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Belgium to build 'battery island' to store wind farm energy — RT

Belgium to build 'battery island' to store wind farm energy — RT | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Belgium plans to build a horseshoe-shaped artificial island off its North Sea coast to store energy generated by its wind farms. The project will also double as attraction for sea birds (and possibly flocks of tourists).
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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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The U.S. Economic Collapse Will Trigger a Revolution

The U.S. Economic Collapse Will Trigger a Revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When the next economic collapse comes, and it’s inevitable, the revolution against the upper class will kick into higher gear!

 

Let me explain using my long-term economic cycle — the new 80-year, four season, Generation Wave — and an important 250-year cycle…

 

Just like the weather, the economy shifts through four seasons as generations pass through it: spring, summer, fall and winter. There are dynamic fluctuations that favor innovation… then efficiency… then inflation… then deflation… all through different booms and busts.

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9 Ways Hydrogen Peroxide May Be Useful When SHTF

9 Ways Hydrogen Peroxide May Be Useful When SHTF | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Some good reasons to keep a few bottles of hydrogen peroxide on hand and as part of your medical supply cabinet.

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'Ticked Off' report shows people increasingly bugged by outdoor pests

'Ticked Off' report shows people increasingly bugged by outdoor pests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Longer droughts, more intense and widespread wildfires, and the increasing prevalence of so-called superstorms are all possible indicators of a changing climate. A new report shows bugs and other pests are also an impact.

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Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It?

Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If the anti-abortion movement could rouse itself to oppose spraying a civilian population with miscarriage-causing chemicals, it might actually make a difference.
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Mexico environment official says mining company lied about chemical spill into rivers

Mexico environment official says mining company lied about chemical spill into rivers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MEXICO CITY — Mexico's top environmental official said Tuesday that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream
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Gov. Rick Scott meets with scientists but remains silent on climate change - MiamiHerald.com

Gov. Rick Scott meets with scientists but remains silent on climate change - MiamiHerald.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Gov. Rick Scott meets with scientists but remains silent on climate change MiamiHerald.com Rick Scott listened to five of Florida's top climate scientists Tuesday as they urged him to show leadership and develop policies to...
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Scott, scientists sit down to talk climate change - Florida Today

Scott, scientists sit down to talk climate change - Florida Today | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CBS Local Scott, scientists sit down to talk climate change Florida Today Rick Scott will meet this afternoon with state university scientists — including Florida State professor Jeff Chanton — who are eager to enlighten him about the impacts of...
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Climate change to 'severely impact' growth in South Asia - Deutsche Welle

Climate change to 'severely impact' growth in South Asia - Deutsche Welle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Climate change to 'severely impact' growth in South Asia
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One of the most vulnerable regions to climate change is South Asia.
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US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
$1bn lawsuit accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about radiation levels that have caused health problems to themselves and their families stationed in Japan
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In state’s karst area, even good farming may pollute groundwater

In state’s karst area, even good farming may pollute groundwater | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two new studies of private well water in Kewaunee County have linked contamination to fertilizer, livestock manure and human waste. “In these shallow bedrock areas, what you put on the surface, you will end up drinking eventually,” county conservationist Andy Wallander said.
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China coal mine explosion traps 29 workers

China coal mine explosion traps 29 workers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last year alone 1,049 people were killed or went missing in mining-related accidents in China.
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Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listener'

Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listener' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One hand clinging to his boat's gunwale, Harun Muhammad submerges himself, eyes and ears wide open underwater as he 'listens' for fish sounds emanating from the blue depths.
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Growing National Unrest Has Many Worried, Even Capitalists

Growing National Unrest Has Many Worried, Even Capitalists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.”
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Is Global Income Inequality Really Falling?

Is Global Income Inequality Really Falling? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you look within individual countries, income inequality is clearly rising around the globe. But what happens if you forget about national borders and treat the world as one big, 7 billion-person whole? Flip the question that way, and some would argue that “Inequality Is Falling on Planet Earth,” as...
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Rights to California surface water far greater than average runoff

Rights to California surface water far greater than average runoff | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California over the last century has issued water rights that amount to roughly five times the state’s average annual runoff, according to new research that underscores a chronic imbalance between supply and demand.
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Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change

Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists predict that higher temperatures will speed up the creation of lung-damaging ozone in the world’s metropolises.
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The Real Cougars of Malibu Have Lives Full of Murder, Bad Sex and Poison

The Real Cougars of Malibu Have Lives Full of Murder, Bad Sex and Poison | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
But a simple bridge over the freeway could help save the charismatic big cats
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Toyota: Hydrogen Fuel Will Be Costly

Toyota: Hydrogen Fuel Will Be Costly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even with generous incentives, fueling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles won’t be cheap, with a full tank of fuel costing around $50, says Toyota
Toyota: Hydrogen Fuel Will Be Costly was originally published on CleanTechnica.
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Off the shelf: are people finally turning away from supermarkets?

Off the shelf: are people finally turning away from supermarkets? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Innovative small retailers are using the internet to compete with mega-stores, making fresh, local food cheap and accessiblePeoples image of farming is a complete fantasyMicro-dairies: small farmers fight backIm hugely optimistic.
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Study: Solar Activity Could Be Increasing Climate Change - CBS Local

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“The study shows an unexpected link between solar activity and climate change,” said Dr.
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Lead Contamination in Shooting Ranges

Lead Contamination in Shooting Ranges | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Outdoor shooting ranges are heavily reliant on lead products: bullets. Does this cause lead contamination, and how should it be handled?
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Why haven't China's cities learned from America's mistakes?

Why haven't China's cities learned from America's mistakes? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Faceless estates. Sprawling suburbs. Soulless financial districts. Discredited elsewhere as fostering the worst kind of urban angst, these are the vogue in China – but change could be afoot
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A Tipped Scale in California: Time to See the True Value of Geothermal

A Tipped Scale in California: Time to See the True Value of Geothermal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2004, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed the least-cost best fit (LCBF) rule as part of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard procurement. This statute required utilities to select renewable resources that have the lowest cost and that best fit their system needs.
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Photos of a remote $200-million mine cleanup in Washington State

Photos of a remote $200-million mine cleanup in Washington State | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Holden Mine cleanup is a remediation project costing upwards of a $200 million at a remote access site in central Washington State to fix environmental damage from an underground copper mine that operated over 50 years ago.

 

The mine has been closed since the late 1950s, and the cleanup is necessary to prevent water and soil contamination. Rio Tinto, which obtained the project after acquiring Alcan in 2007, is managing and paying for the five-year cleanup project, which began in January 2012.

 

It's also a religious retreat.

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Air France staff refuse to fly to Ebola-hit nations

Air France staff refuse to fly to Ebola-hit nations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some Air France flight crews are refusing to board planes bound for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria over fears of the Ebola outbreak, the airline said Tuesday.
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