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How to feed the world without destroying it [Infographic]

How to feed the world without destroying it [Infographic] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Want to address world hunger — not to mention climate change, poverty and pollution? Here's how taking a more natural approach to agriculture can benefit everyone and everything from the soil up.

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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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Emission-free Hydrogen May Now Be Truly Emission-free

Hydrogen-powered devices-–cars, mostly--run on hydrogen made from natural gas, a fossil fuel that produces greenhouse gas emissions.
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Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges

Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Surveys of top colleges found virtually no change from the 1990s to 2012 in enrollment of students who are less well off despite a huge increase in the number of such students going to college.
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Why Arizona is doing low-resource farming right

Why Arizona is doing low-resource farming right | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How this Arizona aquaponics farm is building a better food system.
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Monarch butterflies plummet 90 percent, need protection

Monarch butterflies plummet 90 percent, need protection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Monarch butterflies are dying off fast, with 90 percent gone in the last 20 years, and they urgently need endangered species protection, a coalition of environmental and health groups said Tuesday.
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Ebola 'easier to avoid than malaria': USAID

Ebola 'easier to avoid than malaria': USAID | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The head of the US Agency for International Development said Tuesday poor understanding of Ebola was undermining the fight against the epidemic, pointing out that the fever is harder to get than malaria.
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Animal joint surgeries may lead to human repairs

Animal joint surgeries may lead to human repairs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pair of unique surgical procedures performed on animals promises to revolutionize the ways surgeons repair cartilage and meniscus tears in human knees and other joints.
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Yale journal explores advances in sustainable manufacturing

Yale journal explores advances in sustainable manufacturing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In recent years, increasing pressure from policymakers, consumers, and suppliers has prompted manufacturers to set environmental targets that go beyond reducing the pollutants they emit from their smokestacks or discharge into rivers and lakes. Today companies must also assess environmental performance ...
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Trash burning worldwide significantly worsens air pollution

Trash burning worldwide significantly worsens air pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unregulated trash burning around the globe is pumping far more pollution into the atmosphere than shown by official records. A new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research estimates that more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned in such fires, emitting gases and particles ...
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Study says Earth can sustain more terrestrial plant growth than previously thought

Study says Earth can sustain more terrestrial plant growth than previously thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new analysis suggests the planet can produce much more land-plant biomass – the total material in leaves, stems, roots, fruits, grains and other terrestrial plant parts – than previously thought.
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Southwest may face 'megadrought' within century, study finds

Southwest may face 'megadrought' within century, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decadelong drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a 'megadrought' – one that lasts up to 35 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century.
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U.S. Warms To Clean Energy

U.S. Warms To Clean Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows that 100 percent of new capacity installed in July came from renewable energy.
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Jellyfish swarm takes over Florida beaches, stinging hundreds

Jellyfish swarm takes over Florida beaches, stinging hundreds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"They were all over and all in multiple sizes," a swimmer says after more than 400 people were stung.
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7 Seriously Farmed Bugs - Modern Farmer

7 Seriously Farmed Bugs - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If we all ate insects, the world would be a better place.
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The Federal Reserve Is Not As Powerful As You Think It Is

The Federal Reserve Is Not As Powerful As You Think It Is | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This past week marked the annual gathering of bankers, financial officials, and other economic experts hosted by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. On Friday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi both spoke; in a slow week for the markets, these...
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Teaching Survival Skills to Children

Teaching Survival Skills to Children | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even if you're separated for a few minutes or a few hours, if your kids know how to react, it can make the difference between safety and tragedy.
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Europe is burning our forests for "renewable" energy. Wait, what?

Europe is burning our forests for "renewable" energy. Wait, what? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The European Union decided that burning wood to generate electricity was good for the climate. WRONG.
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British Ebola sufferer 'receiving experimental drug'

British Ebola sufferer 'receiving experimental drug' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A British nurse infected with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is being given the same experimental drug used on two US missionaries who have recovered for the disease, doctors in London said Tuesday.
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Crohn's disease gene discovery points towards new treatments

Crohn's disease gene discovery points towards new treatments | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Genetic changes that occur in patients with the bowel condition Crohn's disease could hold clues to fighting the illness.
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Curcumin blocks the metastasis of colon cancer by a novel mechanism

Curcumin blocks the metastasis of colon cancer by a novel mechanism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Novel research led by the UA Steele Children's Research Center has identified one of the mechanisms by which curcumin, a bioactive molecule derived from the spice turmeric, can prevent cancer cell metastasis in colon cancer.
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UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous (Update)

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous—and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.
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Water-starved South Asia fills buckets with rice, not ice

Water-starved South Asia fills buckets with rice, not ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water-starved South Asian nations have devised their own answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge taking the social media world by storm, instead filling buckets with rice and other supplies for the needy.
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Existing power plants will spew 300 billion more tons of carbon dioxide during use

Existing power plants will spew 300 billion more tons of carbon dioxide during use | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Existing power plants around the world will pump out more than 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide over their expected lifetimes, significantly adding to atmospheric levels of the climate-warming gas, according to UC Irvine and Princeton University scientists.
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Eerie Photos Capture Scientists' Frightened Responses To Climate Change Discussions

Eerie Photos Capture Scientists' Frightened Responses To Climate Change Discussions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We've read the daunting headlines. We've seen the bleak predictions. We know in our minds that climate change is putting our Earth's future in danger. And yet there's something uniquely frightening about this artist's attempt to transform global warm...
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Duke: 9,000 gallons of oil spilled into Ohio River

Duke: 9,000 gallons of oil spilled into Ohio River | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cleanup of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River last week is mostly complete, and monitoring continues.
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Baby sea stars hit coasts

Baby sea stars hit coasts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With a wasting disease decimating populations of sea stars across the West Coast, local marine researchers are finding some solace in large numbers of returning juveniles making their way back to the coastline.
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