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Wind Now Supplies 6% of US Electricity

2012 was a record year for US wind, growing 28% through 190 projects in 32 states.
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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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John Cook Serves up "5 Signs of Climate Denial". Deniers Quickly Confirm each Point.

John Cook Serves up "5 Signs of Climate Denial". Deniers Quickly Confirm each Point. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
John Cook of the fabulously useful Skepticalscience blog, and the "97 percent of Scientists Support AGW" paper,  has now written a great piece for CNN, "The 5 Telltale Techniques of Climate Denial"...
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Planetary Medicine Needed to Deal with Global Warming

Planetary Medicine Needed to Deal with Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers call for the creation of a new field of medicine to deal with climate change impact
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The other reason for building greener workplaces | Corporate Knights

The other reason for building greener workplaces | Corporate Knights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Evidence is mounting that green buildings have a positive effect on health outcomes for occupants, but more research is needed.
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Soils need double the research spending say researchers

Soils need double the research spending say researchers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australian soil scientists are enthusiastic about agriculture's future, despite many pessimists.
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Interior allows Shell to drill in Arctic, with limits

Interior allows Shell to drill in Arctic, with limits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Interior Department gave Shell approval Wednesday for exploratory drilling at two sites in the Chukchi Sea, but Shell won’t be allowed to drill deep into oil-bearing zones and will face limits to avoid impacting walruses in the region.
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Plankton threatened by ocean acidification: Why that matters

Plankton threatened by ocean acidification: Why that matters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study shows that the balance of plankton species will dramatically change as our seawaters grow more acidic.
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James Hansen and the scary 'known unknowns' of global warming

James Hansen and the scary 'known unknowns' of global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study by a prominent climate researcher offers a worst-case scenario projection of more than 1 meter of sea level rise by the end of the century.
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Why Carbon Emissions Are Good For The Planet And Humankind, According To Conservatives

Why Carbon Emissions Are Good For The Planet And Humankind, According To Conservatives | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A House committee held a hearing about the Social Cost of Carbon, and came up with some wild ideas about why carbon is good for society.
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Can New York's Climate Museum save the planet?

Can New York's Climate Museum save the planet? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It may well be able to – but it can’t do it alone. Museums around the world must stop dumbing down science and start putting education before entertainment
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At Vatican, Mayors Pledge Climate Change Fight

At Vatican, Mayors Pledge Climate Change Fight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The two-day conference was the first time the Vatican specifically invited local officials to address the issue, hoping to keep pressure on world leaders.
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Heat forces Oregon hatchery workers to truck salmon 100 miles

Heat forces Oregon hatchery workers to truck salmon 100 miles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As a last ditch effort to save fish from increasingly warm waters, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has transferred more than 160,000 salmon to a different hatchery.
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NOAA, El Nino and The Blob

NOAA, El Nino and The Blob | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, NOAA released some images yesterday comparing the current El Nino set-up with the historically huge event of 1997-98.  The big difference in the images is the extensive red "Blob" off the we...
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Debate Begins on Hansen's New Warning

Debate Begins on Hansen's New Warning | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The real debates on climate science are not whether its happening, or whether its human caused, but rather along the lines of "how soon, how hard, how hot?" - or in the case of sea level, "how high...
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How This Year's El Niño Compares to the Past

How This Year's El Niño Compares to the Past | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The climate pattern both is and isn’t like its famous predecessor in 1997
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Industrial pollution threatens European porpoises

Industrial pollution threatens European porpoises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'Almost 20 percent of sexually mature females showed evidence of stillbirth, foetal death or recent abortion ...' Staff Report FRISCO — Even though PCBs were banned in the UK more than 30 years ago...
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12 Surprising Ways to Use the Cow, Without Eating a Bite

12 Surprising Ways to Use the Cow, Without Eating a Bite | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If we’re going to sacrifice an animal for human consumption, then at least we could try to eliminate waste.
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Global warming deniers are an endangered species | Dana Nuccitelli

Global warming deniers are an endangered species | Dana Nuccitelli | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dana Nuccitelli: There’s a groundswell of support for climate action leading up to the 2015 Paris talks
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Santa Barbara to spend $55 million on desalination plant as drought 'last resort'

Santa Barbara to spend $55 million on desalination plant as drought 'last resort' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Santa Barbara City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $55 million to reactivate a mothballed desalination plant that could provide the city with nearly a third of its drinking water.
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FOOD SECURITY: Businesses learn there are tax incentives and laws to help them recycle mountains of food

FOOD SECURITY: Businesses learn there are tax incentives and laws to help them recycle mountains of food | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Each year, Americans waste 30 to 40 percent of all the food that is grown, harvested and bought. In 2010 alone, the Department of Agriculture's Office of the Chief Economist estimated that the amount of food loss and waste at the retail and consumer level was about 122 billion pounds, worth about $161 billion. At the same time, close to 50 million Americans (14.3 percent of all households) do not have sufficient access to food because they don't have the resources to obtain it. Of those individuals, 12.2 million people are eating less than what they need to maintain a nutritious diet, according to data from the USDA's Economic Research Service. While the two problems are daunting separately, three New England states may have found an avenue to address both waste and hunger at once.
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More U.S. Kids Live In Poverty Now Than In the Recession

More U.S. Kids Live In Poverty Now Than In the Recession | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
African-American, American Indian and Latino children are particularly hard hit
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Netherlands Company Introduces Plastic Roads That Are More Durable, Climate Friendly Than Asphalt

Netherlands Company Introduces Plastic Roads That Are More Durable, Climate Friendly Than Asphalt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The company behind the idea says plastic roads could cut down on asphalt-related CO2 emissions.
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Innovation Sputters in Battle Against Climate Change

Innovation Sputters in Battle Against Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reports painting bleak pictures of the future show that the world’s clean energy efforts are falling short.
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Europe to America: Your love of air-conditioning is stupid

Europe to America: Your love of air-conditioning is stupid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"If everyone were to adopt the U.S.'s air-conditioning lifestyle, energy use could rise tenfold by 2050."
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Fossil fuel emissions are making carbon dating more difficult

Fossil fuel emissions are making carbon dating more difficult | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The skyrocketing ratio of atmospheric carbon could make newly produced goods have the same "carbon date" as objects 1000 years old.
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