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German Plant to Produce Methane Using Surplus Green Energy | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

German Plant to Produce Methane Using Surplus Green Energy | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Audi is building a plant in Germany that will use surplus power produced from renewable sources, such as wind energy generated when demand is low, to produce
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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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Explosion at Chinese Chemical Plant Is Said to Kill at Least 1

Explosion at Chinese Chemical Plant Is Said to Kill at Least 1 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The blast occurred in Shandong Province on Monday night, according to a report in the Chinese news media, and the fire was put out by early Tuesday.
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Training Midwives to Save Expectant Mothers in Chiapas

Training Midwives to Save Expectant Mothers in Chiapas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Mexican state, like many poor areas, has a high death rate among mothers in childbirth. In an effort to change that, village midwives are being linked to modern medicine.
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Obama to Call for More Icebreakers in Arctic as U.S. Seeks Foothold

Obama to Call for More Icebreakers in Arctic as U.S. Seeks Foothold | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Coast Guard has the equivalent of just two “fully functional” heavy icebreakers, according to the White House, while Russia has 41.
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New study reveals the possibility of hurricanes ‘unlike anything you’ve seen in history’

New study reveals the possibility of hurricanes ‘unlike anything you’ve seen in history’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers refer to these possible storms as "gray swans," riffing on the concept of a "black swan" event. Are we prepared?
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Northwest Farms Hit Hard by Wildfires | Civil Eats

Northwest Farms Hit Hard by Wildfires | Civil Eats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As drought-fueled wildfires rage across the West, farm communities on the front lines are feeling the heat.
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The surprising way that birds and wind turbines can coexist

The surprising way that birds and wind turbines can coexist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After hundreds of golden eagle deaths in wind-farm accidents, new research offers hope for reducing fatal encounters between birds and wind turbines.
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A Preview of What's to Come: The Story of an Alaskan Village That Will Soon Be Underwater

A Preview of What's to Come: The Story of an Alaskan Village That Will Soon Be Underwater | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Residents of Newtok voted to relocate as erosion destroyed their land. But moving has been almost impossible.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read

Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Reddit.com user posed the question to Neil deGrasse Tyson, 'Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?' Below, you will find the book list offered up by the astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science.
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Why So Much Oil Price Volatility? Blame The Speculators | OilPrice.com

Why So Much Oil Price Volatility? Blame The Speculators | OilPrice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Physical markets and fundamentals have not changed radically over the last few days, hence markets experienced huge volatility due to speculation
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Some sobering stats on kids and drinking

Some sobering stats on kids and drinking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Alcohol poses a far greater threat to children than many parents care to admit, a new report warns.
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Global fresh produce supply chain must consider climate change in order to ensure food safety

Global fresh produce supply chain must consider climate change in order to ensure food safety | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This was the key recommendation of the EU-funded VEG-I-TRADE project, which was launched in 2010 to assess the safety of fresh produce in a rapidly evolving context of climate change and expanding international trade.
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A summer of NASA research on sea level rise in Greenland

A summer of NASA research on sea level rise in Greenland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Greenland's ice sheet, a vast icy landscape crisscrossed by turquoise rivers and dotted with melt water lakes, a small cluster of orange camping tents popped up in late July. The camp, home for a week to a team of researchers, sat by a large, fast-flowing river. Just a kilometer downstream, the river dropped into a seemingly bottomless moulin, or sinkhole in the ice. The low rumble of the waters, the shouted instructions from scientists taking measurements, and the chop of the blades of a helicopter delivering personnel and gear was all that was heard in the frozen landscape.
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Toxic Algae Bloom on Ohio River Continues to Spread

Toxic Algae Bloom on Ohio River Continues to Spread | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are two specific areas the Monroe County Health Department is warning people about that tested positive for the algae.
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Ocean pollution means 'almost every seabird' will eat plastic by 2050

Ocean pollution means 'almost every seabird' will eat plastic by 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Almost every seabird – from the gregarious kittiwake to the wandering albatross – will have eaten some kind of plastic object by the middle of this century, a systematic survey of marine pollution has found.
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U.N. climate talks begin divided, but with hope for Paris accord

U.N. climate talks begin divided, but with hope for Paris accord | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chances that governments will work out a U.N. accord to combat climate change in December seem brighter than in the run-up to a failed attempt in 2009, experts said as delegates from almost 200
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Hunger rises in Somalia as el Nino floods loom: U.N

Hunger rises in Somalia as el Nino floods loom: U.N | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of Somalis in hunger has risen in the past six months, the United Nations said on Monday, predicting a further spike as the Horn of Africa nation braces itself for the worst flooding in decades.
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The key to water security could be lurking in a New Mexico sewage farm

The key to water security could be lurking in a New Mexico sewage farm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Las Cruces, New Mexico, a pilot project is using heat-loving algae to clean wastewater and generate energy
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Climate Change Means One World’s Death and Another’s Birth

Climate Change Means One World’s Death and Another’s Birth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climate change will kill off plenty of species...leaving room for new ones to adapt and thrive.

 

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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Economics Has Math Problem

Economics Has Math Problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The field begins to look like others that rely on data.
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, Today, 7:19 PM

Another economist who has looked at the potential of machine learning is Hal Varian, a highly successful former professor who now serves as the chief economist at Google. In a 2013 paper, Varian released a paper discussing how new machine learning techniques developed by data scientists can help economists improve their understanding of reality. For example, he discusses how machine learning can help choose between different models (something economists often ignore), cope with uncertainty about which model is correct and avoid overfitting (overly complex explanations that can’t predict anything). In a set of slides released in early 2014, Varian tied machine learning techniques to the recent rise of quasi-experimental methods in economics. This represents a fusion between traditional econometrics and new data science techniques. 

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The Cross of the Moment

Fermi's Paradox, climate change, capitalism, and collapse are some of the subjects discussed in this feature length documentary on the environmental crisis.…
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Robert Reich: The Upsurge in Uncertain Work

Robert Reich: The Upsurge in Uncertain Work | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new "sharing" economy means more jobs and even more economic instability.
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Spinal manipulation works for back pain—in some people

Spinal manipulation works for back pain—in some people | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Edmonton) Depending on whom you ask or what scientific paper you read last, spinal manipulation is either a mercifully quick, effective treatment for low-back pain or a complete waste of time.
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Growing cucumber and sweet pepper in water efficient zero emission greenhouse

Growing cucumber and sweet pepper in water efficient zero emission greenhouse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Regulations to reduce the emission of nutrients and pesticides force the horticultural industry to adopt a new approach to water management. Is a zero-emission greenhouse feasible?
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Properties of magma influence volcano forecasts

Properties of magma influence volcano forecasts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many volcanoes are located in densely settled areas. Every time one of these becomes active, large populations are put at risk. Hence, one of the primary goals of the current generation of volcanologists is to develop tools that can accurately predict when volcanoes will erupt. In the case of an impending eruption, these tools are of key importance to those charged with making decisions about what action to take and when. "However, the tools available for predicting eruptions are still in their infancy. We can't always successfully predict an eruption as we lack an understanding of how the warning signs that signal a coming catastrophe are generated," says Donald Dingwell, Director of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at LMU.
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