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Human domination of the biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind

Human domination of the biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Earth is a chemical battery where, over evolutionary time with a trickle-charge of photosynthesis using solar energy, billions of tons of living biomass were stored in forests and other ecosystems and in vast reserves of fossil fuels. In just the last few hundred years, humans extracted exploitable energy from these living and fossilized biomass fuels to build the modern industrial-technological-informational economy, to grow our population to more than 7 billion, and to transform the biogeochemical cycles and biodiversity of the earth. This rapid discharge of the earth’s store of organic energy fuels the human domination of the biosphere, including conversion of natural habitats to agricultural fields and the resulting loss of native species, emission of carbon dioxide and the resulting climate and sea level change, and use of supplemental nuclear, hydro, wind, and solar energy sources. The laws of thermodynamics governing the trickle-charge and rapid discharge of the earth’s battery are universal and absolute; the earth is only temporarily poised a quantifiable distance from the thermodynamic equilibrium of outer space. Although this distance from equilibrium is comprised of all energy types, most critical for humans is the store of living biomass. With the rapid depletion of this chemical energy, the earth is shifting back toward the inhospitable equilibrium of outer space with fundamental ramifications for the biosphere and humanity. Because there is no substitute or replacement energy for living biomass, the remaining distance from equilibrium that will be required to support human life is unknown.

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Dungeness crabs threatened by, you guessed it, climate change

Dungeness crabs threatened by, you guessed it, climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ocean acidification is bad for crab larvae, and the fishermen who rely on them.
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House measure supports shippers on ballast water dumping

House measure supports shippers on ballast water dumping | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would open the door to more invasiv
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High-speed camera captures amazing lightning flash

High-speed camera captures amazing lightning flash | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists at Florida Institute of Technology used a high-speed camera to capture an amazing lighting flash from a May 20 storm near the university's Melbourne campus.
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Northern invaders threaten Antarctic marine life

Northern invaders threaten Antarctic marine life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An international study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found evidence that marine life can easily invade Antarctic waters from the north, and could be poised to colonise the rapidly-warming Antarctic marin
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What About Maximum Wage? — The Billfold

What About Maximum Wage? — The Billfold | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
America’s minimum wage is a step behind other countries—and its maximum wage is too. ¶

Imagine a meeting at work. Some entry-level staff, especially those…
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Loss of Y chromosome in blood cells associated with developing Alzheimer's disease

Loss of Y chromosome in blood cells associated with developing Alzheimer's disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Men with blood cells that do not carry the Y chromosome are at greater risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This is in addition to an increased risk of death from other causes, including many cancers. These ne
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Discovery could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer

Discovery could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A University of Texas at Dallas researcher has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer than current ones.
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NASA satellite data shows rapid recovery for some California forests despite drought

NASA satellite data shows rapid recovery for some California forests despite drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NASA researchers have found that years of California's drought conditions have not slowed the regrowth of tree and shrub cover in areas burned by wildfires.
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Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth: study

Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Using up all known fossil fuel reserves would render Earth even more unliveable than scientists had previously projected, researchers said on Monday.
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An Internet Cable Will Soon Cross the Arctic Circle

An Internet Cable Will Soon Cross the Arctic Circle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The underwater fiber-optic cable would trace the shortest path between Europe and Asia
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Watch drought take over a California town

Watch drought take over a California town | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The short film “When a Town Runs Dry" illustrates the challenges faced by one vulnerable community.
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Shareholders vote climate test for ExxonMobil, Chevron

Shareholders vote climate test for ExxonMobil, Chevron | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Investors of ExxonMobil and Chevron vote at annual shareholder meetings Wednesday on whether the two oil giants should do more to address climate change following a historic global climate agreement.
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We need the full picture to plan for climate change impacts

We need the full picture to plan for climate change impacts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How can society plan for the future if we only look at individual issues in isolation? Climate change impact studies typically focus on a single sector such as agriculture, forestry or water, ignoring the implications o
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Designing cities to combat climate change

Designing cities to combat climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Urban planners can take steps to reduce the heat cities may experience from climate change, but there would be other consequences and tradeoffs to consider, according to a study at Purdue University.
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Yellow fever epidemic threatens to spread from Angola to China

Yellow fever epidemic threatens to spread from Angola to China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The spread of yellow fever (YF) is a global health threat. In response to current outbreaks in Angola, other African countries, and China, which represents the first ever documented cases of YF in Asia, the World Health Organizatio
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New technique controls autonomous vehicles on a dirt track

New technique controls autonomous vehicles on a dirt track | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Georgia Institute of Technology research team has devised a novel way to help keep a driverless vehicle under control as it maneuvers at the edge of its handling limits. The approach could help make self-driving cars o
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Can legumes solve environmental issues?

Can legumes solve environmental issues? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's a win-win situation for the environment and the economy when it comes to introducing legumes into agricultural systems, says new research published in Frontiers in Plant Science, carried out by an international tea
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Crucial interaction between fire and mankind explored in new research

Crucial interaction between fire and mankind explored in new research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pioneering team of international researchers have devised a 'manifesto for fire science' to explore the pivotal relationship that exists between mankind and fire, on a global stage.
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Study helps explain sea ice differences at Earth's poles

Study helps explain sea ice differences at Earth's poles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Why has the sea ice cover surrounding Antarctica been increasing slightly, in sharp contrast to the drastic loss of sea ice occurring in the Arctic Ocean? A new NASA-led study finds the geology of Antarctica and the Souther
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The Road to Self-Driving Cars

The Road to Self-Driving Cars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Steven Shladover explains how automated cars can solve transportation issues—but only if they are deployed safely
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Antimicrobial-resistant superbugs could soon be deadlier than cancer

Antimicrobial-resistant superbugs could soon be deadlier than cancer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report estimates that by 2050, 10 million people will die from antimicrobial-resistant infections annually. That's a big deal.
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Trump acknowledges climate change — at his golf course

Trump acknowledges climate change — at his golf course | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The billionaire, who called global warming a hoax, warns of its dire effects in his company's application to build a sea wall.
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