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Handaxe design reveals distinct Neanderthal cultures

Handaxe design reveals distinct Neanderthal cultures | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study by a postgraduate researcher at the University of Southampton has found that Neanderthals were more culturally complex than previously acknowledged.
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Cameroon, Nigeria cooperate on flood prevention plan

Cameroon, Nigeria cooperate on flood prevention plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Major floods in 2012 devastated villages in both states, sparking cross-border accusations about river and dam control
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DROUGHT: Weather wipes out half of West Texas’ cotton acres

DROUGHT: Weather wipes out half of West Texas’ cotton acres | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LUBBOCK — West Texas cotton producer Doug Hlavaty has no plans to ditch his trade despite another tough growing season in the South Plains, replete with drought, hail and blowing sand.
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Water in half of India's rivers is undrinkable - report

Water in half of India's rivers is undrinkable - report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India's Central Pollution Control Board tested river samples in 445 rivers between 1995 and 2011 and said the water was not only undrinkable but also unsuitable for bathing in
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Coastal flooding could cost $1 trillion by 2050, as Task Force warns to prepare for future storms

Coastal flooding could cost $1 trillion by 2050, as Task Force warns to prepare for future storms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We've long known that sea level rise caused by global warming would threaten communities along the coasts, but a new study puts a startling figure on the potential damage. Meanwhile, the Hurricane Sandy Task Force releases a report.
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Task Force: Coasts Should Prepare for Rising Seas | TIME.com

Task Force: Coasts Should Prepare for Rising Seas | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(NEW YORK) — A presidential task force charged with developing a strategy for rebuilding areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy has issued a report recommending 69 policy initiatives, most focused on a simple warning: Plan for future storms in an age of...
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Coal City in China Tries to Step into the Sunshine: Scientific American

Coal City in China Tries to Step into the Sunshine: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Once shrouded in coal dust, Datong just finished hosting Asia's first solar decathlon
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As Asia Bakes, Scientists Predict Extreme Heat May Become the Norm: Scientific American

As Asia Bakes, Scientists Predict Extreme Heat May Become the Norm: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Heat waves will become more common as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study
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Ecuador Ditches Plan To Protect Amazon From Oil Drilling

Ecuador Ditches Plan To Protect Amazon From Oil Drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ecuador is abandoning an innovative plan that would have protected the Amazon rainforest from oil drilling due to lack of support from other nations and pressure to fulfill its international debts.
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New IPCC Report: Climatologists More Certain Global Warming Is Caused By Humans, Impacts Are Speeding Up

New IPCC Report: Climatologists More Certain Global Warming Is Caused By Humans, Impacts Are Speeding Up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Drafts seen by Reuters of the study by the UN panel of experts, due to be published next month, say it is at least 95 percent likely that human activities – chiefly the burning of fossil fuels – are the main cause of warming since the 1950s.

That is up from at least 90 percent in the last report in 2007, 66 percent in 2001, and just over 50 in 1995, steadily squeezing out the arguments by a small minority of scientists that natural variations in the climate might be to blame.

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VIDEO: Illegal Chinese gold mining in Ghana

VIDEO: Illegal Chinese gold mining in Ghana | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At its peak, an estimated 50,000 Chinese miners were operating illegally in the country.
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Architecture That Drives Ecological Innovation

Architecture That Drives Ecological Innovation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A gallery of the buildings that house the industries working to preserve the planet's natural ecology.

 

We constantly hear about the "green revolution" in building, whether it's performative facades that reduce cooling needs or grey water recycling that cuts down on water usage. However, the drive to reduce our environmental impact isn't just about designing the next LEED Gold skyscraper.

Integral to our collective efforts are a unique set of green institutions and industries, all of which require special architecture to function. These organizations not only leave a light ecological footprint, they also find ways for us to do the same: whether reducing carbon emissions or engineering better seeds that can sustain our growing population. 


It's not just green design; it's design that promotes new ways of being green.


Via Lauren Moss
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Lili Dávila's curator insight, August 20, 2013 2:41 PM

LEED is old news, there are new ways of being green. 

Michaela Jansen's curator insight, August 29, 2013 2:48 AM

this is great, i think we all need to step it up and move forward from recycling and substituting materials. "Go big or go home," right? 

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Fixing Old Markets With New Markets: the Origins and Practice of Neoliberalism « naked capitalism

Fixing Old Markets With New Markets: the Origins and Practice of Neoliberalism « naked capitalism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 

Philip Mirowski is the Carl Koch Professor of Economics and the History and Philosophy of Science University of Notre Dame. Professor Mirowski’s latest book is Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown

The interview was conducted by Nathan Tankus, a student and research assistant at the University of Ottawa. He is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Fields Institute.

 

 


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Emer O'Siochru's curator insight, August 15, 2013 8:10 AM

Very thoughtful description of the forces at play

 

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Bridging the climate finance gap

Bridging the climate finance gap | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What we know is that the world has significantly changed in the last decade or two—politically, economically, socially, technologically, and most important of
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The Solar Industry's New Dirty Secret

The Solar Industry's New Dirty Secret | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A "green" industry is becoming more toxic, watchdogs fear.

 

It's no secret that manufacturing solar panels often requires toxic heavy metals, explosive gases, and rare-earth elements that come from shoddy mines in war-torn republics. But here's a surprise: The solar industry is actually getting dirtier in some respects. The latest Solar Scorecard from the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC), released last week, reports that the industry has slipped on several key environmental metrics, with many solar-panel manufacturers now refusing to provide any information about their manufacturing practices at all.

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Can drinking too much coffee kill you?

Can drinking too much coffee kill you? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Suzi Gage: A new study reports that excessive coffee – four cups a day – is harmful, but only to those under 55. How likely is this?
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NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE: Future flood losses in major coastal cities

Flood exposure is increasing in coastal cities1, 2 owing to growing populations and assets, the changing climate3, and subsidence4, 5, 6. Here we provide a quantification of present and future flood losses in the 136 largest coastal cities. Using a new database of urban protection and different assumptions on adaptation, we account for existing and future flood defences. Average global flood losses in 2005 are estimated to be approximately US$6 billion per year, increasing to US$52 billion by 2050 with projected socio-economic change alone. With climate change and subsidence, present protection will need to be upgraded to avoid unacceptable losses of US$1 trillion or more per year. 

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Evidence-based Justice Acknowledges Our Corrupt Memories: Scientific American

Evidence-based Justice Acknowledges Our Corrupt Memories: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The work of psychologist Elizabeth Loftus, who has spent decades exposing flaws in eyewitness testimony, is gaining fresh traction in the U.S. legal system
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Sea Change: How Can We Help Oceans Recover?: Scientific American

Sea Change: How Can We Help Oceans Recover?: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Can we tug the right threads to fix the ocean's food webs?
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Sandy Rebuilding Task Force: Climate Change Must Factor In To Rebuilding Effort

Sandy Rebuilding Task Force: Climate Change Must Factor In To Rebuilding Effort | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the recommendations of a task force dedicated to finding solutions for rebuilding in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Critically, the report recommends that rebuilding projects are able to withstand the impacts of a changing climate. The report makes it clear:

 

"No single solution or set of actions can anticipate every threat, but decision makers at all levels must recognize that climate change and the resulting increase in risks from extreme weather have eliminated the option of simply building back to outdated standards and expecting better outcomes after the next extreme event."

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How Climate Change Became A Major Factor In Australia’s Upcoming Election

How Climate Change Became A Major Factor In Australia’s Upcoming Election | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s election season in Australia and unlike in the U.S., climate change is a major issue.
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Containing Fukushima by building the world's largest ice wall

Containing Fukushima by building the world's largest ice wall | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

After admitting that between 300 to 600 tons of coolant water is leaking into the Pacific Ocean every day, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has decided to surround the crippled nuclear power plant with a 1.4 km long ice wall that will cost between $300-$410 million.

According to Engineering.com, sink pipes with constantly cycling coolant will surround reactors 1 through 4. Estimated time to completion is one to two years.

Ground freezing is used in mining. Cameco used freezing on its Cigar Lake mine to contain underground water, but nothing has ever been built on this scale. If completed the Fukushima artificial ice wall would be the world's largest.

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This economist demolished China's official GDP numbers and found a $1 trillion hole

This economist demolished China's official GDP numbers and found a $1 trillion hole | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At best the economic data is flawed but appears to be politically manipulated.
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Sustainable Consumption and the Technology of Sustainability - Huffington Post

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Sustainable Consumption and the Technology of Sustainability
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Instead, we need to use technology and human ingenuity to develop a new form of urban sustainability.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, August 19, 2013 1:25 PM

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Dr. Cohen thinks the clock cannot be turned back to get people more in touch with nature and change behavior to produce and consume less. I think technology cannot fix things without that kind of knowledge and understandings being rediscovered with even a more complex understanding of how all things in nature just like technology are interconnected. How could scientist and even others find great solutions without such a connection to the natural ways of sustaining life?

 

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We do not know how to stop the economic merry-go-round, and I doubt we will ever learn how to do it.

At the present time we do not know how to develop a sustainable economy or a sustainable city, but we need to figure out how to do it. In my view, it begins with the basics and the development of less destructive ways to build our settlements, grow our food, supply our water and generate our energy.

Then we move on to personal consumption itself. Paying a personal trainer and using the facilities at a gym, is a less resource-intensive form of consumption than building an addition to your home, filling it with gym equipment and working out on your own. Investing in a geothermal home climate control system is less resource intensive than buying a gasoline powered home generator. These are all examples of consumption, but some are more sustainable than others.