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Sustainability is impossible until companies admit environmental cost

Sustainability is impossible until companies admit environmental cost | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While companies' impact on the environment remains ignored the question of how society deals with the consequence of this damage will remain unanswered

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El vórtice polar trae frío allí y allá, pero no a todas partes

El vórtice polar trae frío allí  y allá, pero no a todas partes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pocos días de un tiempo inusualmente frío en los EE.UU. y Canadá no son una señal de la tendencia de más de un siglo del aumento de las temperaturas superficiales globales se ha revertido.

Via Ursula Sola de Hinestrosa
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La « liberté des semences », une technique ancestrale au service de l’agriculture durable

La « liberté des semences »,  une technique ancestrale au service de l’agriculture durable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Qu’est-ce qu’une semence ? Une semence est la toute petite essence à partir de laquelle toute notre nourriture végétale et céréale pousse.

Via Tinkuy, Aquitaine decroissance
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Cyclone Power Technologies' Waste Heat Engine project moves to Center for Automotive Research for next commercialization phase | The Ohio State Center for Automotive Research

Cyclone Power Technologies' Waste Heat Engine project moves to Center for Automotive Research for next commercialization phase | The Ohio State Center for Automotive Research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
RT @OSUCtrAutoRsrch: @CyclonePower's #wasteheat engine moves to CAR for next commercialization phase #osuinnovates http://t.co/2npeVsN6qY h…

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Jean Jouzel et l'inéluctable réchauffement climatique

Regarder la vidéo «Jean Jouzel et l'inéluctable réchauffement climatique» envoyée par France Info sur Dailymotion.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Colorado Rooftop Solar Under Threat

Colorado Rooftop Solar Under Threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Reviving Gaia
by Roy L. Hales


The relationship between Colorado’s rooftop solar industry and the state’s principal investor owned utility, Xcel, seemed good in 2012.
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Hilarious & Fascinating Interview With Elon Musk & Brother Kimbal Musk (VIDEO)

Hilarious & Fascinating Interview With Elon Musk & Brother Kimbal Musk (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Following up on the very interesting Stanford interview with Elon Musk and a snippet from an interview with Elon and Bob Lutz, here is an equally interesting (perhaps even more interesting) interview with Elon and his brother, Kimbal Musk.
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Planes, Trains, & Pretty Much Everything Else More Efficient Than Cars

Planes, Trains, & Pretty Much Everything Else More Efficient Than Cars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report released by a research professor at the University of Michigan Research Institute looking at data collected from 1970 to 2010 has shown that pretty much every form of transportation is more efficient than the good old-fashioned...
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Time to Make Abrupt Climate Change and Earth Observation a Policy Priority

Time to Make Abrupt Climate Change and Earth Observation a Policy Priority | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The National Research Council released a new report in December calling for the development of an Abrupt Change Early Warning System (ACEWS), adding to the growing list of energy and climate policies the world needs to rapidly adopt.
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Mapping the American Carbon Footprint, Down to the Last Zip Code [INTERACTIVE MAPS]

Mapping the American Carbon Footprint, Down to the Last Zip Code [INTERACTIVE MAPS] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Time and again studies have shown that urbanization can deliver large carbon reductions by reducing per capita energy use in transport, housing and construction.
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Electric Vehicles Are Just Better

Electric Vehicles Are Just Better | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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by Roy L. Hales


Brad Gibson was so disturbed by the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” that he decided to never buy another car that burned gas to commute.
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Catching the second wave: Fossil fuel divestment and ethical finance

Catching the second wave: Fossil fuel divestment and ethical finance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fossil fuel divestment movement is growing so fast that it may, in the words of an Oxford University report, already be entering the second wave of divestment.
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World may have to suck greenhouse gases from air to meet climate goals - UN

World may have to suck greenhouse gases from air to meet climate goals - UN | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A flexible tube for CO2 is connected to a truck before the first official run of the "Schwarze Pumpe" in Spremberg, Germany, Sept. 9, 2008. Vattenfall's CO2-free power plant is a pilot project for carbon capture and storage (CCS).
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PROJECT: ICE Documentary Portrays Changing Climate on the Great Lakes

PROJECT: ICE Documentary Portrays Changing Climate on the Great Lakes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the polar vortex descended on Washington, D.C. on Monday night, my husband and I joined Water Currents editor Brian Clark Howard for a private screening of PROJECT: ICE, a fascinating new documentary about the Great Lakes.

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Google Highlights Global Deforestation with Interactive Map

Google Highlights Global Deforestation with Interactive Map | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Google earth has partnered with a research team at the University of Maryland in the realization of an interactive, digital map that highlights global deforestation.

The data used has been compiled from the results of a decade long analysis of 654,178 landsat images. each color indication on the interface corresponds to collected informational evidence: red -- forest loss from 2000-2012; blue -- forest gain from 2000-2012; magenta -- both loss and gain; green -- forest extent.


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Will we be in time to turn around the amount of deforestation on the earth to stop the destruction?

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As part of budget deal, Congress blocks light bulb efficiency standards

As part of budget deal, Congress blocks light bulb efficiency standards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Shortly after the US Department of Energy helped broker a deal that would see television set-top boxes save their users a billion dollars’ worth of electricity, another branch of the government has decided to undercut energy efficiency efforts. As part of the new budget deal announced today, Congress has voted to eliminate standards for light bulb efficiency, standards that would see incandescent bulbs phased out in favor of technologies that convert far more electricity into light.


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Syngenta - Assurer la durabilité des innovations

Syngenta - Assurer la durabilité des innovations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Syngenta lance de nouvelles associations de matières actives contre les maladies des céréales en pensant à la manière dont elles s'inscriront dans les programmes, dans la rotation.

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ALEC Gain An Inside Track On Colorado Solar

ALEC Gain An Inside Track On Colorado Solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Governor Hickenlooper (D-CO) nominated former Colorado State Representative Glenn Vaad to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.  Mr. Vaad began his 4 year term on January 7th while waiting for his confirmation by the Colorado State Senate.  The interesting point about Mr. Vaad’s nomination is that the former Representative was quite active in supporting and being involved in ALEC, the corporate anti-solar lobbying group.  Mr. Vaad is a past winner of the “Legislator of the Year” award from ALEC and an attendee on some ALEC sponsored trips.  Additionally, Mr. Vaad chaired an ALEC committee which included topics covering commerce and infrastructure.

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The Grand Challenge of the Energy Transition

The Grand Challenge of the Energy Transition | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How are we going to meet the challenge of functioning without fossil fuels?
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Review of After Oil: SF Visions Of A Post-Petroleum World (short story collection edited by John Michael Greer)

Review of After Oil: SF Visions Of A Post-Petroleum World (short story collection edited by John Michael Greer) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“Science fiction is a metaphor, but it is not for predicting the future.” These are the words of science fiction visionary James Cameron, the filmmaker behind such classics as Terminator,Titanic and Avatar.* When Cameron made this statement, he was trying to combat one of the most widely held misconceptions about science fiction, which is that it seeks to foretell the future. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is wrongheaded to fault science fiction storytellers for wrong predictions or credit them for right ones, when most see themselves not as envisioning the future at all, but rather as weaving imaginative tales set in possible futures.

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The Electric Car — One Man’s Story

The Electric Car — One Man’s Story | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It was almost inevitable that Chad Schwitters would buy an EV. He had used biodiesel, rode the bus, carpooled, moved close enough to work that he could walk, etc – all for environmental reasons.

 He didn’t know anybody who owned EV, and thought they would probably “suck,” but was willing to make the sacrifice. He was wrong.

 

“It turns out there is no sacrifice, EVs are better cars,” Schwitters said. “Even if somebody invented carbon-free domestic gasoline and gave it away for free, I would still drive electric simply because the experience is so much better.”

 

He and his wife save about $200/month using electricity instead of gas.

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Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones

Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are working on the world’s tiniest wind farm that could fit on a grain of rice and charge your smartphone.
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Measuring Energy Efficiency and Improving Systems | The Energy Collective

Measuring Energy Efficiency and Improving Systems | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How are the nation’s utility energy efficiency programs like my 4th-grade California public elementary school classroom?Well, let me tell you about Ms. Gulbransen’s strategy to help stretch our class’s resources in the face of budgetary constraints.
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Tesla Has Supercharger Routes Up & Down & Around The US (Map)

Tesla Has Supercharger Routes Up & Down & Around The US (Map) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tesla Motors announced the other day that it had “just opened a bunch of Superchargers to help us get closer to energizing our cross-country route!” The announcement came through twitter, as you can see in the tweet below.

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Netherlands is country with most plentiful, healthy food - Oxfam

Netherlands is country with most plentiful, healthy food - Oxfam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Netherlands nudged past France and Switzerland as the country with the most nutritious, plentiful and healthy food, while the United States and Japan failed to make it into the top 20, a new ranking released by Oxfam on Tuesday showed.

 

Chad came in last on the list of 125 nations, behind Ethiopia and Angola, in the food index from the international relief and development organization.

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