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7 formulas for a Sustainable Christmas

7 formulas for a Sustainable Christmas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When we sit down with our families for Christmas dinner, we often don´t think about all the preparations that took place the weeks before – from selecting th
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Coal to challenge oil as main source of energy by 2017 | MINING.com

Coal to challenge oil as main source of energy by 2017 | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coal is likely to overtake oil as the world's main source of energy in the next five years, with potentially devastating effects in the environment, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).
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Study shows yields have plateaued or dropped in many places for world's most important crops

Study shows yields have plateaued or dropped in many places for world's most important crops | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Green Revolution has stagnated for key food crops in many regions of the world, according to a study published in the Dec.
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This Breathing Office Building Makes You Feel Like You’re Outside

This Breathing Office Building Makes You Feel Like You’re Outside | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sometimes, a skyscraper isn’t just a skyscraper. It’s a community gathering space, a building that offers respite from typical stale indoor office environments, a model of sustainability for others to follow, a breathing--but not living--entity.
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To Stop Poaching, Injecting Rhino Horns With GPS And Poison

To Stop Poaching, Injecting Rhino Horns With GPS And Poison | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Desperate times call for desperate measures. For rhinoceroses, the last measure may be at hand. Subspecies in Africa and Southeast Asia are now extinct.
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How To Combat Fear Of Change And Get People To Innovate

How To Combat Fear Of Change And Get People To Innovate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Now that the majority of North Americans believe climate change is real and humans have something to do with it, you’d think the rest would be easy.
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Dithering In Doha: We Need To Re-Frame The Politics Of Climate

Dithering In Doha: We Need To Re-Frame The Politics Of Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
by Steve Herz Last week, a full day after it was scheduled to end, this year’s United Nations climate negotiations finally ground to an anticlimactic and dispiriting conclusion.
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Still Hurting In The Heartland: The Historic Drought Continues

Still Hurting In The Heartland: The Historic Drought Continues | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
by Bill Becker Superstorm Sandy may be remembered years from now as the pivot point in the United States’ response to global climate change.  Politically speaking, Sandy’s true power was not its wind and water; it was the fact that it hit the...
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Even While Crossing One Of World’s Largest Aquifers, Keystone XL Would Not Use Advanced Leak Detection

Even While Crossing One Of World’s Largest Aquifers, Keystone XL Would Not Use Advanced Leak Detection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even after causing more than a dozen spills in 2011 from its newest tar sands pipeline — including a six story “geyser” of crude — Canadian energy developer TransCanada claimed its planned Keystone XL pipeline would “exceed” safety standards.
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Pollution from car emissions killing millions in China and India

Pollution from car emissions killing millions in China and India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Study published by Lancet says surge in car use in south and east Asia killed 2.1m people prematurely in 2010

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, December 17, 2012 7:51 PM

Worldwide, a record 3.2m people a year died from air pollution in 2010, compared with 800,000 in 2000. It now ranks for the first time in the world's top 10 list of killer diseases, says the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study.

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Comprendre les Smart Grids… en trois questions !

Comprendre les Smart Grids… en trois questions ! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
De nos jours, impossible d’aborder la thématique de la gestion de l’énergie sans faire face à tout un ensemble de gros mots tels que « effacement », « smart energy », « compteur intelligent »… Pour vous aider à y voir un peu plus clair dans cette ère du tout smart, Energystream a enquêté sur le concept de Smart Grids. Eclairage.


Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, Stephane Bilodeau
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Chevy Volt Batteries Afterlife – Home Storage

Chevy Volt Batteries Afterlife – Home Storage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Endgadget: General Motors and ABB today showed the next stage in battery reuse, the repackaging of five used Chevrolet Volt batteries into a modular unit capable of providing two hours of electrici...
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Unity Homes Builds First Prefab

Unity Homes Builds First Prefab | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tedd Benson puts it all together with the first of his new line of more affordable green prefabs
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Stream of molten gold signals return of large-scale underground mining to Calif.'s Mother Lode

SUTTER CREEK, Calif. - The gold miners who made California famous were the rugged loners trying to shake nuggets loose from streams or hillsides. The ones who made the state rich were those who worked for big mining companies that blasted gold from an underground world of dust and darkness.
The last of the state's great mines closed because mining gold proved unprofitable after World War II. But with the price of the metal near historic highs, hovering around $1,700 an ounce (28 grams), the California Mother Lode's first large-scale hard rock gold mining operation in a half-century is coming back to life.
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Small, portable sensors allow users to monitor exposure to pollution on their smart phones

Small, portable sensors allow users to monitor exposure to pollution on their smart phones | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have built a small fleet of portable pollution sensors that allow users to monitor air quality in real time on their smart phones.
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Award-winning A/C uses old idea, new materials

Award-winning A/C uses old idea, new materials | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If thirst is crucial to knowledge, then one crucial step in the evolution of air conditioning was born in the 1970s, when Ron Judkoff was a hot, thirsty Peace Corp volunteer in Kedougou, Senegal, one of the warmest places on Earth.
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The Strange Joints Of Google Maps Show The World’s Changing Seasons

The Strange Joints Of Google Maps Show The World’s Changing Seasons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sometimes when she needs to relax, the Italian artist Elena Radice travels on Google Earth to places where she knows she’ll probably never go in real life. Arriving from above, she “visits” far-off mountains and deserts and forests.
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Drive-By Thermal Imaging Delivers Home Efficiencies

Drive-By Thermal Imaging Delivers Home Efficiencies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you knew how much heat was exiting your house, and where it was emerging from, you might do something to plug the gaps. That’s the proposition of a startup that’s heat-mapping big swathes of U.S.
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A Counterintuitive Take On Trash: The Positive Impact Of An ‘Informal Trash Economy’

A Counterintuitive Take On Trash: The Positive Impact Of An ‘Informal Trash Economy’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
by Hannah Green In India, there is a thriving market for trash. People make lives for themselves collecting it, sorting it, buying it, selling it: making it useful once again.
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Cleaning Up Carbon Pollution 101

Cleaning Up Carbon Pollution 101 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
by Danielle Baussan and Daniel J. Weiss Largely due to destruction caused by recent climate-related extreme weather events in the United States, there is a new urgency in our nation to adopt additional carbon pollution reduction measures.
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National Intelligence Council: Climate Change Will Exacerbate Migration And Increase Conflict

National Intelligence Council: Climate Change Will Exacerbate Migration And Increase Conflict | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
by Michael Werz and Arpita Bhattacharyya Climate change is likely to constrain natural resources, drive migration both domestically and internationally, and exacerbate tensions globally into 2030, according to a new National Intelligence Council...
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Agricultural research 'key to easing climate-change impacts' - SciDev.Net

Agricultural research 'key to easing climate-change impacts' - SciDev.Net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Agricultural research must be moved to the heart of efforts to limit climate change's impacts on those living in dry areas, says a report.
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CGIAR Climate's curator insight, December 17, 2012 11:09 AM

In the report, Thomas Rosswall, chairman of the CGIAR independent science panel for CCAFS, explains that small-scale farmers have so far had little opportunity to adapt. He warns that climate change adaptation will be costly for agriculture. "It is absolutely essential that the agriculture sector receives a share of funding available," he says.

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After a 1996 Mass Shooting, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn't Had a Similar Massacre Since.

After a 1996 Mass Shooting, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn't Had a Similar Massacre Since. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On April 28, 1996, a gunman opened fire on tourists in a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania. By the time he was finished, he had killed 35 people and wounded 23 more. It was the worst mass murder in Australia’s history.

Twelve days later, Australia’s government did something remarkable. Led by newly elected conservative Prime Minister John Howard, it announced a bipartisan deal with state and local governments to enact sweeping gun-control measures. A decade and a half hence, the results of these policy changes are clear: They worked really, really well.

At the heart of the push was a massive buyback of more than 600,000 semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, or about one-fifth of all firearms in circulation in Australia. The country’s new gun laws prohibited private sales, required that all weapons be individually registered to their owners, and required that gun buyers present a “genuine reason” for needing each weapon at the time of the purchase. (Self-defense did not count.) In the wake of the tragedy, polls showed public support for these measures at upwards of 90 percent.

What happened next has been the subject of several academic studies. Violent crime and gun-related deaths did not come to an end in Australia, of course. But as the Washington Post’s Wonkblog pointed out in August, homicides by firearm plunged 59 percent between 1995 and 2006, with no corresponding increase in non-firearm-related homicides. The drop in suicides by gun was even steeper: 65 percent. Studies found a close correlation between the sharp declines and the gun buybacks. Robberies involving a firearm also dropped significantly. Meanwhile, home invasions did not increase, contrary to fears that firearm ownership is needed to deter such crimes. But here’s the most stunning statistic. In the decade before the Port Arthur massacre, there had been 11 mass shootings in the country. There hasn’t been a single one in Australia since.
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Jim Wayne's comment, December 21, 2012 1:11 AM
Respectfully, Time Magazine begs to differ with your assumptions. http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1736501,00.html
Joseph Pomponio's comment, December 22, 2012 5:26 AM
Jim, thanks for the Time story. No one in the U.S.A. is advocating confection of guns, just stronger regulation of them. No, this will not prevent killings by firearms, just severely limit the number of them. like drivers license and insurance on a car.
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Tesla Model S Electric Burns Rubber, Bumps Production, Price

The Tesla Model S sedan  - shown above burning rubber in an weirdly silent demonstration of how much power electric drives deliver to the road – looks like a sales success, and may power elec...
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Water Heater Energy Storage: “Inefficient” Electric Heaters May Have Role in Smart Grid

Water Heater Energy Storage: “Inefficient” Electric Heaters May Have Role in Smart Grid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Renewables International: Germany apparently still has 1.4 million electric heaters spread across roughly 40 million households, putting the percentage of electric heating at around 3.5 percent. No...
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