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Fire in Chinese coal mine kills 11 people | MINING.com

Fire in Chinese coal mine kills 11 people | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Search and rescue team looks for two missing people.
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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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New evidence shows Affordable Care Act is working in Texas

New evidence shows Affordable Care Act is working in Texas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The percentage of Texans without health insurance has dropped by 30 percent since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, cutting the state's uninsured rate below 1999 levels. That's one of the conclusions of a ne
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Researcher shows cool roofs cut energy consumption year-round

Researcher shows cool roofs cut energy consumption year-round | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the summer heats up, so do cities. That's true not just for hot places like Los Angeles and Phoenix, but also for cooler capitals like Ottawa and Reykjavik.
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Researchers uncover extensive Twitter-based cyber espionage campaign targeting UAE dissidents, journalists

Researchers uncover extensive Twitter-based cyber espionage campaign targeting UAE dissidents, journalists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab reveals a sophisticated international cyber-espionage campaign targeting journalists and activists whose work concerns the United Arab Emirates. The campaign use
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Like to get more bang for your sustainability-boosting buck? Here's how.

Like to get more bang for your sustainability-boosting buck? Here's how. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manufacturers, retailers, governments and other buyers are under a lot of pressure these days to preferentially purchase products with relatively low environmental footprints. But options can be overwhelming: Is it bette
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A Bordeaux, mobilisation contre les pesticides sur le vin... et les autres cultures

A  Bordeaux, mobilisation contre les pesticides sur le vin... et les autres cultures | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Depuis février, des associations girondines se mobilisent contre l’usage des pesticides par l’industrie viticole. Elles interpellent ce mardi François Hollande, qui inaugure la nouvelle Cité du vin de Bordeaux. Les professionnels du vin de Bordeaux envisagent officiellement la fin des pesticides.

Bordeaux (Gironde), correspondance

Avec ses rondeurs, sa tour et ses façades en verre, c’est un bâtiment qui ne passe pas inaperçu. Construit au bord de la Garonne, dans le quartier des Bassins à flot en (...)

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The duty to care for our common home

Femke Wijdekop makes the case for Ecocide to become a crime under international law..

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#Climat : face à la forte pression de ses #actionnaires, #Exxon � ne cède pas

#Climat : face à la forte pression de ses #actionnaires, #Exxon � ne cède pas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
L'assemblée générale du géant pétrolier, le 25 mai à Dallas au Texas, a donné lieu à une démonstration de force des partisans d'une meilleure prise en compte du changement climatique. La résolution phare, pour la "mesure du risque carbone", a été rejetée, mais elle a tout de même recueilli 38,2% de votes favorables. "Le monde va devoir continuer à utiliser des énergies fossiles, que les gens aiment ça ou pas", a répété de son côté le PDG d'Exxon.
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#Tarsands oil is as bad for #health as it is for #climate. fuck #BigOil #Shell #BP #Qwait #Exxon

#Tarsands oil is as bad for #health as it is for #climate. fuck #BigOil #Shell #BP #Qwait #Exxon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study found air pollution around Alberta's tar sand operations to rival a major city.
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Record Rain Events a Global Pattern

Record Rain Events a Global Pattern | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This weekend's record flooding in Germany was a reminder of one of the most basic, first-order-physics predictions of climate science - warmer air holds more moisture. The pattern of increase in record breaking precipitation events is well documented and global, as my friend Stephan Rahmstorf reminded me this morning with a graph from a recent…
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Species Extinction Linked to Hydropower Dams

Species Extinction Linked to Hydropower Dams | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hydropower dams have a detrimental effect on species populating the areas where they’re created, says a recent study.
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Intruding marine vegetation to drastically change Antarctica's ecosystem

Intruding marine vegetation to drastically change Antarctica's ecosystem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drifting marine plants and animals provide a drastic threat to the survival of Antarctica's rare and delicate ecosystem.
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How chemical found in food containers can weaken children's teeth

How chemical found in food containers can weaken children's teeth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bisphenol A (BPA), which is found in items such as refillable drinks bottles, can stop youngsters’ dental enamel developing properly, a group of French researchers say.
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Honeybees pick up 'astonishing' number of pesticides via non-crop plants

Honeybees pick up 'astonishing' number of pesticides via non-crop plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Purdue University study shows that honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a hos
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Volvo Trucks' new concept truck cuts fuel consumption by more than 30%

Volvo Trucks' new concept truck cuts fuel consumption by more than 30% | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With support from the Swedish Energy Agency, Volvo Trucks has developed a new concept vehicle, the Volvo Concept Truck. It is the result of a five year long research project aimed at creating more energy-efficient vehicles
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Study shows it is possible to save money and reduce carbon dioxide emission by using more energy

Study shows it is possible to save money and reduce carbon dioxide emission by using more energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What is the most optimal energy behaviour in everyday life with variable electricity prices? Researchers at Aarhus University have carried out extensive theoretical mapping of the way private consumers can save money fo
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Turning human waste into next generation biofuel

Turning human waste into next generation biofuel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea, have found a new way to convert human waste into renewable energy sources.
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Forest-destroying palm oil powers cars in EU: report

Forest-destroying palm oil powers cars in EU: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Palm oil produced on tropical plantations that drive deforestation has become a major biofuel for vehicles in the European Union, industry figures released Tuesday by an environmental group revealed.
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Setsuna, la voiture anti-obsolescence à transmettre à ses petits enfants

Setsuna, la voiture anti-obsolescence à transmettre à ses petits enfants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
En avril dernier, Toyota a dévoilé un véhicule qui ne ressemble en rien à ceux que l’on peut habituellement voir dans les salons auto. Entièrement réalisée de bois et électrique, la Setsun
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Plus de 45 millions de personnes sont réduites à une forme moderne d'esclavage dans le monde

Plus de 45 millions de personnes sont réduites à une forme moderne d'esclavage dans le monde | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Plus de 45 millions de personnes dans le monde sont réduites à une forme moderne d'esclavage, dont les deux tiers en Asie-Pacifique, selon une étude publiée ce mard

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Climate talks in Bonn: Devil in the details | Environment | DW.COM | 27.05.2016

Climate talks in Bonn: Devil in the details | Environment | DW.COM | 27.05.2016 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2015, a new landmark climate deal was reached. But now the political blueprint has to be turned into a workable plan. Negotiations in Bonn were the first step.

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As Disaster Risks Rise, 20 Nations Get Help to Prepare

As Disaster Risks Rise, 20 Nations Get Help to Prepare | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new program will enable 20 countries to better respond to shocks such as floods and droughts due to climate change.

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$50 Oil Doesn’t Work

$50 Oil Doesn’t Work | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
$50 per barrel oil is clearly less impossible to live with than $30 per barrel oil, because most businesses cannot make a profit with $30 per barrel oil. But is $50 per barrel oil helpful? I would argue that it really is not. When oil was over $100 per barrel, human beings in many countries…
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Deep Waters Keep Antarctic Ocean Cool Amid Global Warming

Deep Waters Keep Antarctic Ocean Cool Amid Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers said they’ve found an oceanic pattern responsible for keeping temperatures in the Southern Ocean relatively stable.
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Old and on the Street: The Graying of America’s Homeless

Old and on the Street: The Graying of America’s Homeless | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The emergence of an older homeless population is creating daunting challenges for social service agencies and governments already struggling to fight poverty.
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Fight over California drought heats up in Congress

Fight over California drought heats up in Congress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Golden State is in its fifth year facing exceptional drought conditions.
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