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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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India's new policy puts roads ahead of wildlife concerns

India's new policy puts roads ahead of wildlife concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Janaki Lenin: Faster approvals for military projects along China border could put 60 national parks and their iconic animals at risk
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Here’s How to Make Sure Students Learn About Climate Science

Here’s How to Make Sure Students Learn About Climate Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An alliance of educators, parents, and scientists wants you to sign the Climate Science Students Bill of Rights.
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First Modi budget spells austerity for Indian science

First Modi budget spells austerity for Indian science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Funding drops in real terms, but researchers hopeful things will improve.
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CDC Closes Two Labs After Anthrax, Flu Scares

CDC Closes Two Labs After Anthrax, Flu Scares | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will close the laboratories after last month's possible exposure of dozens of workers to anthrax and the discovery of a vial of smallpox this week.
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Green groups protest transatlantic trade deal

Green groups protest transatlantic trade deal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEWS: Green activists are protesting a trans-Atlantic trade deal they say could harm the environment
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Huntington Lake summer fun drying up in California drought

Huntington Lake summer fun drying up in California drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Sierra snowpack — which provides most of California's drinking water — was at 32% of its average annual depth this winter. Now the state's largest reservoirs are less than half-full.

 

The consequences of the drought are increasing: Many Central Valley farmers have no irrigation water. Migrant farmworker towns are packing up, emptying local schools. California's delta waters are growing brackish because there has been little runoff from the mountains. The Central Valley is sinking as farmers pump more groundwater.

 

But none of the drought's effects may hit home on as visceral a level as summer fun drying up.

 

The High Sierra Regatta — which had been scheduled to begin this weekend at Huntington Lake — was canceled for the first time in 60 years.

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Downturn in shade-grown coffee putting forests, wildlife, people at risk

Downturn in shade-grown coffee putting forests, wildlife, people at risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Growing coffee in the shade of forests allows native vegetation to persist, thereby reducing the impact of agriculture on the natural landscape. While production of shade-grown coffee surged in recent decades, it is now experiencing a decline. A recent study analyzed the situation, finding that the growth of consumer demand and changes in coffee agronomy has caused coffee production and management to change drastically.
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Why were this company’s computers attacked millions of times this year? Algae.

Why were this company’s computers attacked millions of times this year? Algae. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Florida firm says it holds the key for climate friendly biofuels – and it’s under siege from the Chinese military
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Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds

Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research is first to find wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals
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Can the Arctic Reshape Global LNG Shipping?

Can the Arctic Reshape Global LNG Shipping? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising global temperatures are melting Arctic sea ice, so much so that some companies are now viewing the Arctic Ocean as a major shipping route for energy supplies. China and Japan promise to
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Governor: Tornadoes 'new normal' in New York

Governor: Tornadoes 'new normal' in New York | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(WKTV) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the Town of Smithfield on Wednesday morning and took a tour of the damage.Cuomo says tornadoes in New York are "the new normal." He calls it a challenge for government, first responders and a challenge for every citizen.
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Canada's Supreme Court rules against First Nation on logging

Canada's Supreme Court rules against First Nation on logging | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that Ontario's government has the right to allow commercial logging on a tract of First Nations' traditional land.

 

A defeat for the Grassy Narrows First Nation, the 7-0 decision means the province does not need Federal permission to take up treaty land for forestry and mining. 

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'Rollin' Coal' culture warriors want to douse your Prius with their smoke-belching trucks

'Rollin' Coal' culture warriors want to douse your Prius with their smoke-belching trucks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The thinking seems to be, “I hate you and your clean air! I’ll show you by mutilating my truck and burning my money one $3.86 gallon at a time!”
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In the Colombian rainforest, an experiment in community-driven climate protection

In the Colombian rainforest, an experiment in community-driven climate protection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Tolo River community sells carbon credits to corporations via a United Nations program called REDD. The rewards go far beyond just money.
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Get Involved With TNC | The Nature Conservancy

Get Involved With TNC | The Nature Conservancy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Environmentalist" is not a bad word! If you like the outdoors, then you care about protecting it. See how you can get involved!
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Tropical Fish Are Taking Over Temperate Oceans, Causing Underwater Deforestation

Tropical Fish Are Taking Over Temperate Oceans, Causing Underwater Deforestation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warming ocean waters are helping tropical fish invade temperate waters with devastating consequences for native kelp forests and the species they support.
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Crumbling Roads in Oil Fields Slow U.S. Energy Boom

Crumbling Roads in Oil Fields Slow U.S. Energy Boom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The road to U.S. energy security is often unpaved.
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El Niño Triggers Drought, Food Crisis in Nicaragua | Inter Press Service

El Niño Triggers Drought, Food Crisis in Nicaragua | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 The spectre of famine is haunting Nicaragua. The second poorest country in Latin America, and one of the 10 most vulnerable to climate change in the world, is facing a meteorological phenomenon that threatens its food security.

 

Scientists at the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies (INETER) say the situation is correlated with the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), a weather cycle that periodically causes drought on the western Pacific seaboard and the centre of the country, in contrast with seasonal flooding in the north and the eastern Caribbean coast.

 

Crescencio Polanco, a veteran farmer in the rural municipality of Tipitapa, north of Managua, is one of thousands of victims of the climate episode. He waited in vain for the normally abundant rains in May and June to plant maize and beans.

 

Polanco lost his bean crop due to lack of rain, but he remains hopeful. He borrowed 400 dollars to plant again in September, to try to recoup the investment lost by the failed harvest in May.

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Lopsided lobbying on Keystone Pipeline

Lopsided lobbying on Keystone Pipeline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Sunlight Foundation analysis of lobbying on Keystone Pipeline XL shows that one side yields way more influence than another.
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Dam Projects Ignite a Legal Battle Over Mekong River’s Future

Dam Projects Ignite a Legal Battle Over Mekong River’s Future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Opponents say dams will disrupt fish spawning and force villagers off their land.
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Appeals court upholds EPA’s mountaintop removal crackdown

In a significant victory for the Obama administration’s coal policies, a federal appeals court on Friday upheld U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiatives aimed at reducing water pollution from mountaintop removal mining operations.

 

A panel from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the EPA was within its authority to set up a process to coordinate with the Army Corps of Engineers on reviews of Clean Water Act permits for mining operations.

 

The three-judge panel also said EPA guidance aimed at reducing conductivity pollution from large-scale surface mines was not a final agency rule and, therefore, not subject — at least at this point — to legal challenge.

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World Council Of Churches To Divest From World’s Dirty Fuels

World Council Of Churches To Divest From World’s Dirty Fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Representing more than half a billion people, the decision is called 'major victory' for global movement calling for transition away from oil, coal, and gas
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When the Well Runs Dry, Try Dry Farming - Modern Farmer

When the Well Runs Dry, Try Dry Farming - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As California suffers through a record drought, irrigation-free farming starts to step up.
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The polar vortex is coming back next week

The polar vortex is coming back next week | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Well buckle up, America. We're getting another dose of polar air next week, and just in time for what is normally the hottest week of the year.

 

While next week's mid-summer cold snap won't send you rushing for the nearest space heater, its origins are similar to the cold snaps that defined the brutal winter just past.

 

The same basic large-scale weather pattern has been settled in over North America for months now, and it even has a name: the ridiculously resilient ridge. Coupled with the occasional cut-off low pressure center dawdling over the Great Lakes region (next week's will camp out over Quebec), it's been a recipe for extreme warmth on the West Coast and colder than average weather out East. On the west side of the Rockies, tropical Pacific air gets funneled northward from around Hawaii toward Alaska while California dries out and roasts; on the other side, cold air from the Yukon cascades southward toward the Midwest and East Coast.

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Regional Ebola response centre to be set up in Guinea

Regional Ebola response centre to be set up in Guinea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A regional centre is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds of people in west Africa, the World Health Organisation said Friday.
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