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Ranchers pray for rain in drought-hit California

Ranchers pray for rain in drought-hit California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Californian rancher Nathan Carver squints as he surveys the parched fields where his family has raised cattle for five generations.

 

Normally, they would be covered in lush green grass. But the western US state's worst drought in decades has reduced the land to a moonscape, leaving the 55-year-old father-of-four praying for rain.

 

"My grandparents tell of the Dust Bowl years in the late 30s when it was very bad and dry with dust storms blowing. But this is as bad as we have ever seen it in my lifetime," he told AFP.

 

Only last Friday, California's State Water Project announced for the first time in its 54-year history that it cannot deliver anything beyond the bare minimum to maintain public health and safety.



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NASA image: Fires in Victoria, Australia, Feb. 6, 2014

NASA image: Fires in Victoria, Australia, Feb. 6, 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fires in and around Snowy River National Park in Victoria, Australia were captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on February 06, 2014. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS's thermal bands, are outlined in red.
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Heatwave map reveals Melbourne's most vulnerable postcodes

Heatwave map reveals Melbourne's most vulnerable postcodes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People living in Melbourne's western, inner-northern and south-eastern suburbs are most at risk from heatwaves, according to new research.
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Fight China's smog with ethanol, says Chen Lin

Fight China's smog with ethanol, says Chen Lin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If China starts mandating a 5% blend of ethanol to gasoline, ethanol should trade on par with gasoline.
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Living Without Sacrifice: Solutions to the Top 5 Tiny House Limitations

Living Without Sacrifice: Solutions to the Top 5 Tiny House Limitations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Do you want to live tiny but are worried about having to make too many sacrifices in space and comfort?
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First affordable hydrogen fuel-cell powered mass transport vehicle under development?

First affordable hydrogen fuel-cell powered mass transport vehicle under development? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Birmingham City University is set to showcase the concept and design behind what could prove to be the world’s first affordable hydrogen fuel-cell powered mass transport vehicle.
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Goldman Sachs Enthusiastically Decides To Invest $40 Billion In Renewables

Goldman Sachs Enthusiastically Decides To Invest $40 Billion In Renewables | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on SolarWakeup.
Goldman Sachs sees a transformational moment in renewables and plans to invest in excess of $40 billion by 2021. The motivation for Goldman is to create a return on the capital they invest for their firm and clients, but where will it be invested and how can the capital be to your
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Infographic: C40 Cities Releases Landmark Research Revealing Expansion & Acceleration of Climate Actions in Megacities

Infographic: C40 Cities Releases Landmark Research Revealing Expansion & Acceleration of Climate Actions in Megacities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg today, C40 Cities released Climate Action in Megacities 2.0, a landmark research report that demonstrates a clear trend of megacities expanding and accelerating their climate actions. Climate actions – like implementing energy efficiency standards for buildings or adding bus rapid transit lanes – aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve…

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Japanese Scientists Create Touchable Holograms - YouTube

Researchers at Tokyo University have come up with a technology that is a first and significant step away from the mouse and keyboard touchable holograms. The technology consists of software that uses ultrasonic waves to create pressure on the hand of a user touching the projected hologram.


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The Asymptotic Leap's curator insight, February 5, 2014 8:48 PM

It's just a matter of time before we won't be able to tell what's real and what's simulated. Then again, perhaps we're already living in a simulated world.

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GIIP-Home

GIIP-Home | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Global Information Internship Program (GIIP)is a highly innovative educational and service-learning program
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12 Graphics that Contain Everything You Need to Know about Climate Change

12 Graphics that Contain Everything You Need to Know about Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is real, it's here and it will be affecting the planet for a long, long time. That's the lesson of the latest iteration of ...

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Il Parlamento UE definisce la mappa delle Smart Cities europee

Il Parlamento UE definisce la mappa delle Smart Cities europee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Il Comitato ITRE ha pubblicato la mappa ufficiale delle migliori Smart Cities europee, delineando gli obiettivi comuni ed i traguardi già raggiunti.

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10 CSR ideas to retool the design and construction industry

10 CSR ideas to retool the design and construction industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To build a better workforce, companies need to rethink hiring practices, energy efficiency standards, recycling and more. 

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NASA image: Fires in Northern Sumatra

NASA image: Fires in Northern Sumatra | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fires dot the coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite image collected on February 06, 2014. The MODIS instrument is aboard the Terra satellite and actively burning areas, detected by MODIS's thermal bands, are outlined in red.
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Major breakthrough in prediction of financial damage as a result of natural catastrophes

Major breakthrough in prediction of financial damage as a result of natural catastrophes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In what is hailed as the most significant development in the modelling of financial losses as a result of natural catastrophes for 20 years, the EU's main climate innovation initiative Climate-KIC has officially launched the Oasis Loss Modelling Framework last week (29 January 2014).
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La casa che produce più energia di quella consumata

La casa che produce più energia di quella consumata | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Grazie alla biomassa, al fotovoltaico, al solare termico e ad una progettazione passiva, questa casa di Kladnica produce più energia di quella consumata

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Grazie alla biomassa, al fotovoltaico, al solare termico e ad una progettazione passiva, questa casa di Kladnica produce più energia di quella consumata

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Tragic end for Harmony’s Doornkop miners: eight found dead

Tragic end for Harmony’s Doornkop miners: eight found dead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One other miner is still missing.
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Tiny Green Charge Networks “Peaker Plant” Saves Big Pile Of Cash

Tiny Green Charge Networks “Peaker Plant” Saves Big Pile Of Cash | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The startup Green Charge Networks is planning a big announcement for next week, so in advance of that we're going to take a look back at what the company has been up to so far. Its GreenStation™ energy storage unit is a lithium-ion battery system designed to operate like an on site, miniature peaker plant,
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Social Cost of Carbon and Benefits | The Energy Collective

Social Cost of Carbon and Benefits | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This open letter, co-authored by Jeremy Proville and first published on EDF Voices, was written in response to a New York Times article citing Dr. Roger Bezdek’s report on “The Social Costs of Carbon? No, The Social Benefits of Carbon.”
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What If Car Companies Actually Tried To Sell Their Electric Cars?

What If Car Companies Actually Tried To Sell Their Electric Cars? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I love putting together the monthly electric car sales reports. I love statistics, I love spreadsheets, I love charts, and I love electric cars. But there's one thing that frustrates me every time -- looking at the sales of electric cars that are
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Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere Designed to House 100 People Under the Sea

Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere Designed to House 100 People Under the Sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Phil Pauley's Sub-Biosphere 2 is a self sustaining underwater city for 100 inhabitants.

London designer Phil Pauley is a modern day Jules Verne who has spent the past 20 years designing an underwater city . For Pauley, Sub-Biosphere 2 is a viable structure he hopes to see built in his lifetime. The self-sustaining, futuristic biosphere is designed to house 100 inhabitants underwater, and it’s the latest in a slew of projects that aim to ease housing shortages for a growing global population...


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Catherine Devin's curator insight, February 6, 2014 7:11 AM

Une utopie ?

Un lieu de curiosité et de villégiature temporaire ?

A quel prix environnemental ?

Il nous reste aussi des réserves de créativité pour construire des logements pour tous à terre.

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The Global Information Internship Program - YouTube

The Global Information Internship Program (GIIP, pronounced "jeep") is a fabulous program at UCSC, which allows undergraduates to fund and work on projects t... (Who are we?

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Little-known Film: Native America Before Columbus

Little-known Film: Native America Before Columbus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2010 National Geographic produced a little-known documentary which attempted to offer a visual presentation of pre-colonial America for its audience, with somewhat of a mixed result.

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Universal flu vaccine closer to reality › News in Science (ABC Science)

Universal flu vaccine closer to reality › News in Science (ABC Science) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists say they have the key to the blueprint for a universal flu vaccine.

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Palawan police find 120 captured sea turtles in swamp ("the poachers are still at it in Palawan")

Palawan police find 120 captured sea turtles in swamp ("the poachers are still at it in Palawan") | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PUERTO PRINCESA - Philippine police said Friday they rescued 120 protected sea turtles found hidden in a pen inside a mangrove swamp, apparently intended for sale to foreign traders.

It is just the latest case of sea turtles captured in the western island of Palawan where various species are known to congregate said local police chief Senior Superintendent David Martinez.
A police patrol in Balabac town on Tuesday came upon a huge pen containing 120 live sea turtles of various species and sizes hidden under the branches of mangroves, he said.
“They were just stored there in the swamp. They (the perpetrators) probably just visited them occasionally when they added newly-caught turtles,” Martinez told AFP.
The turtles were set free but no one was found tending the hidden pen.
Martinez said an investigation was ongoing to determine who captured and stored the sea turtles.
Such seizures of illegally-captured turtles are common in Balabac, located about 850 kilometers (528 miles) from Manila because the animals often congregate there, the police chief added added.
Sea turtles are protected under Philippine law and catching them is punishable by at least 12 years in jail.


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