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U.S. voters favor carbon tax by 4-to-1 margin

U.S. voters favor carbon tax by 4-to-1 margin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Friends of the Earth: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sixty-seven percent of Americans would rather see the government tax carbon pollution rather than cut spending as a way of solving our budget problems. Thi...
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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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Video: Barley helps improve blood sugar levels and reduce appetite

Video: Barley helps improve blood sugar levels and reduce appetite | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent study from Lund University in Sweden shows that barley can rapidly improve people's health by reducing blood sugar levels and the risk for diabetes. The secret lies in the special mixture of dietary fibres found ...
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Exposure to air pollution 30 years ago associated with increased risk of death

Exposure to air pollution 30 years ago associated with increased risk of death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new report comes from one of the world's longest running air pollution studies, which included 368,000 people in England and Wales followed over a 38 year period. The team, from the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and ...
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Poor REM sleep may be linked to higher risk for anxiety, depression

Poor REM sleep may be linked to higher risk for anxiety, depression | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the phase when dreams are made, and a lack of good REM sleep has long been associated with chronic insomnia.
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Why not recycled concrete?

Why not recycled concrete? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can't we recycle concrete from our deteriorating infrastructure for ...
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Smart energy management systems can improve plug-in hybrid efficiency by 12 percent

Smart energy management systems can improve plug-in hybrid efficiency by 12 percent | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) can reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared to their gas-only counterparts. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering ...
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Flood risk can be higher with levees than without them

Flood risk can be higher with levees than without them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People living behind levees on floodplains may not be as immune to flood damage as they think, according to results of a study led by the University of California, Davis.
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Summer peak temperatures falling over regions with intense farming

Summer peak temperatures falling over regions with intense farming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the past, crops such as corn were planted in precisely spaced, perfectly parallel rows, with each stalk a foot or more apart to allow the plants ample room to grow.
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Antarctic ice safety band at risk

Antarctic ice safety band at risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Antarctica is surrounded by huge ice shelves. New research, using ice velocity data from satellites such as ESA's heritage Envisat, has revealed that there is a critical point where these shelves act as a safety band, holding ...
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Why so many economists back Obama’s idea of a tax on oil

Why so many economists back Obama’s idea of a tax on oil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The logic is similar to that of a carbon tax -- addressing what economists term "market failures."
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California’s Water Supply at Risk From Warmer Winters

California’s Water Supply at Risk From Warmer Winters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Sierra Nevada snowpack is crucial to the state’s water supply, and warmer winters are putting it at risk.
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Chinese market electrifying for ‘green’ vehicles

Chinese market electrifying for ‘green’ vehicles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Government subsidies are fueling a boom in electric vehicles in China, driving hopes for the industry’s global future as the world’s biggest car market offers economies of scale that could make the technology mainstream.

Sales of electric cars, though still modest, have rocketed four-fold in a year—thanks in part to lavish government handouts—as Beijing looks to cut down on dangerous air pollution that shrouds urban areas.

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New Lyme Disease Bacteria Found in Midwest

New Lyme Disease Bacteria Found in Midwest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered a new species of bacteria that can cause Lyme disease.This one is named Borrelia mayonii.
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You can train your body into thinking it's had medicine

You can train your body into thinking it's had medicine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Marette Flies was 11 when her immune system turned against her. A cheerful student from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she had curly brown hair and a pale, moon-shaped face, and she loved playing trumpet in her high-school band. ...
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Travelers urged to take precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses

Travelers urged to take precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Penn State Global Programs is issuing advice to travelers about the risks of mosquito-borne illnesses, like Zika, based on the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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'Brain road maps' reflect behavior differences between males and females

'Brain road maps' reflect behavior differences between males and females | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Differences in the neural wiring across development of men and women across ages, matched behavioral differences commonly associated with each of the sexes, according to an imaging-based study from researchers at the Perelman ...
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Robots in health care could lead to a doctorless hospital

Robots in health care could lead to a doctorless hospital | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Imagine your child requires a life-saving operation. You enter the hospital and are confronted with a stark choice.
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Harnessing wave energy to light up coastal communities

Harnessing wave energy to light up coastal communities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There's a new renewable energy player in town and it's about to make waves in the industry. Despite its massive potential as a source for renewable energy, the ocean is unlikely to contribute meaningfully to electricity supplies ...
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Reconstructing past oxygen minimums with an eye to the future

Reconstructing past oxygen minimums with an eye to the future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A recent paper published in PLOS ONE uses geochemical and fossil evidence from the period of global warming at the end of the last ice age to reconstruct the depth and extent of ocean areas with dissolved oxygen below those necessary for most organisms to function. The results show that warming was associated with increases in the extent of hypoxic zones, and that these zones also intruded further toward the surface of the oceans near continental margins, areas with high species density and diversity. 

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For coastal towns to prepare for deadly storm surges, they must accept that disasters can happen

For coastal towns to prepare for deadly storm surges, they must accept that disasters can happen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Inch by inch, the sea is moving up the beach.
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Study suggests China's new policies will lower CO2 emissions faster, without preventing economic growth

Study suggests China's new policies will lower CO2 emissions faster, without preventing economic growth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study co-authored by an MIT professor shows that China's new efforts to price carbon could lower the country's carbon dioxide emissions significantly without impeding economic development over the next three decades.
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Supreme Court freezes Obama plan to limit carbon emissions

Supreme Court freezes Obama plan to limit carbon emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The decision puts on hold an ambitious program to tackle climate change while it is challenged in the courts.
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Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Animals and weeds are bounding up California's warming hills, while native plants are stuck in place.
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Warming World Spreads a Wider Welcome Mat for Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes

Warming World Spreads a Wider Welcome Mat for Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When the mosquito now infamous for spreading the Zika virus suddenly showed up thousands of miles from anywhere it would usually call home, a California insect abatement officer was confounded.
Steve Mulligan and his equally puzzled colleagues first encountered the Aedes aegypti mosquito in 2013, in their work for the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District in California's Central Valley. Until then, no one had ever reported seeing the mosquito in the area.
Most puzzling to Mulligan, the agency's manager: why had the mosquito popped up around Fresno?
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Freedom co-owner Tis gets no jail time for chemical spill

Freedom co-owner Tis gets no jail time for chemical spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A former co-owner and officer of Freedom Industries on Monday became the fourth official from the company to avoid being sentenced to any jail time, despite playing a role in the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water...

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Humans Are Spreading Deadly Bee Virus, Study Says

Humans Are Spreading Deadly Bee Virus, Study Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers say that the trade and movement of honeybee colonies have caused deformed wing virus to travel all over the world.
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