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Water tensions overflow in ex-Soviet Central Asia

Water tensions overflow in ex-Soviet Central Asia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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

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Mount Polley tailings spill effects could last for decades

Mount Polley tailings spill effects could last for decades | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
No matter how hard Imperial Metals works to clean up the Mount Polley disaster, B.C. salmon will be exposed to pollutants
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Scott calls for scrutiny of Big Sugar development plan

Scott calls for scrutiny of Big Sugar development plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday called for state regulators to pay “special attention” to potential effects on the Everglades that could come from sugar industry development plans for farmland south of Lake Okeechobee .
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Obama delays key power plant rule of signature climate change plan

Obama delays key power plant rule of signature climate change plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A week before major UN talks on climate change, EPA extends comment period for rule to cut carbon pollution from plants
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The obstacle to treating China's contaminated soil is finding someone to pay

The obstacle to treating China's contaminated soil is finding someone to pay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - Nearly four years after a massive state-run steel mill on the outskirts of Beijing was closed to help cut smog in the Chinese capital, little has been done to clean up the contaminated
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Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise

Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LONDON, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 22 million people were forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters last year and the numbers uprooted could increase as urban populations grow,
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Mine spill devastates Mexican farmers

Mine spill devastates Mexican farmers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"There are no buyers," said Adrian Villa Acuna, the ranch owner, hiding his frown underneath a white hat. "No one wants milk from the Sonora River."


Growers, cattle ranchers and dairy farmers such as Acuna are bearing the brunt of a man-made ecological disaster after 40,000 cubic metres of acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals spilled into the river  from a mine on August 6.


Grupo Mexico, the massive mining conglomerate which owns the Buenavista del Cobre mine in northern Sonora, initially said it was due to heavy rains but later recognised it was due to a structural failure in a containment pond.


Mexican Environmental Minister Juan José Guerra Abud called it " the worst natural disaster provoked by the mining industry in the modern history of Mexico ". 

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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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#MintCasts: 22 yr. Old Mayoral Candidate Demolishes Two Party System

#MintCasts: 22 yr. Old Mayoral Candidate Demolishes Two Party System | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With his acute honesty and refreshing take on the American electoral process, Alex Fidel may represent the future of politics in America.
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Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s like Florida’s version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region’s economy.
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U.S. Moves to Reduce Global Warming Emissions

U.S. Moves to Reduce Global Warming Emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is moving to cut emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
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China Bans Use of Coal With High Ash or Sulfur to Fight Smog

China will ban sales and imports of coal with high ash or sulfur in a move to promote cleaner types of the fuel and improve the nation’s air quality.
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Researchers seek to solve puzzle of swallow decline

Researchers seek to solve puzzle of swallow decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WOLFVILLE — “O tell her, Swallow, that thy brood is flown.”
Those words by Alfred Lord Tennyson may be more apt now than when the British Victorian poet wrote them.
Swallows, along with other birds that feed primarily on flying insects, are experiencing the greatest population decline of any group of birds in North America.
The province was forced to add barn swallows to its list of protected species last year, after the birds experienced a drop of 60 to 98 per cent in numbers in recent years.
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Green Latinos: Will environmental worries dispel idea of one-issue voters? | Al Jazeera America

Green Latinos: Will environmental worries dispel idea of one-issue voters? | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In some key races, Hispanics who care about climate, air quality could provide key support for candidates
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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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