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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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Sleep disturbances, common in Parkinson's disease, can be early indicator of disease onset

Sleep disturbances, common in Parkinson's disease, can be early indicator of disease onset | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Up to 70% of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients experience sleep problems that negatively impact their quality of life. Some patients have disturbed sleep/wake patterns such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, while other patients may be subject to sudden and involuntary daytime sleep 'attacks.' ...
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Researcher says precautions should be taken to avoid a chikungunya outbreak in the US

Researcher says precautions should be taken to avoid a chikungunya outbreak in the US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cases of chikungunya continue to rise, with more than 100 people from the United States infected with the mosquito-borne virus that they contracted while out of the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Intervention through text messages cuts binge drinking in young adults

Intervention through text messages cuts binge drinking in young adults | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Using text messaging to collect drinking data and to offer immediate feedback and support to young adults discharged from emergency rooms reduced the number of drinks they later consumed and the number of binge-drinking episodes, according to a new study by researchers at the University ...
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Mouse study suggests natural birth may strengthen the immune system

Mouse study suggests natural birth may strengthen the immune system | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A number of studies suggest that children delivered by Caesarean section have a different intestinal flora than children delivered by natural birth. But it is still unknown why this is the case and what it means for the immune system. University of Copenhagen researchers decided to scrutinise the impact ...
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Inherited 'memory' of environmental impact on health may be limited

Inherited 'memory' of environmental impact on health may be limited | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When a pregnant mother is undernourished, her child is at a greater than average risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes, in part due to so-called 'epigenetic' effects. A new study in mice demonstrates that this 'memory' of nutrition during pregnancy can be passed through sperm of male offspring ...
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United Nations urged to take bold action to curb non-communicable diseases

United Nations urged to take bold action to curb non-communicable diseases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—In the journal Nature this week, Georgetown Law Professor Lawrence Gostin argues that coherent international regulations could spur local governments to adopt common-sense, cost-effective measures to prevent disease and promote healthy living. He urges the United Nations General ...
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Exploiting the potential of geothermal district heating

Exploiting the potential of geothermal district heating | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recent turbulence in Ukraine has led to an even more intensified hunt for secure sources of energy for Europe. Geothermal district heating (GeoDH) is one of the solutions being touted as a valuable and immediate option for the alleviation of Central and Eastern Europe's dependency on Russian gas.
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Bitcoin ATM builder targets money-transfer business

Bitcoin ATM builder targets money-transfer business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a makeshift office - a living room crowded with desks, monitors and a beanbag chair - programmers are hacking away on computers, aiming to make their mark on the multibillion-dollar financial services industry.
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New design and construction logics for the next generation of high-performance buildings

New design and construction logics for the next generation of high-performance buildings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mark Goulthorpe is an architect, writer, and teacher. In each role, his goal is the same: to seek models of thought that might yield new approaches to designing and constructing buildings. In the classroom, he has students engage in projects from theoretical, creative, and practical angles, and he often ...
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Industrial control a weak link in cybersecurity, study says

Industrial control a weak link in cybersecurity, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cybersecurity threats are rising for industrial control systems around the world, a growing target for attackers seeking to wreak havoc, a study showed Thursday.
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China to scrap purchase tax on electric vehicles

China to scrap purchase tax on electric vehicles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China will exempt electric cars and other types of 'new energy' vehicles from purchase tax, the government said, as it seeks to reduce pollution and conserve resources.
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Blow for Australia government as carbon tax repeal fails

Blow for Australia government as carbon tax repeal fails | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia's conservative government on Thursday suffered a setback when the upper house Senate voted against abolishing a carbon tax, the central platform of its election win last year.
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What's a concussion? Review identifies four evidence-based indicators

What's a concussion? Review identifies four evidence-based indicators | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A research review identifying the clinical indicators most strongly associated with concussion is an important first step in the process of developing evidence-based guidelines for concussion diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, according to a new report published by Neurosurgery, official journal of ...
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Will a warmer climate mean more kidney stones?

Will a warmer climate mean more kidney stones? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Add another possible woe to the growing list of consequences of climate change: Kidney stones.
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Teaching the brain to reduce pain

Teaching the brain to reduce pain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People can be conditioned to feel less pain when they hear a neutral sound, new research from the University of Luxembourg has found. This lends weight to the idea that we can learn to use mind-over-matter to beat pain.  The scientific article was published recently in the online journal PLOS One.
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France warns of epidemic after chikungunya deaths in Antilles, Guiana

France warns of epidemic after chikungunya deaths in Antilles, Guiana | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
France's health minister warned Thursday of a serious epidemic in the Antilles and French Guiana after 33 deaths were reported in connection with the chikungunya virus.
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Go play outside! Outdoor time promotes physical activity in youth

Go play outside! Outdoor time promotes physical activity in youth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization recommends that youth participate in a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) each day. Studies have shown that youth experience most of their MVPA during school hours. Therefore, it stands to reason that increasing outdoor time after school ...
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How antioxidants can accelerate cancers, and why they don't protect against them

How antioxidants can accelerate cancers, and why they don't protect against them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For decades, health-conscious people around the globe have taken antioxidant supplements and eaten foods rich in antioxidants, figuring this was one of the paths to good health and a long life.
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Research finds association between certain pain relievers and heart attack

Research finds association between certain pain relievers and heart attack | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—For women taking certain kinds of pain relievers, a heart attack could be waiting in their medicine cabinets.
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Kerry cites frank cyberhacking talks with China (Update 2)

Kerry cites frank cyberhacking talks with China (Update 2) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China and the United States on Thursday promised closer cooperation on climate change and North Korea, although China warned the U.S. not to take sides on its maritime disputes with Asian neighbors.
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Can magnetically levitating trains run at 3,000km/h?

Can magnetically levitating trains run at 3,000km/h? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Trains that use magnets to levitate above the tracks might sound like something from Back to the Future, but the concept of magnetic levitation has been around for many years. Maglev trains, which use this technology, were first developed in the 1960s and many different methods have since been developed ...
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Probing Question: What is Bitcoin?

Probing Question: What is Bitcoin? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 1729, when he was 23 years old, Benjamin Franklin authored a pamphlet titled 'A Modest Inquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency.' The revolutionary idea he advocated? Paper money printed and controlled by the Colonies. As a printer by trade, Franklin himself created some of the earliest ...
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News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash

News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a country known for its high-tech 'smart loos', a Japanese exhibition dedicated to what gets flushed down them and featuring a giant toilet slide is making a splash in Tokyo.
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Polar zone ozone and UV exposure, under closer scrutiny than ever

Polar zone ozone and UV exposure, under closer scrutiny than ever | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global changes, such as climate warming and stratospheric ozone depletion, are increasingly noticeable. Therefore, there is a need for scientists to have reliable information about atmospheric and stratospheric processes. Today, all developed countries have invested in sophisticated surveillance systems. ...
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Straits of Mackinac 'worst possible place' for a Great Lakes oil spill

Straits of Mackinac 'worst possible place' for a Great Lakes oil spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Because the strong currents in the Straits of Mackinac reverse direction every few days, a rupture of the oil pipeline beneath the channel would quickly contaminate shorelines miles away in both lakes Michigan and Huron, according to a new University of Michigan study commissioned by the National Wildlife ...
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