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Tropical Cyclone Hits Australia As ‘One Of The Most Powerful Storms’ In ‘Living Memory’

Tropical Cyclone Hits Australia As ‘One Of The Most Powerful Storms’ In ‘Living Memory’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Interpreting climate change's effect on the storm will likely be difficult, though there is evidence that rising sea levels can make storms more destructive.
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Ruptured Michigan Pipeline to Restart, Now New and Double the Capacity | InsideClimate News

Ruptured Michigan Pipeline to Restart, Now New and Double the Capacity | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There will be a lot on the line in a few weeks when Enbridge Inc. hits the start button on its new 6B oil pipeline across southern Michigan. The company is banking on the line to more than double the amount of oil it pumps from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
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Two X-Factors for U.S. Petroleum

Output has indeed been rising from petroleum plays across the country. Spurred by the introduction of new drilling and completion technology--especially multi-stage hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.


But this drilling revolution has also attracted a lot of attention from the public. With a number of groups appearing to be making progress in opposing fracking.

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Today: Can Corporate Sustainability & Economic Growth Coexist?

Today: Can Corporate Sustainability & Economic Growth Coexist? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What does it mean for a technology company to lead with sustainability? How can technology companies leverage their expertise and scale to make exponential social and environmental impact? Moreover, how do you sustain your impact while growing your business? In its second SAP Integrated Report , SAP announced “plans to power all its data centers and facilities globally with 100 percent renewable electricity” as well as a shift to a cloud business model, which it predicts will also help “eliminate carbon emissions caused by its customers’ systems by moving them into SAP’s green cloud.

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$40 per ton: Well below the true cost of carbon

$40 per ton: Well below the true cost of carbon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The current price the U.S. places on carbon dioxide emitted is low because it ignores things we now know about climate change.
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Senate Finance Committee Approve Bill to Extend Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Senate Finance Committee Approve Bill to Extend Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Late last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.” The bill will extend a number of expired or expiring tax provisions, including the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
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We get it--the climate is changing. So what can we do about it?

We get it--the climate is changing. So what can we do about it? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

(Part 1 of a 3-part series)

 

Readers of this blog have made quite a few thoughtful comments. To show my appreciation, I’m going to respond to a common request. Lots of people are finally understanding the complexities of the science behind climate change and are starting to face the enormity of the problem, so now they want to know about solutions, what to do about climate change.

 

Honestly, if I had the solution to the problem of climate change, then I would be way too busy actualizing that solution to have time left to write this blog. Also, at NASA, our focus is on gathering the latest and most accurate measurements in order to give scientists and the public the most complete picture possible of our changing planet.

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UN Predicts 30% Rise in Agriculture’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050

UN Predicts 30% Rise in Agriculture’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This is the first time that FAO has released its own global estimates of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture
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Robert Reich — WHY THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD REALLY BE RAISED TO...

Robert Reich — WHY THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD REALLY BE RAISED TO... | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WHY THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD REALLY BE RAISED TO $15 AN HOUR
Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states have already taken action — Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the...
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How Long Until It's Gone? Decomposition.jpg (960x689 pixels)

How Long Until It's Gone?     Decomposition.jpg (960x689 pixels) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Estimated decomoposition rates of common marine debris items.

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Trailer Parks Lure Wall Street Investors Looking for Double-Wide Returns

Trailer Parks Lure Wall Street Investors Looking for Double-Wide Returns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When Dan Weissman worked at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and, later, at a hedge fund, he didn’t have to worry about methamphetamine addicts chasing his employees with metal pipes. Or SWAT teams barging into his workplace looking for arsonists.
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Australian network operators ready to ditch poles and wires : Renew Economy

Australian network operators ready to ditch poles and wires : Renew Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Industry body says Queensland and WA networks likely to the first to dump poles and wires, and allow new businesses that will focus on small grids, solar and storage. Australia, with high electricity costs and plenty of sun, could be leading the world in new energy model.
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New towns going up in developing nations pose major risk to the poor

New towns going up in developing nations pose major risk to the poor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Satellite city projects across the developing world are putting an increasing number of poor people at risk to natural hazards and climate change, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Denver.
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Report Offers Grim Predictions for South Texas Air Quality Amid Eagle Ford Oil Boom | InsideClimate News

Report Offers Grim Predictions for South Texas Air Quality Amid Eagle Ford Oil Boom | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What might the oil- and gas-rich Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas look like in 2018? A newly released but largely unnoticed study commissioned by the state of Texas makes some striking projections: The number of wells drilled in the 20,000-square-mile region could quadruple, from about 8,000 today to 32,000.
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Russia Loses Leverage with China on Gas Deal

Russia Loses Leverage with China on Gas Deal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Russian President Vladimir Putin obviously thinks that preventing Ukraine from moving closer to the West is a strategic interest and one that is important enough to risk international
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TerraCycle Wants to Help Businesses Go Zero Waste

TerraCycle Wants to Help Businesses Go Zero Waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unlike TerraCycle’s recycling Brigades program, the Zero Waste initiative allows customers to mix products from different companies in the same box.
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How Clean Energy and Waste Management turn trash into green fuel

How Clean Energy and Waste Management turn trash into green fuel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Clean Energy and Waste Management transform landfill emissions into liquefied or compressed natural gas.
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Tips for Buying a New Energy Efficient Fridge

Tips for Buying a New Energy Efficient Fridge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Looking to replace your old refrigerator with a new energy efficient fridge? Check out this guide from our friends at Home Depot for tips.
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Pay Now or Pay More Later

Pay Now or Pay More Later | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The current price the U.S. government places on carbon dioxide emitted today is too low because it ignores things we know are linked to a changing climate…
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IKEA Buys First Wind Farm, Its Largest-Ever Renewable Energy Investment

IKEA Buys First Wind Farm, Its Largest-Ever Renewable Energy Investment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The company is buying Hoopeston Wind Farm, 110 miles outside Chicago
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Why Methane Is CO2′s Evil Stepsister (And Why We Should Care)

Why Methane Is CO2′s Evil Stepsister (And Why We Should Care) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thawing permafrost in the northern hemisphere will lead to relatively more methane than carbon dioxide emissions, which could
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Central California is Sinking as Groundwater is Depleted

Central California is Sinking as Groundwater is Depleted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parts of California's central valley are sinking, the Sacramento Bee reports, as farmers faced with drought and water sources cut off to protect the Delta smelt are pumping out deep groundwater to save their crops. The situation is serious enough that even some farmers are calling for new regulations on groundwater usage.
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Desperate for deep groundwater to save crops in Californian drought

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Oklahoma Suffering From Huge Increase in Earthquakes Near Drilling

Oklahoma is dealing with a significant increase in earthquakes near drilling sites, suggesting a link between hydraulic fracturing and seismic activity. Oklahoma has already
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U.S. Oil Imports Fall to Zero Over Next 25 Years

U.S. Oil Imports Fall to Zero Over Next 25 Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The EIA projects that U.S. oil imports will shrink to essentially zero by 2037 due to prolific production of crude oil. By 2020, the EIA estimates that U.S. oil production could reach 9.6 million
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Chris Martenson: “Oil’s not cheap anymore, and it will never be cheap again”

Chris Martenson: “Oil’s not cheap anymore, and it will never be cheap again” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“Social unrest is merely a sign. It’s a hallmark of what happens when you have an energy dependent economy, when we’ve grown our population to absolute bursting limits and we’ve all become accustomed to having lots and lots and lots of cheap energy—and guess what? Oil’s not cheap anymore, and it will never be cheap again unless the world economy completely collapses.”

 

“[The collapse of the credit bubble] is going to be sold to us as though it was this unavoidable, awful thing that happened, and we’re going to be sold this idea that it was massive wealth destruction—like when the stock market from 2008 to 2010 lost 50% of its value. … The better way to talk about this is the coming wealth transfer.”

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