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Future Energy Consumption: Natural Gas Poised To Increase In Transportation? | The Energy Collective

Future Energy Consumption: Natural Gas Poised To Increase In Transportation? | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recent projections for future energy consumption assume that natural gas will remain marginal in our transportation mix. But are they wrong?
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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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Midday naps associated with reduced blood pressure and fewer medications

Midday naps associated with reduced blood pressure and fewer medications | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Midday naps are associated with reduced blood pressure levels and prescription of fewer antihypertensive medications, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion Voula General Hospital in Athens, Greece.
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UN climate talks: the sticking points

UN climate talks: the sticking points | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 195-nation UN climate talks resume Monday when rank-and-file diplomats gather in Bonn to lay the foundation for a global climate pact to be inked in December.
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How will climate change affect your livelihood?

How will climate change affect your livelihood? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: "How will it affect my livelihood?"
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These Are the Cities Most Vulnerable to the Next Katrina

These Are the Cities Most Vulnerable to the Next Katrina | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'The entities that were most resilient were the ones who are best at preparing for the worst'
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Rob Duke's curator insight, Today, 4:22 AM

Surprise: it's still New Orleans at risk!

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Sea levels will rise, experts warn, and 'it's not going to stop'

Sea levels will rise, experts warn, and 'it's not going to stop' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here's one trend California is behind on: rising sea levels.
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Ocean warming and acidification needs more attention, argues US

Ocean warming and acidification needs more attention, argues US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
US to raise issue in Paris climate talks and call for more research as concern grows over climate change-induced warming on marine life
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Green group poll: 'Overwhelming majority' backs Obama climate rule

Green group poll: 'Overwhelming majority' backs Obama climate rule | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Six in 10 voters support Obama’s climate rule for power plants, the poll found.
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Rising sea level threatens coastal restoration, New Orleans levees, scientists say

Rising sea level threatens coastal restoration, New Orleans levees, scientists say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even a three-foot rise in sea level, combined with local subsidence, could threaten Louisiana plans for coastal restoration, and reduce the effectiveness of hurricane storm surge levees, scientists say.
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Africa must harvest rains to feed growing population - experts

Africa must harvest rains to feed growing population - experts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
STOCKHOLM, Aug 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Africa mustharvest its rain to cope with droughts and irrigate crops for a"green revolution" to feed its growing population, experts tolda global water conference in the Swedish capital.
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The Last Ice Area in the Arctic

The Last Ice Area in the Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Where once the Arctic was an almost eternally frozen region, global warming has created vast changes. Scientists now estimate that in just a couple of decades, the area permanently covered by ice all year, will be dramatically reduced to a tiny fraction of what it once was. World Wildlife Fund-Canada and National Geographic have teamed…
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What the climate movement can learn from the war on smoking

What the climate movement can learn from the war on smoking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you want to change the culture, you have to get your message spread by "trusted advisers." Then get them to repeat themselves a lot.
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Growing numbers of rhinos poached for horns in South Africa: minister

Growing numbers of rhinos poached for horns in South Africa: minister | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa continued to climb this year, with demand for rhino horn in Asia pushing the slaughter ever higher, the government said Sunday.
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Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn

Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Diplomats gather in Bonn from Monday to thrash out the draft of a climate-rescue pact to be adopted at a year-end UN conference in Paris.
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Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water

Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hundreds of feet beneath the Black Hills, a team of scientists and researchers snake through dark, narrow and silent corridors of ancient rock to reach their goal: what is thought to be some of the purest water on Earth.
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Tea Party supporters distrust scientists not only on climate, but on vaccines — study

Tea Party supporters distrust scientists not only on climate, but on vaccines — study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vaccine skepticism has often been associated with the political left. But is that really right?
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The growing global battle against blood-sucking ticks

The growing global battle against blood-sucking ticks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have no shortage of ideas about how to stop tick-borne illnesses. What is holding them back?
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The cheapest oil ever still won't slow down the clean energy revolution

The cheapest oil ever still won't slow down the clean energy revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The clean energy revolution is facing an old enemy again.
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Russia Raises an "Ice Curtain" in the Arctic Thanks to Climate Change

Russia Raises an "Ice Curtain" in the Arctic Thanks to Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The meltdown caused by global warming brings expanded access and geopolitical tensions
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POLITICS: White House amplifies feud with Koch brothers

POLITICS: White House amplifies feud with Koch brothers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The White House yesterday escalated an ongoing feud with billionaire conservative brothers Charles and David Koch over energy subsidies and the oil and gas industry's role in influencing politicians.
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Australia's Pollution Level Seen Rising Beyond Abbott's Target

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are likely to rise in the next 15 years, missing by a wide margin a target proposed for United Nations talks on global warming, a team of researchers said.
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Water, Climate, Energy Intertwined with Fight Against Poverty in Central America | Inter Press Service

Water, Climate, Energy Intertwined with Fight Against Poverty in Central America | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 Central America’s toolbox to pull 23 million people – almost half of the population – out of poverty must include three indispensable tools: universal access to water, a sustainable power supply, and adaptation to climate change.

 

“These are the minimum, basic, necessary preconditions for guaranteeing survival,” Víctor Campos, assistant director of the Humboldt Centre, a leading Nicaraguan environmental think tank, told IPS.

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Disappearing sea ice forces thousands of walruses to haul out on the coast of Alaska

Disappearing sea ice forces thousands of walruses to haul out on the coast of Alaska | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a clear sign of global warming, thousands of walruses have left their home on dwindling sea ice and hauled themselves onto the Alaskan coast.
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Comment: A 'pause' in global warming? Not on this evidence

Comment: A 'pause' in global warming? Not on this evidence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some have called it the “pause”, others the “hiatus”. Now it seems neither description is accurate, given that the three hottest years on record have all occurred in the last five years and that nine out of the ten hottest years have all been in this century.
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I support GMO labeling, but not for the most-cited reason

I support GMO labeling, but not for the most-cited reason | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The danger isn't to the U.S. consumer, but further up the chain.
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