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Children's self-control may help keep them thin as adults

Children's self-control may help keep them thin as adults | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The ability to delay gratification as a child may lower a person's chances of being overweight later in life, according to new research.

 

Researchers found that people who were better able to put off receiving a reward at age 4 had lower body mass indexes (BMIs) three decades later, when the researchers followed up with them. For every minute that children resisted the temptation to eat a marshmallow placed in front of them, their BMIs decreased by . . .

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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, 2014 8:26 PM

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Clinton Campaign Calls Out GOP's Mad (not a) Scientists

Clinton Campaign Calls Out GOP's Mad (not a) Scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pretty decent satirical video slamming the cluelessness of current Republican presidential candidates, - apparently part of the Hillary Clinton messaging apparatus - good for them for paying attent...
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Another Reviewer Weighs in on Hansen Paper

Another Reviewer Weighs in on Hansen Paper | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
James Hansen's release last week of a landmark study on climate change and sea level rise continues to reverberate in the science and journalism community. The study, as yet unpublished in a peer r...
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Campaign launched to unite Filipino youth vs climate change

Campaign launched to unite Filipino youth vs climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 July) -- A campaign to harness the youth’s social media presence to produce positive changes in climate change awareness and mitigation was launched in Davao City Wednesday. Called #nowPH: One Million Filipino Youth Voices for Climate Action, the campaign aims to unite the
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Texas Facing Major Climate Change Impacts, According to New Study, by Kiah Collier

Texas Facing Major Climate Change Impacts, According to New Study, by Kiah Collier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A sharp increase in heat-related deaths and storm-related losses. A decrease in worker productivity and crop yields. A new climate change study paints a bleak picture for Texas over the coming decades — if nothing is done to address the much-debated warming trend.
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Freakishly High Temperatures Trigger Ice Melt, Flooding and Mudslides in Tajikistan

Freakishly High Temperatures Trigger Ice Melt, Flooding and Mudslides in Tajikistan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising temperatures have caused an environmental disaster, according to the IOM.
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NOAA, El Nino and The Blob

NOAA, El Nino and The Blob | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, NOAA released some images yesterday comparing the current El Nino set-up with the historically huge event of 1997-98.  The big difference in the images is the extensive red "Blob" off the we...
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Debate Begins on Hansen's New Warning

Debate Begins on Hansen's New Warning | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The real debates on climate science are not whether its happening, or whether its human caused, but rather along the lines of "how soon, how hard, how hot?" - or in the case of sea level, "how high...
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How This Year's El Niño Compares to the Past

How This Year's El Niño Compares to the Past | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The climate pattern both is and isn’t like its famous predecessor in 1997
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Industrial pollution threatens European porpoises

Industrial pollution threatens European porpoises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'Almost 20 percent of sexually mature females showed evidence of stillbirth, foetal death or recent abortion ...' Staff Report FRISCO — Even though PCBs were banned in the UK more than 30 years ago...
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12 Surprising Ways to Use the Cow, Without Eating a Bite

12 Surprising Ways to Use the Cow, Without Eating a Bite | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If we’re going to sacrifice an animal for human consumption, then at least we could try to eliminate waste.
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Global warming deniers are an endangered species | Dana Nuccitelli

Global warming deniers are an endangered species | Dana Nuccitelli | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dana Nuccitelli: There’s a groundswell of support for climate action leading up to the 2015 Paris talks
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Santa Barbara to spend $55 million on desalination plant as drought 'last resort'

Santa Barbara to spend $55 million on desalination plant as drought 'last resort' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Santa Barbara City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $55 million to reactivate a mothballed desalination plant that could provide the city with nearly a third of its drinking water.
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Offshore Wind Begins US Take-Off

Offshore Wind Begins US Take-Off | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Now that offshore wind has a foothold in the US, it will begin the same price drop that has made solar power a game changer in so much of the country. What a lot of renewable bashers did not get 7 ...
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Guest Post: The Oil Industry is Going Solar

Guest Post: The Oil Industry is Going Solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I'm honored today to run a guest post from Zachary Shahan, a guiding genius behind Cleantechnica, one of the web's most useful sites for following the renewable energy revolution. There's no way ar...
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More and bigger drilling-linked earthquakes rattle Oklahoma

Several earthquakes shook Oklahoma on Monday as the state experiences a sharp increase in the frequency of tremors linked to wastewater disposal from gas and oil drilling, including from fracking,
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Fires in U.S. West threaten thousands of structures

Fires in U.S. West threaten thousands of structures | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fires burning in drought-parched California on Tuesday menaced thousands of structures as firefighters struggled to corral the blazes there and elsewhere in the U.S. West, authorities said.The
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UVM study: Washington DC sinking into sea

UVM study: Washington DC sinking into sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UVM research: Falling land under Chesapeake Bay worsens problem of sea level rise
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It’s Not Climate Change — It’s Everything Change — Matter

It’s Not Climate Change — It’s Everything Change — Matter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil! Our secret god, fulfiller of our every desire. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. But it’s on everyone’s mi…
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John Cook Serves up "5 Signs of Climate Denial". Deniers Quickly Confirm each Point.

John Cook Serves up "5 Signs of Climate Denial". Deniers Quickly Confirm each Point. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
John Cook of the fabulously useful Skepticalscience blog, and the "97 percent of Scientists Support AGW" paper,  has now written a great piece for CNN, "The 5 Telltale Techniques of Climate Denial"...
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Planetary Medicine Needed to Deal with Global Warming

Planetary Medicine Needed to Deal with Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers call for the creation of a new field of medicine to deal with climate change impact
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The other reason for building greener workplaces | Corporate Knights

The other reason for building greener workplaces | Corporate Knights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Evidence is mounting that green buildings have a positive effect on health outcomes for occupants, but more research is needed.
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Soils need double the research spending say researchers

Soils need double the research spending say researchers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australian soil scientists are enthusiastic about agriculture's future, despite many pessimists.
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Interior allows Shell to drill in Arctic, with limits

Interior allows Shell to drill in Arctic, with limits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Interior Department gave Shell approval Wednesday for exploratory drilling at two sites in the Chukchi Sea, but Shell won’t be allowed to drill deep into oil-bearing zones and will face limits to avoid impacting walruses in the region.
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Plankton threatened by ocean acidification: Why that matters

Plankton threatened by ocean acidification: Why that matters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study shows that the balance of plankton species will dramatically change as our seawaters grow more acidic.
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