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Sex of speaker affects listener language processing

Sex of speaker affects listener language processing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Whether we process language we hear without regard to anything about the speaker is a longstanding scientific debate.
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Researchers develop technique to convert thermoelectric material into high performance electricity

Researchers develop technique to convert thermoelectric material into high performance electricity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team of Clemson University physicists consisting of nanomaterial scientists Apparao Rao and Ramakrishna Podila and thermoelectricians Terry Tritt, Jian He and Pooja Puneet worked synergistically through the newly established Clemson Nanomaterials...
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New study could lead to paradigm shift in organic solar cell research

New study could lead to paradigm shift in organic solar cell research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Organic solar cells have long been touted as lightweight, low-cost alternatives to rigid solar panels made of silicon.
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REFILE-Clean up your act, UN climate chief urges coal industry

* Most coal cannot be burned if world to reach climate goals-Figueres* Coal industry says it is cleaning up and cutting emissions* Environmentalists scale Polish ministry in protest at coalsummitBy
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Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Meet the winners of the first cradle to cradle product innovation contest. Four industry leaders were chosen thanks to their innovative ecologically-friendly products.

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Carl Sagan destroys creationist in debate

Carl Sagan destroys creationist in debate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carl Sagan takes a call from a short-sighted creationist. See the full radio interview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pPds1O8l9k

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victor g martinez's curator insight, November 19, 2013 4:35 AM

Carl Sagan explains evolution with dogs... brilliant!

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Be Mindful of Marine Ecosystems |

Be Mindful of Marine Ecosystems | | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boat Owners, Be Mindful of Marine Ecosystems. What Do We Mean: http://t.co/GgAx18bJHB

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Have You Heard the One About the Polish Electrical Grid?

Have You Heard the One About the Polish Electrical Grid? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is in its second week of deliberations in Warsaw, Poland – a country that derives 86 percent of its energy from coal, and doesn’t look much like it wants to change.  They’re building their own iron curtain against Green energy that is flooding in from Germany….

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Solar Industry Growth and Public Investment | The Energy Collective

Solar Industry Growth and Public Investment | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since 2000, more than 1,460 MW of residential solar installations have been installed across the country and in 2012 alone, rooftop solar installations nearly doubled the installed capacity added in 2010.
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Climate Change Driving Weather off the Charts

Climate Change Driving Weather off the Charts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Meteorologists are calling the typhoon that slammed into the Philippines with 195-mile-an-hour winds on November 8, 2013, the most powerful tropical storm to make landfall on record. Super Typhoon Haiyan had gusts reaching 235 miles per hour and a storm surge swelling as high as 20 feet, so the destruction it left behind matched that of a tornado combined with a tsunami.


Three days later, at the opening of the United Nations climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland, the lead delegate from the Philippines, Yeb Saño, spoke of the "hellstorm" that left "a vast wasteland of mud and debris and dead bodies." He continued: "Despite the massive efforts…in preparing for the onslaught of this monster of a storm, it was just a force too powerful and, even as a nation familiar with storms, Haiyan was nothing we have ever experienced before, or perhaps nothing that any country has ever experienced before."

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Does Biodiesel Suffer From Ethanol’s Bad Rap? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Does Biodiesel Suffer From Ethanol’s Bad Rap? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Biodiesel and ethanol both fall under the category of “biofuels,” which describes any fuel synthesized from plant or animal matter. But that’s pretty much
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Renewable energy from existing high-rise buildings

The 'Resource and cost-effective integration of renewables in existing high-rise buildings' (COST-EFFECTIVE) project developed five new facade components and systems.
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Broad consensus on climate change across American states

Broad consensus on climate change across American states | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A recent US “survey of surveys” by Stanford University Professor Jon Krosnick has analysed public opinion on climate change in 46 of USA’s 50 states. Krosnick found to his surprise that, regardless of geography, most Americans accept that global warming is happening and that humans are causing it.

 

In all 46 states, they found that at least 75% of participants thought global warming was happening. Even in traditionally conservative red states such as Texas, 84% thought global warming was happening and 72% agreed humans were the cause. Acceptance of global warming increased to at least 84% for states hit by drought or vulnerable to sea level rise.

 

In all states, at least 65% of Americans thought humans were causing global warming. Utah showed the lowest level at 65% while acceptance was highest in New Hampshire with 90%. Most Americans also supported government curbs of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

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Fruit bat population covering central Africa is carrier of two deadly viruses

Fruit bat population covering central Africa is carrier of two deadly viruses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A population of fruit bats which is found across much of continental Africa is widely infected with two deadly viruses that could spread to humans, new research reveals.
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Virus DNA first found in Neanderthal genome identified in modern humans

Virus DNA first found in Neanderthal genome identified in modern humans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —An ancient retrovirus that altered the DNA of Neanderthals and Denisovans has now been found to have left alterations in modern human DNA as well—in some cancer patients. The team of researchers from the U.K.
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"Apocalyptic" Rain in Sardinia

"Apocalyptic" Rain in Sardinia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Biblical in Boulder. Apocalyptic in Italy. (Sardinia, actually) 17 inches in 24 hours. That sounds normal. WashPost: The island, which draws royals, entrepreneurs and ordinary tourists alike during...
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Nestlé is draining the water from their village. And you won't believe what it's doing with it.

Nestlé is draining the water from their village. And you won't believe what it's doing with it. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A "status symbol"?

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 18, 2013 8:41 PM

What we allow our industries to do matters. I reuse glass bottles. I use screw tops or put a cork to create my own water bottles from glass soda bottles from my own filtered tap water, The water and the sodas taste far better from glass.

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Small planet, big appetites: How to feed a growing world

Small planet, big appetites: How to feed a growing world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Consumed" author Sarah Elton wants a food system that will allow us to do more than survive. Here, she lays out how farming can make the environment, and the people in it, thrive.

 

Sarah Elton:

 

When you look at the facts, the status quo is just not sustainable. The way we produce food today drains ground water aquifers. It pollutes surface water, ground water, and oceans with chemical and fertilizer runoff. Over the last 100 years, it has diminished biodiversity dramatically. And the food system today is deeply reliant on fossil fuels — while also producing so many greenhouse gas emissions (think industrial livestock production that is responsible for 14-18 percent of emissions — estimates vary).

 

A system like this simply cannot be called sustainable if it is destroying the very things — like clean water, healthy soil, biodiversity — it needs to keep producing food for our kids and their grandkids. Not to mention worsening climate change.

 

What’s the alternative? Agriculture that nurtures biodiversity from the bees to the seeds to the nematodes in the soil, conserves water, manages nutrients in fertilizer responsibly, that sequesters carbon. When I traveled around the world researching this book, I found that these signposts of sustainability were more likely to be found on small farms, practicing sustainable — organic — agriculture. Also, if you look at the science, organic soils are more able to sequester carbon as well as more resilient to the extreme weather events that scientists say will become increasingly common with climate change.

 

Farmers who practice this kind of agriculture were typically part of this global sustainable food movement that I write about in the book. And what was really interesting to see was that people who were farming in this way tended to be improving their fortunes — not getting poorer or hungrier. So this is true sustainability when it stretches from environmental sustainability to economic sustainability for farmers.

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World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UN-Water has four specific programmes, each with its own work plan, budget and an executing agency co-ordinating the implementation.

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A New Map Of The U.S., Created From Where We Get Our Water | FastCoExist.com

A New Map Of The U.S., Created From Where We Get Our Water | FastCoExist.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This map shows what America would look like if it followed its watersheds. It's an America designed to use water more efficiently, and reduce state conflicts over water. Think state conflicts over water aren't a big deal? Then you don't know that Georgia, Florida, and Alabama are engaged in a massive battle over their water sources. There's a similar situation in the dry Southwest. Will the states go to war? Almost certainly not--but there must be a better solution.

 

Made by John Lavey, a land use planner at the Sonoran Institute, the map is inspired by an idea from 19th-century adventurer and geologist John Wesley Powell. In 1879, Powell proposed that "as the Western states were brought into the union they be formed around watersheds, rather than arbitrary political boundaries." Powell's map of Western "watershed states" is very different than what we have today.

 

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Straight Talk About Radical Climate Change – And How To Stop It

Straight Talk About Radical Climate Change – And How To Stop It | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With its remote location in Israel’s Arava region, Kibbutz Ketura would seem to be an unlikely place to start a green energy revolution.
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Using waste heat to make cars more efficient

Using waste heat to make cars more efficient | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers want to make vehicles more efficient by using a resource most people aren't even aware of — the waste heat that results from the inherent inefficiency of engines when converting fuel into energy.
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Fuel Costs and Price Reduction with Clean Energy | The Energy Collective

Fuel Costs and Price Reduction with Clean Energy | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Charge Ahead California campaign to deploy one million electric cars, trucks, and buses in the state within ten years.
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Lightning-powered mushrooms could boost food yields

Lightning-powered mushrooms could boost food yields | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research reveals that mushrooms and some vegetables can multiply rapidly when struck by lightning.
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This Photo Of The Social Security Fight Will Disgust You

This Photo Of The Social Security Fight Will Disgust You | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The incredibly wealthy CEOs pushing to cut the future Social Security benefits of millions of American retirees are pretty much guaranteed to stay incredibly wealthy throughout their own retirement.
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