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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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Portland torn over $500m terminal: could fracking creep into a 'green' city?

Portland torn over $500m terminal: could fracking creep into a 'green' city? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Plan to export gas pumped from fracking in Canada has some wondering whether it’s the problem or solution in reducing carbon emissions
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Turning Ethiopia's desert green

Turning Ethiopia's desert green | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A generation ago Ethiopia's Tigray province was stricken by a famine that shocked the world. Now ancient techniques are being used to change it beyond recognition.
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Adidas to use marine plastic waste in products from 2016

Adidas to use marine plastic waste in products from 2016 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BERLIN (Reuters) - German sportswear firm Adidas is teaming up with a group trying to clean up the world's oceans with a plan to develop materials made from marine plastic waste that can be used in its
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It’s not just the Taj Mahal—pollution is ruining many other iconic monuments in India

It’s not just the Taj Mahal—pollution is ruining many other iconic monuments in India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Save them now.

 

India’s pollution problem, which came into the limelight after Delhi’s air was declared even filthier than Beijing’s last year, is even more monumental than we thought.

  

Toxic air spouting out from burning trash and exhaust pipes has taken its toll on the facades of some of the country’s sacred heritage sites.

  

The impact of air pollution on the iconic Taj Mahal—whose grand marble edifice is slowly turning brownish-yellow—has been covered by the media for several years now. But over the last few years, many more sites have joined the queue—their carefully carved and crafted marble pillars of centuries past turning yellow, brown and black.

 

 

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5 years after BP spill, drillers push into riskier depths

5 years after BP spill, drillers push into riskier depths | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — Five years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill, the industry is working on drilling even further into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap massive deposits once thought…
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Louisiana five years after BP oil spill: 'It's not going back to normal no time soon'

Louisiana five years after BP oil spill: 'It's not going back to normal no time soon' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The oil giant says the environmental disaster caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blast is nearly over. That’s not how it feels to Gulf coast residents
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Shrinking Antarctic has us skating on thin ice

Shrinking Antarctic has us skating on thin ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Antarctic ice is now melting faster than ever, raising sea levels. But the degree of risk to our coastline and economy is still a big unknown.
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Feds order speed limits for oil trains

Feds order speed limits for oil trains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is imposing a 40 mile per hour speed limit for oil trains near cities.
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SAFETY: Federal researchers ID at least 9 VOC inhalation deaths at oil sites

SAFETY: Federal researchers ID at least 9 VOC inhalation deaths at oil sites | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At least nine oil workers have died since 2010 from inhaling toxic amounts of vapors while measuring crude oil in storage tanks at well sites, according to new findings by federal researchers.
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Polar bears hit by twin threats of pollution and climate change

Polar bears hit by twin threats of pollution and climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEWS: Plastic waste, toxic pollutants and climate adding pressures on polar bears in Arctic say researchers
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Opinion - White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An environmental movement in need of a makeover. — Environmental Health News

Opinion - White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An environmental movement in need of a makeover. — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Now that I’ve gotten your attention with an over-the-top headline, understand that I don’t really buy it. Not completely, anyway.

 

But millions of Americans do, and because of that, pushback against environmental initiatives is both strong and often devoid of reason.

 

With an environmental movement whose lifespan can be measured by 45 annual Earth Days (this Wednesday is Earth Day 2015), it’s time to ask a question: How can a movement featuring so many smart, high-achieving people talking science-backed common sense for so long on issues that can literally be life-or-death still have such a hard time?

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Abbott government gives $4m to help climate contrarian set up Australian centre

Abbott government gives $4m to help climate contrarian set up Australian centre | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bjørn Lomborg will be given money from the hard-pressed federal budget to set up a ‘consensus centre’ at the University of Western Australia
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Desert oasis collides with drought

Desert oasis collides with drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California's drought presents big challenges for a desert region built on a lush image.
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From Deepwater to Chernobyl: counting the casualties | Environment | DW.DE | 20.04.2015

From Deepwater to Chernobyl: counting the casualties | Environment | DW.DE | 20.04.2015 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When environmental disasters occur, it's difficult to quantify the human health impacts. From corporations withholding information to pinning down cause and effect, victims face an uphill battle on accountability.
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A remote tribe's antibiotic resistance worries experts | The Asian Age

A remote tribe's antibiotic resistance worries experts | The Asian Age | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This file picture shows a Yanomami boy as he rest in Amazonas state, southern Venezuela. A remote tribe in the Venezuelan Amazon appears to be resistant to modern antibiotics even though its members have had barely any contact with the outside world, researchers said.

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Buying Better: The Impossible Challenge of Ethical Shopping - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Buying Better: The Impossible Challenge of Ethical Shopping - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many consumers are intimidated by calls to buy smartly and sustainably. Now a handful of activists and big companies are trying to make ethical purchasing go mainstream -- but they'll have to change the way we think.
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Five Years after the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Oil Spills Are on the Rise

Five Years after the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Oil Spills Are on the Rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Offshore and onshore, oil and gas operations and transportation appear no safer than before
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On BP oil spill anniversary, trustees and BP announce $134M in proposed early restoration projects

On BP oil spill anniversary, trustees and BP announce $134M in proposed early restoration projects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Federal and state trustees and BP announced tentative approval of 10 more natural resource early restoration projects, totaling $134 million, on Monday (Apr. 20), the 5th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon accident that killed 11 workers and resulted in the...
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California lawmakers should pass the vaccination bill

California lawmakers should pass the vaccination bill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Anti-vaccination parents showed up last week in Sacramento threatening to leave the public schools en masse, and the Senate Education Committee crumbled like a batch of overbaked cookies. Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), who has written legislation that would mandate vaccines for almost all public school students, was forced to take back his bill for revision.
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Opinion: BP spill a warning against Atlantic drilling - Opinion

Opinion: BP spill a warning against Atlantic drilling - Opinion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

FIVE YEARS ago on April 20, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in flames in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and starting the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Before the well was capped 87 days later on July 15, more than 200 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf.

 

Even today, five years after the BP disaster, 60 percent of the 210 million gallons that spilled are unaccounted for, and oil-soaked sand and tar balls continue to wash up on the beaches of the Gulf. Earlier this month, in Grand Isle, La., a family visiting the beach discovered a dead dolphin covered in oil. Last year, tar mats were found on the Mississippi coast. Two years ago, a tar mat covering a quarter of an acre and weighing 40,000 pounds was discovered at a Louisiana beach.

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How The World Bank Is Financing Environmental Destruction

How The World Bank Is Financing Environmental Destruction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In northern Peru, the World Bank's business-lending arm is part owner of the Yanacocha gold mine, accused by impoverished farming communities of despoiling their land in pursuit of the precious ore. The bank and IFC have stepped up investments in projects deemed to have a high risk of serious and environment damage, including oil pipelines, mines and even coal-fired power plants, an investigation by The Huffington Post and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist has found.
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The Power Of Human Resilience After Major Disasters-- And The Importance Of Community

The Power Of Human Resilience After Major Disasters-- And The Importance Of Community | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers had the unique chance to measure the "happiness" of vulnerable New Orleans residents before and after Hurricane Katrina. The...
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World Bank Projects Leave Trail of Misery Around Globe

World Bank Projects Leave Trail of Misery Around Globe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Kenya, the World Bank's in-house Inspection Panel found the bank violated its policies by failing to do enough to protect the Sengwer, an indigenous minority group in Kenya's western forests. Over the past decade, the World Bank has regularly failed to enforce its "safeguard" policies protecting some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet, an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Huffington Post and other media partners has found.
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How Severe Is California's Drought Really?

How Severe Is California's Drought Really? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The drought is breaking records and forcing Californians to make hard decisions. But understanding its severity is a complicated process that yields gloomy results.
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Living on Earth: The Mother of Endocrine Disruption Science

Living on Earth: The Mother of Endocrine Disruption Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Theo Colborn may have waited until her 50s to get her PhD, but she still became a trailblazer in the field of environmental health. Theo died last December, and in this season of Earth Day fellow scientist and collaborator Laura Vandenberg and host Steve Curwood remember Theo's life and discuss her contributions to scientific knowledge.
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