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Targets for limiting global warming further out of reach: UN

Targets for limiting global warming further out of reach: UN | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Paris Nov 21, 2012 - The gap has widened between countries' pledges for reducing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and what is needed to keep planet warming in check, the UN warned on Wednesday.

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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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China’s Economic Challenges May Soon Include Inequality

China’s Economic Challenges May Soon Include Inequality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research by Thomas Piketty, partly funded by the Institute, shows that wealth and income gaps in China are now larger than Europe’s, and approaching those of the US
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Oops! The economy is like a self-driving car

Oops! The economy is like a self-driving car | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Back in 1776, Adam Smith talked about the "invisible hand" of the economy. Investopedia explains how the invisible hand works as, "In a free market economy, self-interested individuals operate through a system of mutual interdependence to promote the general benefit of society at large." We talk and act today as if governments and economic policy…
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Whistleblower: ‘I knew people would misuse this.’ They did - to attack climate science

Whistleblower: ‘I knew people would misuse this.’ They did - to attack climate science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This weekend, conservative media outlets launched an attack on climate scientists with a manufactured scandal. The fake news originated from an accusation made by former NOAA scientist John Bates about a 2015 paper by some of his NOAA colleagues. The technical term to describe the accusation is ‘a giant nothingburger’ (in this case, a NOAA-thing burger) as Bates clarified in an interview with E&E News:
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Using science to see which countries are following through on Paris climate change goals

Using science to see which countries are following through on Paris climate change goals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have come up with a new method for tracking the progress that individual countries are making towards meeting the global climate targets of the Paris Agreement.
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L.A.’s mayor wants to lower the city’s temperature. These scientists are figuring out how to do it

L.A.’s mayor wants to lower the city’s temperature. These scientists are figuring out how to do it | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mayor Eric Garcetti says he’d like to reduce the temperature in Los Angeles by 3 degrees. These scientists are figuring out how to do it.
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2017: The Year When the World Economy Starts Coming Apart

2017: The Year When the World Economy Starts Coming Apart | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some people would argue that 2016 was the year that the world economy started to come apart, with the passage of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Whether or not the "coming apart" process started in 2016, in my opinion we are going to see many more steps in this direction in 2017. Let…
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Exxon shareholders renew climate responsibility push

Exxon shareholders renew climate responsibility push | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With Rex Tillerson no longer at the helm, Exxon still expected to resist shareholder resolve to get the company to deal with climate change more transparently.
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No more pipelines, Louisiana environmental group says, citing 144 accidents

No more pipelines, Louisiana environmental group says, citing 144 accidents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil-gas industry says pipelines safer, more efficient way than trains, barges, trucks
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Modern Benefits from Ancient Seeds: The Hunt for Wild Fava | Civil Eats

Modern Benefits from Ancient Seeds: The Hunt for Wild Fava | Civil Eats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The discovery of millennia-old seeds may lead to a better future for a vital world crop.
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How reindeer and caribou help cool the Arctic | Anthropocene

How reindeer and caribou help cool the Arctic | Anthropocene | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reindeer foraging habits change the tundra’s surface so that it reflects rather than absorbs sunlight, in essence applying sunscreen to an overheating planet.
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Exxon’s Tillerson Murky on Future of Paris Climate Pact

Exxon’s Tillerson Murky on Future of Paris Climate Pact | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rex Tillerson downplayed the dangers of global warming during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state.
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Higher education leaders call on Trump to reverse course, address climate change as a serious issue

Higher education leaders call on Trump to reverse course, address climate change as a serious issue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An open letter to the president-elect urges a pivot in his stance on climate, including embracing the Paris agreement and the move to a low-carbon economy.
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Scientists have discovered something WORRYING on Antarctica

Scientists have discovered something WORRYING on Antarctica | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
  After discovering a MASSIVE crack in the Antarctic ice shelf Larsen C, scientists say that it will soon give away, becoming one of the largest icebe
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Oops! The economy is like a self-driving car

Oops! The economy is like a self-driving car | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Back in 1776, Adam Smith talked about the "invisible hand" of the economy. Investopedia explains how the invisible hand works as, "In a free market economy, self-interested individuals operate through a system of mutual interdependence to promote the general benefit of society at large." We talk and act today as if governments and economic policy…
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New Video of Antarctic Crack

New Video of Antarctic Crack | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAM0tZB0aIc Climate Central: It’s summer in Antarctica, which has scientists scurrying around the seventh continent carrying out various research experiments. That includes monitoring the massive crack that has spread across the Larsen C ice shelf, located on the Antarctic Peninsula. On Tuesday, researchers with the British Antarctic Survey released new aerial footage showing the widening rift…
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Swarm of underwater robots helps scientists study ocean dynamics

Swarm of underwater robots helps scientists study ocean dynamics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists at Scripps in La Jolla have created a swarm of underwater robots capable of studying detailed ocean dynamics.
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Concerned about Trump, scientists are leaning into politics

Concerned about Trump, scientists are leaning into politics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In ivory towers across the country, scientists are leaning in. Spurred by a flurry of executive orders and “alternative facts,” researchers are venturing out of the lab and into the political fray.
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As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack

As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One day, gardeners might not just hear the buzz of bees among their flowers, but the whirr of robots, too.
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On eve of Trump, Obama’s Energy Department announces new policy to protect scientists

On eve of Trump, Obama’s Energy Department announces new policy to protect scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The move comes after the Trump transition team sent the department a questionnaire asking for the names of personnel who had attended meetings related to climate change.
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Massachusetts judge requires Exxon to hand over climate documents

Massachusetts judge requires Exxon to hand over climate documents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Massachusetts judge has refused to excuse Exxon Mobil Corp from a request by the state's attorney general to hand over decades worth of documents on its views on climate change, state officials said on Wednesday.
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Canada’s Vast Source of Climate Pollution May Go Bust

Canada’s Vast Source of Climate Pollution May Go Bust | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Low oil prices threaten oil sands mines in Canada — a major source of carbon pollution driving climate change.
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Is the great California drought finally ending?

Is the great California drought finally ending? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Are swelling reservoirs and fattening Sierra snowpack heralding the beginning of the end of the drought? Maybe.
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Pricing carbon: California’s unfinished climate priority

Pricing carbon: California’s unfinished climate priority | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At the close of their legislative session in August, California lawmakers passed one of the world’s most significant climate policies—SB 32, named after the state’s original climate law from a decade earlier, AB 32. The new bill added a single line to its predecessor, requiring the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. With that single stroke, California began a new chapter in the story of its formidable climate leadership.
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Climate Change Could Trigger Collapse of Major Ocean Current

Climate Change Could Trigger Collapse of Major Ocean Current | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), a deep-sea system that circulates warm water and helps to regulate Earth's climate, is far less stable than scientists once thought, according to a new study. Under climate-change pressures such as dramatic increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide
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Sensing Gains Ahead Under Trump, the Kochs Court Minorities

Sensing Gains Ahead Under Trump, the Kochs Court Minorities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Anticipating a fossil fuel resurgence, the ultraconservative brothers, who run an oil and petroleum conglomerate, are busily expanding their outreach.
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