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Maple syrup, moose, and the local impacts of climate change

Maple syrup, moose, and the local impacts of climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Millbrook NY  Nov 23, 2012 -
In the northern hardwood forest, climate change is poised to reduce the viability of the maple syrup industry, spread wildlife diseases and tree pests, and change timber resources.

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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, 2014 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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Fracking to resume in Texas city that banned fracking after state steps in

DENTON, Texas — A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city. According to documents obtained through an open records...
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Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off

Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly…
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Semiliquid battery competitive with both Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors

Semiliquid battery competitive with both Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A new semiliquid battery developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has exhibited encouraging early results, encompassing many of the features desired in a state-of-the-art energy-storage device. In particular, the new battery has a working voltage similar to that of ...
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Our Crazy-Making Economy's Endgame: Festering Frustration Seeking An Outlet | Zero Hedge

Our Crazy-Making Economy's Endgame: Festering Frustration Seeking An Outlet | Zero Hedge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The consequence of policies that exacerbate injustice, inequality and double-bind demands is a madness that will find a social and economic outlet somewhere, sometime.
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Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser: Sustainable Farming 2.0

Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser: Sustainable Farming 2.0 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here at Peak Prosperity, we're continuously on the hunt for new models that offer promise for a better future. These tend to be models of stewardship and sustainability, which contrast starkly wit
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PICS - Talking Climate: Why Facts are not Enough - Katharine Hayhoe

PICS - Talking Climate: Why Facts are not Enough - Katharine Hayhoe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Talking Climate: Why Facts are not Enough - Katharine Hayhoe

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Information is the Antidote to Congressional Stupid

Information is the Antidote to Congressional Stupid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I'll apologize for posting the numbingly stupid lowlights of a recent congressional show-hearing which featured several of DC's most abysmally ignorant climate trolls expounding on the joys of carb...
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Four Ways to Reduce Your Business Travel Carbon Footprint - Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses

Four Ways to Reduce Your Business Travel Carbon Footprint - Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What is your carbon footprint? Each Canadian causes 15 tons of CO2 emission per year, American 18 tons, Australian 17 tons, Dutch 11 tons, German 9 tons, British 8 tons, Chinese 6 tons, Indian 2 tons. How much of these emissions are caused by business travels? What can you do to reduce your business travel footprint? Let's find out.
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According to a report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), videoconferencing can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,271 tons over five years — equivalent to the emissions from 400 passenger cars. The study, which analyzed fifteen Global-500 companies, found that U.S. and U.K. businesses with yearly revenues of one billion can cut 5.5 million metric tons of carbon monoxide emissions by the year 2020 simply by adopting teleconferencing systems.

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Authorities on Alert as 'Plastic Rice' Scare Spreads - The Jakarta Globe

Authorities on Alert as 'Plastic Rice' Scare Spreads - The Jakarta Globe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bandung/Bekasi. Several Indonesian regions are on alert after lab tests confirmed rice found in the West Java city of Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, contained plastic compounds. Lab results from state-controlled inspection firm Superintending Company of Indonesia, or Sucofindo, revealed that two rice samples collected from Mutiara Gading market in Bekasi contained contained benzyl butyl phthalate, 2-ethylhexyl …
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Florida takes another plunge to clean up massive tire reefs

Florida takes another plunge to clean up massive tire reefs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida officials have resumed raising some of the hundreds of thousands of tires dumped off its shores decades ago during an unsuccessful attempt to create an artificial reef.Between
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In South Korea, An Innovative Push to Cut Back on Food Waste by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360

In South Korea, An Innovative Push to Cut Back on Food Waste by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Food waste is a global problem, with the United Nations estimating that a third of the food produced worldwide winds up spoiled, rotting in fields, or being thrown away. That amounts to 1.3 billion tons of food wasted annually, a profligacy that carries major environmental, economic, and human costs.

 


In the second of a two-part series, “Wasted,” we present an e360 video that looks at how South Korea is taking extraordinary steps to deal with its food waste. The video, by filmmaker Karim Chrobog, focuses on Seoul, the sprawling South Korean capital of more than 10 million people, which has ramped up efforts to slash the amount of food being thrown away.

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Dow Chemical aims to 'redefine the role of business in society'

Dow Chemical aims to 'redefine the role of business in society' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a move that some industry watchers are calling impressive, the global chemical giant has set lofty goals that it says will improve the lives of 1 billion people
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Findings cast doubt on plant benefits from rising CO2 — The Daily Climate

Findings cast doubt on plant benefits from rising CO2 — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Increasing aridity - driven in part by rising temps - makes Yellowstone grasslands less productive despite carbon dioxide's fertilizing benefits.
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Flooding Hits Oklahoma and Texas, With More Bad Weather on the Way

Flooding Hits Oklahoma and Texas, With More Bad Weather on the Way | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Flash floods forced more than 1,000 evacuations and numerous rescues across Oklahoma and Texas, as officials warned a "historic" deluge was still t...
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Shell chief insists Seattle is best offseason home for drilling rig

Shell chief insists Seattle is best offseason home for drilling rig | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shell’s Ann Pickard says an offshore oil find in the remote Chukchi Sea could eventually yield 1 million barrels of oil daily, and she insists the company has learned from its messy Arctic exploration effort in 2012.
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Millions of Barrels of Oil Are About to Vanish

Millions of Barrels of Oil Are About to Vanish | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Millions of barrels of untapped oil that U.S. shale drillers discovered during the boom years are about to disappear from their inventories.

 

Six years ago, the industry pushed the Securities and Exchange Commission to make it easier for companies to claim proved reserves for wells that wouldn’t be drilled for years. Some prospects considered sure-things when crude was $95 a barrel are money losers at today’s $60. When crude crashed in 2008, 44 U.S. companies wiped 630 million barrels from their books.

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​Adieu to food waste: French govt forces supermarkets to donate to charity

​Adieu to food waste: French govt forces supermarkets to donate to charity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The French government has taken steps to minimize food waste, banning large supermarkets from destroying unsold products. They will instead be forced to donate the goods to charities or farms.
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This Is Your Body on Booze

This Is Your Body on Booze | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
See how alcohol affects your whole system as it travels through your brain, heart, muscles, and penis
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Why Climate Change Can't Be True (Even Though it is)

Why Climate Change Can't Be True (Even Though it is) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thoughts from a Conservative, Evangelical Republican.
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Bigger Wind Turbine Towers = Bigger US Development Opportunity

Bigger Wind Turbine Towers = Bigger US Development Opportunity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wind energy already accounts for about 5 percent of U.S. electricity generation, which crowned the nation as the global leader in wind production late last year. There is now more than 65 gigawatts (GW) of capacity in 39 states, but according to a new report for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), wind should easily have the potential to be installed in all 50 states. How can the industry accomplish this? Easy. Just follow Germany’s lead and install turbines with taller hub heights.
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FDA Wants To Pull Back The Curtain, Slightly, On Farm Antibiotics

FDA Wants To Pull Back The Curtain, Slightly, On Farm Antibiotics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration wants to know which farm animals are getting treated most heavily. But the FDA's proposal still falls short of the best European data practices.
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Glencore chairman Tony Hayward calls for an end to subsidies for fossil fuels

Glencore chairman Tony Hayward calls for an end to subsidies for fossil fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Former BP boss says subsidies are incompatible with combating climate change and should be eliminated before setting carbon price to curb emissions
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4 Cities That Are Getting Rid Of All Of Their Garbage

4 Cities That Are Getting Rid Of All Of Their Garbage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Achieving "zero waste" might seem impossible, but these cities have implemented plans that are getting them very close. Now it's time for...
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In China, firms flash green credentials as regulators loom

In China, firms flash green credentials as regulators loom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Apple Inc is planting trees, Mars may move to 'zero carbon' and Foxconn Technology Co Ltd is spending millions of dollars to give its factories a 'green'
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Obama Set to Strengthen Federal Role in Clean Water Regulation

Obama Set to Strengthen Federal Role in Clean Water Regulation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The administration is to soon announce new executive action that would restore its authority to limit water pollution. Republicans are trying to block the president.
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