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Revolution in Progress: US Emissions at Lowest Since 1994

Revolution in Progress: US Emissions at Lowest Since 1994 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
OK, we can argue about Natural gas as being totally good news. I'm not convinced that "lower emissions" takes into account possible methane leaks from natural gas fracking fields. But my take-away ...
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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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Artificial 'beaks' that collect water from fog: A drought solution?

Artificial 'beaks' that collect water from fog: A drought solution? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From the most parched areas of Saudi Arabia to water-scarce areas of the western U.S., the idea of harvesting fog for water is catching on. Now, a novel approach to this process could help meet affected communities' needs for the life-essential resource. Scientists describe their new, highly efficient ...
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The future of global agriculture may include new land, fewer harvests

The future of global agriculture may include new land, fewer harvests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change may expand suitable cropland, particularly in the Northern high latitudes, but tropical regions may becoming decreasingly suitable, according to a study published September 17, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Florian Zabel from Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany and colleagues.
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Pollution risks of megacity 'street canyons' examined in unique new research

Pollution risks of megacity 'street canyons' examined in unique new research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People living in Hong Kong's towering skyscrapers may be away from the hustle and bustle of its notorious traffic-snarled streets but the effects of traffic emissions should not be ignored, says a ground-breaking research project led by King's College London.
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Manure offsets fertiliser's nano-scale changes

Manure offsets fertiliser's nano-scale changes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A UWA study has shown how long-term use of chemical fertilisers changes the soil on a nanoparticle scale and how these changes can be avoided by adding organic matter such as manure.
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Rising sea levels to cost Australia billions, study says

Rising sea levels to cost Australia billions, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising sea levels could threaten infrastructure worth more than Aus$226 billion (US$205 billion) in Australia if climate change is left unchecked, a study warned on Wednesday.
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Global shift away from cars saves US$100 trillion, eliminates 1,700 MT of CO2 pollution

Global shift away from cars saves US$100 trillion, eliminates 1,700 MT of CO2 pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than $100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending, and 1,700 megatons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2)—a 40 percent reduction of urban passenger transport emissions—could be eliminated by 2050 if the world expands public transportation, walking and cycling in cities, according to a ...
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The Coup takes on climate change

The Coup takes on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rapper Boots Riley, from the legendary rap-funk-punk group The Coup, has made a PSA about climate change. If you're a longtime Coup fan, it might throw you for a loop.
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Dunkin' Donuts cleans up its palm-oil act (and Krispy Kreme follows suit)

Dunkin' Donuts cleans up its palm-oil act (and Krispy Kreme follows suit) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The doughnut giant announces it will use only rainforest-friendly fat to fry up its sweet rings of temptation. Pressure's now on the competition.
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How Cities Can Save Trillions, Curb Climate Change, and Improve Public Health | World Resources Institute

How Cities Can Save Trillions, Curb Climate Change, and Improve Public Health | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report, Better Growth, Better Climate, finds that there are several actions city leaders can take that can reduce emissions while driving economic growth.

The report finds that connected, compact cities could save $3 trillion in infrastructure investments over the next 15 years. Not only that, but they can also curb global climate change and yield immediate local benefits for air quality, health, and quality of life.
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A Vicious Cycle: Income Inequality Is Hurting States' Bottom Lines | Blog | BillMoyers.com

A Vicious Cycle: Income Inequality Is Hurting States' Bottom Lines | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report finds that rising inequality is taking a toll on state governments.
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Naomi Klein: Only a Reverse Shock Doctrine Can Save Our Climate | Blog | BillMoyers.com

Naomi Klein: Only a Reverse Shock Doctrine Can Save Our Climate | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In her new book, Klein argues that the climate crisis represents an opportunity to create a new economic model that advances the greater good..
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Oregon Residents Warned To Stay Away From River After Potentially Toxic Algal Bloom

Oregon Residents Warned To Stay Away From River After Potentially Toxic Algal Bloom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Heat, drought and extreme rainfall could make harmful algal blooms like this more common.
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Philips introduces BlueTouch, PulseRelief control for pain relief

Philips introduces BlueTouch, PulseRelief control for pain relief | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pain sufferers have a new way to manage their personal treatment to relieve pain, said Philips. Its introduction this month of BlueTouch and PulseRelief devices involve app-enabled tools managed by iPhones or iPads.
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Tropical Storm Odile targets US-Mexico border states

Tropical Storm Odile targets US-Mexico border states | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tropical Storm Odile headed for a new landfall in northwestern Mexico on Wednesday after leaving a trail of destruction in beach resorts, requiring tourists to be airlifted to safety.
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Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate

Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Trees have been growing significantly faster since the 1960s. The typical development phases of trees and stands have barely changed, but they have accelerated—by as much as 70 percent. This was the outcome of a study carried out by scientists from Technische Universität München based on long-term ...
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NASA air campaigns focus on Arctic climate impacts

NASA air campaigns focus on Arctic climate impacts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to three times faster in the Arctic. As the region's summer comes to a close, NASA is hard at work studying how rising temperatures are affecting the Arctic.
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Research team finds evidence of oil residue in Gulf two years after BP spill

Research team finds evidence of oil residue in Gulf two years after BP spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Oil residue remained in the Gulf of Mexico two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a study headed by a University of Florida professor.
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Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava

Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lava cascaded down the Philippines' most active volcano on Wednesday as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption.
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Dutch unveil big plan to fight rising tides

Dutch unveil big plan to fight rising tides | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Netherlands on Tuesday unveiled a multi-billion-euro, multi-decade plan to counter the biggest environmental threat to the low-lying European nation: surging seawater caused by global climate change.
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36 bits of good news to cure your ocean blues

36 bits of good news to cure your ocean blues | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
These stories of measured success and cute animals suggest the ocean may not be entirely screwed!
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A Tale of 3 Countries: Water Risks to Global Shale Development | World Resources Institute

A Tale of 3 Countries: Water Risks to Global Shale Development | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The shale gas revolution, which began nearly 10 years ago in the United States, is poised to spread across the globe. For many countries, shale gas could strengthen energy security while cutting emissions.

But unlocking this massive resource comes with a significant environmental risk: access to freshwater for drinking, agriculture, and industrial use.
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By the Numbers: The New Climate Economy | World Resources Institute

By the Numbers: The New Climate Economy | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How should politicians prioritize between robust economic growth and solving the problem of climate change?

A new report reveals an encouraging answer: There’s no need to choose. Better Growth, Better Climate, finds that low-carbon investments – if done right – could cost about the same as conventional infrastructure, but would deliver significantly greater economic, social, and environmental benefits in the long-run.
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Playing God | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com

Playing God | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Sam Walton, Bill Gates and other billionaires are undermining America.
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Climate Change: The Next Generation | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Climate Change: The Next Generation | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kelsey Juliana, an 18-year-old activist, is fighting climate change in the courts and walking across the country to spread the word on global warming.
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The Energy Department Just Announced $4 Billion For Projects That Fight Global Warming

The Energy Department Just Announced $4 Billion For Projects That Fight Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Department of Energy said it's interested in supporting innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions.
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