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Why EIA, IEA, and Randers' 2052 Energy Forecasts are Wrong

Why EIA, IEA, and Randers' 2052 Energy Forecasts are Wrong | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What is the correct way to model the future course of energy and the economy? There are clearly huge amounts of oil, coal, and natural gas in the ground.  With different approaches, researchers can...
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Limits to Growth--At our doorstep, but not recognized

Limits to Growth--At our doorstep, but not recognized | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

How long can economic growth continue in a finite world? This is the question the 1972 book The Limits to Growth by Donella Meadows and others sought to answer. The computer models that the team of researchers produced strongly suggested that the world economy would collapse sometime in the first half of the 21st century.

 

I have been researching what the real situation is with respect to resource limits since 2005. The conclusion I am reaching is that the team of 1972 researchers were indeed correct. In fact, the promised collapse is practically right around the corner, beginning in the next year or two. In fact, many aspects of the collapse appear already to be taking place, such as the 2008-2009 Great Recession and the collapse of the economies of many smaller countries such as Greece and Spain. How could collapse be so close, with virtually no warning to the population?

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Eight workers rescued, nine still missing after fire at Harmony’s Doornkop mine

Eight workers rescued, nine still missing after fire at Harmony’s Doornkop mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Company says conditions underground remain challenging due to smoke and small landslides.
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Study finds bumblebees able to fly as high as Mount Everest

Study finds bumblebees able to fly as high as Mount Everest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A pair of researchers has found that alpine bumblebees are able to fly at altitudes in excess of twenty nine thousand simulated feet—higher than Mount Everest. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Michael Dillon and Robert Dudley, of the University of California and ...
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Study shows yogurt consumption reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes

Study shows yogurt consumption reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that higher consumption of yoghurt, compared with no consumption, can reduce the risk of new-onset type 2 diabetes by 28%. Scientists at the University of Cambridge found that in fact higher ...
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Showers and change rooms tempt cyclists out in the cold

Showers and change rooms tempt cyclists out in the cold | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the most effective ways for governments to encourage commuters to cycle, despite temperature extremes or rain, is to provide facilities such as bicycle parking, showers and change rooms, a report shows.
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In US, 'natural' food may be anything but

In US, 'natural' food may be anything but | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the United States, pre-packaged foods loaded with artificial ingredients and chemicals can make it onto grocery store shelves boasting the label 'natural.'
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Famed obfuscator proving thus far to be unhackable

Famed obfuscator proving thus far to be unhackable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —This past summer a team of researchers from MIT and UCLA, with affiliations with IBM and Microsoft published two papers on Cryptology ePrint Archive. The first described a protocol the team had developed that described how software could be scrambled to prevent someone else from seeing ...
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Top 5 items on Microsoft CEO's To-Do list

Top 5 items on Microsoft CEO's To-Do list | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As with any new CEO, Microsoft's Satya Nadella will have a packed agenda that includes filling top management roles and re-examining strategy. The tech giant on Tuesday named Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer. He is only the third chief executive in Microsoft's 38-year history. The longtime insider will ...
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Make supply chains climate-smart, Nature Commentary says

Make supply chains climate-smart, Nature Commentary says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Extreme weather events like super-typhoon Haiyan and hurricane Sandy can have major negative impacts on the world economy. So far, however, the effects on global production and consumption webs are missing from most assessments. This is a serious deficit, argues Anders Levermann from the Potsdam Institute ...
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Water supply availability 'to dominate US natural resource management'

Water supply availability 'to dominate US natural resource management' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water supply is the most pressing environmental issue facing the United States according to a survey of policy makers and scientists revealed in a new publication in BioScience by researchers at the University of York and the University of California, Davis.
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2013 sixth hottest year, UN says (Update)

2013 sixth hottest year, UN says (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last year tied for the sixth hottest on record, confirming that Earth's climate system is in the grip of warming that will affect generations to come, the UN's weather agency said Wednesday.
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Amazonian drought conditions add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere

Amazonian drought conditions add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

(Phys.org) —International study combines aircraft and ground data to measure the 'breath' of the Amazon forest.

 

As climates change, the lush tropical ecosystems of the Amazon Basin may release more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than they absorb, according to a new study published Feb. 6 in Nature.

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Big oil companies struggle to justify soaring project costs.

Big oil companies struggle to justify soaring project costs. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC spent more than $120 billion in 2013 to boost their oil and gas output. But the three oil giants have little to show for all their big spending.
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EU prepares scheme to stem use of conflict minerals — report

EU prepares scheme to stem use of conflict minerals — report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Proposal includes gold, tungsten, tantalum and tin, with the hope of force importers to classify those metals as coming from areas free of conflict.
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Metals mining sector accounts for 40% of toxic chemical releases in the US - EPA says

Metals mining sector accounts for 40% of toxic chemical releases in the US - EPA says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Releases of toxic chemicals in the US decreased by 12% in 2012, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most recent Toxic Releases Inventory (TRI) report. The metals mining sector accounts for 40% of the releases of TRI chemicals. Here's why.

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Botanists suggest Voynich illustrations similar to plants in Mexico

Botanists suggest Voynich illustrations similar to plants in Mexico | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A pair of botanists has published a paper in HerbalGram in which they note similarities between plant illustrations in the famed Voynich Manuscript and plant illustrations in old Mexican botanical books and suggest it might mean the Vonyich Manuscript has New World origins.
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People who know their 'heart age' make greater improvements to their heart health

People who know their 'heart age' make greater improvements to their heart health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research, published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, suggests that talking to patients about their heart health using the 'Heart Age' concept, a simple way of estimating and expressing cardiovascular risk, promotes behavioral changes that result in a reduction in their CVD ...
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Violent video games delay the development of moral judgement in teens

Violent video games delay the development of moral judgement in teens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mirjana Bajovic of Brock University set out to discover whether there was a link between the types of video games teens played, how long they played them, and the teens' levels of moral reasoning: their ability to take the perspective of others into account.
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Chinese scientists report first human death associated with new bird flu virus

Chinese scientists report first human death associated with new bird flu virus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tests on tracheal swab samples established that the virus was a new genetic reassortment avian-origin H10N8 virus (JX346). Whole genome sequencing indicated that all the genes of the virus were of avian origin, with six internal genes derived from avian H9N2 viruses that are circulating in poultry in ...
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Study identifies quake-prone concrete buildings in Los Angeles area

Study identifies quake-prone concrete buildings in Los Angeles area | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers in the National Science Foundation's George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation have identified concrete buildings constructed before roughly 1980 in the Los Angeles area. This category of buildings, sometimes referred to as nonductile concrete buildings, is known ...
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New Microsoft chief underlines Indian-bred success abroad (Update)

New Microsoft chief underlines Indian-bred success abroad (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India on Wednesday celebrated the appointment of Satya Nadella as the new chief executive of Microsoft, seeing it as another endorsement of home-grown talent that has risen to the top of the US corporate world.
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A 'smoking gun' on the Ice Age megafauna extinctions

A 'smoking gun' on the Ice Age megafauna extinctions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It was climate that killed many of the large mammals after the latest Ice Age. But what more specifically was it with the climate that led to this mass extinction? The answer to this is hidden in a large number of sediment samples from around the Arctic and in the gut content from permafrozen woolly ...
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Ocean debris leads the way for castaway fisherman

Ocean debris leads the way for castaway fisherman | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fisherman who washed up on the Marshall Islands last weekend was very lucky to have stranded on a remote beach there.
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US to build regional hubs to fight climate change

US to build regional hubs to fight climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The United States government announced a new system of regional hubs to tackle the effects of climate change on Wednesday as the country's southwest battle a historic drought.
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