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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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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 5:26 PM

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Minecraft

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BONANZA, a tropical town in north-eastern Nicaragua, has attracted gold miners since 1880. Still true to its name, it yields over a thousand kilos of the metal every...
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WHO: 700 more Ebola cases emerge in only one week

WHO: 700 more Ebola cases emerge in only one week | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization says more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged in West Africa in one week, a statistic that shows the outbreak is accelerating.
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Major U.S. food makers cut 6.4 trillion calories from products: report

Major U.S. food makers cut 6.4 trillion calories from products: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Sixteen major food and beverage companies have made good on their pledge to cut calories in their U.S. products, a new report finds.
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Researchers discover how bacteria resist antibiotics in hospitals

Researchers discover how bacteria resist antibiotics in hospitals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have uncovered a key factor to explain why antibiotic-resistant bacteria can thrive in a hospital setting.
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Peugeot hybrid compressed-air car set for Paris Motor Show

Peugeot hybrid compressed-air car set for Paris Motor Show | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An 860-kilogram concept city car from Peugeot indicates impressive fuel economy. This latest concept 'has its sights set on meeting the French government's goal of putting an affordable 2.0l/100km (141mpg) car into production by 2020,' said Jordan Bishop in Auto Express. Peugeot will be showcasing its ...
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Unforeseen dioxin formation in waste incineration

Unforeseen dioxin formation in waste incineration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dioxins forms faster, at lower temperatures and under other conditions than previously thought. This may affect how we in the future construct sampling equipment, flue gas filtering systems for waste incineration and how to treat waste incineration fly ash. These are some of the conclusions Eva Weidemann ...
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World will 'change course' on climate at UN summit

World will 'change course' on climate at UN summit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A UN summit on climate change will see the world 'change course' and begin to seriously tackle global warming, UN climate envoy Mary Robinson said Wednesday.
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Last month was hottest August since 1880 (Update)

Last month was hottest August since 1880 (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last month was the hottest August on record for global average temperatures over land and ocean surfaces, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.
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Changes in coastal upwelling linked to variability in marine ecosystem off California

Changes in coastal upwelling linked to variability in marine ecosystem off California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In findings of relevance to conservationists and the fishing industry, new research links short-term reductions in growth and reproduction of marine animals off the California coast to increasing variability in the strength of coastal upwelling currents—currents that supply nutrients to the region's ...
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Fake sweeteners may mess with the way our bodies metabolize sugar

Fake sweeteners may mess with the way our bodies metabolize sugar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Diet sodas and those packets of artificial sweetener you put in your coffee may not be as benign as we thought, a new study suggests.
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Vaping and Health: What Do We Know about E-Cigarettes?

Vaping and Health: What Do We Know about E-Cigarettes? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As a pulmonologist with the San Diego Veteran’s Affairs hospital, Laura Crotty Alexander has probably answered every possible question about smoking. Whether her patients were looking for ways to quit or simply wondering whether their current health problems might be related to smoking, Crotty Alexander provided answers.

 

A couple of years ago, however, her patients began asking new questions: Are electronic cigarettes safer than conventional cigarettes, and should they switch? “I didn’t have the answers. As a physician and a researcher, that was very frustrating,” Crotty Alexander says.

 

Physicians all over the country are encountering the same questions from their patients. Out of nowhere, it seems, e-cigarettes—or electronic nicotine delivery systems, as they are formally known—are appearing at gas stations, convenience stores, and anywhere else cigarettes are sold. Advertisements claim e-cigarettes offer health benefits by helping smokers quit. All e-cigarette users inhale is “harmless water vapor.”1 The e-cigarette, it would seem, takes all the risk out of smoking.

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Reuters - Water's edge: the crisis of rising sea levels

Reuters - Water's edge: the crisis of rising sea levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reuters investigates how rising seas are not a future threat, but a troubling reality in the U.S. and around the world.
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Canada’s shale boom: more to come in Montney

Canada’s shale boom: more to come in Montney | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the world of a constantly changing oil and gas environment, the Montney shale basin is the sleeping giant that holds the key to accelerating Canada’s shale oil and gas boom, but the real treasure within this giant is a tight liquids-rich zone (approximately 15-20 miles wide) that has big and small players alike narrowing their focus for the potential of a giant payout.
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Ebola death toll climbs to 2,630 out of 5,357 cases: WHO

The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected more than 5,000 people in west Africa and killed around half of them, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
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Asia's rising tobacco epidemic

Asia's rising tobacco epidemic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Smoke-filled bars and packed cancer wards reflect decades of neglect of no-smoking policies in Asia, where both high- and low-income countries are belatedly waking up to a growing tobacco-related health epidemic.
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How stress tears us apart

How stress tears us apart | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Why is it that when people are too stressed they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? Researchers from the Brain Mind Institute (BMI) at EPFL have just highlighted a fundamental synaptic mechanism that explains the relationship between chronic stress and the loss of social skills ...
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Wild berry extract may strengthen effectiveness of pancreatic cancer drug

Wild berry extract may strengthen effectiveness of pancreatic cancer drug | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A wild berry native to North America may strengthen the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer, reveals research published online in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.
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Ocean-threatened Marshall's leader posts climate video plea

Ocean-threatened Marshall's leader posts climate video plea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak was forced to heighten the seawall protecting his home last year, but says the year-old defences are now barely enough to protect his family from a 'climate emergency'.
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Far more displaced by disasters than conflict

Far more displaced by disasters than conflict | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Disasters last year displaced three times more people than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to improve resilience for vulnerable people when fighting climate change, according to a study issued Wednesday.
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Concern grows over pet pills and products, as well as those of owners

Concern grows over pet pills and products, as well as those of owners | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Scientists have long been aware of the potential environment impacts that stem from the use and disposal of the array of products people use to keep themselves healthy, clean and smelling nice. Now a new concern is emerging – improper disposal of pet care products and pills.
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Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks

Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New photos from the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory give a glimpse into the hazardous work scientists undertake to monitor lava that's threatening to cross a major highway.
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The causes of China's record level fine particulate pollution in winter 2013

The causes of China's record level fine particulate pollution in winter 2013 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At the beginning of 2013 a greyish-brown blanket of smog lay over large areas of China for several months. The fine particle pollution was higher by 1 to 2 orders of magnitude than the levels normally measured in Western Europe and the United States. An international team of researchers under the lead ...
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Arizona group pushing feds to protect monarch butterflies

Arizona group pushing feds to protect monarch butterflies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PHOENIX — The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity and other groups are petitioning the federal government to make the monarch butterfly an endangered species, citing a population drop of more than 90 percent over the past two decades.
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GMO debate grows over golden rice in the Philippines

GMO debate grows over golden rice in the Philippines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vitamin A deficiency is a deadly threat to kids and pregnant mothers in the Third World. In the Philippines, the best nutrient sources are rarely part of the daily diet, so researchers have tried adding vitamin A to rice, a staple food. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien investigates the debate that’s grown up over the development of golden rice, a genetically modified crop. Continue reading →
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Europeans have little appetite for U.S. apples

Europeans have little appetite for U.S. apples | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the harvest underway, Jon Alegria figures he’ll pack more than 400 million apples from this year’s crop by mid-November, relying on a widely used chemical to keep them looking fresh for months.
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