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America’s natural gas system is super-leaky, and that’s bad news for the climate

America’s natural gas system is super-leaky, and that’s bad news for the climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The leaks are so egregious that it would actually be better for the climate to run buses on diesel than on natural gas, according to a new study.
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Australian Utilities Should Prepare For “Energy Darwinism”

Australian Utilities Should Prepare For “Energy Darwinism” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Originally published on RenewEconomy.
Leading investment bank Citigroup says Australian utilities will be impacted by the ‘energy Darwinism” that is currently sweeping the global electricity industries. And despite the opportunities that the transformation offers, incumbency is not likely to be an advantage and Australian utilities have a high risk that they will come off second best.

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Used Tesla Model S Is More Expensive Than New One

Used Tesla Model S Is More Expensive Than New One | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Originally published on Gas2.


It actually costs more to buy a used Tesla Model S than a brand new one, thanks to its enormous popularity… and impatient rich people. After more than a year on the market, Tesla still can’t build enough Model S sedans to meet immediate demand. That’s a very good problem to have, as long as you’re not in the market for a used Model S.

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How your DNA can reconstruct history

How your DNA can reconstruct history | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers used DNA to track historical mixings of populations during more than 4,000 years in a new study.
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OECD on climate change adaptation and resilience to flood risks - YouTube

OECD on climate change adaptation and resilience to flood risks - YouTube | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kathleen Dominique is an OECD Environmental Economist and is lead author on the OECD's work on water and climate change adaptation.
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Climate-change skepticism's funding sources are obscure

Climate-change skepticism's funding sources are obscure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In the high-stakes conflict over U.S. climate-change policy, groups that deny or cast doubt on global warming brought in $7.2 billion from 2003 through 2010 - less than a third of it publicly traceable to the donors.

 

In a recently released study of 91 such organizations, a Drexel University professor found that $5.2 billion of their funding was "dark money" from undisclosed sources. Also of unknown origin: $78 million channeled by major benefactors through a special nonprofit that then redirected the money while keeping the givers' identities private.

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Former CEO: Executive Pay Is 'A Fraud'

You can blame the stagnant economy on a "handful of women and men" who run the country's largest companies. And that's according to a man who used to be one of those people.

Executive pay has gotten so out of hand, former AT&T Broadband CEO Leo Hindery told HuffPost Live on Thursday, that it has caused a "structural breakdown of the meritocracy of our nation."

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Pay Pals - The Huffington Post

Pay Pals - The Huffington Post | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CEO pay is determined by a company's board of directors. Those directors are compensated for the time they spend shaping the company's strategy. A Huffington Post project shows what the Fortune 100 executives paid each other from 2008 to 2012.
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HuffPost Live

HuffPost Live is a live-streaming network that attempts to create the most social video experience possible. Viewers are invited to join discussions live as on-air guests. Topics range from politics to pop culture.
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How we know the greenhouse effect isn't saturated

How we know the greenhouse effect isn't saturated | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This is the Basic rebuttal to the myth 'CO2 effect is saturated.'


The mistaken idea that the Greenhouse Effect is 'saturated', that adding more CO2 will have virtually no effect, is based on a simple misunderstanding of how the Greenhouse Effect works. 

The myth goes something like this:

CO2 absorbs nearly all the Infrared (heat) radiation leaving the Earth's surface that it can absorb. True!Therefore adding more CO2 won't absorb much more IR radiation at the surface.True!Therefore adding more CO2 can't cause more warming. FALSE!!!

 

Here's why; it ignores the very simplest arithmetic. 


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Footage of ivory smuggling tips in stores angers activists

Footage of ivory smuggling tips in stores angers activists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 13, 2014 - Activists called Thursday for an outright ban on ivory trading in Hong Kong after TV footage emerged showing assistants in local stores giving advice on how to smuggle the material overseas.
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Indonesia orders 200,000 to evacuate as volcano erupts

Indonesia orders 200,000 to evacuate as volcano erupts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jakarta (AFP) Feb 13, 2014 - Hundreds of thousands of Indonesians were ordered to evacuate Friday after a volcano on the main island of Java erupted spectacularly, hurling red hot ash and rocks over a huge distance.
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165,000 without power in storm-battered Ireland

165,000 without power in storm-battered Ireland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dublin (AFP) Feb 13, 2014 - Over 165,000 homes were still without power across Ireland Thursday after strong winds battered the country in what forecasters suspect is the worst storm to hit the country in 16 years.
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Peak Oil and the socio-economic impact of depleting fossil fuel resources

Peak Oil and the socio-economic impact of depleting fossil fuel resources | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Progressive Radio's Gary Null talks peak oil, climate change, economy, culture, policy and much more with Kurt Cobb and Nate Hagens.
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Chevy Volt Owner Switching To Ford Fusion Energi Rather Than BMW i3

Chevy Volt Owner Switching To Ford Fusion Energi Rather Than BMW i3 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Chevy Volt owner recently offered an explanation to his Volt-owning colleagues (can we can you guys Volt-heads?) as to why he is moving on from the Chevy Volt, why he decided to drop his plan to get a BMW i3, and why he's stoked about his upcoming Ford Fusion Energi. It's a very interesting read,
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Solar Decathlon 2015 Returns To Southern California! Teams Announced

Solar Decathlon 2015 Returns To Southern California! Teams Announced | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on 1Sun4All.
The US Department of Energy has just announced the student teams and the location for the Solar Decathlon 2015. Included are eight returning teams, twelve new teams, and four teams that feature partners from international schools. I'm thrilled that the competition will be held in Southern California again, I'm already planning my trip! Visiting the student-built homes is inspiring
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Engineering the climate? - YouTube

Our climate is changing. The earth is warming up as a result of greenhouse gases emitted by humans. With serious implications: sea levels are rising, deserts...
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The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today

The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun's light to the top of 459-foot towers, where water is turned into steam to power turbines. Bingo: you have the world's biggest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.
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Food prices soar in Cameroon's cities as water runs short

Food prices soar in Cameroon's cities as water runs short | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Families are cutting back on meals as harvests fail, while the government struggles to shore up urban water supplies
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Infamous Rich Guy Says People With More Money Should Get More Votes

Infamous Rich Guy Says People With More Money Should Get More Votes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tom Perkins is desperately trying to extend his 15 minutes of infamy.

The 82-year-old venture capitalist, who recently made a lot of people angry by comparing progressives to Nazis, told an audience in San Francisco Thursday that people who pay m...
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Luxury CEO: 'Wealthy' 99 Percent Should Stop Whining

Luxury CEO: 'Wealthy' 99 Percent Should Stop Whining | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

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Bud Konheim has a message for all of the 99 percenters: You're luckier than you think.

Konheim, CEO and co-founder of luxury-fashion company Nicole Miller, said on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday that Americans not in the top 1 percent would be considered wealthy in most of the world. He said the 99ers should stop complaining and understand how lucky they are.

 

"We've got a country that the poverty level is wealth in 99 percent of the rest of the world," he said. "So we're talking about woe is me, woe is us, woe is this." He added that "the guy that's making, oh my God, he's making $35,000 a year, why don't we try that out in India or some countries we can't even name. China, anyplace, the guy is wealthy."

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Exclusive Data Paints Troubling Picture Of Skyrocketing CEO Pay

Exclusive Data Paints Troubling Picture Of Skyrocketing CEO Pay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The rise in U.S. income inequality in recent decades is largely due to massive wealth accumulating at the top of the income scale. The press and popular culture treat this phenomenon almost as if natural forces were guiding it -- an invisible hand dealing out different shares to different people.


But the hands doing the dealing are in fact quite visible. They belong to the directors of the boards of the major companies in the U.S. and around the globe. One key source of wealth at the very top is the pay of the executives of our largest companies. That pay is approved by corporate directors, who are themselves paid for their service. Many of those directors are also executives at other companies, meaning they sit on both sides of the arrangement.

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Tuna study reveals oil pollution causes heart problems

Tuna study reveals oil pollution causes heart problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chicago (AFP) Feb 13, 2014 - The reason people have more heart attacks when air pollution levels rise may have been revealed by a study on the impact of the BP oil spill on tuna, scientists said Thursday.
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London wildlife summit moves to choke off illegal markets

London wildlife summit moves to choke off illegal markets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London (AFP) Feb 13, 2014 - More than 40 countries including China and African states signed a declaration Thursday aimed at stamping out the illegal trade in wildlife, in a move broadly welcomed by conservation groups.
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Beckham gives cheer in Philippines typhoon zone

Beckham gives cheer in Philippines typhoon zone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tacloban, Philippines (AFP) Feb 13, 2014 - Football superstar David Beckham visited the Philippines on Thursday to give comfort to survivors of the Asian country's deadliest-ever typhoon - although not everyone was sure who he was.
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