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Timelapse Shows Steep Growth of U.S. Wind Sector: e360 Gallery

Timelapse Shows Steep Growth of U.S. Wind Sector: e360 Gallery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

he U.S. installed more than 13 gigawatts of new wind energy capacity in 2012, nearly doubling the amount of wind power installations added in 2011 and pushing the total capacity connected to the grid nationally to 60 gigawatts, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). READ MORE 

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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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Jimmy Kimmel Tears Into Sarah Palin’s ‘Offensive and Dangerous’ Climate Change Denial

Jimmy Kimmel Tears Into Sarah Palin’s ‘Offensive and Dangerous’ Climate Change Denial | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sarah Palin has been speaking out against climate change and Jimmy Kimmel has had it.
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Birds beating global warming by adjusting their egg-laying times

Birds beating global warming by adjusting their egg-laying times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Birds’ ability to adjust their spring egg-laying times as temperatures rise could help them beat global warming, according to experts from Edinburgh University and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).
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Lab-grown meat is in your future, and it may be healthier than the real stuff

Lab-grown meat is in your future, and it may be healthier than the real stuff | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Producers say ‘cultured meat’ tastes good and is better for you and the environment.
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How moss helped reveal Portland’s pollution

How moss helped reveal Portland’s pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Surveys of tree moss uncovered contamination that may have led to higher cancer rates.
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As Flint was slowly poisoned, Snyder's inner circle failed to act

As Flint was slowly poisoned, Snyder's inner circle failed to act | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A year ago, Gov. Rick Snyder was stoking rumors of a presidential bid as a metrics-driven Republican whose ability to run government like a business transformed a troubled state.
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EHP – Pipe Dreams: Tapping into the Health Information in Our Sewers

EHP – Pipe Dreams: Tapping into the Health Information in Our Sewers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most of us have an attitude of “flush it and forget it,” but to scientists like Rolf Halden, our waste is a bonanza of valuable information on population-level chemical exposures.
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Greenpeace Publishes Leaked TTIP Documents Revealing ‘Grave’ Environmental, Public Health Concerns

Greenpeace Publishes Leaked TTIP Documents Revealing ‘Grave’ Environmental, Public Health Concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The environmental nonprofit highlighted “grave concerns” over the contents of the documents detailing talks between the U.S. and EU regarding the trade deal.
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The Lawmakers Who Control Your Digital Future Are Clueless About Technology

The Lawmakers Who Control Your Digital Future Are Clueless About Technology | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It is becoming increasingly clear that Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, co-chairs of the Senate Intelligence Committee, don’t have the slightest clue about how encryption works. Good thing they’re currently pushing disastrous legislation that would force tech companies to decrypt things for law enforcement!
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US climate-adaptation plans long on ideas, short on details, priorities

US climate-adaptation plans long on ideas, short on details, priorities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An analysis of more than 40 climate-adaptation plans from across the U.S. shows that local communities are good at developing strategies to combat the harmful effects of climate change but often fail to prioritize their goal
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Research on the economic valuation of ecosystem services

Research on the economic valuation of ecosystem services | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manmade climate change and large-scale alteration of the landscape are affecting the planet and the ecosystem services upon which humans depend. These alterations include loss of forests that were once large carbon sinks
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Influence of sea-ice loss on Arctic warming is shaped by temperatures in the Pacific Ocean

Influence of sea-ice loss on Arctic warming is shaped by temperatures in the Pacific Ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Influence of sea-ice loss on Arctic warming is shaped by varying temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, new study shows
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Study Identifies High-Risk Regions for Climate-Change Exodus

Study Identifies High-Risk Regions for Climate-Change Exodus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study paints a potentially apocalyptic picture of the damage climate change could cause around the world.
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How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected

How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(2016). How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Vol. 72, Young People and Existential Threat, pp. 112-115. doi: 10.1080/00963402.2016.1145910
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Countries eyeing coal-fired plants must reassess energy strategy: IRENA

Countries eyeing coal-fired plants must reassess energy strategy: IRENA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Countries that plan to build coal-fired power plants need to reassess their energy strategy because such facilities may not be a viable investment, the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said on Monday.
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This disease has killed a million trees in California, and scientists say it’s basically unstoppable

This disease has killed a million trees in California, and scientists say it’s basically unstoppable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The disease could have been stopped far earlier, if major resources had been brought to bear, research shows.
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Study: Native Oregon oysters in Netarts, Coos bays contain low levels of pharmaceuticals, chemicals

Study: Native Oregon oysters in Netarts, Coos bays contain low levels of pharmaceuticals, chemicals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Native oysters in Oregon's Netarts and Coos bays contain a "cocktail of pharmaceuticals" and chemicals -- including pain relievers, antibiotics, mercury and pesticides.
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Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’

Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A $48 million grant for Isle de Jean Charles, La., is the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the effects of climate change.
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Ocean's Oxygen Starts Running Low

Ocean's Oxygen Starts Running Low | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising levels of CO 2 are making it hard for fish to breathe in addition to exacerbating global warming and ocean acidification
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Climate Code Red: Arctic sea ice is falling off a cliff and it may not survive the summer

Climate Code Red: Arctic sea ice is falling off a cliff and it may not survive the summer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Near zero sea ice by the end of melt season. The dreaded Blue Ocean Event. Something that appears more and more likely to happen during 2016 with each passing day. 

These are the kinds of climate-wrecking phase changes in the Arctic people have been worrying about since sea ice extent, area, and volume achieved gut-wrenching plunges during 2007 and 2012. Plunges that were far faster than sea ice melt rates predicted by model runs and by the then scientific consensus on how the Arctic Ocean ice would respond to human-forced warming this Century.
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How Microgrids May Transform The Future Of Energy | OilPrice.com

How Microgrids May Transform The Future Of Energy | OilPrice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the debate between renewable and conventional power rages, a more subtle and forgotten altercation over the future of the electrical grid and the role of microgrids has been forgotten
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River food webs threatened by widespread hydropower practice

River food webs threatened by widespread hydropower practice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The decline of aquatic insects downstream from some hydroelectric dams has been linked to a widespread practice known as hydropeaking, whereby river flows are increased during the day when electricity demands are large, accordin
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Rising tide of migration accompanies sea level rises, as predicted

Rising tide of migration accompanies sea level rises, as predicted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 1990, some of the world's foremost scientists joined together to produce a United Nations–sponsored research document on climate change that, at the time, struck many as both unflinchingly dire and patently hyperbolic
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Climate-exodus expected in the Middle East and North Africa

Climate-exodus expected in the Middle East and North Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of climate refugees could increase dramatically in future. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia have calculated that the Middle East and North Africa could becom
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Judge Sides With Kids Suing The Government Over Climate Inaction: ‘These Kids Can’t Wait’

Judge Sides With Kids Suing The Government Over Climate Inaction: ‘These Kids Can’t Wait’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"For the first time, a U.S. court not only recognized the extraordinary harms young people are facing due to climate change, but ordered an agency to do something about it."
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Why Bill Gates’ Math Error About Climate Change Matters

Why Bill Gates’ Math Error About Climate Change Matters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gates has positioned himself as a major player on energy, which means his confused pronouncements could have serious consequences in the public debate.
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