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Can This Alternative Smartphone Deliver Real Privacy to the Masses?

Can This Alternative Smartphone Deliver Real Privacy to the Masses? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Indie Phone, with an original operating system and individual servers for each user, aims to sell mobile hardware that protects and empowers the masses, but is just as beautiful and useable as our current, compromised devices.

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Is Energy Efficiency Finally Reducing the Use of Electricity?

Is Energy Efficiency Finally Reducing the Use of Electricity? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report from energy efficiency advocates suggests that those practices might be behind the drop in U.S. demand for electricity
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Searching For The Elephant’s Genius Inside the Largest Brain on Land | Brainwaves, Scientific American Blog Network

Searching For The Elephant’s Genius Inside the Largest Brain on Land | Brainwaves, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many years ago, while wandering through Amboseli National Park in Kenya, an elephant matriarch named Echo came upon the bones of her former companion Emily. Echo ...
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13 Workers Test Positive for Radiation at New Mexico Waste Site

13 Workers Test Positive for Radiation at New Mexico Waste Site | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Thirteen workers have tested positive for radiation exposure tied to an accidental release earlier this month of high levels of radiation in an underground nuclear waste repository in New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy said on Wednesday.

 

No workers were underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in southeastern New Mexico when air sensors half a mile below surface in an ancient salt formation triggered an alarm on February 14 indicating excessive amounts of radioactive particles.

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Biggest Mass Extinction Was Fastest, Too

Biggest Mass Extinction Was Fastest, Too | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It took just 60,000 years for the End Permian extinction to wipe out 96 percent of aquatic species and 70 percent of land species some 252 million years ago. Cynthia Graber reports
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Water Use and Energy Waste | How Much Energy are We Flushing Down the Drain?

Water Use and Energy Waste | How Much Energy are We Flushing Down the Drain? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California is in the middle of a drought. In the Bay Area, that has meant day after day of glorious, sunny winter weather. I am haunted by media images of dry creek beds and by my own mental images of driving by the Rim Fire near Yosemite last summer. Who knows what this summer will bring?
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Radiation Levels Fall after Nuclear Waste Leak in New Mexico

Radiation Levels Fall after Nuclear Waste Leak in New Mexico | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Energy is preparing to reenter the deep-underground waste repository to determine the cause of the spike
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Watch Six Colorado Senate Candidates Deny Climate Change Exists In 18 Seconds

Watch Six Colorado Senate Candidates Deny Climate Change Exists In 18 Seconds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The current count is seven climate change deniers running for Sen. Mark Udall's seat.
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Norway Oil Fund Ban Proves No Hurdle for Arctic Coal Mining

Norway Oil Fund Ban Proves No Hurdle for Arctic Coal Mining | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As lawmakers in Oslo debate whether to ban their $840 billion sovereign wealth fund from investing in coal companies, the country has opened a new coal mine in the Arctic Svalbard archipelago.
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Could future clothes, bottles and chairs be made from carbon emissions?

Could future clothes, bottles and chairs be made from carbon emissions? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Companies such as AirCarbon and Novomer turn greenhouse gases to into new materials for everything from shoes to buildings
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The Race to Save the Caribbean's Banana Industry - Inter Press Service

The Race to Save the Caribbean's Banana Industry - Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When Dean, the first storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, lashed Dominica on Aug. 16, it left behind a trail of destruction, claimed the lives of a
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Climate and Energy Forecast « Boom: A Journal of California

Climate and Energy Forecast « Boom: A Journal of California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It will be hotter. It will be drier, at times, and wetter at others. We’ll get less water from the Sierra Nevada snowpack, and the Pacific Ocean will rise and creep inland. But beyond those brute certainties, scientists, futurists, technologists, and entrepreneurs offer competing visions about how climate change will affect California in the decades to come.


“The choice before us is not to stop climate change,” says Jonathan Parfrey, executive director of Climate Resolve in Los Angeles. “That ship has sailed. There’s no going back. There will be impacts. The choice that’s before humanity is how bad are we going to do it to ourselves?”

 

So what will it be? Do you want the good news or the bad news first?


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Scientists More Certain Than Ever on Climate Change, Report Says - NBC News

Scientists More Certain Than Ever on Climate Change, Report Says - NBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Experts are more certain than ever that human activity is changing the global climate, even though they don't fully understand every detail of the climate system, according to a new report released Wednesday by two of the world's leading scientific bodies.


The document from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the United Kingdom's Royal Society aims to move the climate change debate beyond humans' role in global warming to a discussion of how to limit the impacts on society.

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Earth's Green Canopy Gets an Online Protector

Earth's Green Canopy Gets an Online Protector | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A new online monitoring system will make it possible to quickly check the condition of tropical forests around the globe that were previously under no surveillance, potentially increasing pressure on governments to stop deforestation.

 

Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI) will provide public access on Thursday to the new tool to evaluate forests worldwide. Global Forest Watch (GFW) was developed by dozens of institutions with the help of Google Inc's Earth Engine.

 

It promises to improve scrutiny of changes in forest cover in vulnerable areas of Southeast Asia, Africa and the Amazon.

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On the varieties of killing: Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction” | The Curious Wavefunction, Scientific American Blog Network

On the varieties of killing: Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction” | The Curious Wavefunction, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Kolbert combines the sharp observational powers of a field biologist with the literary skill of a seasoned and thoughtful writer. In her previous book
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From space, North Korea is a sea of darkness | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

From space, North Korea is a sea of darkness | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I never tire of satellite images, and especially those of North Korea at night. Take a look at the latest image by astronauts aboard the International ...
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Climate Currently Pays for Increased Human Wealth

Climate Currently Pays for Increased Human Wealth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A new study attempts to quantify CO 2 emissions if economic growth continues. David Biello reports

 

Despite the Great Recession, more people are better off around the world today than ever before. At the same time, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have never been higher in human history — thanks to fossil fuel burning, forest clearing and other activities that make people rich.

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The Science Is In: Elephants Are Even Smarter Than We Realized [Video]

The Science Is In: Elephants Are Even Smarter Than We Realized [Video] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We now have solid evidence that elephants are some of the most intelligent, social and empathic animals around—so how can we justify keeping them in captivity?
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Top European Countries For 100%-Electric Car Sales & Plug-In Hybrid Electric Car Sales (Charts)

Top European Countries For 100%-Electric Car Sales & Plug-In Hybrid Electric Car Sales (Charts) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Originally published on EV Obsession.

I recently wrote a long piece on ABB Conversations regarding electrified vehicle sales in 17 European countries---with a chart for each one. It was a lot of fun and very interesting, but it also made me realize that I never did a ranking of European countries regarding 2013 electrified vehicle ...

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How The US Is Driving Down Utility-Scale Solar Costs (CHART)

How The US Is Driving Down Utility-Scale Solar Costs (CHART) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Originally published on RenewEconomy.
By Sophie Vorrath.
The US government has announced that the US solar industry is more than 60 per cent of the way to achieving cost-competitive utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity, an achievement it credits partly to support from the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative.

SunShot was set up in 2011 to re-establish US leadership in the solar ...

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Turning the Denial Up to 11

Turning the Denial Up to 11 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What the heck, climate change deniers? I mean seriously, what the actual heck? For some reason, the past week has seen some climate change deniers totally lose their [expletive deleted]. I keep up with this stuff, so I’m used to seeing forehead-slappy moments, denial so abrupt and profound it’s hard...
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Dream of U.S. Oil Independence Slams Against Shale Costs

Dream of U.S. Oil Independence Slams Against Shale Costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The path toward U.S. energy independence, made possible by a boom in shale oil, will be much harder than it seems.
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Tesla unveils $5 billion plan for massive 'Gigafactory' to manufacture batteries

Tesla unveils $5 billion plan for massive 'Gigafactory' to manufacture batteries | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors announced on Wednesday plans to build a $5 billion 'gigafactory' for battery production, saying the massive facility will supply enough batteries for 500,000 vehicles by 2020.
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'Social cost' of carbon emissions rising but still underestimated, experts warn

'Social cost' of carbon emissions rising but still underestimated, experts warn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. government's updated estimate doesn't include climate impacts such as damage from forest fires, threats from new pests and diseases, or the combined effect of sea-level rise and storm surges
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Natural gas boom advances with little study of public health effects, report finds

Natural gas boom advances with little study of public health effects, report finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As a drilling boom continues in Texas and beyond, a new study spotlights a missing ingredient: A full assessment of the public health impact
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