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Hot In My Backyard

Hot In My Backyard | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
After years of being stuck, the national conversation on climate change finally started to shift — just a little — last year, the hottest year on record in the U.S., with Hurricane Sandy flooding the New York subway, drought devastating Midwest...
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The show is in three parts. Part one covers the challenge Colorado's state climatologist has had in explaining climate change to that state's farmers and ranchers. This one is quite good and is revealing as to how main stream scientists are averse to rocking the boat. Part two covers the strategy Republican climate hawks are taking to try and explain the science to their party. And part three looks at the role Bill McKibben has had in pushing the conversation towards fossil fuel divestment.

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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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Man dies after Tesla crashes into San Francisco area pond

Man dies after Tesla crashes into San Francisco area pond | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area are investigating the death of a man after a Tesla car he was driving veered off a road, crashed through a fence and into a pond. It is unknown if the vehicle was in Autopilot mode.
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California poised to be first state to require solar panels on new homes

California poised to be first state to require solar panels on new homes | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
State commission approves plan, saying consumer energy savings would outweigh higher building costs
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How a Russian aluminum giant escaped the noose of US sanctions

How a Russian aluminum giant escaped the noose of US sanctions | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Washington's change of course says a lot about the leverage held by the supply chain of a widely used commodity such as aluminum.
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A pattern is clearly emerging: tough sanctions unless they are against a powerful, politically or economically connection entity.  Then you just need to complain loudly (or spend freely) and <poof> you get a delay of the scansion/impact.  Funny how that works, eh?
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Exclusive: 40% in U.S. can't afford middle-class basics - 

Exclusive: 40% in U.S. can't afford middle-class basics -  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Rent, transport, and phone are too expensive for 43% of Americans.
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Wow!  49% of California can't afford minimum of middle-class security.
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Elon Musk shares a trip through his Hawthorne tunnel. His project in L.A. is facing a bumpier ride

Elon Musk shares a trip through his Hawthorne tunnel. His project in L.A. is facing a bumpier ride | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Elon Musk unveils his L.A. tunnel — at least a small portion running near the 105 Freeway in Hawthorne. Now comes the hard part. How does he go from that to a real transit system?
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A Domestic Supply Chain: Should You Source Locally?

A Domestic Supply Chain: Should You Source Locally? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
By sourcing domestically, you will be able to easily get in touch with suppliers and other key stakeholders. You will also be able to go to site in person and deal with any supply chain issues. This way, if there are any disruptions along the supply chain you will be able to identify them quickly and resolve them efficiently. Being able to do so is invaluable when it comes to keeping your customers informed and happy.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, April 26, 3:22 AM

Some useful business tips to consider on sourcing!

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Is local sourcing easy and possible ?
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It won't be easy, but Hawaii should speed up its transition to clean energy

It won't be easy, but Hawaii should speed up its transition to clean energy | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The state has made major progress in its shift from oil to renewables but there’s still a lot to be done, according to a new report analyzing its ongoing transition.
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Pruitt's new "transparency" rule could limit research the EPA uses

Pruitt's new "transparency" rule could limit research the EPA uses | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The new standard may not be so transparent after all.
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Climate Change Denialists Say Polar Bears Are Fine. Scientists Are Pushing Back. - The New York Times

Climate Change Denialists Say Polar Bears Are Fine. Scientists Are Pushing Back. - The New York Times | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In a new study, researchers single out a blog run by a Canadian zoologist as a primary source of dubious information about the status of polar bears.
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Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections

Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In one of its most aggressive moves yet against Obama-era climate action, the Trump administration announced it is tearing up landmark fuel economy rules pushing automakers to manufacture cleaner burning cars and SUVs. The move invites a major battle with California and a dozen other states.
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The Switch to Outdoor LED Lighting Has Completely Backfired

The Switch to Outdoor LED Lighting Has Completely Backfired | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
To reduce energy consumption, many jurisdictions around the world are transitioning to outdoor LED lighting. But as new research shows, this solid-state solution hasn’t yielded the expected energy savings, and potentially worse, it’s resulted in more light pollution than ever before.
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NHL commits to fighting climate change by thinking green

NHL commits to fighting climate change by thinking green | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The NHL is taking climate change seriously. The league's 2018 sustainability report assesses the NHL's environmental impact and its commitment to thinking green.
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JetSuite strikes a deal for hybrid electric planes with start-up Zunum Aero

JetSuite strikes a deal for hybrid electric planes with start-up Zunum Aero | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Irvine charter jet firm JetSuite is set to receive a fleet of hybrid-electric aircraft made by start-up Zunum Aero.
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Stalls, stops and breakdowns: Problems plague push for electric buses

Stalls, stops and breakdowns: Problems plague push for electric buses | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Largely unbeknownst to the public, electric buses made by Chinese battery maker BYD Ltd. are contending with a record of poor performance and mechanical problems.
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Cyberwarfare Has the Electric Grid as Prime Target

Cyberwarfare Has the Electric Grid as Prime Target | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
By Llewellyn King — Electricity is the sexiest thing you can’t see. It’s the tie that binds modern society together; makes life comfortable, even livable; and keeps everything humming, from computers to production lines. Without it civil disorder and a […]
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Tesla's split-screen day for Model 3 production

Tesla's split-screen day for Model 3 production | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Tesla's fate is tethered to the success of the Model 3.
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The bullet train is California's biggest infrastructure project — but it's seldom discussed in governor's race

The leading candidates for governor have said little, if anything, publicly about how they would fix the dire problems in the the biggest infrastructure initiative in state history.
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New Goodyear rubber procurement policy to guide supply chain development

In spite of alternatives such as guayule and Russian dandelion, the Hevea brasiliensis tree will remain an important source of rubber for tyre manufacturers. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recognises this and has announced a new natural rubber procurement policy. The tyre maker says this new policy “reflects its strong commitment to the responsible sourcing of raw materials” and believes its implementation and adherence will help address deforestation, land grabbing, and human rights in the areas of the world where natural rubber is produced.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, April 24, 7:46 AM

The new policy will also helps to protect the environment by promoting environmentally and socially responsible land use. How far do you agree with that?

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Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers' lives

Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers' lives | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A California man who built a business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court rejected his claim that the “restore discs” he made to extend computers’ lives had no financial value, instead ruling that he'd infringed Microsoft products.
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Trump Faces Pressure to Choose Sides in Fight Between Corn Growers and Oil Refiners

Trump Faces Pressure to Choose Sides in Fight Between Corn Growers and Oil Refiners | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
President Trump faces pressure to resolve a dispute between two GOP constituencies—the oil industry and the Farm Belt—over an ethanol mandate.
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For years, the EPA regularly rejected requests from refiners seeking waivers from ethanol requirements. Then this March, the agency agreed to waive millions in obligations for Philadelphia Energy Solutions, a major East Coast refiner that filed for bankruptcy after its costs to comply with the program rose to $231 million in 2016. The EPA then began granting a number of waivers to the small refineries able to demonstrate economic harm, including one owned by Andeavor Corp. , one of the country’s largest independent refiners and a company big enough to be part of the S&P 500. 

 The agency has rejected just one of about 30 applicants so far this year, encouraging more refiners to consider applying for the first time. It has received applications from oil giants Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. Many now see an EPA waiver as a given. Some are even asking for waivers that would allow them recoup costs from years past. “If you can show economic harm—which is pretty easy to do—you have to consider it,” according to one oil-industry lobbyist who has been pushing the Trump administration for a waiver for a client. “People never imagined they would be eligible.” 

 One factor behind the change at EPA is a federal appeals-court decision last year that found the agency had been too restrictive in doling out waivers. Mr. Pruitt has since decided to accept every recommendation on a waiver from the Energy Department—which is responsible for calculations evaluating a refinery’s claim of economic harm—and grant full waivers even when the Energy Department recommended only partial waivers. This is opening the floodgates for applications and approvals, analysts and refiners say.
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How U.S. Fuel Economy Standards Compare With the Rest of the World’s

How U.S. Fuel Economy Standards Compare With the Rest of the World’s | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Several other countries have linked their fuel economy standards to the United States, so a rollback by the E.P.A. could affect rules across the globe.
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221b Baker Street and the president of Kazakhstan's daughter Dariga Nazarbayeva and grandson Nurali Aliyev —

221b Baker Street and the president of Kazakhstan's daughter Dariga Nazarbayeva and grandson Nurali Aliyev — | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
221b Sherlock Holmes Consulting detective 1881-1904 So reads the blue plaque on this pretty Georgian terraced house, home to London's Sherlock Holmes Museum. In a city of storied buildings, the home of the fictional detective is as famous as they come. The museum is also not the original location of the fictional detective's fictiona
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Corruption and graft are a key part of the problem impeding sustainability efforts around much of the world.
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A Musk failure or a respectable near-miss? Tesla releases Model 3 production numbers

A Musk failure or a respectable near-miss? Tesla releases Model 3 production numbers | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Tesla Inc. increased production of its Model 3 mass-market electric car in the first quarter, but it still fell far short of the numbers Chief Executive Elon Musk promised last summer. The company says it made just under 9,800 Model 3s in January through March, and 2,020 in the last week.
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Inside the Tax Bill's $25 Billion Oil Company Bonanza

Inside the Tax Bill's $25 Billion Oil Company Bonanza | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A Pacific Standard analysis shows the oil and gas industry is among the tax bill's greatest financial beneficiaries.
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Old oil seeks Silicon Valley swag - 

Old oil seeks Silicon Valley swag -  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The high-carbon parts of the energy industry are trying to embrace low carbon and high tech.
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