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Google Maps makes Grand Canyon virtual trek

Google Maps makes Grand Canyon virtual trek | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
San Francisco (AFP) Jan 31, 2013 - Google Maps opened a virtual path to the wonders of the Grand Canyon on Thursday by adding panoramic images gathered by hikers with Android-powered camera systems strapped to their backs.
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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, 5:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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Photos: 400,000 Protesters March To Prevent Annihilation By Global Warming

Photos: 400,000 Protesters March To Prevent Annihilation By Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The "final" head count from the march's officials stood at 400,000, though there is no magic number that triggers the world leaders meeting to discuss climate change at the UN on Tuesday to actually do something about it.

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Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Germany has long had a reputation for excellent infrastructure. But in recent years, both public and private investment has dwindled dramatically, and officials are increasingly concerned about how to solve the problem. They have good reason to be worried.
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Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What?

Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How the tech billionaire came to own 87,000 acres, three hotels, a wastewater-treatment plant, a cemetery and 380 cats.
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Returning Chinook Exposed To Bathtub Of Contaminants In Puget Sound

Puget Sound is one of the most enchanting bodies of water in the Pacific Northwest. Framed by mountains to the east and west, its physical beauty is part of what attracts new people to the region e...
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Ebola virus in humans may be here to stay; fatality rate is 71%

Ebola virus in humans may be here to stay; fatality rate is 71% | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a grim assessment of the Ebola epidemic, researchers say the deadly virus threatens to become endemic to West Africa instead of eventually disappearing from humans.
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Google, GE and others contribute to climate-change deniers in Congress, report finds

Google, GE and others contribute to climate-change deniers in Congress, report finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What’s behind pro-sustainability companies’ donations to climate-change deniers in Congress?
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Forest Service thinks California's drought caused a massive mudslide

Forest Service thinks California's drought caused a massive mudslide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jonathan Dove was patrolling Mt. Shasta on a clear, warm afternoon when a group of backpackers asked him if Mud Creek Canyon on the Northern California peak always flowed so heavily.
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Questions raised about tattoo inks, cancer

Questions raised about tattoo inks, cancer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Studies looking for links to cancer from inks have failed to find evidence, but long-term questions remain.
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Climate Code Red: The coming climate revolt

Climate Code Red: The coming climate revolt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We have undergone a transformation during the last few decades—what John Ralston Saul calls a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. We are no longer a capitalist democracy endowed with a functioning liberal class that once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible. Liberals in the old Democratic Party such as the senators Gaylord Nelson, Birch Bayh and George McGovern—who worked with Ralph Nader to make the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Freedom of Information Act and the OSHA law, who made common cause with labor unions to protect workers, who stood up to the arms industry and a bloated military—no longer exist within the Democratic Party, as Nader has been lamenting for several years. They were pushed out as corporate donors began to transform the political landscape with the election of Ronald Reagan. And this is why the Democrats have not, as Bill Curry points out, enacted any major social or economic reforms since the historic environmental laws of the early ’70s.

We are governed, rather, by a species of corporate totalitarianism, or what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin describes as “inverted totalitarianism.” By this Wolin means a system where corporate power, while it purports to pay fealty to electoral politics, the Constitution, the three branches of government and a free press, along with the iconography and language of American patriotism, has in fact seized all the important levers of power to render the citizen impotent.

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Floods, Storms and Quakes Uproot 22 million in 2013

Floods, Storms and Quakes Uproot 22 million in 2013 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The numbers uprooted could increase as urban populations grow, a refugee agency said
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Cars Will Cook the Planet Absent Shift to Public Transportation

Cars Will Cook the Planet Absent Shift to Public Transportation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By making it easier to walk, cycle or take the bus, the world cut pollution by 40 percent
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New toxic spill reported at Mexican copper mine

New toxic spill reported at Mexican copper mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So far Grupo Mexico has been charged with more than $3 million in fines, and could face more.
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Scenes from the New American Dustbowl

Scenes from the New American Dustbowl | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Political conspiracies, water witches, Exodus-quoting priests, and angry, defeated farmers in California’s dying, drought …

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David Collet's curator insight, Today, 6:01 PM

I have said this before. Malaysians need to be thankfull for all of the blessings. In Malaysia if it doesn't rain every second day we have a drought. In California it hasn't rained seriously for three years. Many in Malaysia eat the food from this region. Think about. Take action before it is too late.

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Against Sharing | Jacobin

Against Sharing | Jacobin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“Sharing economy” companies like Uber shift risk from corporations to workers, weaken labor protections, and drive down wages.
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8 Uncommon First Aid Items - Backdoor Survival

8 Uncommon First Aid Items - Backdoor Survival | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Generally speaking, I have a fairly decent first aid kit.  It includes everything from a large variety of bandages to pain killers, antibiotics, essential
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New research tries to figure out why mutton birds are washing up dead on beaches

New research tries to figure out why mutton birds are washing up dead on beaches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers on Phillip Island are starting a new quest to try and understand why thousands of mutton birds, or short-tailed shearwaters, are washing up dead on Australian beaches.
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Mexico issues alert over mine contaminants spilled into river that flows north into Arizona

Mexico issues alert over mine contaminants spilled into river that flows north into Arizona | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

TUCSON, Ariz  Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer.

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As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As world population projections soar, there are rising concerns about the impact billions more people will have on the planet.
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Tackling Climate Change Presents A 'Golden Opportunity' For Public Health

Tackling Climate Change Presents A 'Golden Opportunity' For Public Health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For Carol Kelly, biking to and from work is a no-brainer: She doesn't have to deal with the notorious Seattle traffic, she can exercise without visiting the dreary gym and she saves money on gas.

And, of course, she acknowledges that her swap of a...
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USGS report: Pesticides contaminate nation's streams

USGS report: Pesticides contaminate nation's streams | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows that pesticides continue to infiltrate the nation's streams, however, the types of pesticides mixing with the water are changing.
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Scrambling birds’ brains: Could this toxic algae offer clues to human diseases? — Environmental Health News

Scrambling birds’ brains: Could this toxic algae offer clues to human diseases? — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 A mysterious toxin – with no name and no cure – lurking in lakes in the South has drilled holes in the brains of coots and other waterbirds, rendering them unable to swim, eat and fly. In turn, this poison also has destroyed the brains of the bald eagles that eat them. No one knows whether any human neurological diseases are related to the bird disease, but new clues about the poisoned birds are emerging.

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Brave New Climate / Short hiatus (gone south...)

Brave New Climate / Short hiatus (gone south...) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Short hiatus (gone south...) Well, it's come at last -- I'm currently in the throes of my move (southwards retreat!) to Tasmania. Such is the upheaval involved in a large inter-state move (from the...
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Chinese Sturgeon Give Up, Stop Breeding in Polluted Yangtze River | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Chinese Sturgeon Give Up, Stop Breeding in Polluted Yangtze River | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When an endangered species stops breeding, you know its days are probably numbered. In China the countdown has apparently begun for the critically endangered Chinese sturgeon ...
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World Should Prepare for 11 BIllion or More People

World Should Prepare for 11 BIllion or More People | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Contrary to previous estimates, the number of people on the planet now seems unlikely to stabilize this century
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Coal revival cripples Germany’s $130 billion green drive

Coal revival cripples Germany’s $130 billion green drive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Germany’s energy revolution —or “Energiewende”— has so far added more than $134 billion to the country's power bills.
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