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New York Times Widely Cricitized For Dismantling Its Environment Desk, Eliminating Editorial Positions

New York Times Widely Cricitized For Dismantling Its Environment Desk, Eliminating Editorial Positions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“Keeping Environmental Reporting Strong Won’t Be Easy,” Warns Public Editor The New York Times will close its environment desk in the next few weeks and assign its seven reporters and two editors to other departments.
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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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Global warming doubles risk of extreme La Nina event, study shows

Global warming doubles risk of extreme La Nina event, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The risk of extreme La Niña events in the Pacific Ocean could double due to global warming, new research has shown.
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After Nine Years of Foot-Dragging, U.N. Ready for Talks on High Seas Treaty | Inter Press Service

After Nine Years of Foot-Dragging, U.N. Ready for Talks on High Seas Treaty | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 2015 (IPS) - After four days of intense negotiations – preceded by nine years of dilly-dallying – the United Nations has agreed to convene an intergovernmental conference aimed at drafting a legally binding treaty to conserve marine life and govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.

 

The final decision was taken in the wee hours of Saturday morning when the rest of the United Nations was fast asleep.

 

The open-ended Ad Hoc informal Working Group, which negotiated the deal, has been dragging its collective feet since it was initially convened back in 2006.

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Where there’s smoke

Where there’s smoke | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A haze has periodically wafted over South-east Asia for 20 years. But despite rising public health concern, the problem remains as opaque as the smoke itself, Mike Ives reports.
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Know What's Killing More People in Nigeria Than Boko Haram? Lack of Drinking Water

Know What's Killing More People in Nigeria Than Boko Haram? Lack of Drinking Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The lack of running water killed more people in Nigeria last year than Boko Haram.
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“Dude, why didn’t you just sue these people?”: Portrait of an environmental whistleblower

“Dude, why didn’t you just sue these people?”: Portrait of an environmental whistleblower | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Salon speaks with embattled biologist Tyrone Hayes, subject of a new mini-documentary by Jonathan Demme
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Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.
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New Proposal to Protect Alaskan Wilderness Most Sweeping in Decades

New Proposal to Protect Alaskan Wilderness Most Sweeping in Decades | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama's proposal to transform the oil-rich portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge into a wilderness area is just the first of two announcements this week that may clarify the president's position on oil development in the Arctic.
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Snowpocalypse: How Global Warming Creates Gargantuan Blizzards

Snowpocalypse: How Global Warming Creates Gargantuan Blizzards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Storms like ‘Juno’ are the new normal, say climate scientists.
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Attempts to Predict Terrorist Attacks Hit Limits

Attempts to Predict Terrorist Attacks Hit Limits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Erratic human behavior and incomplete information plague efforts to model this risk
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Canada Faces Tough Tar Sands Pipeline Options after Keystone XL

Canada Faces Tough Tar Sands Pipeline Options after Keystone XL | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The drawn out debate over approving Keystone XL leaves Canada with tough choices for alternatives
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Doomsday Clock Set at 3 Minutes to Midnight

Doomsday Clock Set at 3 Minutes to Midnight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Humanity's failure to reduce global nuclear arsenals as well as climate change prompted the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to advance their warning about our proximity to a potentially civilization-ending catastrophe
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Anthropologist Seeks the Roots of Terrorism

Anthropologist Seeks the Roots of Terrorism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In spite of massive challenges, Scott Atran has managed to conduct extensive field interviews with would-be and convicted terrorists
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Warm ocean melting East Antarctica's largest glacier

Warm ocean melting East Antarctica's largest glacier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a six-metre (20-foot) rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water, Australian scientists said on Monday.
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Victoria's Secret: Dumping Raw Sewage Like It's 1915 | The Tyee

Victoria's Secret: Dumping Raw Sewage Like It's 1915 | The Tyee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The icky, smelly, rotten no-good political mess that could cost taxpayers a billion. (Yes, a billion!)
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China's Leaders Show Listening Ear on Trash but Not Politics

China's Leaders Show Listening Ear on Trash but Not Politics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To help sell the public on the need for one of the world's largest trash incinerators in the mountains in west Beijing, Communist Party officials bused in hundreds of people for special tours. They held talks with residents and handed out questionnaires. State-owned steel producer Shougang...
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Industrial toxins thought to be cause of high cancer rates and lead poisoning - Global Times

Zhong Guangfeng, like many other women in her village, became a widow after her then 55-year-old husband died last July. 

"He suddenly collapsed in our yard," Zhong recalled. The cause of his death - cancer - has also killed many other men in this village in Zhuzhou in Central China's Hunan Province. 

Even the local demographics department leader, Liu Chunlin, said he cannot figure out the root of why so many women have been widowed in Zhimuzu  in recent years. 

"Outsiders all knew that Zhimuzu is a village of widows since most of the men have died of cancer," Liu said. 

The majority of residents and village leaders believe that industrial pollution is the primary cause of the prevalence of cancer in the village.

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Greener Routes To Polymers | January 26, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 4 | Chemical & Engineering News

Greener Routes To Polymers | January 26, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 4 | Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Seeking to commercialize more sustainable production routes to plastics, Asahi Kasei Chemicals and Bayer MaterialScience plan to build plants that use new chemistries. The companies, one Japanese and one German, look to use starting materials that are both readily available and either less hazardous or biobased.

 

Asahi Kasei has improved upon its phosgene-free process for making polycarbonate, which garnered an ACS Heroes of Chemistry award in 2014. The new version uses a catalyst to produce a dialkyl carbonate precursor directly from CO2 and an alcohol, rather than in two steps from CO2 and ethylene oxide.

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Unmanned Drones Could Play Key Roles in Food Supply

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation...
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Charleston Daily Mail | 12,000 without water in Greenbrier County after diesel spill

Thousands of Greenbrier County residents and businesses are without water after a diesel spill contaminated the Greenbrier River.

The Lewisburg water treatment plant was shut down shortly after a tanker truck rolled over and spilled its load of diesel fuel into a tributary of the Greenbrier River late Friday night. Mark Carver, Lewisburg’s public works director, said all of the water tanks at the treatment plant had been depleted as of 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Lewisburg water treatment plant serves 4,500 customers — around 12,000 people — in Lewisburg, Ronceverte, Frankfort and Renick.

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Robert Reich Reality Checks GOP's Absurd Ideas About Addressing Income Inequality

Robert Reich Reality Checks GOP's Absurd Ideas About Addressing Income Inequality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You have to go pretty far back in history to find a Republican president who brought broad-based prosperity.
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Huge Price Gaps Found for Hip, Knee Replacement Surgery

Huge Price Gaps Found for Hip, Knee Replacement Surgery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
These two medical procedures, among the fastest-growing in the U.S., are subject to huge and apparently random price variations within the same geographical areas, an insurance industry study said
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Measles Vaccinations Urged amid Disneyland Outbreak

Measles Vaccinations Urged amid Disneyland Outbreak | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The leading U.S. pediatrician group on Friday urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles in the face of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in December
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China Says Its Gender Imbalance "Most Serious" in the World

China Says Its Gender Imbalance "Most Serious" in the World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese health authorities described the gender imbalance among newborns as "the most serious and prolonged" in the world, a direct ramification of the country's strict one-child policy
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Will Falling Oil Prices Kill Wind and Solar Power?

Will Falling Oil Prices Kill Wind and Solar Power? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu weighs in on the future of energy
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Obama, Modi Move Closer With Nuclear Liability Breakthrough

Obama, Modi Move Closer With Nuclear Liability Breakthrough | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday that they had achieved a breakthrough on long-stalled cooperation on civilian nuclear projects, reflecting warming ties between the nations.
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