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Flexible, high-strength polymer aerogels deliver "super-insulation" properties

Flexible, high-strength polymer aerogels deliver "super-insulation" properties | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New polymer aerogels from NASA Glenn Research Center are flexible and 500 times stronger than traditional aerogels.
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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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Looking to the Earth Itself as a Climate Solution

Looking to the Earth Itself as a Climate Solution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As President Obama scrambles to seal his climate legacy before he leaves office, his administration is taking a serious look downward—at soil.The administration is intent on developing its plan to meet the emissions reductions goals it agreed to in last year’s Paris climate accord, and that plan will likely outline how farmland, with its huge potential to sequester carbon, will play a key role.
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Mystery Zika case in Utah was likely spread through sweat or tears

Mystery Zika case in Utah was likely spread through sweat or tears | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New details suggest severe Zika infection could increase the risk of transmission.
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China Saves the Giant Panda — For Now

China Saves the Giant Panda — For Now | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Decades of work to boost population of beloved endangered species has paid dividends, but the bear is not out of the woods yet
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US drives rainforest destruction by importing Amazon oil, study finds

US drives rainforest destruction by importing Amazon oil, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The report found that California, despite its green reputation, is refining the majority of crude oil – with one facility accounting for 24% of the US total
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It’s More than Climate Denial. It’s Pathology

It’s More than Climate Denial. It’s Pathology | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AMLoaGKDJ0 Associated Press: Donald Trump's running mate is breaking with the Republican nominee's claim that climate change is not the result of human activity. Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said Tuesday "there's no question" that human activity affects both the climate and the environment. At Monday's presidential debate, Democrat Hillary Clinton challenged Trump's views, saying:…
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IPCC special report to scrutinise ‘feasibility’ of 1.5C climate goal

Infographic: How do the impacts of 1.5C of warming compare to 2C of warming? By Rosamund Pearce for Carbon Brief.

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The Madhouse Effect of climate denial

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A new book by Michael Mann and Tom Toles takes a fresh look on the effects humans are having on our climate and the additional impacts on our politics. While there have been countless books about climate change over the past two decades, this one – entitled The Madhouse Effect - distinguishes itself by its clear and straightforward science mixed with clever and sometimes comedic presentation. 
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Working out how much exercise to do takes more than gadgets

Working out how much exercise to do takes more than gadgets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ancient Greek scholars realised long ago that physical activity was a requirement for good health. Hippocrates proposed that "eating alone will not keep a man well – he must also take exercise", while Galen [later noted](www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(12
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Pregnant women shouldn't vape

Pregnant women shouldn't vape | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
E-cigarettes are increasingly popular, and adult women of childbearing age are the most common users. This is especially true in Kentucky, which has the country's second highest rate of smoking during pregnancy. Many wome
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Walking is medicine? It helped high-risk seniors stay mobile

Walking is medicine? It helped high-risk seniors stay mobile | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's not too late to get moving: Simple physical activity—mostly walking—helped high-risk seniors stay mobile after disability-inducing ailments even if, at 70 and beyond, they'd long been couch potatoes.
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India to ratify Paris Agreement on climate change

India to ratify Paris Agreement on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India's prime minister said Sunday that his country will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change early next month.
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Disappearing Ice Means New Ways of Life for Arctic Birds

Disappearing Ice Means New Ways of Life for Arctic Birds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As climate change causes Arctic ice to melt, birds are adapting and finding new ways to survive.
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Florida health officials looking for Zika have found a case of dengue

Florida health officials looking for Zika have found a case of dengue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Florida health officials who have been testing thousands of residents for Zika virus have found another infection: dengue virus.
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Ocean records show leaded fuel emissions on the decline

Ocean records show leaded fuel emissions on the decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recently, scientists in England were able to measure the presence of lead from natural sources for the first time in 40 years.
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China to set up no-coal zones in cities around Beijing to tackle hazardous smog

China to set up no-coal zones in cities around Beijing to tackle hazardous smog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From November 2017, factories and homes in Hebei will be banned from burning coal or building new petroleum-coke-powered generators
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Myanmar’s forests face myriad problems as logging ban continues

Myanmar’s forests face myriad problems as logging ban continues | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Amid a logging ban, domestic turbulence, and illegal timber harvesting, Myanmar’s forests face an uncertain future.
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America’s super polluters

Industrial air pollution is strikingly concentrated among a small number of sites, a Center analysis found.
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More on East Antarctic Lakes

More on East Antarctic Lakes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnagR54kim8 Impossible to write climate stories these days with out using the words "surprising" and "not expecting". One of the key differences between Greenland in the north, and Antarctica in the south, has been that Greenland, because of its geography and smaller size, has been more subject to warming enough on the surface to create…
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The Banquet Of Consequences Is Being Served

The Banquet Of Consequences Is Being Served | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Fed and its central banking brethren (most notably the European Central Bank, Bank of Japan, Bank of England and Bank of China), have decided to sacrifice investing for tomorrow (namely savings and productive enterprise) in favor of higher prices today for financial assets. By keeping interest rates historically low -- and increasingly negativ
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How kids can benefit from boredom

How kids can benefit from boredom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From books, arts and sports classes to iPads and television, many parents do everything in their power to entertain and educate their children. But what would happen if children were just left to be bored from time to time
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New paper outlines ways of reducing impacts of pollution, climate change, noise and crime

New paper outlines ways of reducing impacts of pollution, climate change, noise and crime | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study from Washington University in St. Louis suggests eight interventions that will help create healthier and more sustainable cities of the future, built to reduce the negative impacts of pollution, climate change
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CDC: 3 Miami businesses epicenter of 1st US Zika outbreak

CDC: 3 Miami businesses epicenter of 1st US Zika outbreak | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Zika outbreak in Miami's Wynwood arts district centered on three businesses with outdoor areas shared by employees, customers and breeding mosquitoes, and the number of people infected was likely greater than reported
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Parkinson's disease protection may begin in the gut: Intestinal cells' immune response protects vital neurons

Parkinson's disease protection may begin in the gut: Intestinal cells' immune response protects vital neurons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Your gut may play a pivotal role in preventing the onset of Parkinson's disease. And the reason may be its knack for sleuthing.
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How plastic ends up in our seafood and what you can do about it

How plastic ends up in our seafood and what you can do about it | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When you eat fish, it may contain tiny pieces of plastic.
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