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Bell collars on cats reduces the number of native birds caught and killed, research suggests

Bell collars on cats reduces the number of native birds caught and killed, research suggests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If domestic cats wore bell collars in urban areas the numbers of native birds caught and killed could be reduced by as much as half, a new University of Otago study shows.
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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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China coal mine explosion traps 29 workers

China coal mine explosion traps 29 workers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last year alone 1,049 people were killed or went missing in mining-related accidents in China.
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Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listener'

Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listener' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One hand clinging to his boat's gunwale, Harun Muhammad submerges himself, eyes and ears wide open underwater as he 'listens' for fish sounds emanating from the blue depths.
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Commentary focuses on 2014 Ebola outbreak in west africa

Commentary focuses on 2014 Ebola outbreak in west africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The Ebola epidemic is spreading in West Africa, with little hope for treatment, and an experimental therapy is unlikely to be provided to African patients, according to two commentaries published online Aug. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Ebola kills 84 in three days: UN

Ebola kills 84 in three days: UN | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Ebola virus killed 84 people in just three days, bringing the global death toll to 1,229, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
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What's in your gut? Certain bacteria may influence susceptibility to infection

What's in your gut? Certain bacteria may influence susceptibility to infection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The specific composition of bacterial species in a person's gut may protect against or increase susceptibility to Campylobacter, the most common cause of human bacterial intestinal inflammation, according research published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society ...
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Czechs roll out new Bitcoin-style virtual currency

Czechs roll out new Bitcoin-style virtual currency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Czech Republic launched its answer to Bitcoin on Tuesday when new virtual currency CzechCrownCoin started trading.
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New study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low; competitiveness of wind has improved

New study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low; competitiveness of wind has improved | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged just $25/MWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2013, ...
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Green power blooms as Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell'

Green power blooms as Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A solar cell that resembles a flower is offering a new take on green energy in Japan, where one scientist is searching for renewables that look good.
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'Severe' drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, report says

'Severe' drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drought conditions may have leveled off across California, but nearly 100 percent of the state remains in the third-harshest category for dryness, according to the latest measurements.
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Has the puzzle of rapid climate change in the last ice age been solved?

Has the puzzle of rapid climate change in the last ice age been solved? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over the past one hundred thousand years cold temperatures largely prevailed over the planet in what is known as the last ice age. However, the cold period was repeatedly interrupted by much warmer climate conditions. Scientists have long attempted to find out why these drastic temperature jumps of ...
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Rising sea levels force Pacific Island capital to relocate

Rising sea levels force Pacific Island capital to relocate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solomon Islands provincial capital will be relocated to the mainland due to coastal hazards and the risks of rising sea levels resulting from climate change.
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Analysis reveals significant land cover changes in US coastal regions

Analysis reveals significant land cover changes in US coastal regions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new NOAA nationwide analysis shows that between 1996 and 2011, 64,975 square miles in coastal regions—an area larger than the state of Wisconsin—experienced changes in land cover, including a decline in wetlands and forest cover with development a major contributing factor.
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A Tipped Scale in California: Time to See the True Value of Geothermal

A Tipped Scale in California: Time to See the True Value of Geothermal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 2004, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed the least-cost best fit (LCBF) rule as part of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard procurement. This statute required utilities to select renewable resources that have the lowest cost and that best fit their system needs.
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Photos of a remote $200-million mine cleanup in Washington State

Photos of a remote $200-million mine cleanup in Washington State | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Holden Mine cleanup is a remediation project costing upwards of a $200 million at a remote access site in central Washington State to fix environmental damage from an underground copper mine that operated over 50 years ago.

 

The mine has been closed since the late 1950s, and the cleanup is necessary to prevent water and soil contamination. Rio Tinto, which obtained the project after acquiring Alcan in 2007, is managing and paying for the five-year cleanup project, which began in January 2012.

 

It's also a religious retreat.

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Air France staff refuse to fly to Ebola-hit nations

Air France staff refuse to fly to Ebola-hit nations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some Air France flight crews are refusing to board planes bound for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria over fears of the Ebola outbreak, the airline said Tuesday.
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Liberia: Three receiving untested Ebola drug improving

Liberia: Three receiving untested Ebola drug improving | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug for Ebola are showing signs of recovery, officials said Tuesday, though medical experts caution it is not certain if the drug is effective.
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Antibacterial soap exposes health workers to high triclosan levels

Antibacterial soap exposes health workers to high triclosan levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Handwashing with antibacterial soap exposes hospital workers to significant and potentially unsafe levels of triclosan, a widely-used chemical currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a study led by researchers from UC San Francisco.
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Physically fit kids have beefier brain white matter than their less-fit peers

Physically fit kids have beefier brain white matter than their less-fit peers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study of 9- and 10-year-olds finds that those who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in the brain than their peers who are less fit. 'White matter' describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one brain region to another. More compact white ...
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Research shows how buildings can better generate and retain energy

Research shows how buildings can better generate and retain energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A PhD student at the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) on the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus has published research whose aim is to help improve the efficiency and performance of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BiPV) systems.
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Asian inventions dominate energy storage systems

Asian inventions dominate energy storage systems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In recent years, the number of patent applications for electrochemical energy storage technologies has soared. According to a study by the Technical University Munich, the largest volume of applications is submitted by developers of lithium batteries. The study offers a first differentiated analysis ...
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Wildfire near Yosemite sparks 13,000 evacuation orders

Wildfire near Yosemite sparks 13,000 evacuation orders | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Californian authorities said Tuesday they have issued more than 13,000 evacuation orders near Yosemite National Park due to a wildfire encroaching on the US tourist attraction.
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Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.
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New satellite data will help farmers facing drought

New satellite data will help farmers facing drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —About 60 percent of California is experiencing 'exceptional drought,' the U.S. Drought Monitor's most dire classification. The agency issued the same warning to Texas and the southeastern United States in 2012. California's last two winters have been among the driest since records began ...
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Waterloo makes public most complete Antarctic map for climate research

Waterloo makes public most complete Antarctic map for climate research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The University of Waterloo has unveiled a new satellite image of Antarctica, and the imagery will help scientists all over the world gain new insight into the effects of climate change.
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'Safer' pesticide could create toxic mercury, study says

'Safer' pesticide could create toxic mercury, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A compound in pesticides that replaced another banned for its harmful effects, may threaten humans and wildlife by reacting with mercury in natural water to form a toxic chemical, researchers said Tuesday.
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