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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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The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics

The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Las Vegas’ Pat Mulroy initiated an era of deal-making that may buffer against catastrophic drought.
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John Sylvan revealed that he no longer uses his own invention

John Sylvan revealed that he no longer uses his own invention | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
His idea revolutionised beverage preparation and spawned a multibillion-pound industry, but the inventor of the American version of the coffee capsule has admitted he “sometimes feels bad” about what he did – and fears for what his creation is doing to the environment.
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Everest risks contamination by a growing mountain of human waste

Everest risks contamination by a growing mountain of human waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The climbers who each year attempt to follow in Tenzing and Hillary’s footsteps to  the summit of Mount Everest are threatening to bring environmental disaster to the  roof of the world – by their toilet habits.
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11 easy ways to reduce your plastic waste today

11 easy ways to reduce your plastic waste today | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Maybe you’re not ready to breakup with plastic altogether, but here are some simple ways that can make a big difference in reducing the amount of disposable plastic in your life.
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Tips for Better Food Storage

Tips for Better Food Storage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Imagine an emergency occurs and you have to open your food storage only to discover that it’s not good anymore. That would be horrible.
How and where you store your food can have a huge impact o
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The more friends you drink with... the more you drink

The more friends you drink with... the more you drink | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sometimes it is useful to show in a well conducted study something which one suspects could well be true. A new study published today by the scientific journal Addiction shows that alcohol consumption of individuals appears to increase with the number of friends in their drinking group. The impact of ...
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Understanding electric car 'range anxiety' could be key to wider acceptance

Understanding electric car 'range anxiety' could be key to wider acceptance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manufacturers of battery electric vehicles, or BEVs, have increased their offerings in response to rising consumer concerns over gas prices and the environment. Drivers have been slow to adopt BEVs due to 'range anxiety,' the fear of becoming stranded with an empty battery. This phenomenon was recently ...
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Automakers vow not to give up on weak-selling electrics

Automakers vow not to give up on weak-selling electrics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Top automakers are vowing not to give up on weak-selling electric vehicles—even as they unveil an array of powerful luxury cars with conventional engines aimed at a growing global market.
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Video: Researcher teams up with industry to help bring hydrogen-powered vehicles to market

Video: Researcher teams up with industry to help bring hydrogen-powered vehicles to market | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If Marc Secanell Gallart had his way, the streets would be filled with hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. The technology already exists, and has for some time, says the director of the University of Alberta's Energy Systems Design Laboratory. But engineers like him are now only a few years away from reducing ...
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Phone firms and the quest for the 5G Holy Grail

Phone firms and the quest for the 5G Holy Grail | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lightning-quick downloads, driverless cars and remote surgery: telecom firms are racing to develop a new generation of '5G' mobile networks that could start to change the world in five years.
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Looted and leaking, South Sudan's oil wells pose health risk

Looted and leaking, South Sudan's oil wells pose health risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thick black puddles and a looted, leaking ruin are all that remain of the Thar Jath oil treatment facility, once a crucial part of South Sudan's mainstay industry.
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Royal Dutch Shell Wants to Look for Oil in the Most Dangerous Drilling Environment in the World

Royal Dutch Shell Wants to Look for Oil in the Most Dangerous Drilling Environment in the World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An ice-choked ocean, tens of thousands of whales, no proven technology in case of emergency, and a mission for oil: what could possibly go wrong?
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California orders 12 oil-field wells shut to protect groundwater

California orders 12 oil-field wells shut to protect groundwater | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California officials, responding to concerns about groundwater contamination, are closing 12 wells in the Central Valley used to dispose of chemical-laden water from oil and gas production, regulators announced Tuesday.
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Dermatologists warn: Don't touch 'contaminated' sand of Rio beaches

Dermatologists warn: Don't touch 'contaminated' sand of Rio beaches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The sands on the beaches of this Brazilian tourist mecca are heavily polluted, mainly thanks to trash left behind by beachgoers.
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State Sues Gallo Over Hazardous Dust Used To Make Wine Bottles

State Sues Gallo Over Hazardous Dust Used To Make Wine Bottles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Department of Toxic Substances Control has sued Gallo glass -bottle-maker for Gallo wines. The suit alleges the company violated almost 50 laws in a five-year span. The company says it has put tons of waste to good use and out of landfills.
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Despite Oil Price Plunge, California Gasoline Prices Soar

Despite Oil Price Plunge, California Gasoline Prices Soar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Owing to both the widespread refinery shut down, the recent refinery explosion and the unique gasoline blend used, California is facing gas price hikes
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10 Things You Need To Know BEFORE You Buy A Shipping Container

10 Things You Need To Know BEFORE You Buy A Shipping Container | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Off Grid World has created this mini guide to help you with the in & outs of buying a shipping container. Whether you are buying one to make into a home, a guesthouse, a garage, shelter or shed, the information below should help you save money and a lot of time.

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Plenty of potash, but almost no low cost sources for crop production | MINING.com

Plenty of potash, but almost no low cost sources for crop production | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the earth contains enough potash to meet the increased global demand for crop production, some regions lack potash deposits needed for optimal food crop yields, the latest global assessment of the resource by the USGS shows.
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FCC head defends Internet neutrality rules on the road (Update)

FCC head defends Internet neutrality rules on the road (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The head of the Federal Communications Commission is taking the defense of new Internet regulations on the road.
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Can we track the world's nuclear weapons?

Can we track the world's nuclear weapons? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has unveiled an interactive infographic that tracks the number and history of nuclear weapons in the nine nuclear weapon states: the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea. The Nuclear Notebook Interactive ...
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Cash could be phased out within a decade, says expert

Cash could be phased out within a decade, says expert | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The rise of electronic currency will lead to the phasing out of physical cash in Australia within a decade, according to Professor Rabee Tourky, Director of the Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Economics.
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New lower cost sensors and controls yield better energy efficiency

New lower cost sensors and controls yield better energy efficiency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Regulating comfort in small commercial buildings could become more efficient and less expensive thanks to an innovative low-cost wireless sensor technology being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Lightning plus volcanic ash make glass

Lightning plus volcanic ash make glass | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In their open-access paper for Geology, Kimberly Genareau and colleagues propose, for the first time, a mechanism for the generation of glass spherules in geologic deposits through the occurrence of volcanic lightning. The existence of fulgurites—glassy products formed in rocks and sediments struck ...
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A study determines that the Gulf of Cadiz is an area prone to suffering from flooding and coastal damage

A study determines that the Gulf of Cadiz is an area prone to suffering from flooding and coastal damage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reasearchers at the University of Cadiz have carried out a study that establishes the atmospheric conditions responsible for the generation of extreme meteorological events in the Gulf of Cadiz, which can cause flooding and significant damage to the coastline. In the study, published in the scientific ...
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