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The Future by Al Gore – review

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John Gray on why Al Gore's alarming new guide to what needs to change in world politics is essential reading
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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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Caffeine and its analogues revert memory deficits by normalizing stress responses in the brain

Caffeine and its analogues revert memory deficits by normalizing stress responses in the brain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study published in the journal Scientific Reports from Nature publishing group, describes the mechanism by which caffeine counteracts age-related cognitive deficits in animals.
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Researchers discover machines can learn by simply observing

Researchers discover machines can learn by simply observing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It is now possible for machines to learn how natural or artificial systems work by simply observing them, without being told what to look for, according to researchers at the University of Sheffield.
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People enhanced the environment, not degraded it, over past 13,000 years

People enhanced the environment, not degraded it, over past 13,000 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Human occupation is usually associated with deteriorated landscapes, but new research shows that 13,000 years of repeated occupation by British Columbia's coastal First Nations has had the opposite effect, enhancing temperat
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Increases in coastal development and precipitation push a parasite from land to sea

Increases in coastal development and precipitation push a parasite from land to sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coastal waters near heavy human development are more likely to receive land-based "pathogen pollution," which can include viruses, bacteria and parasites, according to a recent study from the University of California, Davis
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One Glorious Map Shows the Future of Animal Migrations

One Glorious Map Shows the Future of Animal Migrations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is turning up the heat on animals. This map shows the pathways they'll likely follow to survive.
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How three-day weekends can help save the world (and us too)

How three-day weekends can help save the world (and us too) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Almost everyone enjoys a bank holiday. A three-day weekend means more time to spend with family and friends, to go out and explore the world, and to relax from the pressures of working life. Imagine if, rather than a few times a year, we had a three-day weekend every week. This isn’t just a nice idea. Beyond the possibilities for leisure, three-day weekends might also be one of the easiest steps we could take to radically reduce our environmental impact – and future-proof our economy.
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Bitter truth: How we’re making fruit and veg less healthy

Bitter truth: How we’re making fruit and veg less healthy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In an effort to cater to our sweet tooth, food producers are making fruit and veg taste less bitter. The trouble is, that's making them worse for us
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World’s 200-Year Energy Demand Boom Seen Peaking by the 2050s

World’s 200-Year Energy Demand Boom Seen Peaking by the 2050s | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global energy demand has been growing at a breakneck pace since the 19th century. That’ll change in about 40 years, according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
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California has urged President Obama and Congress to tax carbon pollution

California has urged President Obama and Congress to tax carbon pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last week, the California state senate passed Assembly Joint Resolution 43, urging the federal government to pass a revenue-neutral carbon tax:
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60 percent of key S.Asian water basin not usable: study

60 percent of key S.Asian water basin not usable: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sixty percent of the groundwater in a river basin supporting more than 750 million people in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh is not drinkable or usable for irrigation, researchers said Monday.
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The tribes paying the brutal price of conservation

The tribes paying the brutal price of conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Across the world, governments are protecting habitats. But indigenous peoples are being evicted
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Singapore Zika cases surge to 82

Singapore Zika cases surge to 82 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of Zika cases in Singapore has surged to 82, the government said Tuesday, as the mosquito-fighting effort continued in a bid to curb the spread of the disease.
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Economists say sugar taxes likely to be effective

Economists say sugar taxes likely to be effective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Debates on a proposed tax for sugar sweetened beverages in South Africa have reached fever pitch with the local food and beverage industry squaring up against the proposed sugary drinks tax expected to be implemented in Apri
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Researchers show that when it comes to climate change and stream flow, plants play an important role

Researchers show that when it comes to climate change and stream flow, plants play an important role | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In California's Sierra Nevada mountains, as more precipitation falls in the form of rain rather than snow, and the snowpack melts earlier in spring, it's important for water managers to know when and how much water will b
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Did meteorites bring life's phosphorus to Earth?

Did meteorites bring life's phosphorus to Earth? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Meteorites that crashed onto Earth billions of years ago may have provided the phosphorous essential to the biological systems of terrestrial life. The meteorites are believed to have contained a phosphorus-bearing minera
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Climate change looms large in Obama's final trip to Asia

Climate change looms large in Obama's final trip to Asia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When President Barack Obama sets out this week to meet world leaders in China and Laos during his final presidential trip to Asia, he will make an unusual stop along the way.
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Community To Be First US Climate Change Refugees

Community To Be First US Climate Change Refugees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A US community is given a government grant to leave, as climate change is helping to make their homes unlivable.
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We've only just begun: more climate fights are coming | Climate Home - climate change news

We've only just begun: more climate fights are coming | Climate Home - climate change news | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Luckily for the chances of avoiding global warming, the Paris climate deal isn't the only game in town. Here's a rundown of what else is cooking
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Insurers call on G20 to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020

Insurers call on G20 to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Insurers with $1.2 trillion under management called on Tuesday for the Group of 20 to set a timetable to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels by 2020 when they meet at a summit in China this weekend.
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FBI alert sparks fears that state voting systems are under digital assault

FBI alert sparks fears that state voting systems are under digital assault | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Could hacks of Arizona’s and Illinois’ voter databases be part of a Russian attempt to meddle in the U.S. election?
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Wind Power Finally Getting Out From Solar’s Shadow | OilPrice.com

Wind Power Finally Getting Out From Solar’s Shadow | OilPrice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar power has been getting all of the proverbial sunlight for the last few years in the renewable energy market, but wind is now moving out from beneath that shadow
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A changing sun, a changing climate?

A changing sun, a changing climate? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The sun's impact on our planet's climate has recently been a hotly debated topic in the context of climate change. The controversy around this issue has led scientists across Europe to dig deeper into the claim that sola
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The Anthropocene is here: scientists

The Anthropocene is here: scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The human impact on Earth's chemistry and climate has cut short the 11,700-year-old geological epoch known as the Holocene and ushered in a new one, scientists said Monday.
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VIDEO: Pete Myers, in the round, on the circular economy — Environmental Health News

VIDEO: Pete Myers, in the round, on the circular economy — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
EHS founder Pete Myers heads to London to talk plastics but is confronted by drummers banging on polycarbonate bottles, a circular stage, and a solo violinist playing Beatles. He pulls it off.
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