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Eco-House in legno firmata Philippe Starck | Rinnovabili

Eco-House in legno firmata Philippe Starck | Rinnovabili | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Case ecologiche, prefabbricate industrialmente, completamente realizzate in legno, ad alte prestazioni, alimentate con energia rinnovabile e costruite in soli due mesi

(Rinnovabili.it) – La collaborazione tra il celebre designer francese Philippe Starck e l’ingegnere sloveno specialista del legno Riko ha prodotto quest’anno un esclusivo esempio di casa prefabbricata ecologica in legno. La nuova struttura, in costruzione a Versailles, sarà il primo prototipo del progetto DEARS - Democratic Ecological Architecture with Riko by Starck - che permetterà di realizzare case prefabbricate industrialmente utilizzando esclusivamente materiali lignei, completamente personalizzabili dai clienti e adattabili a qualsiasi tipo di esigenza e, soprattutto, progettate secondo i principi cardine della tecnologia costruttivacarbon neutral.

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Jesse's Café Américain: The Scandal in America That Is Hidden In Plain Sight - Privilege Blindness

Jesse's Café Américain: The Scandal in America That Is Hidden In Plain Sight - Privilege Blindness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

One of the great marvels of the time is how effectively well-funded propaganda campaigns and a captive mainstream media have distorted the peoples' view of reality so that they act as if they are sleep-walking.

An ongoing trend in the US has been a tax code that favors large multinational corporations with loopholes and subsidies that far too often result in an effective tax rate of close to zero, despite booming corporate profits in the face of a long stagnation in median family income and wages.  

The real unemployment numbers are shockingly high, and those jobs that are available are often part time and poorly paid.   Justice is openly administered in ways that give the powerful a free pass on grossly criminal activity, from laundering drug money to financial racketeering. The rigging of prices and markets by powerful interests, and the lack of effective prosecution of such grave abuses of power, is something that seems to be de facto government policy.


This places small private businesses and individuals at a distinct disadvantage with regard to economic viability in the marketplace.  It fosters consolidation and monopoly.  It lends itself to a cynicism that is undermining the conscience of many of those who have sworn oaths of office.  It isolates dissent to corrals and 'free speech zones.'  It breaks up peaceful gatherings of protest with pepper spray, bullets, and clubs.  It pollutes the internet with campaigns of disinformation, and silences the voices of journalists.

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Gallery: The cost of coal

Gallery: The cost of coal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A few images documenting the world's reliance on a very dirty energy source.
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AT&T and EDF open up water efficiency toolkit

AT&T and EDF open up water efficiency toolkit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
AT&T has used the WaterMAPP to achieve building water savings of up to 40 percent. Now the scorecard and calculator are available to any business.
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KIRVES: Heikki Vipukirves

KIRVES: Heikki Vipukirves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

VIPUKIRVES™ separates sections from the log using a
unique lever action that allows logs with branches to be split into firewood in
seconds. The splitting force of VIPUKIRVES™ is considerably stronger than with a traditional axe.

Strike and loosen!

VIPUKIRVES™ has an ingenious design. Upon striking the log, it automatically turns to the right and detaches the chopped portion from the log. VIPUKIRVES™ functions like a convention axe with the exception that the user must loosen his/her the grip on the handle when the blade strikes the log. Chopped sections are removed with a single strike and the blade doesn't become lodged in the log, but keeps it in the same place and ready for the next strike.

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No Tech Magazine: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal

No Tech Magazine: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"The biomass power industry is undergoing a new surge of growth in the United States. While bioenergy has traditionally been used by certain sectors such as the paper-making industry, more than 70 new wood-burning plants have been built or are underway since 2005, and another 75 proposed and in various stages of development, fueled by renewable energy subsidies and federal tax credits. In most states, biomass power is subsidized along with solar and wind as green, renewable energy, and biomass plant developers routinely tell host communities that biomass power is “clean energy.”

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UN Panel Looks to Renewables As the Key to Stabilizing Climate by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

UN Panel Looks to Renewables As the Key to Stabilizing Climate by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In its latest report, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes a strong case for a sharp increase in low-carbon energy production, especially solar and wind, and provides hope that this transformation can occur in time to hold off the worst impacts of global warming.
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oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: It's Time to Retire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a Measure of Prosperity

oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: It's Time to Retire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a Measure of Prosperity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What if we used wellness (Gross Domestic Happiness) as a metric for prosperity rather than GDP?


Distilling an economy's success in delivering "prosperity" to a single number has outlived its purpose. Zachary Karabell describes the birth of GDP in far less complex times in (Mis)leading Indicators: Why Our Economic Numbers Distort Reality (Foreign Affairs): 
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Nuclear Power and UN Reports | The Energy Collective | Rob Adams

Nuclear Power and UN Reports | The Energy Collective | Rob Adams | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A few of my pronuclear friends have been disappointed by the treatment of nuclear energy in the recently released final draft of the IPCC working group III Summary for policy makers. Steve Aplin at Canadian Energy Issues thinks that the IPCC is prejudiced against nuclear energy.
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Is Pop-Up Retail the Solution for Sustainable Fashion?

Is Pop-Up Retail the Solution for Sustainable Fashion? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Could the arrival of Storefront's pop-up shop finally bridge the gap between small brand and conscious consumer?
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Keyhole Garden: a DIY African-style Raised Bed

Keyhole Garden: a DIY African-style Raised Bed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The keyhole garden combines a raised bed with a centralized space for compost and water. Learn how to build one of these simple kitchen gardens.
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Wireless power transfer achieved at 5-meter distance

Wireless power transfer achieved at 5-meter distance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A great improvement has been demonstrated in the distance that electric power can travel wirelessly. Researchers developed the 'Dipole Coil Resonant System' for an extended range of inductive power transfer, up to 5 meters between transmitter and receiver coils. "Our technology proved the possibility of a new remote power delivery mechanism that has never been tried at such a long distance. Although the long-range wireless power transfer is still in an early stage of commercialization and quite costly to implement, we believe that this is the right direction for electric power to be supplied in the future. Just like we see Wi-Fi zones everywhere today, we will eventually have many Wi-Power zones at such places as restaurants and streets that provide electric power wirelessly to electronic devices," they say.
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Exploding Executive Compensation Cannot Be Solved With Performance-Linked Pay

High executive pay is in the news again, this time in a weekend piece at the New York Times. The high pay of executives is of interest because their "supersalaries" are driving a healthy chunk of income inequality, especially the rising income share of the top 1 percent. The reason it is so high, many argue, is that setting the compensation of top executives is fraught with uncertainty and driven by compensation consulting methods that are absurd on their face. Moreover, the compensation is set by corporate board members who are often friendly with the management and are often executives in other companies as well (meaning they have an interest in pushing up executive pay norms).

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Christine Bader: Conversation With a Corporate Idealist

Christine Bader: Conversation With a Corporate Idealist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Girl meets Big Oil. Girl falls in love with Big Oil. And then? First-time author Christine Bader has crafted a narrative that is equal parts inspiring and…
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Leveled by Landslide, Towns Mull How to Rebuild

Leveled by Landslide, Towns Mull How to Rebuild | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oso, Wash., faces a delicate discussion, balancing mourners’ needs against those of businesses.
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Moore Equals Less in Global Warming Denial

Moore Equals Less in Global Warming Denial | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A former Greenpeace activist is a leading denier of the influence of humans on global warming, but his arguments fall short.
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10 major cities form City Energy Project

10 major cities form City Energy Project | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From Boston to Salt Lake City, cities are banding together to combat the biggest demand for energy and source of carbon emissions.
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Eccentric axe uses physics to make splitting firewood easier

Eccentric axe uses physics to make splitting firewood easier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you've ever tried to split your own firewood, you know it's kind of a pain in the tookus. Swinging the axe with enough force to drive the wedge into the wood and also split said wood (rather than just getting the axe head stuck) is not easy.
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Yale Environment 360: Scale and Extent of Dam Boom In China Is Detailed in Mapping Project

Yale Environment 360: Scale and Extent of Dam Boom In China Is Detailed in Mapping Project | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

China is planning to build at least 84 major dams in its southwest region, as shown in a map from the Wilson Center, eventually boosting its hydropower capacity by more than 160 gigawatts. By next year China's capacity will surpass Europe's, and by 2020 it's projected to be larger than that of the U.S. and Europe combined. An interactive map shows the scale and number of major dams proposed, under construction, existing, and canceled. The dam rush is part of an ongoing effort by China to increase non-fossil energy sources to 11.4 percent of the country's total energy consumption — a goal that has gained urgency due to severe air pollution in many northern Chinese cities. However, the hydropower push is not without its own major environmental consequences, the Wilson Center notes.

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Five Volcanoes Erupting at Once : Image of the Day

Five Volcanoes Erupting at Once : Image of the Day | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula may be the fieriest place on Earth.

 

Remote. Cold. Rugged. Those three adjectives capture the essence of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Another word—perhaps more applicable than anywhere else on Earth—is “fiery.”

 

Of the roughly 1,550 volcanoes that have erupted in the recent geologic past, 113 are found on Kamchatka.Forty Kamchatkan volcanoes are “active,” either erupting now or capable of erupting on short notice. TheOperational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured activity at five of them during a single satellite pass on April 14, 2014.

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oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: It's Time to Ditch the Consumer Price Index (CPI)

oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: It's Time to Ditch the Consumer Price Index (CPI) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

So why does the government maintain such a transparently inaccurate and misleading metric? For three reasons.

That the official rate of inflation doesn't reflect reality is obvious to anyone paying college tuition and healthcare out of pocket. The debate over the accuracy of the official consumer price index (CPI) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE--the so-called core rate of inflation) has raged for years, with no resolution in sight.

The CPI calculates inflation based on the prices of a basket of goods and services that are adjusted by hedonics, i.e. improvements that are not reflected in the price of the goods. Housing costs are largely calculated on equivalent rent, i.e. what homeowners reckon they would pay if they were renting their house.

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Canada Embracing Climate Control Measures to Support Oil Sector

Environmental advocacy groups put Canadian oil sands on the same footing as a weapon of mass destruction. With limited trade options on hand, provincial leaders are now trying to recast the Canadian oil sector's image with a green hue.

 

The processes involved in exploiting the more viscous form of crude oil found in the Athabasca region of Alberta are viewed as detrimental to human health and the global environment.

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How governments fail to lead on sustainability

How governments fail to lead on sustainability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Social entrepreneurs and NGOs are filling the gap to lead the sustainability charge, according to experts in this GlobeScan SustainAbility survey. 
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Open Source Seeds Launching Today at U. of Wisconsin

Open Source Seeds Launching Today at U. of Wisconsin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Open Source Seeds Initiative brings plant seeds to market that are completely free of intellectual property limitations.
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Years of Living Dangerously — What It Is, Who’s In It, & What It’s All About

Years of Living Dangerously — What It Is, Who’s In It, & What It’s All About | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Last week something rare and extraordinarily positive occurred on American television. Fortunately, through YouTube and 350.org, the rest of the world got to see it too.

“Something positive?” a critic questions. “If climate change is as bad as you tree-hugger people claim it is, how can anything about it be positive?”

The phenomenon tends to inspire either respect and fear or laughter and derision in the United States—when it isn’t simply being ignored. (Chart below shows Yale’s take on US believability statistics.) Fortunately, the rest of the world has a little more common sense than we do.




 

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Poland Uses Ukraine to Push Coal - Inter Press Service

Poland Uses Ukraine to Push Coal - Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A European ‘energy union’ plan proposed by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as an EU response to the crisis in Ukraine could be a Trojan horse for fossil
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Nuking the sky: Unintended consequences

Nuking the sky: Unintended consequences | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The planet is warming and our climate changing. As political leaders around the world fail to reach agreement on how to curb the greenhouse-gas emissions that are the underlying problem, others are touting a more radical way to combat climate change: "geoengineering." The idea behind geoengineering is to deliberately tinker with the climate system to counteract man-made climate change. Schemes suggested include making clouds and crops brighter so that they reflect more sunlight back out into space, using high-altitude balloons to inject aerosols into the stratosphere and cool the Earth, or sucking carbon dioxide out of the air so that it can't trap heat and contribute to global warming. In the absence of a planet B, hacking the planet is a possible plan B.

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