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First car ferry powered by electric drive system

First car ferry powered by electric drive system | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Together with the Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand, Siemens has developed the world's first electrically powered car ferry. The 80-meter vessel can carry 120 cars and 360 passengers.
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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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Health and climate change

Health and climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 Act now on climate change or face growing health risks

 

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Gubernatorial Candidate From Keystone XL Battleground State Connects Pipeline To Climate Change

Gubernatorial Candidate From Keystone XL Battleground State Connects Pipeline To Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"This is an issue where I think we have an obligation to our kids and grand-kids to step up, and I take that responsibility very seriously."
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Texas Proposes Tougher Rules On Fracking Wastewater After Earthquakes Surge

Texas Proposes Tougher Rules On Fracking Wastewater After Earthquakes Surge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists increasingly believe that underground disposal of fracking wastewater is causing earthquakes -- not only in Texas, but across the country.
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‘Severe… Pervasive… Irreversible”: IPCC’s Devastating Climate Change Conclusions

‘Severe… Pervasive… Irreversible”: IPCC’s Devastating Climate Change Conclusions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A draft of the UN panel's synthesis report on the global scientific community's assessment of human-caused global warming offers the starkest and most strongly-worded warning yet of the dangers ahead.
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PSU study shows Portland's urban forest reduces air pollution but also finds hazards

PSU study shows Portland's urban forest reduces air pollution but also finds hazards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new Portland State University study that maps Portland's air pollution patterns highlights the air-cleansing benefit of urban trees. But an economic analysis of the detailed pollution map shows Portland's air quality may be more hazardous than previously thought.
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U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks

U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The report says that warming has already led to food and climate crises, and that the failure to reduce emissions will lead to worse catastrophes.
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A Fatal Sting

A Fatal Sting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"You can't blame everything on neonics. Bees are hit by a whole host of things," McNeil said. "But I believe neonics are overused. If people knew more, I think they would use a whole lot less of them."
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World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production

World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The last section of dam is being blasted from the Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula on Tuesday.
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In Detroit, Water Crisis Symbolizes Decline, and Hope

In Detroit, Water Crisis Symbolizes Decline, and Hope | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As poor residents strain to pay bills, neighbors and activists step up.
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Empty nests of the North: “Massive chick deaths” in seabird colonies; climate, oceanic changes blamed — Environmental Health News

Empty nests of the North: “Massive chick deaths” in seabird colonies; climate, oceanic changes blamed — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Massive deaths' in seabird colonies blamed on climate, oceanic changes. Iceland is the Serengeti for seabirds. But nests have gone empty recently, with scientists reporting sobering descriptions of chick die-offs and colonies abandoned. The leading culprit: Profound changes in the world's oceans. Part of an ongoing series.

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Emission-free Hydrogen May Now Be Truly Emission-free

Hydrogen-powered devices-–cars, mostly--run on hydrogen made from natural gas, a fossil fuel that produces greenhouse gas emissions.
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Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges

Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Surveys of top colleges found virtually no change from the 1990s to 2012 in enrollment of students who are less well off despite a huge increase in the number of such students going to college.
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How WW1 Helped Decide if the World Would be Oil or Solar Powered | Sustainable Cities Collective

How WW1 Helped Decide if the World Would be Oil or Solar Powered | Sustainable Cities Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world is marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. This was not only the bloodiest war the world has ever seen but it saw the start of the West's involvement in carving up the Middle East and interfering in its politics for the sake of oil.
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Once You Look At These 7 Satellite Photos, You Will Discover A Very Uncomfortable Truth

Once You Look At These 7 Satellite Photos, You Will Discover A Very Uncomfortable Truth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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tcetoday | News | Denmark aims for total renewable energy

tcetoday | News | Denmark aims for total renewable energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
HENRIK LUND of Aalborg University, Denmark, has told the 21st International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering (CHISA) that Denmark will be able to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050.
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Why Nebraska’s ‘Top Climate Denier’ Congressman Could Lose His Seat In November

Why Nebraska’s ‘Top Climate Denier’ Congressman Could Lose His Seat In November | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unseating Terry has become something of a priority among national Democrats, part of which has to do with the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
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World Health Organization Urges Stronger Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes

World Health Organization Urges Stronger Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Governments should ban the use of e-cigarettes indoors and in public places, the organization said.
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"Zombie" Servers and Inefficiency Drive Energy Waste at Data Centers

"Zombie" Servers and Inefficiency Drive Energy Waste at Data Centers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. data centers throw away billions of dollars in electricity every year because of inefficiencies in how they are run, according to a new report.
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Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To sidestep Senate approval, President Obama’s negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal to “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions.
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Can Birds Be Protected From Huge Solar Plants? | Climate Central

Can Birds Be Protected From Huge Solar Plants? | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bird deaths have stoked legal action that could challenge half a dozen solar plants planned in Calif. and Ariz.
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China police seize 30,000 tons of tainted chicken feet - Business - Chinadaily.com.cn

China police seize 30,000 tons of tainted chicken feet - Business - Chinadaily.com.cn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Authorities have detained 38 people involved in the sale of the chicken feet in provinces including Zhejiang, where the haul was valued at $48.7 million.
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On Calif. coast, biotoxins cause deadly sea lion seizures, seafood scare | Al Jazeera America

On Calif. coast, biotoxins cause deadly sea lion seizures, seafood scare | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An outbreak of algae-produced biotoxins that attack animals'€™ brains also poses a grave risk to humans
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7 Seriously Farmed Bugs - Modern Farmer

7 Seriously Farmed Bugs - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If we all ate insects, the world would be a better place.
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The Federal Reserve Is Not As Powerful As You Think It Is

The Federal Reserve Is Not As Powerful As You Think It Is | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This past week marked the annual gathering of bankers, financial officials, and other economic experts hosted by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. On Friday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi both spoke; in a slow week for the markets, these...
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Teaching Survival Skills to Children

Teaching Survival Skills to Children | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even if you're separated for a few minutes or a few hours, if your kids know how to react, it can make the difference between safety and tragedy.
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