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CarbonVisuals: Making Carbon Dioxide Emissions more Graspable - information aesthetics

CarbonVisuals: Making Carbon Dioxide Emissions more Graspable - information aesthetics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CarbonVisuals [carbonvisuals.com] is the "world leader" visualizing carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases.
Accordingly, CarbonVisuals have already developed several visualizations that aim to make such emissions feel more real, and in particular more graspable, as it compares the physical dimensions of several tons of CO2 emissions to everyday objects.
For instance, the CO2 emissions of the city of New York has been represented as a huge mountain of blueish balls - each basically representing 1 ton - that overgrow a 3D virtual city model of New York, while the according emissions statistics of its buildings has been turned into life-size - or huge-size - bar graphs. Alternative renditions, ranging from the level of a city- to that of a single potato, exist as well.


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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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Australian environmental watchdog approves Cameco uranium mine

Australian environmental watchdog approves Cameco uranium mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Western Australia's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended state approval for the project, under certain conditions.
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Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures

Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Before the colonial era, 100,000s of people lived on the land now called California, and many of their cultures manipulated fire to control the availability of plants they used for food, fuel, tools, and ritual. Contemporary tribes continue to use fire to maintain desired habitat and natural resources.
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The mysteries of Antarctic sea ice

The mysteries of Antarctic sea ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world is unmistakeably warming, melting glaciers and raising sea levels world-wide.
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New study confirms water vapor as global warming amplifier

New study confirms water vapor as global warming amplifier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study from scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and colleagues confirms rising levels of water vapor in the upper troposphere – a key amplifier of global warming – will intensify climate change impacts over the next decades. The new study ...
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Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies

Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change to cut food supplies. But these studies have, for the most part, ignored the interactions between increasing temperature and air pollution—specifically ozone pollution, which is known to damage crops.
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Heartland Joins Creationists: Takes Aim at US Education

Heartland Joins Creationists: Takes Aim at US Education | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Heartland Institute, famous for misinforming on the Health effects of cigarettes, and the bogus science of climate denial, now promotes the views of the creationist Discovery Institute, in atta...
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Is Climate Change Awakening a Methane Monster?

Is Climate Change Awakening a Methane Monster? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Dr Box just sent me his latest blog post, something he had to look into that’s been keeping him awake nights.  The methane studies covered in the video above relate mainly to methane from thawing permafrost on land. Dr. Box’s piece below looks into some more recent developments in the study of undersea methane deposits – the sleeping dragon of climate change.  Note this is territory fraught with controversy, as the data from these remote areas is thin. But the stakes are very, very high.

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Western Indian Ocean communities play vital role in conservation

Western Indian Ocean communities play vital role in conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An international team of researchers led by the University of York has carried out the first assessment of community-led marine conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.
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Brown recluse spider bites crawling upward

Brown recluse spider bites crawling upward | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vanderbilt medical toxicologists are reporting an increase in patients seen with brown recluse spider bites this summer.
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Nigeria fears as man falls ill with Ebola-like symptoms

Nigeria fears as man falls ill with Ebola-like symptoms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Liberian man has been hospitalised in Lagos with Ebola-like symptoms, but it is not yet clear if he is infected with the killer virus, Nigerian officials said Thursday.
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S. Korea reports first foot-and-mouth case for 3 years

S. Korea reports first foot-and-mouth case for 3 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
South Korea on Thursday confirmed its first case of foot-and-mouth in more than three years, and just two months after the country was declared free of the disease.
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Researchers discover that Klotho is neuroprotective against Alzheimer's disease

Researchers discover that Klotho is neuroprotective against Alzheimer's disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston University School of Medicine researchers may have found a way to delay or even prevent Alzheimer's disease (AD). They discovered that pre-treatment of neurons with the anti-aging protein Klotho can prevent neuron death in the presence of the toxic amyloid protein and glutamate. These findings ...
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Scotiabank, Deutsche, HSBC accused of rigging silver price

Scotiabank, Deutsche, HSBC accused of rigging silver price | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The three banks have been accused of fixing the price of trillions of dollars worth of silver.
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Pacific summit to urge action on climate change

Pacific summit to urge action on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pacific island leaders will renew calls for meaningful action on climate change at a regional summit opening in Palau on Tuesday, amid fears rising seas will swamp their low-lying nations.
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NOAA: 'Nuisance flooding' an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise

NOAA: 'Nuisance flooding' an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eight of the top 10 U.S. cities that have seen an increase in so-called 'nuisance flooding'—which causes such public inconveniences as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains and compromised infrastructure—are on the East Coast, according to a new NOAA technical report.
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Study finds Europe's habitat and wildlife is vulnerable to climate change

Study finds Europe's habitat and wildlife is vulnerable to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research has identified areas of the Earth that are high priorities for conservation in the face of climate change.
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Impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coral is deeper and broader than predicted

Impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coral is deeper and broader than predicted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new discovery of two additional coral communities showing signs of damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill expands the impact footprint of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery was made by a team led by Charles Fisher, professor of biology at Penn State University. A paper describing ...
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US plans widespread seismic testing of sea floor

US plans widespread seismic testing of sea floor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—The U.S. government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which led to a court battle by environmentalists in New Jersey.
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Western Ground Water Loss "Shocking"

Western Ground Water Loss "Shocking" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

News about water shortages in the American West are usually illustrated with pictures like that above, showing the decline in surface reservoirs. Now, a science team has looked below the surface.

 

Turns out the news is worse than we thought.

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The Pricing of Everything | George Monbiot

The Pricing of Everything | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Natural Capital Agenda looks like an answer to the environmental crisis. But it’s a delusion.

 

“Ladies and gentlemen, we are witnessing the death of both the theory and the practice of neoliberal capitalism. This is the doctrine which holds that the market can resolve almost all social, economic and political problems. It holds that people are best served, and their prosperity is best advanced, by the minimum of intervention and spending by the state. It contends that we can maximise the general social interest through the pursuit of self-interest.

 

To illustrate the spectacular crashing and burning of that doctrine, let me tell you the sad tale of a man called Matt Ridley.

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Butterflies illustrate the effects of environmental change

Butterflies illustrate the effects of environmental change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Changes in butterfly fauna are yielding surprising insights into our changing environment. The effects of nitrogen from fertilizer or precipitation on the food plants and microclimate of caterpillars have a significant impact on butterfly communities in Northwestern Europe. This according to research ...
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Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles

Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Invertebrate numbers have decreased by 45% on average over a 35 year period in which the human population doubled, reports a study on the impact of humans on declining animal numbers. This decline matters because of the enormous benefits invertebrates such as insects, spiders, crustaceans, slugs and ...
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GSK asks European regulator to OK malaria shot

GSK asks European regulator to OK malaria shot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—Pharma giant GSK said Thursday it is submitting its malaria vaccine for regulatory approval to the European Medicines Agency.
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China lifts quarantine after man dies of plague

China lifts quarantine after man dies of plague | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—A nine-day quarantine imposed on parts of a northern Chinese city where a man died of bubonic plague has been lifted, China's official news agency reported Thursday.
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New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut

New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A multi-institutional team of researchers has developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This safe, noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the GI tract in real time could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of gut diseases.
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