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App of the Year. Any Year, in Fact.

App of the Year. Any Year, in Fact. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
App of the Year. I just started playing with this, but it looks like fun. Bring it with you next time you attend a creationist/climate denialist cocktail party. Have you ever wanted to go back in t...
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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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Paul Ryan Says Climate Change Is Just An Excuse For Obama To Raise Taxes

Paul Ryan Says Climate Change Is Just An Excuse For Obama To Raise Taxes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Wednesday that “climate change occurs no matter what,” but that the EPA’s recent efforts to reduce emissions from existing power plants are “outside of the confines of the law,” and “an excuse to grow government, raise taxes and slow down economic growth.”

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Shocking Photos Show How Polluted China's Water Has Become

Shocking Photos Show How Polluted China's Water Has Become | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Shocking photos of China's water-pollution problem.

 

If you woke up tomorrow and suddenly discovered your local river had turned blood red and that an awful, caustic smell had permeated your air, you would be alarmed, right? For residents of Wenzhou, China, and millions like them in China's rapidly industrializing and growing cities and towns, it's par for the course. 

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At EPA Hearing, Religious Leaders Call Carbon Pollution ‘An Affront To God’

At EPA Hearing, Religious Leaders Call Carbon Pollution ‘An Affront To God’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Christian, Jewish, and Hindu leaders urged the EPA not to weaken their proposed regulations on carbon emissions from coal plants.
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LA's crappy old pipes mean more epic floods are coming.

LA's crappy old pipes mean more epic floods are coming. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The UCLA water main burst is not the first big one—and it won't be the last.

 

The dramatic photos made national headlines, but the serious problem likely behind the break is just as dramatic: Los Angeles' crumbling water infrastructure. The pipe that broke was constructed in 1921, as Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted during the flood—and that's pretty old for a city pipe. The average age of a water pipe in New York City is 69 years. As of 2010, 70 percent of Los Angeles' water infrastructure was composed of cast-iron pipes, most of which were laid down during the city's expansion in the 1920s, '30s and '40s.

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Five-year delay would spell end of ITER

Five-year delay would spell end of ITER | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Osamu Motojima, head of the international fusion project, speaks out on delays, leaks and rumours.
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Will the KSM project suffer the same fate as Pebble?

Will the KSM project suffer the same fate as Pebble? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Potential problems in the horizon for Seabridge Gold's proposed gold, copper, silver and molybdenum mine in northern British Columbia, just 30 km from the Alaska border.
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Fish experience heart failure as water temperature rises

Fish experience heart failure as water temperature rises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fish may experience heart failure as ocean temperatures rise due to climate change, according to new research from the University of Auckland.
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Liberia shuts schools in battle against Ebola: president

Liberia shuts schools in battle against Ebola: president | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Liberia announced Wednesday it was shutting all schools and placing 'non-essential' government workers on 30 days' leave in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa.
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Hong Kong makes Ebola 'contingency' measures

Hong Kong makes Ebola 'contingency' measures | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong said Wednesday it was quarantining all people from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia who were showing Ebola-like symptoms on arrival in the city, as fears grow worldwide about the spread of the deadly virus.
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Eating tree nuts results in 'modest decreases' in blood fats and sugars, survey finds

Eating tree nuts results in 'modest decreases' in blood fats and sugars, survey finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eating tree nuts appears to help reduce two of the five markers for metabolic syndrome, a group of factors that raise the risk for heart disease and other health problems such as diabetes and strokes, a new research paper says.
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Conservation scientists asking wrong questions on climate change impacts on wildlife

Conservation scientists asking wrong questions on climate change impacts on wildlife | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists studying the potential effects of climate change on the world's animal and plant species are focusing on the wrong factors, according to a new paper by a research team from the Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Queensland, and other organizations. The authors claim that most of ...
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Famine in the Horn of Africa (1984) was caused by El Niño and currents in the Indian Ocean

Famine in the Horn of Africa (1984) was caused by El Niño and currents in the Indian Ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oceanic patterns are important drivers of climatic variability. There is a clear link between periods of drought in the North Ethiopian Highlands and oceanic phases of El Niño, the Indian Ocean Dipole and the Southwestern Monsoons.
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250-Year-Old Eyewitness Accounts of Icier Arctic Attest to Loss of Sea Ice

250-Year-Old Eyewitness Accounts of Icier Arctic Attest to Loss of Sea Ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Centuries-old ships’ logs reveal clues to Arctic warming.

 

Researchers with ARCdoc, a project based at the University of Sunderland in England, found that annual sea ice between Canada and Greenland blanketed much more territory up to 250 years ago—the result of a colder, wetter, stormier climate. The evidence came from nearly 150 handwritten logbooks of Royal Navy expeditions and Hudson’s Bay Company transports in the North Atlantic between 1750 and 1850. Another 60 volumes from Arctic whalers, who hunted their prey among permanent ice floes, offered rare eyewitness accounts of the far north. While the naval and Hudson’s Bay records had been examined before, “These whaling logbooks had never been used for scientific studies,” says Dennis Wheeler, ARCdoc’s director.

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Is Our Face Wash Harming Ocean Creatures?

Is Our Face Wash Harming Ocean Creatures? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We have to admit that we love our plastics – they have made our life a lot more convenient and our homes and offices show it. Beverage and food containers...
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To Keep Delivering Quality Products, General Mills Wants Major Carbon Cuts From Suppliers

To Keep Delivering Quality Products, General Mills Wants Major Carbon Cuts From Suppliers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"We applaud General Mills for taking this vital first step," said Monique van Zijl, who heads up Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign. "The ball is now in Kellogg's court."
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PepsiCo Recycle for Nature | The Nature Conservancy

PepsiCo Recycle for Nature | The Nature Conservancy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This is the PepsiCo partner page all about their program Recycle for Nature
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House Republicans Fiddle While Forest Service Runs Out Of Money To Fight Wildfires

House Republicans Fiddle While Forest Service Runs Out Of Money To Fight Wildfires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The House is expected to vote on a bill that would waive at least 14 environmental laws within 100 miles of the southern U.S. border, and has already spent time voting on legislation to weaken the Endangered Species Act.
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Retired Coal Miner To EPA: ‘We’re Dying, Literally Dying For You To Help Us’

Retired Coal Miner To EPA: ‘We’re Dying, Literally Dying For You To Help Us’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The hearing in Denver was one of several the EPA held across the country Tuesday and Wednesday to gauge public opinion on the Clean Power Plan, the new proposed regulations to cut carbon pollution emitted from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030 proposed in early June.
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Robust copper price prompts switch to aluminum

Robust copper price prompts switch to aluminum | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's a trend already established in China where only 25% of insulated and overhead cables use copper versus 60% in developed economies.
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Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants

Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and ecologically important plants, and so conservationists establish seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity.
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Fatigue, fear are daily lot of Ebola fighters: experts

Fatigue, fear are daily lot of Ebola fighters: experts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Doctors, nurses and hospital workers fighting the Ebola epidemic in west Africa are struggling with a daily burden of exhaustion, shortage of staff and fear for themselves over the deadly virus, specialists say.
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Extreme weather kills 2,000 in U.S. each year: CDC

Extreme weather kills 2,000 in U.S. each year: CDC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Each year in the United States, at least 2,000 Americans die from extreme heat or cold, floods or lightning, health officials said Wednesday.
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Isolated indigenous communities of South America under threat

Isolated indigenous communities of South America under threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Indigenous people in the most remote regions of South America are under threat from development, a regional human rights body warned Tuesday, urging that inhabitants these areas be left alone.
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How might climate change affect our food supply?

How might climate change affect our food supply? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's no easy question to answer, but prudence demands that we try. Thus, Microsoft and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have teamed up to tackle 'food resilience,' one of several themes that make up the White House's Climate Data Initiative.
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Big data confirms climate extremes are here to stay

Big data confirms climate extremes are here to stay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a paper published online today in the journal Scientific Reports, published by Nature, Northeastern researchers Evan Kodra and Auroop Ganguly found that while global temperature is indeed increasing, so too is the variability in temperature extremes. For instance, while each year's average hottest ...
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