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'Sinking' Jakarta pins hopes on rising star

'Sinking' Jakarta pins hopes on rising star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New governor is promising to redress mounting civic woes of Indonesian capital built on a swamp.
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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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Support for carbon tax grows when revenue fuels renewable energy

Support for carbon tax grows when revenue fuels renewable energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A carbon tax with revenues used to fund renewable energy programs gained support from 60 percent of Americans, according to a University of Michigan poll.
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Beijing shuts large coal power plant to curb smog

Beijing shuts large coal power plant to curb smog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing on Wednesday closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants that are set to be shut down as part of efforts to curb its choking air pollution, media reported.
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The geography of the global electronic waste burden

The geography of the global electronic waste burden | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As local and national governments struggle to deal with ever-growing piles of electronic waste (or 'e-waste'), scientists are now refining the picture of just how much there is and where it really ends up. Published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, their study found that nearly ...
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Heatstroke kills three in Japan, thousands hospitalised

Heatstroke kills three in Japan, thousands hospitalised | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sweltering temperatures across Japan have left at least three people dead and 3,000 others taken to hospital with heatstroke in the course of a week, officials said Wednesday.
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Urban heat boosts some pest populations 200-fold, killing red maples

Urban heat boosts some pest populations 200-fold, killing red maples | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research from North Carolina State University shows that urban 'heat islands' are slowly killing red maples in the southeastern United States. One factor is that researchers have found warmer temperatures increase the number of young produced by the gloomy scale insect – a significant tree pest ...
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The Millions Behind Bjorn Lomborg's Copenhagen Consensus Center US Think Tank

The Millions Behind Bjorn Lomborg's Copenhagen Consensus Center US Think Tank | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In early 2012, it seemed like the future of Bjørn Lomborg’s influential think tank was in serious doubt.
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Arctic Ice: Midsummer Melt Update

Arctic Ice: Midsummer Melt Update | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Someone pointed me to the amusing tweet by the deranged blogger who goes by the name  "Steven Goddard", fresh from the Heartland Climate Denial conference and feeling his oats apparently, @  Meteor...
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Feeding 9 Billion People: A Q&A with Paul McMahon - Modern Farmer

Feeding 9 Billion People: A Q&A with Paul McMahon - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We talk to Paul McMahon about his refreshingly non-dogmatic look at the global food system -- and how it must change if the world hopes to feed 9 billion people.
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How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph

How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are more U.S. jobs now than there were before the recession. But the jobs are different — and they're in different places.
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Pew poll suggests U.S. leads the world in climate change denial

Pew poll suggests U.S. leads the world in climate change denial | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Jul 22, 2013 -
A new poll offers details on the way citizens of the world think about climate change, and U.S. participants are looking particularly ignorant to the risks of global warming. Only one in four Americans said climate change was a major threat, making the U.S. the least concerned nation.
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Thank you Koch Brothers, Exxon and Rupert Murdoch!

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NASA Starts Campaign To Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

NASA Starts Campaign To Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 23, 2014 - NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic p
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Drinking Water Systems Draw Federal Concerns, by Neena Satija

Drinking Water Systems Draw Federal Concerns, by Neena Satija | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Several public drinking water systems in Texas have quality issues that have not been adequately addressed, the Environmental Protection Agency told the state in recent correspondence obtained by the Tribune.
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Agricultural trade appears unaffected by BC carbon tax

Agricultural trade appears unaffected by BC carbon tax | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
British Columbia's carbon tax does not appear to have had a measurable impact on international agricultural trade, despite concerns it would greatly reduce the BC industry's competitiveness, according to new analysis commissioned by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).
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Romanian city opens plastic bottle bridge in litter protest

Romanian city opens plastic bottle bridge in litter protest | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Timisoara in western Romania on Wednesday inaugurated a 23-metre (75 feet) bridge made of more than 157,000 collected plastic bottles to warn against the devastating effects of litter.
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EU sets new energy savings target at 30%

EU sets new energy savings target at 30% | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After months of tough negotiations, the European Commission recommended Wednesday a new energy savings target of 30 percent so as to combat climate change and ensure self-sufficiency.
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Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides

Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The disastrous March 22 landslide that killed 43 people in the rural Washington state community of Oso involved the 'remobilization' of a 2006 landslide on the same hillside, a new federally sponsored geological study concludes.
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Eco-pottery product from water treatment sludge

Eco-pottery product from water treatment sludge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sludge is a by-product of water treatment. Sludge is produced during the clarification and filtration process in the water treatment system. It is also produced from the accumulated solids removed from sedimentation basin or settling tank.
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Study finds missing piece of biogeochemical puzzle in aquifer

Study finds missing piece of biogeochemical puzzle in aquifer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study published in Scienceby researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and co-authored by Georgia Tech may dramatically shift our understanding of the complex dance of microbes and minerals that takes place in aquifers deep underground. This dance affects groundwater ...
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World Oil Production at 3/31/2014--Where are We Headed?

World Oil Production at 3/31/2014--Where are We Headed? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The standard way to make forecasts of almost anything is to look at recent trends and assume that this trend will continue, at least for the next several years. 

 

If we look at the situation more closely, however, we see that we are dealing with an unstable situation. The top ten crude oil producing countries have a variety of problems (Figure 2). Middle Eastern producers are particularly at risk of instability, thanks to the advances of ISIS and the large number of refugees moving from one country to another.

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Keeping oil production from falling | Econbrowser

Keeping oil production from falling | Econbrowser | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When a given region is found to be promising, more wells are drilled, and production initially increases. But eventually the force of declining pressure takes over, and we see a broad decline in oil production from a given producing region that additional effort and price incentives can do little to reverse. For example, production from the North Sea and Mexico, which had been quite important in the world total in 2000, have been declining steadily for the last decade despite a huge increase in the price of oil.

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Nuclear Waste Not Want Not

Nuclear Waste Not Want Not | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This article started out as a piece about the 10 countries that generate the most nuclear waste annually. Unfortunately, the most recent data is from
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China domestic abuse victims voiceless as network disbands

China domestic abuse victims voiceless as network disbands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) July 22, 2014 - The beatings began a month after the wedding, she says. For more than two years the kicking, pushing and slapping continued, as Ma Shuyun's husband - who had wanted a son - abused not only his wife but also their baby daughter.
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New report shows MERS virus may be airborne

New report shows MERS virus may be airborne | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Jul 22, 2013 -
MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, may be transmitted by air, a paper published Tuesday in the scientific journal mBio suggests.
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Smallpox and Anthrax Scandals Cap History of Fumbling Dangerous Materials

Smallpox and Anthrax Scandals Cap History of Fumbling Dangerous Materials | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The CDC, NIH, and FDA have mishandled hazardous materials, but they aren't alone.
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Why the California drought affects everyone.

Why the California drought affects everyone. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

All of California is in a state of emergency because of the prolonged drought, now in its third year. And it’s more than just Californians who are feeling the impact – the state uses its scarce water to provide the nation with more food than any other state. Center for Investigative Reporting

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