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Critics question desirability of relentless economic growth

Critics question desirability of relentless economic growth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water shortages, deforestation, tens of millions of acres of land too polluted to plant, and other global environmental ills are increasingly viewed as strategic risks by governments and corporations around the world.
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Record sparks hot debate on Tony Abbott's climate policy

Record sparks hot debate on Tony Abbott's climate policy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia smashed its previous annual heat record in 2013, sparking renewed political debate about climate change.
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German Power Costs Seen Dropping for Fourth Year: Energy

German Power Costs Seen Dropping for Fourth Year: Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Power prices in Germany, Europe’s biggest electricity market, probably will weaken for a record fourth consecutive year as utilities add the most coal-fired capacity in more than a decade.
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'Life-threatening' cold bites U.S. Midwest

'Life-threatening' cold bites U.S. Midwest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - 

Residents of the Midwestern United States on Sunday braced for the coldest weather in two decades, temperatures that forecasters warned would be life-threatening.


Icy conditions snarled travel across the region and thousands of flights were canceled or delayed, some officials preemptively closed schools, and at a New York City airport a plane skidded off a runway into snow days after the Northeast was hammered by the first winter storm of the season.

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Big weather events "getting worse" - climatologist

Big weather events "getting worse" - climatologist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Severe weather has lashed the UK again, with flooding in the west of England and Wales forcing some to evacuate their homes. But it’s not just people in Britain who’ll be mopping up - extreme weather
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After the typhoon, Filipinos are suffering through one of the world’s most profound resettlement crises

After the typhoon, Filipinos are suffering through one of the world’s most profound resettlement crises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 4 million were displaced — twice as many as in the Haiti quake — and building materials are scarce.
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John Kerry Throws More Cold Water On Keystone XL Pipeline

John Kerry Throws More Cold Water On Keystone XL Pipeline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The tubes have been buzzing over a new New York Times report on Secretary of State John Kerry's aggressive pursuit of a new global climate agreement, which  has some clear implications for approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil...
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Wind Energy and Lacking Stability | The Energy Collective

Wind Energy and Lacking Stability | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The problem of intermittency, or fluctuating availability depending on the weather, has long been cited as a hurdle for getting renewable energy onto the power grid.
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Lancaster Home Solar Mandate — 1st In US (& World?) — Leads City Into 2014

Lancaster Home Solar Mandate — 1st In US (& World?) — Leads City Into 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It’s now officially a requirement in Lancaster, California – all new single-family homes have to come with solar power. The work of a buggy-eyed communist? The work of a smile-less tyrant? The work of a tree-hugging hippy? Nope. This home solar mandate comes largely through the hands of Mayor Rex Parris, the elected Republican who heads up this city of 59,000.

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How the Harper Government Committed a Knowledge Massacre

How the Harper Government Committed a Knowledge Massacre | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists are calling it "libricide." Seven of the nine world-famous Department of Fisheries and Oceans [DFO] libraries were closed by autumn 2013, ostensibly to digitize the materials and reduce costs.
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Monsanto Roundup: The Impacts of Glyphosate Herbicide on Human Health. Pathways to Modern Diseases

Monsanto Roundup: The Impacts of Glyphosate Herbicide on Human Health. Pathways to Modern Diseases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup is the most popular herbicide used worldwide.

 

The industry asserts it is minimally toxic to humans, but here we argue otherwise.

 

Residues are found in the main foods of the Western diet, comprised primarily of sugar, corn, soy and wheat.

 

Glyphosate’s inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics.

 

Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins...


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, January 3, 10:41 AM

Great stuff Monsanto puts on the table here.

Bon appetit!

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Gas, Hybrid and Electric Cars [Infographic]

Gas, Hybrid and Electric Cars [Infographic] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Already, electric and hybrid cars are surpassing gas engine cars in not only miles per gallon and sustainability, but also affordability.

For example, the 2013 electric Nissan Leaf runs costs from $28,800 to $34,840. This affordable midsize car gets 75 miles on a full charge and has a refuel time of just seven hours at 240 volts.

Find more information at the link.


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An Economical Modular Prefab in Oregon

An Economical Modular Prefab in Oregon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The brief was basic: a simple guesthouse for a familyto live while Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed their main residence. The architect's design for the is instantly legible with a repetition of trusses, windows, and lumber creating a strong linear profile.

A standard, repeatable, four-foot-wide bay makes use of economical, available materials, such as open-web steel trusses, plywood, laminated veneer lumber, and an insulated aluminum window system. The resulting residence is linear, with an open-plan kitchen and living space, 3 bedrooms, and an office with views over the Cascade Range.


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Councillor under fire after suggesting Calgary's bad winter brings global warming into question

Councillor under fire after suggesting Calgary's bad winter brings global warming into question | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
City councillor Sean Chu landed in hot water after he publicly took aim at “global warming alarmists.”
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Living on Earth: What to Expect in 2014

Living on Earth: What to Expect in 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From Keystone XL to Obama’s carbon regulations, 2014 promises to be a crucial year for the environment.
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Ford reveals solar-powered family car

Ford reveals solar-powered family car | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Blue oval promises free fuel by harnessing the sun for new plug-in hybrid technology.

 

Ford plans to take the electric car “off the grid” with a solar-powered people mover concept to be revealed at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

 

The blue oval brand says its C-MAX Solar Energi concept can harness the sun to charge its batteries – rather than plugging it into a power socket – through a high-tech solar panel on its roof.

 

It says the car has the ability to travel on solar power alone for 75 percent of all trips made by an average driver, which could result in a reduction of greenhouse gas output by four metric tons per annum – the equivalent to what an average US household produces over four months.

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How dry we are is all too easy to access, assess

How dry we are is all too easy to access, assess | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To break in the New Year, the trek to take in the view from 9,930-foot Cloud's Rest in the backcountry of Yosemite might seem an impossible fantasy.
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Villages evacuated after being cut off in 'national emergency' caused by ferocious storms and floods... and ANOTHER 48 hours of misery are on the way

Villages evacuated after being cut off in 'national emergency' caused by ferocious storms and floods... and ANOTHER 48 hours of misery are on the way | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Environment Agency warned swells of up to 10ft will hammer the coasts of Devon and Cornwall today and tomorrow.
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Water Bonds Shrivel as California Sees Driest Year

Water Bonds Shrivel as California Sees Driest Year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The driest year on record for Los Angeles and San Francisco is threatening water supplies to the world’s most productive agricultural region and almost doubling borrowing costs on some bonds issued by California water agencies.
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Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure Needs | The Energy Collective

Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure Needs | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A couple months ago, we asked if electric vehicle services could help an automaker like Ford disrupt the relationship between electric utilities and their customers.
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Europe’s Fossil Fuel Exit — 30% Of Fossil Fuel Power Capacity To Close By 2017, UBS Analysts Project

Europe’s Fossil Fuel Exit — 30% Of Fossil Fuel Power Capacity To Close By 2017, UBS Analysts Project | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Following up on a Credit Suisse report stating that ~85% of US energy demand growth would come from renewables by 2025, we thought it would be good to take a look at the energy trends in Europe as well.
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Ghost towns left behind as Bulgarians flee to seek work

Ghost towns left behind as Bulgarians flee to seek work | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Once thriving rural villages in Bulgaria are now devoid of anyone under 70, a trend expected to get worse now that EU labour restrictions have been lifted
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Officials Identify the Surprising Killer of 27 Bald Eagles

Officials Identify the Surprising Killer of 27 Bald Eagles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An unusual wintertime outbreak of West Nile virus is being blamed for the deaths.
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Os 10 maiores poemas dos últimos 200 anos - Revista Bula

Os 10 maiores poemas dos últimos 200 anos - Revista Bula | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
No mês de novembro de 2011, perguntei a 30 convidados — escritores, críticos, professores, jornalistas — quais eram os maiores momentos da poesia mundial e

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French CleanTech™: ENOGIA designs and produces heat to power conversion systems

French CleanTech™: ENOGIA designs and produces heat to power conversion systems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

ENOGIA designs and produces heat to power conversion systems, based on an innovative proprietary micro-turboexpander technology with energy sources on industrial processes or internal combustion engines.


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