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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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Oil Prices Changing The Face Of Global Geopolitics

Oil Prices Changing The Face Of Global Geopolitics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Weakening oil prices have spurred Russia to take extreme measures, encouraged Iran to softens relations with the West and pushed Venezuela to the brink of default
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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts....
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Life in the Sickest Town in America

Life in the Sickest Town in America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I drove from one of the healthiest counties in the country to the least-healthy, both in the same state. Here’s what I learned about work, well-being, and happiness.
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UBC votes on removing fossil fuel investments from endowment

UBC votes on removing fossil fuel investments from endowment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Divestment intended to put political pressure on the Canadian government to adopt a national carbon pricing system, says campaigner.
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China officials dine on endangered salamander: reports

China officials dine on endangered salamander: reports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese officials feasted on a critically endangered giant salamander and turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports Tuesday on the event which appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign.
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World Bank: world 'dangerously unprepared' for pandemics

World Bank: world 'dangerously unprepared' for pandemics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned Tuesday that the world remains 'dangerously unprepared' for deadly pandemics like the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa.
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Student loans take emotional toll on young adults

Student loans take emotional toll on young adults | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Student loan debt is a major cause of stress for young adults, a new study finds.
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Measles outbreak that began at Disneyland grows to 87 cases

A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases.
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Aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine tested in UK

Aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine tested in UK | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More research is needed before commercial airliners will be powered entirely with electric motors but tests with hybrid designs are turning up interesting results. Researchers from the University of Cambridge in association with Boeing have tested an aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine in the UK, ...
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New search engine lets users look for relevant results faster

Researchers at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT have developed a new search engine that outperforms current ones, and helps people to do searches more efficiently.
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Study of new perspective on water management

Study of new perspective on water management | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water management should focus more on how robust different areas are in terms of coping with floods and drought. A robust system means that we can deal better with extreme events. High river discharges and long periods of drought will occur more frequently as climate change continues and inflicts increasing ...
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The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks

The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Changing climate conditions and increasing occurrences of wildfires may leave globally important carbon stocks defenceless, new research shows.
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Updated ice sheet model matches wild swings in past sea levels

Updated ice sheet model matches wild swings in past sea levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Changes make Antarctica lose more ice, faster.
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Hedge Funds Bet On Oil Dropping Further

Hedge Funds Bet On Oil Dropping Further | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

(Bloomberg) -- Hedge funds boosted bearish wagers on oil to a four-year high as U.S. supplies grew the most since 2001.

 

Money managers increased short positions in West Texas Intermediate crude to the highest level since September 2010 in the week ended Jan. 20, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Net-long positions slipped for the first time in three weeks.

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Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up

Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since 2000, the middle-class share of households has narrowed as more have fallen to the bottom of the economic ladder.
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The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living : zen habits

The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living : zen habits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Why live frugally? First, because it allows you to spend less than you earn, and use the difference to pay off debt, save or invest. Or all three. Second, because the less you spend, the less you need to earn. And that means you can choose to work less, or work more but retire early. Or take mini retirements. You have more options with a frugal lifestyle.

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Breakthrough will help increase food security with better, more robust wheat varieties

Breakthrough will help increase food security with better, more robust wheat varieties | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After years of research efforts worldwide, researchers have finally identified a draft sequence of the bread wheat genome - an accomplishment that will lead to more robust and better wheat varieties in the years ahead.
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Researchers identify natural plant compounds that work against insects

Researchers identify natural plant compounds that work against insects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Each year millions of deaths result from diseases transmitted by insects. Insects are also responsible for major economic losses, worth billions of dollars annually, by damaging crops and stored agricultural products.
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Don't become a blizzard casualty

Don't become a blizzard casualty | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The blizzard conditions and frigid cold blanketing the U.S. Northeast pose numerous health threats, a doctor warns.
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Tips to enjoy a lifestyle that can prevent premature aging

Tips to enjoy a lifestyle that can prevent premature aging | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Year's has become synonymous with a desire to change your lifestyle – in fact, 4 in 10 individuals have been said to made resolutions to lose weight. But what about individuals who are facing physical limitations to weight loss and other barriers to healthy living?
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China says 'harmful info' must be managed after VPNs blocked

China says 'harmful info' must be managed after VPNs blocked | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Chinese official says that 'harmful information' must be managed following reports that China is blocking VPN services that let users access censored online content.
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Mineral scarcity and environmental technologies seen as opportunities

Mineral scarcity and environmental technologies seen as opportunities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As mineral resources are dwindling, it is becoming increasingly important to know how even the tiniest amounts of minerals can be recovered from waste - or how minerals can be substituted for other materials in industrial use. The VTT Mineral Economy innovation programme develops new technologies for, ...
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NASA spots heavy rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Diamondra

NASA spots heavy rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Diamondra | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The eighth tropical cyclone of the Southern Indian Ocean season has formed far from land, and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite saw some heavy rain east of the storm's center.
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Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska.
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Satellites for peat's sake

Satellites for peat's sake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Satellites can help us to safeguard nature's richest carbon storehouses – peatlands.
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