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Fireproofing inadequate at Japan nuclear reactors

Fireproofing inadequate at Japan nuclear reactors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 1, 2013 - Japanese regulators have found inadequate fireproofing at more than one fifth of the nuclear reactors that went offline after the 2011 Fukushima crisis, a major daily said Tuesday.
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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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Alaska environmental officials investigating oil line leak

JUNEAU, Alaska, (Reuters) - Investigators are reviewing the cause of an oil production pipeline breach on Alaska's North Slope where upwards of 4,000 gallons (15,100 liters) of fluid spilled, state officials
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Water loss: seven things you need to know about an invisible global problem

Water loss: seven things you need to know about an invisible global problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A staggering 46bn litres of drinking water are lost globally every day. What can consumers, business and governments do?
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Microbes could help clean up after fracking

Microbes could help clean up after fracking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers have found a way to harness microscopic organisms to solve one of fracking's biggest problems: waste
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Madrid brings in tough anti-pollution regulations - Telegraph

Madrid brings in tough anti-pollution regulations - Telegraph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If air pollution levels are too high, automatic traffic restrictions will be issued by Spanish authorities
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Update: White House issues veto threat as House prepares to vote on EPA 'secret science' bills

Update: White House issues veto threat as House prepares to vote on EPA 'secret science' bills | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Opponents say measures designed to hamper regulatory efforts
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Students Devise Way To Feed Homeless Meals, Cut Food Waste All At Once

Students Devise Way To Feed Homeless Meals, Cut Food Waste All At Once | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One Philadelphia homeless shelter used to have a major pea problem.

Bethesda Project's My Brother’s House had an abundance of smooth Alaska peas for its clients, but demand did not match supply, Drexel Now reported.

"One of the probl...
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EHP – Air Pollution and ASDs: Homing In on an Environmental Risk Factor

EHP – Air Pollution and ASDs: Homing In on an Environmental Risk Factor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seeds of Toxicity? Erythrocytes and Lead-Associated Kidney Damage
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Detroit fleets get makeovers through federal program with an uncertain future. — Environmental Health News

Detroit fleets get makeovers through federal program with an uncertain future. — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Detroit has reduced diesel emissions by about 45,000 tons over the past five years through engine upgrades and replacements spurred by a federal program in its last year of authorization

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Icy Stillness and Muted Fishing in a New England Port

Icy Stillness and Muted Fishing in a New England Port | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The icy winter has slowed commerce in normally bustling New Bedford, Mass., the nation’s top commercial fishing port.
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Austerity Kills: Economic Distress Seen as Culprit in Sharp Rise in Suicide Rate Among Middle Aged | naked capitalism

Austerity Kills: Economic Distress Seen as Culprit in Sharp Rise in Suicide Rate Among Middle Aged  | naked capitalism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Financial crises kill. Increases in the suicide rate here and overseas are strongly related to the economic downturn.
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7 DIY seed pots from common household items for starting seeds indoors

7 DIY seed pots from common household items for starting seeds indoors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Your recycle bin can be a great source of materials for making your own seed starting pots.
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The Food Waste Debacle

The Food Waste Debacle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last week there was a Fast Food industry fly-in to DC — arguing for a repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard on the grounds of food price impact. Politico reports:
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Letter: Nuclear industry plagued with problems. — Environmental Health News

Letter: Nuclear industry plagued with problems. — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

his letter to the editor is in response to Peter Dykstra's series on nuclear energy.

March 3, 2015

To the editor: 

I believe Mark Heinicke's Feb 20th criticisms ("nuances of language—satire and innuendo in particular") of Peter Dykstra's Last Tango for Nuclear series (Jan 31) are valid. As Heinicke says, metaphors, tone, headlines, and framing DO matter. Yet Heinicke, a self-described nuclear proponent, did not challenge any of Dykstra's claims, nor did he make any defense of nuclear energy, or arguments for its value.

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Yakima Herald Republic | Up to 1,500 gallons of oil has permeated 24 miles of waterways

Yakima Herald Republic | Up to 1,500 gallons of oil has permeated 24 miles of waterways | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Worry about marine life mounts as more fish die

Worry about marine life mounts as more fish die | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — As fish carcasses continued to wash up on Singapore’s shores yesterday, marine enthusiasts voiced concern about the amount and variety of wild fish and other animal species affected.
They spoke of the need to boost the resilience of the marine ecosystem as some posted on social media that shore walks in recent days have allowed them glimpses of fish species they had never seen.
Fish farmers, meanwhile, continued to add up their losses from the mass fish deaths that caught many by sur
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PESTICIDES: Appeals court to hear case on EPA role in bee die-off

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed last week to hear the first case to challenge U.S. EPA's role in the massive loss of bees in the last decade.
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Global warming helped trigger Syria's civil war

Global warming helped trigger Syria's civil war | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study says global warming made the crippling Syrian drought of 2007 through 2010 up to three times as likely, linking climate to the deadly civil war.
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Study Says Pregnant Women in India Are Gravely Underweight

Study Says Pregnant Women in India Are Gravely Underweight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In one of the world’s most perplexing public health issues, Indian mothers tend to be less healthy than their counterparts in poorer countries.
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Gulf of Mexico Turns Deadly for Dolphins

Gulf of Mexico Turns Deadly for Dolphins | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A scientific explanation has proved elusive, but evidence is building that the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill has played a role in harming the mammals.
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Can We Fix Climate Change With Technology?

Can We Fix Climate Change With Technology? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Several proposed methods of geoengineering have been examined by the National Academy of Sciences but have largely proven far too risky to control
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Workers Wages Aren't Rising Even Though They're More Productive

Workers Wages Aren't Rising Even Though They're More Productive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Labor has become more efficient and profitable, but employees aren't sharing in the benefits.
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The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PRINCETON, N.J.—Tariq Ali is part of the royalty of the left. His more than 20 books on politics and history, his seven novels, his screenplays and plays and his journalism in the Black Dwarf newspaper, the New Left Review and other publications have made him one of the most trenchant critics of corporate capitalism. He hurls rhetorical thunderbolts and searing critiques at the oily speculators and corporate oligarchs who manipulate global finance and the useful idiots in the press, the politica
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Harvard’s Star Alumni Urge Week of Fossil Fuel Protests

Harvard’s Star Alumni Urge Week of Fossil Fuel Protests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Actress Natalie Portman, environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and other high-profile Harvard University alumni are calling for demonstrations to urge divestment from fossil fuels.
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