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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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Park Service to Big Water: No federal funding for bottled water bans? We’ll find our own money, thanks.

Park Service to Big Water: No federal funding for bottled water bans? We’ll find our own money, thanks. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The International Bottled Water Association questions a new Park Service strategy to work around any federal ban on bottled water restrictions. "You certainly don’t want to be doing things that Congress has indicated they don’t want you doing."
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China: As water demands grow sharply, supply is shrinking

China: As water demands grow sharply, supply is shrinking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China has 20 percent of the world's population, and 7 percent of its fresh water. As pressure mounts, officials are pushing conservation reforms such as reforestation and water taxes – and diverting water from the south to the north.
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Hillary Clinton's climate change plan 'just plain silly', says leading expert

Hillary Clinton's climate change plan 'just plain silly', says leading expert | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Democratic frontrunner’s solar proposal has major holes if she hopes to halt global warming. What would a real climate-change candidate look like?
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Alarm over 'timber grab' from Cambodia's protected forests - BBC News

Alarm over 'timber grab' from Cambodia's protected forests - BBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report says that highly valuable forests are being lost at an "unprecedented" rate from protected lands in Cambodia.
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REGIONS: New risk report lists potential health and economic costs of climate change in southeastern U.S.

REGIONS: New risk report lists potential health and economic costs of climate change in southeastern U.S. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By midcentury, an additional 4,500 people may be dying from heat-related illness each year in Texas, and more than $150 billion worth of Florida property may be below flood-swollen high tide levels, along with critical manufacturing and energy infrastructure in Louisiana.
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Historic Arctic fort threatened by climate change may be preserved thanks to 3D technology | Toronto Star

Historic Arctic fort threatened by climate change may be preserved thanks to 3D technology | Toronto Star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A historic fort threatened by melting permafrost in one of the most remote locations in the Canadian Arctic be preserved thanks to 3D technology
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Defense Department to Congress: Global warming is a 'present security threat'

Defense Department to Congress: Global warming is a 'present security threat' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global warming poses a present security threat to the U.S., the Pentagon told Senate appropriators in a report on Tuesday.
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France Plans to Reduce Nuclear in Favor of Renewables

France Plans to Reduce Nuclear in Favor of Renewables | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The nuclear pioneer nation plans to cut back on its reliance on reactors
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Last-Ditch Plan Aims to Prevent First Drought Extinction of Native Fish

Last-Ditch Plan Aims to Prevent First Drought Extinction of Native Fish | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The California drought threatens several of its native fish with extinction. Will the Sacramento River’s winter-run Chinook be the first to go?
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They're solar panels as you've never seen them before: completely clear.

They're solar panels as you've never seen them before: completely clear. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The future of energy is solar. The future of solar is (literally) clear.
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Clinton Campaign Calls Out GOP's Mad (not a) Scientists

Clinton Campaign Calls Out GOP's Mad (not a) Scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pretty decent satirical video slamming the cluelessness of current Republican presidential candidates, - apparently part of the Hillary Clinton messaging apparatus - good for them for paying attent...
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AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, an Associated…
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Worried about PVC and BPA? A toxic-free back-to-school shopping guide.

Worried about PVC and BPA? A toxic-free back-to-school shopping guide. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
School supplies sometimes contain plastics that health advocates are raising warnings about.
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UN: Expect 11.2 billion population by the end of the century - News - NorthJersey.com

Move over: The world's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new United Nations report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end of this century.
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Sanders rebuffed on amendment stating climate change is real

Sanders rebuffed on amendment stating climate change is real | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Senate panel rejected adding the amendment to an energy reform bill.
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11 maps that explain energy in America

If you've ever wondered where the electricity in your house comes from, here's a visual guide.
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Scientists Predict Climate Change Will Increase Child Malnutrition

Scientists Predict Climate Change Will Increase Child Malnutrition | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are 7 million malnourished children under age 5 worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Of these, one-third die either from the direct effects of starvation or from infectiou...
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Warming May Boost Wind Energy in Plains States

Warming May Boost Wind Energy in Plains States | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that global warming is likely to bring favorable winds to some states' clean energy initiatives.
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Coffee in crisis: The bitter end of our favourite drink?

Coffee in crisis: The bitter end of our favourite drink? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drought, flooding, disease - climate change is already threatening the source of our caffeine fix. Are we facing the end of coffee as we know it, asks David Robson.
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Northern Forests Falter in Combating Climate Change

Northern Forests Falter in Combating Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Forests in Eurasia are not sucking as much CO 2 out of the sky as they used to
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Melting Mummies Are on Thin Ice, Thanks to Climate Change

Melting Mummies Are on Thin Ice, Thanks to Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Glacial archaeologists scramble to save long-preserved specimens thawing out of vanishing ice before they are lost forever
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The Alarming Environmental Costs of Beef

The Alarming Environmental Costs of Beef | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Producing beef for the table releases more heat-trapping greenhouse gases than most people realize—far more, pound for pound, than are generated by the production of most other kinds of food
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Offshore Wind Begins US Take-Off

Offshore Wind Begins US Take-Off | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Now that offshore wind has a foothold in the US, it will begin the same price drop that has made solar power a game changer in so much of the country. What a lot of renewable bashers did not get 7 ...
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Guest Post: The Oil Industry is Going Solar

Guest Post: The Oil Industry is Going Solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I'm honored today to run a guest post from Zachary Shahan, a guiding genius behind Cleantechnica, one of the web's most useful sites for following the renewable energy revolution. There's no way ar...
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