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Tar Sands Report – Climate Action Network Canada

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

By pinning their hopes to an ever-expanding tar sands sector, Canada and Alberta are making a bet that the world won’t move to tackle climate change. In the process, they’re squandering Canada’s chance to be a leader in the clean energy economy: while other countries are investing in wind and solar, Canada is cutting funding to renewable power and subsidizing the tar sands. Even worse, our governments’ approach ignores the consequences of climate change itself, putting people inside and outside of Canada at risk of devastating impacts that include droughts, storms, floods, and the spread of disease.

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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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Asia Times Online :: Final push to open high seas pact talks

Asia Times Online. The Asia News Hub providing the latest news and analysis regarding economics, events and trends in business, economy and politics throughout Asia.
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Now - India

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Bloomberg: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Indiais ready to expand its use of renewable energy as a way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, a signal that his government is moving toward joining a...
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Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free? | The Japan Times

Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free? | The Japan Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Japan has long held a reputation of being something of a paradise for smokers. Tobacco is, at least by Western standards, relatively cheap and people can s
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Dry January starts familiar feeling of dread among farm water leaders | Water and the Valley | FresnoBee.com

Dry January starts familiar feeling of dread among farm water leaders | Water and the Valley | FresnoBee.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The desperation is beginning to build again in farm country as January turns dry and a fourth year of drought begins to unwind. One water leader says: “If things don’t change, this year could be a catastrophe.”
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No prospect of relief from constant nuclear headache - Climate News Network

No prospect of relief from constant nuclear headache - Climate News Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
24 January, 2015 − Keeping nuclear waste safe costs billions of dollars a year, but what to do with it in the long-term is still no nearer being resolved.
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New Ebola cases rapidly fall in West Africa

New Ebola cases rapidly fall in West Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LIBERIA said tonight it had just five remaining cases of Ebola, confirming it was close to eradicating an epidemic which has left thousands dead.
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Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In

Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The nets, with holes smaller than mosquitoes, trap much more than traditional fishing nets do and could wipe out stressed fish populations in Africa.
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More Evidence - Mainstream Media Begins to take on Climate Deniers Like Senator Inhofe

More Evidence - Mainstream Media Begins to take on Climate Deniers Like Senator Inhofe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I've pointed out that Senator James Inhofe, the new Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is to Climate Denial what Strom Thurmond was to civil rights. Climate denying memb...
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"I'll Pretend I Can't Read." Colbert (and others) on Denier's Increasing Climate Confusion

"I'll Pretend I Can't Read." Colbert (and others) on Denier's Increasing Climate Confusion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, Steven Colbert on the "I'm not a scientist" approach to climate denial.  This kind of ridicule of an obviously dopey dodge has made climate denying politicians increasingly uncomfortable and...
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Researcher uncovers surprising cause of the demise of Easter Island indigenous population

Researcher uncovers surprising cause of the demise of Easter Island indigenous population | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new paper by a team of researchers including a Virginia Commonwealth University anthropology professor sheds new light on what led to the downfall of the indigenous population of Easter Island—also known as Rapa Nui—prior to European contact in 1722.
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Both water flow and channel capacity are necessary for accurate flood hazard risk

Both water flow and channel capacity are necessary for accurate flood hazard risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Millions of Americans live in flood-prone areas. In 2012 alone, the cost of direct flood damage hit nearly half a billion dollars. However, because the factors contributing to flood risk are not fully understood, river basin management—and even the calculation of flood insurance premiums—may be ...
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Study projects unprecedented loss of corals in Great Barrier Reef due to warming

Study projects unprecedented loss of corals in Great Barrier Reef due to warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The coverage of living corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than 10 percent if ocean warming continues, according to a new study that explores the short- and long-term consequences of environmental changes to the reef.
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Obama, Modi Move Closer With Nuclear Liability Breakthrough

Obama, Modi Move Closer With Nuclear Liability Breakthrough | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday that they had achieved a breakthrough on long-stalled cooperation on civilian nuclear projects, reflecting warming ties between the nations.
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Greece Chooses Anti-Austerity Party in Major Shift

Greece Chooses Anti-Austerity Party in Major Shift | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Syriza’s victory, which positions Alexis Tsipras as prime minister, comes as Europe’s economic crisis has stirred populist anger.
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New Research Suggests Sea Level Could Rise Faster, Sooner

New Research Suggests Sea Level Could Rise Faster, Sooner | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From the Abstract - "Potential Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat driven by hydrofracturing and ice cliff failure": In response to atmospheric and ocean temperatures typical of past warm periods, floating...
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Wisconsin’s frac sand industry is big business—and big trouble for the state’s waterways

Wisconsin’s frac sand industry is big business—and big trouble for the state’s waterways | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The frac sand business is booming in Wisconsin. Too bad the state can’t get a handle on the industry’s water pollution.
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U.N. moves toward ocean biodiversity treaty | The Japan Times

U.N. moves toward ocean biodiversity treaty | The Japan Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.N. member states Saturday agreed to begin negotiations on a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in ocean areas extending beyond territorial waters, a m
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No state or federal aid for handling bird-killing goo emergency

No state or federal aid for handling bird-killing goo emergency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The deaths of birds from a sticky goo on San Francisco Bay this past week signaled an environmental emergency, but the network of skilled government agencies trained to swiftly respond to bay disasters was nowhere to be found. More than 150 birds have died and more than 300 have been undergoing cleaning and treatment by a nonprofit wildlife rescue group. [...] no state money has been made available for cleanup, rescue work, feeding or rehabilitation. “We are bearing the entire cost of the ani
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Research: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria May Travel Via Feedlot Dust | Food Safety News

Research: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria May Travel Via Feedlot Dust | Food Safety News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There have been many concerns raised in recent years about the overuse of antibiotics on farms, but the effect such uses have on human health is not fully understood.

 

Researchers at Texas Tech University are now suggesting that airborne dust could be a pathway for antibiotic-resistance bacteria to travel from feedlots to human environments.

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‘Fifty miles out we could smell the pollution’: sailing amid the ocean litter

‘Fifty miles out we could smell the pollution’: sailing amid the ocean litter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Justin Chisholm asks the sailors racing around the world about the state of the seas
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From "I'm Not a Scientist", Climate Denying Senator Morphs to - "We Can't Ignore the Scientists,...BUT.."

From "I'm Not a Scientist", Climate Denying Senator Morphs to - "We Can't Ignore the Scientists,...BUT.." | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the wake of President Obama's emphatic call for action on climate change in his State of the Union Address, and clear polling numbers showing new public concerns about climate - GOP presidential...
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Increasing coastal resilience to storms and flooding

Increasing coastal resilience to storms and flooding | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
EU researchers are developing an online tool kit to help different coastal regions predict – and prepare for – floods and storms.
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Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing

Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say.
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When it comes to variations in crop yield, climate has a big say

When it comes to variations in crop yield, climate has a big say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What impact will future climate change have on food supply? That depends in part on the extent to which variations in crop yield are attributable to variations in climate. A new report from researchers at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment has found that climate variability historically ...
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Small drop in sea level had big impact on southern Great Barrier Reef

Small drop in sea level had big impact on southern Great Barrier Reef | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The idea that coral reefs have formed over millennia in a continuous process has been challenged by a study of the southern Great Barrier Reef. The research, led by the University of Sydney, shows that even small variations in sea level can cause significant change across the reef.
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