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Jerry Brown - PolitiCal - latimes.com

Jerry Brown - PolitiCal - latimes.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As state officials scramble to transition California’s power grid toward more renewable energy, consumers are threatened with being saddled with billions of dollars of unnecessary costs due to poor planning and lack of oversight, a government watchdog concluded in a report released Monday morning.

The Little Hoover Commission, a nonpartisan oversight agency, warns in its report that the state is in danger of making missteps on the scale it did leading up to the electricity crisis during the administration of former Gov. Gray Davis, which resulted in electricity rates skyrocketing.

The report comes after The Times published several stories this year examining how the state’s renewable energy policies are being implemented in ways costly to consumers and the environment.

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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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Grain drain, Laos' sand mining damaging the Mekong

Grain drain, Laos' sand mining damaging the Mekong | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Grain by grain, truckload by truckload, Laos' section of the Mekong river is being dredged of sand to make cement—a commodity being devoured by a Chinese-led building boom in the capital.
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High chance that current atmospheric greenhouse gases commit to warmings greater than 1.5C over land: study

High chance that current atmospheric greenhouse gases commit to warmings greater than 1.5C over land: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Current levels of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations already commit the planet to air temperatures over many land regions being eventually warmed by greater than 1.5°C, according to new research published today (2
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How air-conditioning made America — and how it could break us all

How air-conditioning made America — and how it could break us all | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
AC may feel good but it comes with a host of problems.
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Rising seas threaten to swamp U.S. military bases by 2050

Rising seas threaten to swamp U.S. military bases by 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Military bases along the East and Gulf Coast are at risk of losing large chunks of land.
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TECHNOLOGY: Can a 747 be reborn into a wildfire-fighting supertanker?

TECHNOLOGY: Can a 747 be reborn into a wildfire-fighting supertanker? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the summer of 2000, Cliff Hale, a Boeing 747 pilot, was on vacation visiting his family in Albuquerque, N.M., when a drama suddenly appeared on local television. There was a big forest fire raging out of control near Los Alamos, and a World War II-era aircraft that had been converted to a tanker was being loaded with fire retardant at the Albuquerque airport.
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Tesla Races to Finish ‘Gigafactory’ in Time for Model 3 Rollout

Tesla Races to Finish ‘Gigafactory’ in Time for Model 3 Rollout | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tesla is scrambling to finish building its massive $5 billion battery factory in Nevada to meet demand for its coming cheaper sedan, the Model 3, and provide power for new types of vehicles CEO Elon Musk says are under development.
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Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders have a warning for our future

Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders have a warning for our future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's heating up in Philadelphia.
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Faulty Data? Why The Oil Glut Could Be Much Smaller Than Believed | OilPrice.com

Faulty Data? Why The Oil Glut Could Be Much Smaller Than Believed | OilPrice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The oil price rally came suddenly to an end in June as oversupply fears spooked oil markets, but is the reported glut actually as bad as it seems?
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Why It’s So Hard to Build Affordable Housing: It’s Not Affordable

Why It’s So Hard to Build Affordable Housing: It’s Not Affordable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Developers struggle to break even on rental projects for the poorest Americans.
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An Unfortunate Shift in Our Thinking on Climate Change | 2GreenEnergy.com

An Unfortunate Shift in Our Thinking on Climate Change | 2GreenEnergy.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As shown in the video below, it wasn’t that long ago that both political parties in the U.S. accepted the science surrounding climate change and saw the
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Record number of dolphin deaths along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast

Record number of dolphin deaths along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carcasses of dolphins are washing up on Bulgaria's Black Sea beaches at a higher than normal rate, with a record 108 dead animals discovered this year, local authorities said on Thursday.
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Forests, species on four continents threatened by palm oil expansion

Forests, species on four continents threatened by palm oil expansion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As palm oil production expands from Southeast Asia into tropical regions of the Americas and Africa, vulnerable forests and species on four continents face increased risk of loss, a new Duke University-led study finds.
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Carbon-financed cookstove fails to deliver hoped-for benefits in the field

Carbon-financed cookstove fails to deliver hoped-for benefits in the field | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Replacing traditional cooking fires and stoves in the developing world with "cleaner" stoves is a potential strategy to reduce household air pollution that worsens climate change and is a leading global killer.
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No air-conditioning? No sweat! Here’s how to make your own DIY AC.

No air-conditioning? No sweat! Here’s how to make your own DIY AC. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Watch our video to learn how to keep cool with little more than a bucket and an intern.
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State prosecutors reject U.S. lawmakers' subpoena on Exxon probe | Business | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top state prosecutors in New York and Massachusetts said on Tuesday they will refuse to comply with a subpoena from U.S. congressmen for details on their investigations into
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Over one million people hit as floods worsen in India's tea region of Assam

Over one million people hit as floods worsen in India's tea region of Assam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Nita BhallaNEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 1.2 million people in northeast India have been hit by floods which have submerged h
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Restrictive new law will harm Poland’s wind industry, advocates say

Restrictive new law will harm Poland’s wind industry, advocates say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new law that took effect in Poland earlier this month could kill growing competition from land-based wind farms by expanding setback requirements tenfold and increasing tax burdens, clean energy advocates say.
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DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION: Steyer: Climate change will drive voter turnout

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION: Steyer: Climate change will drive voter turnout | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA -- Billionaire climate advocate Tom Steyer believes young Americans will cast more votes this year based on rising temperatures than in past presidential elections. In an interview with ClimateWire last night, the founder of NextGen Climate also downplayed the idea of placing a price on carbon dioxide and dismissed the notion of swapping the Clean Power Plan for a carbon tax.
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The surprisingly bright future of America’s forgotten renewable energy source: water

The surprisingly bright future of America’s forgotten renewable energy source: water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hydropower could generate 50 percent more electricity by 2050, a new report finds.
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Gas Leaks, Mold, and Rats: Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes

Gas Leaks, Mold, and Rats: Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report highlights the consequences of growing up in neighborhoods of “concentrated disadvantage.”
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Global Warming, God and the "End Times" - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Global Warming, God and the "End Times" - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For a significant number of Americans, the reality, causes and meaning of global warming are seen through the lens of their religious beliefs. Some reject the evidence that humans are causing global warming because they believe God controls the climate. …
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Vietnam risks becoming "pollution haven" / VietNamNet

Vietnam risks becoming "pollution haven" / VietNamNet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is expected to continue the shift of investment flows into industries of high pollution risk in Vietnam like textile-dying, paper, iron and steel. 


Economic and environment specialists say that Vietnam’s regulation and monitoring of wastewater treatment are still loose, with many gaps, so investors can dodge the law. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has asserted that once pollution occurs, the local government must be responsible.

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Wildflowers planted to aid bees may be crippling them

Farm country wildflowers planted by governments and nonprofits meant to help pollinators may be inadvertently harming them. Researchers say a bee-killing pesticide carried by wind or water from farms is landing in the wildflowers.
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California Moves Forward With Oil, Gas Methane Rules

California Moves Forward With Oil, Gas Methane Rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California's proposed rules to slash methane emissions from oil and gas facilities 40 percent to 45 percent by 2025 moved forward July
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