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Study: Global Warming Causes Most Monthly Heat Records Today

Study: Global Warming Causes Most Monthly Heat Records Today | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
by Dana Nuccitelli, via Skeptical Science A new paper published in Climatic Change by Coumou, Robinson, and Rahmstorf (CRR13) examines the increased frequency of record-breaking monthly temperature records over the past 130 years, finding that...
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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, 8:26 PM

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Fed up with Federal inaction, States act alone on cap-and-trade

Fed up with Federal inaction, States act alone on cap-and-trade | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unsatisfied with the pace at which the federal government is acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, several U.S. states and a few Canadian provinces are forging ahead with their own initiatives.
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China’s “New Long March” through the UN Climate Summit: Context and Opportunities | World Resources Institute

China’s “New Long March” through the UN Climate Summit: Context and Opportunities | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Long March was a watershed moment in Chinese history—the moment Mao Zedong’s nascent Communist Party escaped disaster in 1934 en route to forming a new nation. Fast forward 80 years, and China is poised to embark on a new Long March – but this time away from climate change and environmental damage toward a sustainable future.
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With Compact of Mayors, Cities Lead on Tackling Climate Change at UN Summit | World Resources Institute

With Compact of Mayors, Cities Lead on Tackling Climate Change at UN Summit | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Through the Compact of Mayors and parallel initiatives, cities are making ambitious commitments to curb emissions, adopting new greenhouse gas emissions measuring standards, and supporting the financing of low-carbon infrastructure.
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Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth

Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Post Carbon Fellows Richard Heinberg, Wes Jackson and Bill McKibben will be one of 45 Leading scholars, authors and activists who will convene at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, for a public "teach-in" on the profound impacts-- environmental, economic and social-- of runaway technological expansionism, and cyber immersion; the tendency to see technology as the savior for all problems. A change of direction is required, returning the fate of nature to the center of economic and social decision making.

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Live More with Less Conference

Live More with Less Conference | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Post Carbon Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg will be a keynote speaker at the Live More with Less Conference at Utah Valley University.
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8-week Online Transition LAUNCH Training | Transition US

8-week Online Transition LAUNCH Training | Transition US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Transition Network is offering an 8-week online Transition LAUNCH Course led by trainers Naresh Giangrande, Sophy Banks, Tina Clarke, and Nick Osborne! The course meets once a week for 1.5 hours, beginning October 8th.

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The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises

The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

I say: rock that boat. It’s a lifeboat; maybe the people in it will wake up and start rowing.

 

There have undoubtedly been stable periods in human history, but you and your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents never lived through one, and neither will any children or grandchildren you may have or come to have. Everything has been changing continuously, profoundly -- from the role of women to the nature of agriculture. For the past couple of hundred years, change has been accelerating in both magnificent and nightmarish ways.

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Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions

Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We're really starting to see a shift in consciousness and best practices among major non-profits like hospitals and universities.
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Petrolify | Concentrated Oil Solution

Petrolify | Concentrated Oil Solution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ask Your Planet

Before taking Petrolify®.

 

Petroleum is a miracle substance. With millions of years of solar energy stored in every drop, it enables much of what we most enjoy in life; from plastic toys and mobile phones to the highly complex global systems that feed, shelter, and govern billions of people.Unfortunately, our unparalleled levels of abundance come with significant side effects, which include awfully scary things like environmental collapse, species extinction and resource wars. We don’t have to continue down this highway to hell on earth. Our way of life can be more beautiful and fulfilling than ever, and, importantly, for more of us. But it requires us being much more thoughtful about how and how much we use energy.
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Research could help save billions of dollars as sea levels rise

Research could help save billions of dollars as sea levels rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coastal councils and planning authorities will be able to more accurately predict the chance of communities being inundated by the ocean as sea levels rise.
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New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake

New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit.
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CDC confirms first case of Ebola in the U.S.

CDC confirms first case of Ebola in the U.S. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The positive test comes during the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola that's been diagnosed in the United States.

 

This person who is infected left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in the U.S. the following day with no symptoms. They began showing symptoms four days after arriving in the U.S.

 

"The bottom line here is that I have no doubt that we will control this importation, or this case of Ebola, so that it does not spread widely in this country," he said. "It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual could develop Ebola in the coming weeks. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here."

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Do Americans Appreciate Climate Change Risks?

Do Americans Appreciate Climate Change Risks? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Government officials see slow, hard work to engage U.S. public on sea-level rise
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Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States | World Resources Institute

Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Please join us for a presentation and networking opportunity on Friday, October 10 in Washington, D.C. for the release of Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States.

Building on the recently-released New Climate Economy report, this new analysis provides evidence and real-world examples demonstrating how the United States is already seizing economic returns while reducing its greenhouse gas emissions -- and outlines what can be done to further hasten these positive trends.
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Analyzing Outcomes from the UN Climate Summit | World Resources Institute

Analyzing Outcomes from the UN Climate Summit | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The UN Climate Summit brought together more than 125 heads of state and government officials—the largest-ever climate meeting of world leaders. Leaders clearly demonstrated their understanding that the impacts of climate change are real and costly, and that they no longer have to choose between economic growth and climate action—they go hand-in-hand.

WRI’s experts were in New York for all the action. While the outcomes from the Summit are still evolving, here’s our first look at progress made and next steps.
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The 6th Community Solutions Conference Climate Crisis Solutions: Curtailment and Community

The 6th Community Solutions Conference Climate Crisis Solutions: Curtailment and Community | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Location:Yellow Springs, OHDates:Nov 7, 2014 – Nov 9, 2014

Post Carbon Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg will be a keynote speaker at this conference which will focus on the Power of Individual Action. The world is at a difficult point, an existential one that calls for immediate action. This conference is a way of sharing our new understanding of what individuals must do to meet the issue of climate change on a personal level. Hear from people who are leading the way in personal CO2 emissions curtailment. Learn about budgeting personal energy use and emissions.

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The Economics of Sustainability Conference: Emerging Models for a Healthy Planet

The Economics of Sustainability Conference: Emerging Models for a Healthy Planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Praxis Peace Institute presents The Economics of Sustainability Conference: Emerging Models for a Healthy Planet
Confirmed Speakers: Gar Alperovitz, Ellen Brown, Richard Heinberg, Michael Brune, Randy Hayes, Mark Hertsgaard, Mark Z. Jacobson, Ma
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Launch online | Transition Network

Launch online | Transition Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Transition Launch Online is packed with imaginative ways to delve into the practice of Transition showing you how to set up, run and grow a Transition Initiative. It is also useful for people who have recently become involved in Transition and want to develop the essential skills and insights to help their Transition Initiative become a success.

Book now for Launch online beginning October 8th, 2014

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DISRUPTION - The Movie

DISRUPTION - The Movie | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
‘When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’ Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction.
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More Fun, Less Stuff

More Fun, Less Stuff | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sarah tells us about life beyond consumerism, translating online community into on-the-ground action, and more...
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Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement Report

Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement Report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement: Voices and Reflections from the Field is a snapshot of an emerging movement. This movement is a sign of the growing recognition that what often are seen as separate movements—environment, soci
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Researcher observes temperature variability across the world

Researcher observes temperature variability across the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If more of the world's climate becomes like that in tropical zones, it could potentially affect crops, insect fitness and malaria transmission, and even confuse migration patterns of birds and mammals worldwide.
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The threat of global sea level rise

The threat of global sea level rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Changes taking place in the oceans around Antarctica could result in an abrupt rise in global sea level, according to a Victoria University of Wellington led study.

 

"... but with 10 percent of the world's population living less than 10 metres above present sea-level, this study highlights the need to better define the complex relationship between Antarctica and the Southern Ocean."

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How the Ebola virus works

How the Ebola virus works | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the worst Ebola outbreak in history unfolds in West Africa, The Post's Joel Achenbach explains how the deadly virus wreaks havoc on the human body.
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The Fifth Estate | Dirty air, dodgy politics: why it’s easier to attack science than listen to Morwell fire death stats

The Fifth Estate | Dirty air, dodgy politics: why it’s easier to attack science than listen to Morwell fire death stats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental sustainability news and discussion forum
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