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Climate Code Red: Dangerous climate change: Myths and reality (2) Part 2 in a 3-part series | Part 1 | Part 3

Climate Code Red: Dangerous climate change: Myths and reality (2)  Part 2 in a 3-part series | Part 1 | Part 3 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tipping points, often an expression of non-linear events, are difficult to project. But if it is sometimes hard to see tipping points coming, it is also too late to be wise after the fact. Estimated tipping points around or below ~1.5ºC include: 

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, August 23, 2014 9:57 AM

"Estimated tipping points around or below ~1.5ºC include:


West Antarctic Ice Sheet,
Loss of summer Arctic sea-ice,
Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS),
Coral reefs,
and Permafrost."

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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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METHANE: Mandates in Colo., Wyo. didn't prevent job growth

METHANE: Mandates in Colo., Wyo. didn't prevent job growth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Colorado didn't see oil and gas employment fall last year after adopting the air pollution rules serving as a template for new rules proposed by U.S. EPA. In Wyoming, which enacted similar rules around the same time, employment grew by 745 people, or 5 percent. "It's not the job killer that everybody is saying it is," said Eva Henry, one of three county commissioners in Adams County, just south of Weld County. Adams County ranked third in percentage employment gains last year.
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General Mills Sets Ambitious Goal for Greenhouse Gas Cuts

General Mills Sets Ambitious Goal for Greenhouse Gas Cuts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 — not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill. CEO Ken Powell, in outlining the plan to The Associated Press ahead of the company's official announcement Monday, said...
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How a new battery revolution will change your life

How a new battery revolution will change your life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new generation of super cells promises to reshape the future of energy.
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Midday naps associated with reduced blood pressure and fewer medications

Midday naps associated with reduced blood pressure and fewer medications | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Midday naps are associated with reduced blood pressure levels and prescription of fewer antihypertensive medications, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion Voula General Hospital in Athens, Greece.
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UN climate talks: the sticking points

UN climate talks: the sticking points | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 195-nation UN climate talks resume Monday when rank-and-file diplomats gather in Bonn to lay the foundation for a global climate pact to be inked in December.
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How will climate change affect your livelihood?

How will climate change affect your livelihood? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: "How will it affect my livelihood?"
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These Are the Cities Most Vulnerable to the Next Katrina

These Are the Cities Most Vulnerable to the Next Katrina | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'The entities that were most resilient were the ones who are best at preparing for the worst'
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Surprise: it's still New Orleans at risk!

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Sea levels will rise, experts warn, and 'it's not going to stop'

Sea levels will rise, experts warn, and 'it's not going to stop' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here's one trend California is behind on: rising sea levels.
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Ocean warming and acidification needs more attention, argues US

Ocean warming and acidification needs more attention, argues US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
US to raise issue in Paris climate talks and call for more research as concern grows over climate change-induced warming on marine life
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Green group poll: 'Overwhelming majority' backs Obama climate rule

Green group poll: 'Overwhelming majority' backs Obama climate rule | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Six in 10 voters support Obama’s climate rule for power plants, the poll found.
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Rising sea level threatens coastal restoration, New Orleans levees, scientists say

Rising sea level threatens coastal restoration, New Orleans levees, scientists say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even a three-foot rise in sea level, combined with local subsidence, could threaten Louisiana plans for coastal restoration, and reduce the effectiveness of hurricane storm surge levees, scientists say.
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Nature's last refuge: climate change threatens our most fragile ecosystem

Nature's last refuge: climate change threatens our most fragile ecosystem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An Arctic voyage through the awe-inspiring Northwest Passage shows that rapid action is needed to protect the region
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"Smart" solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai

"Smart" solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Next-generation devices may offer cash, purified water and other services
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Fleeing drought, climate migrants press Zimbabwe's fertile east

Fleeing drought, climate migrants press Zimbabwe's fertile east | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is pushing more and more people to greener land, provoking conflict with those already there
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Growing numbers of rhinos poached for horns in South Africa: minister

Growing numbers of rhinos poached for horns in South Africa: minister | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa continued to climb this year, with demand for rhino horn in Asia pushing the slaughter ever higher, the government said Sunday.
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Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn

Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Diplomats gather in Bonn from Monday to thrash out the draft of a climate-rescue pact to be adopted at a year-end UN conference in Paris.
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Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water

Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hundreds of feet beneath the Black Hills, a team of scientists and researchers snake through dark, narrow and silent corridors of ancient rock to reach their goal: what is thought to be some of the purest water on Earth.
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Tea Party supporters distrust scientists not only on climate, but on vaccines — study

Tea Party supporters distrust scientists not only on climate, but on vaccines — study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vaccine skepticism has often been associated with the political left. But is that really right?
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The growing global battle against blood-sucking ticks

The growing global battle against blood-sucking ticks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have no shortage of ideas about how to stop tick-borne illnesses. What is holding them back?
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The cheapest oil ever still won't slow down the clean energy revolution

The cheapest oil ever still won't slow down the clean energy revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The clean energy revolution is facing an old enemy again.
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Russia Raises an "Ice Curtain" in the Arctic Thanks to Climate Change

Russia Raises an "Ice Curtain" in the Arctic Thanks to Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The meltdown caused by global warming brings expanded access and geopolitical tensions
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POLITICS: White House amplifies feud with Koch brothers

POLITICS: White House amplifies feud with Koch brothers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The White House yesterday escalated an ongoing feud with billionaire conservative brothers Charles and David Koch over energy subsidies and the oil and gas industry's role in influencing politicians.
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Australia's Pollution Level Seen Rising Beyond Abbott's Target

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are likely to rise in the next 15 years, missing by a wide margin a target proposed for United Nations talks on global warming, a team of researchers said.
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Water, Climate, Energy Intertwined with Fight Against Poverty in Central America | Inter Press Service

Water, Climate, Energy Intertwined with Fight Against Poverty in Central America | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 Central America’s toolbox to pull 23 million people – almost half of the population – out of poverty must include three indispensable tools: universal access to water, a sustainable power supply, and adaptation to climate change.

 

“These are the minimum, basic, necessary preconditions for guaranteeing survival,” Víctor Campos, assistant director of the Humboldt Centre, a leading Nicaraguan environmental think tank, told IPS.

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