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Popluation and Global Impacts | The Energy Collective

Popluation and Global Impacts | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There is much to be uncertain about, but one thing we can be relatively certain of is that we are much more uncertain about levels of future carbon dioxide emissions than their potential impacts on the atmosphere. And aren't climate change "skeptics" also people who tend to be very doubtful about our ability to reduce emissions? This point can be laboured a little further, but I will instead turn to what I actually want to discuss: the role of population growth in driving future carbon emissions. 

There are now seven billion people living on earth, a number that is inevitably going to increase this century. More people equals more carbon emissions, and in the eyes of some we should be doing much more to stop increases in population.

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Solar Decathlon 2013 Will Continue As Planned, Despite Shutdown

Solar Decathlon 2013 Will Continue As Planned, Despite Shutdown | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on 1Sun4All. Despite the government shutdown, the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 competition will continue as planned, wrote the Solar Decathlon team on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The following is more...
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Laser-Based Lighting — Bright, Efficient Alternative To LEDs Developed

Laser-Based Lighting — Bright, Efficient Alternative To LEDs Developed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A promising, possible alternative to LED lighting has just emerged, thanks to research from the University of California--Santa Barbara.
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Robot Targets Jellyfish And Shreds Them : DNews

Robot Targets Jellyfish And Shreds Them : DNews | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A robotic swarm developed in South Korea exterminates problematic jellyfish. Continue reading →
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Former Japanese PM And Current Environment Minister Speak Out Against Nuclear Power

Former Japanese PM And Current Environment Minister Speak Out Against Nuclear Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With cleanup from the Fukushima Daiichi plant far behind schedule, this week both Japan’s environment minister, Nobuteru Ishihara, and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a popular national figure, spoke out against nuclear power.
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Monsanto Is Getting Into The Climate Data Business

Monsanto Is Getting Into The Climate Data Business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To provide better climate data to its farmers, the world's largest seed company has made a major purchase.
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Car Exhaust Is Confusing Honeybees to Death

Car Exhaust Is Confusing Honeybees to Death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Something in diesel fumes is preventing bees from finding their chief source of food, and that's not good for humanity's future.
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Solar Decathlon 2013 Is Underway

Solar Decathlon 2013 Is Underway | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The biennial competition to build attractive, appealing, solar-powered homes is now underway, with the 2013 Solar Decathlon's opening ceremonies being held today. Unlike previous years, when the event has been held on the National Mall in Washington DC, this year the Decathlon is being held in Irvine CA. Nineteen teams from across the US and Canada, as well as teams from Austria and the Czech Republic are taking part in this year's event.

 

The Solar Decathlon is made up of 10 different events judging a range of features of these designs, including their energy performance, the livability of each house, and the overall construction budget. This year's entrants are targeting an estimated real-world construction cost of not more than $250,000.

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Health of oceans 'declining fast'

Health of oceans 'declining fast' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The health of the world’s oceans is deteriorating even faster than scientists previously thought, a report says.
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Treasury Warns Against 'Catastrophic' Default

Treasury Warns Against 'Catastrophic' Default | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday released a report warning of potentially "catastrophic" damage should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the government from defaulting on its debt.
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WATCH: Bill O'Reilly Gets Shut Down By Fox News Reporter

WATCH: Bill O'Reilly Gets Shut Down By Fox News Reporter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bill O'Reilly got politely but firmly put in his place by Fox News colleague James Rosen on Wednesday's "O'Reilly Factor." O'Reilly was talking about how Obamacare was already "falling apart," when Rosen interrupted him to say, "that's not clear, ...
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Buffett Issues Warning On Debt Ceiling

Buffett Issues Warning On Debt Ceiling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Congressional Republicans aren’t stupid enough to hold America’s full faith and credit hostage to politics, but they'll get pretty close, according to Warren Buffett.
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Who cares about Kyoto? California and Quebec create their own transnational carbon market

Who cares about Kyoto? California and Quebec create their own transnational carbon market | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Efforts to create a national carbon market in the US to cut greenhouse gas emissions may be deader than bipartisanship in Washington.
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Carbon Pricing and True Costs | The Energy Collective

Carbon Pricing and True Costs | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The US Environmental Protection Agency has recently published new estimates of the social costs of carbon. These are intended for use in assessing the cost effectiveness of policies such as fuel efficiency standards for vehicles.
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Choimobi Yokohama — Electric Carsharing Program For Yokohama Uses Ultracompact EVs From Toyota

Choimobi Yokohama — Electric Carsharing Program For Yokohama Uses Ultracompact EVs From Toyota | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new partnership between Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and the City of Yokohama -- Choimobie Yokohama -- is the newest addition to the Yokohama Mobility Project ZERO program (YMPZ).
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Republicans Say Boehner Vows to Avert Federal Default

Republicans Say Boehner Vows to Avert Federal Default | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A House Republican said Thursday that Speaker John A. Boehner has told colleagues that he was determined to prevent a default and was willing to pass a measure through a combination of Republican and Democratic votes.
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Fall of USSR locked up world's largest store of carbon - environment - 02 October 2013 - New Scientist

Fall of USSR locked up world's largest store of carbon - environment - 02 October 2013 - New Scientist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When the Soviet Union collapsed, great tracts of farmland were abandoned. The area has now become the biggest ever human-made carbon sink
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Asia grain mountains swell as governments fret over food security

Asia grain mountains swell as governments fret over food security | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

ASIA-FOOD/STOCKS

Towering grain mountains in Asia, already large enough to feed China for eight months, are set to grow even bigger as governments persist in shoring up their safety buffers against hard times.

 

Haunted by a 2008 food crisis that sparked unrest and panic buying, states will keep piling grain into reserves despite the strain on their finances and storage problems, buoying prices that have been hit by expectations of bumper harvests.

 

 

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IPCC Report Delivers A Strong Message On Climate For Business Leaders

IPCC Report Delivers A Strong Message On Climate For Business Leaders | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People scream outside the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on September 27, 2013 in Stockholm.
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With U.S. Government Shut Down, Colorado Has To Tap Into Its Own Money To Rebuild

With U.S. Government Shut Down, Colorado Has To Tap Into Its Own Money To Rebuild | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Colorado will continue to rebuild, but other disaster-hit states may face more challenges.
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What You Need To Know About The Biggest Free Trade Agreement Ever And How It Affects Climate Change

What You Need To Know About The Biggest Free Trade Agreement Ever And How It Affects Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is well on its way to becoming the largest Free Trade Agreement in the world, and it's never even seen public consultation. What it could mean for environmental and climate issues.
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Low near Gulf of Mexico almost certain to become tropical cyclone -NHC

Low near Gulf of Mexico almost certain to become tropical cyclone -NHC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

STORM-POSITION/NHC (URGENT):

An area of low pressure located over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico has a nearly 100 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Thursday.


Data from a U.S. Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicates that the area of low pressure is becoming a tropical storm and is producing winds of up to 60 miles per hour in the extreme southeastern Gulf of Mexico, the NHC said.

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This Quote Says Everything About The GOP's Shutdown Stand

This Quote Says Everything About The GOP's Shutdown Stand | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
House Republicans are continuing to play hardball in negotiations over the spending bill that precipitated the government shutdown on Oct. 1, apparently out of fear that compromise would weaken their power.
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Why Our Health Care Is Obscenely Expensive, In 12 Charts

Why Our Health Care Is Obscenely Expensive, In 12 Charts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. leads the world in health care spending, but we don't live very long, and going to the doctor is so expensive that we don't do it very often. So where is the money going?
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Is coal port money fueling Republicans' campaigns?

Is coal port money fueling Republicans' campaigns? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Promoters of a giant coal export terminal, proposed for north of Bellingham, have given $40,000 to the Washington Republican Party, bucks that a Western Washington University professor suspects are...
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