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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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More chemicals found in remote Minnesota lakes

A chemical associated only with X-ray technology is showing up in Lake Kabetogama in Voyageurs National Park and other northern lakes, one of many industrial compounds showing up in samples taken from Minnesota waterways.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Tuesday released the results of its ...
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BPA still a favorite among canned good brands. — Environmental Health News

BPA still a favorite among canned good brands. — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Survey of canned-good brands finds hormone-mimicking compound still widely used

 

In a survey of more than 250 brands of canned food, researchers found that more than 44 percent use bisphenol-A lined cans for some or all of their products. 

 

With 109 brands not responding or providing enough information, that number could be a lot higher. 

 

The survey, released today by the Environmental Working Group, found that 78 brands use BPA-lined cans for all of their products, 34 brands use BPA-lined cans for some of their products and 31 use BPA-free cans for all of their products. The survey was conducted between January and August of 2014.

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Newly Discovered Fungus Could Rid Landfills of Plastics! - NationofChange

Newly Discovered Fungus Could Rid Landfills of Plastics! - NationofChange | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yale students have discovered a new type of fungus after an adventure into the Ecuadorian rainforest, which is said to speed up the decomposition process of discarded plastics in landfills. Will this new finding have intriguing potential?
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“One Belt, One Road”, or the New Silk Road for China?

“One Belt, One Road”, or the New Silk Road for China? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
That is the new China initiative to rebuild the Old Silk Road along modern principles.  The plan is a bit of a grab bag, but seems to include the following: a. A deepwater naval base in Pakistan, plus a $42 […]
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Last Task After Layoff at Disney: Train Foreign Replacements

Last Task After Layoff at Disney: Train Foreign Replacements | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
American tech workers in Orlando found their jobs and desks transferred to immigrants brought in under H-1B visas by an Indian firm.
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Ebola will return, warns scientist | The Asian Age

Congolese expert Jean-Jacques Muyembe may be little known to the public, but he has been one of the world’s top Ebola investigators since the first epidemic erupted in central Africa in 1976.

 

Now, amid a decline in a west African outbreak that has taken more than 11,000 lives, Muyembe warns that Ebola will strike again in the future and that the deadly virus poses “a threat to the whole world”.

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120,000 endangered saiga antelopes die mysteriously in Kazakhstan

120,000 endangered saiga antelopes die mysteriously in Kazakhstan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 120,000 critically endangered saiga antelopes — more than one-third of the worldwide population — have died in Kazakhstan since mid-May, and the cause of the “catastrophic collapse” is unclear, officials said.
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Delhi’s water bodies on the endangered list

Delhi’s water bodies on the endangered list | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The plight of the mighty Yamuna as it flows through the NCR isn’t lost on anyone. But unknown to most of us, the ponds, lakes and wells dotting Delhi are all dying a slow death.
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Study backs up theory that warming, pollution combine to hurt Alaska's wood frogs

Study backs up theory that warming, pollution combine to hurt Alaska's wood frogs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A laboratory study found that deformities caused by dragonfly larvae preying on tadpoles increased dramatically in warmer waters with minute amounts of copper contamination. 
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Beijing bans smoking in public places

Beijing bans smoking in public places | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 1,000 inspectors, hefty fines and a widespread media campaign support crackdown in city with 4.2m smokers
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Water toxins blamed for hundreds of turtle deaths

Water toxins blamed for hundreds of turtle deaths | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hundreds of small turtles have washed up dead on the eastern end of Long Island in the last month, a die-off scientists blame on waterborne toxins that have reached unprecedented levels for reasons that aren’t
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South China Sea dispute: Strong indication Australia will join push back on China's island-building

South China Sea dispute: Strong indication Australia will join push back on China's island-building | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has issued the Abbott government's strongest signal yet that Australia is prepared to join the US and other countries in pushing back against Beijing's island-building and militarisation in the South China Sea.
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Clean water could take a central role in the 2016 presidential debates

Clean water could take a central role in the 2016 presidential debates | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Following the Obama administration’s introduction of the “clean water rule” last week, Republican presidential hopefuls have made water the latest issue in a campaign to denounce government overreach
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Sweat it out: could your sportswear be toxic?

Sweat it out: could your sportswear be toxic? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Greenpeace report is one of an emerging body of research highlighting the possible link between the chemicals in sportswear and health risks
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Can a US Court Hold Nestlé Responsible for Child Slavery in Africa?

Can a US Court Hold Nestlé Responsible for Child Slavery in Africa? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Food companies have been importing cocoa to the U.S. harvested by child laborers in African farms. Can they be sued for human rights violations?
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GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to 'rein in' EPA

GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to 'rein in' EPA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country.
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How to Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning

How to Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Learn how to keep your house cool without air conditioning using energy-efficient enhancements and no- and low-cost natural cooling methods.
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Amputating Life Close to Its Base | George Monbiot

Amputating Life Close to Its Base | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 How the universities allow a corporate cult to capture and destroy their best students

 By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 3rd June 2015

 

To seek enlightenment, intellectual or spiritual; to do good; to love and be loved; to create and to teach: these are the highest purposes of humankind. If there is meaning in life, it lies here.

 

Those who graduate from the leading universities have more opportunity than most to find such purpose. So why do so many end up in pointless and destructive jobs? Finance, management consultancy, advertising, public relations, lobbying: these and other useless occupations consume thousands of the brightest students. To take such jobs at graduation, as many will in the next few weeks, is to amputate life close to its base.

 

I watched it happen to my peers.

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How Delhi's crematoriums burn through lakhs of trees

How Delhi's crematoriums burn through lakhs of trees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a city where burning a handful of dry leaves attracts a fine of Rs 5,000 to clean up the toxic air we breathe, thousands of trees are being cut down and the wood given free of cost to crematoria.
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Chefs take to roofs of Paris with wave of gastro gardens (VIDEO)

Chefs take to roofs of Paris with wave of gastro gardens (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PARIS, June 1 — In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, a chef in a tall white toque bobs between great bushes of herbs as busy as the bees buzzing through beds of strawberries and tomatoes.

Even slap bang in the middle of Paris, chefs are taking the
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New Hanford system will reduce threat of uranium to Columbia River

New Hanford system will reduce threat of uranium to Columbia River | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Equipment is being installed in what’s already the most sophisticated groundwater treatment plant at Hanford, to expand its capabilities to address another contaminant at the nuclear reservation.
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How 4 Iconic Places in Los Angeles Are Saving Water

How 4 Iconic Places in Los Angeles Are Saving Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dodger Stadium, Forest Lawn, the Getty, and Exposition Park seek innovative ways to conserve during the drought.
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UNESCO world heritage experts decide not to list the Great Barrier Reef as being 'in danger'

UNESCO world heritage experts decide not to list the Great Barrier Reef as being 'in danger' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Federal and QLD governments convinced the committee they were making 'significant progress', but warns Australia still has more to do to stop continuing damage to this natural wonder.
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The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion

The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 1968, a book by a Stanford biologist predicted doom for the planet in coming decades. Whatever became of the population bomb?
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China Says It Could Set Up Air Defense Zone in South China Sea

China Says It Could Set Up Air Defense Zone in South China Sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Chinese admiral told a security forum in Singapore that Beijing could create a zone above disputed areas if it felt it was facing a large enough threat.
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