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This Thanksgiving, Have a Conversation About Climate Change

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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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A thoughtfull read.

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It's here! Final video in Afterburn series: What would a more resilient society look like?

It's here! Final video in Afterburn series: What would a more resilient society look like? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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A manifesto for a more sustainable world | John Sauven

A manifesto for a more sustainable world | John Sauven | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
John Sauven: We can do more than just endure or adapt to climate change, we can tackle it and create a better, more just society in the process

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Tesla's new low-cost battery: 'the missing piece' in sustainable energy?

Tesla's new low-cost battery: 'the missing piece' in sustainable energy? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elon Musk says ‘this is within the power of humanity to do so’ as he unveils new batteries in effort to change the way the world consumes energy

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The U.S. Is Getting Serious About Oil Train Explosions. Here’s How It Plans To Stop Them

The U.S. Is Getting Serious About Oil Train Explosions. Here’s How It Plans To Stop Them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are now some 500,000 rail-car loads of flammable material traveling through North America. It just takes one incident to incite a disaster.

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Kenya Wildlife Service builds anti poaching alliances in China - eTurboNews

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent Wildlife conservation non-governmental organisations based in China have pledged to forge a united front with Kenya in efforts to combat global wildlife crime.

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Watch: Satellite time lapse reveals humanity's global footprint

Here's what we look like from space.

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in the 1970s, some forward-thinking NASA scientists put an Earth-observing satellite into orbit. At an altitude of 570 miles, it photographed the entire planet every 18 days, circling Earth 14 times a day and sending the data back to ground stations.

Forty years later, this satellite and its successors have created the longest continuous record of our planet's surface. By stringing the images together, NASA and the US Geological Survey have shown how rapidly and how profoundly humans are changing the face of Earth.

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Mortalité des abeilles : on connait maintenant le coupable

Mortalité des abeilles : on connait maintenant le coupable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Deux études scientifiques viennent de démontrer la nocivité des néonicotinoïdes sur les abeilles, alors que les ruches connaissent ce printemps une mortalité impressionnante. Quels sont ces produits au nom compliqué ? Des insecticides nouvelle génération. Enquête sur ces molécules dangereuses qui continuent à être déversées dans la nature.

Bambi, Equinoxe, Cruiser, Gaucho, Poncho, Confidor, Proteus : autant de produits phytosanitaires comprenant des molécules néonicotinoïdes aux noms tout au

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Can companies do better by doing less?

Can companies do better by doing less? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A growing number of planners, politicians and consumers are exploring alternatives to traditional growth-based business models

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How economic inequality harms societies

How economic inequality harms societies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

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Climat : les énergies « propres » en panne de crédits de recherche

Climat : les énergies « propres » en panne de crédits de recherche | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A sept mois de la conférence mondiale sur le climat de Paris (COP 21), dont l’ambition est de sceller un accord universel permettant de contenir la hausse des températures à 2 °C à la fin du siècle, l’Agence internationale de l’énergie (AIE) publie, lundi 4 mai, un rapport consacré à l’innovation technologique dans le domaine de l’énergie (Energy Technogy Perspectives 2015).

 



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Jane Goodall: why I fear for the apes as climate change intensifies

Jane Goodall: why I fear for the apes as climate change intensifies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The primatologist says change is happening too fast for evolutionary adaptation to save some species

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Dumbing NASA Down

Dumbing NASA Down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Ever notice how stupid people always try to pull you down to their level? “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain 

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Environmental and health impacts of a policy to phase out nuclear power in Sweden

Environmental and health impacts of a policy to phase out nuclear power in Sweden | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With Dr Staffan Qvist from Uppsala University, I've just had published a new open access paper in the peer-reviewed journal Energy Policy. It examines the ramifications of the announced policy by t...
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Solar energy to power Japan’s future | Hydrogen Fuel News

Solar energy to power Japan’s future | Hydrogen Fuel News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Solar power could eventually replace fossil fuels and uranium in Japan.It is no secret that Japan is looking for alternative energy sources to replace traditional and less environmentally friendly sources of power like uranium and fossil fuels, but it appears that solar energy is the country’s preferred source of renewable power.One by one, oil-fired plants that once fueled the country’s economy are being shut down.

After the Fukushima disaster, support for nuclear power as an energy source declined. As many as 43 nuclear power plants have had to be shut down following the disaster at the nuclear power plant that occurred after the devastating 2011 tsunami. Since then, solar power has been viewed as a viable substitute.

 


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Yale Environment 360: One in Six Species Facing Extinction in Current Climate Trajectory

Yale Environment 360: One in Six Species Facing Extinction in Current Climate Trajectory | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Future increases in global temperatures will threaten up to one in six species if current climate policies are not modified, according to new research published in the journal Science. Global extinction rates are currently at 2.8 percent, the study notes. If global average temperature rises by only 2 degrees C — a benchmark that many scientists think is no longer attainable — the extinction rate will rise to 5.2 percent, the study found. If the planet warms by 3 degrees C, the extinction risk rises to 8.5 percent. And if the current, business-as-usual trajectory continues, climate change will threaten one in six species, or 16 percent, the study says. The risk of species loss is most acute for areas that have unique climate ranges — particularly South America, Australia, and New Zealand — yet those regions are the least studied, the author notes.


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Climate Change and the Catholic Church

Climate Change and the Catholic Church | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pope Francis is calling on the world to take action against global warming, and many conservatives in the United States are up in arms. But, as the climate debate unfolds this year, most of humanity will find Francis’s message compelling: we need both science and morality to reduce the risk to our planet.

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Le déclin des abeilles expliqué en 3 minutes

Observé depuis les années 1990, le déclin des abeilles inquiète de plus en plus. Chaque hiver ce sont parfois jusqu'à 35 % des colonies qui disparaissent. Cette hécatombe trouve certes de multiples origines, mais les plus importantes sont bien humaines. Explications. Photos : PRNewsFoto/Whole Foods Market / Gilles Sabrié Musique : BoxCat Games

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Pesticides : les pulvérisateurs en ligne de mire

Pesticides : les pulvérisateurs en ligne de mire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Comment réduire l'usage des pesticides ? En investissant dans un pulvérisateur "performant". Des scientifiques ont élaboré un programme de recherche nommé "EvaSprayViti" pour définir cette performance et orienter les choix des viticulteurs dans le...

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Ottawa needs to invest in replenishing our lost natural capital - Business in Vancouver

Ottawa needs to invest in replenishing our lost natural capital - Business in Vancouver | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Business in Vancouver
Ottawa needs to invest in replenishing our lost natural capital
Business in Vancouver
Unfortunately, that natural-capital balance sheet is nowhere to be found.

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The federal government has a historical responsibility for gathering and monitoring long-term data that can guide us back to replenishing our lost natural capital. If ever a budget needed to be balanced, this is it. Right now, it’s showing huge losses.

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Quand Tesla s'attaque à l'infrastructure énergétique mondiale

Quand Tesla s'attaque à l'infrastructure énergétique mondiale | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Le constructeur californien de véhicules électriques de luxe a dévoilé jeudi une batterie permettant de stocker l'énergie au domicile.

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[Ecouter] Climat : des satellites pour mesurer l'acidification de l'eau de mer

[Ecouter] Climat : des satellites pour mesurer l'acidification de l'eau de mer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Les océans deviennent de plus en plus acides. Pour comprendre le phénomène, des chercheurs de l'Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (Ifremer) utilisent des satellites.

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The unusual potatoes that could help solve world hunger

The unusual potatoes that could help solve world hunger | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

They can grow in seawater, but don't taste salty.


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La Chine estime que le changement climatique menace ses projets

PEKIN, 4 mai (Reuters) - Le changement climatique menace certains des plus importants projets d'infrastructures de la Chine, estime le chef de l'administration des services météorologiques chinois.

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Arizona Court Slaps Down the Koch's Anti-Science Team

Arizona Court Slaps Down the Koch's Anti-Science Team | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I asked Lauren Kurtz, Attorney for the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, to give us an update on the latest embarrassment for the crank legal team currently known as E&E Legal, aka American T...
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Less Meat, More Veggies, Change the World by Eating Lunch

Less Meat, More Veggies, Change the World by Eating Lunch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“Drinking a cup of tea, I stop the war.” - Paul Reps Nice media campaign from Morningstar Farms. What you do does matter.
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