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The Incredible Story Of How The Burj Khalifa’s Poop is Trucked Out of Town

The Incredible Story Of How The Burj Khalifa’s Poop is Trucked Out of Town | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, isn't hooked up to a municipal sewage system, so its waste has to be trucked out of town.
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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, 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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Climate change alters cast of winter birds

Climate change alters cast of winter birds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America's backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate.
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Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It's become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is popular with the public. But health experts are nearly unanimous in saying it's a bad idea ...
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Years of endurance exercise may raise A-fib/Flutter risk

Years of endurance exercise may raise A-fib/Flutter risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Cumulative years of regular endurance exercise are associated with an increased risk for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, according to a study published in the Oct. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.
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Heavy rains leave 22 dead in Nicaragua

Heavy rains leave 22 dead in Nicaragua | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Days of torrential rains in Nicaragua left 22 people dead and left homeless more than 32,000 others, according to an official report Saturday.
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Major breakthrough could help detoxify pollutants

Major breakthrough could help detoxify pollutants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists at The University of Manchester hope a major breakthrough could lead to more effective methods for detoxifying dangerous pollutants like PCBs and dioxins. The result is a culmination of 15 years of research and has been published in Nature. It details how certain organisms manage to lower ...
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Here's a list of aid groups working on the Ebola crisis — and how to donate

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa (and the US) is the worst on record, infecting about 9,000 people and killing about 4,500 as of October 12. The situation still seems out of control. And the longer the outbreak goes on, the greater chance it has of spreading to new locations.

"USAID has a list of 58 aid groups working on the Ebola crisis"

Some readers have been asking what they can do to help. For those interested, the US Agency for International Development has put together a list of 58 non-governmental organizations that are working on the Ebola crisis, with direct links for how to donate to them online (or via snail mail).

The agency is encouraging Americans to donate, according to a recently released statement:

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI) encourages Americans to support relief efforts appropriately and responsibly. Those who wish to help are encouraged to do so by giving monetary donations to trusted and experienced relief organizations, and to refrain from sending material donations such as bottled water, clothing and canned goods, unless they are specifically requested by a responding organization. Monetary donations to relief organizations working directly with disaster-affected people are the most effective way to help.

Some organizations on the list are more obvious players in a health crisis, like Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross.

What's more, because this crisis is affecting some of the poorest countries on Earth (which have also been recently affected by Ebola-related quarantines and air-flight cancelations), food access is also expected to play a major role. That's why organizations like the World Food Program are on the list, too.

Further reading: This piece by Julia Belluz offers some tips on the best ways to donate money — resources like Charity Watch, GiveWell, and Charity Navigator can help assess effectiveness of different non-profits.

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@SeaShepherd founder eyes return as new #shiplaunched - The West Australian

@SeaShepherd founder eyes return as new #shiplaunched - The West Australian | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Marina del Rey (United States) (AFP) - Conservation group Sea Shepherd launch a new ship named after award-winning actor Martin Sheen as its exiled founder said he hopes to return to the US next year.

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Le premier terrain de foot éclairé par l’énergie des joueurs

Le premier terrain de foot éclairé par l’énergie des joueurs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Une favela de Rio de Janeiro s’est dotée en septembre dernier d’un terrain de football unique au monde. Sa pelouse artificielle convertit les déplacements des footballeurs en électricité qui alimente les projecteurs du stade.

 


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10 drivers for sustainability in global food production and consumption

10 drivers for sustainability in global food production and consumption | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At a recent roundtable hosted by the Guardian, experts from industry, research and academia discussed how to make the food system more sustainable. Here are 10 things we learned

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1. Waste less food 2. Look beyond waste 3. Meat matters 4. Reduce post-harvest losses 5. Revisit crop specifications 6. Strengthen governance 7. Shorten supply chains 8. Include restaurants and catering 9. Focus on emerging middle classes 10. Allow cultural change to set in
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20 estudios de mercado imprescindibles para tu estrategia internacional en el sector del agua

20 estudios de mercado imprescindibles para tu estrategia internacional en el sector del agua | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
20 estudios de mercado imprescindibles para tu estrategia internacional en el sector del agua http://t.co/IhKWzt3Kis http://t.co/wemtX6TjIX

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Eurozone stagnation is a greater threat than debt

Eurozone stagnation is a greater threat than debt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It would be wrong to think last week’s global market gyrations signal a return of the eurozone debt crisis. Sovereign bond spreads in the eurozone did not move by much, except in Greece. What happened last week is something rather different.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 19, 11:04 AM

Interesting that the 'secular stagnation' narrative is convincing more economists and pundits. How long before they will recognise that we have entered the post-growth era?

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Russian freighter, adrift off BC, towed to port

A Russian container ship that lost power and was drifting dangerously close to a rocky coast off northern British Columbia, is safe and being towed to port for repairs.
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Half-tonne of smuggled ivory seized in Saudi

Half-tonne of smuggled ivory seized in Saudi | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Authorities in Saudi Arabia say they have seized half a tonne of ivory being smuggled from Africa to east Asia.
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Specialized care centers may be needed to contain ebola

Specialized care centers may be needed to contain ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Specialized medical centers may be necessary to adequately treat and contain the Ebola virus in the United States, according to an ideas and opinions piece published online Oct. 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost

World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The World Bank warned Friday the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted.
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Tropical storm batters southern Mexico coast, kills six

Tropical storm batters southern Mexico coast, kills six | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Six people were killed as tropical storm Trudy—since downgraded to a tropical depression—lashed Mexico, prompting evacuations and stranding 16 communities, authorities said Sunday.
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Plastic nanoparticles also harm freshwater organisms

Plastic nanoparticles also harm freshwater organisms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Organisms can be negatively affected by plastic nanoparticles, not just in the seas and oceans but in freshwater bodies too. These particles slow the growth of algae, cause deformities in water fleas and impede communication between small organisms and fish. These are the results of research carried ...
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Scarier Than Ebola

Scarier Than Ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 Our gravest health threats are those that we understand, but fail to take proper action against.
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Communication d’influence : Avec le retrait de Lego, Greenpeace fait coup double contre Shell

Communication d’influence : Avec le retrait de Lego, Greenpeace fait coup double contre Shell | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
En parvenant à contraindre Lego de rompre son historique partenariat commercial avec Shell, Greenpeace vient de démontrer une nouvelle fois la puissance d’une campagne virale militante face aux tactiques RP éculées.

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#Rewilding the Land Can #ReconnectUs to the #Natural World

#Rewilding the Land Can #ReconnectUs to the #Natural World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We live in an age of mass extinctions and increasing degradation of our planet. Rewilding - the return of land to a wild state and the reintroduction of animals

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Les objectifs énergie-climat pour 2030 État par État

Les objectifs énergie-climat pour 2030 État par État | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

EXCLUSIF / Euractiv a pu se procurer les documents de négociations révélant les positions de chaque État membre sur les objectifs énergie-climat pour 2030. La semaine prochaine, les dirigeants européens tenteront de trouver un accord sur ces objectifs lors du sommet européen.


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Stéphane NEREAU's curator insight, October 19, 4:36 AM

Le cadre européen pour l'énergie et le climat à l'horizon 2030 prévoit un objectif de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 40 % par rapport au niveau de 1990, une amélioration de l'efficacité énergétique de 30 %, enfin une augmentation de la part des énergies renouvelables de 27 % dans le mix énergétique de l'UE.

Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, October 19, 8:57 AM

En fixant un objectif minimum à atteindre, les États membres souhaitent éviter tout plafonnement des objectifs. Par exemple, cela signifie que les gaz à effet de serre devraient être réduits de 43 à 51 % d’ici 2030 par rapport au niveau de 1990.

Flo @ddline2020 's curator insight, Today, 1:42 AM

Le cadre européen pour l'énergie et le climat à l'horizon 2030 prévoit un objectif de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 40 % par rapport au niveau de 1990, une amélioration de l'efficacité énergétique de 30 %, enfin une augmentation de la part des énergies renouvelables de 27 % dans le mix énergétique de l'UE.

 
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Outlook palls for fossil fuel investments | Kieran Cooke | Climate News Network

Outlook palls for fossil fuel investments | Kieran Cooke | Climate News Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Like most central bank governors, Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, chooses his words carefully.

So the financial community – and government policy makers − sat up and took notice earlier this month when Carney, addressing a World Bank seminar on corporate reporting standards, said he was concerned about investments in fossil fuels.

“The vast majority of reserves are unburnable,” Carney said.

He warned companies, investors and policy makers that they need to avoid what he described as the “tragedy of horizons”, and to look further ahead to meet challenges such as climate change.

Investors are being repeatedly told that money sunk into fossil fuels is not only bad for the climate, but is also potentially seriously dangerous to financial health.

The fundamental idea espoused by a wide spread of influential voices – ranging from the International Energy Association (IEA) to finance funds that have many billions of dollars worth of investments under their control − is that, in order to combat climate change, a large portion of the world’s remaining fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground.

“Not more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if the world is to achieve the 2˚C goal,” the IEA says.

Limiting a rise in average global temperatures to 2˚C by mid-century is considered to be the minimum necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change.

 

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Le marathon de Pékin aurait-il dû être interdit?

Le marathon de Pékin aurait-il dû être interdit? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dimanche, la pollution formait un duvet blanc sur Pékin, mais le marathon prévu a bien eu lieu: les coureurs portaient des masques pour faire face à la nocivité de l'air. «La course, de 42 kilomètres, prenait fin au parc Olympique de la capitale chinoise, en ce jour où les immeubles les plus...

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This celebrity scientist wants Germans to stop recycling. Here's why

This celebrity scientist wants Germans to stop recycling. Here's why | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CraEco-warrior turned chemist Michael Braungart is trying to kickstart a new industrial revolution.


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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, October 19, 11:45 AM

Cradle to cradle.