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Scientists More Certain Humans Are Heating the Planet | MIT Technology Review

Scientists More Certain Humans Are Heating the Planet | MIT Technology Review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The latest report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that scientists are more certain than ever that humans are causing global warming, and that climate change will get worse if greenhouse gas levels continue to rise.

 

The report is influential with policymakers because it represents the consensus of hundreds of scientists who have worked for years to draw conclusions from the scientific research on climate change.

 

The report, the first of four IPCC reports scheduled for this year, focuses on the science of climate change. The other reports will take a closer look at the likely impacts of climate change and what can be done to minimize them.


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#Oceans are taking the brunt of #ClimateChange ~ ~~ #IPPC

#Oceans are taking the brunt of #ClimateChange ~ ~~ #IPPC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As politicians, scientists and the world's media begin to respond to the latest IPCC report, Jack Wilson reminds us of the critical role that oceans play in mitigating the impacts of climate change and explains just how detrimental this role is to...

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Consumption and Carbon Costs | The Energy Collective

Consumption and Carbon Costs | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Food production, from the growth and harvesting of food all the way to it's transportation and consumption, results in a huge volume of greenhouse gases, but these vary greatly between foods. This video looks at what a low carbon food is.
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3-D models of electrical streamers

3-D models of electrical streamers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed an accurate 3-D model of streamer propagation that qualitatively and quantitatively describes the streamer development, an advance that may impact applications such as medical imaging, aerospace engineering, power...
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Biomass Gets A Slice Of Army’s $7 Billion Renewable Energy Pie

Biomass Gets A Slice Of Army’s $7 Billion Renewable Energy Pie | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We've been following the US Army Corps of Engineers' ambitious $7 billion renewable energy plan, and it looks like the first round of contracts has concluded with smooth sailing.
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New Saab Production Begins, EVs Coming Next Year

New Saab Production Begins, EVs Coming Next Year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fans of quirky Swedish design have a lot to celebrate this week, as Saab has rises from the ashes of GM's bankruptcy and begun production of its 9-3 sedan once again!
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Fossil Fuels Need to Stay Unburned to Meet Climate Target

Fossil Fuels Need to Stay Unburned to Meet Climate Target | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most known reserves of fossil fuels will need to stay unburned to stop temperatures rising beyond a United Nations target that seeks to curb climate-change dangers.
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The 5 Most Sobering Charts from the IPCC Climate Report | Climate Central

The 5 Most Sobering Charts from the IPCC Climate Report | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The IPCC's new climate science report contains vital charts about the future of our climate, and they're not pretty.
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With water treaty set to expire, future of Columbia River up for debate

With water treaty set to expire, future of Columbia River up for debate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the five decades since signing of agreement governing the usage of the river, Mark Hume and Justine Hunter report, the values and priorities have changed significantly – namely, a focus on the environment...
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'Coal Caucus' formed to oppose new strict federal emission limits on coal plants

'Coal Caucus' formed to oppose new strict federal emission limits on coal plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Republican Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers have formed a “Coal Caucus” to oppose new strict
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S. Ind. winery turning to the sun for power

S. Ind. winery turning to the sun for power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sunlight's not exactly powering fermentation, but a winery in Owen County is installing solar panels that it hopes will offset more than 65 percent of its annual electricity use.
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Frackers Guzzle Water as Texas Goes Thirsty | TIME.com

Frackers Guzzle Water as Texas Goes Thirsty | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rain has been scarce in South Texas, where the oil and gas boom is depleting precious aquifers
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The REAL Fukushima Danger

The Real Problem ... The fact that the Fukushima reactors have been leaking huge amounts of radioactive water ever since the 2011 earthquake is certainly newsworthy.  As are the facts that: Tepco d...
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Towards Permaculture Centres Worldwide

Geoff Lawton explaining the need to establish self-sustaining Permaculture centres around the world. More info: www.ecofilms.com.au

 

From: http://www.permaculturenews.org/about-permaculture-and-the-pri/

 

The Mission of the Permaculture Research Institute is to work with individuals and communities worldwide, to expand the knowledge and practice of integrated, sustainable agriculture and culture using the whole-systems approach of permaculture design. This will provide solutions for permanent abundance by training local people to become leaders of sustainable development in their communities and countries.

 

Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale. It is a multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development.

 

The Permaculture Research Institute works to establish a global network of educational demonstration sites, which operate as education centres that seek to replicate themselves across their respective surrounding regions. Each demonstration site seeks to become financially self-sufficient within three years[...]

 

Permaculture (the word, coined by Bill Mollison, is a portmanteau of permanent agriculture and permanent culture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people — providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.

 

The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

 

Recycling of nutrients and energy in nature is a function of many species. In our gardens, it is our own responsibility to return wastes (via compost or mulch) to the soil and plants. We actively create soil in our gardens, whereas in nature many other species carry out that function. Around our homes we can catch water for garden use, but we rely on natural forested landscapes to provide the condenser leaves and clouds to keep rivers running with clean water, to maintain the global atmosphere, and to lock up our gaseous pollutants. Thus, even anthropocentric people would be well-advised to pay close attention to, and to assist in, conservation of existing forests and to assist in, the conservation of all existing species and allow them a place to live.

 


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Building a worldwide network of permaculture centers that reach every corner of the world where humanity resides will ensure that abundant localized food sources will be available sustainably for all, but moreover, we can begin to effectively reverse the damage to the environment caused by the predominant unsustainable factory agriculture.

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Fukushima: un bout de plastique probable cause de la panne

Fukushima: un bout de plastique probable cause de la panne | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tokyo - Un morceau de revêtement plastique qui a bloqué les tuyaux d'écoulement serait à l'origine de la panne du système de décontamination d'eau radioactive ALPS de la centrale accidentée deFukushima, a annoncé dimanche l'opérateur de la centrale.

 


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Pioneering Commercial Solar Microgrid Completed

Pioneering Commercial Solar Microgrid Completed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Microgrids, by all accounts I've seen, are projected to increase considerably in the coming years.
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California's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law: Scientific American

California's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three regions in California have now formally adopted transportation plans designed to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases
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Samantha Fuller's curator insight, October 2, 2013 7:20 PM

 "San Diego, Sacramento and southern California have now instituted transportation plans mandated by the state's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law." Although Washingtons poloticions are still debating to mandate greenhouse gas amition cutbacks some states taking action on their own. California plans to create this “sustainable communities strategy”  by "establishing greenhouse gas reduction targets through integrated land use, housing and transportation planning." Most enviromental leaders say this is a step in the right direction, but others worry it won't go far enough.

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Omega Center Conference Draws Big-name Speakers

Omega Center Conference Draws Big-name Speakers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Next week's OCSL (Omega Center for Sustainable Living) conference is turning out to be one of the most power-packed sustainability meetings of 2013.
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India and America and IPCC Report | The Energy Collective

India and America and IPCC Report | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report’s release coincides with Indian Prime Minister Singh’s visit with President Obama, where we hope the leaders engage on the timely issues addressed in the IPCC report.
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Heat is on as costs of tackling global warming set to soar

Heat is on as costs of tackling global warming set to soar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The effects of global warming on Australia are well documented. Some are already being seen.
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Major aftershock of this week’s deadly earthquake hits southwest Pakistan

Major aftershock of this week’s deadly earthquake hits southwest Pakistan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

QUETTA, Pakistan — A major earthquake rocked Pakistan’s southwest Saturday, killing at least 15 and sending panicked people running into the street just days after another quake in the same region killed hundreds, officials said.

 

The U.S. Geological Survey said on its website that a 6.8 magnitude quake was felt in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province.

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Prions — in plants? New concern for chronic wasting disease | WisconsinWatch.org

Prions — in plants? New concern for chronic wasting disease | WisconsinWatch.org | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Ron Seely Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Prions — the infectious, deformed proteins that cause chronic wasting disease in deer —
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Gas boom has its own climate questions

Earlier this month, when business boosters, community organizers and labor advocates gathered to brainstorm about diversifying the economy in West Virginia's coalfields, one alternative was mentioned over and over: The boom in natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale region of the state.

 

Over the past decade, West Virginia's natural gas production has more than doubled. Jobs in the industry have jumped by 55 percent.

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Kauai pesticide measure passes council committee

Kauai pesticide measure passes council committee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A controversial measure that would require industrial farmers on Kauai to disclose the chemicals in the pesticides they are using was approved by a county council committee.
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Citrus Growers, Beekeepers at Loggerheads Over Pesticides

Citrus Growers, Beekeepers at Loggerheads Over Pesticides | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LAKE ALFRED | State officials hope to avert a civil war between the citrus industry, one of Florida's largest agricultural commodities, and beekeepers, one of its smallest farm sectors.
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