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Fuel Cell Vehicles Coming Off the Bench? Maybe. Maybe Not. | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

Fuel Cell Vehicles Coming Off the Bench? Maybe. Maybe Not. | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fuel cell vehicles are back in the news this week with the announcement of a new innovation partnership. According to the three auto-manufacturing heavyweights involved - ...
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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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Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer’s

Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer’s | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The health-promoting perks of wine have attracted the spotlight recently, leaving beer in the shadows. But scientists are discovering new ways in which the latter could be a more healthful beverage than once thought. They’re now reporting that a compound from hops could protect brain cells from damage, and potentially slow the development of disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
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Survey Shows 69% Increase in Area Occupied by Monarch Butterflies | Stories | WWF

Survey Shows 69% Increase in Area Occupied by Monarch Butterflies | Stories | WWF | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new survey of monarch habitat shows a 69% increase in forest area over the last year. Yet this is still the second smallest area occupied by these butterflies in Mexican sanctuaries since 1993.
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What happened when Greenpeace went to Davos?

What happened when Greenpeace went to Davos? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While I heard many fine words at Davos, are we going to see real action as a result?, asks John Sauven
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Comment Anne Hidalgo veut réduire la pollution à Paris

Comment Anne Hidalgo veut réduire la pollution à Paris | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Exclusif. Parmi ses mesures, la maire de Paris souhaite commencer à interdire la circulation des véhicules les plus polluants « dès juillet 2016 ».
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In 42 of the 50 biggest U.S. cities, rooftop solar is now cheaper than the grid!

In 42 of the 50 biggest U.S. cities, rooftop solar is now cheaper than the grid! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About 21 million single-family homeowners could take advantage of this bargain.
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China appoints new party boss for environment ministry

China has appointed Chen Jining, the president of Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University, as party chief of its environment ministry, since the controversial current incumbent is retiring, the ministry said on its website on Wednesday.

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Sea turtles fall victim to 'alarming' flood of plastics entering Australian waters

Sea turtles fall victim to 'alarming' flood of plastics entering Australian waters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is treating unprecedented numbers of marine animals that have swallowed plastic debris and scientists say the tide of litter is only rising
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Something really, really terrible is about to happen to our coral

Something really, really terrible is about to happen to our coral | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The last time this happened, we lost almost a fifth of world reefs.
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Developing Nations Write Hopeful New Chapters in a Toxic Legacy | Inter Press Service

Developing Nations Write Hopeful New Chapters in a Toxic Legacy | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Blacksmith Institute released a report Tuesday highlighting cleanup success stories, such as that of Dong Mai in Vietnam’s agricultural heartland, where residents once had some of the highest blood lead levels ever recorded.

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'Time to link nature and wellbeing'

'Time to link nature and wellbeing' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Scientists need to capitalise on a growing body of evidence showing a link between biodiversity and human wellbeing, a US review has suggested.

It said rapid progress could be made if there was better communication and collaboration between researchers and public health and land-use officials.

A global research project was recently launched to examine the impact of urban policies on human health and wellbeing.

The findings have been published in the journal Ecosystem Services.

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China’s Louisiana Purchase: Environmental concerns in ‘Cancer Alley’ | Al Jazeera America

China’s Louisiana Purchase: Environmental concerns in ‘Cancer Alley’ | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese company behind methanol plant in mostly black Louisiana town under fire for shirking health laws
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Worried super rich 'plotting escape' in case people rise up against inequality

Worried super rich 'plotting escape' in case people rise up against inequality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hedge fund managers are buying up remote ranches and land in places like New Zealand to flee to in event of wide-spread civil unrest
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“Bulletproof” battery

“Bulletproof” battery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New battery technology from the Univ. of Michigan should be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2013. The innovation is an advanced barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery. Made with nanofibers extracted from Kevlar, the tough material in bulletproof vests, the barrier stifles the growth of metal tendrils that can become unwanted pathways for electrical current.
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Early Mesoamericans affected by climate change

Early Mesoamericans affected by climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have reconstructed the past climate for the region around Cantona, a large fortified city in highland Mexico, and found the population drastically declined in the past, at least in part because of climate change. The research appears in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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10 COSAS QUE NO SABÍA CÓMO RECICLAR - ConectAD

10 COSAS QUE NO SABÍA CÓMO RECICLAR - ConectAD | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
¿Dónde tiro las gafas, las perchas, el chicle…? Descubra cómo deshacerse de los objetos inclasificables Reducir el consumo, reutilizar los objetos, reciclar los materiales y retornar los envases son las cuatro erres con que se formulan los mandamientos de la sostenibilidad. Esto es especialmente cierto si se siguen algunas cadenas de reciclaje: “El reciclaje en España es malísimo porque la …
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This map shows why the Midwest is screwed

This map shows why the Midwest is screwed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Overall, crop yields could fall up to 70 percent by the end of the century, thanks to climate change.
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Murkowski Attacks Wilderness In Lower 48, Echoing Anti-Government Rancher Cliven Bundy

Murkowski Attacks Wilderness In Lower 48, Echoing Anti-Government Rancher Cliven Bundy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This may be the most far-reaching and bold anti-conservation amendment seen on the Senate floor in years.
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Monarch Butterflies Rebound in Mexico, Numbers Still Low

Monarch Butterflies Rebound in Mexico, Numbers Still Low | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year's lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Last year, the Monarchs covered only 1.65 acres (0.67 hectares), the...
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NTSB: Systemic Flaws in Safety Oversight of Gas Pipelines

NTSB: Systemic Flaws in Safety Oversight of Gas Pipelines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Tuesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations. A major effort a decade ago by the...
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Rhetoric on EPA, Climate Show Divisions Among Republican Presidential Hopefuls | Bloomberg BNA

Rhetoric on EPA, Climate Show Divisions Among Republican Presidential Hopefuls | Bloomberg BNA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 One likely Republican presidential candidate called the Environmental Protection Agency “locusts” while another compared climate change to a “sunburn,” exposing a contrast with several other likely contenders within the party who recently acknowledged the role of human activity in climate change.

 

National Republicans almost universally have opposed President Barack Obama's plan for addressing climate change and how he has used the EPA to achieve those goals, but Senate votes the week of Jan. 19 showed some acknowledge the problem is real even if they disagree about how to address it. Those divisions are slight but important as Republicans consider a 2016 presidential nominee, environmental advocates have said.

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Gov't Digs Into Soil Pollution Problem with Proposal for New Standards -

Gov't Digs Into Soil Pollution Problem with Proposal for New Standards - | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Plan by environmental ministry would lower limits for certain metals in ground across the country, but experts say a unified approach will be hard to implement
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Winnipeg-wide boil water advisory in place

Winnipeg-wide boil water advisory in place | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The city of Winnipeg is under a boil water advisory Tuesday night after tests confirmed the presence of E. coli.
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Oysters With a Day Job - Modern Farmer

Oysters With a Day Job - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Bringing back the New York Harbor's oysters.

 

Oysters were once a vital part of New York Harbor’s ecosystem, but, by 1906, every last one had been eaten.


Now, bivalves are back, but they’re not for eating. These oysters have a mission: ecological restoration.

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How 2014’s Huge Market Moves Are Affecting the Economy in 2015

How 2014’s Huge Market Moves Are Affecting the Economy in 2015 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For every American enjoying a cheaper tank of gas or a more affordable mortgage, there are major employers wrestling with lower earnings abroad.
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