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Economist Debates: Fracking

Economist Debates: Fracking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Do the benefits derived from shale gas outweigh the drawbacks of fracking?
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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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While #nuclear power has been touted by some energy experts as a so-called "bridge" to help slash carbon emissions, a new study suggests and what about nuclear waste?! #pollution #radioactive

While #nuclear power has been touted by some energy experts as a so-called "bridge" to help slash carbon emissions, a new study suggests and what about nuclear waste?! #pollution #radioactive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Looked at on its own, nuclear power is sometimes noisily propounded as an attractive response to climate change. Yet if alternative options are rigorously compared, questions are raised about cost-effectiveness, timeliness, safety and security."

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#Yurok Tribe Finds Deadly Disease in #Klamath River #Salmon : Indybay

#Yurok Tribe Finds Deadly Disease in #Klamath River #Salmon : Indybay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The depressed salmon run is arriving this fall as the Klamath River Tribes and fishing groups are engaged in litigation against the federal government and federal water contractors over their failure to protect the river’s salmon. On July 29, the Hoopa Valley Tribe filed a lawsuit against the federal government for violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) over management actions that have imperiled Coho salmon on the Klamath. (http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/7/29/1554325/-Hoopa-Valley-Tribe-Files-ESA-Lawsuit-to-Protect-Salmon)

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Picturing the Wild

Picturing the Wild | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How one photographer helped give birth to the National Park Service

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The new economy: A living earth system model

The new economy: A living earth system model | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In this thinkpiece for The Next System Project, David Korten sets out his 'natural case for sharing'. No-one has a right to own or control, for his or her exclusive private benefit, a share of assets essential to living far beyond any conceivable personal need, if this results in depriving others of a means to life, he argues. Redistribution to achieve a semblance of economic democracy is not only just, it is an imperative of a viable human future.

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La pollution des moteurs diesel a des effets sur les fœtus sur 2 générations

La pollution des moteurs diesel a des effets sur les fœtus sur 2 générations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Les pics de pollution aux particules fines sont de plus en plus fréquents et intenses, et des données épidémiologiques montrent que les femmes enceintes exposées ont plus de risques d’avoir des béb…

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Lower pesticide levels in plants still enough to harm bees, study finds

Lower pesticide levels in plants still enough to harm bees, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Neonicotinoid pesticides in bee-friendly plants sold by retailers can kill or harm bees

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#Climat : la chimère du 1,5 °C

#Climat : la chimère du 1,5 °C | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Les responsables politiques s’achètent du temps, avec un énième rapport à venir du GIEC. Pourtant, la succession de catastrophes naturelles des dernières semaines constitue une preuve suffisante que nul n’a le luxe de tergiverser.


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America Is Ignoring the Worst Natural Disaster Since Superstorm Sandy

America Is Ignoring the Worst Natural Disaster Since Superstorm Sandy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southern Louisiana is drowning again. No one seems to care.
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Louisiana flood: Worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross says

Louisiana flood: Worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago, the Red Cross said.
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EIA: Energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas will surpass coal in 2016

EIA: Energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas will surpass coal in 2016 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Utility industry news, voices and jobs for energy industry professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
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Connecting the dots on 2016’s extreme summer weather and global warming

Connecting the dots on 2016’s extreme summer weather and global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The extreme weather events of 2016 show the deadly fingerprints of global warming, scientists say.
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10,000 tons of #toxic water pools in #Fukushima #nuclear plant trenches #radiation #greenpeace #msm

10,000 tons of #toxic water pools in #Fukushima #nuclear plant trenches #radiation #greenpeace #msm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Around 10,000 tons of contaminated water have pooled in underground trenches around the Nos. 1 to 4 reactor buildings of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.

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Extreme drought worsens in Masschusetts | Rob Haneisen | Metrowest Daily News

Extreme drought worsens in Masschusetts | Rob Haneisen | Metrowest Daily News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The weekly report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that the area in Massachusetts experiencing extreme drought conditions has expanded dramatically despite spotty downpours last weekend and this week.

According to the monitor, which is overseen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the area in the state seeing the second highest level of drought jumped from 3.66 percent last week to 16.86 percent this week. The area in extreme drought includes much of MetroWest and the Milford area. The extreme drought area includes the eastern two-thirds of Middlesex County, the northern half of Norfolk County, nearly all of Essex County and all of Suffolk County.

The rest of Middlesex County, southern Norfolk County and all but a small corner of southern Worcester County is in severe drought, according to the monitor.

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FEMA Proposes Rules for Construction in Flood Areas

FEMA Proposes Rules for Construction in Flood Areas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Federal Emergency Management Agency proposed regulations that would require companies and homeowners using federal funds on construction projects in flood-prone areas to build on higher ground—two feet higher, in many cases.

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Science-based targets to achieve Paris Agreement targets

Science-based targets to achieve Paris Agreement targets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Following the Paris COP21 agreement last year, 175 countries have signed the Climate Deal with the target of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees C.

Governments are now ratifying the Agreement, which needs to be approved under domestic laws for each country.

According to Trucost, the retail sector’s carbon emissions would have to be reduced by 76 per cent on average and the telecommunications sector’s emissions by 89 per cent by 2050.


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Une menace pesante : les conteneurs maritimes propagent des organismes nuisibles et des maladies

Une menace pesante : les conteneurs maritimes propagent des organismes nuisibles et des maladies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La Convention internationale pour la protection des végétaux confrontée aux défis du commerce mondialisé

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How do we hold corporations like Monsanto to account?

How do we hold corporations like Monsanto to account? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Monsanto may not be a household name in the UK but as one of the world's leading seed and chemical companies, its activities affect us all. Its best-selling weedkiller is made from a chemical called glyphosate that the World Health Organisation has found to probably cause cancer. Yet its use is now so widespread that traces are found in one out of every three loaves of bread in the UK.

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"La transition écologique est un beau projet politique. Pourquoi hésiter ?"

"La transition écologique est un beau projet politique. Pourquoi hésiter ?" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pour l'économiste Gaël Giraud, la probabilité qu'une catastrophe planétaire liée au climat se produise est de 10%. Très inquiétant. Mais pas inéluctable

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Consumers seem to like environment-friendly options if they’re available

Consumers seem to like environment-friendly options if they’re available | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If offset info is available, most consumers are willing to pay environmental costs
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Welcome to the Arctic, Fish | Hakai Magazine

Welcome to the Arctic, Fish | Hakai Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the climate changes, the Arctic Ocean beckons Pacific salmon and other species. How will we fish responsibly?
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Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change

Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Though countries like Bangladesh have contributed little to the industrial pollution driving climate change, they will suffer the most from the devastating consequences.
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Uncharted Waters: An Uncertain Future For Dungeness Crabs on U.S. West Coast by : Yale Environment 360

Uncharted Waters: An Uncertain Future For Dungeness Crabs on U.S. West Coast by : Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dungeness crab is one of the most valuable commercial fisheries on the U.S. West Coast, worth nearly $170 million in Washington, Oregon, and California in 2014. These crabs are also a vital part of the region’s marine food web, their larvae serving as prey for numerous fish species. But as acidifying waters alter the chemistry of the world’s oceans, scientists and fishermen are just beginning to understand how this economically, culturally, and ecologically important species will be impacted.
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Panel: TEPCO’s ‘ice wall’ failing at Fukushima nuclear plant:The Asahi Shimbun

Panel: TEPCO’s ‘ice wall’ failing at Fukushima nuclear plant:The Asahi Shimbun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s “frozen wall of earth” has failed to prevent groundwater from entering th
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Ocean Slime Spreading Quickly Across the Earth

Ocean Slime Spreading Quickly Across the Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Toxic algae blooms, perhaps accelerated by ocean warming and other climate shifts, are spreading, poisoning marine life and people.
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