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Companies now face federal sewage disposal fine

Companies now face federal sewage disposal fine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two companies fined more than half a million dollars by the state of North Dakota for improperly dumping sewage in the western oil patch have reached an agreement with federal prosecutors to pay more fines.
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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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Algae Biomass Novel Foods Workshop | Algae Observer

Effects of the Novel Food Regulation on the algae biomass novel foods are to be discussed at the Algae Biomass Novel Foods Workshop.

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Produzione vinicola: la cantina perfetto connubio di tecnologia e sostenibilità

Produzione vinicola: la cantina perfetto connubio di tecnologia e sostenibilità | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La Cantina in Trentino dove la produzione vinicola ha una sede all’avanguardia per sostenibilità e tecnologia innovativa per risparmio energetico e uso del webGIS.

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Hopineo : Favoriser le Tourisme Durable par l'Exemple - e-RSE : Votre dose d'inspiration pour une meilleure Planète, Entreprise, Consommation, et Solidarité

Hopineo : Favoriser le Tourisme Durable par l'Exemple - e-RSE : Votre dose d'inspiration pour une meilleure Planète, Entreprise, Consommation, et Solidarité | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Deux jeunes passionnés de voyage et de développement durable se sont lancés dans l'aventure du tourisme durable avec la plateforme collaborative Hopineo.
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Biomimicry Lessons for Business from Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins

Biomimicry Lessons for Business from Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

At an event entitled “Biomimicry + the Regenerative Economy" in NYC, experts Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins share lessons business can learn from nature.


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Large Methane Plumes Discovered on Laptev Continental Slope Boundary: Evidence of Possible Methane Hydrate Release | Robert Scribbler Blog

Large Methane Plumes Discovered on Laptev Continental Slope Boundary: Evidence of Possible Methane Hydrate Release | Robert Scribbler Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

SWERUS-C3 researchers have on earlier expeditions documented extensive venting of methane from the subsea system to the atmosphere over the East Siberian Arctic Shelf. On this Oden expedition we have gathered a strong team to assess these methane releases in greater detail than ever before to substantially improve our collective understanding of the methane sources and the functioning of the system. This is information that is crucial if we are to be able to provide scientific estimations of how these methane releases may develop in the future (emphasis added). — Örjan Gustafsson

 

Over the past few years, the Arctic has been experiencing an invasion.

 

Emerging from the Gulf Stream, a pulse of warmer than normal water propagated north past Iceland and into the Barents Sea. There, it dove beneath the surface fresh water and retreating sea ice, plunging to a depth of around 200-500 meters where it concentrated, lending heat to the entire water column. Taking a right hand turn along the Siberian Continental Shelf, it crossed through the mid water zones of the Kara. Finally, it entered the Laptev and there it abutted against the downward facing slopes of the submarine continental region.

 

 


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Research on aquifer begins with drilling

Research on aquifer begins with drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Results from a test hole dug in the Nebraska Sandhills will help researchers gain a better understanding of the High Plains Aquifer.

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Japan heatwave kills 15, thousands hospitalised

Japan heatwave kills 15, thousands hospitalised | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) July 29, 2014 - Sweltering summer heat in Japan has left at least 15 people dead over the past week, while more than 8,000 others were rushed to hospital with heatstroke symptoms, official figures showed Tuesday.
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Malaysia air quality 'unhealthy' as haze obscures skies

Malaysia air quality 'unhealthy' as haze obscures skies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) July 29, 2014 - Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was unhealthy on Tuesday, with one town reaching very unhealthy levels as haze - mostly from forest fires in Indonesia - obscured skies.
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Their Economy Will Collapse, Including Ours

Their Economy Will Collapse, Including Ours | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Central bankers think they can keep their economy going by artificial stimulus until they hit escape velocity and grow at normal rates again — but they’re wrong.

 

In the East, China has inflated a massive infrastructure bubble that its top-down, centrally-planned government has supported with unprecedented stimulus. That bubble is already starting to show signs of cracking. When it bursts, there will be little the People’s Bank of China, or any other central bank for that matter, can do to fight the tsunami.

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UCLA-area water main break spews millions of gallons

UCLA-area water main break spews millions of gallons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A 90-year-old water main burst under Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday, producing a raging geyser that sent 8 million to 10 million gallons of water onto the UCLA campus, flooding several buildings, including the famed Pauley Pavilion.
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Activists in Brazil are fighting to protect the environment — and their lives

Activists in Brazil are fighting to protect the environment — and their lives | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brazil is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be an activist, according to a report by Global Witness. In the past ten years, hundreds of environmental activists who have spoken out against pollution and overuse of Brazil's natural resources have been attacked or killed.
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Competing visions of cataclysm at an EPA hearing

Competing visions of cataclysm at an EPA hearing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Advocates who support the plan and oppose it testified at an EPA hearing on Tuesday.
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Malaria vaccine shows continued protection during 18 months of follow-up

Malaria vaccine shows continued protection during 18 months of follow-up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A vaccine previously shown to reduce malaria in young infants and children reduces larger numbers of malaria cases in areas of higher malaria transmission, according to results from an ongoing clinical trial published in PLOS Medicine.

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Le case con i tetti verdi che proteggono dalle alluvioni

Le case con i tetti verdi che proteggono dalle alluvioni | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tetti verdi per le nuove case che proteggono dalle alluvioni gli abitanti della più densa città del Vietnam grazie a corti con giardini e sistemi di raccolta di acqua piovana.

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Une victoire pour les défenseurs des alternatives aux pesticides de Dordogne et d'ailleurs

Une victoire pour les défenseurs des alternatives aux pesticides de Dordogne et d'ailleurs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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"La voie pour une véritable alternative aux pesticides nocifs pour la santé et l'environnement s'entrouvre", affirme Jean-François Lyphout dans un communiqué.

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Japan Bets on Hydrogen’s Potential to Diversify Energy Sources

Japan Bets on Hydrogen’s Potential to Diversify Energy Sources | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The hydrogen market in Japan is set to expand to 1 trillion yen ($9.8 billion) by 2030 and 8 trillion yen by 2050, according to a government report.

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Diet Affects Men’s and Women’s Intestinal Microbes Differently

Diet Affects Men’s and Women’s Intestinal Microbes Differently | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 The microbes living in the guts of males and females react differently to diet, even when the diets are identical, according to a study by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and six other institutions published this week in the journal Nature Communications. These results suggest that therapies designed to improve human health and treat diseases through nutrition might need to be tailored for each sex.

 

The researchers studied the gut microbes in two species of fish and in mice, and also conducted an in-depth analysis of data that other researchers collected on humans. They found that in fish and humans diet affected the microbiota of males and females differently. In some cases, different species of microbes would dominate, while in others, the diversity of bacteria would be higher in one sex than the other.

These results suggest that any therapies designed to improve human health through diet should take into account whether the patient is male or female.

 

Only in recent years has science begun to completely appreciate the importance of the human microbiome, which consists of all the bacteria that live in and on people’s bodies. There are hundreds or even thousands of species of microbes in the human digestive system alone, each varying in abundance.


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Resource Insights: Why doesn't the 'long emergency' feel like an emergency?

It seemed as if the public might let go of this fossil-fueled fantasy after 2008. But because of the extraordinary financial measures deployed in an attempt to return us to business-as-usual, the global economic and financial system has been revived just enough to allow us to engage in a few more years of fantasizing--until our cumulative debts to nature and to one another catch up with us.


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, Today, 11:08 AM

Great article by Kurt Cobb on how our elites are ruining our childrens' futures in order to keep up our eternal economic growth fantasies.

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Yosemite's Costly, Climate Stoked Flames

Yosemite's Costly, Climate Stoked Flames | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Hat tip to D. R. Tucker. Above, NBC finally shows its possible to mention climate change when talking about the effects of climate change. USAToday: The costs of fighting wildfires are rising dramatically, ...

 

 

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Hong Kong leader says Occupy protest would be 'illegal'

Hong Kong leader says Occupy protest would be 'illegal' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) July 29, 2014 - Hong Kong's leader declared a planned occupation of the city's financial district by pro-democracy campaigners illegal Tuesday, and warned senior officials not to support the movement.
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Making Good Food Affordable | Eric Garza

Making Good Food Affordable | Eric Garza | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In Treating Food as an Investment, I note the relationship between reduced food expenditures in the United States over the past several decades and rising healthcare spending. There are many reasons for this relationship, but among them is the fact that most Americans buy very low quality food, a habit that harms our health on many levels. I’m well aware that many people throughout the US face challenging financial situations, which begs the question: Can we afford to buy higher quality food?

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Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.
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ENDANGERED: American eel numbers in the St. Lawrence River are plummeting

ENDANGERED: American eel numbers in the St. Lawrence River are plummeting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CORNWALL, Ontario - They may look snake-like and come complete with a revoltingly slimy exterior - but biology experts are working to save the American eel.
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EPA Should Address Emerging Risks From Fracking: GAO

Bloomberg BNA — The Environmental Protection Agency should review emerging risks related to safeguards for hydraulic fracturing wells used for oil and gas production, according to a report released July 28 by the Government Accountability Office.
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U.S. GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts

U.S. GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - One year after the launch of a social media effort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that develop GMOs have further
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