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European Electric Micro Car Can Drive On Solar Alone | EarthTechling

European Electric Micro Car Can Drive On Solar Alone | EarthTechling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers in Europe develop a micro electric car prototype capable of traveling up to 12 miles or so on solar power alone.
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South Korea Begins Charging Residents for Food Waste - Earth911.com

South Korea Begins Charging Residents for Food Waste - Earth911.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The country aims to cut nationwide food waste by 40 percent.
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Could Hotter Temperatures From Climate Change Boost Violence? : NPR

Could Hotter Temperatures From Climate Change Boost Violence? : NPR | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In one analysis, economists predict that extreme weather could boost the number of international conflicts by as much as 50 percent by 2050.
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Climate Change This Week: Burn, Baby, Burn, Sea Rise Lock-in, and More!

Climate Change This Week: Burn, Baby, Burn, Sea Rise Lock-in, and More! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate Change Is Burning Americaconclude scientists and fire experts at a recent conference reports Tom Kenworthy at Climate Progress. Huge, explosive fires are becoming commonplace, say many experts, because climate change is setting the stage -- bringing higher temperatures, widespread drought, earlier snowmelt and longer fire seasons. It's the biggest BBQ in history, folks, and we're on the grill!
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A New American Dream - A Simple Life: Part III - Ahh The Simple Life

A New American Dream - A Simple Life: Part III - Ahh The Simple Life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The old American dream is giving way to a new American dream, a dream that can improve our quality of life, promote social justice, and protect ...
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A New American Dream - A Simple Life: Part I - Ahh The Simple Life

A New American Dream - A Simple Life: Part I - Ahh The Simple Life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The old American dream is giving way to a new American dream, one that will improve quality of life, promote social justice, and protect the environment.
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In Complex Trading Case, Jurors Focused on Greed

In Complex Trading Case, Jurors Focused on Greed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jurors expressed sympathy for Fabrice Tourre, but their decision to find him liable in a toxic mortgage deal came down to what they saw as the letter of the law and concern about Wall Street greed.
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NASA: Our Technology-Dependent Lifestyle is Vulnerable to Solar Flares

NASA: Our Technology-Dependent Lifestyle is Vulnerable to Solar Flares | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Understanding the potential impact of CMEs
In 1859, a massive coronal mass ejection (CME) known as the Carrington Event slammed into Earth. Arorae, normally observable only near the poles, appeared in the sky as far south as Hawaii and Cuba, providing enough light to read by at night. The then-new global telegraph systems in Europe and America were brought down. Reports of sparking pylons and operators receiving electric shocks abounded - there were even accounts of people being able to send and receive messages over wires that had been disconnected from their power supplies.

Fast-forward to 2013. Our planet is orders of magnitude more dependent on its technology systems. And a solar event the size of the Carrington Event has not reoccurred since. How vulnerable are we should another one arrive?

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Visualizing 100 Years Of Climate Data

Visualizing 100 Years Of Climate Data | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What does 100 years worth of climate data look like when rendered in an interactive, color-coded map? A continental tug-of-war between red (for heat) and blue (for cold), as seasons come and go and cold air replaces the warm.

The infographic is the work of data visualization studio Halftone, whose principals originally pursued the idea of making a map to visualize data about coffee production against key environmental factors, like temperature and precipitation.

 

"Our goal with this project was not to facilitate precise analysis, but to expose how every single month produces a unique and beautiful artwork through our Voronoi tessellated approximation of a heat map," write the creators. "The underlying map of satellite imagery and major geographic features adds a second layer for exploration."


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Crean sistema para limpiar cuerpos de agua y suelos contaminados

Crean sistema para limpiar cuerpos de agua y suelos contaminados | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Investigadores de la Universidad de Santiago Compostela (USC), España, crearon un conjunto de técnicas biogeoquímicas llamadas tecnosoles, las cuales son capaces de restaurar cualquier cuerpo hídrico y suelo contaminado por actividades mineras e...

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Contemporary agriculture is burning up our planet

Contemporary agriculture is burning up our planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A growing number of organic consumers, natural health advocates and climate hawks are taking a more comprehensive look at the fundamental causes of global warming. And its led them to this sobering conclusion: Modern, industrial, monocrop farming are burning up our planet.

 

How did they reach this conclusion? First, by taking a more inclusive look at the scientific data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—not just carbon dioxide (CO2), but also methane and nitrous oxide. Next, by doing a full accounting of the fossil fuel consumption and emissions of the entire industrial food and farming cycle, including inputs, equipment, production, processing, distribution, heating, cooling and waste. And finally, by factoring in the indirect impacts of contemporary agriculture, which include deforestation and wetlands destruction.,,,  http://www.nationofchange.org/how-factory-farming-contributes-global-warming-1358786945

 

SCIENTIFIC PAPER ARGUES AGAINST FACTORY FARM "FEEDING THE WORLD" http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3995263792/scientific-paper-argues-against-factory-farms-feeding-the-world

 


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lloyd stanley gordon's curator insight, September 30, 2013 3:40 PM

This  is  an  awful  lot  of  information  but  all  of it  spells  one thing: "Be  aware  and  beware!

Samantha Fuller's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:31 AM

"Our modern energy-, chemical- and genetically modified organism (GMO)-intensive industrial food and farming systems are the major cause of man-made global warming." Studies show that not only are greenhouse gasses caused by Carbon Dioxide but also by methane and nitrous oxide. Farming includes so many different ways of using fuel form the machinery to the end of food production. Another way farming isn't helping is through deforestation, and wetlands destruction. "When you add it all up, the picture is clear—contemporary agriculture is burning up our planet. And factory farms or, in industry lingo, Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), play a key role in this impending disaster." Climate rise is complex but a few of the top reasons are coal burning, and fossil fuels. To get this under control we would need to stop using 90% of the fosil fuels we are using.

Sally J. Everett's curator insight, October 10, 2013 6:33 AM

We can't live in fear of the future, we have to have farms no matter what they emit into the air. Without farms, we couldn't survive.

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Graphene Supercapacitors — Next-Generation Energy Storage Now One Step Closer

Graphene Supercapacitors — Next-Generation Energy Storage Now One Step Closer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An entirely new strategy for engineering graphene-based supercapacitors has been developed by researchers at Monash University — potentially leading the way to powerful next-generation renewable energy storage systems. The new strategy also opens up the possibility of using graphene-based supercapacitors in electric vehicles and consumer electronics.
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Futurism Cities and Energy Use | The Energy Collective

Futurism Cities and Energy Use | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2008, The New York Times reported 56% of the energy generated in the United States was wasted. In electricity generation, 66% was lost as heat out the smoke stacks of remote power plants and another ten percent lost during transmission.
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The Future of Fossil Fuels and Reliability | The Energy Collective

The Future of Fossil Fuels and Reliability | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The federal government’s latest international energy projections are out, and there’s no question we’re living in a time of enormous change—and perhaps remarkably little progress, as the EIA projects the world’s overall energy mix won’t change much...
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Can Riots Be Predicted? Experts Watch Food Prices : NPR

Can Riots Be Predicted? Experts Watch Food Prices : NPR | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
High food prices have often been cited as a factor behind mass protest movements. But a group of researchers say food prices can actually be used to predict when social unrest will occur.
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Cruise Ships - Floating Cities Destroy Oceans Ecosystem

Cruise Ships - Floating Cities Destroy Oceans Ecosystem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world has just begun to recognize the existence of global warming, yet the recognition of human effect on oceans is yet to be established. Most of the ocean still remains unexplored, but those ...
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Life in a Toxic Country

Life in a Toxic Country | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
My wife and I worry about how China’s bad air and food will affect our child.

 

China is the world’s second largest economy, but the enormous costs of its growth are becoming apparent. Residents of its boom cities and a growing number of rural regions question the safety of the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat. It is as if they were living in the Chinese equivalent of the Chernobyl or Fukushima nuclear disaster areas.

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A New American Dream - A Simple Life: Part II - Ahh The Simple Life

A New American Dream - A Simple Life: Part II - Ahh The Simple Life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The old American dream is giving way to a new American dream, a dream that can improve quality of life, promote social justice, and protect the environment.
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How the Banking System Affects the Environment | Positive Money

How the Banking System Affects the Environment | Positive Money | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 1.Recessions make people and governments care less about the environment One direct link between the current debt-based money system and the environment on a national scale is the effect that recessions have on environmental regulation and investing...
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Luxury companies fend off the future

Luxury companies fend off the future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a world dominated by mass consumerism, can companies cling to the "old ways" when most things can be done faster, cheaper - and often better - by hi-tech machines?
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The Lobster Bubble: Maine’s Lobster Boom, And Why Experts Predict A Dramatic Bust

The Lobster Bubble: Maine’s Lobster Boom, And Why Experts Predict A Dramatic Bust | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“For decades, the lobster catches in the Gulf of Maine were very steady at about 20 million pounds per year,” said Robin Alden, Executive Director of Penobscot East Resource Center. “Then they jumped to 40 million pounds per year and last year we landed a record 125 million pounds of lobsters. In Stonington, where I work, we landed 20 million pounds. The catch just about outweighed the population on this island.”

While experts agree that the summer of 2012 was something of an anomaly with freakishly warm water, two to three degrees above average, it may also be a foretaste of what warming waters in the Gulf of Maine will bring in future years. Record-breaking lobster catches may sound like one of those few happy side effects of a warming planet, but as with most such cases, the story of the lobster is not that simple.

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14-year-old teen GMO activist schools ignorant TV host on human rights, food labeling

14-year-old teen GMO activist schools ignorant TV host on human rights, food labeling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
14-year-old teen GMO activist schools ignorant TV host on human rights, food labeling

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Water in the Anthropocene

Water in the Anthropocene is a 3-minute film charting the global impact of humans on the water cycle.... http://vimeo.com/66087863

Evidence is growing that our global footprint is now so significant we have driven Earth into a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene.

Human activities such as damming and agriculture are changing the global water cycle in significant ways.

The data visualisation was commissioned by the Global Water Systems Project for a major international conference (Water in the Anthropocene, Bonn, Germany, 21-24 May, 2013...

http://www.gwsp.org/fileadmin/documents_news/Bonn_Water_Declaration_final.pdf

 

August 1, 2013 Scientific American
GLOBAL WATER SHORTAGES GROW WORSE BUT NATIONS HAVE FEW ANSWERS http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/08/01/global-water-shortages/

 

August 3, 2013 Guardian
THE WATER COMPANIES AND THE FOUL STENCH OF EXPLOITATION: The privatisation of water is a story of greed, incompetence and fleecing the public http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/03/water-industry-exploitation-pollution

 

June 3, 2013 Forest News
Q&A: WHO OWNS THE RIGHTS TO THE WORLD/S COMMON RESOURCES? http://blog.cifor.org/16672/qa-who-owns-the-rights-to-the-worlds-common-resources/#.Ub6-u-swOic


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, May 26, 2013 8:39 PM

The planet has plenty of water to go around (except in places with limited ground water).  Producing more clean water should be mostly the same as cleaning our dirty water.  And doing that mostly requires clean energy.  

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Breakthrough Technology Enables Crops To Take Nitrogen From The Air — Effective Means To Replace Nitrogen Fertilizers Developed

Breakthrough Technology Enables Crops To Take Nitrogen From The Air — Effective Means To Replace Nitrogen Fertilizers Developed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A potentially “world-changing” technology has been developed by researchers at the University of Nottingham — a means of enabling any type of crop to take nitrogen from the air. In other words, an effective means of phasing out expensive and environmentally damaging nitrogen fertilizers.

As it stands now, most crops are dependent upon nitrogen fertilizers, as they are unable to “fix” their own nitrogen from the air, as some plants/crops do (legumes mostly).

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Solar Energy Storage and Grid Usage | The Energy Collective

Solar Energy Storage and Grid Usage | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Proponents of intermittent renewable energy such as solar PV and wind often claim that these energy sources will reach parity with standard grid power in the near future.
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