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Tim DeChristopher’s Release from Prison Inspires Earth Day Theatrical Release of Bidder 70

BIDDER 70 follows Tim DeChristopher, a University of Utah student, who on December 19, 2008, in a dazzling act of civil disobedience, derailed the outgoing Bush administration’s illegal Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction. As bidder #70, Tim bid 1.8 million dollars and won 22,000 pristine acres surrounding Utah’s National Parks. He had no intention to pay or drill.

In February 2009, the new Obama administration agreed the land should be safeguarded and invalidated the entire auction. Nevertheless, Tim was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to ten years in prison. A personal portrait, BIDDER 70 illuminates how the choices we make determine our future and the world we live in. Tim DeChristopher puts a face on Time Magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year, the Protestor.


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Canada's Arctic glaciers headed for unstoppable thaw: study

Canada's Arctic glaciers headed for unstoppable thaw: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
OSLO (Reuters) - Canadian glaciers that are the world's third biggest store of ice after Antarctica and Greenland seem headed for an irreversible melt that will push up sea levels, scientists said on Thursday.
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Canadian Hockey Star Goes To Bat For Energy Efficiency, And Against Tar Sands Oil

Canadian Hockey Star Goes To Bat For Energy Efficiency, And Against Tar Sands Oil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Apologies for the mixed sports references but when we heard that Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference (aka @Ferknuckle) was on board with a new energy efficiency promotion we could hardly contain ourselves.
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Colombia, cada vez más eficiente energéticamente

Colombia, cada vez más eficiente energéticamente | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La reforma tributaria tiene algunos incentivos para motivar la reconvención industrial que haga a las empresas más sostenibles.

Factores como el cambio climático han llevado a los países a poner en marcha programas orientados
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Panic-Driven Austerity in the Eurozone and its Implications

Panic-Driven Austerity in the Eurozone and its Implications | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Paul De Grauwe, Professor of international economics, London School of Economics, and former member of the Belgian parliament, and Yuemei Ji, Economist, LICOS, University of Leuven.

This column argues that fear and panic led to excessive, and possibly self-defeating, austerity in the south while failing to induce offsetting stimulus in the north. The resulting deflation bias produced the double-dip recession and perhaps more dire consequences. As it becomes obvious that austerity produces unnecessary suffering, millions may seek liberation from ‘euro shackles’.

Southern Eurozone countries have been forced to introduce severe austerity programs since 2011. Where did the forces that led these countries into austerity come from? Are these forces the result of deteriorating economic fundamentals that made austerity inevitable? Or could it be that the austerity dynamics were forced by fear and panic that erupted in the financial markets and then gripped policymakers. Furthermore, what are the implications of these severe austerity programs for the countries involved?

 

 


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Emer O'Siochru's curator insight, March 7, 2013 3:33 PM

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Entrevista a Jem Bendell

Entrevista a Jem Bendell, ponente de la VI Jornada Anual del Instituto de Innovación Social de ESADE "Promover la Innovación Social mediante la Colaboración"...

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John Boik's curator insight, March 7, 2013 12:56 PM

Academics are showing increasing interest in local currencies.

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A Crisis Of Consciousness - Terence McKenna

Our present global crisis is more profound than any previous historical crises; hence our solutions must be equally drastic.


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The Asymptotic Leap's curator insight, March 7, 2013 4:55 PM

Terence in a talk of extraordinary eloquence (even by his standards!) details the situration to which we have found ourselves, and from which we we will either breakthrough or fall into collapse. As Terence says at the end of the talk, "it's going to be a photo finish."

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Population growth is threat to other species, poll respondents say

Population growth is threat to other species, poll respondents say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly two-thirds of American voters believe that human population growth is driving other animal species to extinction and that if the situation gets worse, society has a "moral responsibility to address the problem," according to new national...
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Vincent Callebaut Unveils Stacked Pebble-Inspired Eco-Farmscrapers for Shenzhen

Vincent Callebaut Unveils Stacked Pebble-Inspired Eco-Farmscrapers for Shenzhen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Asian Cairns Farmscarpers by Vincent Callebaut Architects could provide local, organic food for the rapidly growing population of Shenzhen in China.
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Post-Combustion CO2 Capture to Mitigate Climate Change: Separation Costs Energy | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Post-Combustion CO2 Capture to Mitigate Climate Change: Separation Costs Energy | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An astounding variety of data supports the conclusion that our earth’s climate is changing due to increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere. The economic, social, and environmental implications could be catastrophic. Moreover, scientists have reached a consensus that the increase in GHGs is indeed anthropogenic, caused by fossil fuel burning and deforestation.

At present, coal-burning power plants provide 42% of electricity in the US, but at the expense of accounting for ~36% of US CO2 emissions. Among a portfolio of strategies to mitigate anthropogenic CO2 emissions, one high-impact option is carbon capture and storage (CCS). The idea is to capture the CO2 from the flue gas emitted from the smokestacks of coal-burning power plants and subsequently store it underground in a geological formation. The geological formation can be thought of as a sponge for CO2, sequestering it from the atmosphere where it would, otherwise, instigate global warming.

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Let’s Not Spring Forward. | A Blog Around The Clock, Scientific American Blog Network

Let’s Not Spring Forward. | A Blog Around The Clock, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cross-posted from Zocalo Public Square.

Even cows don't like Daylight Saving Time. Come Sunday morning, when the milking machines get attached to their udders a whole hour ...
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Will Canada’s Proposed Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Muck Up Its Pacific Coast?: Scientific American

Will Canada’s Proposed Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Muck Up Its Pacific Coast?: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Large cracks remain in the science assessing Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline Project
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Mission Unaccomplished: Why the Invasion of Iraq Was the Single Worst Foreign Policy Decision in American History

Mission Unaccomplished: Why the Invasion of Iraq Was the Single Worst Foreign Policy Decision in American History | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the invasion of Iraq turned out to be a joke. Not for the Iraqis, of course, and not for American soldiers, and not the ha-ha sort of joke either. And here’s the saddest truth of all: on March 20th as we mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion from hell, we still don’t get it. In case you want to jump to the punch line, though, it’s this: by invading Iraq, the U.S. did more to destabilize the Middle East than we could possibly have imagined at the time. And we -- and so many others -- will pay the price for it for a long, long time.

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Climate Change Science Poised to Enter Nation's Classrooms | InsideClimate News

Climate Change Science Poised to Enter Nation's Classrooms | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

New national science standards that make the teaching of global warming part of the public school curriculum are slated to be released this month, potentially ending an era in which climate skepticism has been allowed to seep into the nation's classrooms.

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India Announces Its First Solar City (In Order To Protect Taj Mahal)

India Announces Its First Solar City (In Order To Protect Taj Mahal) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Indian city of Agra, former capital of the Indian subcontinent and home of the Taj Mahal, is to become the country's first solar city.

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Plunging Cost Of Solar PV (Graphs)

Plunging Cost Of Solar PV (Graphs) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This article was originally published on RenewEconomy.

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The plunging cost of solar PV from the end of 2008 to the start of 2012 has been well documented. It amounted to a fall of around 70 per cent.
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Business leaders call for action to value nature

Business leaders call for action to value nature | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leader of the Ecosystem Markets Task Force warns of disaster if companies continue to abuse the natural world

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Bethlehem Hickman's curator insight, March 6, 2013 9:05 PM

For those of you living in Canada the David Suzuki Foundation has recently released a report that reveals that a patchwork of remaining farmland and green space in Ontario's rapidly growing Golden Horseshoe region provides millions of dollars in services and benefits.

Learn more : http://www.davidsuzuki.org/media/news/2013/02/study-reveals-greater-golden-horseshoe-unprotected-green-space-provides-122-mill/

Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, March 6, 2013 9:25 PM

Be a leader and reap the benefits or be a laggard and suffer disastrous consequences. This is the stark choice offered to the corporate world by Ian Cheshire, chief executive of the DIY chain Kingfisher, after unveilingthe results of a business-led taskforce set up at the request of the government to look at the opportunities from valuing nature.

 
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Philip Pilkington: Kill The King – Why Are We So Scared of Fiat Money?

Philip Pilkington: Kill The King – Why Are We So Scared of Fiat Money? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Philip Pilkington, a writer and research assistant at Kingston University in London.

 

 

Money is just a token that we use to “keep score” of the debts we owe one another. It is just a unit of account that helps us keep track of who has given who what. Having a central quasi-governmental power in the form of a central bank simply helps us to do this and allows governments to extend deficit-financing in order to keep economic activity stable.

So, what accounts for the visceral reactions we see toward the system? Why do some bow down as if to a deity, while others recoil in horror as if confronted with a demon? The hint to this lies in the way we moderns relate to government and power. The fiat money system is an embodiment of arbitrary power and we in the modern world distrust this. Money is accepted largely by edict in that it is fiat money in which we can pay our taxes and it is also fiat money in which contracts can be legally settled.

Lying behind every dollar, euro and yen is a jailor and a judge who are ready to deprive us of our rights and our freedom should we choose not to play by the rules of the game. It is this aspect of the system that accounts for the strange reactions we see surrounding it. It is this aspect of the system that leads some to hide from themselves the reality of the system and imbue it with an auratic glow and leads others to hysterically attack it as a grave injustice and evil. To get to the heart of this matter we must understand better how we relate to political power today.

 


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Michelin and Siemens Test Cost of Electric Vehicles Versus Gas Cars | PluginCars.com

Michelin and Siemens Test Cost of Electric Vehicles Versus Gas Cars | PluginCars.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In January, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development granted Michelin and Siemens $2.6 million to fund a project called Baden-Württemberg LivingLab BWe mobil. The three-year project aims to prove that electric vehicle are less expensive than gas- and diesel-powered automobiles, despite high initial purchase prices. Research assistance will be provided by he Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research.

 

Staff members from Michelin and Siemens frequently commute between facilities in Germany and France, using internal combustion vehicles. So the costs for liquid fuel are well know. In the study, these employees will instead commute in electric vehicles, to carefully study the cost of fuel and other expenses.

 

"If electric mobility is to be successful in Europe, it has to be economically efficient," said Dr. Olaf Wollersheim, head of the project at KIT. "We are looking for applications in which electric vehicles are cheaper than a reference car with a combustion engine. If the vehicle is used often, costs can be reduced considerably and the high purchasing price is compensated."

 

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Zach Brown's curator insight, March 7, 2013 10:02 PM

This article is exactly what my paper is about, so it has to be on here

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Smart Grid: Energy storage: Why are we ignoring thermal?

Smart Grid - We call storage the game-changer and we bemoan the high cost of batteries, pumped hydro and other techniques. A story on a new electric "storage heater" introduced in the UK

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Duane Tilden's curator insight, March 7, 2013 4:25 PM

Thermal energy storage generally requires considerable mass (volume of water) to store needed energy.  Phase change materials may hold some promise in energy storage.

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Population Growth a Major Concern to the Survival of Animal Species

Population Growth a Major Concern to the Survival of Animal Species | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the world population over 7 billion, a majority of American voters believe population growth is a major concern to the health and survival of the world’s animal species.
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"Teach the Controversy" Comes to Climate Science: Scientific American

"Teach the Controversy" Comes to Climate Science: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Multiple state legislatures are considering bills that would allow climate change denial to be taught in public schools
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Tambora Erupts in 1815 and Changes World History [Excerpt]: Scientific American

Tambora Erupts in 1815 and Changes World History [Excerpt]: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 1816 a remarkable thing happened—there was no summer weather in much of the Northern Hemisphere. This excerpt from The Year without Summer explains why
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Clearing Forests May Transform Local—and Global—Climate: Scientific American

Clearing Forests May Transform Local—and Global—Climate: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers are finding that massive deforestation may have a profound, and possibly catastrophic, impact on local weather
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