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Smart Grid Development and Water Consumption | The Energy Collective

Smart Grid Development and Water Consumption | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Rim Fire, a conflagration centered in California’s Tuolumne County, is larger than the city boundaries of Chicago (with its own interesting history about fire.)  This fire threatens critical power and water infrastructure as well as Yosemite National Park and property for thousands of people and businesses.

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Building OS and Energy Innovation | The Energy Collective

Building OS and Energy Innovation | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lucid launched BuildingOS on Monday, an online operating system for buildings. It brings together meter and building system data into one integrated platform.
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Patent shows promise for improved method of carbon capture

Patent shows promise for improved method of carbon capture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research shows a new method for capturing greenhouse gases is potentially cheaper and more energy efficient than current solvents.
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Cost gap for Western renewables could narrow by 2025

A new study indicates that by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies, if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations.
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Two Californian Cities Vying For Solar Capital Of The US

Two Californian Cities Vying For Solar Capital Of The US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on RMI Outlet.
by Devi Glick
The fight for the title “Solar Capital of the U.S.” is on, and for two towns in California, things are heating up faster than a solar panel during summer peak!
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Something Strange Just Happened To The Global Economy

Something Strange Just Happened To The Global Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

For the first time ever, the combined gross domestic product of emerging and developing markets, adjusted for purchasing price parity, has eclipsed the combined measure of advanced economies. Purchasing price parity—or PPP for short—adjusts for the relative cost of comparable goods in different economic markets.

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The Beginners Guide to Representative Concentration Pathways - Part 2

The Beginners Guide to Representative Concentration Pathways - Part 2 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This post is part 2 of a three part series exploring the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) scenarios that have replaced the IPCC Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES).
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All of the Above Energy: Pragmatic or Revolutionary? | Climate Central

All of the Above Energy: Pragmatic or Revolutionary? | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Energy Department Secretary Ernest Moniz provided some specifics and expanded on other ways the federal government plans to approach energy production and use.
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The Courier-Journal | KentuckianaGreen.com blogs

The Courier-Journal | KentuckianaGreen.com blogs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Natural Resources Defense Council says last year wasn’t a good year to be a farmer because of all the losses from drought and heat. The environmental group bases that assertion on ballooning payouts to farmers under the federal crop insurance program — some $17 billion.

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Americans want more wind, less costs

Americans want more wind, less costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Americans overwhelmingly want more wind energy, but projects that could make that happen have been mired in controversy and concern, experts said at a Houston conference on Tuesday.
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India cleans up spice processing after salmonella revelations

India cleans up spice processing after salmonella revelations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

For thousands of years Indian farmers have harvested spices in the same ways. Until now. Science has revealed what ancient kings and sultans never knew: Instead of improving health, spices sometimes make people very sick, so Indian officials are quietly pushing big changes in the way farmers pick, dry and thresh their bounty.

 

The US Food and Drug Administration will soon release a comprehensive analysis pinpointing imported spices as a potent source of salmonella poisoning.

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Fonterra products didn't have botulism bacteria after all, New Zealand tests show

Fonterra products didn't have botulism bacteria after all, New Zealand tests show | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Dairy giant Fonterra's products at the center of a global contamination scare this month did not contain a bacteria that could cause botulism, and posed no food safety threat, New...
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Groups sue Ottawa over lack of review for pesticides banned in Europe | Cp - Health | The Barrhead Leader

Groups sue Ottawa over lack of review for pesticides banned in Europe | Cp - Health | The Barrhead Leader | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The federal government is facing a series of lawsuits over its refusal to review three pesticides banned in Europe, as well as its delays in deciding what to do about other chemicals that those countries consider too hazardous to use.

"(Environmental groups) have made numerous efforts over the past 10 months to have the government comply with its legal duty to subject these pesticides to special reviews," said Lara Tessaro of Ecojustice, which is representing the David Suzuki Foundation and Equiterre.

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Progressive Politics and Nuclear Energy | The Energy Collective

Progressive Politics and Nuclear Energy | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I believe that putting more power into the hands of people is what progressives should be about.
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Showers and Water Consumption and Waste | The Energy Collective

Showers and Water Consumption and Waste | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It’s summer, and a nice long shower is so refreshing … but how much does a shower really cost? Showers are like calories: easy to underestimate.

 

Recently, Unilever announced a contest to crowdsource a “sustainable shower”, with prizes with to the most creative entries and the promise of minimizing the shower’s impact on the planet.

 

Which begs the question, how does shower math work out for the average household?

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Farmed Out: Overpumping Threatens to Deplete U.S. High Plains Groundwater: Scientific American

Farmed Out: Overpumping Threatens to Deplete U.S. High Plains Groundwater: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The former dust bowl’s lone water source could run dry without a change in agricultural practices.

 

Scientists studying groundwater declines in western Kansas who published their results in the August 26 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that farmers had tapped close to 3 percent of the aquifer’s supply by 1960 and 30 percent by 2010. At current usage rates, they estimate that an additional 39 percent of the water in the aquifer will disappear by 2060. Once depleted, the aquifer could take anywhere from 500 to 1,300 years to completely refill.

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Victory at Hand for the Climate Movement? - Paul Gilding in Conversation with Asher Miller

Victory at Hand for the Climate Movement? - Paul Gilding in Conversation with Asher Miller | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In this far ranging discussion, Paul and Asher discuss the importance of the psychology of winning within the climate movement and the evidence Paul sees -- in the debate of ideas, in the renewable energy market, in the fear of investors -- that...
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Wave Energy Project Delivers Energy And Fresh Water

Wave Energy Project Delivers Energy And Fresh Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy. Perth-based Carnegie Wave Energy says it will become the first company in the world to build a wave-powered desalination plant, and the first to have a wave energy project that delivers both electrons and fresh...
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How America Once Nearly DOUBLED The Minimum Wage

How America Once Nearly DOUBLED The Minimum Wage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even as he’d confidently promised before television cameras in January that he would deliver an astounding increase in the minimum wage, the president knew it would be a difficult fight.
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The Beginner's Guide to Representative Concentration Pathways

The Beginner's Guide to Representative Concentration Pathways | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Examines the science and arguments of global warming skepticism.
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Talking about climate change? Not much.

Talking about climate change? Not much. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

By Doug Struck Globe Correspondent Pillow talk turns out to be the best motivation for climate action. Many Americans say they are likely to be moved to take action on global warming by their significant other.

 

But not a politician. Or a preacher. And certainly not social media.

 

These conclusions come from a study on “How Americans Communicate About Global Warming” released this month by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

 

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Dengue fever epidemic sparks public health emergency in Central America

Dengue fever epidemic sparks public health emergency in Central America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A dengue epidemic is raging in Central America, from Honduras to Costa Rica. The virus has already claimed 60 lives, with a total of 120,000 cases. The Pan American Health Organisation fears the figures may "explode", with this year looking "unusually bad".

 

Health organisation warns that figures 'may explode' due to favourable climatic conditions for virus-carrying mosquito

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Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming?

Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In Minnesota, ‘industrial’ operation shows effort to balance economic, environmental sustainability.

 

Size, as they say, isn’t everything. As shorthand, the big-equals-bad equation is convenient. But it obscures an inconvenient truth: Plenty of small farmers do not embrace sustainable practices — the Amish farmers I know, for example, love their pesticides — and some big farmers are creative, responsible stewards of the land. 

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Spices a surprising source of food-borne sicknesses

Spices a surprising source of food-borne sicknesses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

India -- Spices grown in the mist-shrouded Western Ghats here have fueled wars, fortunes and even the discovery of continents. For thousands of years farmers harvested them in the same traditional ways -- until now.

 

Science has revealed what ancient kings and sultans never knew: Instead of improving health, spices sometimes make people very sick, so Indian government officials are quietly pushing some of the most far-reaching changes ever in the way farmers here pick, dry and thresh their rich bounty.

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will soon publish an analysis that pinpoints imported spices, found in just about every Western world kitchen, as a surprisingly potent salmonella poisoning source.

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Nuclear accident evacuees to sue government, TEPCO for damages - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Nuclear accident evacuees to sue government, TEPCO for damages - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
OSAKA--Residents of Fukushima Prefecture and other areas who evacuated after the onset of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima No.
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