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Reporters Aren't Drawing The Connection Between Climate Change And Wildfires

Reporters Aren't Drawing The Connection Between Climate Change And Wildfires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A Media Matters analysis shows just 4 percent of recent TV reports and 9 percent of print articles mentioned climate change when reporting on wildfires.


Climate change is a major contributing factor to wildfires, like the blaze in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters this week. But is that connection being made in news reports?

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MIT's Solar System Estimates City's Solar Power Potential

MIT's Solar System Estimates City's Solar Power Potential | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Researchers at MIT have developed a new 3D solar potential mapping tool. The first rooftop solar mapping module of the Mapdwell platform, Solar System is available to anyone with Internet access. Incorporating factors ranging from roof angles and surface temperatures to local weather data and physical obstructions,

Solar System has been able to predict within 4 to 10 percent of photovoltaic (PV) panels' annual electricity yield during testing. MIT's home city of Cambridge, Massachusetts is the first to get a complete solar map of its 17,000 rooftops. According to Solar System, if PV panels were installed at all rooftop locations deemed "good" or better, they could provide one third of the city's energy needsfor roughly $2.8 billion.

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The coal industry v everyone else: who will win?

The coal industry v everyone else: who will win? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
David Ritter: The stark choice between the 'climate makers' and the rest of us underlines a competition of two radically different visions. It is a fight over the very future of Australia
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Defining Prosperity Down

Defining Prosperity Down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Is mass unemployment becoming the new normal? 

 

Friday’s employment report wasn’t bad. But given how depressed our economy remains, we really should be adding more than 300,000 jobs a month, not fewer than 200,000. As the Economic Policy Institute points out, we would need more than five years of job growth at this rate to get back to the level of unemployment that prevailed before the Great Recession. Full recovery still looks a very long way off. And I’m beginning to worry that it may never happen.

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Solar Carve Tower. La torre scolpita dal sole che fa largo alla High Line di New York

Solar Carve Tower. La torre scolpita dal sole che fa largo alla High Line di New York | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

La Solar Carve Tower è la torre scolpita dal sole attraversata dalla High Line di New York con una pelle in vetro per luce e ventilazione e con vista sulla città. Dallo Studio Gang di Chicago nasce la Solar Carve Tower, una torre di 187 mila metri quadri per 65 metri d’altezza, che sorgerà nel 2015 lungo la 10th Avenue di New York. Qualcuno ricorderà che proprio qui, nel 2009, si è assistito a un grande esempio di rinnovamento urbano, con la nascita di un parco lineare sopraelevato dal recupero della High Line , la linea ferroviaria in disuso che taglia Manhattan. ...


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Sustainable farming project combines aquaculture and hydroponics - Deutsche Welle

Sustainable farming project combines aquaculture and hydroponics - Deutsche Welle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sustainable farming project combines aquaculture and hydroponics
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"The cultivation of plants without soil is called hydroponics" Monsees explains. He moves a few leaves to one side and points to the small tomatoes.

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This #fishfarm gives a portion of its product to predators ~ #holisticMethods #Naturalway

This #fishfarm gives a portion of its product to predators ~ #holisticMethods #Naturalway | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Veta La Palma takes sustainable fish farming to a whole new level.

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Palm oil production: what are the social and environmental impacts?

Palm oil production: what are the social and environmental impacts? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Palm oil is tainted by environmental destruction and poor working conditions but global production is soaring. What does the industry look like behind the scenes?


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July 8 News: Wildfires — In Alaska — Force Evacuations Of People And Sled Dogs

July 8 News: Wildfires — In Alaska — Force Evacuations Of People And Sled Dogs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Adding to the more than 1 million acres of Alaska burned this year, another wildfire near Fairbanks prompted evacuations of more than 1,000 and threatened homes.
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Temp Jobs Jump More Than 50 Percent During So-Called Recovery

Temp Jobs Jump More Than 50 Percent During So-Called Recovery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Hiring is exploding in the one corner of the U.S. economy where few want to be hired: Temporary work.
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Fed Puts Economy At Risk By Letting Interest Rates Soar

Fed Puts Economy At Risk By Letting Interest Rates Soar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ben Bernanke could stand to take some advice from Ricky Roma: You never open your mouth until you know what the shot is.
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'It's Christmas in July for Wall Street'

'It's Christmas in July for Wall Street' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The House Appropriations Committee approved an agriculture budgeting bill last month that would significantly restructure the U.S.
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$10m freeze on global warming - National - NZ Herald News

The Government has proposed cutting $10 million in funding for climate change research in a move described as disheartening for New Zealand's highly capable climate scientists.
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The 10 best countries to work in: The perfect balance

The 10 best countries to work in: The perfect balance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Finding the perfect balance between work, family and leisure is one of the keys to happiness in life, but not all nations are created equal when it comes to fostering that balance. Many Americans may be surprised to learn that the U.S.
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Interesting that the US, and GB don't show up on this list.

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The Wall Street Journal Does it Again: Global Warming Article Draws Wrong Conclusion

The Wall Street Journal Does it Again: Global Warming Article Draws Wrong Conclusion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know I am no fan of the Wall Street Journal op-ed section.   In fact, I think it’s simply awful: They will print mind-numbingly bad and outright ridiculous climate change denial articles like clockwork.
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Australian heatwaves 'five times more likely due to global warming'

Australian heatwaves 'five times more likely due to global warming' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate News Network: Human activities will account for at least half of extreme summer temperatures likely to hit Australia in the future, say scientists at the University of Melbourne
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IBM Uses Hot Water To Cool Supercomputer, Saves Energy by 40%

IBM Uses Hot Water To Cool Supercomputer, Saves Energy by 40% | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
IBM, in collaboration with the Leibniz Supercomputer Center in Munich, is using hot water to its SuperMUC supercomputer. This is not new for IBM. It

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>The system, called LRZ “SuperMUC”, is based on an IBM System x iDataPlex Direct Water Cooled dx360 M4 server. It is said to feature 150,000 cores and provides peak performance of up to three petaflops. In layman’s language it could be described as something equivalent of the processing power of 110,000 personal computers.

 

IBM claims that the technique needs 40% less energy to cool this machinery as compared to the other air-cooling systems. The heat is then used for the heating systems of the Leibniz Supercomputing Center campus. This accounts for an annual savings of $1.25 million on their heating bills.<

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Predicting the Impact of Renewable Energy

Predicting the Impact of Renewable Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

I couldn’t make this year’s Renewable Energy Finance Forum – Wall Street, though I did peruse the notes that my colleague Tom Konrad of AltEnergyStocks forwarded to me.  Among the many details, I noticed this rather broad statement: “Historically, we have under-predicted.”  He went on to explain: “NREL’s 1998 prediction of the penetration of renewables for 2020 was only 30% of  the 2013 number.”  In other words, we’re headed to beat the expectation for 2020 by an enormous margin.


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These Pictures May Give You Nightmares About The Canada Oil Sands | BizInsider.com

These Pictures May Give You Nightmares About The Canada Oil Sands | BizInsider.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Canada's economic boom depends on tearing up 54,000 square-mile of pristine Alberta wilderness.

 

Development of the world's third largest oil supply is proceeding rapidly. It already represents a $3.5 billion annual paycheck to the Canadian government and 75,000 immediate jobs.

 

But many are aghast at the project, which is also the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas in Canada.

 

When you see the pictures, you may feel the same. We're not saying the project is good or bad. We're just saying the scale and severity of what's happening in Alberta will make your spine tingle.

 

Business Insider sent me to Alberta in early May, when there was still ice on the ground and a bite in the air. I took these shots, trying to stay warm, from about 1,000 feet up, out of the window of a small plane.

 

The following pictures show oil mining, where the sand is dug from the ground and the oil's separated through a lengthy and messy process. There are drilling sites in the oil sands, and those are highlighted in the photo essay at the end of this one.

 Click headline to view the 70+ pix--


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America's Best Architecture | ARTLAND | Reserve Channel

Visit the Salk Institute, the chapel at the US Air Force Academy, Trinity Church, Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the St. Louis Gateway ...youtube.com

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Lake Vostok mysteries: Biologists find over 3,500 life forms in isolated Antarctic basin

Lake Vostok mysteries: Biologists find over 3,500 life forms in isolated Antarctic basin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered more than 3,500 unique gene sequences in Lake Vostok – the underground Antarctic water reservoir isolated from the outside world for 15 million years – revealing a complex ecosystem far beyond anything they could have...

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"The bounds on what is habitable and what is not are changing," said Scott Rogers, Bowling Green State University professor of biological sciences, who led a genetic study of the contents of half a liter of water brought back from the lake after it was drilled by Russian scientists last year. 

"We found much more complexity than anyone thought," Rogers said. "It really shows the tenacity of life, and how organisms can survive in places where a couple dozen years ago we thought nothing could survive." 

 

There are few places on Earth more hostile to life forms than Lake Vostok, the largest subglacial lake in the Antarctic, and initially Rogers believed that the water from it may have been completely sterile. 

 

Water is located 4,000 meters below the ice, which completely blocks sunlight, and creates huge pressure on the liquid. It is also literally located in the coldest place on Earth: the world’s lowest temperature of -89.2C was recorded at Vostok Station above the reservoir.

 

8.7.13 ~  

Antarctic Lake Vostok 'might have fish':  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23230864

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The geography of big ideas

Scholars have long been interested in tracking “knowledge spillovers,” the way technical and intellectual advances spread among communities of researchers and innovators.
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Billionaire Gives His $3 Million Bonus To Workers

Billionaire Gives His $3 Million Bonus To Workers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One CEO is doing his part to close the gap between himself and his employees.
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And The World's Most Profitable Company Is...

And The World's Most Profitable Company Is... | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's still an oil man's world after all.
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IMF Chief: U.S. Budget Cuts Are 'Inappropriate'

IMF Chief: U.S. Budget Cuts Are 'Inappropriate' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (Reuters) - The U.S. federal budget cuts are an inappropriate measure that will weigh on potential growth, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said on Sunday, urging Washington to present "credible" fiscal plans.
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