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TEPCO believes Fukushima may cost $125 bn

TEPCO believes Fukushima may cost $125 bn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tokyo  Nov 7, 2012 - The cost of the clean-up and compensation after Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster may double to $125 billion, the plant's operator warned Wednesday.

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Yamaha-frame bike with scuba tank makes Dyson shortlist

Yamaha-frame bike with scuba tank makes Dyson shortlist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Look what an Australian designer would like us to roll with in a no-emissions future: A motorcycle powered by nothing but air.
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The Stats Are In: Superstorm Sandy Totals: Scientific American

The Stats Are In: Superstorm Sandy Totals: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sandy may not have been the most powerful hurricane to make landfall, but it is likely to be the most damaging ever...
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"Climate Services" Go Global: Scientific American

"Climate Services" Go Global: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A U.N.meteorological body has approved a framework for managing climate predictions to advise policymakers and locals on crop production, infrastructure planning and disease management...
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Is Global Warming Happening Faster Than Expected?: Scientific American

Is Global Warming Happening Faster Than Expected?: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Loss of ice, melting of permafrost and other climate effects are occurring at an alarming pace...

Scientists thought that if planetary warming could be kept below two degrees Celsius, perils such as catastrophic sea-level rise could be avoided.
Ongoing data, however, indicate that three global feedback mechanisms may be pushing the earth into a period of rapid climate change even before the two degree C “limit” is reached: meltwater altering ocean circulation; melting permafrost releasing carbon dioxide and methane; and ice disappearing worldwide.

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The Morning Briefing: High speed rail | SmartPlanet

The Morning Briefing: High speed rail | SmartPlanet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“The Morning Briefing” is SmartPlanet’s daily roundup of must-reads from the web: High speed rail

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Mexico City unveils new subway line | SmartPlanet

Mexico City unveils new subway line | SmartPlanet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the world’s largest subways just got bigger.

Mexico City has opened the Gold Line, a new 15.5 mile, 20 station subway line that will add an estimated 380,000 daily passengers to the system. About 4 million people already ride the subway system everyday and each year, about 1.49 billion people use the system. It has a larger annual ridership than the London Underground and Hong Kong’s subway, but less than the New York subway’s 1.64 billion riders.

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In Renewable Energy, Things May Not Be What They Seem | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

In Renewable Energy, Things May Not Be What They Seem | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Each day, a large collection of different types of companies are making terrific headway in this space. One could break this out as follows:

• Industrial giants like GE, Siemens, Schneider Electric, Johnson Controls, Itron, and Honeywell

• IT titans like Google, Microsoft and Cisco

• Smaller enterprises working in specific disciplines within smart grid, batteries, EV charging, solar, wind, biomass, hydro, geothermal, energy efficiency, biofuels, etc.

• The fossil fuel energy industry, many of which see the proverbial handwriting on the wall.

Politicians may be noisily snubbing clean energy, but, fortunately for us all, the reality behind the scenes is going in a different direction.

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As Important as Food and Water

When Hurricane Sandy was forecast to make landfall on the East Coast, I advised people to top off their automobiles with fuel. There were a number of reasons for that, and some people in New York and New Jersey are learning those reasons the hard way.
When a hurricane hits an area, it can damage refining infrastructure, fuel terminals, and service stations. Prolonged electrical outages can make fuel deliveries next to impossible, which has been the case around New Jersey since the hurricane hit. Any of these conditions can lead to fuel shortages.

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Water and Batteries Mix After All: The Growing Market for Advanced Maritime Batteries | The Energy Collective

Water and Batteries Mix After All: The Growing Market for Advanced Maritime Batteries | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Image Much has been made of the slower-than-expected to develop market for advanced automotive batteries and its recent impact on the U.S.
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Crystals for efficient refrigeration: Can pump or extract heat, even on the nanoscale, for use on computer chips

Crystals for efficient refrigeration: Can pump or extract heat, even on the nanoscale, for use on computer chips | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a new efficient way to pump heat using crystals.
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Senior Housing Where The Old Go To Flourish, Not Wither

Senior Housing Where The Old Go To Flourish, Not Wither | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Getting old in America is rough. Health care expenses, needing extra attention from one’s family, and giving up the comforts of home to move into senior housing amount to an experience that can be degrading.
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If You Had A Microgrid, You Wouldn’t Be Waiting For The Power Company

If You Had A Microgrid, You Wouldn’t Be Waiting For The Power Company | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last week, 8.5 million people in the Northeast lost power, most for days, due to Hurricane Sandy. A week later, with temperatures dropping, nearly 2 million people are still in the dark.
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Researchers quantify how many years of life are gained by being physically active

Researchers quantify how many years of life are gained by being physically active | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a new study from Brigham and Women's Hospital, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, researchers have quantified how many years of life are gained by being physically active at different levels, among all individuals as well as...
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[INFOGRAPHIC] Obesity Worldwide - The Future of Health Now

[INFOGRAPHIC] Obesity Worldwide - The Future of Health Now | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it


Worldwide Obesity has long been an epidemic. This Infographic shows just how large of an issue it really is.

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Scientists Dissect the Psychology of "Truthiness": Scientific American

Scientists Dissect the Psychology of "Truthiness": Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers find a simple way to make statements seem truer...
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The Science behind Superstorm Sandy’s Crippling Storm Surge: Scientific American

The Science behind Superstorm Sandy’s Crippling Storm Surge: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sandy, a massive “superstorm,” unleashed high winds and large-scale flooding in New York and New Jersey—and the future holds more such damaging surges...
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Financial Issues Affecting Energy Security

Financial Issues Affecting Energy Security | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last week, I gave a talk called Financial Issues Affecting Energy Security at the Advances in Energy Studies conference in Mumbai, India. The general topic of the conference was, “Energy Security and Development-The Changing Global Context.”

As I look at the situation, it seems to me that many of the crises around the world are connected to oil supply and the cost of this oil supply. If oil supply gets tighter, there is potential for these crises to get worse. In this talk, I will also show the connection of oil supply limits to some of the financial crises we see today, and to energy security. I will also show some slides on the Indian oil and coal situation, and explain some connections to world limits.

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In China, transit disruption prompts calls to ban Wi-Fi | SmartPlanet

In China, transit disruption prompts calls to ban Wi-Fi | SmartPlanet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rush hour subway service in Shenzhen, China was disrupted for more than an hour last week. Some blame Internet-connected portable devices.
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One-Minute Bio-Oil From Algae?

One-Minute Bio-Oil From Algae? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 
Researchers at the University of Michigan have been experimenting with cooking green marine micro-algae and found that one minute is all it took to get 65% of their source material transformed into biocrude.
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Cracks In America’s Nuclear Safety Exposed By Super Storm Sandy

Cracks In America’s Nuclear Safety Exposed By Super Storm Sandy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 
While the frankenstorm Sandy left devastation throughout many of the large urban areas of the Northeast, including New York City, it could have been much worse.

While damage done to the transit system and other infrastructure is temporarily debilitating, it can be recovered from. If there is a disaster similar to Fukushima in the area, which is something that is very possible, it could have devastating and far-reaching effects.
Watchdog groups like the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) have been continually warning that many of America’s nuclear facilities are very vulnerable to a wide variety of possible catastrophic events; including natural disasters, terrorism, and cyber-attack. Many of these groups have been arguing that current federal regulations are completely inadequate to deal with all of these possible disaster scenarios.

 

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Five Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Buying Solar | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Five Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Buying Solar | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There is something undeniably appealing about having solar panels installed on your roof. They bring a sense of modernism, of independence and of environmentalism. The decision to go solar is an exciting one, but it should be done with the foresight of the pitfalls that others have made before you. If you go about the process correctly, you too can feel the thrill of seeing your electricity bill dwindle or, if you have an older energy meter, actually watching the meter go in reverse as you sell excess electricity to the grid!
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Researchers Discover ‘Crushed’ Silicon Increases Battery Life | The Energy Collective

Researchers Discover ‘Crushed’ Silicon Increases Battery Life | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Normally, when a scientist spends a good portion of their life in a lab, trying to engineer a technological breakthrough, the last they want is to see that work destroyed.
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5 Outside-The-Box Ideas To Change U.S. Cities For The Better

5 Outside-The-Box Ideas To Change U.S. Cities For The Better | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s a theme that we’ve touched on over and over at Co.Exist: Cities are in a better position to enact real change than a stagnant federal government.
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The Demographics Of Hurricane Sandy

The Demographics Of Hurricane Sandy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We’ve all seen what happened during Hurricane Katrina, when the African-American poor in New Orleans were hit especially hard by the storm’s wrath.
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