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Snowfall too light to ease drought in U.S. crop region: expert

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Light snow expected next week in crop growing areas of the United States will provide only minor relief from the worst drought in more than 50 years, an agricultural meteorologist said...
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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, 5:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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Alaska requests involvement in regulation of new B.C. mine

Alaska requests involvement in regulation of new B.C. mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The state of Alaska has taken the rare step of asking the Canadian government for greater involvement in the approval and regulation of a controversial mine in northwestern British Columbia.
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August downpour results in sewage overflow of 12 million gallons

August downpour results in sewage overflow of 12 million gallons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Baltimore city officials belatedly disclosed Friday that sewage overflows topped 12 million gallons during last week's downpour, four times what had previously been acknowledged. It was the most untreated waste reported spilled in the city in a single day since 2006, according to state records.
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Efforts to Revive Rich California Mine Hit Strong Resistance

Efforts to Revive Rich California Mine Hit Strong Resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Where forty-niners once roamed, a plan to dig up 240,000 ounces of gold is vehemently opposed by local residents who fear damage to the environment and their way of life.
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Gold mine collapse in Central African Republic kills 37

Gold mine collapse in Central African Republic kills 37 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The mine is owned by Canadian Axmin, but was taken over by rebels over a year ago.
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Oil thieves cause pipeline leak, pollute Mexico river

Oil thieves cause pipeline leak, pollute Mexico river | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thieves who tapped an oil pipeline in northern Mexico caused a spill that contaminated the San Juan River, a key irrigation source for farmers, authorities said Thursday.
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NASA scientists watching, studying Arctic changes this summer

NASA scientists watching, studying Arctic changes this summer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As we near the final month of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, NASA scientists are watching the annual seasonal melting of the Arctic sea ice cover. The floating, frozen cap that stretches across the Arctic Ocean shrinks throughout summer until beginning to regrow, typically around mid-September.
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Scientists detect evidence of 'oceans worth' of water in Earth's mantle

Scientists detect evidence of 'oceans worth' of water in Earth's mantle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers have found evidence of a potential 'ocean's worth' of water deep beneath the United States.
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Vegas tops the list of the country's worst heat islands

Vegas tops the list of the country's worst heat islands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On a real scorcher of a day, the mercury downtown can roar 24 degrees above the temps in the surrounding desert. Other cities are feeling the heat, too.
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The RealNews Interview: Greenland and Sea Level Rise

The RealNews Interview: Greenland and Sea Level Rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Looks like this is going to be a regular feature at Realnews.  I was asked to summarize the aims and findings, so far, of the Dark Snow field season.
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David Collet's curator insight, August 22, 5:15 PM

A bit long. A bit boring. But, if you listen through to the end, it is very disturbing. What is your home's elevation (height above sea level). 4 metres? Not enough!

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A Plan to Rescue the Blue Planet | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

A Plan to Rescue the Blue Planet | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most of us experience the ocean looking out from a beach during vacation or maybe flying over it in a plane. It seems vast, ancient and ...
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Death of the car: The tech behind Helsinki's ambitious plan to kill off private vehicles | ZDNet

Death of the car: The tech behind Helsinki's ambitious plan to kill off private vehicles | ZDNet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By 2025, the Finnish capital will have transformed its public transport network – with the help from some clever analytics and more.
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David Collet's curator insight, August 22, 5:51 PM

Wow! This one really has me excited. I read this and I can immediately envision the opportunities. I can also see the problems and for some of them I can imagine solutions.

 

A service like this is already feasible for a city like Singapore and it only requires the political will to make it work in Kuala Lumpur. I think it will take a long time before it could be rolled out to say Rembau (N.S.) but if it were the possibilities for reviving kampung life are huge. Imagine a shuttle bus round trip Rembau/Seremban on a daily basis for say RM20 using a congestion free highway. As I said... the possibilities are boundless.

 

And it is much easier to imagine in the cities.And all theae people who want to continue to drive around in their big expensive single passenger cars (plus driver) can pay lots for the privilege of a congestion free highway and ample parking space.

 

I saw this in action in Atlanta (Georgia, U.S.A.) about 15 years ago. I was on vacation visiting my daughter who was on training with her company. An on-demand (subject to availability) free shuttle service was provided feom the condominium complex to malls and frequently visited locations with a 10 km radius of the rsidence. My daughter even used it to commute to and from work.

 

Open your mind. Engage your imagination. And read.

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MIT Turns Dead Car Batteries Into Clean Solar Energy

A team of MIT researchers thought there might be something worth keeping, and now say they have successfully recycled materials from spent batteries
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Organic Farming Taking Off in Poland … Slowly | Inter Press Service

Organic Farming Taking Off in Poland … Slowly | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Today, around 3.5 percent of Poland’s agricultural land is taken up by organic farms. Their number has been growing steadily over recent years, yet farmers complain of obstacles. Of the country’s some 1.8 million farmers, just 26,000 have organic certification (though some of these farms are just meadows and do not necessarily produce food), and only 300 of these are vegetable producers.

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Carbon capture and storage finally approaching debut | Science News

Carbon capture and storage finally approaching debut | Science News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carbon capture and storage offers a way to rein in global carbon emissions. But financial and regulatory obstacles, as well as public fears, are delaying the technology’s long-awaited implementation.
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Metro Detroit treatment plants released 4.5B gallons of sewage into rivers after storm

Metro Detroit treatment plants released 4.5B gallons of sewage into rivers after storm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Metro Detroit treatment plants released about 4.5 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into local streams and rivers as a result of last week's massive rainstorm, according to a preliminary report from the state Department of Environmental Quality.
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Climate Code Red: Dangerous climate change: Myths and reality (2) Part 2 in a 3-part series | Part 1 | Part 3

Climate Code Red: Dangerous climate change: Myths and reality (2)  Part 2 in a 3-part series | Part 1 | Part 3 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tipping points, often an expression of non-linear events, are difficult to project. But if it is sometimes hard to see tipping points coming, it is also too late to be wise after the fact. Estimated tipping points around or below ~1.5ºC include: 

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, Today, 6:57 AM

"Estimated tipping points around or below ~1.5ºC include:


West Antarctic Ice Sheet,
Loss of summer Arctic sea-ice,
Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS),
Coral reefs,
and Permafrost."

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New paper calls for more carbon capture and storage research

New paper calls for more carbon capture and storage research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must involve increased investment in research and development of carbon capture and storage technologies, according to a new paper published by the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources (SER) Institute for Carbon Management.
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Water crisis threatens thirsty Sao Paulo

Water crisis threatens thirsty Sao Paulo | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sao Paulo is thirsty. A severe drought is hitting Brazil's largest city and thriving economic capital with no end in sight, threatening the municipal water supply to millions of people.
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Ibuprofen posing potential threat to fish

Ibuprofen posing potential threat to fish | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research led by the University of York suggests that many rivers contain levels of ibuprofen that could be adversely affecting fish health.
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EPA, community activists put toxic oil refineries in a headlock

EPA, community activists put toxic oil refineries in a headlock | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thanks to a lawsuit brought by environmental justice activists, the feds are about to crack down on the chemical stew these plants dump into the air.
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Are you there, God? It's me, climate scientist

Are you there, God? It's me, climate scientist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists use handwritten letters to share their sad, sad feelings about climate change.
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The Catch-22 of Energy Storage

The Catch-22 of Energy Storage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pick up a research paper on battery technology, fuel cells, energy storage technologies or any of the advanced materials science used in these fields, and you will likely find somewhere in the intr...
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Chemical overload

Chemical overload | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Is regular exposure to industrial chemicals putting your health at risk?
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The Ebola Outbreak, In 15 Numbers

The Ebola Outbreak, In 15 Numbers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The current outbreak is on track to kill more people than all previous outbreaks combined. There aren't enough doctors. And women are at particular risk.
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California is even bigger than you thought

California is even bigger than you thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's not news that California’s economy is big. But its so big that its gross domestic product eclipses even Texas’s, the No. 2 state economy in the U.S.
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