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BuildingGreen announces its 2013 Top-10 Green Building Products

BuildingGreen announces its 2013 Top-10 Green Building Products | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

BuildingGreen's Top-10 Green Building Products for 2013 are listed below. More complete descriptions follow for products that are particularly pertinent to facilities management, and descriptions for the others are available on the awards Web page.

WUFI software from Fraunhofer IBP and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Atlas CMU block with CarbonCure
Amorim expanded-cork boardstock insulation
Proglaze ETA Engineered Transition Assemblies from Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing
LoE-i89 glazing from Cardinal Glass Industries
Viridian Reclaimed Wood
GeoSpring hybrid electric water heater from GE
Haiku by Big Ass Fans
XS-P Series streetlight from Cree Lighting
Cyber Rain irrigation controllers

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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

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New glaucoma culprit is found

New glaucoma culprit is found | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Glaucoma, a leading cause of irreversible blindness, is associated with elevated pressure in the eye. This elevated pressure essentially is due to a plumbing problem. Fluid builds up in the eye, increasing pressure and eventually damaging the optic nerve. For nearly 150 years, researchers have been ...
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Blood-cleansing biospleen device developed for sepsis therapy

Blood-cleansing biospleen device developed for sepsis therapy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Things can go downhill fast when a patient has sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which bacteria or fungi multiply in a patient's blood—often too fast for antibiotics to help. A new device inspired by the human spleen and developed by a team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired ...
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Sparks fly as Di Grassi wins first electric race

Sparks fly as Di Grassi wins first electric race | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A spectacular crash at the last corner that ended leader Nicolas Prost's race and sent ex-F1 driver Nick Heidfeld flying into the fencing gave Brazil's Lucas di Grassi victory in the first ever Formula E electric race in Beijing Saturday.
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Companies are realizing that sustainability issues are here to stay

Companies are realizing that sustainability issues are here to stay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Prefer farmers markets to supermarket chains? Organic Vermont goat cheese to Velveeta? Then there's a market segment with a hip acronym just for you: LOHAS, or people livin' a Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability.
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M 9.0+ possible for subduction zones along 'Ring of Fire,' study suggests

M 9.0+ possible for subduction zones along 'Ring of Fire,' study suggests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The magnitude of the 2011 Tohoku quake (M 9.0) caught many seismologists by surprise, prompting some to revisit the question of calculating the maximum magnitude earthquake possible for a particular fault. New research offers an alternate view that uses the concept of probable maximum magnitude events ...
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Brazil builds giant tower in Amazon to monitor climate

Brazil builds giant tower in Amazon to monitor climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region's sensitive ecosystem, a newspaper reported Sunday.
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Rules of thumb for climate change turned upside down

Rules of thumb for climate change turned upside down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With a new analysis of land regions, ETH climate researcher are challenging the general climate change paradigm that dry regions are getting drier and wet regions are getting wetter. In some regions they are encountering divergent trends.
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As farmland runs out, seafood looks better than you think

As farmland runs out, seafood looks better than you think | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When it comes to producing more food from the ocean, the possibilities are bottomless.
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Americans are eating better -- well, some Americans

Americans are eating better -- well, some Americans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you're wealthy, your diet has improved in the past 15 years -- but if you're not, it's gotten worse.
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Why New Jersey is doing tomatoes right

Why New Jersey is doing tomatoes right | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How First Field is building a better food system.
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Klein: Can Climate and Capitalism CoExist?

Naomi Klein has a new book, This Changes Everything, which I have not yet read – but which has gotten a lot of ink, in particular for its supposed theme that capitalism is somehow incompatible with a healthy climate. I’m told that this is not a fair reading of the book, and in the interview above, Klein seems to target a particularly virulent, Koch Brothers, John Birch Society version of capitalism in which any regulations or limits on corporate power are considered violations of “freedom”.

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The Top 5 Most Polluted Countries in the World

The Top 5 Most Polluted Countries in the World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The WHO released a study featuring the top 5 most polluted nations on earth. And it might not be who you think.
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New drug target could prevent major global cause of maternal death

New drug target could prevent major global cause of maternal death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Researchers at the University of Warwick have discovered a new target for drugs that could prevent the deaths of thousands of women in the developing world due to heavy blood loss after childbirth.
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Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians

Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reaching the century mark remains a relative rarity for humans, but it is increasingly less so, and perhaps nowhere more than in rapidly aging Japan.
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Wearable computing and privacy invasions you might want to think about now

Wearable computing and privacy invasions you might want to think about now | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Are you being recorded? Thanks to the ubiquity of CCTV and camera phones, the answer is more than ever before likely to be 'Yes'. Add to this the growth of wearable technology such as Google Glass and people are increasingly exposed to devices that can monitor and record them, whether they realise it ...
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Projections for climate change in Vermont

Projections for climate change in Vermont | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here's your northern Vermont forecast for the rest of this century: Annual precipitation will increase by between a third and half an inch per decade, while average temperatures will rise some five degrees Fahrenheit by midcentury. By late in the century, average temperatures will have spiked more than ...
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Research offers new way to predict hurricane strength, destruction

Research offers new way to predict hurricane strength, destruction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study by Florida State University researchers demonstrates a different way of projecting a hurricane's strength and intensity that could give the public a better idea of a storm's potential for destruction.
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Singapore air pollution soars due to Indonesian forest fires

Singapore air pollution soars due to Indonesian forest fires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Air pollution in Singapore rose to unhealthy levels Monday, blanketing the city-state's skyline with clouds of smog from fires raging across giant rainforests in the neighbouring Indonesian island of Sumatra, officials said.
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Early Earth less hellish than previously thought

Early Earth less hellish than previously thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Conditions on Earth for the first 500 million years after it formed may have been surprisingly similar to the present day, complete with oceans, continents and active crustal plates.
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California dairy farmers are going nuts for almonds, but at what cost?

California dairy farmers are going nuts for almonds, but at what cost? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This cash crop is keeping some farmers on the land, but the almond boom offers no long-term promise of security.
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Do I have to hang up my gardening tools during the drought?

Do I have to hang up my gardening tools during the drought? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A reader wonders if her green thumb has to go for the sake of saving water. Umbra says she can grow her kale and eat it, too.
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We fixed the ozone layer (sort of). Can we fix the climate?

We fixed the ozone layer (sort of). Can we fix the climate? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the ozone layer on the mend, there's proof that international cooperation can work. But the climate is a different can of worms.
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Painting the Roses Red. California Super Rich in Drought Denial.

And painting the grass green.  If you have enough money, you can deny that you live in a desert, for a while. Telegraph: Each morning at the crack of dawn, trucks laden with precious H₂O trundle do...
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Wisconsin Utility Moves to Block Energy Freedom. Tea Party Star Takes Exception.

Wisconsin Utility Moves to Block Energy Freedom. Tea Party Star Takes Exception. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The rapid cost reductions in renewable energy, particularly solar photovoltaic and wind, are threatening the business model of traditional electric generators around the world,  promising much grea...
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#China, the #Climate and the Fate of the Planet #coal #pollution #Australia

#China, the #Climate and the Fate of the Planet #coal #pollution #Australia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Inside the slow, frustrating - and maybe even hopeful - struggle to reduce China's climate-changing pollution.

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David Collet's curator insight, September 15, 7:38 PM

Caution! Be prepared for a long read. But this topic is so crucial to the future of Malaysia it should be mandatory reading for aspiring Malaysian manager.