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Terrestrial ecosystems at risk of major shifts as temperatures increase

Terrestrial ecosystems at risk of major shifts as temperatures increase | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Oct 11, 2013 -
Over 80% of the world's ice-free land is at risk of profound ecosystem transformation by 2100, a new study reveals.
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Desperate indigenous group brings BHP's Cerro Matoso to a halt

Desperate indigenous group brings BHP's Cerro Matoso to a halt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"People don't have anywhere to live, and they also are getting cancer from the mining operation."
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North Dakota Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Barrels Of Crude Oil

North Dakota Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Barrels Of Crude Oil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pipeline from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota spilled more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil, state officials reported Thursday.
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The Benefits Of Public Transport + Infographic

The Benefits Of Public Transport + Infographic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The benefits of public transport have always been relatively obvious to me -- it's cheaper than owning and driving a car. As I've gotten older, however, the benefits have become somewhat more expansive, encompassing more than my own wallet.
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ARENA Looks To Accelerate Renewable Hybrid Power Plants

ARENA Looks To Accelerate Renewable Hybrid Power Plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency says it will soon unveil its strategy for a widespread “hybridisation” of Australia’s fleet of fossil fuel power plants.
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New Zealand Opens ‘World’s Largest’ Binary Geothermal Power Plant

New Zealand Opens ‘World’s Largest’ Binary Geothermal Power Plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy
by Sophie Vorrath
New Zealand has commissioned its newest renewable power plant, Mighty River Power’s Ngatamariki Geothermal Power Station, near Taupo on the country’s North Island.
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Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Team Santa Clara's Radiant House boasts earth walls and a whole lot of bamboo at the Solar Decathlon in Irvine, California
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Can Cities Solve Climate Change?: Scientific American

Can Cities Solve Climate Change?: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warming is global, but efforts at the local level make the most difference
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Study Finds Setbacks in Carbon Capture Projects

Study Finds Setbacks in Carbon Capture Projects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of large projects to capture and bury carbon dioxide has fallen, a report says, even though scientists say such projects are needed to fight climate change.
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Cold Years in the Future Could Be Hotter Than the Hottest Years Now | TIME.com

Cold Years in the Future Could Be Hotter Than the Hottest Years Now | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study calculates that by 2047, average temperatures across much of the planet will rise to levels higher than we've ever seen in recent history
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US astronomy organization plans closure of Arizona scopes : Nature News Blog

US astronomy organization plans closure of Arizona scopes : Nature News Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), an organization based in Tucson, Arizona, that runs a number of major ground-based telescopes, is preparing to furlough its employees in Arizona if the US government shutdown continues past 18 October — but it will keep workers on in Chile.


Telescopes atop Kitt Peak, in Arizona, include the NOAO’s 4-metre Mayall telescope (foreground).

NOAO/AURA/NSF

Chilean labour laws forbid putting employees on involuntary unpaid leave, says David Silva, director of the NOAO. “We are making a triage decision that says we will continue Chilean operations.”

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Get ready for record temperatures…for the rest of your life

Get ready for record temperatures…for the rest of your life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 35 years, US cities consistently will be hotter than their hottest year on record.
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Compost. Yes, Compost. | The Nature Conservancy

Compost. Yes, Compost. | The Nature Conservancy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

I compost — I confess it. It wasn't always easy. I floundered for a couple of years. But now every bit of compostable material from my kitchen and yard makes its way through my pair of backyard compost bins — two black, recycled-plastic beauties, one of which I purchased through a local municipal waste facility for less than $40.

Here's how I do it:

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Forests most likely to continue shrinking

Forests most likely to continue shrinking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Oct 11, 2013 -
Forest cover around the world will continue a slow shrinking before stabilizing at a lower level, according to a new study from the University of Guelph.
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UN takes on mercury pollution with Japan leading the way

UN takes on mercury pollution with Japan leading the way | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New treaty to curb illegal gold mining operations and target coal-fired power plants.
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Marcus Bleasdale's Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Marcus Bleasdale's Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Meet the people who put their lives on the line, enduring horrifying conditions, in order to harvest the precious minerals needed to make your smartphone.
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8 Practical Local Energy Policies To Boost The Economy

8 Practical Local Energy Policies To Boost The Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website
The economy has stalled and so has the war on climate change.
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China and Coal Resources | The Energy Collective

China and Coal Resources | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese coal is one of the world’s largest contributors to carbon emissions, so when two reports project a peak in Chinese coal consumption, many energy commentators concluded that the problem has been tamed.
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LED Lighting – A Solution for Developing Countries | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

LED Lighting – A Solution for Developing Countries | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world’s poorest countries are investing more in LED lighting, energy storage, and other off-grid electricity technologies, according to a report by Larry
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Home Solar Energy and Guiding Regulations | The Energy Collective

Home Solar Energy and Guiding Regulations | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new, more rigorous method for calculating the value of solar energy could give regulators the tools they need to resolve the growing tension between utilities and rooftop solar builders.
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Carbon Markets Cut Emissions 17x Cheaper Than Subsidies

Carbon Markets Cut Emissions 17x Cheaper Than Subsidies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The cornerstone appeal of carbon markets is their ability to cut emissions while creating clean energy investments – but it turns out they may be far more effective at the task than anyone could have ever imagined.
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SolarCity Buys Zep: Behold The Power of Vertical Integration

SolarCity Buys Zep: Behold The Power of Vertical Integration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SolarCity is acquiring Zep Solar and its rackless mounting design in a $158 million stock deal, illustrating the growing importance of improving costs and complexity in residential solar.
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Traditional innovation in farming is under threat

Traditional innovation in farming is under threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Fields are living laboratories in which an army of innovators works daily - they need recognition and support.

 

When policymakers think of innovation they tend to think of laboratories or the spaces where designers and engineers create solutions to pressing problems. But this ignores a more longstanding and widespread form of innovation.

Communities that live close to nature continually create innovative approaches in farming and other sectors by building on knowledge and practices refined over generations. For instance, farmers around the world experiment with local crops to develop varieties that cope better with drought or pests.

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CO2 101: Why is carbon dioxide bad?

CO2 101: Why is carbon dioxide bad? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This greenhouse gas traps heat in the atmosphere, contributing to climate change.

 

We hear a lot about carbon dioxide when we talk about climate change, but sometimes it's important to go back and examine why too much CO2 in the atmosphere is a bad thing. CO2 — a naturally occurring gas that is also emitted at great levels by human activity — is one of several greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Other greenhouse gases include water vapor, methane, ozone, nitrous oxide and halocarbons. To understand the impact of these gases, we first start with the sun, which sends solar radiation in the form of light to Earth. The atmosphere deflects some of this radiation, while the rest hits the planetary surface and warms the land and oceans. The Earth then radiates its own heat back up in the form of infrared rays. Some of those rays escape the atmosphere, while others are absorbed and then re-emitted by the atmospheric gases. 
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15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality: A breath of fresh air

15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality: A breath of fresh air | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the late '80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
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