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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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UCLA-area water main break spews millions of gallons

UCLA-area water main break spews millions of gallons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A 90-year-old water main burst under Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday, producing a raging geyser that sent 8 million to 10 million gallons of water onto the UCLA campus, flooding several buildings, including the famed Pauley Pavilion.
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Activists in Brazil are fighting to protect the environment — and their lives

Activists in Brazil are fighting to protect the environment — and their lives | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brazil is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be an activist, according to a report by Global Witness. In the past ten years, hundreds of environmental activists who have spoken out against pollution and overuse of Brazil's natural resources have been attacked or killed.
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Competing visions of cataclysm at an EPA hearing

Competing visions of cataclysm at an EPA hearing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Advocates who support the plan and oppose it testified at an EPA hearing on Tuesday.
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'Indiscriminate' use of antibiotics in poultry might be 'strongly linked' to growing resistance in Indians: Study - The Times of India

'Indiscriminate' use of antibiotics in poultry might be 'strongly linked' to growing resistance in Indians: Study - The Times of India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Indians are developing resistance to antibiotics, and hence falling prey to a host of otherwise curable ailments. Some of this resistance might be due to large-scale unregulated use of antibiotics in the poultry industry," CSE said.
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Report: World faces water crises by 2040

Report: World faces water crises by 2040 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wind, solar power increase needed to avoid global drought
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Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional investigators say.
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From 'Finding Nemo' to minerals—what riches lie in the deep sea?

From 'Finding Nemo' to minerals—what riches lie in the deep sea? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As fishing and the harvesting of metals, gas and oil have expanded deeper and deeper into the ocean, scientists are drawing attention to the services provided by the deep sea, the world's largest environment. 'This is the time to discuss deep-sea stewardship before exploitation is too much farther underway,' ...
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Huge waves measured for first time in Arctic Ocean

Huge waves measured for first time in Arctic Ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water which is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Storms thus have the potential to create Arctic swell – huge waves that ...
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People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits | World Resources Institute

People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The “People-oriented Cities” series—exclusive to TheCityFix and Insights—is an exploration of how cities can grow to become more sustainable and livable through transit-oriented development (TOD). The nine-part series will address different urban design techniques and trends that reorient cities around people rather than cars.
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Renewing the Global Commitment to Crop Breeding | World Resources Institute

Renewing the Global Commitment to Crop Breeding | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In an article originally published for Devex, Tim Searchinger and Craig Hanson discuss a new World Resources Report publication, which finds that using the modern advances of genetics—such as DNA mapping—offers a great opportunity to increase crop yields while also protecting the environment.
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RELEASE: Strengthening Community Forest Rights is Critical Tool to Fight Climate Change, Says Major New Report | World Resources Institute

RELEASE: Strengthening Community Forest Rights is Critical Tool to Fight Climate Change, Says Major New Report | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Read this press release in Spanish

Community forests around the world hold 37.7 billion tonnes of carbon

Editor’s note: The full report, executive summary brochure and high-resolution infographics are available to download here.
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10 reasons for a shorter working week

10 reasons for a shorter working week | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Benefits for our environment, economy and society
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Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.
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ENDANGERED: American eel numbers in the St. Lawrence River are plummeting

ENDANGERED: American eel numbers in the St. Lawrence River are plummeting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CORNWALL, Ontario - They may look snake-like and come complete with a revoltingly slimy exterior - but biology experts are working to save the American eel.
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EPA Should Address Emerging Risks From Fracking: GAO

Bloomberg BNA — The Environmental Protection Agency should review emerging risks related to safeguards for hydraulic fracturing wells used for oil and gas production, according to a report released July 28 by the Government Accountability Office.
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U.S. GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts

U.S. GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - One year after the launch of a social media effort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that develop GMOs have further
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The reindeer herders battling a mine

The reindeer herders battling a mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Britain's Beowulf mining firm hopes to open an iron ore mine in Sweden, but many local reindeer herders say this would destroy their livelihoods.
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Leaping out of the lakes: Invasive mussels spread across America

Leaping out of the lakes: Invasive mussels spread across America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How quagga mussels put a serious bite on a Wisconsin man moving a boat across the West.
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Re-distribution of major tree species in British forests should begin soon

Re-distribution of major tree species in British forests should begin soon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Twente and at Forest Research, the research agency of the British Forestry Commission, used the UK Climate Projections 2009 data in models to show reduction in forest production by up to 42% by the 2080s due to climate change. The researchers studied three major tree ...
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White House warns climate inaction could cost US billions

White House warns climate inaction could cost US billions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Delaying efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could cost the US $150 billion per year, the White House warned Tuesday in a report on the economic consequences of inaction on climate change.
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Alaska fisheries and communities at risk from ocean acidification

Alaska fisheries and communities at risk from ocean acidification | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ocean acidification is driving changes in waters vital to Alaska's valuable commercial fisheries and subsistence way of life, according to new NOAA-led research that will be published online in Progress in Oceanography.
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It's Time for a Global Landscape Restoration Revolution | World Resources Institute

It's Time for a Global Landscape Restoration Revolution | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Andrew Steer, CEO of WRI, and Monique Barbut of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification discuss the urgent need for a global commitment to restoring degraded land and how it may remedy deforestation, desertification and food scarcity.

The expected rise in world population to 9 billion by 2050, and the need for a 70 percent increase in food production from 2006 levels, makes the need for a solution particularly urgent. This challenge will be even more difficult in the face of a changing climate.
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What Does Environmental Democracy Look Like? | World Resources Institute

What Does Environmental Democracy Look Like? | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At its core, environmental democracy involves three mutually reinforcing rights: the ability for people to freely access information on environmental quality and problems, to participate meaningfully in decision-making, and to seek enforcement of environmental laws or compensation for damages
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RELEASE: El fortalecimiento de los derechos forestales comunitarios es una herramienta fundamental para luchar contra el cambio climático, indica un nuevo e importante informe | World Resources Ins...

RELEASE: El fortalecimiento de los derechos forestales comunitarios es una herramienta fundamental para luchar contra el cambio climático, indica un nuevo e importante informe | World Resources Ins... | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Los bosques comunitarios alrededor del mundo resguardan 37,7 mil millones de toneladas de carbono

Nota del editor: El informe completo, el folleto con el resumen ejecutivo y las infografías de alta resolución están disponibles para su descarga aquí.
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McDonald's holds the beef in China meat scandal

McDonald's holds the beef in China meat scandal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Shanghai (AFP) July 28, 2014 - McDonald's outlets across China have yanked their flagship burgers from the menu, the company said Monday, as the American owner of a key supplier embroiled in an expired meat scandal offered consumers a personal apology.

 

Authorities in Shanghai last week shut a plant owned by privately-held OSI Group after a television report alleging it mixed out-of-date meat with fresh product. Police later detained five officials from the OSI subsidiary which operated it, Shanghai Husi Food Co.

 

McDonald's, one of the factory's many customers in China, has stopped using food from all OSI plants in the country "after listening to voices from all parties", it said in a statement.

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