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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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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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The danger of climate denial

The danger of climate denial | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's Memorial Day, and the forecast is for renewed mocking and derision regarding man-made climate change from the know-nothing, science-averse wing of the Republican Party. President Barack Obama's warning — issued during his commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremonies Wednesday — that climate change represents a national security threat seems certain to provoke that kind of stormy reaction.
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Jeb Bush finds new ways to be inaccurate about global warming in 2016 race

Jeb Bush finds new ways to be inaccurate about global warming in 2016 race | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jeb Bush joined the ranks of Republican presidential candidates who disagree with mainstream climate science findings.
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Saudi oil minister: 'Fossil fuels doomed, we're switching to solar'

 Saudi Arabia's oil minister has said the country will switch its energy focus to solar power as the nation envisages an end to fossil fuels, possibly around 2040-2050, Reuters reports.

"In Saudi Arabia, we recognise that eventually, one of these days, we are not going to need fossil fuels, I don't know when, in 2040, 2050... so we have embarked on a program to develop solar energy," Ali Al-Naimi told a business and climate conference in Paris, the news service reports.

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US lawmakers advance controversial science-policy bill

US lawmakers advance controversial science-policy bill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Republicans in the House of Representatives seek to reshape research agenda.
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Oil industry pushing for carbon tax in Alberta

Oil industry pushing for carbon tax in Alberta | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alberta's largest oil and gas company wants Alberta to step up its environmental policy and introduce a carbon tax
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Fossil-Fuel Divestment Gains Momentum With Axa Selling Coal

Fossil-Fuel Divestment Gains Momentum With Axa Selling Coal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

France’s largest insurer will scrap holdings in coal companies because of concerns about climate change, broadening support for the fossil-fuel divestment movement to a major mainstream investor.

 

Axa SA Chief Executive Officer Henri de Castries said he’s working to sell 500 million euros ($559 million) of coal assets and triple “green investments” to 3 billion euros by 2020. He joined investors in Paris saying companies must act to contain global warming.

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Japan Pledges Climate Change Aid to Pacific Island Nations

TOKYO (AP): Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea level...
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Findings cast doubt on plant benefits from rising CO2 — The Daily Climate

Findings cast doubt on plant benefits from rising CO2 — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Increasing aridity - driven in part by rising temps - makes Yellowstone grasslands less productive despite carbon dioxide's fertilizing benefits.
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Flooding Hits Oklahoma and Texas, With More Bad Weather on the Way

Flooding Hits Oklahoma and Texas, With More Bad Weather on the Way | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Flash floods forced more than 1,000 evacuations and numerous rescues across Oklahoma and Texas, as officials warned a "historic" deluge was still t...
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Shell chief insists Seattle is best offseason home for drilling rig

Shell chief insists Seattle is best offseason home for drilling rig | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shell’s Ann Pickard says an offshore oil find in the remote Chukchi Sea could eventually yield 1 million barrels of oil daily, and she insists the company has learned from its messy Arctic exploration effort in 2012.
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Millions of Barrels of Oil Are About to Vanish

Millions of Barrels of Oil Are About to Vanish | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Millions of barrels of untapped oil that U.S. shale drillers discovered during the boom years are about to disappear from their inventories.

 

Six years ago, the industry pushed the Securities and Exchange Commission to make it easier for companies to claim proved reserves for wells that wouldn’t be drilled for years. Some prospects considered sure-things when crude was $95 a barrel are money losers at today’s $60. When crude crashed in 2008, 44 U.S. companies wiped 630 million barrels from their books.

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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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Stormwater can’t go to waste in drought

Stormwater can’t go to waste in drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If the city of Sacramento is going to jack up customer rates to fund a major upgrade to its storm drainage system, officials have to think big. They have to think of the drought.
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Anti-city legislation inconsistent with Texas history

Anti-city legislation inconsistent with Texas history | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Texas has long touted “local control” as a defense in the courts and public policy debates, and as an offense in actions against the federal government. Texas defended its antiquated and unfair school finance system in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 by arguing that the school finance system was necessary to meet the paramount public policy of local control of school districts, and Texas continues to use that argument in state courts today. [...] that local governments have passed ordinances to protect their communities from payday lenders, fracking, plastic bags, water pollution, destruction of trees, low wages, ride-hailing and overzealous enforcement of immigration law, legislators have filed a slew of bills to take the power from local government and put it back into the hands of state leaders and the Legislature. The people of Austin tried to protect their springs and pristine water from development, and the state took that authority away from the city and handed it to developers. 

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Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort

Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Georgia Legislature has a message for voters: don't ask us about our meetings with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors.
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Crop gene banks are preserving the future of agriculture. But who’s preserving them?

Crop gene banks are preserving the future of agriculture. But who’s preserving them? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As climate change makes crop diversity even more important, gene banks struggle to stay afloat.
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First head of state backs campaign to save the planet. — The Daily Climate

First head of state backs campaign to save the planet. — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

János Áder, the President of Hungary, has become the first head of state to join the Live Earth: Road to Paris campaign that aims to ensure world leaders agree to a binding deal on tackling climate change.

The specific aim is to get a billion signatures from concerned citizens before the UN climate change conference in Paris in December, but organisers are also keen to get as many politicians and celebrities as possible to back the campaign.

The Road to Paris campaign was launched in January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, by former US vice-president Al Gore, songwriter and recording artist Pharrell Williams, and the Emmy award-winning producer and new media entrepreneur, Kevin Wall.

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The Big Waste: Why Do We Throw Away So Much Food? by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360

The Big Waste: Why Do We Throw Away So Much Food? by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A glaring paradox of the U.S. food system is that while no country produces food as efficiently, no country wastes as much. Every year, 30 to 40 percent of what is grown and raised in the United States is thrown away or rots between farms and kitchens. That’s a startling 133 billion pounds of food — more than enough to feed the 800 million people worldwide who face hunger every day.

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China's CO2 emissions have been plummeting lately. What's going on?

This is arguably the most important climate story in the world right now.
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Fracking to resume in Texas city that banned fracking after state steps in

DENTON, Texas — A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city. According to documents obtained through an open records...
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Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off

Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly…
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Semiliquid battery competitive with both Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors

Semiliquid battery competitive with both Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A new semiliquid battery developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has exhibited encouraging early results, encompassing many of the features desired in a state-of-the-art energy-storage device. In particular, the new battery has a working voltage similar to that of ...
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Our Crazy-Making Economy's Endgame: Festering Frustration Seeking An Outlet | Zero Hedge

Our Crazy-Making Economy's Endgame: Festering Frustration Seeking An Outlet | Zero Hedge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The consequence of policies that exacerbate injustice, inequality and double-bind demands is a madness that will find a social and economic outlet somewhere, sometime.
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