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Japan's Offshore Wind Power Rises within Sight of Fukushima Nuclear Plant: Scientific American

Japan's Offshore Wind Power Rises within Sight of Fukushima Nuclear Plant: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unique turbines that float on the surface rather than rest on the seafloor can be placed in deeper waters
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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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Whatever Happened to Advanced Biofuels?

Whatever Happened to Advanced Biofuels? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cellulosic ethanol continues to struggle to use inedible crop waste to match ethanol from corn—and fossil fuels
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New Berkeley Lab Study Tallies Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Solar Power

New Berkeley Lab Study Tallies Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Solar Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
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UN expert calls for tax on meat production

UN expert calls for tax on meat production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People could be deterred from eating meat by increasing its price further up the supply chain, stemming rise in consumption and environmental damage
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Indonesian birds face extinction due to pet trade – study

Indonesian birds face extinction due to pet trade – study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Indonesia’s national bird, the Javan hawk-eagle, is among 13 species threatened by illegal trade, warns a wildlife watchdog
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These scientists made their own clouds, and what they found could require us to rethink how fast the earth is warming

These scientists made their own clouds, and what they found could require us to rethink how fast the earth is warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognizes aerosols as the single biggest source of uncertainty in human-driven climate change.
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These animals relied on each other for 100 million years. Now climate change is killing them both.

These animals relied on each other for 100 million years. Now climate change is killing them both. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study documents the ancient association between crayfish and flatworms — which is likely doomed by climate change.
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Wireless charging: the key to unlocking an electric vehicle revolution

Wireless charging: the key to unlocking an electric vehicle revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Once electric vehicles can charge without wires, they are going to take off.
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The First Official Climate Refugees in the U.S. Race Against Time

The First Official Climate Refugees in the U.S. Race Against Time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Native American tribe struggles to hold on to their culture in a Louisiana bayou while their land slips into the Gulf of Mexico.
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China lacks urgency about its debt problem, IMF says from Hong Kong

China lacks urgency about its debt problem, IMF says from Hong Kong | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New IMF representative sounds an alarm.
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‘Massive Bailout’ Needed in China, Banking Analyst Chu Says

‘Massive Bailout’ Needed in China, Banking Analyst Chu Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Charlene Chu, a banking analyst who made her name warning of the risks from China’s credit binge, said a bailout in the trillions of dollars is needed to tackle the bad-debt burden dragging down the nation’s economy.
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Dungeness crabs threatened by, you guessed it, climate change

Dungeness crabs threatened by, you guessed it, climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ocean acidification is bad for crab larvae, and the fishermen who rely on them.
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House measure supports shippers on ballast water dumping

House measure supports shippers on ballast water dumping | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would open the door to more invasiv
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First SpaceX Hyperloop Transit Pod Contender Unveiled [Video]

First SpaceX Hyperloop Transit Pod Contender Unveiled [Video] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Competitors are racing to answer Elon Musk’s call to create a capsule that can carry commuters at the speed of sound. M.I.T. unveiled its entry on Friday
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How Fast Could the Market for Electric Vehicles Grow?

How Fast Could the Market for Electric Vehicles Grow? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Various policy driven scenarios show electric vehicles gaining market share over the next few decades but with the turnover of the vehicle stock taking longer.
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Air pollution in North Pole worse than Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Detroit combined

Air pollution in North Pole worse than Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Detroit combined | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — The highest counts of episodic PM 2.5 particulate pollution reported in the country are coming from a pollution monitor on Hurst Road in North Pole.
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Climate resolutions fall short at ExxonMobil’s annual meeting

Climate resolutions fall short at ExxonMobil’s annual meeting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CEO Tillerson says oil is needed until a technological breakthrough eases climate change.
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Peru Declares State of Emergency in Its Jungles Due to Rampant Mercury Poisoning | VICE News

The environment ministry declared the emergency in 11 jungle districts near Peru's border with Brazil, after hair samples from local people revealed levels of mercury up to 16 times what is considered safe.
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Feeding Antibiotics to Farm Animals May Worsen Climate Change

Feeding Antibiotics to Farm Animals May Worsen Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How are antibiotics, cow patties and climate change all linked?
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Rising Seas Push Too Much Salt Into The Florida Everglades

Rising Seas Push Too Much Salt Into The Florida Everglades | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising sea levels put extra pressure on coastal bedrock in South Florida. Eventually, as seawater moves in, it could contaminate plants on the surface and the region's stores of freshwater beneath.
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New Tar Sands Impact on Climate, Air Quality Found

New Tar Sands Impact on Climate, Air Quality Found | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have found that tar sands are one of North America’s largest sources of organic aerosols, which affect climate and health.
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Exxon Rejects Shareholder Requests to Address Climate Change

Exxon Rejects Shareholder Requests to Address Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Following the recommendation of the ExxonMobil board of directors, shareholders voted against six resolutions that would have addressed climate change at the company's annual shareholder meeting in Dallas on Wednesday.
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Chinese banks sitting on $1.7 trillion debt time bomb

Chinese banks sitting on $1.7 trillion debt time bomb | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese banks are looking down the barrel of a staggering RMB 8 trillion - or $1.7 trillion - worth of losses according to the French investment bank Societe Generale.
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Shareholders vote climate test for ExxonMobil, Chevron

Shareholders vote climate test for ExxonMobil, Chevron | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Investors of ExxonMobil and Chevron vote at annual shareholder meetings Wednesday on whether the two oil giants should do more to address climate change following a historic global climate agreement.
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