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River Place: A Contemporary Cantilever with a Strong Energy Conservation Agenda

River Place: A Contemporary Cantilever with a Strong Energy Conservation Agenda | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This contemporary project is located at the end of a single lane road cut into a hillside, on a dry west-facing slope near Juliaetta, Idaho.

To restore the pioneer vineyard for use, the two structures incorporate innovative construction methods in response to unique site requirements.

The location presented a number of challenges: temperatures that can reach 110+degrees F, periodic river flooding, and limited access for construction equipment. A strong energy conservation agenda was also an important requirement and the building forms were influenced by the site and environmental conditions.

Find more details, photos and project information at the article link.


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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, September 26, 2013 3:38 PM

absolutely stunning architecture. - Madi Chaput 

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Why 'cryptic barriers' inhibit energy efficient buildings

Why 'cryptic barriers' inhibit energy efficient buildings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Much time and effort has been invested in addressing the market barriers that inhibit greater investment in energy-efficiency technologies and practices in the buildings sector. In addition to these common and well-known barriers (split incentives, asymmetrical information, higher first costs), a class of “cryptic barriers” has received less attention.These barriers are cryptic in the sense that they are hidden or unrecognized; they do not stem from the same market failures that have been the subject of extensive study and the target of many policy and program interventions. Often these cryptic barriers are aspects of building codes or standards. In this context, “standards” include safety standards, energy efficiency standards and other standards established to assure common quality or performance metrics.


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#Education Campaign Reduces #PlasticPollution in Southwest #China ~

#Education Campaign Reduces #PlasticPollution in Southwest #China ~ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite their reverence for nature, local communities were unaware of how certain actions could damage ecosystems. (RT @ConservationOrg: Imagine beautiful hillsides side by side w garbage piles. What would you do?

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, September 26, 2013 12:22 PM

I hope with additional educational efforts in the region, the number of people taking these actions will continue to grow, helping communities to preserve their precious homeland for future generations. - See more at: http://blog.conservation.org/2013/09/education-campaign-reduces-plastic-pollution-in-southwest-china/#sthash.lRV4yIFF.dpuf

FIP-Berlin's curator insight, September 27, 2013 2:45 AM

... den Fokus richten auf das Schöne, auf das, was sein soll ... und dann: ....  'just do it'

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Widespread Use of Neonicotinoids Poses Risks to More Than Bees

Widespread Use of Neonicotinoids Poses Risks to More Than Bees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A report released this week by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation moves the spotlight from the risks neonicotinoids pose to bees to the impacts of neonicotinoids to invertebrates such as earthworms ...

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Anita Woodruff's curator insight, September 26, 2013 3:36 PM

Neonicotinoids are harmful not just to bees but also to other beneficial insects as well as invertebrates living in the soil.

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Strade e biodiversità

Strade e biodiversità | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Effetto margine" è il nome che viene dato alle conseguenze della trasformazione di aree naturali a causa del disboscamento o più semplicemente della costruzione di strade, asfaltate e non. Di che ...

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The Circular Economy: Could it present a new way of doing business?

The Circular Economy: Could it present a new way of doing business? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 

Guardian Sustainable Business, September 25, 2013

Look closely at the challenges facing our world and the circular economy makes business sense.

Companies are turning to a new model of sustainable business in an effort to reduce their dependence on finite resources...

The sense that our planet is running out of the minerals, metals and organic matter required to sustain its rising human population has helped to fashion a new concept for our times: the circular economy. At its core is the argument that the old, linear model of conducting business – extraction, consumption and waste – is past its sell-by date...http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/circular-economy-new-way-doing-business

 

 

CHECK OUT THE GUARDIAN'S NEW "CIRCULAR ECONOMY HUB"

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/circular-economy

 

TWITTER LIST: TOP 10 TWEETERS ON THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/twitter-list-top-10-circular-economy

 

Guardian Sustainable Business, January 31, 2012
A CIRCULAR ECONOMY TACKLES THE ROOT PROBLEMS OF OVERCONSUMPTION  http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/circular-economy-business-models

 

January 17, 2013 YES Magazine

RELIGION, SCIENCE AND SPIRIT: A SACRED STORY OF OUR TIME. Humanity’s current behavior threatens Earth’s capacity to support life and relegates more than a billion people to lives of destitution http://sco.lt/8rb8DZ

 

THE WORLD IS SITTING ON A CONSUMPTION TIME BOMB  http://sco.lt/7sR3eT

 

A CULTURE SEPARATED FROM NATURE CANNOT SURVIVE: BANKRUPTING NATURE http://sco.lt/7HFVYH

 

ECONOMIC SUCCESS ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH TO IMPROVE OUR WELL BEING http://sco.lt/7J7VnF

 

WHY GOOGLE AND SONY ARE TURNING TO NATURE TO INSPIRE THEIR LEADERS. The Wisdom of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh  http://sco.lt/81MvkP

 

                                                -- WATCH --

                                                   "HOME"

                               An Exquisite Story of Our Planet

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/home-an-exquisite-story-of-our-world/

 

 


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, September 28, 2013 4:26 PM

Zero Footprint requires a circular economy, where all outputs must be accounted for as inputs elsewhere in the economy, where the entire lifecycle of all products is factored in, where 100% of waste becomes raw resources, powered by 100% renewable energy.

pdjmoo's curator insight, December 5, 2014 6:44 PM

YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY OTHER NEWS AGGREGATES @pdjmoo 

 

▶  CLIMATE CHANGE http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet

▶  BIODIVERSITY http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life

▶  OUR OCEANS http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us

▶  OUR FOOD http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides

 ▶ CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY http://www.scoop.it/t/environmental-and-human-health


Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, January 4, 2015 2:12 PM

The Circular Economy: Rethinking 'Progress' - A new way of thinking and doing business

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An FDA postscript on arsenic and rice - Wired Science

An FDA postscript on arsenic and rice - Wired Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Fitzpatrick’s point is  that most serious phase of the agency’s evaluation of rice safety is just beginning – and that actually is an assessment of long-term risk: “I am a toxicologist and will be looking at the data on possible different adverse effects from arsenic exposure in rice. Nutritionists will be studying rice consumption patterns and epidemiologists will be looking for patterns of disease. There will be statisticians, experts on exposure to arsenic, and many others.”

And I think it’s important to emphasize that here because I find that far more reassuring than last week’s happy talk announcement. I like knowing that a federal agency tasked with protecting the public health both recognizes the critical questions raised by arsenic in the food supply and is working to address them.


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Compressed Air Storage Breakthrough

Compressed Air Storage Breakthrough | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Simple idea. Storing energy as compressed air. It's been done before, but with a fossil fuel assist that made it more carbon intensive and expensive. This is a big deal. There will probably not be ...
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Energy Poverty and the Electrical Grid | The Energy Collective

Energy Poverty and the Electrical Grid | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The future of reliable energy is in jeopardy, for the poor.
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Energy Industry Regulation and Policy | The Energy Collective

Energy Industry Regulation and Policy | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As fracking activists of all stripes campaign for and against the practice, it is crucial that the oil and gas industry itself intervene to bridge gaps, open dialogues, welcome criticisms, and demonstrate proactive efforts to make fracking safer...
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Why Do You Need a Sustainable Energy Plan? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Why Do You Need a Sustainable Energy Plan? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Creating a Sustainable Energy Plan is a simple, systematic way to examine, refine, and act on one of the most important aspects of a sustainable business. A plan lets you see where you are, decide what immediate positive changes your company can make, and create long-term practical and actionable goals.


Why create a plan specifically about energy?


Energy use is your most important environmental impact.

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Kilowatt Hours Electricity Costs Around the World | The Energy Collective

Kilowatt Hours Electricity Costs Around the World | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia and Germany each just had an election. In both cases electricity prices were an election issue. That seems fair enough given that in both countries they are paying significant more $/kWh than most countries.
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3.2 Million Tesla Supercharger Miles Already Logged

3.2 Million Tesla Supercharger Miles Already Logged | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Monday, Tesla Motors tweeted that its Model S owners had already logged 3.2 million miles (5.15 million kilometers) on the company's Supercharger network. To be honest, that's a lot more than I would have guessed.
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Global Warming About to Claim Three Quarters of a Billion People

Global Warming About to Claim Three Quarters of a Billion People | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three quarters of a billion people will almost certainly run low on water in just the regions who's rivers are supplied with water from the glaciers in the Himalayas.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 25, 2013 11:38 PM

I couldn't say this better....

 

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And that's how many people, within the next 22 years, will almost certainly run low on water – a necessity of life – in just the regions whose rivers are supplied with water from the glaciers in the Himalayas.

 

To put that in perspective, 750 million people is more than twice the current population of United States. It's about the population of all of Europe. In the year 1900 there were only 500 million people on the entire planet. Seven hundred fifty million people is a lot of people.

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300 fois plus de résidus de pesticides dans le vin que dans l’eau potable - Rue89

300 fois plus de résidus de pesticides dans le vin que dans l’eau potable - Rue89 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Il y a 300 fois plus de résidus de pesticides dans le vin que dans l’eau potable.

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How many Hiroshimas does it take to describe climate change?

How many Hiroshimas does it take to describe climate change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canadian rock legend Neil Young is worried about the environmental impacts of extracting oil from the tar sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

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BulletinOfTheAtomic's curator insight, September 26, 2013 1:27 PM

What do Neil Young, James Hansen, and John Cook all have in common? They've all used Hiroshima as an analogy to climate change; Dawn Stover at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists explores whether that's an accurate, and appropriate, analogy.

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Des volontaires ont nettoyé l'Everest d'une montagne de déchets

Des volontaires ont nettoyé l'Everest d'une montagne de déchets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

L'Everest constitue aujourd’hui une des plus importantes décharges du monde où s'accumulent depuis des années...


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« Les pollutions engendrées par l’industrie minière représentent un danger pour les décennies à venir »

« Les pollutions engendrées par l’industrie minière représentent un danger pour les décennies à venir » | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Des prix records, une demande croissante, un besoin de sécurisation des approvisionnements : une nouvelle ruée vers les minerais est à l'œuvre, partout dans le monde. Face aux multiples impacts de cette industrie, les résistances se multiplient, en Amérique Latine comme en Afrique ou même en Europe. Réussiront-elles à protéger les eco-systèmes menacés ? Entretien avec William Sacher, chercheur basé à Quito, qui travaille depuis 8 ans sur l’exploitation minière industrielle. Un entretien accompagné de photos de cours d’eau pollués par l’acide utilisé dans les mines."


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Grâce à la météo, les Français ont inhalé moins de particules fines

Grâce à la météo, les Français ont inhalé moins de particules fines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cette diminution est à prendre avec précaution, "car elle dépend très fortement des conditions climatiques de l'année", précise le ministère de l'écologie.

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IPCC AR5 Drops Tomorrow. Bone Up Today.

IPCC AR5 Drops Tomorrow. Bone Up Today. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In anticipation of the new Fifth Assessment of the IPCC (AR5) which will be released tomorrow, there are a number of good backgrounders online. Here are  some of the best. Joe Romm in Climate Progr...
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US shale oil hides crude oil peak in rest of world

US shale oil hides crude oil peak in rest of world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 Recent US shale oil growth sits on top of a bumpy production plateau of the rest-of-the-world (ROW).
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Gadzooks! AEI Hates On Oil, Agrees With Obama About Everything!

Gadzooks! AEI Hates On Oil, Agrees With Obama About Everything! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

File this one under Even A Broken Clock Is Right Twice A Day. The American Enterprise Institute, which has never exactly been BFFs with alternative fuels and electric vehicles, is promoting a new report that blames oil dependency for dragging down the national economy. The report goes on to position President Obama’s alternative fuel, electric vehicle, and fuel efficiency policies as economically rational responses to transition the US out of reliance on the volatile global oil market.

 

When we last checked in on AEI, the conservative think tank was calling subsidies for electric vehicles a “devil’s bargain” and promoting a book based on the claim that the installed cost of solar energy has jumped up since 2001 when it has actually tumbled down, so we’re not endorsing AEI’s methodology or its conclusions. We’re just interested in, well, why are they hating on oil all of a sudden?

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Turning plastic bags into high-tech materials

Turning plastic bags into high-tech materials | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a process for turning waste plastic bags into a high-tech nanomaterial.
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Climate Change Predictions and Hindsight | The Energy Collective

Climate Change Predictions and Hindsight | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With attention focused on the release of the Working Group I report of Fifth Assessment of the IPCC, I thought that it would be worthwhile to present the findings of Working Group I from the Fourth Assessment (AR4) which were expressed with the...
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Solar Subsidies Article in Wall Street Journal Misses The Beat

Solar Subsidies Article in Wall Street Journal Misses The Beat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Cost of Solar.
Generally speaking, reading and debunking horrible clean energy or electric vehicle stories in the mainstream media is not something I enjoy doing.
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