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No Tech Magazine: Poop by the Bucket: A Sewer Catastrophe Companion

No Tech Magazine: Poop by the Bucket: A Sewer Catastrophe Companion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"This illustrated guide presents a series of graduated responses you can do to keep yourself and your community safe from disease during the short term and long term disruption of sewer services. It's a solution for managing excreta that’s not...
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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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Japan Coal Revival Ducks Scrutiny With Small Plants, Critics Say

Japan Coal Revival Ducks Scrutiny With Small Plants, Critics Say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As Japan burns more coal following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, power producers are able to duck pollution standards by building coal-fired projects small enough to avoid national regulator scrutiny, critics say.

 

About a third of 45 new power-generation units fueled by coal won’t face the government’s environmental assessment because their small size puts them under the review level, according to Kiko Network, a Kyoto-based environmental group.

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China’s High Hopes for Growing Those Rubber Tree Plants - Global Rubber Markets

China’s High Hopes for Growing Those Rubber Tree Plants - Global Rubber Markets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
JINGHONG, China — In the farming village of Tuanjie, in the hills above Jinghong, in southwest Yunnan Province, nearly every family lives in a two- or three-story concrete house, testament to a prosperity built during the boom years for natural rubber production. Sitting in a gleaming new kitchen larger than the thatched hut that once...
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Fort McKay: the Canadian town that sold itself to tar sands

This tiny Alberta town is one of the world’s single biggest sources of carbon pollution. The community grew rich on oil, and was wrecked by oil. So local Cece Fitzpatrick decided to run for chief, promising to stand up to the industry that came there 50 years ago
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High-tech environmental push needed for oil sands: Tory-requested report

High-tech environmental push needed for oil sands: Tory-requested report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
‘We need to develop this resource in a sustainable fashion’
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Cli Fi Gets Under Denier's Skin

Cli Fi Gets Under Denier's Skin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since "Frankenstein", a consistent theme in speculative fiction has been the technological leap that turns on mankind. Since the advent of the nuclear age, that theme is not only credible, but obvi...
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Residents of Beijing Community Renew Protest against Waste Incineration Plant

Residents of Beijing Community Renew Protest against Waste Incineration Plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Locals voiced their opposition to a facility in Asuwei area back in 2009, and news that building plans were moving forward spurred them to demonstrate again
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Malawi forests shrink as power deficit fuels charcoal business

LILONGWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Impoverished villagers are hacking down Malawi's forests to make charcoal, undeterred by government efforts to confiscate the dirty fuel as a power deficit stokes
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Oil company bosses' bonuses linked to $1tn spending on extracting fossil fuels

Oil company bosses' bonuses linked to $1tn spending on extracting fossil fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Total and BP pour funding into projects to unlock oil reserves – despite scientists warning they will lead to climate change disaster
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UN head calls for global climate change action - The Local

UN head calls for global climate change action - The Local | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Monday called for global action this year to limit climate change as international weather experts began a quadrennial congress in Geneva.
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duplicate: Vast reserves of shale oil estimated in Northwest Territories

duplicate: Vast reserves of shale oil estimated in Northwest Territories | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first official estimate of how much oil may lie beneath the central Northwest Territories says there could be nearly 200 billion barrels of the resource in two separate fields.
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Saving coffee from extinction - BBC News

Saving coffee from extinction - BBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two billion cups of coffee are drunk around the world every day but scientists says the most popular species, Arabica, is under threat - they are now working to save it from extinction.
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Scientists work to help Oklahoma's wheat industry adapt to climate change

Scientists work to help Oklahoma's wheat industry adapt to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oklahoma researchers are developing strains of wheat that would be better able to cope with climate conditions that scientists predict the state could see by mid-century.
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'Green' hydropower dam fuels charges of gross human rights violations

'Green' hydropower dam fuels charges of gross human rights violations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A hydropower project planned on Guatemala's Icbolay River has resulted in major human rights abuses, advocacy groups are charging. The 24-megawatt Santa Rita dam is backed by the World Bank and several European banks, as well as the Guatemalan government. In spite of the alleged abuses, the dam's owner has been granted approval to earn carbon offset credits for the electricity the dam would generate that could be traded under the European Union's Emission Trading System.
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India doctors' leave canceled as heat wave kills 1,100

India doctors' leave canceled as heat wave kills 1,100 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A heat wave in India has killed more than 1,100 people this week as temperatures soar above 47 Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit), and doctors' leave has been canceled to help cope with the
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The good, the bad and the ugly: sustainability at Nespresso

The good, the bad and the ugly: sustainability at Nespresso | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The single-serve coffee maker supports growers, but also creates a lot of waste. Its story illustrates the power and limitations of corporate sustainability programs
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Canada wildfires rage on, intensify near oil sands sites

Canada wildfires rage on, intensify near oil sands sites | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A wildfire raging in northeastern Alberta near two major oil sands projects nearly doubled in size to 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) on Wednesday, although firefighters made
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Yes, We Can Keep Warming to 2 Degrees

Yes, We Can Keep Warming to 2 Degrees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Worthwhile discussion has been going on over the last week, following some widely disseminated opinion pieces on the feasibility  of climate change mitigation. Joe Romm summarizes. Joe Romm at Clim...
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Food & Drug Administration Seeks Data About Antibiotics Given To Cows, Pigs, And Poultry

Food & Drug Administration Seeks Data About Antibiotics Given To Cows, Pigs, And Poultry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

FDA wants to get a better handle on the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals to help ensure that medically important antibiotics are used judiciously. Under a rule proposed last week, animal-drug makers would be required to provide FDA with sales and distribution data, by species, for all antimicrobial drugs sold for use in major food-producing animals.

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Uprooted: The destruction of Istanbul’s ancient urban gardens.

Uprooted:  The destruction of Istanbul’s ancient urban gardens. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The oldest of Istanbul’s historic urban vegetable gardens, called bostans, are believed to have grown along the Theodosian wall for over a millennium. But, over the past several decades, more than half have been destroyed to make way for new development projects.

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Megan Becker's curator insight, May 26, 10:47 PM

Summary: This article outlines the industrialization of Istanbul, including the modern view of gentrification, which some Istanbul residents view as the tear-down of their culture and nation as a whole. The improved farming techniques and strategically relocated markets are seen as "modernization", but at what cost?

 

Insight: This relates to unit 6 in that it shows patterns and impacts of industrialization and development in Istanbul, and how the world today has shifted expectations of countries, sending them into a more industrial lifestyle. Whether this is a good or bad thing could be speculated and debated, but the loss of cultural aspects in exchange for increased profits doesn't seem like a fair trade-off to me. 

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– Maine retailers phasing out some pesticides over concerns about honeybee health

– Maine retailers phasing out some pesticides over concerns about honeybee health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

More Maine retailers have begun phasing out use of a class of pesticides that research shows harm honeybees, but consumers may still be confused about what stores have done to get rid of them.

 

Neonicotinoids have come under closer scrutiny because of their effect on bees, which are vital to plant pollination, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency still hasn’t taken a firm stance on banning production. Retailers, in part because of public pressure, are trying to address the problem pesticides themselves, but there is no uniform policy. Some stores have pulled products with neonicotinoids from shelves, some have begun labeling them and some have done nothing, creating confusion among consumers about which plants to purchase.

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World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high | Top News | Reuters

World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high | Top News | Reuters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - If your country were responsible for only 0.05 percent of the world's climate-changing emissions, you might not think it worth making a plan to curb that pollution
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Energy East pipeline would threaten Manitoba's drinking water: report

Energy East pipeline would threaten Manitoba's drinking water: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report says a pipeline that would carry one million barrels of oil daily from Alberta to the East Coast would threaten the drinking water of more than 60 per cent of Manitoba residents.
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Asean's quest for power: At what price?

SINGAPORE - To most of its South-east Asian neighbours, Singapore's electricity grid is the stuff of dreams. Reliable power to every home and abundant supply to industries that keep the economy growing and provide plenty of jobs. Blackouts on any scale are almost unheard of.
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More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this
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China warned over 'insane' plans for new nuclear power plants

China warned over 'insane' plans for new nuclear power plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
He Zuoxiu, a leading Chinese scientist, says the country is not investing enough in safety controls after lifting of post-Fukushima disaster reactor ban
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