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Maple syrup, moose, and the local impacts of climate change

Maple syrup, moose, and the local impacts of climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Millbrook NY  Nov 23, 2012 -
In the northern hardwood forest, climate change is poised to reduce the viability of the maple syrup industry, spread wildlife diseases and tree pests, and change timber resources.

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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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Mercury-laden fog swirls over coastal California, scientists find

Mercury-laden fog swirls over coastal California, scientists find | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What do the roof of a building in a West Coast redwood forest, a bluff in California chaparral, and a research vessel in Monterey Bay have in common?
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Existing crop models can forecast yield in uncertain climate conditions

Existing crop models can forecast yield in uncertain climate conditions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study led by Indiana State Climatologist Dev Niyogi of Purdue University has determined that existing crop models can reliably forecast corn yields during times of climate variability, specifically the El Niño and La Niña systems that influence temperature and precipitation in certain growing seasons.
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Eight TED Talks to Understand Climate Change | Climate Reality

Eight TED Talks to Understand Climate Change | Climate Reality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

With an issue as big as climate change, there’s a lot to know and a lot of information out there. Actually, make that a staggering amount of information out there. And we’re going to be honest: it can seem a little overwhelming at first.


So if you’re trying to get a handle on everything from the latest climate science to breakthroughs in solutions to the universe of acronyms from EVs to the EPA, where do you start? We take the radical position that it never hurts to ask the smartest people you can find on a subject – and there are a lot of really smart people working on climate change. Of course, finding them was one thing, but between the realities of competing time zones and the costs of transatlantic travel, asking them all in person was another.

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Alaska Experiences Dramatic Climate Change

Alaska Experiences Dramatic Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Arctic as a whole is melting down, prompting Pres. Obama’s trip north
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Can Geoengineering Save the World's Ice?

Can Geoengineering Save the World's Ice? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Adding aerosols to the atmosphere to reflect more sunlight might slow the loss of glaciers but not stop it
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High hopes for Obama's historic visit to the 'unraveling' Arctic

High hopes for Obama's historic visit to the 'unraveling' Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Obama is flying to the very edge of the U.S. to call attention to global warming, becoming the first sitting president to visit the U.S. Arctic.
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Snowy Canada Endures Drought, Heat, Fires as Planet Gets Warmer

Snowy Canada Endures Drought, Heat, Fires as Planet Gets Warmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canada is maybe one of the last places that come to mind when you think about heat waves and drought. Think again.
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Plant in Chile Opens South America’s Doors to Geothermal Energy | Inter Press Service

Plant in Chile Opens South America’s Doors to Geothermal Energy | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Chile, a land of volcanoes and geysers, has started building South America’s first geothermal plant, which would open a door to this kind of renewable energy in this country that depends largely on fossil fuels.

 

The Cerro Pabellón geothermal project is “immensely important for the Chilean state, which started geothermal exploration and drilling over 40 years ago,” but no initiative had taken concrete shape until now, Marcelo Tokman, general manager of the state oil company, ENAP, told IPS.

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'Considerable concern' over microplastic waste and its impact on the sea

'Considerable concern' over microplastic waste and its impact on the sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Up to 80 tonnes of plastic could enter the sea every year from everyday cosmetics and cleaning products, according to a new study.
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Conservationists appalled at illegal killing of 25m birds a year in the Mediterranean

Conservationists appalled at illegal killing of 25m birds a year in the Mediterranean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Glued, poisoned, trapped, shot – a shocking report reveals enforcement failure at a colossal scale as hunters across southern Europe and the Middle East kill birds with impunity
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As pesticides wipe out Monarch butterflies in the U.S., illegal logging is doing the same in Mexico.

As pesticides wipe out Monarch butterflies in the U.S., illegal logging is doing the same in Mexico. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Monarch massacre part 2. They're losing their home in Mexico.
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From Venezuela to Iraq to Russia, Oil Price Drops Raise Fears of Unrest

From Venezuela to Iraq to Russia, Oil Price Drops Raise Fears of Unrest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The downward spiral of oil prices and the reluctance to reduce production are threatening to destabilize economies and governments in many places that are already fragile.
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California cut water use by 31 percent in July amid drought

California cut water use by 31 percent in July amid drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor's statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday.
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Intensity of desert storms may affect ocean phytoplankton

Intensity of desert storms may affect ocean phytoplankton | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Each spring, powerful dust storms in the deserts of Mongolia and northern China send thick clouds of particles into the atmosphere. Eastward winds sweep these particles as far as the Pacific, where dust ultimately settles in the open ocean. This desert dust contains, among other minerals, iron—an essential nutrient for hundreds of species of phytoplankton that make up the ocean's food base.
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The Ancient Global Snowball: When CO2 Saved Life on Earth

The Ancient Global Snowball: When CO2 Saved Life on Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In contrast to today, when warming from our industrial injection of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere threatens life on the planet, in the deep past, CO2 pulled planet earth from a permanent, deathly world-wide deep freeze, maybe more than once.  In both cases, it’s those same heat-trapping properties that made the difference.

 

It’s all more evidence of how co2 has acted as the planet’s “biggest control knob” for temperature over 4 billion years.

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Cameras Catch Coyotes as They Take Manhattan [Slide Show]

Cameras Catch Coyotes as They Take Manhattan [Slide Show] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Gotham Coyote Project is using cameras, citizen scientists and environmental DNA to study coyotes as they move into New York City, and eventually, Long Island
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Canadian Medical Association divesting fossil fuel holdings

Canadian Medical Association divesting fossil fuel holdings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'Symbolic gesture' is meant to send a message about the public health costs of climate change; CMA will instead invest money in renewable energy field
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Newcastle, home to world's biggest coal port, moves to curb fossil fuel link

Newcastle, home to world's biggest coal port, moves to curb fossil fuel link | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Newcastle, home to the world's biggest coal export port, has voted to curb its links to banks backing the fossil fuel industry in a move described by a dissenting councillor as taking the city "back to the Stone Age".
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Developing nations need $133 bln geothermal investment by 2030-report

TORONTO, Aug 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya andTurkey have exceeded forecasts for harnessing geothermal energy,but other developing countries, including Indonesia and thePhilippines, are lagging behind on leveraging the renewablepowe
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Crop dusters seed mangroves by air to save Louisiana wetlands

Dropping mangrove seedlings from the air onto salt marshes in southeast Louisiana has the potential to reduce wetlands loss more cheaply and effectively than other coastal restoration techniques currently in use, say proponents of the idea. New Orleans-based Tierra Resources announced Wednesday (August...
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A world of mammal diversity has been lost because of humans

A world of mammal diversity has been lost because of humans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Humans have eradicated large mammal biodiversity in most regions of the globe, a new study finds.
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Attorney Hounding Climate Scientists Is Covertly Funded By Coal Industry

Attorney Hounding Climate Scientists Is Covertly Funded By Coal Industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Documents released last Thursday in the bankruptcy of Alpha Natural Resources, a giant coal corporation, demonstrate its financial relationship with Christopher Horner.
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Children exposed to excess chemicals - China - Chinadaily.com.cn

Children exposed to excess chemicals - China - Chinadaily.com.cn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Up to 1 in 3 prepubescent children in East China has been exposed to excessive amounts of a chemical widely used in plastic production that can lead to early puberty, according to research.
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Saudi Arabia Is Seeking Advice on Cutting Billions From Its Budget in the Wake of the Oil Crash

Saudi Arabia Is Seeking Advice on Cutting Billions From Its Budget in the Wake of the Oil Crash | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia is seeking advice on how to cut billions of dollars from next year’s budget because of the slump in crude prices, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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