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The Biomass Cook Stove Industry

The Biomass Cook Stove Industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Safe cooking is a right denied to half of the world. Every day, 500 million women cook on stoves that burn biomass fuels ineffectively. In Haiti, charcoal constitutes almost 40% of household expenses. In India, up to 4 hours daily is spent on collecting wood and nearly the same on cooking. Smoke fills the kitchen, making eyes water and lungs burn. Soot coats the walls, pots and clothes. Annually, more than a billion ton of wood is cut around the world and as much greenhouse gases are emitted, inducing the mortality of 4.3 million women and children.


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Jón Sallé's curator insight, May 2, 12:04 AM
For those who wants to more about that amazing industry, and about my job!, here is an article I wrote on cookstove in the developing world :)
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A Satellite’s View of Ship Pollution

A Satellite’s View of Ship Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elevated levels of nitrogen dioxide pop out over certain shipping lanes in observations made by the Aura satellite between 2005-2012. The signal was the strongest over the northeastern Indian Ocean.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:39 PM

Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, remote sensing, industry, economic, unit 6 industry.

David Collet's curator insight, February 19, 2013 10:37 PM

The Straits of Malacca show up as a highly affected band - and this from traffic that is not even bound for, or related to, Malaysia.

Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:30 AM

Ships are causing pollution all over the ocean because of its fuels being used. Is there other fuels we can use for ships? By finding a safer fuel it could reduce the oceans pollution. Pollution probably effects the wildlife and drinking water as well and we often eat foods and drink from the water. It not only effects the ocean it effects us as well. 

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Jeremy Rifkin: The Third Industrial Revolution

Every industrial revolution is spurred by a shift in both energy and communication technology. Author and economist Jeremy Rifkin says we are on the precipice of a Third Industrial Revolution combining renewable energy and the internet. He joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss the possibility of hundreds of millions of people producing their own green energy in their homes and sharing it with each other in an "energy internet."


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Are Robots Going To Kill Your Next Job Or Create It?

Are Robots Going To Kill Your Next Job Or Create It? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Everyone agrees that some jobs for humans will be lost to robots, and some jobs for humans will be created because of robots. But there is a growing debate about the math. Will the robotics revolution be an aggregate job creator or job killer for humans?


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Industrial strength energy efficiency

Industrial strength energy efficiency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “energy efficiency?”  Compact fluorescent (CFL) lighting?  Maybe Energy Star appliances or adding insulation to your attic.

What all of these things have in common is that they are all residential solutions, but despite their greater numbers residential customers use far less electricity than do commercial and industrial customers.  Certain industries (e.g. cement, steel, aluminum) use enormous amounts of power, but the efficiency conversation rarely touches on these users.

That’s unfortunate because industry is where the big potential savings are.  Consider that while all lighting (residential, commercial, industrial combined) accounts for around 5.5 percent of total electricity consumption, electric motors in industrial applications alone use nearly five times as much, fully 25 percent of all electricity consumption.


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Global CO2 emissions

Animated time-lapse video of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions in map form, spanning the 18th century until this current first decade of the 21st centur...

 

This is not a complete data set, but the video still shows the striking connection between CO2 emissions and  the historical geography of industrialization.


Via Seth Dixon, Lauren Moss, Digital Sustainability
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Seth Dixon's comment, August 2, 2012 2:21 PM
I'd love to take credit for this, but I didn't create this video, but am simply sharing a resource that I found online with the broader community. Follow the YouTube link to see info about the creator there (Cuagau1).
Mark V's comment, September 4, 2012 11:41 AM
Frightening and guilt inducing. The US and Europe the biggest historical violators, plus living in the northeastern part of the country which shows the highest concentrations.
Rafael CAYUELA's curator insight, February 3, 3:18 PM

Interesting and well done..