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Wind, Solar Energy Could Benefit From Interstate Compact — Stateline

Wind, Solar Energy Could Benefit From Interstate Compact — Stateline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kansas has more wind energy potential than any state except Texas, but eight states generate more total megawatts of wind power. A lack of high-voltage electricity lines is problematic.
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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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NASA maps California drought effects on Sierra trees

NASA maps California drought effects on Sierra trees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new map created with measurements from an airborne instrument developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, reveals the devastating effect of California's ongoing drought on Sierra Nevada conife
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Huge helium discovery 'a life-saving find'

Huge helium discovery 'a life-saving find' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new approach to gas exploration has discovered a huge helium gas field, which could address the increasingly critical shortage of this vital yet rare element.
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It’s really hard to deal with climate change. A new podcast talks it out.

It’s really hard to deal with climate change. A new podcast talks it out. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Warm Regards" features scientists and journalists who aren't afraid to admit it: They're terrified.
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Trader Joe’s: Looks adorable, passes gas like a climate villain

Trader Joe’s: Looks adorable, passes gas like a climate villain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The EPA just dinged the chain for its criminally leaky refrigerators.
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EU climate plans stall as Brexit talks take over | Climate Home - climate change news

EU climate plans stall as Brexit talks take over | Climate Home - climate change news | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UK's probable departure from the EU throws carbon cutting agenda into confusion just as countries were preparing to approve Paris climate agreement
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In California, study finds drilling and fracking into freshwater formations

In California, study finds drilling and fracking into freshwater formations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The overlap of oil and gas development and underground freshwater formations underscores the vulnerability of California groundwater, and the need for close monitoring of it, the authors said.
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DEAD SEAS: Drought threatens 'genius' regs that stopped L.A. water grab

DEAD SEAS: Drought threatens 'genius' regs that stopped L.A. water grab | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MONO COUNTY, Calif. -- Two landmark decisions -- one from the California Supreme Court and another from state water regulators -- made Mono Lake the most protected salt lake in the West. With those 1994 regulations, the State Water Resources Control Board established a system that put the lake’s health above Los Angeles' need for drinking water. But more than two decades later, global warming and a historic drought have put the ultimate goal -- to restore Mono Lake's ecological health -- in jeopardy.
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Can Virtual Reality Emerge As a Tool for Conservation? by Heather Millar: Yale Environment 360

Can Virtual Reality Emerge As a Tool for Conservation? by Heather Millar: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New advances in technology are sparking efforts to use virtual reality to help people gain a deeper appreciation of environmental challenges. VR experiences, researchers say, can be especially useful in conveying key issues that are slow to develop, such as climate change and extinction.
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World going to hell? Here are the Solar System’s five most livable places

World going to hell? Here are the Solar System’s five most livable places | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ars provides a guide to the best spots for DIY off-world colonists.
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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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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, June 24, 10:15 PM
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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Science groups to Congress: Climate change is real threat

Science groups to Congress: Climate change is real threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thirty-one of the country's top science organizations are telling Congress that global warming is a real problem and something needs to be done about it.
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Rains or not, India faces drinking water crisis

Rains or not, India faces drinking water crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As large swathes of drought-devastated India desperately wait for the monsoon rains to arrive, one village in the dry, hot north is flush with water.
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A Shift in ‘the Wisdom of Crowds’

A Shift in ‘the Wisdom of Crowds’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study challenges the age-old view that the many have been shown to be smarter than the few. 

 These collective displays of intelligence have been coined ‘the wisdom of crowds,’ but how many people exactly make a crowd wise? 

 A team of researchers led by Santa Fe Institute Prof. Mirta Galesic and her colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin set out to find the answer.
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Sorry, Beijing, but you look like a wrung-out sponge

Sorry, Beijing, but you look like a wrung-out sponge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The city is pumping out so much groundwater it's sinking 4 inches a year.
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Sulfate aerosols implicated in global warming slowdown | June 27, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 26 | Chemical & Engineering News

Increased emissions in China combined with decreased emissions in North America and Europe temporarily slowed warming
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Thanks to climate change, the Arctic is turning green

Thanks to climate change, the Arctic is turning green | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study not only documents Northern Hemisphere greening, but attributes it directly to greenhouse gas emissions.
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'Largest community-owned' solar farm in Australia taking root in Canberra vineyard

'Largest community-owned' solar farm in Australia taking root in Canberra vineyard | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When built, it will generate enough electricity to power 250 Canberra homes.
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How the London Array blows away the competition in green energy

How the London Array blows away the competition in green energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Thames estuary is home to the world’s largest offshore wind farm – a model for exploiting Britain’s gusty coastlines
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Axel Merk: Making Sense Of The Impact Of Brexit

Axel Merk: Making Sense Of The Impact Of Brexit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A very sleep-deprived Axel Merk joins us for this special edition podcast. Axel and his team have pulled late nights over the past few days following the Brexit vote results in real-time and the ensuing aftermath.Axel, CEO and founder of the Merk Funds, is originally from Europe and one of the best experts we know on
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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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