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Climate Change Strains Nation's Transportation Lifelines

Climate Change Strains Nation's Transportation Lifelines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wild weather is taking a toll on roads, airports, railways and transit systems across the country.
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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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Two Architects Have an Amazing Plan for What to Do With Brazil's Soccer Stadiums

Two Architects Have an Amazing Plan for What to Do With Brazil's Soccer Stadiums | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Now that the World Cup is over, this would send a powerful message to the world about Brazil's priorities.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Nucléaire : le Japon s'apprête à redémarrer 2 réacteurs | Enviro2B

Nucléaire : le Japon s'apprête à redémarrer 2 réacteurs | Enviro2B | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
L'autorité japonaise de régulation du nucléaire vient de donner son feu vert pour le redémarrage de 2 réacteurs. La décision finale de relance du nucléaire dans le pays revient désormais au gouvernement de Shinzo Abe.

Via Etienne Servant, degrowth economy and ecology
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Government reforms will 'probably kill stand-alone solar PV in the UK'

Government reforms will 'probably kill stand-alone solar PV in the UK' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By publishing its 'reform' proposals for the support of large scale solar PV in two separate documents on the same day, the Government managed to conceal its true intent from the industry, writes Chris Goodall. The truth is much worse than anyone realised.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 21, 6:06 AM

They need to team up with industry to off set the new added cost to install these solar farms by locating them in parking lots doubling as parking cover over cars. Paved areas contribute to a lot of heat anyway and the land is already unavailable for farming and ugly.  Solar Panels could make it be more comfortable and attractive with good design underneath. I have read that some places are already doing this. Industries with parking lots could help offset the cost and in return get energy back to use as well.


There are usually cameras and security already in those areas that could help protect the panels from abuse. We need to this in all developed countries with tons of ugly often too hot, cold, windy or wet parking lots. They would need to  carefully designed cart and walking trails and driving areas that are not a pain and are easy to use so people will stay on and enjoy the people and car spaces and not tear up the supporting structures of the panels.Why not use the land we have already ruined for farming and herding? This is a natural and the land is already cleared of trees.

malek's comment, July 21, 7:04 AM
The snag is, that if no-one wants grid power, those windmills and solar arrays are going to be effectively useless. So stop building them and subsidising them NOW.
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, July 21, 8:11 AM
Yes, But nobody likes coal or oil lines in their backyard either and that hasn't stop subsidising for them. Black lung and black waters are not very popular either. I do think there is good reason for business and private individuals to off set cost if they can participate in the dividends both in energy use and profits. I would put a solar panel in my yard, or over my vehicles…..But don't ask my to dig a coal mine there.
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Leur écologie et la nôtre

Leur écologie et la nôtre | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

L’écologie n’a pas de sens s’il s’agit simplement de faire accepter au capitalisme les contraintes écologiques. « (...) La lutte écologique n’est pas une fin en soi, c’est une étape » vers « une révolution économique, sociale et culturelle qui abolit les contraintes du capitalisme et, par là même, instaure un nouveau rapport des hommes à la collectivité, à leur environnement et à la nature (...) » Un classique d’André Gorz, à relire avant ou pendant les vacances.


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L'Arctique attise les convoitises européennes

L'Arctique attise les convoitises européennes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Malgré les graves risques environnementaux, la fonte des glaces dans l’Arctique devraient entraîner des opportunités économiques. Un enjeu sur lequel les Européens tentent de se positionner, face aux grands pays du pôle Nord comme la Russie ou le Canada.

Via Nausicaa Sea News, Frédéric Liégeois
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Des toilettes transformées en centrale biogaz

Des toilettes transformées en centrale biogaz | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Des chercheurs singapouriens de l'université technologique de Nanyang ont eu une idée qui pourrait à première vue paraître farfelue : transformer des toilettes en centrale biogaz pour produire de l’én...

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, Grd Lyon-millenaire3, Sylvain Rotillon
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Nucléaire : le collège de l'ASN a interrogé Luc Oursel sur les problèmes de sûreté rencontrés par Areva

Nucléaire : le collège de l'ASN a interrogé Luc Oursel sur les problèmes de sûreté rencontrés par Areva | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Le collège de l'ASN a auditionné Luc Oursel. Au menu, les principaux problèmes de sûreté rencontrés par Areva, et notamment la reprise des déchets de La Hague et le site de Romans-sur-Isère.

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Quand les excréments de baleine luttent contre le réchauffement

Quand les excréments de baleine luttent contre le réchauffement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Les matières fécales des baleines améliorent la croissance du plancton qui constitue une pompe à carbone biologique.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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California Dryin'

California Dryin' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
g NASA: Now in its third year, the drought in California grows worse with each month. 2013 was the driest calendar year in 119 years of records, and 2014 has not brought much relief, even as scient...
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After Water: 'How do you sleep at night?'

After Water: 'How do you sleep at night?' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If everyday people feel anxious about climate change, how does it feel to be an expert who looks at the subject all day long? Michele Morano asked.
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What is peat swamp, and why should I care?

What is peat swamp, and why should I care? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Long considered an unproductive hindrance to growth and development, peat swamp forests in Southeast Asia have been systematically cleared, drained and burned away to make room plantations and construction. Now, as alternating cycles of fires and flood create larger development problems, while greenhouse gas emissions skyrocket, it is time to take a closer look at peat, and understand why clearing it is a very bad idea.
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Battle looms over Florida goals for conserving electricity

Battle looms over Florida goals for conserving electricity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Power bills in Florida traditionally include a charge of several dollars a month that utilities use to invest in things like customer rebates for installing better insulation, efficient windows and power-saving appliances.
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A One Way Street to Oblivion | George Monbiot

A One Way Street to Oblivion | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As soon as an animal becomes extinct, a new bill proposes, it will be classified as “non-native”.

 

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 21st July 2014

 

Can any more destructive and regressive measures be crammed into one bill?

Already, the Infrastructure Bill, which, as time goes by, has ever less to do with infrastructure, looks like one of those US monstrosities into which a random collection of demands by corporate lobbyists are shoved, in the hope that no one notices.

So far it contains (or is due to contain) the following assaults on civilisation and the natural world:

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The World's Second Richest Man Has a Radical Idea on How Many Hours You Should Work

The World's Second Richest Man Has a Radical Idea on How Many Hours You Should Work | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
And he's convinced it would make us more productive.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, July 21, 6:46 PM

"With three work days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life," Slim said during a recent business conference in Paraguay. "Having four days [off] would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied."

 

The downside though, is that people would work until they're 70 or 75 years old. The work week would be shorter, but there would be a lot more of them. Retiring at 50 or 60, which mainly seems like an impossible pipedream these days, would not be in the cards. 

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South Australia Reaches 30% Renewable Energy : Renewable Energy News :

South Australia Reaches 30% Renewable Energy : Renewable Energy News : | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Electricity demand and emissions across Australia's NEM have continued to fall throughout the year according to the pitt&sherry Carbon Emissions Index (CEDEX).

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 21, 6:34 AM
OK this is really an ad but it has great info too.
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Une maison passive à prix optimisé montée en trois jours dessiné avec CATIA.

Une maison passive à prix optimisé montée en trois jours dessiné avec CATIA. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A quelques dizaines de kilomètres de Rennes, l'architecte Gwenn Flachot a fait construire une maison passive en panneaux de bois massif, qui constitue le prototype d'un modèle commercialisé aujourd'hui sous la marque Dreist aux alentours des 1.500 euros/m2. Objectif : proposer du passif à coût raisonnable. Explications.

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Denis BOUDY's curator insight, July 21, 6:04 AM

"L'utilisation de ce procédé a nécessité une grande précision dans l'élaboration des plans, et une méthodologie de travail bien spécifique", nous explique Gwenn Flachot. En effet, le projet a été généré en maquette numérique (CATIA) pour notamment anticiper les réservations (électricité, hydraulique et aéraulique) ainsi que la pose des fenêtres en pré-cadre afin de générer les plans de taillage en usine des panneaux bois.

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Breaching the monetary Matrix: Five exercises to help you understand money

Breaching the monetary Matrix: Five exercises to help you understand money | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Like everyone else you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch, a prison for your mind.

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Extract, prevent and intercept plastic pollution.


Un étudiant de 19 ans a trouvé une solution pour «nettoyer» les océans. Un projet revigorant à soutenir et à relayer !


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Water shortage hits home for rural Rooks County

Water shortage hits home for rural Rooks County | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

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Steam from the sun: New sponge-like material converts 85% of solar energy into steam

Steam from the sun: New sponge-like material converts 85% of solar energy into steam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure’s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material’s pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.


The new material is able to convert 85 percent of incoming solar energy into steam — a significant improvement over recent approaches to solar-powered steam generation. What’s more, the setup loses very little heat in the process, and can produce steam at relatively low solar intensity. This would mean that, if scaled up, the setup would likely not require complex, costly systems to highly concentrate sunlight.

 


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Siberian Mystery Hole Investigation Begins

Siberian Mystery Hole Investigation Begins | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"WTF"  was a pretty typical reaction to video of a newly discovered physical feature on Siberia's Yamal peninsula last week. A lot of speculation about the crater-like formation has been around the...
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San Juan battle lines drawn

San Juan battle lines drawn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmentalists gird to take on PNM over plans for coal-fired power plant
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Slaughter-free milk is great for cows, but not the environment

Slaughter-free milk is great for cows, but not the environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just think about all the methane those geezer cows emit during their long retirement.
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What If Canada Exported Clean Energy Instead of Oil? | The Tyee

What If Canada Exported Clean Energy Instead of Oil? | The Tyee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In Africa, where solar is cheaper than diesel, Quebec's Windiga is doing just that.

 

[Editor's note: The Tyee's sustainability reporter Geoff Dembicki is on a months-long journalistic quest to answer the big question of his millennial generation: Are We Screwed? Find a complete list of his dispatches as they appear here.]

 

Fight climate change or grow the economy. That's the message we've all been hearing for the past two decades. It's what us Canadians continue to hear from our elected officials. "It's not that we don't seek to deal with climate change," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said last month in Ottawa. "But we seek to deal with it in a way that will protect and enhance our ability to create jobs and growth, not destroy jobs and growth.... And frankly, every single country in the world, this is their position."

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Boston May Need Canals To Combat Floods

Boston May Need Canals To Combat Floods | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Boston’s leaders hope it can serve as the symbol of a new revolution: a movement to accept that climate change is poised to have a major impact on coastal cities, and that those urban centers must take drastic steps to adapt and survive.

 

“We’re now as a city beginning to put together all the concerns — sea level rise, climate change, why these iconic historic buildings are threatened, and what we need to do to try to protect them,” said Boston Environment Commissioner Nancy Girard.

 

Like many, Girard said in 2012 Boston learned a harsh lesson when Superstorm Sandy happened to turn away from the city, and instead spread destruction along large swaths of New York. The wake-up call worked- Boston officials and area organizations began sketching out possible solutions, culminating in late May with a conference where experts and stakeholders debated options.

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