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Payment Dispute Leads To Slaughter Of 900 Dolphins

Payment Dispute Leads To Slaughter Of 900 Dolphins | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fanalei villagers on the island of Malaita in the Soloman Islands have slaughtered close to 900 dolphins in retaliation for a payment dispute with Earth Island Institute (EII), a Berkeley, Calif., non-profit group that provided financial...
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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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Sweat-eating bacteria may improve skin health

Sweat-eating bacteria may improve skin health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bacteria that metabolize ammonia, a major component of sweat, may improve skin health and some day could be used for the treatment of skin disorders, such as acne or chronic wounds. In a study conducted by AOBiome LLC, human volunteers using the bacteria reported better skin condition and appearance ...
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Miss CANguilla's curator insight, Today, 12:54 AM

An interesting article on the direction of future skin care in the scientific world.   What are your thoughts?

Eben Lenderking's curator insight, Today, 2:00 AM
Honey on your face can do wonders for your skin. This is precisely why Melipona honey is even more powerful in healing than conventional honey...
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Aid workers learning to fight Ebola as they go: WHO coordinator

Aid workers learning to fight Ebola as they go: WHO coordinator | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jean-Pierre Veyrenche, in charge of building Ebola treatment centres in Monrovia for the World Health Organization, says fear is keeping international aid experts from joining the battle against the west African outbreak.
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Doctor exposed to Ebola treated in US

Doctor exposed to Ebola treated in US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone was admitted Sunday to a clinic of the National Institutes of Health outside Washington.
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Childhood asthma linked to lack of ventilation for gas stoves

Childhood asthma linked to lack of ventilation for gas stoves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parents with children at home should use ventilation when cooking with a gas stove, researchers from Oregon State University are recommending, after a new study showed an association between gas kitchen stove ventilation and asthma, asthma symptoms and chronic bronchitis.
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New method to motivate students to reduce energy consumption

New method to motivate students to reduce energy consumption | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research from the University of Kent has found energy consumption can be reduced significantly by students if they can see the amount of energy they are using in real-time and are motivated by their peers to save energy.
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US-China Rifts Put Aside for Clean Energy Research

US-China Rifts Put Aside for Clean Energy Research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The threat of climate change is driving China and the U.S. — frequent rivals and the world’s two largest greenhouse-gas emitters — to collaborate on dozens of potential clean-energy breakthroughs.
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Time for worldwide fund to save mangroves: UNEP

Time for worldwide fund to save mangroves: UNEP | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
World lenders should set up a 'Global Mangrove Fund' to protect these hotspots of biodiversity and vital sources of income, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Monday.
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Ocean acidification could lead to collapse of coral reefs

Ocean acidification could lead to collapse of coral reefs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An expedition from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Carnegie Institute of Science has measured a roughly 40% reduction in the rate of calcium carbonate deposited in Australia's Great Barrier Reef in the last 35 years—a scenario that could damage the reef framework and endanger the entire ...
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Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather (Update 2)

Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather (Update 2) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.
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Greenland Ice Sheet more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought

Greenland Ice Sheet more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new model developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge has shown that despite its apparent stability, the massive ice sheet covering most of Greenland is more sensitive to climate change than earlier estimates have suggested, which would accelerate the rising sea levels that threaten coastal ...
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Hong Kong's Protest, in Memes

Hong Kong's Protest, in Memes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A selection of the most powerful remixed images coming from the island city.
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The Horrifying Toxic Chemical Footprints of Everyday Items

The Horrifying Toxic Chemical Footprints of Everyday Items | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Consumers have a new guide for plastics safety, but the game is still rigged in the favor of industry.
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Ancient human genome from southern Africa throws light on our origins

Ancient human genome from southern Africa throws light on our origins | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What can DNA from the skeleton of a man who lived 2,330 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa tell us about ourselves as humans? A great deal when his DNA profile is one of the 'earliest diverged' – oldest in genetic terms – found to-date in a region where modern humans are believed to have ...
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UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana

UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate aid for the accelerating West African crisis.
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Getting ahead of the curve on Ebola epidemic

Getting ahead of the curve on Ebola epidemic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Ebola virus could be contained before it kills hundreds of thousands of people in West Africa, but it would take a coordinated effort from organizations around the world—and they'd need to act fast, global health experts said at the George Washington University on Thursday.
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'Deadly diarrhea' rates nearly doubled in 10 years

'Deadly diarrhea' rates nearly doubled in 10 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Infections with the intestinal superbug C. difficile nearly doubled from 2001 to 2010 in U.S. hospitals without noticeable improvement in patient mortality rates or hospital lengths of stay, according to a study of 2.2 million C. difficile infection (CDI) cases published in the October issue of the ...
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Feeling fatigued while driving? Don't reach for your iPod

Feeling fatigued while driving? Don't reach for your iPod | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research has shown that drinking caffeinated beverages and listening to music are two popular fatigue-fighting measures that drivers take, but very few studies have tested the usefulness of those measures. New research to be presented at the HFES 2014 Annual Meeting in Chicago evaluates which method, ...
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RGGI Chair Says States Won’t Leave Emissions Trading Market for California, Quebec

RGGI Chair Says States Won’t Leave Emissions Trading Market for California, Quebec | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California and Quebec, which together created the largest carbon market in North America this year, may come away empty-handed as they woo northeastern U.S. states to join their system.
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China to impose revamped coal tax in December

China to impose revamped coal tax in December | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new resource expected to encourage a more efficient use of coal, which has been blamed for the nation's severe air pollution troubles.
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Climate detectives reveal handprint of human caused climate change in Australia

Climate detectives reveal handprint of human caused climate change in Australia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia's hottest year on record in 2013 along with the accompanying droughts, heat waves and record-breaking seasons of that year was virtually impossible without the influence of human-caused global warming.
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Recovery of bodies suspended at Japanese volcano

Recovery of bodies suspended at Japanese volcano | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—Japanese soldiers managed to bring down eight more bodies by helicopter from the ash-blanketed peak of a still-erupting volcano on Monday, before toxic gases and ash forced them to suspend the recovery effort in the early afternoon.
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While the Arctic is melting the Gulf Stream remains

While the Arctic is melting the Gulf Stream remains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The melting Arctic is not the source for less saline Nordic Seas. It is the Gulf Stream that has provided less salt.
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The Umbrella Revolution

The Umbrella Revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement takes to the streets.
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National Science Foundation: Record California Drought Directly Linked To Climate Change

National Science Foundation: Record California Drought Directly Linked To Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Stanford study funded by the National Science Foundation confirms a growing body of research that finds "the atmospheric conditions associated with the unprecedented drought in California are very likely linked to human-caused climate change."
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Global warming: There's no 'Planet B'

Global warming: There's no 'Planet B' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The climate change dilemma isn’t all that unfamiliar
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