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Japan's population logs record drop

Japan's population logs record drop | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 1, 2013 - Japan's population logged a record drop in 2012, health ministry estimates showed Tuesday, highlighting concerns that an ever-dwindling pool of workers is having to pay for a growing number of pensioners.
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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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U.S. EPA chief hopes pope will spur concern on climate change

U.S. EPA chief hopes pope will spur concern on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Obama shares pope's belief climate change is a moral issue as effects will be felt most by poorest, official says
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EPA chief heads to Vatican to talk climate

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Gina McCarthy is traveling to Vatican City this and next week to talk with senior Catholic officials about climate change.
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For a healthier home avoid the 'dollar' stores

For a healthier home avoid the 'dollar' stores | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You probably already guessed it from the suspiciously chemical odor wafting out as the automatic doors open - but now there's proof shopping at 'dollar' stores is unhealthy.
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It’s Not Too Late To Stop Climate Change, And It’ll Be Super-Cheap

It’s Not Too Late To Stop Climate Change, And It’ll Be Super-Cheap | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The top climate issue is the cost and consequences of inaction. The science now makes clear failure to very aggressively try to "solve" climate change is not either a rational or moral option for a nation or humanity as a whole. Fortunately, solving climate change is super-cheap!
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Climate change, vaccination: Scientists, public far apart in concerns, poll shows

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about.
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Doctors’ groups press EPA for much stricter federal ozone limit

Doctors’ groups press EPA for much stricter federal ozone limit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A lower threshold will reduce hospitalizations and premature deaths, they say. But industry officials and others say the current standard poses no greater health risk.
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Recycling And Waste-Reduction: US Food And Beverage Companies Come Up 'Significantly Short'

Recycling And Waste-Reduction: US Food And Beverage Companies Come Up 'Significantly Short' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new environmental report found that U.S. fast-food, beverage and grocery companies are doing little to deal with the mountain of packaged material waste.
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Girls who drink more sugary drinks start their periods earlier, study suggests

Girls who drink more sugary drinks start their periods earlier, study suggests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Harvard researchers found that girls who drank more than 1.5 servings a day got their first periods 2.7 months sooner than girls drinking less than two servings a week.
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Could Drilling in the Atlantic Harm Fish, Whales, Turtles?

Could Drilling in the Atlantic Harm Fish, Whales, Turtles? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A proposal from President Barack Obama could open parts of the U.S. Atlantic coast to drilling for the first time. The area is home to hundreds of animal species.
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Want to Avoid Oils Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge

Want to Avoid Oils Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While some celebrated shale oil as a boom, Nick Hodge derided it as a Ponzi scheme. Today the shale sector quivers before the specter of falling oil prices, and the oil majors that have invested heavily in shale may be humbled. In this interview with The Energy Report, the founder of the Outsider Club and investment director of Early Advantage argues that nuclear energy is about to reassert itself, and that solar power is on the verge of becoming a major energy source. He also highlights one uranium and four solar companies with especially bright futures.
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Ebola virus mutating, scientists say

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.

 

More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

 

Scientists are starting to analyse hundreds of blood samples from Ebola patients in Guinea.

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How to Operate a HAM Radio

How to Operate a HAM Radio | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
HAM radio is a popular hobby that allows amateur operators to communicate with one another on multiple frequencies. It is also a useful skill to develop in the event of an emergency or disaster.
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Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Millions of abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking across the USA. In PA alone, leaks cause 10 percent of all emissions and there is no plan to deal with them.
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A ‘new dive into the ocean’ is more important than ‘the new space race’ | ASU News | The State Press | Arizona State University

A ‘new dive into the ocean’ is more important than ‘the new space race’ | ASU News | The State Press | Arizona State University | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The ocean needs to be explored faster than it is damaged.

 

At a moment in time where the latest space race has rekindled interest in space exploration and travel, most people are still taking for granted what we have so close to us. The ocean is a vast and largely unexplored part of the Earth, considering that it covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface. So why isn’t there a “new dive into the ocean” in a similar way that there has been newly sparked interest in outer space?

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This cartoon shows fossil fuel subsidies for what they are

This cartoon shows fossil fuel subsidies for what they are | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
– ridiculous. Hmmm, I wonder what else we could do with $ 2 trillion besides give it to fossil fuel companies? This cartoon by Walkley award-winning First Dog on the Moon is great. Enjoy! Courtesy of the Tree
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World's cities experiencing more heatwaves, study shows

World's cities experiencing more heatwaves, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Number of extremely hot days a year has increased in hundreds of cities since the 1970s years, with frequencies peaking in the last five years
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Officials resume lives in radiation-hit town in hope of paving way for mass return - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Officials resume lives in radiation-hit town in hope of paving way for mass return - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--When Hiroshi Aoki boarded the first train of the day on a recent morning here, he was the only passenger.
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Pollution Increasing In Idaho's Snake River Aquifer

Pollution Increasing In Idaho's Snake River Aquifer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) this week released several reports on important aquifers around the country. Idaho’s Snake River Plain Basin features in
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Poll: Scientists overwhelmingly think GMOs are safe to eat. The public doesn't.

There's a big gap between scientists and the public on global warming. But there's a bigger one on GMOs.
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France delays pesticide reduction goal by 7 years

France delays pesticide reduction goal by 7 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PARIS (Reuters) - France, the European Union's biggest agricultural producer, has delayed a target to halve pesticide use to 2025 from 2018 after plans to curb their deployment failed, the farm minister
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Florida Looks to Recycling, Desalination As it Faces Increasing Water Supply Crunch | Bloomberg BNA

Florida Looks to Recycling, Desalination As it Faces Increasing Water Supply Crunch | Bloomberg BNA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Florida is bumping up against its limits on groundwater supply, the primary water resource for the state, officials from water management districts and water utilities have said.

 

Concerns about supply and environmental regulations have been pushing water utilities toward more recycling and greater use of desalination for brackish water, and water management districts have told several utilities they are maxed out on the rates of withdrawal from some aquifers.

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Senate passes Keystone XL pipeline bill despite Obama promise to veto

Senate passes Keystone XL pipeline bill despite Obama promise to veto | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The measure still lacks enough votes to override a veto on the controversial project.
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Yes, Oil Is Behind a Lot of Wars

Yes, Oil Is Behind a Lot of Wars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Economists check the claim that a thirst for oil motivates interventions in civil wars, and they find out it's right.
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30 Awesome Survival Apps | Urban Survival Site

30 Awesome Survival Apps | Urban Survival Site | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you don't have any survival apps on your phone, you're missing out. There are apps to help with food storage, first aid, navigation, and much more.
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Increasing demand for refined products will increase oil prices

Increasing demand for refined products will increase oil prices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
My opinion is that all of the analysts who are now blaming the sharp drop in oil prices on a “glut” of supply could change their tune quickly as consumers adjust to lower fuel costs.
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