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Saudi Arabia reveals plans to be powered entirely by renewable energy

Saudi Arabia reveals plans to be powered entirely by renewable energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

World's biggest oil producer says it wants to make a 100% switch from fossil fuels to clean energy...
One of the state’s main spokesmen, Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, said that he was hoping that Saudi Arabia would be powered completely by low-carbon energy within his lifetime. He made the groundbreaking statement during the Global Economic Symposium in Brazil.


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When Good People Work for Bad Companies

When Good People Work for Bad Companies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

You consider yourself to be a decent person. You pride yourself on your conscience, and are discerning in what you buy and consume. Yet every day you get dressed, eat breakfast and go to work for a company you think hurts other people and the planet.

 

This presents a terrible conundrum for millions of us. Too many industries do harm in the world — whether through their actual practices, their lobbying efforts, or their treatment of the environment or of workers. They have lofty mission statements and attempt to mitigate this harm by donating to some good causes. But part, or all, of their bottom line is built on doing or abetting bad stuff.


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Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water architect Koen Olthuis talks to Inhabitat about floating buildings, hydro-cities, and the sustainability of building on water.

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Company that made 'petrol from air' breakthrough 'shudders' at prospect of oil industry approaches

Company that made 'petrol from air' breakthrough 'shudders' at prospect of oil industry approaches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A small British company which has produced the first “petrol from air” said yesterday it would refuse any investment offers from petrochemical companies because of fears the oil industry would take over the firm with the aim of closing it down.
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Global warming has hit particularly hard Tanzania’s national parks, threatening displacing millions of wildlife and putting the thriving tourism at risk.

Owing to global warming, currently Tanzania is likely to lose one of the key national parks in its most valuable strips of tourism real estate of northern safari circuit.

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Fears grow over Conservatives' links to fossil fuel lobbyists

Fears grow over Conservatives' links to fossil fuel lobbyists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sacked energy minister warns Britain must not 'bet the farm' on shale gas extraction...
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Warming climate sends US corn belt north

Warming climate sends US corn belt north | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Joe Waldman is saying goodbye to corn after yet another hot and dry summer convinced the Kansas farmer that rainfall won’t be there when he needs it anymore.

“I finally just said uncle,” said Waldman, 52, surveying his stunted crop about 100 miles north of Dodge City. Instead, he will expand sorghum, which requires less rain, let some fields remain fallow and restrict corn to irrigated fields.

While farmers nationwide planted the most corn this year since 1937, growers in Kansas sowed the fewest acres in three years, instead turning to less-thirsty crops such as wheat, sorghum and even triticale, a wheat-rye mix popular in Poland. Meanwhile, corn acreage in Manitoba, a Canadian province about 700 miles north of Kansas, has nearly doubled over the past decade due to weather changes and higher prices.

 

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Warming freezing economies | Oman Observer

Warming freezing economies | Oman Observer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climate change caused by global warming is freezing the world economy and already leading to the deaths of millions every year, a report commissioned by 20 of the world’s most vulnerable countries said.
“Climate Vulnerability Monitor: a guide to the cold calculus of a hot planet” says global warming will not only lead to environmental catastrophe, but is choking the international economy.

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$20m bill to save beachfront mansions Gold Coast Top Story | goldcoast.com.au | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

$20m bill to save beachfront mansions Gold Coast Top Story | goldcoast.com.au | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MORE than $20 million in ratepayer money has to be splashed out to stop millionaires' homes being washed into the ocean.
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Solar power is contagious

Solar power is contagious | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People are more likely to install a solar panel on their home if their neighbors have one, according to a new study.
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Photos: Documenting The True Cost Of Coal

Photos: Documenting The True Cost Of Coal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What if we factored the environmental and health impacts of burning coal into its cost? Economists say they would add up to about $500 billion per year — making coal’s true cost about $17.8 cents per kilowatt-hour generated.
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Ten Charts That Make Clear The Planet Just Keeps Warming

Perhaps you thought that the whole “planet isn’t warming” meme was killed by this summer’s bombshell Koch-funded study. After all, it found ”global warming is real,” “on the high end” and “essentially all” due to carbon pollution.
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Chinese government mulls policies to support solar power industry: Scientific American

Chinese government mulls policies to support solar power industry: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China is working on policies, including subsidies and easier access to the grid, to help its ailing solar power producers expand in the domestic market, the China Daily reported on Saturday, citing industry officials and government sources.
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Part I: Global Sustainability

"Living Sustainable Development: Opportunities for Planets, Places and People"
Harvard Kennedy School Professor Bill Clark, an award-winning scholar on sustainable development, gave an Earth Month seminar on April 23, 2012, surveying th...


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Integrating Ecosystems into Urban Planning Can Deliver Major Economic Benefits and Reduce Environmental Damage

Integrating Ecosystems into Urban Planning Can Deliver Major Economic Benefits and Reduce Environmental Damage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Biodiversity Conservation can Improve Human Health in Worlds Growing Cities, says UN assessment

The Cities and Biodiversity Outlook is the world's first global analysis of how projected patterns of urban land expansion will impact biodiversity and crucial ecosystems

 Hyderabad (India), 16 October 2012 - Global urbanization will have significant implications for biodiversity and ecosystems if current trends continue, with knock-on effects for human health and development, according to a new assessment by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).


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Integrating Ecosystems into Urban Planning Can Deliver Major Economic Benefits and Reduce Environmental Damage

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Serious game 2020 Energy

Serious game 2020 Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Pionnier du Serious game pour l’éducation, après le succès de la série 2025 ex machina, Tralalere lance son nouveau jeu sérieux sur l’énergie à destination des 13-17 ans réalisé en 9 langues."


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Admitting a problem first step Challenge comes in tackling huge issue

Americans find it difficult to agree on climate change, scientists say, because it acts like a slow-moving storm settling over social, cultural and political institutions ill prepared for managing the challenge. Some don’t even agree whether the challenge is real.

“It’s very hard for people to conceptualize and deal with climate change. It’s so big and abstract; it’s literally watching ice melt,” says Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle, co-author of a recent study that cited close ties between the splits in public attitudes on climate change and the mobilizing efforts of divided political elites and advocacy groups.

“It’s difficult to think 20, 40, 50 years down the line, especially when all of our institutions, the House of Representatives, run on two-year time frames and the president four years,” said Brulle, who also teaches at Stanford University in California.

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The Future of Energy: Earth, Wind, Water | Alternative Energy | DISCOVER Magazine

The Future of Energy: Earth, Wind, Water | Alternative Energy | DISCOVER Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Our biggest sources of energy basically rely on fire—burning fossil fuels. To build a sustainable energy future, we have to start relying on the other three classical elements. (Article preview; full text available to subscribers.).
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'War on coal' label obscures battlefield realities

'War on coal' label obscures battlefield realities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The war on coal is a sound bite and headline, perpetuated by pundits, power companies and public relations consultants who have crafted a neat label for a complex set of realities, one that compels people to choose sides.

The war on coal is a sound bite and headline, perpetuated by pundits, power companies and public relations consultants who have crafted a neat label for a complex set of realities, one that compels people to choose sides.

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Methane hydrates: a volatile time bomb in the Arctic

Methane hydrates: a volatile time bomb in the Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The risk with climate change is not with the direct effect of humans on the greenhouse capacity of Earth’s atmosphere.
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North America most affected by increase in weather-related natural catastrophes | Munich Re

A new study by Munich Re shows that North America has been most affected by weather-related extreme events in recent decades. The publication "Severe weather in North America" analyzes all kinds of weather perils and their trends.
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Alan Jones ordered to do journalism training - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Alan Jones ordered to do journalism training - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Controversial broadcaster Alan Jones has been ordered to undergo basic journalism training by Australia's media watchdog.
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Solar Insights: PV costs set for another 30% fall in 2012 : Renew Economy

Solar Insights: PV costs set for another 30% fall in 2012 : Renew Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar PV costs will fall another 30 per cent in 2012, with some developers able to write offtake agreements of less than 10c/kWh.
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Portrait Of A Drought: Finding Water Where It Ain’t

Portrait Of A Drought: Finding Water Where It Ain’t | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
by Peyton Fleming I’m on a bus driving across West Texas and all appears well. Miles and miles of white-speckled cotton fields line both sides of the road. Splotches of green grassland are a welcome sign from last year’s devastating drought.
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