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New Oil Sands Pipeline Plan Would Dramatically Increase Carbon Emissions | The Energy Collective

New Oil Sands Pipeline Plan Would Dramatically Increase Carbon Emissions | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Vancouver Sun reports that Kinder Morgan, operator of the Trans Mountain pipeline that transports oil from Alberta to the Port of Vancouver, hopes to increase the capacity of the proposed pipeline "twinning" project.
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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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Drought alters familiar landscape in Yosemite National Park

Drought alters familiar landscape in Yosemite National Park | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yosemite National Park is bracing for its driest year on record, with visitor bureaus downplaying the allure of the park's most famous waterfall and instead touting the park as a destination for hiking, bicycling and photography.
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US renews pledge to cut emissions 26–28% by 2025

US renews pledge to cut emissions 26–28% by 2025 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The US government on Tuesday formally pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent over 2005 levels within the next decade, ahead of a major climate conference later this year.
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Glow in the dark tampons identify sewage pollution in rivers

Glow in the dark tampons identify sewage pollution in rivers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The natural, untreated cotton in tampons readily absorbs chemicals commonly used in toilet paper, laundry detergents and shampoos. These chemicals - known as optical brighteners -are used to enhance whites and brighten colours, and show up under ultra-violet (UV) light, a phenomenon often seen in glowing ...
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Soil organic matter susceptible to climate change

Soil organic matter susceptible to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Soil organic matter, long thought to be a semi-permanent storehouse for ancient carbon, may be much more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought.
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Scientists discover elusive secret of how continents formed

Scientists discover elusive secret of how continents formed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An international research team, led by a Virginia Tech geoscientist, has revealed information about how continents were generated on Earth more than 2.5 billion years ago—and how those processes have continued within the last 70 million years to profoundly affect the planet's life and climate.
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This Is How The U.S. Plans To Tackle Climate Change In The Next Decade And Beyond

As countries submit their post-2020 climate targets, the outline for the next global treaty is coming into view.
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How Many Kids Will it Take?

How Many Kids Will it Take? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How many kids must we feed to the fossil fuel monster before we inevitably transition to clean, renewable power? The biggest subsidies we give to fossil fuels are our childrens lungs, hearts, and b...
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Talking Resilience with Nikki Silvestri

Talking Resilience with Nikki Silvestri | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You take away politics, take away whether you think trickle-down [economics] works, take away even what you think about race. Just look at this community. Are the families healthy and thriving? No? Okay. It's not resilient.
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Revisiting the Shale Oil Hype: Technology versus Geology

Revisiting the Shale Oil Hype: Technology versus Geology | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The press has been all abuzz the past few weeks speculating on what the drop in oil prices will mean for U.S. shale oil (tight oil) production. Pundits have been falling over themselves quoting various estimates of the breakeven cost of production in this play or that, and rushing to be the first to declare a peak in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Niobrara or wherever.  The Baker-Hughes rig count, which comes out every Friday, has become a must-read for people who probably had never heard of it a few months ago. Even the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), based on estimates, suggests production is declining in three big shale oil plays.

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Mexico just shamed the rest of the world with its climate plan

Mexico just shamed the rest of the world with its climate plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mexico is the first developing nation to make its climate action pledge ahead of U.N. talks in Paris -- and it's actually pretty ambitious.
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Burning coal can help the planet, delusional U.N. board decides

Burning coal can help the planet, delusional U.N. board decides | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Green Climate Fund, which is supposed to help developing nations fight and prepare for climate change, can be used to build coal plants.
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Genetically-modified mosquitoes might save thousands of human lives, but is the risk too high?

Genetically-modified mosquitoes might save thousands of human lives, but is the risk too high? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The experiment to counter the world’s deadliest animal launches Canada into a controversial new field – bioengineering – that critics fear might also wreak havoc on humans
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Colombia transforms old tires into green housing

Colombia transforms old tires into green housing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The highlands around the Colombian capital are scattered with small buildings that look like out-of-place igloos but are in fact innovative houses made from the tires that litter the country's roads.
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Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused lasting damage, report says

Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused lasting damage, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining.
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East Asian human activities affect air quality in remote tropical forests

East Asian human activities affect air quality in remote tropical forests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from the UK and Malaysia have detected a human fingerprint deep in the Borneo rainforest in Southeast Asia. Cold winds blowing from the north carry industrial pollutants from East Asia to the equator, with implications for air quality in the region. Once there, the pollutants can travel ...
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Researchers see drop in methane emissions from natural gas local distribution systems

Researchers see drop in methane emissions from natural gas local distribution systems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team led by Washington State University researchers has found that methane emissions from local natural gas distribution systems in cities and towns throughout the U.S. have decreased in the past 20 years with significant variation by region.
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Research links two millennia of cyclones, floods, El Nino

Research links two millennia of cyclones, floods, El Nino | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stalagmites, which crystallize from water dropping onto the floors of caves, millimeter by millimeter, over thousands of years, leave behind a record of climate change encased in stone. Newly published research by Rhawn Denniston, professor of geology at Cornell College, and his research team, applied ...
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Mount Everest Is Covered In Human Poop. This Plan Could Turn It Into Energy.

“It is kind of crazy,” said Porter. “But we’re doing it.”
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As El Nino Emerges, Ominous Findings on Ocean Heat

As El Nino Emerges, Ominous Findings on Ocean Heat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
  Yale Environment 360: Scientists are also learning that the ocean has gained more heat, and at greater depth, than they had realized. That means the entire climate is even more out-of-whack ...
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Why do Climate Deniers Hate Sea Lion Pups?

Why do Climate Deniers Hate Sea Lion Pups? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climate Central: In recent weeks, emaciated young sea lions have been washing up on California beaches (though a few healthy ones have also shown up, including one...

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Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climate change, along with the depletion of oil, coal, and gas, dictate that we will inevitably move away from our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; but just how big a transformation will this be? While many policy-makers assume that renewable energy sources will provide an easy “plug-and-play” solution, author Richard Heinberg suggests instead that we are in for a wild ride; a “civilization reboot” on a scale similar to the agricultural and industrial revolutions.

 

Afterburn consists of 15 essays exploring various aspects of the 21st century migration away from fossil fuels, including:

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During Fracking Hearing, Nebraskan Challenges Oil And Gas Commission To Drink Wastewater

An application to truck thousands of gallons of wastewater into Nebraska riled the community.
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The whole world is breaking the law by ignoring climate change

The whole world is breaking the law by ignoring climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
That's the word from a group of respected lawyers who've just introduced what they're calling the Oslo Principles.
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Turns out the world's first "clean coal" plant is a backdoor subsidy to oil producers

Turns out the world's first "clean coal" plant is a backdoor subsidy to oil producers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The CCS project in Saskatchewan, Canada, is providing cheap CO2 to oil fields but expensive power to ratepayers.
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Texas Town First Of Many To Switch To 100% Renewable Power

Texas Town First Of Many To Switch To 100% Renewable Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Texas city is soon to be generating all of its electricity from renewable sources, not because of any ideological cause but purely based on the price
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