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U.S. voters favor carbon tax by 4-to-1 margin

U.S. voters favor carbon tax by 4-to-1 margin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Friends of the Earth: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sixty-seven percent of Americans would rather see the government tax carbon pollution rather than cut spending as a way of solving our budget problems. Thi...
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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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As Drought Worsens, Restrictions on Pools Rise in California

As Drought Worsens, Restrictions on Pools Rise in California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Swimmin' pools. Movie stars. Well, maybe just the movie stars now, thanks to the drought.Pools have been part of California's lifestyle for decades, but as t...
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Climate Change, the Elevator Pitch: Naomi Oreskes

Dr. Naomi Oreskes is the science historian whose book "Merchants of Doubt" was the take off point of the new must-see movie of the same name. John Cook interviewed her in San Francisco this past De...
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Watch shipping lanes carry carbon dioxide around the globe

Watch shipping lanes carry carbon dioxide around the globe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A map shows where carbon emissions are the greatest
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EPA will require weed-resistance restrictions on glyphosate herbicide

March 31 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators will put newrestrictions on the world's most widely used herbicide to helpaddress the rapid expansion of weeds resistant to the chemical,Reuters has learned.The
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Blood in the oil sands: Boom and bust in Alberta | MINING.com

Blood in the oil sands: Boom and bust in Alberta | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two oil towns that have defined Alberta’s resource – and real estate – boom now show how fast the bloom can fade.
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Solar Eclipse in Europe Shows Grid Operators Can Be Successful with Renewables | World Resources Institute

Solar Eclipse in Europe Shows Grid Operators Can Be Successful with Renewables | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A rare solar eclipse earlier this month threatened electricity blackouts in renewable energy-heavy Europe. When operators kept the lights on, they proved that the grid is ready for a clean energy future.
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4 Inspirations for Sustainable Transport from Rio de Janeiro | World Resources Institute

4 Inspirations for Sustainable Transport from Rio de Janeiro | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rio de Janeiro has long been known for its traffic congestion and lack of affordable, accessible public transit. Now, in celebration of its 450th anniversary and as the host city of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, city leaders are beginning to transform Rio's image into one of a sustainable mobility leader.
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Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?

Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies
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South Africa wants to settle mines’ black ownership in court | MINING.com

South Africa wants to settle mines’ black ownership in court | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The main point of contention is the fact that mining companies believe that once they reached a 26% black ownership, they effectively complied, no matter where the percentage is at now.
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Androgen deprivation therapy has lasting impact on function

Androgen deprivation therapy has lasting impact on function | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—For patients with prostate cancer, androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) has a lasting impact on physical function, according to a study published online March 24 in Cancer.
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Exercise largely absent from US medical school curriculum, study shows

Exercise largely absent from US medical school curriculum, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Exercise may play a critical role in maintaining good health, but fewer than half of the physicians trained in the United States in 2013 received formal education or training on the subject, according to new research from Oregon State University.
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Southeast Asian borrowers wince as deflation looms

Southeast Asian borrowers wince as deflation looms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
JAKARTA, (Reuters) - - Loans to businesses and households in Southeast Asia are growing at their slowest pace in five years, but the region's most indebted economies aren't becoming any less leveraged.
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Colorado River reservoir has white 'bath tub ring' in drought

Colorado River reservoir has white 'bath tub ring' in drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lake Powell, a reservoir at the Arizona-Utah border, is 45 per cent below its capacity, and the lack of water has left a 'bathtub ring' where chemicals in the river turned the sandstone canyon white.
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Patrick Moore, the All Purpose Tool

Patrick Moore, the All Purpose Tool | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lots of media fun this week with the viral clip of Patrick Moore, who has made a living for decades as the self described "Founder of Greenpeace", (not) going around shilling for every hideous poll...
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PBS: Governor Jerry Brown on California Water Shortage

PBS: Governor Jerry Brown on California Water Shortage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Los Angeles Times: In 1977, amid one of California’s most severe droughts, the Metropolitan Water District proposed a “model” ordinance to penalize repeat water wasters with “a fine of up to $300 o...
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Deepwater oil spill: BP steps up PR effort to insist all is well in the Gulf

Deepwater oil spill: BP steps up PR effort to insist all is well in the Gulf | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil giant says area is making a rapid recovery but evidence mounts that wildlife is still struggling to rebound, five years after Deepwater Horizon spill
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Monsanto donates $4M to save butterflies

Monsanto donates $4M to save butterflies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
St. Louis • Agribusiness Monsanto Co., whose popular weed killer Roundup has been partly blamed by critics for knocking out monarch butterflies’ habitat, said Tuesday it is committing $4 million to efforts to stem the ...
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Canada’s ex-Foreign Affairs Minister appointment to Barrick raises questions | MINING.com

Canada’s ex-Foreign Affairs Minister appointment to Barrick raises questions | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The ex-politician has recently accepted two high-paying positions in the private sector, including one as member of Barrick Gold's advisory board on international affairs.
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Green Climate Fund Moves Forward; Will Soon Disburse Climate Finance through 7 Institutions | World Resources Institute

Green Climate Fund Moves Forward; Will Soon Disburse Climate Finance through 7 Institutions | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Green Climate Fund (GCF), expected to become the main vehicle for securing and distributing finance, moved one step closer to disbursing funds this week. Its resources will support a range of activities that reduce emissions or foster resilience—such as installing renewable energy, helping farmers grow drought-resistant crops and reducing deforestation.
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U.S. Climate Commitment Should Spur Other Countries to Act | World Resources Institute

U.S. Climate Commitment Should Spur Other Countries to Act | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new U.S. commitment to tackling climate change is a serious and achievable plan. The country will double its rate of emissions cuts between 2020 and 2025, reducing emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
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Brown orders California's first mandatory water restrictions: 'It's a different world'

Brown orders California's first mandatory water restrictions: 'It's a different world' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Standing in a brown field that would normally be smothered in several feet of snow, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered cities and towns across California to cut water use by 25% as part of a sweeping set of mandatory drought restrictions, the first in state history.
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SEC tells Oxfam revision of Dodd-Frank rule on mining payments ‘not possible’ yet | MINING.com

SEC tells Oxfam revision of Dodd-Frank rule on mining payments ‘not possible’ yet | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The SEC said a rule requiring energy and mining companies to disclose payments to governments for the extraction of natural resources won't come until —at least— spring 2016.
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Eat right to protect your sight

Eat right to protect your sight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—A number of nutrients can help keep your eyes healthy, and some may even improve your eyesight, an eye doctor says.
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Folic acid may help elderly weather heat waves

Folic acid may help elderly weather heat waves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Supplemental folic acid can enhance blood vessel dilation in older adults, according to Penn State researchers, suggesting that folic acid supplements may be an inexpensive alternative for helping older adults to increase skin blood flow during heat waves and reduce cardiovascular events.
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