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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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Scientists use birds to track pollution

Scientists use birds to track pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Birds are providing some insight into contamination in the Great Lakes.
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Drive must focus on roots

Drive must focus on roots | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
  The government needs to clamp down on real culprits instead of chasing down petty traders in its drive against adulterated and contaminated food, experts and civil society members said yes...
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Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil's impact - US News

Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil's impact - US News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Saltwater leaks into this stream after running downhill, Thursday, July 10, 2014, near Mandaree, N.D. A pipeline leak on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation spilled 1 million gallons of saltwater, a byproduct of oil and gas production. Company officials say the leak likely started over the Fourth of July weekend. 

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Toxic cargo ahead

Toxic cargo ahead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Transportation by truck, train or pipeline of hazardous materials that can poison us, gas us, burn us and blow us to bits is such a part of everyday life it goes largely unseen and unrecognized. But there’s an ever-present threat in the valley created by transporting dangerous things in a maze of pipelines, rail lines and roads.

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Radio Interview: Admiral David Titley

Radio Interview: Admiral David Titley | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Admiral David Titley was formerly Chief Oceanographer for the US Navy. Now retired, he teaches at Penn State University. Here, he fields questions from a conservative radio jock in Bozeman, Montana...
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Demand Limits to Carbon Pollution

Demand Limits to Carbon Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Your children deserve a clean future. Help us ensure that clean air is a part of the future for generations to come. #ActOnClimate
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Exclusive: Coastal flooding has surged in U.S., Reuters finds

Exclusive: Coastal flooding has surged in U.S., Reuters finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Coastal flooding along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has surged in recent years, a Reuters analysis has found.During the past four decades, the number of days
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Italy: Polluters can't receive communion claims Naples archbishop - Adnkronos Religion

Italy: Polluters can't receive communion claims Naples archbishop - Adnkronos Religion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Naples, 6 Nov. (AKI) - Polluters may not receive holy communion as they do not enjoy God's "grace", the archbishop of Naples, Crescenzio Sepe said on Wednesday....
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India's new policy puts roads ahead of wildlife concerns

India's new policy puts roads ahead of wildlife concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Janaki Lenin: Faster approvals for military projects along China border could put 60 national parks and their iconic animals at risk
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Here’s How to Make Sure Students Learn About Climate Science

Here’s How to Make Sure Students Learn About Climate Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An alliance of educators, parents, and scientists wants you to sign the Climate Science Students Bill of Rights.
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First Modi budget spells austerity for Indian science

First Modi budget spells austerity for Indian science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Funding drops in real terms, but researchers hopeful things will improve.
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CDC Closes Two Labs After Anthrax, Flu Scares

CDC Closes Two Labs After Anthrax, Flu Scares | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will close the laboratories after last month's possible exposure of dozens of workers to anthrax and the discovery of a vial of smallpox this week.
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Equity Firm Restores Louisiana Marshland to Earn Credits It Can Sell

Equity Firm Restores Louisiana Marshland to Earn Credits It Can Sell | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A private equity company that is funding the restoration of Louisiana wetlands plans to sell environmental credits to private developers and government agencies.
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Cashes Ledge, long closed to fishing, may reopen - The Boston Globe

Cashes Ledge, long closed to fishing, may reopen - The Boston Globe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Twelve years ago, in an effort to bolster declining fish stocks, regulators cordoned off 550 square miles around Cashes Ledge, making it one of the largest areas closed to fishing from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia. Now, with fishermen hurting from strict government limits on the size of their catch, regulators are considering reopening some or all of the area to trawlers.
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Midwestern farmers wage war against 'superweeds' : Business

Midwestern farmers wage war against 'superweeds' : Business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An increasing number of weeds are Roundup-resistant, forcing changes in agricultural practices.
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Microplastic waste: This massive (tiny) threat to sea life is now in every ocean

Microplastic waste: This massive (tiny) threat to sea life is now in every ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pollution of the oceans by tiny pieces of plastic debris is now so widespread that only radical action to eliminate the waste at source can limit further damage to marine wildlife, according to scientists.
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A Senate committee just approved a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United

A Senate committee just approved a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The proposal would allow caps on outside spending on elections.
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Denial by Any Other Name is Just as Dangerous | Franz Matzner's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Denial by Any Other Name is Just as Dangerous | Franz Matzner's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It has now been about three weeks since the President formally unveiled the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan which sets the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from the nation’s fleet of power plants.  Despite preliminary estimates showing...
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Curious about water quality at local beaches?

Curious about water quality at local beaches? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Visit NRDC's map to see beach water quality across the country and take action to protect clean water.
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Pope Francis's Radical Environmentalism

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Exploiting the earth "is our sin," the pontiff says.

 

This past weekend, Pope Francis did something that was quietly revolutionary. In a talk at the Italian university of Molise, Francis characterized concerns about the environment as “one of the greatest challenges of our time”—a challenge that is theological, as well as political, in nature. “When I look at ... so many forests, all cut, that have become land … that can [no] longer give life,” he reflected, citing South American forests in particular. “This is our sin, exploiting the Earth. ... This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: to convert ourselves to a type of development that knows how to respect creation.” And the pontiff isn’t stopping there; he’s reportedly planning to issue an encyclical, or papal letter, about man’s relationship with the environment.

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'Rollin' Coal' culture warriors want to douse your Prius with their smoke-belching trucks

'Rollin' Coal' culture warriors want to douse your Prius with their smoke-belching trucks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The thinking seems to be, “I hate you and your clean air! I’ll show you by mutilating my truck and burning my money one $3.86 gallon at a time!”
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In the Colombian rainforest, an experiment in community-driven climate protection

In the Colombian rainforest, an experiment in community-driven climate protection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Tolo River community sells carbon credits to corporations via a United Nations program called REDD. The rewards go far beyond just money.
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Get Involved With TNC | The Nature Conservancy

Get Involved With TNC | The Nature Conservancy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Environmentalist" is not a bad word! If you like the outdoors, then you care about protecting it. See how you can get involved!
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Tropical Fish Are Taking Over Temperate Oceans, Causing Underwater Deforestation

Tropical Fish Are Taking Over Temperate Oceans, Causing Underwater Deforestation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warming ocean waters are helping tropical fish invade temperate waters with devastating consequences for native kelp forests and the species they support.
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Crumbling Roads in Oil Fields Slow U.S. Energy Boom

Crumbling Roads in Oil Fields Slow U.S. Energy Boom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The road to U.S. energy security is often unpaved.
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