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Solar installations soar in California

Solar installations soar in California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California utility customers installed a record-breaking 391 megawatts of solar power systems last year, thanks to a successful rebate program.
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How Hot is Hot? | It's Our Environment

Since 1901, the average surface temperature across the contiguous 48 states has risen at an average rate of 0.13°F per decade, which means that it gets warmer by 1.3°F per century. But that’s not the whole story. Temperatures haven’t risen at a constant pace over time or in different parts of the country. Average temperatures have risen more quickly since the late 1970s and seven of the top 10 warmest years on record for the contiguous 48 states have occurred since 1990. Some parts of the U.S. experienced more warming than others. The map below shows how quickly temperatures are changing across the country. The map is a darker red in DC (and Michigan) than it is in Texas. This means it is getting hotter faster in those areas than in Austin.

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The Weekend Wonk: Mike MacCracken at Chapman Conference

The Weekend Wonk: Mike MacCracken at Chapman Conference | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mike MacCracken's presentation at the AGU Chapman conference in Granby, CO, June 2013. Dr. MacCracken was the subject of a previous video, comparing his lecture on climate change from 1982 at Sandi...
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House Republicans ready attack on Obama's ‘social cost of carbon’ - The Hill's E2-Wire

House Republicans ready attack on Obama's ‘social cost of carbon’ - The Hill's E2-Wire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A House hearing next Thursday will provide a platform for GOP criticism of the White House decision to increase the estimated damages from carbon emissions that agencies use in regulations.
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SCOTT TYNER's curator insight, July 22, 2013 10:37 PM

I wonder if this is an article that's really all about the "carbon tax" I keep hearing folks talk about.

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Wind to Double and Solar to Triple in 6 Years, Says IEA

Wind to Double and Solar to Triple in 6 Years, Says IEA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Renewables will surpass natural gas for electricity generation globally by 2016, doubling nuclear output and coming in second only to coal in power generation.
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Injection Wells Spawn Powerful Earthquakes [Video]: Scientific American

Injection Wells Spawn Powerful Earthquakes [Video]: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

New research shows how human activity deep underground combines with natural earthquakes far away to set off potent local temblors.   

 

The middle of Oklahoma has become anearthquake hotspot because of the oil and gas industry—and also from powerful temblors around the world. In the area near Prague, Okla., where wastewater from oil and gas production has been injected down disposal wells for decades, a series of earthquakes broke out following the massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake off the coast of the Maule region of Chile in 2010. For months the grounds in Oklahoma periodically shook, culminating in a destructive 5.7 magnitude quake in November 2011.

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One Year With My Chevy Volt

One Year With My Chevy Volt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Douglas Elbinger, Energy Policy Analyst, GreenLancer

Let me tell you about my Chevy Volt, now that I’ve been driving it for one year.

I remember back in 2011 when the Volt was first announced.
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Benefits Of Electric Cars (VIDEO)

Benefits Of Electric Cars (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reposted from EV Obsession:

Here's another cool video from Kelly Olsen, this one featuring some Nissan Leaf owners who discuss the benefits of electric cars, how convenient they are, how pretty the Nissan Leaf looks, and how to use the Nissan Leaf.
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Cultivating ocean seaweed using advanced textiles

Cultivating ocean seaweed using advanced textiles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Europe’s first trials of seaweed cultivation in the open ocean using advanced textiles were completed this month. The cutting edge textiles have been developed specifically for large-scale cultivat...
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After the Flood: Life in Germany's Disaster Zone - SPIEGEL ONLINE

After the Flood: Life in Germany's Disaster Zone - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In June, massive flooding along Germany's Elbe and Danube rivers caused massive damage across the country. Many families lost everything and it may turn out to be the most expensive natural disaster in the country's history.
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Vancouver ramps up extreme weather preparations following Alberta floods

Vancouver ramps up extreme weather preparations following Alberta floods | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

B.C. communities are taking on an array of initiatives to guard against become the next Calgary

 

When Sadhu Johnston recently saw images of water flooding through downtown Calgary – and a few weeks later, through Toronto – his mind turned to details: How much rain had fallen, what areas were worst hit, where the water was going?

 

And as the cleanup in Alberta got under way, Mr. Johnston, Vancouver’s deputy city manager, kept a close eye on the aftermath, touching base regularly with city staff who had been sent to Calgary to lend a hand.

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IPS – Mexico’s Cities Not Ready for Climate Change | Inter Press Service

IPS – Mexico’s Cities Not Ready for Climate Change | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mexico’s Cities Not Ready for Climate Change - Towns on Mexico’s Caribbean coast are behind schedule on the design and implementation of plans to face the challenges of climate change, in spite of the urgency of measures to reduce vulnerability.
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A clear decision: Sydney water catchment fracking ruled out for now

A clear decision: Sydney water catchment fracking ruled out for now | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Coal seam gas drilling has been ruled out of Sydney's drinking water catchment for the time being, after the state's planning assessment commission killed off an ambitious plan to extract billions of dollars of gas.

The potential impacts of drilling in the pristine bushland area between Sydney and Wollongong were too uncertain, the commission said.

Apex Energy NL had already been granted a license to drill 15 exploratory bores in the catchment area in 2009, but no work had yet been done.

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Nutella Toast 's curator insight, September 12, 2013 12:45 AM

this shows the coal seam gas is not continuing 

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4 Promising Themes Emerge in U.S.-China Agreements at Strategic and Economic Dialogue | WRI Insights

4 Promising Themes Emerge in U.S.-China Agreements at Strategic and Economic Dialogue | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Climate Change and the Nature of Science: The Carbon “Tipping Point” is Coming

Climate Change and the Nature of Science: The Carbon “Tipping Point” is Coming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A guest post by Professor Micha Tomkiewicz, reposted with permission from Climate Change Fork.
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Sun's quiet spell not the start of a mini ice age - space - 12 July 2013 - New Scientist

Sun's quiet spell not the start of a mini ice age - space - 12 July 2013 - New Scientist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The sun's recent weak activity is no potentially climate-altering Maunder minimum but proof of a new facet to the sun's magnetic dynamo
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Extreme Weather Is Our New Normal For A While

Extreme Weather Is Our New Normal For A While | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a year that brought Connecticut the unlikely chaos of storm Sandy , severe flooding, a blizzard and — most recently — three tornadoes in one day and a fourth a week later, it turns out the weather's unpredictability is now predictable.
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The Gigaton Question: How Much Geologic Carbon Storage Potential Does the United States Have? | Science Features

The Gigaton Question: How Much Geologic Carbon Storage Potential Does the United States Have? | Science Features | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
USGS releases first-ever comprehensive assessment of geologic carbon storage potential for the entire United States. Read more
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Oil Sands May Irrevocably Tar the Climate: Scientific American

Oil Sands May Irrevocably Tar the Climate: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The fate of the Alberta's tar sands mines—and the climate—may come down to the Keystone XL pipeline.   

 

Red lights are flashing, but Ben Johnson pays them no mind. The long, lean, weathered engineer rests against a counter lined with computer monitors, describing life in the tar sands mines of Alberta, Canada.

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Interactive Infographic Reveals How Green Your State is

Interactive Infographic Reveals How Green Your State is | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This infographic entitled “How Green is My State” reveals the use of mass transit, renewable energy, recycling, water quality, air quality, gas, and Co2 across the US.
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Bicyclean — Pedal-Powered Means Of Recycling E-Waste In Developing Nations

Bicyclean — Pedal-Powered Means Of Recycling E-Waste In Developing Nations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most of the toxic e-waste that 'developed' nations produce eventually ends up in the 'developing' world, where people who no longer have other means of generating an income often work with the toxic materials to extract metals and eke out a living.
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Living on Earth: Mystery Route For Keystone XL

Living on Earth: Mystery Route For Keystone XL | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When a landscape photographer tried to find out the exact route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline for a photo project, the State Department that has to produce the environmental assessment told him they didn't have that information.
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Xcel's Cherokee plant in midst of major changes

Xcel's Cherokee plant in midst of major changes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coal-fired units at Xcel Energys 56-year-old Cherokee Generating Station in Adams County are gone — and with them almost 10 tons a year of air pollutants.
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Comfy cows: As temperatures rise, Lancaster County farmers employ bovine cooling strategies - News

Comfy cows: As temperatures rise, Lancaster County farmers employ bovine cooling strategies - News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In summertime, goes the old saw, the livin' is easy.Though not if you're a cow.

 

Bovines naturally hate the heat, say local farmers, who have lately comforted their animals 24/7 with fans and sprinklings of water.


No matter what, the cows eat less and thus give less milk.

If it gets really hot, their tongues hang out.

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Worms and mites burrow into coal seam gas plans - ABC New England North West NSW - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Worms and mites burrow into coal seam gas plans - ABC New England North West NSW - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
" ...we know what they are, we've got at least two species of aquatic worm and one species of aquatic mites ... there's a large community of them within the aquifers of the Pilliga..."
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