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EPA Releases Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Models of 2013 (In Two Flavors)

EPA Releases Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Models of 2013 (In Two Flavors) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I've always said that the best way to get around is to walk, bike, or take public transit. But if you need a car, you should get the most fuel-efficient model that meets your needs.
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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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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 2014 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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US Deep Freeze Stands out on Global Map

US Deep Freeze Stands out on Global Map | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Andrew Freedman in Mashable: The eastern U.S., as well as parts of Canada, sticks out for having the most unusually cold conditions on the planet. In fact, much of the rest of North America — inclu...
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Big Oil and the Inevitable: Coming to Grips with Carbon and Climate Change

Big Oil and the Inevitable: Coming to Grips with Carbon and Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Readers are aware of two recent high profile announements from Shell and BP, calling for a price on carbon and an enlarged discussion of climate change globally. I recently watched a long lecture b...
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Why Local Matters, and Why It’s Inevitable

Why Local Matters, and Why It’s Inevitable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If you're looking for a quick ~5-10 minute presentation on why local matters you may find this useful. Slides and transcript included.

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Is the US Overplaying Its Energy Hand?

Is the US Overplaying Its Energy Hand? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In the grand poker game of geopolitics, energy is often the wild card. That’s why the Middle East is such a mess: Great Powers (first Britain, more recently the United States) have been installing, propping up, toppling, threatening, or bribing regimes in that region — almost always to the detriment of indigenous populations — ever since the first oil discovery there prior to World War I.

 

Oil and natural gas interests are clearly implicated in current turmoil in or around Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Iran—and also Ukraine. In each instance it requires some historical context to understand the peculiarities of the situation; let’s focus for a moment on the last of these countries.

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Fukushima fishermen blast TEPCO over failure to disclose radioactive water flow - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Fukushima fishermen blast TEPCO over failure to disclose radioactive water flow - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fukushima fishermen appear to have finally run out of patience with Tokyo Electric Power Co.
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AIR POLLUTION: Judges signal more trouble looms for EPA's cross-state rule

AIR POLLUTION: Judges signal more trouble looms for EPA's cross-state rule | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. EPA's effort to curb air pollution drifting across state lines was under siege in federal court again today, and it appeared vulnerable to the challenge from states and industry despite emerging victorious last year from the Supreme Court.
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Controversial Spanish mine to reopen

Controversial Spanish mine to reopen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Conservationists claim environmental concerns have been ignored in runup to regional elections in decision to reopen Aznalcóllar mine that caused one of Spain’s worst ecological disasters 17 years ago
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Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says

Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A report released Wednesday shows that about 60 million metric tons of food is wasted a year in the United States, a problem that contributes to climate change and to the loss of natural resources like water and land.
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Exposure to small particle pollution linked to heart-disease death

Exposure to small particle pollution linked to heart-disease death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Data from about 8,000 women living in the Sacramento metropolitan area were used in a major study – released Wednesday – that linked death from heart disease to exposure to soot found in car exhaust, cooking smoke and diesel pollution.
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Time To Toss The Playbook

Time To Toss The Playbook | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just when you thought the world could not spin much faster, global monetary events in 2015 have picked up speed.
Buckle up.
Begun, The Currency Wars Have
A key macro theme of mine for some time
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Why There Are No Winners in the Global Currency War

Why There Are No Winners in the Global Currency War | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Feb. 24 -- In a world where growth is scarce and prospects aren't improving, an unspoken currency war has broken out. The short term pay-off might be a boost in exports, but, according to Bloomberg View's Mark Gilbert, there can be no real winners in the end.
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Japan 40-year bond auction produces highest yield of 1.55 percent

TOKYO, Feb 24 (Reuters) - An auction of 40-year Japanesegovernment bonds on Tuesday produced a highest accepted yield of1.55 percent, with 79.4805 percent of the bids accepted at thatyield, the Ministry
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Naomi Oreskes on Senator Inhofe

Naomi Oreskes on Senator Inhofe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Naomi Oreskes, author of Merchants of Doubt, on finding out that she was being attacked on the floor of the Senate by James Inhofe, the Strom Thurmond of climate denial. The movie based on Oreskes ...
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New Video: What Climate Deniers Learned from Big Tobacco

New Video: What Climate Deniers Learned from Big Tobacco | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, my newest "This is Not Cool" video focuses on the backstory behind "Merchants of Doubt", the new documentary inspired by Naomi Oreskes' and Eric Conway's book of the same name.  The centerpi...
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Perforando Más y Más – Resumen Ejecutivo

Perforando Más y Más – Resumen Ejecutivo | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Este informe proporciona un análisis exhaustivo de los datos reales de producción de los siete principales campos de gas y petróleo de lutitas de los Estados Unidos. La producción conjunta de estos campos representa el 89% de la producción actual de petróleo de lutitas y el 88% de la de gas de lutitas, y constituye la principal fuente de suministros de hidrocarburos procedentes de lutitas según los pronósticos hasta 2040 de la EIA: un 82% de la producción prevista de petróleo y el 88% de la de gas.

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The Year the Dam of Denial Breaks

The Year the Dam of Denial Breaks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This is the year the “dam of denial” will break and the momentum for climate action will become an unstoppable flood. It will be messy, confusing and endlessly debated but with historical hindsight, 2015 will be the year. The year the world turned, primarily because the market woke up to the economic threat posed by climate change and the economic opportunity in the inevitable decline of fossil fuels. That shift will in turn unlock government policy and public opinion because the previous resistance to action argued on economic grounds, will reverse to favour action on economic grounds.

 

Before I argue for this conclusion, let me explain what I mean by the “dam of denial” and why the concept is so important to understanding what’s underway.

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Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet?

Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It has been a tough couple of years in the effort to unite labor, community, and environmental groups, an alliance that has always been strained.

 

The extractive energy sector—coal, gas, oil—has historically had strong union representation and well-paying jobs. Tensions rose in 2011 after the Sierra Club escalated their campaign to close coal plants and 350.org, the climate protection group led by activist Bill McKibben, called for a halt to the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Even Obama’s relatively mild order this past June on reducing pollution from power plants was opposed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Mineworkers.

 

“Where is the transition plan for workers?

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, Today, 11:27 AM

A cautionary tale for all of us.  Unless we work together and pool our intellectual, cultural, and social resources, the future of humankind will be perilous and even final. Human activity helped create the mess we're in and human activity must resolve the issues before our window of opportunity closes.  Territoriality, ego, and thirst for power must be modified if we as a species are to survive.  Aloha, Russ.

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Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton's oil interest ties

Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton's oil interest ties | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's connections to oil and gas interests has created a dilemma for some environmental groups, troubling activists for whom she would be the natural candidate to support
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Groundwater contaminated at Duke Energy’s Asheville power plant

North Carolina’s environmental agency cited Duke Energy on Wednesday for coal ash contamination of groundwater at its Asheville power plant.
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MPs call for reform of GM crop rules

MPs call for reform of GM crop rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Europe's approval system for genetically modified (GM) crops is "fundamentally flawed", say MPs.

 

The process assumes GM plants pose greater risks than conventional plants, which is not backed by scientific evidence, the parliamentary Science and Technology Committee report says.

 

It calls for GM crops to be regulated on the basis of their characteristics not the method used to produce them.

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Food preservatives linked to obesity and gut disease

Food preservatives linked to obesity and gut disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mouse study suggests that emulsifiers alter gut bacteria, leading to the inflammatory bowel condition colitis.
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Chemical in BPA-Free Products Linked to Irregular Heartbeats

Chemical in BPA-Free Products Linked to Irregular Heartbeats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Consumers may not be protecting their health as much as they think with some BPA-free products because a chemical that replaced BPA seems to have similar effects.
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Fed’s Janet Yellen, in Testimony, Counsels Patience on Interest Rate Increase

Fed’s Janet Yellen, in Testimony, Counsels Patience on Interest Rate Increase | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ms. Yellen said the next step would be an announcement that the Federal Reserve would begin to consider raising its benchmark rate at each policy-making meeting.
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Israel becomes 20th central bank to cut rates this year

Israel becomes 20th central bank to cut rates this year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A wave of monetary easing is sweeping the globe as countries fight the threat of deflation. Here's a list of all the central banks that have cut rates in 2015.
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Venezuela Still Seen Defaulting in 2015 by Deutsche Bank

Venezuela Still Seen Defaulting in 2015 by Deutsche Bank | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

While the country has raised almost $5 billion in the past month and oil has jumped 21 percent from an almost six-year low, Deutsche Bank’s Armando Armenta says that’s still not enough. Venezuela needs $32 billion to finance itself this year, according to his estimates.

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