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Exxon Agrees to Disclose Fracking Risks | InsideClimate News

Exxon Agrees to Disclose Fracking Risks | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Exxon Mobil Corp. agreed to publicly disclose more details on the risks ofhydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells, reversing a long-held opposition after negotiations with environmental groups and investors.

 

The Texas oil company's decision is the latest evidence of a shift by Exxon's top executives to address growing environmental worries about fracking, a contentious energy production technique in some North American communities.

 

Exxon's disclosures are a response to a shareholder proposal brought by theNew York City comptroller and social-responsibility advocate As You Sow, which agreed to withdraw the measure ahead of the company's annual meeting next month.

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10 Companies You May Be Surprised Still Manufacture in the U.S.

10 Companies You May Be Surprised Still Manufacture in the U.S. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Everyone knows those Chryslers are "Imported from Detroit," but do any other big names manufacture in the U.S. anymore? Surprisingly, yes.
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Accelerator program aims to spark community energy innovation

Accelerator program aims to spark community energy innovation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Distributed renewable energy resources are coming to communities across the nation as part of a new initiative.
 
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ClubOrlov: In the US, democracy is now a sham

ClubOrlov: In the US, democracy is now a sham | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The founding principle for thisnew form of government which emerged in the 18th century, was that the Common Man was the ultimate source of power. Citizen legislators would enact the laws and shape the nation’s destiny. But instead, our republic is now strong-armed by professional politicians. The two dominant concerns of these careerists are to STAY in power and to do the bidding of those who ENABLE them to stay in power. Anyone who doubts this statement might try explaining why campaign finance reform and term limits are perennially “off the table.” Actually, that is an understatement - they aren’t even in the building. 

It is bad enough that the President, Congress and the Courts serve the interests of a minority that is so tiny that it is almost microscopic. What is even worse, is WHO that elite constituency is. It is exclusively THE BIGS: Big banks, Big corporations, Big agriculture, Big energy, Big pharmaceuticals, Big health care, Bighigh tech and the BIGGEST of them all - the military-industrial complex.

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David Collet's curator insight, April 7, 2014 4:23 AM

This is interesting if only to see what happens when fear over-rides common sense.

 

The definition of bravery is not a lack of fear. It is when fear causes a person to avoid action that is necessary or vital.

 

9/11 has caused such a situation in the U.S. And now the average citizen is blissfully ignorant of the degree to which his/her freedom has been lost.

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Edible Insects Fresh from the Farm: the Open Bug Farm

Edible Insects Fresh from the Farm: the Open Bug Farm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Edible insects represent a more sustainable form of animal protein, and the Open Bug Farm provides the tools for your own herd of bugs.
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Tesla Snatches Up Renault-Nissan’s Communications Director, Simon Sproule

Tesla Snatches Up Renault-Nissan’s Communications Director, Simon Sproule | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Editor: this is pretty huge news from Tesla, yet it seems to have flown under the radar much more than I would have expected. Well, I guess a $5 billion gigafactory has a way of dwarfing and even hiding other news. Plus, it seems Tesla hasn't made an announcement regarding its big new hire. But
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Green Prefabricated Homes — Part II: SIPs & BioSIPs

Green Prefabricated Homes — Part II: SIPs & BioSIPs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Green Building Elements.
This is the second part of our series on green prefabricated homes, and this time we are writing about structurally integrated panels, SIPs and BioSIPs.
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Tesla & Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Aim To Replace Side Mirrors With Video Cameras

Tesla & Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Aim To Replace Side Mirrors With Video Cameras | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Gas2.
Tesla Motors and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers want to change the laws dictating the use of side mirrors, replacing them with video cameras.
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Elizabeth Kolbert: It’s Time to Act on Climate Change

Elizabeth Kolbert: It’s Time to Act on Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is hair-raising. The I.P.C.C.’s list of potential warming-related disasters reads like a riff on the ten plagues. Matching the terror is the collective shame of it.
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Science does theatre with a bang

Science does theatre with a bang | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Developers of a new live production at the Science Museum in London say theatre could be the new way to teach science by stealth. (Explosive performance - can theatre be used to teach science?
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Costs of meeting international climate targets without nuclear power

Costs of meeting international climate targets without nuclear power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

New calculations show that the impact of a global phase-out of nuclear energy on global mitigation costs is quite modest, but that there are substantial differences for countries. Total compliance costs increase the most for Japan and the US, but these are rather marginal if measured in terms of GDP. China, India, and Russia benefit from a nuclear phase-out because their additional revenues from selling certificates outweigh the additional costs of losing nuclear power as a mitigation option.

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WATCH: Is This Man the Greenest Governor in America? : Climate Desk

When Jay Inslee was elected governor of the state of Washington in November of 2012, climate campaigners rejoiced. As a congressman, Inslee had a top-tier environmental record, and not just that: He knew climate andclean energy issues inside-out. The co-author of the 2007 book entitled Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy, he also worked closely on the 2009 passage of cap-and-trade legislation in the US House of Representatives and was a co-founder of the House’s Sustainable Energy Caucus. No wonder that upon his election in Washington, the League of Conservation Voters declared that Inslee was poised to become “the greenest governor in the country.”

 

Sure enough, Inslee’s term got off to a great start: Last October, he joined the governors of Oregon and California and the Premier of British Columbia in endorsing the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy which pledges that those states (or, in BC’s case, that province) will set a consistent price or cap on carbon dioxide emissions (something California and British Columbia have already done), adopt low-carbon fuel standards, and more.

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Hey, Charles Koch: Americans Actually Have More Freedom Today Than They Used To

One of the Koch brothers stepped from the shadows yesterday to offer a detailed glimpse into his worldview in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. The piece is revealing at a number of levels

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Nest Freezes Sales of Smoke Alarm, Is Sued Over Thermostat’s Energy Savings Claims

Nest Freezes Sales of Smoke Alarm, Is Sued Over Thermostat’s Energy Savings Claims | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Google's Nest Labs announced yesterday that it is halting sales of its Protect alarms due potential safety concerns and will refund customers.
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How the sustainable foods market went mainstream

How the sustainable foods market went mainstream | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here's how companies such as Whole Foods and Honest Tea brought organic, local products from the fringes to the masses. Welcome to the "Purpose Economy."
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New LEED, WELL partnership supports better health in green design

New LEED, WELL partnership supports better health in green design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A just-announced collaboration between the Green Building Certification Institute and the Well Building Institute seeks to marry health, wellness and sustainability in the built environment. 
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How Increased Labour Efficiency Drives Resource Consumption | Post Growth Institute

How Increased Labour Efficiency Drives Resource Consumption | Post Growth Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How the Jevons paradox relates to working life and agriculture today. That is: when something becomes more efficient (ex: a car) we tend use it more, leading to additional resource use rather than savings.
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Cargo Bikes Getting their Own Documentary

Cargo Bikes Getting their Own Documentary | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More Car, Less Go will share the stories of cargo bikes and the people who love them. This crowdfunded film will feature 100 enthusiasts of these bicycles.
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Asheville researchers connect dots of climate change - Asheville Citizen-Times

Asheville researchers connect dots of climate change - Asheville Citizen-Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Asheville researchers connect dots of climate change Asheville Citizen-Times Jim Fox and the researchers at the National Environmental and Analysis Center hope to do just that — make climate change and its consequences visible and perhaps more real...
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Passive House In Seattle’s Madison Park Designed By NK Architects

Passive House In Seattle’s Madison Park Designed By NK Architects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Green Building Elements. 
This is an eye-turning passive house design, thanks to the design from Marie Ljubojevic and Lauren McCunney at NK Architects.
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China Is #1 In Renewable Energy Investment, US #2, Japan #3 (CHART)

China Is #1 In Renewable Energy Investment, US #2, Japan #3 (CHART) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With record-breaking solar installations in the US, and solar actually coming in as the #2 source of new electricity capacity in 2013, you might think the US was the #1 market in the world for renewable energy investment.
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Old Forecast of Famine May Yet Come True

Old Forecast of Famine May Yet Come True | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As crop yields fall and populations rise, the alarming vision of Thomas Malthus might be proved right by climate change — two centuries after he first expressed it.
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Canada's mammoth wealth gap in 3 easy charts | Press Progress

Canada's mammoth wealth gap in 3 easy charts | Press Progress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canada's wealthiest 86 residents hold the same amount of wealth as the poorest 11.4 million Canadians combined, a new study has found.
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Here's Why Hillary Clinton Is 'Deeply Worried' About The UN's Devastating Climate Report

 

Dr. Rajiv Shah (L), Administrator for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a conversation at a launch event for a new organization, the U.S. Global Development Lab, on April 3, 2014 in New York City.

 

On Apr. 3, at the launch event for the U.S. Global Development Lab, the conversation was mostly optimistic. The goal of the lab is to create a center for science and innovation focused on what the assembled leaders agreed was an achievable goal: ending extreme poverty by 2030.

But there was one particularly sobering moment, when Rajiv Shah, administrator of USAID, asked keynote speaker and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to reflect on some of the obstacles to that goal. 

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The McCutcheon Majority Misunderstood the First Amendment | Demos

The McCutcheon Majority Misunderstood the First Amendment | Demos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Appearing on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Demos Vice President of Legal StrategiesBrenda Wright explained, "the First Amendment was never intended as some sort of bludgeon that the wealthiest of us would get to wield to dominate the political marketplace."

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