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Gobierno brasileño incentiva la generación de energía renovable en la ciudadanía

Gobierno brasileño incentiva la generación de energía renovable en la ciudadanía | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
El consumidor que genere energía propia y ofrezca el excedente a las concesionarias tendrá un descuento en el valor de su cuenta de energía eléctrica proporcional a la cantidad de energía que suministre.

Via Ursula Sola de Hinestrosa, Digital Sustainability
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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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Brave New Climate / Short hiatus (gone south...)

Brave New Climate / Short hiatus (gone south...) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Short hiatus (gone south...) Well, it's come at last -- I'm currently in the throes of my move (southwards retreat!) to Tasmania. Such is the upheaval involved in a large inter-state move (from the...
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Chinese Sturgeon Give Up, Stop Breeding in Polluted Yangtze River | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Chinese Sturgeon Give Up, Stop Breeding in Polluted Yangtze River | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When an endangered species stops breeding, you know its days are probably numbered. In China the countdown has apparently begun for the critically endangered Chinese sturgeon ...
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World Should Prepare for 11 BIllion or More People

World Should Prepare for 11 BIllion or More People | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Contrary to previous estimates, the number of people on the planet now seems unlikely to stabilize this century
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Coal revival cripples Germany’s $130 billion green drive

Coal revival cripples Germany’s $130 billion green drive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Germany’s energy revolution —or “Energiewende”— has so far added more than $134 billion to the country's power bills.
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Thousands of workers begin strike at world’s biggest copper mine

Thousands of workers begin strike at world’s biggest copper mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Close to 2,800 miners at Chile's Escondida mine, jointly owned by BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, did not show up for work Monday morning, iddling a 1.2 million tonnes a year operation.
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New US Power in 2014: More than Half Renewable so Far

Renewables International: The US added 2,478 MW of solar power capacity January-June 2014 according to a SEIA report. That’s a 47% increase over the same period in 2013. Cumulative PV capacity has ...
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Different watering regimes boost crop yields

Different watering regimes boost crop yields | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Watering tomato plants less frequently could improve yields in saline conditions, according to a study of the impact of water and soil salinity on vegetable crops.
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Nipah outbreak in South Asia offers lessons for controlling Ebola in West Africa

Nipah outbreak in South Asia offers lessons for controlling Ebola in West Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It is a deadly virus, killing more than half the people it infects. It originates in bats, crossing into humans who come in contact with them. It first causes fever, as do many other ailments, leaving health care workers with few early hints that they're dealing with something contagious and potentially ...
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Ebola kills 2,811, outbreak 'contained' in Senegal, Nigeria: WHO

Ebola kills 2,811, outbreak 'contained' in Senegal, Nigeria: WHO | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The deadliest Ebola epidemic ever has now killed 2,811 in west Africa, the World Health Organization said Monday, adding though that in Senegal and Nigeria the outbreak had been basically contained.
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Western diet leads to poorer performance

Western diet leads to poorer performance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Higher intake of a western diet by 14-year-olds has been linked with diminished cognitive performance at age 17.
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Dry roasting could help trigger peanut allergy

Dry roasting could help trigger peanut allergy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dry roasted peanuts are more likely to trigger an allergy to peanuts than raw peanuts, suggests an Oxford University study involving mice.
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China blocks 'privacy' search engine DuckDuckGo

China blocks 'privacy' search engine DuckDuckGo | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China has begun blocking the privacy-protecting search engine DuckDuckGo, which avoids storing user data or tracking online activity, according to the company and security researchers.
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Climate Code Red: The coming climate revolt

Climate Code Red: The coming climate revolt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We have undergone a transformation during the last few decades—what John Ralston Saul calls a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. We are no longer a capitalist democracy endowed with a functioning liberal class that once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible. Liberals in the old Democratic Party such as the senators Gaylord Nelson, Birch Bayh and George McGovern—who worked with Ralph Nader to make the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Freedom of Information Act and the OSHA law, who made common cause with labor unions to protect workers, who stood up to the arms industry and a bloated military—no longer exist within the Democratic Party, as Nader has been lamenting for several years. They were pushed out as corporate donors began to transform the political landscape with the election of Ronald Reagan. And this is why the Democrats have not, as Bill Curry points out, enacted any major social or economic reforms since the historic environmental laws of the early ’70s.

We are governed, rather, by a species of corporate totalitarianism, or what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin describes as “inverted totalitarianism.” By this Wolin means a system where corporate power, while it purports to pay fealty to electoral politics, the Constitution, the three branches of government and a free press, along with the iconography and language of American patriotism, has in fact seized all the important levers of power to render the citizen impotent.

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Floods, Storms and Quakes Uproot 22 million in 2013

Floods, Storms and Quakes Uproot 22 million in 2013 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The numbers uprooted could increase as urban populations grow, a refugee agency said
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Cars Will Cook the Planet Absent Shift to Public Transportation

Cars Will Cook the Planet Absent Shift to Public Transportation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By making it easier to walk, cycle or take the bus, the world cut pollution by 40 percent
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New toxic spill reported at Mexican copper mine

New toxic spill reported at Mexican copper mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So far Grupo Mexico has been charged with more than $3 million in fines, and could face more.
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Baffinland Iron Ore begins mining in Canada’s Nunavut

Baffinland Iron Ore begins mining in Canada’s Nunavut | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The ore mined will be shipped during the open water season of 2015.
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Dark Snow: A Meme Going Viral

Dark Snow: A Meme Going Viral | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The recent widely reposted Slate piece on Dark Snow Project, reported with some context here, was just a drop in a tidal wave of media coverage that's been breaking since midsummer, and especially,...
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Blame Canada

Blame Canada | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ClimateProgress: Canada leads the world in forest degradation, according to a new mapping project. The project, put together by World Resources Institute, Greenpeace and multiple other groups, uses...
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Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases

Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola were bracing for new caseloads on Monday after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide checkup and a large new clinic.
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A multiscale approach to Ebola response

A multiscale approach to Ebola response | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Ebola outbreak in western Africa continues to spread uncontrolled, affecting thus far five countries. On September 16th, President Obama spoke at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta and pledged a dramatically higher involvement: funding, providing supplies and ...
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Sales influence consumer food shopping habits

Sales influence consumer food shopping habits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Consumers are more likely to buy high-calorie foods (HCF), but not low-calorie foods (LCF) on sale, according to a study published in the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.
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Narrow focus on physical activity could be ruining kids' playtime

Narrow focus on physical activity could be ruining kids' playtime | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While public health authorities focus on the physical activity benefits of active play, a new study from the University of Montreal reveals that for children, playing has no goal – it is an end in itself, an activity that is fun, done alone or with friends, and it represents 'an opportunity to experience ...
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Gov. Brown signs clean-air vehicle legislation

Gov. Brown signs clean-air vehicle legislation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law several bills designed to boost use of clean-air vehicles in California.
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Engineers call for national approach to flooding

Engineers call for national approach to flooding | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for dealing with rising flood risks.
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