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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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INTERVIEW-U.S. needs to invest in Arctic ships, technology to prepare for climate change - envoy

INTERVIEW-U.S. needs to invest in Arctic ships, technology to prepare for climate change - envoy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Billions of dollars of new equipment needed as US prepares for melting ice in Arctic, top official says
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UN climate negotiators urged to lay foundations for new global deal

UN climate negotiators urged to lay foundations for new global deal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Negotiators moving closer on sensitive issues, may not be far from consensus on many areas, minister says
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Crude oil spills into Caddo bayou, kills wildlife

Crude oil spills into Caddo bayou, kills wildlife | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pipeline owner Sunoco Logistics estimates 4,000 barrells of crude spilled from line.
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Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Owner Wins Climate Leadership Award

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Owner Wins Climate Leadership Award | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -– The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline was recognized this week for leadership on climate change -– to the shock of environmental activists.

Alberta-based TransCanada, which has been seeking permission ...
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US suspends risky disease research

US suspends risky disease research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Government to cease funding gain-of-function studies that make viruses more dangerous, pending a safety assessment.
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Building a global mine-to-renewable energy business platform | InvestorIntel

Building a global mine-to-renewable energy business platform | InvestorIntel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When a kind word is spoken and praise is heaped upon a technology mining conglomerate by the doyen of the renewable energy sector, it doesn’t go unnoticed ...

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One Canadian soldier killed as shots ring out in nation's capital

One Canadian soldier killed as shots ring out in nation's capital | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Canadian soldier was killed and the nation's Parliament was on lockdown Wednesday after gunfire rang out in downtown Ottawa.
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Wind Energy and Examining Cost | The Energy Collective

Wind Energy and Examining Cost | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Various promoters maintain the cost of wind energy is competitive with other sources of energy. This is not the case. The EIA calculates the levelized cost of NEW onshore wind turbine plants place in service in 2018, capacity factor 0.34, 30-yr life, at $86.6/MWh, including transmission of $3.2/MWh.
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Donations for Ebola Relief Are Slow to Gain Speed

Donations for Ebola Relief Are Slow to Gain Speed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Relief agencies are finding it difficult to raise money to combat Ebola and are increasingly relying on large gifts from people like Mark Zuckerberg.
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Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments

Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese prosecutors must decide this week whether to charge Tokyo Electric Power Co executives for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, in a process that could drag the operator
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The problem with America’s abandoned mines

The problem with America’s abandoned mines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By some estimates, there are as many as half a million abandoned mines in the U.S., sites that have the potential to contaminate water, pollute soil, kill wildlife and sicken humans.
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Keeping the Lights on - Even with Intermittent Nuclear and Fossil Fuel Power Plants

Keeping the Lights on - Even with Intermittent Nuclear and Fossil Fuel Power Plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The line you hear about renewable energy, over and over again, is that "renewables like solar and wind are intermittent" and therefore need a back up. Hello? All sources of energy are intermittent,...
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China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests

China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drop of 1-2% in amount of coal burned offers ‘a window of opportunity’ to bring climate change under control, say Greenpeace energy analysts
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Texas’ Top Toxicologist: EPA’s New Smog Regulations Unnecessary, Just Stay Indoors

Texas’ Top Toxicologist: EPA’s New Smog Regulations Unnecessary, Just Stay Indoors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Texas' chief toxicologist is arguing that we don't need tougher ground-level ozone restrictions because we spend so much time indoors.
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Russia prepares for ice-cold war with show of military force in the Arctic

Russia prepares for ice-cold war with show of military force in the Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vladimir Putin sends troops and jets to oil- and gas-rich region also coveted by Canada, United States, Norway and Denmark
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In just 15 years, wind could provide a fifth of the world's electricity

In just 15 years, wind could provide a fifth of the world's electricity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report projects big growth for the wind industry. But only if we get real about climate change.
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What It's Like to Spend a Month Under the Sea

What It's Like to Spend a Month Under the Sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Live Science caught up with Fabien Cousteau, who spent a month in an undersea lab this past summer.
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Outbreak of great quakes underscores Cascadia risk : Nature News Blog

Outbreak of great quakes underscores Cascadia risk : Nature News Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The 18 great earthquakes that have struck Earth in the past decade hold ominous lessons for western North America, a top seismologist has warned. Many of these large quakes — including the 2004 Sumatra quake that spawned the Indian Ocean tsunami, and the 2011 Tohoku disaster in Japan — were surprisingly different from one another despite their similar geologic settings.

 

That variety implies that almost any scenario is possible in another part of the Pacific Rim where quake risk is thought to be high — along the Cascadia subduction zone offshore of Washington, Oregon, and other parts of the western United States and Canada.

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The invisible extinction

The invisible extinction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A palaeontologist wonders whether the future fossil record will preserve evidence of animals that vanish today.
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Drowning In Oil Again

Drowning In Oil Again | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A detailed breakdown of the current oil abundance, and how, in spite of social and political turmoil in several areas, production is still increasing worldwide
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CDC Tightens Rules on Caring for Ebola Patients - US News

CDC Tightens Rules on Caring for Ebola Patients - US News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Full body suits, respirators now recommended, along with monitor to observe workers removing gear
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Battles rage in Oregon, Colorado over genetically modified foods

Battles rage in Oregon, Colorado over genetically modified foods | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Voters in two Western states are caught in fierce battles over whether consumers will know what is deep inside their food.
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High pollution levels found near Ohio gas wells

High pollution levels found near Ohio gas wells | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CLEVELAND (AP) â€" A study in a rural Ohio county where oil and gas drilling is booming found air pollution levels near well sites higher than those in downtown Chicago. The monitors detected 32 types of hydrocarbon-based compounds, some of which are found in vehicle exhaust, tobacco smoke and are produced when materials are burned. Erin Haynes, a professor of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati, said Carroll County was chosen for the study because of residents' concerns about
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