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Smart Grid: The Consumer Stands To Gain Too | Engerati

Smart Grid: The Consumer Stands To Gain Too | Engerati | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Amy Marshal, Director, Business Development at Engage Consulting, discusses how the smart grid can benefit the consumer and what the utility needs to do in order to convince the consumer of its potential benefits. (Listen to the interview)


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#ProjectOcean ~ shocking facts about the effects of #overfishing on #Marine #Environments

http://www.earth-touch.com What can we do to stop the destruction of our oceans & all of the amazing animals that call them home? In this HD video (in associ... (RT @EarthTouch: It's #WorldFisheriesDay!

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, November 21, 2013 3:33 PM

What can we do to stop the destruction of our oceans & all of the amazing animals that call them home? In this HD video (in association with Selfridges, Greenpeace, ZSL, Marine Conservation Society, Pew Environment Group and ClientEarth), we bring you the shocking facts about the effects of overfishing on marine environments. We need to take action now to protect the diversity of our oceans and prevent them from turning into 'jellyfish soup'.

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Drunks and Gravediggers Wax Poetic about Climate Change | Observations

Drunks and Gravediggers Wax Poetic about Climate Change | Observations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Want to know what climate change really means to people? Emily Hinshelwood found out in a most unusual way.

For days on end the Welsh poet and ...
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How Climate Change and Plate Tectonics Shaped Human Evolution: Scientific American

How Climate Change and Plate Tectonics Shaped Human Evolution: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study links the emergence of new hominin species, expanding brain capacity and early human migration with the appearance of deep freshwater lakes
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Rich Nations Agree to Fund Forest Protection for Climate: Scientific American

Rich Nations Agree to Fund Forest Protection for Climate: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The US and other developed nations pledged funds to reduce deforestation
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Should Battery Fires Drive Electric Cars Off the Road?: Scientific American

Should Battery Fires Drive Electric Cars Off the Road?: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Of the more than 150,000 car fires in the U.S. this year, one got all the attention
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Study ties nuts to lower cancer, heart death risk

Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease—in fact, were less likely to die of any cause—during a 30-year Harvard Univ. study.

 

Researchers tracked 119,000 men and women and found that those who ate nuts roughly every day were 20% less likely to die during the study period than those who never ate nuts.

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Researchers in Germany build bio-based solar cell

Researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed a bio-based solar cell. They embedded the two proteins photosystem 1 and 2, which in plants are responsible of photosynthesis, into complex molecules developed in-house, thus creating an efficient electron current. Headed by Prof Dr Wolfgang Schuhmann from the Department of Analytical Chemistry and Center for Electrochemical Sciences (CES) and Prof Dr Matthias Rögner from the Department of Plant Biochemistry, the team has published a report in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

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Solar module prices to fall despite higher demand

Solar module prices to fall despite higher demand | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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‘Grid parity’, or the decline of prices to the same level as conventional electricity has been achieved. Today, electricity produced by large solar power plants costs between Rs 4 and Rs 5 a kWhr if the company that owns the solar plant is in a position to avail itself of a tax benefit called ‘accelerated depreciation’; otherwise, it is around Rs 6.5 a kWhr — not bad, considering that these costs will stay fixed over 20 years, while the cost of conventional power will only go up.

 

This decline in prices has been possible due to the drop in the prices of ‘modules’— the blue-coloured panels that are kept facing the sun. Even in 2010, module prices cost about $1.8 a watt; today it costs between 60 and 80 cents . Though the fall was aided by technology, the principal reason was the intense competition caused by over capacity of module making.

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New IPCC Report Implores Divestment from Polluters | The Energy Collective

New IPCC Report Implores Divestment from Polluters | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its first major report in six years and based upon the findings of some of the earth’s top 800 scientists, they are now 95% certain that climate change is caused by human activity.  Carbon dioxide emissions are increasing every year (largely through modernization in developing countries) and models have forecasted average surface temperatures to rise above two degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

 

The IPCC’s dire warnings have been circulated since its first report in 1990, but there has been much less talk about the ample business opportunities that the changing climate presents. 

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Scary Interactive Map Shows Reason For Norway, U.K., And U.S. Announcement On Deforestation Fund

Scary Interactive Map Shows Reason For Norway, U.K., And U.S. Announcement On Deforestation Fund | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Funding is especially needed as a new tool to monitor deforestation became public last week, showing 888,034 square miles of forest was lost from 2000 to 2012.
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Policy: Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims

Policy: Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This list will help non-scientists to interrogate advisers and to grasp the limitations of evidence, say William J.
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New guide lists 6 ways to clean up chemicals in supply chains

New guide lists 6 ways to clean up chemicals in supply chains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Replacing toxic chemicals in the soaps, cleaners and shampoos we use everyday too often replaces a "devil you know" with a lesser-known substance.

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Conservation’s Holy Grail: “Asian Unicorn” Sighted in Vietnam | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Conservation’s Holy Grail: “Asian Unicorn” Sighted in Vietnam | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the rarest creatures in Asia has been spotted in the wild for the first time in nearly 15 years. A camera trap in Vietnam ...
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Cultivating Reform: Planting The Seeds For Healing The Food System | Food Matters, Scientific American Blog Network

Cultivating Reform: Planting The Seeds For Healing The Food System | Food Matters, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In late October, the Yale Rudd Center got a visit from Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right To Food. He began his talk, Reforming ...
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NASA Pulls the Plug on Plutonium Power Source: Scientific American

NASA Pulls the Plug on Plutonium Power Source: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Planetary scientists wanted the efficient power supply to explore the outer solar system
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Has the U.S. Passed Peak Gasoline?: Scientific American

Has the U.S. Passed Peak Gasoline?: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gasoline consumption continues to fall despite an economic recovery, thanks to more fuel-efficient engines and less driving
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Are XPRIZEs the Future of Scientific Discovery and Exploration?: Scientific American

Are XPRIZEs the Future of Scientific Discovery and Exploration?: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Competitions spur creativity and promise tangible results to address some of the world’s biggest problems
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Ultrasound, nanoparticle may help diabetics avoid the needle

Ultrasound, nanoparticle may help diabetics avoid the needle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A new nanotechnology-based technique for regulating blood sugar in diabetics may give patients the ability to release insulin painlessly using a small ultrasound device, allowing them to go days between injections—rather than using needles to give themselves multiple insulin injections each day. The technique was developed by researchers at North Carolina State Univ. and the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Top Utility-Scale Solar Builder Is First Solar, But Big Boys Climbing The Ranks

Top Utility-Scale Solar Builder Is First Solar, But Big Boys Climbing The Ranks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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US-based First Solar has led the utility-scale solar league for awhile now, but the latest statistics for utility-scale solar construction (EPC contracts) put it way out in the lead.
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Climate Reality | 2014 Climate Leader Trainings

Ordinary people face challenges. Climate Reality Leaders embrace them.


The Climate Reality Leadership Corps is a global network of activists committed to taking on the climate crisis and solving the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. The program takes great leaders and makes them exceptional, providing the training in climate science, communications, and organizing to tell the story of climate change and inspire communities everywhere to take action.

 

The result is a dynamic group of world-changers shaping the conversation on climate in forums from family dinners to international summits and building a 21st-century movement for solutions.

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These Members of Congress Are Bankrolled by the Fracking Industry : Climate Desk

These Members of Congress Are Bankrolled by the Fracking Industry : Climate Desk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The growing fracking industry is “yielding gushers” of campaign donations for congressional candidates—particularly Republicans from districts with fracking activity—according to a new report from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

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Pakistan moves to make cities more climate-resilient

Pakistan moves to make cities more climate-resilient | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Adaptation plan aims to reduce the vulnerability of the country’s fast-growing cities
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Wind Energy In Iowa Cuts 8.4 Million Tons Of Carbon Pollution Per Year

Wind Energy In Iowa Cuts 8.4 Million Tons Of Carbon Pollution Per Year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Iowa's wind industry is creating major economic and environmental benefits, thanks largely to the federal Production Tax Credit.
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