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CCRES: Carbon capture and consumption

CCRES: Carbon capture and consumption | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Could it Eliminate the Need for Wastewater Aeration? Algal blooms have always proved a challenge for the water industry. Yet could this organic matter,with the help of wastewater nutrients, be turned into a biofuel and help alleviate fossil fuel shortages? Tom Freyberg investigates the European funded All-Gas project. First generation biofuels from crops never really bloomed into a fruitful harvest. Opponents criticized using up valuable land to grow crops and fuel the cars of the rich, instead of filling the stomachs of the poor. Second generation biofuels – made from biomass - have proved a lot harder to extract the required fuel and fully crack. And then along came algae. Unlike first generation biofuels, algae can be grown using land and water not suitable for plant and food production. Consuming solar energy and reproducing itself, algae generates a type of oil that has a similar molecular structure to petroleum products produced today. As if this wasn't enough – algae growth also consumes carbon dioxide, a known major greenhouse gas (GHG). As a result of the apparent benefits the race is on to commercialize second and now third generation biofuels, in the case of algae. Continents and companies are putting money where their mouths are to find out how what we thought was simply a green weed growing in the sea could be the answer to inevitable fossil fuel shortages.


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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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The more friends you drink with... the more you drink

The more friends you drink with... the more you drink | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sometimes it is useful to show in a well conducted study something which one suspects could well be true. A new study published today by the scientific journal Addiction shows that alcohol consumption of individuals appears to increase with the number of friends in their drinking group. The impact of ...
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Understanding electric car 'range anxiety' could be key to wider acceptance

Understanding electric car 'range anxiety' could be key to wider acceptance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manufacturers of battery electric vehicles, or BEVs, have increased their offerings in response to rising consumer concerns over gas prices and the environment. Drivers have been slow to adopt BEVs due to 'range anxiety,' the fear of becoming stranded with an empty battery. This phenomenon was recently ...
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Automakers vow not to give up on weak-selling electrics

Automakers vow not to give up on weak-selling electrics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Top automakers are vowing not to give up on weak-selling electric vehicles—even as they unveil an array of powerful luxury cars with conventional engines aimed at a growing global market.
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Video: Researcher teams up with industry to help bring hydrogen-powered vehicles to market

Video: Researcher teams up with industry to help bring hydrogen-powered vehicles to market | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If Marc Secanell Gallart had his way, the streets would be filled with hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. The technology already exists, and has for some time, says the director of the University of Alberta's Energy Systems Design Laboratory. But engineers like him are now only a few years away from reducing ...
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Phone firms and the quest for the 5G Holy Grail

Phone firms and the quest for the 5G Holy Grail | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lightning-quick downloads, driverless cars and remote surgery: telecom firms are racing to develop a new generation of '5G' mobile networks that could start to change the world in five years.
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Looted and leaking, South Sudan's oil wells pose health risk

Looted and leaking, South Sudan's oil wells pose health risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thick black puddles and a looted, leaking ruin are all that remain of the Thar Jath oil treatment facility, once a crucial part of South Sudan's mainstay industry.
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Music festivals go cleaner, greener

Music festivals go cleaner, greener | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Every summer, tens of thousands of people across Australia revel in live outdoor music, staying for a day or pitching their tents for a weekend. When the music dies, however, what's left may be less appealing – a churned-up landscape with tonnes of food and drink packaging, a sea of discarded possessions ...
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Methane oxidation fuelled by algal oxygen production

Methane oxidation fuelled by algal oxygen production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Methane emissions are strongly reduced in lakes with anoxic bottom waters. But here – contrary to what has previously been assumed – methane removal is not due to archaea or anaerobic bacteria. A new study on Lake Cadagno in Canton Ticino shows that the microorganisms responsible are aerobic proteobacteria. ...
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Simulations suggests cutting rainforests in mid and high latitudes can impact rainfall in northern hemisphere

Simulations suggests cutting rainforests in mid and high latitudes can impact rainfall in northern hemisphere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with the Indian Institute of Science has found, via computer simulation, that deforestation in one part of the world can impact rainfall patterns in another. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Abhishek Devaraju, Govindasamy ...
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Analyzing the First “INDC”: Switzerland Releases New Climate Action Commitment | World Resources Institute

Analyzing the First “INDC”: Switzerland Releases New Climate Action Commitment | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Switzerland announced its post-2020 climate action plan yesterday, making it the first country to officially submit its contribution to the international climate agreement to be finalized in Paris at the end of this year. It's a promising start, with the country committing to reduce its emissions 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
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3 Counterintuitive Connections Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather | World Resources Institute

3 Counterintuitive Connections Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston received 98 inches of snow this season, California faces an epic drought and the American West experienced warmer-than-average temperatures.

What’s going on with this extreme weather, and what does it have to do with global climate change?
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Glass coating for improved battery performance

Glass coating for improved battery performance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lithium-sulfur batteries have been a hot topic in battery research because of their ability to produce up to 10 times more energy than conventional batteries, which means they hold great promise for applications in energy-demanding electric vehicles. However, there have been fundamental road blocks to commercializing these sulfur batteries.
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Plenty of potash, but almost no low cost sources for crop production | MINING.com

Plenty of potash, but almost no low cost sources for crop production | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the earth contains enough potash to meet the increased global demand for crop production, some regions lack potash deposits needed for optimal food crop yields, the latest global assessment of the resource by the USGS shows.
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FCC head defends Internet neutrality rules on the road (Update)

FCC head defends Internet neutrality rules on the road (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The head of the Federal Communications Commission is taking the defense of new Internet regulations on the road.
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Can we track the world's nuclear weapons?

Can we track the world's nuclear weapons? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has unveiled an interactive infographic that tracks the number and history of nuclear weapons in the nine nuclear weapon states: the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea. The Nuclear Notebook Interactive ...
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Cash could be phased out within a decade, says expert

Cash could be phased out within a decade, says expert | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The rise of electronic currency will lead to the phasing out of physical cash in Australia within a decade, according to Professor Rabee Tourky, Director of the Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Economics.
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New lower cost sensors and controls yield better energy efficiency

New lower cost sensors and controls yield better energy efficiency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Regulating comfort in small commercial buildings could become more efficient and less expensive thanks to an innovative low-cost wireless sensor technology being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Lightning plus volcanic ash make glass

Lightning plus volcanic ash make glass | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In their open-access paper for Geology, Kimberly Genareau and colleagues propose, for the first time, a mechanism for the generation of glass spherules in geologic deposits through the occurrence of volcanic lightning. The existence of fulgurites—glassy products formed in rocks and sediments struck ...
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A study determines that the Gulf of Cadiz is an area prone to suffering from flooding and coastal damage

A study determines that the Gulf of Cadiz is an area prone to suffering from flooding and coastal damage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reasearchers at the University of Cadiz have carried out a study that establishes the atmospheric conditions responsible for the generation of extreme meteorological events in the Gulf of Cadiz, which can cause flooding and significant damage to the coastline. In the study, published in the scientific ...
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Pre-1950 structures suffered the most damage from August 2014 Napa quake

Pre-1950 structures suffered the most damage from August 2014 Napa quake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An analysis of buildings tagged red and yellow by structural engineers after the August 2014 earthquake in Napa links pre-1950 buildings and the underlying sedimentary basin to the greatest shaking damage, according to one of six reports on the Napa quake published in the March/April issue of Seismological ...
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Europe still off mark on sustainability goals: report

Europe still off mark on sustainability goals: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Europe could miss several key targets for safeguarding its species, water, air and land, said a study Tuesday that warned economic recovery would add to the pressure on natural resources.
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What do Apple, Citi and Shell Have in Common? | World Resources Institute

What do Apple, Citi and Shell Have in Common? | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manish Bapna takes a closer look at corporate sustainability trends and its global shift toward low-carbon energy.
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3 Maps Explain India’s Growing Water Risks | World Resources Institute

3 Maps Explain India’s Growing Water Risks | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India is one of the most water-challenged countries in the world, from its deepest aquifers to its largest rivers.

The India Water Tool 2.0 is the most comprehensive, publicly available online tool evaluating India’s water risks.
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Black phosphorous: A new wonder material for improving optical communication

Black phosphorous: A new wonder material for improving optical communication | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Phosphorus, a highly reactive element commonly found in match heads, tracer bullets and fertilizers, can be turned into a stable crystalline form known as black phosphorus. In a new study, researchers from the Univ. of Minnesota used an ultra-thin black phosphorus film, only 20 layers of atoms, to demonstrate high-speed data communication on nanoscale optical circuits.
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On thin ice

On thin ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s no surprise that Arctic sea ice is thinning. What is new is just how long, how steadily, and how much it has declined. Univ. of Washington researchers compiled modern and historic measurements to get a full picture of how Arctic sea ice thickness has changed. The results show a thinning in the central Arctic Ocean of 65% between 1975 and 2012.
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