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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
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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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Gross national happiness in Bhutan: the big idea from a tiny state that could change the world

Gross national happiness in Bhutan: the big idea from a tiny state that could change the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bhutan measures prosperity by gauging its citizens' happiness levels, not the GDP. Now its ideas are attracting interest at the UN climate change conference in Doha

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Bhutan's principles have been set in policy through the gross national happiness index, based on equitable social development, cultural preservation, conservation of the environment and promotion of good governance.

 
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Climat: les régions se mobilisent pour un accord mondial en 2015

Deux rencontres internationales réunissant collectivités locales et acteurs privés seront organisées en France en 2015 afin d'oeuvrer à un accord mondial sur le climat, a indiqué mercredi l'Association des Régions de France (ARF), qui se veulent actrices de premier plan dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique.

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Grey seals identified as killers behind mystery harbour #porpoise #deaths via @sharontrys < tx

Grey seals identified as killers behind mystery harbour #porpoise #deaths via @sharontrys < tx | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Study reveals seals along the coast of the Netherlands are switching from eating fish to eating mammal

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"The porpoises are targeted by the seals for their blubber, with healthy and fat juvenile the favoured prey. The scientists speculate as to whether porpoises will adapt to the threat of being eaten by seals by becoming leaner and faster swimmers, though this would put them at risk of dying from emaciation, another major cause of their death."

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Explosions, Evacuations and Death: The Incredible Risks of Transporting Crude Oil Via Train

Explosions, Evacuations and Death: The Incredible Risks of Transporting Crude Oil Via Train | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Local residents and government officials are often unaware of the potential dangers they face.

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World's Highest Wind Turbine Will Hover Above Alaska - IEEE Spectrum

World's Highest Wind Turbine Will Hover Above Alaska - IEEE Spectrum | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The title for world's largest wind turbine is constantly up for grabs as manufacturers build higher and bigger to capture more energy from the passing air.


One turbine in Alaska, however, will now spin high above the rest. Altaeros Energies will launch its high-altitude floating wind turbine south of Fairbanks to bring more affordable power to a remote community. Ben Glass, CEO of Altaeros told The New York Times that the company expects to provide power at about $0.18 per kilowatt-hour, about half the price of off-grid electricity in Alaska. 

 

Bonus: it could provide cell service

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Beijing considers permanent odd-even ban on vehicles after success of 'Apec blue'

Beijing considers permanent odd-even ban on vehicles after success of 'Apec blue' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Beijing municipal government will discuss the feasibility of permanently banning vehicles from the roads on alternating days based on their number plates, after a relatively successful test drive earlier this month....
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Canadian protesters defy authorities over Trans Mountain pipeline | Al Jazeera America

Canadian protesters defy authorities over Trans Mountain pipeline | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Proposed expansion would triple tar sands capacity and endanger coastal waters in British Columbia, local groups say
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Ontario moves toward curbing pesticide blamed for bee deaths | Toronto Star

Ontario moves toward curbing pesticide blamed for bee deaths | Toronto Star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ontario is moving closer to curbing a class of pesticides blamed for massive bee kills that endanger the pollination of crops and the environment.
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@bionerd23 rescuing rationality from the suits

@bionerd23 rescuing rationality from the suits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Guest Post by Geoff Russell. Geoff recently released the popular book “Greenjacked! The derailing of environmental action on climate change“. She looks a little like Noomi Rapace playing the legend...
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Chevron wants to fund science class. What could go wrong?

Chevron wants to fund science class. What could go wrong? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Chevron’s Fuel Your School program allows K-12 teachers in participating districts to request a chunk of petro-change to implement classroom projects, particularly in STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering, and math. In participating areas, the company contributes $1 toward projects and equipment for every fill-up of at least 30 liters (about 8 gallons) at a local Chevron station. That way, drivers can feel good about buying gasoline, and, in a horrifyingly ironic twist, kids can thank their elders for burning a fuel whose emissions are wrecking their future!

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Oil sands producers aim to cut water usage by 50% by 2022

Oil sands producers aim to cut water usage by 50% by 2022 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil-sands producers set a target to lower the amount of fresh water used in bitumen processing by 50% by 2022 in a bid to reduce harm to the environment, an industry group said
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Les oiseaux communs ne sont pas épargnés en Rhône-Alpes - LPO Coordination Rhône-Alpes

Les oiseaux communs ne sont pas épargnés en Rhône-Alpes - LPO Coordination Rhône-Alpes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Une étude européenne démontrait récemment que plus d'un cinquième des oiseaux européens avaient disparu. En France, et notamment en Rhône-Alpes, les (...)

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Predicting Travel Patterns in Future Disasters

Predicting Travel Patterns in Future Disasters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers hope mobility data gleaned from Twitter during Hurricane Sandy can eventually help boost New York City's resilience.

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Sivens: l’Europe aussi ouvre son enquête - Journal de l'environnement

Sivens: l’Europe aussi ouvre son enquête - Journal de l'environnement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Pressentie depuis 8 jours, la procédure d’infraction européenne à l’encontre de la France a bel et bien été lancée, ce 26 novembre, au sujet du projet de barrage de Sivens (Tarn). Paris va recevoir dans les prochains jours une lettre de mise en demeure.



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Conférence environnementale : la santé – environnement, une thématique clé ?

Conférence environnementale : la santé – environnement, une thématique clé ? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parmi les enjeux de la table ronde santé - environnement de la Conférence environnementale figurent l'antibiorésistance, la nécessaire réduction des pesticides, les liens entre santé, biodiversité et climat ainsi que la formation des professionnels.

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This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth

This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it’s a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrat
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The Neo-Rurals | Dissent Magazine

The Neo-Rurals | Dissent Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Spain’s intractable fiscal crisis has brought with it widespread disappointment with cities. Since 2008, a “lost generation,” raised on the tales of financial betterment from EU cohesion, has graduated from university expecting well-paying jobs on par with their northern European neighbors. What they have found instead is mass unemployment and a new era of emigration evocative of the early twentieth century, when thousands of Spaniards left the Iberian peninsula in search of more robust economies and escape from fascism. Those who remain in Spanish cities are often confronted with a high cost of living paired with chronic unemployment. Day by day, newspapers crank out stories of the new urban dispossessed: large families living on a single pension, many of them on the brink of foreclosure and watching their neighborhoods empty out around them; thirty-something ex–postal workers digging through dumpsters for their next meal; retiree couples choosing to commit suiciderather than face eviction. It is this economic reality that has driven tens of thousands of people back to the land and created an unlikely new class of “neo-rurals.”

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Judge Phillip Shepherd rejects Frasure Creek mining violations settlement

Judge Phillip Shepherd rejects Frasure Creek mining violations settlement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Judge Phillip Shepherd rejects $310,000 settlement with mining company.
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26 killed in State-owned coal mine fire in NE China[1]- Chinadaily.com.cn

26 killed in State-owned coal mine fire in NE China[1]- Chinadaily.com.cn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A coal mine fire killed 26 workers and injured 50 others in Liaoning province, the State-owned Liaoning Fuxin Coal Corporation says.
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Kids' asthma, wheezing and bronchitis can be linked to unventilated gas stoves, OSU researchers say

Kids' asthma, wheezing and bronchitis can be linked to unventilated gas stoves, OSU researchers say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study of about 7,300 children found that when an exhaust fan or other ventilation was operating while a gas stove was on, the kids had a decreased risk of respiratory difficulties.
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Gov’t Data Sharpens Focus on Crude-Oil Train Routes

Gov’t Data Sharpens Focus on Crude-Oil Train Routes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A ProPublica analysis of federal government data adds new details to what's known about the routes taken by trains carrying crude oil. Local governments are often unaware of the potential dangers they face.
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Why hotter temps won't convince Republicans climate change is real

Why hotter temps won't convince Republicans climate change is real | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Polling data suggests that even when the heat is on, political ideology outweighs facts.

 

Scientists and science journalists like to say that one of the best ways to tell that climate change is real is to take a look at the changes we can already see: This year is on track to be the hottest ever recorded, and glaciers, corn, and even grizzly bears are responding to the warming. But all those shifts won’t be enough to convince most conservative climate skeptics, a new study in Nature Climate Change finds.

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Climate change is just another sign of the end times, according to half of America

Climate change is just another sign of the end times, according to half of America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What a new report on theology and global warming means for public policy.
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Aussie miners working harder for less money

Aussie miners working harder for less money | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Average salaries fell 19% over the two-year period from 2012, while the average working week increased by four hours, a study shows.
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