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China leaders' kin 'stash riches in offshore tax havens'

China leaders' kin 'stash riches in offshore tax havens' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Relatives of top Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping and former premier Wen Jiabao have used offshore tax havens to hide their wealth, according to a mammoth investigation released on Wednesday.
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Davos 2014 au sommet des inégalités - France Info

Davos 2014 au sommet des inégalités - France Info | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Le forum économique mondial de Davos, rendez-vous annuel du gotha international de la finance et de la politique, se réunit pour trois jours à partir de mercredi dans la célèbre station suisse.

Via degrowth economy and ecology
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L'urgence d'une formation à la transition énergétique

L'urgence d'une formation à la transition énergétique | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dans le domaine de l'électricité, notamment, la France se caractérise par un manque de formation de ses ingénieurs et techniciens à l'efficacité énergétique.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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You See Where this is Going, Right?

You See Where this is Going, Right? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If Financial Times Gets It, Maybe Anyone Can Financial Times: Elon Musk, the Silicon Valley billionaire, is the man behind the PayPal online payments system, the Tesla luxury electric sports car an...
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How Smart Grid Technology Can Build a Better Utility Industry Future: Part 2 | The Energy Collective

How Smart Grid Technology Can Build a Better Utility Industry Future: Part 2 | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A few days ago we explored the first five utility industry predictions for 2014, according to analysts at IDC. Each of IDC's 10 total predictions bears some significant relevance to smart grids and smart grid technology.
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Boeing Discovers Promising Biofuel At $3 Per Gallon

Boeing Discovers Promising Biofuel At $3 Per Gallon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Boeing has identified a commercially viable “green diesel” that emits 50% less carbon dioxide than conventional fossil fuels.

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Dueling Charts of the Day: Peaker Plants vs. Green Power | The Energy Collective

Dueling Charts of the Day: Peaker Plants vs. Green Power | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Wind and solar power are transitioning from marginal to central players in the grid energy landscape. But wind and solar are also subject to the vagaries of daily and seasonal weather patterns, which means they sometimes can't be relied on to meet the grid’s critical needs.

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Believe it: global warming can produce more intense snows

Believe it: global warming can produce more intense snows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It's not a joke, it's basic physics.

 

We all remember "Snowmageddon" in February of 2010. Even as Washington, D.C., saw 32 inches of snowfall for the month of February—more than it has seen in any February since 1899—conservatives decided to use the weather to mock global warming. Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe and his family even built an igloo on Capitol Hill and called it "Al Gore's New Home." Har har.

 

Yet at the same time, scientific voices were pointing out something seemingly counterintuitive, but in fact fairly simple to understand: Even as it raises temperatures on average, global warming may also lead to more intense individual snow events. It's a lesson to keep in mind as the northeast braces for winter storm Janus—which is expected to deliver as much as a foot of snow in some regions—and we can expect conservatives to once again mock climate change.

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NASA Finds 2013 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend

NASA Finds 2013 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures.
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Marx, technophilia and typhoons

Marx, technophilia and typhoons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Technological productivity cannot be blindly accepted without scrutinizing its impact on people and the planet
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How The World's Most Powerful Leader Thinks

How The World's Most Powerful Leader Thinks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DAVOS - As the power elite gathers in Davos for their annual confab on the state of the world, China looms larger than ever.
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Aron Cramer: 'Income Inequality And Climate Change Are Actually Very Directly Linked'

Aron Cramer: 'Income Inequality And Climate Change Are Actually Very Directly Linked' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In an interview with HuffPost Live at Davos on Wednesday, Aron Cramer, president and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility, said he thinks "income inequality and climate change are actually very directly linked." Cramer said business plays a...
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Banks Could Still Blow Up The World

Banks Could Still Blow Up The World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Big banks are perfectly safe these days, unless you count all those weapons of mass financial destruction they've got lying around. And who's counting those?
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La cartographie des risques selon Davos

La cartographie des risques selon Davos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

La carte de ces interconnexions fait apparaître un danger central : l'échec des instances de gouvernance mondiale à traiter les défis qui se présentent à l'humanité. La crise de 2009, l'explosion des dettes, le ralentissement des pays émergents ont accéléré la tendance des pays à se replier sur eux-mêmes et la défiance à l'égard des institutions internationales.


Via Flo @ddline2020 ✏ , Stephane Bilodeau
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Bethlehem Hickman's curator insight, January 22, 2014 9:04 PM

Crise de l'eau et changement climatique figurent parmi les 5 risques les plus préoccupants au même rang que le chomage une raison d'esperer.

Christophe CESETTI's curator insight, January 26, 2014 5:22 PM

Pearltree "Crise systémique & chaos économique" http://pear.ly/Zkt5 avec notamment cette carte sur l'interconnexion des dettes http://pear.ly/gJGwi

Kathleen Bosteels's curator insight, January 27, 2014 9:06 AM

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Las 10 ciudades más verdes del mundo

Las 10 ciudades más verdes del mundo | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

El mundo ha de realizar aún avances de calado en la planificación de las ciudades para convertirlas en lugares sostenibles en términos de biodiversidad y servicios ecosistémicos, pero sería injusto no reconocer que se han alcanzado importantes...


Via Ursula Sola de Hinestrosa
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Could Songdo be the world's smartest city?

Could Songdo be the world's smartest city? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“South Korea’s purpose-built ‘smart city’, Songdo International Business District, is the largest private real estate development in history. The price tag currently stands at over $40bn.”


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Nissan e-NV200 (PICS & VIDEOS)

Nissan e-NV200 (PICS & VIDEOS) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I recently got a chance to check out the Nissan e-NV200 at EVS27 in Barcelona. Below are 5 pics of this electric van, followed by some key information about the vehicle and a couple of videos.
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Smart Grid and Global Warming Issues in California | The Energy Collective

Smart Grid and Global Warming Issues in California | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The California Energy Commission publishes an Integrated Energy Policy Report every two years.
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Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials | The Energy Collective

Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

U.S. officials are weighing a wide range of actions to address what they view as the increasing public risk due to oil trains. Thanks to the booming oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, and the ramp-up of ethanol production throughout the Midwest, U.S. railways now are carrying an unprecedented volume of flammable liquid—and the majority of tank cars used for those liquids are prone to be punctured in an accident, as safety investigators have been warning for 20 years. 

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NY Working Hard to Catch Up with CA’s Energy Storage Requirements | Alternative Energy Stocks

NY Working Hard to Catch Up with CA’s Energy Storage Requirements | Alternative Energy Stocks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Battery storage is gaining more and more traction in the distributed energy resources community.  Last fall, California passed the first statewide energy storage directive in the United States. Issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the mandate requires all investor-owned utilities in the state including Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric, to jointly purchase “1325 megawatts of energy storage” by 2020.

“The proposed targets increase between 30% and 55% every two years, creating economic incentives for multiple players with various technologies to enter the market reports Energy Storage North America in a press release: 

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Timeline of 2013: A Year of Extreme Weather Events | World Resources Institute

Timeline of 2013: A Year of Extreme Weather Events | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As we recap in our extreme weather timeline below, this year saw a range of catastrophic events—from Typhoon Haiyan causing more than 6,000 deaths in the Philippines, to severe drought in California, to raging wildfires in Prescott, Arizona.
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Three Key Global Environmental Stories to Watch in 2014

Three Key Global Environmental Stories to Watch in 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the global economy picks up from the 2008 recession, countries will need to find the appropriate balance between growth and sustainability—because when one is chosen, you can guess which loses.
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The World-Changing Truth Our Leaders Are Only Beginning To Understand

The World-Changing Truth Our Leaders Are Only Beginning To Understand | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jon Kabat-Zinn, a father of the mindfulness and meditation movement in America, traveled to Beijing in November to help lead a cross-section of Chinese leaders and thinkers in a seven-day retreat.
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More Than Money: Put People And The Planet Alongside Profits

More Than Money: Put People And The Planet Alongside Profits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To finally break the fossil fuel cycle that leads to warming and war, new and disruptive energy technologies (from advanced renewable fuels, to electric cars that leave their petrol-powered rivals behind, to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells...
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Report: There Are 85 People Who Are As Wealthy As Half The WORLD

Report: There Are 85 People Who Are As Wealthy As Half The WORLD | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Worldwide economic inequality is looking rather bleak these days, according to a new report by relief organization Oxfam.
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