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Philippines had most disaster deaths in 2011

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MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines had the highest death toll caused by weather-related disasters last year, a new study said Wednesday.
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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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Slum dwellers make fabric sanitary pads to save environment - The Times of India

Slum dwellers make fabric sanitary pads to save environment - The Times of India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Waking up to the vast damage caused to the environment by disposable sanitary napkins which often choke sewer lines and pollute landfills, an Udaipur-based NGO has been making and advocating reusable fabric sanitary napkins 'UGER' which literally means a 'new beginning' in Mewari.
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Alberta wildfires burn for 6th day, 10 percent of oil sands crude offline

Alberta wildfires burn for 6th day, 10 percent of  oil sands crude offline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Firefighters battled wildfires in northern Alberta, Canada's biggest crude-producing region, for a sixth day on Thursday, with two blazes near oil sands facilities still out
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Food supply fears whet appetite for Dutch farm technology

Food supply fears whet appetite for Dutch farm technology | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - From the rooftops of Amsterdam to the expanses of Kazakhstan, Dutch technology is helping food producers to meet the needs of both gourmets and growing populations facing uncertain
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Inside America's secretive biolabs

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A USA TODAY Network investigation reveals that hundreds of lab mistakes, safety violations and near-miss incidents have occurred in biological laboratories coast to coast in recent years, putting scientists, their colleagues and sometimes even the public at risk.
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Do our bodies safely break down BPA? Fat chance, study suggests. — Environmental Health News

Do our bodies safely break down BPA? Fat chance, study suggests. — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Industry has long contended bisphenol-A breaks down harmlessly in our bodies. New research suggests that we transform it into a compound linked to obesity.

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Drought turns Californians against water bottling companies

Drought turns Californians against water bottling companies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Companies, like Nestle, that bottle water in California are actually using a tiny fraction of the total water used in the state.
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World has no choice but to decarbonize: U.N. climate chief

World has no choice but to decarbonize: U.N. climate chief | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Responding to climate change in the next 15 years is the world's "mega development project", given the need to invest trillions of dollars in infrastructure, creating jobs and economic stability, the United Nations' top climate change official said on Tuesday. "It makes fundamental economic sense" for countries to push forward on tackling climate change because of the benefits it will bring in terms of food, water and energy, as well as employment," Christiana Figueres told a carbon market conference in Barcelona. This, together with the speed at which businesses are acting on climate change and efforts to put a price on carbon, mean "a decarbonized world is now irreversible, irrefutable," the head of the U.N. climate change secretariat told the conference.
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Cleveland, Justice Department announce police settlement

Cleveland, Justice Department announce police settlement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleveland officials and the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday announced their settlement over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the city's police department.
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Australia dumbs down as government bets on baristas over brains

Australia dumbs down as government bets on baristas over brains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia is betting on plumbers and coffee- shop owners over scientists and researchers to drive the nation's next wave of economic growth.
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Why Baltimore Blew Up

Why Baltimore Blew Up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It wasn't just the killing of Freddie Gray. Inside the complex legal infrastructure that encourages — and covers up — police violence
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Climate change could shrink Mount Everest’s glaciers by 70 percent, study finds

Climate change could shrink Mount Everest’s glaciers by 70 percent, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By 2100, a new study finds, the iconic glaciers could be mostly gone.
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Chevron defends environmental record in Ecuador, sees bright future for Richmond refinery

Chevron defends environmental record in Ecuador, sees bright future for Richmond refinery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chevron warded off a litany of accusations of environmental damage and corporate malfeasance during its annual meeting Wednesday, and after the event the company said the Richmond refinery will remain a major part of its operations.
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Extremes Update: India Heatwave Killing Thousands

Extremes Update: India Heatwave Killing Thousands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Times of India: LUCKNOW: The intense heat wave condition that is sweeping across India currently could be another manifestation of an extreme weather event, said researchers from the New Delhi-base...
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India reluctant to join global ban on toxic chemical - The Times of India

India reluctant to join global ban on toxic chemical - The Times of India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fate of a toxic chemical is yet to be decided in India, despite 90 nations voting for a global ban on its usage.
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Unesco reconsidering Great Barrier Reef heritage status - BBC News

Unesco reconsidering Great Barrier Reef heritage status - BBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia is holding its breath ahead of a Unesco decision about the heritage status of one of the world's great natural wonders.
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Some plastic teething toys may have hormone-altering chemicals

(Reuters Health) - Some plastic teething toys used by infants might contain chemicals that could interfere with the production of hormones needed for normal growth and development, a small German study
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U.S. EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees

U.S. EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. environmental regulators on Thursday proposed a rule that would create temporary pesticide-free zones to protect commercial honeybees, which are critical to food production and have been dying off at alarming rates. The restrictions are aimed at protecting bees from "pesticides that are acutely toxic" to them, and would cover foliar applications when certain plants are in bloom and when commercial honeybees are being used to pollinate crops, the Environmental Protection Agency said in an 18-page outline of the rule. In foliar applications, the pesticide is put on the plant.
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Bird flu egg-splained: The impact goes far beyond your breakfast table

Bird flu egg-splained: The impact goes far beyond your breakfast table | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Avian flu has forced American farmers to kill 40 million birds so far, pushing up wholesale prices for eggs sold in both grocery stores and to food manufacturers. The outbreak has been contained to just birds so far...but there's still a public health risk, even if it doesn't spread to humans.
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As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It

As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are pondering a "post-antibiotic world." The World Health Organization says countries need to boost surveillance for resistance and develop new drugs.
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Extremophile bacteria could be key to solving nuclear problems

Extremophile bacteria could be key to solving nuclear problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Radiation-tolerant bacteria could be even more effective at clearing up nuclear waste through natural processes than previously thought.
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I Don’t Want to Be Right - The New Yorker

I Don’t Want to Be Right - The New Yorker | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To change false beliefs, appealing to a person’s sense of self may be more important than the facts.
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Oil Balls As Large As Footballs Wash Up On California’s Shore, Closing Beaches

Oil Balls As Large As Footballs Wash Up On California’s Shore, Closing Beaches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A cleanup crew collects balls of tar that washed ashore in Manhattan Beach, Calif. on Thursday, May 28, 2015.
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Lessons from an ancient climate shift - Yale Climate Connections

Lessons from an ancient climate shift - Yale Climate Connections | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Depleted oxygen zones in the ocean may increase in a warmer climate.
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Across U.S., Heaviest Downpours On The Rise | Climate Central

Across U.S., Heaviest Downpours On The Rise | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Very heavy downpours are happening more frequently across most of the U.S.
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Your toothpaste may be loaded with tiny plastic beads that never go away

Your toothpaste may be loaded with tiny plastic beads that never go away | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What are microbeads, and why are some states banning them?
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