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The Plight of the Honeybee

The Plight of the Honeybee | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Mass deaths in bee colonies may mean disaster for farmers--and your favorite foods
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We've talked about the importance of bees in this topic before - the image simulation of what a fresh produce supermarket area might look like without them is particularly troubling. We're glad to see others are also giving it the importance it needs. Bees are essential to our lives - we need to save them.

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Children given lifelong ban on talking about fracking

Children given lifelong ban on talking about fracking | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Two Pennsylvanian children will live their lives under a gag order imposed under a $750,000 settlement
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This reminds me of Erin Brokovich: a gag-order, enough but not too much money as a settlement. But it strikes me as tremendous that it should apply to 7 and 10 year-olds, since they haven't the ability to understand what the concept of free speech is and that they are limited in that sense...
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Carbon bubble will plunge the world into another financial crisis – report

Carbon bubble will plunge the world into another financial crisis – report | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Trillions of dollars at risk as stockmarkets inflate value of fossil fuels that may have to remain buried forever, experts warn
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This scoop is not exactly news but I found it today, while going through The Guardian's biofuels discussion and the Climate Reality panel with Al Gore in Chicago. It's unbelievable that investors continue on the same course when some of the world's most profitable - and not always for ethical reasons so... - banks tell them they are mistaken. Should this happen, it proves not only that lack of concern they have with our collective future but also their willingness to play with the markets for quick profit. 

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25 Years From Now and Still Relying on Fossil Fuels?

25 Years From Now and Still Relying on Fossil Fuels? | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The federal government’s latest international energy projections are out, and there’s no question we’re living in a time of enormous change—and perhaps remarkably little progress. The International Energy Outlook from the U.S.
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The International Energy Outlook from the US Energy Information Administration is seriouslyscary, when you cross-reference these numbers with the gigatons of CO2 emissions in one of our last scoops, the numbers become terrifying. We cannot be dependant on fossil fuels in 25 years - something must change.

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How Many Gigatons of CO2? - Information Is Beautiful

How Many Gigatons of CO2? - Information Is Beautiful | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
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This informationisbeautiful infographic was tweeted by the UN Climate Talks today. It is beautifully done and incredibly scary for something so well designed. Our emissions need to be curbed or the results may be catastrophic. In 13 years, we reached our "safe" limit before we are on the verge of disaster. 

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300,000 mirrors: World's largest thermal solar plant (377MW) under construction in the Mojave

300,000 mirrors: World's largest thermal solar plant (377MW) under construction in the Mojave | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The scale of this concentrating solar power plant is awe-inspiring. Hundreds of thousands of mirrors are used to focus solar energy unto giant towers, generating clean electricity via steam turbines.
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The world's biggest solar power plant is currently in Abu Dhabi but Brightsource Energy is planning to overtake it with a huge solar instalment in the Mojave Desert. The new plant will have 377MW power (vs 100MW in Abu Dhabi) and will be able to power 140,000 houses in California. The environmental and habitat impact is considered to be practically inexistent.

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Voilà! US Algae Company Turns Sewage Into Biofuel, In France

Voilà! US Algae Company Turns Sewage Into Biofuel, In France | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Right around this time last summer we took note of a new US-France urban algae farming collaboration that combines algae biofuel production with wastewater treatment.
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We don't usually publish the same scoop in two feed but this one just wraps everything together nicely: it treats wastewater, through a lovely ecological procedure that feeds off itself, producing biofuel. Algae really seem to be the future!

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Forum: How Daring Is President Obama’s New Climate Action Plan? by : Yale Environment 360

Forum: How Daring Is President Obama’s New Climate Action Plan? by : Yale Environment 360 | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
President Obama has unveiled a proposal to combat global warming that would, for the first time, regulate carbon dioxide emissions from all U.S. coal-fired power plants.
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A panel of experts comment President Obama's new climate action plan. Do you have an opinion?

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Pine Island Glacier

Pine Island Glacier | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
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Sad and troubling news from Australia. A 720square-kilometer chunk of the Pine Island Glacier dettached itself from the glacier and is now an iceberg adrift in the ocean. Anyone has yet to establish a direct link to climate change...

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Evolution too slow to keep up with climate change, study finds

Evolution too slow to keep up with climate change, study finds | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A study led by a UA ecologist has found that many species evolve too slowly to adapt to the rapid climate change expected in the next 100 years.
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Natural evolution can keep up with us but we're moving too fast for nature to keep up.

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An unlikely competitor for diamond as the best thermal conductor

An unlikely competitor for diamond as the best thermal conductor | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
An unlikely material, cubic boron arsenide, could deliver an extraordinarily high thermal conductivity – on par with the industry standard set by costly diamond – researchers report in the current issue of the journal Physical Review Letters.
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A team at Boston College found that boron arsenide can be the best thermal conductor. What do you think of this?

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Algae.Tec's Coal-Fueled Algae-to-Biodiesel Plant

Algae.Tec's Coal-Fueled Algae-to-Biodiesel Plant | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Algae.Tec inked a deal with Australia’s largest power company that will feed the waste carbon dioxide from a 2640MW coal-fired power station near Sydney to algae to eventually turn into biodiesel. ...
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Algae to biodiesel. Could this be the future?

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Rising to environmental challenges in America’s sinking cities

Rising to environmental challenges in America’s sinking cities | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
As an undergrad at Louisiana State University, I learned quickly what it means to live in a swamp. I left our college newsroom after an all-…
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Great piece on why when you feel it, you are more likely to do something about it. It also brings back to memory The Philippines' stance on global warming and how adamant they are to fight it.

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When global warming finally gets going, it could last for 200,000 years

When global warming finally gets going, it could last for 200,000 years | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
New evidence shows that, while we may not see severe climate change in our lifetimes, global warming could snowball into catastrophe in the distant future—and once the climate has shifted, it might not go back to normal for a very, very long time.
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The amount of studies and alerts to the problems concerning rising temperature due to climate change is reaching unprecedented levels. Everyone says that we need to act now, to prevent a catastrophic turn of events but it seems as if change is tacking a long time to come and become a reality.
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No more free sun: Arizona's biggest power utility wants to tax solar

No more free sun: Arizona's biggest power utility wants to tax solar | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Arizona's biggest power utility, Arizona Public Service (APS), has announced their intention to implement what would effectively be a tax on the sun.
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The writer says it: it's counterproductive to charge people to invest in solar. Surely the companies understand that they will have tremendous benefits from the untapped solar possibilities in Arizona and how they might make up for their transportation costs with other forms? It is understandable they might want a contribution to costs of adpating the grid but they must understand that they cannot take away the first years of savings, which are really just a return on the technological investment from which they are benefiting and will benefit in the long term...

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What if…? Imagining the future of agriculture | Oxfam America The Politics of Poverty Blog

What if…? Imagining the future of agriculture | Oxfam America The Politics of Poverty Blog | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Every single person on the planet having the means to grow or buy food: How do we build that vision?
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An interesting exercise on what the future might be and look like in terms of agriculture.

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A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA

A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Growers turned to genetics in hopes of building a tougher orange tree. But would the public accept genetically modified food?
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A remarkable piece on a disease and its impact on food choices, namely on the use of G.M.O.s. 

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Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s apis mellifera population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow.
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This is terrible news: the findings that a combination of pesticides and fungicides along with praying pratices and unknown effects of combined chemicals means that there is still a lot to be done - and if the solution proves very restrictive, it'll probably be incredibly hard to get people to adopt safer practices... with risk of half of our production of vegetables and fruit disappearing altogether. 

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Saudi Arabia to invest $109 billion (!) to get 1/3 of its energy from renewables by 2032

Saudi Arabia to invest $109 billion (!) to get 1/3 of its energy from renewables by 2032 | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
If there's one thing that Saudi Arabia has in greater quantity than oil, it's sunlight...
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"My point is that I don't have to like everything that's done by Saudi Arabia to recognize when they do something right. Fair is fair, right?" We're with the writer - Saudi Arabia may get many things wrong but should this investment happen, it's great.
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Saudi Arabia is planning to have 33% of its energy renewable by the year 2032. In order to accomplish such a feat,  a 109 billion dollar investment will be made in areas such as solar and geothermic energy. Nuclear energy is also an option that the Saudi's are considering.

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Bonus: Solar panels help keep buildings cool, reducing A/C needs

Bonus: Solar panels help keep buildings cool, reducing A/C needs | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Trees aren't the only way to keep a building cooler. Solar panels, when mounted on a roof, also provide valuable shade on top of generating clean electricity.
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Solar panels are not only a good solution for green energy but also for cooling. Advantages all the way!
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Under The Weather? Consider The Climate

Under The Weather? Consider The Climate | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
From Mother Nature Network's Russell McLendon: Global warming often seems distant and abstract, especially things like shrinking sea ice.
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The CDC wants people to realise that climate change isn't just something that makes ice melt but that also has a real, everyday imapact on people's health. For example, our (Europe) 2003 heat was directly connected to climate change and had a death toll between 30,000 and 70,000 people.

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Amazing Smog-Eating Pavement Can Reduce Air Pollution

Amazing Smog-Eating Pavement Can Reduce Air Pollution | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Now that's smart cement. Dutch scientists are heralding the results of an experimental pavement they say was able to cut air pollution by wide margins.
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Not sure whether to include this in the Scientific & Tech Innovation or Sustainable Development but it has the best of both worlds. This cement with the Volvo wireless electric charging roads, are a dream!

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Rocks can restore our climate... after 300,000 years

Rocks can restore our climate... after 300,000 years | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A study of a global warming event that happened 93 million years ago suggests that the Earth can recover from high carbon dioxide emissions faster than previously thought, but that this process takes around 300,000 years after emissions...
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We're moving too fast. Great scientific work though.

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Eco-tourism in Peru: community engagement and preserving biodiversity

Eco-tourism in Peru: community engagement and preserving biodiversity | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
An award-winning, for profit eco-tourism company is boosting the wages of the indigenous community and protecting biodiversity, writes Dan Collyns
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An amazing story about creating an eco-business, with respect for biodiversity, while being inclusive to the indigenous communities. 

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Sustainable fashion: Crafting a positive from a negative

Sustainable fashion: Crafting a positive from a negative | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Once a buzzword, sustainability is now being erased from one ethical fashion website’s vocabulary
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Ideally, the world will be a bit faster but encouraging and recognizing the efforts of the luxury and fashion industry may be a good way to promote environmentally-conscious pratices. 

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