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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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S&P warns Europe debt market near pre-crash levels

S&P warns Europe debt market near pre-crash levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Aggressive" transactions in European corporate debt markets are in danger of reaching the excesses seen before the global financial crisis, S&P has warned.
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Bay Area Club Uses Paint To Keep Grass Green During Drought - CBS San Francisco

Bay Area Club Uses Paint To Keep Grass Green During Drought - CBS San Francisco | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lawns all over the Bay Area and across California are turning brown during the state's record drought. A South Bay athletic club has found a way to keep their grass looking lush, without any water at all.
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7 Survival Life Hacks

7 Survival Life Hacks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some great survival hacks found in this nicely made YouTube Video.
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Some fish and seafood are sustainable, some devastate our oceans - Feature Story - Local Stories - July 24, 2014

Sacramento News & Review - <br/>			<br/>				Some fish and seafood are sustainable, some devastate our oceans - Feature Story - Local Stories - July 24, 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Good fish or bad fish? Farmed vs. wild? Bluefin or albacore? Shrimp or no shrimp? How to tell if seafood is OK to eat—or if it’s destroying the environment.
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The man who wants to make sure climate change doesn’t ruin your beer

The man who wants to make sure climate change doesn’t ruin your beer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By day, Ian Hughes makes beer. On nights and weekends, he defends it.
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Early puberty could increase a girl's chance of diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer, scientists warn

Early puberty could increase a girl's chance of diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer, scientists warn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at Cambridge University believe a new study which found puberty is determined by which parent a girl inherits specific genes from could provide an insight into the diseases they may be at risk of later in life.
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REFILE-Panel's report likely to tie farm antibiotics to human resistance | Reuters

A White House advisory committee is expected to acknowledge the link between antimicrobial resistance in humans and livestock being fed antibiotics when it issues its report in the next few weeks, according to the transcript of a committee meeting held earlier this month.

 

But how much of the public health problem can be attributed to such farming practices remains unclear, according to the transcript of a July 11 meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

 

Committee members have declined to discuss the report before its release, which is expected to happen in the next few weeks.

 

In the transcript, council co-Chairman Eric Lander said there was "clear documentation" that antibiotic-resistant microbes can transfer from farm animals to humans.

 

"That judicious use [of antibiotics] in agriculture right now is absolutely essential," Lander said in the transcript. "There may come a point where one will say it's justified to say no use."

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Why is Canada’s bee population in rapid decline?

Why is Canada’s bee population in rapid decline? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report on the health of honey bees in Canada says 58 per cent of the colonies in Ontario did not survive the winter
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Tesla retools California plant for Model X SUV

Tesla retools California plant for Model X SUV | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two vehicle models to be built on same assembly line.
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UN opens up more deep sea areas for mining, issues seven new licences

UN opens up more deep sea areas for mining, issues seven new licences | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
State-owned and private companies from the UK, Germany, India, Brazil, Singapore and Russia are among those to benefit from the seabed regulator’s decision.
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Largest genetic survey to date shows major success of giant panda breeding programs

Largest genetic survey to date shows major success of giant panda breeding programs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Heroic worldwide conservation efforts have made great strides in saving China's endangered national treasure, the giant panda. Now, in China, there are over 65 giant panda reserves that have been established and three large breeding centers. But despite these efforts, just 1596 pandas remain in the ...
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Where have all the swallows gone?

Where have all the swallows gone? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Extinction: the permanent loss of a species. It is deeply troubling—and scientists and birdwatchers are ringing the alarm about a bird species that only a few decades ago was widespread and very common.
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China’s terrifying debt ratios poised to breeze past US levels – Telegraph Blogs

China’s terrifying debt ratios poised to breeze past US levels – Telegraph Blogs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The China-US sorpasso is looming. I do not mean the much-exaggerated moment when China’s GDP will overtake America's GDP – which may not happen in the lifetime of anybody reading this blog post – as China slows to more pedestrian growth rates (an objective of premier Li Keqiang.) The sorpasso may instead be the ominous [...]
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California drought: 'Water cops' being hired by Bay Area agencies to root out water waste

California drought: 'Water cops' being hired by Bay Area agencies to root out water waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While most cities aren't issuing fines yet, new enforcement patrols will be responding to neighbors' complaints about water waste as California's drought worsens.
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Economist who predicted busted housing bubble says another recession is coming

Economist who predicted busted housing bubble says another recession is coming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
David Levy, who oversees the Levy Forecast, says the United States is likely to fall into a recession next year triggered by downturns in other countries, the first time in modern history.
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What happened with nuclear waste leak at New Mexico's WIPP?

What happened with nuclear waste leak at New Mexico's WIPP? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What do the OJ Simpson murder trial and a nuclear waste leak in southern New Mexico have in common? A single glove.
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Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new book claims the organic label can't be trusted, especially on food that's imported. Yet there is a global system for verifying the authenticity of organic food, and it mostly seems to work.
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As Washington fires spread, threat of flash flooding rises

As Washington fires spread, threat of flash flooding rises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As if the Carlton Complex fire -- the biggest in Washington state history -- wasn’t bad enough already, meteorologists have heaped yet another plague on the suffering residents of north-central Washington: the possibility of flash flooding Wednesday.
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Victorian diseases have come back to haunt us - Telegraph

Victorian diseases have come back to haunt us  - Telegraph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Official figures show a rise in disease such as gout, cholera, whooping cough and malnutrition
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If It's Raining, NYC’s Raw Sewage Is Probably Pouring Into the Waterways

Click here to edit the titIn 2010, a tornado hit Brooklyn, sending rain barreling down for several hours. Someone in Gowanus began recording video of a tide of brown water creeping up the Gowanus Canal. The greenish hue of the pre-storm water is overcome, bit by bit, by the dark, ruddy wave. The videographer gets closer, and someone gags loudly in the background. The water stinks.le

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Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry

Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two-thirds of fresh retail chicken in the UK is contaminated with campylobacter, a nasty bug that affects about 280,000 people a year. We investigate why
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Pebble Mine will not be built: Friedland

Pebble Mine will not be built: Friedland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Legendary mining financier spoke at Sprott Natural Resource Symposium Vancouver.
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Dogs get especially jealous of other dogs, study finds

Dogs get especially jealous of other dogs, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dogs show jealousy when their owners spend time with what appears to be another dog, suggesting that the emotion may have survivalist roots, US researchers said Wednesday.
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Rising temperatures hinder Indian wheat production

Rising temperatures hinder Indian wheat production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Geographers at the University of Southampton have found a link between increasing average temperatures in India and a reduction in wheat production.
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North Atlantic right whale's prospects tied to climate

North Atlantic right whale's prospects tied to climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pleasant scientific surprise: The North Atlantic right whale population – once projected for extinction – exhibited an unexpected increase in calf production and population size during the past decade.
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