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Southern England has wettest January since 1910

Southern England has wettest January since 1910 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parts of southern England have seen the wettest January since records began in 1910, figures showed on Thursday, as the army was called in to help one flooded area.
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New thinking needed on costly mining as ores get less rich

New thinking needed on costly mining as ores get less rich | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dealing with mineral ores is rapidly becoming more complex as ore grade is decreasing, mines are getting deeper and the cost of energy and labour increases.
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Great Lakes have most ice in decades thanks to bitter winter

Great Lakes have most ice in decades thanks to bitter winter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This winter's frigid temperatures have produced the largest amount of ice cover on the Great Lakes in at least 25 years.
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World's groundwater increasingly at risk

World's groundwater increasingly at risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The groundwater footprint. If you haven't heard that term yet, read on, because it soon could become as familiar as 'carbon footprint.'
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Holmgren’s ‘Crash on Demand’: be careful what you wish for

Holmgren’s ‘Crash on Demand’: be careful what you wish for | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It is a rare occurence that I disagree with David Holmgren. But while there is much insight in his most recent paper, Crash on Demand, it also raises many questions and issues that I'd like to explore here. I am troubled by his conclusions, and althou
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James Taylor - Traffic Jam [HQ] - YouTube

James Taylor - The Ultimate Compilation Album James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Aw...
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New Research Warns Of More Regular And Severe Blackouts

New Research Warns Of More Regular And Severe Blackouts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many of us have experienced the growing frustration of a blackout (or a brownout, depending on your international location). It's very much a first-world problem, as many in the world live their entire lives with only a few hours of electricity a week -- if any at all. The western world lives it's life by
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Electroforce Electric Motorcycle Debuts in Beijing

Electroforce Electric Motorcycle Debuts in Beijing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's called the Electroforce Motors Mu, and it's meant to be a high-quality, high-performance alternative to the cars and buses that are currently pumping staggering amounts of pollution into the air above Beijing's heavily congested city streets.
The bike's makers hope the Electroforce Mu's slick (if not totally original) body work and build quality will help
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Climate Change and Policy Changes | The Energy Collective

Climate Change and Policy Changes | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When the conversation turns to climate change, someone is sure to opine that there’s no silver bullet. The issue is simply too complex to have one solution. When you focus on all the changes needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally it seems like a multifaceted approach is the only way forward.
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Coal's Fantasy Island: Carbon Pollution its "One and Only" | The Energy Collective

Coal's Fantasy Island: Carbon Pollution its "One and Only" | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A front-page story in the New York Times (January 23, 2014) recently highlighted increasing concerns companies like Coca-Cola, Nike, and other major corporations are having about the growing threat of climate change to their bottom line. Corporate executives and business leaders are seeing droughts, crop shortages, extreme weather and other effects of carbon pollution affect their supply chains, resources, and financial risk. 

 

Unfortunately, the coal industry didn't get the memo that carbon pollution is a problem. This week, a coal-industry front group released an embarrassingly bad report claiming that carbon pollution will benefit society.

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How I Built A 450-Lumen Solar Light (40 Watts Equivalent) & USB Battery Combo

How I Built A 450-Lumen Solar Light (40 Watts Equivalent) & USB Battery Combo | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Kompulsa.
One day, while I was trying to find something to watch on YouTube, I came across a touching video of Zayn Malik’s trip to a region in Africa (a place was referred to as a ‘slum’ due to the widespread poverty there). This trip was for Red Nose Day and was part
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BYD Qin Plug-in Sees Strong Launch In China

BYD Qin Plug-in Sees Strong Launch In China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You may have noticed a few days ago in my post on China's 2013 plug-in car sales that the BYD Qin plug-in hybrid electric car was almost on the bottom of the sales rankings. However, that was a bit deceiving since the BYD Qin PHEV was actually just released. As noted in this Planetsave repost,
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In Cold, Electric Cars Save You Even MORE Money

In Cold, Electric Cars Save You Even MORE Money | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Planetsave.
You should know by now that electric vehicles can save you good money. It costs ~3 to 4 times less to drive an electric vehicle (EV) than to drive a gasmobile. So, even though EVs often cost a bit more up front, the lifetime cost of the vehicles is often considerably lower.

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Ocean acidification leaving fish in the dark

Ocean acidification leaving fish in the dark | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Increasing carbon dioxide in the world's oceans could hamper fishes' eyesight, slowing their reaction times and leaving them vulnerable to predators or unable to hunt, new research has shown.
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Climate study projects major changes in vegetation distribution by 2100

Climate study projects major changes in vegetation distribution by 2100 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Climate researchers have calculated that the spread of plant species in nearly half the world's land areas could be affected by predicted global warming by the end of the century.
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Support for 'fracking' continues to decline

Support for 'fracking' continues to decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A report by experts at The University of Nottingham shows that the public's perception of shale gas is continuing to wane, despite attempts by energy companies to offer 'benefits' to local communities as compensation for fracking.
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West Virginia’s Elk River Chemical Spill and How We Measure Progress

West Virginia’s Elk River Chemical Spill and How We Measure Progress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s a cruel irony for the 300,000 West Virginians forced to turn off their taps for five to ten days... will count as a plus according to...GDP.
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Scientists' Concerns Challenge Conservative Sea-Level Rise Projections - YouTube

It's that time of year, the perennial "It's snowing so it can't be warming" season - or, as scientists call it, "winter". Depends on where you're standing, a...
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Damn This Traffic Jam

Damn This Traffic Jam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'I used to think that I was cool, runnin' around on fossil fuel, 'till I saw what I was doin' was driving down the road to ruin" In the age of weather extremes and terrorism, we'll have to figure o...
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Renewables and Political Machinations | The Energy Collective

Renewables and Political Machinations | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I found the recent NY Times article on the shifting politics of renewable energy morbidly fascinating on both a political and economic level. My reaction was that the Times seems to have found a collection of Republicans who want to support renewable energy for all the wrong reasons.
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Smart Grid and California Climate Problems | The Energy Collective

Smart Grid and California Climate Problems | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last week’s article on the California Energy Commission’s 2013 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) identified how climate changes impact energy needs and create new challenges for the state of California’s electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel sectors.
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China and Solar Energy Deployment Expansion | The Energy Collective

China and Solar Energy Deployment Expansion | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China has the fastest train in the world, the most megacities in the world, and the biggest population. Now China can boast a new record: It has installed the most solar PV in one year. Preliminary figures show that China installed 12,000 megawatts of solar in 2013.
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Chevy Spark EV Lifetime Cost vs Chevy Spark Gas Lifetime Cost (California & Oregon Scenarios)

Chevy Spark EV Lifetime Cost vs Chevy Spark Gas Lifetime Cost (California & Oregon Scenarios) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally posted on EV Obsession.
I was decided I would finally perform and write up a cost comparison of the Chevy Spark EV and the Chevy Spark gas drinker. Notably, reviewers such as those at Consumer Reports have concluded that the Chevy Spark EV is a nicer car overall. But let's look at some lifetime cost
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Chevrolet Volt Testimonial

Chevrolet Volt Testimonial | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on GM-Volt.
By Jeff Cobb.
My Chevrolet Volt story began in 2010. After following news reports and releases about Chevrolet’s new E-REV in 2008, I became fascinated with the idea of owning and commuting with an automobile that had power and delivery and would put to rest the paradigm that electric vehicles could not
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Jeffrey Sachs Offers Free Sustainable Development Course

Jeffrey Sachs Offers Free Sustainable Development Course | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Originally published on Ecopreneurist.

In certain circles, the word sustainable gets tossed around quite a bit, and depending on the background of the people using it, it can have a certain cachet and authority, but in the bigger scheme of things, such as discussing the economy and economic development in layman’s terms, it may serve to muddy the waters instead of clarify them. For example, when referring to “sustainable development”, it might not be clear just exactly what that means to anyone that isn’t actively involved in studying it. Sustainable for who?

 

In a nutshell, sustainable development is economic development that is not just environmentally sustainable, but is also socially inclusive.

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