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In pictures: Beijing pollution

In pictures: Beijing pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Air pollution levels in the Chinese capital Beijing are at hazardous levels for the third day running, with dense smog continuing to shroud the city amid freezing winter temperatures.

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Valorie Morgan's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:52 AM

Beijing looks depressing. It seems constantly under a thick blanket of fog, looks almost suffocating. I'm surprised at how people still thrive there. Sure, they have masks to block out the smog but I couldn't do it. These picture make you realize the long term effect of these factories producing daily. It's scary really, looks like something out of a horror film, but no, this is every day Beijing. It seems this smog has stolen the beauty of the wonderful city, making it dull and almost lifeless. 

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State of emergency declared as bushfire conditions worsen

State of emergency declared as bushfire conditions worsen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hundreds of thousands of people face a growing bushfire calamity, with the entire Blue Mountains area as well as Penrith and Richmond in danger of burning over the next few days.
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Shale Gas and Climate Change Prediction | The Energy Collective

Shale Gas and Climate Change Prediction | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Most claims that shale gas will significantly reduce US carbon emissions in the future are based on little more than hand-waving and wishful thinking. That’s because those claims assume natural gas is replacing coal only, rather than replacing some combination of coal, renewables, nuclear power, and energy efficiency — which is obviously what will happen in the real world.

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Would Limiting Carbon Emissions Destroy The Economy?

Would Limiting Carbon Emissions Destroy The Economy? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How we overestimate the costs and underestimate the benefits of environmental regulation, again and again and again.
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CA: Whatever happened to the Hydrogen Highway? | Sacramento Bee

CA: Whatever happened to the Hydrogen Highway? | Sacramento Bee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Remember the Hydrogen Highway?

 

It was front-page news less than a decade ago, and the California Fuel Cell Partnership in West Sacramento was ground zero for what was touted as a forward-looking effort to green the Golden State.

 

Approved in 2004 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who promoted it with action film hero gusto, the Hydrogen Highway envisioned construction of an extensive network of hydrogen filling stations to serve drivers of zero-emission fuel-cell vehicles – bettering California’s air quality, enhancing the Golden State’s reputation as a leader in national environmental policy and lessening U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

 

Hydrogen has long been viewed by advocates and environmentalists as an attractive option, because it can easily be pumped into a vehicle tank, with the bonus of no emissions of either greenhouse gases or smog-forming pollutants. In a fuel-cell vehicle, hydrogen combines with oxygen, yielding a current that drives an electric motor. The tailpipe spews nothing but water vapor and heat.

 

Supporters add that hydrogen can be produced in abundance by American companies. Environmentalists simply say that it’s not oil, with all its pollution and price-volatility baggage.

 

Critics noted then and now that much hydrogen is processed from natural gas and that alternative methods are costly. That did not deter Schwarzenegger, who was a welcome visitor at the fuel cell partnership headquarters. President George W. Bush also dropped by for a visit in 2006, talking up hydrogen technology.

 

Today, the high-flying promise of those days remains unfulfilled.


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Saving the planet from short-termism will take man-on-the-moon commitment

Saving the planet from short-termism will take man-on-the-moon commitment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Larry Elliott: JFK's lunar vision is needed if business is to see the long-term benefits of greening the economy as well as the short-term costs

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Fight Rages Over Wild Orca Decline: Too Many Boats, or Not Enough Salmon?

Fight Rages Over Wild Orca Decline: Too Many Boats, or Not Enough Salmon? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since 1995, there's a 17 percent decrease in the number of wild killer whales populating the waters off San Juan Island, Washington.

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Anita Woodruff's curator insight, October 19, 2013 8:57 PM

Are commercial whale-watching boats the problem or is it the lack of salmon?

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Citizens need to be stewards of environment, says Pickersgill - Jamaica Observer ("volunteers wanted")

Citizens need to be stewards of environment, says Pickersgill - Jamaica Observer ("volunteers wanted") | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Citizens need to be stewards of environment, says Pickersgill Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill, said on Thursday that Jamaica's ability to withstand the effects of future...

"... stressed the need for citizens to become dedicated “stewards” of environmental preservation by, among other things, planting more trees.

He noted that forest preservation is necessary to safeguard Jamaica against the impact of weather-related activities such as hurricanes, the overall effects of climate change and land slippages, among other occurrences.

“The loss of forest cover, not just here in Jamaica, but worldwide, presents a ‘clear and present danger’ to our survival,” he said. “Our forests are (also) directly related to our livelihoods as they provide medicines, wood, water, and almost every natural (provision) around us.”

In this regard, Pickersgill urged that the nation act with urgency to implement measures that will preserve the island’s forests, adding that “one of the best ways is to plant more trees”.


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Second rare #oarfish washes up in Southern California ~ perhaps a warning message!

Second rare #oarfish washes up in Southern California ~ perhaps a warning message! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For the second time in a week, the rare, serpentine oarfish has surfaced on a Southern California beach.

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, October 22, 2013 3:25 AM

22.10.13  ~  Quake rumours over new beached 'sea serpent' in US:    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24619600     << The Santa Catalina specimen was dissected and found to be healthy.

 

Tests are also being done for radiation, following Japan's Fukushima nuclear leak on the other side of the Pacific.

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Paloma was silent, waiting to be told what to do. She didn’t realize that over the next nine months, her experience of school would be rewritten, tapping into an array of educational innovations from around the world and vaulting her and some of her classmates to the top of the math and language rankings in Mexico.


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Oscar Melendez's curator insight, October 20, 2013 5:03 PM

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

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The Birth of a Movement

Santa Barbara is known as the birthplace of the Modern Environmental Movement. This reputation grew from the publics actions in 1969 when an oil blowout spewed crude…
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Thousands protest in Romania against shale gas, gold mine

Thousands protest in Romania against shale gas, gold mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
* Protests continue despite Chevron halt to exploration work* Opposition to gold mine plan by Canada's Gabriel Resources* Leftist government's plans have sparked weeks of ralliesBy Luiza IliePUNGESTI,...
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Green investment bank profitable as Abbott axe looms, CEO Yates says

Green investment bank profitable as Abbott axe looms, CEO Yates says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Clean Energy Finance Corp., Australia’s green development bank earmarked for closing by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is making a profit and prodding commercial banks to lend, according to its chief executive officer.
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Wind energy could be much cheaper says Dutch firm Deltares - Renewable Energy Magazine, at the heart of clean energy journalism

Wind energy could be much cheaper says Dutch firm Deltares - Renewable Energy Magazine, at the heart of clean energy journalism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wind energy could be much cheaper says Dutch firm Deltares - Renewable Energy Magazine, at the heart of clean energy journalism
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Former Halliburton Manager Pleads Guilty To Destroying Evidence In Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Former Halliburton Manager Pleads Guilty To Destroying Evidence In Deepwater Horizon Disaster | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Anthony Badalamenti ordered well simulations destroyed, after they revealed Halliburton's preferred approach would likely not have changed the outcome.
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Microsoft co-founder awards ocean acidification prize : Nature News Blog

Microsoft co-founder awards ocean acidification prize : Nature News Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Paul G. Allen Foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, has dipped its toes into ocean research funding, awarding a US$10,000 prize to researchers seeking to help coral reefs resist damage from ocean acidification. Coral reefs are threatened by ocean acidification.

 

Marine biologists Ruth Gates of the University of Hawaii at Manoaand Madeline van Oppen of the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Queensland won for their proposal to test the effectiveness of implanting specially bred coral into existing reefs. The prize comes as the Allen Foundation, started by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, begins a broad new programme to address declining ocean health.

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Poland And Bulgaria Have The Most Polluted Air In Europe

Poland And Bulgaria Have The Most Polluted Air In Europe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study finds Poland's reliance on fossil fuels is seriously affecting its air quality.
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Forest Facts: Making Green Buildings Greener with Wood

Forest Facts: Making Green Buildings Greener with Wood | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A lot of energy is spent in the green building industry on innovating new materials that made of eco-friendly materials, easy to transport, and reclaimable when a structure must be torn down. But many of these materials have ...
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Swedish Hobbit Village Channels Eco-Values - Sourceable

Swedish Hobbit Village Channels Eco-Values - Sourceable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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The family now resides in the West Wales community of Lammas, the first British low-impact eco-village of its kind.

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Carbon farming schemes should consider multiple cobenefits

Carbon farming schemes should consider multiple cobenefits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carbon markets and related international schemes that allow payments to landholders for planting trees, sometimes called carbon farming, are intended to support sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere.

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Malachy's curator insight, October 20, 2013 1:39 AM

According to Brenda Lin of CSIRO schemes aimed at maximised profits from carbon sequestration can come at a cost to biodiverity. 

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Cheap Nanotech Filter Clears Hazardous Microbes and Chemicals from Drinking Water: Scientific American

Cheap Nanotech Filter Clears Hazardous Microbes and Chemicals from Drinking Water: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"About 780 million people—a tenth of the world’s population—do not have access to clean drinking water. Water laced with contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, lead and arsenic claims millions of lives each year. But an inexpensive device that effectively clears such contaminants from water may help solve this problem." http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=cheap-nanotech-filter-water&WT.mc_id=SA_Facebook


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Pékin asphyxié par la pollution

Pékin asphyxié par la pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La municipalité a lancé cette semaine un «programme de réponse d’urgence». Tout en minimisant une situation pourtant très inquiétante.

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Bientôt du Wi-Fi sous-marin pour surveiller les océans

Bientôt du Wi-Fi sous-marin pour surveiller les océans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Des chercheurs de l’université de Buffalo viennent de tester avec succès un réseau Wi-Fi sous-marin, qui pourrait un jour contribuer à améliorer la surveillance des océans ainsi que la détection des tsunamis et des pollutions.

 

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Q&A: Richard Webby of the WHO on the new deadly flu strain | SmartPlanet

Q&A: Richard Webby of the WHO on the new deadly flu strain | SmartPlanet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world’s leading flu expert speaks about H7N9, the new flu strain expected to infect humans this winter, which is different from other avian
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B.C. Hydro on the edge of change as huge growth planned for North

B.C. Hydro on the edge of change as huge growth planned for North | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With huge development planned for the North, demands for competitive rates and better service, and competing visions about the role of clean energy, B.C.
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