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Fewer bees in US threaten almond crop

Fewer bees in US threaten almond crop | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fewer bees are available to pollinate California's growing almond crop. Beekeepers in the US have fewer bees this year because of drought and ongoing colony collapse disorder.
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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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Communication d’influence : Avec le retrait de Lego, Greenpeace fait coup double contre Shell

Communication d’influence : Avec le retrait de Lego, Greenpeace fait coup double contre Shell | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
En parvenant à contraindre Lego de rompre son historique partenariat commercial avec Shell, Greenpeace vient de démontrer une nouvelle fois la puissance d’une campagne virale militante face aux tactiques RP éculées.

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#Rewilding the Land Can #ReconnectUs to the #Natural World

#Rewilding the Land Can #ReconnectUs to the #Natural World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We live in an age of mass extinctions and increasing degradation of our planet. Rewilding - the return of land to a wild state and the reintroduction of animals

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Les objectifs énergie-climat pour 2030 État par État

Les objectifs énergie-climat pour 2030 État par État | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

EXCLUSIF / Euractiv a pu se procurer les documents de négociations révélant les positions de chaque État membre sur les objectifs énergie-climat pour 2030. La semaine prochaine, les dirigeants européens tenteront de trouver un accord sur ces objectifs lors du sommet européen.


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Stéphane NEREAU's curator insight, October 19, 4:36 AM

Le cadre européen pour l'énergie et le climat à l'horizon 2030 prévoit un objectif de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 40 % par rapport au niveau de 1990, une amélioration de l'efficacité énergétique de 30 %, enfin une augmentation de la part des énergies renouvelables de 27 % dans le mix énergétique de l'UE.

Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, October 19, 8:57 AM

En fixant un objectif minimum à atteindre, les États membres souhaitent éviter tout plafonnement des objectifs. Par exemple, cela signifie que les gaz à effet de serre devraient être réduits de 43 à 51 % d’ici 2030 par rapport au niveau de 1990.

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Outlook palls for fossil fuel investments | Kieran Cooke | Climate News Network

Outlook palls for fossil fuel investments | Kieran Cooke | Climate News Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Like most central bank governors, Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, chooses his words carefully.

So the financial community – and government policy makers − sat up and took notice earlier this month when Carney, addressing a World Bank seminar on corporate reporting standards, said he was concerned about investments in fossil fuels.

“The vast majority of reserves are unburnable,” Carney said.

He warned companies, investors and policy makers that they need to avoid what he described as the “tragedy of horizons”, and to look further ahead to meet challenges such as climate change.

Investors are being repeatedly told that money sunk into fossil fuels is not only bad for the climate, but is also potentially seriously dangerous to financial health.

The fundamental idea espoused by a wide spread of influential voices – ranging from the International Energy Association (IEA) to finance funds that have many billions of dollars worth of investments under their control − is that, in order to combat climate change, a large portion of the world’s remaining fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground.

“Not more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if the world is to achieve the 2˚C goal,” the IEA says.

Limiting a rise in average global temperatures to 2˚C by mid-century is considered to be the minimum necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change.

 

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Le marathon de Pékin aurait-il dû être interdit?

Le marathon de Pékin aurait-il dû être interdit? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dimanche, la pollution formait un duvet blanc sur Pékin, mais le marathon prévu a bien eu lieu: les coureurs portaient des masques pour faire face à la nocivité de l'air. «La course, de 42 kilomètres, prenait fin au parc Olympique de la capitale chinoise, en ce jour où les immeubles les plus...

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This celebrity scientist wants Germans to stop recycling. Here's why

This celebrity scientist wants Germans to stop recycling. Here's why | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CraEco-warrior turned chemist Michael Braungart is trying to kickstart a new industrial revolution.


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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, October 19, 11:45 AM

Cradle to cradle.

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Electric Vehicle Market - Nissan Tests "Demand Response" Energy Management System

Electric Vehicle Market - Nissan Tests "Demand Response" Energy Management System | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Nissan is assessing the potential of electric vehicles in energy management systems. [...]  is participating in the "demand response" energy supply and demand system testing together with businesses and government authorities in Japan.


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Duane Tilden's curator insight, October 19, 5:42 PM

>"[...]  Demand response is a strategy to make power grids more efficient by modifying consumers' power consumption in consideration of available energy supply. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 the supply and demand of electricity during peak use hours in Japan has drawn attention. Under the demand response scheme, power companies request aggregators* to use energy conservation measures, and they are compensated for the electricity that they save.

Usually when energy-saving is requested consumers may respond by moderating their use of air conditioning and lighting. However, by using the storage capacity of electric vehicles and Vehicle to Home (V2H) systems, consumers can reduce their use of power at peak times without turning off lights and appliances. This is particularly useful in commercial establishments where it is difficult to turn power off to save electricity.

The demand response scheme involves assessing the usefulness of energy-saving measures using V2H systems during peak-use periods and analyzing the impact of monetary incentives on business. For example, the testing involves a LEAF and LEAF to Home system which is connected to power a Nissan dealer's lighting system during regular business hours using stored battery energy. This reduces electricity demand on the power grid. The aggregator is then compensated for the equivalent of the total amount of electricity that is saved. Two or three tests per month will be conducted on designated days for three hours' each time sometime between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from October 2014 through January 2015.

Effective use of renewable energy and improvements in the efficiency of power generation facilities will enable better energy management in the future and help reduce environmental impact. Field tests using EVs' high-capacity batteries that are being conducted globally are proving their effectiveness in energy management. Additionally, if similar compensation schemes for energy-saving activities were applied to EV owners it could accelerate the wider adoption of EVs and reduce society's carbon footprint.

Nissan has sold more than 142,000 LEAFs globally since launch. The Nissan LEAF's power storage capability in its onboard batteries, coupled with the LEAF to Home power supply system, is proving attractive to many customers. As the leader in Zero Emissions, Nissan is promoting the adoption of EVs to help build a zero-emission society in the future. Along with these energy management field tests, Nissan is actively creating new value through the use of EVs' battery power storage capability and continuing to promote initiatives that will help realize a sustainable low-carbon society.

* Aggregators refers to businesses that coordinate two or more consumers (e.g. plants and offices) and trade with utility companies the total amount of the electricity they have succeeded in curbing."<

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CA: A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon | Carolyn Lochhead | SFGate.com

CA: A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon | Carolyn Lochhead | SFGate.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A compost experiment that began seven years ago on a Marin County ranch has uncovered a disarmingly simple and benign way to remove carbon dioxide from the air, holding the potential to turn the vast rangeland of California and the world into a weapon against climate change.

The concept grew out of a unique Bay Area alignment of a biotech fortune, a world-class research institution and progressive-minded Marin ranchers. It has captured the attention of the White House, the Brown administration, the city of San Francisco, officials in Brazil and China, and even House Republicans, who may not believe in climate change but like the idea that “carbon farming” could mean profits for ranchers.

Experiments on grazing lands in Marin County and the Sierra foothills of Yuba County by UC Berkeley bio-geochemist Whendee Silver showed that a one-time dusting of compost substantially boosted the soil’s carbon storage. The effect has persisted over six years, and Silver believes the carbon will remain stored for at least several decades.

The experiments were instigated by John Wick and his wife, Peggy, heiress to the Amgen biotech fortune, on a 540-acre ranch they bought in Nicasio. What began as a search for an artist’s studio turned into a seven-year, $8 million journey through rangeland ecology that has produced results John Wick calls “the most exciting thing I can think of on the planet right now.”

 

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#Climate Change in South #Asia: 12 Things to Know | Asian Development Bank #floods #environment

#Climate Change in South #Asia: 12 Things to Know | Asian Development Bank #floods #environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unless there is a concerted effort worldwide to cut greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions, South Asia will suffer huge economic, social, and environmental damage from the consequences of climate change.

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The Shell Game of Contingent Employment

The Shell Game of Contingent Employment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As corporations continue to look for ways to skirt government regulations and increase their profit margins, many will continue to hire intermediaries or misclassify workers as a way of outsourcing their responsibility and escaping liability.

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Powering up the poor shouldn't hurt the climate - environment - 19 October 2014 - New Scientist

Powering up the poor shouldn't hurt the climate - environment - 19 October 2014 - New Scientist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When countries get rich, their emissions rise – but connecting poor rural households barely affects greenhouse gas emissions

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Operation IceBridge turns five

Operation IceBridge turns five | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In May 2014, two new studies concluded that a section of the land-based West Antarctic ice sheet had reached a point of inevitable collapse. Meanwhile, fresh observations from September 2014 showed sea ice around Antarctica had reached its greatest extent since the late 1970s.
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Here's a list of aid groups working on the Ebola crisis — and how to donate

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa (and the US) is the worst on record, infecting about 9,000 people and killing about 4,500 as of October 12. The situation still seems out of control. And the longer the outbreak goes on, the greater chance it has of spreading to new locations.

"USAID has a list of 58 aid groups working on the Ebola crisis"

Some readers have been asking what they can do to help. For those interested, the US Agency for International Development has put together a list of 58 non-governmental organizations that are working on the Ebola crisis, with direct links for how to donate to them online (or via snail mail).

The agency is encouraging Americans to donate, according to a recently released statement:

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI) encourages Americans to support relief efforts appropriately and responsibly. Those who wish to help are encouraged to do so by giving monetary donations to trusted and experienced relief organizations, and to refrain from sending material donations such as bottled water, clothing and canned goods, unless they are specifically requested by a responding organization. Monetary donations to relief organizations working directly with disaster-affected people are the most effective way to help.

Some organizations on the list are more obvious players in a health crisis, like Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross.

What's more, because this crisis is affecting some of the poorest countries on Earth (which have also been recently affected by Ebola-related quarantines and air-flight cancelations), food access is also expected to play a major role. That's why organizations like the World Food Program are on the list, too.

Further reading: This piece by Julia Belluz offers some tips on the best ways to donate money — resources like Charity Watch, GiveWell, and Charity Navigator can help assess effectiveness of different non-profits.

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@SeaShepherd founder eyes return as new #shiplaunched - The West Australian

@SeaShepherd founder eyes return as new #shiplaunched - The West Australian | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Marina del Rey (United States) (AFP) - Conservation group Sea Shepherd launch a new ship named after award-winning actor Martin Sheen as its exiled founder said he hopes to return to the US next year.

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Le premier terrain de foot éclairé par l’énergie des joueurs

Le premier terrain de foot éclairé par l’énergie des joueurs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Une favela de Rio de Janeiro s’est dotée en septembre dernier d’un terrain de football unique au monde. Sa pelouse artificielle convertit les déplacements des footballeurs en électricité qui alimente les projecteurs du stade.

 


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10 drivers for sustainability in global food production and consumption

10 drivers for sustainability in global food production and consumption | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At a recent roundtable hosted by the Guardian, experts from industry, research and academia discussed how to make the food system more sustainable. Here are 10 things we learned

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1. Waste less food 2. Look beyond waste 3. Meat matters 4. Reduce post-harvest losses 5. Revisit crop specifications 6. Strengthen governance 7. Shorten supply chains 8. Include restaurants and catering 9. Focus on emerging middle classes 10. Allow cultural change to set in
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20 estudios de mercado imprescindibles para tu estrategia internacional en el sector del agua

20 estudios de mercado imprescindibles para tu estrategia internacional en el sector del agua | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
20 estudios de mercado imprescindibles para tu estrategia internacional en el sector del agua http://t.co/IhKWzt3Kis http://t.co/wemtX6TjIX

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Eurozone stagnation is a greater threat than debt

Eurozone stagnation is a greater threat than debt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It would be wrong to think last week’s global market gyrations signal a return of the eurozone debt crisis. Sovereign bond spreads in the eurozone did not move by much, except in Greece. What happened last week is something rather different.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 19, 11:04 AM

Interesting that the 'secular stagnation' narrative is convincing more economists and pundits. How long before they will recognise that we have entered the post-growth era?

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La France se dote à Pékin d'un lycée «vert» à l'air filtré

La France se dote à Pékin d'un lycée «vert» à l'air filtré | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Le ministre français des Affaires étrangères, Laurent Fabius, a posé dimanche la première pierre du futur lycée français de Pékin, dont l'originalité sera d'offrir aux élèves un air filtré, étant donné la redoutable pollution atmosphérique dans la capitale chinoise.

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Flash Flood Risk Score: An Innovative Approach to Evaluate Flooding

Flash Flood Risk Score: An Innovative Approach to Evaluate Flooding | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. Flooding by the Numbers A review of the annual damage resulting from floods indicates that coastal fl

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6 Degrees: Security Risks, Tornadoes and Earthquakes | Climate Central

6 Degrees: Security Risks, Tornadoes and Earthquakes | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new climate report from the Pentagon, tornado trends, earthquakes and more in this week's top climate news.

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Underwater Houses for a Flooded Future : DNews

Underwater Houses for a Flooded Future : DNews | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you've always dreamed of living in an octopus's garden, this house might be for you. Continue reading →

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Paying the Price of Tar Sands Expansion

A little-known tax break allows companies to write-off half of the cost of new equipment for refining tar sands and shale oil.

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Is Australia's claim to Antarctica at risk?

Is Australia's claim to Antarctica at risk? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While Australia's commitment to a 20-year plan for Antarctica has been welcomed by some it has also raised concerns over the nation's ability to fulfil a credible research role in the south polar region.
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