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Visualizing 100 Years Of Climate Data

Visualizing 100 Years Of Climate Data | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What does 100 years worth of climate data look like when rendered in an interactive, color-coded map? A continental tug-of-war between red (for heat) and blue (for cold), as seasons come and go and cold air replaces the warm.

The infographic is the work of data visualization studio Halftone, whose principals originally pursued the idea of making a map to visualize data about coffee production against key environmental factors, like temperature and precipitation.

 

"Our goal with this project was not to facilitate precise analysis, but to expose how every single month produces a unique and beautiful artwork through our Voronoi tessellated approximation of a heat map," write the creators. "The underlying map of satellite imagery and major geographic features adds a second layer for exploration."


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Crean sistema para limpiar cuerpos de agua y suelos contaminados

Crean sistema para limpiar cuerpos de agua y suelos contaminados | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Investigadores de la Universidad de Santiago Compostela (USC), España, crearon un conjunto de técnicas biogeoquímicas llamadas tecnosoles, las cuales son capaces de restaurar cualquier cuerpo hídrico y suelo contaminado por actividades mineras e...

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Contemporary agriculture is burning up our planet

Contemporary agriculture is burning up our planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A growing number of organic consumers, natural health advocates and climate hawks are taking a more comprehensive look at the fundamental causes of global warming. And its led them to this sobering conclusion: Modern, industrial, monocrop farming are burning up our planet.

 

How did they reach this conclusion? First, by taking a more inclusive look at the scientific data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—not just carbon dioxide (CO2), but also methane and nitrous oxide. Next, by doing a full accounting of the fossil fuel consumption and emissions of the entire industrial food and farming cycle, including inputs, equipment, production, processing, distribution, heating, cooling and waste. And finally, by factoring in the indirect impacts of contemporary agriculture, which include deforestation and wetlands destruction.,,,  http://www.nationofchange.org/how-factory-farming-contributes-global-warming-1358786945

 

SCIENTIFIC PAPER ARGUES AGAINST FACTORY FARM "FEEDING THE WORLD" http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3995263792/scientific-paper-argues-against-factory-farms-feeding-the-world

 


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lloyd stanley gordon's curator insight, September 30, 2013 6:40 PM

This  is  an  awful  lot  of  information  but  all  of it  spells  one thing: "Be  aware  and  beware!

Samantha Fuller's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:31 PM

"Our modern energy-, chemical- and genetically modified organism (GMO)-intensive industrial food and farming systems are the major cause of man-made global warming." Studies show that not only are greenhouse gasses caused by Carbon Dioxide but also by methane and nitrous oxide. Farming includes so many different ways of using fuel form the machinery to the end of food production. Another way farming isn't helping is through deforestation, and wetlands destruction. "When you add it all up, the picture is clear—contemporary agriculture is burning up our planet. And factory farms or, in industry lingo, Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), play a key role in this impending disaster." Climate rise is complex but a few of the top reasons are coal burning, and fossil fuels. To get this under control we would need to stop using 90% of the fosil fuels we are using.

Sally J. Everett's curator insight, October 10, 2013 9:33 AM

We can't live in fear of the future, we have to have farms no matter what they emit into the air. Without farms, we couldn't survive.

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Graphene Supercapacitors — Next-Generation Energy Storage Now One Step Closer

Graphene Supercapacitors — Next-Generation Energy Storage Now One Step Closer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An entirely new strategy for engineering graphene-based supercapacitors has been developed by researchers at Monash University — potentially leading the way to powerful next-generation renewable energy storage systems. The new strategy also opens up the possibility of using graphene-based supercapacitors in electric vehicles and consumer electronics.
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Futurism Cities and Energy Use | The Energy Collective

Futurism Cities and Energy Use | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2008, The New York Times reported 56% of the energy generated in the United States was wasted. In electricity generation, 66% was lost as heat out the smoke stacks of remote power plants and another ten percent lost during transmission.
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Make or break harvest after 18 months of pain for farmers - Telegraph

Make or break harvest after 18 months of pain for farmers - Telegraph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This year’s harvest will be “make or break” for many farmers as they struggle to make up for last year’s disastrous yields and the loss of livestock in the spring, it has been warned.
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A bid to clean the air with algae

A bid to clean the air with algae | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 10-foot-tall cylinders glow neon yellow and orange, looking like something out of a futuristic dance club. They're actually an experiment with global implications — an effort to see how well algae can wipe out pollution belched by power plants.
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Botulism Threat Found in Infant Formula Ingredients

Botulism Threat Found in Infant Formula Ingredients | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fonterra said Saturday that a bacteria that could cause botulism had been found in its products, which other companies use to make infant formula that is popular in China.
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Predicting an era of destruction | SeacoastOnline.com

Predicting an era of destruction | SeacoastOnline.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PORTSMOUTH — Significant swaths of the downtown area. Prescott Park. North Mill Pond. Sagamore Creek. All will be vulnerable to flooding by 2100, with a projected loss of property in today's dollars of as much as $600 million.
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Big protest at Chevron Richmond refinery is latest example of climate activists stepping up rallies and marches

Big protest at Chevron Richmond refinery is latest example of climate activists stepping up rallies and marches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Frustrated by inaction in Congress, environmentalists are increasing civil disobedience and marches over global warming. Dozens arrested in nonviolent Chevron Richmond protest Saturday
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Corporate Environmental Responsibility: Who cares? :: Financial Express

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh like many other mega cities of the world sees a good number of development works every year but environmental havoc created due to such development projects gives a broad grin to the much talked theme on 'green living'.

If anyone visits the on-going large construction of flyovers and other development projects in any part of the city or the country, he or she could see the onslaught of environmental havoc due to the air pollution caused by dust and mud.
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Agent Orange’s reach beyond the Vietnam War

VA is prodded to compensate vets who weren’t in Vietnam but say Agent Orange caused their illnesses.
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14-year-old teen GMO activist schools ignorant TV host on human rights, food labeling

14-year-old teen GMO activist schools ignorant TV host on human rights, food labeling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
14-year-old teen GMO activist schools ignorant TV host on human rights, food labeling

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Water in the Anthropocene

Water in the Anthropocene is a 3-minute film charting the global impact of humans on the water cycle.... http://vimeo.com/66087863

Evidence is growing that our global footprint is now so significant we have driven Earth into a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene.

Human activities such as damming and agriculture are changing the global water cycle in significant ways.

The data visualisation was commissioned by the Global Water Systems Project for a major international conference (Water in the Anthropocene, Bonn, Germany, 21-24 May, 2013...

http://www.gwsp.org/fileadmin/documents_news/Bonn_Water_Declaration_final.pdf

 

August 1, 2013 Scientific American
GLOBAL WATER SHORTAGES GROW WORSE BUT NATIONS HAVE FEW ANSWERS http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/08/01/global-water-shortages/

 

August 3, 2013 Guardian
THE WATER COMPANIES AND THE FOUL STENCH OF EXPLOITATION: The privatisation of water is a story of greed, incompetence and fleecing the public http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/03/water-industry-exploitation-pollution

 

June 3, 2013 Forest News
Q&A: WHO OWNS THE RIGHTS TO THE WORLD/S COMMON RESOURCES? http://blog.cifor.org/16672/qa-who-owns-the-rights-to-the-worlds-common-resources/#.Ub6-u-swOic


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, May 26, 2013 11:39 PM

The planet has plenty of water to go around (except in places with limited ground water).  Producing more clean water should be mostly the same as cleaning our dirty water.  And doing that mostly requires clean energy.  

pdjmoo's curator insight, October 20, 2014 4:35 PM

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                                                      Resources

                                            WATER POLITICS BLOG
Tracking geopolitical water issues before they boil over into political unrest or interstate competition http://www.waterpolitics.com/blog/

 

                                              THE WATER DAILY

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- ▶  WHAT IS A RAIN GARDEN? "HOW TO" GUIDE http://nemo.uconn.edu/raingardens/index.htm

 

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August 28, 2013 Sourceable, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

- ▶  10,000 RAIN GARDENS Melbourne’s local government, schools and homeowners have successfully implemented over 10,000 rain gardens across the region in an attempt to protect its waterways. - See more at: http://sourceable.net/over-10000-rain-gardens-benefit-melbournes-waterways/#sthash.Y14exc2g.dpuf

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Breakthrough Technology Enables Crops To Take Nitrogen From The Air — Effective Means To Replace Nitrogen Fertilizers Developed

Breakthrough Technology Enables Crops To Take Nitrogen From The Air — Effective Means To Replace Nitrogen Fertilizers Developed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A potentially “world-changing” technology has been developed by researchers at the University of Nottingham — a means of enabling any type of crop to take nitrogen from the air. In other words, an effective means of phasing out expensive and environmentally damaging nitrogen fertilizers.

As it stands now, most crops are dependent upon nitrogen fertilizers, as they are unable to “fix” their own nitrogen from the air, as some plants/crops do (legumes mostly).

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Solar Energy Storage and Grid Usage | The Energy Collective

Solar Energy Storage and Grid Usage | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Proponents of intermittent renewable energy such as solar PV and wind often claim that these energy sources will reach parity with standard grid power in the near future.
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Taxes and Renewables Installation | The Energy Collective

Taxes and Renewables Installation | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Property taxes can be an ongoing cost for PV system owners and a determining factor in whether a solar system gets installed.
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Europe vies with China in electric bus race - FT.com

Europe vies with China in electric bus race - FT.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pioneering eco-friendly transport systems It is a quiet afternoon at Geneva airport and just outside the main entrance, an electric bus billed as one of the most exciting developments in green public transport in years is gliding towards a potential...
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Greenhouse gas controls not so far off, study says 

 A new study suggests that technology to capture greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants may be more ready for wide deployment than industry officials and political leaders in coal states would have the public believe.

The new review, published last week in the journal Energy Policy, found that most experts on the process don't question the "readiness" of carbon capture and storage, or CCS, technology.

 
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EHP – Infectious Diseases Associated with Livestock Production: Mitigating Future Risks

EHP – Infectious Diseases Associated with Livestock Production: Mitigating Future Risks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Humans have traveled with their livestock to the ends of the earth, and animal husbandry has transformed the face of the planet. Even as livestock provide food, these same animals have also introduced humans to new diseases. A study in this month’s EHP argues that, although it is unclear whether the intensification of livestock production will lead to a higher risk of disease emergence and transmission, some important risk factors are certainly present.1 This is especially true in contexts where changes are occurring rapidly, sometimes before regulation can catch up.

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Oil companies frack in coastal waters off Calif.

Oil companies frack in coastal waters off Calif. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Companies prospecting for oil off California's coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open cracks beneath the seabed, and now regulators are investigating whether the practice should require...
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How feeding and caring for 800 million pets hurts Mother Nature

How feeding and caring for 800 million pets hurts Mother Nature | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Researchers say the global population of dogs and cats has passed 800 million, not to mention the many other weird and wonderful creatures (the most peculiar, according to one poll, being the Madagascar hissing cockroach) that share our homes.

And they all have to eat.

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Asbestos find shocks workers - National - NZ Herald News

Asbestos find shocks workers - National - NZ Herald News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A work site has been shut down after a shock discovery of asbestos, and workers have been sent for medical tests.
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Will Lead Paint Makers Face The Same Fate As Big Tobacco?

Will Lead Paint Makers Face The Same Fate As Big Tobacco? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A lawsuit in California that seeks some $1 billion from former lead paint manufacturers is far from the first attempt to hold the industry liable for decades of poisoning children and leaving lingering contamination.
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