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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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Creationism Invades Europe

Creationism Invades Europe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An antiscience movement once limited mostly to the U.S. is gaining ground on the eastern side of the Atlantic
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Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science

Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientific American evaluates responses from Clinton, Trump, Johnson and Stein to 20 questions
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Severe health warning for young and old as serious levels of air pollution chokes Hong Kong

Severe health warning for young and old as serious levels of air pollution chokes Hong Kong | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bad air said to be caused by passage of tropical cyclone Megi, which is disrupting air traffic between Hong Kong and Taiwan
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Bruce Charles 'Bill' Mollison 1928-2016, co-founder of permaculture

Bruce Charles 'Bill' Mollison 1928-2016, co-founder of permaculture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 
Bruce Charles 'Bill' Mollison (born 1928 in Stanley, Tasmania, Australia and died today, 24 September 2016 in Sisters Beach, Tasmania).
A few people are born who are world class heroes to those who know them and unkown to the great majority
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Residents of 5,000 Cedar Rapids homes asked to evacuate

Residents of 5,000 Cedar Rapids homes asked to evacuate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cedar Rapids fire officials plan to ask for the names of next of kin of residents who refuse to leave the flood zone.
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NREL: Transportation Research Home Page

NREL: Transportation Research Home Page | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NREL spearheads transportation research, development, and deployment (RD&D) to accelerate the widespread adoption of high-performance, low-emission, energy-efficient passenger and freight vehicles. As the only national laboratory dedicated 100% to renewable energy and energy efficiency, NREL collaborates with industry, government, and research partners to create better: Electric, hybrid, fuel cell, and conventional vehicle technologies Biofuels, hydrogen, natural gas, propane, and petroleum-based fuels Charging and fueling infrastructure.
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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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How the FDA Manipulates the Media

How the FDA Manipulates the Media | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit
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Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition

Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Choosing Myron Ebell means Trump plans to drastically reshape climate policies 
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Some cities are taking another look at LED lighting after AMA warning

Some cities are taking another look at LED lighting after AMA warning | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
First-generation high-intensity models emit light that may disturb sleep, raise health risks.
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The Bangladeshi Traffic Jam That Never Ends

The Bangladeshi Traffic Jam That Never Ends | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A visit to the city of Dhaka, where there are two types of traffic: really bad and really, really bad.
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Yellowstone River reopens after deadly parasite killed thousands of fish

Yellowstone River reopens after deadly parasite killed thousands of fish | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Montana reopened a stretch of the Yellowstone River to fishing and other recreational activities on Friday after a month-long closure prompted by the spread of a deadly aquatic parasite that killed thousands of whitefish and sapped the local economy.
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Could ants be the solution to antibiotic crisis?

Could ants be the solution to antibiotic crisis? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bacterial defences of fungus-farming ants could help in medical battle against superbugs
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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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