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Follow Real-Time Contest Results for Solar Decathlon 2013

Follow Real-Time Contest Results for Solar Decathlon 2013 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on 1Sun4All.
New contest data displays are now available on the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon website, reports Solar Decathlon.
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Real-life hobbit village channels eco-values

Real-life hobbit village channels eco-values | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 07, 2013 - A real-life hobbit village will soon be nestled in the lush forests of a Swedish island, a whimsical housing scheme billed as the first of its kind - but behind the fantasy gimmick lies a genuine interest for...
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China says 'clock is ticking' on US debt ceiling

China says 'clock is ticking' on US debt ceiling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Oct 07, 2013 - A senior Chinese official voiced concern over a looming deadline for raising the US debt ceiling Monday, saying the clock is ticking to avoid a default that could seriously harm China's economic interests.
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Arctic shipping route may take 20 years, Maersk CEO: FT

Arctic shipping route may take 20 years, Maersk CEO: FT | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 07, 2013 - Commercial shipping routes across the Arctic will not be a reality for at least a decade or two, the head of the world's biggest container line told the Financial Times on Monday.
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Dutch fishermen give vanishing eels new lease of life

Dutch fishermen give vanishing eels new lease of life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nieuwendijk, Netherlands (AFP) Oct 07, 2013 - On an autumn morning on a small Dutch canal, fisherman Aart van der Waal pulls up a fish trap stuffed with squirming eels - not for the pot, but as part of a bold initiative to save the critically...
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Climate puzzle over origins of life on Earth

Climate puzzle over origins of life on Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manchester, UK (SPX) Oct 08, 2013 -
The mystery of why life on Earth evolved when it did has deepened with the publication of a new study in the latest edition of the journal Science.
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Researchers use climate model to better understand electricity in the air

Researchers use climate model to better understand electricity in the air | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 08, 2013 - Electrical currents born from thunderstorms are able to flow through the atmosphere and around the globe, causing a detectable electrification of the air even in places with no thunderstorm activity...
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Yale Environment 360: Eighty Percent of Ecosystems Vulnerable to Climate Change, Study Finds

Yale Environment 360: Eighty Percent of Ecosystems Vulnerable to Climate Change, Study Finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climate change could significantly transform up to 86 percent of the planet's land ecosystems under worst-case global warming scenarios, according to researchers at Germany's Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. That estimate is based on a 4 to 5 degree C temperature increase by the year 2100 — a scenario that is plausible given many nations' reluctance to enact greenhouse gas emissions limits, the researchers say. Even if global temperatures are kept to 2 degrees C above preindustrial levels, 20 percent of natural land ecosystems are at risk of moderate or major changes, especially high-altitude and high-latitude regions. Such changes could include boreal forests being transformed into temperate savannas, trees growing in thawed Arctic tundra, or even a dieback of some of the world's tropical forests. "Essentially, we would be leaving the world as we know it," says Sebastian Ostberg, who led the research. 

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Thai floods breach industrial park, but no replay of 2011 seen

Thai floods breach industrial park, but no replay of 2011 seen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Floodwater has breached an industrial estate to the east of the Thai capital, stirring fears that foreign and Thai companies face a repeat of the devastation suffered in 2011, but the estate's operator said water levels were manageable.

 

Thailand is the world's largest producer of hard-disk drives and a big supplier of electronic components and car parts.

 

Flooding in 2011 killed more than 800 people and caused major disruption to industry, cutting economic growth to just 0.1 percent. Global firms, including Apple Inc and Toyota Motor Corp, also faced supply disruptions.

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Farmers in north Pakistan valley welcome warmer climate, experts fret

Farmers in north Pakistan valley welcome warmer climate, experts fret | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the Hunza valley, higher temperatures and less snow are boosting crop yields, but experts are concerned about the wider impacts of melting glaciers
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Dengue grips Delhi: virus strain circulating this year more deadly

Dengue grips Delhi: virus strain circulating this year more deadly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Serotype DENV 2 has returned after a gap of a few years, which could be a reason for higher number of cases this year
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Full Extent Of Oil And Gas Spills From Colorado Floods Remains Unknown

Full Extent Of Oil And Gas Spills From Colorado Floods Remains Unknown | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There is much still to be learned about the flood’s impact on Colorado’s extensive oil and gas fields and its possible threats to health and the environment.
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Four years of floods have left Pakistan hungry – getting real about the human cost of climate change | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice

Four years of floods have left Pakistan hungry – getting real about the human cost of climate change | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I blogged earlier this week about how one effect of climate change is likely to be to make it harder for people to afford to buy the food they need, which may be a bigger cause of hunger than absolute reductions in food supplies per se.
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Carlos Ghosn “Test-Drives” The Autonomous, Self-Driving Nissan LEAF (Video)

Carlos Ghosn “Test-Drives” The Autonomous, Self-Driving Nissan LEAF (Video) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn (one of the biggest champions of electric cars in the world) recently had the chance to
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Australia hopes for China free trade deal in a year

Australia hopes for China free trade deal in a year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nusa Dua, Indonesia (AFP) Oct 07, 2013 - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday he hoped a free trade agreement with China could be concluded within a year, as he pushes for deeper ties with the Asian giant.
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Beijing aims to switch from coal to natural gas

Beijing aims to switch from coal to natural gas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (UPI) Oct 7, 2013 - Beijing plans to build four natural gas power-generating stations by the end of next year to replace coal-fired plants, the municipal government said.
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Rafael CAYUELA's curator insight, October 13, 2013 4:34 AM

SHALE GAS will make its inroads around the world..

 

 

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Japan dolphin-killing town to open marine park

Japan dolphin-killing town to open marine park | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 07, 2013 - The Japanese town made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove will open a marine park where visitors can swim with dolphins, but officials said Monday its annual slaughter of the creatures will continue in a...
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Africa's most biodiverse area endangered by UK oil firm: WWF

Africa's most biodiverse area endangered by UK oil firm: WWF | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Oct 07, 2013 - Environmental campaigners WWF filed a complaint on Monday against a British oil company accused of intimidating the local population and endangering wildlife in the oldest nature reserve in Africa.
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How the detergent of the atmosphere is regenerated

How the detergent of the atmosphere is regenerated | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Julich, Germany (SPX) Oct 08, 2013 -
Hydroxyl (OH) radicals - known as the detergent of the atmosphere - decompose isoprene in the air.
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Brown Recluse Spider's Silk Is Strong and Really Strange - Wired Science

Brown Recluse Spider's Silk Is Strong and Really Strange - Wired Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The brown recluse spider spins a silk unlike any other produced by known arachnids or insects. Instead of being round, the recluse silk fibers are flat and extremely thin, like a silky nanoribbon. And they’re spotted with tiny spherical dots, a team of scientists reports today in Advanced Materials.

 

“It’s so distinct from the traditional silks many of us look at,” said David Kaplan, a biopolymers engineer at Tufts University who was not involved in this study. “How you spin something with that shape is not trivial. The mechanism is something worth looking at in detail, with broad implications.”

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U.S. justices scheduled to consider climate change cases

U.S. justices scheduled to consider climate change cases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The regulations, which apply to a cross-section of polluters from vehicles to industrial facilities, aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Made in Japan: the new tool to mitigate climate change

Made in Japan: the new tool to mitigate climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The joint crediting mechanism will provide low-carbon technology to developing countries and help them to evaluate and cut carbon emissions
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NASA missions struggle to cope with shutdown

NASA missions struggle to cope with shutdown | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mars rovers keep going, but other spacecraft are grounded for now.
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Electric Car Sales For 2013 Are Up Over 440 Percent From This Time In 2012

Electric Car Sales For 2013 Are Up Over 440 Percent From This Time In 2012 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The increase highlights both the underlying strengths of the EV market, and the challenges it still faces.
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Why Big Coal's export terminals could be even worse than the Keystone XL pipeline

Why Big Coal's export terminals could be even worse than the Keystone XL pipeline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Proposed Northwest coal ports could have a bigger climate impact—with local pollution to boot.
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