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Jan. 1 snow cover set U.S. record

Jan. 1 snow cover set U.S. record | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
State College, Pa. (UPI) Jan 3, 2012 -
Snow coverage in the United States on New Year's Day was the most in 10 years with 67 percent of the 48 contiguous states covered by snow, meteorologists say.
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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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Review: Fecal transplants effective weapon against C. dif

Review: Fecal transplants effective weapon against C. dif | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Fecal transplantation appears to be a safe and effective way to combat Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection, according to a new review published in the May 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Treating gum disease reduces prostate symptoms, researchers find

Treating gum disease reduces prostate symptoms, researchers find | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Treating gum disease reduced symptoms of prostate inflammation, called prostatitis, report researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Departments of Urology and Pathology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.
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Norway ranks as world's best place to be a mother

Norway ranks as world's best place to be a mother | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday.
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Thermal energy storage in buildings makes district heating more climate friendly

Thermal energy storage in buildings makes district heating more climate friendly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
District heating is a common for heating buildings and hot water in many Swedish cities. The heat is largely produced from residual products from forestry, household waste, or waste heat from industries.
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New mathematical logic could have averted the attack on Saddam

New mathematical logic could have averted the attack on Saddam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A completely new type of mathematical logic from the University of Oslo has the potential to improve intelligence services worldwide. The US Army has already expressed keen interest.
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Earthquake scientists go to Himalayas for seismic research

Earthquake scientists go to Himalayas for seismic research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have been trying to make sense of out of what makes the earth move for centuries. The earthquake disaster in Nepal on April 25 brings attention to human frailty in the face of Mother Nature. In spite of and because of these disasters, scientists continue to work to solve the geologic and ...
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Work begins to establish a baseline carbon budget for U.S. coastlines

Work begins to establish a baseline carbon budget for U.S. coastlines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Determining whether estuaries and tidal wetlands are net emitters or absorbers of carbon dioxide is the object of a NASA-funded study by a national team of researchers. The three-year, $1.2-million study, led by Penn State professor of oceanography Raymond Najjar, is the first to look at the entire ...
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Going underground to understand Australia's past climate variability

Going underground to understand Australia's past climate variability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Given the importance of water in Australia, surprisingly, there is relatively little information about the past variability of rainfall on this continent. Although there is a good annual record of the past 100 years in Australia, there is nothing much before that period and no known cave deposit records ...
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African Diet May Lead Away From Colon Cancer

African Diet May Lead Away From Colon Cancer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To study the effects, researchers asked African-American and South African volunteers to swap diets for two weeks. Guess who benefited.
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How pollen may make clouds sneeze: Study shows how pollen seeds clouds and may change the weather.

How pollen may make clouds sneeze:  Study shows how pollen seeds clouds and may change the weather. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Those pollen grains in the air that make you miserable may have a surprising side effect: heavier rain. A new study says bits of pollen lofted into the atmosphere by springtime winds make their way into clouds, seed them and may even intensify downpours.

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The Charleston Gazette | DEP blasts Freedom cleanup proposal

West Virginia regulators on Monday harshly criticized a new liquidation plansubmitted by Freedom Industries, saying the proposal wrongly seeks to funnel more than $2.5 million to bankruptcy lawyers and other professionals instead of spending it to adequately clean up the site of the January 2014 chemical leak.

 

In filing a formal objection to the plan, lawyers for the state Department of Environmental Protection asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson to order $1 million to be spent to “immediately remediate” the Freedom Etowah Terminal along the Elk River, just upstream from a West Virginia American Water drinking water intake that serves 300,000 people in Charleston and the surrounding region.

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Family: Del. teens still critical 6 weeks after resort poisoning at island resort

Two Delaware teenagers sickened by a banned pesticide that was sprayed at the Caribbean resort where they were staying are still in critical condition more than six weeks later, their family said Monday.
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Hand washing vital in multi-bed hospital wards

Hand washing vital in multi-bed hospital wards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hospital room designs make a significant difference to the likelihood of bugs being spread through person-to-person contact between medics and patients, according to University of Leeds research.
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Study shows oral spores of harmless C. difficile prevent repeat infection

Study shows oral spores of harmless C. difficile prevent repeat infection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In what is a major step towards the prevention of recurring bouts of Clostridium difficile (Cdiff) infection, an international team led by Dale Gerding, MD, Hines Veterans Administration (VA) research physician and professor of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, has shown ...
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Search engine self-diagnosis and 'cyberchondria'

Search engine self-diagnosis and 'cyberchondria' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
QUT research is aiming to improve search engines after finding online self-diagnosis of health conditions provides misleading results that can do more harm than good.
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Blocking obesity-associated protein stops dangerous fat formation

Blocking obesity-associated protein stops dangerous fat formation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Visceral fat deposits around internal organs in the stomach are particularly harmful: they are associated with insulin resistance, type-2 diabetes and heart disease. The study, conducted in close collaboration with researchers at the at the French Institute of Health and Medical research (INSERM) in ...
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New formula for high-strength shotcrete to protect tunnels from fires and terrorist attacks

New formula for high-strength shotcrete to protect tunnels from fires and terrorist attacks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Engineers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a shotcrete that is much more robust than traditional concrete. It can render tunnels, bridges and other constructions more resistant against fires and explosions. The new formula includes 140 kilogrammes of steel fibres per cubic metre of concrete ...
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The future of sustainable energy is in the exploitation of rare earths

The future of sustainable energy is in the exploitation of rare earths | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent technological and energy revolution has given rare earths strong importance due to their electric, magnetic and electronic properties. A group of researchers from the Institute of Physical Sciences at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) locates and analyzes geological formations ...
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China, EU working on common approach on climate change

China, EU working on common approach on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The European Union's foreign policy chief said Tuesday she's confident the EU and China can agree to a common approach on climate change ahead of crucial carbon reduction talks in Paris this year.
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US cleanup would leave some asbestos in contaminated town

US cleanup would leave some asbestos in contaminated town | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A long-delayed cleanup proposal for a Montana community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure would leave some of the dangerous material inside houses rather than remove it, as government officials seek to wind down an effort that has lasted more than 15 years and cost $540 million.
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Slowdown after Ice Age sounds a warning for Great Barrier Reef's future

Slowdown after Ice Age sounds a warning for Great Barrier Reef's future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental factors similar to those affecting the present day Great Barrier Reef have been linked to a major slowdown in its growth eight thousand years ago, research led by the University of Sydney shows.
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Delhi's children have the weakest lungs, reveals new survey

Delhi's children have the weakest lungs, reveals new survey | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Capital is home to the highest proportion of children with weak lungs in the country with over 40% students between eight and 14 affected by Delhi’s dirty air, a recent survey of over 2,000 youngsters across four cities revealed on Monday.
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PUBLIC HEALTH: Scientists tackle the 'difficult problem' of how warming spreads Lyme disease

PUBLIC HEALTH: Scientists tackle the 'difficult problem' of how warming spreads Lyme disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is increasing not only the range in which Lyme disease-carrying ticks can survive -- ticks are moving into warming Canada and other northern locations -- but the amount of time in which ticks can feed, according to a recent study published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
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US chemical used to kill coca plant in Colombia may cause cancer

US chemical used to kill coca plant in Colombia may cause cancer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The coca plant may be getting a break in Colombia's war against drugs. That's because the herbicide Colombia uses to kill the plants off with might be more deadly than the drug itself. As CCTV's Mi...
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Study links foam in water wells to shale well sites

Study links foam in water wells to shale well sites | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
White foam in northeastern Pennsylvania water wells likely was caused by Marcellus Shale gas well sites that have already been blamed for causing natural gas to infiltrate residential water supplies, a paper published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported on Monday. Environmental consultant Garth Llewellyn and biochemistry and geosciences researchers with Penn State University used a novel method to identify low levels of organic compounds that they said likely explain foaming from three water wells in Bradford County between 2010 and 2012. Test results from commercial laboratories during investigations at the sites had not picked up on what was causing the foaming — they reported no unsafe levels of compounds other than natural gas in the water, while
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