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The Future by Al Gore – review

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John Gray on why Al Gore's alarming new guide to what needs to change in world politics is essential reading
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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, 2014 8:26 PM

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Texas Town First Of Many To Switch To 100% Renewable Power

Texas Town First Of Many To Switch To 100% Renewable Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Texas city is soon to be generating all of its electricity from renewable sources, not because of any ideological cause but purely based on the price
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AncientBiotics - a medieval remedy for modern day superbugs?

AncientBiotics - a medieval remedy for modern day superbugs? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A one thousand year old Anglo-Saxon remedy for eye infections which originates from a manuscript in the British Library has been found to kill the modern-day superbug MRSA in an unusual research collaboration at The University of Nottingham.
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New study recommends early introduction of peanuts to prevent allergies

New study recommends early introduction of peanuts to prevent allergies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a dietary staple for many children. But for others, peanut products can be life-threatening and are strictly taboo. A new study released at a meeting of the American Academy and Association of Allergies and Immunology (AAAAI)  and published in the New England ...
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Family income, parental education related to brain structure in children and adolescents

Family income, parental education related to brain structure in children and adolescents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Characterizing associations between socioeconomic factors and children's brain development, a team including investigators from nine universities across the country reports correlative links between family income and brain structure. Relationships between the brain and family income were strongest in ...
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China suspected as software site GitHub hit by attack (Update)

China suspected as software site GitHub hit by attack (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The software collaboration website GitHub said Monday it was fighting off a cyber attack since late last week, and security analysts said the effort appeared to originate in China.
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Goodbye, range anxiety? Electric vehicles may be more useful than previously thought

Goodbye, range anxiety? Electric vehicles may be more useful than previously thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the first study of its kind, scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) quantitatively show that electric vehicles (EVs) will meet the daily travel needs of drivers longer than commonly assumed. Many drivers and much prior literature on the retirement ...
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Antibiotic resistance risk for coastal water users

Antibiotic resistance risk for coastal water users | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recreational users of coastal waters such as swimmers and surfers are at risk of exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria, according to new research published this week.
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Drought damage leads to widespread forest death

Drought damage leads to widespread forest death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 2000-2003 drought in the American southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region. A Carnegie-led team of scientists developed a new modeling tool to explain how and where trembling aspen forests died as a result of this drought. It is based on damage to the individual trees' ...
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Direct evidence for a positive feedback in climate change

Direct evidence for a positive feedback in climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study has confirmed the existence of a positive feedback operating in climate change whereby warming itself may amplify a rise in greenhouse gases resulting in additional warming.
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How Growers Gamed California’s Drought

How Growers Gamed California’s Drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Consuming 80 percent of California’s developed water but accounting for only 2 percent of the state’s GDP, agriculture thrives while everyone else is parched.
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Vietnam rice boom heaping pressure on farmers, environment

Vietnam rice boom heaping pressure on farmers, environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rice farmer Nguyen Hien Thien is so busy growing his crops that he has never even visited Can Tho, a town only a few miles from his
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Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ArchiBlox unveiled Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab home that’s packed with eco-friendly features and gorgeous to boot.
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Genetically-modified mosquitoes might save thousands of human lives, but is the risk too high?

Genetically-modified mosquitoes might save thousands of human lives, but is the risk too high? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The experiment to counter the world’s deadliest animal launches Canada into a controversial new field – bioengineering – that critics fear might also wreak havoc on humans
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Bottling water without scrutiny

Bottling water without scrutiny | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Companies tapping springs and aquifers with little oversight

 

Miles from the nearest paved road in the San Bernardino National Forest, two sounds fill a rocky canyon: a babbling stream and the hissing of water flowing through a stainless steel pipe.

 

From wells that tap into springs high on the mountainside, water gushes down through the pipe to a roadside tank. From there, it is transferred to tanker trucks, hauled to a bottling plant and sold as Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water.

 

Nestle Waters North America holds a longstanding right to use this water from the national forest near San Bernardino. But the U.S. Forest Service hasn't been keeping an eye on whether the taking of water is harming Strawberry Creek and the wildlife that depends on it. In fact, Nestle's permit to transport water across the national forest expired in 1988. It hasn't been reviewed since, and the Forest Service hasn't examined the ecological effects of drawing tens of millions of gallons each year from the springs.

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Fighting back against superbugs

Fighting back against superbugs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Antibiotics—and antibiotic resistance—are in the news once again, with announcements by McDonald's and Costco that they will eliminate antibiotics that are important to human medicine from use in the production of some of their meats and the discovery of a new class of antibiotic that scientists ...
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Consuming eggs with raw vegetables increases nutritive value

Consuming eggs with raw vegetables increases nutritive value | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There is burgeoning research showing that co-consuming cooked whole eggs with your veggies can increase carotenoids absorption. With the recent scientific report from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee lessening past concern over cholesterol in eggs, this is particularly good news.
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Cook calls 'religious objection' laws dangerous

Cook calls 'religious objection' laws dangerous | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called 'religious objection' legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business.
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Just how green is wind power?

Just how green is wind power? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wind power may have a positive image, but setting up offshore wind farms is complicated and energy-intensive. Because Siemens promises its customers and the authorities a high degree of transparency for the environmental performance of its giant turbines, it has reviewed the actual benefit of green ...
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Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark

Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Kashmiris in both India and Pakistan moved to higher ground Monday as rain-swollen rivers swamped parts of the disputed Himalayan region placed under an emergency flood alert just six months after some 600 people died in flooding that left the region in shambles.
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Sea change: What took decades to destroy in oceans took millennia to recover

Sea change: What took decades to destroy in oceans took millennia to recover | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ocean ecosystems that experience rapid upheaval because of climate change can take thousands of years to recover, according to an examination of fossilized ocean fauna on the seafloor by the University of California, Davis.
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Good luck and the Chinese reverse global forest loss

Good luck and the Chinese reverse global forest loss | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Analysis of 20 years of satellite data has revealed the total amount of vegetation globally has increased by almost 4 billion tonnes of carbon since 2003. This is despite ongoing large-scale deforestation in the tropics.
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Battle over Science Funding Gets Fiercer in U.S. Congress

Battle over Science Funding Gets Fiercer in U.S. Congress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research agency critics, such as Sen. Ted Cruz, have new positions with power to control money and priorities
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It's taken seven years, but California is finally cleaning up microbead pollution

It's taken seven years, but California is finally cleaning up microbead pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nonprofits are using the state’s new stormwater requirements to sue plastic manufacturers for polluting waterways — and they’re winning
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Apple Electric Car: Concept Photos

Apple Electric Car: Concept Photos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recent rumours that suggest Apple may be working on an electric car have inspired the website carwow to produce some concept images of what the vehicle may look like. Speculation
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Sustainability video winner debuts at Wellesley STEM Expo - The Swellesley Report

Sustainability video winner debuts at Wellesley STEM Expo - The Swellesley Report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wellesley High School sophomores Luisa Coakley and Lily Fenton took home first prize (GoPro cameras) for their Sustainability Challenge video, which made its
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