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Connecting Depressed Wages to High Oil Prices and Growth Limits | The Energy Collective

Connecting Depressed Wages to High Oil Prices and Growth Limits | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I discovered a disturbing connection between high oil prices and flattening or declining wages
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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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Flagging flu-shot rate worries CDC

Flagging flu-shot rate worries CDC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The flu-vaccination rate sagged in the United States last season, causing concern among public health officials that more Americans might wave off a flu shot this year.
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Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices?

Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lawmakers are venting outrage over high prescription drug costs, but lawmakers and presidents of both parties may have set the stage for the startling prices that have consumers on edge.
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Record high to record low—what on Earth is happening to Antarctica's sea ice?

Record high to record low—what on Earth is happening to Antarctica's sea ice? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It may not seem unusual in a warming world to hear that Antarctica's sea ice – the ice that forms each winter as the surface layer of the ocean freezes – is reducing. But this year's record low comes hot on the heels of record high sea ice just two years ago. Overall, Antarctica's sea ice has been growing, not shrinking. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-high-lowwhat-earth-antarctica-sea.html#jCp

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Groups Slam Republican AGs Big Oil Collusion to Protect ExxonMobil

Groups Slam Republican AGs Big Oil Collusion to Protect ExxonMobil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental and advocacy groups on Thursday responded to recent reports that Republican attorneys general colluded with fossil fuel lobbyists to shield ExxonMobil from fraud investigations, saying the revelations were a clear case of industry corruption.
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Earth's CO2 Passes the 400 PPM Threshold--Maybe Permanently

Earth's CO2 Passes the 400 PPM Threshold--Maybe Permanently | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carbon dioxide levels often hit lows in September, but now remain above a crucial benchmark  
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Why the silence about climate change?

Why the silence about climate change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Our surveys have repeatedly shown that most Americans are interested in the issue of global warming and consider it personally important. But we've also found that for most Americans, climate change is not a common topic of conversation or something they hear about much in their daily lives.
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A Global Timeline to Net-Zero Emissions

A Global Timeline to Net-Zero Emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last week turned out to be a busy one on the climate calendar, with multiple events across Europe and North America.
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'Trump's promises are empty': energy experts lay waste to proposals

'Trump's promises are empty': energy experts lay waste to proposals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From making coal great again to ‘cancelling’ the Paris accord, industry analysts say his ideas are farfetched and his talk of climate change as a ‘hoax’ is dangerous
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NASA Is Sinking:  Kennedy Space Center Threatened By Rising Sea Levels

NASA Is Sinking:  Kennedy Space Center Threatened By Rising Sea Levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The space agency has some valuable property in Florida that is pretty vulnerable to climate change.

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New York City accelerates emissions efforts in face of daunting sea level rise

New York City accelerates emissions efforts in face of daunting sea level rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
City to expand renewable energy generation, improve efficiency of buildings, transition to electric vehicles and improve waste management to cut emissions
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Disappearing Ice Means New Ways of Life for Arctic Birds

Disappearing Ice Means New Ways of Life for Arctic Birds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As climate change causes Arctic ice to melt, birds are adapting and finding new ways to survive.
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Florida health officials looking for Zika have found a case of dengue

Florida health officials looking for Zika have found a case of dengue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Florida health officials who have been testing thousands of residents for Zika virus have found another infection: dengue virus.
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Parents cite lack of need as reason for not getting kids flu shots

Parents cite lack of need as reason for not getting kids flu shots | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite the fact that influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, parents frequently decline vaccinating their children against influenza because they don'
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What you need to know this flu season

What you need to know this flu season | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As flu season approaches, medical experts have some new recommendations – along with some old standards – on how to reduce your chances of getting sick.
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Lawsuit: ExxonMobil polluted river, ignored climate change

Lawsuit: ExxonMobil polluted river, ignored climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ExxonMobil has polluted the Mystic River while failing to plan for the potentially severe impacts of climate change at its Boston-area fuel storage terminal, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by an environmental advocac
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Scientists: World likely won't avoid dangerous warming mark

Scientists: World likely won't avoid dangerous warming mark | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team of top scientists is telling world leaders to stop congratulating themselves on the Paris agreement to fight climate change because if more isn't done, global temperatures will likely hit dangerous warming levels i
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Undermining Democracy, Corporations Pouring Millions into Local Ballot Fights

Undermining Democracy, Corporations Pouring Millions into Local Ballot Fights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to Public Citizen, the corporate-backed campaigns have an average of 10-to-1 financial advantage over their mostly grassroots opponents
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Blog | Climate Reality

WELCOME TO THE SEPTEMBER EDITION OF REALITY NOW


Get the latest thinking on climate change from some of the leaders in the field.

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Addicted to Oil: U.S. Gasoline Consumption is Higher than Ever

Addicted to Oil: U.S. Gasoline Consumption is Higher than Ever | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
August was the biggest month ever for U.S. gasoline consumption. Americans used a staggering 9.7 million barrels per day. That’s more than a gallon per day for every U.S. man, woman and child.
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Future Personal Mobility Visions, Part 1: Car-Free Lifestyles

Future Personal Mobility Visions, Part 1: Car-Free Lifestyles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Massive effort is being invested to reinvent the car, but the most influential future technologies may be those that avoid the car altogether. 

Two such technologies are analysed in this article: advanced telecommunications and small electric vehicles. 

Potential economic benefits for these two technology classes are estimated at $18500/year and $10000/year respectively. 

In addition, these technologies complement each other and will synergize well with future autonomous vehicles.
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Oh great — scientists just confirmed a key new source of greenhouse gases

Oh great — scientists just confirmed a key new source of greenhouse gases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers say dammed reservoirs may be contributing as much as a billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per year, mostly in the form of methane.
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Mini-nuclear reactors could be operating in the UK by 2030 - report

Mini-nuclear reactors could be operating in the UK by 2030 - report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Energy Technologies Institute argues small modular reactors capable of delivering clean power and heat could be in place by 2030 if the right policy framework is put in place, reports BusinessGreen
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Climate data: business opportunity? - Yale Climate Connections

Climate data: business opportunity? - Yale Climate Connections | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A trove of climate data in Asheville, N.C. could drive both innovation and new jobs.
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Looking to the Earth Itself as a Climate Solution

Looking to the Earth Itself as a Climate Solution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As President Obama scrambles to seal his climate legacy before he leaves office, his administration is taking a serious look downward—at soil.The administration is intent on developing its plan to meet the emissions reductions goals it agreed to in last year’s Paris climate accord, and that plan will likely outline how farmland, with its huge potential to sequester carbon, will play a key role.
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Mystery Zika case in Utah was likely spread through sweat or tears

Mystery Zika case in Utah was likely spread through sweat or tears | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New details suggest severe Zika infection could increase the risk of transmission.
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