Louis through a new project called Solidarity Economy St. Louis.
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Crude Oil Spills Into Caddo Bayou in Louisiana, Kills Wildlife | InsideClimate News

Crude Oil Spills Into Caddo Bayou in Louisiana, Kills Wildlife | InsideClimate News | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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