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Robotic Bees: A Backup Plan For Colony Collapse Disorder? | EarthTechling

Robotic Bees: A Backup Plan For Colony Collapse Disorder? | EarthTechling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers search for a way to artificially mimic the collective behavior and “intelligence” of a bee colony.
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This Protein Could Change Biotech Forever - Forbes

This Protein Could Change Biotech Forever - Forbes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It started with a quest to make better yogurt.

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Disposal of Older Monitors Leaves a Hazardous Trail

Disposal of Older Monitors Leaves a Hazardous Trail | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As recently as a few years ago, broken monitors and televisions like those piled in the warehouse were being recycled profitably. The big, glassy funnels inside these machines — known as cathode ray tubes, or CRTs — were melted down and turned into new ones.

 

But flat-screen technology has made those monitors and televisions obsolete, decimating the demand for the recycled tube glass used in them and creating what industry experts call a “glass tsunami” as stockpiles of the useless material accumulate across the country.

 

The predicament has highlighted how small changes in the marketplace can suddenly transform a product into a liability and demonstrates the difficulties that federal and state environmental regulators face in keeping up with these rapid shifts.


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The Clean Murray Budget Versus The Dirty Ryan Budget

The Clean Murray Budget Versus The Dirty Ryan Budget | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The recently released Senate and House budget resolutions for fiscal year 2014 reflect diametrically opposed visions of American’s energy and climate futures.
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Must-Have High-Resolution Charts: ‘Carbon Pollution Set To End Era Of Stable Climate’

Must-Have High-Resolution Charts: ‘Carbon Pollution Set To End Era Of Stable Climate’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many folks asked for high-resolution and Celsius versions of the chart I posted 10 days ago: Temperature change over past 11,300 years (in blue, via Science, 2013) plus projected warming this century on humanity’s current emissions path (in red,...
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Five Katrinas A Decade? Warming Projected To Boost Extreme Storm Surges Ten-Fold

Five Katrinas A Decade? Warming Projected To Boost Extreme Storm Surges Ten-Fold | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientist: “With the global warming we have had during the 20th century, we have already crossed the threshold where more than half of all ‘Katrinas’ are due to global warming.” By Aslak Grinsted via the Nils Bohr Institute.
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Best Kickstarter ever: This fourth-grade class is building its very own solar array, and you can help

Best Kickstarter ever: This fourth-grade class is building its very own solar array, and you can help | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Aaron's Class started their Kickstarter with the goal of raising $800. So far, they've raised $3,500.
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Fastest-growing metro areas in U.S. are sprawling and water-challenged

Fastest-growing metro areas in U.S. are sprawling and water-challenged | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and L.A. added the most residents from 2011 to 2012, according to new Census data.
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Measuring Temps - No Thermometers

Measuring Temps - No Thermometers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A perennial climate denial crock is that there is something wrong with the temperature records of the last century, because evil scientists are not taking into account placement of thermometers, ur...
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CNG Vehicles Ramping Up | The Energy Collective

CNG Vehicles Ramping Up | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At this year’s OKC Auto Show, there was a rather substantial push going on for CNG vehicles, in a special CNG exhibit.
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What Really Killed Soviet Union? Oil Shock?

What Really Killed Soviet Union? Oil Shock? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Larry Hagman, the late U.S. actor that played the bombastic oilman JR Ewing, often quipped that the TV soap opera Dallas brought down the mighty Soviet Union.
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World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar companies Abengoa and BrightSource Energy announced that they will soon be teaming up to build the world's largest solar tower facility in Southern California.
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Obama’s Peaking Oil & Gas Legacy | The Energy Collective

Obama’s Peaking Oil & Gas Legacy | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Total U.S. oil and gas production has definitely increased since 2008. But, how much of this new production can be reasonably credited to the Obama Administration’s energy policy and regulatory actions?
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4 ways the green climate fund can support 'Readiness' for climate finance

Research shows that developing countries will need about $531 billion of additional investments in clean energy technologies each year in order to limit global ...

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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, March 19, 2013 10:04 AM

Research shows that developing countries will need about $531 billion of additional investments in clean energy technologies each year in order to limit global temperature rise to 2° C above pre-industrial levels, thus preventing climate change’s worst impacts. While developed countries have pledged to provide $100 billion of climate finance per year, this amount is well below what’s needed to help developing nations mitigate and adapt toclimate change.

 

So how can countries bridge this funding gap? The answer lies in part on how well developing countries implement “readiness” activities, as well how effectively developed nations and international institutions like the Green Climate Fund (GCF) can mobilize finance to support them.

 

The Need for Readiness

To attract investments on the scale required, developing country governments must provide an attractive investment climate—one that encourages public and private sector investors to put their money into climate-friendly projects like solar and wind energy. On their end, developed countries need to offer financial and technical support for “readiness” activities that create the right conditions for said investments. Readiness includes any activity that makes a country better positioned to attract investments in climate-friendly projects or technologies. A few examples include: developing a policy to promote energy efficiency in industry; passing a law that gives a new or existing institution the mandate to promoterenewable energy; conducting an assessment of a country’s wind energy resources; or strengthening a bank’s capacity to lend to small businesses in low-carbon sectors. International institutions such as the GCF can play a big role in supporting readiness activities, thereby helping developing nations attract the investments that will help them transition onto a low-carbon, climate-resilient development path.

How the Green Climate Fund Can Support Readiness...

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Clean Energy Is Comparable to Fossil Energy Reserves, BNEF Says - Bloomberg

Clean Energy Is Comparable to Fossil Energy Reserves, BNEF Says - Bloomberg | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The “energy reserves” contained in wind and bioenergy projects in the U.S. and Brazil are “significant” compared to oil and gas in the countries, according to a study commissioned by BP Plc (BP/) that estimates the barrels of oil equivalent for the renewable resources.

The study, based on Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysis, found that wind and bioenergy projects in Brazil have more than two-fifths of the energy content of the country’s proven oil and gas reserves, the London-based group said in an e-mailed statement. Similar projects in the U.S. have about one-seventh the energy content of the country’s fossil fuel reserves.

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Boulder’s Smart Grid Leaves Citizens in the Dark : Greentech Media

Boulder’s Smart Grid Leaves Citizens in the Dark : Greentech Media | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Utilities have to engage with consumers and businesses to make the smart grid work.

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Duane Tilden's curator insight, March 19, 2013 2:49 PM


“I had a smart meter, but I didn’t even know I had a smart meter,” said Dick.

Dick and a team of CU engineers are working on exactly this problem: how to inform people about their electricity use. The team is creating an online system called “EMPIRE” -- EMpowering People In Reducing Energy consumption.  [...]

 

Huston said that because Boulder’s smart grid was one of the first in the country, some of the technologies it used, such as fiber optic communication technology, turned out to be less ideal than hoped. The new two-way communication technology, installing smart meters for less than a quarter of the population and other features almost doubled the project’s cost within a year after it began. As of October 2012, the total costs were pushing $45 million.

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Clean-Car Battle Shows How To Fight For Emissions Reduction

Clean-Car Battle Shows How To Fight For Emissions Reduction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang via Truth-out President Obama signaled in his State of the Union address that global warming holds a top spot on his second-term agenda.
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Long-Term Costs Of Fracking Are Staggering

Long-Term Costs Of Fracking Are Staggering | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Jane Dale Owen via chron.com All the hype by the fossil fuel industry about energy independence from fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in tight gas reservoirs like the Barnett Shale has left out the costs in energy, water and other essential...
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You eat less if you know exactly how many miles you’ll have to walk to burn it off

You eat less if you know exactly how many miles you’ll have to walk to burn it off | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent study shows little changes to menus can make a big difference to health outcomes.
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Obama: Let's fund clean car technology with oil and gas royalties

Obama: Let's fund clean car technology with oil and gas royalties | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The president wants to spend $2 billion over the next decade to research ways to power cars without oil, funded by offshore drilling royalties.
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New Study, Same Result - Greenhouse Gases Dominate Global Warming

New Study, Same Result - Greenhouse Gases Dominate Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study by Jones, Stott, and Christidis of the UK Met Office (Jones et al.
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Consensus on Climate Grows Even Stronger

Consensus on Climate Grows Even Stronger | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, Oklahoma farmer Clay Pope, breaks the stereotype - an Oklahoma farmer pleads with the President to recognize climate change. (this was recorded before the State of the Union address) Anthony...
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Debunking Claim that Wind Energy Increases Emissions | The Energy Collective

Debunking Claim that Wind Energy Increases Emissions | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“Wind farms do not reduce emissions,” is a commonly used talking point by those opposed to wind farms.
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Hong Kong Air Pollution: Restoring the Fragrant Harbour | The Energy Collective

Hong Kong Air Pollution: Restoring the Fragrant Harbour | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hazardous air pollution not only continues to plague much of China, but is now also stifling Hong Kong, the vibrant city whose Chinese name means “Fragrant Harbour.”
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Breakthrough in electricity storage: New large and powerful redox flow battery

Breakthrough in electricity storage: New large and powerful redox flow battery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More and more electricity is being generated from intermittent sources of power, such as solar and wind energy. Powerful electric energy storage devices are necessary to level out corresponding irregularities in the power supply.
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