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Most Polluted Cities in United States 2012 infographic

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American Lung Association's "Most Polluted Cities in United States 2012". Where does your city fit?

 

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Global Energy Subsidies Map -- National Geographic

Global Energy Subsidies Map -- National Geographic | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it
Fossil-fuel subsidies are a growing fiscal burden that encourage wasteful consumption. See which countries have the largest subsidies around the world.

 

Nations are weighing phaseout of fossil fuel subsidies, a growing fiscal burden that ratchets up carbon dioxide emissions by encouraging wasteful oil, natural gas, and coal consumption. The largest subsidies are in developing countries, which spend more than $400 billion annually shielding their populations from high fuel prices. But oil industry tax breaks and other government measures in developed nations also subsidize fossil fuels, to the tune of $45 billion to $75 billion per year.

 

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Shows for fossil fuels, as well as having detrimental effects on the atmosphere also have a devastating effect on country's economy's by requiring the use of subsidies

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Infographic: Solar Power's Limitless Possibilities

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An intriguing look at just how much clean, renewable energy we could harvest from the sun...

 

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Climate change stories from the abyss « Descent into the Icehouse

Climate change stories from the abyss « Descent into the Icehouse | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

A team of scientists, including University of Southampton scientists who are based at the National Oceanography Centre, have shed new light on the world’s history of climate change.

 

The Pacific Ocean has remained the largest of all oceans on the planet for many million years. It covers one third of the Earth’s surface and has a mean depth of 4.2 km. Its biologically productive equatorial regions play an important role particularly to the global carbon cycle and long-term climate development.

 

During a four-month expedition of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP) on board the US drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution an international team of more than 100 scientists and technicians recovered 6.3 kilometers of sediment cores from water depths between 4.3 and 5.1 km and drilled 6.3 km of sediment cores at eight locations.

 

The cores offered an excellent archive of Earth’s history and showed how global climate development during the past 55 million years is mirrored and influenced by geochemical processes deep within the ocean.

 

The findings are published in the latest edition of Nature.

 

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Rethinking the New Zone Hardiness Map

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A researcher contends that it does not take full account of the extent of climate change over the last 30 years -- above all, warmer winters.

 

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The Sky Is the Limit for Wind Power: Scientific American

The Sky Is the Limit for Wind Power: Scientific American | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

The amount of power to be reaped from tapping low- and high-altitude winds dwarfs global demand.

 

Wind turbines on land and offshore could readily provide more than four times the power that the world as a whole currently uses. Throw in kites or robot aircraft generating electricity from sky-high winds and the world could physically extract roughly 100 times more power than presently employed—and the climatic consequences remain minimal. 

 

Two new computer-model analyses suggest there are few limits to the wind's potential. Although "there are physical limits to the amount of power that can be harvested from winds, these limits are well above total global energy demand," explains climate-modeler Kate Marvel of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

 

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Planet Growth and its Impacts

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Masters of the Earth...Planet Growth and its Impacts. 

 

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CO2 Emissions & Pollution

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CO2 Emissions & Pollution...

 

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Energy Efficiency Scorecard: UK #1, US #9

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Energy Efficiency Scorecard: UK #1, US #9 | Work Bench

 

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No Breakthroughs Necessary: 95 Percent Renewable Energy Possible By 2050

No Breakthroughs Necessary: 95 Percent Renewable Energy Possible By 2050 | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

New study published this month, which makes an ambitious case for "sustainable sources" providing 95 percent of global energy demand by mid-century.

 

So where will the energy come from?

“Sustainable” energy sources: solar (concentrated heat and power, and photovoltaic), wind (on- and offshore), hydro, geothermal (for heat and power), small amounts of wave and tidal, and a whole raft of bioenergy sources.

 

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Your fuel cell powered city of the future - Energy Independence

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Your fuel cell powered city of the future.   Energy Independence #Infographic

 

 

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A Timeline of Climate Change Denial

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HistoryCommons.org has compiled an incredible historic resource that documents the rise and escalation of the climate denial industry over the last 15 years. hese articles summarize 178 headlines (often with multiple news article sources for each headline), which covers a range of climate change topics.

 

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Our Biggest Challenge - Climate Change

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A terrific musical investigation into the causes and effects of global climate change and our opportunities to use science to offset it. Featuring Bill Nye, David Attenborough, Richard Alley and Isaac Asimov.

 

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Nuclear energy: who's advancing and who's retreating

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Tokyo (AFP) Sept 14, 2012 - After Germany and Switzerland, Japan on Friday became the third country to call time on nuclear energy, a decision motivated by last year's earthquake-induced Fukushima disaster.

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2012's Most Affordable Fuel-Efficient Cars: Scientific American

2012's Most Affordable Fuel-Efficient Cars: Scientific American | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

Given increased environmental awareness, high gas prices and a continually slumping economy, it’s no wonder that more fuel efficient cars are all the rage these days. The best deal going may be Honda’s hybrid, the 42 miles-per-gallon (MPG) Insight ($18,350).

 

Meanwhile, the newest version of Toyota’s flagship hybrid, the Prius ($23,015), garners an impressive 50 MPG. Other solid choices include Toyota’s 41-MPG Camry hybrid ($25,900), Ford’s 39-MPG Fusion hybrid ($28,700), Lexus’ 42-MPG CT 200h ($29,120) and Lincoln’s 39-MPG MKZ Hybrid ($34,755).

 

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Summer of 2012 Is Hottest on Record

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Summer of 2012 Is Hottest on Record For Many in U.S.- The books have closed on meteorological summer, which encompasses the June-through-August period, and the data that is starting to trickle in from the National Weather Service shows that tens of millions of Americans experienced their hottest summer on record.  

 

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Extreme Weather & Climate Change: Scientific Based

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Which Extreme Weather Events Are More Linked with #Climate Change #Science

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Can Collective Intelligence Provide Answers to Climate Change Questions? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Can Collective Intelligence Provide Answers to Climate Change Questions? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

"The Climate CoLab project, developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (M.I.T.) Collective Intelligence Lab, uses an online forum to encourage institutional and citizen scientists alike to develop proposals for addressing climate change and then improve those proposals based on Web community feedback. The proposals—broken down into “global” and “local” categories—are then judged as part of a multi-phase global competition where the winners are invited to present their ideas to public officials.

 

This year’s competition asks the question: “How should the global economy evolve through 2100, given the risks of climate change?” The competition is in its second phase, during which teams and individuals writing proposals seek to improve upon their original ideas with help from the more than 2,100 members of Colab’s online community. After the second phase wraps up on October 31 a team of judges will choose the most practical proposals to move on to the third and final round.".


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◉ Open Our Mind ◉

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Please Vote: Should Solar and Wind Power be Subsidized? Click through to vote in the WSJ's poll!
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