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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, 2014 8:26 PM

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Processed foods the biggest chunk of calories in US groceries: study

Processed foods the biggest chunk of calories in US groceries: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Highly processed foods account for more than 60 percent of the calories in products Americans routinely buy in grocery stores, a new study finds.
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Lots of leafy greens might shield aging brains, study finds

Lots of leafy greens might shield aging brains, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—A single serving of leafy green vegetables each day may help keep dementia away, new research suggests.
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Face scans show how fast a person is aging

Face scans show how fast a person is aging | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Every face tells a story, and that story apparently includes hints of how quickly a person is aging, a new study contends.
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Drought alters familiar landscape in Yosemite National Park

Drought alters familiar landscape in Yosemite National Park | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yosemite National Park is bracing for its driest year on record, with visitor bureaus downplaying the allure of the park's most famous waterfall and instead touting the park as a destination for hiking, bicycling and photography.
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US renews pledge to cut emissions 26–28% by 2025

US renews pledge to cut emissions 26–28% by 2025 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The US government on Tuesday formally pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent over 2005 levels within the next decade, ahead of a major climate conference later this year.
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Glow in the dark tampons identify sewage pollution in rivers

Glow in the dark tampons identify sewage pollution in rivers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The natural, untreated cotton in tampons readily absorbs chemicals commonly used in toilet paper, laundry detergents and shampoos. These chemicals - known as optical brighteners -are used to enhance whites and brighten colours, and show up under ultra-violet (UV) light, a phenomenon often seen in glowing ...
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Soil organic matter susceptible to climate change

Soil organic matter susceptible to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Soil organic matter, long thought to be a semi-permanent storehouse for ancient carbon, may be much more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought.
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Scientists discover elusive secret of how continents formed

Scientists discover elusive secret of how continents formed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An international research team, led by a Virginia Tech geoscientist, has revealed information about how continents were generated on Earth more than 2.5 billion years ago—and how those processes have continued within the last 70 million years to profoundly affect the planet's life and climate.
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This Is How The U.S. Plans To Tackle Climate Change In The Next Decade And Beyond

As countries submit their post-2020 climate targets, the outline for the next global treaty is coming into view.
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How Many Kids Will it Take?

How Many Kids Will it Take? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How many kids must we feed to the fossil fuel monster before we inevitably transition to clean, renewable power? The biggest subsidies we give to fossil fuels are our childrens lungs, hearts, and b...
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Talking Resilience with Nikki Silvestri

Talking Resilience with Nikki Silvestri | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You take away politics, take away whether you think trickle-down [economics] works, take away even what you think about race. Just look at this community. Are the families healthy and thriving? No? Okay. It's not resilient.
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Revisiting the Shale Oil Hype: Technology versus Geology

Revisiting the Shale Oil Hype: Technology versus Geology | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The press has been all abuzz the past few weeks speculating on what the drop in oil prices will mean for U.S. shale oil (tight oil) production. Pundits have been falling over themselves quoting various estimates of the breakeven cost of production in this play or that, and rushing to be the first to declare a peak in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Niobrara or wherever.  The Baker-Hughes rig count, which comes out every Friday, has become a must-read for people who probably had never heard of it a few months ago. Even the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), based on estimates, suggests production is declining in three big shale oil plays.

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Eating fruits and vegetables with high pesticide residues linked with poor semen quality

Eating fruits and vegetables with high pesticide residues linked with poor semen quality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first study to investigate the relationship between eating fruit and vegetables containing pesticide residues and the quality of men's semen has shown a link with lower sperm counts and percentages of normally-formed sperm.
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Sleep apnea during pregnancy is not good for mother or baby

Sleep apnea during pregnancy is not good for mother or baby | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops during sleep, is a potentially serious condition because it deprives the body of oxygen. It becomes an even more serious condition in pregnant women—who can be more prone to it—because the oxygen deprivation may affect the baby. Researchers ...
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Wobbly no more: Work on analogical processing helps children learn key engineering principle

Wobbly no more: Work on analogical processing helps children learn key engineering principle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Children love to build things. Often half the fun for them is building something and then knocking it down. But in a study carried out in the Chicago Children's Museum, children had just as much fun learning how to keep their masterpieces upright—they learned a key elementary engineering principle.
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Colombia transforms old tires into green housing

Colombia transforms old tires into green housing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The highlands around the Colombian capital are scattered with small buildings that look like out-of-place igloos but are in fact innovative houses made from the tires that litter the country's roads.
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Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused lasting damage, report says

Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused lasting damage, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining.
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East Asian human activities affect air quality in remote tropical forests

East Asian human activities affect air quality in remote tropical forests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from the UK and Malaysia have detected a human fingerprint deep in the Borneo rainforest in Southeast Asia. Cold winds blowing from the north carry industrial pollutants from East Asia to the equator, with implications for air quality in the region. Once there, the pollutants can travel ...
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Researchers see drop in methane emissions from natural gas local distribution systems

Researchers see drop in methane emissions from natural gas local distribution systems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team led by Washington State University researchers has found that methane emissions from local natural gas distribution systems in cities and towns throughout the U.S. have decreased in the past 20 years with significant variation by region.
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Research links two millennia of cyclones, floods, El Nino

Research links two millennia of cyclones, floods, El Nino | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stalagmites, which crystallize from water dropping onto the floors of caves, millimeter by millimeter, over thousands of years, leave behind a record of climate change encased in stone. Newly published research by Rhawn Denniston, professor of geology at Cornell College, and his research team, applied ...
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Mount Everest Is Covered In Human Poop. This Plan Could Turn It Into Energy.

“It is kind of crazy,” said Porter. “But we’re doing it.”
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As El Nino Emerges, Ominous Findings on Ocean Heat

As El Nino Emerges, Ominous Findings on Ocean Heat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
  Yale Environment 360: Scientists are also learning that the ocean has gained more heat, and at greater depth, than they had realized. That means the entire climate is even more out-of-whack ...
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Why do Climate Deniers Hate Sea Lion Pups?

Why do Climate Deniers Hate Sea Lion Pups? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climate Central: In recent weeks, emaciated young sea lions have been washing up on California beaches (though a few healthy ones have also shown up, including one...

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Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climate change, along with the depletion of oil, coal, and gas, dictate that we will inevitably move away from our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; but just how big a transformation will this be? While many policy-makers assume that renewable energy sources will provide an easy “plug-and-play” solution, author Richard Heinberg suggests instead that we are in for a wild ride; a “civilization reboot” on a scale similar to the agricultural and industrial revolutions.

 

Afterburn consists of 15 essays exploring various aspects of the 21st century migration away from fossil fuels, including:

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During Fracking Hearing, Nebraskan Challenges Oil And Gas Commission To Drink Wastewater

An application to truck thousands of gallons of wastewater into Nebraska riled the community.
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