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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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Ottawa plans to ban microbeads over environmental concerns

Ottawa plans to ban microbeads over environmental concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The federal government has announced it intends to ban the microbeads used in personal care products, after a scientific review found that the tiny particles pose a potential risk to the environment.
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Koch-Linked Group Floats Unlikely Scheme to Derail Obama Carbon Regulations

Koch-Linked Group Floats Unlikely Scheme to Derail Obama Carbon Regulations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the Obama administration poised to issue its sweeping rules to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a Texas-based conservative think tank is making a far-fetched bid to quash the new regulations.
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CLIMATE: GOP leaders shift subtly on warming as Democrats talk boldly

CLIMATE: GOP leaders shift subtly on warming as Democrats talk boldly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's not the seismic shift environmentalists hope to see one day, but there is evidence that a few Republicans both on and off the campaign trail are searching for a new language on climate change. GOP presidential contenders who hope to capture their party's moderate votes in the primaries -- notably former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham -- have made statements acknowledging the man-made climate change that voters, according to polls, believe is occurring.
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As salmon vanish in the dry Pacific Northwest, so does Native heritage

As salmon vanish in the dry Pacific Northwest, so does Native heritage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Human development has lowered salmon populations for years, but drought could be the final blow.
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Hot stuff: Generating power from waste heat

ANY sufficiently advanced technology, as Arthur C. Clarke once observed, is indistinguishable from magic. And one that seems routinely to be ascribed magical...
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Major S.F. Bayfront Developments Advance Despite Sea Rise Warnings | San Francisco Public Press

Major S.F. Bayfront Developments Advance Despite Sea Rise Warnings | San Francisco Public Press | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Builders plan to invest more than $21 billion in offices and homes in flood-prone areas, where waters could climb 8 feet above today’s high tide by the end of this century.

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Water mafia: Why Delhi is buying water on the black market - BBC News

Water mafia: Why Delhi is buying water on the black market - BBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Millions in the Indian capital, Delhi, are forced to buy water from private contractors because of shortages in supply, writes the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder.
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Why bacteria could be the answer to a future without oil

Why bacteria could be the answer to a future without oil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chemicals are all around us. They are crucial in all manner of industries, from agriculture to food to cosmetics. Most people give little thought to how these chemicals are made – and certainly very few would consider the chemical industry as a contributor to our society's dependence on oil. But it is.
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Super, natural cows make the best sports recovery drink

Super, natural cows make the best sports recovery drink | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health found milk outperformed top commercial products in aiding post-exercise recovery.
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Toyota robot can pick up after people, help the sick

Toyota robot can pick up after people, help the sick | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up.
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AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, an Associated…
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'Brain-eating amoeba' found in water supply near New Orleans - BBC News

'Brain-eating amoeba' found in water supply near New Orleans - BBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
US health officials confirm the presence of a 'brain-eating' amoeba in the water supply of several communities near New Orleans.
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How Mass Incarceration Takes a Toll on the Environment

How Mass Incarceration Takes a Toll on the Environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Both prisoners and surrounding communities are affected by this under-studied issue.
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New Belgium Brewing takes on a Colorado coal mine

New Belgium Brewing takes on a Colorado coal mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The famous brewery inadvertently got on the wrong side of workers at a local mine because of its stands against fracking.
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India will be most populous country sooner than thought, UN says

India will be most populous country sooner than thought, UN says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Demographers have known for some time that the number of people in India would surpass the number in China, the two most populous countries in the world. But they did not anticipate that the change would happen so quickly.
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Island nations seek UN help combatting climate change

Island nations seek UN help combatting climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - More than a dozen small island nations made an urgent appeal to the UN Security Council for help in combatting climate...
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Orion Magazine | Concrete Progress: From Waste to Watts at One of the World's Biggest Automobile Plants

Orion Magazine | Concrete Progress: From Waste to Watts at One of the World's Biggest Automobile Plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Concrete Progress is an ongoing series of columns by Peter Brewitt devoted to exploring America’s infrastructure. It is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure project. Above: a landfill flare burns off excess Continue reading →
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‘Sandorkraut: A Pickle Maker’ - NYTimes.com

‘Sandorkraut: A Pickle Maker’ - NYTimes.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Since the beginning of time, humans have been fermenting our food. Sauerkraut, chocolate, beer, cheese: Because of fermentation these foods not only last longer — they are delicious. But although nearly every region of the world has cultivated its own unique fermentation traditions — and devoted eaters — the practice has all but disappeared from many modern households.

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NCPA publishes U.S. map of successful anti-fracking campaigns | MINING.com

NCPA publishes U.S. map of successful anti-fracking campaigns | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research shows campaigns to ban fracking are widespread.
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Evolutionary war between microorganisms affecting human health, biologist says

Evolutionary war between microorganisms affecting human health, biologist says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Health experts have warned for years that the overuse of antibiotics is creating "superbugs" able to resist drugs treating infection.
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Inadequate hydration can lead to impaired cognitive, emotional function

Inadequate hydration can lead to impaired cognitive, emotional function | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than half of all children and adolescents in the United States are under-hydrated—probably because they're not drinking enough water—and that could have significant repercussions for their physical health and cognitive and emotional functioning, according to the first national study of its kind from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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Drought's lasting impact on forests

Drought's lasting impact on forests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the virtual worlds of climate modeling, forests and other vegetation are assumed to bounce back quickly from extreme drought. But that assumption is far off the mark, according to a new study of drought impacts at forest sites worldwide. Living trees took an average of two to four years to recover and resume normal growth rates after droughts ended, researchers report today in the journal Science.
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