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Obama’s $2 Billion Plan to Replace Fossil Fuels in Cars

Obama’s $2 Billion Plan to Replace Fossil Fuels in Cars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Obama is proposing to divert money from oil and gas leases on federal lands to finance research on replacing hydrocarbon in fuel for cars and trucks.
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David Hone - Climate Change Advisor for Shell » Blog Archive » A major setback for CCS

David Hone - Climate Change Advisor for Shell » Blog Archive » A major setback for CCS | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Turn your old car into a smart car | SmartPlanet

Turn your old car into a smart car | SmartPlanet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here’s a cheap way to tap into the benefits of smart car technology, without buying a new car.
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Big Sugar could get a big government bailout

Big Sugar could get a big government bailout | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The USDA is thinking about bailing out poor sugar companies -- or make that rich sugar companies. Is it time to Occupy Big Sugar?
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Chicago tackles the next big challenge in urban ag: Growing farmers

Chicago tackles the next big challenge in urban ag: Growing farmers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
City officials unveil plans today to create a new generation of growers who will turn thousands of vacant lots into Chicago's bread baskets.
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Would You Use A One Litre Limit Faucet that Conserves Water

Would You Use A One Litre Limit Faucet that Conserves Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Apparently the average person washing their hands wastes almost six litres of water while only actually using one.
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How Arctic Ice Loss Amplified Superstorm Sandy — Oceanography Journal

How Arctic Ice Loss Amplified Superstorm Sandy — Oceanography Journal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We’ve written extensively about how global warming worsened the impact of Superstorm Sandy. Now a new article, “Superstorm Sandy: A Series of Unfortunate Events?
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Good And Green Reasons To Buy An Electric Car This Year

Good And Green Reasons To Buy An Electric Car This Year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Felix Kramer and Max Baumhefner, via Switchboard When it comes to consumer products, environmentalists generally don’t encourage people to buy new and buy now.
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Rep. Ryan Needs To Learn Something (Anything!) About Clean Energy

Rep. Ryan Needs To Learn Something (Anything!) About Clean Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What do you call a future of dangerous pollution, catastrophic extreme weather events, giveaways to Big Oil companies, and even greater reliance on fossil fuels?
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Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UN's 2013 human development report urges action on climate change, deforestation and pollution before it is too late
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Coastal panel rejects Navy's plan to boost underwater blasts

Coastal panel rejects Navy's plan to boost underwater blasts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SAN DIEGO — Citing the danger to whales and other sea life, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Friday to reject the Navy's plan for increased use of sonar and underwater explosives for training off Southern California.
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A new look at urbanization's environmental impact

A new look at urbanization's environmental impact | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A research team from Sweden has developed a technique for quick, simple and cost-effective mapping of worldwide urban growth and its environmental impact.

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Arno Neumann's curator insight, March 6, 2013 10:50 PM

AN : as the trend toward urbanization continues and megacities emerge, measuring the effects on the environment is crucial. This paper otlines some of the new tools to do so.

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This is what farms will look like in the future

This is what farms will look like in the future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the world's human population grows, we're reducing the amount of agricultural areas and forests. That's why some architects are working on concepts for sustainable skyscrapers and vertical agricultural buildings.

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Steven McGreevy's curator insight, March 14, 2013 2:42 AM

Ummm... really?  Do any of these architects understand the concept of energy efficiency or net return energy?  For a bit a more feasible concept of what urban agriculture can look like, take a look at http://www.growingpower.org/

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Grid Energy Storage To Grow 56 Gigawatts By 2022

Grid Energy Storage To Grow 56 Gigawatts By 2022 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As we move step by slow step into a world where renewable energy is more and more a part of our energy infrastructure, the need for energy storage will continue to grow.
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Could styrofoam packaging be replaced by mushrooms? | SmartPlanet

Could styrofoam packaging be replaced by mushrooms? | SmartPlanet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If a group of scientists at Union College have their way, the days of foam packaging could be numbered.
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Pipeline struck by tug still burning, yards away from oil-laden barge

Pipeline struck by tug still burning, yards away from oil-laden barge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
South of New Orleans, a tugboat pushed an oil barge into a pipeline area where shipping is banned, and the resulting fire is still blazing.
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The push for local control over energy makes the NYT

The push for local control over energy makes the NYT | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The New York Times hits on an important trend: cities like Boulder, Colo., trying to wrest control of their power systems from privately owned utilities.
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Volcanic Eruptions May be Masking ‘Lost’ Warming

Volcanic Eruptions May be Masking ‘Lost’ Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This article by Alex Kirby of Climate News Network was originally published on Climate Central Climate scientists think they may have found at least part of the answer to a conundrum which has been puzzling them recently — why the atmosphere has...
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On Climate Change, a Do-Nothing Strategy Poses The Greatest Risks

On Climate Change, a Do-Nothing Strategy Poses The Greatest Risks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Evan Mills, via Property Casualty 360 Whatever insurers may think about the presence or causes of climate change, one thing is certain: the business climate is changing, rapidly.
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The Nocebo Effect: Wind Farm Health Worries Probably Caused By Anti-Wind Scare Campaigns

The Nocebo Effect: Wind Farm Health Worries Probably Caused By Anti-Wind Scare Campaigns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Graham Readfearn, via DeSmogBlog Anti-wind farm activists around the world have created a silent bogeyman they claim can cause everything from sickness and headaches to herpes, kidney damage and cancers.
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Japan Taps Methane Hydrates: Pondering the Explosive Implications | The Energy Collective

Japan Taps Methane Hydrates: Pondering the Explosive Implications | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Japan produced natural gas from offshore methane hydrates Tuesday, a breakthrough with potentially explosive consequences for both global energy markets and the effort to tackle climate change.
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As His Home Melts Away, Teenager Sues Alaska : NPR

As His Home Melts Away, Teenager Sues Alaska : NPR | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nelson Kanuk, an 18-year old Yup'ik Eskimo, has seen the permafrost his home is built on melt, and in a year or two the house could be gone. Kanuk argues the state needs to take more action on climate change.
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Obama Will Use Nixon-Era Law to Fight Climate Change

Obama Will Use Nixon-Era Law to Fight Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways.
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California's earthquake early warning system passes major test

California's earthquake early warning system passes major test | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the seismic annals of California, Monday's magnitude 4.7 earthquake was little more than a footnote. It gave Southern California a small morning jolt but caused no damage and was largely shrugged off by noon.
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In Brazil, Non-Cash Currency Aids Community Revitalization

In Brazil, Non-Cash Currency Aids Community Revitalization | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What do palm trees, chestnuts, and kisses have in common? They’re all denominations of bank-issued alternative currencies that are a key community development tool in some of Brazil’s toughest neighborhoods.

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John Boik's curator insight, March 13, 2013 10:30 PM

Alternative currencies spread in Brazil.