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UC Irvine fires latest salvo in war on emissions

UC Irvine fires latest salvo in war on emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Human domination of the biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind

Human domination of the biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Earth is a chemical battery where, over evolutionary time with a trickle-charge of photosynthesis using solar energy, billions of tons of living biomass were stored in forests and other ecosystems and in vast reserves of fossil fuels. In just the last few hundred years, humans extracted exploitable energy from these living and fossilized biomass fuels to build the modern industrial-technological-informational economy, to grow our population to more than 7 billion, and to transform the biogeochemical cycles and biodiversity of the earth. This rapid discharge of the earth’s store of organic energy fuels the human domination of the biosphere, including conversion of natural habitats to agricultural fields and the resulting loss of native species, emission of carbon dioxide and the resulting climate and sea level change, and use of supplemental nuclear, hydro, wind, and solar energy sources. The laws of thermodynamics governing the trickle-charge and rapid discharge of the earth’s battery are universal and absolute; the earth is only temporarily poised a quantifiable distance from the thermodynamic equilibrium of outer space. Although this distance from equilibrium is comprised of all energy types, most critical for humans is the store of living biomass. With the rapid depletion of this chemical energy, the earth is shifting back toward the inhospitable equilibrium of outer space with fundamental ramifications for the biosphere and humanity. Because there is no substitute or replacement energy for living biomass, the remaining distance from equilibrium that will be required to support human life is unknown.

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Undermining Democracy, Corporations Pouring Millions into Local Ballot Fights

Undermining Democracy, Corporations Pouring Millions into Local Ballot Fights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to Public Citizen, the corporate-backed campaigns have an average of 10-to-1 financial advantage over their mostly grassroots opponents
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Blog | Climate Reality

WELCOME TO THE SEPTEMBER EDITION OF REALITY NOW


Get the latest thinking on climate change from some of the leaders in the field.

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Addicted to Oil: U.S. Gasoline Consumption is Higher than Ever

Addicted to Oil: U.S. Gasoline Consumption is Higher than Ever | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
August was the biggest month ever for U.S. gasoline consumption. Americans used a staggering 9.7 million barrels per day. That’s more than a gallon per day for every U.S. man, woman and child.
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Future Personal Mobility Visions, Part 1: Car-Free Lifestyles

Future Personal Mobility Visions, Part 1: Car-Free Lifestyles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Massive effort is being invested to reinvent the car, but the most influential future technologies may be those that avoid the car altogether. 

Two such technologies are analysed in this article: advanced telecommunications and small electric vehicles. 

Potential economic benefits for these two technology classes are estimated at $18500/year and $10000/year respectively. 

In addition, these technologies complement each other and will synergize well with future autonomous vehicles.
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Oh great — scientists just confirmed a key new source of greenhouse gases

Oh great — scientists just confirmed a key new source of greenhouse gases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers say dammed reservoirs may be contributing as much as a billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per year, mostly in the form of methane.
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Mini-nuclear reactors could be operating in the UK by 2030 - report

Mini-nuclear reactors could be operating in the UK by 2030 - report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Energy Technologies Institute argues small modular reactors capable of delivering clean power and heat could be in place by 2030 if the right policy framework is put in place, reports BusinessGreen
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Climate data: business opportunity? - Yale Climate Connections

Climate data: business opportunity? - Yale Climate Connections | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A trove of climate data in Asheville, N.C. could drive both innovation and new jobs.
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Looking to the Earth Itself as a Climate Solution

Looking to the Earth Itself as a Climate Solution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As President Obama scrambles to seal his climate legacy before he leaves office, his administration is taking a serious look downward—at soil.The administration is intent on developing its plan to meet the emissions reductions goals it agreed to in last year’s Paris climate accord, and that plan will likely outline how farmland, with its huge potential to sequester carbon, will play a key role.
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Mystery Zika case in Utah was likely spread through sweat or tears

Mystery Zika case in Utah was likely spread through sweat or tears | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New details suggest severe Zika infection could increase the risk of transmission.
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China Saves the Giant Panda — For Now

China Saves the Giant Panda — For Now | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Decades of work to boost population of beloved endangered species has paid dividends, but the bear is not out of the woods yet
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US drives rainforest destruction by importing Amazon oil, study finds

US drives rainforest destruction by importing Amazon oil, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The report found that California, despite its green reputation, is refining the majority of crude oil – with one facility accounting for 24% of the US total
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Groups Slam Republican AGs Big Oil Collusion to Protect ExxonMobil

Groups Slam Republican AGs Big Oil Collusion to Protect ExxonMobil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental and advocacy groups on Thursday responded to recent reports that Republican attorneys general colluded with fossil fuel lobbyists to shield ExxonMobil from fraud investigations, saying the revelations were a clear case of industry corruption.
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Earth's CO2 Passes the 400 PPM Threshold--Maybe Permanently

Earth's CO2 Passes the 400 PPM Threshold--Maybe Permanently | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carbon dioxide levels often hit lows in September, but now remain above a crucial benchmark  
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Why the silence about climate change?

Why the silence about climate change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Our surveys have repeatedly shown that most Americans are interested in the issue of global warming and consider it personally important. But we've also found that for most Americans, climate change is not a common topic of conversation or something they hear about much in their daily lives.
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A Global Timeline to Net-Zero Emissions

A Global Timeline to Net-Zero Emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last week turned out to be a busy one on the climate calendar, with multiple events across Europe and North America.
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'Trump's promises are empty': energy experts lay waste to proposals

'Trump's promises are empty': energy experts lay waste to proposals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From making coal great again to ‘cancelling’ the Paris accord, industry analysts say his ideas are farfetched and his talk of climate change as a ‘hoax’ is dangerous
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NASA Is Sinking:  Kennedy Space Center Threatened By Rising Sea Levels

NASA Is Sinking:  Kennedy Space Center Threatened By Rising Sea Levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The space agency has some valuable property in Florida that is pretty vulnerable to climate change.

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New York City accelerates emissions efforts in face of daunting sea level rise

New York City accelerates emissions efforts in face of daunting sea level rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
City to expand renewable energy generation, improve efficiency of buildings, transition to electric vehicles and improve waste management to cut emissions
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Disappearing Ice Means New Ways of Life for Arctic Birds

Disappearing Ice Means New Ways of Life for Arctic Birds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As climate change causes Arctic ice to melt, birds are adapting and finding new ways to survive.
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Florida health officials looking for Zika have found a case of dengue

Florida health officials looking for Zika have found a case of dengue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Florida health officials who have been testing thousands of residents for Zika virus have found another infection: dengue virus.
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Ocean records show leaded fuel emissions on the decline

Ocean records show leaded fuel emissions on the decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recently, scientists in England were able to measure the presence of lead from natural sources for the first time in 40 years.
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China to set up no-coal zones in cities around Beijing to tackle hazardous smog

China to set up no-coal zones in cities around Beijing to tackle hazardous smog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From November 2017, factories and homes in Hebei will be banned from burning coal or building new petroleum-coke-powered generators
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Myanmar’s forests face myriad problems as logging ban continues

Myanmar’s forests face myriad problems as logging ban continues | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Amid a logging ban, domestic turbulence, and illegal timber harvesting, Myanmar’s forests face an uncertain future.
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America’s super polluters

Industrial air pollution is strikingly concentrated among a small number of sites, a Center analysis found.
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