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More Americans Want Tough Fracking Regulations | The Energy Collective

More Americans Want Tough Fracking Regulations | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent Bloomberg National Poll found that 66 percent of Americans want more government oversight of fracking--a big increase over the last three months. Some people completely oppose fracking, but even those who don't want tough rules and enforcement. Bloomberg quotes a Virginia resident as saying: "“I’m a big proponent of natural gas, but I still need to be sure that we are not damaging our water supply.” Many Americans share this view.
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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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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 8:26 PM

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Following Record Snow: Weather Whiplash on the Way in US

Following Record Snow: Weather Whiplash on the Way in US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Accuweather: The start of the workweek will leave many in the Northern states swapping their snow boots and parkas for their ponchos and rain boots as springlike warmth and drenching rains will wor...
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One man took a picture of the Beijing sky every day and it is a horror movie.

One man took a picture of the Beijing sky every day and it is a horror movie. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ever have one of those days when your skyscraper disappears? (via Sina Weibo)With all the craziness Mother Nature has been unloading on Western New York recently, it might be easy to forget that Uncle
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World's fastest supercomputers could take science to the next level

World's fastest supercomputers could take science to the next level | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New breed of supercomputers can compute at more than 5 times the speed of previous models, and could be a boon to research.
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Acoustic tags turn monitored animals into targets

Acoustic tags turn monitored animals into targets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seals and other underwater predators are being conditioned to find - and eat - sea life
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Scientists: Be Lazy, Don't Rake Leaves

Scientists: Be Lazy, Don't Rake Leaves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Your honey-do list just got one item shorter, and you can tell your spouse he or she can't argue it—because scientists say so. Washington state's KING picks up some fresh advice offered... Science News Summaries. | Newser
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The Economic And Strategic Implications Of Low Oil Prices

The Economic And Strategic Implications Of Low Oil Prices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Current low oil prices are set to continue for some time, with significant a impact on global economics and geopolitics likely over the coming decades
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Can immigration save a struggling, disappearing Japan?

Can immigration save a struggling, disappearing Japan? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world is teeming with immigrants who would love to move to a country like Japan. So why don't the Japanese just let these folks in?
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Reminder: Humanity has made the moon into a garbage pile, wants to keep doing it

Reminder: Humanity has made the moon into a garbage pile, wants to keep doing it | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Americans have left a ton of artifacts on the moon, and now a British group wants to send up some more.
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AT&T to pay California $52 million in hazardous waste disposal settlement

AT&T to pay California $52 million in hazardous waste disposal settlement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - AT&T Inc will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement with California over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won't
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Gulf Coast Embraces U.S. Coal Shippers Rejected by West

Gulf Coast Embraces U.S. Coal Shippers Rejected by West | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When it comes to exporting American coal, the West Coast’s loss is the Gulf Coast’s gain.
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California love: Water thieves just can’t get enough | Al Jazeera America

California love: Water thieves just can’t get enough | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In northern areas of the state, counties report illegal diversions from tanks, wells and streams
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High smog alert likely as pollution goes off the charts in Beijing, Hebei

High smog alert likely as pollution goes off the charts in Beijing, Hebei | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
High alert likely with smog forecast to blanket Beijing until Wednesday
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More on Lake Effect Snow and Climate

More on Lake Effect Snow and Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Taking advantage of a teachable moment. Climate Nexus: While global temperatures are shaping up to make 2014 the hottest year on record, the U.S. has endured over a week of unseasonably wintry cond...
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We just had the hottest October on record

We just had the hottest October on record | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You might be cold right now, but 2014 is on track to be the warmest year since record-keeping began.
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Gates Foundation announces world’s strongest policy on open access research : Nature News Blog

Gates Foundation announces world’s strongest policy on open access research : Nature News Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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This Major Power Company Just Committed To Cut Its Emissions In Half

This Major Power Company Just Committed To Cut Its Emissions In Half | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NRG Energy, the second-largest conventional power generation company in the country, just announced a goal of cutting carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030.
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How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It

How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Hotter and less predictable temperatures mean that much of the world’s premium wine regions are now under threat and new ones are emerging. How the wine industry is — and isn’t — reacting says a lot about the future of agriculture.

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Lean times ahead: Preparing for an energy-constrained future

Lean times ahead: Preparing for an energy-constrained future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ANN ARBOR—Some time this century, the era of cheap and abundant energy will end, and Western industrial civilization will likely begin a long, slow descent toward a resource-limited future character
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Energy & The Economy - Crash Course Chapter 22

Energy & The Economy - Crash Course Chapter 22 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chapter 22 of the Crash Course is now publicly available and ready for watching below.
In the past few chapters on Energy Economics, Peak Cheap Oil, and the false promise of Shale Oil, we've gone
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'Looming environmental crisis' at Salton Sea prompts plea for help

'Looming environmental crisis' at Salton Sea prompts plea for help | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Imperial Irrigation District has sent a plea to a state water board to help avert a "looming environmental and public health crisis" at the Salton Sea.
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ADAPTATION: The little Dutch boy has gone, but his spirit lives on in climate change strategies

ADAPTATION: The little Dutch boy has gone, but his spirit lives on in climate change strategies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Every American has probably heard of the little Dutch boy who saved his country by putting his finger in the dike, but they may not know how the Netherlands is coping with its latest threat: rising sea levels driven by global warming and dikes that may no longer be high enough.
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US Can Slash Its Fossil Fuel Emissions By 85 Percent By 2050, New Climate Change Study Shows

US Can Slash Its Fossil Fuel Emissions By 85 Percent By 2050, New Climate Change Study Shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The "deep decarbonization" analysis is a road map for reaching U.S. climate change goals.
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Intensive Dutch animal farms seen vulnerable to disease

Intensive Dutch animal farms seen vulnerable to disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Agriculture has helped make the Netherlands rich, but experts warn that the density of farms and the increasing number of animals in one of the most intensive agricultural sectors
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Nitrates, fecal coliform from dairies linked to tainted shellfish, tap water

Nitrates, fecal coliform from dairies linked to tainted shellfish, tap water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Regulators are unable to stop dairy farm pollutants largely due to insufficient laws, pressure from agriculture interests, and not enough enforcement
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