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Who Rules America: Wealth, Income, and Power

Who Rules America: Wealth, Income, and Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Details on the wealth and income distributions in the United States (1% of households control 35% of the wealth), and how to use these distributions as power indicators.

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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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An Unfortunate Shift in Our Thinking on Climate Change | 2GreenEnergy.com

An Unfortunate Shift in Our Thinking on Climate Change | 2GreenEnergy.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As shown in the video below, it wasn’t that long ago that both political parties in the U.S. accepted the science surrounding climate change and saw the
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Record number of dolphin deaths along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast

Record number of dolphin deaths along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carcasses of dolphins are washing up on Bulgaria's Black Sea beaches at a higher than normal rate, with a record 108 dead animals discovered this year, local authorities said on Thursday.
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This is Obama’s plan to line the country’s roads with electric vehicle chargers

This is Obama’s plan to line the country’s roads with electric vehicle chargers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The White House wants entire transportation corridors with dedicated charging infrastructure.
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Russian wildfires put key climate change resource at risk | The Japan Times

Russian wildfires put key climate change resource at risk | The Japan Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Russia's practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing cl
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WMO: Global Warming Happening Faster Than Predicted

WMO: Global Warming Happening Faster Than Predicted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
June was 14th month in a row of record heat for land and oceans; it also marked 378th consecutive month with temperatures above 20th century average
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Cheap and clean: Australian company creates hydrogen with near-zero emissions

Cheap and clean: Australian company creates hydrogen with near-zero emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With hydrogen tipped to become an important clean energy fuel, a new process may be the solution to powering electric vehicles and heating buildings
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Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy

Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
He is unfit for the presidency and cannot be endorsed.
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Zika is found in common Culex mosquitos, signaling a potentially larger risk

Zika is found in common Culex mosquitos, signaling a potentially larger risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists say more studies are needed to determine if there’s a new way to spread Zika.
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Study shows changes in brain activity after mindfulness therapy in adolescents

Study shows changes in brain activity after mindfulness therapy in adolescents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychiatric conditions affecting children and adolescents. While antidepressants are frequently used to treat youth with anxiety disorders, sometimes, antidepressants may be poorl
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Lower risk of bowel cancer death linked to high omega 3 intake after diagnosis

Lower risk of bowel cancer death linked to high omega 3 intake after diagnosis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A high dietary intake of omega 3 fatty acids, derived from oily fish, may help to lower the risk of death from bowel cancer in patients diagnosed with the disease, suggests research published online in the journal Gut.
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Car sharing increases mobility, decreases greenhouse gas emissions

Car sharing increases mobility, decreases greenhouse gas emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drive, ride or share? It's a question more people are asking themselves as transportation options are rapidly evolving. But what does it mean for road congestion and the environment?
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Global Warming, God and the "End Times" - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Global Warming, God and the "End Times" - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For a significant number of Americans, the reality, causes and meaning of global warming are seen through the lens of their religious beliefs. Some reject the evidence that humans are causing global warming because they believe God controls the climate. …
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Vietnam risks becoming "pollution haven" / VietNamNet

Vietnam risks becoming "pollution haven" / VietNamNet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is expected to continue the shift of investment flows into industries of high pollution risk in Vietnam like textile-dying, paper, iron and steel. 


Economic and environment specialists say that Vietnam’s regulation and monitoring of wastewater treatment are still loose, with many gaps, so investors can dodge the law. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has asserted that once pollution occurs, the local government must be responsible.

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Wildflowers planted to aid bees may be crippling them

Farm country wildflowers planted by governments and nonprofits meant to help pollinators may be inadvertently harming them. Researchers say a bee-killing pesticide carried by wind or water from farms is landing in the wildflowers.
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California Moves Forward With Oil, Gas Methane Rules

California Moves Forward With Oil, Gas Methane Rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California's proposed rules to slash methane emissions from oil and gas facilities 40 percent to 45 percent by 2025 moved forward July
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GOP CONVENTION: Here's what Trump delegates think about climate change

GOP CONVENTION: Here's what Trump delegates think about climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CLEVELAND -- A Texas delegate tilted his hat back when asked about climate change and said, "Ew." A delegate from Florida lamented his party's inaction on warming. And one from Wyoming claims it's a conspiracy to hide the government's involvement in the spread of a damaging beetle. Reactions here to the issue of rising temperatures swing sharply between rejection and acceptance, with many falling somewhere in the middle.
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#China court imposes unprecedented air pollution penalty on glass manufacturer

#China court imposes unprecedented air pollution penalty on glass manufacturer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The country’s first ruling against air polluter sends warning, but environmentalists say country has a long way to go
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A new report rated countries on ‘sustainable development.’ The U.S. did horribly

A new report rated countries on ‘sustainable development.’ The U.S. did horribly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When countries are ranked on social and environmental factors, not just economics, the U.S. doesn't fare so well.
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America Wastes $160 Billion in Food Every Year But Is Too Busy to Stop

America Wastes $160 Billion in Food Every Year But Is Too Busy to Stop | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The good news? At least half of us know it’s a problem.
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Two Middle East locations hit 129 degrees, hottest ever in Eastern Hemisphere, maybe the world

Two Middle East locations hit 129 degrees, hottest ever in Eastern Hemisphere, maybe the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Temperatures are likely the highest ever recorded outside of Death Valley.
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The best strategies to keep bodies cool in a heatwave, according to researchers

The best strategies to keep bodies cool in a heatwave, according to researchers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As we hit high-heat season in the Northern Hemisphere, it is useful to clarify tactics that can be used to help maintain healthy body temperatures. These tips are not commonly known and can be adopted by anyone, anywhere. While I am a climate scientist, my funded work is in the area of heat transfer, particularly in the human body. I work with medical companies to maintain healthy body temperatures during surgeries or other situations. I also deal with scald burns and I often serve in burn injury litigation.
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Hot enough for ya? Tips to handle the heat from emergency medicine experts

Hot enough for ya? Tips to handle the heat from emergency medicine experts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The National Weather Service is calling for extreme heat in much of the Midwest and Southern regions of the United States this week. A heat dome will cover much of the country, including Alabama, with temperatures in the middle and upper 90s. The heat index is forecast to be between 100 and 108 degrees. 


 Janyce Sanford, M.D., chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says heat illness can be a dangerous, even fatal, condition.

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Scientists apply new imaging tool to common brain disorders

Scientists apply new imaging tool to common brain disorders | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Yale-led team of researchers developed a new approach to scanning the brain for changes in synapses that are associated with common brain disorders. The technique may provide insights into the diagnosis and treatment o
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Ocean acidification—the limits of adaptation

Ocean acidification—the limits of adaptation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In an unprecedented evolutionary experiment, scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Thünen Institute of Fisheries Ecology demonstrated that the most important single-celled calcifying alg
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