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James Hansen Slams Joe Nocera For Failure To 'Understand Basic Economics' And Selective Quotation | ThinkProgress

James Hansen Slams Joe Nocera For Failure To 'Understand Basic Economics' And Selective Quotation | ThinkProgress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You might think an A-list business reporter for the NY Times would know basic economics. But not in the case of Joe Nocera.
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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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Major Environmental Group Endorses Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Bid

Major Environmental Group Endorses Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Bid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Friends of the Earth Action endorsed Sanders in New Hampshire.
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Probiotic Intervention Affects Mood

Probiotic Intervention Affects Mood | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As such, the probiotic intervention could be looked upon as representing an actual medical treatment. Imagine that, giving bacteria to treat mood disorders!
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We Are All Confident Idiots

We Are All Confident Idiots | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise. A leading researcher on the psychology of human wrongness sets us straight.
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Renewable Energy Emerging Global Juggernaut

Renewable Energy Emerging Global Juggernaut | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Orlando Sentinel:  Orlando's electricity provider struck a deal this week for solar energy that will cost less than energy from the utility's coal and natural-gas plants. "We really are at a tippin...
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Iran Heat Index hits 165

Iran Heat Index hits 165 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, It's Not a Dry Heat. Jason Samenow for Capital Weather Gang: Wherever you live or happen to travel to, never complain about the heat and humidity again. In the city of Bandar Mahshah...
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Fumes from Iowa hog-manure pit kill father and son

Fumes from Iowa hog-manure pit kill father and son | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's the second time this has happened this month.
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'Brain-eating amoeba' found in water supply near New Orleans - BBC News

'Brain-eating amoeba' found in water supply near New Orleans - BBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
US health officials confirm the presence of a 'brain-eating' amoeba in the water supply of several communities near New Orleans.
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How Mass Incarceration Takes a Toll on the Environment

How Mass Incarceration Takes a Toll on the Environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Both prisoners and surrounding communities are affected by this under-studied issue.
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New Belgium Brewing takes on a Colorado coal mine

New Belgium Brewing takes on a Colorado coal mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The famous brewery inadvertently got on the wrong side of workers at a local mine because of its stands against fracking.
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India will be most populous country sooner than thought, UN says

India will be most populous country sooner than thought, UN says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Demographers have known for some time that the number of people in India would surpass the number in China, the two most populous countries in the world. But they did not anticipate that the change would happen so quickly.
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Island nations seek UN help combatting climate change

Island nations seek UN help combatting climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - More than a dozen small island nations made an urgent appeal to the UN Security Council for help in combatting climate...
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Orion Magazine | Concrete Progress: From Waste to Watts at One of the World's Biggest Automobile Plants

Orion Magazine | Concrete Progress: From Waste to Watts at One of the World's Biggest Automobile Plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Concrete Progress is an ongoing series of columns by Peter Brewitt devoted to exploring America’s infrastructure. It is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure project. Above: a landfill flare burns off excess Continue reading →
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As we prepare for the UN climate talks, a look at what’s changed since Copenhagen

As we prepare for the UN climate talks, a look at what’s changed since Copenhagen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Is the world better suited for an agreement than it was in 2009?
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Scientists fear toxic algae bloom spreading on Pacific coast | Al Jazeera America

Scientists fear toxic algae bloom spreading on Pacific coast | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stretching from southern California to Alaska, this year’s blooms thought to be the largest ever recorded
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A Brief History of Basic Income Ideas

A Brief History of Basic Income Ideas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In Thomas More’s Utopia, published in Louvain in 1516, the Portuguese traveller Raphael Nonsenso, walking on the central square of the City of Antwerp, narrates a conversation he says he had with John Morton, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Such a scheme, he argued, would be a more astute way of fighting theft than sentencing thieves to death, which had the unpleasant side effect of increasing the murder rate.


No penalty on earth will stop people from stealing, if it is their only way of getting food.

It would be far more to the point to provide everyone with somne means of livelihood

 
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The Weekend Wonk: Richard Alley on Climate History and CO2

The Weekend Wonk: Richard Alley on Climate History and CO2 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Great time saver. 4.6 billion years in 25 minutes. Also great review of the main points of climate change 101 - in case you are going to a barbecue with Uncle Dittohead this weekend. Description: N...
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A Mine is a Terrible Thing: Why Coal Continues to Crash

A Mine is a Terrible Thing: Why Coal Continues to Crash | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NRDC Switchboard: Over the past year the Big 3 of the US coal industry (Peabody Energy, Arch Coal, and Alpha Natural) have seen their combined market cap fall from $6bln to $350mln and their fundin...
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Devastating floods might be more common than we thought, study says

Devastating floods might be more common than we thought, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Keep the sandbags handy. Previous flood assessments have underestimated the actual risk of dangerous floods in many parts of the country, according to a new study. By looking back at the historical weather records, researchers have found an important synergy between two flood risk factors in coastal zones that has often gone overlooked.
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Ottawa plans to ban microbeads over environmental concerns

Ottawa plans to ban microbeads over environmental concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The federal government has announced it intends to ban the microbeads used in personal care products, after a scientific review found that the tiny particles pose a potential risk to the environment.
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Koch-Linked Group Floats Unlikely Scheme to Derail Obama Carbon Regulations

Koch-Linked Group Floats Unlikely Scheme to Derail Obama Carbon Regulations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the Obama administration poised to issue its sweeping rules to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a Texas-based conservative think tank is making a far-fetched bid to quash the new regulations.
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CLIMATE: GOP leaders shift subtly on warming as Democrats talk boldly

CLIMATE: GOP leaders shift subtly on warming as Democrats talk boldly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's not the seismic shift environmentalists hope to see one day, but there is evidence that a few Republicans both on and off the campaign trail are searching for a new language on climate change. GOP presidential contenders who hope to capture their party's moderate votes in the primaries -- notably former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham -- have made statements acknowledging the man-made climate change that voters, according to polls, believe is occurring.
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As salmon vanish in the dry Pacific Northwest, so does Native heritage

As salmon vanish in the dry Pacific Northwest, so does Native heritage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Human development has lowered salmon populations for years, but drought could be the final blow.
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Hot stuff: Generating power from waste heat

ANY sufficiently advanced technology, as Arthur C. Clarke once observed, is indistinguishable from magic. And one that seems routinely to be ascribed magical...
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Major S.F. Bayfront Developments Advance Despite Sea Rise Warnings | San Francisco Public Press

Major S.F. Bayfront Developments Advance Despite Sea Rise Warnings | San Francisco Public Press | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Builders plan to invest more than $21 billion in offices and homes in flood-prone areas, where waters could climb 8 feet above today’s high tide by the end of this century.

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