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Study: Fish in drug-tainted water suffer reaction

Study: Fish in drug-tainted water suffer reaction | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The findings, published online Thursday in the journal Science, add to the mounting evidence that minuscule amounts of medicines in rivers and streams can alter the biology and behavior of fish and other marine animals.
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Ahh...the water tastes like....Anxiety, yes that's it!

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Europeans find horsemeat scandal hard to digest

Europeans find horsemeat scandal hard to digest | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
As police launch a continent-wide criminal investigation, fresh revelations are uncovering a murky world of food trading behind ready-made-meals.
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No more horsing around: it's time to get serious about mislabelled meat. The EU's top food safety experts are holding a crisis meeting today to draw up a comprehensive, Europe-wide testing program for unwanted horsemeat and any potentially harmful veterinary drugs that came with it.

Tests are one part of showing consumers that the contamination is contained. The other is finding the unscrupulous suppliers responsible. So far three people have been arrested in Britain, France has suspended one processing firm's license, and authorities are talking about "an international criminal conspiracy."

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China's fishmongers lament waning popularity of shark fin soup

China's fishmongers lament waning popularity of shark fin soup | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Anti-shark hunting campaign fronted by ex-basketball player Yao Ming is leading Chinese youth to reject traditional dish
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At least some of the folks who are blindly pushing for raw consumption (sustainability be dammed) are finding it a bit challneging at times.

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Tesla's Musk slams N.Y. Times review

Tesla's Musk slams N.Y. Times review | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Tesla's all-electric luxury sedan, the Model S, makes most auto reviewers gush like smitten teens.
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Rewined Candles

Rewined Candles | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A treat for wine lovers. Handcrafted in Charleston, South Carolina, these Rewined Candles evoke your favorite vintage with their subtle wine-inspired appearance and aroma.
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Great Valentine's Day gift idea.  But save the $20 plus Shipping and Handeling and tax.  Just cut your own wine bottles in half.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Sandy Plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Sandy Plan | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Buying damaged properties and returning them to their natural state to protect residents from future floods is one of the best ideas to come along.
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Beautifully Mashed-Up Photos Show The Glory And Wreckage Of Detroit

Beautifully Mashed-Up Photos Show The Glory And Wreckage Of Detroit | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Several years after the original Cass Tech High School in downtown Detroit was abandoned, a local photographer sifting through the ruins found decades of the school’s storied history in the chaos of what had been the yearbook room on the fourth...
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The SodaStream Ad You Didn't See During The Super Bowl

The SodaStream Ad You Didn't See During The Super Bowl | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
SodaStream's spot in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl was undeniably cunning in their successful attempt to make a meaningful and memorable statement during the big game.
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This Tel Aviv Cargotecture Bridge Puts Shipping Containers to Fresh Use

This Tel Aviv Cargotecture Bridge Puts Shipping Containers to Fresh Use | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
This Tel Aviv Cargotecture Bridge Puts Shipping Containers to Fresh Use
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"CHASING ICE" captures largest glacier calving ever filmed - OFFICIAL VIDEO - YouTube

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Here you will see a huge chunk of a glacier calve off into the ocean, setting up a huge domino of secondary calving events.  The graphics at the end illustrate the scale of the event and how unusual such things are becoming.  We are falling over the cliff (actaully we have already fallen) with respect to global cimate and a changing coastal zone.  Get ready.

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Federal court won’t review decision that struck down EPA pollution rule - The Hill's E2-Wire

Federal court won’t review decision that struck down EPA pollution rule - The Hill's E2-Wire | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A federal court won’t reconsider a decision that nullified major Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut soot- and smog-forming power plant emissions that cross state lines. The U.
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Q&A: Kemba Shakur on Urban Reforestation

Q&A: Kemba Shakur on Urban Reforestation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
"What we are doing, it is about trees, but it is also about people."
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Trees can be the first step in fostering an appreciation for sustainable living and cultural systems.

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Electric cars battle for hearts, wallets

Electric cars battle for hearts, wallets | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
[...] the firestorm that followed - Tesla founder Elon Musk all but accused the reporter, John Broder, of lying, Broder issued a point-by-point rebuttal, and CNN conducted a redo that vindicated the car - highlighted the battle under way for the...
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Americans Think the Climate Is Changing and Support Some Actions — Nicholas Institute

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A new national poll by Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions suggests many Americans haven’t formed an opinion about a cap-and-trade approach; with support low, 36 percent are neither for nor against. It also found only 29 percent of Americans strongly or somewhat support a carbon tax and 64 percent strongly or somewhat favor regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, factories and cars. However, the percentage of Americans who think the climate is changing, and that the change is a result of human activity, have reached their highest levels since 2007.

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Why Prius owners drive like that

Why Prius owners drive like that | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
My car is a 2001 Ford Mustang – six cylinders with a 5-speed standard shift.
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An interesting note on the power of data to change your (driving) behavior...

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Tat Chao Recycles Second-Hand Wine Glasses Into Beautiful "Bipolar" LED Lamps

Tat Chao Recycles Second-Hand Wine Glasses Into Beautiful "Bipolar" LED Lamps | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

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Another wine-esque design.

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Teapot_Barry's curator insight, February 8, 2013 10:14 AM

Wonderful pendant lights made from recycled wine glasses.

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S.F.'s plastic bag ban may be unhealthy

S.F.'s plastic bag ban may be unhealthy | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
San Francisco passed America's "first-in-the-nation" ban on plastic bags in chain grocery stores and drugstores in 2007.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

An interesting topic/hypothesis  But this is reason we use peer review.  This amazingly poor study (and pretty poor reporting job here) highlight the need for clear, objective reporting and for the need to have technically literate reporters doing such stories.  This "he said-she said" approach to getting at important sustainability topics is detrimental.  Clearly, such correlative studies of demographically complex populations is difficult under the best situtaion.  You should also be very skeptical of techncial claims put forth directly to the public rather than through peer reveiw.  But a few probelms with this reporting: no mention of the square footage of plstic prodcued (she uses the plastic manufacturing lobby's gross weight talking points to imply that plastic bags are a minor component of the waste stream), the total lack of controls in this analysis or replication with other cities who have passed bans, etc., etc. 

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After Big Storms: Rebuild Or No?

After Big Storms: Rebuild Or No? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
New York's governor wants Superstorm Sandy victims to move off the coast. We'll look at when and where to rebuild.
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A National Network Of Seed Sharing Promotes Better Food

A National Network Of Seed Sharing Promotes Better Food | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The practice of sharing seeds is as old as farming itself.
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New Orleans Hosts (ostensibly) the Greenest Game in Super Bowl History

New Orleans Hosts (ostensibly) the Greenest Game in Super Bowl History | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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This falls into what I would consider mild greenwashing.  Sure carbon offsets are great, reusing carpet is great, etc. but this is way too little way too late.  I have many great friends in and around NOLA who are trying great things and trying to push this tourism-dominated destination onto a more sustainable path.  But the environmental impact of this disposable container, plastic (rather than the more durable glass of old) Mardi Gras bead loving, no city-wide recycling program, lack of daily farmer's markets, etc. speaks to a much greater need to "geaux green" than we have seen offered up for this Superbowl.  Go 9ers.

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Science Wednesday: A Sustainable Super Bowl XLVI | It's Our Environment

Science Wednesday: A Sustainable Super Bowl XLVI | It's Our Environment | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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An interesting, albeit somewhat conventional, apprach to corporate sustainability.  They are starting with the low hanging fruti, but I am imporessed that they are doing even this.  Of particular note is the lack of publicity asociated with such efforts.  I suspect (but have no evidence to support this suspicion) this lack of trumpeting their green credentials is more related to the NFL's not wanting to offend some NFL-loving conservative fans rather than anything else.

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A Modest Proposal for a More Sustainable Super Bowl (Beer Still Included)

A Modest Proposal for a More Sustainable Super Bowl (Beer Still Included) | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A Modest Proposal for a More Sustainable Super Bowl (Beer Still Included)
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Debate Over Rebuilding Beaches Post-Sandy Creates Waves : NPR

Debate Over Rebuilding Beaches Post-Sandy Creates Waves  : NPR | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Federal disaster aid could mean billions more for rebuilding eroded beaches. Supporters say doing so offers crucial protection against storms.
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