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FTC head voices privacy concerns over Google Glass, similar devices

FTC head voices privacy concerns over Google Glass, similar devices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Aug 20, 2013 - The head of the Federal Trade Commission in Washington says she's closely monitoring Google Glass and other wearable computers for potential privacy violations.
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Installed Price of Solar PV Systems in the US Continues to Decline at a Rapid Pace

Installed Price of Solar PV Systems in the US Continues to Decline at a Rapid Pace | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 - The installed price of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2012 and through the first half of 2013, according to the latest edition of Tracking the Sun,...
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Chinese oil imports to reach record $500 bn by 2020: study

Chinese oil imports to reach record $500 bn by 2020: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Aug 20, 2013 - Seventy percent of China's oil needs will come from imports by 2020, with the bill expected to land at a record $500 billion (375 billion euros) as rapid economic growth is spurring car sales, a study showed on Tuesday.
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Poisoning corrosion brings stainless magnesium closer

Poisoning corrosion brings stainless magnesium closer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 - In a discovery that could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight wonde...
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3D Graphene: Solar Power's Next Platinum

3D Graphene: Solar Power's Next Platinum | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Houghton MI (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 -
One of the most promising types of solar cells has a few drawbacks. A scientist at Michigan Technological University may have overcome one of them.
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8 dead as heavy rains pummel flooded Philippines

Manila Aug 20, 2013 - More than 200,000 flood-battered residents of the Philippine capital fled their homes on Tuesday as relentless monsoon rains, which have killed eight people, submerged more than half of Manila.
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Mutualink Unveils Google Glass for Public Safety

Mutualink Unveils Google Glass for Public Safety | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wallingford CT (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 -
At APCO 2013 Mutualink will demonstrate real-time multimedia interoperability for public safety using Google Glass.
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Epic ocean voyages of coral larvae revealed

Epic ocean voyages of coral larvae revealed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Miami FL (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 - A new computer simulation conducted at the University of Bristol (UB) and University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has revealed the epic, ocean-spanning journeys...
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Scientists uncover the secret life of frozen soils

Scientists uncover the secret life of frozen soils | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nepean, Canada (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 -
Contrary to popular belief, winter plays a significant role in farming.
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How to Talk to Your Republican Dad About Climate Change

How to Talk to Your Republican Dad About Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mother Jones environmental reporter Kate Shepherd, on how to communicate climate to someone who, well, does not "give a shit".  I'm not sure of the event, but the crowd sounds like they are well lu...
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Wildfires Push Resources to Brink as Weather Worsens

Wildfires Push Resources to Brink as Weather Worsens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An informed observer writes me: The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) has placed the U.S. at the highest Preparedness Level: 5.  This means:  “Geographic Areas are experiencing major incident...
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Were the Peak Oil Theorists Right?

Were the Peak Oil Theorists Right? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Richard Heinberg's new book explains why the oil and gas industry’s exaggerations of future supply have been motivated by short-term financial self-interest and are a disaster for America.
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179D Tax Break for Energy Efficient Buildings -- Update

179D Tax Break for Energy Efficient Buildings -- Update | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Business owners as well as architects, engineers working on government buildings can realize big tax savingsf rom section 179D the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings.

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Yampa Valley Electric Association Inks Power Purchase Agreement for Community-Owned Solar

Yampa Valley Electric Association Inks Power Purchase Agreement for Community-Owned Solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 - Renewable energy in Colorado is taking another leap forward with a new power purchase agreement between community-owned solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) and the Yampa Valley Electric As...
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India's OVL may block Chinese bid to buy into Brazil oilfield

India's OVL may block Chinese bid to buy into Brazil oilfield | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Delhi (UPI) Aug 20, 2013 - Both China and India have both been scouring the globe for reliable energy resources.
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How shale fracking led to an Ohio town's first 100 earthquakes

How shale fracking led to an Ohio town's first 100 earthquakes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 -
Since records began in 1776, the people of Youngstown, Ohio had never experienced an earthquake.
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Landfill nation: What makes consumers less likely to recycle?

Landfill nation: What makes consumers less likely to recycle? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 - Consumers are more likely to toss a dented can or a chopped-up piece of paper into the trash than to recycle it, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research that examines recycling...
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Scientists in search of cause of increase in dolphin deaths

Scientists in search of cause of increase in dolphin deaths | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Aug 20, 2013 - Scientists say they're struggling to learn why dead dolphins are washing up on the U.S. East Coast in unusually high numbers this year.
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Bacteria in drinking water are key to keeping it clean

Bacteria in drinking water are key to keeping it clean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sheffield, UK (SPX) Aug 16, 2013 - Research at the University of Sheffield, published in the latest issue of Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, points the way to more sophisticated and targeted methods of ensuring our drinki...
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ISS-Inspired mWater App Identifies Healthy Water Sources

ISS-Inspired mWater App Identifies Healthy Water Sources | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Houston TX (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 -
What if that clear, sparkling stream coming from the ground or a faucet were teeming with contaminants? How would you know?  Whether you live in some remote region of Africa, a high rise in New York City or aboard an orbiting laboratory in space, you need reliable drinking water to survive. You now can check for yourself the cleanliness of your water using the mWater app on your mobile phone.

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Newly discovered ocean plume could be major source of iron

Newly discovered ocean plume could be major source of iron | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 -
Scientists have discovered a vast plume of iron and other micronutrients more than 1,000 km long billowing from hydrothermal vents in the South Atlantic Ocean.
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Magma can survive in upper crust for hundreds of millennia

Magma can survive in upper crust for hundreds of millennia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 - Reservoirs of silica-rich magma - the kind that causes the most explosive volcanic eruptions - can persist in Earth's upper crust for hundreds of thousands of years without triggering an eruption, a...
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More Conservatives Break Ranks to Fight for Solar: Obsolete Grid Not Ready for Solar Revolution

More Conservatives Break Ranks to Fight for Solar: Obsolete Grid Not Ready for Solar Revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I'll keep hammering on this. There is a train wreck coming in the utility industry, if we do not find the right regulatory structure to allow solar photovoltaics to grow harmoniously as part of the...
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Frackonomics: Why the Economics of the Gas Boom Doesn't Add Up

Frackonomics: Why the Economics of the Gas Boom Doesn't Add Up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fracking is an ideal vehicle for explaining key economic concepts of market failure and market power.
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How More Pipelines Will Pump Up the Prices

How More Pipelines Will Pump Up the Prices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canadian drivers may think that TransCanada's Energy East pipeline, which will allow Alberta to ramp up oil sands production while boosting the flow of oil to eastern Canada, will translate into lower pump prices.
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