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Other Voices: Can Climate Science Communication Matter?

Other Voices: Can Climate Science Communication Matter? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A scientist studying human reactions to information offers helpful advice to communicators aiming to engage the public on climate science.
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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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Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal

Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to set their new greenhouse gas emissions plan are facing staunch opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their economies would suffer from the new target.
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New policymaking tool for shift to renewable energy

New policymaking tool for shift to renewable energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Multiple pathways exist to a low greenhouse gas future, all involving increased efficiency and a dramatic shift in energy supply away from fossil fuels. A new tool 'SWITCH' enables policymakers and planners to assess the economic and environmental implications of different energy scenarios. It is presented ...
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Melting ice cap opening shipping lanes and creating conflict among nations

Melting ice cap opening shipping lanes and creating conflict among nations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's July and a cargo ship, laden with some 70,000 tons of coal, is slowly wending its way from Russia to China across the top of the world. This ship is functional, not beautiful; it's longer than two football fields and at least 30 yards wide. As it enters the Kara Sea, north of Russia, the water ...
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Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan, study says

Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century, putting almost all of the country's 127 million-strong population at risk, according to a new study.
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Mountain Goats Are Shrinking—A Lot—Because of Global Warming

Mountain Goats Are Shrinking—A Lot—Because of Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Global warming over the past few decades has caused chamois goats in the Italian Alps to get smaller.

 

Although global warming is known to be driving changes in body size in a number of animals, this result was more dramatic than researchers expected and suggests that a changing climate may have significant impacts on natural systems in the near term, in ways that are only beginning to be understood.

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Essay: If only we listened when politicians were listening to scientists — The Daily Climate

Essay: If only we listened when politicians were listening to scientists — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A quarter century ago today, a Republican governor cited scientific consensus as he warned of the dangers of human-driven changes in our atmosphere. 
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China's economy suffers its worst quarter since the financial crisis

China's economy suffers its worst quarter since the financial crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China's economy has clocked its worst quarter in more than five years, raising concerns over Beijing's ability to meet its own annual growth target.

Gross domestic product expanded by 7.3% in the third quarter versus the same period last year, accordi...
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DEP revokes water lab’s certification after guilty plea

West Virginia regulators have revoked the state certification for a Raleigh County laboratory, following the guilty plea of a lab supervisor who admitted he and other employees falsified coal industry samples so mining operations would appear to be in compliance with water pollution standards. 

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Ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring by 7C

Ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring by 7C | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists analysing more than three decades of weather data for the Alaskan outpost of Barrow have linked astonishing 7C rise to the decline in Arctic sea ice, reports Climate News Network
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Researchers say toxic air in the first two years can cause autism

Researchers say toxic air in the first two years can cause autism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pittsburgh researchers say children with autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have been exposed to toxic air.
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Why Receipts and Greasy Fingers Shouldn’t Mix

Why Receipts and Greasy Fingers Shouldn’t Mix | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“The chemicals used to make hand sanitizers, soaps, lotions, and sunscreen degrade the skin’s ability to act as a barrier"

 

An order of French fries may be bad for your health in ways that extend well beyond the outsize calorie count. According to a new studyby scientists at the University of Missouri, people who used hand sanitizer, touched a cash register receipt and then ate French fries were quickly exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used to coat receipt paper.

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Hopes for Ontario’s Ring of Fire doused

Hopes for Ontario’s Ring of Fire doused | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A global slump in commodity prices and bureaucratic red tape have put up roadblocks to the development of the $60-billion natural resources treasure trove
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Fossil fuels at what price? EU analysis looks at energy costs

Fossil fuels at what price? EU analysis looks at energy costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report, 'Subsidies and costs of EU energy' addresses different forms of energy production. The study was ordered and paid for by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy. Why bother? 'The functioning of energy markets and the size and effect of government interventions has been ...
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Gray water trial will help determine feasibility for landscape irrigation

Gray water trial will help determine feasibility for landscape irrigation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The second phase of a study on the use of gray water for landscape irrigation will soon be underway and its results may affect how municipalities view gray water as an alternative non-potable water source statewide and beyond, said the Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist leading the study.
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Geologist seeks clues about the most rapid and dramatic climate change in Earth's history

Geologist seeks clues about the most rapid and dramatic climate change in Earth's history | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This past summer, not long after collecting her degree from Caltech and thanks to the support of a Watson Fellowship, Hima Hassenruck-Gudipati (BS '14) found herself walking alone along a creek near the northern Italian town of Feltre, about 50 miles north of Venice. She was not vacationing, but instead ...
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Coping with water scarcity: Researchers evaluate effectiveness of water policies aimed at reducing consumption

Coping with water scarcity: Researchers evaluate effectiveness of water policies aimed at reducing consumption | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, Southern California water agencies have turned to new pricing structures, expanded rebate programs and implemented other means to encourage their customers to reduce consumption.
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No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study finds

No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
No-till farming, a key conservation agriculture strategy that avoids conventional plowing and otherwise disturbing the soil, may not bring a hoped-for boost in crop yields in much of the world, according to an extensive new meta-analysis by an international team led by the University of California, ...
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There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence

There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In an ever warming world, expect more wars, civil unrest, and strife, and also more violent crime in general.
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Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for 'nuclear refugees'

Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for 'nuclear refugees' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
TOKYO (Reuters) - Before the Fukushima nuclear crisis forced them from their homes, residents of Futaba had praised the Daiichi power plant as a godsend that brought jobs and money to the Japanese coastal
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County chemical maker wary after ‘near-catastrophic’ fracking incident

As the Tomblin administration considers a plan to allow natural gas drilling under the Ohio River, a major chemical maker in Marshall County has been fighting a proposal for hydraulic fracturing near its plant, citing a “near-catastrophic” gas-well incident last year that might be linked to geologic conditions beneath the river.

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Critics of Dow herbicide sue U.S. EPA over approval

(Reuters) - A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.The
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Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals, report says

Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Federal laws meant to protect drinking water require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel, which contains chemicals that can cause cancer and damage nerve tissues, in the drilling process. But a loophole in the law allows oil and gas companies to separately inject the same toxic chemicals without a permit, according to a report released by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Environmental Integrity Project.
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Eight Pieces of Our Oil Price Predicament

Eight Pieces of Our Oil Price Predicament | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Prices would set themselves at a level that would be high enough for the majority of producers, so that in total producers would provide enough–but not too much–oil for the world economy. The prices would be fairly affordable for consumers. And economies around the world would grow robustly with these oil supplies, plus other energy supplies. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that way recently. Let me explain at least a few of the issues involved.

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