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Cuomo Seeking Home Buyouts in Flood Zones

Cuomo Seeking Home Buyouts in Flood Zones | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has a proposal to spend as much as $400 million to buy homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy, demolish them and preserve the undeveloped land.
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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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One shower could flush 100,000 microbeads into the ocean

One shower could flush 100,000 microbeads into the ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
British MPs have issued a report detailing the alarming damage to the environment wreaked by microbeads used in cosmetic products.
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Exxon: The Road Not Taken

Exxon: The Road Not Taken | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After eight months of investigation, InsideClimate News presents this multi-part history of Exxon's engagement with the emerging science of climate change. The story spans four decades, and is based on primary sources including internal company files dating back to the late 1970s, interviews with former company employees, and other evidence, much of which is being published here for the first time.
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Study casts doubts on environmental benefits of Canadian LNG exports

Study casts doubts on environmental benefits of Canadian LNG exports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The C.D. Howe Institute released a report Wednesday that concluded that Canada's LNG exports could reduce carbon emissions in parts of Asia, but would likely increase emissions in the majority of other potential markets.
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Investing in off-grid renewables in the developing world: what you need to know

Investing in off-grid renewables in the developing world: what you need to know | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Renewables are cheaper but there’s still a huge investment gap. Here’s what our expert panel said in a recent debate on clean energy
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'It's a lit fuse:' Release of ancient carbon from melting permafrost measured

'It's a lit fuse:' Release of ancient carbon from melting permafrost measured | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Researchers have confirmed the widespread release of ancient carbon from melting Arctic permafrost in what could be the lit fuse on a climate-change bomb.

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800 Viruses That Threaten the World [Video]

800 Viruses That Threaten the World [Video] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A powerful documentary chronicles the mysterious viruses, such as Ebola and Zika, that jump from animals to people—any one of which could one day cause the next great pandemic
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Coal Executive Says His Industry Must Confront Climate Change

Coal Executive Says His Industry Must Confront Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Richard Reavey says climate denial is eerily parallel to the tobacco industry’s old tactics, which hurt that business long-term
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Is ExxonMobil Actually Only Worth A Fraction Of What It Says? | OilPrice.com

Is ExxonMobil Actually Only Worth A Fraction Of What It Says? | OilPrice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An investigation by a handful of U.S. attorneys general beyond Exxon’s climate change downplaying has revealed that the company might actually be worth much less than thought
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China's Best Bank Called 'Mirage' of Shadow Lending

China's Best Bank Called 'Mirage' of Shadow Lending | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Case of Bank of Tangshan highlights opaque financial risks across the nation
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Study reveals surprising role of haze in the warming of Chinese cities

Study reveals surprising role of haze in the warming of Chinese cities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new Yale-led study published in the journal Nature Communications sheds light on the surprising role that haze in China plays in promoting the urban heat island effect [UHI], a process whereby city centers tend to be significantl
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Scientists develop interactive game demonstrating impact of climate change on the Antarctic

Scientists develop interactive game demonstrating impact of climate change on the Antarctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists and games developers have joined forces to help communicate the impact of climate change on the Antarctic Ice Sheet.
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Why air conditioning is a vicious circle

Why air conditioning is a vicious circle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Weatherwatch: Pumping heat from our cars and buildings into the outside world adds to climate change, increasing the need to stay cool
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How air pollution is causing the world’s ‘Third Pole’ to melt

How air pollution is causing the world’s ‘Third Pole’ to melt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
And that could mean trouble for rivers supplying water to more than a billion people downstream.
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Here’s how the world’s population will change by 2050

Here’s how the world’s population will change by 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India, with a projected population of 1.7 billion, is expected to overtake China as the world's most populous country by 2050.
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ICN honored for Exxon series with Oakes Award for environmental journalism

ICN honored for Exxon series with Oakes Award for environmental journalism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Another journalism award for the series Exxon: The Road Not Taken, detailing the oil giant's four decades of climate research and efforts to cast doubt on the science.
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As sea levels rise, nearly 1.9 million U.S. homes could be underwater by 2100

As sea levels rise, nearly 1.9 million U.S. homes could be underwater by 2100 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Especially along the East Coast, many cities would be at risk by the end of this century.
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Hit by climate change, Central American coffee growers get a taste for cocoa

Hit by climate change, Central American coffee growers get a taste for cocoa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Farmer Abelardo Ayala took a tough decision on his estate in San Juan Tepezontes, a traditional coffee-producing region of El Salvador: to swap his coffee trees for cocoa as a warming climate hit his crop.

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Human-induced climate change began earlier than previously thought

Human-induced climate change began earlier than previously thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Signs of warming appear as early as 1830 say researchers, whose analysis will help build accurate baseline of temperature before influence of human activity
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Corporate Sponsors at Yosemite? The Case Against Privatizing National Parks

Corporate Sponsors at Yosemite? The Case Against Privatizing National Parks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As parks turn 100, rangers warn of pressures that have pushed state parks to add hotels, golf courses and ski resorts 
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This very, very detailed chart shows how all the energy in the U.S. is used | International District Energy Association

This very, very detailed chart shows how all the energy in the U.S. is used | International District Energy Association | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco-based company, have mapped out something else in obsessive detail: all of the energy used in America.
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Millennials aren’t buying homes. Good for them.

Millennials aren’t buying homes. Good for them. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Because mobility is the route to better jobs and income for young Americans, not settling down makes sense.
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Chemicals banned decades ago linked to increased autism risk today

Chemicals banned decades ago linked to increased autism risk today | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chemicals used in certain pesticides and as insulating material banned in the 1970s may still be haunting us, according to new research that suggests links between higher levels of exposure during pregnancy and significantl
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The demise of the Maya civilization: Water shortage can destroy cultures

The demise of the Maya civilization: Water shortage can destroy cultures | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Something really drastic must have happened to the Ancient Maya at the end of the Classic Period in the 9th century. Within a short period of time, this advanced civilisation in Central America went from flourishing to collapsing—th
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ADVOCACY: Mr. Gore goes to Houston

ADVOCACY: Mr. Gore goes to Houston | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
HOUSTON — On the eastern edge of downtown, next to the convention center, sits a 24-story hotel where the energy business is a known commodity. Everyone from the CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. to the oil minister of Saudi Arabia has stopped by the Hilton Americas-Houston for a speech. Energy was back on the menu last week, but this time Al Gore was here with an urgent call for change.
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Dark Clouds Loom for Oil as China Chases Blue Skies for G-20

Dark Clouds Loom for Oil as China Chases Blue Skies for G-20 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China is throwing the world’s leaders a party, and oil bulls may be hit with the hangover.
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