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UC Irvine fires latest salvo in war on emissions

UC Irvine fires latest salvo in war on emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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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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An Alternative To The Water Police In San Diego's Mid-City | Transition US

An Alternative To The Water Police In San Diego's Mid-City | Transition US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

With mandatory water restrictions come water cops and drought shaming – what some call tattling on wasteful neighbors. But a group of mid-city residents has found a new strategy for coping with drought.

 

They've formed a support group of sorts for neighbors interested in conservation.

 

It's called Transition Streets and Jamie Edmonds is its lead. He's a retired firefighter who's always had penchant for making earth-wise choices in his home.

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Virginia panel recommends new fracking regulations

A Virginia advisory panel is recommending that energy companies disclose the chemical ingredients they use in horizontal fracking, a type of natural gas drilling that has raised environmental concerns.

 

The recommendation, among 14 proposed by the panel, would also require drilling companies to provide the state with closely guarded industry “recipes” for the fracking fluids.

 

The proposals have been submitted to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration for review and a new round of public review.

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Fishing Industry Feeling the Pain After Refugio Oil Spill

Fishing Industry Feeling the Pain After Refugio Oil Spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

138 square miles of prime harvest grounds remain closed.

 

The recent closure of 138 square miles of fishing grounds impacted by the Refugio oil spill has prompted commercial fishermen based at Santa Barbara Harbor to initiate claims against Plains All American Pipeline, the owner of the faulty infrastructure that dumped more than 100,000 gallons of crude along the Gaviota coastline on May 19.

 

Several commercial fisheries — including lobster, crab, shrimp, halibut, urchin, squid, whelk, and sea cucumber, among others — have grounds in the closed area, according to lobsterman Chris Voss, president of Commercial Fisherman of Santa Barbara (CFSB), a nonprofit advocate for economically and biologically sustainable fisheries. “These guys have pretty significant, legitimate claims,” he said.

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White House Meeting Elicits Pledges to Reduce Antibiotic Use

White House Meeting Elicits Pledges to Reduce Antibiotic Use | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The forum, attended by representatives of hospitals, food producers, professional medical societies and restaurant chains, highlighted the problem of antibiotic resistance.
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On the shores of Malawi’s lake of stars, activists raise uranium fears | Santorri Chamley

On the shores of Malawi’s lake of stars, activists raise uranium fears | Santorri Chamley | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When dead fish were washed ashore in northern Malawi, activists and residents looked to a nearby uranium mine for answers – the latest battle in a protracted conflict with Paladin, the mine’s Australian owners
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Clean water could take a central role in the 2016 presidential debates

Clean water could take a central role in the 2016 presidential debates | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Following the Obama administration’s introduction of the “clean water rule” last week, Republican presidential hopefuls have made water the latest issue in a campaign to denounce government overreach
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Sweat it out: could your sportswear be toxic?

Sweat it out: could your sportswear be toxic? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Greenpeace report is one of an emerging body of research highlighting the possible link between the chemicals in sportswear and health risks
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Can a US Court Hold Nestlé Responsible for Child Slavery in Africa?

Can a US Court Hold Nestlé Responsible for Child Slavery in Africa? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Food companies have been importing cocoa to the U.S. harvested by child laborers in African farms. Can they be sued for human rights violations?
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GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to 'rein in' EPA

GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to 'rein in' EPA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country.
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How to Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning

How to Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Learn how to keep your house cool without air conditioning using energy-efficient enhancements and no- and low-cost natural cooling methods.
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Amputating Life Close to Its Base | George Monbiot

Amputating Life Close to Its Base | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 How the universities allow a corporate cult to capture and destroy their best students

 By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 3rd June 2015

 

To seek enlightenment, intellectual or spiritual; to do good; to love and be loved; to create and to teach: these are the highest purposes of humankind. If there is meaning in life, it lies here.

 

Those who graduate from the leading universities have more opportunity than most to find such purpose. So why do so many end up in pointless and destructive jobs? Finance, management consultancy, advertising, public relations, lobbying: these and other useless occupations consume thousands of the brightest students. To take such jobs at graduation, as many will in the next few weeks, is to amputate life close to its base.

 

I watched it happen to my peers.

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How Delhi's crematoriums burn through lakhs of trees

How Delhi's crematoriums burn through lakhs of trees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a city where burning a handful of dry leaves attracts a fine of Rs 5,000 to clean up the toxic air we breathe, thousands of trees are being cut down and the wood given free of cost to crematoria.
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Food for Thought | Food for life

Food for Thought | Food for life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There is no single solution.We need everyone at the table.A new short film by Susan Rockefeller
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South Korea shuts down primary schools as spread of MERS alarms public

South Korea shuts down primary schools as spread of MERS alarms public | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global health officials are alarmed by "third-generation" transmissions.
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76% of e-waste workers suffer from respiratory ailments: Assocham

76% of e-waste workers suffer from respiratory ailments: Assocham | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

About 76% of electronic-waste workers in India suffer from respiratory ailments like breathing difficulties, irritation, coughing and choking due to improper safeguards at dismantling workshops, an Assocham study, coinciding with the “Environment Day on June 5 has noted.

 

Many of these workers are children and they become incapable of working by the time they reach 35 to 40 years of age.

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EPA Nears Decision on Aircraft Emissions’ Risk to Climate

EPA Nears Decision on Aircraft Emissions’ Risk to Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has proposed carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants, is nearing a decision on whether to regulate aircraft emissions in response to global warming.

 

The federal agency is scheduled to issue a determination this month on burning jet fuel and its potential danger to human health by increasing the risks of climate change.

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AIR POLLUTION: In big EPA win, court denies challenges to ozone designations

AIR POLLUTION: In big EPA win, court denies challenges to ozone designations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court today rejected a series of challenges from states, environmental groups and energy companies to U.S. EPA's determinations of which parts of the country meet its standard for ozone, a main component of smog.
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Chinese Apparel Makers Face Pressure to Reduce Water Pollution

Chinese Apparel Makers Face Pressure to Reduce Water Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Chinese government is increasing fines for pollution, and global apparel brands are pushing manufacturers to recycle more and invest in new cleaning technology.
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More chemicals found in remote Minnesota lakes

A chemical associated only with X-ray technology is showing up in Lake Kabetogama in Voyageurs National Park and other northern lakes, one of many industrial compounds showing up in samples taken from Minnesota waterways.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Tuesday released the results of its ...
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BPA still a favorite among canned good brands. — Environmental Health News

BPA still a favorite among canned good brands. — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Survey of canned-good brands finds hormone-mimicking compound still widely used

 

In a survey of more than 250 brands of canned food, researchers found that more than 44 percent use bisphenol-A lined cans for some or all of their products. 

 

With 109 brands not responding or providing enough information, that number could be a lot higher. 

 

The survey, released today by the Environmental Working Group, found that 78 brands use BPA-lined cans for all of their products, 34 brands use BPA-lined cans for some of their products and 31 use BPA-free cans for all of their products. The survey was conducted between January and August of 2014.

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Newly Discovered Fungus Could Rid Landfills of Plastics! - NationofChange

Newly Discovered Fungus Could Rid Landfills of Plastics! - NationofChange | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yale students have discovered a new type of fungus after an adventure into the Ecuadorian rainforest, which is said to speed up the decomposition process of discarded plastics in landfills. Will this new finding have intriguing potential?
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“One Belt, One Road”, or the New Silk Road for China?

“One Belt, One Road”, or the New Silk Road for China? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
That is the new China initiative to rebuild the Old Silk Road along modern principles.  The plan is a bit of a grab bag, but seems to include the following: a. A deepwater naval base in Pakistan, plus a $42 […]
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Last Task After Layoff at Disney: Train Foreign Replacements

Last Task After Layoff at Disney: Train Foreign Replacements | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
American tech workers in Orlando found their jobs and desks transferred to immigrants brought in under H-1B visas by an Indian firm.
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Ebola will return, warns scientist | The Asian Age

Congolese expert Jean-Jacques Muyembe may be little known to the public, but he has been one of the world’s top Ebola investigators since the first epidemic erupted in central Africa in 1976.

 

Now, amid a decline in a west African outbreak that has taken more than 11,000 lives, Muyembe warns that Ebola will strike again in the future and that the deadly virus poses “a threat to the whole world”.

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120,000 endangered saiga antelopes die mysteriously in Kazakhstan

120,000 endangered saiga antelopes die mysteriously in Kazakhstan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 120,000 critically endangered saiga antelopes — more than one-third of the worldwide population — have died in Kazakhstan since mid-May, and the cause of the “catastrophic collapse” is unclear, officials said.
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