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Water tensions overflow in ex-Soviet Central Asia

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan (AFP) Nov 20, 2012 - The ex-Soviet states of Central Asia are engaged in an increasingly bitter standoff over water resources, adding another element of instability to the volatile region neighbouring Afghanistan.
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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

A thoughtfull read.

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Deep-sea mining pioneer now hunts for resources in space

Deep-sea mining pioneer now hunts for resources in space | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Julian Malnic, the founder of world's first deep-sea miner Nautilus Minerals has joined the board of Deep Space Industries.
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If eggnog has eggs in it, why is it safe to drink?

If eggnog has eggs in it, why is it safe to drink? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eggnog is a holiday treat, but it contains – surprise! – eggs. So how come it's okay for us to drink it? Here are a few questions and answers about eggnog and food safety.
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Climate study predicts a significant increase of lightning during 21st century

Climate study predicts a significant increase of lightning during 21st century | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study published in Science predicts a 50 percent increase in lightning strikes across the United States during this century as a result of warming temperatures associated with climate change.
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California needs 11 trillion gallons of water: NASA

California needs 11 trillion gallons of water: NASA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from its three-year drought, the US space agency said Tuesday after studying water resources by using satellite data.
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Volcanic eruption in Cape Verde destroys two villages

Volcanic eruption in Cape Verde destroys two villages | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The biggest eruption of Cape Verde volcano Pico do Fogo in decades has destroyed two villages and threatens a forest reserve Tuesday, officials said.
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In Mexico's fields, children toil to harvest crops that make it to American tables

In Mexico's fields, children toil to harvest crops that make it to American tables | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An estimated 100,000 workers in the country's agriculture industry are under 14. Alejandrina, 12, wanted to be a teacher. But she hasn't been to school for years while traveling with her family to pick crops.
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Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, December 17, 11:36 AM

It’s crazy to see how desperate some of these people are to get working and how much they do for such a little reward. These people are working longer and harder than probably all Americans and they are barely surviving. They work for survival. It’s hard for some of these people to stay healthy, especially in the harsh conditions and tight living spaces that these people have to deal with on an everyday basis. 

David Collet's curator insight, December 17, 8:10 PM

A sad comment on the state of affairs throughout the world.

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The Global Energy Security War

The Global Energy Security War | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Following recent global geopolitical developments, energy security has topped the agendas of the world’s major energy producers, especially the US, EU and Russia
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Is It Bad Enough Yet?

Is It Bad Enough Yet? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Flourishing billionaires, racial divides. Finally, people seem fed up.

 

This in part explains why we’re seeing spontaneous protests nationwide, protests that, in their scale, racial diversity, anger and largely nonviolent nature, are unusual if not unique. I was in four cities recently — New York, Washington, Berkeley and Oakland — and there were actions every night in each of them. Meanwhile, workerswalked off the job in 190 cities on Dec. 4.

 

The root of the anger is inequality, about which statistics are mind-boggling: From 2009 to 2012 (that’s the most recent data), some 95 percent of new income has gone to the top 1 percent; the Walton family (owners of Walmart) have as much wealth as the bottom 42 percent of the country’s people combined; and “income mobility” now describes how the rich get richer while the poor ... actually get poorer.

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David Collet's curator insight, December 17, 8:14 PM

I hope so. Everywhere. Get angry. Get really angry. Then say a little prayer. And go out and do somehthing.

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Feds leave $321-million unspent for green programs, overspend on oil and gas research, ads

Feds leave $321-million unspent for green programs, overspend on oil and gas research, ads | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The federal government failed to spend a total of $321-million Parliament approved for “environmentally responsible” programs last year—nearly one-third of the money that
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The Texas Energy Revolt

The Texas Energy Revolt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cathy McMullen taps the brakes of her white Toyota Prius after driving through a neighborhood of mostly one-story homes in Denton, Tex., about an hour northwest of Dallas. “There,” she says, nodding towards a limestone wall shielding from view a pad of gas wells. McMullen, a 56-year-old ­­­­home health nurse, cruised past...
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South Korea cancer victims bring class action against nuclear operator

SEOUL (Reuters) - A group of South Korean thyroid cancer patients living near nuclear plants have filed the country's first class action suit against the operator, after an October court ruling in favor
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INFOGRAPHIC: How to ensure your diamond is conflict free

INFOGRAPHIC: How to ensure your diamond is conflict free | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jeff Gear, the owner of Gear Jewellers Dublin, submitted this infographic that explores the realities of the blood diamond industry.
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Overgrowth | George Monbiot

Overgrowth | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What can you say about a society whose food production must be hidden from public view? In which the factory farms and slaughterhouses supplying much of our diet must be guarded like arsenals to prevent us from seeing what happens there?

 

We conspire in this concealment: we don’t want to know. We deceive ourselves so effectively that much of the time we scarcely notice that we are eating animals, even during what were once rare feasts, such as Christmas, which are now barely distinguished from the rest of the year.

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Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy

Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boeing said Tuesday it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes.
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Increase in CO2 has not stimulated growth of tropical trees

Increase in CO2 has not stimulated growth of tropical trees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since the start of the industrial revolution in 1850, atmospheric CO2 levels have increased by about 40%. However, contrary to expectations, the growth of tropical trees has not increased as a result. The prediction that tropical forests would help to slow down climate change therefore appears to be ...
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Rain could spell trouble for Calif. water conservation

Rain could spell trouble for Calif. water conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in years.
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Hawaii lava on course to hit gas station, stores

Hawaii lava on course to hit gas station, stores | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station and a supermarket in seven to 10 days, officials said Monday.
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The largest vessel the world has ever seen

The largest vessel the world has ever seen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climbing onto the largest vessel the world has ever seen brings you into a realm where everything is on a bewilderingly vast scale and ambition knows no bounds.

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Dodd-Frank Budget Fight Proves Democrats Are a Bunch of Stuffed Suits

Dodd-Frank Budget Fight Proves Democrats Are a Bunch of Stuffed Suits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The dominant media narrative has been that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is trying to hold up the passage of the budget over a trifle.
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EPA: Critics shocked -- shocked -- when special interests sway regs -- Monday, December 15, 2014 -- www.eenews.net

EPA: Critics shocked -- shocked -- when special interests sway regs -- Monday, December 15, 2014 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Obama's critics have seized on recent reports about environmentalists swaying EPA's climate plans as proof that the administration has improperly schemed with greens to set environmental policy. But the practice of borrowing outsiders' policies -- and the scathing rhetoric that is unleashed when it's uncovered by opposition -- are nothing new. "Thus has it ever been," said Scott Segal, an industry lobbyist at Bracewell & Giuliani.
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Children 'clean' oil spill with kitchen utensils in the Sundarbans

Children 'clean' oil spill with kitchen utensils in the Sundarbans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On December 9th, a tanker slammed into another vessel along the Shela River in the world's largest mangrove forest: the Sundarbans in Bangladesh. The tanker sank, spilling an estimated 75,000 gallons (350,000 liters) of fuel oil into waterways that are a part of a reserve for threatened Ganges river dolphins and Irrawaddy dolphins.
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Gas might be greener

Gas might be greener | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they’re helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.
Ethanol isn’t so green, either.
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Road salt leading to rising chloride in streams, study finds

Road salt leading to rising chloride in streams, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Road salt is a big help to roads and sidewalks in the winter, but it wreaks havoc in many streams in the northern United States, including Milwaukee.
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