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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.
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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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Study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun

Study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Imagine a smog-free Los Angeles, where electric cars ply silent freeways, solar panels blanket rooftops and power plants run on heat from beneath the earth, from howling winds and from the blazing desert sun.
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New Indian government takes promising steps on agriculture, water and climate

New Indian government takes promising steps on agriculture, water and climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Riding high on a populist mandate but facing growing concerns of a slowdown in the economy and a rising fiscal deficit, last week Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the new Indian government's first annual budget, attempting a delicate balancing act that reforms populist subsidies while  providing ...
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Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—Many people in this tiny hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago.
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Fukushima monkeys show possible 'effects of radiation'

Fukushima monkeys show possible 'effects of radiation' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Monkeys near the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have lower blood cell counts than cousins living further away, possibly because of radiation exposure, a study said Thursday.
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Another Way Tobacco Companies Contribute to Climate Change

Another Way Tobacco Companies Contribute to Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Speaking of Rainforests, (see post on this page).. I guess it wasn't enough for the Tobacco companies to perfect the anti-science movement template. Turns out global deforestation is also business ...
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China’s terrifying debt ratios poised to breeze past US levels – Telegraph Blogs

China’s terrifying debt ratios poised to breeze past US levels – Telegraph Blogs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The China-US sorpasso is looming. I do not mean the much-exaggerated moment when China’s GDP will overtake America's GDP – which may not happen in the lifetime of anybody reading this blog post – as China slows to more pedestrian growth rates (an objective of premier Li Keqiang.) The sorpasso may instead be the ominous [...]
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California drought: 'Water cops' being hired by Bay Area agencies to root out water waste

California drought: 'Water cops' being hired by Bay Area agencies to root out water waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While most cities aren't issuing fines yet, new enforcement patrols will be responding to neighbors' complaints about water waste as California's drought worsens.
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Economist who predicted busted housing bubble says another recession is coming

Economist who predicted busted housing bubble says another recession is coming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
David Levy, who oversees the Levy Forecast, says the United States is likely to fall into a recession next year triggered by downturns in other countries, the first time in modern history.
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What happened with nuclear waste leak at New Mexico's WIPP?

What happened with nuclear waste leak at New Mexico's WIPP? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What do the OJ Simpson murder trial and a nuclear waste leak in southern New Mexico have in common? A single glove.
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Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new book claims the organic label can't be trusted, especially on food that's imported. Yet there is a global system for verifying the authenticity of organic food, and it mostly seems to work.
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As Washington fires spread, threat of flash flooding rises

As Washington fires spread, threat of flash flooding rises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As if the Carlton Complex fire -- the biggest in Washington state history -- wasn’t bad enough already, meteorologists have heaped yet another plague on the suffering residents of north-central Washington: the possibility of flash flooding Wednesday.
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Victorian diseases have come back to haunt us - Telegraph

Victorian diseases have come back to haunt us  - Telegraph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Official figures show a rise in disease such as gout, cholera, whooping cough and malnutrition
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India's lax antibiotic controls raise killer disease fears

India's lax antibiotic controls raise killer disease fears | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An Indian pharmacist swiftly pulls white boxes of powerful antibiotics from neatly stacked shelves behind him, and hands them over the counter without asking for a doctor's prescription.
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Study gives new perspective on agricultural plastic, debris burning, and air quality

Study gives new perspective on agricultural plastic, debris burning, and air quality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To reduce fire hazard in the United States, wildland managers often utilize the silvicultural practice of mechanically cutting woody shrubs and suppressed trees (ladder fuels). These cuttings and other post-logging debris are then burned during periods of low fire danger in order to dispose of the material. ...
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'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A major drought across the western United States has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists said Thursday.
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Synchronization of North Atlantic, North Pacific preceded abrupt warming, end of ice age

Synchronization of North Atlantic, North Pacific preceded abrupt warming, end of ice age | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push Earth's climate system across a 'tipping point,' where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible—a hotly debated scenario with an unclear picture of what this point of no return may look like.
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Arctic Ice: Then and Now

Arctic Ice: Then and Now | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DailyClimate: The impacts are increasingly being felt everywhere – bigger storms in the Midwest, soggy summers in England, drought in Colorado. But nowhere on the planet are the impacts as dramatic...
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New 3D Look at Apollo 11 Landing site

New 3D Look at Apollo 11 Landing site | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Everyone that was alive can remember where they were when they heard of this. From the Description: Apollo 11 landed on the Moon on July 20th, 1969, a little after 4:00in the afternoon Eastern Dayl...
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S&P warns Europe debt market near pre-crash levels

S&P warns Europe debt market near pre-crash levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Aggressive" transactions in European corporate debt markets are in danger of reaching the excesses seen before the global financial crisis, S&P has warned.
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Bay Area Club Uses Paint To Keep Grass Green During Drought - CBS San Francisco

Bay Area Club Uses Paint To Keep Grass Green During Drought - CBS San Francisco | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lawns all over the Bay Area and across California are turning brown during the state's record drought. A South Bay athletic club has found a way to keep their grass looking lush, without any water at all.
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7 Survival Life Hacks

7 Survival Life Hacks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some great survival hacks found in this nicely made YouTube Video.
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Some fish and seafood are sustainable, some devastate our oceans - Feature Story - Local Stories - July 24, 2014

Sacramento News & Review - <br/>			<br/>				Some fish and seafood are sustainable, some devastate our oceans - Feature Story - Local Stories - July 24, 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Good fish or bad fish? Farmed vs. wild? Bluefin or albacore? Shrimp or no shrimp? How to tell if seafood is OK to eat—or if it’s destroying the environment.
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The man who wants to make sure climate change doesn’t ruin your beer

The man who wants to make sure climate change doesn’t ruin your beer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By day, Ian Hughes makes beer. On nights and weekends, he defends it.
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Early puberty could increase a girl's chance of diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer, scientists warn

Early puberty could increase a girl's chance of diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer, scientists warn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at Cambridge University believe a new study which found puberty is determined by which parent a girl inherits specific genes from could provide an insight into the diseases they may be at risk of later in life.
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REFILE-Panel's report likely to tie farm antibiotics to human resistance | Reuters

A White House advisory committee is expected to acknowledge the link between antimicrobial resistance in humans and livestock being fed antibiotics when it issues its report in the next few weeks, according to the transcript of a committee meeting held earlier this month.

 

But how much of the public health problem can be attributed to such farming practices remains unclear, according to the transcript of a July 11 meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

 

Committee members have declined to discuss the report before its release, which is expected to happen in the next few weeks.

 

In the transcript, council co-Chairman Eric Lander said there was "clear documentation" that antibiotic-resistant microbes can transfer from farm animals to humans.

 

"That judicious use [of antibiotics] in agriculture right now is absolutely essential," Lander said in the transcript. "There may come a point where one will say it's justified to say no use."

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