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L.A. Auto Show: Hydrogen vs. electric -- which is superior?

L.A. Auto Show: Hydrogen vs. electric -- which is superior? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Hydrogen fuel cell cars were the big talk of the L.A. Auto Show this week -- but will they catch on?
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Where is my fuel cell car?

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Changing the Global Food Narrative

Changing the Global Food Narrative | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

There’s a powerful narrative being told about the world’s food system — in classrooms, boardrooms, foundations and the halls of government around the world. It’s everywhere. And it makes complete sense when you listen to it. The problem is, it’s mostly based on flawed assumptions.


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What are the environmental consequences of growing the food supply to feed the world in 2050?

What are the environmental consequences of growing the food supply to feed the world in 2050? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The most recent UN estimates show global population stabilizing at 9-10 billion sometime after 2050. What will it take to feed these additional 2-3 billion people?

While forecasting anything 40 years in the future is a treacherous task, estimates typically place the required expansion of the food at double current production levels in 2050.

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usman's curator insight, November 23, 2013 6:07 AM

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Tesla Model S tops consumer survey

Tesla Model S tops consumer survey | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
For Tesla Motors, the timing couldn't have been better. Consumer Reports on Thursday issued its annual car owner satisfaction survey, and Tesla's Model S took top honors. The electric luxury sedan ...
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Breakdown of GMO Labeling Laws in Each Country (Global Map)

Breakdown of GMO Labeling Laws in Each Country (Global Map) | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Are you aware of the GMO labeling laws around the world? Here you can view a global map of all the countries and their current status with GE labeling laws.

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Radical Transparency: Can Tech NGOs Improve Supply Chain Transparency?

Radical Transparency: Can Tech NGOs Improve Supply Chain Transparency? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Corporations are increasingly using their supply chain power to protect natural resources and ensure fair working conditions. In our role as stakeholder engagement specialists, we recognize how corporations can leverage their supply chain power to achieve systemic solutions to social and environmental challenge.


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EcoVadis's curator insight, November 18, 2013 4:24 AM

Some inspiring tech NGOs here.

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The Business of Truly Sustainable Turkey Farming

The Business of Truly Sustainable Turkey Farming | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
As you read this, someone close to you may be cleaning, stuffing, or slicing a turkey. Over 45 million turkeys were purchased for Thanksgiving out of the 2
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UCLA project to study shifting L.A. to local resources

UCLA project to study shifting L.A. to local resources | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Could Los Angeles prosper without electricity from fossil fuels? Could the city shun water imported from the Sierra Nevada, even as a changing climate brings hotter days and a declining snowpack?
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Sustainability focus of Terra Linda High School program

Sustainability focus of Terra Linda High School program | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It was a pivotal class period for the students of Terra Linda High School's energy technology class: The next hour would determine which crude wind turbine would be deemed the winner and used as the model for more advanced designing.
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EPA proposes smaller requirements for biofuel use

EPA proposes smaller requirements for biofuel use | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Corn-based ethanol targets trimmed for the first time in what some call a capitulation to the oil industry.
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Improving U.S. oil production reaches milestone in October, agency says

Improving U.S. oil production reaches milestone in October, agency says | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The United States produced more crude oil in October than it imported for the first time since early 1995.
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Should we be proud of this?

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Power your phone with... hydrogen?

Power your phone with... hydrogen? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The BBC World Service's technology correspondent Mark Gregory met Henri Winand, chief executive of Intelligent Energy, a company that specialises in the area - and manufactures its own hydrogen-powered device, the Upp.

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Cool.  This is one of many such start-ups going the Hydrogen route.

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Climate Deniers Must Pay $90,000 For ‘Not Acting Reasonably,’ Court Rules

Climate Deniers Must Pay $90,000 For ‘Not Acting Reasonably,’ Court Rules | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A New Zealand group dedicated to downplaying the existence of climate change has been ordered to pay $80,000 in costs for bringing a “faulty” lawsuit that had sought to invalidate data that proved the country’s temperatures were on the rise.
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Wow.  This is a reasoned, just response to the sea of defamatory anti-science propaganda out there.

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Breakthrough for biofuel production from tiny marine algae

Breakthrough for biofuel production from tiny marine algae | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae.
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Stanford study could lead to paradigm shift in organic solar cell research

Stanford study could lead to paradigm shift in organic solar cell research | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

A new study by Stanford scientists overturns a widely held explanation for how organic photovoltaics turn sunlight into electricity.


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The envelope, please: BuildingGreen's top 10 green picks for 2014

The envelope, please: BuildingGreen's top 10 green picks for 2014 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It's the Oscars of green building products chosen by the experts, in the runup to Greenbuild.
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U.S. Green Building Council announces new standards for green construction certification

U.S. Green Building Council announces new standards for green construction certification | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
LEED v4 is here.
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The Old Energy Economy, in 3 Maps

The Old Energy Economy, in 3 Maps | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Representatives from 134 nations are gathered in Warsaw this week for the biannual exercise in dithering on the environment—otherwise known as the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

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Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant - Apple Store (U.S.)

Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant - Apple Store (U.S.) | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Transform your driving experience with the Automatic Link accessory connected to your car's onboard computer and the Automatic app using your iPhone GPS and data plan.
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This is interesting. I just stumbled upon this while looking for a realacement piece for a power cable.  While I have not testd this sucker out, this is but one of an increasingly large arrage of GPS-enabled devices related to your car.  The idea is that with more data you can drive safer and more efficiently.  The key with this will likely be the downsides (as we have seen from the uproar over Toyot's onboard black box data loggers which users can't access, but the company can).

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Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and give thanks. It’s the most celebrated (and most heavily traveled!) time of the year. Thanksgiving is a time to share, to give, and to be grateful for all that we have.
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As Pentagon invests in green fuel, critics focus on the cost

As Pentagon invests in green fuel, critics focus on the cost | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — When the U.S. Navy sailed an imposing fleet near Hawaii that was powered in part by algae and used cooking grease, environmentalists weren't the only ones who were thrilled.
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This critique seems strange to me.  We are talking about military R&D.  The apparent uproar seems to miss that point.  The critiques from congressmen were apparently absent when the miitary was developing its own private Space Shuttle, it brain imaging initiative, all the robots and "future warrior" tech, ARPANET, etc., etc.  Let alone the congressional penchant to build military hardware that either fails cost benefit projects (such as the military's joint strike fighter) or simply is a joke and outright boondoggle (e.g. almost any new heavy caliber cannon/tank/etc.).  If we are going to critique R&D, then critique ALL R&D.  Critiquing a technology that is certianly in development and fraught with risks but which holds the possibility of huge benefits for society as a whole (not merely war fighting) seems to greatly miss the mark.  I am all for watchdoging and oversight, but this seems a very, very strange target with which to begin that activity.

 

 

I would also add that (while it is certainly within his purview) it is unusual to say the least that the former Captain Kiefer who is essentially 80% of this story is also chiming in with unreferenced statistics in the comments section of this section following the story text.  This seems to smack of a personal crusade on his part rather than a reasoned, objective analysis of the issue of government spending.

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Proposed oil well fracking regulations released

Proposed oil well fracking regulations released | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO -- The Brown administration has released long-awaited proposed regulations for the controversial technique for drilling for oil and gas, hydraulic fracturing.
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Aerial views of coal mining operations in Wyoming

Aerial views of coal mining operations in Wyoming | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Coal production’s center of gravity in the United States has moved from central Appalachia to the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.
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China unveils boldest reforms in decades, shows Xi in command

China unveils boldest reforms in decades, shows Xi in command | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - China unwrapped its boldest set of economic and social reforms in nearly three decades on Friday, relaxing its one-child policy and further freeing up markets in order to put the world's...
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Lots of stuff here.  This seems in part an effort to deflect from other ongoing problems with China.  Perhpas of most interest here is the first formal change to China's one child policy.  As with all things in China, the proof is in the pudding.  But this will be interesting to follow.

 

Maybe one day we will have a China that actually is not corrupt and has a working, responsive justice system...but lets not get ahead of ourselves.

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TransCanada Has Already Had To Fix 125 Dents And Sags In Southern Keystone Pipeline

TransCanada Has Already Had To Fix 125 Dents And Sags In Southern Keystone Pipeline | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Synthetic crude oil hasn't yet entered the southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, but a report released Tuesday by non-profit consumer rights group Public Citizen says the pipes are already bending, sagging and peeling to the point of a...
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