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As climate warms, bark beetles march on high-elevation forests

As climate warms, bark beetles march on high-elevation forests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Madison WI (SPX) Jan 04, 2013 -
Trees and the insects that eat them wage constant war. Insects burrow and munch; trees deploy lethal and disruptive defenses in the form of chemicals.
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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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Platinum mine criminal charges a first for Alaska

Platinum mine criminal charges a first for Alaska | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, a federal grand jury in Anchorage handed up a 28-page indictment accusing XS Platinum and five executives of conspiring to violate the federal Clean Water Act and of falsifying compliance reports to the government. The five men – two Americans, two Australians and a Canadian – are scheduled to make their first court appearance Jan. 21.
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Seychelles poachers go nutty for erotic shaped seed

Seychelles poachers go nutty for erotic shaped seed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Under cover of darkness in the steamy jungles of the Seychelles thieves creep out to harvest the sizeable and valuable nuts of the famous coco de mer palm, and their activities are threatening its long-term survival.
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US looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak

US looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, U.S. public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.
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Review: Ketogenic diets suppress appetite despite weight loss

Review: Ketogenic diets suppress appetite despite weight loss | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—A review of evidence supports that ketogenic diets suppress appetite despite weight loss. The research was published online Nov. 17 in Obesity Reviews.
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Science of romantic relationships includes gene factor

Science of romantic relationships includes gene factor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Adolescents worry about passing tests, winning games, lost phones, fractured bones—and whether or not they will ever really fall in love. Three Chinese researchers have focused on that last question. They pose the questions: Why do some students stay single? What factors determine ...
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Global warming could undermine poverty fight: World Bank

Global warming could undermine poverty fight: World Bank | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change could undermine efforts to defeat extreme poverty around the globe, the World Bank warned Sunday.
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US northeast braces for flooding after record snow

US northeast braces for flooding after record snow | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Weather forecasters and emergency officials warned Sunday that melting snow would lead to heavy flooding in parts of the US northeast, with hundreds of thousands of people told to brace for fast-rising waters.
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Leaked Documents Reveal Shady Tactics Behind PR Push For Even Bigger Canadian Pipeline

Leaked Documents Reveal Shady Tactics Behind PR Push For Even Bigger Canadian Pipeline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the debate still raging over Keystone XL, the company behind the pipeline is already hard at work promoting a PR strategy for its larger and entirely Canadian pipeline, Energy East.
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Most White Evangelicals Attribute Intense National Disasters To The Apocalypse, Not Climate Change

Most White Evangelicals Attribute Intense National Disasters To The Apocalypse, Not Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent poll found that 77 percent of white evangelical Protestants attributed recent natural disasters to biblical "end times" and just 49 percent pointed to climate change.
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Not-so-wild wilderness: Mining proposals threaten Cabinet Mountains streams, lakes and grizzlies - The Spokesman-Review

Not-so-wild wilderness: Mining proposals threaten Cabinet Mountains streams, lakes and grizzlies - The Spokesman-Review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hiking the 4-mile trail into Rock Lake from the Noxon, Montana, area weighed heavy on Jim Costello, especially after he met a budding family from Spokane. The couple were packing their toddler along the soothing rumble of Rock Creek for his first wilderness experience. He asked Jim and JoJo Lindenfelser if they’d heard of the Rock Creek Mine. They said no. He suggested they check into it.
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Drought revives 'forgotten art' at wineries: Farming without irrigation

Drought revives 'forgotten art' at wineries: Farming without irrigation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The gnarled zinfandel grapevines on Rich Czapleski's land have borne fruit for more than 100 years, producing dark, intense wines that exemplify the special growing conditions in this coveted winemaking region.
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Do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste?

Do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the average person is exposed to 126 toxic chemicals a day from personal-care products alone. Health Advisor Joy McCarthy shows you what to avoid
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Bodies of 500 sea lions found on Peruvian beach

Bodies of 500 sea lions found on Peruvian beach | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Peruvian authorities were investigating Sunday the deaths of some 500 sea lions whose rotting corpses were found on a northern beach.
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UN chief: Ebola cases in Mali a 'deep concern'

UN chief: Ebola cases in Mali a 'deep concern' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The United Nations chief warned Friday that Ebola may be easing in part of West Africa but is still hitting hard in other areas and outpacing the international response.
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Plague outbreak kills 40 in Madagascar: WHO

Plague outbreak kills 40 in Madagascar: WHO | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An outbreak of plague has killed 40 people in Madagascar, the World Health Organization said, warning that the disease could spread rapidly in the country's densely populated capital Antananarivo.
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Doubling saturated fat in the diet does not increase saturated fat in blood, study finds

Doubling saturated fat in the diet does not increase saturated fat in blood, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Doubling or even nearly tripling saturated fat in the diet does not drive up total levels of saturated fat in the blood, according to a controlled diet study.
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After nuclear phase-out, Germany debates scrapping coal

After nuclear phase-out, Germany debates scrapping coal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After deciding to scrap nuclear power, Germany is pondering saying goodbye to coal, its biggest energy source but also its top polluter and main threat to ambitious climate goals.
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Mexico's Volcano of Fire blows huge ash cloud

Mexico's Volcano of Fire blows huge ash cloud | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An explosion on western Mexico's Volcano of Fire blew out a giant column of ash on Friday that rained down on some towns in two states.
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Climate Change Will Be Hazardous to Your Health | WIRED

Climate Change Will Be Hazardous to Your Health | WIRED | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A professor of public health explains how climate change will exacerbate health problems due to air pollution.
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At This Rate, The World Will Have To Cease All Carbon Emissions In 2040 To Stay Under 2°C

At This Rate, The World Will Have To Cease All Carbon Emissions In 2040 To Stay Under 2°C | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to the International Energy Agency, at current emission rates, by 2040 the world will release all the carbon dioxide it can afford to if it wants to keep global warming to manageable levels.
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UK weather: Britain left 'exposed' to more floods and heatwaves

UK weather: Britain left 'exposed' to more floods and heatwaves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The UK is dangerously "exposed" to increasingly extreme weather brought about by climate change, a leading adviser to the Government has warned.
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Winter weather weirdness may be just beginning - The Buffalo News

Winter weather weirdness may be just beginning  - The Buffalo News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brace yourself. November’s white nightmare could become a recurring bad dream of varying intensity.While last week’s winter blast appears to be the freak offspring of a typhoon-blasted jet stream and a warm Lake Erie, it’s also part of a long-term pattern that shows no... - The Buffalo News
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Chemicals that block UV rays 'may impair male fertility'

Chemicals that block UV rays 'may impair male fertility' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research from the National Institute of Health (NIIH) found that chemicals in sunscreen interfere with the body's hormones may impair male fertility.
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