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Plan B Updates - 103: Fukushima Meltdown Hastens Decline of Nuclear Power | EPI

Plan B Updates - 103: Fukushima Meltdown Hastens Decline of Nuclear Power | EPI | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

On May 5, 2012, Japan shut down its Tomari 3 nuclear reactor on the northern island of Hokkaido for inspection, marking the first time in over 40 years that the country had not a single nuclear power plant generating electricity. The March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown shattered public confidence in atomic energy, thus far making it politically impossible to restart any of the reactors taken offline. And the disaster’s legacy has spread far beyond Japan.

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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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Pakistan’s urban air pollution off the charts: World Bank

Pakistan’s urban air pollution off the charts: World Bank | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The capacity of organisations responsible for air quality management needs to be strengthened, the WB report says.
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7 Earthquakes Rattle Oklahoma In 2 Days

7 Earthquakes Rattle Oklahoma In 2 Days | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Saturday and Sunday in Oklahoma, there were seven earthquakes. You read that right. Not tornadoes. Earthquakes.
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The Plants In This Garden Tell You When The Air Is Dirty

The Plants In This Garden Tell You When The Air Is Dirty | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What if you could look at the plants in your garden in order to learn if the air around you is clean or dirty? At the National Center for Atmospheric
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Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue

Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
HORONOBE, Japan (AP) — Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan's northern tip.
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Landmark Study Underscores Wide-Ranging Benefits Of Pesticide-Free Farming

Landmark Study Underscores Wide-Ranging Benefits Of Pesticide-Free Farming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'Significant nutritional differences' between organic and non-organic foods, shows research
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US Spending Billions To ‘Dig Ourselves A Bigger Climate Hole’

US Spending Billions To ‘Dig Ourselves A Bigger Climate Hole’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New report highlights continued fossil fuel subsidies that foster further climate crisis at taxpayers' expense
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Incineration: The British Government Ignores the Dangers to Health

Incineration: The British Government Ignores the Dangers to Health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The British government has begun to push plans to build huge municipal solid waste to energy incinerators in most major cities under the guise of ‘recycling’ facilities.

 

In 1993 the Secretary of State for the Environment, John Gummer, and the Department of Trade and Industry Minister responsible for environmental issues, Patrick McLoughlin, invited the packaging industries of ther United Kingdom to produce a plan for recovering between 50% and 75% of all packaging waste 'their' industries create by the year 2000. The governments main objective appeared to be the “polluter pays” principle under which those who make and sell products (and the packaging around them) would take some responsibility for making productive use of them once they had served their original purpose.

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Fear of blackouts is no reason to restrict renewable energy

Fear of blackouts is no reason to restrict renewable energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Our current electricity system cannot accept much wind and solar power because they lack the 'inertia' of spinning turbines that stabilises grid voltage, writes Marek Kubik. But that's no reason to limit renewables - there are new, smart solutions ready for deployment.
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New Data Says Huge West Virginia Chemical Spill May Have Been More Toxic Than Reported

New Data Says Huge West Virginia Chemical Spill May Have Been More Toxic Than Reported | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"The findings further demonstrate that additional work is needed to better understand the short- and long-term toxicity implications of this contaminated water," Whelton said.
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Recommended: Transcendence

Recommended: Transcendence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Missed this in theater. Too busy. It was not a huge box office - maybe because it's so damn disturbing - and includes the most menacing array of solar panels ever captured on film. Nuclear War and ...
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Raising Backyard Chickens for Dummies - Modern Farmer

Raising Backyard Chickens for Dummies - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Blogger Jason Price recounts the ups and downs of his backyard chicken rearing adventure.
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Focusing on Food Miles is a Mistake | Eric Garza

Focusing on Food Miles is a Mistake | Eric Garza | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In The Energy Basis of Food Security I note how tightly linked food prices are to energy prices, pointing out that the primary reason for this link is that food production is incredibly energy intensive. A series of recent posts have explored the energy intensity of different modes of food transport within food systems, and these have attracted a fair amount of attention. This doesn’t surprise me as many in the local food movement value highly the fuel savings attributed – sometimes falsely – to reducing the number of ‘food miles’ associated with their grocery lists. While I’m all for reducing the energy demands associated with food production, I think the singular attention given to the issue of food miles is misguided, and I’ll use this post to explain why.

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New, biodegradable hydrogel could help farmers store water for crops | Local Business | Tri-CityHerald.com

New, biodegradable hydrogel could help farmers store water for crops | Local Business | Tri-CityHerald.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new, biodegradable hydrogel being developed by Washington State University researchers could help farmers better use water during the growing season.
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Water Planners Focus on a More Populous Texas, but Not a Hotter One, by Neena Satija

Water Planners Focus on a More Populous Texas, but Not a Hotter One, by Neena Satija | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As state water planners prepare to spend $2 billion in public funds to address Texas’ water needs in the coming decades, scientists say that state leaders' skepticism on climate change will only impair such planning.
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Icelanders Grieve for the Peculiar Lake Balls

Icelanders Grieve for the Peculiar Lake Balls | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
  Dr. Isamu Wakana prepares for a dive in Lake Mývatn in Iceland. Isamu is an expert on algae and has come a long way from Japan on his search for an extremely rare plant. As he descends to the bottom he is met by brown silt in every direction. This area was once covered by…
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Deer declining across Colorado and West

Deer declining across Colorado and West | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bouncy, big-eared icons of the American West, deer are declining rapidly across Colorado and other states — forcing difficult decisions.
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Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition

Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition | Source: by Gardiner Harris, New York Times, July 13, 2014. Excerpts: A long economic boom in India has done little to redu...
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Sharks Not Life Guards: Lawsuit Targets ‘Predatory’ Student Debt Relief Companies

Sharks Not Life Guards: Lawsuit Targets ‘Predatory’ Student Debt Relief Companies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Illinois to become first state to take on 'scams' in court
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Beijing takes air pollution by the horns, imposes use of clean coal

Beijing takes air pollution by the horns, imposes use of clean coal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This is the first time China enforces the use of clean coal, and it follows a series other pollution-curbing measures.
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Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers
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First boron ‘buckyball’ could be used to store hydrogen : Nature News Blog

First boron ‘buckyball’ could be used to store hydrogen : Nature News Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Just in time for the World Cup final, researchers have succeeded in building the first “buckyballs”  made entirely of boron atoms. Unlike true, carbon-based buckyballs, the boron molecules are not shaped exactly like footballs.  But this novel form of boron might lead to new nanomaterials and could find uses in hydrogen storage.

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Climate Series Wins Two Emmy Nods

Climate Series Wins Two Emmy Nods | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants

Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A comprehensive review of earlier studies found higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic fruits and vegetables compared with conventionally grown produce.
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These Companies Own All the Food Brands

These Companies Own All the Food Brands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
These 10 mega-companies own much of what you'll find in your local supermarket.
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To Cool Cities, Build Them Tall and Shiny

To Cool Cities, Build Them Tall and Shiny | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A jungle of reflective skyscrapers will usually be better off than a low-lying district of similarly shaped townhouses.
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