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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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Rusty patched bumble bee recommended for endangered list

Federal wildlife officials on Thursday made a formal recommendation to list the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species because it has disappeared from about 90 percent of its historic range in just the past tw
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Ancient remedy becomes novel approach to treating Clostridium difficile infection

Ancient remedy becomes novel approach to treating Clostridium difficile infection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Modern medicine is taking a new look at an ancient remedy for severe diarrhea as a novel approach to treat a serious gastrointestinal infection.
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Daily baths not a must for kids

Daily baths not a must for kids | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Here's welcome news for parents tired of forcing their kids to take a daily bath: Children may not need to bathe every day after all.
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Pollution driving Chinese demand for Australian farming land

Pollution driving Chinese demand for Australian farming land | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese demand for Australian land will continue to rise due to increasing contamination of soil and waterways in China, according to the fourth edition of the influential China Story Yearbook, produced by The Australia
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Some Mexico City residents see future in rain harvesting

Some Mexico City residents see future in rain harvesting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Edgar Serralde Galicia lives in a part of Mexico City known for water: Xochimilco, where picturesque canals have irrigated produce grown on man-made islands and served as transportation routes since the days of the Aztecs.
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Report: Plastics, road salt and farm runoff threaten Mississippi

A new report looked at threats to the 72-mile stretch of the river that travels through the Twin Cities area.
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Exxon agrees to pay millions for Yellowstone River spill

Exxon agrees to pay millions for Yellowstone River spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. 

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When it Rains it Pours, and Sewage Hits the Fan

When it Rains it Pours, and Sewage Hits the Fan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Increasing heavy downpours, fueled by climate change, cause billions of gallons of sewage overflows nationwide.
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An Event That Is Truly Electric: Formula E to Race in Brooklyn

An Event That Is Truly Electric: Formula E to Race in Brooklyn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The series for electric cars will stop in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for two races next July, officials announced on Wednesday.
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‘It’s a depressing sight’: climate change unleashes ghostly death on Great Barrier Reef

‘It’s a depressing sight’: climate change unleashes ghostly death on Great Barrier Reef | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Months after the worst coral bleaching event to hit the reef, Australian conservationist Tim Flannery returns to a tourism hot spot 50km north-east of Port Douglas to witness the destruction wrought by a warming planet
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Obama Warns of "Mass Migrations" If Climate Change Is Not Confronted

Obama Warns of "Mass Migrations" If Climate Change Is Not Confronted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In his final U.N. address, the president says inaction will lead to more unrest 
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Buyers keep faith in Chinese province seen as test of debt tolerance

China's struggling Liaoning province, a bellwether for China's municipal debt, sold bonds on Tuesday at much higher yields than its peers but well below its 2016 highs, suggesting investors see little immediate threat of default. Liaoning is the only province in China in recession and is viewed
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Cows in Fukushima radiation zone find new purpose: science

Cows in Fukushima radiation zone find new purpose: science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In an abandoned Japanese village, cows grazing in lush green plains begin to gather when they hear the familiar rumble of the ranch owner's mini-pickup. This isn't feeding time, though.
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Edible crickets can be reared on weeds and cassava plant tops

Edible crickets can be reared on weeds and cassava plant tops | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To become a sustainable alternative to meat, reared crickets must eat feeds other than the chicken feed that is most commonly used today. Researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences now present a stud
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Culex mosquitoes do not transmit Zika virus, study finds

Culex mosquitoes do not transmit Zika virus, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Biosecurity Research Institute study has found important results in the fight against Zika virus: Culex mosquitoes do not appear to transmit Zika virus.
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Private wells in New England coming up empty amid drought

Private wells in New England coming up empty amid drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When Roxanne Moore got up to make her morning coffee a few weeks ago, she turned on the faucet and got a burst of water—then nothing came out but air.
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Experts see few paths to planet-saving climate goal

Experts see few paths to planet-saving climate goal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The global target to prevent climate catastrophe, crafted at a landmark summit last year in Paris, will be very difficult if not impossible to hit, said some of the world's top scientists meeting this week in Oxford.
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Fossil fuel reserves would crush climate goals: report

Fossil fuel reserves would crush climate goals: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Developed oil, gas and coal reserves, if exhausted, are enough to push Earth well past the threshold for dangerous climate change, according to a report published Thursday.
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US tests reveal major TV manufacturers may be manipulating energy ratings

US tests reveal major TV manufacturers may be manipulating energy ratings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Natural Resources Defence Council claims Samsung, LG and Vizio have designed sets that perform well in US testing but disable energy-saving features in real-world conditions, causing energy consumption to soar
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For the first time, Obama requires U.S. government to factor climate into national security policy

For the first time, Obama requires U.S. government to factor climate into national security policy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The move signals the president's determination to exercise his executive authority during his final months in office to elevate the issue of climate in federal decision-making.
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Endangered Chinese sturgeon faces new threat to survival in Yangtze River

Endangered Chinese sturgeon faces new threat to survival in Yangtze River | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Release of floodwaters washed farmed non-native species into river, where they will compete with wild fish
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Saving silver: portable micro-factories could turn e-waste trash into treasure

Saving silver: portable micro-factories could turn e-waste trash into treasure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new low-cost alternative to smelting could solve Australia’s electronic waste problem, eliminate shipping emissions and create new business opportunities
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In a Parched Corner of Xinjiang, Ancient Water Tunnels Are Running Dry

In a Parched Corner of Xinjiang, Ancient Water Tunnels Are Running Dry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The karez channels that bring water from the mountains to the farmers of Turpan are under threat, a victim of global warming, oil drillers and industrial-scale agriculture.
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Canadian household debt bigger than national output

Canadian household debt bigger than national output | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Statistics Canada reports that nationwide household debt reached unprecedented heights in the second quarter of 2016, surpassing the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) for the first time.

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China Risks $375 Billion of Shadow Banking Losses, CLSA Says

China Risks $375 Billion of Shadow Banking Losses, CLSA Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China’s shadow banking could lead to losses of $375 billion, according to CLSA Ltd. estimates of likely levels of bad debt.
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