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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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Meghalaya: The Wettest Place on Earth - StumbleUpon

Photographer Amos Chapple returns to our site once once again, bringing amazing images from the state of Meghalaya, India, reportedly the rainiest spot on Earth. The village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya receives 467 inches of rain per year. Laborers who work outdoors often wear full-body umbrellas made from bamboo and banana leaf. One of the most fascinating and beautiful features in the region are the "living bridges" spanning rain-soaked valleys. For centuries, locals have been training the roots of rubber trees to grow into natural bridges, far outlasting man-made wooden structures that rot in just a few years. The bridges are self-strengthening, becoming more substantial over time, as the root systems grow. 

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Oil Price Crash Continues to Ripple Through Economy

Oil Price Crash Continues to Ripple Through Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What the Oil industry has in mind for America, is that the entire country become something of a resource colony, with boom and bust cycles disrupting and ultimately impoverishing communities all ac...
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Teacher: I see the difference in educational privilege every day. I live it. I am disgusted by it.

Teacher: I see the difference in educational privilege every day. I live it. I am disgusted by it. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'Almost every day, I slip food to one of my students. Both of his parents are in prison. Or, one of his parents is in prison and the other is dead. We can’t quite get the full story from him....Where there is money, there is education. Where there isn’t money, there is excessive testing, lack of curricular options, and struggle.'
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BPA Exposure May Change Stem Cells, Lower Sperm Production

BPA Exposure May Change Stem Cells, Lower Sperm Production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chemicals that mimic estrogen hamper development of the stem cells responsible for making sperm in mice
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Boston's Got a Gas Problem as Methane Seeps from City

Boston's Got a Gas Problem as Methane Seeps from City | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston's leaky infrastructure for transporting natural gas is a big climate problem
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India and U.S. Commit to Global Fight against Climate Change

India and U.S. Commit to Global Fight against Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. and India pledged to work together toward a new pact to curb global warming
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Taking a closer look at the global oil supply/demand balance | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

Taking a closer look at the global oil supply/demand balance | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global oil prices are at their lowest levels in six years. Supply is up and demand increases are sluggish. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) ...
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Keystone XL Pipeline May Force Republicans to Embrace Climate Change

Keystone XL Pipeline May Force Republicans to Embrace Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Senate's battle over the controversial pipeline is likely to have an impact on presidential politics
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Nor’easters May Become More Intense with Climate Change

Nor’easters May Become More Intense with Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As Northeasterners hunker down to weather tonight’s potentially record-breaking winter storm, they may also want to brace themselves for even more severe nor’easters in the future
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Ancient Sea Rise Tale Told Accurately for 10,000 Years

Ancient Sea Rise Tale Told Accurately for 10,000 Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Aboriginal stories of lost islands match up with underwater finds in Australia
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U.S. EPA chief hopes pope will spur concern on climate change

U.S. EPA chief hopes pope will spur concern on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Obama shares pope's belief climate change is a moral issue as effects will be felt most by poorest, official says
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EPA chief heads to Vatican to talk climate

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Gina McCarthy is traveling to Vatican City this and next week to talk with senior Catholic officials about climate change.
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Six right livelihood guidelines - StumbleUpon

Six right livelihood guidelines

Consume mindfully.

Eat with awareness and gratitude.Pause before buying and see if breathing is enough.Pay attention to the effects of media you consume.

Pause. Breathe. Listen.

When you feel compelled to speak in a meeting or conversation, pause.Breathe before entering your home, pleace of work, or school.Listen to the people you encounter. They are buddhas.

Practice gratitude.

Notice what you haveBe equally grateful for opportunities and challenges.Share joy, not negativity.

Cultivate compassion and loving kindness.

Notice where help is needed and be quick to helpConsider others' perspectives deeply.Work for peace at many levels.

Discover wisdom

Cultivate "don't know" mind (= curiosity).Find connections between Buddhist teachings and your life.Be open to what arises in every moment.

Accept constant change.

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24 Thoughts That Will Make You Re-Consider Your Entire Existence - StumbleUpon

Space is big – like, really, really big.

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A modern "hermit's cabin" | Parra + Edwards

A modern "hermit's cabin" | Parra + Edwards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parra + Edwards Arquitectos designed this modern studio cabin in the forest outside Santiago, Chile. La Nave Anacoreta ("Hermit's Ship") was conceived as a small boat floating in a sea of foliage. ...
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La Nina Extreme Weather Pattern May Double by Century's End

La Nina Extreme Weather Pattern May Double by Century's End | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La Ninas bring floods and droughts to different parts of the world
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High-Altitude Forests in the Himalayas Harder Hit by Droughts

High-Altitude Forests in the Himalayas Harder Hit by Droughts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Why are plateau and mountain timberlines in Asia shifting downslope, despite global warming?
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What's Next for the Automobile?

What's Next for the Automobile? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Forget alternative fuels: the next big change for cars lies in information technology and automation, which will lead to new designs and are the best hope for the widespread adoption of all-electric vehicles
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What Do Farmers Think about Climate Change?

What Do Farmers Think about Climate Change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most farmers believe climate change is occurring but do not trust those who clamor for action
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What a Warming World Means for Snowstorms

What a Warming World Means for Snowstorms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A warmer world could mean fewer storms but bigger snowfalls
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Is Recycling Worth the Effort?

Is Recycling Worth the Effort? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The value of recycling depends on the material in question and whether all hidden costs and benefits go into the analysis. David Biello reports
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Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Millions of abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking across the USA. In PA alone, leaks cause 10 percent of all emissions and there is no plan to deal with them.
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A ‘new dive into the ocean’ is more important than ‘the new space race’ | ASU News | The State Press | Arizona State University

A ‘new dive into the ocean’ is more important than ‘the new space race’ | ASU News | The State Press | Arizona State University | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The ocean needs to be explored faster than it is damaged.

 

At a moment in time where the latest space race has rekindled interest in space exploration and travel, most people are still taking for granted what we have so close to us. The ocean is a vast and largely unexplored part of the Earth, considering that it covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface. So why isn’t there a “new dive into the ocean” in a similar way that there has been newly sparked interest in outer space?

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This cartoon shows fossil fuel subsidies for what they are

This cartoon shows fossil fuel subsidies for what they are | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
– ridiculous. Hmmm, I wonder what else we could do with $ 2 trillion besides give it to fossil fuel companies? This cartoon by Walkley award-winning First Dog on the Moon is great. Enjoy! Courtesy of the Tree
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