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Tesla Model X Prototype Photographed in Southern California

Tesla Model X Prototype Photographed in Southern California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Tesla Model X prototype was spotted and photographed in Culver City, CA recently. This vehicle is the well-anticipated follow-up to the very impressive Model S sedan.
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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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Possible substitute for antibiotics to treat dangerous infections

Possible substitute for antibiotics to treat dangerous infections | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Infections continue to threaten human health. With remarkable genetic flexibility, pathogenic organisms outsmart available therapies. Fortunately, microbial versatility is matched by the host immune system, which evolve
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Non-toxic, cheap thin-film solar cells for 'zero-energy' buildings

Non-toxic, cheap thin-film solar cells for 'zero-energy' buildings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'Zero-energy' buildings—which generate as much power as they consume—are now much closer after a team at Australia's University of New South Wales achieved the world's highest efficiency using flexible solar cells tha
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Pasona Urban Farm by Kono Designs

Pasona Urban Farm by Kono Designs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tomato vines, fruit trees and broccoli fields are part of everyday working life at the urban farm at Pasona HQ in Tokyo, Japan by Kono Designs
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Scientists now know the psychology behind your worries about the environment

Scientists now know the psychology behind your worries about the environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers detect ties between 'systems thinking' and climate change and environmental concern.
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Half of U.S. Conservatives Say Climate Change Is Real

Half of U.S. Conservatives Say Climate Change Is Real | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Trump and Cruz reject global warming, while more Republicans see it as a threat.
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The Forecast in Morocco: Smells Like Revolution

The Forecast in Morocco: Smells Like Revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Because the Arab Spring also began with a single country’s revolution.
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Republican donor backs clean energy senators with digital campaign

Republican donor backs clean energy senators with digital campaign | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Republican political donor said on Wednesday he would spend "seven figures" on a targeted digital campaign backing two senators who support clean energy policies, which could help tip the balance in their tight November re-election races.
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Japanese Monks Recorded the Climate for 700 Years

Japanese Monks Recorded the Climate for 700 Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some of the oldest continuous historical records from around the world show us how dramatically the climate has changed.
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Video portraits of a changing planet, in real time — The Daily Climate

Video portraits of a changing planet, in real time — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A UNC video series shows ordinary people reacting as climate change reshapes the world around them.
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UBS Says Hong Kong Traders Should Be Worried Amid China Defaults

UBS Says Hong Kong Traders Should Be Worried Amid China Defaults | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China’s state-backed companies no longer have the ironclad support of the government -- and that’s bad news for the equity bull market in Hong Kong, says UBS Group AG.
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Modular microhome made of cardboard can last up to 100 years (Video)

Modular microhome made of cardboard can last up to 100 years (Video) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This cardboard home is made using a patented technique that involves wrapping dozens of layers of cardboard around a modular frame.
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Automating Ourselves To Unemployment

Automating Ourselves To Unemployment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In this current era of central planning, malincentives abound. We raced to frack as fast we could for the quick money, while leaving behind a wake of environmental destruction and creating a supply glut that has killed the economics of shale oil. Our stock exchanges sell unfairly-fast price feeds for great sums to elite Wall St
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Researchers discover potential treatment for sepsis and other responses to infection

Researchers discover potential treatment for sepsis and other responses to infection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai say that tiny doses of a cancer drug may stop the raging, uncontrollable immune response to infection that leads to sepsis and kills up to 500,000 people a year i
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Study shows how neurons decline as Parkinson's develops

Study shows how neurons decline as Parkinson's develops | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's an unsettling thought: You could be walking around for 20 years developing Parkinson's disease and not even know it.
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Workers feeling the heat as climate change slashes productivity

Workers feeling the heat as climate change slashes productivity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is exposing millions of workers to excessive heat, risking their health and income and threatening to erase more than $2.0 trillion in annual productivity by 2030, a UN report warned Thursday.
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Amazon rainforest responds quickly to extreme climate events

Amazon rainforest responds quickly to extreme climate events | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study examining carbon exchange in the Amazon rainforest following extremely hot and dry spells reveals tropical ecosystems might be more sensitive to climate change than previously thought.
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Radical action needed to decarbonize world energy supply: report

Radical action needed to decarbonize world energy supply: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More radical action is needed to decarbonize the world's energy supply and improve energy efficiency to keep the global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) said on Wednesday.
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This massive seagrass die-off is the latest sign we’re failing to protect the Everglades

This massive seagrass die-off is the latest sign we’re failing to protect the Everglades | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 40,000 acre event is yet another indicator that we’re mismanaging the delicate ecosystem.
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Austria's Treasured National Resource, Its Glaciers, Are Melting Fast

Austria's Treasured National Resource, Its Glaciers, Are Melting Fast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
VIENNA—Nearly all of Austria's 900 glaciers retreated last year amid record-setting heat, according to Austrian scientists. The rapid melting mirrors a trend across the Alps and underscores scientists' warnings of accelerating, extreme climate impacts caused by human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
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Big data from satellites to fight climate change | Environment | DW.COM | 27.04.2016

Big data from satellites to fight climate change | Environment | DW.COM | 27.04.2016 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers have been slow to harness the power of big data from satellites in the fight against climate change. But a new partnership around the Copernicus program may change that.
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EMISSIONS: Colo. struggles with marijuana's huge carbon footprint

EMISSIONS: Colo. struggles with marijuana's huge carbon footprint | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DENVER -- Colorado, which gets 60 percent of its electricity from coal-burning power plants, has set some of the more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in the United States. It wants to cut emissions from its power plants 38 percent by 2030. Denver, its largest city, has a plan to cut 80 percent of all of its emissions by midcentury.
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UPDATE 1-S.Korea's president says quantitative easing should be considered -Yonhap

South Korea President ParkGeun-hye said a version of quantitative easing that wouldinvolve changing the central bank's charter to let it buy moretypes of securities should be "positively" considered, accordingto media on Tuesday.
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Gov’t takes on failing shippers and shipbuilders

Gov’t takes on failing shippers and shipbuilders | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The government said it will not force any mergers in the troubled shipbuilding and shipping industries. 

 But it has decided to require tougher “self-rescue” plans from the industrial giants, including Korea’s three largest local shipbuilders - Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) - and shipping companies Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Hanjin Shipping. 
 
According to a government plan unveiled Tuesday after a third round of meetings by a consultative body on industrial restructuring, it has no plan to force shutdowns or mergers among the three shipbuilders. 

 The announcement was made a day after Hanjin Shipping asked its creditors to approve a self-rescue of the company by management on Monday.
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Star Trek or The Matrix? Varoufakis's Challenge to Economics

Star Trek or The Matrix? Varoufakis's Challenge to Economics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Capitalism will destroy itself, the former Greek finance minister warns, if economic calculation excludes human needs and ignores democratic verdicts
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South Korea reveals Zika-proof clothing for Rio

South Korea reveals Zika-proof clothing for Rio | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
South Korea's Olympic committee on Wednesday unveiled Zika-proof long-sleeved shirts and pants it says will help protect the country's Olympic athletes from the mosquito-borne virus at this year's games in Rio de Janeiro.
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