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Realizing Private Capital’s Public Benefits

Realizing Private Capital’s Public Benefits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Financial-market reform has fallen far short of securing the sector’s resilience, let alone driving investment in the technology, energy systems, infrastructure, and business models needed to develop a sustainable world economy."

 

Good article in Project Syndicate by sustainability expert Simon Zadek on the need to tackle the financial sector.


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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

A thoughtfull read.

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Mycologist promotes agarikon as a possibility to counter growing antibiotic resistance

Mycologist promotes agarikon as a possibility to counter growing antibiotic resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Mycologist Paul Stamets is espousing the health benefits of agarikon, a fungus that grows on trees in old growth forests in North America and Europe. He's written and published a blog piece in the Huffington Post, describing the known antibacterial and antiviral abilities of the fungus ...
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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, Today, 6:46 AM

Capital Natural inestimável cresce nas florestas antigas

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New findings will improve the sex lives of women with back problems

New findings will improve the sex lives of women with back problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Newly published findings from the University of Waterloo are giving women with bad backs renewed hope for better sex lives. The findings—part of the first-ever study to document how the spine moves during sex—outline which sex positions are best for women suffering from different types of low-back ...
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Even severe Ebola cases can be treated with intensive care

Even severe Ebola cases can be treated with intensive care | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Even severe Ebola virus disease (EVD), with multiple complications, can be treated effectively with routine intensive care, according to a case study published online Oct. 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Global boom in hydropower expected this decade

Global boom in hydropower expected this decade | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An unprecedented boom in hydropower dam construction is underway, primarily in developing countries and emerging economies. While this is expected to double the global electricity production from hydropower, it could reduce the number of our last remaining large free-flowing rivers by about 20% and ...
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Developing a sustainable living may require urban agriculture

Developing a sustainable living may require urban agriculture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Imagine living in an inner city and buying your vegetables and fruit just moments after they've been harvested. Imagine waking up to the rustic sound of a cock crowing. Imagine your household waste and sewage serving to grow even more food in a highly sustainable way. This is the promising picture painted ...
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Florida's Sea Level Rise Challenges Politicians

Florida's Sea Level Rise Challenges Politicians | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I recently got a contact from a group of students at Florida International University, who had been activated by the recent King Tide event along the Florida coast to take a closer look at sea leve...
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For First Time, Water Tops List Of Californians’ Concerns

For First Time, Water Tops List Of Californians’ Concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new poll found that 62 percent of voters are following the drought closely while only 18 percent are following the gubernatorial election as closely.
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Plastic Bits Found Floating Around In 24 Out Of 24 Samples Of German Beer - Modern Farmer

Plastic Bits Found Floating Around In 24 Out Of 24 Samples Of German Beer - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We all know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, in which miles upon miles of the Pacific Ocean is dominated by plastic detritus. But there's one microcosm of that, writ very very small, that we encounter probably, if we're being honest, too often: our beer. A new study found that 100% of the tested German beer brands contained samples of plastic floating around inside the sealed bottles.

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5 pesticides used in US are banned in other countries

5 pesticides used in US are banned in other countries | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. growers rely on several pesticides that have been prohibited by other countries after being linked to health risks and the disappearance of bee colonies.
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Montara maps push case for more study

Secret maps shed light on Montara spill. Maps of the 2009 Montara oil spill released under Freedom of Information laws show the disaster was closer to Indonesian shores than previously thought. 

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Toxic water threat

Toxic water threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water supply to millions of South Africans could be under threat if the proposed development of a coal mine near a Rand Water pump station in the Vaal goes ahead.
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UAB - Scientific Symposium with His Holiness the Dalai Lama - October 25, 2014

UAB - Scientific Symposium with His Holiness the Dalai Lama - October 25, 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As part of Birmingham's Human Rights Week, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is proud to announce His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama’s participation in a scientific symposium/dialogue titled "Neuroplasticity and Healing". His Holiness The Dalai Lama will comment on and discuss the research and treatments developed by Dr. Edward Taub of UAB and Dr. Michael Merzenich of the University of California, San Francisco, which are based on the plasticity of the brain in adults. This event will be moderated by Dr. Norman Doidge, author of the best-selling popular account of neuroplasticity, The Brain That Changes Itself. Dr. Thupten Jinpa, authority on Buddhism and Tibetan language and culture, will serve as interpreter for His Holiness.

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Iron ore and rare earth metals mining: an industry under siege?

Iron ore and rare earth metals mining: an industry under siege? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Resource scarcity and human rights issues surrounding metals extraction, coupled with unrelenting global demand mean the industry is facing some tough realities
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Endurance athletes at risk of swimming-induced pulmonary oedema

Endurance athletes at risk of swimming-induced pulmonary oedema | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Endurance athletes taking part in triathlons are at risk of the potentially life-threatening condition of swimming-induced pulmonary oedema. Cardiologists from Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, say the condition, which causes an excess collection ...
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Teens who dine with their families may be slimmer adults

Teens who dine with their families may be slimmer adults | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults.
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Roman-Britons had less gum disease than modern Britons

Roman-Britons had less gum disease than modern Britons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Roman-British population from c. 200-400 AD appears to have had far less gum disease than we have today, according to a study of skulls at the Natural History Museum led by a King's College London periodontist. The surprise findings provide further evidence that modern habits like smoking can be ...
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Earthworms, ants and termites: the real engineers of the ecosystem

Earthworms, ants and termites: the real engineers of the ecosystem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The contribution of home gardens in the preservation of biodiversity, economics and human health prompted a multidisciplinary group at the South Border College (Ecosur) in Mexico to work on a project in Tabasco with the aim to improve the production and environmental management of these plantations.
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Icelandic volcano sits on massive magma hot spot

Icelandic volcano sits on massive magma hot spot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spectacular eruptions at Bárðarbunga volcano in central Iceland have been spewing lava continuously since Aug. 31. Massive amounts of erupting lava are connected to the destruction of supercontinents and dramatic changes in climate and ecosystems.
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Largest City In South America Could Run Out Of Water In 100 Days

Largest City In South America Could Run Out Of Water In 100 Days | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The main reservoir feeding the city has become a dry bed of cracked earth, operating at 3.2 percent of normal volume.
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We Have A Deal: European Union Agrees To Cut Its Emissions 40 Percent By 2030

We Have A Deal: European Union Agrees To Cut Its Emissions 40 Percent By 2030 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The European Commission must still propose specific legislation for the European Parliament to pass. But this morning's deal is a sign that the necessary political compromises and understandings are in place.
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The Last Days Of The Growth Story - The Automatic Earth

The Last Days Of The Growth Story - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I wonder why in our current financial crisis, we allow nothing to enter our communications, and thoughts, but the idea of recovery and a return to growth.
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RESOURCES: Researcher probes saltwater intrusion into Calif.'s coastal groundwater supplies

RESOURCES: Researcher probes saltwater intrusion into Calif.'s coastal groundwater supplies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MONTEREY, Calif. -- Here, in one of the most picturesque parts of California's long Pacific Coast, researchers are investigating what could be a large and contentious unknown: the groundwater that lies beneath the shoreline.
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São Paulo running out of water as rain-making Amazon vanishes | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

SAO PAULO, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - South
America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by
mid-November if it doesn't rain soon.
São Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million
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A parched farm town is sinking, and so are its residents' hearts

A parched farm town is sinking, and so are its residents' hearts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beneath this small farm town at the end of what's left of the Kings River, the ground is sinking.
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Fossil fuels at what price? EU analysis looks at energy costs

Fossil fuels at what price? EU analysis looks at energy costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report, 'Subsidies and costs of EU energy' addresses different forms of energy production. The study was ordered and paid for by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy. Why bother? 'The functioning of energy markets and the size and effect of government interventions has been ...
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