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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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World has no choice but to decarbonize: U.N. climate chief

World has no choice but to decarbonize: U.N. climate chief | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Responding to climate change in the next 15 years is the world's "mega development project", given the need to invest trillions of dollars in infrastructure, creating jobs and economic stability, the United Nations' top climate change official said on Tuesday. "It makes fundamental economic sense" for countries to push forward on tackling climate change because of the benefits it will bring in terms of food, water and energy, as well as employment," Christiana Figueres told a carbon market conference in Barcelona. This, together with the speed at which businesses are acting on climate change and efforts to put a price on carbon, mean "a decarbonized world is now irreversible, irrefutable," the head of the U.N. climate change secretariat told the conference.
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Cleveland, Justice Department announce police settlement

Cleveland, Justice Department announce police settlement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleveland officials and the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday announced their settlement over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the city's police department.
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Australia dumbs down as government bets on baristas over brains

Australia dumbs down as government bets on baristas over brains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia is betting on plumbers and coffee- shop owners over scientists and researchers to drive the nation's next wave of economic growth.
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Why Baltimore Blew Up

Why Baltimore Blew Up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It wasn't just the killing of Freddie Gray. Inside the complex legal infrastructure that encourages — and covers up — police violence
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Climate change could shrink Mount Everest’s glaciers by 70 percent, study finds

Climate change could shrink Mount Everest’s glaciers by 70 percent, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By 2100, a new study finds, the iconic glaciers could be mostly gone.
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Chevron defends environmental record in Ecuador, sees bright future for Richmond refinery

Chevron defends environmental record in Ecuador, sees bright future for Richmond refinery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chevron warded off a litany of accusations of environmental damage and corporate malfeasance during its annual meeting Wednesday, and after the event the company said the Richmond refinery will remain a major part of its operations.
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'Green' hydropower dam fuels charges of gross human rights violations

'Green' hydropower dam fuels charges of gross human rights violations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A hydropower project planned on Guatemala's Icbolay River has resulted in major human rights abuses, advocacy groups are charging. The 24-megawatt Santa Rita dam is backed by the World Bank and several European banks, as well as the Guatemalan government. In spite of the alleged abuses, the dam's owner has been granted approval to earn carbon offset credits for the electricity the dam would generate that could be traded under the European Union's Emission Trading System.
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India doctors' leave canceled as heat wave kills 1,100

India doctors' leave canceled as heat wave kills 1,100 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A heat wave in India has killed more than 1,100 people this week as temperatures soar above 47 Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit), and doctors' leave has been canceled to help cope with the
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The good, the bad and the ugly: sustainability at Nespresso

The good, the bad and the ugly: sustainability at Nespresso | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The single-serve coffee maker supports growers, but also creates a lot of waste. Its story illustrates the power and limitations of corporate sustainability programs
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Canada wildfires rage on, intensify near oil sands sites

Canada wildfires rage on, intensify near oil sands sites | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A wildfire raging in northeastern Alberta near two major oil sands projects nearly doubled in size to 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) on Wednesday, although firefighters made
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Yes, We Can Keep Warming to 2 Degrees

Yes, We Can Keep Warming to 2 Degrees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Worthwhile discussion has been going on over the last week, following some widely disseminated opinion pieces on the feasibility  of climate change mitigation. Joe Romm summarizes. Joe Romm at Clim...
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Food & Drug Administration Seeks Data About Antibiotics Given To Cows, Pigs, And Poultry

Food & Drug Administration Seeks Data About Antibiotics Given To Cows, Pigs, And Poultry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

FDA wants to get a better handle on the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals to help ensure that medically important antibiotics are used judiciously. Under a rule proposed last week, animal-drug makers would be required to provide FDA with sales and distribution data, by species, for all antimicrobial drugs sold for use in major food-producing animals.

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As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It

As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are pondering a "post-antibiotic world." The World Health Organization says countries need to boost surveillance for resistance and develop new drugs.
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Extremophile bacteria could be key to solving nuclear problems

Extremophile bacteria could be key to solving nuclear problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Radiation-tolerant bacteria could be even more effective at clearing up nuclear waste through natural processes than previously thought.
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I Don’t Want to Be Right - The New Yorker

I Don’t Want to Be Right - The New Yorker | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To change false beliefs, appealing to a person’s sense of self may be more important than the facts.
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Oil Balls As Large As Footballs Wash Up On California’s Shore, Closing Beaches

Oil Balls As Large As Footballs Wash Up On California’s Shore, Closing Beaches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A cleanup crew collects balls of tar that washed ashore in Manhattan Beach, Calif. on Thursday, May 28, 2015.
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Lessons from an ancient climate shift - Yale Climate Connections

Lessons from an ancient climate shift - Yale Climate Connections | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Depleted oxygen zones in the ocean may increase in a warmer climate.
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Across U.S., Heaviest Downpours On The Rise | Climate Central

Across U.S., Heaviest Downpours On The Rise | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Very heavy downpours are happening more frequently across most of the U.S.
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Your toothpaste may be loaded with tiny plastic beads that never go away

Your toothpaste may be loaded with tiny plastic beads that never go away | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What are microbeads, and why are some states banning them?
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Japan Coal Revival Ducks Scrutiny With Small Plants, Critics Say

Japan Coal Revival Ducks Scrutiny With Small Plants, Critics Say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As Japan burns more coal following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, power producers are able to duck pollution standards by building coal-fired projects small enough to avoid national regulator scrutiny, critics say.

 

About a third of 45 new power-generation units fueled by coal won’t face the government’s environmental assessment because their small size puts them under the review level, according to Kiko Network, a Kyoto-based environmental group.

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China’s High Hopes for Growing Those Rubber Tree Plants - Global Rubber Markets

China’s High Hopes for Growing Those Rubber Tree Plants - Global Rubber Markets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
JINGHONG, China — In the farming village of Tuanjie, in the hills above Jinghong, in southwest Yunnan Province, nearly every family lives in a two- or three-story concrete house, testament to a prosperity built during the boom years for natural rubber production. Sitting in a gleaming new kitchen larger than the thatched hut that once...
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Fort McKay: the Canadian town that sold itself to tar sands

This tiny Alberta town is one of the world’s single biggest sources of carbon pollution. The community grew rich on oil, and was wrecked by oil. So local Cece Fitzpatrick decided to run for chief, promising to stand up to the industry that came there 50 years ago
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High-tech environmental push needed for oil sands: Tory-requested report

High-tech environmental push needed for oil sands: Tory-requested report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
‘We need to develop this resource in a sustainable fashion’
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Cli Fi Gets Under Denier's Skin

Cli Fi Gets Under Denier's Skin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since "Frankenstein", a consistent theme in speculative fiction has been the technological leap that turns on mankind. Since the advent of the nuclear age, that theme is not only credible, but obvi...
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Residents of Beijing Community Renew Protest against Waste Incineration Plant

Residents of Beijing Community Renew Protest against Waste Incineration Plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Locals voiced their opposition to a facility in Asuwei area back in 2009, and news that building plans were moving forward spurred them to demonstrate again
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