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Maasai herders breed fewer, stronger cattle to tackle climate change - AlertNet

Maasai herders breed fewer, stronger cattle to tackle climate change - AlertNet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Losses in 2009 drought have led pastoralists in northern Tanzania to rethink herd numbers
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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 Climate Threat to Chocolate

The Climate Threat to Chocolate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dude. Have you heard what Einstein said? "If chocolate disappears from the globe, then man would only have four years of life left." I read it on the internet. Washington Post Wonkblog: Chocolate d...
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Tackle air pollution to kickstart climate action, says new study | Carbon Brief

Tackle air pollution to kickstart climate action, says new study | Carbon Brief | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Air pollution is a huge problem worldwide, killing millions of people each year. Further warming will only increase the size of the problem, according to a Nature article today.

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Canada The World Leader In Deforestation, Study Finds

Canada The World Leader In Deforestation, Study Finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Add another black mark to Canada’s environmental image around the world: The country now leads the planet in the degradation of untouched forests, according to a study from Forest Watch.

Some 8 per cent of the world’s virgin forests we...
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China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Chinese government announced Wednesday it would cap coal use by 2020. This staggering reversal of decades of Chinese energy policy was the inevitable result of China's recent pledge to peak CO2 use in 2030 or earlier, especially when combined with goals to slash air pollution. Here's why.
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Heavy rain kills at least 17 in southern Morocco

Heavy rain kills at least 17 in southern Morocco | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The army deployed helicopters to evacuate dozens of people, including some foreigners, in areas threatened by rising river levels
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Transition Streets Sneak Peek | Transition US

Transition Streets Sneak Peek | Transition US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Date:  Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:15pm Recording and/or Handouts: ...
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The Sustainable World Sourcebook - Sustainable World Coalition

The Sustainable World Sourcebook - Sustainable World Coalition | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Overview of the most critical global issues in sustainability, most promising solutions, and most important actions individuals can take
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Treebeard: Becoming The Change We Wish To See

Treebeard: Becoming The Change We Wish To See | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This week's podcast delves into matters of the inner self.
Here at Peak Prosperity, we follow a lot of the problems and challenges of the world around us and explore what can be done in response t
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Beijing Considers How to Harness the Wind to Blow Away Pollution

Beijing Considers How to Harness the Wind to Blow Away Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a plan inspired by research on urban heat islands, city planners are looking at ways to create corridors that encourage wind flow through the Chinese capital.
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Farmers Spray Pesticides Near Schools

Farmers Spray Pesticides Near Schools | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many parents across the Bay Area have no idea what's happening near their children's schools, and often times schools don't know either. NBC Bay Area's Jenna Susko reports in a story that aired November...
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Despite Persecution, Guardian of Lake Tai Spotlights China’s Polluters

Despite Persecution, Guardian of Lake Tai Spotlights China’s Polluters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite pressure from Beijing, factories continue to dump toxic waste into waterways because the cost of violating the rules is lower than the cost of compliance.
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Where Oil and Politics Mix

Where Oil and Politics Mix | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After an unusual land deal, a giant spill and a tanker-train explosion, anxiety began to ripple across the North Dakota prairie.
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Protecting the Bering Sea Canyons

Protecting the Bering Sea Canyons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The North Pacific is an important are with unique and vital resources. We know it is under increased stress from warming. This 8 minute vid is a really well done and fascinating first look at a ver...
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Rooftop solar wins over the masses

Rooftop solar wins over the masses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar enthusiast Rhonda Nowakowski is part of a new political force that speedily mobilised itself in the wake of the Warburton review into the Renewable Energy Target.
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Small quake shakes Dallas area, stirring fracking critics

(Reuters) - A light earthquake shook the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of North Texas on Saturday night, leaving no known damage or casualties but stirring concern about the potential of the area's oil and gas
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Water Contamination In Wisconsin Likely Tied To Coal Ash, Report Finds

Water Contamination In Wisconsin Likely Tied To Coal Ash, Report Finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reusing coal ash as a construction material could be leading to the contamination of private drinking water wells.
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Some climate change impacts unavoidable - World Bank

Some climate change impacts unavoidable - World Bank | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Past and predicted emissions have locked globe on path to temperature rise of almost 1.5 degrees C
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Obama's Climate Deal in Beijing Makes a Global Agreement in Paris Likelier

Obama's Climate Deal in Beijing Makes a Global Agreement in Paris Likelier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By striking a compromise, Obama and Xi injected a missing ingredient into global talks: Trust
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Living the New Economy Convergence Draws Passionate Crowd

Living the New Economy Convergence Draws Passionate Crowd | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For four days this past week, hundreds of activists, speakers, panelists, thinkers, visionaries, and caring citizens came together in Oakland, California for the first annual Bay Area Living the New Economy Convergence. Over breakfasts, lunches, presentations and round tables, they discussed ideas and tools for shifting away from the current profit-driven system and into a new economic paradigm, one that puts people and ecology at the heart of business models.
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REconomy Comes to the US | Transition US

REconomy Comes to the US | Transition US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Transition US is part of a group of five national Transition hubs (along with Portugal, Germany, Brazil, and Mexico) who are receiving mentoring and s...
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Can We Overcome Our Disgust Long Enough to Eat Bugs?

Can We Overcome Our Disgust Long Enough to Eat Bugs? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How U.S. startups are whetting our appetites for insects by manipulating the emotion of disgust.
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A Power Plant in California Goes Quiet, but the Stacks Still Tower

A Power Plant in California Goes Quiet, but the Stacks Still Tower | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Morro Bay, three smokestacks from a power plant share the scenery with a mountain of volcanic rock, and will probably not be going anywhere soon.
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Bonsoy toxic soy milk victims on track for share of $25m payout

Bonsoy toxic soy milk victims on track for share of $25m payout | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Australians allegedly poisoned by toxic soy milk are set to share in a $25 million settlement.
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Governors and oil industry work hand in hand in offshore drilling group

Governors and oil industry work hand in hand in offshore drilling group | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lobbying firm, advocacy organization did much of the work.
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Residents feel neglected in 'cover-up'

Residents feel neglected in 'cover-up' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
AFTER more than 100 years of Pasminco polluting land in north Lake Macquarie, hundreds of affected residents received little more than an education pack.
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