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11 Reasons Why A Government Shutdown Is Terrible For You

11 Reasons Why A Government Shutdown Is Terrible For You | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The government is hours away from its first shutdown since 1996. Here's why it would be awful:
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Taibbi: 'Defaulting Is Just Stupid'

Taibbi: 'Defaulting Is Just Stupid' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The looming government shutdown could be terrible for the economy. Yet, Congress could do even more damage if it refuses to raise the debt ceiling, forcing the United States to default on its debt.
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Story of Stuff | Lets Grow Solutions

The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.


In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, more malls, more Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting. But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn't more, but better – better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet?


Shouldn't that be what winning means?

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Local Food: Transforming Our Food System - Real Food - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Local Food: Transforming Our Food System - Real Food - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A local-food revolution is taking place across North America, as ordinary people subscribe to CSA programs, shop at farmers markets and take up neighborhood farming in order to fill their plates with real, fresh food.
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Methane Out, Carbon Dioxide In

Methane Out, Carbon Dioxide In | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 -
A University of Virginia engineering professor has proposed a novel approach for keeping waste carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
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Can bacteria combat oil spill disasters?

Can bacteria combat oil spill disasters? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leipzig, Germany (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 -
Teams of international scientists have decrypted the effectiveness of two types of bacteria, which could be used in the future to help combat oil spill disasters.
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Drexel finds new energy storage capabilities between layers of 2-D materials

Drexel finds new energy storage capabilities between layers of 2-D materials | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Philadelphia PA (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 - Drexel University researchers are continuing to expand the capabilities and functionalities of a family of two-dimensional materials they discovered that are as thin as a single atom, but have the potential to store massive amounts of energy. Their latest achievement has pushed the materials storage capacities to new levels while also allowing for their use in flexible devices.

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‘Climate change? People get very emotional about the subject. It’s not all bad’: Owen Paterson accused of being irresponsible after he plays down the dangers of global warming

‘Climate change? People get very emotional about the subject. It’s not all bad’: Owen Paterson accused of being irresponsible after he plays down the dangers of global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Britain’s leading climate scientists have accused the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson of being “irresponsible and immoral” – as well as incorrect and misleading – after he played down the dangers of global warming – and even suggested the...
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Friction over 'fracking' grows in South

Friction over 'fracking' grows in South | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Environmental activists chalked it up as a victory when the University of Tennessee failed this month to receive any bids for a natural gas drilling project on an 8,600-acre publicly owned research forest.

 

The prospect of drilling for natural gas — and the controversial practice to extract it known as fracking — set off intense debate in the state about how best to use public land and resources, particularly in the university's Cumberland Forest.

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Drought: Texas authority votes to cut off water to state's second-largest estuary

Drought: Texas authority votes to cut off water to state's second-largest estuary | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Once again, it's upstream users versus downstream users in southeast Texas as a record-breaking, five-year drought forces authorities to make tough decisions about who gets access to dwindling water supplies -- and who doesn't.
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IPCC model global warming projections have done much better than you think

IPCC model global warming projections have done much better than you think | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dana Nuccitelli: Global warming since 1990 has fallen within the range of IPCC climate model projections
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Father of the Prius sees long road to a fully electric future

Father of the Prius sees long road to a fully electric future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada says breakthroughs are needed for all battery cars to take off.
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Public talk explaining our consensus paper & answering critics

Public talk explaining our consensus paper & answering critics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I recently presented a public talk at the new Global Change Institute living building on the topic of scientific consensus. Specifically, the talk was titled Closing the consensus gap a key to increasing support for climate action.
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Every Day The Government Is Closed We Spend Beyonce's Net Worth

Every Day The Government Is Closed We Spend Beyonce's Net Worth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The price of political incompetence? About $300 million per day.
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7 Charts That Show Just How Bad Things Are For Young People

7 Charts That Show Just How Bad Things Are For Young People | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Young people are taking longer to launch their careers, but it's not totally their fault, a report released Monday from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, found.
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MSU Press | Building a Green Economy

MSU Press | Building a Green Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The first decade of the twenty-first century has been characterized by a growing global awareness of the tremendous strains that human economic activity place on natural resources and the environment. As the world’s population increases, so does the demand for energy, food, and other resources, which adds to existing stresses on ecosystems, with potentially disastrous consequences. Humanity is at a crossroads in our pathway to future prosperity, and our next steps will impact our long-term sustainability immensely.

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Researchers demonstrate 'accelerator on a chip'

Researchers demonstrate 'accelerator on a chip' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stanford CA (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 - In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology i...
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Bright, laser-based lighting devices

Bright, laser-based lighting devices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 -
As a modern culture, we crave artificial white lights - the brighter the better, and ideally using less energy than ever before.


To meet the ever-escalating demand for more lighting in more places and to improve the bulbs used in sports stadiums, car headlights and street lamps, scientists are scrambling to create better light-emitting diodes (LEDs) -- solid state lighting devices that are more energy efficient than conventional incandescent or fluorescent light sources.

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3-D models of electrical streamers

3-D models of electrical streamers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 -
Streamers may be great for decorating a child's party, but in dielectrics, they are the primary origin of electric breakdown. They can cause catastrophic damage to electrical equipment, harm the surrounding environment, and lead to large-scale power outages. Understanding streamers and the mechanisms behind their initiation, acceleration and branching is necessary to devise better solutions to avoid them.
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Spirals of Light May Lead to Better Electronics

Spirals of Light May Lead to Better Electronics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 - A group of researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has created the optical equivalent of a tuning fork-a device that can help steady the electrical currents needed to power high-end electronics and stabilize the signals of high-quality lasers. The work marks the first time that such a device has been miniaturized to fit on a chip and may pave the way to improvements in high-speed communications, navigation, and remote sensing.

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Peatland management could prevent forest fires

An official from the country’s climate change body has said that the effective management of peatland by farmers could reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere and prevent the incidence of forest fires.

“In Indonesia, traditional farmers convert peatland into rubber and oil palm plantations. Inappropriate land activities, such as clearing land by using slash-and-burn methods, as well as draining peatland contribute to a massive release of carbon,” head of the Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF), Syamsidar Thamrin, said late last week during a visit to Central Kalimantan..

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Europe Whets Appetite for Coal as U.S. Eschews It | Climate Central

Europe Whets Appetite for Coal as U.S. Eschews It | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Natural gas is proving to be a significant challenger to the dominance of coal in the U.S., but not necessarily overseas.
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Climate report: How the science has moved on - environment

Climate report: How the science has moved on - environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The science of climate change has moved on a great deal in the six years since the last IPCC report. We break down the most important new findings
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Daimler group to spend $500 million on filling stations for fuel-cell cars

Daimler group to spend $500 million on filling stations for fuel-cell cars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Daimler and five oil and industrial gas companies will invest about 350 million euros ($500 million) on a network of hydrogen filling stations for fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)...
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EPA to be hit hard in shutdown, could delay renewable fuel standard

EPA to be hit hard in shutdown, could delay renewable fuel standard | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - The U.S.Environmental Protection Agency will take one of the biggest hits of any federal agency if the government shuts down this week, operating with under 7 percent of its employees, according...
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