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This Island Paradise Is For One Thing Only: Solar Power

This Island Paradise Is For One Thing Only: Solar Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There is a land rush to build solar power plants. In the U.S., solar leases under review by the Department of Interior cover 1.8 million acres in the West alone.
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Can We Get From New York To Boston On One Gallon Of Fuel?

Can We Get From New York To Boston On One Gallon Of Fuel? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For the world’s automakers, there is a new race. There is no track, and no finish line except to drive as far as mechanically possible on one gallon of gas (or its electrical equivalent). The latest champion, it seems, is Volkswagen.
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Look Closely At These Chinese Landscapes, Which Are Really Photos Of Landfills

Look Closely At These Chinese Landscapes, Which Are Really Photos Of Landfills | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Landscape paintings have a rich history in China, but for many westerners who aren’t fluent in the tradition (read: many of us), there may be a tendency to look them with a certain myopia--to see them as tropes or emblems of exotica, or simply to...
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The Weather Channel Is Changing The Climate Change Conversation

The Weather Channel Is Changing The Climate Change Conversation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change will be a political conversation for a long time to come. So how does an organization that reports on the weather insert itself into the debate without getting political?
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A Carbon-Cutting Proposal That Might Actually Work

A Carbon-Cutting Proposal That Might Actually Work | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Backers of a carbon tax like to point out that it kills several birds with one large rock. You can cut emissions that lead to climate change and patch up national finances at the same time.
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achieving greater co-operation in the use of water - AlertNet

achieving greater co-operation in the use of water - AlertNet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Disputes over water are common around the world, exacerbated by climate change, growing populations and rapid urbanisation. But increasingly governments, researchers and people on the ground are looking for ways to co-operate over this increasingly scarce resource.

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Congressional Testimony: We Must Continue to Invest in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Power

Congressional Testimony: We Must Continue to Invest in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Senior Fellow Daniel J.Weiss testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on Thursday: Chairman Lamborn, Ranking Member Holt, and members of the subcommittee, thank you very much for the opportunity to ...
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More Misleading Global Warming Denial from The Mail on Sunday

More Misleading Global Warming Denial from The Mail on Sunday | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oh, the The Mail on Sunday. Is there no limit to your denial of climate change?
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Climate debate cut from national curriculum for children up to 14

Climate debate cut from national curriculum for children up to 14 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Exclusive: New draft guidelines for key stages 1 to 3 criticised by scientists for 'abdicating duty to future generations'
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5 Reasons Green Marketing Is Going Nowhere

5 Reasons Green Marketing Is Going Nowhere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Green marketing’s failure hasn’t been for lack of trying. Activists, community groups, government agencies, faith-based organizations, schools, scout troops, universities, and, of course, companies have been encouraging shoppers to make greener choices for years. And, as I’ve written about ad nauseum, pollsters and market researchers have fueled the fire, telling us all the while that large numbers of consumers want to make green choices when possible. A few do. But not many, and not often.

 

There’s plenty of blame to go around. Companies' marketing efforts have been largely half-hearted, humorless and uninspired. Green products themselves have been variously underwhelming, overpriced, inconvenient, ineffective or unavailable. Too often, green marketers have attempted to prod consumers to act by relying on guilt or by encouraging people to “save the Earth,” neither of which has turned out to be particularly aspirational or appealing.

 

And consumers have made it crystal clear: They don't want to change, at least in the name of Mother Earth or the greater good. Of course, we change our buying and lifestyle choices all the time: how we communicate (email, mobile phones, texting, Twitter), how we shop (what's a “record store”?), what we eat and drink (“functional foods,” anyone?), and what we drive and wear and do. But those choices benefit us personally, today -- not some far-off forest or future.


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2013 Challenge, Week 11: Geometry

2013 Challenge, Week 11: Geometry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of my favorite subjects way back in high school was geometry. Yeah, I know some of you are cringing right now, but I loved it. That could be one of the reasons I love photography - the relation...
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Profit Cannot Be The Only Purpose of Business : Making Companies Humane through CSR

Profit Cannot Be The Only Purpose of Business : Making Companies Humane through CSR | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

March 18, 2013 - Forbes India Magazine

Profit cannot be the only purpose of business. Smart CEOs are realising that, taken in the right spirit, CSR has the capacity of making firms humane... http://forbesindia.com/article/boardroom/india-inc-needs-to-wake-up-to-its-social-responsibilities/34891/1

 

March 18, 2013 Forbes India Magazine -
CSR REPORT CARD: WHERE COMPANIES STAND CSR http://forbesindia.com/article/real-issue/csr-report-card-where-companies-stand/34893/1

 

 


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Pianist (5 year old Japanese girl) : Bach Gigue

I have been learning Piano since I was 3 years old. My dream is to become a world-wide pianist. If you watch and listen to my music, I will be very happy! [b...

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Pierre R Chantelois's comment, March 19, 2013 3:46 AM
Je rejoins Marie. Que d'heures de pratique pour parvenir à une telle technique. Les enfants ont au Japon une formation à la dure, ne l'ouiblions pas.
oliviersc's comment, March 19, 2013 12:07 PM
Ce n'est pas faux, Marie et Pierre ; ceci étant, ce n'est pas récent ; voire Mozart...
Michèle Chenaud's comment, March 20, 2013 4:30 PM
Je n'ai jamais vraiment apprécié ce genre d'exhitition avec les très jeunes enfants...Marie a raison !
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Volkswagen XL1 Concept - Prototype Drive

Volkswagen XL1 Concept - Prototype Drive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We drive the VW XL1 concept. It's a plug-in diesel hybrid with fuel economy estimated at 261 mpg, and it's planned for production. Read a review and see VW XL1 photos at Car and Driver.
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Gorgeous Photos Show An Arctic World That Won’t Be Around For Long

Gorgeous Photos Show An Arctic World That Won’t Be Around For Long | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s possible to view Paul Souder’s portfolio of wildlife photography as a celebration of the diversity of life in some of the globe’s coldest and least accessible locations.
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This 17-Year-Old Built An Algae Biofuel Lab Under Her Bed

This 17-Year-Old Built An Algae Biofuel Lab Under Her Bed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Every year, the Intel Science Talent Search honors brilliant high school students for their contributions to the worlds of math and science. Last year, Jack Andraka took the prize for his cheap, accurate cancer sensor.
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Can New York Stop Its Rats By Sterilizing Them?

Can New York Stop Its Rats By Sterilizing Them? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The typical rat that New York City subway riders encounter on the tracks may have as many as 80 brothers and sisters running around with him.
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Oregon's Next Huge Earthquake: Not If, But When

The clock is ticking on the next big earthquake in the Pacific Northwest, and experts fear it will be a monster.

Following the deadly magnitude-9.0 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, Oregon legislators commissioned a study of the impact a similar quake could have on the state, according to the Associated Press.

The report, "Oregon Resilience Plan: Reducing Risk and Improving Recovery for the Next Cascadia Earthquake and Tsunami," was presented to legislators Thursday (March 14).

Within its pages is a chilling picture of death and destruction that would cripple the entire Pacific Northwest, from Northern California to British Columbia.

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Climate change raises locust threat

Climate change raises locust threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Israel is not the only transgressor violating Lebanon’s airspace.Farmers and city-dwellers alike were taken by surprise over the weekend when flights of locusts descended on parts of the Lebanese coast.
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Sore Mussels? More Evidence Climate Change Is Dooming Ocean Bivalves

Sore Mussels? More Evidence Climate Change Is Dooming Ocean Bivalves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2010, researchers at the University of South Carolina found that the ranges of blue mussels had shifted 350 kilometers north as summer ocean temperatures rose. Along the southern portion of its range, intertidal populations of M.
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Resilient agriculture, water reservoirs crucial for Pakistan - scientists - AlertNet

Resilient agriculture, water reservoirs crucial for Pakistan - scientists - AlertNet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pakistan's new climate policy lays out changes that need to happen with agriculture, water capture and energy, but some question whether it will be implemented
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Why Unions Are Going Into the Co-op Business

Why Unions Are Going Into the Co-op Business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The steelworkers deal that could turn the rust belt green.

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The Oil Drum | Twelve Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem

The Oil Drum | Twelve Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Globalization seems to be looked on as an unmitigated “good” by economists. Unfortunately, economists seem to be guided by their badly flawed models; they miss real-world problems. In particular, they miss the point that the world is finite. We don’t have infinite resources, or unlimited ability to handle excess pollution. So we are setting up a “solution” that is at best temporary.


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Tracking Climate Change -- Comparing Total and Per Capita CO2 Emissions

Tracking Climate Change -- Comparing Total and Per Capita CO2 Emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A footprint comparison of total and per capita carbon dioxide emissions shows there's plenty of room for smaller countries to reduce their carbon footprints.

 

As the international community tries to come to grips with climate change, the difficulties of reaching agreement on the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide are becoming ever more apparent.

One sticking point involves the relative contribution of First and Third World countries to global warming. Developing nations have contended that industrialized countries caused climate change and ought to bear the brunt of CO2 regulation.

 

The West points at exponential growth in China and India as a reason that regulation of carbon emissions must apply across the board. For atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to stabilize, this chart clearly shows, the world’s major emitters — China, the U.S., India, Japan, Russia and the European Union, among others — will have to reduce their carbon footprints. At the same time, it’s clear there is plenty of room for other, smaller countries to reduce their per capita contributions to a problem that threatens all.


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, March 17, 2013 9:25 PM

Total footprint per country is more relevant than per capita footprint on its own, but it hides the distribution of the footprint across the population.   However, it is useful to note that the green countries have a large share of both total footprint and per capita footprint.

 

A better way to get at the real problem is to find where the worst offenders are, and not to hide them behind the borders of large countries with large populations.  Some are in small countries, and some in large countries.   We need to subdivide the problem very differently to find the underlying cause of our problems, and not pit one country against another.

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Ban the possession, distribution, sale and consumption of #Sharkfins in the City of Calgary - The Petition Site

In just a few short years sharks have become threatened due to commercial shark-finning, where they are... (508 signatures on petition)

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