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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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California lawmakers should pass the vaccination bill

California lawmakers should pass the vaccination bill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Anti-vaccination parents showed up last week in Sacramento threatening to leave the public schools en masse, and the Senate Education Committee crumbled like a batch of overbaked cookies. Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), who has written legislation that would mandate vaccines for almost all public school students, was forced to take back his bill for revision.
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Opinion: BP spill a warning against Atlantic drilling - Opinion

Opinion: BP spill a warning against Atlantic drilling - Opinion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

FIVE YEARS ago on April 20, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in flames in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and starting the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Before the well was capped 87 days later on July 15, more than 200 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf.

 

Even today, five years after the BP disaster, 60 percent of the 210 million gallons that spilled are unaccounted for, and oil-soaked sand and tar balls continue to wash up on the beaches of the Gulf. Earlier this month, in Grand Isle, La., a family visiting the beach discovered a dead dolphin covered in oil. Last year, tar mats were found on the Mississippi coast. Two years ago, a tar mat covering a quarter of an acre and weighing 40,000 pounds was discovered at a Louisiana beach.

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How The World Bank Is Financing Environmental Destruction

How The World Bank Is Financing Environmental Destruction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In northern Peru, the World Bank's business-lending arm is part owner of the Yanacocha gold mine, accused by impoverished farming communities of despoiling their land in pursuit of the precious ore. The bank and IFC have stepped up investments in projects deemed to have a high risk of serious and environment damage, including oil pipelines, mines and even coal-fired power plants, an investigation by The Huffington Post and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist has found.
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The Power Of Human Resilience After Major Disasters-- And The Importance Of Community

The Power Of Human Resilience After Major Disasters-- And The Importance Of Community | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers had the unique chance to measure the "happiness" of vulnerable New Orleans residents before and after Hurricane Katrina. The...
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World Bank Projects Leave Trail of Misery Around Globe

World Bank Projects Leave Trail of Misery Around Globe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Kenya, the World Bank's in-house Inspection Panel found the bank violated its policies by failing to do enough to protect the Sengwer, an indigenous minority group in Kenya's western forests. Over the past decade, the World Bank has regularly failed to enforce its "safeguard" policies protecting some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet, an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Huffington Post and other media partners has found.
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How Severe Is California's Drought Really?

How Severe Is California's Drought Really? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The drought is breaking records and forcing Californians to make hard decisions. But understanding its severity is a complicated process that yields gloomy results.
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Living on Earth: The Mother of Endocrine Disruption Science

Living on Earth: The Mother of Endocrine Disruption Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Theo Colborn may have waited until her 50s to get her PhD, but she still became a trailblazer in the field of environmental health. Theo died last December, and in this season of Earth Day fellow scientist and collaborator Laura Vandenberg and host Steve Curwood remember Theo's life and discuss her contributions to scientific knowledge.
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Breathing poison in the world's most polluted city

Breathing poison in the world's most polluted city | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When Delhi was named as the world's most polluted city, it came as a shock to most residents. For many, that has now given way to a persistent, nagging anxiety.
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The Made-Up Disease That Affects More People in Power Than You Think

The Made-Up Disease That Affects More People in Power Than You Think | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Watch Funny or Die lampoon the folks who refuse to acknowledge climate change.
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Home Prices Fall in Fewer Chinese Cities as Demand Grows

Home Prices Fall in Fewer Chinese Cities as Demand Grows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New-home prices dropped from a month earlier in 49 of the 70 cities tracked by the government, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Saturday, compared with slides in 66 in February. The average price fell for an 11th consecutive month, bringing the decline from a year earlier to 6.1 percent, the steepest on record, according to Bloomberg calculations.
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You Can't Have a Functioning Democracy Without High Quality Infrastructure

You Can't Have a Functioning Democracy Without High Quality Infrastructure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's time for our lawmakers to start rebuilding our nation.
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Subsidies key in improving sanitation, new study finds

Subsidies key in improving sanitation, new study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With poor sanitation estimated to cause 280,000 deaths per year worldwide, improving sanitation is a key policy goal in many developing countries. Yet governments and major development institutions disagree over how to address the problem. A new study released in Science today found that in Bangladesh, ...
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Louisiana five years after BP oil spill: 'It's not going back to normal no time soon'

Louisiana five years after BP oil spill: 'It's not going back to normal no time soon' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The oil giant says the environmental disaster caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blast is nearly over. That’s not how it feels to Gulf coast residents
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Shrinking Antarctic has us skating on thin ice

Shrinking Antarctic has us skating on thin ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Antarctic ice is now melting faster than ever, raising sea levels. But the degree of risk to our coastline and economy is still a big unknown.
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Feds order speed limits for oil trains

Feds order speed limits for oil trains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is imposing a 40 mile per hour speed limit for oil trains near cities.
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SAFETY: Federal researchers ID at least 9 VOC inhalation deaths at oil sites

SAFETY: Federal researchers ID at least 9 VOC inhalation deaths at oil sites | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At least nine oil workers have died since 2010 from inhaling toxic amounts of vapors while measuring crude oil in storage tanks at well sites, according to new findings by federal researchers.
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Polar bears hit by twin threats of pollution and climate change

Polar bears hit by twin threats of pollution and climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEWS: Plastic waste, toxic pollutants and climate adding pressures on polar bears in Arctic say researchers
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Opinion - White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An environmental movement in need of a makeover. — Environmental Health News

Opinion - White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An environmental movement in need of a makeover. — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Now that I’ve gotten your attention with an over-the-top headline, understand that I don’t really buy it. Not completely, anyway.

 

But millions of Americans do, and because of that, pushback against environmental initiatives is both strong and often devoid of reason.

 

With an environmental movement whose lifespan can be measured by 45 annual Earth Days (this Wednesday is Earth Day 2015), it’s time to ask a question: How can a movement featuring so many smart, high-achieving people talking science-backed common sense for so long on issues that can literally be life-or-death still have such a hard time?

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Abbott government gives $4m to help climate contrarian set up Australian centre

Abbott government gives $4m to help climate contrarian set up Australian centre | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bjørn Lomborg will be given money from the hard-pressed federal budget to set up a ‘consensus centre’ at the University of Western Australia
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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Politicians Denying Science Is ‘Beginning Of The End Of An Informed Democracy’

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Politicians Denying Science Is ‘Beginning Of The End Of An Informed Democracy’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Starting this Monday, 4/20, Neil deGrasse Tyson will be appearing weekly in what may be the first late-night science talk show.
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U.S., China top dumping of electronic waste; little recycled

OSLO (Reuters) - The United States and China contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste such as cellphones, hair dryers and fridges in 2014 and less than a sixth ended up recycled worldwide,
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California Gas Pipeline Explosion Injures Up to 15 People

California Gas Pipeline Explosion Injures Up to 15 People | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A construction crew on Friday accidentally ruptured a natural gas transmission line in Fresno, California, sparking an explosion and fire that injured up to 15 people, four of them critically, officials said.
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The Very Real Hardship of Unpredictable Work Schedules

The Very Real Hardship of Unpredictable Work Schedules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 17 percent of workers who deal with erratic scheduling tend to be those who can afford instability the least.
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Marine sanctuaries face new mining threat after permits issued for petroleum exploration

Marine sanctuaries face new mining threat after permits issued for petroleum exploration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Permits that would allow industry to look for petroleum in marine sanctuaries have been quietly granted by the Abbott government while it reviews 40 freshly minted new marine reserves.
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Western lifestyle may limit the diversity of bacteria in the gut

Western lifestyle may limit the diversity of bacteria in the gut | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bacteria that naturally reside in the gut are important for health, but recent studies consistently show that a modern lifestyle depletes the gut's collection of microbes. How lifestyle affects the diversity of this gut 'microbiome' is unclear, but an analysis of the gut microbiomes of Papua New Guinean ...
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