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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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Asian inventions dominate energy storage systems

Asian inventions dominate energy storage systems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In recent years, the number of patent applications for electrochemical energy storage technologies has soared. According to a study by the Technical University Munich, the largest volume of applications is submitted by developers of lithium batteries. The study offers a first differentiated analysis ...
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Wildfire near Yosemite sparks 13,000 evacuation orders

Wildfire near Yosemite sparks 13,000 evacuation orders | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Californian authorities said Tuesday they have issued more than 13,000 evacuation orders near Yosemite National Park due to a wildfire encroaching on the US tourist attraction.
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Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.
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New satellite data will help farmers facing drought

New satellite data will help farmers facing drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —About 60 percent of California is experiencing 'exceptional drought,' the U.S. Drought Monitor's most dire classification. The agency issued the same warning to Texas and the southeastern United States in 2012. California's last two winters have been among the driest since records began ...
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Waterloo makes public most complete Antarctic map for climate research

Waterloo makes public most complete Antarctic map for climate research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The University of Waterloo has unveiled a new satellite image of Antarctica, and the imagery will help scientists all over the world gain new insight into the effects of climate change.
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'Safer' pesticide could create toxic mercury, study says

'Safer' pesticide could create toxic mercury, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A compound in pesticides that replaced another banned for its harmful effects, may threaten humans and wildlife by reacting with mercury in natural water to form a toxic chemical, researchers said Tuesday.
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Japan volcanic isle may collapse, create tsunami, study says

Japan volcanic isle may collapse, create tsunami, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly-formed lava slopes collapse into the sea, scientists said Tuesday.
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Dahr Jamail | "Peak Water," Methane Blowholes and Ice-Free Arctic Cruises: The Climate Crisis Deepens

Dahr Jamail | "Peak Water," Methane Blowholes and Ice-Free Arctic Cruises: The Climate Crisis Deepens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This month's climate disruption dispatch, explaining how the planet is being impacted by anthropogenic climate disruption, provides another sobering reality check, demonstrating how rapidly our world is moving toward an unsurvivable state.
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Iceland raises risk level for volcano eruption to second-highest

Iceland raises risk level for volcano eruption to second-highest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Iceland's Met Office on Monday raised its risk level to the aviation industry for an eruption at its Bardarbunga volcano to orange, which is the fourth level on a five-grade scale. -
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Corporate Buyers Demonstrate Demand for Renewables. Now it’s Time for the Market to Catch Up. | EDF Climate Corps

Corporate Buyers Demonstrate Demand for Renewables. Now it’s Time for the Market to Catch Up. | EDF Climate Corps | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last month, twelve major corporations announced a combined goal of buying 8.4 million megawatt hours of renewable energy each year and called for market changes to make these large-scale purchases possible. Their commitment shows that demand for renewables has reached the big time.
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Dharnai Live - A solar micro-grid project by Greenpeace

Dharnai Live - A solar micro-grid project by Greenpeace | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dharnai Live – How a village in #Bihar has chosen to go renewable. Greenpeace India’s new energy access campaign. Energy for safety, healthcare, education, economy and inclusive development. Read about Dharnai’s journey to a people powered movement here.
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Grain Harvest | Global Grain Stocks Drop Dangerously Low as 2012 Consumption Exceeded Production

Grain Harvest | Global Grain Stocks Drop Dangerously Low as 2012 Consumption Exceeded Production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The world produced 2,241 million tons of grain in 2012, down 75 million tons or 3 percent from the 2011 record harvest. The drop was largely because of droughts that devastated several major crops—namely corn in the United States (the world’s largest crop) and wheat in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Australia. Each of these countries also is an important exporter. Global grain consumption fell significantly for the first time since 1995, as high prices dampened use for ethanol production and livestock feed. Still, overall consumption did exceed production. With drought persisting in key producing regions, there is concern that farmers in 2013 will again be unable to produce the surpluses necessary to rebuild lowered global grain reserves. 


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New study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low; competitiveness of wind has improved

New study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low; competitiveness of wind has improved | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged just $25/MWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2013, ...
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Green power blooms as Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell'

Green power blooms as Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A solar cell that resembles a flower is offering a new take on green energy in Japan, where one scientist is searching for renewables that look good.
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'Severe' drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, report says

'Severe' drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drought conditions may have leveled off across California, but nearly 100 percent of the state remains in the third-harshest category for dryness, according to the latest measurements.
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Has the puzzle of rapid climate change in the last ice age been solved?

Has the puzzle of rapid climate change in the last ice age been solved? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over the past one hundred thousand years cold temperatures largely prevailed over the planet in what is known as the last ice age. However, the cold period was repeatedly interrupted by much warmer climate conditions. Scientists have long attempted to find out why these drastic temperature jumps of ...
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Rising sea levels force Pacific Island capital to relocate

Rising sea levels force Pacific Island capital to relocate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solomon Islands provincial capital will be relocated to the mainland due to coastal hazards and the risks of rising sea levels resulting from climate change.
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Analysis reveals significant land cover changes in US coastal regions

Analysis reveals significant land cover changes in US coastal regions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new NOAA nationwide analysis shows that between 1996 and 2011, 64,975 square miles in coastal regions—an area larger than the state of Wisconsin—experienced changes in land cover, including a decline in wetlands and forest cover with development a major contributing factor.
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Why global warming is taking a break

Why global warming is taking a break | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The average temperature on Earth has barely risen over the past 16 years. ETH researchers have now found out why. And they believe that global warming is likely to continue again soon.
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Uber hires former Obama adviser David Plouffe to wage a war on taxis

Uber hires former Obama adviser David Plouffe to wage a war on taxis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As Uber tries to remake transportation in America, it adds some serious political muscle.
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Cutting Carbon Pollution Will Help Create a Healthier Planet

Cutting Carbon Pollution Will Help Create a Healthier Planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By investing in cleaner air today the nation will save not only on healthcare costs but we will surely save lives as well....
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'Sand dams' bank water for dry season in semi-arid Kenya

'Sand dams' bank water for dry season in semi-arid Kenya | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Innovation could mean "drought will never again be a problem, particularly for future generations," says one farmer
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Major Court Ruling Clears The Way To Let Renewables Into The Grid

Major Court Ruling Clears The Way To Let Renewables Into The Grid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is setting the scene for a revitalized electric grid that gives renewable energy the consideration its due.
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Meet The First Pacific Island Town To Relocate Thanks To Climate Change

Meet The First Pacific Island Town To Relocate Thanks To Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Relocation is the only option available that will keep the community safe and will allow for future growth and prosperity of the capital and the province."
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The East is wed: China seeks brides for richer, for poorer

The East is wed: China seeks brides for richer, for poorer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Linqi, China (AFP) Aug 18, 2014 - Their marriages were arranged for cash, but some of the Vietnamese women who have found unlikely Prince Charmings in remote Chinese villages say they are living happily ever after.
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