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Solar Crowdfunding a Solution to Energy Poverty

Solar Crowdfunding a Solution to Energy Poverty | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We have two broken systems—energy and finance—which conspire to support a coal fired centralized grid that never reaches the poor while driving dangerous climate change. That means 1.3 billion people ...

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These Mobile Showers To Offer The Homeless The Dignity Of Cleanliness

These Mobile Showers To Offer The Homeless The Dignity Of Cleanliness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Of all the indignities endured by the homeless, chief among them is living among the filth of the streets often without the possibility of a shower.
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Oil Prices Lead to Hard Financial Limits

Oil Prices Lead to Hard Financial Limits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We live in a finite world.  Clearly, a finite world has limits of many kinds. Yet economist and other researchers use models that assume that these limits are unimportant for the foreseeable future...
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What Is a Greenland Shark Doing in the Gulf of Mexico? - Wired Science

What Is a Greenland Shark Doing in the Gulf of Mexico? - Wired Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When a half-dozen researchers recently ventured into the Gulf of Mexico to investigate the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine life, they certainly weren’t expecting to find a polar shark. And yet, there it was, among the 44 species characterized during the 1,750-mile journey of the RV Apalachee: a 12-foot-long Greenland Shark.

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Eighty sea turtles wash up dead on the coast of Guatemala

Eighty sea turtles wash up dead on the coast of Guatemala | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Mongabay: Eighty dead sea turtles have been recorded since the first week of July on the country's southeastern beaches

 

An assortment of marine animals and birds reside along the black volcanic sand beaches of Guatemala's Pacific coast, but lately both residents and visitors on the southeast beaches of the country have observed a tragic event – the stranding of dead sea turtles.

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The Ocean Is Going To Start Confusing Fish And Dissolving Seashells

The Ocean Is Going To Start Confusing Fish And Dissolving Seashells | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The study adds to mounting evidence of climate change's threat to wildlife, both aquatic and terrestrial.

 

The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, analyzed 167 studies on the effects of ocean acidification on corals, crustaceans, mollusks, fishes and echinoderms, a group which includes starfish and sea urchins. The studies included data on effects of ocean acidification on more than 150 species of marine life, which the researchers then matched up to different climate scenarios to get a sense of how each species would respond to different levels of ocean acidification.

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AccuClimate: The Future of Climate Change Forecasting

AccuClimate: The Future of Climate Change Forecasting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate science will soon fill a role similar to weather forecasting: helping humanity deal with the impacts on a regular basis.
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Vanishing ocean smell could also mean fewer clouds

Vanishing ocean smell could also mean fewer clouds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As oceans become acidic, they produce less of that ocean scent, which contains compounds that help clouds form. And that means more sunlight and more global warming.
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Reducing Cost and Improving Innovation, Part 2

Reducing Cost and Improving Innovation, Part 2 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SpaceX's key innovation is cost reduction. Founder Elon Musk quickly zeroed in on the fact that there was one area ripe for innovation: cost reduction. The complexity of the Space Shuttle and its reliance on 1970's technology drove costs up.
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Almost $1 Million Awarded To Princeton For Battery Development

Almost $1 Million Awarded To Princeton For Battery Development | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
$963,389 was recently awarded to Princeton University to develop longer-lasting, rechargeable, alkaline batteries for electric vehicles. The money is from a Department of Energy (DOE) grant.
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Keystone XL Pipeline and Policy Decisions | The Energy Collective

Keystone XL Pipeline and Policy Decisions | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When President Obama commented on the merits of the Keystone XL pipeline project in an interview in the New York Times last month, he confirmed that the criterion for making this decision was still the pipeline’s greenhouse gas impact.
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The Prometheus Gas Turbine Project Introduces A New Electric Gas Turbine

The Prometheus Gas Turbine Project Introduces A New Electric Gas Turbine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Electrifying the Ivanpah solar tower project is about using elctric furnaces to generate the same energy as the Ivan 2 solar tower boiler (The "New Fire" or the new "New Fire"?
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This Design Firm Built A Physical Model Of The Hyperloop In Just 24 Hours

Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop––a low–pressure steel tube that would shoot travelers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 30 minutes minutes––created a national conversation about the feasibility of super–speed rail transit.
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Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Continues to Outpace Other Technologies | Worldwatch Institute

Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Continues to Outpace Other Technologies | Worldwatch Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Worldwatch Institute study examines the global market for solar and wind energy production (Growth of global #solar and #wind #energy continues to outpace other tech.
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China Plans First Unmanned Landing on Moon

China Plans First Unmanned Landing on Moon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The mission, due by the end of 2013, will be the country’s first soft landing on an extraterrestrial body, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
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Nigeria floods test government's disaster plans

Nigeria floods test government's disaster plans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nigeria learns from 2012's deadly rains as early-warning system and rapid relocation of communities stem fatalities
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Shower head turns from green to red to tell you when it's time to get out

Shower head turns from green to red to tell you when it's time to get out | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Uji shower head helps you to save water by signaling you to wrap things up.
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Tropical ocean key to global warming ‘hiatus’ 

Tropical ocean key to global warming ‘hiatus’  | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Surface cooling in equatorial Pacific drives decade-long pause in global temperature rise.

 

A new study adds to mounting evidence that cooling in the tropical Pacific Ocean is the cause of the global warming hiatus, a slow-down in the rise of average temperatures that began around 1998.

 

The eastern equatorial Pacific is well known to have an outsize influence on global weather. Years-long ocean trends such as El Niño and La Niña cause alternate warming and cooling of the sea surface there, with effects on monsoons and temperatures around the world. Now a modelling study by researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, indicates that a decadal La Niña-like cooling trend affecting as little as 8% of Earth’s surface can explain the slower rise in global temperatures.

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Climate change to harm all forms of marine life, study says

Climate change to harm all forms of marine life, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising levels of carbon dioxide are harming all forms of marine life because the oceans are acidifying as they absorb the gas, German researchers found.
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This 380-year-old tree is still bearing fruit

This 380-year-old tree is still bearing fruit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By now, it's almost certainly the oldest cultivated fruit bearing tree in all of North America.
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Carbon targets, carbon taxes, and the search for Archimedes' lever

Carbon targets, carbon taxes, and the search for Archimedes' lever | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There's no perfect solution to the climate problem, no one policy that will move the world. It's going to be a long, ugly slog. It's healthier just to accept that.
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Energy Costs and Nuclear Reactor Types | The Energy Collective

Energy Costs and Nuclear Reactor Types | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Low-cost, clean energy can help solve many world problems, from global warming to GDP stagnation. Nuclear power can be such an source, but the costs of solid fuel reactors continue to rise.

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Compressed Air Energy Storage To Grow Dramatically Over The Next Decade

Compressed Air Energy Storage To Grow Dramatically Over The Next Decade | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to Navigant Research, the compressed air energy storage industry is forecast to grow drastically during the next 10 years.
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