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Recycling company helping to recycle the lives of inmates

Recycling company helping to recycle the lives of inmates | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Murfreesboro company that recycles household trash is now helping to recycle the lives of non-violent criminals.

All In One was conceived when the owner saw the tons of trash being buried at what's commonly referred to as Mt. Trashmore, the BFI landfill near the Walter Hills Community in Rutherford County. The business started with one employee now it has 10, four of them are inmates.

"We can count on them to get the material moved through quickly, and they also get something in return," co-owner Kaley Brownlee said.

There are strict guidelines: no visitors, no phone calls, no drugs or alcohol. The money they make is used to pay fines, court costs, transportation and any child support or restitution. The program is helping to prevent the inmates from re-offending once they are released.

"The program is set up to get the offenders back on track in life," said RCCWC Sgt. Jason Peralta. "A lot of time when they get back in society they get mixed up with the wrong friends again and then it's like a revolving door for them."


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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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A thoughtfull read.

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Can China's Bid to Turn Coal to Gas Be Stopped?

Can China's Bid to Turn Coal to Gas Be Stopped? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The effort is an attempt to improve China's air and increase energy security but would be a disaster for efforts to combat climate change
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U.N. Climate Change Draft Sees Risks of Irreversible Damage

U.N. Climate Change Draft Sees Risks of Irreversible Damage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, drawing on three mammoth scientific reports published since September 2013, shows the need for urgent and ambitious action
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Solar Home Owners Battle Their Electric Companies

Solar Home Owners Battle Their Electric Companies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The growing popularity of rooftop solar power spurs a utility backlash
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"Put a Price on Carbon. Now."

"Put a Price on Carbon. Now." | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Business understands that the climate is changing, that humans are causing this, and most importantly what we can do to reverse the trend....

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As companies internalize the cost of carbon when doing business, it changes investment decisions to align with climate goals. A price will allow companies to provide a strong return to their investors from pursuing strategies and projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As such it will make more sustainable businesses more successful.

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FGM: Ban Ki-moon backs Guardians global media campaign

FGM: Ban Ki-moon backs Guardians global media campaign | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UN chief launches grants initiative in Kenya as part of push to change how female genital mutilation is reported and perceivedThe UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon is backing a groundbreaking global media campaign, led by the Guardian, to...

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Développement durable : quels sont les pays les plus "verts" ? - Construction Cayola

Développement durable : quels sont les pays les plus "verts" ? - Construction Cayola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Le cabinet américain Dual Citizen LLC a réalisé la quatrième édition du Global Green Economy Index, dont le but est d’analyser puis de classer les systèmes économiques de 60 pays et de 70 grandes villes en s’intéressant à leur contribution envers...

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Une ville d'Hawaï est sur le point d'être engloutie par de la lave en fusion

Une ville d'Hawaï est sur le point d'être engloutie par de la lave en fusion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Que faire quand un panache de lave à 1.000°C se dirige lentement vers votre ville? S'en aller vite. C'est ce qui est en train de se produire en ce moment sur la grande île de Hawaï cette semaine, alors que les habitants se font calmement à l'idée que leur ville va être à jamais changée par...

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Volcan, Hawaï

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Oil Giant #Shell Wants The U.S. Government To Give It Another Five Years In The #Arctic #climate #pollution

Oil Giant #Shell Wants The U.S. Government To Give It Another Five Years In The #Arctic #climate #pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The damaged Royal Shell Dutch drilling barge Kulluk is loaded onto a transport ship in Unalaska, Alaska, on March 19, 2013.
CREDIT: AP Photo / Jim Paulin
Royal Dutch Shell wants the U.S.

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Why are major beverage companies refusing to use recycled cans? #CocaCola #Pepsi blablabla on #environment

Why are major beverage companies refusing to use recycled cans? #CocaCola #Pepsi blablabla on #environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recycling aluminum cans is cheap and it retains the containers quality. So why wont Coke, Pepsi or Budweiser use them?

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Amazon rainforest is getting drier, confirms another study

Amazon rainforest is getting drier, confirms another study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parts of the Amazon rainforest are getting considerably less rain, leading trees to absorb less carbon, finds a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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De preocupante se puede considerar el estudio recientemente publicado por el boletín de la National Academy of Sciences de EEUU, que afirma que desde el año 2000, la selva amazónica se ha reducido en un área de 5,4 millones de km2 a consecuencia del descenso en las precipitaciones


Los científicos que han conducido este estudio consideran que este efecto puede suponer una amenaza para el efecto de sumidero de carbono que ejerce esta zona. Si se cumplen los modelos climáticos que apuntan los estudios, este hecho podría acelerar el cambio climático en el planeta.


Un problema más que se une a los que ya registra esta parte del planeta y que se manifiestan en forma de minería ilegal, talas ilegales o construcción de infraestructuras, por citar algunas de las más relevantes. Por cierto, no dejéis de visitar esta web que recoge todos los proyectos de represamientos que existen o están previstos en la Amazonía.

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Jon Stewart shreds ‘robber baron’ Koch brothers for buying ad time during his show

Jon Stewart shreds ‘robber baron’ Koch brothers for buying ad time during his show | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

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Netherlands: 2by4 Architects announces new prefab small home range | Adam Williams | GizMag.com

Netherlands: 2by4 Architects announces new prefab small home range | Adam Williams | GizMag.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Last year we reported on 2by4 Architects' Recreational Island House, a particularly appealing vacation home constructed on a small island in Loosdrecht, the Netherlands. The Dutch firm received such positive feedback for the project that it was inspired to launch a series of prefabricated small homes based on the design. They're now ready for market and can serve as an office, vacation home, or full-time dwelling, and operate either on- or off-grid.

2by4 Architects launched the prefabricated line very recently, and the first units are still under construction – so all we have to feast our eyes on right now are some renders. A company rep assured us that the finished cabins will look a lot like the original Recreational Island House they're based upon.

There are three models of small home in all:

 

Click headline to read more and view pix gallery--


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Catherine Devin's curator insight, Today, 2:37 AM

Tendance confirmée : les mini homes arrivent en Europe.

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Indian Vultures Are Dying for Some Good News | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Indian Vultures Are Dying for Some Good News | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When a species experiences catastrophic population declines as high as 99.9 percent, any bit of good news is cause for celebration—even if the news isn't exactly ...
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Chelsea Wald's curator insight, Today, 5:55 AM

These guys may be ugly, but they are so important.

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Corporations Should Mean What They Say on Sustainability | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

Corporations Should Mean What They Say on Sustainability | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nowadays, it seems like every big company promotes an image of sustainability. A common example is the now-ubiquitous hotel-bathroom notice invoking images of ocean animals or ...
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Irreversible Climate Change Would Result from Continued Inaction

Irreversible Climate Change Would Result from Continued Inaction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pending U.N. report notes that a lack of fast action to combat global warming will lead to severe impacts
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Melting Cave Ice Is Taking Ancient Climate Data with It

Melting Cave Ice Is Taking Ancient Climate Data with It | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists race to sample cave ice before it’s too late
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Is 'Green Growth' Possible for Nations? - CityLab

Is 'Green Growth' Possible for Nations? - CityLab | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Countries can be economically lean and environmentally green, but there are other costs to consider.

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Économie circulaire - YouTube | Enjeux Environn...

Économie circulaire - YouTube | Enjeux Environn... | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Une petite animation sur l’économie circulaire. - Fondation Ellen MacArthur L'économie circulaire est une expression générique désignant un concept économiqu...

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Le Cler lance un rendez-vous web interactif sur le thème de la rénovation énergétique

Le Cler lance un rendez-vous web interactif sur le thème de la rénovation énergétique | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chaque deuxième mercredi du mois pendant une heure, le Cler (Comité de liaison des énergies renouvelables) organise un dialogue interactif pour répondre aux questions des internautes sur le thèm

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Flo @ddline2020 's curator insight, October 30, 12:24 PM

A suivre chaque deuxième mercredi du mois pendant une heure

Excellente initiative !

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While You Were Getting Worked Up Over Oil Prices, This Just Happened to #Solar #renewables

While You Were Getting Worked Up Over Oil Prices, This Just Happened to #Solar #renewables | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gone are the days when solar panels were an exotic plaything of Earth-loving rich people. Solar may be cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 U.S. states -- in 2016.

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Pas de plan d'urgence en cas d'accident majeur pour l'usine de VALE NC! - nouvelle calédonie

Pas de plan d'urgence en cas d'accident majeur pour l'usine de VALE NC! - nouvelle calédonie | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lors de la dernière réunion du Comité d'information, de concertation et de surveillance de l'Usine du Sud (CICS), l'absence d'un Plan particulier d'intervention a été officiellement confirmé ce qui a notamment provoqué de vives réactions des associations environnementales.

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POLL: Do you think you should pay for water?

POLL: Do you think you should pay for water? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As tens of thousands are expected to take part in the national protest against water charges this weekend, many still argue that paying for water makes sense.
Water is considered a commodity in...

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Sylvain Rotillon's curator insight, October 30, 4:11 PM

specially interesting for the comments

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9 Significant Scientific Findings too Recent to Be Included in the New IPCC Report

9 Significant Scientific Findings too Recent to Be Included in the New IPCC Report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release its landmark synthesis report this weekend. The IPCC reports are the most comprehensive, authoritative consensus on climate change. However, the cut-off date for literature for each Assessment Report was in 2013 , so it’s worth taking stock of recent scientific advancements and climate-related events that have occurred since then.

Check out nine findings that illustrate how the trends documented in the IPCC continue to take a toll, and in some cases, may be underestimated.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 30, 1:53 PM

Why the IPCC synthesis report is already outdated and the situation worse than the report will dare to describe.

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Lobbying Spending Database-Koch Industries, 2014 | OpenSecrets

Lobbying Spending Database-Koch Industries, 2014 | OpenSecrets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Explore the billions of dollars special interest groups are spending on lobbying in Washington, D.C., -- and on what -- at OpenSecrets.org.

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More About Blackened Ice

More About Blackened Ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dr. Jason Box at Dark Snow Project: Photos and video I took during an August 2014 south Greenland maintenance tour of promice.org climate stations and an extreme ice survey time lapse camera went v...
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