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Leading science journal approves of Keystone XL pipeline | MINING.com

Leading science journal approves of Keystone XL pipeline | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the world's preeminent science journals has lent its support to the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in a recent editorial.
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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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No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study finds

No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
No-till farming, a key conservation agriculture strategy that avoids conventional plowing and otherwise disturbing the soil, may not bring a hoped-for boost in crop yields in much of the world, according to an extensive new meta-analysis by an international team led by the University of California, ...
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There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence

There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In an ever warming world, expect more wars, civil unrest, and strife, and also more violent crime in general.
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Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for 'nuclear refugees'

Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for 'nuclear refugees' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
TOKYO (Reuters) - Before the Fukushima nuclear crisis forced them from their homes, residents of Futaba had praised the Daiichi power plant as a godsend that brought jobs and money to the Japanese coastal
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County chemical maker wary after ‘near-catastrophic’ fracking incident

As the Tomblin administration considers a plan to allow natural gas drilling under the Ohio River, a major chemical maker in Marshall County has been fighting a proposal for hydraulic fracturing near its plant, citing a “near-catastrophic” gas-well incident last year that might be linked to geologic conditions beneath the river.

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Critics of Dow herbicide sue U.S. EPA over approval

(Reuters) - A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.The
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Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals, report says

Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Federal laws meant to protect drinking water require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel, which contains chemicals that can cause cancer and damage nerve tissues, in the drilling process. But a loophole in the law allows oil and gas companies to separately inject the same toxic chemicals without a permit, according to a report released by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Environmental Integrity Project.
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Eight Pieces of Our Oil Price Predicament

Eight Pieces of Our Oil Price Predicament | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Prices would set themselves at a level that would be high enough for the majority of producers, so that in total producers would provide enough–but not too much–oil for the world economy. The prices would be fairly affordable for consumers. And economies around the world would grow robustly with these oil supplies, plus other energy supplies. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that way recently. Let me explain at least a few of the issues involved.

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Boeing and Chinese firm to turn 'gutter oil' into jet fuel

Boeing and Chinese firm to turn 'gutter oil' into jet fuel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
US aircraft maker Boeing has set up a facility with a Chinese firm to transform waste cooking oil—the source of repeated food safety scandals—into jet fuel, it said Wednesday.
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Researchers resolve the Karakoram glacier anomaly, a cold case of climate science

Researchers resolve the Karakoram glacier anomaly, a cold case of climate science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from Princeton University and other institutions may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, and that could help understand the future availability of water for hundreds of millions of people.
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And now, the volcano forecast

And now, the volcano forecast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists are using volcanic gases to understand how volcanoes work, and as the basis of a hazard-warning forecast system.
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Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan, study says

Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century, putting almost all of the country's 127 million-strong population at risk, according to a new study.
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Mountain Goats Are Shrinking—A Lot—Because of Global Warming

Mountain Goats Are Shrinking—A Lot—Because of Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Global warming over the past few decades has caused chamois goats in the Italian Alps to get smaller.

 

Although global warming is known to be driving changes in body size in a number of animals, this result was more dramatic than researchers expected and suggests that a changing climate may have significant impacts on natural systems in the near term, in ways that are only beginning to be understood.

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Essay: If only we listened when politicians were listening to scientists — The Daily Climate

Essay: If only we listened when politicians were listening to scientists — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A quarter century ago today, a Republican governor cited scientific consensus as he warned of the dangers of human-driven changes in our atmosphere. 
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China's economy suffers its worst quarter since the financial crisis

China's economy suffers its worst quarter since the financial crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China's economy has clocked its worst quarter in more than five years, raising concerns over Beijing's ability to meet its own annual growth target.

Gross domestic product expanded by 7.3% in the third quarter versus the same period last year, accordi...
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DEP revokes water lab’s certification after guilty plea

West Virginia regulators have revoked the state certification for a Raleigh County laboratory, following the guilty plea of a lab supervisor who admitted he and other employees falsified coal industry samples so mining operations would appear to be in compliance with water pollution standards. 

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Ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring by 7C

Ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring by 7C | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists analysing more than three decades of weather data for the Alaskan outpost of Barrow have linked astonishing 7C rise to the decline in Arctic sea ice, reports Climate News Network
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Researchers say toxic air in the first two years can cause autism

Researchers say toxic air in the first two years can cause autism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pittsburgh researchers say children with autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have been exposed to toxic air.
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Why Receipts and Greasy Fingers Shouldn’t Mix

Why Receipts and Greasy Fingers Shouldn’t Mix | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“The chemicals used to make hand sanitizers, soaps, lotions, and sunscreen degrade the skin’s ability to act as a barrier"

 

An order of French fries may be bad for your health in ways that extend well beyond the outsize calorie count. According to a new studyby scientists at the University of Missouri, people who used hand sanitizer, touched a cash register receipt and then ate French fries were quickly exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used to coat receipt paper.

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Hopes for Ontario’s Ring of Fire doused

Hopes for Ontario’s Ring of Fire doused | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A global slump in commodity prices and bureaucratic red tape have put up roadblocks to the development of the $60-billion natural resources treasure trove
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'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles

'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for surfing waves than the Web. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built 'Silicon Beach.'
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$58 million effort to study potential new energy source

$58 million effort to study potential new energy source | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded approximately $58 million to analyze deposits of frozen methane under the Gulf of Mexico that hold enormous potential to increase the world's energy supply.
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Global consumption an increasingly significant driver of tropical deforestation

Global consumption an increasingly significant driver of tropical deforestation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
International trade with agricultural and wood products is an increasingly important driver of tropical deforestation. More than a third of recent deforestation can be tied to production of beef, soy, palm oil and timber. 'The trend is clear, the drivers of deforestation have been globalized and commercialized', ...
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More management needed for Rottnest marine debris

More management needed for Rottnest marine debris | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A marine ecology expert says it could take an international effort to manage the amount of debris and pollution that washes up on Rottnest Island.
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