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South Gloucestershire To Save And Reduce Carbon Emissions By Switching Off Street Lights

South Gloucestershire To Save And Reduce Carbon Emissions By Switching Off Street Lights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
South Gloucestershire is set to expand a program to switch off street lights between midnight and 5 am in order to cut costs on energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.
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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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There's no ebola cure, but early intensive treatment boosts survival

There's no ebola cure, but early intensive treatment boosts survival | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The Ebola virus currently raging in West Africa has a well-earned reputation as one of the world's most deadly illnesses. But experts stress that early and intense medical care can greatly improve a person's chances of survival.
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British border staff unprepared for Ebola outbreak: union

British border staff unprepared for Ebola outbreak: union | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
British border staff are not ready to deal with possible Ebola cases arriving in the country and there are no containment facilities for suspected victims, a union leader said Thursday.
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Ebola discoverer says would sit next to victim on train

Ebola discoverer says would sit next to victim on train | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train.
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Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations

Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pacific leaders warned Thursday that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change.
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Selective logging takes its toll on mammals, amphibians

Selective logging takes its toll on mammals, amphibians | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The selective logging of trees in otherwise intact tropical forests can take a serious toll on the number of animal species living there. Mammals and amphibians are particularly sensitive to the effects of high-intensity logging, according to researchers in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on ...
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Wildfires and other burns play bigger role in climate change, professor finds

Wildfires and other burns play bigger role in climate change, professor finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It has long been known that biomass burning – burning forests to create agricultural lands, burning savannah as a ritual , slash-and-burn agriculture and wildfires – figures into both climate change and public health.
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Fact or Fiction?: The Sixth Mass Extinction Can Be Stopped

Fact or Fiction?: The Sixth Mass Extinction Can Be Stopped | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Is the planet undergoing the sixth mass extinction in its history courtesy of the human species?

 

The most famous mass extinction came from space, but the biggest might have been because of carbon dioxide. Cataclysms, whether the asteroid that ended the dinosaurs’ reign or the volcanism that may have caused the Great Dying, drove the first five mass extinctions in Earth’s history, in which 75 percent of more of the planet’s life died out. The sixth mass extinction may now be beginning—and the apocalypse this time is us.

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Paul Ryan Says Climate Change Is Just An Excuse For Obama To Raise Taxes

Paul Ryan Says Climate Change Is Just An Excuse For Obama To Raise Taxes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Wednesday that “climate change occurs no matter what,” but that the EPA’s recent efforts to reduce emissions from existing power plants are “outside of the confines of the law,” and “an excuse to grow government, raise taxes and slow down economic growth.”

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Shocking Photos Show How Polluted China's Water Has Become

Shocking Photos Show How Polluted China's Water Has Become | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Shocking photos of China's water-pollution problem.

 

If you woke up tomorrow and suddenly discovered your local river had turned blood red and that an awful, caustic smell had permeated your air, you would be alarmed, right? For residents of Wenzhou, China, and millions like them in China's rapidly industrializing and growing cities and towns, it's par for the course. 

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At EPA Hearing, Religious Leaders Call Carbon Pollution ‘An Affront To God’

At EPA Hearing, Religious Leaders Call Carbon Pollution ‘An Affront To God’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Christian, Jewish, and Hindu leaders urged the EPA not to weaken their proposed regulations on carbon emissions from coal plants.
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LA's crappy old pipes mean more epic floods are coming.

LA's crappy old pipes mean more epic floods are coming. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The UCLA water main burst is not the first big one—and it won't be the last.

 

The dramatic photos made national headlines, but the serious problem likely behind the break is just as dramatic: Los Angeles' crumbling water infrastructure. The pipe that broke was constructed in 1921, as Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted during the flood—and that's pretty old for a city pipe. The average age of a water pipe in New York City is 69 years. As of 2010, 70 percent of Los Angeles' water infrastructure was composed of cast-iron pipes, most of which were laid down during the city's expansion in the 1920s, '30s and '40s.

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Five-year delay would spell end of ITER

Five-year delay would spell end of ITER | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Osamu Motojima, head of the international fusion project, speaks out on delays, leaks and rumours.
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'Experimental serum' is offered to US Ebola patients

'Experimental serum' is offered to US Ebola patients | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A US doctor stricken with Ebola in Liberia was offered an experimental serum but insisted that his colleague receive it instead, a Christian aid agency said Thursday.
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Airlines agency considering passenger screening for Ebola

Airlines agency considering passenger screening for Ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The International Civil Aviation Organization said Thursday it is considering passenger screenings for Ebola, now that the deadly virus for the first time has crossed international borders aboard an aircraft.
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Ebola-hit Sierra Leone declares state of emergency

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone declares state of emergency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma declared a state of emergency on Thursday and as the country struggled to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic.
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Peace Corps withdraws from W. Africa over Ebola fears

Peace Corps withdraws from W. Africa over Ebola fears | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The US Peace Corps announced Wednesday it was pulling hundreds of volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to growing concerns over the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa.
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Study finds benefits to burning Flint Hills prairie in fall and winter

Study finds benefits to burning Flint Hills prairie in fall and winter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kansas State University researchers have completed a 20-year study that looks at the consequences of burning Flint Hills prairie at different times of the year. It finds that burning outside of the current late spring time frame has no measurable negative consequences for the prairie and, in fact, may ...
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Bacteria ate some toxins, but worst remain, according to Gulf oil spill researcher

Bacteria ate some toxins, but worst remain, according to Gulf oil spill researcher | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Florida State University researcher found that bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico consumed many of the toxic components of the oil released during the Deepwater Horizon spill in the months after the spill, but not the most toxic contaminants.
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Climate change will make some tropical regions wetter – then dry them out

Climate change will make some tropical regions wetter – then dry them out | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some parts of South America are projected to get wetter this century due to climate change, but then dry out again after 2100 as patterns of rainfall shift southwards – according to research involving the University of East Anglia
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250-Year-Old Eyewitness Accounts of Icier Arctic Attest to Loss of Sea Ice

250-Year-Old Eyewitness Accounts of Icier Arctic Attest to Loss of Sea Ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Centuries-old ships’ logs reveal clues to Arctic warming.

 

Researchers with ARCdoc, a project based at the University of Sunderland in England, found that annual sea ice between Canada and Greenland blanketed much more territory up to 250 years ago—the result of a colder, wetter, stormier climate. The evidence came from nearly 150 handwritten logbooks of Royal Navy expeditions and Hudson’s Bay Company transports in the North Atlantic between 1750 and 1850. Another 60 volumes from Arctic whalers, who hunted their prey among permanent ice floes, offered rare eyewitness accounts of the far north. While the naval and Hudson’s Bay records had been examined before, “These whaling logbooks had never been used for scientific studies,” says Dennis Wheeler, ARCdoc’s director.

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Is Our Face Wash Harming Ocean Creatures?

Is Our Face Wash Harming Ocean Creatures? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We have to admit that we love our plastics – they have made our life a lot more convenient and our homes and offices show it. Beverage and food containers...
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To Keep Delivering Quality Products, General Mills Wants Major Carbon Cuts From Suppliers

To Keep Delivering Quality Products, General Mills Wants Major Carbon Cuts From Suppliers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"We applaud General Mills for taking this vital first step," said Monique van Zijl, who heads up Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign. "The ball is now in Kellogg's court."
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PepsiCo Recycle for Nature | The Nature Conservancy

PepsiCo Recycle for Nature | The Nature Conservancy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This is the PepsiCo partner page all about their program Recycle for Nature
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House Republicans Fiddle While Forest Service Runs Out Of Money To Fight Wildfires

House Republicans Fiddle While Forest Service Runs Out Of Money To Fight Wildfires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The House is expected to vote on a bill that would waive at least 14 environmental laws within 100 miles of the southern U.S. border, and has already spent time voting on legislation to weaken the Endangered Species Act.
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Retired Coal Miner To EPA: ‘We’re Dying, Literally Dying For You To Help Us’

Retired Coal Miner To EPA: ‘We’re Dying, Literally Dying For You To Help Us’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The hearing in Denver was one of several the EPA held across the country Tuesday and Wednesday to gauge public opinion on the Clean Power Plan, the new proposed regulations to cut carbon pollution emitted from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030 proposed in early June.
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