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Cats in US kill billions of birds, mammals, study finds

Cats in US kill billions of birds, mammals, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Domestic cats in the United States kill up to 3.7 billion birds and as many as 20.7 billion mice, voles and other small mammals each year, biologists estimated on Tuesday.
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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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Ebola outbreak 'out of all proportion' and severity cannot be predicated

Ebola outbreak 'out of all proportion' and severity cannot be predicated | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A mathematical model that replicates Ebola outbreaks can no longer be used to ascertain the eventual scale of the current epidemic, finds research conducted by the University of Warwick.
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Drought hits Brazil coffee harvest

Drought hits Brazil coffee harvest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coffee output in Brazil, the world's chief exporter, will slide this year after the worst drought in decades, agricultural agency Conab said Tuesday.
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Politics divide coastal residents' views of environment

Politics divide coastal residents' views of environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From the salmon-rich waters of Southeast Alaska to the white sand beaches of Florida's Gulf Coast to Downeast Maine's lobster, lumber and tourist towns, coastal residents around the U.S. share a common characteristic: their views about coastal environments divide along political lines. That's a primary ...
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Philippines orders evacuation near powerful volcano

Philippines orders evacuation near powerful volcano | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Philippines authorities on Tuesday ordered people living close to a powerful volcano to evacuate, warning a dangerous eruption may occur within weeks.
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The Gulf Stream kept going during the last Ice Age

The Gulf Stream kept going during the last Ice Age | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The warm Atlantic water continued to flow into the icy Nordic seas during the coldest periods of the last Ice Age.
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Tornadoes occurring earlier in 'Tornado Alley'

Tornadoes occurring earlier in 'Tornado Alley' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Peak tornado activity in the central and southern Great Plains of the United States is occurring up to two weeks earlier than it did half a century ago, according to a new study whose findings could help states in 'Tornado Alley' better prepare for these violent storms.
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There's a place in the world that is fighting poverty with solar power

There's a place in the world that is fighting poverty with solar power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar power is taking off in villages where connecting to the grid is seen as a bad joke.
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Why we're getting ready to march for climate change

Why we're getting ready to march for climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The largest climate march in history is happening in a week, right through the middle of Manhattan. Here's why the event organizers think you should pay attention.
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Preventing climate change and adapting to it are not morally equivalent

Preventing climate change and adapting to it are not morally equivalent | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change mitigation and adaptation are often discussed as though they are interchangeable. They are not.
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Indonesian lawmakers approve Southeast Asia smog-fighting pact

Indonesian lawmakers approve Southeast Asia smog-fighting pact | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the biggest palm oil producer, Indonesia has now formally agreed to prevent and monitor haze pollution
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The Malaspina Expedition confirms that pollution reaches even the most remote areas of the ocean

Three years after the Hesperides vessel returned to Spain culminating the around the world of the Malaspina Expedition, researchers have an increasingly clear picture of how the global ocean works and what is its health condition. Specifically, the input of pollutants from the atmosphere is not limited to coastal areas, but also occurs in the most remote areas of the planet, and it is already affecting the ocean ecosystem.
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Bluefin Tuna Are Showing Up in the Arctic—and That’s Not Good News

Bluefin Tuna Are Showing Up in the Arctic—and That’s Not Good News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When you throw a net into the ocean, you never know what you’ll pull out.

 

That was the case for researchers cruising the freezing Arctic waters off Greenland in August 2012 in search of mackerel to see if there were enough of the fish to support a commercial fishery. In one haul, three endangered bluefin tuna, each weighing roughly 220 pounds, were pulled onto the ship’s deck amid six metric tons of mackerel.

 

“It was a bit surprising,” said Brian MacKenzie, a marine ecologist at the National Institute for Aquatic Resources at the Technical University of Denmark. The research ship was sailing in the Denmark Strait, between Greenland and Iceland, where water temperatures have historically been too cold for bluefin tuna.

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Dental and nutrition experts call for radical rethink on free sugars intake

Dental and nutrition experts call for radical rethink on free sugars intake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sugars in the diet should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake to reduce the significant financial and social burdens of tooth decay, finds new research from UCL (University College London) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
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NASA image: Dry conditions and lightning strikes make for a long California fire season

NASA image: Dry conditions and lightning strikes make for a long California fire season | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fire season in California has been anything but cooperative this year. Hot conditions combined with a state-wide drought and dry lightning makes for unpleasant conditions and leads to an abundance of forest fires.
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NASA sees Tropical Storm Odile knocking at US Southwest

NASA sees Tropical Storm Odile knocking at US Southwest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tropical Storm Odile continues to drench western Mexico and has now entered into the U.S. Southwest. On September 15, NASA's Terra satellite saw Odile's northernmost edge crossing the Mexican border into southern California. NOAA's GOES-East satellite on September 16 showed Odile's outer bands were ...
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Passion for the natural world clears the waters

Passion for the natural world clears the waters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A toxic legacy has hung over the picturesque northern NSW coastal hamlet of Urunga for almost 40 years. Although now obscured by dense vegetation, the forest of dead melaleuca trees at the edge of a wetland stands as a sad sentinel to a time when environmental protection was in its infancy.
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Study on global carbon cycle may require reappraisal of climate events in Earth's history

Study on global carbon cycle may require reappraisal of climate events in Earth's history | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent study of the global carbon cycle offers a new perspective of Earth's climate records through time. Scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science suggest that one of the current methods for interpreting ancient changes in the concentration of ...
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Study urges 15-year plan for low-carbon growth

Study urges 15-year plan for low-carbon growth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world can save both financial and environmental costs by shifting toward a low-carbon economy over the next 15 years, a high-level panel said Tuesday ahead of a UN summit.
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Remote Control | George Monbiot

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How the media shafted the people of Scotland.

 

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 17th September 2014

Perhaps the most arresting fact about the Scottish referendum is this: that there is no newspaper – local, regional or national, English or Scottish – which supports independence except the Sunday Herald. The Scots who will vote yes have been almost without representation in the media.

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A massive hurricane just slammed into Cabo

A massive hurricane just slammed into Cabo | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hurricane Odile is the strongest storm on record to hit the resort town … and just the latest monster storm from the Eastern Pacific this year.
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Black church leaders rev up for climate justice

Black church leaders rev up for climate justice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The good revs. Lennox Yearwood and Otis Moss III say it’s time to get serious about caring for our planet — and our fellow men.
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Self-Driving Cars Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Self-Driving Cars Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report shows how autonomous and connected car technologies could begin to reduce the amount of pollution put out by vehicles
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Sea Shepherd launch anti-poaching campaign | Voxy.co.nz

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Costa Rica and Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Association have launched Operation Pacuare, an anti-poaching campaign to protect sea turtles on Pacuare Beach in Costa Rica’s Limón province.
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An Inhospitable World to Come?

An Inhospitable World to Come? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ron Kramer in Mission Viejo, Calif., writes:Global warming is not the problem. Species extinction is not the problem. Ocean pollution is not the problem. These are the symptoms. The problem is overpopulation of our planet. All the discussion is focused on the symptoms and not the problem. There are no solutions because the human population [...]
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Challenging the economics of climate solutions — The Daily Climate

Challenging the economics of climate solutions — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ahead of the UN climate talks, a high-level panel makes the case that investing in climate solutions is the smart-money choice.
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