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China's Coal Bases: A Tour of the Largest Fossil Fuel Development Project in the World | InsideClimate News

China's Coal Bases: A Tour of the Largest Fossil Fuel Development Project in the World | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

China is building massive industrial complexes in its rural areas to convert coal to synthetic fuel that could make the air in its megacities cleaner.

 

Air pollution benefits aside, these so-called "coal bases" are the largest fossil fuel development in the world. The complexes use so much energy that the carbon footprint of the fuel they produce will be almost double that of conventional fuels, spelling disaster for the climate, scientists are warning.

 
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How Wind Power Holds Down Electric Prices During Extremes, and Every Other Time

How Wind Power Holds Down Electric Prices During Extremes, and Every Other Time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nation of Change: The savings that wind energy provided for consumers last week likely tally in the millions if not tens of millions of dollars, as wind energy reduced consumers’ energy costs in se...
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The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash into Politics and Made Millions

The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash into Politics and Made Millions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sean Noble was a former congressional aide just starting as a political consultant when he was recruited to help run the Kochtopus — Charles and David Koch’s multi-layered political network.
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Solar is keeping California's lights on as hydro dries up

Solar is keeping California's lights on as hydro dries up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The drought in California is causing rivers to shrivel and, with them, hydroelectric supplies. But never fear, solar power is here!
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Peak Oil and the socio-economic impact of depleting fossil fuel resources

Peak Oil and the socio-economic impact of depleting fossil fuel resources | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Progressive Radio's Gary Null talks peak oil, climate change, economy, culture, policy and much more with Kurt Cobb and Nate Hagens.
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Chevy Volt Owner Switching To Ford Fusion Energi Rather Than BMW i3

Chevy Volt Owner Switching To Ford Fusion Energi Rather Than BMW i3 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Chevy Volt owner recently offered an explanation to his Volt-owning colleagues (can we can you guys Volt-heads?) as to why he is moving on from the Chevy Volt, why he decided to drop his plan to get a BMW i3, and why he's stoked about his upcoming Ford Fusion Energi. It's a very interesting read,
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Solar Decathlon 2015 Returns To Southern California! Teams Announced

Solar Decathlon 2015 Returns To Southern California! Teams Announced | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on 1Sun4All.
The US Department of Energy has just announced the student teams and the location for the Solar Decathlon 2015. Included are eight returning teams, twelve new teams, and four teams that feature partners from international schools. I'm thrilled that the competition will be held in Southern California again, I'm already planning my trip! Visiting the student-built homes is inspiring
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Engineering the climate? - YouTube

Our climate is changing. The earth is warming up as a result of greenhouse gases emitted by humans. With serious implications: sea levels are rising, deserts...
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The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today

The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun's light to the top of 459-foot towers, where water is turned into steam to power turbines. Bingo: you have the world's biggest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.
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Food prices soar in Cameroon's cities as water runs short

Food prices soar in Cameroon's cities as water runs short | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Families are cutting back on meals as harvests fail, while the government struggles to shore up urban water supplies
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Infamous Rich Guy Says People With More Money Should Get More Votes

Infamous Rich Guy Says People With More Money Should Get More Votes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tom Perkins is desperately trying to extend his 15 minutes of infamy.

The 82-year-old venture capitalist, who recently made a lot of people angry by comparing progressives to Nazis, told an audience in San Francisco Thursday that people who pay m...
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Luxury CEO: 'Wealthy' 99 Percent Should Stop Whining

Luxury CEO: 'Wealthy' 99 Percent Should Stop Whining | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

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Bud Konheim has a message for all of the 99 percenters: You're luckier than you think.

Konheim, CEO and co-founder of luxury-fashion company Nicole Miller, said on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday that Americans not in the top 1 percent would be considered wealthy in most of the world. He said the 99ers should stop complaining and understand how lucky they are.

 

"We've got a country that the poverty level is wealth in 99 percent of the rest of the world," he said. "So we're talking about woe is me, woe is us, woe is this." He added that "the guy that's making, oh my God, he's making $35,000 a year, why don't we try that out in India or some countries we can't even name. China, anyplace, the guy is wealthy."

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Exclusive Data Paints Troubling Picture Of Skyrocketing CEO Pay

Exclusive Data Paints Troubling Picture Of Skyrocketing CEO Pay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The rise in U.S. income inequality in recent decades is largely due to massive wealth accumulating at the top of the income scale. The press and popular culture treat this phenomenon almost as if natural forces were guiding it -- an invisible hand dealing out different shares to different people.


But the hands doing the dealing are in fact quite visible. They belong to the directors of the boards of the major companies in the U.S. and around the globe. One key source of wealth at the very top is the pay of the executives of our largest companies. That pay is approved by corporate directors, who are themselves paid for their service. Many of those directors are also executives at other companies, meaning they sit on both sides of the arrangement.

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Harper Govt Makes Moves to Silence Canada's Leading Environmental Groups | InsideClimate News

Harper Govt Makes Moves to Silence Canada's Leading Environmental Groups | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In both the United States and Canada, activism against tar sands, pipelines and climate change has soared in recent years.

 

But while President Obama has encouraged citizens to "stand up and speak up" to demand change on energy, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's administration has tried to silence critics of pro-tar sands policies.

 

In the most recent evidence, seven influential environmental organizations have become the subject of rigorous audits by the Canada Revenue Agency.

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Debating the Causes of Extremes

Debating the Causes of Extremes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Continuing the discussion on why climate change may be making our weather more variable and extreme. Science published a letter yesterday from several key atmospheric scientists, including Dr. Kevi...
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How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network

Fundraising by the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch supports a tangle of nonprofits, sometimes referred to as the Kochtopus, all aimed at advancing conservative causes. Two groups, the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce and TC4 Trust, handed out almost $264 million from mid-2011 to October 2012 to 30 other nonprofits. Almost half of that went to the Center to Protect Patient Rights, which then funneled millions to a constellation of dark money groups, some of which also received money from Freedom Partners and TC4 Trust. 

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America’s natural gas system is super-leaky, and that’s bad news for the climate

America’s natural gas system is super-leaky, and that’s bad news for the climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The leaks are so egregious that it would actually be better for the climate to run buses on diesel than on natural gas, according to a new study.
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Australian Utilities Should Prepare For “Energy Darwinism”

Australian Utilities Should Prepare For “Energy Darwinism” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Originally published on RenewEconomy.
Leading investment bank Citigroup says Australian utilities will be impacted by the ‘energy Darwinism” that is currently sweeping the global electricity industries. And despite the opportunities that the transformation offers, incumbency is not likely to be an advantage and Australian utilities have a high risk that they will come off second best.

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Used Tesla Model S Is More Expensive Than New One

Used Tesla Model S Is More Expensive Than New One | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Originally published on Gas2.


It actually costs more to buy a used Tesla Model S than a brand new one, thanks to its enormous popularity… and impatient rich people. After more than a year on the market, Tesla still can’t build enough Model S sedans to meet immediate demand. That’s a very good problem to have, as long as you’re not in the market for a used Model S.

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How your DNA can reconstruct history

How your DNA can reconstruct history | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers used DNA to track historical mixings of populations during more than 4,000 years in a new study.
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OECD on climate change adaptation and resilience to flood risks - YouTube

OECD on climate change adaptation and resilience to flood risks - YouTube | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kathleen Dominique is an OECD Environmental Economist and is lead author on the OECD's work on water and climate change adaptation.
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Climate-change skepticism's funding sources are obscure

Climate-change skepticism's funding sources are obscure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In the high-stakes conflict over U.S. climate-change policy, groups that deny or cast doubt on global warming brought in $7.2 billion from 2003 through 2010 - less than a third of it publicly traceable to the donors.

 

In a recently released study of 91 such organizations, a Drexel University professor found that $5.2 billion of their funding was "dark money" from undisclosed sources. Also of unknown origin: $78 million channeled by major benefactors through a special nonprofit that then redirected the money while keeping the givers' identities private.

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Former CEO: Executive Pay Is 'A Fraud'

You can blame the stagnant economy on a "handful of women and men" who run the country's largest companies. And that's according to a man who used to be one of those people.

Executive pay has gotten so out of hand, former AT&T Broadband CEO Leo Hindery told HuffPost Live on Thursday, that it has caused a "structural breakdown of the meritocracy of our nation."

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Pay Pals - The Huffington Post

Pay Pals - The Huffington Post | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CEO pay is determined by a company's board of directors. Those directors are compensated for the time they spend shaping the company's strategy. A Huffington Post project shows what the Fortune 100 executives paid each other from 2008 to 2012.
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HuffPost Live

HuffPost Live is a live-streaming network that attempts to create the most social video experience possible. Viewers are invited to join discussions live as on-air guests. Topics range from politics to pop culture.
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