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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, 8:26 PM

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Cato climate change skeptic: Rising carbon dioxide levels a sign of “human progress”

Cato climate change skeptic: Rising carbon dioxide levels a sign of “human progress” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This is not a parody.

 

Economically literate libertarians can’t deny that, if climate change is a major risk, the rational thing to do is put a tax on greenhouse emissions. Therefore, in order to oppose that sort of government action, they have to deny that climate change is a major risk. And that’s how we get this mind-bending piece from the Cato Foundation. Last year’s sharp rise in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, Cato’s Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger concludes, “is cause for celebration.” Here is how Knappenberger gets there:

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2050 weather forecasts: why we need stories like this to tackle climate change

2050 weather forecasts: why we need stories like this to tackle climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ed Gillespie: The UN’s mock weather forecasts from the future are part of the cultural revolution needed to address global warming
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Mozambique Moves to Make Elephant Poachers an Endangered Species

Mozambique Moves to Make Elephant Poachers an Endangered Species | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As more elephants are being killed than born, African nations get serious about cracking down on poaching.
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Grassroots pressure needed to beat climate change and poverty - experts

Grassroots pressure needed to beat climate change and poverty - experts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New development goals won't deliver without political will to implement them - and that's up to us
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Heat stroke more life-threatening for runners than previously thought, study says

Heat stroke more life-threatening for runners than previously thought, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cardiologists at Tel Aviv University made an unexpected discovery while studying athletes.
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Carbon is Costing Us Big Time | Blog | BillMoyers.com

Carbon is Costing Us Big Time | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This three-minute video shows the history of carbon pollution -- and what it's costing us today.
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How to Build a Green Economy Without Sacrificing Jobs | Blog | BillMoyers.com

How to Build a Green Economy Without Sacrificing Jobs | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
1.2% of the GDP. That's all it would take to green the economy.
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A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com

A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fundamental law of capitalism is: When workers have more money, businesses have more customers.
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Climate Doc: Years of Living Dangerously | Blog | BillMoyers.com

Climate Doc: Years of Living Dangerously | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Watch the entire first episode of the Emmy Award-winning Showtime documentary series starring Don Cheadle, Harrison Ford, Thomas Friedman and Katharine Hayhoe.
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Net Metering: Affordable Solar Panels for Living Off the Grid

Net Metering: Affordable Solar Panels for Living Off the Grid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Using solar panels is simply not an option for most people. But net metering, an affordable way to use solar energy, is rising in popularity.
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Wanted: A Farmer

Wanted: A Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From GENE LOGSDON Reading "Help Wanted" sections  in local rural newspapers, I am moved to smiles or tears or both at one advertisement that appears more and more often these days. It goes like thi...
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This Is What an Aging Population Looks Like

This Is What an Aging Population Looks Like | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One thing to expect in a country where birth rates peaked in 2007 and more than 3 million people turn 65 each year: a growing market for adult diapers.
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Type AB Blood? You May Be More Prone to Memory Loss

Type AB Blood? You May Be More Prone to Memory Loss | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Photo by Corbis Images How sharp you are at age 65 may be tied to something totally out of your control: your blood type. After following the participants for an average of 3.4 years, the scientists found that those with Type AB blood had an 82 percent higher risk of cognitive decline. Related: Study: Depression Raises Your Risk of Dementia This isn’t the first time blood type has been shown to influence health risks. Another recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostics Research, identified Type A blood as a possible risk factor for oral, esophageal, and salivary gland, cancers, while Type B was flagged as a potential risk factor for laryngeal cancers.
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In Washington State, The 2014 Wildfire Season Has Been 6 Times Worse Than Normal

In Washington State, The 2014 Wildfire Season Has Been 6 Times Worse Than Normal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington Governor Jay Inslee is asking for federal funds to assist families who lost their homes.
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Greenpeace: Tech Giants Still Using Hazardous Chemicals

Greenpeace: Tech Giants Still Using Hazardous Chemicals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Samsung, Sony and Panasonic are among the
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Why Global Water Challenges Call for Creative Advertising | Conservancy Talk

A diamond or a gallon of water, which do you choose? Most of us would go for the diamond. But how can it be that water, far more critical to life than diamonds,
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Earth's new address: 'Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea'

The supercluster of galaxies that includes the Milky Way is 100 times bigger in volume and mass than previously thought, a team of astronomers says. They have mapped the enormous region and given it the name Laniakea — Hawaiian for 'immeasurable heaven'.


Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe.

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Corporate America Pays to Send Global Warming Deniers to Capitol Hill | Blog | BillMoyers.com

Corporate America Pays to Send Global Warming Deniers to Capitol Hill | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report reveals that some of the firms that claim to be dedicated to fighting climate change are the worst offenders.
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Smart Chart: Six Ways to Tackle Sky-High Inequality | BillMoyers.com

Smart Chart: Six Ways to Tackle Sky-High Inequality | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report lays out different approaches for making our economy one where prosperity is broadly shared.
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The People’s Climate March: What You Need to Know | Blog | BillMoyers.com

The People’s Climate March: What You Need to Know | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On Sunday, September 21st, a march to bring attention to the climate change crisis will kick off a week of climate events in New York City. Here’s what you need to know.
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Berkeley vs. Big Soda | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com

Berkeley vs. Big Soda | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Corporations like Coca Cola and Pepsico are fighting tooth and nail against a proposed soda tax.
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Full Show: Climate Change -- Faith and Fact | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Full Show: Climate Change -- Faith and Fact | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Christian and climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe talks to Bill about ending the gridlock between politics, science and faith.
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Safe lithium batteries with a long service life

Safe lithium batteries with a long service life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the help of new materials and additional improvements, researchers at Siemens have managed to make lithium-ion batteries safer and extend their service life. As part of the joint research project Intrinsically Safe Battery (EiSiBatt), which is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs ...
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Jesse's Café Américain: Moral Hazard: The Abysmal Failure of the Doctrine Of Selective Justice For Finance

Jesse's Café Américain: Moral Hazard: The Abysmal Failure of the Doctrine Of Selective Justice For Finance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As an aside, when I saw the new 'reform President' bringing in Timothy Geithner, Hank Paulsen, and Larry Summers to key posts in his administration, I suspected that the people's mandate for reform had been deflected, although there was the prior example of FDR bringing in Joe Kennedy to spearhead the SEC.  But, alas, Obama quickly turned out to be no Franklin Roosevelt, but a loyal member of the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party.

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Interior watchdog accused of withholding information from Congress

Interior watchdog accused of withholding information from Congress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee accused the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) of withholding information about a rule on mountaintop removal mining.
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