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Clearing up cloudy understanding on solar power plant output

Clearing up cloudy understanding on solar power plant output | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sandia National Laboratories engineers have been studying the most effective ways to use solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays—a clean, affordable and renewable way to keep the power on. Systems are relatively easy to install and have relatively small maintenance costs. They begin working immediately and ...
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TED backs unmasking bad actors behind shell firms

TED backs unmasking bad actors behind shell firms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
TED threw its weight behind a quest to unmask evil doers who use 'shell companies' to hide illicit wealth or fund foul deeds.
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The Goldilocks principle: New hypothesis explains Earth's continued habitability

The Goldilocks principle: New hypothesis explains Earth's continued habitability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from USC and Nanjing University in China have documented evidence suggesting that part of the reason that the Earth has become neither sweltering like Venus nor frigid like Mars lies with a built-in atmospheric carbon dioxide regulator – the geologic cycles that churn up the planet's rocky ...
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Radiation damage at the root of Chernobyl's ecosystems

Radiation damage at the root of Chernobyl's ecosystems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Radiological damage to microbes near the site of the Chernobyl disaster has slowed the decomposition of fallen leaves and other plant matter in the area, according to a study just published in the journal Oecologia. The resulting buildup of dry, loose detritus is a wildfire hazard that poses the threat ...
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New research shows how nutrient management can improve farm profitability and agricultural impacts on the environment

New research shows how nutrient management can improve farm profitability and agricultural impacts on the environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Large increases in the price of fertiliser and pressure on the agricultural industry to reduce its contribution to water pollution mean that making best use of nutrients has never been more important. This was the focus of research conducted on farms across Conwy by scientists from the School of Environment, ...
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Second radiation release indicated at New Mexico site

Second radiation release indicated at New Mexico site | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.
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How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World [Excerpt]

How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World [Excerpt] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Science has long advanced in part due to its rejection of religion as it uncovered information inconvenient for believers and their institutions
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Earth Will Cross the Climate Danger Threshold by 2036

Earth Will Cross the Climate Danger Threshold by 2036 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The rate of global temperature rise mayhave hit a plateau, but a climate crisis still looms in the near future.

 

“Temperatures have been flat for 15 years—nobody can properly explain it,” the Wall Street Journal says. “Global warming ‘pause’ may last for 20 more years, and Arctic sea ice has already started to recover,” the Daily Mail says. Such reassuring claims about climate abound in the popular media, but they are misleading at best. Global warming continues unabated, and it remains an urgent problem.

 

The misunderstanding stems from data showing that during the past decade there was a slowing in the rate at which the earth's average surface temperature had been increasing. The event is commonly referred to as “the pause,” but that is a misnomer: temperatures still rose, just not as fast as during the prior decade. The important question is, What does the short-term slowdown portend for how the world may warm in the future?

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CHARTS: How Power Generation Threatens Water Supplies, And Climate Change Threatens Both

CHARTS: How Power Generation Threatens Water Supplies, And Climate Change Threatens Both | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water consumption by the global power industry is set to almost double by 2035, threatening drinking water supplies and its own reliability.
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Food and Drug Administration Opts for Transparency on Drug Safety- Health Minute | Caelus Green Room

Food and Drug Administration Opts for Transparency on Drug Safety-  Health Minute | Caelus Green Room | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SOURCE: 3BL Media, LLC DESCRIPTION:Since 1998, the Food and Drug Administration has collected millions of records about the prescription and over-the-count
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EU approves Mercedes-Benz ECO Thermo engine cover as fuel-saving Eco-innovation

EU approves Mercedes-Benz ECO Thermo engine cover as fuel-saving Eco-innovation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, March 18, 2014 11:13 AM

The European Commission has approved the new ECO Thermo Cover engine compartment encapsulation in the Mercedes-Benz S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID (earlier post) as a manufacturer’s Eco-innovation. Insulating buildings saves energy; Mercedes engineers have adopted a similar idea in the car.

With insulating partitions in the engine compartment and a radiator shutter that is closed when the car is at a standstill, the heat inside the Mercedes-Benz S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID remains in the engine compartment, even if the vehicle is stopped for some time. When the engine is started again, the higher temperatures reduce friction in the engine, minimize cold-start losses, and cut CO2emissions. Tests performed at Mercedes-Benz indicate an average fuel saving of up to 1.5 liters per full 70-liter tank (i.e., around 2.1%) over the course of a year.

 

Mercedes-Benz has been working together with the EU’s Joint Research Center to develop a procedure for verifying the potential savings, and it has become the first automotive manufacturer to successfully apply for allowance of ECO Innovation Credits in the field of thermal energy storage. The CO2 reduction due to the ECO Thermo Cover has now been certified by the EU.

ECO-innovations were defined in CO2 legislation in 2009, although the EU has only approved four since then.The EU approves innovative technologies that offer potential savings during actual driving, in particular those technologies which can not be taken into account in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

Under the Regulation, a technology can qualify as an Eco-innovation if it is new to the market; contributes to significant CO2 savings and is not otherwise taken into account in determining the level of CO2 emissions from vehicles. The technology should also aim at improving vehicle propulsion or the energy consumption of devices that are mandatory, without compromising vehicle safety.

This means, for example, that solar panels converting sunlight into electric energy could potentially qualify as an Eco-innovation but an energy-efficient in-car music system would not.

The ECO Thermo Cover has no effect in the NEDC laboratory tests because, in these prescribed consumption tests, the vehicle always has to be cooled down to the same test station temperature.

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What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos

What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What We Know helps us understand the science behind the realities, risks and response to the climate challenge.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 18, 2014 1:58 PM

The scientific community is getting more vocal and outspoken(about time), but the more policy makers will understand what they will need to do (questioning the Western way of life), the more they will hide themselves in ideology and denial.

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 18, 2014 4:33 PM

The whole thing is about to break down, unless there is a significant coup against the existing private interests and their hold on policy makers' decisions.

 

One has to wonder how mentally healthy these people are who think that wealth is more valuable than health, regardless of the reasoning or justification for that wealth.

 

Think about it.

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9 Charts That Tell You Where Life Is Pretty Terrific

9 Charts That Tell You Where Life Is Pretty Terrific | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Paris-based think tank known as the OECD is just out with its semi-annual survey of how different economies stack up in terms of social well-being. (Well-being is basically the polite way economists talk about happiness.) The organization even has a new data visualization to let you see where your country ranks in certain key measures.

Called "Society at a Glance," the report is well worth a read. But here are some of the most interesting bits of data we found, in no particular order.


Via Lauren Moss, Stephane Bilodeau
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Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, March 20, 2014 11:47 AM

Un análisis de datos a la VENA!

Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 22, 2014 11:20 AM

Thanks to reporter Matt Phillips of "The Atlantic Cities" website for this revealing set of bar graphs. The data were compiled by the French think tank "OECD" and showed where nations placed on the "social well being" or happiness scale.  The United States didn't do well in a number of areas...perhaps this is something our political leadership should study before they pass legislation that costs us much but delivers so little.    Aloha, Russ.

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Why didn't missing jet passengers use their cellphones?

Why didn't missing jet passengers use their cellphones? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the age of smartphones and social media, one question surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysian airliner is why none of the passengers tried to contact relatives, as they did during the 9/11 attacks.
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Global warming may increase methane emissions from freshwater ecosystems

Global warming may increase methane emissions from freshwater ecosystems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research led by the University of Exeter suggests that rising global temperatures will increase the quantity of the key greenhouse gas methane emitted from freshwater ecosystems to the Earth's atmosphere – which could in turn lead to further warming.
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Corals track strongest Indian Ocean current over 334 years

Corals track strongest Indian Ocean current over 334 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Natural variations in the warming and cooling cycles of the globally important Agulhas ocean current core region have been revealed in a new study of a Madagascar corals led by The University of Western Australia and published in Nature's Scientific Reports.
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GPS also helps to analyze global water resources

GPS also helps to analyze global water resources | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WaterGAP (Water Global Assessment and Prognosis) is a hydrological model used to model water shortage, groundwater depletion, and floods and droughts (e.g. as impacted by climate change) over the land area of the globe. The Frankfurt hydrologist Prof. Petra Döll has examined how good a fit this model ...
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China hit by new flood of dead pigs in river

China hit by new flood of dead pigs in river | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese authorities have found 157 dead pigs in a river, state media said Wednesday, underscoring the country's food safety problems a year after 16,000 carcasses were discovered in Shanghai's main waterway.
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Pollution within: Portraits of Environmental Health [Slide Show]

Pollution within: Portraits of Environmental Health [Slide Show] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Photographs portray the wide variety of environmental health problems that have afflicted people and ecosystems from Ho Chi Minh City to Lake Erie
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Can U.S. Fracked Gas Save Ukraine?

Can U.S. Fracked Gas Save Ukraine? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The conflict over Crimea may prove a last gas…p for Russian energy warfare
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How You Can Join Pharrell & the UN Foundation in Sharing Happiness

How You Can Join Pharrell & the UN Foundation in Sharing Happiness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are a few things in this world that are truly global: One of them is that people want to be happy. Thursday, March 20 is the International Day of Happiness, and the United Nations Foundation and Grammy Award-winning musician Pharrell Williams have teamed up to encourage people to take action to support the UN and to create a happier world for people everywhere.
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Nate Silver’s New Science Writer Ignores The Data On Climate Science

Nate Silver’s New Science Writer Ignores The Data On Climate Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The highly anticipated data-driven news site FiveThirtyEight launched Monday, with a controversial pick covering science issues.
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Dow, Coke, Puma, Barrick Gold, Rio Tinto, Webcor Builders: More Companies Explore Ecosystem Services | Caelus Green Room

Dow, Coke, Puma, Barrick Gold, Rio Tinto, Webcor Builders: More Companies Explore Ecosystem Services | Caelus Green Room | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
by Vikas Vij, Justmeans SOURCE: Justmeans DESCRIPTION:A growing number of companies are now exploring and engaging with ecosystem services issues worldwide
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Cartif diseña una innovadora planta para tratar todo tipo de residuos

Cartif diseña una innovadora planta para tratar todo tipo de residuos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La previsión es que la primera de estas plantas se instale en la provincia de Tarragona (noreste de España) y cuente con una capacidad de tratamiento de una tonelada de residuos a la hora.

Via Ursula Sola de Hinestrosa
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Newly Discovered Greenland Melting Could Accelerate Sea-Level Rise

Newly Discovered Greenland Melting Could Accelerate Sea-Level Rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parts of the massive ice sheet once considered stable have been shown to be melting in new research

Via Anita Woodruff
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