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Obama to tout renewables, announce solar panel back at the White House

Obama to tout renewables, announce solar panel back at the White House | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Obama will promote his record on energy efficiency on Friday by touting several initiatives he says are taking hold across the country – as well as the completion of one very close to home.
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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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El Nino could drive intense season for Amazon fires

El Nino could drive intense season for Amazon fires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The long-lasting effects of El Niño are projected to cause an intense fire season in the Amazon, according to the 2016 seasonal fire forecast from scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine.
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Corporate Demand for Renewable Energy Could Rock the Grid | World Resources Institute

Corporate Demand for Renewable Energy Could Rock the Grid | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There's plenty of U.S. corporate demand for renewable energy, but not enough supply. Multinational corporations including Facebook and Microsoft have joined the new Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance to make their preference for more renewable power felt.
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Protein Scorecard | World Resources Institute

Protein Scorecard | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Foods differ vastly in terms of the quantity of land, water, and energy needed per unit of energy and protein ultimately consumed, and in terms of their greenhouse gas impacts (see chart). Although the data in the protein scorecard, and in the chart, are global means for current agricultural production—masking variations among locations, production systems, and farm management practices—they enable general comparisons across food types. 


 Unlike many other studies, the comparison of food types in the protein scorecard and the chart incorporates both land used for pasture and greenhouse gas emissions associated with changes in land use, using the GlobAgri-WRR model.

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PCI Messenger - Peeking into the future

PCI Messenger - Peeking into the future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What will our renewable future look like? This month saw the release of our new program and the accompanying book by PCI Fellows David Fridley and Richard Heinberg Our Renewable Future. We all know that climate change and resource depletion mean that the only way forward is a renewable energy transition, but what that looks like and how it happens raises many questions, as described in Richard Heinberg's article Tiptoeing Through the Renewable Energy Minefield.
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Scientists find 'water windfall' beneath California's Central Valley

Scientists find 'water windfall' beneath California's Central Valley | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California's drought-stricken Central Valley harbors three times more groundwater than previously estimated, Stanford scientists have found. Accessing this water in an economically feasible way and safeguarding it from possibl
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Lionfish invading the Mediterranean Sea

Lionfish invading the Mediterranean Sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising sea temperatures in the Mediterranean are encouraging alien lionfish species to invade and colonise new territories with potentially serious ecological and socioeconomic impacts.
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Europe: Don't adopt Australian style immigration system, warn ethicists

Europe: Don't adopt Australian style immigration system, warn ethicists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
European countries should not adopt Australia's immigration system, with its emphasis on deterrence, warn ethicists in a special issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics, dedicated to global medical ethics.
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E-cigarette vapors could be toxic to mouth, study finds

E-cigarette vapors could be toxic to mouth, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new UCLA study suggests that e-cigarettes may not be significantly safer than tobacco cigarettes. The research, which was conducted on cultured cells, found that e-cigarettes contain toxic substances and nanoparticles tha
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New research shows vaccine protection against Zika virus

New research shows vaccine protection against Zika virus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The rapid development of a safe and effective vaccine to prevent the Zika virus (ZIKV) is a global priority, as infection in pregnant women has been shown to lead to fetal microcephaly and other major birth defects. The Worl
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First made-in-China jetliner makes debut commercial flight

First made-in-China jetliner makes debut commercial flight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first regional jet produced in China's initiative to compete in the commercial aircraft market made its debut flight Tuesday carrying 70 passengers.
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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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How Little Can You Own and Be Happy?

How Little Can You Own and Be Happy? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Around the world, people are embracing minimalism as a lifestyle, focusing less on owning things.
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Country pledges overshoot Paris temperature limit

Country pledges overshoot Paris temperature limit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pledges made for the Paris agreement on climate change last winter would lead to global temperature rise of 2.6 to 3.1°C by the end of the century, according to a new analysis published in the journal Nature. In fact, th
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Solving the Fresh Water Crisis | World Resources Institute

Solving the Fresh Water Crisis | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cities and women can be key players in managing future water demand, including reducing risks from the fastest-growing water users--energy and industrial activities.
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This Independence Day, Think About a Menu Change | World Resources Institute

This Independence Day, Think About a Menu Change | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New WRI research shows that Americans can cut their diets' environmental footprints in half just by eating less meat and dairy. Janet Ranganathan and Richard Waite explain this and other findings in a new podcast.
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It's today! Family planning and sustainability event (June 29, 3-5 PM)

It's today! Family planning and sustainability event (June 29, 3-5 PM) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There is a growing support within the environmental and reproductive health communities for the idea that expanding access to family planning services contributes to environmental sustainability, but how strong is the evidence?
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18 Of The Fastest Growing Veggies You Can Harvest In No Time

18 Of The Fastest Growing Veggies You Can Harvest In No Time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hey! Before you begin, can we send you a free jar of coconut oil? Click here to get the details. 9. Kale – 30 Days A “cut-and-come-again” plant, kale’s young and tender leaves can be culled continually throughout the growing season once the plant is about 2 inches tall. Avoid picking the central bud, since this keeps kale growing and productive. 10. Bok Choy –… [read more]
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Florida reports first baby born with Zika virus defects (Update)

Florida reports first baby born with Zika virus defects (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Florida on Tuesday reported its first case of a baby born with the birth defect microcephaly after the child's mother, a Haitian citizen, was infected with the Zika virus while pregnant, officials said.
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Food's transit time is a key factor in digestive health

Food's transit time is a key factor in digestive health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The time it takes for ingested food to travel through the human gut – also called transit time – affects the amount of harmful degradation products produced along the way. This means that transit time is a key facto
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Second US patient identified with super-resistant bacteria

Second US patient identified with super-resistant bacteria | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A second US patient has been infected with a superbug that is highly resistant to last-resort antibiotics, scientists said Monday.
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Forget Iron Man—skintight suits are the future of robotic exoskeletons

Forget Iron Man—skintight suits are the future of robotic exoskeletons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Children with a rare neurological disease were recently given the chance to walk for the first time thanks to a new robotic exoskeleton. These devices – which are essentially robotic suits that give artificial movemen
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Technology turns wasted heat into power

Technology turns wasted heat into power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at Yale have developed a new technology that could make energy from the low-temperature wasted heat produced by industrial sources and power plants, tapping into a widely available—and mostly unused—resource.
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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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