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We don't need nuclear power to meet climate goals and keep the lights on

We don't need nuclear power to meet climate goals and keep the lights on | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Caroline Lucas: It would be a folly to think that there is no hope of tackling climate change without nuclear power
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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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Why So Much Oil Price Volatility? Blame The Speculators | OilPrice.com

Why So Much Oil Price Volatility? Blame The Speculators | OilPrice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Physical markets and fundamentals have not changed radically over the last few days, hence markets experienced huge volatility due to speculation
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Some sobering stats on kids and drinking

Some sobering stats on kids and drinking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Alcohol poses a far greater threat to children than many parents care to admit, a new report warns.
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Global fresh produce supply chain must consider climate change in order to ensure food safety

Global fresh produce supply chain must consider climate change in order to ensure food safety | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This was the key recommendation of the EU-funded VEG-I-TRADE project, which was launched in 2010 to assess the safety of fresh produce in a rapidly evolving context of climate change and expanding international trade.
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A summer of NASA research on sea level rise in Greenland

A summer of NASA research on sea level rise in Greenland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Greenland's ice sheet, a vast icy landscape crisscrossed by turquoise rivers and dotted with melt water lakes, a small cluster of orange camping tents popped up in late July. The camp, home for a week to a team of researchers, sat by a large, fast-flowing river. Just a kilometer downstream, the river dropped into a seemingly bottomless moulin, or sinkhole in the ice. The low rumble of the waters, the shouted instructions from scientists taking measurements, and the chop of the blades of a helicopter delivering personnel and gear was all that was heard in the frozen landscape.
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Climate ups odds of 'grey swan' superstorms

Climate ups odds of 'grey swan' superstorms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change will boost the odds up to 14-fold for extremely rare, hard-to-predict tropical cyclones for parts of Australia, the United States and Dubai by 2100, researchers said Monday.
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Quantifying the impact of volcanic eruptions on climate

Quantifying the impact of volcanic eruptions on climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Large volcanic eruptions inject considerable amounts of sulphur in the stratosphere which, once converted into aerosols, block sun rays and tend to cool the surface of the Earth down for several years. An international team of researchers has just developed a method, published in Nature Geoscience, to accurately measure and simulate the induced drop in temperature.
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Rick Santorum Demonstrates the Technique of Fake Science

Rick Santorum Demonstrates the Technique of Fake Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I think this is important. The other night, we had yet another demonstration of how things go wrong when one of our major political parties decides that they no longer believe in the scientific met...
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Plastic: the wonder material filling our oceans and beaches

Plastic: the wonder material filling our oceans and beaches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since the 1950s, when mass production of plastics began in earnest, the world has embraced their ease of use and robustness. But with millions of tonnes of of plastic debris entering the world's oceans every year, their durability is also a curse, as Ann Jones reports.
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Behind deadly Tianjin blast, shortcuts and lax rules

Behind deadly Tianjin blast, shortcuts and lax rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The catastrophe in Tianjin has stunned a nation inured to living with one of the worst industrial safety records in the world
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Northern forests face onslaught from heat and drought - Climate News Network

Northern forests face onslaught from heat and drought - Climate News Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
31 August, 2015 – Many northern hemisphere forests face destruction as climate change brings both fiercer droughts and higher temperatures, researchers say.
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Nature's last refuge: climate change threatens our most fragile ecosystem

Nature's last refuge: climate change threatens our most fragile ecosystem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An Arctic voyage through the awe-inspiring Northwest Passage shows that rapid action is needed to protect the region
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"Smart" solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai

"Smart" solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Next-generation devices may offer cash, purified water and other services
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The Cross of the Moment

Fermi's Paradox, climate change, capitalism, and collapse are some of the subjects discussed in this feature length documentary on the environmental crisis.…
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Robert Reich: The Upsurge in Uncertain Work

Robert Reich: The Upsurge in Uncertain Work | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new "sharing" economy means more jobs and even more economic instability.
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Spinal manipulation works for back pain—in some people

Spinal manipulation works for back pain—in some people | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Edmonton) Depending on whom you ask or what scientific paper you read last, spinal manipulation is either a mercifully quick, effective treatment for low-back pain or a complete waste of time.
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Growing cucumber and sweet pepper in water efficient zero emission greenhouse

Growing cucumber and sweet pepper in water efficient zero emission greenhouse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Regulations to reduce the emission of nutrients and pesticides force the horticultural industry to adopt a new approach to water management. Is a zero-emission greenhouse feasible?
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Properties of magma influence volcano forecasts

Properties of magma influence volcano forecasts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many volcanoes are located in densely settled areas. Every time one of these becomes active, large populations are put at risk. Hence, one of the primary goals of the current generation of volcanologists is to develop tools that can accurately predict when volcanoes will erupt. In the case of an impending eruption, these tools are of key importance to those charged with making decisions about what action to take and when. "However, the tools available for predicting eruptions are still in their infancy. We can't always successfully predict an eruption as we lack an understanding of how the warning signs that signal a coming catastrophe are generated," says Donald Dingwell, Director of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at LMU.
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Sea temperature changes linked to mystery North Pacific ecosystem shifts

Sea temperature changes linked to mystery North Pacific ecosystem shifts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Longer, less frequent climate fluctuations may be contributing to abrupt and unexplained ecosystem shifts in the North Pacific, according to a study by the University of Exeter.
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Getting Away from it All, on a Wind Turbine

Getting Away from it All, on a Wind Turbine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Looking for a quiet, private place to meditate? NYPost: PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Benedictine monk who works at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 1...
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China needs further action to stop water pollution: vice premier

China needs further action to stop water pollution: vice premier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China faces a "formidable task" to clean up its rivers and lakes and needs a fundamental change in attitudes to prioritize the environment over economic development at all cost, vice premier
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China to relocate almost 1,000 chemical plants in wake of Tianjin blasts

China to relocate almost 1,000 chemical plants in wake of Tianjin blasts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Industry minister, Miao Wei, says local government and companies involved would have to subsidise plans made to help improve pollution levels
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Historic climate-change bills in California Legislature go down to the wire

After passing the Senate by a wide margin in June, the bills face a much tougher test in the Assembly, which is expected to take them up as early as this week. Some moderate Democrats, charging 'coastal elitism,' say the bill will harm the middle-class families they represent in the Central Valley and others are trying to shake down legislative leaders for handouts that benefit their districts.
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The findings that make a nonsense of claims of a 'pause' in global warming

The findings that make a nonsense of claims of a 'pause' in global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate scientists are predicting that 2015 will be the hottest year on record “by a mile”, with the increase in worldwide average temperatures dramatically undermining the idea that global warming has stopped – as some climate-change sceptics claim.
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METHANE: Mandates in Colo., Wyo. didn't prevent job growth

METHANE: Mandates in Colo., Wyo. didn't prevent job growth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Colorado didn't see oil and gas employment fall last year after adopting the air pollution rules serving as a template for new rules proposed by U.S. EPA. In Wyoming, which enacted similar rules around the same time, employment grew by 745 people, or 5 percent. "It's not the job killer that everybody is saying it is," said Eva Henry, one of three county commissioners in Adams County, just south of Weld County. Adams County ranked third in percentage employment gains last year.
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General Mills Sets Ambitious Goal for Greenhouse Gas Cuts

General Mills Sets Ambitious Goal for Greenhouse Gas Cuts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 — not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill. CEO Ken Powell, in outlining the plan to The Associated Press ahead of the company's official announcement Monday, said...
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