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Explosive oil train collision triggers evacuation in North Dakota

Explosive oil train collision triggers evacuation in North Dakota | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A small town in North Dakota was being partially evacuated Monday evening after a train carrying crude oil collided with another train, setting off a large fire and explosions, according to the local sheriff's department.
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More oil = more oil shipping

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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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A New Renault Emissions Scandal?

A New Renault Emissions Scandal? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Automotive News coverage of the European market, focusing on vehicle development, production, marketing and sales.
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Now it is Renault's turn
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What Christmas was like in downtown L.A. in 1954

What Christmas was like in downtown L.A. in 1954 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Greatest joy as a child was shopping downtown.
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An interesting memory of an ever-changing, ever-sprawling Los Angeles.
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These photos show what it's like inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

These photos show what it's like inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Travel blogger Darmon Richter tells us what it’s like to visit a place that's frozen in time
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30 Years After Chernobyl, Nature Is Thriving

30 Years After Chernobyl, Nature Is Thriving | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
April 18, 2016 - Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, people are still restricted from resettling the evacuation area, dubbed the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The absence of humans has created an opportunity for nature to thrive. A new study using remote cameras reveals abundant populations of gray wolves, raccoon dogs, and red fox.Click here to read more about the animals in the exclusion zone.
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Congress scrapped this one word from the law, opening the door to a space arms race

Congress scrapped this one word from the law, opening the door to a space arms race | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
By striking a single word from nuclear defense policy, Congress has put the U.S. at the verge of a space arms are
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This seems to be but one example of what happens when you decide to live in your own, synthetic and fact-free world.
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California's birth rate falls to its lowest level ever

California's birth rate falls to its lowest level ever | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
California's birth rate drops to a historic low as more people attend college and delay having kids.
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This is a key, but longterm, change in our population dynamics.  This should not be read as a declining population per se as we have lots of migration bringing folks into the state.  Immigration more than offsets our declining birth rates and any emigration.
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The dirty deplorables: Who’s who on Trump’s team

The dirty deplorables: Who’s who on Trump’s team | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Here's what Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees and advisors think about climate change and other sustainability issues. It's not looking good.
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How Woody Guthrie can help us fight for science

How Woody Guthrie can help us fight for science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
After the election of Donald Trump, Jacqueline M. Vadjunec offers a message of resistance and hope from deep within the US Bible Belt.
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What will happen to science funding under Trump? Here’s one prediction.

What will happen to science funding under Trump? Here’s one prediction. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Scientists are worried — and with good reason.
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The 12 key science moments of 2016

The 12 key science moments of 2016 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Leading scientists pick the most significant discoveries and developments of the year
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My list has the Zika outbreak, the Greenland shark, and CO@ going north of 400 ppm, but not some of these other ones.
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An Anthropocene Journey

An Anthropocene Journey | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The word “anthropocene” has become the closest thing there is to common shorthand for this turbulent, momentous, unpredictable, hopeless, hopeful time—duration and scope still unknown
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Good, wide-ranging discussion of the era we have all created for ourselves.
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Rick Perry has never seen eye to eye with California. As Trump's pick for Energy secretary, that's unlikely to change

Rick Perry has never seen eye to eye with California. As Trump's pick for Energy secretary, that's unlikely to change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Rick Perry is well known for starting flame wars with California when he was Texas governor. Now he could affect the state's policies as Donald Trump's energy secretary.
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Wow....I'm not exactly sure how to read this.  Still in shock.
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California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential federal report warns

California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential federal report warns | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A confidential Federal Railroad Administration report, obtained by The Times, reveals that California's troubled high-speed rail system faces more significant delays and a 50% cost overrun.
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California, federal regulators accuse Fiat Chrysler of emissions cheating

California, federal regulators accuse Fiat Chrysler of emissions cheating | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Federal and California environmental regulators have accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of installing software that is allowing diesel trucks and SUVs to secretly emit excessive and illegal level
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One solution to Southern California's housing crisis: building in tight spaces, small lots

One solution to Southern California's housing crisis: building in tight spaces, small lots | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Southern California developers are building affordable "infill" projects on under-utilized property in another strategy to address the region's housing shortage.
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Good for bolstering housing stock, but perhaps not so good if we are hoping for more livable, walkable cities.
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Reindeer are still very radioactive 30 years after Chernobyl

Reindeer are still very radioactive 30 years after Chernobyl | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Chilling photos of Norway's "radioactive reindeer."
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Synthetic Photosynthesis? New Tech Recycles Carbon Dioxide Faster Than Plants

Synthetic Photosynthesis? New Tech Recycles Carbon Dioxide Faster Than Plants | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In a study published in Science, the researchers detail how they managed to make a synthetic pathway that converts CO2 into organic compounds faster than plants.

Via THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*
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The U.S. Has Been Overwhelmingly Hot This Year

The U.S. Has Been Overwhelmingly Hot This Year | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Of 1,730 weather stations across the country, 98 percent are running above normal this year.

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Honda's hydrogen fuel cell Clarity priced to match rival Toyota's fuel cell Mirai

Honda's hydrogen fuel cell Clarity priced to match rival Toyota's fuel cell Mirai | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Honda has priced its hydrogen fuel cell Clarity below rates set by rival Toyota's fuel cell Mirai vehicle. But -- it's still not technically for sale.
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Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world

Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
He has influenced leaders from Melinda Gates to Fidel Castro. Now, he is on a mission to save people from their preconceived ideas.
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New thinking and dispelling misconceptions is hard.
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Sir David Attenborough's 'Planet Earth II' Sign Off Hit So Hard Twitter Lost Its Damn Mind!

Sir David Attenborough's 'Planet Earth II' Sign Off Hit So Hard Twitter Lost Its Damn Mind! | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Twitter is losing their minds over the 'Planet Earth II' series finale and Sir David Attenborough's closing words, here's why.
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The batteries in your favorite devices are literally covering Chinese villages in black soot

The batteries in your favorite devices are literally covering Chinese villages in black soot | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Tracing the origins of the graphite in a phone, for example, requires finding out where the ­phonemaker obtains batteries, where the battery makers acquire the portion of batteries known as anodes, and where the anode producers get their graphite. Moreover, because there are multiple suppliers at each step and various types of graphite, it is difficult to know where any given batch of the mineral ends up.
Several companies declined to disclose the origin of their graphite. For example, Tesla, perhaps the best-known electric-car maker, uses Panasonic batteries. Tesla said those batteries have never included graphite from the Chinese company BTR, but it declined to identify its graphite source.


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Air pollution drifts across the ocean and raises ozone levels in the western part of the U.S. How safe are we all with regards to this issue?

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The Weekend Wonk: Alex Steffen on Trump, Putin, and the Carbon Bubble

The Weekend Wonk: Alex Steffen on Trump, Putin, and the Carbon Bubble | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TzA6qn9xXY Alex Steffen in Medium: If you’re an American, you’re likely misinformed about the most dire crisis in our world. American journalists, pundits and media executives have largely convinced themselves that climate change is not a serious political issue, because they think the polls tell them that. A majority of American voters regularly tell pollsters…

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Trump Picks Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

Trump Picks Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Rex Tillerson has been nominated to run the State Department despite the potential for major conflicts of interest.
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