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Scientists Discover Key Molecule Linking Neonicotinoids to Honey Bee Viruses

Scientists Discover Key Molecule Linking Neonicotinoids to Honey Bee Viruses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team of scientists believe they have found the molecular mechanism through which neonicotinoid pesticides

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Volvo: Energy Storage in EV Body Panels

Volvo: Energy Storage in EV Body Panels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CleanTechnica: Volvo develops its technologies rather discreetly, but it has now gotten to a stage where it has decided it is time to reveal this innovative technology, which it co-developed with n...
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Major Settlement Reached In 'Dark Money' Case

Major Settlement Reached In 'Dark Money' Case | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- California's Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday will announce a settlement in its probe into an $11 million contribution made by a "dark money" nonprofit group in the 2012 elections, according to a source with knowledge...
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We Live In A World In Which Wall Street Cheers About Our Jobs Crisis

We Live In A World In Which Wall Street Cheers About Our Jobs Crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You’re excused if you mistakenly think the stock market’s success is good for you. After all, we’re constantly being bombarded with talk of just how FREAKIN’ AMAZING it would be if the Dow could hit 16,000 (we’re looking at you, CNBC).
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Next Oil Sands Threat: Cracking Caprock

Next Oil Sands Threat: Cracking Caprock | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent blow-out at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.'s Primrose facility in northern Alberta sheds light on a serious but little discussed topic in the oil sands industry: caprock integrity.
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Have You Visited Ford’s Gigantic Living Roof…Lately?

Have You Visited Ford’s Gigantic Living Roof…Lately? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We've been so busy checking out Ford's rapidly growing fleet of electric vehicles that we let this one slip under our radar, but it just so happens that the largest green roof, or
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Oil Embargo Anniversary and Political Ignorance | The Energy Collective

Oil Embargo Anniversary and Political Ignorance | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It was forty years ago this month that America’s first national energy crisis began, and it therefore seems like a good time to consider what policymakers have learned about energy over the past four decades.
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Record Year Blows United Kingdom Small Wind Installations Past 102 MW

Record Year Blows United Kingdom Small Wind Installations Past 102 MW | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
2012 turned out to be a huge year for small wind in the United Kingdom, as the industry nearly doubled in size to pass £105 million in total value.
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Stanford Students’ “Start.Home” Debuted At Solar Decathlon

Stanford Students’ “Start.Home” Debuted At Solar Decathlon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on 1Sun4All.
Stanford students participated in the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon green-building competition for the first time this year, but performed like seasoned veterans, reports Stanford News.
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The Trillion-Ton Cap: Allocating The World's Carbon Emissions by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

The Trillion-Ton Cap: Allocating The World's Carbon Emissions by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.N. climate panel concluded last month that carbon emissions should be capped at a trillion tons, a total the world is rapidly approaching. Now comes the hard part: How will we decide how the remaining emissions are apportioned?
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Nepal tackles methane emissions through trash recycling

Nepal tackles methane emissions through trash recycling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rotting waste is collected and turned into fertiliser for the Kathmandu Valley's farmers
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Melting Arctic easing access to fossil fuels

Melting Arctic easing access to fossil fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More direct northern sea routes may be opening up in the Arctic, as the melting of the ice has made previously unnavigable routes a growing possibility for large ships, including tankers carrying o...
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Shellfish made poisonous by toxic algae may bloom into bigger problem | PBS NewsHour

Shellfish made poisonous by toxic algae may bloom into bigger problem  | PBS NewsHour | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Pacific Northwest is known for its seafood, but when algae blooms in coastal waters, it can release toxins that poison shellfish and the people who eat them.
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Canada Ranks Top Bird Killers. Guess Where Wind Turbines Come in?....

Canada Ranks Top Bird Killers. Guess Where Wind Turbines Come in?.... | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I covered this in a video (below) a few years ago, and many posts since then.  Further proof - wind turbines did not make the top then then, and they don't now. What's number one? Full disclosure, ...
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Climate Code Red: Climate change and fire risk: what scientists say

Climate Code Red: Climate change and fire risk: what scientists say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Prime minister Tony Abbott says that "fire is a part of the Australian experience" and not linked to climate change. Here's what the peer-reviewed scientific research says.

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How corporations hijack government, with GOP help, in the name of creating jobs

How corporations hijack government, with GOP help, in the name of creating jobs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New report reviews the record of pseudo-public economic development entities created to take over government work
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Big Win For U.S.

Big Win For U.S. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
* Bank found liable on one civil fraud charge * Verdict seen as a major win for the U.S. govt
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SNAKE OIL: Chapter 5 - The Economics of Fracking: Who Benefits?

SNAKE OIL: Chapter 5 - The Economics of Fracking: Who Benefits? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When we inquire who benefits from the fracking frenzy, the intuitively obvious answer is, “the oil and gas industry, of course.” Yet this may be a simplistic assumption.
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A Replacement Wheel That Can Electrify Your Bike

A Replacement Wheel That Can Electrify Your Bike | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cycling not only gives you exercise, but also reduces automobile smog, greenhouse gas pollution, and (thus) premature death. However, don't you wish that when you're feeling ill or tired you could just sit there while your bicycle carries you home?
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Futuristic copper foam batteries get more bang for the buck

Scientists report steps toward safer, cheaper, longer-lasting, and faster-charging solid-state battery.
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Team uses forest waste to develop cheaper, greener supercapacitors

Researchers report that wood-biochar supercapacitors can produce as much power as today's activated-carbon supercapacitors at a fraction of the cost -- and with environmentally friendly byproducts.
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Nissan Tests 48 kWh Battery In Leaf

Nissan Tests 48 kWh Battery In Leaf | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Electric vehicle manufacturers have been trying to strike the right balance between range, performance, and price.
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Methane Complicates U.S. Greenhouse Emissions Outlook | Climate Central

Methane Complicates U.S. Greenhouse Emissions Outlook | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Overall U.S. greenhouse gas emission dropped by 4.5 percent in 2012, but methane emissions are a more complicated picture.
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Russia Floats Plan for Nuclear Power Plants at Sea

Russia Floats Plan for Nuclear Power Plants at Sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Arctic oil and gas exploration provides the impetus for seaborne generating stations.
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Opinion: Taxing tar sands, chasing Goliath — The Daily Climate

Opinion: Taxing tar sands, chasing Goliath — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An honest carbon tax and political pressure can undermine the global reach of Big Oil, hasten the transition to clean energy, and keep coal and tar sands deposits where they belong – in the ground.

I could not help thinking of David versus Goliath earlier this week as I was working on a letter to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. 

 

I was writing about the tax that Europe applies to unconventional fossil fuels in its Fuel Quality Directive: Will it account for all the emissions during the mining and processing of such fuels or will they pretend that energy from tar sands and oil shale is the same as conventional oil? 

 

It matters – a lot. If total emissions are counted, the fees tacked to oil from tar sands or tar shale will make that carbon-intensive fuel less competitive in the market. Add a rising fee on carbon, and these dirtiest of fuels will be the first to be eliminated and replaced by clean energy and energy efficiency. 

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