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California's "Other Big One": A Historical Flood? | The Energy Collective

California's "Other Big One": A Historical Flood? | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many willl be surprised as it dawns that the biggest catastrophic event likely to happen today in California is a flood caused by a rainstorm.
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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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Satellite Scientist Upset at "Well Funded Video"

Satellite Scientist Upset at "Well Funded Video" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4-uxU4LRJs John Christy, the Ned Flanders of climate denial, appeared once again before a welcoming crowd at Rep. Lamar Smith's House Science committee, in a show-hearing designed to whip up more impotent right wing rage against pointy headed intellectuals, their wacky left-wing climate science, and a suspiciously French global climate agreement. Especially entertaining for me…
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Researchers link compulsive Facebook checking to lack of sleep

Researchers link compulsive Facebook checking to lack of sleep | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you find yourself toggling over to look at Facebook several dozen times a day, it's not necessarily because the experience of being on social media is so wonderful. It may be a sign that you're not getting enough sleep.
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Spain reports first known European case of Zika-infected pregnant woman (Update)

Spain reports first known European case of Zika-infected pregnant woman (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spain said Thursday that a pregnant woman who had returned from Colombia had been diagnosed with the Zika virus, in the first such known European case.
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Red Cross takes steps to keep zika virus out of blood supply

Red Cross takes steps to keep zika virus out of blood supply | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The American Red Cross on Wednesday asked potential blood donors who have traveled to areas where Zika infection is active to wait 28 days before giving blood.
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Physical activity reduces risk of serious falls in older men

Physical activity reduces risk of serious falls in older men | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Older men who engage in regular physical activity experience far fewer serious fall injuries than those who do not, say Yale researchers. Their findings suggest that moderate exercise can help prevent potentially devastating ...
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Mitochondria trigger cell aging, study shows

Mitochondria trigger cell aging, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An international team of scientists has for the first time shown that mitochondria, the batteries of the cells, are essential for ageing.
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Southwest sliding into a new normal: Drier conditions

Southwest sliding into a new normal: Drier conditions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the Southwest are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into the drier climate state predicted by global models, according to a new study.
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The Hypocrisy Exposed by the Worst Gas Leak in U.S. History

The Hypocrisy Exposed by the Worst Gas Leak in U.S. History | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In affluent Porter Ranch, the worst gas leak in U.S. history continues to pose health concerns. But in lower-income neighborhoods across Los Angeles, drilling has been making people sick for years.
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Is global warming behind D.C.’s new era of great snowstorms?

Is global warming behind D.C.’s new era of great snowstorms? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In our planet's most rapid period of global warming, D.C. has witnessed more giant snowstorms than ever.
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From liquid air to supercapacitors, energy storage is finally poised for a breakthrough

From liquid air to supercapacitors, energy storage is finally poised for a breakthrough | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Banks of batteries and other technologies could lower energy bills and help renewable power, says energy storage industry as it gears up for bumper year
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2015 Was a Record-Setting Year for Wind, Part 2: % Generation

2015 Was a Record-Setting Year for Wind, Part 2: % Generation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Denmark set a new record for wind power generation in 2015
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In Coal-Powered China, Electric Car Surge Fuels Fear of Worsening Smog

In Coal-Powered China, Electric Car Surge Fuels Fear of Worsening Smog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
EVs charged in China produce two to five times as much smog-forming particulate matter and chemicals as gas-engine cars, studies find
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Why Deniers are Panicking. Clean Energy on the Rise

Why Deniers are Panicking. Clean Energy on the Rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you wonder why there's been a rash of climate denial show-hearings on capitol hill lately, here's why.  Big fossil Post-Paris panic. Bloomberg: Renewable energy was the biggest source of new power added to U.S. electrical grids last year as falling prices and government incentives made wind and solar increasingly viable alternatives to fossil fuels.…
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Latin America scrambles to squash Zika-spreading mosquito

Latin America scrambles to squash Zika-spreading mosquito | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With no hope for a vaccine to prevent Zika in the near future, authorities are focusing on the most effective way to combat the virus: killing the mosquito that carries it.
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Neurobiological changes explain how mindfulness meditation improves health

Neurobiological changes explain how mindfulness meditation improves health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over the past decade, mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve a broad range of health and disease outcomes, such as slowing HIV progression and improving healthy aging. Yet, little is known about the brain changes ...
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Jennifer Lynn's curator insight, February 5, 6:53 AM

You are right; mindfulness meditation is of real help. But it does not mean that your mind will be blank. It is a myth that during meditation our mind remains blank. It’s just concentrating your mind towards your breathe. You need to count your breathe. Like this, you will be able to live and enjoy each and every moment of your life.

There is another myth that you have to sit ideal with cross-legged and then only you can do meditation. No, you can simply walk and meditate. Walk mindfully and pay attention towards the sensations that your body feels. It is not true that you have to meditate only in the morning and that too at a stretch of an hour or more. These are certain myths that have pre-occupied our minds.

A lady has shared her own experience in www.therapytribe.com and some valuable tips to start a mindfulness meditation. Her meditation practice extends throughout the day into mindfulness. The way she differentiates between the two terms is that meditation happens at a specific time that is set aside each day for practice. Mindfulness means carrying meditation practice as daily affair; it is about commitment to slowing down and being aware, trying to respond mindfully as opposed to reacting.

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Invasive measurement of blood glucose no longer necessary

Invasive measurement of blood glucose no longer necessary | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A group of researchers, led by Prof. Yuji Matsuura of Tohoku University's Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, has developed a method of measuring blood glucose using far infrared light, which is both harmless and non-invasive.
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Multistate salmonella outbreak linked to garden of life RAW meal products: CDC

Multistate salmonella outbreak linked to garden of life RAW meal products: CDC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—A salmonella outbreak that has sickened 11 people in nine states appears to be linked to RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal Replacement products made by Garden of Life, federal health officials say.
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How gut inflammation sparks colon cancer

How gut inflammation sparks colon cancer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chronic inflammation in the gut increases the risk of colon cancer by as much as 500 percent, and now Duke University researchers think they know why.
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Team calls for integrated field research network in Midwest to address climate adaptation

Team calls for integrated field research network in Midwest to address climate adaptation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From a global trade and agriculture perspective, the world heavily depends on the Midwest. The United States is the biggest exporter in the world of primary foodstuffs, such as corn and soybean, with most of that predominantly ...
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New science helps put spotlight on unseen global impacts

New science helps put spotlight on unseen global impacts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the world grows more connected, "out of sight, out of mind" looms as a perilous consequence of globalization. A sustainability scholar presents an integrated way to track the many footprints that are made in global transactions ...
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Gale winds in Scotland forced waterfall to flow up

Gale winds in Scotland forced waterfall to flow up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Winds up to 105 miles per hour, caused by Storm Henry, caused this unusual phenomenon.
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ALT VEHICLES: Quirky rule ensures top spot for Calif. in clean-car race

ALT VEHICLES: Quirky rule ensures top spot for Calif. in clean-car race | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Californians drive almost as many electric vehicles as the rest of the nation combined, but the same regulations that made the Golden State a plug-in hotbed are keeping other states from following suit.
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'Climate will be all gone' as CSIRO swings jobs axe, scientists say

'Climate will be all gone' as CSIRO swings jobs axe, scientists say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fears that some of Australia's most important climate research institutions will be gutted under a Turnbull government have been realised with deep job cuts ...
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Climate Visions Clash in Iowa Caucuses

Climate Visions Clash in Iowa Caucuses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Democrats push clean energy, Republicans vow to dismantle emissions cuts
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2015 Was a Record-Setting Year for Wind, Part 1: New Capacity

2015 Was a Record-Setting Year for Wind, Part 1: New Capacity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A record-setting 62 gigawatts of new wind power was installed around the globe in 2015
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