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Two-thirds of the world's new solar panels were installed in Europe in 2011

Two-thirds of the world's new solar panels were installed in Europe in 2011 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Sep 25, 2012 - Europe accounted for two thirds of the world-wide newly installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2011, with 18.5 GW. Its overall PV capacity totalled 52 GW.

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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, 8:26 PM

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Former Guatemala gum growers live off sustainable jungle

Former Guatemala gum growers live off sustainable jungle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Waving his hands as if conducting an invisible orchestra, Juan Trujillo sings an old song known to Carmelita settlers living deep in northern Guatemala's Mayan jungle.
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Washington governor proposes cap on carbon pollution

Washington governor proposes cap on carbon pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.
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Report: Arctic loses snow, ice; absorbs more heat

Report: Arctic loses snow, ice; absorbs more heat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—The Arctic and its future are looking dimmer every year, a new federal report says.
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NASA satellites measure increase of Sun's energy absorbed in the Arctic

NASA satellites measure increase of Sun's energy absorbed in the Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NASA satellite instruments have observed a marked increase in solar radiation absorbed in the Arctic since the year 2000 - a trend that aligns with the steady decrease in Arctic sea ice during the same period.
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North Atlantic signalled Ice Age thaw 1,000 years before it happened, reveals new research

North Atlantic signalled Ice Age thaw 1,000 years before it happened, reveals new research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Ocean at mid-depths may have given out early warning signals – 1,000 years in advance - that the last Ice Age was going to end, scientists report today in the journal Paleoceanography.
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Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters discovered deep underground at locations around the world

Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters discovered deep underground at locations around the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team of scientists, led by the University of Toronto's Barbara Sherwood Lollar, has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometres beneath Earth's surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia.
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Deep-sea mining pioneer now hunts for resources in space

Deep-sea mining pioneer now hunts for resources in space | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Julian Malnic, the founder of world's first deep-sea miner Nautilus Minerals has joined the board of Deep Space Industries.
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If eggnog has eggs in it, why is it safe to drink?

If eggnog has eggs in it, why is it safe to drink? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eggnog is a holiday treat, but it contains – surprise! – eggs. So how come it's okay for us to drink it? Here are a few questions and answers about eggnog and food safety.
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Climate study predicts a significant increase of lightning during 21st century

Climate study predicts a significant increase of lightning during 21st century | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study published in Science predicts a 50 percent increase in lightning strikes across the United States during this century as a result of warming temperatures associated with climate change.
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California needs 11 trillion gallons of water: NASA

California needs 11 trillion gallons of water: NASA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from its three-year drought, the US space agency said Tuesday after studying water resources by using satellite data.
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Volcanic eruption in Cape Verde destroys two villages

Volcanic eruption in Cape Verde destroys two villages | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The biggest eruption of Cape Verde volcano Pico do Fogo in decades has destroyed two villages and threatens a forest reserve Tuesday, officials said.
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Global CO2 emissions increase to new all-time record, but growth is slowing down

Global CO2 emissions increase to new all-time record, but growth is slowing down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
2013 saw global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production reach a new all-time high. This was mainly due to the continuing steady increase in energy use in emerging economies over the past ten years.  However, emissions increased at a notably slower rate (2%) than on average in the last ...
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Obama bars oil, gas drilling in Alaska haven

Obama bars oil, gas drilling in Alaska haven | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama declared Alaska's ecologically rich Bristol Bay off-limits for oil and gas exploration on Tuesday, saying the move was necessary to safeguard the region's fishing and tourism industries.
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Colorado River Delta greener after engineered pulse of water

Colorado River Delta greener after engineered pulse of water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The engineered spring flood that brought water to previously dry reaches of the lower Colorado River and its delta resulted in greener vegetation, the germination of new vegetation along the river and a temporary rise in the water table, according to new results from the binational team of scientists ...
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Even in restored forests, extreme weather strongly influences wildfire's impacts

Even in restored forests, extreme weather strongly influences wildfire's impacts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 2013 Rim Fire, the largest wildland fire ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada region, is still fresh in the minds of Californians, as is the urgent need to bring forests back to a more resilient condition. Land managers are using fire as a tool to mimic past fire conditions, restore fire-dependent ...
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Study hints that ancient Earth made its own water—geologically

Study hints that ancient Earth made its own water—geologically | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study is helping to answer a longstanding question that has recently moved to the forefront of earth science: Did our planet make its own water through geologic processes, or did water come to us via icy comets from the far reaches of the solar system?
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Study reveals abundance of microplastics in the world's deep seas

Study reveals abundance of microplastics in the world's deep seas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The deep sea is becoming a collecting ground for plastic waste, according to research led by scientists from Plymouth University and Natural History Museum.
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INFOGRAPHIC: How to ensure your diamond is conflict free

INFOGRAPHIC: How to ensure your diamond is conflict free | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jeff Gear, the owner of Gear Jewellers Dublin, submitted this infographic that explores the realities of the blood diamond industry.
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Overgrowth | George Monbiot

Overgrowth | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What can you say about a society whose food production must be hidden from public view? In which the factory farms and slaughterhouses supplying much of our diet must be guarded like arsenals to prevent us from seeing what happens there?

 

We conspire in this concealment: we don’t want to know. We deceive ourselves so effectively that much of the time we scarcely notice that we are eating animals, even during what were once rare feasts, such as Christmas, which are now barely distinguished from the rest of the year.

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Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy

Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boeing said Tuesday it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes.
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Increase in CO2 has not stimulated growth of tropical trees

Increase in CO2 has not stimulated growth of tropical trees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since the start of the industrial revolution in 1850, atmospheric CO2 levels have increased by about 40%. However, contrary to expectations, the growth of tropical trees has not increased as a result. The prediction that tropical forests would help to slow down climate change therefore appears to be ...
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Rain could spell trouble for Calif. water conservation

Rain could spell trouble for Calif. water conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in years.
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Hawaii lava on course to hit gas station, stores

Hawaii lava on course to hit gas station, stores | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station and a supermarket in seven to 10 days, officials said Monday.
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The largest vessel the world has ever seen

The largest vessel the world has ever seen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climbing onto the largest vessel the world has ever seen brings you into a realm where everything is on a bewilderingly vast scale and ambition knows no bounds.

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