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Tar Sands Database – Climate Action Network Canada

Tar Sands Database – Climate Action Network Canada | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This database is a collection of hundreds of documents gathered through various channels including Access to Information legislation, in depth research, media articles, speeches, official government letters,  and presentations related to our research for the Tar Sands Long Shadow: Canadian Government efforts to kill clean energy policy abroad. This database will continue to grow as more research is compiled.

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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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BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes - Telegraph

BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes  - Telegraph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BBC Trust says 200 senior managers trained not to insert 'false balance' into stories when issues were non-contentious
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Could Whale Poop Help Fight Global Warming? - weather.com

Could Whale Poop Help Fight Global Warming? - weather.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Great whales' number twos do much more than occasionally foul the ocean surface, according to a new study. They help filter carbon out of the sea by providing abundant food for plankton, which soak up carbon and sequester it at the bottom of the sea.
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What's the Next Quinoa? Farmers, Foodies Revive Heritage Grains

What's the Next Quinoa? Farmers, Foodies Revive Heritage Grains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ancient grains and "orphan crops" like fonio and amaranth have advantages for farmers and consumers.
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Diamond-mining firms deposit death into Save River - NewsDay Zimbabwe

Diamond-mining firms deposit death into Save River - NewsDay Zimbabwe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

At one point Lucia Karenyi (57) thought that the discovery of diamonds in her home would transform her family life for the better.

 

The diamond-mining companies have been under fire from villagers like Karenyi who are demanding compensation for the loss of over 500 cattle owing to chemicals which are used to purify the gems.

 

Villagers attending a provincial mining indaba recently accused the diamond-mining companies of discharging mineral waste and raw human waste into Odzi, Singwizi and Save rivers.

 

Most of the effluent is believed to contain toxic chemicals.
As a result of the pollution, the villagers say the water in the rivers is no longer suitable for domestic and agricultural use.

 

“The number of cows that I have lost is increasing every day,” said Karenyi.

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Waves for Worry? Scientists weigh-in on status of radioactive waters from Fukushima

Waves for Worry? Scientists weigh-in on status of radioactive waters from Fukushima | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When the roof blew off reactor building No. 3 at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011 releasing toxic amounts of radioactivity into the environment, Californians felt safe knowing the disaster was unfolding more than 5,000 miles away across the Pacific. However, the same ocean that separates us from Japan also connects us and the radioactive waters that have been riding a current for more than three years are expected to wash ashore some time this year.
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What's killing the Yukon's salmon?

What's killing the Yukon's salmon? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When Stephanie Schmidt became Alaska’s Yukon River fishery research biologist in January 2012, she knew that all was not well along the sinuous length of the famed river. Chinook salmon numbers had been dwindling since 1998, and as a result, commercial harvest of the fish — also called king salmon for their immense size and sumptuous meat — was frequently halted. That didn’t help: The 2010 run was the second-worst in recorded history. 2011 was only a few fish better.

 

Faltering returns also hurt the Yukon’s subsistence fishermen, who catch chinook with nets and fish wheels to feed their families through the long Subarctic winter. But past hardships paled in comparison with 2014, their most difficult season yet. 

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The Stars Have Aligned For Kurdistan

The Stars Have Aligned For Kurdistan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the support of not only Turkey, but also Israel and the U.S., the time is right for the establishment of a Kurdish state in the despotic Middle East.
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LEGO Working With Shell, Everything Is Not Awesome

LEGO Working With Shell, Everything Is Not Awesome | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Greenpeace launched the campaign targeting LEGO last week, which flooded LEGO’s Facebook and twitter pages urging them to stop lending support to Shell.
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Improving commerical viability of biofuels

Improving commerical viability of biofuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering professor is one of the authors of a paper recently published in Science that outlines ways companies can commercialize and profit from what was thought to a waste product created when producing biofuels.
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Researchers create 'black box' for use in operating rooms

Researchers create 'black box' for use in operating rooms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have developed a 'black box' for using in operating rooms, similar to that used in the airline industry.
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A healthy lifestyle adds years to life

A healthy lifestyle adds years to life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Live longer thanks to fruit, an active lifestyle, limited alcohol and no cigarettes. This is the conclusion of a study by public health physicians at the University of Zurich who documented for the first time the impact of behavioural factors on life expectancy in numbers. The results are to be taken ...
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Same genes drive maths and reading ability

Same genes drive maths and reading ability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Around half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, say scientists from UCL, the University of Oxford and King's College London who led a study into the genetic basis of cognitive traits.
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Identifying and Treating Spider Bites | Ready Nutrition

Identifying and Treating Spider Bites | Ready Nutrition | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most spiders do not pose a threat to humans, but knowing how to identify and treat bites is important just in case.
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Earthquakes Linked To Fracking

Most people have become familiar with the complaints about how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is used extract oil or gas from shale: It contaminates local land and ground water, depletes
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8 seafoods to ponder before purchasing

8 seafoods to ponder before purchasing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reconsider buying these seafoods if you're worried about the environment or your health
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BP employees should have manslaughter charges reinstated, prosecutors argue

BP employees should have manslaughter charges reinstated, prosecutors argue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Prosecutors tried Tuesday to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate some of the manslaughter charges against two BP employees in a case arising from the deaths of 11 workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf...
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Want to limit global warming? Bring cash — The Daily Climate

Want to limit global warming? Bring cash — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Any effort to limit global warming to 2ºC will require deep investment in low-carbon research and development, a new assessment warns. Promises on emissions cuts alone are not sufficient.
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In China’s Heartland, A Toxic Trail Leads from Factories to Fields to Food by He Guangwei: Yale Environment 360

In China’s Heartland, A Toxic Trail Leads from Factories to Fields to Food by He Guangwei: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Long known as China’s granary, Hunan Province has been a major rice producer for the nation’s growing and increasingly urban population. But toxic pollution from Hunan’s mines and heavy metal plants has contaminated large tracts of its once-fertile farmland and put China's staple food supply at risk.

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What’s Killing the Children in Jadugora, India?

What’s Killing the Children in Jadugora, India? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

On a sun-seared afternoon, Sanjay Gope crawls across a dusty courtyard of the low-slung, mud-walled house he shares with 10 members of his family. Stacks of cow dung dry in the heat and chickens rest in the shade.

 

His grandfather, Debnandan Gope, watches glumly as the boy struggles, face streaked with sweat, one thin forearm, then another, digging into the dirt, his legs and feet carving a winding trail behind him.

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California, Chicago Sue Addictive Painkiller Manufacturers

California, Chicago Sue Addictive Painkiller Manufacturers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Saying narcotics manufacturers need to be held accountable for the addiction epidemic their drugs are at the heart of, California and the city of Chicago file a lawsuit.
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noTTIP | No corporate takeover of democracy

noTTIP | No corporate takeover of democracy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On 12 July 2014, people across the UK will be taking action to say no to TTIP. Join the #noTTIP day of action. Our democracy, public services and environment
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Death toll in W.African Ebola outbreak rises to 518, WHO reports

Death toll in W.African Ebola outbreak rises to 518, WHO reports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of people believed to have died from Ebola in west Africa has jumped to 518, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
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Sandalwood scent facilitates wound healing and skin regeneration

Sandalwood scent facilitates wound healing and skin regeneration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Skin cells possess an olfactory receptor for sandalwood scent, as researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have discovered. Their data indicate that the cell proliferation increases and wound healing improves if those receptors are activated. This mechanism constitutes a possible starting point for ...
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Underage drinkers overexposed to magazine advertising for the brands they consume

Underage drinkers overexposed to magazine advertising for the brands they consume | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The brands of alcohol popular with underage drinkers also happen to be the ones heavily advertised in magazines that young people read, a new study finds.
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Small drop in fuel economy, but still near all-time high

Small drop in fuel economy, but still near all-time high | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite a slight dip in June, fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. exceeded 25 mpg for the fifth straight month, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
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