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Volkswagen Says Plug-In Hybrid Version Of The Passat Coming Soon

Volkswagen Says Plug-In Hybrid Version Of The Passat Coming Soon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A plug-in hybrid version of the popular Volkswagen Passat is coming soon, based on recent comments made by the Volkswagen Group Chairman of the Board of Management Dr Winterkorn at the opening of the recent Geneva Motora Show.

The Passat isn't the only Volkswagen model getting a redesign as a PHEV -- the move is part
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Test Driving A Tesla Model S With A Tea Party Pundit: Part One - Gas 2

Test Driving A Tesla Model S With A Tea Party Pundit: Part One - Gas 2 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Can a test drive in a Tesla Model S convince a Tea Party radio pundit that there’s more to it than the electric drivetrain and government loans?
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Volvo: Autonomous Cars Are Better Off Using Magnets

Volvo: Autonomous Cars Are Better Off Using Magnets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Gas 2.


Self-driving cars are coming, and Volvo thinks the key to autonomous vehicles is the use of magnets, not video cameras or radar devices. It makes sense, but only if Volvo can get government authorities on board.

Many current autonomous concepts, like those from Ford and BMW, rely on GPS positioning, LiDAR, and cameras to detect
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Environment Canada braces for cuts to climate programs | Toronto Star

Environment Canada braces for cuts to climate programs | Toronto Star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canada’s efforts to combat climate change could be scaled down as Environment Canada braces for more budgetary belt-tightening over the next three years.
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Pollution prompts Paris car ban

Pollution prompts Paris car ban | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Alternate driving days are being introduced in the French capital, Paris, in an attempt to tackle dangerous levels of air pollution.

 

From Monday, drivers will only be able to use their vehicles every other day.

 

This is only the second time since 1997 that such a restriction has been enforced.

 

The French government made the decision after air pollution exceeded safe levels for five days running in Paris and surrounding areas.

 

Motorcycles will also be covered by the ban, which will allow only vehicles with number plates terminating in an uneven digit to take to the roads, beginning at 05:30 (04:30 GMT) on Monday.

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Climate Monitoring | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

Climate Monitoring | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The National Climatic Data Center climate monitoring and assessment of temperature, precipitation, drought monitoring, snow climatology, climate map, climate index, climate extremes, global anomalies, sea surface temperature, drought, etc
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Climate change: Number of 'dry days' could go up-Aaj Ki Khabar

Climate change: Number of 'dry days' could go up-Aaj Ki Khabar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Aaj Ki Khabar gives comes first with breaking news, E-Paper & VIDEOs News Headlines, Gadgets, Auto & Entertainment, Cricket news, politics, technology, Lifestyle & current affairs news from Lucknow, India and around the world.
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Harvard draws link between autism and air pollution

Harvard draws link between autism and air pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PROVO -- A group of Utah doctors worried about the health effects of smog are pointing to a growing series of studies connecting autism to air pollution.
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Nanotechnology Now - Press Release: "Mexican University develops chemicals to optimize solar cells"

Nanotechnology Now - Press Release: "Mexican University develops chemicals to optimize solar cells" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Specialists at the Institute of Materials Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIM -UNAM) developed chemical compounds that will collect energy from the sun with an energy transfer efficiency close to one hundred percent. This phenomenon would allow the design of a new generation of photovoltaic compounds that would achieve to capture light in the spectral range of UV - visible light in a more optimal way, in order to convert it into electricity.

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Growing evidence that autism is linked to pollution

Growing evidence that autism is linked to pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Babies who are exposed to lots environmental toxins in the womb and during their first year of life are more likely to become autistic according to a new study by the University of Chicago.
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Google Exec: 'Our Goal Is To Be 100 Percent Renewable Powered'

Google Exec: 'Our Goal Is To Be 100 Percent Renewable Powered' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Google announced last month that its goal is to run completely on alternative sources of energy.
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Maison Gray | The House of Gray Malin Photography

Maison Gray | The House of Gray Malin Photography | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Antarctica is the last true wilderness of our planet and it’s dramatically changing just as we are starting to recognize and understand its great significance. Journeying by boat from South America, I was drawn to the natural landscape of the glacier covered continent as well as the formations of the freely floating icebergs. Using select items to provide contrast, this series captures two parallel worlds coming together and presents a larger message about the changing landscape of our world due to shifting climates.

SustainOurEarth's insight:

It's warming up in Antartica

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In Turkey, Renewed Anti-Government Protests

In Turkey, Renewed Anti-Government Protests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One day last summer, as anti-government protests roiled Istanbul, a 14-year-old boy named Berkin Elvan was on his way to buy bread when he was struck in the head by a tear gas canister
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EPA and Keystone XL Report and Global Warming | The Energy Collective

EPA and Keystone XL Report and Global Warming | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The lead U.S. environmental agency has for several years raised serious concerns about the various impacts of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Three different times, the U.S. EPA has issued failing grades saying the true impacts of the pipeline have not been adequately considered.
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Model S Test Drive With Tea Party Conservative — Part Two

Model S Test Drive With Tea Party Conservative — Part Two | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Gas 2.

Driving the Tesla Model S is like riding a stick of butter across a hot skillet -- it just goes. My Tea Party pal, John, had no problem adapting to the car’s electric drivetrain and, by the time we got onto the Massachusetts Turnpike, it was clear to him that driving
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Innovative solar-powered toilet ready for India unveiling

Innovative solar-powered toilet ready for India unveiling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A revolutionary toilet fueled by the sun that is being developed to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe and sustainable sanitation will be unveiled in India this month. The self-contained, waterless toilet has the capability of heating human waste to a high enough temperature to sterilize human waste and create biochar, a highly porous charcoal.
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Missing Pieces – The Cost of Carbon Pollution

Missing Pieces – The Cost of Carbon Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fires, flooding, and infectious diseases are some of the risks of a warming climate, and they could cost trillions of dollars to cope with. As President Obama takes steps to curb our climate-changing pollution as required by the Clean Air Act, knowing exactly what is on that price tag is even more important.
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Clueless Oil Man Accidentally Pitches Sierra Club On Drilling Scheme

Clueless Oil Man Accidentally Pitches Sierra Club On Drilling Scheme | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune appears to have received quite the pitch this week.

Brune posted an exchange to Facebook on Friday that he had with an unnamed oil executive. According to Brune's note, the man tried to sell him the cr...
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Global Temperature and Precipitation Maps | Temperature, Precipitation, and Drought | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

Global Temperature and Precipitation Maps | Temperature, Precipitation, and Drought | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Global Temperature, Precipitation and Weather Event maps are available from January 1880 to January 2014 Select a Year, Month/Season, and Product(s) from the options below and click "Submit" to view selection.

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UCLA study yields more accurate data on thousands of years of climate change

UCLA study yields more accurate data on thousands of years of climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Using a cutting-edge research technique, UCLA researchers have reconstructed the temperature history of a region that plays a major role in determining climate around the world.
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Can Coal Ever Be Clean? - Graphics: Coal and Climate Change

Can Coal Ever Be Clean? - Graphics: Coal and Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Invisible CarbonCoal Provides 40 percent of the world’s electricity. It produces 39 percent of global CO₂ emissions. It kills thousands a year in mines, many more with polluted air.  
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▶ Van Jones: The economic injustice of plastic - YouTube

http://www.ted.com Van Jones lays out a case against plastic pollution from the perspective of social justice. Because plastic trash, he shows us, hits poor ...
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Study links pollution to autism | TIME

Study links pollution to autism | TIME | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study offers strong evidence that environmental toxins play a role in the disorder. The report looked at birth defects associated with parental exposure to pollution and found a 1% increase in the defects corresponded to a 283% increase in autism
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Trial of solar batteries for heating proves effective | UBPost News

Trial of solar batteries for heating proves effective | UBPost News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Erchim Corporation commenced a trial on utilizing solar batteries for heating at ger area households in Ulaanbaatar and Bayan-Undur soum, more commonly known as Erdenet City, in Orkhon Province with assistance from Norwegian researcher, Carlsen on February 24.


The researchers have installed a heater that runs on solar battery at four households. The results of the study proved that the heater is 33 percent more efficient than a conventional coal heater.
The energy produced by the solar heater has 21 percent fluctuation depending on the amount of sunlight directed at the panels. Researchers reported that the heater even produced 50 degree Celsius on a clear, sunny day.

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PHOTOS: Thousands Turn Up For California’s Largest-Ever Rally To Ban Fracking

PHOTOS: Thousands Turn Up For California’s Largest-Ever Rally To Ban Fracking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thousands of environmentalists took to California's state capitol on Saturday to demand Governor Jerry Brown ban hydraulic fracturing, in what is being called the largest anti-fracking mobilization the state has ever seen.
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