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Heavy Rains in Australia Leave 4 Dead

Heavy Rains in Australia Leave 4 Dead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The remains of Tropical Cyclone Oswald drove thousands of people from their homes and disrupted airline service.
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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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How Delhi's crematoriums burn through lakhs of trees

How Delhi's crematoriums burn through lakhs of trees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a city where burning a handful of dry leaves attracts a fine of Rs 5,000 to clean up the toxic air we breathe, thousands of trees are being cut down and the wood given free of cost to crematoria.
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Chefs take to roofs of Paris with wave of gastro gardens (VIDEO)

Chefs take to roofs of Paris with wave of gastro gardens (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PARIS, June 1 — In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, a chef in a tall white toque bobs between great bushes of herbs as busy as the bees buzzing through beds of strawberries and tomatoes.

Even slap bang in the middle of Paris, chefs are taking the
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New Hanford system will reduce threat of uranium to Columbia River

New Hanford system will reduce threat of uranium to Columbia River | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Equipment is being installed in what’s already the most sophisticated groundwater treatment plant at Hanford, to expand its capabilities to address another contaminant at the nuclear reservation.
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How 4 Iconic Places in Los Angeles Are Saving Water

How 4 Iconic Places in Los Angeles Are Saving Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dodger Stadium, Forest Lawn, the Getty, and Exposition Park seek innovative ways to conserve during the drought.
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UNESCO world heritage experts decide not to list the Great Barrier Reef as being 'in danger'

UNESCO world heritage experts decide not to list the Great Barrier Reef as being 'in danger' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Federal and QLD governments convinced the committee they were making 'significant progress', but warns Australia still has more to do to stop continuing damage to this natural wonder.
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The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion

The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 1968, a book by a Stanford biologist predicted doom for the planet in coming decades. Whatever became of the population bomb?
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China Says It Could Set Up Air Defense Zone in South China Sea

China Says It Could Set Up Air Defense Zone in South China Sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Chinese admiral told a security forum in Singapore that Beijing could create a zone above disputed areas if it felt it was facing a large enough threat.
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Protect Endangered Marine Life from Arctic Shipping - Ocean Conservancy

Protect Endangered Marine Life from Arctic Shipping - Ocean Conservancy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Protect Endangered Marine Life from Arctic Shipping!

 

Bowhead and gray whales, belugas, ice seals, Pacific walruses and an estimated 12 million seabirds are traveling up through the narrow Bering Strait.

Every year, marine wildlife faces bigger risks: ship strikes, ocean noise, and oil spills. The U.S. Coast Guard can help protect Arctic wildlife from the threat of shipping by designating key hotspots as “areas to be avoided,” and by supporting speed restrictions in waters used by imperiled species. We have until June 3 to send the Coast Guard a message.

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The Arrogance of Jeb Bush

The Arrogance of Jeb Bush | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bush believes the Earth is warming, and that’s as far as he’ll go, because the issue is “convoluted.” But his embrace of science denial will not save him.
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Our Water-Guzzling Food Factory

Our Water-Guzzling Food Factory | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While we associate extravagant water use with swimming pools and verdant lawns, the biggest consumer is agriculture.
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Holy Crop: How Federal Dollars Have Made America’s Drought Crisis Worse

Holy Crop: How Federal Dollars Have Made America’s Drought Crisis Worse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The federal subsidies that prop up cotton farming in Arizona are just one of myriad ways policymakers have refused to reshape laws to reflect water shortages throughout the Colorado River Basin states.
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Ebola will return, warns scientist | The Asian Age

Congolese expert Jean-Jacques Muyembe may be little known to the public, but he has been one of the world’s top Ebola investigators since the first epidemic erupted in central Africa in 1976.

 

Now, amid a decline in a west African outbreak that has taken more than 11,000 lives, Muyembe warns that Ebola will strike again in the future and that the deadly virus poses “a threat to the whole world”.

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120,000 endangered saiga antelopes die mysteriously in Kazakhstan

120,000 endangered saiga antelopes die mysteriously in Kazakhstan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 120,000 critically endangered saiga antelopes — more than one-third of the worldwide population — have died in Kazakhstan since mid-May, and the cause of the “catastrophic collapse” is unclear, officials said.
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Delhi’s water bodies on the endangered list

Delhi’s water bodies on the endangered list | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The plight of the mighty Yamuna as it flows through the NCR isn’t lost on anyone. But unknown to most of us, the ponds, lakes and wells dotting Delhi are all dying a slow death.
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Study backs up theory that warming, pollution combine to hurt Alaska's wood frogs

Study backs up theory that warming, pollution combine to hurt Alaska's wood frogs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A laboratory study found that deformities caused by dragonfly larvae preying on tadpoles increased dramatically in warmer waters with minute amounts of copper contamination. 
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Beijing bans smoking in public places

Beijing bans smoking in public places | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 1,000 inspectors, hefty fines and a widespread media campaign support crackdown in city with 4.2m smokers
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Water toxins blamed for hundreds of turtle deaths

Water toxins blamed for hundreds of turtle deaths | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hundreds of small turtles have washed up dead on the eastern end of Long Island in the last month, a die-off scientists blame on waterborne toxins that have reached unprecedented levels for reasons that aren’t
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South China Sea dispute: Strong indication Australia will join push back on China's island-building

South China Sea dispute: Strong indication Australia will join push back on China's island-building | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has issued the Abbott government's strongest signal yet that Australia is prepared to join the US and other countries in pushing back against Beijing's island-building and militarisation in the South China Sea.
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This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America's Senators To Fast Track Obama's TPP Bill | Zero Hedge

This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America's Senators To Fast Track Obama's TPP Bill | Zero Hedge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It took a paltry $1.15 million in bribes to get everyone in the Senate on the same page. And the biggest shocker: with a total of $195,550 in "donations", or more than double the second largest donor UPS, was none other than Goldman Sachs.
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Editorial: Trans-Pacific deal covered in red flags

Editorial: Trans-Pacific deal covered in red flags | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

One provision being peddled as protection for investors gives corporations more power to sue governments when regulations harm their economic interests. In a recent essay opposing the agreement, Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz, chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers, cited Philip Morris. The tobacco company sued the nations of Australia and Uruguay because their new and graphic warnings on cigarette labels designed to discourage youth from smoking were working The company wants the two nations to compensate them for their lost profits and in effect are suing over their right to profit by peddling a product that kills people.

 

The same provision, if approved, could conceivably allow Canada to sue the United States if the Keystone Pipeline isn’t approved or give companies the right to sue for compensation when nations enact pollution controls or regulate harmful chemicals and products.

 

Another provision in the agreement sought by pharmaceutical companies would extend the length of patent protection in nations where it’s shorter than U.S. law allows. The ostensible goal of the provision is to diminish or eliminate the ability of signing nations to regulate drug prices and to slow the use of cheaper generic drugs. Both would lead to higher drug prices, which is why the trade agreement is opposed by Doctors Without Borders. Similar concerns exist with the agreement’s extensions of the protection of intellectual property.

 

Those three elements of the agreement alone are reason enough to reject the trade deal.

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Here’s why we need to politicize disasters

Here’s why we need to politicize disasters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ted Cruz says we shouldn't politicize the Texas floods. He's wrong. If we want to prevent disasters tomorrow, we need talk about vulnerabilities today.
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Barrow, Alaska: The Last Place You'd Expect to Find Record Warmth

Barrow, Alaska: The Last Place You'd Expect to Find Record Warmth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
America's northernmost city is seeing record warmth.
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Pineapple Industry Leaves Costa Rican Communities High and Dry | Inter Press Service

Pineapple Industry Leaves Costa Rican Communities High and Dry | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Twelve years after finding the first traces of pesticides used by the pineapple industry, in the rural water supply, around 7,000 people from four communities in Costa Rica’s Caribbean region are still unable to consume their tap water.

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Dust, TB and HIV: the ugly face of mining in South Africa

Dust, TB and HIV: the ugly face of mining in South Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation fund health centres in the country, but remain invested in fossil fuel companies whose mining operations, it is claimed, have a profound impact on the health of local communities
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