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Elderly Inmate Population Soared 1,300 Percent Since 1980s: Report

Elderly Inmate Population Soared 1,300 Percent Since 1980s: Report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The population of aging and elderly prisoners in U.S. prisons exploded over the past three decades, with nearly 125,000 inmates aged 55 or older now behind bars, according to a report published Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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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, 8:26 PM

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Challenging the economics of climate solutions — The Daily Climate

Challenging the economics of climate solutions — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ahead of the UN climate talks, a high-level panel makes the case that investing in climate solutions is the smart-money choice.
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Stronger Together on Twitter: "If money is speech, then speech isn’t free, the poor have no voice & the rich have outsized influence http://t.co/IpnIWajjmV #GOPKochAddicts"

Stronger Together on Twitter: "If money is speech, then speech isn’t free, the poor have no voice & the rich have outsized influence http://t.co/IpnIWajjmV #GOPKochAddicts" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Tesla's Big Bet on a Desert Diamond

Tesla's Big Bet on a Desert Diamond | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What does Elon Musk know that others don't? Bloomberg: Last week, Tesla released sketches of the future plant. It’s powered by renewable energy andshaped like a diamond. So why has Musk designed a ...
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5 ways to preserve food without refrigeration

5 ways to preserve food without refrigeration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fridges are convenient only until the power goes out, which is why it's worthwhile knowing how to preserve food in alternative ways.
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The deadliest environmental problem today is indoor air pollution — killing 4 million a year

The deadliest environmental problem today is indoor air pollution — killing 4 million a year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It now kills 4 million people each year — more than malaria and AIDS combined.
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Coal ash issue raises doubts about future of Duke plant

Coal ash issue raises doubts about future of Duke plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental groups hope Duke will stop burning coal at the Lake Julian plant.
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China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet

China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet | 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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Severe black lung returns to 1970s levels

Severe black lung returns to 1970s levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers say serious black lung cases resurgent in Kentucky and Appalachian coal miners
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New drug target could prevent major global cause of maternal death

New drug target could prevent major global cause of maternal death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Researchers at the University of Warwick have discovered a new target for drugs that could prevent the deaths of thousands of women in the developing world due to heavy blood loss after childbirth.
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Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians

Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reaching the century mark remains a relative rarity for humans, but it is increasingly less so, and perhaps nowhere more than in rapidly aging Japan.
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Wearable computing and privacy invasions you might want to think about now

Wearable computing and privacy invasions you might want to think about now | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Are you being recorded? Thanks to the ubiquity of CCTV and camera phones, the answer is more than ever before likely to be 'Yes'. Add to this the growth of wearable technology such as Google Glass and people are increasingly exposed to devices that can monitor and record them, whether they realise it ...
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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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Bluefin Tuna Are Showing Up in the Arctic—and That’s Not Good News

Bluefin Tuna Are Showing Up in the Arctic—and That’s Not Good News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When you throw a net into the ocean, you never know what you’ll pull out.

 

That was the case for researchers cruising the freezing Arctic waters off Greenland in August 2012 in search of mackerel to see if there were enough of the fish to support a commercial fishery. In one haul, three endangered bluefin tuna, each weighing roughly 220 pounds, were pulled onto the ship’s deck amid six metric tons of mackerel.

 

“It was a bit surprising,” said Brian MacKenzie, a marine ecologist at the National Institute for Aquatic Resources at the Technical University of Denmark. The research ship was sailing in the Denmark Strait, between Greenland and Iceland, where water temperatures have historically been too cold for bluefin tuna.

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FEATURE-Climate-smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's bread basket

FEATURE-Climate-smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's bread basket | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thousands of farmers are learning to adapt to climate change, boost soil fertility and reduce their carbon emissions
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Texas Schoolbooks: Education Without Enlightenment

Texas Schoolbooks: Education Without  Enlightenment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BillMoyers.com: One of the tasks of the Texas State Board of Education is to update curriculum standards and textbooks for Texas schoolchildren. The Texas school system is so large — 4.8 million te...
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Renminbi is Already A De Facto Reserve Currency

Renminbi is Already A De Facto Reserve Currency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Approaching Rapid Internationalization of Chinese Currency By JC Collins “There are signs lately of growing disaffection with the United States dollar.”    - Yves-Andre Istel, former vice chairman ...
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Hydroponic Gardening

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Can you grow a garden in the winter without soil?

 

Yes, it is entirely possible to grow a garden in the winter without soil. In fact, you can grow a garden in the winter without these things, using an increasingly popular technique called “hydroponics.” 

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Farmers on board to limit area’s phosphorus runoff

Farmers on board to limit area’s phosphorus runoff | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While scientists and some politicians crank up the pressure on agriculture to stop the flow of algae “nutrients” into the rivers, farmers are going to school and planting “cover crops” to keep the fertilizer down on the farm. Just ask hundreds of
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How First Nations in Canada Are Winning the Fight Against Big Oil

How First Nations in Canada Are Winning the Fight Against Big Oil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If it wasn’t for the cannons, the pond might be a tranquil sight: its rippling surface reflects the blue of the sky, diffusing the harsh midday light.
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DuPont to pay $1.85 mln fine after herbicide injures trees | Reuters

Sept 15 (Reuters) - DuPont will pay a $1.85 million penalty to resolve allegations that the global chemical company did not properly disclose the risks of using one of its herbicides, leading to widespread damage to tree species through several U.S. states.

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Special Report: Poultry firms systematically feed low-dose antibiotics to flocks

Special Report: Poultry firms systematically feed low-dose antibiotics to flocks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ATLANTA/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Major U.S. poultry firms are administering antibiotics to their flocks far more pervasively than regulators realize, posing a potential risk to human health.Internal records
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New glaucoma culprit is found

New glaucoma culprit is found | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Glaucoma, a leading cause of irreversible blindness, is associated with elevated pressure in the eye. This elevated pressure essentially is due to a plumbing problem. Fluid builds up in the eye, increasing pressure and eventually damaging the optic nerve. For nearly 150 years, researchers have been ...
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Reid Johnson's curator insight, Today, 11:49 AM

This is a good article for follow up to endothelial health. http://www.ccsvi.org/index.php/helping-myself/endothelial-health

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Blood-cleansing biospleen device developed for sepsis therapy

Blood-cleansing biospleen device developed for sepsis therapy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Things can go downhill fast when a patient has sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which bacteria or fungi multiply in a patient's blood—often too fast for antibiotics to help. A new device inspired by the human spleen and developed by a team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired ...
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Sparks fly as Di Grassi wins first electric race

Sparks fly as Di Grassi wins first electric race | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A spectacular crash at the last corner that ended leader Nicolas Prost's race and sent ex-F1 driver Nick Heidfeld flying into the fencing gave Brazil's Lucas di Grassi victory in the first ever Formula E electric race in Beijing Saturday.
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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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