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One killed as cyclone hits New Caledonia

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Noumea (AFP) Jan 3, 2013 - One man was killed and another was missing after Cyclone Freda hit New Caledonia, as landslides blocked roads and high winds downed power lines, officials in the French Pacific territory said Thursday.
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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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Beaches near San Francisco littered with velellas

Beaches near San Francisco littered with velellas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco (UPI) Jul 31, 2013 -
Their scientific name is Velella velella, or V. velella. But they also go by sea raft, by-the-wind sailor, purple sail, little sail, or simply velella. And right now, they're strewn about the beaches of San Francisco, numbering in the thousands.
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Five dead in East Europe flooding

Five dead in East Europe flooding | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bucharest (AFP) July 31, 2014 - Two men reported missing in southern Romania following floods in Eastern Europe were found dead Thursday, taking the regional toll to five, official sources said.
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Scientists caution against exploitation of deep ocean

Scientists caution against exploitation of deep ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 01, 2014 -
The world's oceans are vast and deep, yet rapidly advancing technology and the quest for extracting resources from previously unreachable depths is beginning to put the deep seas on the cusp of peri
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Weak Links in China’s Food Chain

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The OSI Group, one of the top meat producers in the United States with more than $6 billion in sales and about 20,000 employees in 17 countries, is enveloped in a food safety scandal in China.

 

“As a private company in a foreign country, we’re setting an international standard for best practices in food safety,” Brady Sidwell, vice president for corporate development and strategy for OSI’s Asia Pacific operations, wrote in a blog post last fall for the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis.

 

A building at the Shanghai Husi Food Company, which is connected to a food safety scandal. CreditReuters

Eight months later, OSI is caught up in a messy, very public food safety scandal in China. A television station there broadcast a program in late July accusing employees in its Shanghai plant of doctoring labels to extend expiration dates on chicken and beef products and showing workers scooping up meat that had fallen on the ground and putting it back on conveyor belts for processing.

 

It was a rare black mark for OSI, one of the top American meat producers, with more than $6 billion in sales and about 20,000 employees in dozens of processing plants in 17 countries.

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Many dead as gas explosions rock Taiwan city | Toronto Star

Many dead as gas explosions rock Taiwan city | Toronto Star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung shaken by gas blasts, 20 dead, including firefighters, hundreds injured
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EPA hearings on controversial carbon emissions regulations continue in Pittsburgh

EPA hearings on controversial carbon emissions regulations continue in Pittsburgh | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first day of hearings in Pittsburgh on proposed federal carbon controls for coal-burning power plants spawned a march by thousands of coal miners and a rally by hundreds of environmentalists and succeeded in demonstrating that a major change in the nation’s energy policy will not be easy. More than 135 individuals spoke at Thursday’s hearing with a like number scheduled to speak today. The lists of speakers at the hearings include 22 members of the United Mine Workers of America, 15 Sierra Club leaders or members, eight International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers members, three members of Mom’s Clean Air Force, two coal companies and former astronaut Jay Apt, now a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. The testimony offered Thursday was both evenly and widely divided. Patricia
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U.S. court rules in favour of Union Carbide

U.S. court rules in favour of Union Carbide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A New York court struck what appeared to be a deathblow to the case brought by victims of the 1984 poison gas disaster in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, when it ruled in favour of the defendant, the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), finding that the company could not be sued for ongoing contamination from the chemical plant.

 

Despite this District Judge John Keenan ruled, “The manufacturing processes and waste disposal systems to be implemented at the Bhopal Plant were all initially proposed by UCIL (Union Carbide India Limited)… [and thus] defendant UCC's motion for summary judgment is granted [and] plaintiffs' motions relating to the deposition of Couvaras are denied.”

 

The Bhopal gas tragedy, considered India’s worst industrial disaster, occurred on December 2 1984 at the UCIL pesticide plant and in its wake many thousands of people were injured from exposure to methyl isocyanate gas and other chemicals and several thousands were killed.

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Dads' exposure to solvents linked to childhood brain tumours

Dads' exposure to solvents linked to childhood brain tumours | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brain tumours in children could have as much to do with the father's occupational exposure to solvents as they have to do with the mother's, a new Australian study has found.
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There's no ebola cure, but early intensive treatment boosts survival

There's no ebola cure, but early intensive treatment boosts survival | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The Ebola virus currently raging in West Africa has a well-earned reputation as one of the world's most deadly illnesses. But experts stress that early and intense medical care can greatly improve a person's chances of survival.
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David Collet's curator insight, August 1, 7:44 PM

Don't let them fool you. This is coming to town and may already be here. Knowledge is essential to survival.

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British border staff unprepared for Ebola outbreak: union

British border staff unprepared for Ebola outbreak: union | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
British border staff are not ready to deal with possible Ebola cases arriving in the country and there are no containment facilities for suspected victims, a union leader said Thursday.
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Ebola discoverer says would sit next to victim on train

Ebola discoverer says would sit next to victim on train | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train.
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Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations

Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pacific leaders warned Thursday that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change.
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Stalactites, tree rings considered for climate clues

Stalactites, tree rings considered for climate clues | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A local water expert says more work needs to be done to understand the state's past atmospheric conditions to determine how climate change will affect water resources.
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China promises to remove urban-rural registration divide

China promises to remove urban-rural registration divide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) July 31, 2014 - China is to scrap the distinction between its urban and rural household registration systems, it said, promising migrant workers greater social benefits as it pushes an urbanisation drive that has seen hundreds of millions of people move to cities.
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Major turtle nesting beaches protected in one of the UK's far flung overseas territories

Exeter, UK (SPX) Aug 01, 2014 -
But on the remote UK overseas territory of Ascension Island, one of the world's largest green turtle populations is undergoing something of a renaissance.

Writing in the journal Biodiversity ...

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The Really Scary Thing About Those Jaw-Dropping Siberian Craters

The Really Scary Thing About Those Jaw-Dropping Siberian Craters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While staring down into the abyss of these craters is a scary thought, the release of large quantities of greenhouse gases from melting permafrost is similarly existentially daunting.
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No cause found for thousands of dead menhaden reported in Chesapeake Bay

No cause found for thousands of dead menhaden reported in Chesapeake Bay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Experts still aren't sure what killed thousands of dead menhaden that local fishermen reported floating in a long line near the northern stretch of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel over the weekend.
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California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level

California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than half of California is now under the most severe level of drought for the first time since the federal government began issuing regular drought reports in the late 1990s, according to new data released Thursday.
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Judge halts exploratory wells near Pinnacles

Judge halts exploratory wells near Pinnacles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Oil wells would be in San Benito County but also in the Salinas River watershed.

 

A Monterey County Superior Court judge has issued a preliminary ruling that San Benito County unlawfully approved an oil-development project near Pinnacles National Park that could result in hundreds of wells being drilled in important agricultural and wildlife habitat in the Salinas Valley watershed.

 

The recent lawsuit was brought against San Benito County for allowing a project involving 15 exploratory wells operated by Newport Beach-based Citadel Exploration to move forward without an environmental impact report, or EIR. The plaintiff, Center for Biological Diversity, argued that the project would be dangerous to the area's condor foraging habitat and risk polluting the watershed that drains into the Salinas River. Because of these risks, San Benito County was obligated to conduct an EIR according to the California Environmental, attorneys for the Center for Biological Diversity successfully argued.

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Experts question Fukushima thyroid screening

Experts question Fukushima thyroid screening | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than three years after the triple core meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture devastated the lives of thousands of residents, the effect that the radiation release is having on children's thyroid ...
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'Experimental serum' is offered to US Ebola patients

'Experimental serum' is offered to US Ebola patients | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A US doctor stricken with Ebola in Liberia was offered an experimental serum but insisted that his colleague receive it instead, a Christian aid agency said Thursday.
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Airlines agency considering passenger screening for Ebola

Airlines agency considering passenger screening for Ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The International Civil Aviation Organization said Thursday it is considering passenger screenings for Ebola, now that the deadly virus for the first time has crossed international borders aboard an aircraft.
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Ebola-hit Sierra Leone declares state of emergency

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone declares state of emergency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma declared a state of emergency on Thursday and as the country struggled to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic.
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Peace Corps withdraws from W. Africa over Ebola fears

Peace Corps withdraws from W. Africa over Ebola fears | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The US Peace Corps announced Wednesday it was pulling hundreds of volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to growing concerns over the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa.
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Study finds benefits to burning Flint Hills prairie in fall and winter

Study finds benefits to burning Flint Hills prairie in fall and winter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kansas State University researchers have completed a 20-year study that looks at the consequences of burning Flint Hills prairie at different times of the year. It finds that burning outside of the current late spring time frame has no measurable negative consequences for the prairie and, in fact, may ...
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