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Kohler helps Caltech in quest to reinvent toilet for world's poor

Kohler helps Caltech in quest to reinvent toilet for world's poor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Aligning with doctoral students in California and a Sheboygan-raised professor, Kohler Co. is lending a hand to an effort to reinvent the toilet.
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Seafloor Marine Life Face Major Threat from Climate | Climate Central

Seafloor Marine Life Face Major Threat from Climate | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New study says creatures deep beneath ocean surface will be badly hit by climate change, also affecting fisheries.
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Major El Nino events likely to double in next century

Major El Nino events likely to double in next century | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The worst El Nino weather events, which are linked to devastating natural disasters and reduced Australian rainfall, will double with dangerous climate change, research has found.
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Intel To Cut 5,300 Jobs in 2014

Intel To Cut 5,300 Jobs in 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Intel plans to cut five percent of its global workforce in 2014, the company said Friday. The announcement, first reported by Reuters, comes a day after the company released its...
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A world without antibiotics? The risk is real: experts

A world without antibiotics? The risk is real: experts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Jan 19, 2014 - Humans face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics, a world of plummeting life expectancy where people die from diseases easily treatable today, scientists say.
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Death toll from Philippines storm climbs to 40

Death toll from Philippines storm climbs to 40 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manila (AFP) Jan 19, 2014 - The death toll from the first storm to batter the disaster-prone Philippines this year has climbed to 40, officials said Sunday, as forecasters warned more heavy rain was on its way.
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Easing conditions help Australian fire crews

Easing conditions help Australian fire crews | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sydney (AFP) Jan 19, 2014 - Easing conditions Sunday helped Australian fire crews battling major wildfires that destroyed 25 homes in the nation's southeast following a week-long heatwave, with warnings of a long and dangerous season ahead.
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An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles

An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A net-zero prefab home design is set to reinvigorate a down-at-the-heels Los Angeles neighborhood.

In 2011, Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles (RNLA), a nonprofit that invests in housing, sent out a request for affordable, sustainable designs for lots in the city’s South Central area. “We very much want to introduce new design ideas and new technologies to low- and moderate-income districts,” explains John Perfitt, executive director. “Good design and new construction methods can, over time, have a very positive influence in restoring neighborhoods.”

After whittling down the field from nine proposals, they selected a net-zero prefab design submitted by Habitat for Humanity and Minarc, a Santa Monica–based architecture firm known for its innovative, energy-efficient kit houses. Thanks to a streamlined, waste-free construction method and affordable materials, like cement board cladding and Cradle to Cradle–certified panels, the firm’s three 1,200-square-foot homes came in at the requisite $150 per square foot—including foundation, trans- portation of the modular components, and rooftop solar panels that offset 95 percent of the structures’ energy demands...


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Jim Gramata's curator insight, October 27, 2014 12:17 PM

Pre-fab + net zero + affordable = new housing development model

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Sluggish Economy Prompts Europe to Reconsider Its Intentions on Climate Change

Sluggish Economy Prompts Europe to Reconsider Its Intentions on Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
European Union officials are having second thoughts about how aggressively to remake the Continent’s energy-producing sector.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, January 18, 2014 7:56 AM

Giving in to heavy lobbying from conservative European industries, the European Union is on the verge of making a radical U-turn on its already weak and inefficient climate and energy targets. It will leave future generations of Europeans with a dramatic legacy of suffering and debt. Time to start thinking of making them responsible for their actions before the International Court of Human Rights for crimes against humanity.

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Brésil: pire sécheresse en 30 ans pour les paysans du Nordeste

Une chèvre noire sous un arbre sec : c'est le seul animal qu'il reste à Maria Juana Rodrigues, agricultrice à Quixada, dans le Nordeste duBrésil. Il y a deux ans, la retraitée possédait encore une douzaine de têtes de bétail.

 

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India Could Reach 100% Renewables By Mid-Century

India Could Reach 100% Renewables By Mid-Century | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy by Emma Fitzpatrick When the world thinks of countries that could go 100 per cent renewable, the immediate thoughts go to islands with solar and storage, hydro and geothermal rich countries such as Iceland, or...
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Renault Electric Vehicles (Pics & Some Details)

Renault Electric Vehicles (Pics & Some Details) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I recently got a chance to check out Renault's entire electric vehicle lineup at EVS27 in Barcelona.
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Turning Off Australia’s Solar Generation — What Would Happen?

Turning Off Australia’s Solar Generation — What Would Happen? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy A few weeks ago when discussing some of the frustrations about the poisoned politics of solar PV over a pre-Christmas glass of wine, one solar industry executive ventured this idea: Maybe the only way to point ...
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Small Projects, Big Changes in Climate Risk in Honduran Slums - Inter Press Service

Small Projects, Big Changes in Climate Risk in Honduran Slums - Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For some 250,000 shantytown-dwellers in the Honduran capital, fear of dying or losing their home due to a landslide or other weather-related event has been
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Building a road to open up the riches of Canada's North

Building a road to open up the riches of Canada's North | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new $300-million all-weather road near the Arctic hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, NWT, will stretch 140 kilometres south to Inuvik, bringing the possibility of opening up the riches of Canada’s North
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California drought: Water officials look to rules of '70s

California drought: Water officials look to rules of '70s | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
[...] Minton, a water adviser for the Planning and Conservation League, says it's with a sense of deja vu that he looks out now over the normally mighty American, which hit its lowest level in decades last week.
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Extreme El Niños Could Hit Twice As Often

Extreme El Niños Could Hit Twice As Often | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The most intense El Niño events may soon hit every 10 years, instead of every 20 years, thanks to warming water in the eastern Pacific Ocean, a new study predicts.
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Japanese fishermen capture dolphins ahead of slaughter

Japanese fishermen capture dolphins ahead of slaughter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 18, 2014 - Fishermen and divers caught at least 25 dolphins in a controversial Japanese fishing village Saturday, according to environmentalists, who said the process was captive selection ahead of a mass slaughter.
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Uruguay farmers set against open-pit iron ore mine

Uruguay farmers set against open-pit iron ore mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Montevideo, Uruguay (UPI) Jan 16, 2013 -
Uruguayan miners and environmentalists are increasingly set against President Jose Mujica going ahead with an open-pit iron ore mine's development, which they want scrapped.
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Next 15 years vital for taming warming: UN panel

Next 15 years vital for taming warming: UN panel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Jan 17, 2014 - The next 15 years will be vital in determining whether global warming can be limited to 2C (3.6F) by 2100, with energy and transport presenting the heftiest challenges, according to a draft UN report.
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Urbanisme : le défi de la résilience énergétique

Urbanisme : le défi de la résilience énergétique | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Le développement des agglomérations urbaines, accompagné d'une dépendance énergétique de plus en plus forte avec la pénétration des appareils électroniques pose de nouveau la question de la sécurisation énergétique.


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The onrushing wave

The onrushing wave | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Previous technological innovation has always delivered more long-run employment, not less. But things can change


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Technology Innovation and jobs.

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Indian Microgrids Aim to Bring Millions out of Darkness

Indian Microgrids Aim to  Bring Millions out of Darkness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Powered by solar panels and biomass, microgrids are spreading slowly across India, where 300 million people live without electricity. But can these off-grid technologies be scaled-up to bring low-carbon power to tens of millions of people?
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The Story Of Solutions — Changing The Game (VIDEO)

The Story Of Solutions — Changing The Game (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This is a good video from the rather famous “Story of Stuff” people. I think it speaks for itself:

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US Marines ExFOB 2014 Seeks Next-Gen Energy Harvesting Systems

US Marines ExFOB 2014 Seeks Next-Gen Energy Harvesting Systems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We've written before about the US Marines Experimental Forward Operating Base (ExFOB) project, and with a mid-May demonstration event for energy harvesting systems ahead this year, now is a good time to check in and see what they're up to.
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