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First Nations upset after Alberta appeal court rejects argument over Jackpine Mine

First Nations upset after Alberta appeal court rejects argument over Jackpine Mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Alberta Court of Appeal on Monday dismissed a leave to appeal from First Nations groups who complained their treaty rights are being violated by Shell Oil’s proposed expansion of its Jackpine Mine 100 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray.
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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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Preparing for Tomorrow’s Storms

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Storms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Drought is not the only environmental risk California residents face.

 

Californians are understandably focused on the state’s severe drought, nowin its fourth year. But drought is not the only environmental risk the state’s residents face.

 

Twenty-five million Californians get their drinking water from the San Francisco Bay Delta watershed, which covers more than 75,000 square miles and stretches from the Cascade Mountains in Northern California to the Tehachapis in the southern part of the state.

 

Rain and snowmelt in the watershed (down significantly this year because of the drought) eventually flow to the Pacific Ocean through San Francisco Bay. Along the way, that fresh water is protected from saltwater by a patchwork of levees. If those levees are breached in a storm or an earthquake, millions living in the area will be without safe drinking water.

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Act Now to Protect Our Oceans and Rivers from Oil Spills

Act Now to Protect Our Oceans and Rivers from Oil Spills | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

EPA rulemaking a key time for public comment

 

I am a survivor of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, a marine toxicologist, a commercial fisherman, and an author-turned activist. The turning happened 26 years ago today, when I flew over the wreck of the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The Sound was my backyard, my fishing grounds, and most importantly, a place I loved. The giant inky stain on the water was … overwhelming. Intimidating. It was vast, and I was only one person. What could I do? As I flew over the ocean of oil, I realized I knew enough to make a difference. But did I care enough? The answer, I knew, would change my life.

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America’s Second-Worst Oil Spill Is Still Scarring the Shores of Alaska

America’s Second-Worst Oil Spill Is Still Scarring the Shores of Alaska | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
March 24, 1989: The Exxon Valdez runs aground, leaking 11 million gallons of crude oil

It was the worst man-made environmental catastrophe in U.S. history — that is, until five years ago, when it was eclipsed by a disaster roughly 20 times its scope.

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Chairman of 'grossly mismanaged' Chemical Safety Board resigns

Chairman of 'grossly mismanaged' Chemical Safety Board resigns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Under pressure from the White House and Congress, Rafael Moure-Eraso announced his resignation Thursday evening.
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Beijing Shuts Down Coal Power Plants as Air Pollution Costs Economy

Beijing Shuts Down Coal Power Plants as Air Pollution Costs Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese capital will close last major coal plant next year in bid to avert economic costs of pollution.
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We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, because all human life depends on it | George Monbiot

We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, because all human life depends on it | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
War, pestilence, even climate change, are trifles by comparison. Destroy the soil and we all starve
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Rise in government insurance rates to mirror rising waters, flood debt

Rise in government insurance rates to mirror rising waters, flood debt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An attempt by Congress to erase FEMA’s &u0024;24 billion flood debt with higher insurance costs starts April 1.
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Amid Pollution Problems, China's Health Food Industry Blossoms

Amid Pollution Problems, China's Health Food Industry Blossoms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At first glance, the World Health Store seems like any other health nut’s paradise: Shelves are cramped neck-high with supplement bars, whey protein for bodybuilders, Nature’s Bounty Evening Primrose Oil and Navitas Naturals Chia Powder. ...
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Why putting off retirement savings until you make more money is a big mistake

Why putting off retirement savings until you make more money is a big mistake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ignore it in your 20s and you'll pay handsomely to make up the savings for the rest of your life, the Employee Benefit Research Institute says.
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“Winter” in Alaska | NOAA Climate.gov

“Winter” in Alaska | NOAA Climate.gov | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The extreme atmospheric pressure pattern that favored record-breaking snow totals across parts of the U.S. East left Alaskans asking, “Where’s winter?”
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WikiLeaks reveals local health and environment rules under threat

WikiLeaks reveals local health and environment rules under threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australian health, environment and public welfare regulation, including plain tobacco packaging legislation will be open for challenge from largely US-based corporation, if a new  deal that is part of the Trans Pacific Partnership goes through. 
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Colombian tribe scores ‘historic’ victory versus Big Gas

Colombian tribe scores ‘historic’ victory versus Big Gas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
David Hill: State company Ecopetrol pulls out of drilling site in territories belonging to the indigenous U’wa people
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Driverless cars poised to transform automotive industry | MINING.com

The newest Mercedes autonomous car looks like a car on the outside but like a lounge on the inside, with four swivel seats facing each other in a multimedia bubble of padded leather and walnut veneer.
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Choke hold

Delhi must come to grips with the monster of air pollution, set an example.
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China sees through its coal-fired haze what Alabama cannot

In China, where coal is indeed king, they're cracking down on coal-fired power plants.

 

And in Alabama, where just three of every 1,000 jobs come from any kind of mining, we'd mainline mercury if we thought it would save a single one of those jobs.

 

Beijing, which is so polluted they take pictures of the smog from space, will close the last of its big coal-fired power plants next year, according to a report by Bloomberg.

 

It's not about jobs. It's about money.

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Repeated antibiotic use linked to diabetes

Repeated antibiotic use linked to diabetes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People who need treating with repeated courses of antibiotics may be at increased risk of developing diabetes, researchers have found.
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Weed Killer, Long Cleared, Is Doubted

Weed Killer, Long Cleared, Is Doubted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency gave the maker of Roundup a thumbs up in 1991, but a World Health Organization group now says the active ingredient “probably” causes cancer.
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Duke Energy CEO loses $600K in pay over coal ash pollution : Business

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated
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How Brain-Damaging Mercury Puts Arctic Kids at Risk

How Brain-Damaging Mercury Puts Arctic Kids at Risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Inuit children, exposed in the womb, have lower IQs because their mothers eat whale meat and other foods tainted with contaminants that drift north.
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California drought: Sierra Nevada snowpack hits historic low

California drought: Sierra Nevada snowpack hits historic low | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The abominable snowpack in the Sierra Nevada reached an unprecedented low this week, dipping below the historic lows in 1977 and 2014 for the driest winter in 65 years of record-keeping. Electronic surveys show the water content of the snow throughout the Sierra is a shocking 8 percent of the historical average for this time of year, by far the driest it has been since 1950, the year record-keeping began, because of the lack of rain and snowfall and the exceedingly high temperatures. The depar
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March heat shatters records in bone-dry Los Angeles

March heat shatters records in bone-dry Los Angeles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A series of heat waves this month -- including a brief one one that ended Friday -- brought a grim new distinction to hot, dry Los Angeles.
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With London's Affordability Crisis, a New Breed of Activism Is Born

With London's Affordability Crisis, a New Breed of Activism Is Born | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The city is grappling with major socioeconomic shifts by getting organized at an unprecedented scale.  
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Japan makes a start on sharing lessons from nuclear crisis

SENDAI, Japan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When professional boxer and model Tomomi Takano heard that children in Japan's Fukushima prefecture were becoming unfit and overweight as the 2011 nuclear crisis
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Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An official investigation into a 2014 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.
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UPDATE 1-White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs

* Report tackles antibiotic prescribing, use in livestock* CDC tasked with reducing superbug infections by 2020* Some doctors required to report antibiotic prescriptions (Adds White House comment)By
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