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Building Energy Retrofit Press Release

US Retrofits could yield $1 trillion of energy savings and create 3.3 million job years; new financing models can this (RT @INCRnews: "Scaling building energy efficiency retrofits in the US offers a $279B investment opportunity" - Deutsche Bank report...
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Investors call for firmer Government policy on waste sector

Investors call for firmer Government policy on waste sector | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Call for greater certainty on UK Government waste policy at Defra and WRAP’s Investor Symposium (RT @MRWmagazine: MRW latest: Investors want reassurance from Government: Call for greater certainty on UK Government waste poli...
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Report says poor are moving to nation's suburbs

Report says poor are moving to nation's suburbs | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More poor people live in the nation's suburbs than in urban cities because of affordable housing, service-sector jobs and the increased use of housing vouchers, according to a study released Monday.
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In the developing world people are running to the urban areas.  Here, some are leaving them.

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Significant improvement in performance of solar-powered hydrogen generation

Significant improvement in performance of solar-powered hydrogen generation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Using a powerful combination of microanalytic techniques that simultaneously image photoelectric current and chemical reaction rates across a surface on a micrometer scale, researchers have shed new light on what may become a cost-effective way to...
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Cool time-lapse imagery of the earth's climate changing over 30 years

Courtesy of Google, zoom in anywhere on earth and watch the land change in time over 30 years.
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Alaska: where politics and climate change go hand-in-hand

Alaska: where politics and climate change go hand-in-hand | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Though Sarah Palin has reversed her policy since she was governor, it is undeniable that Alaska is changing fast
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Here they come...

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Scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change

Scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A comprehensive analysis of peer-reviewed articles on the topic of global warming and climate change has revealed an overwhelming consensus among scientists that recent warming is human-caused.
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Nothing new here.  I almost didn't post this.  But then I heard some new commentators say "what if Glenn Beck was right" about the curernt IRS controversy.  That little gem of critical thinking hasn't penetrated to climate science apparently.  Mr. Beck's ilk still seem to think that thinking is best left to other people.

 

If a mad mad screams 100 dillusional things and one by chance happens to be supported, it is a fallacy to then assume all this individual's statements are.  Funny how this most recent study which (yet again) has gotten so little play in conservative, anti-science, anti-critical reasoning media outlets.  Then again, I guess it is not that surprising.

 

Folks that fail to heed these concerns illustrate the (unfortuantely) age old debate between the scientists' 95% confidence interval for "signficiance" vs. the lawyers' definitiion of 0.0001% criteria for "significance."

 

There is concensus on cliamte change.  It is long beyond the time we focuse the conversation on this and move to actively dealing with solutions.

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Why a Hotter World Will Mean More Extinctions

Why a Hotter World Will Mean More Extinctions | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Extinctions are already on the rise as a growing human population displaces animals and plants. But if global warming continues unchecked, our planet could get a whole lot lonelier
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BP's Gulf compensation costs soar

BP's Gulf compensation costs soar | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The costs of the court-approved scheme for BP to compensate businesses claiming to be hit by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be many billions of dollars more than the company expected.
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Hmmmmm....BP used to say there were "more of a U.S. company than a British company."  So whay are they asking the UK's prime minister for help?  That is wierd....

 

Oh, and so is that this poor company might be a take over target owing to the cost of the 2010 blowout.  Hmmm...that's wierd.  Given that the costs when all summed up are but a fraction of their annual net profits (not gross, but profits), this is a strange missive from the BP Press office.  It is almost as if this news story was part of a lobbying effort.  

 

That is so wierd....

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How Mussel Farming Could Help to Clean Fouled Waters

How Mussel Farming Could Help to Clean Fouled Waters | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Along the shores of New York Harbor, scientists are investigating whether this ubiquitous bivalve can be grown in urban areas as a way of cleansing coastal waters of sewage, fertilizers, and other pollutants.
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This is an old idea, but nonetheless a good one.  Returning all aspects of ecological functioning is key.  Even if we can't recover all aspects of a given ecosystem, we can start with the few we can dircetly manipulate.  Oyster and other filterfeeder restoration is a great place to start.

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In Response To Tragedy, Bangladesh May Alter Labor Laws

In Response To Tragedy, Bangladesh May Alter Labor Laws | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
David Greene talks to Bloomberg reporter Mehul Srivastava, who has been covering last month's Dhaka factory building collapse, about recent labor improvement agreements that retailers and the government in Bangladesh have signed.
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It always seems to take a tragedy.  We will see if we actually get substantial change in this era og globally out of sight, out of mind.

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100 Resilient Cities :: The Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities :: The Rockefeller Foundation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge will enable cities around the world to better address major 21st century challenges.
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Foot-Stomped Compost Furniture Returns to Earth at Lifecycle's End

Foot-Stomped Compost Furniture Returns to Earth at Lifecycle's End | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Inspired by an Indian tradition of serving chai tea in clay cups, Israel's Adital Ela has designed Terra - an entire line of interiors made out of nothing but foot-stomped earth! A TED fellow with ...

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This certainly takes "Cradle to Cradle" to the extreme.

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Teapot_Barry's curator insight, April 29, 2013 4:12 PM

Furniture made from the earth that can be returned to the earth.

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Agriculture Matters

World population is growing, the demand for high-quality, safe food continues to increase, and agriculture's impact on our economy affects every Canadian. Th...
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The Canadian take on their agriculture.

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Is Your Dinner Really Organic? Lapka’s New iPhone Sensor Can Tell You

Is Your Dinner Really Organic? Lapka’s New iPhone Sensor Can Tell You | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
iPhone sensors tell you whether your dinner is organic and what the radiation, humidity and EMF levels are in your environment.
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Study Finds 97% Consensus on Human-Caused Global Warming in the Peer-Reviewed Literature

Study Finds 97% Consensus on Human-Caused Global Warming in the Peer-Reviewed Literature | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
By Dana Nuccitelli and John Cook via Skeptical Science.
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Proper use of pie charts.

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With Record Sales, Tesla Turns A Profit As Consumer Reports Says It ‘Comes Close’ To Being ‘The Best Car Ever’

With Record Sales, Tesla Turns A Profit As Consumer Reports Says It ‘Comes Close’ To Being ‘The Best Car Ever’ | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors Company is coming off a very good week.
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99 One-Liners Rebutting Denier Talking Points — With Links To The Full Climate Science

99 One-Liners Rebutting Denier Talking Points — With Links To The Full Climate Science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Progressives should know the disinformers’ most commonly used arguments — and how to answer them crisply.
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A quick reference list if anyone needs one.

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Carbon Dioxide Level Passes Long-Feared Milestone

Carbon Dioxide Level Passes Long-Feared Milestone | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, and scientists believe the rise portends large changes in the climate and sea level.
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A Humanitarian Catastrophe | How Natural Disasters Changed the World in 2012

A Humanitarian Catastrophe | How Natural Disasters Changed the World in 2012 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Last year, an estimated 32.4 million people worldwide were forced from their homes due to natural disasters.
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Tighten your seatbelts everyone.  As many of us have discussed for quite sometime; climate change will be hugely problematic for the U.S. and the west.  For the rest of teh world (particularly southeast Asia and Oceania and Africa) it will simply mean an end to much of what we currently think of a moder societies.

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World's most extraordinary species mapped for the first time

World's most extraordinary species mapped for the first time | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The black-and-white ruffed lemur, Mexican salamander and Sunda pangolin all feature on the first map of the world's most unique and threatened mammals and amphibians.
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The most recent iteration of "Hotspots."  While we can criticize these types of tools, it goes without saying that they are quite important and a very useful tool for prioritizing scare conservation dollars and resrources.  Nothing particularly new here, but still helpful.

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Mountain of Petroleum Coke From Oil Sands Rises in Detroit

Mountain of Petroleum Coke From Oil Sands Rises in Detroit | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Refining Canada’s petroleum-soaked oil sands produces petroleum coke, and the question of what to do with it has found at least one answer in Detroit, where a large coke pile covers an entire city block.

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"I’m not making a value statement, but it comes down to emission controls,” Mr. Routt said. “Other people don’t seem to have a problem"


Ummm....really?!?  That is your justification?  At the risk of being a bit hyperbolic, let's try it like this: "I'm not making a value statement, but when it comes down to child pornography, other people don't seem to have a problem with it."  Really?  Having been misquoted or quoted out of context myself many times in various media, I understand that one needs to read quotes in newspapers with some caution.  But this does strike me as a real statement, illustrative of the attitude of many.  It is quite unfortuante and disappointing.


This is a classic example of why "sustaiability science"/thinking needs to reach a broader audience.  Lifecycles, cradle to cradle, etc. There are clearly local dimnesions to our activities and decisions.  But there are also regional, national, and global dimensions to those decisions as well. Here is a great example of that, all wrapped up in one neat package.  Or at least all wrapped up enough to spark a larger, meaningful conversation.

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Can Economics Save The African Rhino?

Can Economics Save The African Rhino? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Poachers kill rhinos for their horns. Some economists think legalizing the horns could save the rhinos.
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Having worked on landscapes and organisms that are disappearing and disappearing at increasingly rapid rates, I suggest the poisoning option here.  Playing nice is not much of a workable option for as much of Asia races to grab the next "magic potion."

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Global Cities Get Help Preparing for Natural Disasters & Extreme Weather | PBS NewsHour

Global Cities Get Help Preparing for Natural Disasters & Extreme Weather | PBS NewsHour | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Judy Woodruff reports on a $100 million initiative to better prepare 100 cities around the world for natural disasters and extreme weather, both natural and man-made.
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Bangladesh tragedy puts focus on human rights and corporate accountability

Bangladesh tragedy puts focus on human rights and corporate accountability | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Commentary: The work of human rights defenders must be supported and protected.
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