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Can the Wave Energy Industry Produce - On A Large Scale? | The Energy Collective

Can the Wave Energy Industry Produce - On A Large Scale? | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Can the wave energy industry solve it's biggest challenge - producing energy on a large scale with more than pilot projects?
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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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Royal Danish Air Force Greenland Flyover - Buzzing Dark Snow Camp

Royal Danish Air Force Greenland Flyover - Buzzing Dark Snow Camp | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We barely had a chance to look up when somebody was alert enough to spot three fighter jets doing a low pass directly over Dark Snow Camp. I'm guessing they were using the weather station at our si...
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The Real $ound of Wind Turbines in Iowa

The Real $ound of Wind Turbines in Iowa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, an ad from Siemens, a manufacturer of  wind turbines. Below, a Nextgen campaign ad attacking Iowa Senate Candidate Joni Ernst on environmental and clean energy grounds. (see more details in ...
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Nestle’s Water-Bottling Activities Amid California Drought Underscore A Lack Of Policy Options

Nestle’s Water-Bottling Activities Amid California Drought Underscore A Lack Of Policy Options | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Due to crippling drought in California, there’s been a crackdown on watering lawns and washing cars. Yet Nestle has continued its bottling operations, adding to the national debate over corporate right and common good.
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Ebola threat to Norway: Sweden fears first case - The Local

Ebola threat to Norway: Sweden fears first case - The Local | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sweden has confirmed a suspected case of Ebola on Sunday, making it possibly the first Nordic case of the virus.
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Labor Day anxiety: Will wages ever start rising? (+video)

Labor Day anxiety: Will wages ever start rising? (+video) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite five years of economic recovery, wages by some key measures are merely matching inflation. That's different from post-recession rebounds in the 1980s and 1990s.
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Feather loss hits young Antarctic penguins, putting them at risk in frigid weather

Feather loss hits young Antarctic penguins, putting them at risk in frigid weather | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A rare disease first seen in a captive penguin chick in 2006 is showing up in the wild.
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Mining company, allies spent freely to get bill approved

Mining company, allies spent freely to get bill approved | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gogebic Taconite used money, influence and the allure of jobs to persuade lawmakers to relax state environmental regulations as it pursued plans for a massive open pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.
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Since 1990, billions more have access to clean water

Since 1990, billions more have access to clean water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More people worldwide have gained access to an 'improved' source of drinking water, or one that is not likely to be susceptible to outside contamination, says the World Health Organization.
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Changing Climate Makes City Stormwater Management Harder, Health Risks Higher

Changing Climate Makes City Stormwater Management Harder, Health Risks Higher | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Contamination in the Gowanus

On August 13th, New York State witnessed the greatest 24-hour rainfall, 13.27 inches, in its recorded history. The state record – last set in 2011 - was broken in West Islip, Long Island, fewer than 30 miles from the Queens border.
A flash flood watch went in effect throughout New York City, and beaches in Brooklyn and Staten Island were closed to swimmers the following day. The heavy rain had overloaded sewer mains, necessitating the release of untreated sewage directly into local waterways.
If the City's climate scientists are right, New York will steadily become a wetter city, subject to more frequent and intense rainfall - and thus, more overloaded sewers and water-related health risks.
And at the very same time that New York's climate is shifting, the City is engaged in what will be a decades-long effort to address a long-standing problem: the need to capture stormwater before it overwhelms sewers and treatment plants, triggering the release of untreated sewage into Jamaica Bay, the Bronx River, and other waterways.
Average annual precipitation currently ranges between 43 and 50 inches in New York City, depending on location. The New York City Panel on Climate Change notes that, between 1900 and 2011, precipitation in Central Park increased about .7 inches every decade.
And perhaps more importantly, in its Climate Risk Information 2013 report, the Panel adds that
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Groups say fly ash near state prison in Fayette County causing health problems

Groups say fly ash near state prison in Fayette County causing health problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A report released today raises concerns about inmate cancers and other serious health ailments at a state prison that sits next to a massive Fayette County coal waste dump full of toxic fly ash. The preliminary report on the ongoing investigation by two human rights organizations into prisoner health at the State Correctional Institution Fayette in LaBelle, found 11 prisoners died from cancer between January 2010 and December 2013, another six have been diagnosed with cancer and eight more have undiagnosed tumors or lumps. Also, more than 80 percent of 75 prisoners responding to the investigators experienced respiratory problems, 68 percent said they experienced gastrointestinal problems and half have skin rashes, cysts and abscesses. Twelve percent, nine of the 75, reported being
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Mexico baffled by sudden death of thousands of fish in Lake Cajititlán

Mexico baffled by sudden death of thousands of fish in Lake Cajititlán | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly 50 tonnes of popoche chub fish are latest incident of dead fish removed from lagoon in disastrous year for species
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Toxic gulls: Quebec's contaminated bird colony offers clues about flame retardants — Environmental Health News

Toxic gulls: Quebec's contaminated bird colony offers clues about flame retardants — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Quebec – There are no homes, few trees and no real reason for any human to visit this 45-acre hunk of clay and dirt. Gulls run this island, their screaming audible for miles, their guano covering every square foot.

 

“There are about 100,000 of them,” says Jonathan Verreault. “And they’re pretty loud.”

 

An avian toxicologist, Verreault has ventured to this island in the St. Lawrence River about two miles off the tip of Montreal dozens of times over the past four years.

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With New Campaign Muscle, Climate Science Enters the Political Race

With New Campaign Muscle, Climate Science Enters the Political Race | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Politicians who in the past may have seen climate change as an issue to avoid or ignore are now changing behavior in response to polling data that indicates rising voter concern with the issue. One...
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Video: Young People - Ask Why, Why Not?

Video: Young People - Ask Why, Why Not? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Campaign urges young people to Ask Why? and Why Not?  on climate problems and the solutions. This video has gotten some traction to the tune of 95,000 views, and I understand there are other vl...
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Ruling On Hong Kong Election Brings The City Closer To A Mass Occupation

Ruling On Hong Kong Election Brings The City Closer To A Mass Occupation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In setting tight limits on how far electoral reforms can go in Hong Kong, Beijing issued its firmest reminder yet that it's still in charge despite the substantial autonomy it promised the city after taking control from Britain in 1997.
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Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change

Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study, published today in Nature Climate Change, suggests that – if current trends continue – food production alone will reach, if not exceed, the global targets for total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2050.
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More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’

More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A flood of recent lawsuits and government enforcement actions accuse employers across the country of violating laws regulating employee pay.
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End-of-Summer Food Preservation Guide

End-of-Summer Food Preservation Guide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Explore the many techniques that can help make the bounty of local and homegrown foods last all year.
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Infrastructure Cracks as Los Angeles Defers Repairs

Infrastructure Cracks as Los Angeles Defers Repairs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Los Angeles’s decaying roads, sidewalks and water system reflect the challenges many American cities face after years of belt-tightening prompted them to delay basic maintenance.
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Australia to scrap plan for dumping near Great Barrier Reef: AFR

Australia to scrap plan for dumping near Great Barrier Reef: AFR | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will abandon plans to dump 3 million cubic meters of dredged sand into the Great Barrier Reef area in its effort to create the world's biggest coal port, the Australian Financial
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Mountain Forest Changes Threaten Calif. Water Supplies | Climate Central

Mountain Forest Changes Threaten Calif. Water Supplies | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Landscape changes in the warming Sierra Nevada could have major repercussions for California’s economy.
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Drinking or fracking? Report finds top shale plays globally are in places with scarce water

Drinking or fracking? Report finds top shale plays globally are in places with scarce water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As fracking is set to go global, one research organization warns that some of the best plays around the world are in areas that are already facing water shortages.
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Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany - Telegraph

Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany - Telegraph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tests by the state government of Saxony show that more than one in three wild boars gave off such high levels of radiation, thought to be a legacy of Chernobyl, that they were unfit for human consumption
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Grassy Narrows: Why is Japan still studying the mercury poisoning when Canada isn't?

Grassy Narrows: Why is Japan still studying the mercury poisoning when Canada isn't? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While Japanese scientists have tracked the effects of mercury contamination on the people at Grassy Narrows in northwestern Ontario for decades, the full extent of the human health effects has never been systematically investigated by Canadian health officials.
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Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.
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