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New Sustainable Modular Homes by Connect:Homes

New Sustainable Modular Homes by Connect:Homes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Connect:Homes, a Los Angeles-based prefab innovator, has just launched a new line of affordable, exportable, and sustainable modular homes, all of which come from its single California-based factory. The company’s patent-pending modular system ships like shipping containers, but are most definitely not shipping container homes.

Affordable because Connect:Homes has a patent-pending technology that allows them to build modules to 90% complete at the factory, surpassing industry standards that are typically closer to 50%. This reduces finish time and reducing construction costs considerably...


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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 2014 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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30 Years of Warming with Dr. Ricky Rood

30 Years of Warming with Dr. Ricky Rood | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More from my chat this week with Dr. Richard Rood at the University of Michigan Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Science - soon to be renamed the Department of Climate and Space Scienc...
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Climate Action's Moral Majority

Climate Action's Moral Majority | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The stage is set for massive action on climate change -  a clear majority of Americans now see climate as a moral issue. Below, a new poll by Reuters shows that two thirds of Americans believe thei...
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Kingsman: Cli-Fi meets Sci-Spy. Ultra Vi.

Kingsman: Cli-Fi meets Sci-Spy. Ultra Vi. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you happen to be out this weekend looking to turn off for a couple hours, you could probably do worse. Something here to offend everyone, and make you kind of hate yourself for laughing out loud...
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Meanwhile in Oklahoma, record breaking… warmth

Meanwhile in Oklahoma, record breaking… warmth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If a senator throwing a snowball in February is supposed to disprove rising temperatures, then what do record highs in January back home say?

 

In Oklahoma City, daily high records have been broken each day for the past three days.

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US Deep Freeze Stands out on Global Map

US Deep Freeze Stands out on Global Map | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Andrew Freedman in Mashable: The eastern U.S., as well as parts of Canada, sticks out for having the most unusually cold conditions on the planet. In fact, much of the rest of North America — inclu...
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Big Oil and the Inevitable: Coming to Grips with Carbon and Climate Change

Big Oil and the Inevitable: Coming to Grips with Carbon and Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Readers are aware of two recent high profile announements from Shell and BP, calling for a price on carbon and an enlarged discussion of climate change globally. I recently watched a long lecture b...
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Why Local Matters, and Why It’s Inevitable

Why Local Matters, and Why It’s Inevitable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If you're looking for a quick ~5-10 minute presentation on why local matters you may find this useful. Slides and transcript included.

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Is the US Overplaying Its Energy Hand?

Is the US Overplaying Its Energy Hand? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In the grand poker game of geopolitics, energy is often the wild card. That’s why the Middle East is such a mess: Great Powers (first Britain, more recently the United States) have been installing, propping up, toppling, threatening, or bribing regimes in that region — almost always to the detriment of indigenous populations — ever since the first oil discovery there prior to World War I.

 

Oil and natural gas interests are clearly implicated in current turmoil in or around Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Iran—and also Ukraine. In each instance it requires some historical context to understand the peculiarities of the situation; let’s focus for a moment on the last of these countries.

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Fukushima fishermen blast TEPCO over failure to disclose radioactive water flow - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Fukushima fishermen blast TEPCO over failure to disclose radioactive water flow - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fukushima fishermen appear to have finally run out of patience with Tokyo Electric Power Co.
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AIR POLLUTION: Judges signal more trouble looms for EPA's cross-state rule

AIR POLLUTION: Judges signal more trouble looms for EPA's cross-state rule | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. EPA's effort to curb air pollution drifting across state lines was under siege in federal court again today, and it appeared vulnerable to the challenge from states and industry despite emerging victorious last year from the Supreme Court.
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Controversial Spanish mine to reopen

Controversial Spanish mine to reopen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Conservationists claim environmental concerns have been ignored in runup to regional elections in decision to reopen Aznalcóllar mine that caused one of Spain’s worst ecological disasters 17 years ago
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Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says

Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A report released Wednesday shows that about 60 million metric tons of food is wasted a year in the United States, a problem that contributes to climate change and to the loss of natural resources like water and land.
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Conócenos - Financiera Sustentable

Conócenos - Financiera Sustentable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 

  

Es Doctora en economía por la Universidad de Columbia. Como asesora del Secretario de Hacienda representó a la Secretaría en la negociación del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN) en el capítulo financiero. Se especializó en regulación bancaria y fue Vicepresidente de Supervisión Bancaria en la Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV) habiendo diseñado el sistema de supervisión por riesgos, y participado activamente en la reestructura bancaria que tuvo lugar durante la crisis bancaria de los 90´s.
Fue Directora Asociada en el Banco de Pagos Internacionales, organismo encargado de emitir reglas de supervisión y regulación de

 

bancos internacionales a través del Comité de Basilea, del cual la Dra. Armendáriz formó parte para evaluar el impacto de las reglas en bancos de países emergentes. En 2001 regresó a México como asesora del Presidente del Consejo de Administración de Banorte. En la actualidad es Directora General de Financiera Sustentable, Consejera de Banorte, y Asesora de varias empresas para mejorar su Gobierno Corporativo, Administración, y consecución de fondos para crecer.

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The Weekend Wonk: Angus Gillespie, Vice President for CO2, Shell

The Weekend Wonk: Angus Gillespie, Vice President for CO2, Shell | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the last few weeks, we've seen 2 astonishing announcements, one from the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell (RDS), and one from the Chairman of British Petroleum, acknowledging the problem of climate chan...
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Dr. Ricky Rood: Why it's so Freaking Cold

Dr. Ricky Rood: Why it's so Freaking Cold | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I was in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan interviewing Ricky Rood the other day - and that's the question I asked him. Dr. Richard Rood is a former NASA Atmospheric Scientist now teaching at...
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Willie Soon and the Pretend Harvard Connection

Willie Soon and the Pretend Harvard Connection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
  5 years ago, climate deniers staged a fake "scandal" by hacking in to the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, and selectively quoting stolen emails to a compliant and cooperat...
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Naomi Oreskes on Senator Inhofe

Naomi Oreskes on Senator Inhofe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Naomi Oreskes, author of Merchants of Doubt, on finding out that she was being attacked on the floor of the Senate by James Inhofe, the Strom Thurmond of climate denial. The movie based on Oreskes ...
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New Video: What Climate Deniers Learned from Big Tobacco

New Video: What Climate Deniers Learned from Big Tobacco | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, my newest "This is Not Cool" video focuses on the backstory behind "Merchants of Doubt", the new documentary inspired by Naomi Oreskes' and Eric Conway's book of the same name.  The centerpi...
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Perforando Más y Más – Resumen Ejecutivo

Perforando Más y Más – Resumen Ejecutivo | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Este informe proporciona un análisis exhaustivo de los datos reales de producción de los siete principales campos de gas y petróleo de lutitas de los Estados Unidos. La producción conjunta de estos campos representa el 89% de la producción actual de petróleo de lutitas y el 88% de la de gas de lutitas, y constituye la principal fuente de suministros de hidrocarburos procedentes de lutitas según los pronósticos hasta 2040 de la EIA: un 82% de la producción prevista de petróleo y el 88% de la de gas.

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The Year the Dam of Denial Breaks

The Year the Dam of Denial Breaks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This is the year the “dam of denial” will break and the momentum for climate action will become an unstoppable flood. It will be messy, confusing and endlessly debated but with historical hindsight, 2015 will be the year. The year the world turned, primarily because the market woke up to the economic threat posed by climate change and the economic opportunity in the inevitable decline of fossil fuels. That shift will in turn unlock government policy and public opinion because the previous resistance to action argued on economic grounds, will reverse to favour action on economic grounds.

 

Before I argue for this conclusion, let me explain what I mean by the “dam of denial” and why the concept is so important to understanding what’s underway.

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Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet?

Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It has been a tough couple of years in the effort to unite labor, community, and environmental groups, an alliance that has always been strained.

 

The extractive energy sector—coal, gas, oil—has historically had strong union representation and well-paying jobs. Tensions rose in 2011 after the Sierra Club escalated their campaign to close coal plants and 350.org, the climate protection group led by activist Bill McKibben, called for a halt to the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Even Obama’s relatively mild order this past June on reducing pollution from power plants was opposed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Mineworkers.

 

“Where is the transition plan for workers?

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, February 27, 11:27 AM

A cautionary tale for all of us.  Unless we work together and pool our intellectual, cultural, and social resources, the future of humankind will be perilous and even final. Human activity helped create the mess we're in and human activity must resolve the issues before our window of opportunity closes.  Territoriality, ego, and thirst for power must be modified if we as a species are to survive.  Aloha, Russ.

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Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton's oil interest ties

Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton's oil interest ties | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's connections to oil and gas interests has created a dilemma for some environmental groups, troubling activists for whom she would be the natural candidate to support
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Groundwater contaminated at Duke Energy’s Asheville power plant

North Carolina’s environmental agency cited Duke Energy on Wednesday for coal ash contamination of groundwater at its Asheville power plant.
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MPs call for reform of GM crop rules

MPs call for reform of GM crop rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Europe's approval system for genetically modified (GM) crops is "fundamentally flawed", say MPs.

 

The process assumes GM plants pose greater risks than conventional plants, which is not backed by scientific evidence, the parliamentary Science and Technology Committee report says.

 

It calls for GM crops to be regulated on the basis of their characteristics not the method used to produce them.

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Food preservatives linked to obesity and gut disease

Food preservatives linked to obesity and gut disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mouse study suggests that emulsifiers alter gut bacteria, leading to the inflammatory bowel condition colitis.
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