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Climate Code Red: If we need a war footing to rebuild the physical economy, why can't we talk about it?

Climate Code Red: If we need a war footing to rebuild the physical economy, why can't we talk about it? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

At the end of last year a very useful discussion was opened up by a number of climate scientists in different parts of the world calling for climate change action to be put onto a war footing. 
    John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute, questioned the desirability of pursuing this approach. But how valid was John's critique? And is there a better response to the call from the climate scientists to go onto a war footing?

This is what John said in the Climate Institute's 13 December 2012 newsletter (emphasis added):

If you are not scared or getting scared, you are not paying attention. Yet another rollercoaster year for climate policy and investment is ending as a remarkable chorus of conservative voices from the World Bank, the World Meteorological Organisation, the International Energy Agency and others state that climate change is happening and on track to get much worse in terms of danger and expense. These are realities, not just risks.

     That the UN talks in Doha didn’t reflect that urgency was frustrating.
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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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Americans taking fewest vacation days in four decades

Americans taking fewest vacation days in four decades | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Study finds U.S. workers forfeited 169 million paid time off days and $52.4 billion in time off benefits in 2013.
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New Cli-Fi: Genre Expands as Vision Takes Hold

New Cli-Fi: Genre Expands as Vision Takes Hold | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

One more thing for science-denying politicians to contend with. As climate change becomes more obvious to the public at large, popular entertainment begins to reflect our shared experience, expectations, and fears.

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What are sustainability issues?

What are sustainability issues? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The areas which can be addressed under the heading of ‘sustainability issues’ include environmental, social and economic aspects.
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Fracking Companies Using Toxic Benzene in Drilling: Group

Fracking Companies Using Toxic Benzene in Drilling: Group | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some oil and gas drillers are using benzene, which can cause cancer, in the mix of water and chemicals they shoot underground to free trapped hydrocarbons from shale rock, an environmental watchdog group said today.
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Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) - 

Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit.

 

The warning comes nearly a month after another volcano, Mt Ontake, erupted suddenly when crowded with hikers, killing 57 people in Japan's worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years.

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Health authorities reveal cancer spike in area surrounding Wunderlich ‘factory of death’

Health authorities reveal cancer spike in area surrounding Wunderlich ‘factory of death’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
HEALTH authorities have revealed a spike in deadly mesothelioma rates in the area around an old asbestos factory in Melbourne’s west.
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Iron ore and rare earth metals mining: an industry under siege?

Iron ore and rare earth metals mining: an industry under siege? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Resource scarcity and human rights issues surrounding metals extraction, coupled with unrelenting global demand mean the industry is facing some tough realities
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Endurance athletes at risk of swimming-induced pulmonary oedema

Endurance athletes at risk of swimming-induced pulmonary oedema | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Endurance athletes taking part in triathlons are at risk of the potentially life-threatening condition of swimming-induced pulmonary oedema. Cardiologists from Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, say the condition, which causes an excess collection ...
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Teens who dine with their families may be slimmer adults

Teens who dine with their families may be slimmer adults | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults.
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Roman-Britons had less gum disease than modern Britons

Roman-Britons had less gum disease than modern Britons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Roman-British population from c. 200-400 AD appears to have had far less gum disease than we have today, according to a study of skulls at the Natural History Museum led by a King's College London periodontist. The surprise findings provide further evidence that modern habits like smoking can be ...
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Earthworms, ants and termites: the real engineers of the ecosystem

Earthworms, ants and termites: the real engineers of the ecosystem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The contribution of home gardens in the preservation of biodiversity, economics and human health prompted a multidisciplinary group at the South Border College (Ecosur) in Mexico to work on a project in Tabasco with the aim to improve the production and environmental management of these plantations.
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Icelandic volcano sits on massive magma hot spot

Icelandic volcano sits on massive magma hot spot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spectacular eruptions at Bárðarbunga volcano in central Iceland have been spewing lava continuously since Aug. 31. Massive amounts of erupting lava are connected to the destruction of supercontinents and dramatic changes in climate and ecosystems.
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Strips of Native Prairie Protect Farm Soi A new way of preserving topsoil on row-cropped land

Strips of Native Prairie Protect Farm Soi A new way of preserving topsoil on row-cropped land | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A new conservation practice reduces cropland erosion to sustainable levels even on moderately sloping land: contoured strips within corn and bean fields, planted to native prairie grasses. The deep rooted grasses slow runoff, trapping suspended soil and nutrients. They also provide habitat for insects and wildlife. No more than 10% of a field need be put in prairie strips to gain full benefits from the practice.

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Pragmatism on Climate Change Trumps Politics at Local Level Across US - New York Times

Pragmatism on Climate Change Trumps Politics at Local Level Across US - New York Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even as politicians at the national level steer clear of the politically charged topic, officials who live where its effects lap at residents’ doorsteps are embracing the issue.
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‘Silent revolution’ in biotech farming is overtaking GM, says Greenpeace

‘Silent revolution’ in biotech farming is overtaking GM, says Greenpeace | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pressure group accused of hypocrisy by geneticists who say the same science is behind genetic modification and Greenpeace-approved Marker Assisted Selection
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Louisiana shrimp safe to eat after BP Gulf of Mexico spill, local study says

Louisiana shrimp safe to eat after BP Gulf of Mexico spill, local study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Louisiana shrimp was safe to eat following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a new study concluded, reaffirming previous federal and state studies. The new research focused on the Vietnamese-American community in eastern New Orleans, and said that even among frequent shrimp...
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Unsafe water only adds to California drought misery

Unsafe water only adds to California drought misery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

More groundwater is being used in California. But for hundreds of thousands of people, it may be contaminated.

 

With surface water supplies decimated from the ongoing drought, more Californians are forced to use groundwater.

 

But groundwater is unsafe for nearly 800,000 residents, according to the state's water resources control board.

 

This problem is the longtime contamination from nitrates and arsenic.

 

That's meant less drinkable water in California's struggle to survive more than three years of severely dry weather.

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Latin American Herald Tribune - Ecuadorians Ask International Court to Open Criminal Investigation of Chevron CEO

Latin American Herald Tribune - Ecuadorians Ask International Court to Open Criminal Investigation of Chevron CEO | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

QUITO – A group representing some 30,000 Indians and other inhabitants of Ecuador’s Amazon region who are affected by oil pollution have requested that the International Criminal Court in The Hague open a criminal investigation of Chevron Chairman and CEO John Watson and other high-level company officers.

Pablo Fajardo, chief lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the Amazon Defense Front filed the complaint on Thursday over those executives’ role in obstructing a court-mandated clean-up of contamination stemming from decades-old oil operations by Texaco, which Chevron acquired in 2001.

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Pro-GM labelling campaign hugely outspent in Colorado and Oregon ballot

Pro-GM labelling campaign hugely outspent in Colorado and Oregon ballot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Industry giants are spending more than $25m to defeat campaigns for mandatory GM food labelling in the two states, in the runup to next month’s vote
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Mycologist promotes agarikon as a possibility to counter growing antibiotic resistance

Mycologist promotes agarikon as a possibility to counter growing antibiotic resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Mycologist Paul Stamets is espousing the health benefits of agarikon, a fungus that grows on trees in old growth forests in North America and Europe. He's written and published a blog piece in the Huffington Post, describing the known antibacterial and antiviral abilities of the fungus ...
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Capital Natural inestimável cresce nas florestas antigas

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New findings will improve the sex lives of women with back problems

New findings will improve the sex lives of women with back problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Newly published findings from the University of Waterloo are giving women with bad backs renewed hope for better sex lives. The findings—part of the first-ever study to document how the spine moves during sex—outline which sex positions are best for women suffering from different types of low-back ...
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Even severe Ebola cases can be treated with intensive care

Even severe Ebola cases can be treated with intensive care | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Even severe Ebola virus disease (EVD), with multiple complications, can be treated effectively with routine intensive care, according to a case study published online Oct. 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Global boom in hydropower expected this decade

Global boom in hydropower expected this decade | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An unprecedented boom in hydropower dam construction is underway, primarily in developing countries and emerging economies. While this is expected to double the global electricity production from hydropower, it could reduce the number of our last remaining large free-flowing rivers by about 20% and ...
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Developing a sustainable living may require urban agriculture

Developing a sustainable living may require urban agriculture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Imagine living in an inner city and buying your vegetables and fruit just moments after they've been harvested. Imagine waking up to the rustic sound of a cock crowing. Imagine your household waste and sewage serving to grow even more food in a highly sustainable way. This is the promising picture painted ...
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Florida's Sea Level Rise Challenges Politicians

Florida's Sea Level Rise Challenges Politicians | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I recently got a contact from a group of students at Florida International University, who had been activated by the recent King Tide event along the Florida coast to take a closer look at sea leve...
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