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Eco-habitat : Bordeaux à la pointe du bâtiment durable

Eco-habitat : Bordeaux à la pointe du bâtiment durable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Découvrir l'ambition et les objectifs du 3ème forum du bâtiment durable, organisé début février à Bordeaux autour des innovations durables des pôles de compétitivité.

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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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There Are Only Two ‘Big Blobs’ Of Forest Remaining On Earth

We are rapidly losing forest, and it's getting much harder to get lost in them.
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Australia's Farmers Challenged by Climate Change

Australia's Farmers Challenged by Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Farmers down under face the first serious threats from global warming

 

From tasteless carrots to sunburned apples, a new report by two University of Melbourne researchers paints a challenging picture for Australia's agricultural sector and the impacts of climate change in the decades to come.

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How Solar-Heavy Europe Avoided a Blackout during Total Eclipse

How Solar-Heavy Europe Avoided a Blackout during Total Eclipse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With lots of solar and an eclipse, Europe's grids found different ways to avoid losing power
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Political Football over Climate Change Rattles Windows of Ivory Tower

Political Football over Climate Change Rattles Windows of Ivory Tower | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Politicians target academics with views that differ from their own on global warming
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How Much Is Left? The Limits of Earth's Resources, Made Interactive

How Much Is Left? The Limits of Earth's Resources, Made Interactive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This Web-only article is a special rich-media presentation of the feature, " How Much Is Left? ," which appears in the September 2010 issue of Scientific American . The presentation was created by Zemi media. Find all our other interactive offerings here .
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30 Heat-Tolerant Beans Identified, Poised to Endure Warming World

30 Heat-Tolerant Beans Identified, Poised to Endure Warming World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New strains of beans that beat the heat could do more than protect food security; they could even expand into new territories
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New pox discovered in Eastern Europe, but not deadly

New pox discovered in Eastern Europe, but not deadly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Health officials have discovered a new germ in Eastern Europe that is related to the dreaded smallpox and monkeypox viruses but so far seems far less threatening.

 

The germ caused two cattle herders to suffer fever, swollen lymph nodes and painful boils on their hands and arms in 2013. It happened in a rural area in the country of Georgia. They recovered in a matter of weeks. A third case in a cattle owner in 2010 was later discovered.

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Top 10 Green Cars – 2015 Vancouver Auto Show

Top 10 Green Cars – 2015 Vancouver Auto Show | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This Tuesday we had a unique opportunity to preview the Vancouver International Auto Show. This year’s show features a wide variety of electric, hydrogen and hybrid-electric vehicles. We took full
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Income Inequality, Social Factors Help Determine Statewide Health Rankings - NJ Spotlight

The income status of New Jersey residents appears to be a major driving force in their health, with wealthy Hunterdon County again topping the annual County Health Rankings report, while low-income Cumberland County ranked last when it came to health outcomes.

 

But this year’s report for the first time is considering income inequality within counties, which is intended to guide efforts on the local level to improve residents’ health.

 

The report ranks every county in the state according to two main components: health outcomes and the factors that contribute to those outcomes.

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The weird reason why people recycle flat but not crumpled up paper

The weird reason why people recycle flat but not crumpled up paper | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's all about the brain's automatic process of categorization.
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Portland considering banning certain insecticides on city property

Portland considering banning certain insecticides on city property | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Portland is considering banning the use of neonicotinoids, a wide-ranging class of insecticides, on city-owned property.
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China Spends to Extinguish Funeral Pollution

China Spends to Extinguish Funeral Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While pollution in China is typically associated with coal-fired power plants or the country’s ever-expanding fleet of exhaust-belching automobiles, state media attributes at least some of the smog to another source: the burning of dead bodies.
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Arctic Death Spiral: Sea Ice Extent Hits Record Winter Low As Thickness Collapses

Arctic sea ice has been in a death spiral for over 30 years with serious implications for extreme weather, sea level rise and permafrost melt. As the surface area of sea ice has declined, the ice thickness during the summer minimum dropped a remarkable 85% from 1975 to 2012.
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Coastal Development Exposes Billions to Swelling Seas

Coastal Development Exposes Billions to Swelling Seas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Growth in coastal areas may expose more than a billion people to sea-level rise
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World's Forests Have Fragmented into Tiny Patches

World's Forests Have Fragmented into Tiny Patches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Smaller, isolated chunks of forests can't sustain as much wildlife as one big connected region
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Fiber-Famished Gut Microbes Linked to Poor Health

Fiber-Famished Gut Microbes Linked to Poor Health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While probiotics receive more attention, key fibers remain the workhorses in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome
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Atlantic Circulation Weakens Compared with Last Thousand Years

Atlantic Circulation Weakens Compared with Last Thousand Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An ocean current that carries warm water north is weakening as Greenland melts
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Explained: The Supertide That Swallowed a French Abbey

Explained: The Supertide That Swallowed a French Abbey | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The moon, sun and some shenanigans between them brought a 14-meter tide to the coast of France
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11 Natural Wonders to See before They Are Gone

11 Natural Wonders to See before They Are Gone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Global warming may transform these places beyond recognition

 

The world changes a little faster these days. As concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere tick up year over year, more and more of the sun's heat gets trapped. That heat affects the planet in a variety of ways: raising global average temperatures, melting ice, increasing downpours, lengthening droughts and more. And this global warming is already transforming some of the places humans hold most dear.

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A new kind of light bulb

A new kind of light bulb | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

How many researchers does it take to change a light bulb? And how many lives could they save by changing it?

 

The answer to both questions is larger than you might expect. In the developing world, light bulbs might as well be insect magnets. The light they emit, particularly the blue wavelengths of LED lights, is attractive to a range of insects, drawing them out from the night and straight to people's homes.

 

Many insect species are attracted to light, which means that the type of bulb you use can actually increase the risk of catching vector-borne diseases.

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Fumes disrupt development of part of brain linked to intelligence

Fumes disrupt development of part of brain linked to intelligence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scans of inner-city children from before birth until aged seven to nine revealed those exposed to high levels of air pollution had lower white matter in their left brain, impairing intelligence.
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LA River plan pushed along to federal government

LA River plan pushed along to federal government | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to adopt a preliminary funding framework for a $1.35 billion project to restore hundreds of acres of land along the Los Angeles River to a more natural state.

 

The price tag sits at $1.35 billion, and at the moment, it looks like Los Angeles could pay most of the bill to restore nature in 11 miles of the L.A. River.

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New study says pot farms harm fish

New study says pot farms harm fish | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Study showed streams with nearby pot farms ran dry.

 

BAKERSFIELD, CA- A new study by the state shows water used to marijuana has a devastating effect on fish in California.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife study showed that during drought conditions, water demand for marijuana cultivation exceeded stream flow in three of four study watersheds. 

The resulting paper, entitled "Impacts of Surface Water Diversions for Marijuana Cultivation on Aquatic Habitat in Four Northwestern California Watersheds," concludes that diminished stream flow from this water-intensive activity is likely to have lethal to sub-lethal effects on state and federally listed salmon and steelhead trout and will cause further decline of sensitive amphibian species.

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Veterans Hurt by Chemical Weapons in Iraq Get Apology

Veterans Hurt by Chemical Weapons in Iraq Get Apology | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Army under secretary, Brad R. Carson, said that those suffering from exposure to the weapons would be accounted for and offered medical screening.
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Supreme Court Seems Split on What Is ‘Appropriate’ in Setting Clean Air Costs

Supreme Court Seems Split on What Is ‘Appropriate’ in Setting Clean Air Costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lawyers for industry groups and some 20 states told the justices that Environmental Protection Agency regulations that set limits on emissions from power plants had failed to take account of the punishing costs they would impose.
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