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Nonprofit hopes to help small biz plug into energy efficiency

While programs to aid and encourage large firms to reduce their energy consumption have been popular and helped to keep electricity consumption in check over the last few years in the state, small businesses have had difficulty accessing the programs due to financial and time constraints, Wrice said.

"You can't keep doing the Pratt & Whitneys of the world," she said. "At some point, you have to target these smaller businesses. Otherwise you're going to have ... boarded up main streets."


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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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Elon Musk: 'If I cared about subsidies, I would have entered the oil and gas industry'

Elon Musk: 'If I cared about subsidies, I would have entered the oil and gas industry' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elon Musk says his companies don't need the estimated $4.9 billion they enjoy in government support, but the money will help them move faster to transform the dirty business of energy.
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'Radical transition' of economy needed to curb climate change: study

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Harmful impacts of global warming such as heat waves and sea level rise are mounting and show a need for a radical transition to a greener economy, a study presented at U.N. climate
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Drought Takes $2.7 Billion Toll on California Agriculture | Climate Central

Drought Takes $2.7 Billion Toll on California Agriculture | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Preliminary estimates on how much the four-year drought will cost California's economy are out.
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Tesla co-founder sees future in electric commercial trucks

Tesla co-founder sees future in electric commercial trucks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Twelve years ago, Ian Wright and some fellow engineers launched Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley company that has helped jumpstart the market for electric cars. Now, the Tesla co-founder wants to electrify noisy, gas-guzzling trucks that deliver packages, haul garbage and make frequent stops on city streets.
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Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs: The Sad Case of Start-Up NY

During all of 2014, the state's job creation program generated a grand total of 76 jobs.

 

For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth.  But does it?  New York State’s experience indicates that, when it comes to producing jobs, corporate welfare programs are a bad investment.

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An Alternative To The Water Police In San Diego's Mid-City | Transition US

An Alternative To The Water Police In San Diego's Mid-City | Transition US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

With mandatory water restrictions come water cops and drought shaming – what some call tattling on wasteful neighbors. But a group of mid-city residents has found a new strategy for coping with drought.

 

They've formed a support group of sorts for neighbors interested in conservation.

 

It's called Transition Streets and Jamie Edmonds is its lead. He's a retired firefighter who's always had penchant for making earth-wise choices in his home.

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Virginia panel recommends new fracking regulations

A Virginia advisory panel is recommending that energy companies disclose the chemical ingredients they use in horizontal fracking, a type of natural gas drilling that has raised environmental concerns.

 

The recommendation, among 14 proposed by the panel, would also require drilling companies to provide the state with closely guarded industry “recipes” for the fracking fluids.

 

The proposals have been submitted to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration for review and a new round of public review.

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Fishing Industry Feeling the Pain After Refugio Oil Spill

Fishing Industry Feeling the Pain After Refugio Oil Spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

138 square miles of prime harvest grounds remain closed.

 

The recent closure of 138 square miles of fishing grounds impacted by the Refugio oil spill has prompted commercial fishermen based at Santa Barbara Harbor to initiate claims against Plains All American Pipeline, the owner of the faulty infrastructure that dumped more than 100,000 gallons of crude along the Gaviota coastline on May 19.

 

Several commercial fisheries — including lobster, crab, shrimp, halibut, urchin, squid, whelk, and sea cucumber, among others — have grounds in the closed area, according to lobsterman Chris Voss, president of Commercial Fisherman of Santa Barbara (CFSB), a nonprofit advocate for economically and biologically sustainable fisheries. “These guys have pretty significant, legitimate claims,” he said.

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White House Meeting Elicits Pledges to Reduce Antibiotic Use

White House Meeting Elicits Pledges to Reduce Antibiotic Use | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The forum, attended by representatives of hospitals, food producers, professional medical societies and restaurant chains, highlighted the problem of antibiotic resistance.
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On the shores of Malawi’s lake of stars, activists raise uranium fears | Santorri Chamley

On the shores of Malawi’s lake of stars, activists raise uranium fears | Santorri Chamley | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When dead fish were washed ashore in northern Malawi, activists and residents looked to a nearby uranium mine for answers – the latest battle in a protracted conflict with Paladin, the mine’s Australian owners
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Clean water could take a central role in the 2016 presidential debates

Clean water could take a central role in the 2016 presidential debates | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Following the Obama administration’s introduction of the “clean water rule” last week, Republican presidential hopefuls have made water the latest issue in a campaign to denounce government overreach
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Sweat it out: could your sportswear be toxic?

Sweat it out: could your sportswear be toxic? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Greenpeace report is one of an emerging body of research highlighting the possible link between the chemicals in sportswear and health risks
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Global CO2 pricing seen unlikely to be big part of Paris climate deal

LONDON/BONN (Reuters) - A global carbon emissions pricing system pushed by top energy companies is unlikely to be a big part of any United Nations' deal to curb global warming, some experts say, because
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Big Oil's Plan to Become Big Gas

Oil companies that have pumped trillions of barrels of crude from the ground are now saying the future is in their other main product: natural gas, a fuel they’re promoting as the logical successor to coal.

 

With almost 200 nations set to hammer out a binding pact on carbon emissions in December, fossil-fuel companies led by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA say they’re refocusing on gas as a cleaner alternative to the cheap coal that now dominates electricity generation worldwide.

 

That’s sparked a war of words between the two industries and raised concern that Big Oil is more interested in grabbing market share than fighting global warming.

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Global warming: Greenhouse gas warming takes only weeks to be felt

Global warming: Greenhouse gas warming takes only weeks to be felt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The warming by carbon emissions exceeds combustion heat in a few weeks.
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This is why people are so clueless about how much energy they use

This is why people are so clueless about how much energy they use | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study shows how badly off our estimates are for how much energy we use in different activities around the home.
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Greens in one last legal bid to block Shell from drilling in the Arctic; a surprising poll on Shell and Seattle

Greens in one last legal bid to block Shell from drilling in the Arctic; a surprising poll on Shell and Seattle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Shell game rolls on, with Seattle at center stage. Greens have launched one more federal court appeal in a last ditch to block the oil giant from drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea, which Shell p...
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Food for Thought | Food for life

Food for Thought | Food for life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There is no single solution.We need everyone at the table.A new short film by Susan Rockefeller
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South Korea shuts down primary schools as spread of MERS alarms public

South Korea shuts down primary schools as spread of MERS alarms public | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global health officials are alarmed by "third-generation" transmissions.
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76% of e-waste workers suffer from respiratory ailments: Assocham

76% of e-waste workers suffer from respiratory ailments: Assocham | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

About 76% of electronic-waste workers in India suffer from respiratory ailments like breathing difficulties, irritation, coughing and choking due to improper safeguards at dismantling workshops, an Assocham study, coinciding with the “Environment Day on June 5 has noted.

 

Many of these workers are children and they become incapable of working by the time they reach 35 to 40 years of age.

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EPA Nears Decision on Aircraft Emissions’ Risk to Climate

EPA Nears Decision on Aircraft Emissions’ Risk to Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has proposed carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants, is nearing a decision on whether to regulate aircraft emissions in response to global warming.

 

The federal agency is scheduled to issue a determination this month on burning jet fuel and its potential danger to human health by increasing the risks of climate change.

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AIR POLLUTION: In big EPA win, court denies challenges to ozone designations

AIR POLLUTION: In big EPA win, court denies challenges to ozone designations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court today rejected a series of challenges from states, environmental groups and energy companies to U.S. EPA's determinations of which parts of the country meet its standard for ozone, a main component of smog.
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Chinese Apparel Makers Face Pressure to Reduce Water Pollution

Chinese Apparel Makers Face Pressure to Reduce Water Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Chinese government is increasing fines for pollution, and global apparel brands are pushing manufacturers to recycle more and invest in new cleaning technology.
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More chemicals found in remote Minnesota lakes

A chemical associated only with X-ray technology is showing up in Lake Kabetogama in Voyageurs National Park and other northern lakes, one of many industrial compounds showing up in samples taken from Minnesota waterways.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Tuesday released the results of its ...
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BPA still a favorite among canned good brands. — Environmental Health News

BPA still a favorite among canned good brands. — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Survey of canned-good brands finds hormone-mimicking compound still widely used

 

In a survey of more than 250 brands of canned food, researchers found that more than 44 percent use bisphenol-A lined cans for some or all of their products. 

 

With 109 brands not responding or providing enough information, that number could be a lot higher. 

 

The survey, released today by the Environmental Working Group, found that 78 brands use BPA-lined cans for all of their products, 34 brands use BPA-lined cans for some of their products and 31 use BPA-free cans for all of their products. The survey was conducted between January and August of 2014.

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