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San Francisco on Track to Become Zero Waste City | PBS NewsHour | Jan. 25, 2013

San Francisco on Track to Become Zero Waste City | PBS NewsHour | Jan. 25, 2013 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco is trying to become the first city with zero waste.
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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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Polar zone ozone and UV exposure, under closer scrutiny than ever

Polar zone ozone and UV exposure, under closer scrutiny than ever | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global changes, such as climate warming and stratospheric ozone depletion, are increasingly noticeable. Therefore, there is a need for scientists to have reliable information about atmospheric and stratospheric processes. Today, all developed countries have invested in sophisticated surveillance systems. ...
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Straits of Mackinac 'worst possible place' for a Great Lakes oil spill

Straits of Mackinac 'worst possible place' for a Great Lakes oil spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Because the strong currents in the Straits of Mackinac reverse direction every few days, a rupture of the oil pipeline beneath the channel would quickly contaminate shorelines miles away in both lakes Michigan and Huron, according to a new University of Michigan study commissioned by the National Wildlife ...
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Leading scientists express rising concern about 'microplastics' in the ocean

Leading scientists express rising concern about 'microplastics' in the ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Microplastics – microscopic particles of plastic debris – are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical and toxicological risks they pose to organisms.
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Canada Struggles with Melting Permafrost as Climate Warms

Canada Struggles with Melting Permafrost as Climate Warms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warming temperatures in the Great White North are melting important ice roads and heating waterways beyond optimal temperatures for some fish
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Global Warming Requires a More Frequent Rethink of "Normal" Weather: U.N.

Global Warming Requires a More Frequent Rethink of "Normal" Weather: U.N. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 The baseline for "normal" weather used by everyone from farmers to governments to plan ahead needs to be updated more frequently to account for the big shifts caused by global warming, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization said on Wednesday.

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Why Is Namibia Killing Its Rare Desert Elephants? | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Why Is Namibia Killing Its Rare Desert Elephants? | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Saturday, June 21 one of the Republic of Namibia's rare desert elephants was felled by a hunter's rifle. Unlike most of the other elephants that ...
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Protect Our Drinking Water [Editorial]

Protect Our Drinking Water [Editorial] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recent spills show that tougher rules are needed to protect water supplies
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Clean Energy to Stave Off Catastrophic Climate Change Possible by 2050, Barely

Clean Energy to Stave Off Catastrophic Climate Change Possible by 2050, Barely | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world is not on track to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius but can still hold that line with tremendous effort
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Drinking from the Toilet

Drinking from the Toilet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Treated sewage could be the safest, most environmentally sound source of tap water yet—if we can get over the yuck factor
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China to Struggle to Cut Carbon to Safe Levels: UN Study

China may struggle to cut carbon emissions to levels that prevent the worst effects of global warming, a United Nations study of 15 major emitters showed.
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No False Choices: To Preserve A Livable Climate, We Need To Slash Both CO2 And Methane ASAP

No False Choices: To Preserve A Livable Climate, We Need To Slash Both CO2 And Methane ASAP | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It is a false choice that we must choose between cutting CO2 (the biggest long-term threat to the climate) and super pollutants like methane (that are far more potent at trapping heat in the shorter term). We must do both to sustain a livable climate.
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Cool roofs offer a salve for hot cities -- and the climate, too

Cool roofs offer a salve for hot cities -- and the climate, too | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Want to cut your air conditioning costs, save people from getting sick, and slow global warming at the same time? Grab a bucket of white paint.
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China to scrap purchase tax on electric vehicles

China to scrap purchase tax on electric vehicles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China will exempt electric cars and other types of 'new energy' vehicles from purchase tax, the government said, as it seeks to reduce pollution and conserve resources.
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Blow for Australia government as carbon tax repeal fails

Blow for Australia government as carbon tax repeal fails | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia's conservative government on Thursday suffered a setback when the upper house Senate voted against abolishing a carbon tax, the central platform of its election win last year.
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Canal route in Nicaragua raises concerns over lake

Canal route in Nicaragua raises concerns over lake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Now that Nicaragua has picked a path for a Chinese firm to dig a canal connecting the Caribbean and the Pacific, environmentalists are worried about a huge lake on the route.

 

They fret about the effects of ship traffic on the health of Lake Cocibolca, the largest freshwater body in Central America.

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ClimateCrocks at NetRoots!

ClimateCrocks at NetRoots! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This year the premier event for online activism comes to Detroit, my back yard. I've been fortunate enough to be invited. Next week. Netrootsnation: Session Type(s): Panel Starts: Thursday, Jul. 17...
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Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Parks

Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Parks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A large percentage of the country's national parks have recently experienced extreme heat, precipitation or drought, which could hurt plant and animal species
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Hotter Heat Waves Deadly, but Cities Can Use Tricks for Cooling Off

Hotter Heat Waves Deadly, but Cities Can Use Tricks for Cooling Off | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cities can combat the urban heat island effect under global warming with trees, white roofs and other fixes
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Air Pollution's Impact on Cancer Is "Grossly Underestimated"

Air Pollution's Impact on Cancer Is "Grossly Underestimated" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carcinogens are all around us, so scientists are broadening their ideas of environmental risk
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Through the Anthropocene Looking Glass | Oscillator, Scientific American Blog Network

Through the Anthropocene Looking Glass | Oscillator, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There’s no doubt that humans have drastically changed the Earth. The global scale impacts of humans on the environment has led many scientists, scholars, and environmentalists to use the term Anthropocene to describe our present geological period. The term is currently in widespread — though still informal — use, and scientists are actively debating whether we can officially say that we live in the “Human Age” and if we do, when exactly it started.

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Scalloped Hammerheads Become First Shark Species on the U.S. Endangered Species List

Scalloped Hammerheads Become First Shark Species on the U.S. Endangered Species List | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two distinct population segments are now listed as threatened and two are listed as endangered by the National Marine Fisheries Service
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Racing Toward Total Extinction | Exposing the chemtrail-geoengineering coverup

Racing Toward Total Extinction  |   Exposing the chemtrail-geoengineering coverup | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

While billions around the globe still occupy their time with completely meaningless distractions and entertainments, life on Earth is literally imploding. The level of mainstream media spin and omission in regard to what is unfolding is difficult to comprehend. The general public is all too willing to accept the factless facade that is fed to them day in and day out while life on Earth disintegrates around us all. Our collective future quite literally now rely on those that are awake and willing to help sound the alarm. Standing still and complaining to others about the converging catastrophes will not help our situation. We must all learn to effectively reach out to all the groups, organizations, and individuals that are still oblivious to the immediate peril we face. Every single day matters.

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Australian Senate delays carbon tax repeal

Australian Senate delays carbon tax repeal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mining magnate's party wants legislation to guarantee savings will be passed onto consumers
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Seeing Climate Change From Space: NASA Creates Image-Based iPad App

Seeing Climate Change From Space: NASA Creates Image-Based iPad App | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The unique, global perspective we get from space can help us see just how small, fragile and interconnected our planet
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One Year After Hiring Former EPA Head, Apple Releases Impressive Environmental Report

One Year After Hiring Former EPA Head, Apple Releases Impressive Environmental Report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When you hire a former head of the EPA to oversee environmental issues, you expect results.
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