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Rise in renewable energy will require more use of fossil fuels

Rise in renewable energy will require more use of fossil fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Delta Energy Center, a power plant about an hour outside San Francisco, was roaring at nearly full bore one day last month, its four gas and steam turbines churning out 880 megawatts of electricity to the California grid.
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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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Study links foam in water wells to shale well sites

Study links foam in water wells to shale well sites | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
White foam in northeastern Pennsylvania water wells likely was caused by Marcellus Shale gas well sites that have already been blamed for causing natural gas to infiltrate residential water supplies, a paper published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported on Monday. Environmental consultant Garth Llewellyn and biochemistry and geosciences researchers with Penn State University used a novel method to identify low levels of organic compounds that they said likely explain foaming from three water wells in Bradford County between 2010 and 2012. Test results from commercial laboratories during investigations at the sites had not picked up on what was causing the foaming — they reported no unsafe levels of compounds other than natural gas in the water, while
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How fjords are helping curb global warming

How fjords are helping curb global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From Alaska to Norway, fjords play an important role in sequestering carbon, new research finds.
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Foot-powered washing machine lets you clean your clothes off grid

Foot-powered washing machine lets you clean your clothes off grid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The small device is perfect for tiny homes or those wanting a convenient, yet electricity-free option.
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This $10K air-powered vehicle could be the tiny car to go with your tiny house

This $10K air-powered vehicle could be the tiny car to go with your tiny house | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Zero Pollution Motors, the U.S. licensee for MDI, developer of the tiny compressed air car AIRPod, just picked up a $5 million investment on Shark Tank.
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How Much Would Zero Emissions Cost?

How Much Would Zero Emissions Cost? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the Paris climate conference approaches, nations are attempting to enact more and more ambitious emissions goals, but how much would going zero really cost?
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L.A. sues Wells Fargo, alleging 'unlawful and fraudulent conduct'

L.A. sues Wells Fargo, alleging 'unlawful and fraudulent conduct' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rigid sales quotas at Wells Fargo Bank have driven employees to open unauthorized accounts for customers, sticking them with bogus fees and damaging their credit, according to a city of Los Angeles lawsuit that echoes a Times investigation .
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It's here! Final video in Afterburn series: What would a more resilient society look like?

It's here! Final video in Afterburn series: What would a more resilient society look like? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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A manifesto for a more sustainable world | John Sauven

A manifesto for a more sustainable world | John Sauven | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
John Sauven: We can do more than just endure or adapt to climate change, we can tackle it and create a better, more just society in the process

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Tesla's new low-cost battery: 'the missing piece' in sustainable energy?

Tesla's new low-cost battery: 'the missing piece' in sustainable energy? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elon Musk says ‘this is within the power of humanity to do so’ as he unveils new batteries in effort to change the way the world consumes energy

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The U.S. Is Getting Serious About Oil Train Explosions. Here’s How It Plans To Stop Them

The U.S. Is Getting Serious About Oil Train Explosions. Here’s How It Plans To Stop Them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are now some 500,000 rail-car loads of flammable material traveling through North America. It just takes one incident to incite a disaster.

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Kenya Wildlife Service builds anti poaching alliances in China - eTurboNews

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent Wildlife conservation non-governmental organisations based in China have pledged to forge a united front with Kenya in efforts to combat global wildlife crime.

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Watch: Satellite time lapse reveals humanity's global footprint

Here's what we look like from space.

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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, May 4, 6:12 AM

in the 1970s, some forward-thinking NASA scientists put an Earth-observing satellite into orbit. At an altitude of 570 miles, it photographed the entire planet every 18 days, circling Earth 14 times a day and sending the data back to ground stations.

Forty years later, this satellite and its successors have created the longest continuous record of our planet's surface. By stringing the images together, NASA and the US Geological Survey have shown how rapidly and how profoundly humans are changing the face of Earth.

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Family: Del. teens still critical 6 weeks after resort poisoning at island resort

Two Delaware teenagers sickened by a banned pesticide that was sprayed at the Caribbean resort where they were staying are still in critical condition more than six weeks later, their family said Monday.
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Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
JORHAT, India (Reuters) - Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in Assam.Do you think 3,000 rupees are enough when your monthly expenses
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E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Plan Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Finds

E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Plan Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The carbon emissions standards, proposed last year for the nation’s coal-fired power plants, could prevent more than 3,000 premature deaths per year, according to a new study.
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Quotes of the day on fusion reactors, From Bill McDonough to Elon Musk

Quotes of the day on fusion reactors, From Bill McDonough to Elon Musk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We have all the fusion power we need, right now.
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Introducing Monarch Tiny Homes - Tiny House Blog

Introducing Monarch Tiny Homes - Tiny House Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Monarch Tiny Homes is one of many companies to pop up onto the tiny house scene.
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Superadobe/Earthbag Orphanage Withstands Nepal Earthquake

Superadobe/Earthbag Orphanage Withstands Nepal Earthquake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Cal-Earth Low-cost Sustainable Earthen Housing Solutions Proved Effective and Safe in Earthquakes


Hesperia, Calif., May 5, 2015 -- Cal-Earth Institute today announced they received confirmation that the Superadobe/Earthbag orphanage project built for the Pegasus Children’s Project in the northern Khathmandu valley in Nepal survived the 7.6 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015, and the structures are all still standing.

The Superadobe (sandbags/barbed wire) building system developed at Cal-Earth (U.S. Patent #5,934,027) integrates traditional earth architecture with contemporary global safety requirements, and passes severe earthquake code tests in California. The technology has been published by NASA, endorsed by the United Nations, featured in countless world media outlets, and awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004.

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Environmental and health impacts of a policy to phase out nuclear power in Sweden

Environmental and health impacts of a policy to phase out nuclear power in Sweden | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With Dr Staffan Qvist from Uppsala University, I've just had published a new open access paper in the peer-reviewed journal Energy Policy. It examines the ramifications of the announced policy by t...
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Solar energy to power Japan’s future | Hydrogen Fuel News

Solar energy to power Japan’s future | Hydrogen Fuel News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Solar power could eventually replace fossil fuels and uranium in Japan.It is no secret that Japan is looking for alternative energy sources to replace traditional and less environmentally friendly sources of power like uranium and fossil fuels, but it appears that solar energy is the country’s preferred source of renewable power.One by one, oil-fired plants that once fueled the country’s economy are being shut down.

After the Fukushima disaster, support for nuclear power as an energy source declined. As many as 43 nuclear power plants have had to be shut down following the disaster at the nuclear power plant that occurred after the devastating 2011 tsunami. Since then, solar power has been viewed as a viable substitute.

 


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Yale Environment 360: One in Six Species Facing Extinction in Current Climate Trajectory

Yale Environment 360: One in Six Species Facing Extinction in Current Climate Trajectory | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Future increases in global temperatures will threaten up to one in six species if current climate policies are not modified, according to new research published in the journal Science. Global extinction rates are currently at 2.8 percent, the study notes. If global average temperature rises by only 2 degrees C — a benchmark that many scientists think is no longer attainable — the extinction rate will rise to 5.2 percent, the study found. If the planet warms by 3 degrees C, the extinction risk rises to 8.5 percent. And if the current, business-as-usual trajectory continues, climate change will threaten one in six species, or 16 percent, the study says. The risk of species loss is most acute for areas that have unique climate ranges — particularly South America, Australia, and New Zealand — yet those regions are the least studied, the author notes.


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Climate Change and the Catholic Church

Climate Change and the Catholic Church | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pope Francis is calling on the world to take action against global warming, and many conservatives in the United States are up in arms. But, as the climate debate unfolds this year, most of humanity will find Francis’s message compelling: we need both science and morality to reduce the risk to our planet.

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Le déclin des abeilles expliqué en 3 minutes

Observé depuis les années 1990, le déclin des abeilles inquiète de plus en plus. Chaque hiver ce sont parfois jusqu'à 35 % des colonies qui disparaissent. Cette hécatombe trouve certes de multiples origines, mais les plus importantes sont bien humaines. Explications. Photos : PRNewsFoto/Whole Foods Market / Gilles Sabrié Musique : BoxCat Games

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Pesticides : les pulvérisateurs en ligne de mire

Pesticides : les pulvérisateurs en ligne de mire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Comment réduire l'usage des pesticides ? En investissant dans un pulvérisateur "performant". Des scientifiques ont élaboré un programme de recherche nommé "EvaSprayViti" pour définir cette performance et orienter les choix des viticulteurs dans le...

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Ottawa needs to invest in replenishing our lost natural capital - Business in Vancouver

Ottawa needs to invest in replenishing our lost natural capital - Business in Vancouver | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Business in Vancouver
Ottawa needs to invest in replenishing our lost natural capital
Business in Vancouver
Unfortunately, that natural-capital balance sheet is nowhere to be found.

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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, May 4, 5:04 AM

The federal government has a historical responsibility for gathering and monitoring long-term data that can guide us back to replenishing our lost natural capital. If ever a budget needed to be balanced, this is it. Right now, it’s showing huge losses.