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The Morning Briefing: An ageing population | SmartPlanet

The Morning Briefing: An ageing population | SmartPlanet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“The Morning Briefing” is SmartPlanet’s daily roundup of must-reads from the web.
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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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Pebble Mine will not be built: Friedland

Pebble Mine will not be built: Friedland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Legendary mining financier spoke at Sprott Natural Resource Symposium Vancouver.
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Dogs get especially jealous of other dogs, study finds

Dogs get especially jealous of other dogs, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dogs show jealousy when their owners spend time with what appears to be another dog, suggesting that the emotion may have survivalist roots, US researchers said Wednesday.
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Rising temperatures hinder Indian wheat production

Rising temperatures hinder Indian wheat production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Geographers at the University of Southampton have found a link between increasing average temperatures in India and a reduction in wheat production.
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North Atlantic right whale's prospects tied to climate

North Atlantic right whale's prospects tied to climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pleasant scientific surprise: The North Atlantic right whale population – once projected for extinction – exhibited an unexpected increase in calf production and population size during the past decade.
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15-year analysis of blue whale range off California finds conflict with shipping lanes

15-year analysis of blue whale range off California finds conflict with shipping lanes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A comprehensive 15-year analysis of the movements of satellite-tagged blue whales off the West Coast of the United States found that their favored feeding areas are bisected by heavily used shipping lanes, increasing the threat of injury and mortality.
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Should we listen to our genes, or does mother know best?

Should we listen to our genes, or does mother know best? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Breaking the mould of inherited family characteristics could help you survive in a fast-changing world, scientists have discovered.
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New York law offers nurses more recognition, responsibility

New York law offers nurses more recognition, responsibility | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If past experience is anything to go by, nurse practitioners in New York State are about to get a lot more recognition for their contributions to primary care. In Massachusetts, laws already on the books allowing NPs to provide primary care offer nurses more recognition of their contributions to patient ...
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Diseases of another kind

Diseases of another kind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The drought that has the entire country in its grip is affecting more than the color of people's lawns. It may also be responsible for the proliferation of a heat-loving amoeba commonly found in warm freshwater bodies, such as lakes, rivers and hot springs, which the drought has made warmer than usual ...
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Ketamine can be a wonder drug for ER patients and their physicians

Ketamine can be a wonder drug for ER patients and their physicians | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For critically ill patients arriving at the emergency department, the drug ketamine can safely provide analgesia, sedation and amnesia for rapid, life-saving intubation, despite decades-old studies that suggested it raised intracranial pressure. The results of a systematic review of 10 recent studies ...
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Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging

Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Medicine focuses almost entirely on fighting chronic diseases in a piecemeal fashion as symptoms develop. Instead, more efforts should be directed to promoting interventions that have the potential to prevent multiple chronic diseases and extend healthy lifespans.
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Angry Bitcoin investors demand answers at Tokyo creditors' meet

Angry Bitcoin investors demand answers at Tokyo creditors' meet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bitcoin investors voiced anger Wednesday after the first creditors' meeting for failed Tokyo trading exchange MtGox, whose spectacular collapse hammered the digital currency's reputation and left a trail of unanswered questions.
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IBM's Watson advises US soldiers on life after service

IBM's Watson advises US soldiers on life after service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
IBM's Watson supercomputer is putting its real-world smarts to work helping US soldiers transition back to civilian lives.
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Tesla retools California plant for Model X SUV

Tesla retools California plant for Model X SUV | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two vehicle models to be built on same assembly line.
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UN opens up more deep sea areas for mining, issues seven new licences

UN opens up more deep sea areas for mining, issues seven new licences | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
State-owned and private companies from the UK, Germany, India, Brazil, Singapore and Russia are among those to benefit from the seabed regulator’s decision.
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Largest genetic survey to date shows major success of giant panda breeding programs

Largest genetic survey to date shows major success of giant panda breeding programs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Heroic worldwide conservation efforts have made great strides in saving China's endangered national treasure, the giant panda. Now, in China, there are over 65 giant panda reserves that have been established and three large breeding centers. But despite these efforts, just 1596 pandas remain in the ...
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Where have all the swallows gone?

Where have all the swallows gone? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Extinction: the permanent loss of a species. It is deeply troubling—and scientists and birdwatchers are ringing the alarm about a bird species that only a few decades ago was widespread and very common.
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How honey bees stay cool

How honey bees stay cool | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. Recently published research led by Philip T. Starks, a biologist at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences, is the first ...
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Genetic study shows major impact of climate change on Antarctic fur seals

Genetic study shows major impact of climate change on Antarctic fur seals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Genetic analysis of Antarctic fur seals, alongside decades of in-depth monitoring, has provided unique insights into the effect of climate change on a population of top-predators. Published in Nature this week, the findings show that the seals have significantly altered in accordance with changes in ...
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Researchers study bamboo for engineered building material

Researchers study bamboo for engineered building material | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bamboo construction has traditionally been rather straightforward: Entire stalks are used to create latticed edifices, or woven in strips to form wall-sized screens. The effect can be stunning, and also practical in parts of the world where bamboo thrives.
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Head doctor at S.Leone Ebola clinic catches deadly virus

Head doctor at S.Leone Ebola clinic catches deadly virus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A doctor in charge of an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone has been admitted to hospital after contracting the deadly virus himself, the health ministry said Wednesday.
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Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned

Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—Health officials say that the head of the government lab which potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned.
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Life expectancy gains threatened as more older Americans suffer from multiple conditions

Life expectancy gains threatened as more older Americans suffer from multiple conditions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With nearly four in five older Americans living with multiple chronic medical conditions, a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that the more ailments you have after retirement age, the shorter your life expectancy. The analysis, one of the first to examine ...
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Student develops filter for clean water around the world

Student develops filter for clean water around the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Roughly 780 million people around the world have no access to clean drinking water. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 3.4 million people die from water-related diseases every year. ETH student Jeremy Nussbaumer set himself the goal of making a contribution to solving this problem. Working ...
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Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products.
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U.K. grocery store to power itself on biogas generated from its own food waste

U.K. grocery store to power itself on biogas generated from its own food waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
British supermarket chain Sainsbury's has announced that it plans to power one of its grocery stores using only biogas generated from its own food waste. The store in Cannock, West Midlands is approximately one mile away from one of British based Biffa's waste management systems, and will get its power ...
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