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Investment in offshore wind better for economy than gas, report shows

Investment in offshore wind better for economy than gas, report shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Large-scale investment in offshore wind would generate more wealth for the economy and create more jobs than relying on gas-fired power plants, a report suggested on Tuesday.

 

Substantial deployment of offshore wind by 2030 would have only a marginal impact on electricity prices but would boost growth, cut dependence on gas imports and reduce emissions, the report for WWF-UK and Greenpeace said.

 

The study by Cambridge Econometrics compared a scenario with steady growth in offshore wind capacity in the 2020s with a power system where there was no new offshore wind post-2020, with significantly more gas used to meet electricity needs.

Focusing investment on wind power would create up to 70,000 more jobs in 2030 than relying on electricity from gas-fired power plants.

 

According to the analysis, which comes ahead of the government publishing its gas strategy this week, GDP would be £20bn (0.8%) higher in 2030 if there was a focus on offshore wind.


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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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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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Olympics bid fuels drive for clean air|Society|chinadaily.com.cn

Olympics bid fuels drive for clean air|Society|chinadaily.com.cn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For Nick Ward, a snow-boarding enthusiast from the United States who lives in Beijing, the only issue holding back his skiing passion is the heavy haze that sometimes shrouds North China.
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Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped

Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When Richard Berman urged Western Energy Alliance members to fight an “endless war” against their opponents, he did not know he was being recorded.

 

If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded.

 

The blunt advice from the consultant, Richard Berman, the founder and chief executive of the Washington-based Berman & Company consulting firm, came as Mr. Berman solicited up to $3 million from oil and gas industry executives to finance an advertising and public relations campaign called Big Green Radicals.

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Obviously Mr. Berman is "short term" "money motivated" and doesn't seem to care about his grandchildren's world or anyone else on the planet for that matter, just his own short term profit. Ah, capitalism in in all its glory! Facts don't matter if it interferes with profit!

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In war on smog, struggling China steel mills adapt to survive

In war on smog, struggling China steel mills adapt to survive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese steel mills, among the biggest in the world, are altering their production schedules to offset disruption from forced plant closures aimed at curbing choking air pollution during
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NOAA establishes 10 priorities for restoring Gulf of Mexico

NOAA establishes 10 priorities for restoring Gulf of Mexico | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has come a funding source to plan for longterm survival of the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystem and communities that depend upon it.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, known as NOAA, on Thursday released its Draft Science Plan to establish a Gulf Coast Ecosystem restoration program. Public comment will be accepted through Dec. 15.
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The Neonicotinoid View: This Week's Buzz

The Neonicotinoid View: This Week's Buzz | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Neonicotinoid View is a special series which focuses on the impact of neonicotinoids on our environment. In this live evening edition, host, June Stoyer and special guest, beekeeper, Tom Theobald will review this week's news and happenings in the world of neonicotinoids. If you have a question or an issue you would like to discuss please call 917-932-1068 or email the show at beenews(@)theorganicview.com. Stay tuned! Today's show is sponsored by Austria's Finest Naturally Authentic Pumpkin S
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Pope Francis: Destroying Environment a "grave sin".

Pope Francis: Destroying Environment a "grave sin". | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pope Francis made an impact this week with a ringing defense of science, and the environment. Ever since the Galileo thing, the Catholic church has been a little self-conscious on the science stuff...
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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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Leaked Sellafield photos reveal 'massive radioactive release' threat

Leaked Sellafield photos reveal 'massive radioactive release' threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dilapidated nuclear waste storage ponds abandoned 40 years ago containing hundreds of tonnes of fuel rods pose an immediate danger to public safety, photographs sent to The Ecologist reveal. The fuel and sludge in the ponds could spontaneously ignite if exposed to air, spreading intense radiation over a wide area.
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Why Republicans Keep Telling Everyone They’re Not Scientists

Why Republicans Keep Telling Everyone They’re Not Scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The refrain is a stopgap between two politically untenable positions: the denial of climate change and the embrace of policies to address it.
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Australia coal port expansion will not get environmental impact study | Al Jazeera America

Australia coal port expansion will not get environmental impact study | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Project would involve dumping acidic soil onto wetlands that filter water for the Great Barrier Reef
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Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened'

Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the exact origin is still unknown, officials said the powder consisted of calcium carbonate and calcium bicarbonate deposits, believed to have formed from the increasing levels of carbon dioxide and humidity passing through the chapel's porous plaster walls. Vatican officials have said the Sistine Chapel's new air conditioning and air filtration system, inaugurated this week, would prevent potential damage from the air pollution brought in by crowds nearing 6 million this year. Officials
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A Heart Risk in Drinking Water

A Heart Risk in Drinking Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even trace amounts of arsenic in drinking water may increase the risk of heart disease, researchers have found.
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Lobbyist tells Fossil Fuel Execs: Play Dirty to Win Ugly

Lobbyist tells Fossil Fuel Execs: Play Dirty to Win Ugly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ugly story. Big time PR firms are some of the most odious players in the anti-science movement, masterminding campaigns for big oil, big tobacco, big sugar,  and a host of other death merchant type...
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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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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 !