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Officials rejected some changes to crippled San Onofre generators

Officials rejected some changes to crippled San Onofre generators | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A report on the root causes of problems at the San Onofre nuclear plant shows that officials considered making design changes to the plant’s new steam generators before they were installed but rejected some fixes in part because they would require...
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Skype's Been Hijacked in China, and Microsoft Is O.K. With It

Skype's Been Hijacked in China, and Microsoft Is O.K. With It | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How a computer-science graduate at the University of New Mexico deciphered a complex surveillance system governing Skype chats in China
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The rise of the sharing economy

The rise of the sharing economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LAST night 40,000 people rented accommodation from a service that offers 250,000 rooms in 30,000 cities in 192 countries. They chose their rooms and paid for...

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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, March 7, 2013 1:10 PM

Sharing, the new we.

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

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La Chine, la pollution et les villages du cancer

La Chine, la pollution et les villages du cancer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La mise en garde d'un milliardaire chinois qu'aucune quantité d'argent ne pouvait protéger les riches de la crise environnementale en Chine a résonnéparmi les internautes, dont beaucoup sont déjà inquiets de la contamination de l’air et de l’eau...

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Germany's newest incentives to kickstart energy storage for solar

Germany's newest incentives to kickstart energy storage for solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Germany’s upcoming incentives for energy storage could have a major impact on the prevalence of storage and its cost to consumers.

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Watch A Diner Waitress Explain To A Wall Street Guy How Money Works In America

Watch A Diner Waitress Explain To A Wall Street Guy How Money Works In America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yes, that really happens.
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Going green reduced our energy bills and sparked an eco-revolution

Going green reduced our energy bills and sparked an eco-revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From solar panels to a wind turbine and biomass generator, physics teacher turned full time eco warrior, Keith Webber, has turned his school in Devon into a world green champion
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Chevron refinery safety under microscope

Chevron refinery safety under microscope | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

California's workplace-safety agency has spent the equivalent of one-fifth of its entire annual budget investigating last year's Chevron Richmond refinery fire, a top state official testified Thursday during a hearing at which a lawmaker suggested the state needed to strengthen its regulatory efforts.

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Is cleanup possible? Official questions possible solutions for East Helena aquifer

Is cleanup possible? Official questions possible solutions for East Helena aquifer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The top Environmental Protection Agency official in Montana said this week that the groundwater underneath East Helena probably will remain contaminated with arsenic and selenium forever.
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The link between climate change and the food on your plate

The link between climate change and the food on your plate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The results of climate change are already altering the way crops pollinate, mature and produce. Over time, they could change what we eat and when we eat it.
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Struggling Hanford Site Awaits New Cuts

Struggling Hanford Site Awaits New Cuts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Hanford nuclear cleanup project in Richland, Wash., has been hit by leaking waste, layoffs and delays; now more trouble is ahead.
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Dearth of Skilled Workers Imperils $100 Billion Projects

Dearth of Skilled Workers Imperils $100 Billion Projects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After spending years searching for enough crude to pump, the U.S. oil and natural gas industry now is struggling to find and pay for enough skilled workers to tap the abundant supply in shale rock, putting $100 billion in planned petrochemical projects at risk.
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Sounds like good news to me. Carbon polluting fossil fuels will be extracted much slower, or left in the ground all togethe., And maybe this will prompt these companies to put some of their billions of dollars into education making it more affordable again for those who can't afford the burdensome debt of a college education today.

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UCSD biologists engineer multi-colored algae

UCSD biologists engineer multi-colored algae | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Biologists at UC San Diego have announced the successful engineering of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a green alga commonly used in laboratories, into a rainbow of different colors...
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Study of centuries of weather suggests record warming ahead

Study of centuries of weather suggests record warming ahead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
First the good news: In the last 11,300 years, humans have endured a planet warmer than today's, even as they set about building their earliest civilizations.
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Is China’s investment in African forests a problem? - AlertNet

Is China’s investment in African forests a problem? - AlertNet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Is China’s investment in Africa’s forests a positive or a negative? It depends on who you ask - but making the relationship more transparent could help
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Brain Tricks - This Is How Your Brain Works

Get the book: http://amzn.to/U2MRGI TWEET VIDEO - http://clicktotweet.com/SIfb3 Ever wonder how your brain processes information? These brain tricks and illu...

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Dave Wood's curator insight, March 7, 2013 2:30 PM

A nice videoscribe  about the difference between fast and slow thinking.  Theres a useful reference to the concept of "priming" which operates out of conscious awareness.  Graphic and visual coaching creates the space for the client to do some slow thinking and resolve challenges that fast thinking hasn't reolved.

AnnC's curator insight, June 8, 2013 8:48 AM

fun video

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Startup d.light brings solar power to the poor

Startup d.light brings solar power to the poor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

About three decades ago, Donn Tice was an MBA student at the University of Michigan, studying with the late C.K. Prahalad, who was developing his argument that companies can make money and do good by creating products and services for the world’s poorest people. It’s an exciting notion, popularized in Prahalad’s influential 2004 book, "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid."


Today, Tice is the CEO of d.light, which sells solar-powered lanterns to the poor. He’s trying to prove that his teacher was right — a fortune awaits those who can create and sell life-changing products that help the very poor.

 

For now, this remains an unproven hope. Dozens of startups have ventured into the global south, selling everything from $100 laptops, cheap bikes, clean cook stoves and solar panels to the poor. Some have enjoyed success (See, for example, my blog post, "Clean Star Mozambique: Food, fuel and forests at the bottom of the pyramid"), but few have achieved meaningful scale. Or made anything approaching a fortune.


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OFA--A Dark Money Group by Any Other Name

OFA--A Dark Money Group by Any Other Name | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article by Lisa Rosenberg of the Sunlight Foundation, about Organizing For America, formerly Obama For America:

 

But with today’s announcement that OFA will limit who it takes money from and that it will disclose donors of $250 or more on a quarterly basis, why aren’t we applauding them for seeing the light?

OFA’s Disclosures are neither Timely nor Complete

As long as OFA is making up the rules as it goes along, there is no reason it shouldn’t meet or surpass the disclosure requirements that apply to political parties. Disclosure delayed is disclosure denied, and the quarterly reporting of donors promised by OFA allows them to hide donors—at least temporarily—in an age when technology could easily facilitate real time online disclosure. Moreover, OFA is not disclosing details normally associated with political contributions—specifically the address, occupation and employer of the donor that not only help identify the donor but the industry or interests that might be important to him. There is no disclosure of bundlers either—a big donor could deliver a fat wad of checks to OFA from his fat cat friends, and while OFA’s chairman and former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina will know who to thank, the public will remain in the dark.

OFA is a Mechanism for Fat Cat Access

Messina took great pains to address the unseemly specter that OFA is a vehicle to sell access to the president to the highest bidder, stating, “we can't and we won't guarantee access to any government officials.” But while he did not guarantee access, nor did he rule it out. Quite the contrary. “Just as the president and administration officials deliver updates on the legislative process to Americans and organizations across the ideological spectrum, there may be occasions when members of Organizing for Action are included in those updates.” Will the members of OFA who give $50 be included in those updates, or only the members who give $50,000 or $500,000?

There is no Accountability

Under OFA’s “voluntary” system of disclosure, there is no enforcement mechanism to ensure that big money donors will be disclosed, or whether the group is sticking to its commitment to prohibit corporate and foreign contributions. There is nothing to prevent a CEO from writing a big check to OFA, only to be reimbursed from her corporate coffers—laundering a corporate contribution. The only legally enforceable rules that apply to OFA are the same ones that apply to every other dark money 501(c)(4) organization—and we know how well those work. [MORE]


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Gary Hewitt's comment, March 9, 2013 2:57 PM
I can tell you from working with OFA ever since 2009 when it became Organizing For America in between the Presidential elections we have all been staying well informed on what is going on. As I am a student in college many financial contributions have been small. But I have still been in on many conference calls and some of them was even with President Obama. As OFA is now no longer a Political Campaign and just an Organization just like any other 501(c)(4) if it reports anything that is more than the anyone of the Republican Groups is doing. By law they are not required to report any contributions at all!
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Noam Chomsky: Will Capitalism Destroy Civilization?

Noam Chomsky: Will Capitalism Destroy Civilization? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Now control of government is narrowly concentrated at the peak of the income scale, while the large majority “down below” has been virtually disenfranchised. The current political-economic system is a form of plutocracy, diverging sharply from democracy, if by that concept we mean political arrangements in which policy is significantly influenced by the public will.


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John Boik's curator insight, March 8, 2013 10:22 AM

Chomsky asks if democracy as it exists in practice is compatible with stable and sustainable human society.

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Large rise in CO2 emissions sounds climate change alarm

Large rise in CO2 emissions sounds climate change alarm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hopes for 'safe' temperature increase within 2C fade as Hawaii station documents second-greatest emissions increase
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Navy opposes restrictions on offshore training

Navy opposes restrictions on offshore training | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmentalists say a five-year training plan by the Navy would harm endangered species off the Southern California coast including the blue whale.
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Recent heat spike unlike anything in 11,000 years

Recent heat spike unlike anything in 11,000 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study looking at 11,000 years of climate temperatures shows the world in the middle of a dramatic U-turn, lurching from near-record cooling to a heat spike.
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As coal industry declines, what will happen to all those retired miners?

As coal industry declines, what will happen to all those retired miners? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The decline of coal has left hundreds of thousands of retired miners, many of them with severe ailments, at risk of losing their health and pension benefits.
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Safety Breaches Seen Plaguing U.S. Reactors in Report

Almost one-in-six U.S. nuclear reactors experienced safety breaches last year due in part to poor oversight by federal regulators, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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Tyler Wyckoff's comment, March 11, 2013 12:19 PM
This works because it talks about safety breaches and we cannot have those.
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Greedy Lying Bastards - Opening This Weekend

Greedy Lying Bastards - Opening This Weekend | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new movie about the folks who've brought you climate disinformation for the last 30  years. The title warms the cockles of my heart - but will sound pretty mild to our grandchildren.
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