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New Technology Slashes the Emissions from Diesel Engines by 45%

a start-up company, Nanostellar, claims to have found a man-made substance that can replace platinum in diesel engine catalytic convertors.
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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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Beijing to weigh administrative duties against climate

Beijing to weigh administrative duties against climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Beijing (UPI) Jul 28, 2013 - The performance of Chinese decision-makers will be vetted in part by their environmental stewardship, a political document said.

 

The performance of Chinese decision-makers will be vetted in part by their environmental stewardship, a political document said.

A briefing issued Sunday by the Communist Party of China said the decisions and administrative activities of Chinese officials will be measured against social, economic and environmental impacts.

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Climate experts estimate risk of rapid crop slowdown

Climate experts estimate risk of rapid crop slowdown | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 29, 2014 -
The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global crop yields because of climate change, new research finds.

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Generating a Genome to Feed the World

Generating a Genome to Feed the World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 29, 2014 -
An international team of researchers led by the University of Arizona has sequenced the complete genome of African rice. The genetic information will enhance scientists' and agriculturalists' understanding of the growing patterns of African rice, as well as enable the development of new rice varieties that are better able to cope with increasing environmental stressors to help solve global hunger challenges.

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What Do Chinese Dumplings Have to Do With Global Warming?

What Do Chinese Dumplings Have to Do With Global Warming? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A refrigeration boom is changing the way Chinese people eat — and threatening the planet in the process.
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Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA

Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to 'knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,' NASA said.
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5 Industries Worried About Peak Oil

5 Industries Worried About Peak Oil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The debate over the impact of peak oil has been raging for decades. Although few deny that the end of mass oil consumption is drawing nearer, educated estimates now range between 2020 and 2030. But more important than the timeframe of peak oil are its consequences.


Some seek to spell the end of life as we know it, so reliant is the world upon black gold. Others, equally extreme in their views, embrace the news, looking forward to a time when humanity will magically clean up its act. The truth is somewhere in the middle. 

 

The consequences of peak oil are not to be underestimated. Society would undergo a difficult time, given the sheer spread of oil on our culture. Doomsday predictions of ...

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Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CAIRO (AP) — A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country as foreigners flee the chaos.

 

Libya's interim government said in a statement that the fire could trigger a "humanitarian and environmental disaster" in Tripoli, appealing for "international help" to extinguish the inferno. It did not say what it specifically needed.

 
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Has Meat Met Its Match?

Has Meat Met Its Match? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sensitized to the environmental costs of livestock, a new generation eyes options for changing our carnivorous ways.
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EPA Considering Regulating More Chemicals Under Its Rule for High-Hazard Substances

EPA Considering Regulating More Chemicals Under Its Rule for High-Hazard Substances | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
July 24 In response to the deadly 2013 explosion at a Texas fertilizer facility the Environmental Protection Agency is considering adding ammonium nitrate and other substances to those covered by its regulation to prevent highhazard chemical accidents the agency announced July 24.
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Emails show secrecy on federal oilsands probe | Toronto Star

Emails show secrecy on federal oilsands probe | Toronto Star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Proposed answers from Environment Canada to questions about a 2013 oilsands leak triggered emails suggesting the ministry “limit information” given to media.
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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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McDonald's holds the beef in China meat scandal

McDonald's holds the beef in China meat scandal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Shanghai (AFP) July 28, 2014 - McDonald's outlets across China have yanked their flagship burgers from the menu, the company said Monday, as the American owner of a key supplier embroiled in an expired meat scandal offered consumers a personal apology.

 

Authorities in Shanghai last week shut a plant owned by privately-held OSI Group after a television report alleging it mixed out-of-date meat with fresh product. Police later detained five officials from the OSI subsidiary which operated it, Shanghai Husi Food Co.

 

McDonald's, one of the factory's many customers in China, has stopped using food from all OSI plants in the country "after listening to voices from all parties", it said in a statement.

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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

London, UK  Jul 29, 2014 -
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 worms bring to our day-to-day lives, including pollination and pest control for crops, decomposition for nutrient cycling, water filtration and human health.

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Wisconsin mayfly swarm causes car accident

Wisconsin mayfly swarm causes car accident | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La Crosse, Wis. (UPI) Jul 28, 2013 - Millions, if not billions, of mayflies hatching along the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin, gathered in a swarm large enough to appear on local radar systems early last week. The swarming insects have been blamed for a three-car accident that sent one man the hospital.
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Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events

Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Edinburgh, UK (SPX) Jul 29, 2014 -
Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say. A fresh study using up-to-date fossil records and im
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America Might Soon Witness A Dust Bowl-Like Migration

America Might Soon Witness A Dust Bowl-Like Migration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Debates still persist about the impact of climate change, but from my perspective, the early results are in. We are now reaching the point where cities, metro areas and states will have to consider taking bold and assertive measures to even maintain their current quality-of-life levels. And we are also reaching the point at which alternate futures for our cities must be considered.

 

California was perhaps the chief beneficiary of the migration generated by the Dust Bowl, as residents of the Great Plains saw their livelihoods disappear...

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Study shows trees save many lives—are tree-huggers onto something?

Study shows trees save many lives—are tree-huggers onto something? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first study to directly link trees' air pollution removal to human health shows that a significant amount of lives are saved and countless respiratory problems averted thanks to trees.
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Hong Kong-based inventor's breakthrough robotic boat aims to clean-up oceans

Hong Kong-based inventor's breakthrough robotic boat aims to clean-up oceans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Hong Kong-based environmentalist and inventor is developing special boats with shape-shifting hulls to help clean-up the oceans
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CDC urges U.S. health workers to be vigilant as Ebola virus’s toll grows in Africa

CDC urges U.S. health workers to be vigilant as Ebola virus’s toll grows in Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the risk of Ebola spreading to the United States was low, but it nevertheless issued a Level 2 health alert, advising U.S. health workers to be vigilant.

 

The largest outbreak of the Ebola virus on record has spread across the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since first detected in March, with more than 670 deaths, according to the CDC.

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UPDATE 1-Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests | Reuters

(Adds Monsanto statement)By Caroline StaufferSAO PAULO, July 28 (Reuters) - Genetically modified cornseeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracioustropical bugs, increasing costs as
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Caviar’s Last Stand

Caviar’s Last Stand | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How the international caviar underground ended up in the Ozarks
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Green Going Gone: The Tragic Deforestation of the Chaco

Green Going Gone: The Tragic Deforestation of the Chaco | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Monolithic agricultural companies are claiming they can practice sustainable farming in the heart of one of the world's most important wildernesses. The ravaged state of the Paraguayan Chaco forest is telling a different story.
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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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