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The top of the world is melting

The top of the world is melting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Artic permafrost is melting, releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases. The world now has to rethink how it tackles climate change.
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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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Looted and leaking, South Sudan's oil wells pose health risk

Looted and leaking, South Sudan's oil wells pose health risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thick black puddles and a looted, leaking ruin are all that remain of the Thar Jath oil treatment facility, once a crucial part of South Sudan's mainstay industry.
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Music festivals go cleaner, greener

Music festivals go cleaner, greener | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Every summer, tens of thousands of people across Australia revel in live outdoor music, staying for a day or pitching their tents for a weekend. When the music dies, however, what's left may be less appealing – a churned-up landscape with tonnes of food and drink packaging, a sea of discarded possessions ...
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Methane oxidation fuelled by algal oxygen production

Methane oxidation fuelled by algal oxygen production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Methane emissions are strongly reduced in lakes with anoxic bottom waters. But here – contrary to what has previously been assumed – methane removal is not due to archaea or anaerobic bacteria. A new study on Lake Cadagno in Canton Ticino shows that the microorganisms responsible are aerobic proteobacteria. ...
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Simulations suggests cutting rainforests in mid and high latitudes can impact rainfall in northern hemisphere

Simulations suggests cutting rainforests in mid and high latitudes can impact rainfall in northern hemisphere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with the Indian Institute of Science has found, via computer simulation, that deforestation in one part of the world can impact rainfall patterns in another. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Abhishek Devaraju, Govindasamy ...
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Analyzing the First “INDC”: Switzerland Releases New Climate Action Commitment | World Resources Institute

Analyzing the First “INDC”: Switzerland Releases New Climate Action Commitment | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Switzerland announced its post-2020 climate action plan yesterday, making it the first country to officially submit its contribution to the international climate agreement to be finalized in Paris at the end of this year. It's a promising start, with the country committing to reduce its emissions 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
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3 Counterintuitive Connections Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather | World Resources Institute

3 Counterintuitive Connections Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston received 98 inches of snow this season, California faces an epic drought and the American West experienced warmer-than-average temperatures.

What’s going on with this extreme weather, and what does it have to do with global climate change?
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Glass coating for improved battery performance

Glass coating for improved battery performance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lithium-sulfur batteries have been a hot topic in battery research because of their ability to produce up to 10 times more energy than conventional batteries, which means they hold great promise for applications in energy-demanding electric vehicles. However, there have been fundamental road blocks to commercializing these sulfur batteries.
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Bookstore - The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy | EPI

Bookstore - The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy | EPI | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The energy transition is here. As fossil fuel reserves shrink, as air pollution worsens, and as concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, oil, and natural gas, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old economy, fueled largely by coal and oil, is being replaced with one powered by solar and wind energy.

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Alaska environmental officials investigating oil line leak

JUNEAU, Alaska, (Reuters) - Investigators are reviewing the cause of an oil production pipeline breach on Alaska's North Slope where upwards of 4,000 gallons (15,100 liters) of fluid spilled, state officials
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Water loss: seven things you need to know about an invisible global problem

Water loss: seven things you need to know about an invisible global problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A staggering 46bn litres of drinking water are lost globally every day. What can consumers, business and governments do?
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Microbes could help clean up after fracking

Microbes could help clean up after fracking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers have found a way to harness microscopic organisms to solve one of fracking's biggest problems: waste
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Madrid brings in tough anti-pollution regulations - Telegraph

Madrid brings in tough anti-pollution regulations - Telegraph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If air pollution levels are too high, automatic traffic restrictions will be issued by Spanish authorities
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Lightning plus volcanic ash make glass

Lightning plus volcanic ash make glass | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In their open-access paper for Geology, Kimberly Genareau and colleagues propose, for the first time, a mechanism for the generation of glass spherules in geologic deposits through the occurrence of volcanic lightning. The existence of fulgurites—glassy products formed in rocks and sediments struck ...
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A study determines that the Gulf of Cadiz is an area prone to suffering from flooding and coastal damage

A study determines that the Gulf of Cadiz is an area prone to suffering from flooding and coastal damage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reasearchers at the University of Cadiz have carried out a study that establishes the atmospheric conditions responsible for the generation of extreme meteorological events in the Gulf of Cadiz, which can cause flooding and significant damage to the coastline. In the study, published in the scientific ...
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Pre-1950 structures suffered the most damage from August 2014 Napa quake

Pre-1950 structures suffered the most damage from August 2014 Napa quake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An analysis of buildings tagged red and yellow by structural engineers after the August 2014 earthquake in Napa links pre-1950 buildings and the underlying sedimentary basin to the greatest shaking damage, according to one of six reports on the Napa quake published in the March/April issue of Seismological ...
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Europe still off mark on sustainability goals: report

Europe still off mark on sustainability goals: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Europe could miss several key targets for safeguarding its species, water, air and land, said a study Tuesday that warned economic recovery would add to the pressure on natural resources.
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What do Apple, Citi and Shell Have in Common? | World Resources Institute

What do Apple, Citi and Shell Have in Common? | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manish Bapna takes a closer look at corporate sustainability trends and its global shift toward low-carbon energy.
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3 Maps Explain India’s Growing Water Risks | World Resources Institute

3 Maps Explain India’s Growing Water Risks | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India is one of the most water-challenged countries in the world, from its deepest aquifers to its largest rivers.

The India Water Tool 2.0 is the most comprehensive, publicly available online tool evaluating India’s water risks.
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Black phosphorous: A new wonder material for improving optical communication

Black phosphorous: A new wonder material for improving optical communication | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Phosphorus, a highly reactive element commonly found in match heads, tracer bullets and fertilizers, can be turned into a stable crystalline form known as black phosphorus. In a new study, researchers from the Univ. of Minnesota used an ultra-thin black phosphorus film, only 20 layers of atoms, to demonstrate high-speed data communication on nanoscale optical circuits.
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On thin ice

On thin ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s no surprise that Arctic sea ice is thinning. What is new is just how long, how steadily, and how much it has declined. Univ. of Washington researchers compiled modern and historic measurements to get a full picture of how Arctic sea ice thickness has changed. The results show a thinning in the central Arctic Ocean of 65% between 1975 and 2012.
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Letter: Nuclear industry plagued with problems. — Environmental Health News

Letter: Nuclear industry plagued with problems. — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

his letter to the editor is in response to Peter Dykstra's series on nuclear energy.

March 3, 2015

To the editor: 

I believe Mark Heinicke's Feb 20th criticisms ("nuances of language—satire and innuendo in particular") of Peter Dykstra's Last Tango for Nuclear series (Jan 31) are valid. As Heinicke says, metaphors, tone, headlines, and framing DO matter. Yet Heinicke, a self-described nuclear proponent, did not challenge any of Dykstra's claims, nor did he make any defense of nuclear energy, or arguments for its value.

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Yakima Herald Republic | Up to 1,500 gallons of oil has permeated 24 miles of waterways

Yakima Herald Republic | Up to 1,500 gallons of oil has permeated 24 miles of waterways | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Worry about marine life mounts as more fish die

Worry about marine life mounts as more fish die | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — As fish carcasses continued to wash up on Singapore’s shores yesterday, marine enthusiasts voiced concern about the amount and variety of wild fish and other animal species affected.
They spoke of the need to boost the resilience of the marine ecosystem as some posted on social media that shore walks in recent days have allowed them glimpses of fish species they had never seen.
Fish farmers, meanwhile, continued to add up their losses from the mass fish deaths that caught many by sur
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PESTICIDES: Appeals court to hear case on EPA role in bee die-off

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed last week to hear the first case to challenge U.S. EPA's role in the massive loss of bees in the last decade.
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