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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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Pope's Climate Activism has Heartland Climate Deniers Panicking

Pope's Climate Activism has Heartland Climate Deniers Panicking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In anticipation of the upcoming Papal encyclical (declaration) on climate change, the anti-science "think" tank Heartland Institute will be sending a delegation to the Vatican, they claim, to "educ...
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Weak monsoon may cause spike in air pollution levels this year

Weak monsoon may cause spike in air pollution levels this year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The weather office’s forecast of a weak monsoon this year could lead to a spike in air pollution in many Indian cities, including Delhi and its suburbs, for a second straight year, says a state weather analysis institute.
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Tokyo children's park closed over radiation

Tokyo children's park closed over radiation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Extremely high levels of radiation have been discovered in a playground in Tokyo, officials said Friday, fanning fears for the health of children in the area.
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Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling

Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So far, the quakes have been mostly small and have done little damage beyond cracking plaster, toppling bricks and rattling nerves.
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Can the Bullitt Center prove that it pays for buildings to go 'deep green'?

Can the Bullitt Center prove that it pays for buildings to go 'deep green'? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There’s no question they save water, energy, waste and emissions – but proving the greenest buildings also save money is tricky
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Food Chain Catastrophe: Emergency Shut Down Of West Coast Fisheries: “Populations Have Crashed 91 Percent” | SilverDoctors.com

Food Chain Catastrophe: Emergency Shut Down Of West Coast Fisheries: “Populations Have Crashed 91 Percent” | SilverDoctors.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fallout of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is begging to reach EPIC proportions... On Wednesday federal regulators announced the early closure of sardin
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A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse - The Baffler

A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse - The Baffler | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What is a revolution? We used to think we knew. Revolutions were seizures of power by popular forces aiming to transform the very nature of the political, social, and economic system in the country in... Read More »
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Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline

Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
My first Uber lift was in South Carolina. My driver was from Sudan originally, but had emigrated to the US 20 years ago. Being the curious sort, I asked him about his life in Sudan an
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Your White Teeth and Smooth Skin Are Damaging the Environment

Your White Teeth and Smooth Skin Are Damaging the Environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How much are whiter teeth and smoother skin worth to you? Are they worth the water and fish in the Great Lakes? If you use the myriad other creatures the seas support? If you use personal care products such as exfoliators, body scrubs and toothpastes...
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Big oil warns world to brace for a different, but equally daunting, price shock to come

Big oil warns world to brace for a different, but equally daunting, price shock to come | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil companies say there will be a price to pay — a much higher price — for all the cost cutting being done today to cope with the collapse in the crude market
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IMF Reports Warn of Financial Instability - Low Interest Rates Will Be Our Doom

IMF Reports Warn of Financial Instability - Low Interest Rates Will Be Our Doom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While people argue over fractal banking and derivatives, the dark clouds on the horizon are approaching from an entirely different direction. A virtual secret meeting took place in Washington with ...
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Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling in the Southeast Atlantic: What You Need to Know. What You Can Do. A Scuttlefish Feature. Part I.

Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling in the Southeast Atlantic: What You Need to Know. What You Can Do. A Scuttlefish Feature. Part I. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil slick post Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace.  Today, April 20th, 2015 marks the fifth anniversary
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Bill Nye, the President's Climate Science Guy

Bill Nye, the President's Climate Science Guy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chris Mooney in the Washington Post: “Change the world!” is probably Nye’s trademark line — it was written in a 1992 “rules of the road” memo, he says, that he delivered to all incoming staff on th...
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Antofagasta's Los Pelambres mine is safe — Chile’s court | MINING.com

Antofagasta's Los Pelambres mine is safe — Chile’s court | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La Serena appeals court unanimously rejected a lawsuit presented by locals, which claimed the massive tailing dam had dried up a nearby stream and contaminated underground water.
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Month-long challenge to $1.4 billion Peru open-pit copper mining project claims first life

LIMA, Peru - Mourners carried a coffin holding a 61-year-old farmer through the streets of a southern Peru port city Thursday after the man became the first fatality of a monthlong protest against a Mexican-owned copper mining project.
Updated: 4/23/15 5:43 pm
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How Radioactive Is the Pacific, Really?

How Radioactive Is the Pacific, Really? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This month, an alarming report said Fukushima radiation had hit American shores. The truth is, it’s only in trace amounts. The real problem is that it’s nobody’s job to check ever again.
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Air pollution could increase risk of dementia

Air pollution could increase risk of dementia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research suggests that living in towns and cities can increase the risk of brain shrinkage and silent strokes, both of which are linked to dementia
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Safe drinking water evades the poor

Safe drinking water evades the poor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While other Californians scramble to drastically reduce personal water use, and the desert's lush resorts and golf courses consider a mandate to cut water consumption by 25-36 percent, families in the poorest neighborhoods of the eastern Coachella Valley have long struggled with shortages of safe drinking water.
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You Can't Get an Apartment Because Rich People Need Them All 

You Can't Get an Apartment Because Rich People Need Them All  | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In many cities around the world--New York, San Francisco, London--most people find the rent to be unaffordable. Buying is out of the question. Perhaps that is because your city’s housing stock is now just another fungible financial instrument, like pork bellies.
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SURVIVING IN ARGENTINA: Armageddon Down South: Learning from the Calbuco Volcano Eruption in South America

SURVIVING IN ARGENTINA: Armageddon Down South: Learning from the Calbuco Volcano Eruption in South America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

100 km from the volcano, the city of Bariloche is on full alert. There’s no schools, people are told to stay indoors, ration water and avoid rushing to stores for supplies. People are asked to ration fuel and minimize its use, saving it for emergency and rescue vehicles. Flights to the area have been canceled. There are already concerns regarding the contamination of surface water sources. Volcanic ash is also known to clog intake structures, cause abrasion damage to pumps and block pipes, interrupting the supply of water.

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Eating the drought: How much water goes into your meal?

Eating the drought: How much water goes into your meal? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California's crippling drought has prompted conservation efforts, such as replacing grass lawns and minding how long you leave the tap water running. But what about the food on your plate? Agriculture uses 80% of California's water supply, and producing what you eat can require a surprising amount of water. The number next to the plate below represents the direct and indirect amount of water required to produce your food plate, based on data (U.S. average) from the Water Footprint Network. Food items are assumed as fresh (unfrozen) and do not include the footprint for cooking (when applicable).
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US Oil Production May Not Drop In Earnest Until 2016

US Oil Production May Not Drop In Earnest Until 2016 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Analysis of rig count and production data since the financial crisis up until the present oil price crisis may provide bullish news about US production in the next 18 months
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How to Make Money in Renewable Energy: NBFs Rupert Merer

How to Make Money in Renewable Energy: NBFs Rupert Merer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the political and financial pressures on fossil fuels mount, investors are starting to explore the renewable energy space with an eye toward reaping its potential. Rupert Merer analyzes that growing energy sector for National Bank Financial and tells The Mining Report why betting on the future of renewables is a prudent strategy for profit growth.
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Maybe climate science news makes a difference?

Maybe climate science news makes a difference? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Study suggests science news affects opinions despite culture war.
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Live small, be happy? The next new big thing

Live small, be happy? The next new big thing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Long commutes, soaring property prices and the tiny house movement has made way for a big idea for small living. Enter the micro-flat.
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