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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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New mathematical logic could have averted the attack on Saddam

New mathematical logic could have averted the attack on Saddam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A completely new type of mathematical logic from the University of Oslo has the potential to improve intelligence services worldwide. The US Army has already expressed keen interest.
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Earthquake scientists go to Himalayas for seismic research

Earthquake scientists go to Himalayas for seismic research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have been trying to make sense of out of what makes the earth move for centuries. The earthquake disaster in Nepal on April 25 brings attention to human frailty in the face of Mother Nature. In spite of and because of these disasters, scientists continue to work to solve the geologic and ...
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Work begins to establish a baseline carbon budget for U.S. coastlines

Work begins to establish a baseline carbon budget for U.S. coastlines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Determining whether estuaries and tidal wetlands are net emitters or absorbers of carbon dioxide is the object of a NASA-funded study by a national team of researchers. The three-year, $1.2-million study, led by Penn State professor of oceanography Raymond Najjar, is the first to look at the entire ...
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Going underground to understand Australia's past climate variability

Going underground to understand Australia's past climate variability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Given the importance of water in Australia, surprisingly, there is relatively little information about the past variability of rainfall on this continent. Although there is a good annual record of the past 100 years in Australia, there is nothing much before that period and no known cave deposit records ...
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African Diet May Lead Away From Colon Cancer

African Diet May Lead Away From Colon Cancer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To study the effects, researchers asked African-American and South African volunteers to swap diets for two weeks. Guess who benefited.
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How pollen may make clouds sneeze: Study shows how pollen seeds clouds and may change the weather.

How pollen may make clouds sneeze:  Study shows how pollen seeds clouds and may change the weather. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Those pollen grains in the air that make you miserable may have a surprising side effect: heavier rain. A new study says bits of pollen lofted into the atmosphere by springtime winds make their way into clouds, seed them and may even intensify downpours.

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The Charleston Gazette | DEP blasts Freedom cleanup proposal

West Virginia regulators on Monday harshly criticized a new liquidation plansubmitted by Freedom Industries, saying the proposal wrongly seeks to funnel more than $2.5 million to bankruptcy lawyers and other professionals instead of spending it to adequately clean up the site of the January 2014 chemical leak.

 

In filing a formal objection to the plan, lawyers for the state Department of Environmental Protection asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson to order $1 million to be spent to “immediately remediate” the Freedom Etowah Terminal along the Elk River, just upstream from a West Virginia American Water drinking water intake that serves 300,000 people in Charleston and the surrounding region.

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Family: Del. teens still critical 6 weeks after resort poisoning at island resort

Two Delaware teenagers sickened by a banned pesticide that was sprayed at the Caribbean resort where they were staying are still in critical condition more than six weeks later, their family said Monday.
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Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
JORHAT, India (Reuters) - Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in Assam.Do you think 3,000 rupees are enough when your monthly expenses
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E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Plan Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Finds

E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Plan Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The carbon emissions standards, proposed last year for the nation’s coal-fired power plants, could prevent more than 3,000 premature deaths per year, according to a new study.
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Quotes of the day on fusion reactors, From Bill McDonough to Elon Musk

Quotes of the day on fusion reactors, From Bill McDonough to Elon Musk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We have all the fusion power we need, right now.
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Introducing Monarch Tiny Homes - Tiny House Blog

Introducing Monarch Tiny Homes - Tiny House Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Monarch Tiny Homes is one of many companies to pop up onto the tiny house scene.
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New formula for high-strength shotcrete to protect tunnels from fires and terrorist attacks

New formula for high-strength shotcrete to protect tunnels from fires and terrorist attacks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Engineers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a shotcrete that is much more robust than traditional concrete. It can render tunnels, bridges and other constructions more resistant against fires and explosions. The new formula includes 140 kilogrammes of steel fibres per cubic metre of concrete ...
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The future of sustainable energy is in the exploitation of rare earths

The future of sustainable energy is in the exploitation of rare earths | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent technological and energy revolution has given rare earths strong importance due to their electric, magnetic and electronic properties. A group of researchers from the Institute of Physical Sciences at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) locates and analyzes geological formations ...
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China, EU working on common approach on climate change

China, EU working on common approach on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The European Union's foreign policy chief said Tuesday she's confident the EU and China can agree to a common approach on climate change ahead of crucial carbon reduction talks in Paris this year.
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US cleanup would leave some asbestos in contaminated town

US cleanup would leave some asbestos in contaminated town | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A long-delayed cleanup proposal for a Montana community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure would leave some of the dangerous material inside houses rather than remove it, as government officials seek to wind down an effort that has lasted more than 15 years and cost $540 million.
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Slowdown after Ice Age sounds a warning for Great Barrier Reef's future

Slowdown after Ice Age sounds a warning for Great Barrier Reef's future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental factors similar to those affecting the present day Great Barrier Reef have been linked to a major slowdown in its growth eight thousand years ago, research led by the University of Sydney shows.
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Delhi's children have the weakest lungs, reveals new survey

Delhi's children have the weakest lungs, reveals new survey | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Capital is home to the highest proportion of children with weak lungs in the country with over 40% students between eight and 14 affected by Delhi’s dirty air, a recent survey of over 2,000 youngsters across four cities revealed on Monday.
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PUBLIC HEALTH: Scientists tackle the 'difficult problem' of how warming spreads Lyme disease

PUBLIC HEALTH: Scientists tackle the 'difficult problem' of how warming spreads Lyme disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is increasing not only the range in which Lyme disease-carrying ticks can survive -- ticks are moving into warming Canada and other northern locations -- but the amount of time in which ticks can feed, according to a recent study published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
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US chemical used to kill coca plant in Colombia may cause cancer

US chemical used to kill coca plant in Colombia may cause cancer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The coca plant may be getting a break in Colombia's war against drugs. That's because the herbicide Colombia uses to kill the plants off with might be more deadly than the drug itself. As CCTV's Mi...
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Study links foam in water wells to shale well sites

Study links foam in water wells to shale well sites | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
White foam in northeastern Pennsylvania water wells likely was caused by Marcellus Shale gas well sites that have already been blamed for causing natural gas to infiltrate residential water supplies, a paper published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported on Monday. Environmental consultant Garth Llewellyn and biochemistry and geosciences researchers with Penn State University used a novel method to identify low levels of organic compounds that they said likely explain foaming from three water wells in Bradford County between 2010 and 2012. Test results from commercial laboratories during investigations at the sites had not picked up on what was causing the foaming — they reported no unsafe levels of compounds other than natural gas in the water, while
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How fjords are helping curb global warming

How fjords are helping curb global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From Alaska to Norway, fjords play an important role in sequestering carbon, new research finds.
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Foot-powered washing machine lets you clean your clothes off grid

Foot-powered washing machine lets you clean your clothes off grid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The small device is perfect for tiny homes or those wanting a convenient, yet electricity-free option.
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This $10K air-powered vehicle could be the tiny car to go with your tiny house

This $10K air-powered vehicle could be the tiny car to go with your tiny house | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Zero Pollution Motors, the U.S. licensee for MDI, developer of the tiny compressed air car AIRPod, just picked up a $5 million investment on Shark Tank.
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How Much Would Zero Emissions Cost?

How Much Would Zero Emissions Cost? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the Paris climate conference approaches, nations are attempting to enact more and more ambitious emissions goals, but how much would going zero really cost?
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