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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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CDC confirms first case of Ebola in the U.S.

CDC confirms first case of Ebola in the U.S. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The positive test comes during the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola that's been diagnosed in the United States.

 

This person who is infected left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in the U.S. the following day with no symptoms. They began showing symptoms four days after arriving in the U.S.

 

"The bottom line here is that I have no doubt that we will control this importation, or this case of Ebola, so that it does not spread widely in this country," he said. "It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual could develop Ebola in the coming weeks. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here."

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Neglected disaster plan deepens Pakistan's climate vulnerability

Neglected disaster plan deepens Pakistan's climate vulnerability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The country is struggling to cope with its fourth major floods in five years
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World of Change: Shrinking Aral Sea : Feature Articles

World of Change: Shrinking Aral Sea : Feature Articles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A massive irrigation project has devastated the Aral Sea over the past 50 years. These images show the decline of the Southern Aral Sea in the past decade, as well as the first steps of recovery in the Northern Aral Sea.
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Study examines cancer risk from 1st atom-bomb test

Study examines cancer risk from 1st atom-bomb test | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) â€" Researchers from the National Cancer Institute want to know how many past and present cancer cases in New Mexico may be related to the U.S. government's test of the world's first atomic bomb over a remote stretch of desert nearly 70 years ago. The team is particularly interested in filling in gaps when it comes to Native American and Hispanic populations and any links to fallout radiation exposure and food and water contamination. Dr. Steven Simon, the project's lead investigator, said Monday that the information about diet and lifestyle will help his team more accurately project radiation doses from the fallout. For the first time, researchers are taking a closer look, and that's a step in the right direction, said Tina Cordova, an Albuquerque businesswoman who was born and raised in Tularosa and spearheads the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium.
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The Fracking Boom's Hidden Threat

The Fracking Boom's Hidden Threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Victoria Trinko hasn't opened the windows of her Wisconsin home in two years -- for fear of the dust clouds billowing from a frac sand mine a half-mile away.

"This blowing of silica sand has not abated since the inception of the mine in 2011...
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EPA chief Gina McCarthy asks water professionals to back new wetland rules

EPA chief Gina McCarthy asks water professionals to back new wetland rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy came to New Orleans on Monday to ask 18,000 water and wastewater professionals for help in supporting the agency's controversial "Waters of the U.S." rule. The rule, proposed jointly by EPA and the Army Corps of...
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Early, frequent antibiotic use linked to childhood obesity

Early, frequent antibiotic use linked to childhood obesity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parents and pediatricians will often reach for antibiotics to treat middle ear infections, strep throat, fevers and other common ailments of childhood. But new research suggests that doing so, and prescribing broad-spectrum antibiotics in particular, increases those children's risk of obesity, at least in early childhood.
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Business Runs from Denial - to Acknowledging Climate Change

Business Runs from Denial - to Acknowledging Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The recent rush of big Brand name tech firms  to distance themselves from climate denial is evidence that last week's huge climate march in New York was both a catalyzing event, and an indicator of...
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Patient Quarantined In Dallas For Possible Ebola Infection

Patient Quarantined In Dallas For Possible Ebola Infection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DALLAS (AP) — A patient in a Dallas hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said i...
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Ancient human genome from southern Africa throws light on our origins

Ancient human genome from southern Africa throws light on our origins | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What can DNA from the skeleton of a man who lived 2,330 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa tell us about ourselves as humans? A great deal when his DNA profile is one of the 'earliest diverged' – oldest in genetic terms – found to-date in a region where modern humans are believed to have ...
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UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana

UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate aid for the accelerating West African crisis.
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Getting ahead of the curve on Ebola epidemic

Getting ahead of the curve on Ebola epidemic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Ebola virus could be contained before it kills hundreds of thousands of people in West Africa, but it would take a coordinated effort from organizations around the world—and they'd need to act fast, global health experts said at the George Washington University on Thursday.
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How the Ebola virus works

How the Ebola virus works | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the worst Ebola outbreak in history unfolds in West Africa, The Post's Joel Achenbach explains how the deadly virus wreaks havoc on the human body.
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The Fifth Estate | Dirty air, dodgy politics: why it’s easier to attack science than listen to Morwell fire death stats

The Fifth Estate | Dirty air, dodgy politics: why it’s easier to attack science than listen to Morwell fire death stats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental sustainability news and discussion forum
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Forget Pesticides—Send In the Goats to Save America's Marshes

Forget Pesticides—Send In the Goats to Save America's Marshes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers find that grazing livestock keep an invasive plant from destroying coastal wetlands.
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Cancer Free Cosmetics | Story of Stuff

Cancer Free Cosmetics | Story of Stuff | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Procter & Gamble, the largest personal care product company in the world, spends millions using Breast Cancer Awareness Month to advertise its products while refusing to remove cancer-causing chemicals from those same products. Major brands such as Tide, Pantene, Herbal Essence, and CoverGirl are packed with carcinogens and sold to customers without so much as a warning on the label.

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Congress pushes nuclear expansion despite accidents at weapons lab

Congress pushes nuclear  expansion despite accidents at weapons lab | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Weapons watchdog says government’s position ‘increasingly hypocritical’ as US prepares to increase production of warheads in spite of safety and environmental concerns
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North Bay residents up in arms over TransCanada plan to switch crude oil for gas in local pipeline | Toronto Star

North Bay residents up in arms over TransCanada plan to switch crude oil for gas in local pipeline | Toronto Star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
TransCanada Corp. plans to repurpose a pipeline running through North Bay, Ont., from carrying natural gas to crude oil. Locals worry about potential environmental damage.
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FOOD SECURITY: How a fishery that was once 'a marvel of the world' died

FOOD SECURITY: How a fishery that was once 'a marvel of the world' died | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
GRAND BRUIT, Newfoundland -- This old fishing port is a welcoming refuge for Atlantic sailors to tuck into on Newfoundland's rocky, fog-draped south coast -- except that it is empty of people today as if a plague had swept through it.
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World War Fee: Utilities Holding Action on the Solar Revolution

World War Fee: Utilities Holding Action on the Solar Revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Big piece from Reuters this week on the global utility panic as solar photovoltaic generation promises to eat away at their 100+ year old business model. Recent historical experience with technolog...
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John Cleese on Stupidity

John Cleese on Stupidity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We've seen a number of demonstrations of this principle here on the blog. Climate deniers are often textbook examples of the Dunning Kruger effect - in essence, being too stupid to know you're stup...
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5 Things to Understand About Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Protests

5 Things to Understand About Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Protests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here are five keys to understanding what’s happening in Hong Kong and why.
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Sweat-eating bacteria may improve skin health

Sweat-eating bacteria may improve skin health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bacteria that metabolize ammonia, a major component of sweat, may improve skin health and some day could be used for the treatment of skin disorders, such as acne or chronic wounds. In a study conducted by AOBiome LLC, human volunteers using the bacteria reported better skin condition and appearance ...
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Miss CANguilla's curator insight, Today, 12:54 AM

An interesting article on the direction of future skin care in the scientific world.   What are your thoughts?

Eben Lenderking's curator insight, Today, 2:00 AM
Honey on your face can do wonders for your skin. This is precisely why Melipona honey is even more powerful in healing than conventional honey...
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Aid workers learning to fight Ebola as they go: WHO coordinator

Aid workers learning to fight Ebola as they go: WHO coordinator | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jean-Pierre Veyrenche, in charge of building Ebola treatment centres in Monrovia for the World Health Organization, says fear is keeping international aid experts from joining the battle against the west African outbreak.
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Doctor exposed to Ebola treated in US

Doctor exposed to Ebola treated in US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone was admitted Sunday to a clinic of the National Institutes of Health outside Washington.
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