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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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China's child labor problem

A labor shortage in China and rising wages creating incentive for employers to turn a blind eye to child labor. Children too young to be working are slipping through the system with fake IDs.
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Russians must get used to new way of life after rouble crash, says bank chief

Russians must get used to new way of life after rouble crash, says bank chief | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Currency hits historic lows after interest rate hike to 17% designed to halt fall
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Some companies won't survive the oil meltdown

Some companies won't survive the oil meltdown | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
America's shale oil boom has been the darling of investment circles in recent years. People were throwing cash at these companies, hoping to get a piece of the rapid growth.

Not anymore.

The dramatic plunge in oil prices has made some shale projects un...
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China industrial activity shrinks in December, calls grow for more stimulus

China industrial activity shrinks in December, calls grow for more stimulus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months, the latest in a string of weak economic indicators that will intensify calls for more stimulus
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Home Remedies for Toothaches, Gingivitis and More

Home Remedies for Toothaches, Gingivitis and More | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you have recurrent dental problems or are currently suffering from pain in a tooth, give these home remedies for toothaches, gingivitis and bad breath a try. Herbal treatments like turmeric, sage and peppermint are natural and effective ways to ease pain, fight bacteria and prevent inflammation.
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Portland crows died from pesticide, lab tests show; federal investigation continues

Portland crows died from pesticide, lab tests show; federal investigation continues | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pesticide commonly used to control nuisance birds caused the birds' deaths, but federal investigators are not identifying it because their investigation is continuing.
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Aviation fuel settlement may help phase out lingering source of U.S. lead pollution

Aviation fuel settlement may help phase out lingering source of U.S. lead pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“Avgas” used in small planes produces half of U.S. air emissions
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Legacy pollution forces small town to look for new drinking water supply

Legacy pollution forces small town to look for new drinking water supply | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About 10 years ago, a weird chemical started showing up in the drinking water in St. Louis, Michigan.It was a byproduct of DDT. The insecticide is now
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China's largest coal power plant violating air pollution levels every week

China's largest coal power plant violating air pollution levels every week | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Waigaoqiao plant in Shanghai violating national air pollution levels every week, study finds
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Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters

Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Amid a fracking boom, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has quietly weakened air pollution guidelines for toxic chemicals.
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Air Pollution Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Autism in Study

Air Pollution Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Autism in Study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Women who are exposed to high levels of air
pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice
as likely to have an autistic child, a study found.
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Global CO2 emissions increase to new all-time record, but growth is slowing down

Global CO2 emissions increase to new all-time record, but growth is slowing down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
2013 saw global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production reach a new all-time high. This was mainly due to the continuing steady increase in energy use in emerging economies over the past ten years.  However, emissions increased at a notably slower rate (2%) than on average in the last ...
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Where the sea is closing in

The residents of Shishmaref, Alaska know all too well about the risks of living at the sea. Warming temperatures are melting the sea ice and eroding the permafrost, threatening to destroy this tiny village, more than 400 years old. The residents here...
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OPEC testing "pain point" of U.S. shale industry-Platts

Platts' John Kingston says oil prices will keep dropping as long as OPEC continues to test the U.S. shale industry's ability to weather a softening market globally. Bobbi Rebell reports.
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Venezuela benchmark bond yield hits highest ever as oil slides

CARACAS, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Venezuela's benchmark globalbond hit its highest yield ever on Tuesday amid a continuedtumble in the OPEC nation's debt, driven by falling oil pricesand concerns that the
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Petrobras Said to Cut Exploration Spending in Cash Crunch

Petrobras Said to Cut Exploration Spending in Cash Crunch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Petroleo Brasileiro SA, the biggest oil producer in ultra-deep waters, is curbing refining and exploration spending in response to the collapse in prices and difficulties tapping debt markets during a corruption probe, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil's currency plunges as oil, ruble spook investors

(Adds trader comment, Tombini comments, updates prices) SAO PAULO, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Brazil's currency fell sharplyon Tuesday as diving oil prices, a plunge in the Russian ruble,and uncertainty
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ADVOCACY: 'Godfather of greening' writes game plan for big-time sports

ADVOCACY: 'Godfather of greening' writes game plan for big-time sports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEW YORK -- Battle-hardened environmentalist Allen Hershkowitz has done just about everything in green activism. In his 26-year run as senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, he was known for brash, large-scale endeavors, but he also fought in the trenches for core environmental policy. Hershkowitz has handled imaging for the Oscars broadcast, the Grammy Awards, DuPont Corp., Coca-Cola and the Clinton administration -- to cite just a few -- and he also spearheaded old-fashioned fights over solid waste, recycling and deforestation. But his new mission may trump them all in the potential to reach a mainstream audience.
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Airline pilots face sunbed levels of UV radiation in cockpits - Telegraph

Airline pilots face sunbed levels of UV radiation in cockpits - Telegraph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spending 56 minutes behind the controls at 30,000 feet is the equivalent of 20 minutes on a sunbed, the University of California has found
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WASHINGTON: EPA rules on coal ash may disappoint environmentalists, buoy industry | Environment | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: EPA rules on coal ash may disappoint environmentalists, buoy industry | Environment | McClatchy DC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The federal government is about to announce its first rules for the handling and storage of potentially toxic coal ash, months after tons of the waste spilled into a major river in North Carolina.
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Safe water and basic sanitation would slash maternal deaths, report says

Safe water and basic sanitation would slash maternal deaths, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Health groups press for emphasis on hygiene in next development goals with 289,000 women dying from childbirth complications each year
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Oil spill in Israel’s Evrona Nature Reserve is disastrous news for a precious resource

Oil spill in Israel’s Evrona Nature Reserve is disastrous news for a precious resource | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pipeline breach two weeks ago has sent crude into the heart of a precious nature preserve in the desert.
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New York's Gov. Cuomo Bans Fracking in the State, Citing Health Concerns

New York's Gov. Cuomo Bans Fracking in the State, Citing Health Concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that his administration would ban hydraulic fracturing.
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Former Guatemala gum growers live off sustainable jungle

Former Guatemala gum growers live off sustainable jungle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Waving his hands as if conducting an invisible orchestra, Juan Trujillo sings an old song known to Carmelita settlers living deep in northern Guatemala's Mayan jungle.
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