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Climate Change and Millenials | The Energy Collective

Climate Change and Millenials | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A paper by climatologist James Hansen and 17 other international climate scientists is getting some pickup in youth movement circles.
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Podesta Opens Keystone Can Of Worms But This New Solar Grant Could Close It

Podesta Opens Keystone Can Of Worms But This New Solar Grant Could Close It | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Advocates for the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline got a roller coaster of a ride this week when the White House announced the appointment of well known Keystone opponent John Podesta to be White House counselor, only to follow up ...
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Coal and Future Energy Investment | The Energy Collective

Coal and Future Energy Investment | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's official: International financial institutions (IFIs) don't see any place for coal in a 21st-clean energy economy.
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How Markets Are Rigged Against You

How Markets Are Rigged Against You | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Well, the idea of markets being rigged is pretty much coming out of the woodwork now, and the fact that it is indicative of too much power being concentrated into the hands of too few people, especial...
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Obama Pushes “Green Button”

Obama Pushes “Green Button” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As part of President Obama’s executive order last week, which included directing the federal government to triple its use of renewable energy by 2020, Obama instructed agencies to incorporate “Green Button” data further into their energy management practices..

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ADVOCACY: The education of a climate upstart with a 'weird' name

ADVOCACY: The education of a climate upstart with a 'weird' name | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A trip to the United Nations' climate talks in Bali sounds like every young activist's dream.
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Agriculture spies target seed technology, feds say

Agriculture spies target seed technology, feds say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A corporate agriculture espionage case announced Thursday by federal prosecutors offered a glimpse into how at least seven Chinese men allegedly traveled across the Midwest to steal...
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Why climate change threatens Peru's poverty reduction mission

Why climate change threatens Peru's poverty reduction mission | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Peruvian Amazon became a net emitter of carbon dioxide rather than oxygen for the first time in 2012, according to the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) latest human development country report. What could be pushing Peru to the brink, researchers warned, is that its economic boom is inextricably linked to activities that damage the environment and contribute to climate change.

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Oil backers, conservationists battle over fate of greater sage grouse | Al Jazeera America

Oil backers, conservationists battle over fate of greater sage grouse | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Colorado region's economic lifeline threatened if bird, whose habitat covers 11 states, is placed on endangered list
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Will the Pope Overthrow Neoliberal Economics?

Will the Pope Overthrow Neoliberal Economics? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This week, Time magazine named Pope Francis its man of the year, an impressive accomplishment for a man who has held his position as head of the Catholic Church for less than a year and was largely unknown before that.
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Another shot of wintry weather headed to Northeast

Another shot of wintry weather headed to Northeast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Utilities, airports and road crews are on high alert as wintry weather heads toward the Northeast again, bringing with it ice and perhaps a foot or more of snow in parts of New England.
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A Tale of Two Cities: America's Bipolar Climate Future - SPIEGEL ONLINE

A Tale of Two Cities: America's Bipolar Climate Future - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York City and New Bern, North Carolina both face the same projected rise in sea levels, but while one is preparing for the worst, the other is doing nothing on principle. A glimpse into America's contradictory climate change planning.
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Food fight

Food fight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Public unease about genetic modification is common around the world. In China, alongside rising concerns about food safety, it has taken on a strongly political hue. Chinese anti-GM activists often describe their cause as patriotic, aimed not just at avoiding what they regard as the potential harm of tinkering with nature, but at resisting control of China’s food supply by America through American-owned biotech companies and their superior technology. Conspiracy theories about supposed American plots to use dodgy GM food to weaken China abound online.

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LED Lights and Energy Efficiency | The Energy Collective

LED Lights and Energy Efficiency | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In the past, it seemed like every year my family would need to go out and buy new lights when the ones from last year kicked the bucket. But the technology has improved over time, and fortunately for the wallet, the prices have begun to drop on the best lights, too. The debate between buying incandescent lights and light-emitting diode lights (LEDs) is something I’ve debated more and more each passing year. The facts are indisputably in favor of LEDs; they run with a much lower wattage (and use 80 percent less energy as a result), last much, much longer, emit much less heat than conventional incandescent bulbs, and the best part – when a LED bulb stops working, it doesn’t kill the rest of the strand! For a really cool infographic comparing incandescent lights to LEDs, Daily Infographic has the topic covered.

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My Story Of Carbon Footprint Calculation

My Story Of Carbon Footprint Calculation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Writing a blog about reducing your carbon footprint is much, much easier than actually cutting your footprint.

 

This post is where the rubber meets the road. It details my carbon footprint from 2012, the things I did, the things I didn’t do, and my struggles along the way.

 

I did the data for this post back in January but didn’t publish then, as the blog was brand new. Now that 2013 is coming to an end and I’ve almost got another year of data, I though I should dust it off and walk you through my footprint.

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Gail Tverberg: The Shale Oil Boom is More "Mirage" than "Miracle"

Gail Tverberg: The Shale Oil Boom is More "Mirage" than "Miracle" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gail Tverberg, is a professional actuary who applies classic risk assessment procedures to global resources: studying issues such as oil & natural gas depletion, water shortages, climate chan
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New Technologies and Plausibility | Hydrogen Vaporware VS the Big Battery Breakthrough | The Energy Collective

New Technologies and Plausibility | Hydrogen Vaporware VS the Big Battery Breakthrough | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To no one’s surprise, there’s been some news lately about both a (potential) BBB (Big Battery Breakthrough) as well as RCH (Really Cheap Hydrogen), with a 600 kilometer range battery, and a potential new formula for fast, abundant hydrogen...
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Manmade global warming: a stormy meeting between sceptics and believers

Manmade global warming: a stormy meeting between sceptics and believers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
House of Lords plays host to face-off featuring Lord Lawson and six of Britain's most eminent climate change scientists
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Poisoned inheritance

Poisoned inheritance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

DOCTORS recommend that women who are pregnant, or plan to be, eat plenty of green, leafy vegetables. These are a source of vitamin B9—or folate, as it is also known—a substance that helps embryos develop by encouraging the formation of the neural tube, the precursor to the brain and the spinal cord. Folate has never been recommend to putative fathers, though, for the obvious reason that, sperm apart, a father contributes nothing to the physical substance of an embryo.

 

If the results of research on mice, by Sarah Kimmins and her colleagues at McGill University, in Montreal, are found to apply to people too, that may need to change. For, as they report in Nature Communications, they have discovered something odd: that folate deficiency in fathers can, in rodents at least, be as debilitating for embryos as deficiency in mothers. An absence of folate when sperm are forming causes alterations in them that affect the mice which grow from the eggs those sperm fertilise. In particular, Dr Kimmins saw serious deformities of head, spine and limbs.

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Wood stove swap out OK'd by EPA, but the money's not here yet

Wood stove swap out OK'd by EPA, but the money's not here yet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
All that's missing now is the money.
The Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on a program that will bring in the neighborhood of $600,000 to Butte County over the next three years to help swap out older wood stoves for newer models.
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Washing Hands in Hot Water Wastes Energy, Study Says

Washing Hands in Hot Water Wastes Energy, Study Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The United States wastes energy equal to the fuel demand of Barbados on a practice with no proven health benefit: washing hands in hot water rather than cool, a study says.
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The Truth About Food Expiration Dates

The Truth About Food Expiration Dates | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We've all been there-standing in front of our refrigerator tossing food because the expiration dates have passed.
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Jang's execution leaves China in delicate position

Jang's execution leaves China in delicate position | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING (AP) — The stunning execution of Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle strips China of its most important link to North Korea's leadership and deepens concerns over how the unruly neighbor will proceed on Beijing's key issues of nuclear disarmament...
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British Wine Benefits as the Climate Changes

British Wine Benefits as the Climate Changes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By midcentury, Britain could become one of the world’s big wine producers, as warmer weather moves the limits of viticulture ever farther north.
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EPA, Corps Say Benefits of Protecting Wetlands, Streams Far Outweigh Costs

EPA, Corps Say Benefits of Protecting Wetlands, Streams Far Outweigh Costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Subjecting an additional 3 percent of U.S. waters and wetlands to Clean Water Act regulation would yield nearly twice as much in benefits as it would cost affected industries, according to a cost-benefit analysis of a draft rule obtained by Bloomberg BNA.

 

A joint analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows that the benefits of implementing the draft rule asserting Clean Water Act jurisdiction over the nation's waters and wetlands would range from $300.7 million to $397.6 million annually, while the costs would be between $133.7 million and $200 million.

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