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Ducted Wind Turbines: An Energy Game Changer? | MIT Technology Review

Ducted Wind Turbines: An Energy Game Changer? | MIT Technology Review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ducted turbine promises significant advances but delivery remains to be seen.

Earlier this month SheerWind, a wind power startup based in Chaska, Minnesota, added a new design, INVELOX, to the list. INVELOX, short for “increasing the velocity of wind” is a ducted turbine that looks a bit like a giant funnel sitting on top of an equally large periscope. The ductwork is designed to capture wind from any direction, increase its speed and concentrate the moving airflow before passing it through a relatively small turbine at ground level.

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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, 5:26 PM

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Engineering Mosquitoes to Spread Health

Engineering Mosquitoes to Spread Health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The promise of transforming flying vectors of dengue fever into preventive-medicine tools
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Heart drug could be cure for Ebola: British researchers

Heart drug could be cure for Ebola: British researchers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
RESEARCHERS at the University of Liverpool have revealed they have made a breakthrough that could lead to a cure being developed for the Ebola virus currently sweeping through West Africa. The university
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Crews battle out-of-control wildfire as Southern California bakes

Crews battle out-of-control wildfire as Southern California bakes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters spent a second day on Saturday battling a wildfire burning out of control in a national forest southeast of Los Angeles, as the region baked under triple-digit
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Crude-by-rail: One federal inspector oversees all California's railroad bridges, no state oversight

Crude-by-rail: One federal inspector oversees all California's railroad bridges, no state oversight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As concerns grow over the aging rail infrastructure, rail car safety and a dramatic increase in crude oil shipments by train, state railroad regulators are scrambling to hire two railroad bridge inspectors -- the first ever for the state.
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Type AB Blood? You May Be More Prone to Memory Loss

Type AB Blood? You May Be More Prone to Memory Loss | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Photo by Corbis Images How sharp you are at age 65 may be tied to something totally out of your control: your blood type. After following the participants for an average of 3.4 years, the scientists found that those with Type AB blood had an 82 percent higher risk of cognitive decline. Related: Study: Depression Raises Your Risk of Dementia This isn’t the first time blood type has been shown to influence health risks. Another recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostics Research, identified Type A blood as a possible risk factor for oral, esophageal, and salivary gland, cancers, while Type B was flagged as a potential risk factor for laryngeal cancers.
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In Washington State, The 2014 Wildfire Season Has Been 6 Times Worse Than Normal

In Washington State, The 2014 Wildfire Season Has Been 6 Times Worse Than Normal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington Governor Jay Inslee is asking for federal funds to assist families who lost their homes.
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Greenpeace: Tech Giants Still Using Hazardous Chemicals

Greenpeace: Tech Giants Still Using Hazardous Chemicals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Samsung, Sony and Panasonic are among the
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Why Global Water Challenges Call for Creative Advertising | Conservancy Talk

A diamond or a gallon of water, which do you choose? Most of us would go for the diamond. But how can it be that water, far more critical to life than diamonds,
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Earth's new address: 'Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea'

The supercluster of galaxies that includes the Milky Way is 100 times bigger in volume and mass than previously thought, a team of astronomers says. They have mapped the enormous region and given it the name Laniakea — Hawaiian for 'immeasurable heaven'.


Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe.

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Corporate America Pays to Send Global Warming Deniers to Capitol Hill | Blog | BillMoyers.com

Corporate America Pays to Send Global Warming Deniers to Capitol Hill | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report reveals that some of the firms that claim to be dedicated to fighting climate change are the worst offenders.
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Smart Chart: Six Ways to Tackle Sky-High Inequality | BillMoyers.com

Smart Chart: Six Ways to Tackle Sky-High Inequality | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report lays out different approaches for making our economy one where prosperity is broadly shared.
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The People’s Climate March: What You Need to Know | Blog | BillMoyers.com

The People’s Climate March: What You Need to Know | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Sunday, September 21st, a march to bring attention to the climate change crisis will kick off a week of climate events in New York City. Here’s what you need to know.
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China's war on pollution is finally moving coal prices

China's war on pollution is finally moving coal prices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The latest restrictions on production, consumption and imports could drive prices 10% higher by the end of the year.
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When fracking and free speech collide | Al Jazeera America

When fracking and free speech collide | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A defamation case against a man who claimed fracking polluted his water highlights free-speech issues
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Changes in America's Dairyland foul the waters of Green Bay

Changes in America's Dairyland foul the waters of Green Bay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Underlying all the trouble is the undeniable fact that Green Bay is being burdened with more manure than it can handle, and this is the one piece of the dead zone equation that humans could start to fix tomorrow.
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Assassinations in the Amazon: how will Peru respond?

Assassinations in the Amazon: how will Peru respond? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
David Hill: Indigenous leaders killed near Brazil border following logging and land title battle
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Keeping Voluntary Work Sustainable from Cruxcatalyst: The Heart of Change

Keeping Voluntary Work Sustainable from Cruxcatalyst: The Heart of Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Creating true global prosperity, even starting on a much smaller scale, can only be achieved through the ongoing investments we make in time, energy, and creative collaboration. While it’s true that we have incredible collective resources with which to solve problems and create beauty, it is equally true that the deep investments required to create come at a cost. It can be all-too-easy to lose our sense of balance in the work. The resulting chronic lack of energy or burnout not only hurts ourselves it impacts those around us and can slow the momentum of the post-growth movement itself. That’s why I believe that finding ways to balance deep engagement with healthy self-care must be at the foundation of our work if we are to create post-growth futures for ourselves and our communities.

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Cato climate change skeptic: Rising carbon dioxide levels a sign of “human progress”

Cato climate change skeptic: Rising carbon dioxide levels a sign of “human progress” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This is not a parody.

 

Economically literate libertarians can’t deny that, if climate change is a major risk, the rational thing to do is put a tax on greenhouse emissions. Therefore, in order to oppose that sort of government action, they have to deny that climate change is a major risk. And that’s how we get this mind-bending piece from the Cato Foundation. Last year’s sharp rise in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, Cato’s Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger concludes, “is cause for celebration.” Here is how Knappenberger gets there:

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2050 weather forecasts: why we need stories like this to tackle climate change

2050 weather forecasts: why we need stories like this to tackle climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ed Gillespie: The UN’s mock weather forecasts from the future are part of the cultural revolution needed to address global warming
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Mozambique Moves to Make Elephant Poachers an Endangered Species

Mozambique Moves to Make Elephant Poachers an Endangered Species | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As more elephants are being killed than born, African nations get serious about cracking down on poaching.
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Grassroots pressure needed to beat climate change and poverty - experts

Grassroots pressure needed to beat climate change and poverty - experts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New development goals won't deliver without political will to implement them - and that's up to us
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Heat stroke more life-threatening for runners than previously thought, study says

Heat stroke more life-threatening for runners than previously thought, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cardiologists at Tel Aviv University made an unexpected discovery while studying athletes.
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Carbon is Costing Us Big Time | Blog | BillMoyers.com

Carbon is Costing Us Big Time | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This three-minute video shows the history of carbon pollution -- and what it's costing us today.
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How to Build a Green Economy Without Sacrificing Jobs | Blog | BillMoyers.com

How to Build a Green Economy Without Sacrificing Jobs | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
1.2% of the GDP. That's all it would take to green the economy.
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A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com

A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fundamental law of capitalism is: When workers have more money, businesses have more customers.
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