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Tat Chao Recycles Second-Hand Wine Glasses Into Beautiful "Bipolar" LED Lamps

Tat Chao Recycles Second-Hand Wine Glasses Into Beautiful "Bipolar" LED Lamps | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

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Wonderful pendant lights made from recycled wine glasses.

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Welcome to Sustainability Science

Welcome to Sustainability Science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Welcome to my curation site for the emerging science of sustainability.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, examples, relevant cautionary tales, and data related to our hunt for a more sustainable economy with a reduced ecological footprint.  While my students, colleagues and I are interested in all aspects of sustainability, these pages have an historc emphasis on:

 

- human population growth rates/demography 

- product design/construction, especially:

    - triple bottomline

    - life cycle analyses (LCA)

    - sustainable supply chains

 - carbon footprints (especially carbon "finprints" of seafood)

 - food production/distribution systems

 - energy production/storage systems, especially:

    - dams and flow diversions

    - wind turbines

    - tidal power

    - solar panel efficiency/material advances

    - fuel cell design/material advances

 - general building design/construction, especially:

     - green roof/wall construction and plant palletes

     - lighting systems

     - elegant design

     - redevelopment/reuse

 - urban planning

 - role of mobile technology in fostering sustainability

 - elegant and effective communication

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of any other help.

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The Tech That Could Fix One of Wind Power's Biggest Problems

Hello World’s Ashlee Vance paid a recent visit to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik to see the next part of the green energy story. He found a start-u
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A cyclone in Madagascar could mean you'll pay more for ice cream this summer

A cyclone in Madagascar could mean you'll pay more for ice cream this summer | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Back in March, a Category 4 cyclone hit the island of Madagascar. At least 81 people were killed and 6,000 others were displaced. The cyclone also washed away one of the island's main sources of income: vanilla.
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A globally interconnected economy can mean great things...and large vulnerabilities.
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Use of Nuclear Power Is in Decline; Why?

Use of Nuclear Power Is in Decline; Why? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Nuclear energy has proven to be effective at producing large amounts of power with small amounts of fuel; this video explains some of the problems involved.
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In-depth research: Climate change amplifying malaria risk

In-depth research: Climate change amplifying malaria risk | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Expert­s sugges­t a separa­te health policy should be devise­d in each distri­ct to eradic­ate diseas­e
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Guess who Mitsubishi hired to turn its first production car into a plug-in hybrid

Guess who Mitsubishi hired to turn its first production car into a plug-in hybrid | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Mitsubishi Motors hired West Coast Customs to combine its first production car with a modern Outlander PHEV to celebrate its 100th birthday.
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Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Three new plants in California show how lithium-ion storage is ready to power the grid.
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Worrisome first quarter of 2017 climate trends

Worrisome first quarter of 2017 climate trends | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
"All in all, it’s only one-fourth of the full 2017 calendar, and experts will emphasize that a single year’s breaking – or not breaking – previous records matters a whole lot less than longer-term trends. But for those advocates hoping for the symbolic “Another Record Year” gotcha headline or soundbite, early indications are that they…

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Here's a handy summary of global temperature, sea ice, and coral reef changes so far in 2017.
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Climate Adaptation, Adaptive Climate Justice, and People with Disabilities.

Climate Adaptation, Adaptive Climate Justice, and People with Disabilities. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Climate activism tends to frame climate change as a problem to be solved by fighting against it, raising calls to reduce emissions in order to minimize or avoid the consequences of climate change (“climate mitigation”). But, climate change is here to stay, and we need to include everyone in our adap
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Indeed, often we get too caught up in one particular region or sub-group.  While folks with disabilities are potentially "just another" sub-group of our human family, there many unique needs AND their cross section across all of the planet's peoples and societies makes them an excellent example of how complicated impacts and mitigation may be.
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Why aren't people listening to scientists?

Why aren't people listening to scientists? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The whole concept of the expert is under extraordinary attack on both sides of the Atlantic.
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This started out well, but more of less petered out by the 6th or 7th paragraph.
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Bill Nye Scolds CNN for Pitting Him Against Climate-Change Denier William Happer

Bill Nye Scolds CNN for Pitting Him Against Climate-Change Denier William Happer | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!
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Trump advisers abruptly cancel meeting on fate of Paris climate accord

Trump advisers abruptly cancel meeting on fate of Paris climate accord | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Even for a White House in as much disarray as this one, the last-minute cancellation of a much-hyped meeting on Tuesday, purportedly to decide the fate of the Paris climate agreement, is remarkable…
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Vintners reach sustainability milestone

Vintners reach sustainability milestone | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
ST. HELENA, Calif. — The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit trade association announced today it has reached an important sustainability milestone: 50 percent of its eligible members (those who own a …
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Fred Flintstone for Congress? Montana Race Tests Respect for Science

Fred Flintstone for Congress?  Montana Race Tests Respect for Science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Do popular movements matter? Can the immediate excitement of a march be turned into something longer lasting?With the March for Science and the Peoples Climate March occurring one week after the other, and with both stressing the importance of science in general and of using the best scientific evidence available to shape public policy, we have an opportunity to see if the energy present in those events can be harnessed to impact electoral politics. The most immediate opportunity offers a striking test. On 25 May there will be a special election to fill the sole House of Representatives seat in Montana. (The seat came open when Ryan Zinke resigned to accept the position of Interior Secretary.) The Republican candidate in this deeply red state is a millionaire who is apparently a young Earth creationist, someone who believes that the planet was created about 6,000 years ago. Indeed, Greg Gianforte, has made donations worth upwards of $300,000 to a creationist museum in Montana that promotes the idea that humans and dinosaurs coexisted in the recent past. Why does this matter? It matters because Gianforte’s position evidences a mindset that permits him to pick and choose the parts of science he likes and dismiss the parts he personally doesn’t favor. It matters because Gianforte’s position is consistent with the behavior of those who form their conclusions first and then look for data to support those conclusions.It matters because Gianforte’s position is at odds with every piece of data and with the views of every one of the world’s major scientific societies. It also matters because evolution is central to much of science. Dismiss the basic tenets of evolutionary theory and much of our current understanding of anthropology, archeology, biology, chemistry, ecology, geology, linguistics, paleontology, physics and psychology would fall by the wayside. Some argue that this isn’t a scientific issue but a religious one. But the vast majority of religious leaders disagree. Virtually every major religious denomination has issued a statement in support of evolution, recognizing that accepting the clear findings of science need not pose a threat to their spiritual beliefs. The Clergy Letter Project, an organization of more than 14,500 religious leaders, has made this point very clearly. The Christian Clergy Letter states unequivocally:“We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as ‘one theory among others’ is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children.” Gianforte’s opponent, Rob Quist, takes a very different perspective. A spokesperson for Quist recently told HuffPost that “Rob Quist believes in evolution and science. As a product of public schools, Rob supports evolution being taught in schools as part of the science curriculum.”With five satellite Marches for Science having taken place in the state (in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula) and three satellite Climate Marches scheduled (in Bozeman, Missoula, and Glacier National Park), Montanans have clearly embraced the message that science is important. They also seem to have grasped the point that facts and opinions are very different things and that pointing to “alternative facts” is simply a way of lying.So the question is, will voters in Montana care about science? Or will they vote for someone who sides with the Flintstones rather than members of the National Academies of Science? We’ll see what sort of energy can be mustered over the next month and we’ll see how the results turn out on election day.
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Solar Carport Construction Underway at CSU Long Beach

Solar Carport Construction Underway at CSU Long Beach | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
LONG BEACH, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- California State University, Long Beach  and SunPower announced today that construction is underway o
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Why Donald Trump's first 100 days were 'catastrophic', 'dangerous' and 'weird'

Why Donald Trump's first 100 days were 'catastrophic', 'dangerous' and 'weird' | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
“Catastrophic”, “very dangerous”, “every bit as bad” as expected and just plain “weird”. The reactions to the effect of the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency on the environment and climate change were perhaps predictable.
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Germany Just Smashed an Energy Record, Generating 85% Electricity From Renewables

Germany Just Smashed an Energy Record, Generating 85% Electricity From Renewables | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Germany breaks a daily record for renewable energy, generating 85% of its power from renewable sources on April 30.
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Responding to the Conservative War on Nature

Responding to the Conservative War on Nature | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In the battle to save nature, we are facing civilization-wide beliefs. For peaceful solutions to work, more people must participate.

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iolent acts, no matter the goal, are never an effective long-term solution. They produce anger and violent reaction. No matter how slow and difficult they seem, charity, logic, and peaceful demonstration are the sure paths to lasting solutions. If peaceful acts appear ineffective, it is simply because THEY ARE TOO FEW AND TOO SMALL. In the battle to save nature, we are facing civilization-wide beliefs. For peaceful solutions to work, more people must participate. So make a sign about the issue that concerns you most and take part in all your local rallies, marches, sit-ins, and die-ins.
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Here's how California could change its cap-and-trade program for climate change

Here's how California could change its cap-and-trade program for climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
There's a lot of ideas out there for changing the cap-and-trade program. Here are the highlights.
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Tesla’s Solar Roof Pricing Is Cheap Enough to Catch Fire

Tesla’s Solar Roof Pricing Is Cheap Enough to Catch Fire | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The cost of Elon Musk’s remarkable new product is judged “better than everyone expected.”
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New ratings system at Audi: sustainability is decisive for placing orders with suppliers 

New ratings system at Audi: sustainability is decisive for placing orders with suppliers  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
AUDI AG has introduced sustainability ratings for its suppliers this April. The objective is that in the future, orders will only be placed with suppliers that obtain a positive rating. Audi is therefore increasing its commitment to achieving a sustainable value chain. The ratings are based on checks carried out at the suppliers’ production plants as well as on self disclosure.

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A tax plan to stop climate change

A tax plan to stop climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Former U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis told an MIT audience that solutions to address climate change are within reach, but that support from conservatives will be indispensable to moving them forward. Inglis, who leads the RepublicEn organization, favors a tax swap system for carbon emissions.
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Residents Challenge Harmful Oil Drilling - Community Coalition

Residents Challenge Harmful Oil Drilling - Community Coalition | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
  By Bob Wing Oil has been a source of tremendous wealth for Los Angeles, but the city’s 1,071 active oil wells also pose serious health risks for the nearly 628,000 Angelenos who live near them. That’s why residents and environmental justice organizations ar
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Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about …
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"Trying to restore regulatory sanity" is a great goal.  Bailing on existing science and ignoring research findings you deem inconvenient is the opposite of "sanity."  These folks are deeply disappointing and seem hell bent on setting us down a road with fewer protections and safeguards.

I'll simply note that the burden of proof here falls on the regulator/activist/watchdog communities.  
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Budget Cuts to Weather Programs Are Likely to Cost Us a Lot More Than They Save

Budget Cuts to Weather Programs Are Likely to Cost Us a Lot More Than They Save | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Without government data from weather satellites and marine monitoring systems, we won’t be able to prepare for the effects of a changing climate.
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Lights of Human Activity Shine in NASA's Image of Earth at Night

NASA scientists have just released the first new global map of Earth at night since 2012. This nighttime look at our home planet, dubbed the Black Marble, provides researchers with a unique perspective of human activities around the globe. By studying Earth at night, researchers can investigate how cities expand, monitor light intensity to estimate energy use and economic activity, and aid in disaster response.

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NASA scientists are releasing new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet.  You can download the image at a good resolution (8 MB jpg) or at a great resolution (266 MB jpg) to explore at your leisure.  

 

Tags: mapping, perspective, images, geospatial.

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Geographic Thinking Concepts: Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance