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The Clocks Are Ticking and the Climate Is Changing

The Clocks Are Ticking and the Climate Is Changing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dartmouth UK (SPX) Nov 20, 2012 -
Dartmouth plant biologist C. Robertson (Rob) McClung is not your typical clock-watcher. His clocks are internal, biological, and operate in circadian rhythms-cycles based on a 24-hour period.
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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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Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling in the Southeast Atlantic: What You Need to Know. What You Can Do. A Scuttlefish Feature. Part I.

Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling in the Southeast Atlantic: What You Need to Know. What You Can Do. A Scuttlefish Feature. Part I. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil slick post Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace.  Today, April 20th, 2015 marks the fifth anniversary
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Climate Code Red: It's time to 'Do the math' again

Climate Code Red: It's time to 'Do the math' again | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Have we gone mad? A new reportreleased today explains why contemporary climate change policy-making should be characterised as increasingly delusional.

As the deadline approaches for submissions to the Australian government's climate targets process, there is a flurry of submissions and reports from advocacy groups and theClimate Change Authority. 

Most of these reports are based on the twin propositions that two degrees Celsius (2°C) of global warming is an appropriate policy target, and that there is a significant carbon budget and an amount of "burnable carbon" for this target, and hence a scientifically-based escalating ladder of emission-reduction targets stretching to mid-century and beyond.

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Protein identified that serves as a 'brake' on inflammation

Protein identified that serves as a 'brake' on inflammation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers have identified a protein that offers a new focus for developing targeted therapies to tame the severe inflammation associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), colitis and other autoimmune disorders. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists led the study which appears today in the scientific ...
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Findings confirm that coffee protects against breast cancer recurrence

Findings confirm that coffee protects against breast cancer recurrence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A number of research studies have shown that coffee helps to protect against breast cancer. A new study led by Lund University, has confirmed that coffee inhibits the growth of tumours and reduces the risk of recurrence in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with the drug tamoxifen.
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Another study finds no link between vaccine, autism

Another study finds no link between vaccine, autism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yet another scientific study has found no link between autism and the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), according to US research published on Tuesday.
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TV5 Monde take-down reveals key weakness of broadcasters in digital age

TV5 Monde take-down reveals key weakness of broadcasters in digital age | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In what was one of the most severe outages of its kind, French national television broadcaster TV5 Monde was recently the target of a well-planned and staged cyberattack that took down its 11 television channels, website, and social media streams.
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Hackers gaining upper hand, security conference told

Hackers gaining upper hand, security conference told | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hackers and cyber-thieves are outmaneuvering the cybersecurity industry, which is stuck in a 'Dark Ages' mindset, a major security conference was told Tuesday.
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Energy-tracking app encourages sustainable behaviors

Energy-tracking app encourages sustainable behaviors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For a generation motivated by technology and fast-moving information, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has created an energy-tracking app to make reducing day-to-day energy usage more accessible.
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603 km/h: Japan's maglev train breaks new world speed record (Update 2)

603 km/h: Japan's maglev train breaks new world speed record (Update 2) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Japan's state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre (373 miles) per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad.
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Study reveals 'two faces' of phytoplankton

Study reveals 'two faces' of phytoplankton | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Phytoplankton, commonly known as plant plankton that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, are potentially a key driver of Arctic warming under greenhouse warming, a study reveals.
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Deathly effect of heatwaves ignored

Deathly effect of heatwaves ignored | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Heat is an emerging problem in Sydney, but despite having its strongest effects on the poor, the elderly, the disabled and the very young, most community services don't formally cater for the impact of heatwaves on vulnerable people.
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Global warming progressing at moderate rate, empirical data suggest

Global warming progressing at moderate rate, empirical data suggest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records suggests global warming is not progressing as fast as it would under the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
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Maybe climate science news makes a difference?

Maybe climate science news makes a difference? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Study suggests science news affects opinions despite culture war.
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Live small, be happy? The next new big thing

Live small, be happy? The next new big thing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Long commutes, soaring property prices and the tiny house movement has made way for a big idea for small living. Enter the micro-flat.
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Helpful app for people with dementia

Helpful app for people with dementia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bangor University is providing expertise to support the development and effectiveness of 'Book of You', an 'app' being welcomed as having the potential to revolutionise reminiscence therapy for people with dementia.
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Parkinson's patient experiences symptom relief with new medication

Parkinson's patient experiences symptom relief with new medication | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To date, a cure for Parkinson's disease remains elusive for the more than 50,000 Americans diagnosed yearly, despite decades of intensive study. But a newly approved treatment that might help ease the symptoms of Parkinson's has shown remarkable promise.
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Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants for preventing depression relapse

Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants for preventing depression relapse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) could provide an alternative non-drug treatment for people who do not wish to continue long-term antidepressant treatment, suggests new research published in The Lancet.
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Biden visits Philadelphia to highlight energy plan (Update)

Biden visits Philadelphia to highlight energy plan (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The White House on Tuesday released a long-term energy plan designed to fight climate change, modernize power plants and find other ways to ensure the nation a steady supply of safe, clean energy.
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NATO to hold major cyber defense drill in Estonia

NATO to hold major cyber defense drill in Estonia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About 400 computer experts will participate in a major cybersecurity drill in Estonia this week as part of NATO's efforts to upgrade its capability to counter potentially debilitating hacker attacks.
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Lack of attention, self-control predict dangerous texting behaviors

Lack of attention, self-control predict dangerous texting behaviors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Texting while driving or walking can be dangerous, but people still engage in the behavior without thinking.
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Shoe grows five sizes, fits needs of children for years

Shoe grows five sizes, fits needs of children for years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A special kind of shoe has been created; you can call it Clever Engineering. The drivers behind the shoe describe the effort as Practical Compassion. 'There are over 300 million children who do not have shoes. And countless more with shoes that do not fit. Sometimes they receive donations of shoes, ...
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Siberia wildfire toll rises to 34

Siberia wildfire toll rises to 34 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Raging wildfires in recent weeks killed 34 people, the emergencies minister said Tuesday in a new toll as President Vladimir Putin visited the stricken region.
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Hurdles to US climate change action are in economics and politics, not divided science

Hurdles to US climate change action are in economics and politics, not divided science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The U.S. Congress successfully hears the "supermajority" consensus on the reality and causes of climate change, according to scientists from Texas A&M University, Idaho State University, and University of Oklahoma. In a paper published inClimatic Change, the scientists suggest looking at business interests, partisan predispositions and political ideology for the hurdles to policy action.  

 

"Different perceptions and claims among lawmakers are a major hurdle to agreeing on action to address global warming and these were thought to simply reflect scientific uncertainty," says lead author Xinsheng Liu. "However, our findings show that congressional testimonies are in fact consistent with agreement in the climate science community and that the sources of controversies must lie elsewhere."

 

  
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Can human behaviour fix the California drought?

Can human behaviour fix the California drought? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California is experiencing a drought that has gone far beyond a 'dry spell'.
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Water forms common thread in diverse rainforest ecosystems

Water forms common thread in diverse rainforest ecosystems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rainforests, which are so critical to the earth's climate that they are frequently called the planet's lungs, are often thought of as a single collection of ecosystems. But researchers at Princeton University and other institutions have found that the availability of water in rainforests varies greatly ...
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