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How to rob a bank (from the inside, that is)

How to rob a bank (from the inside, that is) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
William Black is a former bank regulator who’s seen firsthand how banking systems can be used to commit fraud — and how “liar's loans” and other tricky tactics led to the 2008 US banking crisis that threatened the international economy. In this engaging talk, Black, now an academic, reveals the best way to rob a bank — from the inside.
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Rising Resource Costs Escalate Odds of Global Unrest

Rising Resource Costs Escalate Odds of Global Unrest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As we observe the growing unrest in Ukraine, there is the usual rush to ascribe a cause. Was it meddling by the West? Russia? Was it corruption by prior leaders? Simmering resentments that stretch bac
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China releases 'social harmony index'

China releases 'social harmony index' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 13, 2014 - China has released its first-ever rural social harmony index, state media reported Tuesday, with Communist authorities apparently able to measure happiness down to the nearest ten-thousandth of a decimal point.
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Beijing launches armed police patrol force

Beijing launches armed police patrol force | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 12, 2014 - Beijing launched armed police patrols Monday to handle violent incidents in the capital, city authorities said, three weeks ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown and after a series of attacks on civilians.
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Reefs cheaper than concrete to protect coast cities

Reefs cheaper than concrete to protect coast cities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) May 13, 2014 - Coral reefs are as good as concrete defences at protecting tropical coastal cities from rising seas but are far cheaper, scientists said in a study published on Tuesday.
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Fishermen condemn European feeding frenzy in Senegal

Fishermen condemn European feeding frenzy in Senegal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dakar (AFP) May 13, 2014 - For years European trawlers have plied Senegal's abundant waters without permission, removing thousands of tonnes of fish without contributing a dollar to the local economy.
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El Hierro To Be 1st Island Powered Exclusively By Wind & Water

El Hierro To Be 1st Island Powered Exclusively By Wind & Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Upon completion of its next wind farm in June, the island of El Hierro (one of Spain's Canary Islands off the coast of Africa) will become the first in the world to be fully powered by wind and water! The island uses hydroelectric power during low-wind periods, and wind farms provide the power required to
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Utilities Facing Their “Kodak Moment”

Utilities Facing Their “Kodak Moment” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy.
Global consulting firm PwC says the nature of the electricity market is changing so quickly that the traditional energy utilities are facing their “Kodak moment”. Either they change quickly, or they will lose their “right to survive”, even as the providers of what is usually considered an essential service.

“As little as five
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Climate Study Findings and Public Action | The Energy Collective

Climate Study Findings and Public Action | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Much has been made of the very sobering National Climate Assessment report that came out recently. Climate change is affecting where and how Americans live and work as well as their health, and evidence is mounting that burning fossil fuels has made extreme weather much more likely.
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Affordable, Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Via Partnership Between SolarCity And Carrier

Affordable, Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Via Partnership Between SolarCity And Carrier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Affordable, solar-powered air conditioning may soon become something that is far more common, thanks to a new partnership between SolarCity and one of the largest heating and air-conditioning solutions corporations in the world -- Carrier.

The goal of the partnership is to make high-efficiency, solar-powered climate control systems more accessible and affordable. A worthwhile goal considering
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Firewater

Firewater | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Bridge Fuel to Nowhere The current boom in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for shale gas threatens to increase pollution, destroy wildlife habitat, and lead America over a “bridge fuel” to nowhere.

Fracking consumes huge quantities of water (up to several million gallons at each borehole) and can cause underground gas to migrate to unexpected places – like a neighborhood’s water supply. After the fracking is done, the wastewater and chemical-laden drilling fluid that remain pose a danger to both groundwater and surface water.

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5 Fixes for Dangerous Wealth Inequality | Bob Willard - Sustainability Advantage

5 Fixes for Dangerous Wealth Inequality | Bob Willard - Sustainability Advantage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The ultra-rich are staggeringly wealthy. A recent Oxfam report revealed that the richest 85 people in the world are as wealthy as the poorest half of the world—that is, their $1.8 trillion is equal to the net worth of 3.5 billion people. Further, the wealthiest 1% own $110 trillion, or 65 times as much as the poorest half of the world.

 

So what? Wealth inequity and a non-level playing field are the seeds of social instability and backlash. TheWorld Bank says that unchecked growth of the abyss between haves and have-nots undermines democratic capitalism.

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Energy Bill’s Failure Shows Congress Can’t Agree to Agree

The sponsors of a bill to promote U.S. energy conservation built it to pass in a Congress where almost nothing passes.

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25 Uses for Epsom Salts - PreparednessMama

25 Uses for Epsom Salts - PreparednessMama | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Although its not actually salt Magnesium Sulfate, aka Epsom Salt, is one of the worlds hidden wonders!
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China detains man in online 'rumour' crackdown

China detains man in online 'rumour' crackdown | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 13, 2014 - A Chinese man apologised on state television Tuesday after being detained for publishing false stories on an overseas news portal alleging gross rights abuses, the latest step in a wide-ranging crackdown on Internet rumours.
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House of Cadres: China cracks down on US TV

House of Cadres: China cracks down on US TV | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 09, 2014 - Six hours into the back-to-back 24 marathon, Jack Bauer was foiling Russian assassins, trying to save the world from nuclear catastrophe - and holding a Chinese audience spellbound.
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China detains 60 people over incinerator protest

China detains 60 people over incinerator protest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing, China (AFP) May 12, 2014 - China detained 60 people on Monday for their role in a violent demonstration that prompted officials to promise to suspend construction of a waste incinerator, local police said.
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Questions remain as China remembers 6 years since quake

Questions remain as China remembers 6 years since quake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 12, 2014 - Six years after a huge earthquake killed tens of thousands of people in China, questions over poor building work and corruption were still being asked on Monday's anniversary, as online posters remembered the dead.
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20 dead and hundreds trapped after explosion in Turkish coal mine

20 dead and hundreds trapped after explosion in Turkish coal mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The accident was triggered by an explosion in a power distribution unit, which caused the mine's elevator to stop working.
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China and America and Superpower of Energy | The Energy Collective

China and America and Superpower of Energy | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 1999 the IEA predicted China's annual carbon dioxide emissions in the year 2020 would be 7,081 million tonnes. In the real world, i.e. not the one that exists in the spreadsheets of the IEA, China's carbon dioxide emissions had already reached 8,271 million tonnes by the year 2010.
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Tesla Gigafactory Could Help Your Car Last For Decades

Tesla Gigafactory Could Help Your Car Last For Decades | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Gas2.

Imagine if the next new car you bought lasted the rest of your life? The Tesla Gigafactory could make that possible, selling new batteries to old Teslas. This could have an even more profound impact on the auto industry than Tesla’s direct sales model, keeping cars on the road for decades instead
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Community Power

Community Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“Community Power” There’s no way around it. We have serious energy challenges ahead. When we’ve let large corporations solve those challenges in the past, the results benefited those corporations, not society and the environment. When people demand cleaner energy, the natural gas...
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Goddess of Greed

Goddess of Greed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“The Goddess of Greed” Let’s be honest: Two centuries of cheap fossil fuel energy has filled our lives with convenience. It may not seem so luxurious because, well, we’ve become a little spoiled. Our vehicles, gadgets, and all that cheap energy have come to feel like necessities we...
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From black to green: U.S. billionaire's 'Road to Damascus' | Reuters

From black to green: U.S. billionaire's 'Road to Damascus' | Reuters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Billionaire Tom Steyer has rapidly become one of America's most visible environmental advocates, vowing to punish lawmakers who oppose climate change action and pledging to spend up to $100 million to put the issue center stage in the November 4 elections.

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