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Data Highlights - 36: The Energy Game is Rigged: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011 | EPI

Data Highlights - 36: The Energy Game is Rigged: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011 | EPI | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The energy game is rigged in favor of fossil fuels because we omit the environmental and health costs of burning coal, oil, and natural gas from their prices. Subsidies manipulate the game even further. According to conservative estimates from the Global Subsidies Initiative and the International Energy Agency (IEA), governments around the world spent more than $620 billion to subsidize fossil fuel energy in 2011: some $100 billion for production and $523 billion for consumption. This was 20 percent higher than in 2010, largely because of higher world oil prices. Of the $523 billion that supported consumption, $285 billion went to oil, $104 billion to natural gas, and $3 billion to coal; an additional $131 billion was divided among the three energy sources specifically for electricity use. Through these subsidies, governments cut the prices people paid for fossil energy by nearly a quarter—encouraging waste and hindering efforts to stabilize climate.  

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France Unveils Measures to Decrease Energy Use | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

France Unveils Measures to Decrease Energy Use | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even after the election of François Hollande as President of France, an energy conservation measure of the previous government will be implemented. The
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Climate Change May Dry Up Important U.S. Reservoirs | The Energy Collective

Climate Change May Dry Up Important U.S. Reservoirs | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As climate change makes the regions of the West, Southwest, and Great Plains warmer and drier, water demand will continue to increase, and the combined effect will place an ever greater burden on the country’s fresh water supplies.
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Lords of Disorder: Billions for Wall Street, Sacrifice for Everyone Else

The president's "sequester" offer slashes non-defense spending by $830 billion over the next ten years. That happens to be the precise amount we're implicitly giving Wall Street's biggest banks over the same time period.
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Global food giants get bad grades on environment and ethics

Global food giants get bad grades on environment and ethics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report from Oxfam finds that multinational processed food purveyors don't treat their workers or the environment very well.
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Back to the land again: Folk schools teach skills for modern-day survival

Back to the land again: Folk schools teach skills for modern-day survival | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new generation of homesteaders heads to the woods to learn about beekeeping, artisanal bread making, how to make an electric car -- you know, the basics.
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Permamelt: 500,000-Year History of Permafrost Reveals Further Warming of 1.5°C Would 'Thaw Significant Regions' | ThinkProgress

Permamelt: 500,000-Year History of Permafrost Reveals Further Warming of 1.5°C Would 'Thaw Significant Regions' | ThinkProgress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last fall, a major study found that the carbon feedback from thawing permafrost will likely add 0.4°F – 1.5°F to total global warming by 2100. That was based on climate modeling.
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Local warming: U.S. cities in front line as sea levels rise

Local warming: U.S. cities in front line as sea levels rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NORFOLK, Virginia (Reuters) - The signs of rising water are everywhere in this seaport city: yellow Streets May Flood notices are common at highway underpasses, in low-lying neighborhoods and along the...
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The 3 most important questions to help you live smaller

The 3 most important questions to help you live smaller | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It all begins with a simple question: Do I really need this? Once you start down that road, you'll want to keep going.
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Global warming and airflow changes 'caused US and EU heatwaves'

Global warming and airflow changes 'caused US and EU heatwaves' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Air systems that encircle planet can slow to standstill, as greenhouse gas heats Arctic and causes temperature imbalance
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Investors Demand Climate-Risk Disclosure in 2013 Proxies

Investors Demand Climate-Risk Disclosure in 2013 Proxies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm

The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Our society needs a new story to belong to. The old story of empire and dominion over the earth has to be looked at in the full light of day - all of our ambient cultural stories and values that we take for granted and which remain invisible must become visible.

But most of all, we need to see the promise of the alternatives - we need to be able to imagine new exciting ways that people could live, better than anything that the old paradigm could ever dream of providing.

And all of this knowledge and introspection, dreaming, questioning, and discovery is essential for a cultural transformation that addresses root causes... http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/films_for_action_presents_the_top_100_documentaries_inspiring_the_shift_to_a_sustainable_paradigm/


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Marc Gobé's curator insight, February 27, 2013 9:00 AM

Billboards and commercial messages dominate the public space like never before. Can we reverse this visual pollution? This Space Available looks at diverse activists from the worlds of advertising, street art, and politics. http://thisspaceavailablefilm.com/

Steven McGreevy's curator insight, February 28, 2013 7:02 PM

Gonna take a look at this...

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Un stockage d'énergie inspiré des plantes - L'Expansion

Un stockage d'énergie inspiré des plantes - L'Expansion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
L'Expansion
Un stockage d'énergie inspiré des plantes
L'Expansion
La réduction de ces dernières, combinée au développement des énergies renouvelables (ENR), constitue donc un défi majeur.

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While Others Seek to Inject CO2, Airgas Sells It | Alternative Energy Stocks

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Chasing Ice in a Warming World | The Energy Collective

The world's climate is heating up due to human-caused, carbon-based emissions
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24 Countries To Be Represented At Iceland Geothermal Conference

24 Countries To Be Represented At Iceland Geothermal Conference | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Iceland Geothermal Conference will be taking place between the 5th and 8th of March 2013, with over 300 participants from 24 countries. The keynote speaker will be Dr.
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Racial Wealth Gap Tripled Since Reagan Era As Whites Increase Large Lead Over Blacks: Study

Racial Wealth Gap Tripled Since Reagan Era As Whites Increase Large Lead Over Blacks: Study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The wealth gap between blacks and whites has ballooned since the middle of the Reagan administration, nearly tripling between 1984 and 2009, according to a new Brandeis University study.
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Pesticides are killing off America's birds

Pesticides are killing off America's birds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pesticide use is the leading cause of a nationwide decline of grassland bird species, beating out habitat loss, according to a new study.
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Seattle 'green' consultants sell out for coal money, whine

Seattle 'green' consultants sell out for coal money, whine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The push to ship coal out of Pacific Northwest ports is one of biggest climate fights of our time. Those on the wrong side deserve to be called out and scorned.
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The Right Way to Curb Power Plant Emissions | ThinkProgress

The Right Way to Curb Power Plant Emissions | ThinkProgress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Obama should require existing power plants to reduce their emissions by at least one-quarter by 2020. By Daniel F.
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21 inches of snow? Blizzard buries Kansas record

21 inches of snow? Blizzard buries Kansas record | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The same blizzard is expected to arrive in Chicago and Detroit in the evening of Feb. 26, bringing as much as 6 inches of snow.
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Suppressed South Carolina Climate Change Report Warns of Big Impacts | ThinkProgress

Suppressed South Carolina Climate Change Report Warns of Big Impacts | ThinkProgress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Shiva Polefka South Carolina news outlet TheState.com reported on Sunday that an official, comprehensive assessment of dramatic climate change impacts looming large in South Carolina’s future was buried and barred from release, apparently due to...
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Watch Live: How the US Navy Is Leading the Charge on Clean Energy and Climate Change

Watch Live: How the US Navy Is Leading the Charge on Clean Energy and Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The latest Climate Desk Live event takes you behind the scenes of the US Navy's transformation into a lean, green fighting machine.
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Budget Cuts May Degrade Weather, Climate Forecasting | Climate Central

Budget Cuts May Degrade Weather, Climate Forecasting | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The across the board spending cuts known as the "sequester" will add to delays in weather satellite programs.
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“Paesaggio del rifiuto”: il parco verde da una grande discarica

“Paesaggio del rifiuto”: il parco verde da una grande discarica | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Il progetto di riconversione in parco verde della discarica di New York trasforma il paesaggio del rifiuto e dello scarto in area panoramica e di tutela ambientale.

 

E’ possibile associare l’immagine di una discarica al concetto di sostenibilità e di rispetto ambientale? E’ possibile dar vita ad un progetto in grado di convertire gli “spazi dello scarto e del rifiuto” in luoghi di educazione ambientale, al rispetto della natura, alla valorizzazione del territorio come risorsa da condividere e consegnare alle generazionifuture? Da questo progetto di riconversione di una discarica in parco verde sembra che questo sia possibile.

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