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Climate Reports Forecast Dire Future, Even If Action Is Taken

Climate Reports Forecast Dire Future, Even If Action Is Taken | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the absence of aggressive government policies aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, a number of leading organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank and others, have begun issuing analyses that regard potentially dangerous...
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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, 8:26 PM

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Measuring Emissions from Oil and Gas Drilling

Measuring Emissions from Oil and Gas Drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Description: CIRES, NOAA study confirms leaks from oil and gas operations During two days of intensive airborne measurements, oil and gas operations in Colorado's Front Range leaked nearly three ti...
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Renewable Energy Prices Drop Dramatically (again)

Renewable Energy Prices Drop Dramatically (again) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I've been to several conferences in recent weeks tracking the rollout of renewable energy regionally and nationally. The interview above was recorded a few weeks ago in Traverse City, Michigan, and...
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California governor vetoes 'unnecessary' livestock antibiotics bill

California governor vetoes 'unnecessary' livestock antibiotics bill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Consumer and environmental groups cheer California governor Jerry Brown’s veto of antibiotics bill, calling it too weak
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Feds unveil cleanup plan for nuclear waste dump

Feds unveil cleanup plan for nuclear waste dump | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) â€" The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to cost more than $240 million. The timeline and cost details were included in a recovery plan developed by the department over several months with help from nuclear industry experts. Mark Whitney, acting assistant secretary for the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management, said officials estimate that 90 percent or more of the nuclear waste dump is free of radiological contamination. Watchdog Don Hancock said the plan fails to establish safety standards for the public and for workers as recovery continues. Getting the nuclear dump back on track has been a top priority for the department given that the plant is the government's only permanent repository for waste such as contaminated gloves, tools and clothing from decades of building nuclear bombs.
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Cement factories cast pall over village in northern Vietnam

Cement factories cast pall over village in northern Vietnam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thousands of people from Ha Nam Province have sought relief from the thick factory smoke and omnipresent cement dust that's plagued their community for years, but authorities have failed to act.
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Oil in the Amazon: Who stands to win and lose? | Al Jazeera America

Oil in the Amazon: Who stands to win and lose? | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In eastern Ecuador, unemployment is high despite the area’s oil boom, which could endanger rain forest biodiversity
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Farmers Stung Twice by Grupo Mexico Spill Fouling Waters

Farmers Stung Twice by Grupo Mexico Spill Fouling Waters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Marco Antonio Corrales has given up on the peanut and alfalfa crops he was growing this season along the banks of the Sonora River in northern Mexico.

 

That’s because the waterway, polluted by a copper sulfate solution that spilled from Grupo Mexico SAB (GMEXICOB)’s Buenavista del Cobre mine last month, then overflowed after Hurricane Odile soaked the region, flooding Corrales’s fields.

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Opinion: We must hear – and heed – the nightingale's warning — Environmental Health News

Opinion: We must hear – and heed – the nightingale's warning — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Many birders enjoy playing an imaginary game with one another: “Blindfold me and place me anywhere in the world – I bet I can identify where I am, as long as you let me hear the birds.” This phenomenon exists because most birds are finely tuned to a narrow place on Earth. Every species has developed traits that permit it to cope with the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities of habitat in every biome, whether it’s the windswept Arctic tundra, the Antarctic ice sheets, the fog-shrouded mountaintops or the world’s driest scrubs. From giant ostriches to tiny bee hummingbirds, their ability to populate land and sea the world over is a testament to nearly 200 million years of evolutionary adaptation since diverging from the dinosaurs.

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Death Toll From Mount Ontake Eruption Climbs To 47

Death Toll From Mount Ontake Eruption Climbs To 47 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The death toll from Saturday's eruption on Mount Ontake in central Japan rose to 47, Nagano police said in a statement. While ash and gases were spewing from the crater, searchers wearing surgical masks and helmets carried devices to measure the toxicity of the gases to make sure it was safe to be on the slopes filled with volcanic debris.

 

It was the worst fatal eruption in postwar history, exceeding the 43 killed in the 1991 eruption of Mount Unzen in southern Japan.

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We have some bad news for you about avocados

We have some bad news for you about avocados | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You know how almond trees use a ton of water smack dab in the middle of a drought? Well…
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Do Americans Appreciate Climate Change Risks?

Do Americans Appreciate Climate Change Risks? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Government officials see slow, hard work to engage U.S. public on sea-level rise
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Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States | World Resources Institute

Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Please join us for a presentation and networking opportunity on Friday, October 10 in Washington, D.C. for the release of Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States.

Building on the recently-released New Climate Economy report, this new analysis provides evidence and real-world examples demonstrating how the United States is already seizing economic returns while reducing its greenhouse gas emissions -- and outlines what can be done to further hasten these positive trends.
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Survival Basics: Starting a Fire - Backdoor Survival

Survival Basics: Starting a Fire - Backdoor Survival | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It has been awhile since I have written about living a strategic life.  For those of you new to Backdoor Survival, living a strategic life is something tha
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August 2014: Greenland is the New Black

August 2014: Greenland is the New Black | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jason Box returned to Greenland for a few days late in August, and was able to shoot the video above. Newest observations show the lowest reflectivity on record for Greenland's Upper elevations. An...
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Transforming the Age of Extinction

Transforming the Age of Extinction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Guardian: The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them fo...
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Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway

Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bring in roughly 40 percent of the goods shipped to the United States. Once there, the first leg of their journey to warehouses and stores and cities across the country is a 20-mile stretch of roadway between the ports and downtown L.A. known as the Alameda Corridor, used almost exclusively by large trucks hauling goods between the ports and various freight rail links. The corridor's high concentration of diesel-truck traffic has created a similarly high concentration of pollution in the surrounding areas, causing health and air-quality concerns for nearby residents and the region as a whole.

 

But a new road design project dubbed the e-highway is aiming to reduce and maybe even eliminate the pollution problems caused by all this truck traffic. 

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Country’s ‘strictest’ air pollution laws introduced in city tomorrow

Country’s ‘strictest’ air pollution laws introduced in city tomorrow | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI tomorrow introduces “China’s strictest air protection law,” with maximum fines of 500,000 yuan (US$81,244) — five times the current level. And this fine itself will be hiked on a daily basis
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35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska

35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The enormous gathering was spotted during NOAA's annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey, spokeswoman Julie Speegle said by email. The gathering of walrus on shore is a phenomenon that has accompanied the loss of summer sea ice as the climate has warmed. Females give birth on sea ice and use ice as a diving platform to reach snails, clams and worms on the shallow continental shelf. In recent years, sea ice has receded north beyond shallow continental shelf waters and into Arctic Ocean water, where depths exceed 2 miles and walrus cannot dive to the bottom.
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Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat

Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP) â€" Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday. Concerns about the impact of pot farming were raised by the NOAA Fisheries Service in its final recovery plan for coho salmon in the region. Other threats from the unregulated industry include clear-cutting forests to create pot plantations, building roads that send sediment into salmon streams, and spreading fertilizer and pesticides that poison the water. The spotlight on marijuana stemmed from a California Department of Fish and Wildlife study that estimated pot growers suck millions of gallons of water from salmon streams.
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China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops

China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major
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Data Highlights - 49: Plastic Bag Bans or Fees Cover 49 Million Americans | EPI

Data Highlights - 49: Plastic Bag Bans or Fees Cover 49 Million Americans | EPI | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Images of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Images of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A wave of pro-democracy protests has engulfed Hong Kong, swelling at times to tens of thousands, and raising tensions with mainland China.
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Budget cuts "eroded our ability to respond to Ebola, says top health official

Budget cuts "eroded our ability to respond to Ebola, says top health official | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Health agencies say they didn't have the funds to step in when the epidemic crippled West African nations.
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Fed up with Federal inaction, States act alone on cap-and-trade

Fed up with Federal inaction, States act alone on cap-and-trade | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unsatisfied with the pace at which the federal government is acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, several U.S. states and a few Canadian provinces are forging ahead with their own initiatives.
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China’s “New Long March” through the UN Climate Summit: Context and Opportunities | World Resources Institute

China’s “New Long March” through the UN Climate Summit: Context and Opportunities | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Long March was a watershed moment in Chinese history—the moment Mao Zedong’s nascent Communist Party escaped disaster in 1934 en route to forming a new nation. Fast forward 80 years, and China is poised to embark on a new Long March – but this time away from climate change and environmental damage toward a sustainable future.
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