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Advocacy Group Issues Report on Solar Power Economics

"The independent research compiled from the national labs and universities, as well as the findings shared by CSP companies, shows that CSP with storage will be a very important, valuable resource for utilities and grid operators as different countries aim to achieve clean energy goals."

The report highlights the benefits of CSP with thermal energy storage, including provision of energy and ancillary services and enhanced capacity credits. It also covers avoidance of system integration costs incurred by intermittent renewable resources such as wind and solar photovoltaics, support for power quality, and possible additional benefits, such as improved long-term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions when compared to portfolios without dispatchable clean resources.

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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

A thoughtfull read.

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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, Today, 4:38 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.

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Hundreds evacuated as northern California wildfires rage

USA-CALIFORNIA/WILDFIRES (UPDATE 2):UPDATE 2-Hundreds evacuated as northern California wildfires rage
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Toxic Algae Problem Likely To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Toxic Algae Problem Likely To Get Worse Before It Gets Better | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The issue of blue-green algae in lakes took the spotlight in August after the Ohio city of Toledo banned its drinking water for two days. Toledo could be a wake-up call for people around Lake Erie.
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UN releases full list of the 125 world leaders who will be attending Climate Summit

UN releases full list of the 125 world leaders who will be attending Climate Summit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The United Nations (UN) has published a list revealing the 125 countries around the world which will be represented by their heads of state or deputies at the Climate Summit on September 23.
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Collaborating to make the world better -

Collaborating to make the world better - | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mark Tercek, president, TNC Mark Tercek, president of The Nature Conservancy, is a champion of the concept of “natural capital”—valuing nature for its own sake as well as for the services it provides for people, such as clean air and water, productive soil and a stable climate. He is the author of the bestselling book ...
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It Might Be The Most Mind-Boggling Photograph Humanity Has Ever Taken

It Might Be The Most Mind-Boggling Photograph Humanity Has Ever Taken | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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People's Climate Thunderclap!

People's Climate Thunderclap! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a landmark Climate Summit at the United Nations. But we shouldn’t trust those leaders to take action on their own -- we need to prove to them that the world’s people demand action right now.

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Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Wind, Water And Biomass

Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Wind, Water And Biomass | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 42,000 people living in Burlington, Vermont can now feel confident that when they turn on their TVs or power up their computers they are using renewable energy.
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We Are Playing God with a Declassified Future [Excerpt]

We Are Playing God with a Declassified Future [Excerpt] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The convergence of nanotechnology, biology, information technology, additive manufacturing, AI, new materials and robotics means we no longer have to wait for natural selection to change our lives
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Safety is primary focus in GM’s driverless vehicle announcement | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

Safety is primary focus in GM’s driverless vehicle announcement | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Driverless cars came to the forefront of transportation discussions this weekend when General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced her company’s plan to add “hands-free and feet-free” ...
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Sherry Turkle Explains Why Social Technologies Are Making Us Less Social

Sherry Turkle Explains Why Social Technologies Are Making Us Less Social | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For the first time in the history of our species, we are never alone and never bored. Have we lost something fundamental about being human?
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How Peru May Deliver a Global Deal on Climate Change

How Peru May Deliver a Global Deal on Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The man in charge of starting the dealmaking for a global climate pact due in 2015 remains an optimist
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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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China's Environmental Awakening

China's Environmental Awakening | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Chinese are beginning to wonder whether industrial progress has come at too high a cost to the environment.
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Deep-Sea Mining Might Happen. So What?

Deep-Sea Mining Might Happen.  So What? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Q&A With Biologist, Explorer, and Deep-Sea Advocate Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover.
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Plastic rubbish from land, not ships, killing Australian sea life, say scientists

Plastic rubbish from land, not ships, killing Australian sea life, say scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research shows three-quarters of rubbish was plastic and debris concentrated near cities
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Launch of the New Climate Economy at the United Nations | World Resources Institute

Launch of the New Climate Economy at the United Nations | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world can achieve economic growth and reduce climate risk together.


The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate's flagship project Better Climate, Better Growth: The New Climate Economy Report will have its global launch at the United Nations in New York.

Featured Speaker: Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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EU polluters to land €5bn windfall under 'carbon leakage' proposal

EU polluters to land €5bn windfall under 'carbon leakage' proposal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
European commission report assumes an unrealistically high carbon price, in move expected to cost governments billions
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Infographic: Choose Your Future: 4 Possible Emissions Pathways | World Resources Institute

Infographic: Choose Your Future: 4 Possible Emissions Pathways | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed that the impacts of climate change are already “widespread and c
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Coca Cola, Heinz And Other Major Food Companies Warn Climate Change Threatens Business

Coca Cola, Heinz And Other Major Food Companies Warn Climate Change Threatens Business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

But as ThinkProgress noted at the time, the real story was not a guacamole shortage, but the emerging reality of doing business in a warming world. While politicians continue to bicker over whether or not climate change exists, companies now have no choice in the matter — they must acknowledge the science and the risk and disclose the reality of that risk to their investors’ pocketbooks. Whether that risk actually manifests itself is another matter, but the fact that companies are increasingly putting climate change on their threat lists speaks volumes to the severity of the problem.

 

Here are seven other big food companies that disclose to investors that climate change poses a threat to their products and bottom lines.

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Too bad these companies can't bankroll enough congressmen to oppose the fossil fuel industry.

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Live online debate: UN Climate Summit

Live online debate: UN Climate Summit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Thomson Reuters Foundation stands for free, independent journalism, human rights, women's empowerment, and the rule of law.
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U.S. petroleum exports rise while East Coast continues to import | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

U.S. petroleum exports rise while East Coast continues to import | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Petroleum product exports are on track for another banner year, with total exports climbing to a 3.7 million barrels per day (bbpd) average for 2014 from just ...
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Footless urbanite pigeons | Tetrapod Zoology, Scientific American Blog Network

Footless urbanite pigeons | Tetrapod Zoology, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Foot deformities are ubiquitous in urban pigeons – why? As you’ll know if you’ve spent any time watching the pigeons of towns and cities, something like ...
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"Keeling Curve" CO2-Monitoring Project Draws a Decent Donation

"Keeling Curve" CO2-Monitoring Project Draws a Decent Donation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The five-year, $500,000 grant will allow for analysis of a backlog of air samples to discern the contribution of CO2 from man-made sources
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Agribusiness Drives Most Illegal Deforestation

Agribusiness Drives Most Illegal Deforestation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental group links as much as 65 percent of illegal tree cutting to commercial farming
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