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Humans have already set in motion 69 feet of sea-level rise

Humans have already set in motion 69 feet of sea-level rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Glaciologist Jason Box describes a post-warming world that you won’t even be able to recognize.
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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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Rick Santorum Demonstrates the Technique of Fake Science

Rick Santorum Demonstrates the Technique of Fake Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I think this is important. The other night, we had yet another demonstration of how things go wrong when one of our major political parties decides that they no longer believe in the scientific met...
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Plastic: the wonder material filling our oceans and beaches

Plastic: the wonder material filling our oceans and beaches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since the 1950s, when mass production of plastics began in earnest, the world has embraced their ease of use and robustness. But with millions of tonnes of of plastic debris entering the world's oceans every year, their durability is also a curse, as Ann Jones reports.
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Behind deadly Tianjin blast, shortcuts and lax rules

Behind deadly Tianjin blast, shortcuts and lax rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The catastrophe in Tianjin has stunned a nation inured to living with one of the worst industrial safety records in the world
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Northern forests face onslaught from heat and drought - Climate News Network

Northern forests face onslaught from heat and drought - Climate News Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
31 August, 2015 – Many northern hemisphere forests face destruction as climate change brings both fiercer droughts and higher temperatures, researchers say.
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Nature's last refuge: climate change threatens our most fragile ecosystem

Nature's last refuge: climate change threatens our most fragile ecosystem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An Arctic voyage through the awe-inspiring Northwest Passage shows that rapid action is needed to protect the region
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"Smart" solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai

"Smart" solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Next-generation devices may offer cash, purified water and other services
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Fleeing drought, climate migrants press Zimbabwe's fertile east

Fleeing drought, climate migrants press Zimbabwe's fertile east | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is pushing more and more people to greener land, provoking conflict with those already there
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Growing numbers of rhinos poached for horns in South Africa: minister

Growing numbers of rhinos poached for horns in South Africa: minister | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa continued to climb this year, with demand for rhino horn in Asia pushing the slaughter ever higher, the government said Sunday.
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Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn

Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Diplomats gather in Bonn from Monday to thrash out the draft of a climate-rescue pact to be adopted at a year-end UN conference in Paris.
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Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water

Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hundreds of feet beneath the Black Hills, a team of scientists and researchers snake through dark, narrow and silent corridors of ancient rock to reach their goal: what is thought to be some of the purest water on Earth.
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Tea Party supporters distrust scientists not only on climate, but on vaccines — study

Tea Party supporters distrust scientists not only on climate, but on vaccines — study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vaccine skepticism has often been associated with the political left. But is that really right?
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The growing global battle against blood-sucking ticks

The growing global battle against blood-sucking ticks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have no shortage of ideas about how to stop tick-borne illnesses. What is holding them back?
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Getting Away from it All, on a Wind Turbine

Getting Away from it All, on a Wind Turbine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Looking for a quiet, private place to meditate? NYPost: PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Benedictine monk who works at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 1...
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China needs further action to stop water pollution: vice premier

China needs further action to stop water pollution: vice premier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China faces a "formidable task" to clean up its rivers and lakes and needs a fundamental change in attitudes to prioritize the environment over economic development at all cost, vice premier
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China to relocate almost 1,000 chemical plants in wake of Tianjin blasts

China to relocate almost 1,000 chemical plants in wake of Tianjin blasts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Industry minister, Miao Wei, says local government and companies involved would have to subsidise plans made to help improve pollution levels
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Historic climate-change bills in California Legislature go down to the wire

After passing the Senate by a wide margin in June, the bills face a much tougher test in the Assembly, which is expected to take them up as early as this week. Some moderate Democrats, charging 'coastal elitism,' say the bill will harm the middle-class families they represent in the Central Valley and others are trying to shake down legislative leaders for handouts that benefit their districts.
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The findings that make a nonsense of claims of a 'pause' in global warming

The findings that make a nonsense of claims of a 'pause' in global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate scientists are predicting that 2015 will be the hottest year on record “by a mile”, with the increase in worldwide average temperatures dramatically undermining the idea that global warming has stopped – as some climate-change sceptics claim.
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METHANE: Mandates in Colo., Wyo. didn't prevent job growth

METHANE: Mandates in Colo., Wyo. didn't prevent job growth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Colorado didn't see oil and gas employment fall last year after adopting the air pollution rules serving as a template for new rules proposed by U.S. EPA. In Wyoming, which enacted similar rules around the same time, employment grew by 745 people, or 5 percent. "It's not the job killer that everybody is saying it is," said Eva Henry, one of three county commissioners in Adams County, just south of Weld County. Adams County ranked third in percentage employment gains last year.
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General Mills Sets Ambitious Goal for Greenhouse Gas Cuts

General Mills Sets Ambitious Goal for Greenhouse Gas Cuts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 — not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill. CEO Ken Powell, in outlining the plan to The Associated Press ahead of the company's official announcement Monday, said...
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How a new battery revolution will change your life

How a new battery revolution will change your life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new generation of super cells promises to reshape the future of energy.
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Midday naps associated with reduced blood pressure and fewer medications

Midday naps associated with reduced blood pressure and fewer medications | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Midday naps are associated with reduced blood pressure levels and prescription of fewer antihypertensive medications, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion Voula General Hospital in Athens, Greece.
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UN climate talks: the sticking points

UN climate talks: the sticking points | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 195-nation UN climate talks resume Monday when rank-and-file diplomats gather in Bonn to lay the foundation for a global climate pact to be inked in December.
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How will climate change affect your livelihood?

How will climate change affect your livelihood? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: "How will it affect my livelihood?"
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These Are the Cities Most Vulnerable to the Next Katrina

These Are the Cities Most Vulnerable to the Next Katrina | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'The entities that were most resilient were the ones who are best at preparing for the worst'
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Rob Duke's curator insight, August 31, 4:22 AM

Surprise: it's still New Orleans at risk!

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Sea levels will rise, experts warn, and 'it's not going to stop'

Sea levels will rise, experts warn, and 'it's not going to stop' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here's one trend California is behind on: rising sea levels.
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