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Shark Fin Soup Not Yet 86-ed, climate refugee refused, the other Jersey devils

Shark Fin Soup Not Yet 86-ed, climate refugee refused, the other Jersey devils | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Our top picks: today's environmental news and best #greenreads

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Team sheds new light on solar water-splitting process

Team sheds new light on solar water-splitting process | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the help of a new method called 'dual-electrode photoelectrochemistry,' University of Oregon scientists have provided new insight into how solar water-splitting cells work.
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Aquaculture,to develop renewable energy. - Fishupdate.com

A new three year research project will see aquaculture,  agriculture and biogas sectors working together to develop renewable energy. The...
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Summer Floods, Winter Heat Blamed For Christmas Tree Deaths

Summer Floods, Winter Heat Blamed For Christmas Tree Deaths | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first report of Christmas tree shortages has arrived, with reports that tree crops in both Vermont and New Hampshire have been seriously compromised this year following an unexpected early heat wave in March and a summer of flash floods.
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NREL Reports Soft Costs Now Largest Piece of Solar Installation Total Cost

Two detailed reports from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) find that solar financing and other non-hardware costs — often referred to as "soft costs" — now comprise up to 64% of the total price of residential solar energy systems, reflecting how soft costs are becoming an increasingly larger fraction of the cost of installing solar.

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That Old Time Phony Religion of Anti-Science

Whenever scoundrels want to justify something, once they've wrapped themselves in the flag, the bibles come out. Whether it's slavery, war, child/spousal abuse, or environmental crime, you'll hear ...
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Development and Global Warming | The Energy Collective

Development and Global Warming | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Growing coffee is a proud, 200-year old tradition in Costa Rica. About half of Costa Rica’s coffee is produced by small farmers, many of whom run small, shade-grown coffee operations. But Costa Rica’s coffee industry is shrinking.
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BMW Brilliance’s Zinoro 1E Electric Vehicle Unveiled At Guangzhou Auto Show

BMW Brilliance’s Zinoro 1E Electric Vehicle Unveiled At Guangzhou Auto Show | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BMW Group and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings' joint venture BMW Brilliance recently unveiled its first product, the Zinoro 1E 100% electric vehicle at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

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Can Electricity Grids Withstand The Next Superstorm?

Can Electricity Grids Withstand The Next Superstorm? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

According to a White House report published in August, severe weather accounted for 58 percent of all power outages in the US since 2002, but among larger blackouts (those impacting more than 50,000 people) the figure rises to 87 percent. Meanwhile, the incidence of both severe weather events and the outages they cause is increasing. Over the past ten years, there has been a sharp rise in weather-related outages while non-weather related events have remained essentially flat.


The cost of severe weather incidents is staggering. Estimates range from $18 billion to $33 billion per year according to the White House report, and seven of the ten most costly storms in US history have occurred within the last ten years. While there is little we can do to prevent storms from happening, there is much we can do to make the grid more resilient. As with most large challenges, though, the solution will not be one-size-fits-all.

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Looking to clear the air - People's Daily Online

Looking to clear the air - People's Daily Online | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Moves are underway to reduce emissions and pollutions in the heartland of China's metalsand petrochemical industries, as Yang Wanli and Xue Chaohua report from Baiyin, Gansuprovince.

If you mention air pollution in Baiyin, the locals are always happy to relate a famous localstory. In the 1990s, a man spent his entire month's salary on a Phoenix bike, one of themost popular brands in China at the time. After riding his new pride and joy to work, theman locked his bike and left it outside the factory. A little later, a rainstorm hit the area. Atthe end of his shift, when the man went to fetch his new bike, he was unable to find itbecause the high acid content in the rain had dissolved the paint on the frame, leaving hisnew bike looking as pitted and worn as all the others in the rack.

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San Francisco Bay waters are becoming clearer, but that may mean threats from algae growth

San Francisco Bay waters are becoming clearer, but that may mean threats from algae growth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For 150 years after the Gold Rush, millions of tons of mud that washed into San Francisco Bay kept it murky, yet now that it is finally washing away, sunlight is causing a boom in algae growth, a growing concern.
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Dandruff Shampoo Could Mess Up Waterways: Scientific American Podcast

Dandruff Shampoo Could Mess Up Waterways: Scientific American Podcast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Every time you wash your hair, a lot of shampoogoes down the drain. And if you're bothered by tiny white flakes, odds are you use a shampoo that deals with dandruff.

 

Such medicinal shampoos often include a fungicide. A fair amount of fungicide thus ends up at the local wastewater treatment plant. Those industrial facilities remove a lot of stinky stuff. But they mostly fail to grab the drugs in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, perfumes, sunscreen and other skincare products that our daily habits add to wastewater.

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Is Every Day Black Friday? How Climate Inaction And Hypermaterialism Betray Our Children

Is Every Day Black Friday? How Climate Inaction And Hypermaterialism Betray Our Children | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We cannot stop catastrophic climate change -- in the long term and possibly even the medium-term -- without a pretty dramatic change to our overconsumption-based economic system.
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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, December 2, 2013 3:52 PM

Insightful thoughts to consider as we head forward into the future.

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Shift to green transport makes city residents happier, richer

Shift to green transport makes city residents happier, richer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cleaner and more efficient public transport reduces a city's greenhouse gas emissions, but that's often not the main motivation for adopting more sustainable transportation systems
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Climate Change Is Now in the Developing World’s Hands

Climate Change Is Now in the Developing World’s Hands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This past weekend, exhausted diplomats from around the world climbed into fossil fuel–powered airplanes and bade good riddance to Warsaw, Poland.
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Wind power to generate 18% of global electricity by 2050

Wind power to generate 18% of global electricity by 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The International Energy Agency says $150 billion per year would be needed to achieve increase
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No Deniers in the Foxholes: Insurance Industry Copes with Climate Reality

No Deniers in the Foxholes: Insurance Industry Copes with Climate Reality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate deniers hate those pesky intrusions of reality.  For Insurance giants like Munich Re, Swiss Re, and Lloyds of London, climate change is a reality that is showing up where it hurts most, on ...
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Tesla Model S Rocks It In Wintry Weather (VIDEO)

Tesla Model S Rocks It In Wintry Weather (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on Gas2.
While rumor has it Tesla is working on an all-wheel drive version of the Model S, for now owners are saddled with a powerful rear-wheel drive luxury sedan with months of bad weather to look forward to.
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How to Check to be Sure Your Windows Are Saving You Money | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

How to Check to be Sure Your Windows Are Saving You Money | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Energy efficiency awareness undoubtedly leads to money saved in the long run for consumers. The less energy used, the less homeowners have to spend on utilities
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How Oil Sands are Produced

How Oil Sands are Produced | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Robert Rapier continues to report on his recent visit to the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta. This week, he explores the production processes for the two most common processes for producing the oil sands: surface mining and in situ production.
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Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution

Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Six big-city school systems are combining their purchasing power to persuade suppliers to sell healthier and more environment-friendly products, like compostable food trays, at low prices.
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Conn. university to test pot for contaminants

Conn. university to test pot for contaminants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Heather Miller Coyle, a forensic botanist and associate professor at the university, says all sorts of nasty things not visible to the naked eye have been found in marijuana â€" mold, mildew, insect parts, salmonella and E.
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Enbridge Could Be Forced to Boost Pipeline Safety in Mich. After Water Violations | InsideClimate News

Enbridge Could Be Forced to Boost Pipeline Safety in Mich. After Water Violations | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Michigan environmental officials are drafting a settlement with Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge, Inc. over a series of violations of the state's water laws that occurred earlier this year.
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