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Law to improve energy- efficiency takes key next step |

Law to improve energy- efficiency takes key next step | | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The United States has been talking about strong efforts to reduce carbon emissions as of late. Between President Barack Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan and efforts by the Department of Energy to free up funds for energy-efficient improvements on buildings, it is not too difficult to see that the intention for a cleaner America is there. While these goals and short-term grants are nice, legislation that could solidify these ideals for years to come is essential to ensuring a more sustainable future for the country.


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Unilever calls for the creation of a sustainable shower

Unilever calls for the creation of a sustainable shower | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The company is encouraging the members of the crowdsourcing platform eYeka.com to design the shower of the future, which uses minimum water and energy while delivering the desired comfort.

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villana's curator insight, August 23, 2013 7:41 AM

No es la manera más cómoda de #sostenible? #CreemosECO 

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IPCC Countdown Begins. Scientists Ever More Certain on Climate Change

IPCC Countdown Begins. Scientists Ever More Certain on Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The hinge of history is turning. The climate communication community is gearing up for the assault on the new IPCC 5th Assessment Report, AR5, that will be released starting on September 27th. This...
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Dams destabilize river food webs: Lessons from the Grand Canyon

Dams destabilize river food webs: Lessons from the Grand Canyon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coauthor Dr.Emma Rosi-Marshall, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, comments, "Given the degraded state of the world's rivers, insight into food webs is essential to conserving endangered animals, improving water quality,...
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Mountaintop mining pollution has distinct isotopic fingerprint - environmentalresearchweb

Three elements commonly found at elevated levels in an Appalachian river polluted by runoff from mountaintop coal mining have distinctive chemistries that can be traced back to their source, according to a Duke University-led study.

The distinctive chemistries of sulfur, carbon and strontium provide scientists with new, more accurate ways to track pollution from mountaintop mining sites and to distinguish it from contamination from other sources.

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Powering Up The Drones With Solar Energy

Powering Up The Drones With Solar Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Advances in solar cell technology can make drones a more powerful tool not only for the battlefield but also for civilian uses, such as firefighting, crop surveying and oil and gas field monitoring.
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What Burning Man Can Teach Us About Reinventing Society | Play on GOOD

What Burning Man Can Teach Us About Reinventing Society | Play on GOOD | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world is currently on the cusp of a creative renaissance fueled by technology and human ingenuity. Increasingly, we see new opportunities for personal expression driven by urban planning: spaces for citizen action, the arts, and entrepreneurship.
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The Burning Man culture helps people see themselves and their communities differently and, through art and self-expression, come together and manifest transformative experiences. The Burning Man Project is committed to catalyzing positive change and nurturing the growth of the global creative community—but we can’t do it alone. We encourage you to join us in facilitating and celebrating the amazing things that happen when creative people work together.

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The Fracking Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost

The Fracking Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This won't be the first time we've heard whispers of impending doom for the natural gas fracking industry, but since this one is coming from Bloomberg it's probably worth a listen, so here's the deal.
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Energy and Security Risk in the United States | The Energy Collective

Energy and Security Risk in the United States | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Security of U.S. energy supply has been a Federal priority since the first oil import embargo. Despite developing alternatives to petroleum, efficiency improvements, increased renewables and greater domestic oil production, is U.S.
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Softbank, Bloom Boxes, and Green Patenting in Japan | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Softbank, Bloom Boxes, and Green Patenting in Japan | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Softbank, a Japanese telecommunications and internet company, recently formed a joint venture with U.S. fuel cell maker Bloom Energy to sell electricity from Bloom’s natural gas fuel cells in Japan.


A theme of this Greentech Media article about the JV is that Japan is “energy-poor” after the almostcomplete shutdown of its nuclear energy program. SoftBank believes Bloom’s fuel cells are a perfect fit for the country.

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20.91 GW Of New Solar Approved In Japan Through May

20.91 GW Of New Solar Approved In Japan Through May | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Trade just published figures for renewable energy under the new feed-in tariff law in force since last July. Thanks to this tweet by Hiro Matsubara for the link.

To state the result in very short terms, wind is struggling even with the very high tariffs in place, and solar is headed for the “rocket start” former Prime Minister Noda called for last October.

 
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California Electronics Bettering Standards | The Energy Collective

California Electronics Bettering Standards | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With roughly as many computers as people in California, we spend a staggering $700 million annually on the electricity needed to power them and their monitors.
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Nuclear Energy and the Electrical Grid | The Energy Collective

Nuclear Energy and the Electrical Grid | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Amory Lovins popularized the idea of distributive electrical generation as a foil to the emerging nuclear power industry.
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Closing the consensus gap: Public support for climate policy

Closing the consensus gap: Public support for climate policy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since the late 1980s, governments and policy makers have worked to develop policy to mitigate climate change.

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John Cook on his study of the public's general confusion over current scientific beliefs on the causes of climate change, and why they believe what they believe.

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Carbon Neutral Hi’ilani Ecohouse gives something back to nature

Carbon Neutral Hi’ilani Ecohouse gives something back to nature | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

US architectural firm Studio RMA recently completed the Hi’ilani EcoHouse: a two-family, low-energy property located on an attractive plot on Hawaii's Big Island. The building draws much of its required energy from renewable sources, and Studio RMA strove to offset the CO2 produced during construction by planting extensive forestry.

 

Hi’ilani EcoHouse was constructed using non-toxic termite-proof Structural Concrete Insulated Panels (SCIPs), which are derived from mostly recycled materials. The property measures 7,000 sq ft (650 sq m), and sports a climate-controlled area of 4,000 sq ft (371 sq m).

 

Though the design of Hi’ilani EcoHouse kept the environment firmly in mind, the comfort of its occupants hasn't been overlooked either. It includes four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a spa facility, two kitchens, wine cellar, 150-seat amphitheater, a 240 sq ft (22 sq m) indoor music stage, and even a recording studio.

 

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Jason Box: NBC Interview from Greenland

Jason Box: NBC Interview from  Greenland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jason does a nice job in the interview here, which I believe was conducted several weeks before the Dark Snow Team began work in Greenland. NBC's Ann Curry strikes the right tone. The footage of sc...
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Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining by : Yale Environment 360

Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining by : Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
During the last two decades, mountaintop removal mining in
Appalachia has destroyed or severely damaged more than a million acres
of forest and buried nearly 2,000 miles of streams.
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Yemen facing water shortage crisis

Yemen facing water shortage crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yemen is facing a severe water crisis with some estimates suggesting the capital, Sanaa, could run dry in 10 years.
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Greenpeace Denied Entry to Russian Arctic | TIME.com

Greenpeace Denied Entry to Russian Arctic | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(STOCKHOLM) — Russia has blocked a Greenpeace ship from entering Arctic waters where the environmentalist group was planning to protest against oil exploration activities by Rosneft and ExxonMobil, the group said Wednesday.
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South Carolina City Approves Plan To Exile Its Homeless

South Carolina City Approves Plan To Exile Its Homeless | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A new police plan aims to make homelessness illegal in downtown Columbia, S.C.

 

Many homeless people in Columbia, South Carolina are facing an arduous choice: vacate downtown or be arrested.

 

That’s because last week, the Columbia City Council unanimously approved a new plan — the Emergency Homeless Response” — to remove homeless people from the downtown business district. Here’s how the initiative, which was spearheaded by Councilman Cameron Runyan, will work.

 
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Consumer Independence and Energy Markets | The Energy Collective

Consumer Independence and Energy Markets | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The electric energy sources of the future may include more centralized fossil and nuclear fuel-burning plants, but environmental, safety and security concerns as well as fuel competition may delay or prevent their deployment and will at least put...
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Regional Approaches to Reducing Solar Red Tape | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Regional Approaches to Reducing Solar Red Tape | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last week Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released their annual Tracking the Sun report on the cost of going solar across the U.S. The research team found that solar’s price tag has never been lower, and the most significant opportunity for continued price reduction has nothing to do with panels – it’s all about non-hardware “soft” costs like local permitting.
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Smart Grid and Climate Change Needs | The Energy Collective

Smart Grid and Climate Change Needs | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change adaptation plans to harden our electrical infrastructure will be unavoidable and expensive. The grid needs to be upgraded anyway, and this is a momentous opportunity to re-architect our electrical grid to last another 100 years.
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43 Tesla Model S’s Circling A Racetrack (VIDEO)

43 Tesla Model S’s Circling A Racetrack (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chris DeMorro of CleanTechnica sister site Gas2 yesterday posted the below video of 43 Tesla Model S's circling a racetrack. I'm not really sure what to make of it, but it's fun to watch.
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Cleantech Buffet (Solar Panel Installation Boom, First Solar On Verge Of Another Record…)

Cleantech Buffet (Solar Panel Installation Boom, First Solar On Verge Of Another Record…) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Realizing that 1) I missed breakfast time today (at least where I live and across the continental US), 2) it's never breakfast time everywhere across the globe, and 3) we have quite a global readership, I'm switching from doing a...
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