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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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Cli Fi Gets Under Denier's Skin

Cli Fi Gets Under Denier's Skin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since "Frankenstein", a consistent theme in speculative fiction has been the technological leap that turns on mankind. Since the advent of the nuclear age, that theme is not only credible, but obvi...
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Residents of Beijing Community Renew Protest against Waste Incineration Plant

Residents of Beijing Community Renew Protest against Waste Incineration Plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Locals voiced their opposition to a facility in Asuwei area back in 2009, and news that building plans were moving forward spurred them to demonstrate again
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Malawi forests shrink as power deficit fuels charcoal business

LILONGWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Impoverished villagers are hacking down Malawi's forests to make charcoal, undeterred by government efforts to confiscate the dirty fuel as a power deficit stokes
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Oil company bosses' bonuses linked to $1tn spending on extracting fossil fuels

Oil company bosses' bonuses linked to $1tn spending on extracting fossil fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Total and BP pour funding into projects to unlock oil reserves – despite scientists warning they will lead to climate change disaster
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UN head calls for global climate change action - The Local

UN head calls for global climate change action - The Local | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Monday called for global action this year to limit climate change as international weather experts began a quadrennial congress in Geneva.
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duplicate: Vast reserves of shale oil estimated in Northwest Territories

duplicate: Vast reserves of shale oil estimated in Northwest Territories | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first official estimate of how much oil may lie beneath the central Northwest Territories says there could be nearly 200 billion barrels of the resource in two separate fields.
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Saving coffee from extinction - BBC News

Saving coffee from extinction - BBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two billion cups of coffee are drunk around the world every day but scientists says the most popular species, Arabica, is under threat - they are now working to save it from extinction.
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Scientists work to help Oklahoma's wheat industry adapt to climate change

Scientists work to help Oklahoma's wheat industry adapt to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oklahoma researchers are developing strains of wheat that would be better able to cope with climate conditions that scientists predict the state could see by mid-century.
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BMW, Nissan to expand green cars plug-in network in South Africa

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid for electric and hybrid cars to expand sales of vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market.The
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Hay fever misery to increase with global warming as ragweed spreads

Hay fever misery to increase with global warming as ragweed spreads | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Laboratory of the Sciences of Climate and the Environment in Gif sur Yvette, France, say pollen levels could rise by up to 12 times current levels in some areas by 2050.
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Severe Storms, Flooding to Continue in Texas and Oklahoma Into Tuesday Night

Severe Storms, Flooding to Continue in Texas and Oklahoma Into Tuesday Night | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yet another round of storms is forecast fire up across parts of Texas and the southern Plains into Tuesday night with the risk of severe weather, including flash flooding.
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As Earth Warms, Hell Freezes Over. Oil Sands Bigwig Declares "Climate Change is Real"

As Earth Warms, Hell Freezes Over. Oil Sands Bigwig Declares "Climate Change is Real" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Audio above from News Talk 770, Calgary, Alberta. If the Oil barons are worried, should you be worried, too? Suncor is a huge player in the development of the planet killing Alberta Tar Sands proje...
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Yes, We Can Keep Warming to 2 Degrees

Yes, We Can Keep Warming to 2 Degrees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Worthwhile discussion has been going on over the last week, following some widely disseminated opinion pieces on the feasibility  of climate change mitigation. Joe Romm summarizes. Joe Romm at Clim...
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Food & Drug Administration Seeks Data About Antibiotics Given To Cows, Pigs, And Poultry

Food & Drug Administration Seeks Data About Antibiotics Given To Cows, Pigs, And Poultry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

FDA wants to get a better handle on the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals to help ensure that medically important antibiotics are used judiciously. Under a rule proposed last week, animal-drug makers would be required to provide FDA with sales and distribution data, by species, for all antimicrobial drugs sold for use in major food-producing animals.

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Uprooted: The destruction of Istanbul’s ancient urban gardens.

Uprooted:  The destruction of Istanbul’s ancient urban gardens. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The oldest of Istanbul’s historic urban vegetable gardens, called bostans, are believed to have grown along the Theodosian wall for over a millennium. But, over the past several decades, more than half have been destroyed to make way for new development projects.

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Summary: This article outlines the industrialization of Istanbul, including the modern view of gentrification, which some Istanbul residents view as the tear-down of their culture and nation as a whole. The improved farming techniques and strategically relocated markets are seen as "modernization", but at what cost?

 

Insight: This relates to unit 6 in that it shows patterns and impacts of industrialization and development in Istanbul, and how the world today has shifted expectations of countries, sending them into a more industrial lifestyle. Whether this is a good or bad thing could be speculated and debated, but the loss of cultural aspects in exchange for increased profits doesn't seem like a fair trade-off to me. 

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– Maine retailers phasing out some pesticides over concerns about honeybee health

– Maine retailers phasing out some pesticides over concerns about honeybee health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

More Maine retailers have begun phasing out use of a class of pesticides that research shows harm honeybees, but consumers may still be confused about what stores have done to get rid of them.

 

Neonicotinoids have come under closer scrutiny because of their effect on bees, which are vital to plant pollination, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency still hasn’t taken a firm stance on banning production. Retailers, in part because of public pressure, are trying to address the problem pesticides themselves, but there is no uniform policy. Some stores have pulled products with neonicotinoids from shelves, some have begun labeling them and some have done nothing, creating confusion among consumers about which plants to purchase.

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World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high | Top News | Reuters

World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high | Top News | Reuters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - If your country were responsible for only 0.05 percent of the world's climate-changing emissions, you might not think it worth making a plan to curb that pollution
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Energy East pipeline would threaten Manitoba's drinking water: report

Energy East pipeline would threaten Manitoba's drinking water: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report says a pipeline that would carry one million barrels of oil daily from Alberta to the East Coast would threaten the drinking water of more than 60 per cent of Manitoba residents.
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Asean's quest for power: At what price?

SINGAPORE - To most of its South-east Asian neighbours, Singapore's electricity grid is the stuff of dreams. Reliable power to every home and abundant supply to industries that keep the economy growing and provide plenty of jobs. Blackouts on any scale are almost unheard of.
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More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this
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China warned over 'insane' plans for new nuclear power plants

China warned over 'insane' plans for new nuclear power plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
He Zuoxiu, a leading Chinese scientist, says the country is not investing enough in safety controls after lifting of post-Fukushima disaster reactor ban
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Experts tie hurricane changes to climate change

Experts tie hurricane changes to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change may be triggering an evolution in hurricanes, with some researchers predicting the violent storms could move farther north, out of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, where they have threatened coastlines for centuries.
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Has the Last Human Trekked to the North Pole?

Has the Last Human Trekked to the North Pole? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thinning Arctic ice and lack of air support force an end to expeditions this year—and maybe forever.
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Death toll rises to at least 10 in Texas, Oklahoma floods; thousands displaced

Death toll rises to at least 10 in Texas, Oklahoma floods; thousands displaced | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Severe storms pummeled central and southeast Texas late Monday and early Tuesday, the latest devastation from a weekend storm system that spawned tornadoes and widespread flooding in major cities, killed at least 10 people in the state and Oklahoma and displaced thousands of residents.
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Harper's attack on scientists

Harper's attack on scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand the Harper government's muzzling of scientists is both an assault on democracy and on the pursuit of pure knowledge.
It's behaviour typical of a government so desperate to control the message it threatened to fire a marine biologist who did an interview on sharks without first getting the required political approval.
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