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Amazon showing signs of degradation due to climate change, Nasa warns

Amazon showing signs of degradation due to climate change, Nasa warns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rainforest area twice the size of California experiencing drought rate that is unprecedented in a century, study shows
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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

A thoughtfull read.

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Changement climatique : les météorologues anticipent l’avenir et se préparent au pire

Changement climatique : les météorologues anticipent l’avenir et se préparent au pire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Turbulences aériennes accrues, épisodes polaires et caniculaires toujours plus extrêmes, vagues géantes dans les océans: les spécialistes mondiaux du climat ont brossé un tableau apocalyptique de la météo des prochaines décennies.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, François GARREAU, Stephane Bilodeau
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À l’initiative de l’Organisation météorologique mondiale, agence des Nations unies, un millier de scientifiques ont débattu autour du thème, «la météo, quel avenir?» à l’occasion d’une première conférence mondiale sur la météorologie, qui s’est conclue jeudi à Montréal.

 

Près de 10 ans après l’entrée en vigueur du Protocole de Kyoto qui visait à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre, la question n’est plus d’établir si le réchauffement de la Terre va avoir lieu.

 

«C’est irréversible et la population mondiale continue d’augmenter, il faut que l’on s’adapte», observe Jennifer Vanos, de l’Université Texas Tech.

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The Changing Face of the Global City

The Changing Face of the Global City | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I want to highlight a couple of recent studies by Joel Kotkin for which I provided some research support. The first is a report on global cities from the Singapore Civil Service College called "Siz...

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Utilisation de produits phytosanitaires : la réglementation dans le viseur des agriculteurs - Le Figaro

Utilisation de produits phytosanitaires : la réglementation dans le viseur des agriculteurs - Le Figaro | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La France est un des pays où la réglementation est la plus stricte en ce qui concerne l'utilisation de produits phytopharmaceutiques. Ces efforts pèsent sur les revenus des producteurs de fruits et légumes, qui dénoncent la concurrence déloyale des produits venus de pays beaucoup moins exigeants.

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La France qualifiée de "bon élève", même en période estivale, c'est un peu fort. Selon les chiffres clés du ministère de l'écologie, la France est le premier consommateur européen, ce qui est logique ayant la plus grande surface agricole de l'UE, et le 4ème mondial. Si l'on rapporte la consommation à la production, on est au quatrième rang européen derrière le Portugal, les Pays-Bas et la Belgique. Rapporté à la surface, on est dans la moyenne, mais devant l'Espagne.

L'environnement ça commence à bien faire disait quelqu'un, mais on oublie que le coût des traitements est aussi un élément non négligeable dans le prix de revient des produits agricoles. 

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La France qualifiée de "bon élève", même en période estivale, c'est un peu fort. Selon les chiffres clés du ministère de l'écologie, la France est le premier consommateur européen, ce qui est logique ayant la plus grande surface agricole de l'UE, et le 4ème mondial. Si l'on rapporte la consommation à la production, on est au quatrième rang européen derrière le Portugal, les Pays-Bas et la Belgique. Rapporté à la surface, on est dans la moyenne, mais devant l'Espagne.

L'environnement ça commence à bien faire disait quelqu'un, mais on oublie que le coût des traitements est aussi un élément non négligeable dans le prix de revient des produits agricoles. 

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La nouvelle société du coût marginal zéro de Jeremy Rifkin - CDURABLE.info

La nouvelle société du coût marginal zéro de Jeremy Rifkin - CDURABLE.info | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Les règles du grand jeu de l’économie mondiale sont en train de changer. Le capitalisme se meurt et un nouveau paradigme qui va tout bousculer est en train de s’installer : les communaux collaboratifs. 

C’est une nouvelle économie collaborative qui se développe où la valeur d’usage prime sur la propriété – déjà très implantés avec l’auto-partage, le crowfunding, les A.M.A.P., le couchsurfing, les producteurs contributifs, d’énergie verte ou même d’objets avec les imprimantes 3D – offrent un espace où des milliards de personnes s’engagent dans les aspects profondément sociaux de la vie. Un espace fait de millions (au sens littéral du terme) d’organisations autogérées qui créent le capital social de la société. Ce qui les rend plus pertinents aujourd’hui qu’à tout autre époque, c’est que le développement de l’internet des objets optimise comme jamais les valeurs et les principes qui animent cette forme d’autogestion institutionnalisée.



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Landslides After Heavy Rain Kill at Least 36 in Japan | NYTimes.com

Landslides After Heavy Rain Kill at Least 36 in Japan | NYTimes.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

At least 36 people were killed and seven missing in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima on Wednesday after heavy rain caused flash floods and landslides that buried victims alive as they slept in their homes, the police said. Hundreds of soldiers have been sent to the scene to dig for survivors.

 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had been on summer vacation, cut short a game of golf to rush back to Tokyo to lead the response to the disaster, government officials said. While deadly landslides are common in this densely populated, mountainous nation, death tolls rarely reach this high.

 

According to the police, the dead included two brothers, ages 2 and 11, who were buried when a wall of mud engulfed their home in a neighborhood that sits at the foot of a steep mountainside. A firefighter also died during rescue operations, the police said.

 

The landslides took place around 3:30 a.m. local time, after rainfall of up to four inches per hour was recorded by the national weather agency. Many of the victims appeared to have been asleep when entire hillsides, heavy with the weight of rainwater, suddenly gave way.

 

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Climate clues: Sunlight controls the fate of carbon released from thawing Arctic permafrost

Climate clues: Sunlight controls the fate of carbon released from thawing Arctic permafrost | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just how much Arctic permafrost will thaw in the future and how fast heat-trapping carbon dioxide will be released from those warming soils is a topic of lively debate among climate scientists. ANN AR

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Yale Climate Connections Launches New Climate Series on NPR Stations

Yale Climate Connections Launches New Climate Series on NPR Stations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Here’s an example of the first week’s offerings, above, and the web story associated with it. They decided to lead with a “solutions” story, which I think was a good choice.

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Environmentalists and Tea Partiers are frequently at odds with each other, but in Georgia, they sometimes dance to the same tune. For example, the Sierra Club and the Atlanta Tea Party recently joined forces to fight for the right of homeowners with rooftop solar to sell their homegrown electricity to the Georgia Power Company. The Sierra Club supports solar energy because it’s good for the environment. For Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, it’s about the free market and consumer choice.

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Rapidly Warming Arctic Leading to Deadly Extreme Weather Events

Rapidly Warming Arctic Leading to Deadly Extreme Weather Events | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global warming is driving rapid changes in the Arctic, which may be shifting the jet stream to favor deadly extreme weather events in the U.S. and Europe.
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10 health benefits of lemons

10 health benefits of lemons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When life gives you lemons, eat them! From taming inflammation and hindering kidney stones to boosting antioxidants and fighting disease, the potential health benefits of lemon are many.
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Wind Turbine Syndrome? Courts Aren’t Buying It | Climate Central

Wind Turbine Syndrome? Courts Aren’t Buying It | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Do wind turbines make people sick? Courts and scientists say they don't.
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Americans who contracted Ebola in Liberia released from Atlanta hospital

Americans who contracted Ebola in Liberia released from Atlanta hospital | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nancy Writebol was discharged on Tuesday. Kent Brantly was released on Thursday.
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Jerry Brown: Climate change policy in California—and beyond

In this interview, California Gov. Jerry Brown talks with the Bulletin’s John Mecklin on the economics of controlling greenhouse gas emissions, the difficulty of gaining Republican support for climate change action, the role of religious leaders in changing public opinion on global warming, the climate change implications of California’s high-speed rail project, and the possibility that the climate could be a major issue in the 2016 elections. The interview is part of a Bulletin special issue on California’s many-faceted policy approach to climate change.

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Mapping the LA Neighborhoods Most at Risk From Global Warming

Mapping the LA Neighborhoods Most at Risk From Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The UCLA Luskin Center and Environmental Defense Fund have just released a new report looking at Los Angeles's opportunities for using more solar power (which are still 98% untapped, they say) and it includes these fascinating maps of which areas of LA County are most vulnerable to global warming.

According to the report, it's the "first study to provide specific climate-change projections for the greater Los Angeles area [in the years 2041 to 2060], with unique projections down to the neighborhood level." By mid-century, SoCal can look forward to "slightly warmer winters and springs but much warmer summers and falls, with more frequent heat waves," but the burden won't be spread around evenly: "The study predicts a likely tripling in the number of extremely hot days in the downtown area and quadrupling the number in the valleys and at high elevations." But of course higher temps aren't the only threat.


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Towards a New Co-Existence: On Reframing Our Ecological Crises

Towards a New Co-Existence: On Reframing Our Ecological Crises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How we think about and talk about ecological crises and our role in them form the structures of our responses.

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À Chittagong, "le réchauffement climatique c'est du concret"

À Chittagong, "le réchauffement climatique c'est du concret" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chaque année, les zones inondées sont plus nombreuses autour de la ville côtière de Chittatong, au sud du Bangladesh. Un phénomène...

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, François GARREAU, Stephane Bilodeau, Frédéric Liégeois
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Le Bangladesh est considéré comme l'un des pays les plus vulnérables au réchauffement climatique. Dans une étude de 2013, la Banque mondiale a estimé que le pays était de plus en plus sujet à "des débordements extrêmes de rivières, des cyclones tropicaux plus intenses, la hausse du niveau de la mer et des températures très élevées".

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Réchauffement climatique : quelles évolutions possibles ?

Réchauffement climatique : quelles évolutions possibles ? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Où on s'interroge sur les rapports de force entre pays et diplomaties pour parvenir à un accord sur le climat à l'heure du réchauffement climatique ; analyse et point de vue

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Worse than the 1930s: Europe’s recession is really a depression

Worse than the 1930s: Europe’s recession is really a depression | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Europe's self-inflicted wounds are making its recession worse than the worst of the 1930s.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, Today, 11:20 AM

Good analysis of the never-ending Eurozone crisis. A few nice quotes: "how is Europe making the Great Depression look like the good old days of growth? Easy: by ignoring everything we learned from it." and

"They have made a desert, and called it the eurozone."

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Wall Street Warned About $91 Billion of High-Risk Oil Megaprojects | InsideClimate News

Wall Street Warned About $91 Billion of High-Risk Oil Megaprojects | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Critics of environmentally risky oil projects proposed for deep undersea and Canada's tar sands got new ammunition last week when a report labeled those ventures and others as the industry's most financially questionable pursuits.

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NASA's Tom Wagner on Siberian Holes and Methane

NASA's Tom Wagner on Siberian Holes and Methane | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Description from PBS Newshour: When holes opened up in the earth recently in Siberia, a wave of speculation was set off as to their cause. Scientists are now pinpointing a dramatic increase in arct...
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'If we don't change now we will lose the reefs' | Environment

'If we don't change now we will lose the reefs' | Environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A major study has found Caribbean coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. DW spoke to Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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Why ignoring global warming is like driving across a rickety bridge

Why ignoring global warming is like driving across a rickety bridge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A viral tweet perfectly captures just how irresponsible climate denial is.
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UK's warmest period record sparks call for greater climate action

UK's warmest period record sparks call for greater climate action | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Policy expert says figures showing January-July was the warmest since records began should increase urgency of efforts
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California Is ‘Woefully Unprepared’ For Sea Level Rise, Says A New Report

California Is ‘Woefully Unprepared’ For Sea Level Rise, Says A New Report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California likely faces three feet of sea level rise by the end of the century, along with billions in damage to its economy, according to a report from the state's legislature.
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WHO | Anecdotal evidence about experimental therapies

Clinicians working in Liberia have informed WHO that 2 doctors and 1 nurse have now received the experimental Ebola therapy, ZMapp.


The nurse and one of the doctors show a marked improvement. The condition of the second doctor is serious but has improved somewhat.


According to the manufacturer, the very limited supplies of this experimental medicine are now exhausted.


ZMapp is one of several experimental treatments and vaccines for Ebola that are currently undergoing investigation. At present, supplies of all are extremely limited.

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California: Beyond cars?

California has long been famous—or infamous—as a pioneer of the automobile-saturated lifestyle. By 1927, there was already one car for every three people in Los Angeles, while only one for nine in Chicago, and one for every 400 in Berlin. There were many reasons for this reliance on cars, but clearly it was partly due to the fact that folks from the Midwest arrived in cars, and partly to a sprawling real estate market that undermined the existing rail system. To finance these suburban developments, the assets of Pacific Electric Railway, which served the greater Los Angeles area, were consistently raided, rather than being reinvested in rail. These patterns favored auto-dependent infill between the rail lines (Bottles, 1991). In an accident of geology, the Los Angeles Basin sits atop several giant oil fields, whose bobbing pumps riddled the hills next to Hollywood, providing ample fuel for its cars and trucks.

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