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U.S. Sustainability Efforts: Modest Progress but an Increasingly Distant Goal

U.S. Sustainability Efforts: Modest Progress but an Increasingly Distant Goal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'U.S. Sustainability Efforts: Modest Progress but an Increasingly Distant Goal' blog post by John C. Dernbach.
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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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Leaked Documents Reveal Shady Tactics Behind PR Push For Even Bigger Canadian Pipeline

Leaked Documents Reveal Shady Tactics Behind PR Push For Even Bigger Canadian Pipeline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the debate still raging over Keystone XL, the company behind the pipeline is already hard at work promoting a PR strategy for its larger and entirely Canadian pipeline, Energy East.
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Most White Evangelicals Attribute Intense National Disasters To The Apocalypse, Not Climate Change

Most White Evangelicals Attribute Intense National Disasters To The Apocalypse, Not Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent poll found that 77 percent of white evangelical Protestants attributed recent natural disasters to biblical "end times" and just 49 percent pointed to climate change.
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Not-so-wild wilderness: Mining proposals threaten Cabinet Mountains streams, lakes and grizzlies - The Spokesman-Review

Not-so-wild wilderness: Mining proposals threaten Cabinet Mountains streams, lakes and grizzlies - The Spokesman-Review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hiking the 4-mile trail into Rock Lake from the Noxon, Montana, area weighed heavy on Jim Costello, especially after he met a budding family from Spokane. The couple were packing their toddler along the soothing rumble of Rock Creek for his first wilderness experience. He asked Jim and JoJo Lindenfelser if they’d heard of the Rock Creek Mine. They said no. He suggested they check into it.
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Drought revives 'forgotten art' at wineries: Farming without irrigation

Drought revives 'forgotten art' at wineries: Farming without irrigation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The gnarled zinfandel grapevines on Rich Czapleski's land have borne fruit for more than 100 years, producing dark, intense wines that exemplify the special growing conditions in this coveted winemaking region.
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Do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste?

Do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the average person is exposed to 126 toxic chemicals a day from personal-care products alone. Health Advisor Joy McCarthy shows you what to avoid
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£14bn plan to share Scots water with England

£14bn plan to share Scots water with England | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
IT IS a multi-billion pound plan designed to route fresh Scottish water to the rose gardens, cricket grounds and farms of England’s parched south-east.
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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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Climate Change Will Be Hazardous to Your Health | WIRED

Climate Change Will Be Hazardous to Your Health | WIRED | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A professor of public health explains how climate change will exacerbate health problems due to air pollution.
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At This Rate, The World Will Have To Cease All Carbon Emissions In 2040 To Stay Under 2°C

At This Rate, The World Will Have To Cease All Carbon Emissions In 2040 To Stay Under 2°C | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to the International Energy Agency, at current emission rates, by 2040 the world will release all the carbon dioxide it can afford to if it wants to keep global warming to manageable levels.
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UK weather: Britain left 'exposed' to more floods and heatwaves

UK weather: Britain left 'exposed' to more floods and heatwaves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The UK is dangerously "exposed" to increasingly extreme weather brought about by climate change, a leading adviser to the Government has warned.
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Winter weather weirdness may be just beginning - The Buffalo News

Winter weather weirdness may be just beginning  - The Buffalo News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brace yourself. November’s white nightmare could become a recurring bad dream of varying intensity.While last week’s winter blast appears to be the freak offspring of a typhoon-blasted jet stream and a warm Lake Erie, it’s also part of a long-term pattern that shows no... - The Buffalo News
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Chemicals that block UV rays 'may impair male fertility'

Chemicals that block UV rays 'may impair male fertility' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research from the National Institute of Health (NIIH) found that chemicals in sunscreen interfere with the body's hormones may impair male fertility.
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The Downside of the Boom

The Downside of the Boom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances.
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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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