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Struggling dolphin dies in polluted New York City canal

Struggling dolphin dies in polluted New York City canal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A distressed dolphin died on Friday after wandering into a notoriously polluted New York City canal, according to a marine research group that was monitoring the animal.The animal,...
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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, 2014 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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Tesla's "Power Wall" is the Imac of the Renewable Energy Age

Tesla's "Power Wall" is the Imac of the Renewable Energy Age | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Verge: I've watched a lot of handsomely paid CEOs get on stages for keynote presentations over the past decade, and none were as good as the one I saw Elon Musk give Thursday night in California as...
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Twitter Chat w AB InBev, at #ABInBevCitizenship on May 5

Twitter Chat w AB InBev, at #ABInBevCitizenship on May 5 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Join TriplePundit and Anheuser-Busch InBev on May 5th at #ABInBevBetterWorld for a special Twitter chat about AB InBev’s Global Citizenship Report.

 

During this hour-long discussion, AB InBev will provide insight into its global Better World initiatives. They will detail successes and challenges the company faced in 2014 in the areas of responsible drinking, the environment, and the community; and offer insights on the company’s future plans to further accelerate its global impact.

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Lake Mead Has Dropped To Its Lowest Level Ever

Lake Mead Has Dropped To Its Lowest Level Ever | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Millions of people in the region rely on Lake Mead for water and electricity generated at Hoover Dam. Unfortunately, as water levels fall, it gets more difficult for the dam's turbines to produce electricity. Engineers at the dam are installing turbines that could extend the ability of the dam to produce power, even if the water levels fall to 950 feet, but that's a worst case scenario.

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Low Oil Prices Could Destabilize Financial System

Low Oil Prices Could Destabilize Financial System | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Preliminary research into the rising levels of debt in the oil and gas industry indicates the potential risk of a much larger scale financial crisis
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China Rethinks Safety Net for Its Banking System

China Rethinks Safety Net for Its Banking System | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The government is introducing a deposit insurance system, hoping to force a more market-driven approach to lending.
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Park Model with AZ room Retirement Home

Park Model with AZ room Retirement Home | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Great Snowbird/Winter Visitor Home. This is a 2009 Santa Fe Gold Deluxe model with tons of upgrades. Laminate wood floor throughout. 850 sq ft. Front load washer/dryer. Cellular top up/bottom down shades on all window.Tons of added storage cabinet

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San Jose, Santa Clara mayors drink recycled sewage to push expanding reclaimed water

San Jose, Santa Clara mayors drink recycled sewage to push expanding reclaimed water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Capitalizing on public interest in water supply issues during California's historic drought, Silicon Valley political leaders appeared at a public water treatment plant in Alviso to unveil plans for an $800 million expansion of recycled water in Santa Clara County over the next decade.
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UPDATE 1-Swedbank says feeling sting of negative interest rates

* First quarter operating profit 5.38 billion crowns* Beats average forecast in Reuters poll of 5.21 billion* Says will have to shoulder cost if central bank cuts again (Adds details, background, CFO
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Homeownership rate drops to quarter-century low

Homeownership rate drops to quarter-century low | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the latest sign of a changing housing market, homeownership rates are at a quarter-century low, while the rental-vacancy rate is close to the slimmest proportion in more than two decades
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Chief Justice Roberts Accidentally Reveals Everything That’s Wrong With Citizens United In Four Sentences

Chief Justice Roberts Accidentally Reveals Everything That’s Wrong With Citizens United In Four Sentences | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chief Justice Roberts appears to believe that lawmakers should "follow the preferences" of their supporters and give "special consideration" to the disproportionately wealthy individuals who fund their election.
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Marcellus Production Outlook: Has Well Productivity Peaked in the Nation’s Largest Shale Gas Play?

Marcellus Production Outlook: Has Well Productivity Peaked in the Nation’s Largest Shale Gas Play? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Marcellus shale gas play of Pennsylvania and West Virginia came onto the scene in 2007 in a big way and has grown to become the nation’s largest. It has accounted for much of the growth of U.S. shale gas production, and made up for declines in former shale gas giants like the Haynesville and Barnett plays of Louisiana and eastern Texas. Companies have scrambled to build pipeline infrastructure to connect the Marcellus to consumers in the U.S. northeast. Canadians, once supplied by gas from western Canada, are also looking to the Marcellus (and the much smaller Utica play in Ohio) for future supply; the pipelines that delivered gas to the east might be converted to instead deliver bitumen from the western tar sands. Companies in both the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada are looking to build LNG terminals to export the shale gas bounty, and the first LNG export terminal on the Gulf coast will open later this year.

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The Law of Diminishing Returns - YouTube

In this new short video Richard Heinberg explores how — in our economy, the environment, and energy production — we may well be. When previous societies have...
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The Difference in Life Expectancy Between the Rich and Poor is Getting Worse

The Difference in Life Expectancy Between the Rich and Poor is Getting Worse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new UK study suggests we’re all going to live longer than expected—but some more than others.
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Tesla Moves Into Home and Utility Battery Systems

Tesla Moves Into Home and Utility Battery Systems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tesla is making a not-so-secret move into home and grid electric storage.  Look for an announcement in the news late thursday/early friday. USAToday: Storage batteries could become a huge business ...
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Last Straw: How The Fortunes Of Las Vegas Will Rise Or Fall With Lake Mead

Last Straw: How The Fortunes Of Las Vegas Will Rise Or Fall With Lake Mead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Next year, a new tunnel under Lake Mead will begin delivering water to Las Vegas. The project is massive, expensive, politically fraught—and a harbinger of things to come.
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Almond Farmers Turning into Beekeepers - Modern Farmer

Almond Farmers Turning into Beekeepers - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Every year, almond growers spend about $290 million on pollination services, hiring hives from beekeepers across the country. Though some almond varieties
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Tesla’s New Home-Based Battery Isn’t Just Nifty. It’s Liberating.

Tesla’s New Home-Based Battery Isn’t Just Nifty. It’s Liberating. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Thursday night the eyes of a chunk of the nation were on the headquarters of Tesla, where founder Elon Musk delivered a long-hyped product announcement. As all the buzz and leaks suggested, the company unveiled a new home-based battery that can store electricity and serve as a backup generator....
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Vancouver a 'critical' money laundering hub for transnational criminals, experts say

Vancouver is “emerging as a critical money laundering hub” for international criminals, due to a convergence of factors including drug money, international connections, an active port, and a hot real estate market, experts say. International criminals looking to “wash” ill-gotten gains in Vancouver remain a persistent problem, said Kim Marsh, a Vancouver-based financial crime specialist with decades of experience in law enforcement and private investigations.
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Small is Beautiful - Released Today!

Small is Beautiful - Released Today! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's been two years in the making, but Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary is finally here!
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Lake Mead expected to reach its lowest level soon

Lake Mead expected to reach its lowest level soon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

LAS VEGAS -- Lake Mead's water level has dropped to the lowest level it's ever been. The lake has come down well over a 140 feet at its peak, and it's projected to recede even more this summer.

 

Experts say the dam hasn't been this low since it was built.  Lake Mead is the primary source of water in Nevada's drought-stricken region, but it's getting low enough where restrictions on how much water we can use may be put into place.

 

The low water is having a direct impact on boaters and even causing new dangers, according to park goers.

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Poland Sells Swiss Franc Bonds at Negative Yield for First Time

Poland sold its first international bond with a negative yield, taking advantage of demand triggered by central bank stimulus in Switzerland.

 

The nation raised 580 million Swiss francs ($605 million) of bonds maturing May 2018 with a zero coupon, yielding minus 0.213 percent, according to a person with knowledge of Tuesday’s offering. Poland’s existing franc debt due May 2018 yielded minus 0.15 percent at 3:04 p.m. in Warsaw after dropping to a record minus 0.2 percent this month.

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A Gardening Infographic: DIY Pest Control

A Gardening Infographic: DIY Pest Control | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This in-depth gardening infographic covers both good and bad insects, as well as companion plants, row covers and more.
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Labor Dept. proposes rule to keep coal companies from hiding evidence in black lung cases

Labor Dept. proposes rule to keep coal companies from hiding evidence in black lung cases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Labor wants to stop coal companies from withholding medical evidence from miners seeking financial benefits after being disabled by black lung disease.

 

The rule, proposed Tuesday, would address a major problem spotlighted in the Center for Public Integrity series “Breathless and Burdened,” which exposed how prominent doctors and lawyers helped coal companies defeat the benefits claims of miners sick and dying of black lung disease.

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A Community Resilience Take on The Great Transition

“Planetary boundaries” research constitutes an important advance in our ability to identify and quantify the components of global overshoot. Permit me to suggest that all presentations on planetary boundaries should include a discussion of Liebig’s Law—an ecological truism that can be boiled down to “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” We don’t have to wait for all nine boundaries to be transgressed before global calamity threatens; all it takes to shred the ecosystem web is for one boundary to be breached far enough, long enough. Seen in that light, the fact that four out of nine identified boundaries are already far behind us should be cause for profound concern.

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High costs of dental care leave many with too little money for basic necessities

High costs of dental care leave many with too little money for basic necessities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Having to pay for dental health care can put a considerable strain on household finances in many countries, according to an international study led by King's College London.
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