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Rethinking Wedges: We Need A Lot of Clean Energy To Stabilize Near 2°C Warming So We Better Start Deployment ASAP

Rethinking Wedges: We Need A Lot of Clean Energy To Stabilize Near 2°C Warming So We Better Start Deployment ASAP | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study underscores the point that we need to start deploying every last bit of carbon-free energy starting ASAP to have a reasonable chance of avoiding catastrophic levels of carbon pollution.
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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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Fund Managers Edging Away from Fossil Fuels

Fund Managers Edging Away from Fossil Fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FierceEnergy.com: Results from an April 2015 survey of financial professionals demonstrate a strong interest among investors in low-carbon and fossil-free portfolios. The number of investment profe...
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Second Uber office in China under investigation

Second Uber office in China under investigation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese police have visited Uber offices in a second city in a widening investigation into the company's operations in China.
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Small quakes shake Southern, Northern California communities

Small quakes shake Southern, Northern California communities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Small earthquakes hundreds of miles apart have rattled communities east of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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Geologist outlines earthquake "time bombs" in a forthcoming book

Geologist outlines earthquake "time bombs" in a forthcoming book | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An emeritus Oregon State University geologist, who was one of the first scientists to point to the possibility of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest, outlines some of the world's seismic 'time bombs' in a forthcoming book.
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Supercycles in subduction zones

Supercycles in subduction zones | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When tectonic plates collide, they produce earthquakes like the recent one in Nepal. Researchers at ETH Zurich are providing new ways to explain how and why earthquake supercycles occur in zones where one plate moves under another, such as off the coast of Japan.
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Could wildfires undermine California's grand climate goals?

Could wildfires undermine California's grand climate goals? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California has the most ambitious climate plan in the nation, but if it loses too many trees to fire, it will have a hard time meeting its targets.
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Flying a solar plane across the Pacific is about as easy as it sounds

Flying a solar plane across the Pacific is about as easy as it sounds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Inside the Solar Impulse 2, a 5,000-pound plane powered by nothing but sunshine.
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China to expand coal ban to suburbs

China to expand coal ban to suburbs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will expand its bans on coal burning to include suburban areas as well as city centers in efforts to tackle air pollution, the top energy agency said on Tuesday.Detailing its
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Greenpeace India could close within a month due to government crackdown

Greenpeace India could close within a month due to government crackdown | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Organisation faces 340 job losses in what would be the only forced closure since it was founded in 1971 because Indian government has frozen its bank accounts
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Emergency 25% cut in California cities' water use approved

Emergency 25% cut in California cities' water use approved | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
State data released Tuesday painted a stark portrait of the uphill struggle Californians face in achieving a mandated 25% reduction in urban water use, with one official joking grimly that dealing with severe drought was similar to grappling with the five stages of grief.
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Lead poisoning lawsuit tests China's resolve over pollution

Lead poisoning lawsuit tests China's resolve over pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A lawsuit filed by residents of a Chinese town against a chemical plant that they say is responsible for high levels of lead in the blood of local children is shaping up as a test
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What Does it Really Mean When a Company Commits to “Zero Deforestation”? | World Resources Institute

What Does it Really Mean When a Company Commits to “Zero Deforestation”? | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The definitions of a forest, deforestation and zero deforestation are more complicated than you might think.
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Our Finite World: Exploring how oil limits affect the economy

Our Finite World:  Exploring how oil limits affect the economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article called, Glut of Capital and Labor Challenge Policy Makers: Global oversupply extends beyond commodities, elevating deflation risk. To me, this is a very serious issue, quite likely signaling that we are reaching what has been called Limits to Growth, a situation modeled in 1972 in a book by that name.

 

What happens is that economic growth eventually runs into limits. Many people have assumed that these limits would be marked by high prices and excessive demand for goods. In my view, the issue is precisely the opposite one: Limits to growth are instead marked by low prices and inadequate demand. Common workers can no longer afford to buy the goods and services that the economy produces, because of inadequate wage growth. The price of all commodities drops, because of lower demand by workers. Furthermore, investors can no longer find investments that provide an adequate return on capital, because prices for finished goods are pulled down by the low demand of workers with inadequate wages.

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If You Loved "Coal Rollers"..

If You Loved "Coal Rollers".. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein If somehow you missed the flurry around "Coal rollers", see below. Napoleon famo...
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Forests could be the trump card in efforts to end global hunger, report says

Forests could be the trump card in efforts to end global hunger, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. The world's forests have great potential to improve their nutrition and ensure their livelihoods. In fact, forests and forestry are essential to achieve food security as the limits of ...
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Research team captures movement on Nepal earthquake fault rupture

Research team captures movement on Nepal earthquake fault rupture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Using a combination of satellite radar imaging data, GPS data measured in and near Nepal, and seismic observations from instruments around the world, Caltech and JPL scientists have constructed a preliminary picture of what happened below Earth's surface during the recent 7.8-magnitude Gorkha earthquake ...
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Global carbon dioxide levels reach new monthly record (Update)

Global carbon dioxide levels reach new monthly record (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In another ominous sign of human-caused climate change, US government scientists said Wednesday that global carbon dioxide concentrations have reached a new monthly record of 400 parts per million.
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Ethanol refining may release more of some pollutants than previously thought

Ethanol refining may release more of some pollutants than previously thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ethanol fuel refineries could be releasing much larger amounts of some ozone-forming compounds into the atmosphere than current assessments suggest, according to a new study that found emissions of these chemicals at a major ethanol fuel refinery are many times higher than government estimates.
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Seattle's mayor gums up Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

Seattle's mayor gums up Shell’s Arctic drilling plans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The oil giant wants to park its Arctic drilling rigs in Seattle's port, but the city is throwing up roadblocks.
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Anglo's Los Bronces fined $6.2 million for Chile environmental breaches

Anglo's Los Bronces fined $6.2 million for Chile environmental breaches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Anglo American PLC's Los Bronces copper mine has been slapped with a 3.8 billion pesos ($6.24 million) fine and ordered to shut one of its waste dumps, Chile's environmental regulator
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Drought kills 12 million trees in California's national forests

Drought kills 12 million trees in California's national forests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Rangers in the San Bernardino National Forest call them “red trees.”

 

Instead of the typical deep green color, large swaths of pine trees now don hues of death, their dehydrated needles turning brown and burnt-red because of the state’s worsening drought.

 

“Unlike back East, where you have fall colors, here it’s because the trees are dying,” said John Miller, a spokesman for the San Bernardino National Forest.

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EPA regulator says set to release key herbicide report, lauds biopesticides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency has wrapped up its review of the world's most widely used herbicide and plans to release a much-anticipated preliminary risk assessment no later
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Mexico City’s Car Congestion Slows Economic Growth, Costs Businesses | World Resources Institute

Mexico City’s Car Congestion Slows Economic Growth, Costs Businesses | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Mexico City's commercial Santa Fe district, employees spend $1,700 a year on vehicle maintenance and the equivalent of 26 days commuting to and from work.
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A Carbon Price Would Benefit More than Just the Climate | World Resources Institute

A Carbon Price Would Benefit More than Just the Climate | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When the price of carbon-intensive fuels and goods increases, the government takes in new revenues. These funds can lower taxes, reduce the federal deficit and more while curbing climate change.
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