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Anthony Leiserowitz on Making People Care About Climate Change | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Anthony Leiserowitz on Making People Care About Climate Change | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A climate change communication expert describes his efforts to galvanize communities over what’s arguably the greatest single threat facing humanity.
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Climate change and poverty have not gone away

Climate change and poverty have not gone away | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Joseph Stiglitz: In the shadow of the euro crisis and America's fiscal cliff, it is easy to ignore the global economy's long-term problems
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Biofuels cause pollution, not as green as thought - study - AlertNet

OSLO, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Green schemes to fight climate change by producing more bio-fuels could actually worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature deaths a year in Europe by 2020, a study showed on Sunday.

The report said trees grown to produce wood fuel - seen as a cleaner alternative to oil and coal - released a chemical into the air that, when mixed with other pollutants, could also reduce farmers' crop yields.

"Growing biofuels is thought to be a good thing because it reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere," said Nick Hewitt, who worked on the study with colleagues from England's Lancaster University.

"What we're saying is 'yes, that's great, but biofuels could also have a detrimental effect on air quality'," he added.

 
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Fear of 'catastrophic' sea-level rise as ice sheets melt faster than predicted

Fear of 'catastrophic' sea-level rise as ice sheets melt faster than predicted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Glaciologists fear they may have seriously underestimated the potential for melting ice sheets to contribute to catastrophic sea-level rises in coming decades which could see increases of a metre or more by 2100.
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Shareable: Can Local Currencies be the Foundation for the Sharing Economy?

Shareable: Can Local Currencies be the Foundation for the Sharing Economy? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A relatively new financial tool is emerging that could greatly strengthen the sharing movement. The tool is local currencies, which are popping up in cities across the globe. Excitement is spreading, in part due to desperate economic conditions and the potential of local currencies to boost local economies.


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John Boik's curator insight, January 6, 2013 9:14 PM

The Shareable blog is the second stop of five in the January, 2013 virtual book tour.

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2012: The year cities stood up to climate change — and took a beating

2012: The year cities stood up to climate change — and took a beating | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While national and international leaders fiddled, cities got serious about the climate crisis. Then superstorm Sandy showed us how much is at stake -- and how far we still have to go.

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Green building watch | Top Ten Green Building MegaTrends for 2013

Green building watch | Top Ten Green Building MegaTrends for 2013 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

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Green building will continue its rapid expansion globally in 2013 in spite of ongoing economic difficulties. More people are building green each year, and there is nothing on the horizon that will stop this MegaTrend or its constituent elements. However, the continuing slowdown in commercial real estate and the lower level of government project development will continue to put a crimp in new green building projects. In putting together my Top Ten trends for 2013, I’m taking advantage of conversations I’ve had with green building industry leaders in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia during the past year.

 

Yudelson Associates’ Top Ten Green Building MegaTrends for 2013:
1.Green building in North America will rebound strongly in 2013, using LEED project registrations as a proxy for this growth. The reduction in commercial real estate construction has not been offset by other sectors such as government construction, which continued to falter, and so the growth rate of new green building projects fell dramatically from 2010-2012. Even so, in 2012, new LEED construction accounted for about 20% of all put-in-place space, with domestic LEED project registrations up significantly from 2010. However, we continue to foresee faster growth in green retrofits, and note that surging college and university projects, along with NGO activity, are serving to backstop the fall in commercial and governmental construction. In addition, LEED growth has been and will be rapid in China, the Middle East, Latin America and other fast-growing regions for new buildings.

 

2.The focus of the green building industry will continue to switch from new building design and construction to greening existing buildings. For the past three years, LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) has been fast-growing rating system, with cumulative floor area in certified projects now greater than in new construction. My book, Greening Existing Buildings, documents the strategic and tactical components of this trend. One driver of this MegaTrend is that “‘green’ buildings have rents and asset prices that are significantly higher than those documented for conventional office space, according to recent major academic research studies on new and retrofitted commercial buildings in the U.S. and Europe. In addition, institutional owners and investors are increasingly focused on the sustainability performance of real estate in their portfolios, as evidenced by the GRESBannual survey.

 

3.Green Buildings will increasingly be managed in the “Cloud,” represented by the large number of new entrants and newproducts in fields of building automation, facility management, wireless controls and building services information management in 2011 and 2012. In fact, we’ve dubbed 2013, “The Year of the Cloud” for how quickly this trend will manifest.

 

4.Awareness of the coming crisis in fresh water supply, both globally and in the U.S., will increase, leading building designers, owners and managers to take further steps to reduce water consumption in buildings by using more conserving fixtures, rainwater recovery systems and innovative onsite water technologies. My recent book, Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis,shows how this is being done in green buildings all over the developed world.

 

5.The global green building movement will continue to accelerate, as more countries begin to create their own green building incentives and develop their own Green Building Councils. Nearly 90 countries with incipient or established green building organizations will drive considerable green building growth in 2013. We’re seeing strong growth in China, other places in Asia such as Singapore, Brazil, much of Europe, South Africa and the Arabian Peninsula countries. At the end of 2012, 40 percent of all LEED-registered projects were located outside the U.S. LEED projects are now being pursued in more than 130 countries, with the USGBC’s “Alternative Compliance Path” serving to facilitate the process.

 

6.Zero-net-energy buildings will become increasingly commonplace, in both residential and commercial sectors, as LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications have become too commonplace to confer competitive advantage among building owners. Developers of speculative commercial buildings will also begin to showcase Zero-net-energy designs to gain marketplace advantages. Seattle’s 50,000-sq.ft. Bullitt Center, the largest such commercial office building, also registered for certification by the Living Building Challenge, is scheduled to open early in 2013.

 

7.Performance disclosure will be the fastest emerging trend, highlighted by new requirements in California (AB32), the City of Seattle and many other jurisdictions. Commercial building owners will have to disclose actual building performance to all new tenants and buyers and in some places, to the public at large. This trend is already well-established in Australia and will spread rapidly as the easiest way to monitor reductions in carbon emissions from commercial and governmental buildings. We should note that only a handful of European Union member states had actually implemented disclosure by summer 2012, despite the EU’s pioneering this requirement in its 2002 Energy Performance in Buildings Directive.

 

8.Transparency and “Red List” chemicals will become a subject of contention, as manifested through such tools as the new Health Product Declaration and the inclusion of points for avoiding certain chemicals contained in LEEDv4, scheduled for release in June 2013. Environmental Product Declarations will appear in large numbers in the next two to three years as building product manufacturers increasingly try to gain or maintain market share based on open disclosure of chemical ingredients. I believe that there is huge potential for litigation here, as building owners and occupants begin to claim harm from chemicals in building products and architects, engineers and builders increasingly try to avoid liability from specification and use of such products. Think of the mess that arose around asbestos in building products and now multiply it a hundredfold, with lawsuits stemming from the use of building products with chemicals that are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, etc.

 

9.Local and state governments will step up their mandates for green buildings for both themselves and the private sector. We’ll see at least 20 new cities of significant size with commercial sector green building mandates, mostly in the “Blue” states. The desire to reduce carbon emissions by going green will lead more government agencies, universities, hospitals and corporate owners requiring green buildings from design and construction teams. As before, this effort will remain largely focused on the coastal states in the US, along with selected major cities with strong green building histories such as Dallas, Denver, Chicago and Atlanta.

 

10.Solar power use in buildings will continue to grow given the prospect of aggressive state-level renewable power standards for 2020 and the move toward zero-net-energy buildings. As before, third-party financing partnerships such as Solar City will continue to grow and provide capital for large rooftop systems on warehouses and retail stores, as well as on homes. However, we will see fewer very large solar and wind systems, as federal support is phased out.

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Green building will continue its rapid expansion globally in 2013 in spite of ongoing economic difficulties. More people are building green each year, and there is nothing on the horizon that will stop this MegaTrend or its constituent elements. However, the continuing slowdown in commercial real estate and the lower level of government project development will continue to put a crimp in new green building projects. In putting together my Top Ten trends for 2013, I’m taking advantage of conversations I’ve had with green building industry leaders in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia during the past year.

 

Yudelson Associates’ Top Ten Green Building MegaTrends for 2013:
1.Green building in North America will rebound strongly in 2013, using LEED project registrations as a proxy for this growth. The reduction in commercial real estate construction has not been offset by other sectors such as government construction, which continued to falter, and so the growth rate of new green building projects fell dramatically from 2010-2012. Even so, in 2012, new LEED construction accounted for about 20% of all put-in-place space, with domestic LEED project registrations up significantly from 2010. However, we continue to foresee faster growth in green retrofits, and note that surging college and university projects, along with NGO activity, are serving to backstop the fall in commercial and governmental construction. In addition, LEED growth has been and will be rapid in China, the Middle East, Latin America and other fast-growing regions for new buildings.

 

2.The focus of the green building industry will continue to switch from new building design and construction to greening existing buildings. For the past three years, LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) has been fast-growing rating system, with cumulative floor area in certified projects now greater than in new construction. My book, Greening Existing Buildings, documents the strategic and tactical components of this trend. One driver of this MegaTrend is that “‘green’ buildings have rents and asset prices that are significantly higher than those documented for conventional office space, according to recent major academic research studies on new and retrofitted commercial buildings in the U.S. and Europe. In addition, institutional owners and investors are increasingly focused on the sustainability performance of real estate in their portfolios, as evidenced by the GRESBannual survey.

 

3.Green Buildings will increasingly be managed in the “Cloud,” represented by the large number of new entrants and newproducts in fields of building automation, facility management, wireless controls and building services information management in 2011 and 2012. In fact, we’ve dubbed 2013, “The Year of the Cloud” for how quickly this trend will manifest.

 

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Bird rescue center's tracking program shows how rehabilitated pelicans fare

Bird rescue center's tracking program shows how rehabilitated pelicans fare | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By the hundreds theyve been treated and cared for at specialty rehabilitation centers. But what happens to the sick or injured California brown pelicans once theyre set free again? What are their chances for surviving back out in the wild?
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Office for Organic Farm in Shanghai Is Built from Shipping Containers

Office for Organic Farm in Shanghai Is Built from Shipping Containers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Playz Architects built a massive welcome center for a large organic food producer. But does being built from reused materials necessarily make it green?
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Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 5

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 5 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Algae are being grown in outdoor ponds, greenhouses, photo bioreactors, fermenters and hybrid systems combining bioreactors and ponds. As new technologies and systems arrive, algae microfarming wil...
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World’s Economy, Oil and the Energy Gateways - ecogreen4us

World’s Economy, Oil and the Energy Gateways - ecogreen4us | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Economy and Energy is interrelated to each other. Where are the important energy gateways in the world today? How they effect us?
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Fiat 500e EV Receives 116 MPGe Rating From EPA; Stacks Up Well Against Other EVs

Fiat 500e EV Receives 116 MPGe Rating From EPA; Stacks Up Well Against Other EVs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 
The Fiat 500e has just received a rating of 116 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), ranking third highest for US electric vehicles (EVs) by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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China Approves Subsidies For Rooftop Solar Projects

China Approves Subsidies For Rooftop Solar Projects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 
According to China Daily, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the Chinese government has renewed subsidies for rooftop solar panel installations.

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CNN Veteran Dykstra Slams Network For Climate Special Lacking ‘A Single Mention Of What Causes Climate Change’

CNN Veteran Dykstra Slams Network For Climate Special Lacking ‘A Single Mention Of What Causes Climate Change’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“It was very well done for showing climate impacts, but doing an hour documentary on climate change and not mentioning fossil fuels is like doing an hour on sexually-transmitted diseases and not mentioning sex.” That is Peter Dykstra critiquing CNN’s...
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Australia braces for catastrophic wildfire day

Australia braces for catastrophic wildfire day | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia was bracing on Monday for days of catastrophic fire and heatwave conditions, with fires already burning in five states and as a search continued for people missing after...
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Mammon’s new monarchs

Mammon’s new monarchs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Intelligence agencies seldom take a sunny view of the world. Yet the latest report from America’s National Intelligence Council (“Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds”) is rather cheerful. The council frets about threats ranging from cyber-sabotage to nuclear holocaust (in a brilliant piece of understatement it warns that “Russia could become a very troublesome country”). But it argues that the most important trend in the coming decades will be the growth of the global middle class.


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keep cool, tunisian middle class is disapearing rapidly (likely to be the same for a lot of other nations) due to the lack of economical and social outlook. Liberal economical guidelines are strong enough to push us for a final clash...
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An Inside Look at Geomagic, Advances in 3D Printing: Video

An Inside Look at Geomagic, Advances in 3D Printing: Video | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Geomagic CEO Ping Fu discusses 3D printing. She speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

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Nice video, gives some insight into Ping and Geomagic. Looking forward to reading her new boo, Bend Not Break. 
Smart move by 3D Systems to buy GeoMagic! http://www.4-traders.com/3D-SYSTEMS-CORPORATION-8053422/news/3D-Systems-Corporation-3D-Systems-to-Acquire-Geomagic-15734719/

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GR8 INTERVIEW: The Truth About Your Food with FOOD, INC. Filmmaker Robert Kenner - The Global Corporate Food Monopoly

 

For most Americans, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. Oscar Nominated Director Robert Kenner explores...

THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR FOOD: Interview with FOOD, INC. Filmmaker Robert Kenner - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Oq24hITFTY

 

AMERICAN FAST FOOD CREATING HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE HAVOCS IN EL SALVADOR: WATCH PBS NEWSHOUR http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world/jan-june13/salvador_01-03.html

 

THE ECONOMIC COST OF FOOD MONOPOLIES  Food & Water Watch http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3502513832/the-economic-cost-of-food-monopolies-food-water-watch

 

FAST FOOD, SLOW DEATH  : "Food Deserts" and the Corporate Food Monopoly http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3599063380/fast-food-slow-death-food-deserts-and-the-corporate-food-monopoly

 

WATCH: "GENETIC ROULETTE" http://youtu.be/wnlTYFKBg18

 


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For most, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. Oscar Nominated Director Robert Kenner explores...

THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR FOOD:

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Calentamiento global y mercado delimitan consumo energético en ... - Informador.com.mx

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Energía 'azul' limpia,sostenible y no fuertemente subvencionada Reactor de Hafnio nuclear http://0ln.es/tuit/?page_id=183
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Surprise Discovery of Deep-Sea Corals In Great Barrier Reef

Surprise Discovery of Deep-Sea Corals In Great Barrier Reef | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists used an underwater robot to explore extremely murkey waters, and were surprised to find deep sea corals they never knew existed!
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In China, Tricycle House Is Off-grid Home and Garden for the Land-Starved

In China, Tricycle House Is Off-grid Home and Garden for the Land-Starved | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This luminous mobile structure brings the beauty of vegetation to people used to living in cramped spaces.
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What happened to Kyoto, Shell Oil, Fracking, Monsanto and more...

In this week's show we will talk about the passing of Kyoto. Shell oil runs into some trouble. Fracking may be leaking more methane then we thought while drill companies are trying to block people from rules hearings.

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Shell Oil Threatens a Birthing Ground of America's Polar Bears ~ Wolfram Publications

Shell Oil Threatens a Birthing Ground of America's Polar Bears ~ Wolfram Publications | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Robert Redford calls on the Obama Administration to stop Shell from drilling this summer off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- our nation's largest onshore birthing ground for polar bears.

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94% Renewable Electricity By 2017 Is Goal For Nicaragua

94% Renewable Electricity By 2017 Is Goal For Nicaragua | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 
Nicaragua has one of the most aggressive renewable energy goals in the world -- it intends to have 94% of its electricity come from renewable energy by 2017.
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