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Tim Jackson: Let’s Be Less Productive

Tim Jackson: Let’s Be Less Productive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The relentless drive for productivity may have some limits; if our economies don’t continue to expand, we risk putting people out of work.

 

Excellent article by Tim Jackson ("Prosperity without growth") pleading for less productivity and more quality of life to deal with our growth crisis.


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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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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 5:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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Companies are realizing that sustainability issues are here to stay

Companies are realizing that sustainability issues are here to stay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Prefer farmers markets to supermarket chains? Organic Vermont goat cheese to Velveeta? Then there's a market segment with a hip acronym just for you: LOHAS, or people livin' a Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability.
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M 9.0+ possible for subduction zones along 'Ring of Fire,' study suggests

M 9.0+ possible for subduction zones along 'Ring of Fire,' study suggests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The magnitude of the 2011 Tohoku quake (M 9.0) caught many seismologists by surprise, prompting some to revisit the question of calculating the maximum magnitude earthquake possible for a particular fault. New research offers an alternate view that uses the concept of probable maximum magnitude events ...
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Brazil builds giant tower in Amazon to monitor climate

Brazil builds giant tower in Amazon to monitor climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region's sensitive ecosystem, a newspaper reported Sunday.
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Rules of thumb for climate change turned upside down

Rules of thumb for climate change turned upside down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With a new analysis of land regions, ETH climate researcher are challenging the general climate change paradigm that dry regions are getting drier and wet regions are getting wetter. In some regions they are encountering divergent trends.
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As farmland runs out, seafood looks better than you think

As farmland runs out, seafood looks better than you think | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When it comes to producing more food from the ocean, the possibilities are bottomless.
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Americans are eating better -- well, some Americans

Americans are eating better -- well, some Americans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you're wealthy, your diet has improved in the past 15 years -- but if you're not, it's gotten worse.
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Why New Jersey is doing tomatoes right

Why New Jersey is doing tomatoes right | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How First Field is building a better food system.
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Klein: Can Climate and Capitalism CoExist?

Naomi Klein has a new book, This Changes Everything, which I have not yet read – but which has gotten a lot of ink, in particular for its supposed theme that capitalism is somehow incompatible with a healthy climate. I’m told that this is not a fair reading of the book, and in the interview above, Klein seems to target a particularly virulent, Koch Brothers, John Birch Society version of capitalism in which any regulations or limits on corporate power are considered violations of “freedom”.

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The Top 5 Most Polluted Countries in the World

The Top 5 Most Polluted Countries in the World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The WHO released a study featuring the top 5 most polluted nations on earth. And it might not be who you think.
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China's Environmental Awakening

China's Environmental Awakening | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Chinese are beginning to wonder whether industrial progress has come at too high a cost to the environment.
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Deep-Sea Mining Might Happen. So What?

Deep-Sea Mining Might Happen.  So What? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Q&A With Biologist, Explorer, and Deep-Sea Advocate Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover.
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Plastic rubbish from land, not ships, killing Australian sea life, say scientists

Plastic rubbish from land, not ships, killing Australian sea life, say scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research shows three-quarters of rubbish was plastic and debris concentrated near cities
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Projections for climate change in Vermont

Projections for climate change in Vermont | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here's your northern Vermont forecast for the rest of this century: Annual precipitation will increase by between a third and half an inch per decade, while average temperatures will rise some five degrees Fahrenheit by midcentury. By late in the century, average temperatures will have spiked more than ...
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Research offers new way to predict hurricane strength, destruction

Research offers new way to predict hurricane strength, destruction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study by Florida State University researchers demonstrates a different way of projecting a hurricane's strength and intensity that could give the public a better idea of a storm's potential for destruction.
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Singapore air pollution soars due to Indonesian forest fires

Singapore air pollution soars due to Indonesian forest fires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Air pollution in Singapore rose to unhealthy levels Monday, blanketing the city-state's skyline with clouds of smog from fires raging across giant rainforests in the neighbouring Indonesian island of Sumatra, officials said.
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Early Earth less hellish than previously thought

Early Earth less hellish than previously thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Conditions on Earth for the first 500 million years after it formed may have been surprisingly similar to the present day, complete with oceans, continents and active crustal plates.
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California dairy farmers are going nuts for almonds, but at what cost?

California dairy farmers are going nuts for almonds, but at what cost? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This cash crop is keeping some farmers on the land, but the almond boom offers no long-term promise of security.
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Do I have to hang up my gardening tools during the drought?

Do I have to hang up my gardening tools during the drought? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A reader wonders if her green thumb has to go for the sake of saving water. Umbra says she can grow her kale and eat it, too.
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We fixed the ozone layer (sort of). Can we fix the climate?

We fixed the ozone layer (sort of). Can we fix the climate? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the ozone layer on the mend, there's proof that international cooperation can work. But the climate is a different can of worms.
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Painting the Roses Red. California Super Rich in Drought Denial.

And painting the grass green.  If you have enough money, you can deny that you live in a desert, for a while. Telegraph: Each morning at the crack of dawn, trucks laden with precious H₂O trundle do...
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Wisconsin Utility Moves to Block Energy Freedom. Tea Party Star Takes Exception.

Wisconsin Utility Moves to Block Energy Freedom. Tea Party Star Takes Exception. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The rapid cost reductions in renewable energy, particularly solar photovoltaic and wind, are threatening the business model of traditional electric generators around the world,  promising much grea...
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#China, the #Climate and the Fate of the Planet #coal #pollution #Australia

#China, the #Climate and the Fate of the Planet #coal #pollution #Australia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Inside the slow, frustrating - and maybe even hopeful - struggle to reduce China's climate-changing pollution.

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David Collet's curator insight, Today, 4:38 PM

Caution! Be prepared for a long read. But this topic is so crucial to the future of Malaysia it should be mandatory reading for aspiring Malaysian manager.

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Hundreds evacuated as northern California wildfires rage

USA-CALIFORNIA/WILDFIRES (UPDATE 2):UPDATE 2-Hundreds evacuated as northern California wildfires rage
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Toxic Algae Problem Likely To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Toxic Algae Problem Likely To Get Worse Before It Gets Better | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The issue of blue-green algae in lakes took the spotlight in August after the Ohio city of Toledo banned its drinking water for two days. Toledo could be a wake-up call for people around Lake Erie.
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UN releases full list of the 125 world leaders who will be attending Climate Summit

UN releases full list of the 125 world leaders who will be attending Climate Summit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The United Nations (UN) has published a list revealing the 125 countries around the world which will be represented by their heads of state or deputies at the Climate Summit on September 23.
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