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Our Bay: Many toxic contaminants widespread in bay, report finds

While much of the focus on restoring the Chesapeake Bay is on nutrient and sediment pollution, there’s another type of pollution that’s not often discussed: Toxic contaminants.
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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, 8:26 PM

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West Valley cities eyeing reclaimed water amid drought, population growth

West Valley cities eyeing reclaimed water amid drought, population growth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
GOODYEAR -- Drought and population growth are driving some West Valley cities to place a greater importance on reclaimed water as a renewable drinking-water resource.
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China hit by second deadly mine blast in 2 days

China hit by second deadly mine blast in 2 days | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At least 11 people were killed Thursday in the second deadly coal mine accident to hit China in two days, pointing to continuing safety issues in the industry despite a major decline in deaths among miners in recent years.
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Vultures could hold key to deadly bacteria

Vultures could hold key to deadly bacteria | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As millions of Americans tuck into the traditional turkey dinner this Thanksgiving, they might spare a thought for the turkey vulture.

 

Its meal will certainly be undercooked, lacking in trimmings, eaten at the side of the road and seething with toxic bacteria that would kill most other animals. (Despite sharing a name - and a similarly featherless head - turkey vultures aren't closely related to the Thanksgiving star.)

 

"They're coming into contact with almost every kind of pestilence you can think of, and apparently they're fine," says Gary Graves, curator of birds at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. "So what's happening in the guts of these birds?"

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North Pole files lawsuit over sulfolane contamination

North Pole files lawsuit over sulfolane contamination | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS—The city of North Pole filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the two most recent owners of the oil refinery within its borders over sulfolane contamination that has spread into residents' groundwater.
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CDC: Fewer than 18% of American adults smoke cigarettes, a new low

CDC: Fewer than 18% of American adults smoke cigarettes, a new low | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The proportion of American adults who smoke cigarettes has hit a new low, new federal data show. And among those who do smoke, fewer are lighting up every day, and even they are smoking fewer cigarettes.
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Obama Builds Environmental Legacy With 1970 Law

Obama Builds Environmental Legacy With 1970 Law | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leaning on the Clean Air Act, President Obama has reshaped environmental policy more than any previous occupant of the White House.
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High-tech farming poised to change the way the world eats

High-tech farming poised to change the way the world eats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world's oldest industry -- farming -- has become the focus of big-name Silicon Valley investors and hotshot entrepreneurs, with dozens of companies creating technology to make farmland more productive and farming practices more efficient, such as drones to survey crops or software that calculates grass production for cattle grazing.
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Soon you can drive the cool electric car from 'Iron Man'

Soon you can drive the cool electric car from 'Iron Man' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Audi’s R8 e-tron sports car is finally a reality — with almost 300 miles on a charge.
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6 Graphs Explain the World’s Top 10 Emitters | World Resources Institute

6 Graphs Explain the World’s Top 10 Emitters | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recent data reveals only 10 countries produce around 70 percent of global GHG emissions.

Here's a closer look at these top 10 emitters—based on our Climate Analysis Indicators Tool.
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Solar Energy's Popularity Increases As Rooftop Panels Get Less Expensive

Solar energy is now competitive with the cost of power generated by coal, oil and natural gas. David Greene talks to Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media, a trade journal covering alternative technology.
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Bangladesh farmers turn back the clock to combat climate stresses

Bangladesh farmers turn back the clock to combat climate stresses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Indigenous varieties of rice are making a comeback in Bangladesh
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The 2014 GOOD City Index

The 2014 GOOD City Index | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
GOOD's annual breakdown of the most inspiring cities in the world.

'The heartbeat of a city is a difficult thing to measure. Some, like physicists Geoffrey West and Luis Bettencourt, say you can measure a city by the precise pace at which its citizens walk. Others think a city’s true worth lies in the cost of its housing, or the growth of its population, or the fiscal outlook of its property developers. At GOOD, we believe that a city’s heartbeat is best measured in “possibility”—the pervading sense that though a place may be far from perfect, its citizens are taking a bold stake in its future through a mixture of creativity, hustle, and civic engagement.'


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Lawmakers Look for Ways to Provide Relief for Rising Cost of Generic Drugs

Lawmakers Look for Ways to Provide Relief for Rising Cost of Generic Drugs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the prices for some common generic medicines soaring over the past 18 months, state and federal lawmakers are trying to find relief for patients struggling to pay.
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Brazil edges to brink of epic water crisis

Brazil edges to brink of epic water crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million that provides more than a fifth of Brazil’s GDP, could run dry in weeks
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Heavy pollution ruins Hunan landscape

Heavy pollution ruins Hunan landscape | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A huge and expanding area of polluted mud that is so big it can be seen from a satellite orbiting the Earth is encroaching on a beautiful landscape in central China’s Hunan Province.
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In New Drainage Projects, Long-Buried Urban Streams See the Light Again

In New Drainage Projects, Long-Buried Urban Streams See the Light Again | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Today's environmental planners are trying to re-create natural streams that cities long ago buried.
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China’s Growth Fuels Boom in World Shipping Traffic

China’s Growth Fuels Boom in World Shipping Traffic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new satellite study shows traffic on the world's oceans quadrupled over two decades, outpacing the growth in trade.
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Warmer world boosts Nordic wine production

Warmer world boosts Nordic wine production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warmer temps and cold-resistant vines are helping push wine production into Nordic countries in a rare positive spin-off from climate change
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The EPA's ozone rule could be its biggest, most controversial regulation yet

The rule could save thousands of lives — but no one knows how much it will cost.
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The Moral Politics of Climate Change

The Moral Politics of Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The minimal moral litmus for any generation is, - did they leave the planetary life support system in at least as good a condition as they found it? Climate change threatens to insure a degraded bi...
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Terrifying NASA Video Shows How Carbon Emissions Are Engulfing the World

The time-lapse movie lets you see for the first time what climate change really looks like.
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Clearing the Air with a Sino-U.S. Climate Pact -

Clearing the Air with a Sino-U.S. Climate Pact - | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China's climate talks chief Xie Zhenhua describes the consensus reached and future goals of a major greenhouse-gas agreement
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Federal Judge Blocks Review Of Alaska Mine’s Impact On Salmon

Federal Judge Blocks Review Of Alaska Mine’s Impact On Salmon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A federal judge has dealt a procedural blow to the EPA's efforts to protecting a remote part of Alaska from the impact of what could be the largest copper and cold mine in North America
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Piketty : 'Taxer le patrimoine ne tuerait pas l'esprit d'entreprise'

Piketty : 'Taxer le patrimoine ne tuerait pas l'esprit d'entreprise' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thomas Piketty plaide en faveur de l’impôt sur la fortune. Pas pour enquiquiner les capitalistes, mais justement pour éviter le déraillement du système. 'Le capital au XXIe siècle', la brique publiée par l'économiste sur les inégalités, est un des livres à succès de 2014. Rencontre avec la rock star de l'économie la plus controversée de la planète.

Via Thierry Curty
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Le ciment écologique anti-CO2

Le ciment écologique anti-CO2 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

L’industrie du bâtiment compte parmi les principales sources d’émission de gaz à effet de serre. A elle seule, la production de ciment est responsable de 5% du CO2 rejeté dans l’atmosphère. Alors, pour faire face à ces données désastreuses, certains lancent une contre-offensive et passent à la construction écologique. Zoom sur les alternatives écologiques pour la création du ciment.

 

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, Aquitaine decroissance
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