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Colonial flags fly as anger grows in Hong Kong

Colonial flags fly as anger grows in Hong Kong | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 2, 2013 - Sixteen years after Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, public discontent with Beijing is swelling and protesters have been rallying around an unexpected symbol - the British colonial flag.
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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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Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design

Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Piped water may be the greatest convenience ever known, but Lloyd Alter argues that our sewage systems and bathrooms are a disaster
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The Biggest Energy Trading Disaster In History

The Biggest Energy Trading Disaster In History | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As someone who made a living in dealing rooms around the world for nearly 20 years, the reactions that traditionally greet highly publicized dealing disasters never fail to cause a wry smile to
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12 Uses for Mason Jars

12 Uses for Mason Jars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Discover our 12 unique uses for Mason jars.
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Even China And India Are More Energy Efficient Than The US, A New Report Says

Even China And India Are More Energy Efficient Than The US, A New Report Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The US is 13th among 16 major economies. Who's on top?
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China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King

China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING (AP) - A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.
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Families Sick From Fracking Exposure Turn to Concerned Scientists | InsideClimate News

Families Sick From Fracking Exposure Turn to Concerned Scientists | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This report is part of a joint project by InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity. Like people in other regions transformed by the shale energy boom, residents of Washington County, Pennsylvania have complained of headaches, nosebleeds and skin rashes.
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Drier than the Dust Bowl: waiting for relief in rural America

Drier than the Dust Bowl: waiting for relief in rural America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As wide swaths of rural America suffer through historic drought, they're being left further behind.
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WASHINGTON: US pork producers' use of drug may derail European trade deal | Business | NewsObserver.com

WASHINGTON: US pork producers' use of drug may derail European trade deal | Business | NewsObserver.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
R.C. Hunt, who has raised pigs for 50 years in North Carolina, offers no apologies for a common practice in the US pork industry: mixing feed with a controversial drug that makes the animals grow leaner in the final weeks of their lives.
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Part One: The Rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins (With video)

Part One: The Rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins (With video) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Blooms of blue-green algae spread across Lake Erie late every summer like a plague of slime, the vivid green coating so thick its soup-like texture can...
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Bio- Un safety Level 3: Could the Next Lab Accident Result in a Pandemic?

Bio- Un safety Level 3: Could the Next Lab Accident Result in a Pandemic? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So-called gain-of-function pathogen research will likely receive closer scrutiny after three U.S. biolab incidents
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Parents rank their obese children as 'very healthy'

Parents rank their obese children as 'very healthy' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine-led study suggests that parents of obese children often do not recognize the potentially serious health consequences of childhood weight gain or the importance of daily physical activity in helping their child reach a healthy weight.
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Potential new flu drugs target immune response, not virus

Potential new flu drugs target immune response, not virus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The seriousness of disease often results from the strength of immune response, rather than with the virus, itself. Turning down that response, rather than attacking the virus, might be a better way to reduce that severity, says Juliet Morrison of the University of Washington, Seattle. She and her collaborators ...
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Tasmania, Big Supplier to Drug Companies, Faces Changes

Tasmania, Big Supplier to Drug Companies, Faces Changes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tasmania, with its huge poppy crop, is the top producer of a crucial raw material in prescription drugs. But companies fear that they depend too much on that harvest.
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North Dakota's Oil Bonanza Is Unsustainable

North Dakota's Oil Bonanza Is Unsustainable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A decade ago, North Dakota was a wind-swept also-ran in the oil industry. Wildcatters struck oil there in the 1950s, but the rock was too dense to get most of it out, and the fields never amounted ...
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Chemists develop technology to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel

Chemists develop technology to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rutgers researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a major cost barrier to make clean-burning hydrogen fuel – a fuel that could replace expensive and environmentally harmful fossil fuels.
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Blockade At First Tar Sands Site In US Challenges ‘Brazen Disregard For Climate Crisis’

Blockade At First Tar Sands Site In US Challenges ‘Brazen Disregard For Climate Crisis’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Happening now: Activists target construction at PR Spring tar sands site in Utah
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Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) â€" Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Cows are not efficient at converting feed to protein for human consumption, said lead author Gidon Eshel, an environmental physics professor at Bard College in New York. Kim Stackhouse, sustainability director at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, said that the industry has improved its environmental sustainability in recent years and that the United States produces beef with the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of any country. The manure used to grow feed for cows also releases methane, as does their own bodily waste. Because they are bigger and take longer to put on weight for meat, cows eat more food over their lifetimes than other animals raised for protein. Eshel calculates that the average American who switches from beef to pork would reduce the equivalent of 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, which is about nine days' worth of the nation's per capita greenhouse gas emissions.
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Is this U.S. coal giant funding violent union intimidation in Colombia?

Is this U.S. coal giant funding violent union intimidation in Colombia? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lawsuits allege Alabama-based Drummond Co., which mines coal in Colombia, has financial ties to groups that have threatened union leaders.
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DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07

DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil and gas operations have damaged Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times since the end of 2007, according to official determinations compiled by the Department of Environmental Protection that the agency is preparing to release for the first time. State environmental regulators are planning to post the information on DEP’s website this month, but an early version of the spreadsheet was provided to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in response to an open records request. The spreadsheet lists the 209 affected water supplies by county, municipality and the date regulators concluded that activities related to oil or gas extraction were to blame for contaminating or diminishing the flow to a water source. The document does not disclose property owners’ names or addresses and it does not detail
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Massive raid to help Yurok tribe combat illegal pot grows

Massive raid to help Yurok tribe combat illegal pot grows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The California National Guard on Monday joined more than a dozen other agencies to help the Yurok tribe combat rampant marijuana grows that have threatened the reservation's water supply, harmed its salmon and interfered with cultural ceremonies.
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Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide

Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP) â€" Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth. The agency's pest management policy calls for pest-killing methods that pose the least risk to wildlife, and there is scientific evidence that neonicotinoids kill bees and other pollinators, said Kim Trust, the agency's deputy regional director of refuges. Neonicotinoids are commonly applied as a coating on seeds such as corn, wheat, barley and soybeans planted on refuges both as commercial crops and to benefit wildlife, according to Fish and Wildlife Service documents on the ban.
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The U.S. Neglects Its Best Science Students

The U.S. Neglects Its Best Science Students | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Educators must do a better job of spotting talented kids early, encouraging them and challenging them
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Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers.
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Eating probiotics regularly may improve your blood pressure

Eating probiotics regularly may improve your blood pressure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eating probiotics regularly may modestly improve your blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.
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Healing the heart with fat

Healing the heart with fat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Too much dietary fat is bad for the heart, but the right kind of fat keeps the heart healthy, according to a paper published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine.
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