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Applying Creativity to a Byproduct of Oil Drilling

Applying Creativity to a Byproduct of Oil Drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A surge in emissions — and criticism — has prompted energy executives to find ways to capture gas being flared during drilling in North Dakota.
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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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Chinese cities dive back into debt to fuel growth even as defaults rise

With a nod from Beijing, China's local governments have embarked on a massive new round of off-balance sheet debt financing, underpinning a fragile pick up in the economy but raising red flags on financial stability. The increased borrowing for an economy already swimming in debt adds to concerns about growing bubbles in certain major asset classes, such as real estate and commodities, and a bond market seeing a rise in corporate defaults. Economists say increasing public sector investment - most of it financed locally with debt - is behind improvements in China's economy. First-quarter GDP rose at the weakest pace in seven years, but other data suggested growth was picking up in March. "With new infrastructure projects effectively all funded by debt and more consumer mortgages, the leverage problem and risks on the financial sector are rising," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a research report.
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Santa Monica Approves Solar Requirement for New Construction

Santa Monica Approves Solar Requirement for New Construction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The City Council of Santa Monica, Calif., voted last week to approve an ordinance requiring rooftop solar systems for all new construction in the City of Santa Monica—both residential and commercial.
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Dominoes fall: Vanishing Arctic ice shifts jet stream, which melts Greenland glaciers

Dominoes fall: Vanishing Arctic ice shifts jet stream, which melts Greenland glaciers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The cascade of Arctic changes that’s melting Greenland.
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DIY Mosquito Repellent

DIY Mosquito Repellent | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As your family begins to move outdoors for the summer, you’ll have to take precaution against mosquitos and other insects.Using mosquito repellent helps reduce your risk of exposure to Zika, West Nile virus or other diseases, it allows you to enjoy your summer activities with a lower risk of disease.
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Prefab and low-budget CabinCube Hotels can pop up almost anywhere

Prefab and low-budget CabinCube Hotels can pop up almost anywhere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Deutsche Composite GmbH develop and manufacture low budget CabinCube hotels, from the order to first guest in 60 days! In Germany the Beach Mitte Berlin GmbH runs a successful hotel with the model CabinCube Advanced. Get a better idea by visiting it, or even better: book a room, test it, and experience the quality and magic of the CabinCube garden shed guesthouse for yourself. As a sustainable product for example ecotourism, we offer the CUBE Advanced ECO. It consists 98% renewable ra
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Katharine Hayhoe’s Quick Climate Snap for Earth Day

Katharine Hayhoe’s Quick Climate Snap for Earth Day | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvQuCB17l4I OK, your Aunt Polly is not going to sit thru a full lecture from Kevin Trenberth.(see that below on this page) But here's an under-four-minute snapshot from Katharine Hayhoe, delivered on Earth day to a group students. Elegant, simple and informative. Communicators, take notes.
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A Mediterranean-style diet decreases the levels of the inflammatory marker called C-reactive protein

A Mediterranean-style diet decreases the levels of the inflammatory marker called C-reactive protein | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sticking to a Mediterranean style diet decreases the levels of the inflammatory marker called C-reative protein, linked to ageing, finds the EU funded project NU-AGE. At a recent conference in Brussels, researchers presente
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Report: why health care costs are lower in Europe than US

Report: why health care costs are lower in Europe than US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—European residents have access to the same health care services as U.S. residents but pay much less, and this is related to several specific factors, according to a report published by INDIGOMED on April 25.
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An experimental Alzheimer's drug reverses genetic changes thought to spur the disease

An experimental Alzheimer's drug reverses genetic changes thought to spur the disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Aging takes its toll on the brain, and the cells of the hippocampus—a brain region with circuitry crucial to learning and memory—are particularly vulnerable to changes that can lead to Alzheimer's disease or cognitiv
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Medical error third leading cause of death in US: study

Medical error third leading cause of death in US: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Medical error is the third largest cause of death in the United States, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ.
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Move over drones, driverless cars—unmanned ship up next

Move over drones, driverless cars—unmanned ship up next | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's not only drones and driverless cars that may become the norm someday—ocean-faring ships might also run without captains or crews.
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Will Moose Thrive or Die Because of Climate Change?

Will Moose Thrive or Die Because of Climate Change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The animals are expanding northward as the Arctic heats up, yet new diseases of a warmer world are taking a toll
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The Chaos of Predicting Climate Change [Video]

The Chaos of Predicting Climate Change [Video] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A live Webcast Wednesday will discuss the necessity of chaos theory and supercomputers in modeling climate change
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The riskiest energy companies are defaulting at a record rate

The riskiest energy companies are defaulting at a record rate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two companies have pushed the default rate on risky bonds in the energy sector to an all-time high.
 
 On Friday and Saturday, Ultra Petroleum and Midstates Petroleum respectively filed for bankruptcy protection. 
And according to Fitch Ratings, they pushed the energy high-yield default rate to 13%, topping the previous record of 9.7% set in 1999
 Their filings added $3.1 billion to the high-yield energy bond default volume, according to Fitch. Defaults in the energy high-yield space have been triggered by the spectacular plunge in oil and gas prices that started in the middle of 2014. 

Although oil prices are rebounding, with oil up about 20% in April to be the best-performing asset, many companies are still cash-crunched.
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The Future of Cars Could Be Solar

The Future of Cars Could Be Solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the prices of solar and electric vehicle (EV) batteries predicted to continue falling even as the cost of fossil fuels rises, many industry experts — including Tony Seba, author of “Solar Trillions” — are forecasting the inevitable rise of solar power in consumer and industrial markets. But those projected developments aren’t just in the residential energy sphere. The dropping costs, coupled with advancements in efficiency, may very well lead to a stronger likelihood of marketable solar-powered cars being developed in the near future.
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Oil Prices Edge Lower As OPEC Nears Record Output | OilPrice.com

Oil Prices Edge Lower As OPEC Nears Record Output | OilPrice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil prices fell on Monday morning as a strong OPEC output outweighed declining U.S. shale production and a depreciating dollar
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Nearly 2 Billion Adults Have Never Heard of Climate Change - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Nearly 2 Billion Adults Have Never Heard of Climate Change - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new scientific study reveals for the first time what the world thinks about climate change and why. Using data from the 2007-2008 Gallup World Poll, conducted in 119 countries, we identified the factors that most influence climate change awareness …
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San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says

San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southern California's section of the San Andreas fault is "locked, loaded and ready to roll," a leading earthquake scientist said at the National Earthquake
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Video: How to make cut flowers last longer

Video: How to make cut flowers last longer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After April showers, we get May flowers—just in time for Mother's Day. Sadly, after a few days, that wonderful bouquet may start wilting.
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Parkinson's disease pathogenesis reduced in rat model by a cell-signaling inhibitor drug

Parkinson's disease pathogenesis reduced in rat model by a cell-signaling inhibitor drug | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers report the first documentation that suppressing a key cell-signaling pathway in a rat model of Parkinson's disease reduces pathogenesis. Oral administration of AZD1480—on
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Study finds high rate of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions in US

Study finds high rate of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions in US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An estimated 30 percent of outpatient oral antibiotic prescriptions in the U.S. in 2010-2011 may have been inappropriate, findings that support the need for establishing a goal for outpatient antibiotic stewardship, accordin
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Infants much less likely to get the flu if moms are vaccinated while pregnant

Infants much less likely to get the flu if moms are vaccinated while pregnant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Babies whose moms get flu vaccinations while pregnant have a significantly reduced risk of acquiring influenza during their first six months of life, a new study shows, leading the authors to declare that the need for gettin
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Developing customised snacks through 3D food printing

Developing customised snacks through 3D food printing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd aims to develop advanced food manufacturing technologies by combining expertise in food, material science and 3D printing technology. Healthy snacks with great textures are i
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Tracking climate change? Use the daily highs

Tracking climate change? Use the daily highs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists using long-term surface temperature data to track climate change caused by greenhouse gases would be best served using only daily high temperature readings without the nighttime lows, according to new researc
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