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Colonial flags fly as anger grows in Hong Kong

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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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Implications for the fate of green fertilizers

Implications for the fate of green fertilizers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The use of green fertilizers is a practice that has been around since humans first began growing food, but researchers are warning that modern techniques for the creation of these fertilizers could have implications on soil toxicity.
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Arctic sea ice helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere

Arctic sea ice helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is a fact, and most of the warming is caused by human activity. The Arctic is now so warm that the extent of sea ice has decreased by about 30 pct. in summer and in winter, sea ice is getting thinner. New research has shown that sea ice removes CO2 from the atmosphere. If Arctic sea ice ...
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Geologists find well water chemicals changed prior to two different earthquakes

Geologists find well water chemicals changed prior to two different earthquakes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from Iceland, Sweden and Saudi Arabia has found evidence of chemical changes to underground well water prior to two different earthquakes that occurred in 2012 and 2013 in Iceland. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the researchers ...
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Drinking water contaminated by excreted drugs a growing concern

Drinking water contaminated by excreted drugs a growing concern | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If we’re taking it, we’re also drinking it: painkillers, blood thinners, hormones, chemotherapy agents, even cocaine and amphetamines. What happens when excreted drugs get into drinking water?
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Solar-powered charger, cooler buildings, better indoor gardens emerge from MIT science competition

Solar-powered charger, cooler buildings, better indoor gardens emerge from MIT science competition | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
School kids at soccer practice could use solar panels lying out in the field to charge their smartphones. A mix-in for concrete could keep buildings cooler longer, cutting the cost of air conditioning. A gel that dries to a crisp could soak up water and swell, transforming into a single-layer, mess-free base on which you can grow a garden indoors.

These are the visions of a better world from emerging engineers tackled at MADMEC, the annual design competition hosted by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT.
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Paul Krugman’s Errors and Omissions

Paul Krugman’s Errors and Omissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a New York Times op-ed, economist-columnist Paul Krugman took a swipe at my organization, Post Carbon Institute, lumping us together with the Koch brothers as purveyors of “climate despair.” Apparently our shared error is that we say fighting climate change and growing the economy are incompatible.
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Sudbury digging deep for underground mining research

Sudbury digging deep for underground mining research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Centre for mining Excellence in Sudbury is launching a request for proposals that would be eligible for its $46 million Ultra Deep Mining Network, Northern Ontario Business reported earlier this month.
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Lawsuit: Drivers' cancers caused by exhaust fumes at Transit's bus depot on Yukon Avenue

Victor Veranci and Frank Grosso allege their cancers were caused by their exposure to diesel exhaust particles and fumes spewed by buses idling inside New York City Transit's depot on Yukon Avenue
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Big Oil’s heirs join call for action as climate summit opens

Big Oil’s heirs join call for action as climate summit opens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“There is a moral imperative to preserve a healthy planet,” said Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, a great-great-granddaughter of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller Sr.
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Detroit cuts off water for families

Detroit cuts off water for families | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

For months, thousands of families in Detroit have been living without water.

 

It is not because of natural disaster, but because of a controversial decision by the city to enforce bans for those who do not pay their bills.

But the plight of those without water - already among the poorest residents of any major city in America - is getting national and even international attention from human rights groups.

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Study reveals cancer-causing diesel emissions on many underground WA mine sites are above World Health Organisation standards

Study reveals cancer-causing diesel emissions on many underground WA mine sites are above World Health Organisation standards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UNDERGROUND mines in WA are recording dangerous levels of cancer-causing diesel emissions, raising health fears for the state’s 10,000 underground miners.
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12 Data-Driven Cities Making the Internet of Things a Reality - Smart Data Collective

12 Data-Driven Cities Making the Internet of Things a Reality - Smart Data Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
12 Data-Driven Cities Making the Internet of Things a Reality Smart Data Collective Songdo, South Korea's newest Smart City, is located 40 miles southwest of Seoul and features architectural marvels and landmarks from international cities including...

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Engineers call for national approach to flooding

Engineers call for national approach to flooding | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for dealing with rising flood risks.
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Ditching coal a massive step to climate goal: experts

Ditching coal a massive step to climate goal: experts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Phasing out coal as an electricity source by 2050 would bring the world 0.5 degrees Celsius closer to the UN's targeted cap for climate warming, an analysis said on the eve of Tuesday's UN climate summit.
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Climate change report identifies 'the most vulnerable'

Climate change report identifies 'the most vulnerable' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Extreme weather events leave populations with not enough food both in the short- and the long-term. A new report by the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford concludes that better governance could have lessened the impact on the ...
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World May Blow Through Global Warming Pollution Limit in 30 Years

World May Blow Through Global Warming Pollution Limit in 30 Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To avoid more than two degrees Celsius of global warming, CO2 pollution would have to stop growing soon
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China Surpasses EU in Per-Capita Pollution for First Time

China Surpasses EU in Per-Capita Pollution for First Time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China surpassed the European Union in pollution levels per capita for the first time last year, propelling to a record the worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions that are blamed for climate change.
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Pope Francis: You Can’t Use Religion To Justify Violence

Pope Francis: You Can’t Use Religion To Justify Violence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“Let no one consider themselves to be the ‘armor’ of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression!” Pope Francis said.
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Obama Action On Antibiotic Resistance Decried As Soft On Agricultural Use

Obama Action On Antibiotic Resistance Decried As Soft On Agricultural Use | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for agricultural use, mostly given at low doses to animals that are not ill -- the perfect conditions for building up antibiotic resistance among bacteria. Action to end this practice is unfolding most aggressively at the city level.
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New toxic spill traced to Mexico mine

New toxic spill traced to Mexico mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MEXICO CITY: Civil protection authorities have confirmed new toxic spills in northwestern Mexico, where a massive acid spill from a copper mine contaminated waterways.Sonora's civil protection uni
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Waste-to-power units pose 'grave risk' to Delhi, report warns

Waste-to-power units pose 'grave risk' to Delhi, report warns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Chronic respiratory problems are looming over a large number of residential colonies in East and North-west Delhi, with ‘ill-equipped’ waste-to-energy plants ready for operation in Ghazipur and Bawana. 

Even though this type of power generation plant is otherwise viable, environmentalists have raised an alarm. They say these plants in Delhi “are posing threat to environment for want of proper pollution control mechanism”. 

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What climate activists can learn from the fight against Big Tobacco | Al Jazeera America

What climate activists can learn from the fight against Big Tobacco | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Achieving climate progress requires keeping oil and gas companies away from the negotiating table
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Harvest of Change

Harvest of Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tassel-topped stalks across the Midwest corn belt await a harvest of grain that will fuel your car with ethanol, feed livestock that becomes your dinner steak or be processed into foods lining shelves.
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Les dix mesures à prendre pour sauver le climat

Les dix mesures à prendre pour sauver le climat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Le 23 septembre va se dérouler à New York le Sommet climat de l’ONU. Des mouvements sociaux du monde entier dénoncent l’emprise du secteur privé‏ sur les négociations. Ils proposent dix mesures pour sauver le climat. Selon eux, « le modèle industriel extractiviste et productiviste est la principale cause du problème ».


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Les monnaies virtuelles au-delà du bitcoin : quelles perspectives?

Les monnaies virtuelles au-delà du bitcoin : quelles perspectives? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Les monnaies complémentaires ou alternatives ne sont pas nouvelles, au contraire, elles ont toujours existé. Il s’agit de monnaies qui ne sont pas soutenues par un gouvernement national, mais émises et utilisées par des territoires, des organisations, des citoyens…

Elles suscitent un regain d’intérêt depuis quelques années, pour répondre à des besoins que certains estiment non satisfaits par les monnaies officielles. Il peut s’agir notamment de monnaies locales visant à redynamiser l’économie d’un territoire [1], mais aussi de monnaies « virtuelles » permettant de faciliter des transactions sur Internet.


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