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Mythbusters answers which is greener, cars or motorcycles?

Mythbusters answers which is greener, cars or motorcycles? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Using portable emissions equipment, a wide sampling of cars and bikes from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s and with the help of Dr. Kent Johnson of UC
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In the midst of yet another holiday party, what to my wandering eyes should appear but an excellent episode of Mythbusters (absent reindeer).

 

Here they test whether motocycles or cars are better on the environment.  They test vehicles from the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and current models.  Long story short is that things have been improving over time and current lightweight motocycles perform pretty well in terms of MPG.  But when you factor in actual emissions (VOCx, unburned hydrocarbons, etc.), motorcycles perform much worse than a typical car.

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How might we keep the lights on, water flowing, and natural world vaguely intact? It starts with grabbing innovative ideas/examples to help kick down our limits and inspire a more sustainable world. We implement with rigorous science backed by hard data.
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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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In defense of the reasonable Republican — Culture War Dispatches — Medium

In defense of the reasonable Republican - Culture War Dispatches - Medium
A much-shared article is a conservative cry for mature political discourse
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While not about "sustainability" per se, I think this article makes several good points.  And points relative to an effect improvement of our current situation: civility and comity.  Before we can move forward on the myriad of problems, we need to be able to actually dialog and interact and debate with one another.  Too often we get bogged down in the stupid political coverage or the raging rift that some prefer to widen with every day.  There is another way.  It is called "being an adult" and hearing one another before jumping in with our our opinions.
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What it's like to be married to the men doing 'the most dangerous conservation job in the world'

What it's like to be married to the men doing 'the most dangerous conservation job in the world' | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The rangers’ jobs are difficult, to be sure. But sometimes the work is even harder on their wives.
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We all depend on our support networks, wherever we are around the world and whatever tasks we do.  So much is put on the shoulders of not only our shoulders, but of our entire family and social networks.
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Citizen scientists collected rare ice data, confirm warming since industrial revolution

Citizen scientists collected rare ice data, confirm warming since industrial revolution | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In 1442, Shinto priests in Japan began keeping records of the freeze dates of a nearby lake, while in 1693 Finnish merchants started recording breakup dates on a local river. Together they create the oldest inland water ic
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The Fallacy of the Apple and Orange Defense for Sustainability Reporting | Blog | BSR

The Fallacy of the Apple and Orange Defense for Sustainability Reporting | Blog | BSR | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It’s not the number alone that matters; it’s the combination of the quantitative number and the accompanying qualitative narrative that provides the full picture.

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Great concept of "apples with oranges" comparison applied in sustainability reporting! 

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Two fans beat Dodgers traffic by walking to the game – 22 miles from Sherman Oaks

Two fans beat Dodgers traffic by walking to the game – 22 miles from Sherman Oaks | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Sometimes it really is the journey, not the destination. Occasionally it's both.
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A great form of "alternative energy."
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Fossil fuels: ‘Enough is enough’

Fossil fuels: ‘Enough is enough’ | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Colorado demonstration part of global protest movement https://twitter.com/RacingXtinction/status/730515331634987008 Staff Report As part of a global series of protests against the continued burning of fossil fuels, hundreds of Colorado activists gathered this week in Denver to protest a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction at the Holiday Inn in Lakewood. Organizers counted about…

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Spiralling global temperatures | Climate Lab Book

Spiralling global temperatures | Climate Lab Book | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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Hyperloop One succeeds at first of many much-hyped tests

Hyperloop One succeeds at first of many much-hyped tests | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Development of the nearly supersonic train known as the hyperloop reached a new milestone Wednesday as entrepreneurs propelled a passenger-less sled about 100 yards at half its eventual targeted speed.
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Hot damn!  Here comes the super fast hyperloop.  It would be awesome if this became our new California bullet train!
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Inhabitat's Week in Green: Chicago's high-flying cable cars

Inhabitat's Week in Green: Chicago's high-flying cable cars | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
When it comes to transportation, no vehicle is more futuristic than the hoverboard -- and it's getting a lot closer to reality. This week a French invento
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This is a nice, positive round-up (albeit brief) of current developments to make cities less environmentally impactful.
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Good news for the only place on Earth where tigers, rhinos, orangutans and elephants live together

Good news for the only place on Earth where tigers, rhinos, orangutans and elephants live together | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Leuser ecosystem in northern Sumatra is home to some of the world's rarest and best-loved animals. Thanks to a new government moratorium on land clearing, conservationists have enjoyed a big win.
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Some positive news that shows we can make conservation efforts work, even for tough problems.
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Pope, World Bank and Google demand tougher climate policies | Climate Home - climate change news

Pope, World Bank and Google demand tougher climate policies | Climate Home - climate change news | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Governments, religious leaders and business talk up the Paris Agreement on climate change, but record temperatures hint at huge ambition deficit
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Governments, religious leaders and business talk up the Paris Agreement on climate change, but record temperatures hint at huge ambition deficit. The World Bank, IMF and OECD coalesced around a challenge to price 50% of carbon emissions by 2050. That initiative was backed by the leaders of six countries: Germany, France, Canada, China, Ethiopia and Mexico.
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Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’

Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’ | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A $48 million grant for Isle de Jean Charles, La., is the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the effects of climate change. In January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling $1 billion in 13 states to help communities adapt to climate change, by building stronger levees, dams and drain.Empty description
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I wouldn't say these are the "first" but rather a harbinger of what is coming.
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Agreement on Best Practices for Drone Use | UAV Expert News

Agreement on Best Practices for Drone Use | UAV Expert News | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Agreement on Best Practices for Drone Use MULTI-STAKEHOLDER GROUP FINALIZES AGREEMENT ON  BEST PRACTICES FOR DRONE USE Washington, DC – Today, a wide range of privacy groups and industry stakeholders participating in the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Multi-Stakeholder process concerning privacy, transparency, and accountability issues regarding commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft …
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These are all common sense steps that many of us already follow, but it is good to have a clear document we can point to with community support.
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UN agency: Pace of environmental damage 'intensifying' across the globe

UN agency: Pace of environmental damage 'intensifying' across the globe | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In a sweeping synthesis of global data, the United Nations Environment Programme has intensively catalogued environmental assaults across the globe.
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Again, the emphasis we see is on pollution, etc.  While the ultimate drivers (gross numbers of humans and the affluence with which we live) are not front and center.
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Southern California Gas Co. ordered to stop cleaning Porter Ranch-area homes

Southern California Gas Co. ordered to stop cleaning Porter Ranch-area homes | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ordered Southern California Gas Co. late Sunday to stop cleaning the homes of Porter Ranch-area residents affected by the gas leak at the company's Aliso Canyon facility, concluding that the utility’s contractor was not properly trained o
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Burritos and Ice Cream – Supply Chain Failure and Success

Burritos and ice cream – the contrasting fortunes of two organisations and the difference between supply chain failure and success. Burritos and ice cream. Who doesn’t love them? Carne asada and guacamole. Chocolate and cherries. The combinations are endless, and so are the places that offer these tasty treats. So what can a burrito chain … Continue reading Burritos and Ice Cream – Supply Chain Failure and Success →

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Great lesson to be derived from this instance: Sustainable procurement plays a signficant role in the supply chain and CSR effort. 

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Going green: Energy-efficient, water-wise homes on Ojai tour

Going green: Energy-efficient, water-wise homes on Ojai tour | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
This year’s Green Living Tour and Home Show is organized by the Ojai Valley Green Coalition and aims to inspire and educate people about sustainable home improve­ments, gardening and ­lifestyles.
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The Changing American Diet

The Changing American Diet | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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Check out what we ate on an average day over the past many decades!
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Video: River Set On Fire In An Area With Fracking

Video: River Set On Fire In An Area With Fracking | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Watch this video, in which an Australian politician sets a river on fire to protest nearby fracking operations.
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Tesla throws cold water on its own hype by admitting huge risks in building the Model 3

Tesla throws cold water on its own hype by admitting huge risks in building the Model 3 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Undermining its own hype, Tesla admits that building its new Model 3 could be a huge challenge
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High risk, high reward.
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New study says excesses of modern life is cause of cancer; disease is man-made

New study says excesses of modern life is cause of cancer; disease is man-made | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Landmark study points to man-made causes, such as pollution and poor diet, as the likely sources of cancer.

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The study, published in Nature Reviews Cancer, notes the sudden rise of cancer cases since the Industrial Revolution, especially childhood cancer which is a proof the disease is not linked to people living longer. “There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle,” states Professor Rosalie David from the university’s Faculty of Life Sciences.
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Wind-powered Oil Recovery Project Green-lighted

Wind-powered Oil Recovery Project Green-lighted | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The DNV GL-led WIN WIN Joint Industry Project (JIP), which melds offshore wind with offshore oil and gas | Posted by Eric
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Hmmm...I'm not exactly sure how to read this one.  It is great that we are seeing here and example of how alternative energy sources can reduce our consumption of fossil fuels.  But to do so to make oil and gas extraction more efficient seems a bit counter-intuitive to say the least.

One upside could be if this work helps further push down the cost of wind turbines, but somehow that doesn't seem to the be the primary outcome.  The primary outcome seems to be more carbon in our atmosphere and ocean.
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4.2 million Americans could be displaced by rising sea levels this century — see if your county is at risk

4.2 million Americans could be displaced by rising sea levels this century — see if your county is at risk | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
VIDEO: If you live in South Florida, you should start thinking about moving.
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Sustainable Diets: What You Need to Know in 12 Charts | World Resources Institute

Sustainable Diets: What You Need to Know in 12 Charts | World Resources Institute | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
When people think about food and sustainability, they typically focus on how the food is produced—is it locally sourced, pasture-fed or organic? New WRI research shows that the question of what is eaten is just as important.
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While the world needs to close a 70 percent "food gap" between the crop calories available in 2006 and the expected calorie demand in 2050 due to population growth and changing diets, people are actually shifting toward overconsumption.
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Lord Krebs: scientists must challenge poor media reporting on climate change

Lord Krebs: scientists must challenge poor media reporting on climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Ocean acidification is causing fundamental and dangerous changes in the chemistry of the world’s oceans yet only one in five Britons has even heard of ocean a
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