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Electric Bus Could Charge Itself At Every Stop

Electric Bus Could Charge Itself At Every Stop | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Utah State University has demonstrated a first-of-its-kind electric bus and inductive charging system. This technology could be very useful for bus stops, as the vehicles stick to planned routes and could recharge every time they pass through a stop via a pad in the ground.

 

The Aggie Bus benefits from a high-power, high-efficiency wireless power transfer system capable of transferring enough energy to quickly charge an electric vehicle. It has demonstrated 90% electrical transfer efficiency of five kilowatts over an air gap of 10 inches.


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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 Fight To Protect Whales Against The Navy's Noise Pollution

The Fight To Protect Whales Against The Navy's Noise Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The author of a new book that criticizes the U.S Navy’s excessive use of active sonar in the ocean spoke with HuffPost Live about how the noise pollution is harming whales.

Joshua Horwitz spoke with host Ricky Camilleri about his new book W...
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Monsoon floods in eastern India kill three, displace thousands

Monsoon floods in eastern India kill three, displace thousands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A major river burst its banks in Odisha state's worst-hit district of Jajpur, flooding 30 villages
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The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful

The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
JR Hennessy: If you don't think welfare should be replaced by high-nutrient sludge, or are irritated by Google Glass, you're not backwards – you're a human being
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Just Before Hosting Major U.N. Climate Talks, Peru Slashes Environmental Regulation

Just Before Hosting Major U.N. Climate Talks, Peru Slashes Environmental Regulation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a move likely to receive heavy backlash at least up the the U.N. climate conference (COP20) in Lima, Peru in December, Peru's government just rolled back environmental regulations in an effort to boost mining in the country.
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Florida Utilities Move To Slash Energy Conservation Programs

Florida Utilities Move To Slash Energy Conservation Programs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over 100 people are expected to join a protest rally in Tallahassee on Monday ahead of hearings that could see the state's energy conservation programs slashed by up to 93 percent.
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Error discovered in Antarctic sea-ice record

Error discovered in Antarctic sea-ice record | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Misalignment in data between satellites may be fixed now, but went undetected for years.
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Wind Turbine Manufacturer Hiring 800 People In Colorado As Orders Pile Up

Wind Turbine Manufacturer Hiring 800 People In Colorado As Orders Pile Up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the politics of fracking has taken hold of election-year energy discussions in Colorado, the wind power industry is quietly surging.
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Studies Sound Red Alert On Beef’s Global Warming Toll

Studies Sound Red Alert On Beef’s Global Warming Toll | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Demand for meat, dairy products, and eggs is predicted by some scientists to double by 2050, making GHG reductions a tall order.
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Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design

Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Piped water may be the greatest convenience ever known, but Lloyd Alter argues that our sewage systems and bathrooms are a disaster
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The Biggest Energy Trading Disaster In History

The Biggest Energy Trading Disaster In History | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As someone who made a living in dealing rooms around the world for nearly 20 years, the reactions that traditionally greet highly publicized dealing disasters never fail to cause a wry smile to
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12 Uses for Mason Jars

12 Uses for Mason Jars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Discover our 12 unique uses for Mason jars.
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Even China And India Are More Energy Efficient Than The US, A New Report Says

Even China And India Are More Energy Efficient Than The US, A New Report Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The US is 13th among 16 major economies. Who's on top?
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Energy Efficiency: The Forgotten Giant

Energy Efficiency: The Forgotten Giant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Amory Lovins in Forbes:


Michael Liebreich, chairman of Bloomberg New EnergyFinance’s advisory board, points out that the U.S. fracking revolution and the consequent 2004–13 rise in domestic oil output displaced oil imports equivalent to 10 percent of domestic consumption—while two little-noticed demand-side trends, less driving and more-efficient vehicles, saved 18percent, nearly twice as much. Drilling advocates somehow forgot to mention that their impressive achievements were almost lapped by demand-side shifts. Those saved barrels were nearly invisible because we can’t see energy we don’t use or buy.

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College & University Presidents Stand Up For Climate Action | Robert Friedman's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

College & University Presidents Stand Up For Climate Action | Robert Friedman's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over the past seven years, 684 colleges and universities, including my own alma mater (Go Bates!), have signed onto the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to make voluntary commitments to reduce climate pollution on their campuses. Earlier...
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The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’

The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com.
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Can we save Ganga

Can we save Ganga | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Ganga is getting political attention. What does it take to clean the river? Soma Basu and Sushmita Sengupta travel with photographer Vikas Choudhary from Kanpur to Varanasi, the river's most polluted stretch, to understand why the pollution is so persistent, while Sunita Narain suggests ways to clean it
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Anger as Australia dumps carbon tax

Anger as Australia dumps carbon tax | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate experts decry demise of emissions-control system.
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Chilling Map Shows Boston With A 7.5-Foot Coastal Flood

Chilling Map Shows Boston With A 7.5-Foot Coastal Flood | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
City planners are grappling with many of the threats and possibilities for mitigating them, from streets that can double as canals to underground cisterns and floating buildings.
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China plans super collider

China plans super collider | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Proposals for two accelerators could see country become collider capital of the world.
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The strange relationship between global warming denial and…speaking English

The strange relationship between global warming denial and…speaking English | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate denial isn't a worldwide delusion. It's a distinctly Anglophone one.
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Tasmania, Big Supplier to Drug Companies, Faces Changes

Tasmania, Big Supplier to Drug Companies, Faces Changes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tasmania, with its huge poppy crop, is the top producer of a crucial raw material in prescription drugs. But companies fear that they depend too much on that harvest.
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North Dakota's Oil Bonanza Is Unsustainable

North Dakota's Oil Bonanza Is Unsustainable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A decade ago, North Dakota was a wind-swept also-ran in the oil industry. Wildcatters struck oil there in the 1950s, but the rock was too dense to get most of it out, and the fields never amounted ...
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Chemists develop technology to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel

Chemists develop technology to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rutgers researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a major cost barrier to make clean-burning hydrogen fuel – a fuel that could replace expensive and environmentally harmful fossil fuels.
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Blockade At First Tar Sands Site In US Challenges ‘Brazen Disregard For Climate Crisis’

Blockade At First Tar Sands Site In US Challenges ‘Brazen Disregard For Climate Crisis’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Happening now: Activists target construction at PR Spring tar sands site in Utah
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Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) â€" Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Cows are not efficient at converting feed to protein for human consumption, said lead author Gidon Eshel, an environmental physics professor at Bard College in New York. Kim Stackhouse, sustainability director at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, said that the industry has improved its environmental sustainability in recent years and that the United States produces beef with the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of any country. The manure used to grow feed for cows also releases methane, as does their own bodily waste. Because they are bigger and take longer to put on weight for meat, cows eat more food over their lifetimes than other animals raised for protein. Eshel calculates that the average American who switches from beef to pork would reduce the equivalent of 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, which is about nine days' worth of the nation's per capita greenhouse gas emissions.
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