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New Mexico Utility Agrees To Purchase Solar Power At A Lower Price Than Coal

New Mexico Utility Agrees To Purchase Solar Power At A Lower Price Than Coal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The economic viability of solar power is advancing rapidly. It’s actually already more then competitive within certain markets, and the price of solar panels saw a precipitous decline over the last four years.
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David Collet's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:04 PM

Malaysia is a perfect nation for solar power - similar to New Mexico

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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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Colombia: 3,177 pregnant women with Zika; no microcephaly

Colombia: 3,177 pregnant women with Zika; no microcephaly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday that there’s no evidence Zika has caused any cases of the birth defect known as microcephaly in his country, though it has diagnosed 3,177 pregnant women with the virus.
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Meet the ‘rented white coats’ who defend toxic chemicals | How corporate-funded research is corrupting America’s courts and regulatory agencies

Meet the ‘rented white coats’ who defend toxic chemicals | How corporate-funded research is corrupting America’s courts and regulatory agencies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Litigation and regulation in the U.S. increasingly are being influenced by corporate-funded research.

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The Koch Brothers' Dirty War on Solar Power

The Koch Brothers' Dirty War on Solar Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
All over the country, the Kochs and utilities have been blocking solar initiatives — but nowhere more so than in Florida.
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Engineers struggle to put streams back into the urban landscape — Environmental Health News

Engineers struggle to put streams back into the urban landscape — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Detroit has buried more than 310 miles of stream channels since 1906. (Credit: Barbara Eckstein/flickr) For generations, prudent city planning called for draining streams into culverts.

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Citi: The Global Economy Is Trapped in a ‘Death Spiral’

Citi: The Global Economy Is Trapped in a ‘Death Spiral’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The bank predicts a coming "Oilmageddon" if policymakers don't change course.
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Japan to release satellite images of forests to combat illegal logging - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Japan to release satellite images of forests to combat illegal logging - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Japan will join international efforts to crack down on illegal logging in forests near the equator by releasing satellite imagery for free of areas under threat.
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Skid in Oil Prices Pulls the Recycling Industry Down With It

Skid in Oil Prices Pulls the Recycling Industry Down With It | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As oil prices sink, it becomes cheaper to make new plastic and other materials than it is to recycle them from garbage, hitting the recycling industry hard.
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The Book Radical Mycology Showcases the Amazing Power of Mushrooms

The Book Radical Mycology Showcases the Amazing Power of Mushrooms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Peter McCoy on how to cultivate fungi for food, environmental cleanup, and more.
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Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them - The New Yorker

Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them - The New Yorker | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nicola Twilley reports on the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time that may change our understanding of the universe.
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Global Stocks Continue To Crash As Oil Plummets And Gold Skyrockets

Global Stocks Continue To Crash As Oil Plummets And Gold Skyrockets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stock markets around the world continue to collapse as this new global financial crisis picks up more steam.  In the U.S., the Dow lost 254 more points on
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Tank’s Topped, Refiners’ Dumping Crude, 3mth WTI in Super-Contango

Tank’s Topped, Refiners’ Dumping Crude, 3mth WTI in Super-Contango | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It was just last week when we said that Cushing may be about to overflow in the face of an acute crude oil supply glut. “Even the highly adaptive US storage system appears to be reaching its limits…
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Science predicts more frequent extreme events will shock the global food system

Science predicts more frequent extreme events will shock the global food system | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A panel of British and American researchers, speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC, will present updated research revealing how extreme events which ...
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Why fruits and vegetables taste better in Europe

Why fruits and vegetables taste better in Europe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ever wondered why those giant tomatoes at the grocery store taste like cardboard?
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‘Undercover billionaires’ now in the political spotlight

‘Undercover billionaires’ now in the political spotlight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Wilks brothers of Cisco in short order became prolific donors to hard-right politicians, anti-abortion causes and fundamentalist religious groups, donating tens of millions of dollars to organizations in Texas and across the country, campaign finance reports and available Internal Revenue Service filings by the brothers’ tax-exempt foundations show. Peter Montgomery of the liberal advocacy group People for the American Way, likened their backing of religion-based groups to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch supporting free-market and libertarian causes. “Their willingness to pour millions of dollars into the presidential race and to write enormous checks for Religious Right organizations, give them the potential for make a huge and destructive impact on our politics,” he contended. 

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Pharos Project : East of Flint, One Company Defiantly Continues to Produce Lead Pigments

Pharos Project : East of Flint, One Company Defiantly Continues to Produce Lead Pigments | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If you are outraged by the lead poisoning of children in Flint, Michigan, take a look at what’s happening just 250 miles to the east, near Toronto, where a Canadian company continues to produce lead compounds and distribute them worldwide for use in paints and plastics.

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Sick Kids Are Just the Beginning of America’s Lead Crisis

Sick Kids Are Just the Beginning of America’s Lead Crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and the ADHD epidemic.
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The New Microbead Ban Won’t Solve the Microplastic Pollution Problem

The New Microbead Ban Won’t Solve the Microplastic Pollution Problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A prominent environmental scientist says we need to rethink everything about how we make, use, and trash plastic.
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5.1 magnitude earthquake among several temblors in Oklahoma

5.1 magnitude earthquake among several temblors in Oklahoma | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The temblors are the latest in a series of earthquakes linked to the injection of wastewater underground from oil and gas production.
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If this Iraqi dam collapses, half a million people could die

If this Iraqi dam collapses, half a million people could die | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. officials have warned that the devastation could be “a thousand times worse” than Hurricane Katrina.
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Bison ranching is growing in the U.S. — and so is the debate over how to raise them

Bison ranching is growing in the U.S. — and so is the debate over how to raise them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some want to follow in the footsteps of industrialized beef. Others want to focus on sustainability.
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The Dutch Are Opening a Poop Bank to Help Fight a Painful Disease

The Dutch Are Opening a Poop Bank to Help Fight a Painful Disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Clostridium difficile infection can be treated with poop transplants.
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Viewpoint: The First Sounds of Merging Black Holes

Viewpoint: The First Sounds of Merging Black Holes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gravitational waves emitted by the merger of two black holes have been detected, setting the course for a new era of observational astrophysics.
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Too Many Boats, Too Little Cargo——–The Monumental Glut In Global Shipping

When business slows and owners of ships and offshore oil rigs need a place to store their unneeded vessels, Saravanan Krishna suddenly becomes one of the industry’s most popular executives. Krishna…
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Einstein's waves: a 100-year odyssey

Einstein's waves: a 100-year odyssey | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When Albert Einstein forged the bedrock theory of modern physics 100 years ago, he had no computer, no internet, no printer—ballpoint pens and pocket calculators did not exist and few homes had telephones.
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'Frightening' findings foretell ills for ecosystems

'Frightening' findings foretell ills for ecosystems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When it comes to determining the causes negatively affecting the biodiversity of our ecosystems, a new interdisciplinary study at Western is putting numbers behind the devastation. And it's not good.
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Garry Rogers's curator insight, Today, 1:02 PM

GR:  Putting fine points on specific human impacts is truly important, but we also need to search for ways to pierce the polluters' political armor. We need to act, and we need to do it now.