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One killed as cyclone hits New Caledonia

One killed as cyclone hits New Caledonia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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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'Tailored' water—the latest in lawn care

'Tailored' water—the latest in lawn care | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and other major cities in New Mexico, nearly every public golf course is now watered with treated municipal wastewater rather than precious potable water supplies. Across the U.S. Southwest as a whole, more than 40% of all golf courses receive treated effluent. Reusing the ...
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Satellite data shows livestock emitted more methane than oil and gas industry in 2004

Satellite data shows livestock emitted more methane than oil and gas industry in 2004 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Analysis of data received from a satellite in 2004 has shown that at least during that year, livestock in the U.S. emitted more methane into the atmosphere than did the oil and gas industry. In their article published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, a team of researchers from Harvard ...
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Reposting: Isaac Asimov on Climate Change, 1989

Reposting: Isaac Asimov on Climate Change, 1989 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the greatest ever popularizers of science fact, Isaac Asimov, was aware of the science of climate change long before most understood the dangers.
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Global effort needed to stem elephant slaughter

Global effort needed to stem elephant slaughter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elephants will be wiped out in some parts of Africa unless more countries get involved in efforts to prevent poaching and ivory smuggling, according to wildlife regulator CITES.
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Mediterranean fish stocks show steady decline

Mediterranean fish stocks show steady decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While careful management has helped stabilize or even improve the state of fisheries resources in some parts of Europe, the situation in the Mediterranean has deteriorated over the past 20 years. In a new report evaluating nine fish species reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July ...
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Sleep disturbances, common in Parkinson's disease, can be early indicator of disease onset

Sleep disturbances, common in Parkinson's disease, can be early indicator of disease onset | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Up to 70% of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients experience sleep problems that negatively impact their quality of life. Some patients have disturbed sleep/wake patterns such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, while other patients may be subject to sudden and involuntary daytime sleep 'attacks.' ...
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Researcher says precautions should be taken to avoid a chikungunya outbreak in the US

Researcher says precautions should be taken to avoid a chikungunya outbreak in the US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cases of chikungunya continue to rise, with more than 100 people from the United States infected with the mosquito-borne virus that they contracted while out of the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Intervention through text messages cuts binge drinking in young adults

Intervention through text messages cuts binge drinking in young adults | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Using text messaging to collect drinking data and to offer immediate feedback and support to young adults discharged from emergency rooms reduced the number of drinks they later consumed and the number of binge-drinking episodes, according to a new study by researchers at the University ...
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Mouse study suggests natural birth may strengthen the immune system

Mouse study suggests natural birth may strengthen the immune system | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A number of studies suggest that children delivered by Caesarean section have a different intestinal flora than children delivered by natural birth. But it is still unknown why this is the case and what it means for the immune system. University of Copenhagen researchers decided to scrutinise the impact ...
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Inherited 'memory' of environmental impact on health may be limited

Inherited 'memory' of environmental impact on health may be limited | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When a pregnant mother is undernourished, her child is at a greater than average risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes, in part due to so-called 'epigenetic' effects. A new study in mice demonstrates that this 'memory' of nutrition during pregnancy can be passed through sperm of male offspring ...
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United Nations urged to take bold action to curb non-communicable diseases

United Nations urged to take bold action to curb non-communicable diseases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—In the journal Nature this week, Georgetown Law Professor Lawrence Gostin argues that coherent international regulations could spur local governments to adopt common-sense, cost-effective measures to prevent disease and promote healthy living. He urges the United Nations General ...
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Exploiting the potential of geothermal district heating

Exploiting the potential of geothermal district heating | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recent turbulence in Ukraine has led to an even more intensified hunt for secure sources of energy for Europe. Geothermal district heating (GeoDH) is one of the solutions being touted as a valuable and immediate option for the alleviation of Central and Eastern Europe's dependency on Russian gas.
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New study identifies contributing factors to groundwater table declines

New study identifies contributing factors to groundwater table declines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's no secret groundwater levels have declined across the state over the past eight decades, and that the primary reason was the onset of irrigation in agriculture and population growth. But a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study has identified other factors having an impact.
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Climate Code Red: The real budgetary emergency and the myth of "burnable carbon"

Climate Code Red: The real budgetary emergency and the myth of "burnable carbon" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We have to come to terms with two key facts:  practically speaking, there is no longer a "carbon budget" for burning fossil fuels while still achieving a two-degree Celsius (2°C) future; and the 2°C cap is now known to be dangerously too high.

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Climate Code Red: Is a 2014 El Niño still on the way?

Climate Code Red: Is a 2014 El Niño still on the way? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
El Niño on the Wane? The intensity of El Niño is determined by a number of factors but, as discussed in theprevious 2014 El Niño post, the size of the equatorial warm water volume (WWV) anomaly is a crucial ingredient because the heat from this warm water volume is discharged to the atmosphere as El Niño matures.
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Integrated approach vital to reduction food waste and loss

Integrated approach vital to reduction food waste and loss | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Governments, international organisations, businesses and community agencies worldwide must create joint programmes to reduce food loss and waste (FLW), if they want to show that they are really committed to developing sustainable food systems. This is the only way to ensure that future populations have ...
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Overfishing in the English Channel leaves fisherman scraping the bottom of the barrel

Overfishing in the English Channel leaves fisherman scraping the bottom of the barrel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Decades of overfishing in the English Channel has resulted in the removal of many top predators from the sea and left fishermen 'scraping the barrel' for increasing amounts of shellfish to make up their catch.
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What's a concussion? Review identifies four evidence-based indicators

What's a concussion? Review identifies four evidence-based indicators | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A research review identifying the clinical indicators most strongly associated with concussion is an important first step in the process of developing evidence-based guidelines for concussion diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, according to a new report published by Neurosurgery, official journal of ...
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Will a warmer climate mean more kidney stones?

Will a warmer climate mean more kidney stones? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Add another possible woe to the growing list of consequences of climate change: Kidney stones.
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Teaching the brain to reduce pain

Teaching the brain to reduce pain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People can be conditioned to feel less pain when they hear a neutral sound, new research from the University of Luxembourg has found. This lends weight to the idea that we can learn to use mind-over-matter to beat pain.  The scientific article was published recently in the online journal PLOS One.
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France warns of epidemic after chikungunya deaths in Antilles, Guiana

France warns of epidemic after chikungunya deaths in Antilles, Guiana | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
France's health minister warned Thursday of a serious epidemic in the Antilles and French Guiana after 33 deaths were reported in connection with the chikungunya virus.
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Go play outside! Outdoor time promotes physical activity in youth

Go play outside! Outdoor time promotes physical activity in youth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization recommends that youth participate in a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) each day. Studies have shown that youth experience most of their MVPA during school hours. Therefore, it stands to reason that increasing outdoor time after school ...
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How antioxidants can accelerate cancers, and why they don't protect against them

How antioxidants can accelerate cancers, and why they don't protect against them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For decades, health-conscious people around the globe have taken antioxidant supplements and eaten foods rich in antioxidants, figuring this was one of the paths to good health and a long life.
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Research finds association between certain pain relievers and heart attack

Research finds association between certain pain relievers and heart attack | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—For women taking certain kinds of pain relievers, a heart attack could be waiting in their medicine cabinets.
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Kerry cites frank cyberhacking talks with China (Update 2)

Kerry cites frank cyberhacking talks with China (Update 2) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China and the United States on Thursday promised closer cooperation on climate change and North Korea, although China warned the U.S. not to take sides on its maritime disputes with Asian neighbors.
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