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APNewsBreak: Corps cuts flow on Missouri River

APNewsBreak: Corps cuts flow on Missouri River | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the flow from a Missouri River reservoir, a move expected to worsen low-water conditions on the Mississippi River and potentially bring barge traffic to a halt within weeks.
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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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Dahr Jamail | "Peak Water," Methane Blowholes and Ice-Free Arctic Cruises: The Climate Crisis Deepens

Dahr Jamail | "Peak Water," Methane Blowholes and Ice-Free Arctic Cruises: The Climate Crisis Deepens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This month's climate disruption dispatch, explaining how the planet is being impacted by anthropogenic climate disruption, provides another sobering reality check, demonstrating how rapidly our world is moving toward an unsurvivable state.
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Iceland raises risk level for volcano eruption to second-highest

Iceland raises risk level for volcano eruption to second-highest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Iceland's Met Office on Monday raised its risk level to the aviation industry for an eruption at its Bardarbunga volcano to orange, which is the fourth level on a five-grade scale. -
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Corporate Buyers Demonstrate Demand for Renewables. Now it’s Time for the Market to Catch Up. | EDF Climate Corps

Corporate Buyers Demonstrate Demand for Renewables. Now it’s Time for the Market to Catch Up. | EDF Climate Corps | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last month, twelve major corporations announced a combined goal of buying 8.4 million megawatt hours of renewable energy each year and called for market changes to make these large-scale purchases possible. Their commitment shows that demand for renewables has reached the big time.
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Dharnai Live - A solar micro-grid project by Greenpeace

Dharnai Live - A solar micro-grid project by Greenpeace | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dharnai Live – How a village in #Bihar has chosen to go renewable. Greenpeace India’s new energy access campaign. Energy for safety, healthcare, education, economy and inclusive development. Read about Dharnai’s journey to a people powered movement here.
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Grain Harvest | Global Grain Stocks Drop Dangerously Low as 2012 Consumption Exceeded Production

Grain Harvest | Global Grain Stocks Drop Dangerously Low as 2012 Consumption Exceeded Production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The world produced 2,241 million tons of grain in 2012, down 75 million tons or 3 percent from the 2011 record harvest. The drop was largely because of droughts that devastated several major crops—namely corn in the United States (the world’s largest crop) and wheat in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Australia. Each of these countries also is an important exporter. Global grain consumption fell significantly for the first time since 1995, as high prices dampened use for ethanol production and livestock feed. Still, overall consumption did exceed production. With drought persisting in key producing regions, there is concern that farmers in 2013 will again be unable to produce the surpluses necessary to rebuild lowered global grain reserves. 


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Elephant killings in Africa outpace births: study

Elephant killings in Africa outpace births: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Aug 18, 2014 - More elephants in Africa are being killed by poachers than are born each year, and the problem may be worse than previously understood, according to the most detailed assessment yet, released on Monday.
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NASA to Investigate Climate Impacts of Arctic Sea Ice Loss

NASA to Investigate Climate Impacts of Arctic Sea Ice Loss | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 18, 2014 -
A new NASA field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate. The Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) will
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8,000-year-old mutation key to human life at high altitudes

8,000-year-old mutation key to human life at high altitudes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 19, 2014 -
In an environment where others struggle to survive, Tibetans thrive in the thin air on the Tibetan Plateau, with an average elevation of 14,800 feet. A University of Utah led discovery that hinged a
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Fracking Fluids More Toxic Than Previously Thought

Fracking Fluids More Toxic Than Previously Thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team of researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of the Pacific looked at more than just the process of fracking
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Workforce Investment Act Leaves Many Jobless and in Debt

Workforce Investment Act Leaves Many Jobless and in Debt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Millions of Americans have trained for new careers through the $3.1 billion Workforce Investment Act, but many have not found new jobs and are instead faced with thousands of dollars of debt.
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A Year in Waste

A Year in Waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What one family learned about themselves by tracking a year of kitchen waste
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Poll shows strong Latino support for conservation

Poll shows strong Latino support for conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Max Trujillo caught the conservation bug during childhood summers spent with his father hunting, hiking and camping in the wilderness of northern New Mexico. In the years that followed, Trujillo noticed that many Hispanic families were out enjoying the woods, but they weren’t involved in the mainstream environmental movement.

 

“As a community, we’re grossly underrepresented, and we’ve allowed that (trend) to grow in the conservation arena,” Trujillo, who is now 50 and lives in Las Vegas, New Mexico, told me recently.

 

So two years ago, Trujillo helped found one of the first national Latino organizations dedicated to conservation in the southwest, HECHO (Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and Outdoors), with the goal of translating Latino outdoor enthusiasm into more direct action to protect public lands, particularly from the increase in oil and gas activity near wilderness areas.

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Uber hires former Obama adviser David Plouffe to wage a war on taxis

Uber hires former Obama adviser David Plouffe to wage a war on taxis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As Uber tries to remake transportation in America, it adds some serious political muscle.
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Cutting Carbon Pollution Will Help Create a Healthier Planet

Cutting Carbon Pollution Will Help Create a Healthier Planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By investing in cleaner air today the nation will save not only on healthcare costs but we will surely save lives as well....
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'Sand dams' bank water for dry season in semi-arid Kenya

'Sand dams' bank water for dry season in semi-arid Kenya | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Innovation could mean "drought will never again be a problem, particularly for future generations," says one farmer
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Major Court Ruling Clears The Way To Let Renewables Into The Grid

Major Court Ruling Clears The Way To Let Renewables Into The Grid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is setting the scene for a revitalized electric grid that gives renewable energy the consideration its due.
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Meet The First Pacific Island Town To Relocate Thanks To Climate Change

Meet The First Pacific Island Town To Relocate Thanks To Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Relocation is the only option available that will keep the community safe and will allow for future growth and prosperity of the capital and the province."
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The East is wed: China seeks brides for richer, for poorer

The East is wed: China seeks brides for richer, for poorer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Linqi, China (AFP) Aug 18, 2014 - Their marriages were arranged for cash, but some of the Vietnamese women who have found unlikely Prince Charmings in remote Chinese villages say they are living happily ever after.
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Fossilized marine plankton tell the tale of the end Permian mass extinction

Fossilized marine plankton tell the tale of the end Permian mass extinction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Moffet Field CA (NASA) Aug 18, 2014 -
The worst mass extinction the Earth has ever seen occurred 252 million years ago. The boundary of the Permian and Triassic geological periods marked the demise of around 90 percent of marine species
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New analysis links tree height to climate

New analysis links tree height to climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Madison WI (SPX) Aug 19, 2014 -
What limits the height of trees? Is it the fraction of their photosynthetic energy they devote to productive new leaves? Or is it their ability to hoist water hundreds of feet into the air, supplying ...

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Mark Sisson: Why Nutrition Is The Key To Health

Mark Sisson: Why Nutrition Is The Key To Health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This week, Mark Sisson -- former professional athlete, founder of Mark's Daily Apple, and developer of the Primal Blueprint health & fitness lifestyle -- returns to discuss nutrition. In his o
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Designing an Upside-Down, Hurricane-Proof Hospital for New Orleans

Designing an Upside-Down, Hurricane-Proof Hospital for New Orleans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The plan for a new VA facility quite literally overturns conventional organization, moving the ER and essential utilities above a 20-foot flood line and filling lower levels with less critical features
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California Drought: Bay Area loses billions of gallons to leaky pipes

California Drought: Bay Area loses billions of gallons to leaky pipes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
State records show Bay Area lost 23 billion gallons in 2010, the most recent data available, as aging and broken pipes leak this precious resource -- underground and often out of sight. That's enough to submerge the whole of Manhattan by 5 feet or meet the water needs of 71,000 families for an entire year.
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Seeing Purpose and Profit in Algae

Seeing Purpose and Profit in Algae | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pilot plant in Alabama is making diesel fuel out of it and accomplishing other eco-friendly tasks like making clean water from municipal sewage. Investors have taken notice.
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Blast in China coal mine traps 27 miners

Blast in China coal mine traps 27 miners | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A gas explosion Tuesday in a coal mine in eastern China trapped 27 workers underground, state media reported.
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