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Sustainable Technology: Our phones are depleting natural resources [INFOGRAPHIC]

Sustainable Technology: Our phones are depleting natural resources [INFOGRAPHIC] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This infographic takes a look at this troubling technology trend, which is depleting the planet's supply of Rare Earth Elements.

Apple sold a record 5 million iPhones the first weekend the phone was on the market. And unlike in the iPhone’s early days, the latest Apple smartphones are not primarily being purchased by first time owners.

But did you ever stop to think about what happens to all those iPhone 3, 3GS, 4 and 4Ss now deemed out of date? While there are many recycling programs available, most smartphones are not efficiently thrown out.

Apple’s iPhones is far from the only culprit —..


Via Lauren Moss, Digital Sustainability
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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

A thoughtfull read.

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Nepal quake was 'nightmare waiting to happen'

Nepal quake was 'nightmare waiting to happen' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Major earthquakes hit Nepal on 75-year cycle, but poverty, crowded populations and poor construction mean death tolls will only rise, warn experts
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California orders no water diversions despite legal rights

California orders no water diversions despite legal rights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions.
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Does the return of the mercenary mean a world with more war?

Does the return of the mercenary mean a world with more war? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Increasingly, America, Britain and even Australia are relying on ‘private security contractors’ to fight their wars. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry, but it’s also largely unregulated. Are we headed towards a world where armies and navies are available to the highest bidder? Antony Funnell investigates.
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Climate Study Points To Much Warmer Summers, Less Snow, For Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Climate Study Points To Much Warmer Summers, Less Snow, For Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, like Glacier National Park, will endure hotter summers, and less snowy winters, in the coming decades due to climate change, according to projections made by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization.

 

In a 55-page report issued Tuesday, Greater Yellowstone In Peril, The Threats of Climate Disruption, the climate organization, along with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, warned that impacts from these climatic changes will sweep across the landscape, impacting wildlife, forests, fisheries, and local economies.

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U.S. Takes Lead in Bid to Cope with Arctic Meltdown

U.S. Takes Lead in Bid to Cope with Arctic Meltdown | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Canada to take on challenges of a changing Arctic
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Landmark Deal Curbs Flaring Pollution

Landmark Deal Curbs Flaring Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Top oil-producing nations and companies pledge to eliminate the waste of natural gas that also exacerbates global warming
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Giant Waves Quickly Destroy Arctic Ocean Ice and Ecosystems

Giant Waves Quickly Destroy Arctic Ocean Ice and Ecosystems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The biggest waves seen in northern sea ice show how this vital cover can be crushed much faster than expected
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Bill Nye, the President's Climate Science Guy

Bill Nye, the President's Climate Science Guy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chris Mooney in the Washington Post: “Change the world!” is probably Nye’s trademark line — it was written in a 1992 “rules of the road” memo, he says, that he delivered to all incoming staff on th...
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Antofagasta's Los Pelambres mine is safe — Chile’s court | MINING.com

Antofagasta's Los Pelambres mine is safe — Chile’s court | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La Serena appeals court unanimously rejected a lawsuit presented by locals, which claimed the massive tailing dam had dried up a nearby stream and contaminated underground water.
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Month-long challenge to $1.4 billion Peru open-pit copper mining project claims first life

LIMA, Peru - Mourners carried a coffin holding a 61-year-old farmer through the streets of a southern Peru port city Thursday after the man became the first fatality of a monthlong protest against a Mexican-owned copper mining project.
Updated: 4/23/15 5:43 pm
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How Radioactive Is the Pacific, Really?

How Radioactive Is the Pacific, Really? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This month, an alarming report said Fukushima radiation had hit American shores. The truth is, it’s only in trace amounts. The real problem is that it’s nobody’s job to check ever again.
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Air pollution could increase risk of dementia

Air pollution could increase risk of dementia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research suggests that living in towns and cities can increase the risk of brain shrinkage and silent strokes, both of which are linked to dementia
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History lessons highlight climate threat to birds - Climate News Network

History lessons highlight climate threat to birds - Climate News Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
25 April, 2015 − Evidence from the Ice Ages helps show how vulnerable bird populations are to change driven by human-induced global warming.
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Nepal earthquake and Everest avalanche kill 2,500 people with 'violent' aftershock causing more chaos

Nepal earthquake and Everest avalanche kill 2,500 people with 'violent' aftershock causing more chaos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says some British nationals "almost certainly" caught up in Nepal's earthquake, but no reports yet of any Britons killed or injured - follow latest updates
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The downside of “Drill, baby, drill!”—degraded North American ecosystems

The downside of “Drill, baby, drill!”—degraded North American ecosystems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As wells go in, vegetation loss and water use skyrocket.
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North America’s Oil And Gas Industry Has Taken Over 7 Million Acres Of Land Since 2000

North America’s Oil And Gas Industry Has Taken Over 7 Million Acres Of Land Since 2000 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The chunks of land turned over to oil and gas development, if combined, would equal three Yellowstone National Parks.
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Cutting Down Trees May Save a Sprawling Forest

Cutting Down Trees May Save a Sprawling Forest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The nation's biggest forest thinning project moves ahead in Arizona
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Climate Change Is Coming for U.S. Energy Infrastructure

Climate Change Is Coming for U.S. Energy Infrastructure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From impacts on power lines to pipelines, global warming looms large in U.S. future
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, April 25, 9:18 PM

"We are in the midst of a rapid energy transformation," said Vice President Joe Biden, appearing in Philadelphia yesterday with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and White House science adviser John Holdren to present the report. "Our energy infrastructure has to change to keep up with it."

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State of Earth in 4 Climate Trends

State of Earth in 4 Climate Trends | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Earth Day, four climate trends reveal what's happening to our changing climate
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The Age of Wind and Solar Is Closer Than You Think

The Age of Wind and Solar Is Closer Than You Think | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Renewable energy, spurred by a crisis in climate, may usurp fossil fuels by mid-century
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Pope's Climate Activism has Heartland Climate Deniers Panicking

Pope's Climate Activism has Heartland Climate Deniers Panicking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In anticipation of the upcoming Papal encyclical (declaration) on climate change, the anti-science "think" tank Heartland Institute will be sending a delegation to the Vatican, they claim, to "educ...
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Weak monsoon may cause spike in air pollution levels this year

Weak monsoon may cause spike in air pollution levels this year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The weather office’s forecast of a weak monsoon this year could lead to a spike in air pollution in many Indian cities, including Delhi and its suburbs, for a second straight year, says a state weather analysis institute.
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Tokyo children's park closed over radiation

Tokyo children's park closed over radiation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Extremely high levels of radiation have been discovered in a playground in Tokyo, officials said Friday, fanning fears for the health of children in the area.
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Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling

Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So far, the quakes have been mostly small and have done little damage beyond cracking plaster, toppling bricks and rattling nerves.
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Can the Bullitt Center prove that it pays for buildings to go 'deep green'?

Can the Bullitt Center prove that it pays for buildings to go 'deep green'? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There’s no question they save water, energy, waste and emissions – but proving the greenest buildings also save money is tricky
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