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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, 5:26 PM

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Japan sees first local dengue case in over 60 years

Japan sees first local dengue case in over 60 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years.
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Dismantling ships and the trajectory of steel

Dismantling ships and the trajectory of steel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tell me how you dismantle a ship, and I'll tell how a region can prosper from its steel! This could be the motto of this master's cycle at ENAC during which the projects of two civil engineering students gathered extensive data on the largest dismantling port in the world: Alang in India.
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NASA sees massive Marie close enough to affect southern California coast

NASA sees massive Marie close enough to affect southern California coast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two NASA satellites captured visible and infrared pictures that show the massive size of Hurricane Marie. Marie is so large that it is bringing rough surf to the southern coast of California while almost nine hundred miles west of Baja California.
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What weekend's earthquakes mean for future seismic activity in the Bay Area

What weekend's earthquakes mean for future seismic activity in the Bay Area | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Large earthquakes occurred much more frequently in the Bay Area during the 19th century, says Stanford geophysicist Greg Beroza. Last weekend's magnitude 6.0 quake in Napa was a reminder to stay ready for something bigger.
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International Rivers: The State of the World's Rivers

Mapping the Health of the World's Fifty Major River Basins
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A climate for change: America should not wait while the world warms

A climate for change: America should not wait while the world warms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It is humans who have caused climate change and who need to take action.
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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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India asks Pepsi to cut down sugar in sodas

India asks Pepsi to cut down sugar in sodas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India has asked US soft drinks giant PepsiCo to reduce the sugar content of its sodas as the country battles growing levels of obesity and diabetes.
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Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact

Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.
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US protects 20 species of coral as threatened (Update)

US protects 20 species of coral as threatened (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.
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Yellowstone supereruption would send ash across North America

Yellowstone supereruption would send ash across North America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the unlikely event of a volcanic supereruption at Yellowstone National Park, the northern Rocky Mountains would be blanketed in meters of ash, and millimeters would be deposited as far away as New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, according to a new study.
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Big snowstorms will still occur in Northern Hemisphere following global warming, study finds

Big snowstorms will still occur in Northern Hemisphere following global warming, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If ever there were a silver lining to global warming, it might be the prospect of milder winters. After all, it stands to reason that a warmer climate would generate less snow.
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Mount Polley: A Wake-Up Call to the Realities of Tailings Ponds » EcoWatch

Mount Polley: A Wake-Up Call to the Realities of Tailings Ponds » EcoWatch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Mount Polley tailings spill threatens two of B.C.’s most valued resources: salmon and water
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World struggles to stop Ebola

World struggles to stop Ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Greater international assistance is needed to quell the epidemic, say health officials.
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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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