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The best of 2012 in green community solutions: a personal, eclectic list | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

The best of 2012 in green community solutions: a personal, eclectic list | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
  As we look back on the year that was, let’s honor some of the outstanding issues and accomplishments for community sustainability that came to light during the year.  In many cases, naming a particular item one of the best...

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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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Horribly bleak study sees ‘empty landscape’ as large herbivores vanish at startling rate

Horribly bleak study sees ‘empty landscape’ as large herbivores vanish at startling rate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Ever-larger swaths of the world will soon lack many of the vital ecological services these animals provide, resulting in enormous ecological and social costs," the article said.
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Gov't Announces Grand Plans for Cleaning up Nation's Polluted Water -

Gov't Announces Grand Plans for Cleaning up Nation's Polluted Water - | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Decades of rapid economic growth have left many of China's bodies of water dirty, and now the central government wants to do something about it
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Drenched in oil: Nigerians demand Shell spill clean-up

Drenched in oil: Nigerians demand Shell spill clean-up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Compensation was paid for the devastating 2008 spills that soaked the delta, but clean-up hasn't begun six years later.
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Starfish suffer mysterious and gruesome demise along west coast

Starfish suffer mysterious and gruesome demise along west coast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The cause of the most deadly sea star epidemic in recorded history remains unclear, but experts believe it may be a poorly understood ‘wasting’ disease
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The Uphill Battle to Better Regulate Formaldehyde

The Uphill Battle to Better Regulate Formaldehyde | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
E.P.A. rules aim to address dangerous fumes from the chemical, often used in furniture, but industry forces and others see government overreach.
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China Warns of 'Internet Arms Race' as US Military Starts Fighting Back in Cyberspace

China Warns of 'Internet Arms Race' as US Military Starts Fighting Back in Cyberspace | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Has a the cyberwar officially begun?
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Widespread Nepotism Uncovered at Chinese Telecommunications Firm

Widespread Nepotism Uncovered at Chinese Telecommunications Firm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dozens of staff at China Unicom had family members that did shady business with the firm.
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Is It Really That Bad? The Truth Behind China's QE Talk

Is It Really That Bad? The Truth Behind China's QE Talk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The signs are increasing China will soon engage in its own form of quantitative easing, in what could be seen as a sign of panic.
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Australian comedian perfectly sums up why other countries think US gun laws are crazy

"In Australia, we had the biggest massacre on earth, and the Australian government went: 'That's it! NO MORE GUNS.' And we all went, 'Yeah, all right then, that seems fair enough, really.'"
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I’m going to climate denial school: My first week inside the science of anti-science

I’m going to climate denial school: My first week inside the science of anti-science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new online course takes on the climate deniers. Here's what I learned in Week One VIDEO
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Tesla's "Power Wall" is the Imac of the Renewable Energy Age

Tesla's "Power Wall" is the Imac of the Renewable Energy Age | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Verge: I've watched a lot of handsomely paid CEOs get on stages for keynote presentations over the past decade, and none were as good as the one I saw Elon Musk give Thursday night in California as...
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Twitter Chat w AB InBev, at #ABInBevCitizenship on May 5

Twitter Chat w AB InBev, at #ABInBevCitizenship on May 5 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Join TriplePundit and Anheuser-Busch InBev on May 5th at #ABInBevBetterWorld for a special Twitter chat about AB InBev’s Global Citizenship Report.

 

During this hour-long discussion, AB InBev will provide insight into its global Better World initiatives. They will detail successes and challenges the company faced in 2014 in the areas of responsible drinking, the environment, and the community; and offer insights on the company’s future plans to further accelerate its global impact.

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Republicans Are Saying Environmentalists Caused California’s Drought. Here’s Why They’re Wrong

Republicans Are Saying Environmentalists Caused California’s Drought. Here’s Why They’re Wrong | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the state prepares for first-time mandatory water restrictions, some prefer to blame "liberal environmentalists" rather than face the truth.
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No quick fix for China's polluted soil

No quick fix for China's polluted soil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ada Kong says China's soil pollution problem has global ramifications and needs action at a regional level rather than through an overarching national approach
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Lake Huron nuclear waste burial report expected this week

Lake Huron nuclear waste burial report expected this week | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Canadian environmental assessment of a proposal to bury nuclear waste deep underground near the shores of Lake Huron is expected this week amid fierce opposition to the idea from home and abroad.
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Five Things to Consider About Tyson’s Big Antibiotics Announcement | Civil Eats

Five Things to Consider About Tyson’s Big Antibiotics Announcement | Civil Eats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tyson, the nation's largest chicken producer claims it will phase out human antibiotics by September 2017. Should you believe it?
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A Flame Retardant That Came With Its Own Threat to Health

A Flame Retardant That Came With Its Own Threat to Health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A chemical added to children’s pajamas was meant to save lives, but in the 1970s scientists concluded that it was a mutagen, a gene-altering agent.
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State recommends Hanford budget strategy as cleanup falls 25 years behind

State recommends Hanford budget strategy as cleanup falls 25 years behind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As Department of Energy Hanford officials prepare to finalize their requested budget for fiscal 2017, the state is recommending strategies for acquiring Hanford’s portion of the DOE environmental cleanup budget.
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The Appeal That Changed China

The Appeal That Changed China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners who stood up for their faith on April 25, 1999, set a precedent for the rest of China.
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Even the Weather Can't Escape China's Censors

Even the Weather Can't Escape China's Censors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Netizens and weather enthusiasts are concerned that the regime intends to manipulate forecasting and prevent the spread of genuine climate information.
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Military Groups Slam Republicans For Killing A Bill Supporting Veterans

Military Groups Slam Republicans For Killing A Bill Supporting Veterans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Military groups and veterans are upset with Senate Republicans for killing a bill that would have supported American Soldiers.
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Despite Worst Drought In 1200 Years, Nestlé Gets Caught Stealing Water From Calif. Forests (VIDEO)

Despite Worst Drought In 1200 Years, Nestlé Gets Caught Stealing Water From Calif. Forests (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As drought forces Californians to cut water use by 25%, Nestlé plunders ground water from public lands while the state looks the other way.
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The Difference in Life Expectancy Between the Rich and Poor is Getting Worse

The Difference in Life Expectancy Between the Rich and Poor is Getting Worse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new UK study suggests we’re all going to live longer than expected—but some more than others.
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Tesla Moves Into Home and Utility Battery Systems

Tesla Moves Into Home and Utility Battery Systems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tesla is making a not-so-secret move into home and grid electric storage.  Look for an announcement in the news late thursday/early friday. USAToday: Storage batteries could become a huge business ...
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Last Straw: How The Fortunes Of Las Vegas Will Rise Or Fall With Lake Mead

Last Straw: How The Fortunes Of Las Vegas Will Rise Or Fall With Lake Mead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Next year, a new tunnel under Lake Mead will begin delivering water to Las Vegas. The project is massive, expensive, politically fraught—and a harbinger of things to come.
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