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"..we don’t want our children to ask, “What were our parents thinking? Didn’t they care about us?” Stephen Chu's Farewell

"..we don’t want our children to ask, “What were our parents thinking? Didn’t they care about us?” Stephen Chu's Farewell | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From Stephen Chu's farewell letter, as he steps down from the position of Secretary of Energy. I want to conclude by making a few observations about the importance of the Department of Energy missi...
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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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Peru losing its battle against illegal gold mining | MINING.com

Peru losing its battle against illegal gold mining | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A force of marines and rangers sent in the past days to raid the Tambopata reserve, in the country’s southern Amazon, has already been outnumbered.
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Montreal households the greenest in Canada, study finds

Montreal households the greenest in Canada, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Montreal homes are the most sustainable in the country, and Edmonton's the least, according to a new University of British Columbia study that compares average household greenhouse gas emissions in major cities across Canada.
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Grain drain, Laos' sand mining damaging the Mekong

Grain drain, Laos' sand mining damaging the Mekong | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Grain by grain, truckload by truckload, Laos' section of the Mekong river is being dredged of sand to make cement—a commodity being devoured by a Chinese-led building boom in the capital.
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High chance that current atmospheric greenhouse gases commit to warmings greater than 1.5C over land: study

High chance that current atmospheric greenhouse gases commit to warmings greater than 1.5C over land: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Current levels of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations already commit the planet to air temperatures over many land regions being eventually warmed by greater than 1.5°C, according to new research published today (2
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How air-conditioning made America — and how it could break us all

How air-conditioning made America — and how it could break us all | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
AC may feel good but it comes with a host of problems.
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Rising seas threaten to swamp U.S. military bases by 2050

Rising seas threaten to swamp U.S. military bases by 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Military bases along the East and Gulf Coast are at risk of losing large chunks of land.
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TECHNOLOGY: Can a 747 be reborn into a wildfire-fighting supertanker?

TECHNOLOGY: Can a 747 be reborn into a wildfire-fighting supertanker? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the summer of 2000, Cliff Hale, a Boeing 747 pilot, was on vacation visiting his family in Albuquerque, N.M., when a drama suddenly appeared on local television. There was a big forest fire raging out of control near Los Alamos, and a World War II-era aircraft that had been converted to a tanker was being loaded with fire retardant at the Albuquerque airport.
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Tesla Races to Finish ‘Gigafactory’ in Time for Model 3 Rollout

Tesla Races to Finish ‘Gigafactory’ in Time for Model 3 Rollout | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tesla is scrambling to finish building its massive $5 billion battery factory in Nevada to meet demand for its coming cheaper sedan, the Model 3, and provide power for new types of vehicles CEO Elon Musk says are under development.
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Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders have a warning for our future

Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders have a warning for our future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's heating up in Philadelphia.
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Faulty Data? Why The Oil Glut Could Be Much Smaller Than Believed | OilPrice.com

Faulty Data? Why The Oil Glut Could Be Much Smaller Than Believed | OilPrice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The oil price rally came suddenly to an end in June as oversupply fears spooked oil markets, but is the reported glut actually as bad as it seems?
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Why It’s So Hard to Build Affordable Housing: It’s Not Affordable

Why It’s So Hard to Build Affordable Housing: It’s Not Affordable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Developers struggle to break even on rental projects for the poorest Americans.
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An Unfortunate Shift in Our Thinking on Climate Change | 2GreenEnergy.com

An Unfortunate Shift in Our Thinking on Climate Change | 2GreenEnergy.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As shown in the video below, it wasn’t that long ago that both political parties in the U.S. accepted the science surrounding climate change and saw the
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Infographic: Tesla's gigafactory opens this week: What we know in 9 epic slides | MINING.com

Infographic: Tesla's gigafactory opens this week: What we know in 9 epic slides | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The massive new structure will be the world's biggest building by footprint, and it could possibly be a game-changer for the auto, energy, and battery industries.
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US military bases at risk from sea level rise: study

US military bases at risk from sea level rise: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
US military bases along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico will be increasingly vulnerable to floods and power-packed storms as the planet warms, researchers said Wednesday.
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Forests, species on four continents threatened by palm oil expansion

Forests, species on four continents threatened by palm oil expansion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As palm oil production expands from Southeast Asia into tropical regions of the Americas and Africa, vulnerable forests and species on four continents face increased risk of loss, a new Duke University-led study finds.
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Carbon-financed cookstove fails to deliver hoped-for benefits in the field

Carbon-financed cookstove fails to deliver hoped-for benefits in the field | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Replacing traditional cooking fires and stoves in the developing world with "cleaner" stoves is a potential strategy to reduce household air pollution that worsens climate change and is a leading global killer.
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No air-conditioning? No sweat! Here’s how to make your own DIY AC.

No air-conditioning? No sweat! Here’s how to make your own DIY AC. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Watch our video to learn how to keep cool with little more than a bucket and an intern.
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State prosecutors reject U.S. lawmakers' subpoena on Exxon probe | Business | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top state prosecutors in New York and Massachusetts said on Tuesday they will refuse to comply with a subpoena from U.S. congressmen for details on their investigations into
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Over one million people hit as floods worsen in India's tea region of Assam

Over one million people hit as floods worsen in India's tea region of Assam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Nita BhallaNEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 1.2 million people in northeast India have been hit by floods which have submerged h
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Restrictive new law will harm Poland’s wind industry, advocates say

Restrictive new law will harm Poland’s wind industry, advocates say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new law that took effect in Poland earlier this month could kill growing competition from land-based wind farms by expanding setback requirements tenfold and increasing tax burdens, clean energy advocates say.
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DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION: Steyer: Climate change will drive voter turnout

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION: Steyer: Climate change will drive voter turnout | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA -- Billionaire climate advocate Tom Steyer believes young Americans will cast more votes this year based on rising temperatures than in past presidential elections. In an interview with ClimateWire last night, the founder of NextGen Climate also downplayed the idea of placing a price on carbon dioxide and dismissed the notion of swapping the Clean Power Plan for a carbon tax.
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The surprisingly bright future of America’s forgotten renewable energy source: water

The surprisingly bright future of America’s forgotten renewable energy source: water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hydropower could generate 50 percent more electricity by 2050, a new report finds.
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Gas Leaks, Mold, and Rats: Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes

Gas Leaks, Mold, and Rats: Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report highlights the consequences of growing up in neighborhoods of “concentrated disadvantage.”
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Global Warming, God and the "End Times" - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Global Warming, God and the "End Times" - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For a significant number of Americans, the reality, causes and meaning of global warming are seen through the lens of their religious beliefs. Some reject the evidence that humans are causing global warming because they believe God controls the climate. …
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Vietnam risks becoming "pollution haven" / VietNamNet

Vietnam risks becoming "pollution haven" / VietNamNet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is expected to continue the shift of investment flows into industries of high pollution risk in Vietnam like textile-dying, paper, iron and steel. 


Economic and environment specialists say that Vietnam’s regulation and monitoring of wastewater treatment are still loose, with many gaps, so investors can dodge the law. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has asserted that once pollution occurs, the local government must be responsible.

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