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24,000 kilometers driven electrically: Two tons of CO2 emissions less

24,000 kilometers driven electrically: Two tons of CO2 emissions less | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly two tons of carbon dioxide less, excellently suited for commuting traffic, quick charging as a prerequisite of economic efficiency: These are the first results of the RheinMobil electric mobility project after 23,710 km.
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Measuring the Subsidy Related Costs of Energy | The Energy Collective

Measuring the Subsidy Related Costs of Energy | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When I posted a story last week about the closure of traditional generators due to renewables by one of Germany’s largest electricity utilities, it created a passionate response and some very good debate on one site that picked up the story.
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The Weekend Wonk: Andrew Dessler on Climate Sensitivity

The Weekend Wonk: Andrew Dessler on Climate Sensitivity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Atmospheric Scientist Andrew Dessler of Texas A&M has been doing a lot of important writing and speaking on the topic of climate sensitivity over the last several years.  His debate with Richar...
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How West's throwaway culture destroys basic freedoms in China

How West's throwaway culture destroys basic freedoms in China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A moment of deep shock as author Amy Larkin realizes how western consumerism is destroying the wellbeing of people in China

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, August 24, 2013 4:45 AM

Good article in The Guardian on how our Western cheap goods consumerism is creating environmental problems in China. The problem is that there is no sustainable solution to this development. Are we in the West willing to give up our cheap goods (or have some goods only available for those who can afford them in an era of responsible consumption?) and will the new middle classes in China not demand the same cheap products?

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Where Disengagement at Work Is Worse Than Joblessness

Where Disengagement at Work Is Worse Than Joblessness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Germany, people who work for a bad manager report more worry, sadness, stress, anger, and physical pain than those who are unemployed.

Via Margarita Tarragona, Jocelyn Stoller
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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, August 23, 2013 3:17 PM

Las personas que están poco involucradas en el trabajoque están insatisfechos con sus jefes tienen el mismo estado emocional que los desempleados. Estudio Gallup en Alemania

#felicidad

Shannon Steuart's curator insight, August 23, 2013 10:54 PM

Managers often underestimate the power to motivate their employees by giving them verbal affirmations based on their performance or achievements. Simple acts that can tell someone their work is valued can make a large difference in their attitude. 

Oriana Tickell's curator insight, August 24, 2013 12:20 PM

Where Disengagement at Work Is Worse Than Joblessness

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Window Socket - Solar Energy Powered Socket by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh » Yanko Design

Window Socket - Solar Energy Powered Socket by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh » Yanko Design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

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California Fish Contaminated with Fukushima Radiation | IntelliHub.com

California Fish Contaminated with Fukushima Radiation | IntelliHub.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We noted more than a year ago:

 

The ocean currents head from Japan to the West Coast of the U.S.

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Of course, fish don’t necessarily stay still, either. For example, the Telegraph notes that scientists tagged a bluefin tuna and found that it crossed between Japan and the West Coast three times in 600 days:

 

Click headline to read more, view map and access hot links--


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Adaptation: Most of Manila left underwater as record storms sweep parts of Asia -- Friday, August 23, 2013 -- www.eenews.net

Adaptation: Most of Manila left underwater as record storms sweep parts of Asia -- Friday, August 23, 2013 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A state of disaster was declared in parts of the northern Philippines earlier this week as a monsoon and typhoon brought incessant rain in the region for three days, triggering mass evacuations and affecting more than 1 million people.
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Can The World Engineer A Cooler Climate? : NPR

Can The World Engineer A Cooler Climate? : NPR | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A draft of the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report leaked this week, sparking a renewed interest in climate change. One of the debates is over geoengineering, large-scale manipulation of the climate by humans to reduce warming.
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Nuclear operator raises alarm on crisis in Japan

Nuclear operator raises alarm on crisis in Japan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
TOKYO — The operator of Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear power plant sounded the alarm on the gravity of the deepening crisis of containment at the coastal site Friday, saying there are more than 200,000 tons of radioactive water in makeshift tanks...
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Despite Fukushima, IAEA sees global progress on nuclear safety

Despite Fukushima, IAEA sees global progress on nuclear safety | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

VIENNA (Reuters) - Japan may be suffering persistent problems with its wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, but the U.N. atomic agency says "considerable progress" has been made globally in the past year to strengthen reactor safety.

 

 

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Burning Issues in Air Pollution -

Burning Issues in Air Pollution - | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

(Beijing) -- Hidden beneath a recent debate on an air pollution study are questions on the limits of scientific research in China. Air pollution has become a major public health issue in the country, but barriers to research continue to overshadow information on its negative impacts.

A paper by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tsinghua University, Peking University and Hebrew University found that the use of coal for heating among China's northerners led to a cut in life expectancy by at least five years in the 1990s compared to those in the south. The conclusion sparked uproar among government officials and researchers.

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Fracking foes use national spotlight

Fracking foes use national spotlight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama stopped at Binghamton University on the second leg of his tour to promote a college affordability plan on Friday, but the demonstrators who lined the president's motorcade route had something else on their minds: By coming...
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Renewable Future No More Costly Than Fossil Fuel Future

Renewable Future No More Costly Than Fossil Fuel Future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Originally published on RenewEconomy The Australian government appears to have made a remarkable concession following the release of the 100% renewables report by the country’s energy market operator – a renewables future will be no more costly than the largely fossil fuel alternative.

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Portland Taxi Service To Use Tesla Model S

Portland Taxi Service To Use Tesla Model S | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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by Christopher DeMorro
On one hand, most electric cars are unlikely candidates for taxi service, with their limited driving range and long recharge times.
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La taxe carbone et le Conseil constitutionnel : une histoire de désamour

La taxe carbone et le Conseil constitutionnel : une histoire de désamour | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Le ministre de l'écologie a annoncé que la majorité mettrait en place une nouvelle mouture de la taxe carbone. Par deux fois déjà, en 2000 et 2009, une loi instaurant une telle taxe a été retoquée.

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Mortality Rate Doubles: Study Shows that even “Safe” Levels of Sugar Aren’t Safe

Mortality Rate Doubles: Study Shows that even “Safe” Levels of Sugar Aren’t Safe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When it comes to refined sugar, the average American is said to consume about three pounds of sugar each week, or 3,550 pounds throughout their entire life. That’s extreme.

Via Miguel Eduardo Fernandez, Francisco Pontes Estevan, Monica S Mcfeeters
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, August 24, 2013 10:31 AM

Here is something to think about when it comes to sugar.

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Thinking outside Fukushima

Thinking outside Fukushima | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This month—nearly two and a half years after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station—the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) finally admitted that it needed outside help to control the numerous problems at its stricken plant.

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BulletinOfTheAtomic's curator insight, August 24, 2013 11:23 AM

Great info from Federation of American Scientists president Charles D. Ferguson.

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Fukushima horror will be visited on U.S. unless we shift to 100% renewable energy | Green Shadow Cabinet

Fukushima horror will be visited on U.S. unless we shift to 100% renewable energy | Green Shadow Cabinet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As the horror show at Fukushima worsens by the day, our opposition to atomic energy becomes ever more vital. Now more than ever, we advocate a total "solartopian" shift to renewables for our planet's energy supply.

 

It has been shown for many years that wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, ocean thermal, sustainable bio-fuels, increased efficiency and conservation and much more in terms of green energy can power this planet cheaply, cleanly and safely while creating millions of jobs and taking root far more quickly than any "new generation" of reactors.

 

We therefore urge that the nations of the world immediately focus their best energies on containing the horrifying contamination radiating from Fukushima while devoting all the technical, scientific and economic resources necessary to transition our global economy onto a Solartopia green-powered basis as rapidly as possible.

  --  Harvey Wasserman   Secretary of Energy, Green Shadow Cabinet


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, August 24, 2013 1:59 PM

If nuclear power had started out independent of nuclear weapons, and if the last 50 years had been about developing the really safe technology that has always been possible, well we would all be better off.  But that's not what happened.  

 

And now, while we may continue research in nuclear technologies, all the large-scale investments should be focused on developing and deploying 100% renewable resources.   Shut down all the subsidies of nuclear and fossil fuel industries, start charging the true costs, and recoup all the externalities, and then channel those funds into renewable energy instead.  

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Siege Mentality: Experts Pan IPCC's Climate Report Strategy - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Siege Mentality: Experts Pan IPCC's Climate Report Strategy - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A draft of the next UN review of scientific studies on climate change has been leaked, and it's not the first time. Now, a growing number of experts are criticizing the the organization's secretetive approach to the reports.
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Carbon Capture: Air capture needed as a tool to fight climate change, scientists say

Pulling vexing carbon emissions straight from the sky might become an important way to keep climate change in check. As pilot projects move forward, the prospect of capturing carbon dioxide from the air is growing increasingly plausible, though it may be some time before the technology, the demand and the costs align to make a dent in global emissions.

 

Earlier this year, instruments showed atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations rising above 400 parts per million for the first time in 800,000 years (ClimateWire, April 24).

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Northeast Passage: Russia Moves to Boost Arctic Shipping - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Northeast Passage: Russia Moves to Boost Arctic Shipping - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This year has seen a record number of ships pass through the Northeast Passage in the Arctic Ocean. Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing all he can to make the route even more attractive.
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Arsenic-laced water is like smoking for decades Study finds

Arsenic-laced water is like smoking for decades Study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Public opposition defuses nuclear plans chinadaily.com.cn

Public opposition defuses nuclear plans chinadaily.com.cn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Following opposition, a nuclear project in Guangdong had been canceled and it will not reapply for approval to start construction later.
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IPS – Nicaragua’s New Canal Threatens Biggest Source of Water | Inter Press Service

IPS – Nicaragua’s New Canal Threatens Biggest Source of Water | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nicaragua’s New Canal Threatens Biggest Source of Water - The canal to be built across Nicaragua threatens the largest source of freshwater in Central America, environmentalists warn.
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