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India bans building along rivers in flood-hit north

India bans building along rivers in flood-hit north | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dehradun, India (AFP) July 01, 2013 - Construction along river banks will be banned in a devastated north Indian state amid concerns unchecked development fuelled last month's flash floods and landslides that killed thousands, the state's top...
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Dip in recycling market hurts Windham Solid Waste

Dip in recycling market hurts Windham Solid Waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Monday July 1, 2013 BRATTLEBORO -- On a recent morning at Windham Solid Waste Management District, employees on an elevated platform quickly and nimbly sorted through a steady stream of recyclables passing by on a conveyor belt.
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Wilson Solar Grill Stores the Sun’s Energy for Nighttime Fuel-Free Grilling

Wilson Solar Grill Stores the Sun’s Energy for Nighttime Fuel-Free Grilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New technology, developed by MIT Professor Dave Wilson, harnesses the sun's energy and stores it to cook food even at night.
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France's PSA opens car plant in China

France's PSA opens car plant in China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shanghai, China (AFP) July 02, 2013 - Troubled French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen on Tuesday opened a new plant in central China, vowing to raise its share of the world's biggest car market.
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Small fire at Japan crippled nuclear plant: TEPCO

Small fire at Japan crippled nuclear plant: TEPCO | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) July 02, 2013 - A fire broke out in a rubbish pile at Japan's tsunami-battered Fukushima nuclear complex on Tuesday, the operator said, the latest in a series of incidents at the crippled plant.
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Members of Top Nine Software Teams Move Forward from DARPA's Virtual Robotics Challenge

Members of Top Nine Software Teams Move Forward from DARPA's Virtual Robotics Challenge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 01, 2013 - The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) was created with a clear vision: spur development of advanced robots that can assist humans in mitigating and recovering from future natural and man-made disasters...
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Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find Wind and Solar Power Have Greatest Health and Climate Benefits in Eastern States

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find Wind and Solar Power Have Greatest Health and Climate Benefits in Eastern States | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jul 02, 2013 -

You may think the best place to build a wind farm would be on the Great Plains, and the prime spot for a solar plant would be in the Southwest. But that's not the case according to Carnegie Mellon University researchers.

The main reason to build wind and solar plants is to reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, therefore the Southwest and California are about the last place in the U.S. where plants should be built. Building new wind and solar plants in Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania is a much better bet.

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Thinner And Lighter PV From MIT

Thinner And Lighter PV From MIT | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 02, 2013 -
Most efforts at improving solar cells have focused on increasing the efficiency of their energy conversion, or on lowering the cost of manufacturing.
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Study: Electric cars no greener than gasoline vehicles

Study: Electric cars no greener than gasoline vehicles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Berkeley, Calif. (UPI) Jul 1, 2013 -
Electric cars, despite their supposed green credentials, are among the environmentally dirtiest transportation options, a U.S. researcher suggests.
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Planetary Resources surpasses $1.5m to launch world’s first crowdfunded space telescope

Planetary Resources surpasses $1.5m to launch world’s first crowdfunded space telescope | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Achievement marks most successful Kickstarter for a space project and ranks among Top 25 campaigns in Kickstarter history.
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Breakthrough in El Nino forecasting

Breakthrough in El Nino forecasting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Irregular warming of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, dubbed El Niño by Peruvian fishermen, can generate devastating impacts.
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Improving crop yields in a world of extreme weather events

Improving crop yields in a world of extreme weather events | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Farmers in the United States witnessed record-breaking extremes in temperature and drought during the last two summers, causing worldwide increases in the costs of food, feed and fiber.
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3 Ways to Achieve Zero Tropical Deforestation by 2020 | WRI Insights

3 Ways to Achieve Zero Tropical Deforestation by 2020 | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As the crisis of tropical deforestation reaches a new level of urgency due to forest fires raging in Indonesia, an important question is how can the world satisfy the growing demand for forest products while still preserving forest ecosystems? This week, some of the world’s largest companies will join U.S. and Indonesian government officials in Jakarta at the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) meeting to discuss this issue.

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Five dead, dozens injured in Indonesia quake

Five dead, dozens injured in Indonesia quake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lampahan, Indonesia (AFP) July 02, 2013 - A powerful earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province flattened buildings and sparked landslides Tuesday, killing at least five people and injuring dozens in a region devastated by the quake-triggered...
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New material holds big energy hope - News & events - ANU

New material holds big energy hope - News & events - ANU | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A new material that can store large amounts of energy with very little energy loss has been developed by researchers at ANU.

The material has practical applications in renewable energy storage, electric cars and defence and space technologies.

“Dielectric materials are used to make fundamental electrical components called capacitors, which store energy,” said Associate Professor Yun Liu of the ANU Research School of Chemistry, co-author of the paper detailing the new material.

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Made in the USA: Can China save America's middle class?

Made in the USA: Can China save America's middle class? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Can America's manufacturing middle class be saved by China's global expansion?   The middle class were once the engine of America but since the recession, many are struggling.
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China sets rare earth export quota for second half

China sets rare earth export quota for second half | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shanghai (AFP) July 02, 2013 - China has announced its closely watched export quota for rare earth minerals in the second half of this year, bringing the full-year total to 31,001 tonnes.
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Walker's World: A British revolution?

Walker's World: A British revolution? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London (UPI) Jul 1, 2013 -
Something very remarkable is taking place in Britain, a policy revolution in which three years of austerity are to be balanced by the government's announcement of a dramatic $150 billion surge in infrastructure spending.
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WELTEC Biomethane Plant in Arneburg Feeds in Gas

WELTEC Biomethane Plant in Arneburg Feeds in Gas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vechta, Germany (SPX) Jul 02, 2013 -
From the economic, ecological and technological perspective, biomethane is the energy source of tomorrow.
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No more leakage of explosive electrolyte in battery

No more leakage of explosive electrolyte in battery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jul 02, 2013 -

A research team at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), S. Korea, found a new physical organogel electrolyte with two unique characteristics: an irreversible thermal gelation and a high value of the Li+ transference number.

A Recent fire on a Boeing 787 on the ground in Boston, US, was caused by a battery failure, it resulted in the release of flammable electrolytes, heat damage and smoke. If they had used a safer electrolyte, the risk would have been reduced.

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Fukushima operator to ask for OK on reactor restarts

Fukushima operator to ask for OK on reactor restarts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) July 02, 2013 - Fukushima operator TEPCO said Tuesday it would ask Japan's nuclear watchdog for permission to restart reactors at the world's largest atomic power station, its first such request since the disaster two years ago.
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5 Stunning Examples of Sustainable Wooden Architecture

5 Stunning Examples of Sustainable Wooden Architecture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Wood is one of architecture’s more magnanimous materials which allows architects to develop structures which are complex and yet retain the features of minimal designs.


It is a versatile enough material that it can be used to demonstrate traditional craftsmanship while presenting a modern, corporate image and a whole host of sustainable benefits, which are covered in the article link.


Via Lauren Moss, Jocelyn Stoller
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Joram Walukamba's comment, July 3, 2013 7:42 AM
Keep it natural!!!!
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Canada tries to outmaneuver pipeline opponents

Canada tries to outmaneuver pipeline opponents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Canadian government says science is on its side when assessing tar sands pipelines.
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One in ten will live in climate hotspots by 2100

One in ten will live in climate hotspots by 2100 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One out of 10 people on Earth is likely to live in a climate impact hotspot by the end of this century, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated.
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WRI Releases Updated Data on the Fires in Indonesia | WRI Insights

WRI Releases Updated Data on the Fires in Indonesia | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Last Friday, the World Resources Institute (WRI) published detailed data on the possible location of forest and land fires on Sumatra, which have spread a noxious and harmful haze across Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, and caused widespread public concern. Governments from all three nations, many companies, and news outlets are seeking data to help understand the origin and spread of the fires, and determine who should be held accountable.

WRI has released additional analysis on the fires in Indonesia. Read our updated analysis.

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