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Energy Innovation: Massive Solar Downdraft Tower Proposed in Arizona | The Energy Collective

Energy Innovation: Massive Solar Downdraft Tower Proposed in Arizona | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar Energy, Inc. is attempting to build a massive downdraft tower reaching 2,250 feet in height and 500 feet in width. If approved, this colossal structure would be able to generate 600 megawatt hours of electricity.
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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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How Risky are the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2016?

How Risky are the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2016? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s hard to predict the possible downsides, but we must try to do it anyway in order to develop them responsibly
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Perovskite Solar Cells Supercharge Electricity Production

Perovskite Solar Cells Supercharge Electricity Production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even a relatively small initial supply of the new cells could bring solar power to remote locations that are not yet connected to any electrical grid 
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Study finds toxic chemicals in people living near a Pavilion, Wyoming gas site

Study finds toxic chemicals in people living near a Pavilion, Wyoming gas site | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Not only measuring the external air pollution, researchers tested a small group of residents and found traces of dangerous chemicals in their bodies.
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'It just ruined everything — the whole life'

Hundreds of people who live in heavily fracked areas of Pennsylvania say their well water has gone bad, but few have gotten relief.
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Aquaculture Meets Agriculture on Bangladesh’s Low-Lying Coast | Inter Press Service

Aquaculture Meets Agriculture on Bangladesh’s Low-Lying Coast | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A continuous influx of sea water is threatening agriculture and food security in vast coastal areas of Bangladesh, but farmers are finding ways to adapt, like cultivating fish and crops at the same time. 

 The coastal and offshore areas of this low-lying, densely populated country include tidal estuaries and river floodplains in the south along the Bay of Bengal. Here the arable land is about 30 percent of the total available in the country.
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Raging Wildfires in the Southwest Stretch Resources

Raging Wildfires in the Southwest Stretch Resources | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Efforts to fight wildfires in five states were complicated by a relentless heat wave and bone-dry conditions, forcing much of the toughest work to be done at night.
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Climate change could have an even worse impact on Boston than previously expected - The Boston Globe

Climate change could have an even worse impact on Boston than previously expected - The Boston Globe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report commissioned by the city of Boston suggests the consequences of climate change could be far worse than previous studies have suggested.
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Climate Code Red: Scientists, business leaders and prominent Australians call for emergency climate action

Climate Code Red: Scientists, business leaders and prominent Australians call for emergency climate action | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 20 prominent Australians have called for emergency-scale action on climate change in an open letter to the new parliament, published in "The Age" on 23 June. 

 Signatories run across the political spectrum, and include business leaders, scientists, a former Australian of the Year and a Nobel Laureate.
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Pound pressured as Brexit poll shows 'remain' lead shrinking

Pound pressured as Brexit poll shows 'remain' lead shrinking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The British pound GBPUSD, +0.9143% pulled back from a five-month high to slip back below $1.47 after news reports said the latest Survation Brexit poll for IG Group showed 45% of voters backed remaining in the European Union versus 44% who favored leaving. While that's a statistical dead heat, it marked a narrowing the "remain" camp's three percentage point lead seen in a poll published Saturday.
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Daring flight removes 2 sick workers from South Pole station (Update 3)

Daring flight removes 2 sick workers from South Pole station (Update 3) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two people who fell ill while working at the U.S. research station at the South Pole have been evacuated by a small plane that made the daring rescue flight in Antarctica's harsh winter.
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Obama to sign toxic chemical rules; 1st overhaul in 40 years

Obama to sign toxic chemical rules; 1st overhaul in 40 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama will sign into law the first overhaul of toxic chemical rules in 40 years while hailing a rare moment of cooperation between Republicans and Democrats.
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Feds: Drought kills 66 million trees in California's Sierra

Feds: Drought kills 66 million trees in California's Sierra | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of trees in California's Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought, a bark beetle epidemic and warmer temperatures has dramatically increased since last year, raising fears they will fuel catastrophic wildfires an
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How Prison Labor is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support it

How Prison Labor is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support it | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you buy products or services from any of the 50 companies listed below (and you likely do), you are supporting modern American slavery American slavery was technically abolished in 1865, but a loophole in the 13th Amendment has allowed it to continue “as a punishment for crimes” well into …
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Next-Generation Batteries Ramp Up Capacity

Next-Generation Batteries Ramp Up Capacity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For people who currently have no access to the grid, the combination of renewable generation and grid-scale batteries is utterly transformative 
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Solar and wind power capacity have been growing at double-digit rates, but the sun sets and the wind can be capricious. Although every year wind farms get larger and solar cells get more efficient, thanks to advances in materials such as perovskites, these renewable sources of energy still satisfy less than 5 percent of global electricity demand. In many places, renewables are relegated to niche roles because of the lack of an affordable, reliable technology to store the excess energy that they make when conditions are ideal and to release the power onto the grid as demand picks up. Better batteries could solve this problem, enabling emissions-free renewables to grow even faster—and making it easier to bring reliable electricity to the 1.2 billion people who currently live without it.
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The developing world is awash in pesticides. Does it have to be?

The developing world is awash in pesticides. Does it have to be? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Herbicides, insecticides and fungicides threaten the environment and human health in many parts of the world. But research is pointing to a better approach.
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Cities forge world's largest alliance to curb climate change

Cities forge world's largest alliance to curb climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Sebastien MaloNEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cities in six continents joined up to form the world's largest alliance to combat climate ch
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Turkey coal surge an 'historic error' say economists | Climate Home - climate change news

Turkey coal surge an 'historic error' say economists | Climate Home - climate change news | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fears Russia could turn off the gas taps are driving Turkey towards coal - which experts say will be an expensive mistake for the country and climate
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Watermelon Snow: Not Edible but Important for Climate Change

Watermelon Snow: Not Edible but Important for Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study called for better understanding of potential effects on the climate of red algae that grows on snow in warmer months.
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California's last nuclear facility slated to close, its power replaced by clean energy

California's last nuclear facility slated to close, its power replaced by clean energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Under a proposal from the utility that owns in and several environmental and labor groups, the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant would be retired and a mix of clean energy and storage would be used instead.
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Why the GOP is trying to stop the Pentagon's climate plan

Why the GOP is trying to stop the Pentagon's climate plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Defense Department, long in the vanguard in dealing with climate change, may see its latest plan defunded.
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Lack of preparation for massive earthquake could bring catastrophe, report says

Lack of preparation for massive earthquake could bring catastrophe, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southern California's smaller cities and large businesses must take the threat of a crippling earthquake far more seriously than they have been, a committee of
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Soros Warns Brexit May Cause Pound Plunge Worse Than Black Wednesday

Soros Warns Brexit May Cause Pound Plunge Worse Than Black Wednesday | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
George Soros said the pound may slump more than 20 percent against the dollar if Britain votes to leave the European Union, a devaluation bigger and more disruptive than when the billionaire profited by betting against the currency in 1992.
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AMA report affirms human health impacts from LEDs

AMA report affirms human health impacts from LEDs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking report recently released by the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Science and Public Health affirms known and suspected impacts to human health and the environment caused by light emitting diode
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Plane lands at South Pole in daring winter medical rescue

Plane lands at South Pole in daring winter medical rescue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After flying through dangerous dark and cold, a rescue plane landed Tuesday at the South Pole to evacuate a sick worker from a remote U.S. science station, federal officials said.
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94-million-year-old climate change event holds clues for future

94-million-year-old climate change event holds clues for future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A major climate event millions of years ago that caused substantial change to the ocean's ecological systems may hold clues as to how the Earth will respond to future climate change, a Florida State University researche
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