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Nanogrids are sneaking up fast. Has your utility figured out its strategy?

Nanogrids are sneaking up fast. Has your utility figured out its strategy? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“Nano” technologies are on the way and recent research forecasts that one of them, nanogrids, is on the verge of a growth spurt. Click for details on why nanogrids will be so important, their impact and the possible challenges they represent.

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Electricité : les particuliers bientôt payés pour consommer moins

Electricité : les particuliers bientôt payés pour consommer moins | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
L'idée est simple mais elle pourrait bientôt rapporter de l'argent à des millions de particuliers. En cas de pic de consommation et donc de...

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Homeowners offered money to switch from oil to renewable energy

Homeowners offered money to switch from oil to renewable energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Norfolk homeowners are being offered a financial sweetener to make the switch from oil to renewable energy.
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This Machine Can Tell Whether You’re Liberal or Conservative

This Machine Can Tell Whether You’re Liberal or Conservative | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
John Hibbing and his colleagues are pioneering research on the physiological underpinnings of political ideology.
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One English Town’s Innovative Response To Sea Level Rise

One English Town’s Innovative Response To Sea Level Rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
All along the coast of the U.K. and in other coastal communities around the world, the threat of sea level rise and more violent storms is forcing towns and governments to make difficult choices -- build higher, build stronger, or retreat.
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Senator Threatens To Block Nominee For Top Climate Post Because She Accepts Climate Science

Senator Threatens To Block Nominee For Top Climate Post Because She Accepts Climate Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
During Janet McCabe’s confirmation hearing, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) cited research from two Singaporean scientists and a widely-disputed political scientist to claim that there is no connection between intensifying weather and climate change.
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Dan Arvizu: Current Energy System Is Unsustainable

Dan Arvizu: Current Energy System Is Unsustainable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Renew Economy. 
Dan Arvizu, the head of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the US, the world’s largest renewable energy research facility, has some simple points to make when he says that the energy system of today is unsustainable.

The first point is on cost, as renewables become a cheaper option than coal or gas;
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SOLAR IMPULSE - Human Challenges

SOLAR IMPULSE - Human Challenges | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The long flights promised by this adventure represent an additional challenge of endurance and vigilance for a single-pilot in an unheated and unpressurized cockpit. Crossing the Pacific and Atlantic oceans introduces a new kind of difficulty for our pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg.

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Top 7 Reasons To Go For An Electric Vehicle

Top 7 Reasons To Go For An Electric Vehicle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on the website of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
By Josh Goldman 

You may have heard a lot recently about electric vehicles (EVs). Sales of EVs are up, manufacturers are beginning to offer a variety of EV models – from sportscars to sedans – and our recent analysis found that 42 percent of American households with a vehicle
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Marcellus operators looking for space underground

Marcellus operators looking for space underground | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Federal regulators have issued four permits for oil and gas wastewater disposal wells in Pennsylvania in the past six months, and those are unlikely to be the last. Industry groups and researchers are renewing their efforts to find sites in the state where the salt- and metals-laden waste fluids produced from ever more shale gas wells can be entombed deep underground. So far, each pending project has caused as much friction above ground as below. Already, permits for three of the four wells have been appealed by citizens and communities worried about the possible side-effects of such uses — from heavy traffic to potential earthquakes. Last year, the research organization Battelle Memorial Institute began a two-year, $2.3 million project funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy to
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Policy cloud puts up to $110m in solar energy projects on hold

Policy cloud puts up to $110m in solar energy projects on hold | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar projects totaling tens of millions of dollars are at risk after the Abbott government launched a review into its renewable energy targets.
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Scientists seek climate-friendly cow of the future - FT.com

Scientists seek climate-friendly cow of the future - FT.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A White House climate initiative has boosted a quixotic search for the “cow of the future”, a next-generation creature whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks. Carbon dioxide from fossil
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New Energy Frontier: Drilling Into Coal for Gas

New Energy Frontier: Drilling Into Coal for Gas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Borrowing technology from fracking, energy companies are touting a new approach to coal—igniting it underground to produce gas. Is it cleaner, or just more risky?
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Scientists Use Trees to Make High-Tech Supercapacitors

Scientists Use Trees to Make High-Tech Supercapacitors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Based on a chemical discovery by scientists at Oregon State University (OSU), it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech supercapacitors for energy storage. http://bit.ly/1qs9LRQ


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Brazil's largest city may ration water this year, utility says

Brazil's largest city may ration water this year, utility says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

BRAZIL-WATER:Brazil's largest city may ration water this year, utility says.

 

Sao Paulo may have to ration water this year if reservoir levels are not replenished, Brazil's largest utility said, an increasing possibility as the southeast region heads into its dry season.

 

Worries of a water shortage in the metropolis of some 20 million that will host the soccer World Cup opening match on June 12 have increased amid dry , and the city's main source of water, the Cantareira reservoir, was at just 12.7 percent of its capacity as of Wednesday.

 

Economists worry that water rationing or shortages could take a toll on Brazil's fragile economy, which is expected to grow just 2 percent this year, and a shortage in Brazil's would add to the challenges facing President Dilma Rousseff, who is expected to be re-elected in October.

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Climb Into Uncharted Territory for Humans

Carbon Dioxide Levels Climb Into Uncharted Territory for Humans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The level of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere has climbed higher than 400 parts per million for the first time in at least the past 800,000 years.
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James Lovelock reflects on Gaia's legacy

James Lovelock reflects on Gaia's legacy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientist who features in an exhibition opening today in London, talks about Gaia, climate change and whether peer review is necessary.
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Carbon Dioxide Levels Just Hit Their Highest Point In 800,000 Years

Carbon Dioxide Levels Just Hit Their Highest Point In 800,000 Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The concentration of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that drives climate change, hit a level unseen in human history this week.
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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Star Duped Into Narrating Film That Says The Sun Revolves Around The Earth

‘Orange Is The New Black’ Star Duped Into Narrating Film That Says The Sun Revolves Around The Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the onetime Starfleet captain announces that "everything we think we know about our universe is wrong," it appears that everything she and several of the world's top cosmologists thought about the film was also incorrect
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Polish Government Approves Renewable Energy Bill

Polish Government Approves Renewable Energy Bill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Poland's government approved a long-awaited draft law on Tuesday that lays out new long-term subsidies for renewable energy, aiming to cut costs to consumers as well as help the coal-reliant country meet EU climate targets.

 

Under the draft law, which requires final approval by parliament and the president, developers and owners of new renewable installations can sell their energy atauctions for a fixed price that would be guaranteed for 15 years regardless of market prices. The proposal would also set a ceiling on the subsidy.

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Solar Impulse 2 Airplane Official Unveiling on April 9 (VIDEO)

Solar Impulse 2 Airplane Official Unveiling on April 9 (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on 1Sun4All.
I don't know how many of you are aware of this, but the beautiful solar airplane that flew day and night across the United States last year was a prototype. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg were both training in Solar Impulse 1 — HB-SIA — for their big adventure, the first round-the-world flight powered by the sun.

In anticipation of
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Why the closure of BP’s Brisbane Bulwer refinery reduces Australia’s energy security

Why the closure of BP’s Brisbane Bulwer refinery reduces Australia’s energy security | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This post shows statistical evidence that BP, like all other International Oil Companies, is in full peak oil mode.
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Watch: Everglades oil drilling plans spark contamination concerns | Al Jazeera America

Watch: Everglades oil drilling plans spark contamination concerns | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the oil industry eyes Florida's Everglades, are residents' environmental fears justified?
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Many nations wary of extracting carbon from air to fix climate | Reuters

Many nations wary of extracting carbon from air to fix climate | Reuters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
OSLO (Reuters) - Many nations want a draft U.N. report to tone down prospects for sucking greenhouse gases from the air to help fix global warming, reckoning the technologies are risky, documents seen
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Colorado tumbleweeds overrun drought areas

Colorado tumbleweeds overrun drought areas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP) â€" Mini-storms of tumbleweed have invaded the drought-stricken prairie of southern Colorado, blocking rural roads and irrigation canals, and briefly barricading homes and an elementary school. The invasion of the tumbleweed, an iconic symbol of both the West's rugged terrain and the rugged cowboys who helped settle it, has conjured images of the Dust Bowl of 80 years ago, when severe drought unleashed them onto the landscape. Crowley County, high plains country of ranching and farming east of Pueblo in southern Colorado, has spent $108,000 since November â€" more than a third of its annual budget â€" clearing roads and bridges of tumbleweed to make sure residents and emergency vehicles can move. Bennett, the roadman, cobbled together a device from bit pieces of machinery, leftover steel from a bridge project and belts donated by a neighbor. Given the cost, at least three Colorado counties â€" El Paso, Crowley and Pueblo â€" are considering local states of emergency that would allow them to seek financial help from the state. At his county commission office, Allumbaugh played for a reporter a song called "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" â€" popularized by Gene Autry's 1935 film of the same name â€" and said that people often think of it as they dismiss tumbleweeds as a harmless bit of nostalgia of a wide-open West.
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