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Battery Made From Wood — Efficient, Long-Lasting, Environmentally Friendly Battery Developed

Battery Made From Wood — Efficient, Long-Lasting, Environmentally Friendly Battery Developed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An environmentally friendly, efficient, and long-lasting battery created out of wood? Sounds too good to be true? Well it may not be -- researchers say that they have now developed just such a battery.
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Climate Change Trends at MIT | The Energy Collective

Climate Change Trends at MIT | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change recently held a forum where it shared its latest research with the program sponsors and invitees from a variety of academic institutions and government.
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Embedding & Measuring Sustainability: Unilever's Sustainability Chief Addresses Its Stakeholders

Embedding & Measuring Sustainability: Unilever's Sustainability Chief Addresses Its Stakeholders | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'Embedding & Measuring Sustainability: Unilever's Sustainability Chief Addresses Its Stakeholders' blog post by Guest Contributors.
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The Future Global Supply of Rare Earth Elements | Visual.ly

The Future Global Supply of Rare Earth Elements | Visual.ly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Up until the mid-1980s, the United States was the lead global producer of rare earth elements — materials that are used to make the technology that
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Student loan debt has nearly doubled in last five years, report says

Student loan debt has nearly doubled in last five years, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Student loan debt has nearly doubled in the past five years, according to a congressional report released Tuesday, less than two weeks before interest rates on federally backed student loans are set to jump to 6.8% from 3.4%.
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Are Solar Utilities Obsolete?

Are Solar Utilities Obsolete? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Are traditional solar photovoltaic (PV) financing models dead? Are solar utilities dinosaurs, about to become extinct? For utilities, says Dirk Morbitzer, general manager of analysis firm Renewable Analytics, “the old times are gone.
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[Infographic] Keystone XL Pipeline Means Less Jobs Than They Say

[Infographic] Keystone XL Pipeline Means Less Jobs Than They Say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Keystone is an "export pipeline" that will take tar sands oil from Alberta and pump it down to a tax-free zone in Texas and out to foreign markets.
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CAR turns key on engine commercialization partnership with Cyclone Power Technologies | College of Engineering

CAR turns key on engine commercialization partnership with Cyclone Power Technologies | College of Engineering | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and Pompano Beach, Florida-based Cyclone Power Technologies will begin collaborating on an eco-friendly engine development and testing program.


CYCLONE POWER TECHNOLOGIESWHE-25 Engine SystemThe developer of the all-fuel, clean-tech Cyclone Engine recruited CAR to help with commercialization of its external combustion engine technology, specifically the company’s Waste Heat Engine (WHE) model. CAR will perform finite element and dynamic stress analysis of the engine, followed by independent durability testing and validation.

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US lawmakers seek deep cuts to NASA climate research : Nature News Blog

Republicans in the US House of Representatives want NASA out of the climate change business.

A bill floated by leaders of the House Science Committee seeks to restore “proper balance to NASA’s science portfolio” by slashing roughly US$500 million from the agency’s Earth science division, which received $1.785 billion this year. The move is part of a broader push by Republicans to replenish NASA’s planetary science division, which has seen drastic cuts in recent years.

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"But the severity of the Earth science cuts even shocked Steven Squyres, a planetary scientist at Cornell University in New York who led the planetary community’s 2011 decadal survey. He told lawmakers today that the proposed cut to Earth science research is “alarmingly deep.”"

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L.A. City Council Moves Ahead With Plastic Bag Ban | The Nosh | Food | KCET

L.A. City Council Moves Ahead With Plastic Bag Ban | The Nosh | Food | KCET | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Plastic bags in Los Angeles may soon be a thing of the past.
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Climate change will reshape world 'in our lifetimes' - World Bank president

Climate change will reshape world 'in our lifetimes' - World Bank president | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There's a new determination among major players like China to tackle climate change, the World Bank president says
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Cleaning Up Diesel Trucks and Cooking Stoves Could Reduce Climate Change | MIT Technology Review

Cleaning Up Diesel Trucks and Cooking Stoves Could Reduce Climate Change | MIT Technology Review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Zeroing in on black carbon may slow the effects of greenhouse-gas emissions.
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Pandora & Nuclear Energy | Robert Stone and Michael Shellenberger | The Energy Collective

Pandora & Nuclear Energy | Robert Stone and Michael Shellenberger | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new documentary film Pandora's Promise is already sparking debate and prompting a renewed look at nuclear energy.
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The 3% Solution Could Save US Businesses $780 Billion Within 10 Years

The 3% Solution Could Save US Businesses $780 Billion Within 10 Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A joint report published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) outlines an analysis that could save companies billions as well as help  the corporate sector contribute to the goal of avoiding pushing global...
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Searching for Sustainable Business: The Life Story of a Global Movement

Searching for Sustainable Business: The Life Story of a Global Movement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'Searching for Sustainable Business: The Life Story of a Global Movement' blog post by Dr. Wayne Visser.
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US Rare Earths Inc. moves forward with Montana drilling

US Rare Earths Inc. moves forward with Montana drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Company settles legal dispute and acquires necessary permit.                   

US Rare Earths Inc. (UREE:OTCBB) is back on track after settling a legal dispute which has been troubling the company since September 2012.

The Nevada State Court approved a settlement of the board dispute on June 5, and the federal court in Utah sealed the deal by dismissing pending actions on June 11.

 

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EU car sales hit 20-year low for May

EU car sales hit 20-year low for May | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New car sales across Europe fell to their lowest level in two decades in May as the deepening recession hurt demand.
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130,000 leave Germany due to failing economy, lack of business opportunities — RT News

130,000 leave Germany due to failing economy, lack of business opportunities — RT News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thousands are emigrating from Germany, one of Europe’s strongest economies, to seek opportunities elsewhere, citing “no safety for the future” and overcomplicated business legislation as the reasons behind their decision.
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Rethinking Solar Array Field Conventions

Rethinking Solar Array Field Conventions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How strange that the development of many solar array fields has largely become an exercise in massive excavation, grading and stormwater management. This is ironic when we consider that such projects carry the “sustainable” tag.
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Cyclone Power Technologies - How It Works

Cyclone Power Technologies - How It Works | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Cyclone Engine is a Rankine Cycle heat regenerative external combustion engine, otherwise known as a “Schoell Cycle” engine.   It creates mechanical energy by heating and cooling water in a closed-loop, piston-based engine system.  The process looks like this:

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NIH funds effort to resurrect abandoned drugs for new uses : Nature News Blog

The most visible project of the new translational medicine centre at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) came a little closer to reality today, with the announcement of nine awards that pair academic scientists with compounds cast off by the pharmaceutical industry. 

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Obama Preparing
Big Effort to Curb
Climate Change

Obama Preparing<br/>Big Effort to Curb<br/>Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Officials said President Obama would announce new policy initiatives in the coming weeks, including the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants.
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We work on climate change every day

We work on climate change every day | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The secretary of state says the Obama administration is pushing ahead on climate solutions with China and the rest of the world -- and he wants your ideas for new initiatives.
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