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MIT Economist: Big Banks Have 'Hijacked' The Political Process

MIT Economist: Big Banks Have 'Hijacked' The Political Process | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A prominent economist says big banks have "hijacked" the political process and now have "a leading driver's seat" in determining financial regulation.
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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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This is your brain on God: Spiritual experiences activate brain reward circuits

This is your brain on God: Spiritual experiences activate brain reward circuits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The findings will be publishe
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Random numbers discovery improves climate simulations

Random numbers discovery improves climate simulations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered a new method for improving the accuracy of climate simulations, equivalent to a significant advance in supercomputer technology.
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‘Thunderstorm Asthma’ Kills 8 in Australia

‘Thunderstorm Asthma’ Kills 8 in Australia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About 8,500 people went to the hospital after a storm last week spread ryegrass seed fragments, so fine they could be inhaled, throughout the Melbourne area.
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Let’s stop the manipulation of science

Let’s stop the manipulation of science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Around a hundred scientists ask Europe and the international community to act against endocrine disrupting chemicals. They condemn the use of strategies for manufacturing doubt employed by industries in the climate change battle.
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EPA's failure to stem factory farm pollution draws new scrutiny

EPA's failure to stem factory farm pollution draws new scrutiny | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The agency's own Inspector General is readying a report on the failure to regulate Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) while environmental groups add pressure.
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Last Tree Standing

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The dominant feature of the Giant Forest is the giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), the biggest tree on Earth. Thousands of them grow in this 2,300-acre grove, including five of the ten largest specimens in the world. They reach heights of nearly 300 feet; their trunks can span more than 30 feet; and they’re nearly impossible to miss if you’re tromping beneath their canopy. “In every direction Sequoia ruled the woods…” Muir waxed in Our National Parks, “a magnificent growth of giants grouped in pure temple groves.”
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South Pacific island ditches fossil fuels to run entirely on solar power

South Pacific island ditches fossil fuels to run entirely on solar power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ta’u island in American Samoa will rely on solar panels and Tesla batteries as they do away with diesel generators
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Ellen Williams: The future of energy innovation | Ensia

Ellen Williams: The future of energy innovation | Ensia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The director of the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy offers her thoughts on what to watch for in energy technology discovery and development.
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Unlucky Number | George Monbiot

Unlucky Number | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We face (at least) 13 major crises, some of which are immediate. It’s time for some hard thinking about how we confront them. 

Please don’t read this unless you are feeling strong. This is a list of 13 major crises that, I believe, confront us. There may be more. Please feel free to add to it or to knock it down. I’m sorry to say that it’s not happy reading.
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Formula E’s CEO Thinks Street Racing Will Change Trump’s Mind About Climate Change

Formula E’s CEO Thinks Street Racing Will Change Trump’s Mind About Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'We can influence changes all over the planet. The future is electric'
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La lumière infrarouge peut sauver nos abeilles des néonicotinoïdes

La lumière infrarouge peut sauver nos abeilles des néonicotinoïdes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La lumière infrarouge pourrait sauver nos abeilles ! Le chercheur anglais Glen Jeffery a trouvé un traitement à l’infrarouge qui pourrait sauver et préserver les abeilles contaminées par les néonicotinoïdes, ces pesticides “tueurs d’abeilles”.

Via Sylvain Rotillon
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La ville de demain : technologie et digital au service du climat

La ville de demain : technologie et digital au service du climat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Qu’on se le dise, le 21ème siècle sera urbain ou ne sera pas. Avec 75% de la population mondiale vivant en ville en 2050, nos métropoles sont plus que jamais au cœur des évolutions de la société. À l’approche du premier anniversaire de la COP 21 de Paris, elles doivent être les locomotives d’une prise de conscience générale face à l’enjeu climatique.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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The House Science Committee Doesn't Seem To Understand The Concept Of Winter

The House Science Committee Doesn't Seem To Understand The Concept Of Winter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Why bother NASA when you can get your climate news from Breitbart?
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EPA begins process to regulate toxic, widely used chemicals

EPA begins process to regulate toxic, widely used chemicals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released a list of toxic chemicals that will be the first reviewed under a recently enacted law that gives regulators increased authority to ban substances shown to endange
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Study shows major changes in ice and temperatures could cause abrupt effects farther away

Study shows major changes in ice and temperatures could cause abrupt effects farther away | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About 14,000 years ago, the southwest United States was lush and green, home to saber-toothed cats and mammoths. Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest was mostly grassland.
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U.S. Supreme Court seeks Obama administration view on Gold King Mine legal dispute

U.S. Supreme Court seeks Obama administration view on Gold King Mine legal dispute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. Supreme Court justices are looking at the Gold King Mine disaster and the legal dispute between New Mexico and Colorado over responsibilities when toxic mine pollution of a river in one state …
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Pope urges world leaders not to hobble climate change pact

Pope urges world leaders not to hobble climate change pact | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pope Francis urged national leaders on Monday to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a message that looked to be squarely aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
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Electricity from coal should be phased out in Australia – Senate report

Electricity from coal should be phased out in Australia – Senate report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coal-fired power plants should be closed in orderly fashion to ensure energy supply is not disrupted
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Sahel countries in race against time to regreen Africa's spreading desert

Sahel countries in race against time to regreen Africa's spreading desert | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To reverse the impact of decades of overgrazing and deforestation, around 10 million hectares will need to be restored each year
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Great Barrier Reef has suffered its worst die-off ever recorded

Great Barrier Reef has suffered its worst die-off ever recorded | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia's famous Great Barrier Reef suffered its largest die-off ever observed, scientists found.
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A Wrenching Choice for Alaska Towns in the Path of Climate Change

A Wrenching Choice for Alaska Towns in the Path of Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alaska is warming about twice as fast as the rest of the nation. So what are the dozens of villages at imminent risk of destruction to do?
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Scientists rate Canadian climate policies

Scientists rate Canadian climate policies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
James Byrne is a Climate Scientist and Professor at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. He has published extensively on the impacts of climate change on water, ecosystems and society; served as an expert reviewer of many environmental impacts reports; and has led national and international environmental science and solutions communication programs. Catherine Potvin is Canada Research Chair on Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests: Science for Empowerment. Her research includes biodiversity and ecosystem functioning; livelihoods, empowerment, and biodiversity; REDD+: carbon and co-benefits; and science to inform climate change policy.
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Trump & Our Greatest Mistake

Trump & Our Greatest Mistake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
19 November 2016 - On Election Day 2016, Donald Trump shocked the world with his defeat of Hillary Clinton for the American Presidency. One thing seems certain, that this has been the most divisive election anybody can remember. However, I believe people are focusing on the wrong thing. Rather than focusing on how bad or good…
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Le combat de Mme Tran contre Monsanto et l'agent orange



Tran To Nga est née et a grandi au Vietnam. Les épandages massifs de défoliants par les avions militaires états-uniens durant la guerre l’ont empoisonnée, comme des millions de ses compatriotes, qui souffrent encore des ravages causés par la dioxine. Elle a intenté un procès à Monsanto et Dow Chemical, qui ont fabriqué ces poisons, au nom de toutes les victimes et « pour la santé du monde entier ».

Paris et Vietnam, reportage

Lundi 7 novembre 2016, j’ai rendez-vous avec Nga à l’hôpital de la (...)

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Paris climate deal: Trump says he now has an 'open mind' about accord

Paris climate deal: Trump says he now has an 'open mind' about accord | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Asked by the New York Times whether he would pull the US out of the Paris climate accord, the president-elect wavered on his previously stated position

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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