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There's No Way I'm Eating My Next Seafood Dinner Without Checking This Chart First

There's No Way I'm Eating My Next Seafood Dinner Without Checking This Chart First | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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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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Research on the economic valuation of ecosystem services

Research on the economic valuation of ecosystem services | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manmade climate change and large-scale alteration of the landscape are affecting the planet and the ecosystem services upon which humans depend. These alterations include loss of forests that were once large carbon sinks
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Influence of sea-ice loss on Arctic warming is shaped by temperatures in the Pacific Ocean

Influence of sea-ice loss on Arctic warming is shaped by temperatures in the Pacific Ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Influence of sea-ice loss on Arctic warming is shaped by varying temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, new study shows
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Study Identifies High-Risk Regions for Climate-Change Exodus

Study Identifies High-Risk Regions for Climate-Change Exodus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study paints a potentially apocalyptic picture of the damage climate change could cause around the world.
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Smart irrigation valve adds connectivity and automation to any hose

Smart irrigation valve adds connectivity and automation to any hose | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Zilker aims to bring smarter watering, and less wasted water, to more yards, without adding a costly sprinkler system.
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Modern tiny home boasts a big kitchen for foodies

Modern tiny home boasts a big kitchen for foodies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tiny house kitchens can be often quite small, but this home's kitchen is relatively large and has plenty of counter space to cook up a storm.
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You're More Likely to Die in a Human Extinction Event Than a Car Crash

You're More Likely to Die in a Human Extinction Event Than a Car Crash | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash,” says a new report.
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Half of leading investors ignoring climate change: study

Half of leading investors ignoring climate change: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Almost half of the world's top 500 investors are doing nothing to address climate change through their investments, a study showed on Monday.
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ELECTRICITY: Coal swoon felt in most states, except 2

ELECTRICITY: Coal swoon felt in most states, except 2 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The amount of coal burned to generate electricity has fallen in nearly every state, after peaking about a decade ago, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said yesterday.
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Gold-mining in Peru: forests razed, millions lost, virgins auctioned

Gold-mining in Peru: forests razed, millions lost, virgins auctioned | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
David Hill: Reports of mining in the River Santiago basin raise concerns given the devastating social and environmental impacts elsewhere
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India Is Desperate For Toilets But Isn’t Reaching Its Construction Targets

India Is Desperate For Toilets But Isn’t Reaching Its Construction Targets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Indian authorities failed to achieve their last year’s target of constructing 2.5 million toilets in urban areas.
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Greenpeace Leaks U.S.-E.U. Trade Deal Documents

Greenpeace Leaks U.S.-E.U. Trade Deal Documents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental activists say American officials have pushed their European counterparts for looser regulations, but negotiators say the criticism is off base.
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Zika Virus Birth Defects May Be 'Tip of the Iceberg', Experts Say

Zika Virus Birth Defects May Be 'Tip of the Iceberg', Experts Say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The explosion of birth defects linked to the Zika virus may be just the "tip of the iceberg," experts said Sunday. But they have some good news, too.
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Rising tide of migration accompanies sea level rises, as predicted

Rising tide of migration accompanies sea level rises, as predicted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 1990, some of the world's foremost scientists joined together to produce a United Nations–sponsored research document on climate change that, at the time, struck many as both unflinchingly dire and patently hyperbolic
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Climate-exodus expected in the Middle East and North Africa

Climate-exodus expected in the Middle East and North Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of climate refugees could increase dramatically in future. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia have calculated that the Middle East and North Africa could becom
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Judge Sides With Kids Suing The Government Over Climate Inaction: ‘These Kids Can’t Wait’

Judge Sides With Kids Suing The Government Over Climate Inaction: ‘These Kids Can’t Wait’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"For the first time, a U.S. court not only recognized the extraordinary harms young people are facing due to climate change, but ordered an agency to do something about it."
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Why Bill Gates’ Math Error About Climate Change Matters

Why Bill Gates’ Math Error About Climate Change Matters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gates has positioned himself as a major player on energy, which means his confused pronouncements could have serious consequences in the public debate.
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Open concept modern tiny home has plenty of personality

Open concept modern tiny home has plenty of personality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This loft-less tiny home makes quite a statement, both inside and out.
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STATES: Inside W.Va.'s battle over teaching climate change

STATES: Inside W.Va.'s battle over teaching climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a coal state struggling with environmental regulations and a fiscal crisis, teaching climate science has hit a nerve.
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Can Ford compete in the long-range electric vehicle market? (+video)

Can Ford compete in the long-range electric vehicle market? (+video) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While specific details have not been released by the car maker, its new electric vehicle will likely be manufactured to rival the Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf, and Chevrolet Bolt.
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Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal

Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Greenpeace says internal documents show US attempts to lower or circumvent EU protection for environment and public health
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Google and eBay refuse to ban ads offering to remove car pollution filters

Google and eBay refuse to ban ads offering to remove car pollution filters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Internet giants say removing diesel particulate filters which reduce toxic emissions is not illegal, although driving without them is
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Dredging of Miami Port Badly Damaged Coral Reef, Study Finds

Dredging of Miami Port Badly Damaged Coral Reef, Study Finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The report found that as much as 81 percent of the reef near the dredging site was buried in sediment, despite a plan to minimize the damage.
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How Paris is stepping up its drive against the car - BBC News

How Paris is stepping up its drive against the car - BBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Paris cars are gradually being edged out as the city steps up a life-or-death battle to cut pollution.
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Armed guards at India's dams as drought grips country

Armed guards at India's dams as drought grips country | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Government says 330 million people are suffering from water shortages after monsoons fail
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