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Targets for limiting global warming further out of reach: UN

Targets for limiting global warming further out of reach: UN | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Paris Nov 21, 2012 - The gap has widened between countries' pledges for reducing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and what is needed to keep planet warming in check, the UN warned on Wednesday.

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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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By the Numbers: The New Climate Economy | World Resources Institute

By the Numbers: The New Climate Economy | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How should politicians prioritize between robust economic growth and solving the problem of climate change?

A new report reveals an encouraging answer: There’s no need to choose. Better Growth, Better Climate, finds that low-carbon investments – if done right – could cost about the same as conventional infrastructure, but would deliver significantly greater economic, social, and environmental benefits in the long-run.
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Playing God | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com

Playing God | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Sam Walton, Bill Gates and other billionaires are undermining America.
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Climate Change: The Next Generation | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Climate Change: The Next Generation | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kelsey Juliana, an 18-year-old activist, is fighting climate change in the courts and walking across the country to spread the word on global warming.
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The Energy Department Just Announced $4 Billion For Projects That Fight Global Warming

The Energy Department Just Announced $4 Billion For Projects That Fight Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Department of Energy said it's interested in supporting innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions.
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MAB_2014.pdf Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers

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Video: Katharine Hayhoe: Climate Change Evangelist | Watch Secret Life of Scientists Online | PBS Video

Watch online: Katharine Hayhoe: Climate Change Evangelist from Secret Life of Scientists. On demand, streaming video from PBS
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Ditching cars for buses, bikes best way to cut city pollution - study

Ditching cars for buses, bikes best way to cut city pollution - study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A radical change in the way people get around cities would cut carbon dioxide emissions
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UN chief will join massive People’s Climate March to seek solutions to global warming

UN chief will join massive People’s Climate March to seek solutions to global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation made the age of extreme weather impossible for New Yorkers to ignore, our city is about to host the largest mass protest around global warming in history.
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How Fossil Fuels Make Inequality Worse

How Fossil Fuels Make Inequality Worse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jobs, health, safety, or concentration of wealth: fossil fuels help the well-off at the expense of the less well-off
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Fossil Fuel Development in the Arctic is a Bad Investment | EPI

Fossil Fuel Development in the Arctic is a Bad Investment | EPI | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Even master chess players can miss a great move when they have been primed to look for a different one. To explore this phenomenon, researchers tracked master chess players’ eye movements when given chessboards with different layouts. With the first board, players could reach checkmate using a familiar move. When given the second chessboard, the players' eyes kept looking at the pieces involved in the familiar move instead of scanning the whole board. In effect, the initial solution blinded them to new and better opportunities.

 

In a similar fashion, the world has become blinded by oil and gas as the familiar ways to run the economy and so is proceeding to look for them in hard-to-reach places like the Arctic, even as the costs mount and the returns diminish. An example of the world being set in its ways was the announcement on August 28th that Royal Dutch Shell, despite many setbacks in recent years, submitted plans to the U.S. government to again drill for oil offshore of Alaska as early as summer 2015.

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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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How Cities Can Save Trillions, Curb Climate Change, and Improve Public Health | World Resources Institute

How Cities Can Save Trillions, Curb Climate Change, and Improve Public Health | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report, Better Growth, Better Climate, finds that there are several actions city leaders can take that can reduce emissions while driving economic growth.

The report finds that connected, compact cities could save $3 trillion in infrastructure investments over the next 15 years. Not only that, but they can also curb global climate change and yield immediate local benefits for air quality, health, and quality of life.
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A Vicious Cycle: Income Inequality Is Hurting States' Bottom Lines | Blog | BillMoyers.com

A Vicious Cycle: Income Inequality Is Hurting States' Bottom Lines | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report finds that rising inequality is taking a toll on state governments.
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Naomi Klein: Only a Reverse Shock Doctrine Can Save Our Climate | Blog | BillMoyers.com

Naomi Klein: Only a Reverse Shock Doctrine Can Save Our Climate | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In her new book, Klein argues that the climate crisis represents an opportunity to create a new economic model that advances the greater good..
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Oregon Residents Warned To Stay Away From River After Potentially Toxic Algal Bloom

Oregon Residents Warned To Stay Away From River After Potentially Toxic Algal Bloom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Heat, drought and extreme rainfall could make harmful algal blooms like this more common.
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Whale, dolphin beach themselves on NE Fla. beaches

Whale, dolphin beach themselves on NE Fla. beaches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A whale beached itself in southern St. Johns County on Tuesday afternoon, and a dolphin beached itself in Atlantic Beach on Tuesday morning. Both have since died.
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Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers

Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday said.
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Sugar substitutes linked to obesity

Sugar substitutes linked to obesity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Artificial sweetener seems to change gut microbiome.
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How Indoor Air Pollution Kills Millions — And How Solar Could Help Save Them

How Indoor Air Pollution Kills Millions — And How Solar Could Help Save Them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The indoor air pollution from fuels the global poor burn to cook and light and heat their homes cause as many as 4.3 million deaths a year. Here's how solar power could begin alleviating the problem.
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Some See Garbage, Others See an Opportunity: Installing Solar on Landfills

Some See Garbage, Others See an Opportunity: Installing Solar on Landfills | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Green Mountain Power just broke ground on a 2-MW photovoltaic plant in Rutland, Vermont. While some other large PV systems planned for the area have met with strong opposition (some residents worry large, ground-mount solar arrays will be an eyesore on the state’s pastoral landscape)
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This Changes Everything: Naomi Klein Is Right, Unchecked Capitalism Will Destroy Civilization

This Changes Everything: Naomi Klein Is Right, Unchecked Capitalism Will Destroy Civilization | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Naomi Klein has a new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate.” She argues that because we ignored scientists' warnings for 25 years, humanity faces a stark choice: The end of civilization as we know it or the end of capitalism as we know it. It shouldn't be a tough choice, right?
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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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