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Why it Matters that Political Leaders Understand Science

Why it Matters that Political Leaders Understand Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Disturbing revelation the other day – one that I am glad has been getting a lot of exposure – GOP future hope Marco Rubio answered a science based question with a disturbingly familiar ...
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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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Quality of US diet shows modest improvement, but overall remains poor

Quality of US diet shows modest improvement, but overall remains poor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dietary quality in the U.S. has improved steadily in recent years—spurred in large part by reduced trans fat intake—but overall dietary quality remains poor and disparities continue to widen among socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health ...
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Training your brain to prefer healthy foods

Training your brain to prefer healthy foods | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital. Published online ...
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Wage gap grows between support staff at tech campuses and high-tech employees

Wage gap grows between support staff at tech campuses and high-tech employees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Amid the affluence of Silicon Valley's highly paid technology employees, an 'invisible workforce' of low-paid support staff at the region's tech companies has emerged, making one-fifth the wages of the digital workers, according to a report released Tuesday.
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Cloud forests struggle to keep pace with climate change

Cloud forests struggle to keep pace with climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The cloud forests of the Andes Mountains are not migrating fast enough in the face of global warming, according to FIU researchers.
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Sierra Nevada freshwater runoff could drop 26 percent by 2100

Sierra Nevada freshwater runoff could drop 26 percent by 2100 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Freshwater runoff from the Sierra Nevada may decrease by as much as one-quarter by 2100 due to climate warming on the high slopes, according to scientists at UC Irvine and UC Merced.
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The Fall of Man's Logic

The Fall of Man's Logic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The world will continue to need oil long after the last internal combustion engine has been retired to the automobile collections of the rich.  Many of the products we use today require oil for their production or composition, such as plastics.  The world will not wake up one day and no longer require oil, nor could it.  Simply put, the world economy must slowly transition away from oil – if it can and where it can.

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Leadership and Calm Are Urged in Ebola Outbreak

Leadership and Calm Are Urged in Ebola Outbreak | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leadership and help from Western nations are needed to eradicate the virus in West Africa, according to some of the top experts in disease eradication.
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Bacteria offers bowel cancer clue - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Bacteria offers bowel cancer clue - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bacteria in the gut could hold the key to a new way of tackling bowel cancer, research suggests.
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Dumpster dining: Environmentalist raises awareness about food waste

Dumpster dining: Environmentalist raises awareness about food waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rob Greenfield takes the edible food he finds in each city, then displays it in one spot to show how much of it there is. Metro Detroit is his latest stop on a two month campaign.
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Cowichan’s peaceful waters hide a growing threat

Cowichan’s peaceful waters hide a growing threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If there’s no significant rainfall in six weeks, the Cowichan River and those who depend on it will be in deep trouble. Salmon waiting at the Cowichan Bay estuary will have to be captured and . . .
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Asbestos: the killer that still surrounds us

Asbestos: the killer that still surrounds us | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Asbestos is embedded in our homes, schools & shops - and it’s killing more people in Britain than anywhere else
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Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water

Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Farmers have long believed that landowners controlled groundwater, but the state legislature passed new controls that establish a framework for managing water withdrawals through local agencies.
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Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.
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Fruit consumption cuts CVD risk by up to 40 percent

Fruit consumption cuts CVD risk by up to 40 percent | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Daily fruit consumption cuts the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by up to 40%, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Huaidong Du from Oxford, UK. The findings from the seven year follow-up study of nearly 0.5 million people in the China Kadoorie Biobank found that the more ...
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19 new dengue cases in Japan, linked to Tokyo park

19 new dengue cases in Japan, linked to Tokyo park | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Japan is urging local authorities to be on the lookout for further outbreaks of dengue fever, after confirming another 19 cases that were contracted at a popular local park in downtown Tokyo.
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On the way to a safe and secure smart home

On the way to a safe and secure smart home | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A growing number of household operations can be managed via the Internet. Today's 'Smart Home' promises efficient building management. But often the systems are not secure and can only be retrofitted at great expense. Scientists are working on a software product that defends against hacker attacks before ...
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A multi-model geoengineering assessment looks at potential climate effects

A multi-model geoengineering assessment looks at potential climate effects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate geoengineering uses technology to temporarily reduce the effects of climate change by reflecting a small portion of sunlight back to space. As recently reported in Environmental Research Letters, an international team of scientists led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers used ...
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Coal trains kill Cold Trains: Fruit delivery service shuts down as rail congestion heats up

Congestion from coal and oil trains seems to be the key factor forcing closure of a prominent express rail service that carries Washington fruit and produce to East Coast markets.

 

Cold Train on Thursday announced it is shutting down its express service from Quincy, Wash. because restrictions in the BNSF Railway schedule changed delivery guarantees from three days to six days.

 

“BNSF’s business decision to direct its resources away from Cold Train resulted in millions of dollars in operating losses and millions of dollars in capital investment losses, both of which are simply unsustainable,” said a Cold Train release.

 

The release connected the closure directly to coal and oil shipments by BNSF Rail.

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Atlantic City facing unprecedented economic collapse

Atlantic City facing unprecedented economic collapse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Atlantic City region is on the brink of a short-term economic disaster. Atlantic City made history 36 years ago when it opened the first legal casinos in the United States outside Las Vegas. Now...
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Puget Sound's endangered killer whales continue decline

Puget Sound's endangered killer whales continue decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Number of whales drops to 78, a figure not seen since 1985, with two deaths this year and no new calves since 2012
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Thailand heading for a waste crisis

Thailand heading for a waste crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A blaze at a rubbish dump home to six million tons of putrefying trash and toxic effluent has kindled fears that poor planning and lax enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste crisis.
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California drought: Why doesn't California build big dams any more?

California drought: Why doesn't California build big dams any more? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tougher environmental laws and spending rules ended the era of big dams. Might it be making a comeback amid the drought?
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Food security faces growing pest advance

Food security faces growing pest advance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warmer temperatures and globalisation are helping many pests which attack some of the world's staple foods to extend their range with possibly devastating impacts, scientists say.
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Large ‘dead zone’ signals more problems for Chesapeake Bay

Large ‘dead zone’ signals more problems for Chesapeake Bay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists are observing large oxygen-depleted zones in East Coast waterways as pollution curbs falter.
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Colorado researchers probe Parkinson's disease causes, treatments

Colorado researchers probe Parkinson's disease causes, treatments | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Evidence is growing that farmers and others who live or work around pesticides are at greater risk for neurogenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease. A new examination of the incidence of Parkinson's disease in Colorado shows a strong correlation between levels of a common pesticide, atrazine, in groundwater and the number of Parkinson's cases here.

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