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‘Space Frame’ Wind Tower Allows Turbines to Be Built in Remote Places | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

‘Space Frame’ Wind Tower Allows Turbines to Be Built in Remote Places | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New wind power technology could bring turbines to hard-to-reach locations, according to engineers from General Electric. The company has developed a new Watch Video
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Global Warming and Arctic Ice Disappearance | The Energy Collective

Global Warming and Arctic Ice Disappearance | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to newly published research, the ice-free season in the Arctic is growing by five days per decade. Analysis of satellite data indicate increasing absorption of solar energy in the summer Arctic ocean is pushing back the start of the autumn freeze.
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Why Biofuels Tend to be Costly

Today Robert Rapier explains why biofuels tend to cost more than petroleum-derived fuels. The flip side, not coincidentally, is that biofuels do create more jobs.
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Wind Leaves Nuclear Behind In China

Wind Leaves Nuclear Behind In China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on sustainablog.
China’s Ningxia Yinyi Wind Farm
By J. Matthew Roney

In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind pulled away—outdoing nuclear by 22 percent. The 135 terawatt-hours of Chinese wind-generated electricity
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Top 10 oil producing fields in the world

Top 10 oil producing fields in the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Follow @EnergyDigital Click here for the latest issue of Energy Digital magazine  1.)    Ghawar Field, Saudi Arabia The largest conventional oil field in the world at 280 km
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Women bear the brunt of India's erosion disaster

Women bear the brunt of India's erosion disaster | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As erosion destroys farms in Assam and men migrate to find work, women are left behind to try to manage
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Oil-Fouled Waters Spoil Niger Delta as Homes Abandoned

Oil-Fouled Waters Spoil Niger Delta as Homes Abandoned | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Goi is gone, given over to nature.

 

Residents of the former fishing and farming community of 3,000 in the Ogoni region of southeast Nigeria, fed up with the third and largest oil spill in five years due to sabotage of pipelines, packed up and left the village in 2009-2010.

 

“We had to move because if we caught fish and opened it up, we found oil; if we harvested cassava, we found it soaked with crude,” Eric Dooh said under the shade of wild date palms by his abandoned tin-roof home. “Our well where we got water became contaminated with crude and we decided to seal it up.”

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Is pee-power really possible?

Is pee-power really possible? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over one billion of the world’s population still lack access to basic electricity. Could tech that tries to generate power from urine be the answer?
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Bad Apple? Groups protest chemicals used in iPhones

Bad Apple? Groups protest chemicals used in iPhones | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.
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Schoolboy creates nuclear fusion

Schoolboy creates nuclear fusion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A 13-year-old Lancashire schoolboy has become one of the youngest people in the world to carry out nuclear fusion.

 

Jamie Edwards, a pupil at Penwortham Priory Academy, created the project from scratch with help from his school.

 

"I can't quite believe it - even though all my friends think I am mad," he said.

 

The last record holder was US student Taylor Wilson, who was 14 when he created nuclear fusion in 2008.

 

Jamie, who started work in October in an under-used school science laboratory, recreated a process known as 'inertial electrostatic confinement' which dates back to the 1960s.

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GAO Report: Power Sector Is Clearly Exposed to Climate Change Risks - POWER Magazine

GAO Report: Power Sector Is Clearly Exposed to Climate Change Risks - POWER Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

U.S. energy infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to acute weather events and long-term changes in the climate, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a new report. Options to help reduce those risks include measures to improve its durability and resiliency.

 

The Mar. 4–released report titled “Energy Infrastructure Risks and Adaption Efforts,” cites data from the National Research Council (NRC) and the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) when it claims climate change trends are expected to continue. But, it declares, while the nation’s energy supply can adequately respond to weather variability, most energy infrastructure may not be resilient to the expected increases in the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events and long-term climate change.

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Wind Turbines Slow Down Hurricane Winds - Risk & Insurance

Wind Turbines Slow Down Hurricane Winds - Risk & Insurance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Hurricane winds are dissipated by offshore wind farms.

 

Computer models demonstrate that offshore wind turbines reduce peak wind speeds in hurricanes by up to 92 mph and decrease storm surge by up to 79 percent.

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Citing Urgent Need, U.S. Calls on Hospitals to Hone Disaster Plans

Citing Urgent Need, U.S. Calls on Hospitals to Hone Disaster Plans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Federal officials are proposing sweeping new requirements for American health care facilities, but the health industry has balked at the hefty price tag associated with the changes.

 

Describing emergency preparedness as an “urgent public health issue,” the proposal by theDepartment of Health and Human Servicesoffers regulations aimed at preventing the severe disruptions to health care that followedHurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. More than 68,000 institutions would be affected, including large hospital chains, “mom and pop”nursing homes, home health agencies, rural health clinics, organ transplant procurement organizations, outpatient surgery sites, psychiatric hospitals for youths and kidneydialysis centers.

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SEIA Calls On Obama To Revaluate Investment Tax Credit Phase Out

SEIA Calls On Obama To Revaluate Investment Tax Credit Phase Out | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Suggestions of ending the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for US solar energy projects has the industry's top official wanting the White House to revise its position.

President Barack Obama released last week in his 2015 fiscal year budget the phase-out of the ITC by December 31, 2016. In its place is the less lucrative Production Tax
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Keystone Pipeline and Environmental Risk | The Energy Collective

Keystone Pipeline and Environmental Risk | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Following the close of the thirty day public comment period, the National Interest Determination (NID) process will continue as federal agencies consider over 2 million comments concluding that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not the nation’s interest.
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Two Fisker Models (Including Fisker Atlantic) To Begin Production

Two Fisker Models (Including Fisker Atlantic) To Begin Production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published Gas 2.

Troubled automaker Fisker won a stay of execution when Wanxiang bought its assets out of court. In the days after the purchase, speculation about the future of Fisker ranged from starting where they’d left off to ditching the Karma’s troublesome hybrid drivetrain in favor of a more primitive and powerful Corvette V8, a la VL
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Flexible solutions to capacity issues

Flexible solutions to capacity issues | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

For most of the last three decades, the American Pacific Northwest has been able to avoid building new utility power generation resources. Despite significant population growth, the region has been able to maintain sufficient capacity because of its flexible hydro generation, the loss of some industrial loads, and significant investments in energy efficiency.

 

Investing in conservation has allowed the region to handle the load growth associated with rapid population while building minimal new generation resources. This focus on conservation has made sense – and has worked – since the region has had plenty of capacity historically but faced energy deficits at multiple times throughout the year.

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East Harlem Explosion Highlights Risk of Natural Gas Leaks

East Harlem Explosion Highlights Risk of Natural Gas Leaks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A natural gas leak is suspected of causing a deadly explosion Wednesday in New York’s East Harlem. Recent studies have shown that older cities with aging cast-iron pipes are at high risk.
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A hungry river eats away at Assam's villages

A hungry river eats away at Assam's villages | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Worsening river erosion, caused in part by deforestation, is threatening families in India's northeast state of Assam
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Europe's fear of U.S. hormone meat, GM food sows divide in trade talks

Europe's fear of U.S. hormone meat, GM food sows divide in trade talks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's reluctance to buy hormone meat or genetically modified food from the United States has exposed an enormous gulf that threatens the world's biggest trade pact, industry and
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Coca-Cola water bottling sparks national park concerns - ABC Gold & Tweed Coasts - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Coca-Cola water bottling sparks national park concerns - ABC Gold & Tweed Coasts - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Locals say an international drinks company is misappropriating water from a Gold Coast Hinterland national park.
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Researching carbon sequestration in India -

Researching carbon sequestration in India - | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Nahla Nainer reports for The Hindu that, as India’s reputation for ‘frugal engineering’ has grown, so has the importance of algae research 

and development at institutions such as NIT-T, which has nearly 200 research scholars undertaking PhD-level studies.

 

“At NIT-T’s Centre for Energy and Environmental Science and Technology (CEESAT), we are always looking for research that serves a purpose outside the laboratory,” says Dr. M. Premalatha, Associate Professor at the Centre.

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America's Trains Are Finally Getting Automated Safety Systems | Autopia | Wired.com

America's Trains Are Finally Getting Automated Safety Systems | Autopia | Wired.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southern California's Metrolink has become the first commuter rail system in the country to implement a new automatic safety system.
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Time Running Out for Great Barrier Reef : DNews

Time Running Out for Great Barrier Reef : DNews | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The rapid pace of global warming and the slow pace of coral growth may mean the reef is unlikely to evolve quickly enough to survive.
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Climate change could mean more malaria in Africa, South America

Climate change could mean more malaria in Africa, South America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Future global warming could lead to a significant increase in malaria cases in densely populated regions of Africa and South America unless disease monitoring and control efforts are increased, researchers said on Thursday.
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8A Argik's curator insight, February 17, 8:50 AM

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  The main idea of the article is about how climate change would cause more malaria in Africa. Malaria is one of the most common disease in Africa, and if climate change is increasing more malaria in Africa, it won't be a good thing. Climate change can increase malaria in Africa because some parasites and anopheles mosquito thrive as the temperature warm up. Scientists also said that malaria would also spread to new high-altitude areas such as mountains. and it will affect the people living there because they are nit use to being expose to malaria. 

 

   This article helped me understand that malaria is a huge topic in Africa and a lot of people are worried about it. One of the reason why Africans are so worried about malaria might be because they don't protection over it, they might not have access to mosquito net which will protect them from the disease. Another thing I can connect to this article is what we have learnt in science. We are learning about climate change in science, and we know that it can affect many things, but I didn't know that it also affect malaria.