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Ignoring natural capital could see countries' credit ratings downgraded

Ignoring natural capital could see countries' credit ratings downgraded | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"A report by the UN Environment Programme's Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) says loss of soils, forests, and fisheries, as well as rising resource costs, are likely to become increasingly important to a nation's economic health – and may therefore affect its ability to repay or refinance sovereign debt."

 

This excellent report makes the link between the world's financial debt crisis and the global ecological debt crisis. The debate on austerity gets a completely different dimension if you look at this double challenge.


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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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Will Portland Always Be a Retirement Community for the Young?

Will Portland Always Be a Retirement Community for the Young? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As American cities compete for college-educated workers, Portland has a unique problem: It has way too many.
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Where oil prices are headed

Where oil prices are headed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It always seems prices at the pumps rise much faster when oil prices increase, but they move much slower when oil prices decline. I guess that’s big oil for you.
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INFOGRAPHIC: Visualizing the changing landscape in nuclear power

INFOGRAPHIC: Visualizing the changing landscape in nuclear power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In this visualization, every nuclear reactor in the world is shown and broken down by country and life of plant. This includes construction, commercial power generation, and decommissioning of the reactor.
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Billion dollar Ebola fight seen as US pledges 3,000 troops (Update)

Billion dollar Ebola fight seen as US pledges 3,000 troops (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly one billion dollars is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations said Tuesday, while Washington pledged 3,000 troops to try to 'turn the tide' of the epidemic.
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Dirty water raising health risk in flooded Kashmir

Dirty water raising health risk in flooded Kashmir | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The floodwaters are finally receding in much of Kashmir, but health experts worry a crisis could be looming with countless bloated livestock floating across the waterlogged region and hundreds of thousands of people living in temporary shelters.
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Spinal manipulation helps relieve back-related leg pain

Spinal manipulation helps relieve back-related leg pain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Adding spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) to home exercise and advice (HEA) may improve short-term outcomes in patients with subacute and chronic back-related leg pain (BRLP), according to research published in the Sept. 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Patients waiting too long to see doctor? Try 'just-in-time' management methods, researchers urge

Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a management process first popularized by Toyota in Japan can substantially reduce patient wait times and possibly improve the teaching of interns and residents.
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Facing a post-antibiotic world

Facing a post-antibiotic world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's official. Humanity is racing towards a post-antibiotic era, a time when today's life-saving drugs won't successfully treat common infectious diseases or even infections from minor injuries.
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Ebola outbreak 'out of all proportion' and severity cannot be predicated

Ebola outbreak 'out of all proportion' and severity cannot be predicated | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A mathematical model that replicates Ebola outbreaks can no longer be used to ascertain the eventual scale of the current epidemic, finds research conducted by the University of Warwick.
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Drought hits Brazil coffee harvest

Drought hits Brazil coffee harvest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coffee output in Brazil, the world's chief exporter, will slide this year after the worst drought in decades, agricultural agency Conab said Tuesday.
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Politics divide coastal residents' views of environment

Politics divide coastal residents' views of environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From the salmon-rich waters of Southeast Alaska to the white sand beaches of Florida's Gulf Coast to Downeast Maine's lobster, lumber and tourist towns, coastal residents around the U.S. share a common characteristic: their views about coastal environments divide along political lines. That's a primary ...
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Philippines orders evacuation near powerful volcano

Philippines orders evacuation near powerful volcano | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Philippines authorities on Tuesday ordered people living close to a powerful volcano to evacuate, warning a dangerous eruption may occur within weeks.
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Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs, Report Says

Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs, Report Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A global commission is challenging the widespread belief that efforts to reduce global warming would carry a steep price.
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Anger and confusion after worst disaster in Canadian mining history darkens B.C. town

Anger and confusion after worst disaster in Canadian mining history darkens B.C. town | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Since that cataclysmic event, the worst of its kind in Canadian mining history, a cloud has hung over little Likely, a village of perhaps 350 huddled at the top of Quesnel Lake, 600 kilometres north of Vancouver. There is anger here, and resentment. Divisions have formed and blame is assigned. But confusion reigns.

 

Some local residents and First Nations members claim their lake is now fatally toxic, that the water is peeling skin from fish and is even burning human flesh. Others say that’s just wild fear-mongering. The fact is, no one knows what the accident really means for their lake and their town, even four weeks later.

 

But everyone agrees that Quesnel Lake has just turned a weird shade of green.

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Why China's insatiable appetite for coal has likely peaked

Why China's insatiable appetite for coal has likely peaked | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent report from Greenpeace found that China's coal consumption declined in the first half of this year and new Chinese government data suggests that the country's coal imports have dropped. Estimates indicate that by the end of the year, China's coal imports could be 8 percent below 2013 levels.
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Ebola death toll climbs to 2,461 out of 4,985 cases: WHO

Ebola death toll climbs to 2,461 out of 4,985 cases: WHO | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected nearly 5,000 people in west Africa and killed around half of them, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
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100 million people saved from hunger over last decade: UN

The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by 100 million over the last 10 years but one in nine are still undernourished, with Asia home to the majority of the underfed, the UN said on Tuesday.
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Waistlines of US adults continue to increase

Waistlines of US adults continue to increase | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.
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A novel therapy for sepsis?

A novel therapy for sepsis? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A University of Tokyo research group has discovered that pentatraxin 3 (PTX3), a protein that helps the innate immune system target invaders such as bacteria and viruses, can reduce mortality of mice suffering from sepsis. This discovery may lead to a therapy for sepsis, a major cause of death in developed ...
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More cheese, please: News study shows dairy is good for your metabolic health

More cheese, please: News study shows dairy is good for your metabolic health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dairy is considered part of a healthy diet and dietary guidelines recommend the daily consumption of 2-4 portions of milk-based products such as milk, yogurt, cheese, cream and butter.
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Dental and nutrition experts call for radical rethink on free sugars intake

Dental and nutrition experts call for radical rethink on free sugars intake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sugars in the diet should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake to reduce the significant financial and social burdens of tooth decay, finds new research from UCL (University College London) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
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NASA image: Dry conditions and lightning strikes make for a long California fire season

NASA image: Dry conditions and lightning strikes make for a long California fire season | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fire season in California has been anything but cooperative this year. Hot conditions combined with a state-wide drought and dry lightning makes for unpleasant conditions and leads to an abundance of forest fires.
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NASA sees Tropical Storm Odile knocking at US Southwest

NASA sees Tropical Storm Odile knocking at US Southwest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tropical Storm Odile continues to drench western Mexico and has now entered into the U.S. Southwest. On September 15, NASA's Terra satellite saw Odile's northernmost edge crossing the Mexican border into southern California. NOAA's GOES-East satellite on September 16 showed Odile's outer bands were ...
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Passion for the natural world clears the waters

Passion for the natural world clears the waters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A toxic legacy has hung over the picturesque northern NSW coastal hamlet of Urunga for almost 40 years. Although now obscured by dense vegetation, the forest of dead melaleuca trees at the edge of a wetland stands as a sad sentinel to a time when environmental protection was in its infancy.
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Study on global carbon cycle may require reappraisal of climate events in Earth's history

Study on global carbon cycle may require reappraisal of climate events in Earth's history | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent study of the global carbon cycle offers a new perspective of Earth's climate records through time. Scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science suggest that one of the current methods for interpreting ancient changes in the concentration of ...
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