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Why, Despite the Boom in Oil Production, are Gasoline Prices Still High?

Why, Despite the Boom in Oil Production, are Gasoline Prices Still High? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
a look at why, despite the oil boom being experienced in the US, the gasoline prices are still high. One of the problems is that demand has risen even faster than supply
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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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US Oil Production Nears Previous Peak | OilPrice.com

US Oil Production Nears Previous Peak | OilPrice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
EIA’s monthly energy review indicates that the U.S 2015 oil production is nearing the 1970’s production records of over 10 million barrels per day
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How America's Poor Sell Their Blood Plasma to Get By

How America's Poor Sell Their Blood Plasma to Get By | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Donating" twice a week isn't an act of charity—it's a job.
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An Escalating Migrant Crisis and an Intensifying Search for Solutions

An Escalating Migrant Crisis and an Intensifying Search for Solutions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The crisis has exposed vulnerabilities in the European Union’s open border policy, a fundamental tenet of the continental union.
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Increase seen in bicycle-related injuries, hospital admissions

Increase seen in bicycle-related injuries, hospital admissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Between 1998 and 2013, there was a large increase in bicycle-related injuries and hospital admissions of adults in the United States, with the increase in injuries driven by more injuries among adults older than 45 years of age, according to a study in the September 1 issue of JAMA.
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Wireless charging and discharging for electric vehicles

Wireless charging and discharging for electric vehicles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the future, a wireless charging system will allow electric cars not only to charge their batteries, but also to feed energy back into the power grid, helping to stabilize it. The cost-effective charging system achieves high levels of efficiency across the whole power range, from 400 watts to 3.6 kilowatts, while the car and the charging coil can be up to 20 centimeters apart. Fraunhofer researchers are presenting their prototype from September 15 to 18, 2015 at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt (Hall 4, Booth D33).
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It never rains but it pours—climate change and drought

It never rains but it pours—climate change and drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Droughts have been getting a lot of press lately. From affects on agriculture in California to the water rationing in Puerto Rico, and a near miss on rice paddy losses in North Korea; droughts are affecting ecosystems around the globe. And then come the floods. Mudslides, eroded banks and a photo on the evening news of a man in a canoe floating down his driveway.
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Climate change will irreversibly force key ocean bacteria into overdrive

Climate change will irreversibly force key ocean bacteria into overdrive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Imagine being in a car with the gas pedal stuck to the floor, heading toward a cliff's edge. Metaphorically speaking, that's what climate change will do to the key group of ocean bacteria known as Trichodesmium, scientists have discovered.
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Study shows increase in concurrent droughts and heat waves in US

Study shows increase in concurrent droughts and heat waves in US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with the University of California has found that heat waves and droughts overlapping occurred more frequently during a twenty year span between 1990 and 2010 than occurred during the twenty year span 1960 to 1980. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Omid Mazdiyasni and Amir AghaKouchak describe their study and suggest their results indicate a statistically significant shift in concurrent extremes.
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Explosion at Chinese Chemical Plant Is Said to Kill at Least 1

Explosion at Chinese Chemical Plant Is Said to Kill at Least 1 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The blast occurred in Shandong Province on Monday night, according to a report in the Chinese news media, and the fire was put out by early Tuesday.
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Training Midwives to Save Expectant Mothers in Chiapas

Training Midwives to Save Expectant Mothers in Chiapas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Mexican state, like many poor areas, has a high death rate among mothers in childbirth. In an effort to change that, village midwives are being linked to modern medicine.
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Obama to Call for More Icebreakers in Arctic as U.S. Seeks Foothold

Obama to Call for More Icebreakers in Arctic as U.S. Seeks Foothold | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Coast Guard has the equivalent of just two “fully functional” heavy icebreakers, according to the White House, while Russia has 41.
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New study reveals the possibility of hurricanes ‘unlike anything you’ve seen in history’

New study reveals the possibility of hurricanes ‘unlike anything you’ve seen in history’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers refer to these possible storms as "gray swans," riffing on the concept of a "black swan" event. Are we prepared?
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The American Lawn: A Eulogy

The American Lawn: A Eulogy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Grasses—green, neatly trimmed, symbols of civic virtue—shaped the national landscape. They have now outlived their purpose.
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Outrage builds over mentally ill man shot by off-duty cop at hospital

Outrage builds over mentally ill man shot by off-duty cop at hospital | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
He came in for mental health treatment, and almost died in the process.
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Fires Turn Night to Day on Lake Baikal

Fires Turn Night to Day on Lake Baikal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Description via google translate: Noon on the lake, as the sunrise on the planet Crematorium. PZTs.Eto no night is day. That's what's going on Baikal. 20 percent of the world's free fresh water is ...
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Simplified handwashing steps help reduce sickness-related absenteeism for kids

Simplified handwashing steps help reduce sickness-related absenteeism for kids | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A simplified handwashing routine, with five steps instead of seven, helps to reduce sickness-related absenteeism for students with mild intellectual disability (MID), according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
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All eyes on the oceans—James Hansen and sea level rise

All eyes on the oceans—James Hansen and sea level rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On July 23, James Hansen and 16 co-authors posted a discussion paper on an open-review website about sea level rise and climate change. The article has garnered massive attention around the internet and scientific communities — both for its content and for the unconventional manner in which it was published.
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Large parks key to city success

Large parks key to city success | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cities should feature compact development alongside large, contiguous green spaces to maximize benefits of urban ecosystems to humans, research led by the University of Exeter has concluded.
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Study looks at immediate health benefits of renewable energy plants

Study looks at immediate health benefits of renewable energy plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with affiliations to several institutions in the Boston area has conducted a study to determine the immediate health benefits to different parts of the country if coal or gas fired plants were replaced with solar or wind farms. In their paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the team describes how they created their models and why they believe they could be used to help with planning energy systems in the future.
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Toxic Algae Bloom on Ohio River Continues to Spread

Toxic Algae Bloom on Ohio River Continues to Spread | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are two specific areas the Monroe County Health Department is warning people about that tested positive for the algae.
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Ocean pollution means 'almost every seabird' will eat plastic by 2050

Ocean pollution means 'almost every seabird' will eat plastic by 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Almost every seabird – from the gregarious kittiwake to the wandering albatross – will have eaten some kind of plastic object by the middle of this century, a systematic survey of marine pollution has found.
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U.N. climate talks begin divided, but with hope for Paris accord

U.N. climate talks begin divided, but with hope for Paris accord | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chances that governments will work out a U.N. accord to combat climate change in December seem brighter than in the run-up to a failed attempt in 2009, experts said as delegates from almost 200
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Hunger rises in Somalia as el Nino floods loom: U.N

Hunger rises in Somalia as el Nino floods loom: U.N | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of Somalis in hunger has risen in the past six months, the United Nations said on Monday, predicting a further spike as the Horn of Africa nation braces itself for the worst flooding in decades.
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