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Get cirrus in the fight against climate change - environment - 26 January 2013 - New Scientist

Get cirrus in the fight against climate change - environment - 26 January 2013 - New Scientist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Feathery cirrus clouds trap a lot of heat and help warm the planet. Getting rid of them could counteract human-caused climate change – in theory
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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, 2014 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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PICS - Talking Climate: Why Facts are not Enough - Katharine Hayhoe

PICS - Talking Climate: Why Facts are not Enough - Katharine Hayhoe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Talking Climate: Why Facts are not Enough - Katharine Hayhoe

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Information is the Antidote to Congressional Stupid

Information is the Antidote to Congressional Stupid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I'll apologize for posting the numbingly stupid lowlights of a recent congressional show-hearing which featured several of DC's most abysmally ignorant climate trolls expounding on the joys of carb...
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Four Ways to Reduce Your Business Travel Carbon Footprint - Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses

Four Ways to Reduce Your Business Travel Carbon Footprint - Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What is your carbon footprint? Each Canadian causes 15 tons of CO2 emission per year, American 18 tons, Australian 17 tons, Dutch 11 tons, German 9 tons, British 8 tons, Chinese 6 tons, Indian 2 tons. How much of these emissions are caused by business travels? What can you do to reduce your business travel footprint? Let's find out.
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According to a report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), videoconferencing can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,271 tons over five years — equivalent to the emissions from 400 passenger cars. The study, which analyzed fifteen Global-500 companies, found that U.S. and U.K. businesses with yearly revenues of one billion can cut 5.5 million metric tons of carbon monoxide emissions by the year 2020 simply by adopting teleconferencing systems.

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Authorities on Alert as 'Plastic Rice' Scare Spreads - The Jakarta Globe

Authorities on Alert as 'Plastic Rice' Scare Spreads - The Jakarta Globe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bandung/Bekasi. Several Indonesian regions are on alert after lab tests confirmed rice found in the West Java city of Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, contained plastic compounds. Lab results from state-controlled inspection firm Superintending Company of Indonesia, or Sucofindo, revealed that two rice samples collected from Mutiara Gading market in Bekasi contained contained benzyl butyl phthalate, 2-ethylhexyl …
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Florida takes another plunge to clean up massive tire reefs

Florida takes another plunge to clean up massive tire reefs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida officials have resumed raising some of the hundreds of thousands of tires dumped off its shores decades ago during an unsuccessful attempt to create an artificial reef.Between
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In South Korea, An Innovative Push to Cut Back on Food Waste by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360

In South Korea, An Innovative Push to Cut Back on Food Waste by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Food waste is a global problem, with the United Nations estimating that a third of the food produced worldwide winds up spoiled, rotting in fields, or being thrown away. That amounts to 1.3 billion tons of food wasted annually, a profligacy that carries major environmental, economic, and human costs.

 


In the second of a two-part series, “Wasted,” we present an e360 video that looks at how South Korea is taking extraordinary steps to deal with its food waste. The video, by filmmaker Karim Chrobog, focuses on Seoul, the sprawling South Korean capital of more than 10 million people, which has ramped up efforts to slash the amount of food being thrown away.

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Dow Chemical aims to 'redefine the role of business in society'

Dow Chemical aims to 'redefine the role of business in society' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a move that some industry watchers are calling impressive, the global chemical giant has set lofty goals that it says will improve the lives of 1 billion people
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'The situation is desperate' for monarch butterflies, but here's the plan to save them

'The situation is desperate' for monarch butterflies, but here's the plan to save them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new plan announced by the US government would restore seven million acres of lost habitat for the monarch butterfly and other pollinating insects like honeybees, and scientists says the plan comes not a moment too soon for the troubled insects.
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Sierra Leone berates Ebola quarantine escapees as cases surge

Sierra Leone berates Ebola quarantine escapees as cases surge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sierra Leone on Wednesday berated the 'selfish and shameful' behaviour of people risking a resurgence of the Ebola virus by flouting quarantine restrictions, as authorities announced a spike in cases.
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South Korea confirms three cases of Mideast respiratory virus

South Korea confirms three cases of Mideast respiratory virus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
South Korea said Thursday it has confirmed three cases of a respiratory virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East.
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How alternative currencies could catch on and cash in

How alternative currencies could catch on and cash in | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alternatives to cash, like Bitcoin and Uber, may never replace the coins in our pockets or paper bills in our wallets, but they are creating significant social and economic impacts, and with some design adjustments, could have even greater impact.
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Canada can't curb oil sands emissions fast enough: document

Canada can't curb oil sands emissions fast enough: document | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Emissions from Canada's oil sands will likely increase faster than new technologies can be developed to curb them, says a government document cited Wednesday by public broadcaster CBC.
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This Is Your Body on Booze

This Is Your Body on Booze | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
See how alcohol affects your whole system as it travels through your brain, heart, muscles, and penis
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Why Climate Change Can't Be True (Even Though it is)

Why Climate Change Can't Be True (Even Though it is) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thoughts from a Conservative, Evangelical Republican.
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Bigger Wind Turbine Towers = Bigger US Development Opportunity

Bigger Wind Turbine Towers = Bigger US Development Opportunity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wind energy already accounts for about 5 percent of U.S. electricity generation, which crowned the nation as the global leader in wind production late last year. There is now more than 65 gigawatts (GW) of capacity in 39 states, but according to a new report for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), wind should easily have the potential to be installed in all 50 states. How can the industry accomplish this? Easy. Just follow Germany’s lead and install turbines with taller hub heights.
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FDA Wants To Pull Back The Curtain, Slightly, On Farm Antibiotics

FDA Wants To Pull Back The Curtain, Slightly, On Farm Antibiotics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration wants to know which farm animals are getting treated most heavily. But the FDA's proposal still falls short of the best European data practices.
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Glencore chairman Tony Hayward calls for an end to subsidies for fossil fuels

Glencore chairman Tony Hayward calls for an end to subsidies for fossil fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Former BP boss says subsidies are incompatible with combating climate change and should be eliminated before setting carbon price to curb emissions
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4 Cities That Are Getting Rid Of All Of Their Garbage

4 Cities That Are Getting Rid Of All Of Their Garbage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Achieving "zero waste" might seem impossible, but these cities have implemented plans that are getting them very close. Now it's time for...
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In China, firms flash green credentials as regulators loom

In China, firms flash green credentials as regulators loom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Apple Inc is planting trees, Mars may move to 'zero carbon' and Foxconn Technology Co Ltd is spending millions of dollars to give its factories a 'green'
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Obama Set to Strengthen Federal Role in Clean Water Regulation

Obama Set to Strengthen Federal Role in Clean Water Regulation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The administration is to soon announce new executive action that would restore its authority to limit water pollution. Republicans are trying to block the president.
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Ice, Ice Baby: Is Antarctica Ice Melting or Growing? | Climate Reality

Ice, Ice Baby: Is Antarctica Ice Melting or Growing? | Climate Reality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What’s really going on with the polar ice caps?

You might have seen the news from NASA last week: Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf could disappear before the end of the decade.

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Study links camping to happy, healthy children

Study links camping to happy, healthy children | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Children who camp in the great outdoors at least once a year go on to do better at school, as well as being healthier and happier, according to their parents.
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Why you need one vaccine for measles and many for the flu

Why you need one vaccine for measles and many for the flu | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the influenza virus mutates constantly and requires a yearly shot that offers a certain percentage of protection, old reliable measles needs only a two-dose vaccine during childhood for lifelong immunity. A new study publishing May 21 in Cell Reports has an explanation: The surface proteins that ...
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New 'deep learning' technique enables robot mastery of skills via trial and error

New 'deep learning' technique enables robot mastery of skills via trial and error | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UC Berkeley researchers have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.
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Latest on California oil spill: Up to 105,000 gallons leaked

Latest on California oil spill: Up to 105,000 gallons leaked | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cleanup crews fanned out Wednesday along a stretch of scenic California coastline stained by thousands of gallons of crude oil that spilled from broken pipe and flowed into the Pacific Ocean.
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