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Chinese Companies Projected To Make Solar Panels for 42 Cents Per Watt In 2015 | ThinkProgress

Chinese Companies Projected To Make Solar Panels for 42 Cents Per Watt In 2015 | ThinkProgress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Future cost drops from Chinese crystalline silicon solar producers will not be as steep as recent years, but they will still be significant.
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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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Whale, dolphin beach themselves on NE Fla. beaches

Whale, dolphin beach themselves on NE Fla. beaches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A whale beached itself in southern St. Johns County on Tuesday afternoon, and a dolphin beached itself in Atlantic Beach on Tuesday morning. Both have since died.
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Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers

Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday said.
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Sugar substitutes linked to obesity

Sugar substitutes linked to obesity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Artificial sweetener seems to change gut microbiome.
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How Indoor Air Pollution Kills Millions — And How Solar Could Help Save Them

How Indoor Air Pollution Kills Millions — And How Solar Could Help Save Them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The indoor air pollution from fuels the global poor burn to cook and light and heat their homes cause as many as 4.3 million deaths a year. Here's how solar power could begin alleviating the problem.
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Some See Garbage, Others See an Opportunity: Installing Solar on Landfills

Some See Garbage, Others See an Opportunity: Installing Solar on Landfills | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Green Mountain Power just broke ground on a 2-MW photovoltaic plant in Rutland, Vermont. While some other large PV systems planned for the area have met with strong opposition (some residents worry large, ground-mount solar arrays will be an eyesore on the state’s pastoral landscape)
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This Changes Everything: Naomi Klein Is Right, Unchecked Capitalism Will Destroy Civilization

This Changes Everything: Naomi Klein Is Right, Unchecked Capitalism Will Destroy Civilization | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Naomi Klein has a new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate.” She argues that because we ignored scientists' warnings for 25 years, humanity faces a stark choice: The end of civilization as we know it or the end of capitalism as we know it. It shouldn't be a tough choice, right?
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#MintCasts: 22 yr. Old Mayoral Candidate Demolishes Two Party System

#MintCasts: 22 yr. Old Mayoral Candidate Demolishes Two Party System | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With his acute honesty and refreshing take on the American electoral process, Alex Fidel may represent the future of politics in America.
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Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s like Florida’s version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region’s economy.
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U.S. Moves to Reduce Global Warming Emissions

U.S. Moves to Reduce Global Warming Emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is moving to cut emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
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China Bans Use of Coal With High Ash or Sulfur to Fight Smog

China will ban sales and imports of coal with high ash or sulfur in a move to promote cleaner types of the fuel and improve the nation’s air quality.
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Researchers seek to solve puzzle of swallow decline

Researchers seek to solve puzzle of swallow decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WOLFVILLE — “O tell her, Swallow, that thy brood is flown.”
Those words by Alfred Lord Tennyson may be more apt now than when the British Victorian poet wrote them.
Swallows, along with other birds that feed primarily on flying insects, are experiencing the greatest population decline of any group of birds in North America.
The province was forced to add barn swallows to its list of protected species last year, after the birds experienced a drop of 60 to 98 per cent in numbers in recent years.
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Green Latinos: Will environmental worries dispel idea of one-issue voters? | Al Jazeera America

Green Latinos: Will environmental worries dispel idea of one-issue voters? | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In some key races, Hispanics who care about climate, air quality could provide key support for candidates
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The Energy Department Just Announced $4 Billion For Projects That Fight Global Warming

The Energy Department Just Announced $4 Billion For Projects That Fight Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Department of Energy said it's interested in supporting innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions.
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MAB_2014.pdf Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers

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Video: Katharine Hayhoe: Climate Change Evangelist | Watch Secret Life of Scientists Online | PBS Video

Watch online: Katharine Hayhoe: Climate Change Evangelist from Secret Life of Scientists. On demand, streaming video from PBS
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Ditching cars for buses, bikes best way to cut city pollution - study

Ditching cars for buses, bikes best way to cut city pollution - study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A radical change in the way people get around cities would cut carbon dioxide emissions
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UN chief will join massive People’s Climate March to seek solutions to global warming

UN chief will join massive People’s Climate March to seek solutions to global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation made the age of extreme weather impossible for New Yorkers to ignore, our city is about to host the largest mass protest around global warming in history.
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How Fossil Fuels Make Inequality Worse

How Fossil Fuels Make Inequality Worse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jobs, health, safety, or concentration of wealth: fossil fuels help the well-off at the expense of the less well-off
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Fossil Fuel Development in the Arctic is a Bad Investment | EPI

Fossil Fuel Development in the Arctic is a Bad Investment | EPI | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Even master chess players can miss a great move when they have been primed to look for a different one. To explore this phenomenon, researchers tracked master chess players’ eye movements when given chessboards with different layouts. With the first board, players could reach checkmate using a familiar move. When given the second chessboard, the players' eyes kept looking at the pieces involved in the familiar move instead of scanning the whole board. In effect, the initial solution blinded them to new and better opportunities.

 

In a similar fashion, the world has become blinded by oil and gas as the familiar ways to run the economy and so is proceeding to look for them in hard-to-reach places like the Arctic, even as the costs mount and the returns diminish. An example of the world being set in its ways was the announcement on August 28th that Royal Dutch Shell, despite many setbacks in recent years, submitted plans to the U.S. government to again drill for oil offshore of Alaska as early as summer 2015.

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Mount Polley tailings spill effects could last for decades

Mount Polley tailings spill effects could last for decades | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
No matter how hard Imperial Metals works to clean up the Mount Polley disaster, B.C. salmon will be exposed to pollutants
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Scott calls for scrutiny of Big Sugar development plan

Scott calls for scrutiny of Big Sugar development plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday called for state regulators to pay “special attention” to potential effects on the Everglades that could come from sugar industry development plans for farmland south of Lake Okeechobee .
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Obama delays key power plant rule of signature climate change plan

Obama delays key power plant rule of signature climate change plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A week before major UN talks on climate change, EPA extends comment period for rule to cut carbon pollution from plants
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The obstacle to treating China's contaminated soil is finding someone to pay

The obstacle to treating China's contaminated soil is finding someone to pay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - Nearly four years after a massive state-run steel mill on the outskirts of Beijing was closed to help cut smog in the Chinese capital, little has been done to clean up the contaminated
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Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise

Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LONDON, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 22 million people were forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters last year and the numbers uprooted could increase as urban populations grow,
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Mine spill devastates Mexican farmers

Mine spill devastates Mexican farmers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"There are no buyers," said Adrian Villa Acuna, the ranch owner, hiding his frown underneath a white hat. "No one wants milk from the Sonora River."


Growers, cattle ranchers and dairy farmers such as Acuna are bearing the brunt of a man-made ecological disaster after 40,000 cubic metres of acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals spilled into the river  from a mine on August 6.


Grupo Mexico, the massive mining conglomerate which owns the Buenavista del Cobre mine in northern Sonora, initially said it was due to heavy rains but later recognised it was due to a structural failure in a containment pond.


Mexican Environmental Minister Juan José Guerra Abud called it " the worst natural disaster provoked by the mining industry in the modern history of Mexico ". 

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