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World experiences hottest November in 134 years

World experiences hottest November in 134 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The month of November was the hottest since record-keeping began in 1880, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday.
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Lost freshwater may double climate change effects on agriculture

Lost freshwater may double climate change effects on agriculture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A warmer world is expected to have severe consequences for global agriculture and food supply, reducing yields of major crops even as population and demand increases.
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Ontario : 50% de la capacité énergétique sera renouvelable d ici 2025

Ontario : 50% de la capacité énergétique sera renouvelable d ici 2025 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

La province canadienne de l'Ontario a dévoilé récemment son Plan pour l'Energie à long terme (Achieving Balance) qui encourage les économies d'énergie et ouvre la voie à une électricité "abordable", "sûre" et "renouvelable".

Le Plan pour l'Energie à long terme 2013 s'articule autour de cinq principes qui guideront les décisions à venir : "coût/efficacité, sûre, énergie propre, engagement de la communauté, et un accent sur l'économie d'énergie et une gestion à la demande."


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Energy Efficiency Is Long Overdue

Energy Efficiency Is Long Overdue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

On a global scale, we humans are becoming more energy efficient with each passing year. Even so, we’re exploiting only a fraction of the technological opportunities to use energy more cost-effectively. There’s a lot governments can do to put this right.


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Wind Power Rivals Coal With $1 Billion Order From Buffett

Wind Power Rivals Coal With $1 Billion Order From Buffett | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The decision by Warren Buffett’s utility company to order about $1 billion of wind turbines for projects in Iowa shows how a drop in equipment costs is making renewable energy more competitive with power from fossil fuels.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:46 PM

Cheaper wind turbine costs.

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China Releases First Regulatory Report on Bitcoin Businesses - Bitcoin Magazine

China Releases First Regulatory Report on Bitcoin Businesses - Bitcoin Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After months of regulatory uncertainty in the Chinese Bitcoin community, the People’s Bank of China has announced their first major report regarding the legal and regulatory status of Bitcoin.

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Institut Palmas Europe's curator insight, December 17, 2013 1:42 PM

La Banque Centrale Chinoise statue sur le Bitcoin après la française.

Lire en français ici : http://bourse.lefigaro.fr/indices-actions/actu-conseils/tir-de-barrage-contre-la-monnaie-virtuelle-bitcoin-761756

 

Voir aussi un article sur l'analyse de "l'innovation" Bitcoin : http://www.lesnumeriques.com/bitcoin-rupture-technologique-avant-tout-a1758.html

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Le mirage vert des nouvelles technologies

Le mirage vert des nouvelles technologies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Longtemps présentées comme une panacée environnementale, les nouvelles technologies numériques sont aujourd'hui regardées avec plus de circonspection. Dans un
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Caviar from endangered sturgeon not suitable for Christmas

Caviar from endangered sturgeon not suitable for Christmas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Caviar should be crossed off Christmas gift lists whenever possible to give highly endangered sturgeon a chance to recover in the wild.


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Your genes tell you how to vote

Your genes tell you how to vote | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists say that up to 40 percent of the differences in our political views can be explained by our genes.
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Chicago amps up adoption of renewable energy - Hydrogen Fuel News | Hydrogen Fuel News

Chicago amps up adoption of renewable energy - Hydrogen Fuel News | Hydrogen Fuel News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Like other large cities in the U.S., Chicago hasbeen working to embrace renewable energy in a more aggressive fashion. Clean power has become quite attractive for large cities, especially from an economic standpoint. Traditional fuels are beginning to grow more expensive than they are worth, which is placing inordinate strain on cities that are already facing serious financial problems. 

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Kinder Morgan Files Application For Another Tar Sands Pipeline Across British Columbia

Kinder Morgan Files Application For Another Tar Sands Pipeline Across British Columbia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vancouver's mayor says he has "grave concerns" about the project.
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How Beyoncé is saving the planet with her new album

How Beyoncé is saving the planet with her new album | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This may well be one of the greenest, most climate-friendly major music releases.
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Seabed scars raise questions over carbon-storage plan

Seabed scars raise questions over carbon-storage plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unexpected fractures above the world’s biggest storage site could provide path for leaks.
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Rock weathering may have led to 'Snowball Earth'

Rock weathering may have led to 'Snowball Earth' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers conducting a field study in the Mackenzie Mountains in northwest Canada is suggesting rock weathering almost a billion years ago, may have led to the entire planet being encased in ice for 55 million years.
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Environmental activists blocking coal company from clear-felling state forest

Environmental activists blocking coal company from clear-felling state forest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Protesters claim Maules Creek mine in north-west NSW will destroy critically endangered woodland in the Leard state forest (RT @guardianeco: Environmental activists blocking coal company from clear-felling state forest

On Monday, scores of activists linked to Greenpeace and anti-coal and gas group Lock the Gate blockaded four entrances to the site to stop trucks and other vehicles from gaining access.

They argue the Maules Creek mine will destroy irreplaceable critically endangered woodland in the Leard State Forest, draw down the aquifer used by local farmers and release thousands of tonnes of coal dust onto surrounding farms.

"Our civilisation needs the mining industry but in this case, they are just going to destroy a forest for the coal that they want under it," he said. "The state forest out here is too precious to sacrifice – there's not much of it left."

"Protests at our project sites are a nuisance but they will not deter Whitehaven from getting on with the job of building Maules Creek and delivering the substantial economic benefits which we know the local community strongly supports," he said.


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Only legislation will stop minerals being traded at the expense of human rights

Only legislation will stop minerals being traded at the expense of human rights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

One of the key drivers underpinning some of the world's worst ongoing violent conflicts over the past few years is the extraction and trade of natural resources.

 

Recently in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Séléka rebels, who have carried out acts of violence against their people, have taken advantage of the diamonds trade to consolidate their power. This has led to the exclusion of the CAR from the Kimberley process aimed at tackling conflict diamonds.

 

Meanwhile in the Democratic Republic of Congo the extraction of cassiterite, gold, tungsten and coltan has financed warring factions for the past two decades, in a conflict that has already resulted in millions of victims.

 

But Africa does not have a monopoly on this kind of problem. In Burma the mining industry was militarised for several decades, with the national army controlling mining sites, business operations and exportation. While in Colombia tantalum, wolframite and gold mines as well as their respective business concerns are controlled and taxed by armed groups.

 

Products that have funded conflicts can only reach the international market with participation of the businesses that buy and use them. An article published by Bloomberg revealed that BMWs, Ferraris, Porches and Volkswagens contain tungsten and wolframite that come from businesses under the control of the FARC Colombian rebels. This is far from being an isolated case as these minerals are used in the making of components that can be found in the majority of everyday electronic, aeronautical and defence equipment.


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When will #Earth lose its #Oceans?

When will #Earth lose its #Oceans? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The natural increase in solar luminosity -- a very slow process unrelated to current climate warming -- will cause the Earth's temperatures to rise over the next few hundred million years. This will result in the complete evaporation of the oceans.

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Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice? Scientists Consider Extinction

Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice? Scientists Consider Extinction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dahr Jamail explores what climate scientists just beyond the mainstream are thinking about how climate change will affect life on this planet.

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L'économie circulaire sur les rails

L'économie circulaire sur les rails | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
C'était l'un des engagements de la Conférence environnementale de 2013 : une conférence de mise en œuvre de l'économie circulaire s'est tenue le 16 décembre à Gardanne, dans les Bouches-du-Rhône. Plusieurs pistes de travail ont été lancées, mais le volontarisme affiché suffira-t-il ? 

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Chalutage en eaux profondes: la bataille va se jouer dans l'assiette

Chalutage en eaux profondes: la bataille va se jouer dans l'assiette | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hier, le Parlement européen a rejeté l'interdiction du chalutage en eaux profondes dans l'Atlantique nord-est. Des distributeurs comme Casino ou Carrefour ont
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Alternativas del biogás: el autoconsumo térmico - Energías Renovables, el periodismo de las energías limpias.

Alternativas del biogás: el autoconsumo térmico - Energías Renovables, el periodismo de las energías limpias. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Alternativas del biogás: el autoconsumo térmico - Energías Renovables, el periodismo de las energías limpias.


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Polynesian people used binary numbers 600 years ago

Polynesian people used binary numbers 600 years ago | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Base-2 system helped to simplify calculations centuries before Europeans rediscovered it.
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Six Ways Climate Change Is Waging War on Christmas

Six Ways Climate Change Is Waging War on Christmas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If Santa really lived at the North Pole, he would have drowned long ago--his icy abode is slowly melting
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EU fishing vote foments anger

EU fishing vote foments anger | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Failure to impose a ban on deep-sea fishing jeopardizes the future of vulnerable ecosystems, say researchers.
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9 Reasons Why 2013 Was Not The Best Year In Human History

9 Reasons Why 2013 Was Not The Best Year In Human History | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It has to do with the fact that we're frying the planet

If you’ve been paying attention to the state of the world’s climate, you may have been shocked to read that 2013 was the best year in human history.

 

It wasn’t.

 

In 2013, enough fossil fuels were burned so that carbon pollution levels hit the milestone of 400 parts per million. Scientists confirmed, again, that this is bad news for most of the residents of Planet Earth, with many plants and animals facing extinction. This carbon pollution trapped enough heat to help fuel heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods. The oceans grew in size as sea levels reached record highs this year — meaning any storm making landfall became even more deadly.

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