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Alarm over climate 'tipping point' fueled Portland rally | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Alarm over climate 'tipping point' fueled Portland rally | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hoping to restrict pipelines and quash the pursuit of tar sands oil, activists make their global fight local.
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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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WikiLeaks reveals local health and environment rules under threat

WikiLeaks reveals local health and environment rules under threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australian health, environment and public welfare regulation, including plain tobacco packaging legislation will be open for challenge from largely US-based corporation, if a new  deal that is part of the Trans Pacific Partnership goes through. 
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Colombian tribe scores ‘historic’ victory versus Big Gas

Colombian tribe scores ‘historic’ victory versus Big Gas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
David Hill: State company Ecopetrol pulls out of drilling site in territories belonging to the indigenous U’wa people
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Massive Antarctic glacier more vulnerable than previously thought

Massive Antarctic glacier more vulnerable than previously thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warmer water may reach an ice shelf that holds back 3 meters of sea level rise.
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Three Triggers That Will Send Oil Crashing Again

Three Triggers That Will Send Oil Crashing Again | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A combination of factors will conspire to send oil prices plummeting once again, as the U.S. runs the risk of flooding the market in the coming months
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Felix Zulauf: Global Financial Markets Are More Distorted Than Ever Before

Felix Zulauf: Global Financial Markets Are More Distorted Than Ever Before | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Investors started off 2015 with a slow global economy, low oil prices, a strong Dollar, and a deflationary Europe with great uncertainties on the progress of the US economy and the recent launch of Europe’s quantitative easing. The question is, what opportunities lie ahead? This article highlights
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There Are Only Two ‘Big Blobs’ Of Forest Remaining On Earth

We are rapidly losing forest, and it's getting much harder to get lost in them.
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Australia's Farmers Challenged by Climate Change

Australia's Farmers Challenged by Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Farmers down under face the first serious threats from global warming

 

From tasteless carrots to sunburned apples, a new report by two University of Melbourne researchers paints a challenging picture for Australia's agricultural sector and the impacts of climate change in the decades to come.

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How Solar-Heavy Europe Avoided a Blackout during Total Eclipse

How Solar-Heavy Europe Avoided a Blackout during Total Eclipse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With lots of solar and an eclipse, Europe's grids found different ways to avoid losing power
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Political Football over Climate Change Rattles Windows of Ivory Tower

Political Football over Climate Change Rattles Windows of Ivory Tower | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Politicians target academics with views that differ from their own on global warming
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How Much Is Left? The Limits of Earth's Resources, Made Interactive

How Much Is Left? The Limits of Earth's Resources, Made Interactive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This Web-only article is a special rich-media presentation of the feature, " How Much Is Left? ," which appears in the September 2010 issue of Scientific American . The presentation was created by Zemi media. Find all our other interactive offerings here .
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30 Heat-Tolerant Beans Identified, Poised to Endure Warming World

30 Heat-Tolerant Beans Identified, Poised to Endure Warming World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New strains of beans that beat the heat could do more than protect food security; they could even expand into new territories
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New pox discovered in Eastern Europe, but not deadly

New pox discovered in Eastern Europe, but not deadly | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Health officials have discovered a new germ in Eastern Europe that is related to the dreaded smallpox and monkeypox viruses but so far seems far less threatening.

 

The germ caused two cattle herders to suffer fever, swollen lymph nodes and painful boils on their hands and arms in 2013. It happened in a rural area in the country of Georgia. They recovered in a matter of weeks. A third case in a cattle owner in 2010 was later discovered.

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Japan makes a start on sharing lessons from nuclear crisis

SENDAI, Japan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When professional boxer and model Tomomi Takano heard that children in Japan's Fukushima prefecture were becoming unfit and overweight as the 2011 nuclear crisis
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Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An official investigation into a 2014 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.
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UPDATE 1-White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs

* Report tackles antibiotic prescribing, use in livestock* CDC tasked with reducing superbug infections by 2020* Some doctors required to report antibiotic prescriptions (Adds White House comment)By
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Beijing to Shut All Major Coal Power Plants to Cut Pollution

Beijing to Shut All Major Coal Power Plants to Cut Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Beijing, where pollution averaged more than twice China’s national standard last year, will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants next year.

 

The capital city will shutter China Huaneng Group Corp.’s 845-megawatt power plant in 2016, after last week closing plants owned by Guohua Electric Power Corp. and Beijing Energy Investment Holding Co., according to a statement Monday on the website of the city’s economic planning agency. A fourth major power plant, owned by China Datang Corp., was shut last year.

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Slaves kept in locked cages catch seafood that ends up in global supply chain: 'I want to go home. We all do'

Slaves kept in locked cages catch seafood that ends up in global supply chain: 'I want to go home. We all do' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
'These situations would be called modern slavery by any measure.' The fish end up in major chains like Wal-Mart, an AP investigation finds
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Arctic Death Spiral: Sea Ice Extent Hits Record Winter Low As Thickness Collapses

Arctic sea ice has been in a death spiral for over 30 years with serious implications for extreme weather, sea level rise and permafrost melt. As the surface area of sea ice has declined, the ice thickness during the summer minimum dropped a remarkable 85% from 1975 to 2012.
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Coastal Development Exposes Billions to Swelling Seas

Coastal Development Exposes Billions to Swelling Seas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Growth in coastal areas may expose more than a billion people to sea-level rise
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World's Forests Have Fragmented into Tiny Patches

World's Forests Have Fragmented into Tiny Patches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Smaller, isolated chunks of forests can't sustain as much wildlife as one big connected region
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Fiber-Famished Gut Microbes Linked to Poor Health

Fiber-Famished Gut Microbes Linked to Poor Health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While probiotics receive more attention, key fibers remain the workhorses in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome
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Atlantic Circulation Weakens Compared with Last Thousand Years

Atlantic Circulation Weakens Compared with Last Thousand Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An ocean current that carries warm water north is weakening as Greenland melts
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Explained: The Supertide That Swallowed a French Abbey

Explained: The Supertide That Swallowed a French Abbey | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The moon, sun and some shenanigans between them brought a 14-meter tide to the coast of France
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11 Natural Wonders to See before They Are Gone

11 Natural Wonders to See before They Are Gone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Global warming may transform these places beyond recognition

 

The world changes a little faster these days. As concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere tick up year over year, more and more of the sun's heat gets trapped. That heat affects the planet in a variety of ways: raising global average temperatures, melting ice, increasing downpours, lengthening droughts and more. And this global warming is already transforming some of the places humans hold most dear.

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A new kind of light bulb

A new kind of light bulb | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

How many researchers does it take to change a light bulb? And how many lives could they save by changing it?

 

The answer to both questions is larger than you might expect. In the developing world, light bulbs might as well be insect magnets. The light they emit, particularly the blue wavelengths of LED lights, is attractive to a range of insects, drawing them out from the night and straight to people's homes.

 

Many insect species are attracted to light, which means that the type of bulb you use can actually increase the risk of catching vector-borne diseases.

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