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Red-dust sunset as west Australia braces for cyclone

Red-dust sunset as west Australia braces for cyclone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sydney (AFP) Jan 11, 2013 - Western Australians were bracing Friday for a cyclone with residents warned to batten down for storms and destructive winds gusting up to 140 kilometres per hour (90 mph).
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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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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 2014 8:26 PM

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Bird flu confirmed in Canadian patient after China trip

Bird flu confirmed in Canadian patient after China trip | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first human case of H7N9 bird flu in North America has been confirmed in a Canadian woman who recently returned from a trip to China, health officials said Monday.
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Disney measles outbreak spreads to more US states, Mexico

Disney measles outbreak spreads to more US states, Mexico | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A measles outbreak centered around Disneyland in California has spread to six more US states and Mexico, and an international visitor to the theme park likely sparked the health alert, officials said Friday.
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China's online population nears 650 million

China's online population nears 650 million | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of Internet users in China has risen to nearly 650 million, authorities said over the weekend, as the world's largest online population continues to rise.
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Davos elites warned about catastrophic cyberattacks

Davos elites warned about catastrophic cyberattacks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Attacks on power plants, telecommunications and financial systems, even turning all of Los Angeles' traffic lights green: Davos elites were warned Saturday of the terrifying possibilities of modern cyber terrorism.
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2014 confirmed as one of the warmest years on record globally

2014 confirmed as one of the warmest years on record globally | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Provisional full-year global mean temperature figures show 2014 was one of the warmest years in a record dating back to 1850.
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Winters in Siberian permafrost regions have warmed since millenia

Winters in Siberian permafrost regions have warmed since millenia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For the first time, researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute have successfully decoded climate data from old permafrost ground ice and reconstructed the development of winter temperatures in Russia's Lena River Delta. Their conclusions: over the past 7,000 years, winter temperatures in the Siberian ...
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Global warming doubles risk of extreme La Nina event, study shows

Global warming doubles risk of extreme La Nina event, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The risk of extreme La Niña events in the Pacific Ocean could double due to global warming, new research has shown.
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After Nine Years of Foot-Dragging, U.N. Ready for Talks on High Seas Treaty | Inter Press Service

After Nine Years of Foot-Dragging, U.N. Ready for Talks on High Seas Treaty | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 2015 (IPS) - After four days of intense negotiations – preceded by nine years of dilly-dallying – the United Nations has agreed to convene an intergovernmental conference aimed at drafting a legally binding treaty to conserve marine life and govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.

 

The final decision was taken in the wee hours of Saturday morning when the rest of the United Nations was fast asleep.

 

The open-ended Ad Hoc informal Working Group, which negotiated the deal, has been dragging its collective feet since it was initially convened back in 2006.

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Where there’s smoke

Where there’s smoke | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A haze has periodically wafted over South-east Asia for 20 years. But despite rising public health concern, the problem remains as opaque as the smoke itself, Mike Ives reports.
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Know What's Killing More People in Nigeria Than Boko Haram? Lack of Drinking Water

Know What's Killing More People in Nigeria Than Boko Haram? Lack of Drinking Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The lack of running water killed more people in Nigeria last year than Boko Haram.
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“Dude, why didn’t you just sue these people?”: Portrait of an environmental whistleblower

“Dude, why didn’t you just sue these people?”: Portrait of an environmental whistleblower | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Salon speaks with embattled biologist Tyrone Hayes, subject of a new mini-documentary by Jonathan Demme
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Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.
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High penicillin prescribing could build reservoirs of resistance

High penicillin prescribing could build reservoirs of resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—High penicillin G prescribing may lead to an altered level of resistance in the commensal viridans group streptococci (VGS) population, which may be important in subsequent horizontal gene transfer events, according to a study published online Jan. 21 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy ...
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Patients dismissing 'trivial' symptoms could delay cancer diagnosis

Patients dismissing 'trivial' symptoms could delay cancer diagnosis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People who dismiss their symptoms as trivial or worry about wasting the doctor's time may decide against going to their GP with red-flag cancer warning symptoms, according to a Cancer Research UK study* published in the British Journal of General Practice today (Monday).
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Brazil finds coffee protein with morphine effect

Brazil finds coffee protein with morphine effect | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brazilian scientists have discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to pain reliever morphine, researchers at the state University of Brasilia (UnB) and state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa said Saturday.
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Home cheap home: Vietnam architect's quest for low-cost housing

Home cheap home: Vietnam architect's quest for low-cost housing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vo Van Duong's bamboo and coconut leaf house looks much like others deep in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. But unlike them, his seemingly simple abode is designed to withstand typhoons, flooding and earthquakes—and at a cost of less than $4,000 could herald a new wave of cheap, sustainable housing.
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Major storm threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow

Major storm threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cities across the Northeast mobilized snowplows and airlines canceled thousands of flights Monday as a potentially historic storm pushed its way up the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor with what forecasters said could be up to 2 feet of snow.
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Ocean could hold the key to predicting recurring extreme winters

Ocean could hold the key to predicting recurring extreme winters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) may help to predict extreme winters across Europe by identifying the set of environmental conditions that are associated with pairs of severe winters across consecutive years.
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Warm ocean melting East Antarctica's largest glacier

Warm ocean melting East Antarctica's largest glacier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a six-metre (20-foot) rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water, Australian scientists said on Monday.
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Victoria's Secret: Dumping Raw Sewage Like It's 1915 | The Tyee

Victoria's Secret: Dumping Raw Sewage Like It's 1915 | The Tyee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The icky, smelly, rotten no-good political mess that could cost taxpayers a billion. (Yes, a billion!)
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China's Leaders Show Listening Ear on Trash but Not Politics

China's Leaders Show Listening Ear on Trash but Not Politics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To help sell the public on the need for one of the world's largest trash incinerators in the mountains in west Beijing, Communist Party officials bused in hundreds of people for special tours. They held talks with residents and handed out questionnaires. State-owned steel producer Shougang...
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Industrial toxins thought to be cause of high cancer rates and lead poisoning - Global Times

Zhong Guangfeng, like many other women in her village, became a widow after her then 55-year-old husband died last July. 

"He suddenly collapsed in our yard," Zhong recalled. The cause of his death - cancer - has also killed many other men in this village in Zhuzhou in Central China's Hunan Province. 

Even the local demographics department leader, Liu Chunlin, said he cannot figure out the root of why so many women have been widowed in Zhimuzu  in recent years. 

"Outsiders all knew that Zhimuzu is a village of widows since most of the men have died of cancer," Liu said. 

The majority of residents and village leaders believe that industrial pollution is the primary cause of the prevalence of cancer in the village.

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Greener Routes To Polymers | January 26, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 4 | Chemical & Engineering News

Greener Routes To Polymers | January 26, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 4 | Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Seeking to commercialize more sustainable production routes to plastics, Asahi Kasei Chemicals and Bayer MaterialScience plan to build plants that use new chemistries. The companies, one Japanese and one German, look to use starting materials that are both readily available and either less hazardous or biobased.

 

Asahi Kasei has improved upon its phosgene-free process for making polycarbonate, which garnered an ACS Heroes of Chemistry award in 2014. The new version uses a catalyst to produce a dialkyl carbonate precursor directly from CO2 and an alcohol, rather than in two steps from CO2 and ethylene oxide.

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Unmanned Drones Could Play Key Roles in Food Supply

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation...
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Charleston Daily Mail | 12,000 without water in Greenbrier County after diesel spill

Thousands of Greenbrier County residents and businesses are without water after a diesel spill contaminated the Greenbrier River.

The Lewisburg water treatment plant was shut down shortly after a tanker truck rolled over and spilled its load of diesel fuel into a tributary of the Greenbrier River late Friday night. Mark Carver, Lewisburg’s public works director, said all of the water tanks at the treatment plant had been depleted as of 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Lewisburg water treatment plant serves 4,500 customers — around 12,000 people — in Lewisburg, Ronceverte, Frankfort and Renick.

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