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Italy's Super-Rich Move Their Yachts Amid Tax Evasion Crackdown

Italy's Super-Rich Move Their Yachts Amid Tax Evasion Crackdown | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wealthy Italians are sailing away to calmer shores. In an attempt to reign in alleged tax dodgers, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has ordered a crackdown on yacht owners who claim low or no income, The Telegraph reports (h/t The Daily Mail).
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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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Ball State University's moral stance against fossil fuel

Ball State University's moral stance against fossil fuel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A faculty member who has been critical of Ball State University for investing in fossil fuels is applauding the institution's investment policy changes.
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New coal plants 'most urgent' threat to the planet, warns OECD head

New coal plants 'most urgent' threat to the planet, warns OECD head | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Governments urged to rethink plans for new coal-fired power plants as study estimates they will release more than 500bn tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050
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Silicon Valley struggles to pitch water-saving tech to farmers

Silicon Valley struggles to pitch water-saving tech to farmers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Olivier Jerphagnon needed a customer. So he drove toward the farmland north of Fresno, with his marketing director by his side.
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Tough days for salmon as Fraser River hotter, lower than expected

Tough days for salmon as Fraser River hotter, lower than expected | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water temperature is currently about 19 C, the level at which the species starts to show physiological stress
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Bright ideas: New regulations pave way for solar energy

Bright ideas: New regulations pave way for solar energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The state basks in an average 250 sunny days a year, and the push to turn our clear skies and sun rays into energy grows every year. In fact, Las Vegas is the third-sunniest city in the country and ranks third in solar energy produced per capita. Stephen Brown, director ...
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Burning rain forest raises concern about future

Burning rain forest raises concern about future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In this hot, dry summer, even the Queets rain forest in Olympic National Park is burning. It’s a rare spectacle, but one that could become more common.
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China rolls out emergency measures to prevent stock market crash

China rolls out emergency measures to prevent stock market crash | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China's stock markets face a make-or-break week after officials rolled out an unprecedented series of steps at the weekend to prevent a full-blown stock market crash that would threaten the world's
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China's Battle Against Smog Leads to Mass Layoffs

China's Battle Against Smog Leads to Mass Layoffs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China's campaign for cleaner air has come at a high cost for a city in an eastern province.
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Could this be the super crop that saves us?

Could this be the super crop that saves us? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It could be the next big plant source for fabric, plastic and paper - except for the politics surrounding it.
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Orion Magazine | The Future of Infrastructure

Orion Magazine | The Future of Infrastructure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In this, the last installment of the Reimagining Infrastructure series, we look at projects that are not yet real, but represent some of the most ambitious thinking about the built environment of the future.
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Tundra study uncovers impact of climate warming in the Arctic

Tundra study uncovers impact of climate warming in the Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Significant changes in one of the Earth's most important ecosystems are not only a symptom of climate change, but may fuel further warming, research suggests.
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Nobel Prize-Winning Scientists Call For Action To ‘Minimize The Substantial Risks Of Climate Change’

Nobel Prize-Winning Scientists Call For Action To ‘Minimize The Substantial Risks Of Climate Change’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a signed declaration, 36 Nobel laureates call climate change a threat of "comparable magnitude" to nuclear war.
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Stakes rise for climate summit

Stakes rise for climate summit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Research suggests global temperatures are increasingly likely to rise. 

 

Research suggests that unless carbon emissions are dramatically cut, global temperatures will rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius — a level scientists warn will bring about worse effects of climate change.

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Fossil fuels, low-carbon plans, in tug-of-war

Fossil fuels, low-carbon plans, in tug-of-war | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Conventional energy output from OECD members is growing at a time when, for China to reach its carbon ambitions, its economy will need to slow, reports find.
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Cause and effect: how human activity is altering the environment – in pictures

Cause and effect: how human activity is altering the environment – in pictures | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
World’s leading environmental photographers and artists exhibit their works on the effects of anthropogenic climate change at the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Cannabis Construction: Entrepreneurs Use Hemp in Home Building

Cannabis Construction: Entrepreneurs Use Hemp in Home Building | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hempcrete, made using the woody, balsa-like interior of the Cannabis sativa plant combined with lime and water, provides natural insulation that is airtight yet breathable and flexible.
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Clean Power Plan battle looms

Clean Power Plan battle looms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Advocates and critics of a proposal to fight climate change are gearing up for a battle as the Obama Administration nears completion of its Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other types of harmful emissions
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Episcopal church votes to divest from fossil fuels: 'This is a moral issue'

Episcopal church votes to divest from fossil fuels: 'This is a moral issue' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warning of threat to ‘human life itself’, Christian denomination commits to re-investing in clean energy following pope’s pastoral letter on the environment
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Bill McKibben: The Planet's Future Depends On Distributed Systems

Bill McKibben: The Planet's Future Depends On Distributed Systems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To environmental activist Bill McKibben, it's all about math. The planet has warmed 1 degree Celsius over the past few decades and is on track to rise another 4 to 5 before the end of the century.
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If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This?

If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nobody can deny the fact that Christianity has played a huge role in our history. From the first Thanksgiving to the ideas of Jesus Christ that are embroidered in our culture today, Christianity and ...
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Oil gets crushed as price correction gains momentum

Oil gets crushed as price correction gains momentum | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil is expected to continue its spiral lower as concerns about global growth collide with record production and the potential for more supply from Iran.
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Remnant of Boston’s Brutal Winter Threatens to Outlast Summer

Remnant of Boston’s Brutal Winter Threatens to Outlast Summer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A mound of ice and debris still stands in the Seaport district, where plows pushed relentlessly falling snow. No one is quite sure when it will melt.
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Why Lego Is Spending Millions To Ditch Oil-Based Plastic

Why Lego Is Spending Millions To Ditch Oil-Based Plastic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The toy company wants to find an alternative material for the 60 billion bricks it makes a year. But it's not going to be easy.
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