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Siemens achieves major step in type certification for 6MW Offshore Wind Turbine

Siemens achieves major step in type certification for 6MW Offshore Wind Turbine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Nov 22, 2013 -
Siemens Wind Power has received the Provisional Type Certificate from GL Renewables Certification (GL RC) for its 6 megawatt offshore wind turbine.
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Ministers face off on climate finance in Warsaw

Ministers face off on climate finance in Warsaw | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 20, 2013 - Rich and poor countries squared off at climate talks in Warsaw on Wednesday as UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for much bolder action to stave off an existential peril.
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Putin says Greenpeace had 'noble' motives as more crew freed

Putin says Greenpeace had 'noble' motives as more crew freed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Nov 21, 2013 - Russia on Thursday released 10 Greenpeace activists on bail, bringing to 11 the number freed from jail as President Vladimir Putin said the group had noble motives for their Arctic protest.
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China hospital ship heads for typhoon-hit Philippines

China hospital ship heads for typhoon-hit Philippines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Zhoushan, China (AFP) Nov 21, 2013 - A Chinese hospital ship set sail for the typhoon-ravaged Philippines Thursday, with foreign media given unprecedented access to a navy base as Beijing seeks to promote its aid effort nearly two weeks after the...
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Rising concerns over tree pests and diseases

Rising concerns over tree pests and diseases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southampton, UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2013 -
New research has found that the number of pests and disease outbreaks in trees and forests across the world has been increasing.
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Evolution can select for evolvability

Evolution can select for evolvability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Philadelphia, PA (SPX) Nov 22, 2013 -
Evolution does not operate with a goal in mind; it does not have foresight. But organisms that have a greater capacity to evolve may fare better in rapidly changing environments.
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Identifying the ecological effects of releasing genetically engineered insects

Identifying the ecological effects of releasing genetically engineered insects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Nov 22, 2013 - University of Minnesota researchers have developed a new approach for identifying potential environmental effects of deliberate releases of genetically engineered (GE) insects.
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NASA Begins First Antarctic Airborne Campaign from McMurdo Station

NASA Begins First Antarctic Airborne Campaign from McMurdo Station | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
McMurdo Station, Antarctica (SPX) Nov 22, 2013 -
NASA's Operation IceBridge has begun its 2013 Antarctic field campaign with the arrival of the agency's aircraft and scientists at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
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Al Gore présente dans son dernier livre, Futur, les six défis que l'humanité doit relever pour un avenir soutenable

Al Gore présente dans son dernier livre, Futur, les six défis que l'humanité doit relever pour un avenir soutenable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Al Gore présente dans son dernier livre, Futur, les six défis que l'humanité doit relever pour un avenir soutenable

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, November 21, 2013 4:51 PM

"Plusieurs priorités s'imposent. Il faut d’abord décarbonner l’économie, réduire les émissions de CO2. Il  faut nous déconnecter de la seule mesure du PNB  , reconnaitre l’importance du secteur public trop souvent dénigré, créer des biens publics plus nombreux . Dans le domaine de  la santé, il faut maitriser la démographie. IL faut maitriser l’urbanisation,  construire des bâtiments basse consommation,  poser des barrières contre les altérations du génome humaine, mettre en place des contrôles sur l’utilisation des biotechnologies par des entreprises privées.  Il faut aussi  des barrières de protection par rapport aux nanomatériaux, à la biologie synthétique, aux drones de surveillance."

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"Superfuel" Thorium a Proliferation Risk?

"Superfuel" Thorium a Proliferation Risk? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study in Nature says that using thorium as a nuclear fuel has a higher risk for proliferation into weapons than scientists had believed.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 21, 2013 4:06 AM

I will be scooping more about Thorium. This looks like it has good potential as a power source. This is a pros and cons type article.

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Google : 14e investissement dans le secteur des énergies renouvelables

Google : 14e investissement dans le secteur des énergies renouvelables | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Enerzine.com : le magazine de toutes les énergies. Tenez vous informés de l'actualité énergétique.

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Nearly Half a Million Seabirds Die in Gillnets Every Year, But Solutions Exist! - One Green Planet

Nearly Half a Million Seabirds Die in Gillnets Every Year, But Solutions Exist!

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New guide lists 6 ways to clean up chemicals in supply chains

New guide lists 6 ways to clean up chemicals in supply chains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Replacing toxic chemicals in the soaps, cleaners and shampoos we use everyday too often replaces a "devil you know" with a lesser-known substance.

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Renewables Provide 99% of All New US Electrical Generating Capacity in October

Renewables Provide 99% of All New US Electrical Generating Capacity in October | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 22, 2013 - According to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, solar, biomass, and wind units provided 694 MW of new elect...
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UN sounds alarm over ozone-damaging nitrous oxide

UN sounds alarm over ozone-damaging nitrous oxide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 21, 2013 - Levels of nitrous oxide, a gas that both depletes the ozone layer and stokes global warming, could nearly double by mid-century, the UN warned on Thursday.
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Russia frees three more Greenpeace crewmembers

Russia frees three more Greenpeace crewmembers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Nov 21, 2013 - Russia on Thursday released on bail three Greenpeace activists, including a photojournalist, bringing to four the number freed after two months in prison over an Arctic protest.
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Volcano discovered smoldering under a kilometer of ice in West Antarctica

Volcano discovered smoldering under a kilometer of ice in West Antarctica | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
St. Louis MO (SPX) Nov 22, 2013 -
It wasn't what they were looking for but that only made the discovery all the more exciting.
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Safety in numbers? Not so for corals

Safety in numbers? Not so for corals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Honolulu HI (SPX) Nov 22, 2013 -
Traditionally, it was assumed that corals do not face a risk of extinction unless they become very rare or have a very restricted range.
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Land management as a key to countering butterfly declines

Land management as a key to countering butterfly declines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2013 -
Currently, butterfly populations in many countries decline at alarming rates. Many of these populations are closely associated with the agricultural landscape.
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Global warming in the Canadian Arctic

Global warming in the Canadian Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Ph.D. student Karita Negandhi and professor Isabelle Laurion from INRS'Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre, in collaboration with other Canadian, U.S., and French researchers, have been studying methane emissions produced by thawing permafrost in the Canadian Arctic.

 

These emissions are greatly underestimated in current climate models.

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Amber Provides New Insights Into the Evolution of the Earth's Atmosphere

Amber Provides New Insights Into the Evolution of the Earth's Atmosphere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Nov 22, 2013 - An international team of researchers led by Ralf Tappert, University of Innsbruck, reconstructed the composition of the Earth's atmosphere of the last 220 million years by analyzing modern and fossi...
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How to make energy efficiency an easy sell

How to make energy efficiency an easy sell | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective, easy and rapid ways to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Efficiency gains can be measured through software tools, sensor networks and predictive analytics.Yet when you talk to people in the efficiency industry, they invariably complain that people don't pay attention to efficiency measures and tools.

 

 


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ecoInsight's curator insight, November 21, 2013 1:57 AM

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, November 21, 2013 4:48 PM

"Why energy efficiency is a hard sell

The first and most obvious reason is that efficiency is still sold like insurance or vitamins: "You should do it." "It's good for you." "Wouldn't a colonoscopy be worse?" To promote efficiency, vendors need to brush up their sales pitch.

But once you cross the excitement hurdle, you start to see another complaint from customers -- namely, that it remains difficult to prove that efficiency measures work. Historically, efficiency companies have been forced to prove a negative: You saved money, but it's impossible to prove that our measures actually caused the reduction. The number of lawsuits filed against energy service companies in the past year demonstrate that not everyone is happy with the results. Improved auditing tools are helping to ameliorate this problem, but it remains an issue.

Energy efficiency vendors also often gloss over the challenges. "Energy efficiency is not easy," said Marcus Wilcox, CEO of Cascade Energy, which helps industrial and cold storage sites curb power. "It takes a sustained effort."

Another problem? Even for energy-intensive customers, energy is not always a major concern. "It can be a third-, fourth- or even fifth-level concern," Wilcox said."

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De la transition économique à la transition énergétique

De la transition économique à la transition énergétique | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Les enjeux relatifs au changement climatique sont bien souvent mis de côté au profit d'autres problématiques, telles que la lutte contre le chômage, contre l'insécurité, la gestion de la dette publique, etc[1].

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Flo @ddline2020 's curator insight, November 21, 2013 5:59 AM

Or, l'ADEME démontre dans son rapport que sans même un changement « radical » de nos modes de vie et des activités économiques, la transition énergétique est possible.

Olivier THAON's curator insight, November 22, 2013 2:30 AM

Les termes du débat et des tensions à l'échelle économique globale se trouvent concentrés et confrontés dans une opération immobilière.

La programmation architecturale, comme première étape de définition du projet architectural, est cruciale de ce point de vue.

 

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Target, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods lead retail race to safer chemicals

Target, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods lead retail race to safer chemicals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ambitious initiatives look beyond standard regulations to make consumer products safer and more sustainable.

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Smart Grid: The Consumer Stands To Gain Too | Engerati

Smart Grid: The Consumer Stands To Gain Too | Engerati | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Amy Marshal, Director, Business Development at Engage Consulting, discusses how the smart grid can benefit the consumer and what the utility needs to do in order to convince the consumer of its potential benefits. (Listen to the interview)


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