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Global Resource Depletion, Is Population the Problem?  |  Peak Oil News and Message Boards

Global Resource Depletion, Is Population the Problem?  |  Peak Oil News and Message Boards | 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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Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 will start production in 2017

Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 will start production in 2017 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The smaller, cheaper Tesla for the masses will depend on the Gigafactory.
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India's Modi urges 'climate justice' ahead of Paris meet

India's Modi urges 'climate justice' ahead of Paris meet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Thursday for a focus on "climate justice" rather than climate change, saying the poor suffered most from global warming.
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Ocean upwelling and increasing winds

Ocean upwelling and increasing winds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the southern westerly winds drive the Antarctic circumpolar current around Antarctica, deep waters are forced up to the surface south of the polar front. Changes in the intensity with which this relatively warm, nutrient and CO2-enriched Circumpolar Deep Water (CDW) upwells has significant implications for glacier melt, sea-ice cover, primary productivity and the global carbon budget. With the southwards migration and strengthening of the Southern Westerly Winds (SWW) observed in recent decades predicted to continue, enhanced upwelling of CDW is also anticipated. To determine/assess whether this expectation is realistic, we look to the past and investigate the relationship between CDW upwelling and the SWW.
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Stunning snowflake-shaped home in the UAE is 100% powered by the desert sun

Stunning snowflake-shaped home in the UAE is 100% powered by the desert sun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Baharash Architecture designed this incredible solar-powered desert retreat near Liwa, UAE, for one of Emirate’s highest profile individuals.
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Three category 4 hurricanes developed in the Pacific simultaneously for the first time in recorded history

Three category 4 hurricanes developed in the Pacific simultaneously for the first time in recorded history | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eric Blake, a specialist with the National Hurricane Center tweeted on August 29th that three category 4 storms brewed simultaneously in the central & eastern Pacific basins for the first time in recorded history.
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China and the Reduction of Dependence on Coal | The Energy Collective

China and the Reduction of Dependence on Coal | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two stories dominate China’s energy trajectory right now. The first is that reports from three agencies all point to the continuing decline in use of coal in the first half of 2015, continuing a trajectory already notable in 2014. The other side of this story is the determination to enforce pollution regulation.
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Nuclear Energy and Clean Power Plan Necessity | The Energy Collective

Nuclear Energy and Clean Power Plan Necessity | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...
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Climate change will cause the death of one Earth and the birth of another

Climate change will cause the death of one Earth and the birth of another | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What this new world will look like, exactly, is impossible to predict, and humans aren’t guaranteed to survive in it.
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New report shows a million kids go to school near rail lines

New report shows a million kids go to school near rail lines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About a million kids in California go to schools that are dangerously close to rail lines.
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The Spectacular Failure of London's Low Emission Zone

The Spectacular Failure of London's Low Emission Zone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Air pollution continues to harm London’s children at exactly the same rate it did before the zone was introduced.
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EPA Proposes to Ban Drain Disposal of Pharmaceutical Waste

EPA Proposes to Ban Drain Disposal of Pharmaceutical Waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A proposed federal regulation would limit the pharmaceutical chemicals reaching the nation’s waterways. The rule will affect hospitals, clinics, pharmacies
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Senate Democrat Slams Climate Change Activists Who Deny Science On GMOs

Senate Democrat Slams Climate Change Activists Who Deny Science On GMOs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sen. Claire McCaskill mocked the double standards of activists who campaign ferociously on the issue of climate change but refuse to apply the same reasoning when it comes genetically modified organis
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This Plane Can Be Powered By Farm Waste - Modern Farmer

This Plane Can Be Powered By Farm Waste - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A mixture of agricultural waste, non-edible plant oils, and traditional fuel will help ferry Californians around their state.
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Nations narrow gap on make-or-break climate issue

Nations narrow gap on make-or-break climate issue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rich and developing nations thrashing out a UN climate-rescue pact have moved closer on the make-or-break issue of compensation for damages caused by global warming, observers and negotiators said Thursday.
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Are we at a new tipping point in the war on climate change?

Are we at a new tipping point in the war on climate change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For four decades UC San Diego atmospheric scientist Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan has warned that carbon dioxide and other emissions from human activity are heating up the planet. One of the first scientists to predict global warming, his models of rising temperatures have proved remarkably accurate.
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Clues from ancient Maya reveal lasting impact on environment

Clues from ancient Maya reveal lasting impact on environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Evidence from the tropical lowlands of Central America reveals how Maya activity more than 2,000 years ago not only contributed to the decline of their environment but continues to influence today's environmental conditions, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.
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Beauer 3X camper telescopes to three times its size in 20 seconds flat

Beauer 3X camper telescopes to three times its size in 20 seconds flat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
French company Beauer is offering a solution in their 3X caravan, which is tiny on the road, but expands to three times the size when it's parked for the night.
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Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SolarWindow Technologies claims their transparent solar cell coatings can generate 50 times more energy than conventional solar panels.
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Energy Economics and Predicting Risk | The Energy Collective

Energy Economics and Predicting Risk | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This mismatch between rising costs of oil production and stagnating wages is what has been happening. The unaffordability problem can be hidden by a rising amount of debt for a while (since adding cheap debt helps make unaffordable big items seem affordable), but this scheme cannot go on forever.
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Center for Climate Change Communication

Center for Climate Change Communication | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The power of photographs to engage the public with multifaceted, complex issues of global scope such as war, hunger, and terrorism has been widely discussed and researched by media and social studies. However, all too often images accompanying "environmental" stories in the news are chosen according to worn out stereotypes of nature, whereby the images serves merely as an illustrative "hook" for the text, conveying no story of its own. On the other extreme, images associated with the climate change stories veer towards the gripping yet distant sublime, often leaving audiences deeply concerned yet hardly moved towards action or even attitude change.

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Native protesters seize oil wells in Peru to urge government action

Indigenous protesters in Peru seized oil wells in an Amazonian oil block on Tuesday and said they also planned to halt output in a neighboring concession to press the government to address pollution
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"Bomb trains" continue to roll through heavily populated areas

"Bomb trains" continue to roll through heavily populated areas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some two years after a train carrying volatile Bakken crude derailed in Quebec, killing 47 people, bomb trains roll through cities unhindered.
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H&M Offers $1 Million For New Recycling Ideas

H&M Offers $1 Million For New Recycling Ideas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The king of disposable fashion would like to make disposing less destructive for the planet.
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Chemicals in soaps & shampoos may up miscarriage risk - The Economic Times

Chemicals in soaps & shampoos may up miscarriage risk - The Economic Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Exposure to certain substances found in personal care products such as soaps and food packaging could be associated with increased risk of miscarriage.
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Syngenta moves on from Monsanto bid with ‘blockbuster’ fungicide approval

Syngenta moves on from Monsanto bid with ‘blockbuster’ fungicide approval | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Syngenta announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved what the Swiss chemical company calls a “blockbuster” fungus killer known as Solatenol. The announcement comes about a week after a mega deal that would have combined Syngenta with St. Louis-based Monsanto fell apart.
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