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Conservatives Spend Nearly $1 Billion a Year Fighting Climate Progress

Conservatives Spend Nearly $1 Billion a Year Fighting Climate Progress | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The first extensive study on the dark money that feeds the anti-climate change propaganda machine reveals that 91 organizations funded by 140 foundations have an annual income of over $900 million dollars with which to fight climate progress.

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It is clear these folks are getting a good return on their investments.  At least in the short term.  I can't help but think their grandchildren will be ashamed of this immorality/selfishness/anti-social behavior.

 

Oh, and those hundreds of millions driven into poverty, refugee camps, etc.?  And the American taxpayer who will almost assuredly be forced into sprialing costs of the brushfires and military conflicts across the globe sparked and spurred on by climate change's impacts across the planet?  They too might not be too keen on these "investments" in the coming decades.  

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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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Explosion, major fire rocks DWP power station; 140,000 customers without power

Explosion, major fire rocks DWP power station; 140,000 customers without power | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
An explosion Saturday at a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plant in the San Fernando Valley caused a major fire and knocked out electricity to 140,000 customers.
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Yet another argument of a distributed, battery/storage-based electrical grid.
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Gov. Brown unveils plan for global climate summit, further undercutting Trump's agenda

Gov. Brown unveils plan for global climate summit, further undercutting Trump's agenda | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In a swipe at Trump, Gov. Jerry Brown told climate activists Thursday he'll convene an international summit on global warming in San Francisco in 2018.
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Rick Perry and Al Franken exchange heated words on global warming

Rick Perry and Al Franken exchange heated words on global warming | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
And it shows exactly why we need to stop arguing about climate science.
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More insanity of climate/fact-deniers who grab at any slim misquote as evidence that the entirety of the collective wisdom about the reality of climate change is a farce.
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A beleaguered EPA has become ground zero in Trump's war on science

A beleaguered EPA has become ground zero in Trump's war on science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency is the federal entity most threatened by Trump's anti-science agenda.
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IKEA is releasing a version of its iconic shopping bag made from potato chip wrappers

IKEA is releasing a version of its iconic shopping bag made from potato chip wrappers | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Two Egyptian women have redesigned a Swedish classic in the name of sustainability. Attendees of last week's IKEA Democratic Design open house in Älmhult, Sweden cooed over sparkly, silver versions of the company's Frakta shopping bag. This latest incarnation of the iconic IKEA workhorse bag is the work of Mariam Hazem and Hend Riad, founders of Reform Studio, a desig
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Pick Figs, Grapes, And Lemonade Berries At This 5-Acre Park In Culver City

Pick Figs, Grapes, And Lemonade Berries At This 5-Acre Park In Culver City | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The fruit-bearing plants were installed by the art collective Fallen Fruit.
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Water extraction project would be destructive to California’s Mojave Desert

Water extraction project would be destructive to California’s Mojave Desert | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Cadiz seeks to create a loophole in an 1875 railroad law to drain an ancient desert aquifer without any federal oversight.
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Draining aquifers is something we are supposedly trying to put into the past her win California.  Not greenlighting with federal nepotism.
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Why are so many CEOs bashing Trump over the Paris accord? Money and public opinion

Why are so many CEOs bashing Trump over the Paris accord? Money and public opinion | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Captains of industry such as Elon Musk and Bob Iger have led corporate opposition to President Trump's climate policies, but is their position about global warming or their bottom lines?
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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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Elon Musk tweets picture of first Tesla Model 3 production car

Elon Musk tweets picture of first Tesla Model 3 production car | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The billionaire entrepreneur unveiled photos of the first Model 3 to come off the production line.
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Policy change in Jakarta accidentally teaches drivers the value of carpool lanes

Policy change in Jakarta accidentally teaches drivers the value of carpool lanes | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Los Angeles, if you think traffic on the 101 is bad, be thankful you don’t live in Jakarta — especially since the city did away with its controversial carpool rules.
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After the drought, the 'Killer Kern' river is a different beast

After the drought, the 'Killer Kern' river is a different beast | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
During this deadly year for the so-called Killer Kern, the county has relied on two teams of about 50 trained volunteers to save swimmers
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These dynamic flows with high year-to-year variability in this era of a changing climate bode a world with many more such deaths.
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Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Explore the pipeline route, the effects it will have on surrounding communities and beyond, and a few of the alternatives to the fossil fuel-dependent economy of which DAPL is one small piece.
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ExxonMobil’s shareholders force the company to confront climate change head on

ExxonMobil’s shareholders force the company to confront climate change head on | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
To stay sane, environmental activists have to live by the mantra, "you win some, you lose some." Earlier today (May 31), Reuters and Axios both cited sources saying president Donald Trump will likely pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement. Almost as if to make up for it, on the same day
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True American Power - 60

Learn more about how wind energy is working for America at www.americanwindaction.org/
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A nonprofit group backed by the wind industry is launching a seven-figure advertising blitz in D.C., touting the renewable energy's American bona fides, seeking to capitalize on President Trump's driving mantra of America First.

The advertisements will run on cable, radio and digital outlets across D.C., with the president, his new administration and Congress as the target audience. The ads will run on Fox and Friends, which Trump watches regularly, along with other influential cable shows.
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Exxon Mobil shareholders successfully demand climate policy accountability

Exxon Mobil shareholders successfully demand climate policy accountability | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Even as the US pulls back from leadership on climate change, corporate shareholders are beginning to demand more information from large companies about their plans for a low-carbon future.
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Could carbon capturing make ‘clean coal’ a reality?

Could carbon capturing make ‘clean coal’ a reality? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Coal is still very much at the center of the debate on the future of energy. For some, the holy grail is a new type of technology that captures some coal carbon emissions. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to take a closer look at the results coming out of one of the largest fossil fuel power plants in the country and the obstacles stopping them from collecting more.
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What Happens If the U. S. Exits the Paris Climate Accord?

What Happens If the U. S. Exits the Paris Climate Accord? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
"The world without U.S. efforts would have a far more difficult time avoiding a dangerous threshold: keeping the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. "The world has already warmed by just over half that amount - with about one-fifth of the past heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions coming…

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The probability of devastating climate change is growing. Some believe that we are nearing the point beyond which there is no return. Recent analyses show that our options for reversing climate change are fading. There is a real danger that if the U. S. withdraws from the Paris climate treaty other nations will follow our lead. Climatologists agree that if the Paris Accord breaks down, global disaster may be inescapable.
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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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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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