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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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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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'Indiscriminate' use of antibiotics in poultry might be 'strongly linked' to growing resistance in Indians: Study - The Times of India

'Indiscriminate' use of antibiotics in poultry might be 'strongly linked' to growing resistance in Indians: Study - The Times of India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Indians are developing resistance to antibiotics, and hence falling prey to a host of otherwise curable ailments. Some of this resistance might be due to large-scale unregulated use of antibiotics in the poultry industry," CSE said.
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Report: World faces water crises by 2040

Report: World faces water crises by 2040 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wind, solar power increase needed to avoid global drought
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Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional investigators say.
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From 'Finding Nemo' to minerals—what riches lie in the deep sea?

From 'Finding Nemo' to minerals—what riches lie in the deep sea? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As fishing and the harvesting of metals, gas and oil have expanded deeper and deeper into the ocean, scientists are drawing attention to the services provided by the deep sea, the world's largest environment. 'This is the time to discuss deep-sea stewardship before exploitation is too much farther underway,' ...
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Huge waves measured for first time in Arctic Ocean

Huge waves measured for first time in Arctic Ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water which is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Storms thus have the potential to create Arctic swell – huge waves that ...
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People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits | World Resources Institute

People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The “People-oriented Cities” series—exclusive to TheCityFix and Insights—is an exploration of how cities can grow to become more sustainable and livable through transit-oriented development (TOD). The nine-part series will address different urban design techniques and trends that reorient cities around people rather than cars.
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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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The reindeer herders battling a mine

The reindeer herders battling a mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Britain's Beowulf mining firm hopes to open an iron ore mine in Sweden, but many local reindeer herders say this would destroy their livelihoods.
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Leaping out of the lakes: Invasive mussels spread across America

Leaping out of the lakes: Invasive mussels spread across America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How quagga mussels put a serious bite on a Wisconsin man moving a boat across the West.
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Re-distribution of major tree species in British forests should begin soon

Re-distribution of major tree species in British forests should begin soon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Twente and at Forest Research, the research agency of the British Forestry Commission, used the UK Climate Projections 2009 data in models to show reduction in forest production by up to 42% by the 2080s due to climate change. The researchers studied three major tree ...
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White House warns climate inaction could cost US billions

White House warns climate inaction could cost US billions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Delaying efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could cost the US $150 billion per year, the White House warned Tuesday in a report on the economic consequences of inaction on climate change.
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Alaska fisheries and communities at risk from ocean acidification

Alaska fisheries and communities at risk from ocean acidification | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ocean acidification is driving changes in waters vital to Alaska's valuable commercial fisheries and subsistence way of life, according to new NOAA-led research that will be published online in Progress in Oceanography.
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It's Time for a Global Landscape Restoration Revolution | World Resources Institute

It's Time for a Global Landscape Restoration Revolution | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Andrew Steer, CEO of WRI, and Monique Barbut of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification discuss the urgent need for a global commitment to restoring degraded land and how it may remedy deforestation, desertification and food scarcity.

The expected rise in world population to 9 billion by 2050, and the need for a 70 percent increase in food production from 2006 levels, makes the need for a solution particularly urgent. This challenge will be even more difficult in the face of a changing climate.
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