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Cuomo Seeking Home Buyouts in Flood Zones

Cuomo Seeking Home Buyouts in Flood Zones | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has a proposal to spend as much as $400 million to buy homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy, demolish them and preserve the undeveloped land.
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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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Builders Compete to Lead on Zero Net Energy Homes

Builders Compete to Lead on Zero Net Energy Homes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal: LAS VEGAS—Net-zero homes are going mainstream, if the home-building industry has anything to do with it. The homes, which generate more electricity in a year than they use, hav...
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Greenland Lakes Could be Speeding Ice Melt

Greenland Lakes Could be Speeding Ice Melt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the ebb and flow of climate information, there seems, lately, to be a pulse of new findings relevant to the accelerating melt of ice sheets. Scientific American: As happens so often in science, ...
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Pipeline Explodes In West Virginia, Sends Fireball Shooting Hundreds Of Feet In The Air

Pipeline Explodes In West Virginia, Sends Fireball Shooting Hundreds Of Feet In The Air | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The explosion marks the fourth major mishap at a U.S. pipeline this month.
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Air pollution looms as pressing issue for families and lawmakers

Air pollution looms as pressing issue for families and lawmakers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A number of measures addressing air quality will be introduced in the 2015 Legislature, and Gov. Gary Herbert has requested significant new funding to replace older, polluting school buses. The govern
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EPA: Over 4M gallons of water, brine, oil pumped from site of North Dakota saltwater spill

EPA: Over 4M gallons of water, brine, oil pumped from site of North Dakota saltwater spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than 4 million gallons of a mixture of fresh water, brine and oil have been pumped from the area affected by the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current energy boom, according to a report issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Updated: 1/26/15 7:41 pm
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We could end up with 'as much plastic in our oceans as fish'

We could end up with 'as much plastic in our oceans as fish' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The head of Ocean Conservancy says a burgeoning middle class and low recycling rates could lead to not-even-remotely-acceptable levels of trash washed out to sea
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Private wells in California farm area show high uranium

Private wells in California farm area show high uranium | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One in four household water wells in parts of California's Central Valley contains potentially harmful levels of uranium, a U.S. Geological Survey study said.

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Europe's food fight shifts after GM crop vote

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own
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Puberty Comes Earlier and Earlier for Girls

Puberty Comes Earlier and Earlier for Girls | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Girls are entering puberty faster than ever, and jeopardizing their health and happiness.
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Bird flu confirmed in Canadian patient after China trip

Bird flu confirmed in Canadian patient after China trip | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first human case of H7N9 bird flu in North America has been confirmed in a Canadian woman who recently returned from a trip to China, health officials said Monday.
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Disney measles outbreak spreads to more US states, Mexico

Disney measles outbreak spreads to more US states, Mexico | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A measles outbreak centered around Disneyland in California has spread to six more US states and Mexico, and an international visitor to the theme park likely sparked the health alert, officials said Friday.
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China's online population nears 650 million

China's online population nears 650 million | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of Internet users in China has risen to nearly 650 million, authorities said over the weekend, as the world's largest online population continues to rise.
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Understanding the Blizzard of '15 - Enhanced By a Changing Climate

Understanding the Blizzard of '15 - Enhanced By a Changing Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ClimateProgress: Before this latest storm, we’ve seen a long-term pattern of more extreme precipitation, particularly in New England winters. Climate scientists had long predicted this would happen...
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Bucky Fuller on Doing More, and Better - with Much Much Less

Bucky Fuller on Doing More, and Better - with Much Much Less | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Powerful idea, powerfully stated.
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Indiana Solar Bill Crafted By Utilities Sparks Outrage, Raises Costs

Indiana Solar Bill Crafted By Utilities Sparks Outrage, Raises Costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A confusing bill making its way through the Legislature could hamper Indiana's nascent solar industry.
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Mount Polley rating won’t be released

Mount Polley rating won’t be released | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An industry rating for Imperial Metals’ management of the water and potentially toxic finely-ground rock from its Mount Polley mine will not be released. The Mining Association of Canada made the decision as a result of the collapse of the earth-and-rock dam that had held back millions of cubic metres of water and fine-rock tailings at Mount Polley.
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Environmental Protection Agency And Refineries Clash Over Hazardous Air Pollution | January 26, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 4 | Chemical & Engineering News

Environmental Protection Agency And Refineries Clash Over Hazardous Air Pollution | January 26, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 4 | Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Cleaning Up Water by Running It Through Dirt

Cleaning Up Water by Running It Through Dirt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Storm runoff can be toxic to aquatic life, but a study suggests that filtering the water through dirt before it enters streams, rivers or the ocean is a solution.
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England's environment 'in decline'

England's environment 'in decline' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

England's natural environment is in decline and its deterioration is harming the economy, an independent advisory group has told the government.

 

The Natural Capital Committee says pressures will rise with population growth and has called for a 25-year investment plan.

 

Its report said measures like investing in improved air quality and greener cities would bring economic benefits.

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Widely Used Chemicals Can’t Be Included In New Use Rule, Manufacturers Tell EPA | Bloomberg BNA

Widely Used Chemicals Can’t Be Included In New Use Rule, Manufacturers Tell EPA | Bloomberg BNA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Automakers, aircraft manufacturers, chemical companies and other manufacturers tell the Environmental Protection Agency their ongoing uses of nonylphenols and nonylphenol ethoxylates preclude the agency from including the chemicals in a proposed significant new use rule.

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Extra funding sought to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Extra funding sought to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The funding is aimed at developing new antibiotics and improving surveillance for “superbugs.”
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High penicillin prescribing could build reservoirs of resistance

High penicillin prescribing could build reservoirs of resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—High penicillin G prescribing may lead to an altered level of resistance in the commensal viridans group streptococci (VGS) population, which may be important in subsequent horizontal gene transfer events, according to a study published online Jan. 21 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy ...
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Patients dismissing 'trivial' symptoms could delay cancer diagnosis

Patients dismissing 'trivial' symptoms could delay cancer diagnosis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People who dismiss their symptoms as trivial or worry about wasting the doctor's time may decide against going to their GP with red-flag cancer warning symptoms, according to a Cancer Research UK study* published in the British Journal of General Practice today (Monday).
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Brazil finds coffee protein with morphine effect

Brazil finds coffee protein with morphine effect | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brazilian scientists have discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to pain reliever morphine, researchers at the state University of Brasilia (UnB) and state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa said Saturday.
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Home cheap home: Vietnam architect's quest for low-cost housing

Home cheap home: Vietnam architect's quest for low-cost housing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vo Van Duong's bamboo and coconut leaf house looks much like others deep in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. But unlike them, his seemingly simple abode is designed to withstand typhoons, flooding and earthquakes—and at a cost of less than $4,000 could herald a new wave of cheap, sustainable housing.
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