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Emergy as a Metric of Sustainability

Emergy as a Metric of Sustainability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Under what conditions will a technology be able to survive the energy contraction associated with the depletion of fossil fuels?
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Festival Culture - The Importance of Ritual and Organized Activity

Festival Culture - The Importance of Ritual and Organized Activity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Festival culture dates back to the very beginnings of our human existence.


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Continent on Fire: Map Shows 6 Months of Wildfires Burning North America | Wired Science

Continent on Fire: Map Shows 6 Months of Wildfires Burning North America | Wired Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

All the wildfires that have hit the bulk of North America over the last 6 months make for a strikingly full picture when put together. This new map from NOAA shows each fire detected by satellites so far this season.

 

It’s important to note what this map is showing before you draw any conclusions, however. Each spot on the map represents a fire signature caught by a thermal sensor on NOAA’s GOES satellites. Every time a fire is detected, a new spot is added — this means when two different satellites see the same fire, two tiny dots are added. When the same satellite sees the same fire again, another dot. So far this year, fires have been spotted 323,828 times, but there have been just over 31,000 fires.

 

 

So, while it looks like the Southeast has taken a relatively big hit, what you are looking at is related to the number of fires, not the acreage burned. The southern quarter of the country has only seen around 117,000 acres burn so far, as opposed to 2 or 3 million in some years.

 

“What we’re seeing is the southern area just hasn’t seen as much of a fire season this year,” said Ken Frederick, spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Center.

 

It’s not clear yet where 2013 will rank among the country’s worst wildfire seasons, but we are well behind last year, which was the third worst since the NIFC began tracking in 1960. This time last year, almost 7.3 million acres had burned, and so far this year, we are closer to half of that at 3.7 million.

 

Last year’s total charred acreage was over 9.3 million. The record was in 2006 when nearly 9.9 million acres burned, and 2007 saw another 9.3 million acres go up.

 

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El hombre tiene responsabilidad en cambio climático - eltiempo.com

El hombre tiene responsabilidad en cambio climático - eltiempo.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Responsabilidad humana en calentamiento global es indudable, según el estudio.

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Too big to hail

Too big to hail | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
AT FIRST sight, China seems to have a superb banking system. Its state-controlled banks, among the biggest and most profitable in the world, have negligible levels...
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Greedy green crabs overtake Maine clam flats

Greedy green crabs overtake Maine clam flats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Voracious green crabs are overtaking hundreds if not thousands of acres of mudflats along the Maine coast, cleaning out soft-shell clams and posing a threat to other shellfish, officials said Wednesday.
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Secrets of Semipalatinsk: How nuclear theft was averted in Central Asia

Secrets of Semipalatinsk: How nuclear theft was averted in Central Asia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More nuclear material remains at the former Soviet nuclear test site in Kazakhstan, but collaboration between the US and Russia has locked down most of it.
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Up to 98% of our fresh food carries pesticides: Proportion of produce with residues doubles in a decade

Up to 98% of our fresh food carries pesticides: Proportion of produce with residues doubles in a decade | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Almost half of all fresh produce is affected by increasingly heavy use of the substances, a study of official figures has revealed.
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Jindal opposes coastal erosion lawsuit due to oil industry contributions, environmental groups say

Jindal opposes coastal erosion lawsuit due to oil industry contributions, environmental groups say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A consortium of local environmental groups on Wednesday charged that Gov. Bobby Jindal's receipt of more than $1 million in political contributions from the oil and gas industry is behind his opposition of a lawsuit against the industry aimed at...
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Fukushima Watch: Previous Experiments With Ice Walls

Fukushima Watch: Previous Experiments With Ice Walls | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 1.4-kilometer-long subterranean ice wall that Japan is proposing to create around the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi may be the biggest such structure yet, but is not completely without precedent.
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World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease

World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
World Bank approved $15M loan to Nicaraguan sugar plantation, even as industry is ravaged by disease.
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Mercury fingerprint of Pacific fish points to Asia coal power plants

Mercury fingerprint of Pacific fish points to Asia coal power plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mercury found in high levels in deep Pacific Ocean fish such as swordfish has a chemical fingerprint, and it implicates coal-burning power plants in Asia, according to a new study.
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Why Big, Intense Wildfires Are the New Normal

Why Big, Intense Wildfires Are the New Normal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Rim Fire is one of more than 30 blazes currently churning across the West. And a combination of higher temperatures, untamed underbrush, less rain, and more developments in the region means that the number and intensity of wildfires is likely to increase in the coming years, says Don Wuebbles, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois.

 

“This probably is the new normal,” he says.

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Norway and Renewables Industry Growth | The Energy Collective

Norway and Renewables Industry Growth | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry announced on Tuesday that they had awarded permission to SAE Vind DA, Sarepta Energi AS, and Zephyr AS to build 8 new wind farms in the country, in an effort to triple the nation’s wind capacity.
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Energy-Saving , Buildings, and Manufacturing - Manufacturing

Energy-Saving , Buildings, and Manufacturing - Manufacturing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Energy funds the research, development, and demonstration of highly efficient and innovative manufacturing technologies. The Energy Department has supported the development of more than 250 energy-saving industrial technologies that have been commercialized since 1976. The Department is also working to create a network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, each of which will create collaborative communities to target a unique technology in advanced manufacturing. The Department's industrial technical assistance efforts are critical to the deployment of existing and future advanced energy efficiency technologies, as well as energy management solutions. This part of the program has delivered technical assistance to thousands of industrial plants, saved industry billions of dollars and cut carbon emissions by millions of tons. With diverse partners, the Department leverages state, utility, and local resources to help manufacturers save energy, reduce climate and environmental impacts, enhance workforce development, and improve national energy security and competitiveness throughout the supply chain.


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Développer les ports tout en protégeant la biodiversité : une équation insoluble ?

Développer les ports tout en protégeant la biodiversité : une équation insoluble ? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A l'heure où le ministre des transports entend mettre en œuvre la stratégie de relance portuaire afin d'accentuer la compétitivité des ports français dans le commerce international, comment protéger la biodiversité des littoraux ?

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Doctors Wash Hands Incorrectly 40% Of The Time In Several Countries, Despite WHO Awareness Program

Doctors Wash Hands Incorrectly 40% Of The Time In Several Countries, Despite WHO Awareness Program | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Doctors incorrectly wash their hands a startling portion of the time in several developing and developed countries, WHO reveals.

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Spy Satellite Data Reveal Antarctic Ice Vulnerability

Spy Satellite Data Reveal Antarctic Ice Vulnerability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

East Antarctica reaches higher elevations than elsewhere on the continent and experiences some of the coldest temperatures on Earth, hitting well below zero degrees Fahrenheit throughout much of the year. As a result, a massive ice sheet has accumulated, measuring more than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) thick in some regions, holding enough water to raise global sea level by more than 160 feet (50 meters) if it were to completely melt.

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Tesla outsells Porsche, Buick, Lincoln, others in California (+video)

Tesla outsells Porsche, Buick, Lincoln, others in California (+video) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tesla outsells Porsche and other luxury models in June with the Model S. Even on a year-to-date basis, Tesla outsells Porsche, Lincoln, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover.
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GMO corn failing to protect fields from pests: report

GMO corn failing to protect fields from pests: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Evidence gathered from fields in two Illinois counties suggests pest problems are mounting as rootworms grow ever more resistant to efforts to fight them
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Around oil and gas fields in Texas, water supplies run thin

Around oil and gas fields in Texas, water supplies run thin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the drought continues, experts say hydraulic fracturing is putting a further stress on aquifers.
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EPA sued for scrapping livestock data collection

EPA sued for scrapping livestock data collection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Environmental and animal welfare groups sued the U.S.
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Fukushima crisis new blow to fishermen's hopes

Fukushima crisis new blow to fishermen's hopes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a nation highly sensitive to food safety, there is no market for the fish caught near the stricken plant because the meltdowns it suffered contaminated the ocean water and marine life with radiation.
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Loons sound alarm on mercury pollution

Loons sound alarm on mercury pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Loons have enjoyed unprecedented population growth over the last 30 years. They outlived DDT and a time when people used to shoot loons for sport.
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Rare parade of orcas give Galiano Island residents an incredible show

Rare parade of orcas give Galiano Island residents an incredible show | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An incredible parade of killer whales gave residents of Galiano Island in British Columbia a sight they’ve never seen before, one that unfolded right in [...]
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