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Global research centre on ocean acid launched

Global research centre on ocean acid launched | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The UN nuclear agency announced on Monday the creation of a new centre in Monaco to help coordinate international efforts to research and combat the serious environmental problem of ocean acidification.
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Chinese astronauts complete successful docking at space lab

Chinese astronauts complete successful docking at space lab | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China's first female astronaut, Liu Yang, among Shenzhou 9 crew looking to move country towards building first space station...
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Beautiful New Wind Video (Must Watch)

Beautiful New Wind Video (Must Watch) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 Sometimes, things are as simple as they seem — the wind is a clean, renewable energy source that we can easily tap for cheap today. The simplicity and beauty of the video above really is a great reflection of those simple facts.
Source: Clean Technica (http://s.tt/1eUeO)

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Australian clean coal institute 'squandered' $300 million, has 'precious little' to show | MINING.com

Australian clean coal institute 'squandered' $300 million, has 'precious little' to show | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The since departed head of the institute which has staff of 78 was paid in excess of $500,000 per year and the organization racked up more than $54 million in "operational expenses" in the first two years including "conferencing in empire-style...
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New Record Ice Melt Unfolding at Top of the World? Too Early to Tell.

New Record Ice Melt Unfolding at Top of the World? Too Early to Tell. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The early trends in this arctic melt season have caught a lot of people’s attention, but it’s way too early to make any bets. For a complete rundown, see Nevin Acropolis’ account ...
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One man and his dogs

One man and his dogs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Ice work if you can get it
JOHANNES MATHIEUSEN’S ANCESTORS have driven dog-sleds across Greenland for 700 years. His Inuit pedigree shows.

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Rio+20 summit to broach climate woes - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za

Rio+20 summit to broach climate woes - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Twenty years after the first Earth Summit, a renewed bid to rally the world behind a common environmental blueprint opened on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro against a backdrop of discord and economic gloom.

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Report shows climate change, growth will strain state's water supply | Yakima Herald-Republic

Washington state faces huge challenges to provide needed water for growth and to overcome the effects of climate change over the next 20 years, a new forecast report suggests.
The demands for irrigation and municipal supplies are in addition to unmet needs for instream flows for fish in the Columbia River and its tributaries during water-short years.
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Rio de Janeiro: Corporate giants pledge to go green

Rio de Janeiro: Corporate giants pledge to go green | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 150 commitments to conduct more ethical and greener business will be announced by large corporations at the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum over the next couple of days.
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The melting north

The melting north | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
STANDING ON THE Greenland ice cap, it is obvious why restless modern man so reveres wild places. Everywhere you look, ice draws the eye, squeezed and chiselled by a unique coincidence of forces.
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Universal Illusion? Juan Maldacena's holographic universe

Universal Illusion? Juan Maldacena's holographic universe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

To make things clear - Maldacena's universe is not like the one we actually live in! It's a model, a toy universe, which comes complete with its own physics. It's a hologram because all the physical goings-on inside it can be described by a physical theory that's only defined on the boundary. What's more, it's a universe in which the gravity/quantum conundrum has been resolved completely: the boundary theory is purely quantum, it contains no gravity, but a being living in the interior will still experience gravity. Gravity in this universe is part of the holographic illusion.

 

More on COSMOLOGY: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=cosmology

 


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Pradeep Banerjee, Sakis Koukouvis
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Sex Is Better With Energy Efficiency

Sex Is Better With Energy Efficiency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
by KC Golden, via Grip on Climate Something  must be done about the abysmal marketing of energy efficiency.  Never has such a big energy story received so little love.
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Who Owns a Corporation’s Social Responsibility?

Who Owns a Corporation’s Social Responsibility? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

- Harvard Buiness School via 3BL Media

What is corporate social responsibility (CSR), and why has it become more important?

 

Since the turn of the century, and especially after the financial crisis, we have begun to look harder at the role corporations play in our society. A corporation exists not only to generate profits for shareholders, but also to add value to society. So, we might ask, what in particular is Company X doing for society? If we don’t answer that question now, we’ll never answer it—and Company X and its counterparts will keep chugging along, seeking profit above all, and we’ll have the equivalent of a subprime mortgage crisis all over again...


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Carbon is key for getting algae to pump out more oil

Carbon is key for getting algae to pump out more oil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) -- Overturning two long-held misconceptions about oil production in algae, scientists at the U.S.
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Alabama law drives out illegal immigrants but also has unexpected consequences

Alabama law drives out illegal immigrants but also has unexpected consequences | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the Supreme Court expected to rule this month on a similar Arizona law against illegal immigrants, Alabama’s towns and businesses are grappling with the consequences of their state’s tough measure.
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Data from Voyager 1 point to interstellar future

Data from Voyager 1 point to interstellar future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) -- Data from NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft indicate that the venerable deep-space explorer has encountered a region in space where the intensity of charged particles from beyond our solar system has markedly increased.
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Largest merchant fleet owner scrapping up to 18% of ore carriers as rates sink 98% | MINING.com

Largest merchant fleet owner scrapping up to 18% of ore carriers as rates sink 98% | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rates for Capesizes have plunged 98% to just under $4,000 a day from the eye-watering rate of $234,000 set in June 2008 while the Baltic Dry Index which measures overall shipping costs has declined 48% this year alone.
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Cold Fission is Getting Some Lukewarm Attention

Cold Fission is Getting Some Lukewarm Attention | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Mark Kneubuhl – (June 14, 2012) Remember all the whoopla about cold fusion in the late 1980s? It promised to provide a cheap, safe and an infinitely abundant form of energy with relatively no dangerous byproducts.
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Rio weakens on energy and water

Rio weakens on energy and water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Governments are set to weaken pledges on boosting access to water and energy after a new draft negotiating text was issued at the Rio+20 meeting.
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Branstad: ‘Big Oil doesn’t want to share with renewables’ « Des Moines Register Staff Blogs

Branstad: ‘Big Oil doesn’t want to share with renewables’ «  Des Moines Register Staff Blogs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Branstad: ‘Big Oil doesn’t want to share with renewables’ « Des Moines Register Staff Blogs from The Des Moines Register...
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Cold comfort

Cold comfort | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Better get a pair of shorts


A FLOATING MOUNTAIN of grey and white ice, castellated and crevassed like an Alpine ridge, the iceberg is vast: the size of two aircraft carriers, maybe more.
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Strong winds fueling Colorado wildfire that has destroyed record 181 homes; looting a concern

Strong winds fueling Colorado wildfire that has destroyed record 181 homes; looting a concern | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DENVER — Additional crews were joining the fight Saturday against a wildfire in northern Colorado that has scorched about 85 square miles and destroyed at least 181 homes, the most in state history.
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Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit

Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Where, in short, are the flying cars? Where are the force fields, tractor beams, teleportation pods, antigravity sleds, tricorders, immortality drugs, colonies on Mars, and all the other technological wonders any child growing up in the mid-to-late twentieth century assumed would exist by now? Even those inventions that seemed ready to emerge—like cloning or cryogenics—ended up betraying their lofty promises. What happened to them?"

 

Absolutely brilliant, must-read article by David Graeber about the lack of technological progress in the last 40 years.


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Rapid Transit | Levitation Train | SkyTrain | Smart Mass Transit | Green Transportation Rail - SMT Rail

Rapid Transit | Levitation Train | SkyTrain | Smart Mass Transit | Green Transportation Rail - SMT Rail | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SMT Rail is an innovative light rail design that uses patented technology to address the challenges with the current public transportation systems.
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Biomorphic House by Pavie Architects & Design

Biomorphic House by Pavie Architects & Design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Biomorphic House with organic skin designed by Pavie Architects & Design has aerodynamic shapes, and is situated 1000 meters over the Mediterranean Sea. It's formed to withstand winter storms perfectly and provides enough windows with transparent photovoltaic-cells to secure power sufficient for the heating, and electricity needs. The interior design is the natural extension of the inside of the skin. Free shaped floors, walls and ceilings give the feeling of a super luxurious space ship.

This pilot project, through a self-powered water electrolyze process, converts the obtained energy to hydrogen and saves it for a future use. Later, a hydrogen powered PEM-Fuel-Cell generator can supply electricity to the house, releasing pure water and reusable heat as side-products...


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