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Myanmar Police Used Phosphorus on Protesters, Lawyers Say

Myanmar Police Used Phosphorus on Protesters, Lawyers Say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A munition normally used for warfare is said to have been used on Buddhist monks and villagers during a crackdown, according to a group investigating the incident.
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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

A thoughtfull read.

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California Gas Pipeline Explosion Injures Up to 15 People

California Gas Pipeline Explosion Injures Up to 15 People | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A construction crew on Friday accidentally ruptured a natural gas transmission line in Fresno, California, sparking an explosion and fire that injured up to 15 people, four of them critically, officials said.
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The Very Real Hardship of Unpredictable Work Schedules

The Very Real Hardship of Unpredictable Work Schedules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 17 percent of workers who deal with erratic scheduling tend to be those who can afford instability the least.
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Marine sanctuaries face new mining threat after permits issued for petroleum exploration

Marine sanctuaries face new mining threat after permits issued for petroleum exploration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Permits that would allow industry to look for petroleum in marine sanctuaries have been quietly granted by the Abbott government while it reviews 40 freshly minted new marine reserves.
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Western lifestyle may limit the diversity of bacteria in the gut

Western lifestyle may limit the diversity of bacteria in the gut | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bacteria that naturally reside in the gut are important for health, but recent studies consistently show that a modern lifestyle depletes the gut's collection of microbes. How lifestyle affects the diversity of this gut 'microbiome' is unclear, but an analysis of the gut microbiomes of Papua New Guinean ...
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Botox makes unnerving journey into our nervous system

Botox makes unnerving journey into our nervous system | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research might bring a frown to even the most heavily botoxed faces, with scientists finding how some of the potent toxin used for cosmetic surgery escapes into the central nervous system.
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World-record electric motor for aircraft

World-record electric motor for aircraft | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Siemens researchers have developed a new type of electric motor that, with a weight of just 50 kilograms, delivers a continuous output of about 260 kilowatts – five times more than comparable drive systems. The motor has been specially designed for use in aircraft. Thanks to its record-setting power-to-weight ...
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Can't pay? Won't pay!—putting a price on water

Can't pay? Won't pay!—putting a price on water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's arguably our most vital and precious natural resource, and one that is growing dangerously scarce from China to California, but no matter how much we value water, we're not that keen on paying for it.
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Arctic sea ice maximum reaches lowest extent on record

Arctic sea ice maximum reaches lowest extent on record | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. NSIDC scientists provide Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis content, with partial support from NASA.
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Vatican Announces Major Summit On Climate Change

Vatican Announces Major Summit On Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“[The conference hopes to] help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.”
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Could Seattle activists throw a wrench in Shell's Arctic drilling plans?

Could Seattle activists throw a wrench in Shell's Arctic drilling plans? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shell wants to use Seattle's port as a staging ground, but citizens and protestors are cooking up plans to block the oil giant's scheme.
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Cobalt film a clean-fuel find

Cobalt film a clean-fuel find | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A cobalt-based thin film serves double duty as a new catalyst that produces both hydrogen and oxygen from water to feed fuel cells, according to scientists at Rice Univ. The inexpensive, highly porous material may have advantages as a catalyst for the production of hydrogen via water electrolysis. A single film far thinner than a hair can be used as both the anode and cathode in an electrolysis device.
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M.I.T. Debates Whether to Drop Fossil-Fuel Investments

M.I.T. Debates Whether to Drop Fossil-Fuel Investments | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Opponents say cutting use of oil, gas and coal is a more effective way to redirect energy companies
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The MIT divestment advocates are requesting that the university block any new fossil investments and sell fossil fuel shares within five years.

"We must stop betting against our future," said Don Gould, a financial manager who helped oversee Pitzer College's divestment process last year, arguing in favor of MIT divestment yesterday.

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The Made-Up Disease That Affects More People in Power Than You Think

The Made-Up Disease That Affects More People in Power Than You Think | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Watch Funny or Die lampoon the folks who refuse to acknowledge climate change.
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Home Prices Fall in Fewer Chinese Cities as Demand Grows

Home Prices Fall in Fewer Chinese Cities as Demand Grows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New-home prices dropped from a month earlier in 49 of the 70 cities tracked by the government, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Saturday, compared with slides in 66 in February. The average price fell for an 11th consecutive month, bringing the decline from a year earlier to 6.1 percent, the steepest on record, according to Bloomberg calculations.
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You Can't Have a Functioning Democracy Without High Quality Infrastructure

You Can't Have a Functioning Democracy Without High Quality Infrastructure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's time for our lawmakers to start rebuilding our nation.
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Subsidies key in improving sanitation, new study finds

Subsidies key in improving sanitation, new study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With poor sanitation estimated to cause 280,000 deaths per year worldwide, improving sanitation is a key policy goal in many developing countries. Yet governments and major development institutions disagree over how to address the problem. A new study released in Science today found that in Bangladesh, ...
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Could maple syrup help cut use of antibiotics? (w/ Video)

Could maple syrup help cut use of antibiotics? (w/ Video) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A concentrated extract of maple syrup makes disease-causing bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics, according to laboratory experiments by researchers at McGill University.
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8 nutrients to protect the aging brain

Brain health is the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle according to a 2014 AARP study. As people age they can experience a range of cognitive issues from decreased critical thinking to dementia and Alzheimer's disease. In the March issue of Food Technology published by ...
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Preparing communities to tackle extreme weather

Global warming means more extreme weather, everywhere. A new research project is looking at how Norwegian communities - already experienced with harsh weather - are coping with even more difficult weather conditions.
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Wildfires emit more greenhouse gases than assumed in California climate targets

Wildfires emit more greenhouse gases than assumed in California climate targets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study quantifying the amount of carbon stored and released through California forests and wildlands finds that wildfires and deforestation are contributing more than expected to the state's greenhouse gas emissions.
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American Companies Are Shipping Millions Of Trees To Europe, And It’s A Renewable Energy Nightmare

American Companies Are Shipping Millions Of Trees To Europe, And It’s A Renewable Energy Nightmare | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wood pellet demand for renewable energy is skyrocketing. Not only is this stressing forest ecosystems, but it could also be bad for emissions.
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Coal is dying all by itself

Coal is dying all by itself | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since 2008, the coal industry shed nearly 50,000 jobs, while natural gas and renewable energy added four times that number.
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Angry Birds wants to get you mad about climate change

Angry Birds wants to get you mad about climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The makers of the highly addictive game will announce on Earth Day that it is has a new mission: raising awareness about climate change.
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Acidic Oceans Implicated in Earth's Worst Mass Extinction

Acidic Oceans Implicated in Earth's Worst Mass Extinction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Huge amounts of CO2 spewed from colossal volcanic eruptions in Siberia may have turned the world's oceans dangerously acidic 252 million years ago, helping to drive a global environmental calamity
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Indian Railways and Military Go Solar | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

Indian Railways and Military Go Solar | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There’s been no shortage recently of big companies going big on solar, nor of middlemen trying to pave the way for bulk buying of solar power, ...
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