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A Look Inside New York’s Underwater Subways

A Look Inside New York’s Underwater Subways | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For those readers not in New York (or even those who just haven’t felt a need to do any urban exploring), check out these pictures from the MTA’s Flickr stream that expose the true insanity of the subway flooding wrought by Sandy.
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The Peak Oil Crisis: The Superstorm

The Peak Oil Crisis: The Superstorm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Somewhere in the midst of watching the Weather Channel's reporting on the approach of Superstorm Sandy, I was struck by the lack of meteorologists saying anything about what was behind the highly unusual phenomenon that was unfolding.
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A 'Vertical Greenhouse' Could Make a Swedish City Self-Sufficient

A 'Vertical Greenhouse' Could Make a Swedish City Self-Sufficient | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A 'Vertical Greenhouse' Could Make a Swedish City Self-Sufficient (Sweden's Cutting-Edge, 17-Story Greenhouse - the future of local farming and self-suficiency?


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Sky Green Singapore – the World’s First Commercial Vertical Farm

Sky Green Singapore – the World’s First Commercial Vertical Farm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The dense metropolis of Singapore is now home to the world’s first commercial vertical farm! Built by Sky Greens Farms, the rising steel structure will help the city grow more food locally, reducing dependence on imported produce. The new farm is able to produce 1 tonof fresh veggies every other day, which are sold in local supermarkets.
Read more: The World’s First Commercial Vertical Farm Opens in Singapore Sky Green Singapore - the World's First Commercial Vertical Farm – Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

 


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Modular Passiv-Haus Concept Offers Customizable, Net-Zero Home

Modular Passiv-Haus Concept Offers Customizable, Net-Zero Home | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This prefab concept house, Mini40, comes out of Austria and has a slant towards the increasingly popular Passiv-Haus design method, which promotes a very tight and low-energy design. Hailing from I...

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Energy Use a ‘Major Factor’ in Investment Decisions for 63% of Building Sector

Energy Use a ‘Major Factor’ in Investment Decisions for 63% of Building Sector | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Energy usage plays an important role in most building-sector companies’ investment decisions, and is a major factor for 63 percent of survey respondents, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit report.

Energy efficiency and energy savings: a view from the building sector, also found the majority of companies are replacing inefficient lighting (57 percent), HVAC systems (50 percent) and building insulation (50 percent) with more energy-efficient products. Four in 10 are taking this a step further and rethinking their buildings’ design to maximize natural light.


Via Diedert Debusscher, Hans De Keulenaer, Stephane Bilodeau, Frédéric Liégeois
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Vertical Gardening Videos

Redworms and Vertical Farming - Why does it make so much sense for aquaponic producers and hobbyists?

Via Alan Yoshioka, landscape architecture &sustainability
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Seeking justice from pollution - Globaltimes.cn

Seeking justice from pollution - Globaltimes.cn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Polluters in China rarely see the inside of a courtroom, let alone receive a guilty verdict.

As a series of heated protests against chemical plants, metal factories and heavy industries have rocked China, experts have called on the government to listen to the public's objections, or risk making the situation worse.

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How Superstorm Sandy's Floods Can Make You Sick

How Superstorm Sandy's Floods Can Make You Sick | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As New York City grapples with Hurricane Katrina-like flooding, residents may be at risk of infections from stagnant water, experts say.
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Hospital Evacuation in N.Y. Exposes Outdated Power Backup

Hospital Evacuation in N.Y. Exposes Outdated Power Backup | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York University Langone Medical
Center, the 705-bed hospital in lower Manhattan that assured
city officials it was ready for Hurricane Sandy, stood dark and
empty a day after the storm rolled through.
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Hurricane Sandy May Force Pols to Discuss Climate Change

Hurricane Sandy May Force Pols to Discuss Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The issue has become a political loser for Democrats and Republicans alike, but Sandy may change things.
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Food may cause almost a third of greenhouse emissions - study

Food may cause almost a third of greenhouse emissions - study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Food production accounts for up to 29 per cent of man-made greenhouse gases, twice the amount the United Nations has estimated comes from farming, a study published on Wednesday said.

Looking at emissions across the food system - including forest clearance, fertiliser production and transport - rather than just farming itself - agriculture research organisation CGIAR said much more work was needed to cut climate change emissions from food.

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Some get new beachfront property at Sandy-blasted Shore

Downbeach communities of Ventnor, Margate and Longport were hammered with flooding and heavy winds into early Tuesday morning that brought surging ocean waves crashing over bulkheads and up through...
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Gas Bubble Leaking, About to Burst

Gas Bubble Leaking, About to Burst | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For the past three or four years media sources in the U.S. trumpeted the “game-changing” new stream of natural gas coming from tight shale deposits produced with the technologies of horizontal drilling and hydrofracturing.
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Superstorm Sandy Speaks to Preparedness for Climate Disruption

Superstorm Sandy Speaks to Preparedness for Climate Disruption | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As floodwaters rose in Battery Park, Brooklyn, surged down Long Island’s Montauk Highway, and turned Atlantic City, New Jersey into a saltwater lake, Hurricane Sandy appeared to be a preview of the apocalypse.
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Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 3 :Algae Industry Magazine

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 3 :Algae Industry Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since the 1980s, French charitable and non-governmental organizations have been building and operating small spirulina algae systems in Africa and Asia using appropriate technology and developing simple and effective growing and processing systems. Upon returning to France, some technicians who became expert in local spirulina cultivation began small-scale production at home.
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The Future of Solar? software modeling fluctuations in solar radiation caused by weather changes

The Future of Solar? software modeling fluctuations in solar radiation caused by weather changes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Solar power is notorious for being one of the most fluctuating sources of renewable energy. Predicting how much solar energy will be available just for the next couple of hours is hard. However, having the ability to do so has several benefits, the major one being better stability on the power grid – including data centers, as well as every other appliance that relies on it.

A small team of engineers at the University of California in San Diego has now released software that is capable of easily modeling fluctuations in solar radiation caused by weather changes. The software only needs input from one sensor, called a pyranometer, and data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration models to work. In other words, the software will be able to foresee fluctuations at low costs.


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UK forests 'under unprecedented threat from disease' - the planet is sick with no competent doctor.

UK forests 'under unprecedented threat from disease' - the planet is sick with no competent doctor. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The EU plant health regime is no longer fit for purpose in preventing fatal plant diseases, says the Forestry Commission...

The discovery of the ash dieback fungus in East Anglia last week is just the latest invader to pose a serious threat to UK trees, but the government ecologists say that more than 3 million larch trees as well as thousands of mature oaks and chestnuts have been felled in the past three years to prevent similar fatal plant diseases from spreading out of control.

"We are under an unprecedented level of threat from a range of exotic pests and diseases, a lot associated with the international trade in live plants," said the Forestry Commission. "There are protections in place but the EU plant health regime is no longer fit for purpose. Too many pests and diseases are still getting through."


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Plans for new Apple HQ, by Norman Foster, officially released | News | Archinect

Plans for new Apple HQ, by Norman Foster, officially released | News | Archinect | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you love Apple and fine ingenious design as much as we do, you will be thrilled to hear that the beautiful, environmentally-aware Foster + Partners designed new Apple Campus is now one step closer to becoming a reality.

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Eco Pak House. Container Home Modular Design

Eco Pak House. Container Home Modular Design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shipping Container House and Modular Home Innovation Eco Pak Design and Fabrication Shipping Container Structure...

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Outcry in Japan Over Diversion of Aid Funds

Outcry in Japan Over Diversion of Aid Funds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Independent audits cast a harsh light on the bureaucratic morass slowing the reconstruction effort after last year’s earthquake and tsunami.
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Sandy raises concerns about fracking

Sandy raises concerns about fracking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- As Sandy lashed the Eastern Seaboard this week, some environmental groups raised concerns that the superstorm’s brute force could overwhelm feeble storage pits adjacent to fracking sites.
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Hurricane Sandy Spills Sewage, Triggers Toxic Troubles

Hurricane Sandy Spills Sewage, Triggers Toxic Troubles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEW YORK -- Raw sewage, industrial chemicals and floating debris filled flooded waterways around New York City on Tuesday.
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Opinion: The fallacy behind environmental protection and economic growth — The Daily Climate

Opinion: The fallacy behind environmental protection and economic growth — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Harms resulting from society's quest for ever-expanding economic growth are clear, no more so than with the global climate. Why aren't environmental journalists making that connection?

 

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Bad weather 'hits honey yield'

Bad weather 'hits honey yield' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A cold and wet summer causes a "dramatic fall" in the amount of honey produced by British bees, the British Beekeepers' Association says.
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