Sustain Our Earth
Follow
Find
36.6K views | +0 today
 
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
onto Sustain Our Earth
Scoop.it!

Low-tech Magazine: The Mechanical Transmission of Power (1): Stangenkunst

Low-tech Magazine: The Mechanical Transmission of Power (1): Stangenkunst | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Long-distance power transmission predates the invention of electricity by almost four centuries.
more...
No comment yet.
Sustain Our Earth
News that effects the sustainability of life on Earth
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

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.

more...
David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 2014 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Breakthrough will help increase food security with better, more robust wheat varieties

Breakthrough will help increase food security with better, more robust wheat varieties | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After years of research efforts worldwide, researchers have finally identified a draft sequence of the bread wheat genome - an accomplishment that will lead to more robust and better wheat varieties in the years ahead.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Researchers identify natural plant compounds that work against insects

Researchers identify natural plant compounds that work against insects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Each year millions of deaths result from diseases transmitted by insects. Insects are also responsible for major economic losses, worth billions of dollars annually, by damaging crops and stored agricultural products.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Don't become a blizzard casualty

Don't become a blizzard casualty | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The blizzard conditions and frigid cold blanketing the U.S. Northeast pose numerous health threats, a doctor warns.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Tips to enjoy a lifestyle that can prevent premature aging

Tips to enjoy a lifestyle that can prevent premature aging | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Year's has become synonymous with a desire to change your lifestyle – in fact, 4 in 10 individuals have been said to made resolutions to lose weight. But what about individuals who are facing physical limitations to weight loss and other barriers to healthy living?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

China says 'harmful info' must be managed after VPNs blocked

China says 'harmful info' must be managed after VPNs blocked | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Chinese official says that 'harmful information' must be managed following reports that China is blocking VPN services that let users access censored online content.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Mineral scarcity and environmental technologies seen as opportunities

Mineral scarcity and environmental technologies seen as opportunities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As mineral resources are dwindling, it is becoming increasingly important to know how even the tiniest amounts of minerals can be recovered from waste - or how minerals can be substituted for other materials in industrial use. The VTT Mineral Economy innovation programme develops new technologies for, ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

NASA spots heavy rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Diamondra

NASA spots heavy rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Diamondra | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The eighth tropical cyclone of the Southern Indian Ocean season has formed far from land, and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite saw some heavy rain east of the storm's center.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Satellites for peat's sake

Satellites for peat's sake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Satellites can help us to safeguard nature's richest carbon storehouses – peatlands.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Can Koch Brothers Lock In Fatal Climate Delay For $889 Million In 2016 Election?

Can Koch Brothers Lock In Fatal Climate Delay For $889 Million In 2016 Election? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The "Après nous le déluge" Koch brothers are placing an $889 million bet they can stop the rational, moral path of climate action in its tracks in 2016 -- so they can extract a few more tens of billions of dollars while dooming billions of people to unnecessary suffering. What are you going to do?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Builders Compete to Lead on Zero Net Energy Homes

Builders Compete to Lead on Zero Net Energy Homes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal: LAS VEGAS—Net-zero homes are going mainstream, if the home-building industry has anything to do with it. The homes, which generate more electricity in a year than they use, hav...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Greenland Lakes Could be Speeding Ice Melt

Greenland Lakes Could be Speeding Ice Melt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the ebb and flow of climate information, there seems, lately, to be a pulse of new findings relevant to the accelerating melt of ice sheets. Scientific American: As happens so often in science, ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

UBC votes on removing fossil fuel investments from endowment

UBC votes on removing fossil fuel investments from endowment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Divestment intended to put political pressure on the Canadian government to adopt a national carbon pricing system, says campaigner.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

China officials dine on endangered salamander: reports

China officials dine on endangered salamander: reports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese officials feasted on a critically endangered giant salamander and turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports Tuesday on the event which appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

World Bank: world 'dangerously unprepared' for pandemics

World Bank: world 'dangerously unprepared' for pandemics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned Tuesday that the world remains 'dangerously unprepared' for deadly pandemics like the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Student loans take emotional toll on young adults

Student loans take emotional toll on young adults | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Student loan debt is a major cause of stress for young adults, a new study finds.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Measles outbreak that began at Disneyland grows to 87 cases

A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine tested in UK

Aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine tested in UK | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More research is needed before commercial airliners will be powered entirely with electric motors but tests with hybrid designs are turning up interesting results. Researchers from the University of Cambridge in association with Boeing have tested an aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine in the UK, ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

New search engine lets users look for relevant results faster

Researchers at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT have developed a new search engine that outperforms current ones, and helps people to do searches more efficiently.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Study of new perspective on water management

Study of new perspective on water management | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water management should focus more on how robust different areas are in terms of coping with floods and drought. A robust system means that we can deal better with extreme events. High river discharges and long periods of drought will occur more frequently as climate change continues and inflicts increasing ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks

The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Changing climate conditions and increasing occurrences of wildfires may leave globally important carbon stocks defenceless, new research shows.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Scientist discusses three-year mission to study how soil, water, and carbon interact

Scientist discusses three-year mission to study how soil, water, and carbon interact | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dara Entekhabi, an MIT professor of civil and environmental engineering and of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, is the science team leader of NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, scheduled to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Jan. 29. The satellite ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Understanding the Blizzard of '15 - Enhanced By a Changing Climate

Understanding the Blizzard of '15 - Enhanced By a Changing Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ClimateProgress: Before this latest storm, we’ve seen a long-term pattern of more extreme precipitation, particularly in New England winters. Climate scientists had long predicted this would happen...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Bucky Fuller on Doing More, and Better - with Much Much Less

Bucky Fuller on Doing More, and Better - with Much Much Less | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Powerful idea, powerfully stated.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Indiana Solar Bill Crafted By Utilities Sparks Outrage, Raises Costs

Indiana Solar Bill Crafted By Utilities Sparks Outrage, Raises Costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A confusing bill making its way through the Legislature could hamper Indiana's nascent solar industry.
more...
No comment yet.