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The Two Numbers Climate Economists Can’t Stand to See Together

The Two Numbers Climate Economists Can’t Stand to See Together | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Okay, fine. You're persuaded that climate change is a problem. So if we can work out the costs and benefits of reducing carbon emissions, we'll be able to decide on the cheapest course of action, right?
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Energy boom stokes population growth

Energy boom stokes population growth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
America's energy boom is fueling population growth west of the Mississippi River.
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Thorium: a safer nuclear power

Thorium: a safer nuclear power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the same month as the Three Mile Island and Fukushima nuclear disasters, China announces it is speeding up its research into so-called molten salt reactors that can run on thorium. If it succeeds, it would create a cheaper, more efficient, and safer form of nuclear power that produces less nuclear waste than today's uranium-based technology.
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Climate change influences landowner's tree choices

Climate change influences landowner's tree choices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CLEARWATER, Minn. (AP) —  Cardinals tuck into the dark wall of Norway spruce, finding shelter in the tall trees. Prickly, round seed balls dangle from a slender sycamore like tiny Christmas ornaments. A dawn redwood, native to China and found in fossil records dating back about 150 million years, drops flat rust-colored needles on the deep March snow.

 

 

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A Zen-like approach to flood risks

A Zen-like approach to flood risks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Coping with increased risk of flooding in a changed climate is not just about money. BBC environment correspondent Matt McGrath reports from Japan, where philosophy is just as important as resources.

 

At a large government research facility in Tsukuba city, engineers have built a 30-sq-m replica of a meandering Japanese river.

 

At one point along the concrete shore, there's an unremarkable, small square of wood, with red and white triangles on top. But it is a constant reminder of the power of water to cause tragedy.

 

The wooden marker represents Okawa elementary school, where 84 pupils and teachers lost their lives in the terrible tsunami of 2011.

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Obama sidesteps Congress to curb methane emissions

Obama sidesteps Congress to curb methane emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The latest step in the White House's new Climate Action Plan is a new plan to curb methane, a far more potent trapper of heat than carbon dioxide. The plan relies heavily on cooperation with oil, gas, and dairy industries.
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A U.S.-Saudi Move to Lower Oil Prices?

A U.S.-Saudi Move to Lower Oil Prices? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Could the U.S. unleash a flood of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve that would drive down prices in order to punish Russia? While the idea has been kicked around over the last
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Potential Crackdown on Russia Risks Also Punishing Western Oil Companies

Potential Crackdown on Russia Risks Also Punishing Western Oil Companies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Any stricter sanctions on Russia for its occupation of Crimea would likely be opposed by Exxon Mobil, BP and other companies with projects in Russia.
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US city mulls blocking Canada’s oil sands crude from reaching its port

US city mulls blocking Canada’s oil sands crude from reaching its port | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
South Portland, in Maine, could be the first US city to pass a law preventing Canada’s crude from Alberta’s oil sand from getting to its port.
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Nate Silver Interview Completes Epic Fail Week for Climate Confuser Pielke

Nate Silver Interview Completes Epic Fail Week for Climate Confuser Pielke | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I've posted on the misleading methods of Dr. Roger Pielke, the GOP congress' replacement for crank "Lord" Monckton. Normally I stay away from the "inside baseball" sniping that goes on between scie...
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THE FOURTEEN YEAR RECESSION

THE FOURTEEN YEAR RECESSION | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 “When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no mothe...
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ON KAHNEMAN | Edge.org

ON KAHNEMAN | Edge.org | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SustainOurEarth's insight:

Daniel Kahneman turned 80 on March 5th and Edge noted the occasion with a reprisal of a number of his contributions to our pages. (See "Kahneman Turns 80"). 

 

At that time, Kahneman's longtime colleague, behavioural economist Richard Thaler, suggested that Edge follow up the birthday announcement by doing what it does best, asking Edgies who work in fields including, but not limited to, psychology, cognitive science, behavioral economics, law, medicine, a question.

 

For their responses  to Thaler's question—"How has Kahneman's work influenced your own? What step did it make possible?"—we asked a selected group of Edgeis to include inspired leaps off of Kahneman's shoulders, not just applications of his ideas. We used a comment made by research psychologist Steven Pinker in the Q&A following Kahneman's talk at the 2011 Edge Master Class, as an example. Pinker said:

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Utilities looking at coal-fired plants to ensure stable power supply - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Utilities looking at coal-fired plants to ensure stable power supply - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the nation's 48 nuclear reactors offline, utilities are looking to construct more thermal power plants, most of which are expected to be coal-fired facilities that are cheaper to operate than ones fueled with liquefied natural gas and crude oil.
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World's Biggest Coal Company, World's Biggest PR Firm Pair Up To Promote Coal For Poor People

World's Biggest Coal Company, World's Biggest PR Firm Pair Up To Promote Coal For Poor People | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -– Peabody Energy Corp., the world's largest private-sector coal company, launched a public relations and advertising campaign last month extolling the virtues of coal energy for poor people.

A Peabody press release announcing t...
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Can utilities avoid same fate as telecom companies? : Renew Economy

Can utilities avoid same fate as telecom companies? : Renew Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fixed line telephony business has lost nearly half its customers and more and more households go wireless. What can energy utilities learn from that experience. Is there anything they can do to stop customers going solo?
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The World Today - Warmer weather causing trouble for wine grape growers 28/03/2014

Australian wineries are expected to crush more than 1.5 million tonnes of grapes during this year's vintage.

But growers say they're having trouble processing their crop because it's ripening too quickly.

Researchers are blaming climate change, with warmer conditions and drier soils accelerating the ripening process.

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COLUMBIA, SC: Resort’s troubles threaten to erode SC beach law | Politics | The State

COLUMBIA, SC: Resort’s troubles threaten to erode SC beach law | Politics | The State | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The wooden seawall at Debordieu Beach is failing and homeowners are asking the state to help them protect their investments. Should SC beachfront homeowners be allowed to build seawalls?
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Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change

Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Though countries like Bangladesh have contributed little to the industrial pollution driving climate change, they will suffer the most from the devastating consequences.
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Renewables Aren't Enough. Clean Coal Is the Future??? - Wired Science

Renewables Aren't Enough. Clean Coal Is the Future??? - Wired Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coal supplies over 40 percent of global electricity needs, and that percentage is going up. The only real question is how to minimize the damage.   Dan Winters Proof that good things don’t always come in nice packages can be ...
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6 Ways to Dehydrate Foods - Mom with a PREP

6 Ways to Dehydrate Foods - Mom with a PREP | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Think that an electric dehydrator is the only way to go when dehydrating foods? You've got at lease five other options! READ MORE...
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Ukraine to pay 80% more for Russian gas

Ukraine to pay 80% more for Russian gas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ukraine uses gas for about 40% of its energy needs, and more than half of that supply comes from Russia.
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South Africa: Platinum, gold miners and workers are stuck - Nick Holland, Gold Fields

South Africa: Platinum, gold miners and workers are stuck - Nick Holland, Gold Fields | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The real issue in South Africa is that there is a very big gap in incomes.
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The energy intensity of food

In February of 2014 I was invited to offer a lecture on the energy intensity of food production to an audience at the University of Vermont as part of the Campus Food and Energy Seminar Series. The...
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Southern African miners at high risk of dying from tuberculosis — report

Southern African miners at high risk of dying from tuberculosis — report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The frequency of TB among mineworkers is ten times higher than the level of a health emergency as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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