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Danone invests in firm selling bottled water from ocean floor

Danone invests in firm selling bottled water from ocean floor | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Water comes from a deep ocean current off the coast of Hawaii and is desalinated using reverse osmosis
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This is a consequence of people being totally decoupled from nature AND totally ignorant of a basic understanding of science.  Reverse Osmosis is Reverse Osmosis.  Crazy, crazy stuff.

Also, this is only possible because we do not properly price carbon.
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Environmental NGOs take Norway to court over Arctic drilling licenses and link with climate change

Environmental NGOs take Norway to court over Arctic drilling licenses and link with climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
From 14 to 23 November 2017, a Norwegian court will hear a case brought by Greenpeace Nordic and Nature and Youth against the Norwegian government over the granting of Arctic oil exploration licenses to 13 oil companies. The environmental NGOs argue that a 2015 oil licensing round allowing new drilling in the Barents Sea in the Arctic violates the Norwegian constitution and the Paris Agreement.

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19 photos show just how bad the air pollution is right now in New Delhi

19 photos show just how bad the air pollution is right now in New Delhi | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A thick gray haze envelopes India's capital as air pollution hits hazardous levels. Over the last two years, New Delhi has earned the dubious distinction of being one of the world's most polluted cities.
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The first casualty of North Korean nuclear tests? The country's environment

The first casualty of North Korean nuclear tests? The country's environment | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Weeks after North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test, the ground is still rumbling. Two small earthquakes have occurred since then.
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What the World Will Look Like 4°C Warmer

What the World Will Look Like 4°C Warmer | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Will your grandchildren live in cities on Antarctica?
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Jerry Brown talks a green game. So why isn't California tougher on these polluters?

Jerry Brown talks a green game. So why isn't California tougher on these polluters? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
two current stories have skeptics wondering whether state regulators are watchdogs or lap dogs.
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ExxonMobil’s shareholders force the company to confront climate change head on

ExxonMobil’s shareholders force the company to confront climate change head on | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
To stay sane, environmental activists have to live by the mantra, "you win some, you lose some." Earlier today (May 31), Reuters and Axios both cited sources saying president Donald Trump will likely pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement. Almost as if to make up for it, on the same day
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Why are so many CEOs bashing Trump over the Paris accord? Money and public opinion

Why are so many CEOs bashing Trump over the Paris accord? Money and public opinion | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Captains of industry such as Elon Musk and Bob Iger have led corporate opposition to President Trump's climate policies, but is their position about global warming or their bottom lines?
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Use of Nuclear Power Is in Decline; Why?

Use of Nuclear Power Is in Decline; Why? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Nuclear energy has proven to be effective at producing large amounts of power with small amounts of fuel; this video explains some of the problems involved.
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Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about …
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"Trying to restore regulatory sanity" is a great goal.  Bailing on existing science and ignoring research findings you deem inconvenient is the opposite of "sanity."  These folks are deeply disappointing and seem hell bent on setting us down a road with fewer protections and safeguards.

I'll simply note that the burden of proof here falls on the regulator/activist/watchdog communities.  
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London's toxic air pollution is killing thousands every year

London's toxic air pollution is killing thousands every year | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
London was once famous for its "fog," which in reality was toxic smog from coal fires. Then the city passed new laws and cleaned up its act. Now, smog is once again a serious problem. This time cars are to blame — and the UK government refuses to do anything about it.
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This 3D map lets you track global pollution in real time

This 3D map lets you track global pollution in real time | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
This 3D world map shows how weather patterns move air pollution across the globe.

Via David W. Deeds
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Interesting interactive.
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 14, 10:22 PM

Cool app but depressing context. ;)

Eric Larson's curator insight, March 16, 12:57 PM
3D pollution map?
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Oil Wells Are Bad Neighbors to These Kids in LA

Oil Wells Are Bad Neighbors to These Kids in LA | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Hear from the kids of Wilmington, California, who grow up in the shadow of oil wells. This video, second in the series of Stop Fooling California, tells the story of urban oil extraction in Los Angeles.

"Our goal in producing this series is to reveal to the public and the LA City Council the impacts of urban oil extraction on our most vulnerable communities," Sarah Goldman, campaign and digital director, said.

Help spread the word by sharing this Facebook video:

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Renewable Diesel Maker Neste Lines Up Four Calif. Distributors 

Renewable Diesel Maker Neste Lines Up Four Calif. Distributors  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
“Neste brings great value to our company by offering a consistent supply of quality renewable diesel with a definite branding potential, along with an exclusive supply arrangement for our designated marketing area,” comments Ron Van De Pol, president of Van De Pol Petroleum.
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The shine of biodiesel and its brethren has turned dull over the past few years, limited by the availability and reliability of supply.  Most of the consistent stream has been snapped up by larger entities with larger fleets.  More supply should trickle down to the consumer market and help further wean us off of petroleum-based fuels.
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Getting hyper-local: Mapping street-level air quality across California

Getting hyper-local: Mapping street-level air quality across California | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Today, we’re making air quality results available online for 3 additional regions across California – the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and California’s Central Valley.
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California Fuel Taxes Rise Wednesday

California Fuel Taxes Rise Wednesday | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
California gas and diesel taxes are higher Wednesday, under a law approved this past spring by the state Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown. The tax hikes will raise several billion dollars a year for road repairs, public transit and other projects.
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California's goal: an electricity grid moving only clean energy

California's goal: an electricity grid moving only clean energy | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Imagine a California future where fossil fuels are never used to generate electricity. That's a proposal lawmakers are considering now. What would it take to hit that goal?
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Trump advisor Carl Icahn resigned in advance of magazine article on his potential conflicts of interest

Trump advisor Carl Icahn resigned in advance of magazine article on his potential conflicts of interest | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Carl Icahn, who resigned Friday from as President Donald Trump's adviser on deregulation efforts, stepped down ahead of a lengthy article detailing his potential conflicts of interest.
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Power = influence. 
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Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Explore the pipeline route, the effects it will have on surrounding communities and beyond, and a few of the alternatives to the fossil fuel-dependent economy of which DAPL is one small piece.
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Could carbon capturing make ‘clean coal’ a reality?

Could carbon capturing make ‘clean coal’ a reality? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Coal is still very much at the center of the debate on the future of energy. For some, the holy grail is a new type of technology that captures some coal carbon emissions. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to take a closer look at the results coming out of one of the largest fossil fuel power plants in the country and the obstacles stopping them from collecting more.
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Why Donald Trump's first 100 days were 'catastrophic', 'dangerous' and 'weird'

Why Donald Trump's first 100 days were 'catastrophic', 'dangerous' and 'weird' | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
“Catastrophic”, “very dangerous”, “every bit as bad” as expected and just plain “weird”. The reactions to the effect of the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency on the environment and climate change were perhaps predictable.
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Here's how California could change its cap-and-trade program for climate change

Here's how California could change its cap-and-trade program for climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
There's a lot of ideas out there for changing the cap-and-trade program. Here are the highlights.
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Electricity’s Carbon Footprint in U.S. Shrinks, Sets Record

Electricity’s Carbon Footprint in U.S. Shrinks, Sets Record | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
U.S. energy-related carbon pollution fell in 2016, part of a decade-long trend as utilities use less coal in favor of natural gas.
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Super cool trend.  Now if we can only bend that arc even lower.

The reality is that our planet is switching to renewable energy, the only question is how fast.
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The deep imagery of coal mining in the 1970s shows a lifestyle of peril and persistence

The deep imagery of coal mining in the 1970s shows a lifestyle of peril and persistence | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Appalachian coal production has been on shaky ground almost since the industry’s inception in the mid 19th century. After the Civil War, industrialization meant a nearly limitless demand for…
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Here’s why new EPA chief Pruitt is ‘absolutely wrong’ about CO2 and climate change

Here’s why new EPA chief Pruitt is ‘absolutely wrong’ about CO2 and climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Scott Pruitt says there's no proof that carbon dioxide pollution is causing the Earth to heat up. Well-established science — and a scientist who's a fellow Republican — says that's flat-out wrong.
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This...is...simply...deranged.
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