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Alberta may offer more to smooth way for Keystone: envoy

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Alberta could offer up new environmental initiatives for oil sands development to show the Obama administration that approving a $5.3 billion pipeline to U.S.
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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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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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What the Earth will be like in 10,000 years, according to scientists

What the Earth will be like in 10,000 years, according to scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Impacts of climate change could extend "longer than the entire history of human civilization thus far," the researchers say.
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Is it time to rethink recycling?

Is it time to rethink recycling? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If our current approach to recycling isn’t the best for the economy or the environment, why do we do it?
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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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Is California Ready to Build Its Next Big Dam?

Is California Ready to Build Its Next Big Dam? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The state hasn’t had a new large dam since 1979, but that may change with the pressures of the drought and the passage of the 2014 water bond dedicating money to new water storage projects. Five options for new or enlarged reservoirs are being considered, but one may have a better chance than others

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Beijing air quality improves but 'lives destroyed' as result

Beijing air quality improves but 'lives destroyed' as result | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recently released figures suggest Beijing's air quality has improved as much as 16 per cent over the past year, but the gain has come at costs of jobs and growth.
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U.N. Agency Proposes Limits on Airlines’ Carbon Emissions

U.N. Agency Proposes Limits on Airlines’ Carbon Emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The proposed new rules by the International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Nations’ aviation agency, would apply for all new airplanes delivered after 2028.
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