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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, 8:26 PM

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Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions

Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We're really starting to see a shift in consciousness and best practices among major non-profits like hospitals and universities.
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Petrolify | Concentrated Oil Solution

Petrolify | Concentrated Oil Solution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ask Your Planet

Before taking Petrolify®.

 

Petroleum is a miracle substance. With millions of years of solar energy stored in every drop, it enables much of what we most enjoy in life; from plastic toys and mobile phones to the highly complex global systems that feed, shelter, and govern billions of people.Unfortunately, our unparalleled levels of abundance come with significant side effects, which include awfully scary things like environmental collapse, species extinction and resource wars. We don’t have to continue down this highway to hell on earth. Our way of life can be more beautiful and fulfilling than ever, and, importantly, for more of us. But it requires us being much more thoughtful about how and how much we use energy.
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Research could help save billions of dollars as sea levels rise

Research could help save billions of dollars as sea levels rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coastal councils and planning authorities will be able to more accurately predict the chance of communities being inundated by the ocean as sea levels rise.
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New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake

New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit.
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CDC confirms first case of Ebola in the U.S.

CDC confirms first case of Ebola in the U.S. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The positive test comes during the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola that's been diagnosed in the United States.

 

This person who is infected left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in the U.S. the following day with no symptoms. They began showing symptoms four days after arriving in the U.S.

 

"The bottom line here is that I have no doubt that we will control this importation, or this case of Ebola, so that it does not spread widely in this country," he said. "It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual could develop Ebola in the coming weeks. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here."

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Neglected disaster plan deepens Pakistan's climate vulnerability

Neglected disaster plan deepens Pakistan's climate vulnerability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The country is struggling to cope with its fourth major floods in five years
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World of Change: Shrinking Aral Sea : Feature Articles

World of Change: Shrinking Aral Sea : Feature Articles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A massive irrigation project has devastated the Aral Sea over the past 50 years. These images show the decline of the Southern Aral Sea in the past decade, as well as the first steps of recovery in the Northern Aral Sea.
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Study examines cancer risk from 1st atom-bomb test

Study examines cancer risk from 1st atom-bomb test | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) â€" Researchers from the National Cancer Institute want to know how many past and present cancer cases in New Mexico may be related to the U.S. government's test of the world's first atomic bomb over a remote stretch of desert nearly 70 years ago. The team is particularly interested in filling in gaps when it comes to Native American and Hispanic populations and any links to fallout radiation exposure and food and water contamination. Dr. Steven Simon, the project's lead investigator, said Monday that the information about diet and lifestyle will help his team more accurately project radiation doses from the fallout. For the first time, researchers are taking a closer look, and that's a step in the right direction, said Tina Cordova, an Albuquerque businesswoman who was born and raised in Tularosa and spearheads the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium.
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The Fracking Boom's Hidden Threat

The Fracking Boom's Hidden Threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Victoria Trinko hasn't opened the windows of her Wisconsin home in two years -- for fear of the dust clouds billowing from a frac sand mine a half-mile away.

"This blowing of silica sand has not abated since the inception of the mine in 2011...
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EPA chief Gina McCarthy asks water professionals to back new wetland rules

EPA chief Gina McCarthy asks water professionals to back new wetland rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy came to New Orleans on Monday to ask 18,000 water and wastewater professionals for help in supporting the agency's controversial "Waters of the U.S." rule. The rule, proposed jointly by EPA and the Army Corps of...
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Early, frequent antibiotic use linked to childhood obesity

Early, frequent antibiotic use linked to childhood obesity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parents and pediatricians will often reach for antibiotics to treat middle ear infections, strep throat, fevers and other common ailments of childhood. But new research suggests that doing so, and prescribing broad-spectrum antibiotics in particular, increases those children's risk of obesity, at least in early childhood.
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Business Runs from Denial - to Acknowledging Climate Change

Business Runs from Denial - to Acknowledging Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The recent rush of big Brand name tech firms  to distance themselves from climate denial is evidence that last week's huge climate march in New York was both a catalyzing event, and an indicator of...
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More Fun, Less Stuff

More Fun, Less Stuff | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sarah tells us about life beyond consumerism, translating online community into on-the-ground action, and more...
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Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement Report

Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement Report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement: Voices and Reflections from the Field is a snapshot of an emerging movement. This movement is a sign of the growing recognition that what often are seen as separate movements—environment, soci
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Researcher observes temperature variability across the world

Researcher observes temperature variability across the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If more of the world's climate becomes like that in tropical zones, it could potentially affect crops, insect fitness and malaria transmission, and even confuse migration patterns of birds and mammals worldwide.
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The threat of global sea level rise

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Changes taking place in the oceans around Antarctica could result in an abrupt rise in global sea level, according to a Victoria University of Wellington led study.

 

"... but with 10 percent of the world's population living less than 10 metres above present sea-level, this study highlights the need to better define the complex relationship between Antarctica and the Southern Ocean."

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How the Ebola virus works

How the Ebola virus works | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the worst Ebola outbreak in history unfolds in West Africa, The Post's Joel Achenbach explains how the deadly virus wreaks havoc on the human body.
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The Fifth Estate | Dirty air, dodgy politics: why it’s easier to attack science than listen to Morwell fire death stats

The Fifth Estate | Dirty air, dodgy politics: why it’s easier to attack science than listen to Morwell fire death stats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental sustainability news and discussion forum
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Forget Pesticides—Send In the Goats to Save America's Marshes

Forget Pesticides—Send In the Goats to Save America's Marshes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers find that grazing livestock keep an invasive plant from destroying coastal wetlands.
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Cancer Free Cosmetics | Story of Stuff

Cancer Free Cosmetics | Story of Stuff | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Procter & Gamble, the largest personal care product company in the world, spends millions using Breast Cancer Awareness Month to advertise its products while refusing to remove cancer-causing chemicals from those same products. Major brands such as Tide, Pantene, Herbal Essence, and CoverGirl are packed with carcinogens and sold to customers without so much as a warning on the label.

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Congress pushes nuclear expansion despite accidents at weapons lab

Congress pushes nuclear  expansion despite accidents at weapons lab | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Weapons watchdog says government’s position ‘increasingly hypocritical’ as US prepares to increase production of warheads in spite of safety and environmental concerns
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North Bay residents up in arms over TransCanada plan to switch crude oil for gas in local pipeline | Toronto Star

North Bay residents up in arms over TransCanada plan to switch crude oil for gas in local pipeline | Toronto Star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
TransCanada Corp. plans to repurpose a pipeline running through North Bay, Ont., from carrying natural gas to crude oil. Locals worry about potential environmental damage.
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FOOD SECURITY: How a fishery that was once 'a marvel of the world' died

FOOD SECURITY: How a fishery that was once 'a marvel of the world' died | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
GRAND BRUIT, Newfoundland -- This old fishing port is a welcoming refuge for Atlantic sailors to tuck into on Newfoundland's rocky, fog-draped south coast -- except that it is empty of people today as if a plague had swept through it.
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World War Fee: Utilities Holding Action on the Solar Revolution

World War Fee: Utilities Holding Action on the Solar Revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Big piece from Reuters this week on the global utility panic as solar photovoltaic generation promises to eat away at their 100+ year old business model. Recent historical experience with technolog...
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John Cleese on Stupidity

John Cleese on Stupidity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We've seen a number of demonstrations of this principle here on the blog. Climate deniers are often textbook examples of the Dunning Kruger effect - in essence, being too stupid to know you're stup...
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