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Taiwan Pursuing Microalgae Bioenergy :Algae Industry Magazine

Taiwan Pursuing Microalgae Bioenergy :Algae Industry Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Edwin Hsiao reports in Taiwan Today that the ROC Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in Pingtung County, in southern Taiwan, has just released the results of a joint microalgae bioenergy development program, which aims to replace diesel with an algae-based alternative.
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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, 5:26 PM

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2014 already a nasty year for Wyoming oil spills

2014 already a nasty year for Wyoming oil spills | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A string of accidents, ranging in geography from a remote gulley in the Powder River Basin to a refinery in downtown Cheyenne, already has made this year the state's worst
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When the Snows Fail

When the Snows Fail | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The American West faces permanent drought, whether or not the winter rains come. When will the hard choices be made?

 

As in most of the rest of the American West, fortunes depend less on how much precipitation falls from the sky than how much of it falls as snow and how long that snow stays in the mountains. Despite the occasional severe winters, western snowpacks have declined in recent decades, and key researchers expect the trend to accelerate. “Warmer winters are reducing the amount of snow stored in the mountains, and they’re causing snowpacks to melt earlier in the spring,” says Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University. Shrinking snowpacks and earlier snowmelts mean—in practical terms—that the region faces a persistent and worsening drought.

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Why Tiny Microbes Mean Big Things for Farming

Why Tiny Microbes Mean Big Things for Farming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Humble soil bacteria may help farmers grow more crops to feed the world.
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Obama directs federal agencies to ramp up efforts to deal with antibiotic resistance

Obama directs federal agencies to ramp up efforts to deal with antibiotic resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The administration called for a new advisory council to make specific recommendations by February 2015.
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Canada’s shale boom: more to come in Montney

Canada’s shale boom: more to come in Montney | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the world of a constantly changing oil and gas environment, the Montney shale basin is the sleeping giant that holds the key to accelerating Canada’s shale oil and gas boom, but the real treasure within this giant is a tight liquids-rich zone (approximately 15-20 miles wide) that has big and small players alike narrowing their focus for the potential of a giant payout.
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Ebola death toll climbs to 2,630 out of 5,357 cases: WHO

The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected more than 5,000 people in west Africa and killed around half of them, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
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Asia's rising tobacco epidemic

Asia's rising tobacco epidemic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Smoke-filled bars and packed cancer wards reflect decades of neglect of no-smoking policies in Asia, where both high- and low-income countries are belatedly waking up to a growing tobacco-related health epidemic.
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How stress tears us apart

How stress tears us apart | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Why is it that when people are too stressed they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? Researchers from the Brain Mind Institute (BMI) at EPFL have just highlighted a fundamental synaptic mechanism that explains the relationship between chronic stress and the loss of social skills ...
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Wild berry extract may strengthen effectiveness of pancreatic cancer drug

Wild berry extract may strengthen effectiveness of pancreatic cancer drug | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A wild berry native to North America may strengthen the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer, reveals research published online in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.
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Ocean-threatened Marshall's leader posts climate video plea

Ocean-threatened Marshall's leader posts climate video plea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak was forced to heighten the seawall protecting his home last year, but says the year-old defences are now barely enough to protect his family from a 'climate emergency'.
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Far more displaced by disasters than conflict

Far more displaced by disasters than conflict | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Disasters last year displaced three times more people than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to improve resilience for vulnerable people when fighting climate change, according to a study issued Wednesday.
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Concern grows over pet pills and products, as well as those of owners

Concern grows over pet pills and products, as well as those of owners | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Scientists have long been aware of the potential environment impacts that stem from the use and disposal of the array of products people use to keep themselves healthy, clean and smelling nice. Now a new concern is emerging – improper disposal of pet care products and pills.
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China power plants exempt from ban on using low-quality coal: sources

China's bid to limit the consumption of low-quality thermal coal in major cities to help curb pollution will not apply to power plants, traders and utility sources said, exempting a sector responsible for half the country's coal use.

 

China said on Monday that from 2015 it would restrict the production, consumption and import of coal with high impurity levels in a bid to fight smog, much of which is caused by using coal for heating and electricity.

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Draining California

Draining California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stretching between the Pacific coast and the Sierra Nevada and Cascades, the Central Valley is the fertile expanse that makes California the U.S. agricultural leader. Going months without rain, the region was transformed into year-round cropland by manipulating the flow of water.
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Beer fight brewing over EPA rule

Beer fight brewing over EPA rule | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While craft brewers say it will ensure clean water, farmers fear overreach.
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Bill aims to stop coal companies from denying benefits to miners with black lung

Bill aims to stop coal companies from denying benefits to miners with black lung | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two coal-state senators plan to introduce legislation to reform the federal benefits program for black lung victims.
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Crest Will Eliminate Microbeads From Its Toothpastes

Crest Will Eliminate Microbeads From Its Toothpastes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Photo by Qiameng/Flickr Your toothbrush bristles may not be the only plastic you put in your mouth this morning — what you probably assume are flavor crystals in your toothpaste may actually be plastic microbeads. Procter & Gamble, the maker of Crest, has just pledged to eliminate microbeads from its toothpastes by March 2016, according to a statement released to ABC15 in Phoenix. The toothpaste controversy started when Trish Walvaren, a dental hygienist in Phoenix, began blogging about the blue specks she was finding embedded in patients’ gums on a near-daily basis. She compared the plastic bits, made of polyethylene, to popcorn hulls stuck in the small channels where the gums meet the teeth, called sulci.  "The thing about a sulcus is that it’s vulnerable," Walvaren wrote.
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Minecraft

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BONANZA, a tropical town in north-eastern Nicaragua, has attracted gold miners since 1880. Still true to its name, it yields over a thousand kilos of the metal every...
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WHO: 700 more Ebola cases emerge in only one week

WHO: 700 more Ebola cases emerge in only one week | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization says more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged in West Africa in one week, a statistic that shows the outbreak is accelerating.
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Major U.S. food makers cut 6.4 trillion calories from products: report

Major U.S. food makers cut 6.4 trillion calories from products: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Sixteen major food and beverage companies have made good on their pledge to cut calories in their U.S. products, a new report finds.
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Researchers discover how bacteria resist antibiotics in hospitals

Researchers discover how bacteria resist antibiotics in hospitals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have uncovered a key factor to explain why antibiotic-resistant bacteria can thrive in a hospital setting.
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Peugeot hybrid compressed-air car set for Paris Motor Show

Peugeot hybrid compressed-air car set for Paris Motor Show | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An 860-kilogram concept city car from Peugeot indicates impressive fuel economy. This latest concept 'has its sights set on meeting the French government's goal of putting an affordable 2.0l/100km (141mpg) car into production by 2020,' said Jordan Bishop in Auto Express. Peugeot will be showcasing its ...
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Unforeseen dioxin formation in waste incineration

Unforeseen dioxin formation in waste incineration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dioxins forms faster, at lower temperatures and under other conditions than previously thought. This may affect how we in the future construct sampling equipment, flue gas filtering systems for waste incineration and how to treat waste incineration fly ash. These are some of the conclusions Eva Weidemann ...
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World will 'change course' on climate at UN summit

World will 'change course' on climate at UN summit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A UN summit on climate change will see the world 'change course' and begin to seriously tackle global warming, UN climate envoy Mary Robinson said Wednesday.
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Last month was hottest August since 1880 (Update)

Last month was hottest August since 1880 (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last month was the hottest August on record for global average temperatures over land and ocean surfaces, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.
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