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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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Sleep specialist says begin preparing now for this weekend's change to daylight saving time

Sleep specialist says begin preparing now for this weekend's change to daylight saving time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When daylight saving time takes effect on Sunday, March 8, it doesn't have to mean a miserably groggy Monday morning. Start planning now to ease your body into the time transition.
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Washington state spill covers 50 birds in used motor oil

Oil-spill responders on Tuesday are evaluating the impact to wildlife from a used motor oil leak into a river in an agricultural area of south-central Washington, as at least 50 ducks, geese and other waterfowl were observed covered in oil.
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Climate change ruled out as most dominant factor for watersheds

Climate change ruled out as most dominant factor for watersheds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A UBC-Chinese Academy of Sciences joint study shows that land cover plays as significant a role as climate change on the hydrology of watersheds.
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As Delhi chokes, pressure grows for Indian climate action

As Delhi chokes, pressure grows for Indian climate action | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Torrents of thick black smoke billow up toward the smoggy skies as Kunti Desai feeds a coal-fired furnace to make tar for a Delhi road.
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New models yield clearer picture of emissions' true costs

New models yield clearer picture of emissions' true costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When its environmental and human health toll is factored in, a gallon of gasoline costs us about $3.80 more than the pump price, a new Duke University study finds.
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Direct evidence that drought-weakened Amazonian forests 'inhale less carbon'

Direct evidence that drought-weakened Amazonian forests 'inhale less carbon' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For the first time, an international research team has provided direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazonian basin 'inhale' carbon from the atmosphere during a severe drought. They measured the growth and photosynthesis rates of trees at 13 rainforest plots across Brazil, Peru ...
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The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

The Demolition of Workers’ Comp | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.
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Greenpeace spares China from blame for fine dust

Greenpeace spares China from blame for fine dust | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Greenpeace challenged a common perception among Koreans that most air pollution comes from China, Wednesday, claiming that Korea is responsible for more than half of its particle-laden smog.
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Royal Dutch Shell Wants to Look for Oil in the Most Dangerous Drilling Environment in the World

Royal Dutch Shell Wants to Look for Oil in the Most Dangerous Drilling Environment in the World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An ice-choked ocean, tens of thousands of whales, no proven technology in case of emergency, and a mission for oil: what could possibly go wrong?
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California orders 12 oil-field wells shut to protect groundwater

California orders 12 oil-field wells shut to protect groundwater | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California officials, responding to concerns about groundwater contamination, are closing 12 wells in the Central Valley used to dispose of chemical-laden water from oil and gas production, regulators announced Tuesday.
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Dermatologists warn: Don't touch 'contaminated' sand of Rio beaches

Dermatologists warn: Don't touch 'contaminated' sand of Rio beaches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The sands on the beaches of this Brazilian tourist mecca are heavily polluted, mainly thanks to trash left behind by beachgoers.
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State Sues Gallo Over Hazardous Dust Used To Make Wine Bottles

State Sues Gallo Over Hazardous Dust Used To Make Wine Bottles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Department of Toxic Substances Control has sued Gallo glass -bottle-maker for Gallo wines. The suit alleges the company violated almost 50 laws in a five-year span. The company says it has put tons of waste to good use and out of landfills.
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Defined by your possessions? How loving parents unintentionally foster materialism in their children

Defined by your possessions? How loving parents unintentionally foster materialism in their children | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Can loving and supportive parents unintentionally encourage their children to define their self-worth through possessions? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, children who receive more material rewards from their parents grow up to be more materialistic as adults.
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How to make palm oil without destroying forests

How to make palm oil without destroying forests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The versatility of palm oil has led to its use in not just food products but also in everyday goods from lipstick to laundry detergent. But its utility has resulted in the destruction of Southeast Asian rain forests that are the primary source of the oil. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ...
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Genetic data can help predict how pine forests will cope with climate change

Genetic data can help predict how pine forests will cope with climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Data from only a small number of gene variants can predict which maritime pine trees are most vulnerable to climate change, scientists report in the March issue of Genetics. The results will improve computer models designed to forecast where forests will grow as the climate changes, and promises to ...
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New material captures carbon dioxide with high capacity

New material captures carbon dioxide with high capacity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new provisionally patented technology from a New Mexico State University researcher could revolutionize carbon dioxide capture and have a significant impact on reducing pollution worldwide.
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Scientists question rush to build Nicaragua canal

Scientists question rush to build Nicaragua canal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A consortium of environmental scientists has expressed strong concern about the impact of a controversial Central American canal across Nicaragua.
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Scientists map unprecedented urbanization in East-Southeast Asia

Scientists map unprecedented urbanization in East-Southeast Asia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers have, for the first time, mapped the rapid urban expansion that has occurred across the whole of East-Southeast Asia in the last decade.
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No, the Banks Aren’t Losing

No, the Banks Aren’t Losing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yes, there has been some progress in making the financial system safer. But financial reform was so weak, it may not last.
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Cane growers see results from Project Catalyst

Cane growers see results from Project Catalyst | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cane growers make progress improving water quality running off properties to the Great Barrier Reef.
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Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest reveals Chinese-funded plan to drought-proof Australia

Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest reveals Chinese-funded plan to drought-proof Australia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mining magnate Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest says he would like to attract "passive" Chinese investment to develop 5000 gigalitres of water from existing aquifers in Australia to irrigate new tracts of land for agricultural production and drought-proof others.
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The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics

The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Las Vegas’ Pat Mulroy initiated an era of deal-making that may buffer against catastrophic drought.
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John Sylvan revealed that he no longer uses his own invention

John Sylvan revealed that he no longer uses his own invention | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
His idea revolutionised beverage preparation and spawned a multibillion-pound industry, but the inventor of the American version of the coffee capsule has admitted he “sometimes feels bad” about what he did – and fears for what his creation is doing to the environment.
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Everest risks contamination by a growing mountain of human waste

Everest risks contamination by a growing mountain of human waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The climbers who each year attempt to follow in Tenzing and Hillary’s footsteps to  the summit of Mount Everest are threatening to bring environmental disaster to the  roof of the world – by their toilet habits.
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