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Community Solutions: Discount: Passive House Revolution DVD

Community Solutions: Discount: Passive House Revolution DVD | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions is focused on solutions for Peak Oil and climate change, primarily in the areas of food, housing and transportation.
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Michael Shuman: The Benefits of Deploying Investment Capital Locally Vs Wall Street

Michael Shuman: The Benefits of Deploying Investment Capital Locally Vs Wall Street | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In this week's podcast, Chris talks with Michael Shuman, author of Local Dollars Local Sense: How To Move Your Money From Wall Street to Main Street & Achieve Real Prosperity. Shuman has written eight books on community economics and believes that de
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Drilling California

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On March 27, 2014 “Drilling California” author J. David Hughes was joined by business leader and Next Generation co-founder Tom Steyer and Robert Collier, a research fellow with Next Generation, to discuss the prospects of developing California’s Monterey Shale during a panel in Sacramento. A recording of the event can be viewed below.

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Ban it! From bags to butts, California bills would nix range of products | State News | FresnoBee.com

Ban it! From bags to butts, California bills would nix range of products | State News | FresnoBee.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Extinguish your filtered cigarettes, ditch the plastic bags to carry your groceries, toss your micro-beaded facial scrub and cancel those plans to catch an orca show at SeaWorld.
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Climate change 'already affecting food supply' – UN

Climate change 'already affecting food supply' – UN | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Report by climate change panel says global warming is fuelling not only natural disasters, but potentially famine – and war
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Portable ‘Fresh Air’ Bags Come To Rescue Of Smog-Ridden Chinese City

Portable ‘Fresh Air’ Bags Come To Rescue Of Smog-Ridden Chinese City | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"The air is really good, but the time is too short," Feng Lin, 75, said. "I had to stop too soon but it was really great until then."
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China's war on smog will be won or lost in polluted Hebei

China's war on smog will be won or lost in polluted Hebei | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Weeds are pictured near an abandoned steel mill of in Qianying township, Hebei province, Feb. 18, 2014. There are dozens of "zombie" mills that can no longer afford to operate in and around Tangshan, an industrial city of 7 million people in China's northern Hebei province. China has told Hebei to slash steel capacity, stirred by growing public resentment about pollution. 

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From animations to upfront funding, Red Cross finds new ways to lower climate risk

From animations to upfront funding, Red Cross finds new ways to lower climate risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Red Cross introduces innovative ways for people to learn about, and manage, growing climate change impacts around the world
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India is not prepared to tackle climate change impacts

India is not prepared to tackle climate change impacts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Warming will slow down economic growth and make poverty reduction more difficult, and further erode food security.

 

It is evident from the Working Group II (WG II) report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that climate change will impact the world severely and the risks are intensifying. This is expected to put the lives of the world’s poor at stake. India is especially  vulnerable since it houses 33 per cent of the world’s poorest people.

 

According to the WG II report, India will experience decrease in seasonal mean rainfall and an increase in mean and extreme precipitation during monsoon. This will increase both floods and draught. Freshwater resources will be affected due a combination of climate change and unsustainable practices.

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Green Buildings Bring Vertical Forests to the City - Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses

Green Buildings Bring Vertical Forests to the City - Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Visually stunning green condo buildings and office towers from Milan, New York, Rotterdam
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Biofuel Production Declines | Vital Signs Online

Biofuel Production Declines | Vital Signs Online | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In 2012, the combined global production of ethanol and biodiesel fell for the first time since 2000, down 0.4 percent from the figure in 2011.1 (See Figure 1.) Global ethanol production declined slightly for the second year in a row, to 83.1 billion liters, while biodiesel output rose fractionally, from 22.4 billion liters in 2011 to 22.5 billion liters in 2012.2 Biodiesel now accounts for over 20 percent of global biofuel production.3

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Why The Oil & Gas Industry Makes Such A Big Deal Of The Shale (Retirement) Party

Why The Oil & Gas Industry Makes Such A Big Deal Of The Shale (Retirement) Party | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally posted on EnergyPost and Oilprice.com.
By James Stafford


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New Prototype Home That’s Heated & Cooled Entirely By Fermenting Straw

New Prototype Home That’s Heated & Cooled Entirely By Fermenting Straw | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new prototype home that is heated and cooled entirely through the action of fermenting straw has been created by researchers at Japan's Waseda University.

It might sound like a strange idea -- or perhaps even unbelievable -- but the concept has actually been around for a couple of decades now, and has been utilized quite
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Carbon Crash Solar Dawn

Carbon Crash Solar Dawn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I think it’s time to call it. Renewables and associated storage, transport and digital technologies are so rapidly disrupting whole industries’ business models they are pushing the fossil fuel industry towards inevitable collapse.
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P.E.A.K. – Public Energy Art Kit

P.E.A.K. – Public Energy Art Kit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s time we take an honest look at our energy predicament and change course. Our request is simple: We are asking YOU — activated citizens, community organizers, students, anyone who cares about our future and our relationship to the natural world — to help us get the word out in a BIG...
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Export Stupidity

Export Stupidity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Congress is holding hearings this week on the possible lifting of a US oil export ban instituted in the 1970s to promote national energy self-sufficiency and has invited a number of “experts” with dubious ties to the oil and gas industry t
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Plastic Soup Of Ocean Garbage Obscures Search For Malaysia Plane Debris

Plastic Soup Of Ocean Garbage Obscures Search For Malaysia Plane Debris | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Human debris is accumulating in the oceans, creating giant garbage patches where currents swirl. Such is the case in the area of the Indian Ocean where searchers are looking for remains from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
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STATEMENT: WRI Responds to IPCC Report | World Resources Institute

STATEMENT: WRI Responds to IPCC Report | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON—The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Working Group II (WGII) portion of its Fifth Assessment Report on climate change. The report focuses on the current and future impacts of climate change and outlines the benefits of reducing emissions and options regarding climate adaptation.
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A Changing Climate Creates Pervasive Risks but Opportunities Exist for Effective Responses - IPCC Report - UNEP

The report concludes that responding to climate change involves making choices about risks in a changing world. The nature of the risks of climate change is increasingly clear, though climate change will also continue to produce surprises. The report identifies vulnerable people, industries, and ecosystems around the world. It finds that risk from a changing climate comes from vulnerability (lack of preparedness) and exposure (people or assets in harm's way) overlapping with hazards (triggering climate events or trends). Each of these three components can be a target for smart actions to decrease risk.

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Hip, young and in Kabul

Hip, young and in Kabul | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Kabul is a bustling city, full of people who want to see their country become less violent and more stable.

 

As I documented life in the capital this month, I met lots of young people who shared their thoughts about the future of Afghanistan: painters, actors, musicians, even a rapper.

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"Nobody on this planet" will be untouched by climate change - IPCC head

"Nobody on this planet" will be untouched by climate change - IPCC head | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 At Monday's launch of the latest report from the U.N. climate panel, its chair Rajendra Pachauri said "nobody on this planet" will be untouched by the impacts of climate change.

 

He said climate change will reduce , cause species to migrate, harm crop yields, and bring more damaging extreme weather. Human security will likely be shaped by increased displacement and conflict, made worse by climate stresses, and some low-lying states may face a loss of their territory.

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Drilling Company Could Force Pennsylvania Landowners To Allow Fracking Under Their Land

Drilling Company Could Force Pennsylvania Landowners To Allow Fracking Under Their Land | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An old state law in Pennsylvania could soon allow an energy company to force landowners to allow oil and gas drilling under their land, even if they don't want to.
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Prophesying Collapse | Worldwatch Institute

Prophesying Collapse | Worldwatch Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In a recent MAHB blog, Paul and Anne Ehrlich—reflecting on their paper last year on whether we can prevent civilizational collapse—describe what preventing collapse would require and give success somewhere between a 1 and 10% chance:

 

"But what is crystal clear is that these changes are not remotely big or fast enough to make a real dent in the problem. Furthermore, there are no plans nor any tendency toward making the most crucial move required to lessen the odds of a collapse: a rapid but humane effort to reduce the scale of the entire human enterprise by ending population growth, starting the badly needed overall decline in numbers, and dramatically curtailing consumption by the rich. There is not even discussion about the obvious elements of the socio-economic system that support a structure embedding a need for perpetual growth—fractional-reserve banking being a classic target that requires investigation in this context. Virtually every politician and public economist still unquestioningly assumes there are benefits to further economic expansion, even among the rich. They think the disease is the cure.

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MAGNETIDE Project — Purpose Designed Generator For Wave Energy Technologies

MAGNETIDE Project — Purpose Designed Generator For Wave Energy Technologies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The EU's MAGNETIDE project continues to move forward -- 14 months into the projected 24-month development program, the gains are becoming apparent.

The project -- which is intended to result in the development of a purpose-designed generator for wave energy extraction -- has managed to reduce the cost of the system while increasing the efficiency by
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Brammo Empulse Electric Motorcycle (VIDEO)

Brammo Empulse Electric Motorcycle (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Gas2.
http://youtu.be/r8wtCJG0D1Y

The Brammo Empulse is one badass electric motorcycle, and this cutaway video goes beneath the skin of this electric crotch rocket to show what makes it go.

As we covered in our reviews, the Brammo Empulse is no joke on either the streets or the race track. But what makes it all go? That’s where
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