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America’s Nuclear Energy Future | The Energy Collective

America’s Nuclear Energy Future | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Interview with Burton Richter, 1976 Nobel Prize Winner for discovering a new sub-atomic particle, about the future of nuclear energy in the United States.
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Sandra V. Barbosa's curator insight, January 25, 2013 6:10 PM

Quando se trata de energia nuclear, o Dr. Burton Richter é o Sr. Confiável. Vencedor do Prêmio Nobel de 1976 descobrindo uma partícula subatômica nova, Richter tem aconselhado presidentes e políticos há quase 40 anos. Richter  Breakthrough  é conselheiro técnico para o próximo documentário "Promessa de Pandora", sobre pró-nucleares ambientalistas.

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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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A thoughtfull read.

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SF becomes first major city to ban sale of plastic water bottles

SF becomes first major city to ban sale of plastic water bottles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco on Tuesday became the first major city in the U.S. to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on public property, building on...
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UNESCO rejects Coalition bid to delist Tasmanian forest

UNESCO rejects Coalition bid to delist Tasmanian forest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Abbott Government loses a bid to delist 74,000 hectares of forest from Tasmania's World Heritage Area.
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Nestle Waters' bid to sign Fryeburg deal suffers setback - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Nestle Waters' bid to sign Fryeburg deal suffers setback - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Regulators recommend that a controversial contract with a family-controlled water utility be rejected.
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Congressman: Don’t Trust Climate Scientists, They’re In It For The Money

Congressman: Don’t Trust Climate Scientists, They’re In It For The Money | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The freshman Congressman said he doesn't accept the scientific literature on climate change because the scientists who write it need global warming to exist in order to get paid.
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The myths (and realities) of synthetic bioweapons

The myths (and realities) of synthetic bioweapons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The dominant narrative permeating scientific and policy discussions on the security threat posed by synthetic biology can be summarized in five ways:
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Four decades of pre-negotiations: Enough

Four decades of pre-negotiations: Enough | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In Round One, my colleagues Li Bin and Sinan Ulgen advanced highly contrasting visions of nuclear disarmament. Ulgen argued that complete disarmament is an impractical goal and that nuclear deterrence has proven itself extremely useful for security. Deterrence, Ulgen argued, has prevented large-scale wars and conventional arms races for decades. Li, meanwhile, argued that reducing nuclear stockpiles to a level consistent with minimum deterrence would represent welcome progress toward "zero"—as long as such an approach were only an intermediate step toward complete disarmament.

 

I'm more in sympathy with Li's views than Ulgen's—but those who accept gradual reductions as a stepping stone to total disarmament seem to believe that nuclear weapon states are actually serious about disarmament. I do not believe that they are. More than four decades have elapsed since the nuclear weapon states committed themselves to starting good-faith disarmament negotiations. Somehow they are still in the pre-negotiation phase.

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China insists wealthy countries should improve emission targets

China insists wealthy countries should improve emission targets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) - Wealthy countries should increase their emission commitments if a global pact on climate change is to be reached next year, China's top UN...
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Attention college students: Leave the car at home

Attention college students: Leave the car at home | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As millennials turn away from driving, will kids finally stop keeping cars on campus?
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42 Climate Scientists To Rick Scott: Climate Change ‘Is Not A Hypothetical’

42 Climate Scientists To Rick Scott: Climate Change ‘Is Not A Hypothetical’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The scientists are responding to Scott's statements that he's "focused on solutions" to environmental problems.
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Ohio Supreme Court: It’s OK To Strip Mine State Wildlife Areas

Ohio Supreme Court: It’s OK To Strip Mine State Wildlife Areas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to potentially allow part of a state wildlife area to be strip-mined for coal.
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The silence on climate change is deafening. It's time for us to get loud

The silence on climate change is deafening. It's time for us to get loud | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rebecca Solnit: In Dr Seuss’s parable, it take all of Whoville to make enough noise to save their planet. How much will it take to save ours?
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The Negotiations: Overcoming the Obstacles is Critical to Our Future

The Negotiations: Overcoming the Obstacles is Critical to Our Future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the momentum to address climate change is rapidly gaining speed, the clock is ticking down on our ability to act....
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Tomgram: Taylor and Appel, The Subprime Education Scandal | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Taylor and Appel, The Subprime Education Scandal | TomDispatch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We used to hear more often about those malignant institutions serving, or rather plaguing, the poor: the loan sharks who charged 100% or more per year in interest, the furniture or radios that ended up costing several times their value on the installment plan. Two or three decades ago, however, we didn’t think of an education as being part of the landscape of predation upon the poor. Now, as Astra Taylor and Hannah Appel explain, when it comes to a new crew of “for-profit” colleges, higher education has gone hyena and is tearing at the financial flesh of the poor.

 

Even mainstream institutions can be sketchy these days, if you look closely enough. Most liberal arts college programs give their students a vague, if exhilarating, sense that the best possible outcome of their vocation is practically an inevitability, and yet there are far from enough tenure-track jobs, top galleries, or niches on bestseller lists for all the people being educated.

 

Though people make it in all these fields, they are a tiny minority.  So many others pay their dues and get little for it, except whatever is inherently meaningful in their education, which won’t, of course, lighten their loan burden at all.

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Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes

Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The plastic beads in some face soaps look a lot like fish food when they end up in the water. Two states are close to banning the beads, which researchers say can spread toxins through the food chain.
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Conflict of interest claims persist in Maine’s Nestle water case | Al Jazeera America

Conflict of interest claims persist in Maine’s Nestle water case | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The approval of a 25-year water contract between Nestle and the town of Fryeburg, ME is raising concern.
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Slate Exclusive: Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Slate Exclusive: Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jason Box knows ice. That’s why what’s happened this year concerns him so much. Box just returned from a trip to Greenland. Right now, the ice there is … black: The ice in Greenland this year isn’t just a little dark—it’s record-setting dark. Box says he’s never seen anything like...
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Krugman, IMF: Fighting Global Warming Is ‘Cheap’ And ‘Might Actually Lead To Faster Growth’

Krugman, IMF: Fighting Global Warming Is ‘Cheap’ And ‘Might Actually Lead To Faster Growth’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two new studies find that "strong measures to limit carbon emissions would have hardly any negative effect on economic growth, and might actually lead to faster growth," as Nobelist Paul Krugman puts it. Here's why.
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Blinding them with science: Is development of a banned laser weapon continuing?

Blinding them with science: Is development of a banned laser weapon continuing? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The subject gets little publicity nowadays, but until the mid-1990s, the US Air Force openly funded research on how to destroy human eyeballs at a distance with lasers. At the time, the justification was that such a technology—causing permanent blindness—was no worse than burning people with napalm, irradiating them, or blasting them to bits with bombs.     
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'Canada Should Not Be Hostage' to Alberta: Jeremy Rifkin | The Tyee

'Canada Should Not Be Hostage' to Alberta: Jeremy Rifkin | The Tyee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oilsands take us backward as rest of world moves forward, says famed futurist and EU advisor.
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China cautious on fresh commitments ahead of climate change summit

China cautious on fresh commitments ahead of climate change summit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Top climate change official says China will explain "some positive actions" it will take after 2020
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UN Security Council says Ebola is security threat : Nature News Blog

UN Security Council says Ebola is security threat : Nature News Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Biology Major Bobby Jindal Pleads Ignorance On Evolution And Climate Science

Biology Major Bobby Jindal Pleads Ignorance On Evolution And Climate Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What happens when a highly educated guy with a biology degree wants to run for national office in a party that increasingly stands against facts and science?
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Alberta’s New U.S. Envoy: Oil Train Disaster Would Spur Keystone XL

Alberta’s New U.S. Envoy: Oil Train Disaster Would Spur Keystone XL | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alberta’s new envoy to Washington points out the upside of deadly oil train explosions.
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What The GOP’s New Report On Energy Insecurity Doesn’t Tell You

What The GOP’s New Report On Energy Insecurity Doesn’t Tell You | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new GOP report doesn't mention EPA's carbon rule for power plants, but it clearly assumes the regulation will drive up energy costs. Here's why that assumption is wrong.
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Don't expect too much from leaders at climate summit, experts warn

Don't expect too much from leaders at climate summit, experts warn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
World leaders attending UN summit on Tuesday are unlikely to offer new action on climate change that is ambitious enough
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