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The Scariest Environmental Fact in the World | TIME.com

The Scariest Environmental Fact in the World | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China is burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined. We won't solve global warming until that changes.
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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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The controversy over Shell's Arctic oil drilling, explained

Obama's decision to green-light Shell's activities this summer have put him at sharp odds with environmentalists.
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Google-powered map shows that deforestation isn't just about the Amazon

Google-powered map shows that deforestation isn't just about the Amazon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New data from the tech giant and the University of Maryland reveal previously overlooked deforestation in Southeast Asia and West Africa.
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Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' visits tar sands: 'extraordinary exploitation' of environment - APTN National News

Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' visits tar sands: 'extraordinary exploitation' of environment - APTN National News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brandi Morin APTN National News American science educator Bill Nye “the Science Guy” is in northern Alberta filming a climate change documentary. Nye visited the …
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Watch as a massive chunk of ice breaks off of the world’s fastest-flowing glacier

Watch as a massive chunk of ice breaks off of the world’s fastest-flowing glacier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A chunk of ice twice as tall as the Washington Monument and more than a mile long was captured falling off of a Greenland glacier.
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Wind Industry Plans Serious Changes to Protect Bats

Wind Industry Plans Serious Changes to Protect Bats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The move to ramp down turbines during the fall migration season is "a big deal," says one scientist.
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Fossil Fuel CEOs Bonus Pay Helps Sink the Climate, Report Says

Fossil Fuel CEOs Bonus Pay Helps Sink the Climate, Report Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A report released Wednesday examining the pay practices of the 30 largest publicly held U.S. oil, gas, and coal companies concluded that pay incentives for the companies' chief executives encourages reckless behavior and is hastening a climate crisis.
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Goldman slashes China’s economic growth targets

Goldman slashes China’s economic growth targets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Goldman Sachs on Monday slashed China’s economic outlook in the next three years, lending credence to widespread concerns that the fissures in the Chinese economy are deeper than perceived.
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Hit by cheap oil, Canada's economy falls into recession

Hit by cheap oil, Canada's economy falls into recession | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Canadian economy shrank again in the second quarter, putting the country in recession for the first time since the financial crisis, with a plunge in oil prices spurring companies to chop business
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Politifact Sums Up Rick Santorum's Climate Denial Misquotes and Errors

Politifact Sums Up Rick Santorum's Climate Denial Misquotes and Errors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More evidence that reading this blog will keep you ahead of the curve. (he said modestly...) On monday I posted the interview between Bill Maher and climate science denying Republican Presidential ...
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Warming-Fueled Brain Eating Amoeba Claims Another Victim

I've posted on this before. It's not going away. Accuweather: A 14-year-old boy from Texas died Sunday after contracting a brain-eating amoeba that thrives in warm freshwater. Michael Riley, from H...
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Yoga and Meditation Can Positively Affect DNA

Yoga and Meditation Can Positively Affect DNA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yoga and meditation are well-documented to have psychological, emotional and physical benefits for people at all stages of health, including cancer patients. Now breakthrough research reveals yoga and
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Climate Envoys Urge Faster Talks as Global Deal Deadline Nears

Climate envoys across the globe urged a faster pace of talks with only seven days left for formal negotiations before a December conference where nations aim to reach a global agreement to rein in pollution.
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In rural Alaska, Obama works to speed renewable energy revolution

In rural Alaska, Obama works to speed renewable energy revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alaskans pay dramatically high energy costs -- and the president is moving to help fix that.
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Gasland: HBO documentary key driver of opposition to fracking, study finds

Gasland: HBO documentary key driver of opposition to fracking, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research indicates power of Oscar-nominated film that fueled rise in online searches, social media discussion, news coverage and activism, paper says
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California Peaches Tasting Extra Sweet? Thank the Drought

California Peaches Tasting Extra Sweet? Thank the Drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Less water means a little more sugar in your fruit bowl.
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Not convinced acid oceans are causing harm? Ask a shellfish grower

Not convinced acid oceans are causing harm? Ask a shellfish grower | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study from Oregon State University found shellfish industry workers are four times more likely to agree that ocean acidification is having an impact on the world's aquatic animals. That's likely because they've been among the first to witness the harm.
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Spurred by innovators like Tesla, the energy storage business is growing fast

Spurred by innovators like Tesla, the energy storage business is growing fast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report finds dramatic growth in the energy storage market -- and projects more to come.
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China ARRESTS journalists and traders who it says are creating market panic

China ARRESTS journalists and traders who it says are creating market panic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FEARS over China's ability to deal with its economic crisis have escalated after authorities lashed out and took people into custody, as part of investigations over "undermining market confidence".
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Russia economy, shoppers hit by falling global oil prices

Russia economy, shoppers hit by falling global oil prices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Irina Tashaeva, a 35-year-old housewife, has made a habit of checking world oil prices as she sits down to breakfast in her Moscow apartment.
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Energy Storage Capacity Will Triple this Year in the US

Energy Storage Capacity Will Triple this Year in the US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Energy News: The 40% growth in yearly additions to U.S. energy storage capacity from 2013 to 2014 was big news but growth for 2015 is expected to more than triple to 220 MW. The numbers explain...
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El Nino Raising Ocean Temperatures, Pacific Cyclones

El Nino Raising Ocean Temperatures, Pacific Cyclones | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal: HONG KONG—A strong El Niño has sent sea temperatures in parts of the Pacific Ocean to their highest level since the late 1990s, Australia’s government weather watchdog said Tue...
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The Great Climate Debate of 2016 has Begun

The Great Climate Debate of 2016 has Begun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Obama came out, well, smokin' on climate the other day, at the beginning of his Climate themed arctic swing. He'll be visiting a glacier and doing some arctic survival training with a reality TV ex...
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Weather Channel on Alaska's Climate Refugees

Weather Channel on Alaska's Climate Refugees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The President will be visiting some of the first of what will be many. Climate refugees in America. LATimes: Because the town's days on the edge of the Chukchi Sea are numbered, no money has been i...
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The American Lawn: A Eulogy

The American Lawn: A Eulogy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Grasses—green, neatly trimmed, symbols of civic virtue—shaped the national landscape. They have now outlived their purpose.
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