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NASA's basement nuclear reactor

NASA's basement nuclear reactor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The future of energy may lie in a nuclear reactor small enough and safe enough to be installed where the home water heater once sat.
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Handling the Truth of the Bailout - The Demos Blog - PolicyShop

Gretchen Morgenson’s New York Times article on the New York Fed’s ongoing bailout of Bank of America is a much needed reminder of the tar baby embraced by the government in 2008 when it decided to save the banks in their current form rather than changing the system fundamentally.

When A.I.G. failed, the New York Fed ended up holding (among other things) an investment vehicle for billions of dollars of toxic mortgage bonds sponsored by Bank of America. A.I.G. has sued Bank of America for fraud related to the bonds, claiming $7 billion of damages. The bank’s defense is that the New York Fed released the claim, settling for $43 million when the bonds were transferred, a paltry sum considering A.I.G.’s demand. A.I.G. asserts that it never released any claim as would be required under New York law. The New York Fed is now aiding Bank of America’s cause.

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Cracks In The Pipeline: Restoring Efficiency To Wall Street And Value To Main Street | Demos

Cracks In The Pipeline: Restoring Efficiency To Wall Street And Value To Main Street | Demos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A policy and advocacy center producing research, policy proposals, strategic litigation, and commentary at the intersection of government, the economy and democracy. Publishes PolicyShop.net and supports the next generation of progressive leaders.
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Cheap shale gas threatens future of nuclear energy | SmartPlanet

Cheap shale gas threatens future of nuclear energy | SmartPlanet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the energy market shifts towards more inexpensive shale gas, the days of carbon-free nuclear energy may be numbered.
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10 Ways The Sequester Will Expose Americans To Greater Health Risks And Other Perils | ThinkProgress

10 Ways The Sequester Will Expose Americans To Greater Health Risks And Other Perils | ThinkProgress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sequestration will have major—and negative—impacts on energy and environmental management agencies. Here’s how it will affect all Americans. By Daniel J. Weiss, Michael Conathan, and Jessica Goad. Endnotes are in PDF version.
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New Study Shows Independent Evidence Of Global Warming - Forbes

New Study Shows Independent Evidence Of Global Warming - Forbes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Using the same proxies used to determine temperatures thousands of years ago, scientists confirm climbing global temperatures over the past century and a half.
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How to reduce your carbon footprint

How to reduce your carbon footprint | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
These are some very good ways to reduce your Carbon footprint by miles and to stop wasting loads...
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15 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint | Consumed | Sustainability Coverage From American Public Media

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12 Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint | English

12 Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint | English | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
12 Simple Things
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Pashmina goats perishing in heavy snow on Indian frontier

Pashmina goats perishing in heavy snow on Indian frontier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jammu, India, Feb 22 - Thousands of Pashmina goats may have perished in recent heavy snowfall around the nomadic areas of Changthang on the Sino-Indian frontier of the Ladakh region, officials said on...
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There is such thing as a too-tiny house, and this is what it looks like

There is such thing as a too-tiny house, and this is what it looks like | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
These photos come from the Society for Community Organization, a human rights organization, and they show apartments in Hong Kong. Though “apartment” might be overstating it.
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Miracle grow: Indian farmers smash crop yield records without GMOs

Miracle grow: Indian farmers smash crop yield records without GMOs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Forget what Monsanto's told you: A group of subsistence farmers is breaking harvest records without GMOs or artificial herbicides and fertilizers.
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Twelve Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem

Twelve Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Globalization seems to be looked on as an unmitigated "good" by economists. Unfortunately, economists seem to be guided by their badly flawed models; they miss  real-world problems. In particular, ...
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Better power grid synchronization may enable smart grids to self-recover from failures

Better power grid synchronization may enable smart grids to self-recover from failures | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Although the LHC has often been called the largest machine in the world, that title may be more appropriately given to something much more familiar: power grids.
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How The Financial Sector Sucks $635 Billion Every Year From The Real Economy | ThinkProgress

How The Financial Sector Sucks $635 Billion Every Year From The Real Economy | ThinkProgress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Before the Great Recession, the financial sector had consistently been eating up a greater and greater share of the economy. In 2007, it accounted for a whopping 40 percent of corporate profits.
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In Buenos Aires, foldable housing for disaster relief | SmartPlanet

In Buenos Aires, foldable housing for disaster relief | SmartPlanet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BUENOS AIRES — Two Argentine architects aim to make disaster relief housing quick and easy with foldable modules.
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February 22 News: Likely EPA Nominee Vows More Action on Climate Change | ThinkProgress

February 22 News: Likely EPA Nominee Vows More Action on Climate Change | ThinkProgress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gina McCarthy, the current Environmental Protection Agency’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation and the front-runner to fill the top vacancy at the EPA pledged to push ahead with actions to confront climate change during a...
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Mounting investor demands for enhanced environmental performance

Mounting investor demands for enhanced environmental performance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The CDP kicks off disclosure season while the number of investors calling for data on corporate carbon emissions rises.
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First Steps to Smaller Footprints: An Interview with Asha Byrd

First Steps to Smaller Footprints: An Interview with Asha Byrd | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cool Davis is developing a campaign to engage 75% of Davis households in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2015.  It is imperative that we understand our community thoroughly, including the varieties of households, their present efforts...
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This is a program initiated in Davis, CA to help households reduce their greenhouse emissions by 15%. They are hoping to achieve 75% community participation.  Maybe it is something you can initiate in your own community.

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Time Is Running Out to Avert a Third Summer of Drought | Climate Central

Time Is Running Out to Avert a Third Summer of Drought | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The latest forecasts show the West and Plains will remain mired in drought for another summer.
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Major methane release is almost inevitable - environment - 21 February 2013 - New Scientist

Major methane release is almost inevitable - environment - 21 February 2013 - New Scientist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A global temperature rise of just 1. 5 °C destroyed much of Siberia's permafrost, suggesting that large-scale melting is just around the corner
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Worst Drought in 1,000 Years Could Begin in Eight Years

Worst Drought in 1,000 Years Could Begin in Eight Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
High-resolution climate models show four new climate scenarios with more detail and accuracy.
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Farmers markets stand to benefit the poor the most

Farmers markets stand to benefit the poor the most | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Low-income shoppers are actually the real farmers-market power users, according to a new report.
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Supply, demand, and activism: What should the climate movement do next?

Supply, demand, and activism: What should the climate movement do next? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After the Keystone campaign ends, should activists focus on reducing demand for dirty energy instead of cutting off supply?
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How the junk food industry has encouraged us to eat ourselves to death

How the junk food industry has encouraged us to eat ourselves to death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The tricks of the processed-food trade are horrifying, but they might also hold the key to marketing healthier stuff, a New York Times Magazine article suggests.
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