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George Monbiot – Out of Steam

George Monbiot – Out of Steam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nuclear power seems to have stalled. So what happens now? By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian, 5th February 2013 Is this the end? According to the Green MP Caroline Lucas, new nuclear power in this country has been “completely derailed”(1).
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Jesse's Café Américain: The Scandal in America That Is Hidden In Plain Sight - Privilege Blindness

Jesse's Café Américain: The Scandal in America That Is Hidden In Plain Sight - Privilege Blindness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

One of the great marvels of the time is how effectively well-funded propaganda campaigns and a captive mainstream media have distorted the peoples' view of reality so that they act as if they are sleep-walking.

An ongoing trend in the US has been a tax code that favors large multinational corporations with loopholes and subsidies that far too often result in an effective tax rate of close to zero, despite booming corporate profits in the face of a long stagnation in median family income and wages.  

The real unemployment numbers are shockingly high, and those jobs that are available are often part time and poorly paid.   Justice is openly administered in ways that give the powerful a free pass on grossly criminal activity, from laundering drug money to financial racketeering. The rigging of prices and markets by powerful interests, and the lack of effective prosecution of such grave abuses of power, is something that seems to be de facto government policy.


This places small private businesses and individuals at a distinct disadvantage with regard to economic viability in the marketplace.  It fosters consolidation and monopoly.  It lends itself to a cynicism that is undermining the conscience of many of those who have sworn oaths of office.  It isolates dissent to corrals and 'free speech zones.'  It breaks up peaceful gatherings of protest with pepper spray, bullets, and clubs.  It pollutes the internet with campaigns of disinformation, and silences the voices of journalists.

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Bioethicists use theatrical narratives to bridge the gap between society and science

Bioethicists use theatrical narratives to bridge the gap between society and science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pair of bioethics experts have added 'playwright' to their resumes in an effort to aid the genomics community in grappling with an onslaught of ethical issues as genomic science transitions to bedside healthcare, a decade after the human genome was first sequenced.
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Drought may take toll on Congo rainforest, study finds

Drought may take toll on Congo rainforest, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.
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Dying coral reefs threaten the livelihood of millions

Dying coral reefs threaten the livelihood of millions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Declining coral reef health is threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people living in the coastal tropics, according to a study by University of Queensland researchers.
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Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift

Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists are watching an iceberg bigger than the island of Guam as it slowly moves away from an Antarctic glacier.
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Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier

Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest.
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60% of China underground water polluted: report

60% of China underground water polluted: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sixty percent of underground water in China which is officially monitored is too polluted to drink directly, state media have reported, underlining the country's grave environmental problems.
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Fiction prepares us for a world changed by global warming

Fiction prepares us for a world changed by global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate fiction, or simply cli-fi, is a newly coined term for novels and films which focus on the consequences of global warming. New research from University of Copenhagen shows how these fictions serve as a mental laboratory that allows us to simulate the potential consequences of climate change and ...
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On global warming, settled science and George Brandis

On global warming, settled science and George Brandis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Australian Attorney General, Senator George Brandis is no stranger to controversy. His statement in parliament that 'people do have a right to be bigots' rapidly gained him notoriety, and it isn't hard to understand why. Lately he's in the news again, this time concerning climate change.
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The latest "Cosmos" explains how corporations fund science denial

The latest "Cosmos" explains how corporations fund science denial | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Neil Tyson explores the surprising connection between the age of the Earth and the dangers of lead.

 

Today's audiences are not accustomed to this sort of fare, and the show certainly hasn't been a runaway success when judged by the most traditional metric: ratings. Last night, though,Cosmos powerfully demonstrated that those who haven't watched it yet really ought to give it a shot (watch here). Simply put, Cosmos told a magnificent scientific story that drew together (yes, really) the tale of how we determined the age of the Earth (about 4.5 billion years old) and of how one courageous scientist showed, in the face of intense challenges, the dangers of leaded gasoline.

 

The story centers on on Clair Patterson, a researcher at the California Institute of Technology whose personal research trajectory explains this surprising overlap. Who knew that environmental-health insights would emerge from an inquiry in geology and physics? But that's the thing about science: It leads you in surprising directions, and sometimes, vested interests don't like where you end up.

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Climate change, leadership and young people: join the debate

Climate change, leadership and young people: join the debate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How can we make sure world leaders take the bold action needed to tackle climate change – and what can young people do to spark political momentum?

Join the discussion with The Elders, students and climate activists next Tuesday.
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What gave us the advantage over extinct types of humans?

What gave us the advantage over extinct types of humans? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In parallel with modern man (Homo sapiens), there were other, extinct types of humans with whom we lived side by side, such as Neanderthals and the recently discovered Denisovans of Siberia. Yet only Homo sapiens survived. What was it in our genetic makeup that gave us the advantage?
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Spouse's sunny outlook may be good for your health

Spouse's sunny outlook may be good for your health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better.
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Lower birth weight, less breastfeeding linked to adult inflammation and disease

Lower birth weight, less breastfeeding linked to adult inflammation and disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Individuals born at lower birth weights as well as those breastfed less than three months or not at all are more likely as young adults to have higher levels of chronic inflammation that contributes to cardiovascular disease, according to a new Northwestern University study.
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More Americans in their golden years are going hungry

More Americans in their golden years are going hungry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a country as wealthy as the United States, it may come as a surprise that one in 12 seniors do not have access to adequate food due to lack of money or other financial resources. They are food insecure.
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Odds of storm waters overflowing Manhattan seawall up 20-fold, study shows

Odds of storm waters overflowing Manhattan seawall up 20-fold, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two and a half feet since the mid-1800s, making the chances of water overtopping the Manhattan seawall now at least 20 times greater than they were 170 years ago, according to a new study. Whereas sea-level rise, which ...
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Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by U.S. ocean scientists.
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How to avoid water wars between 'fracking' industry and residents

How to avoid water wars between 'fracking' industry and residents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The shale gas boom has transformed the energy landscape in the U.S., but in some drier locations, it could cause conflict among the energy industry, residents and agricultural interests over already-scarce water resources, say researchers. They add that degraded water quality is a potential risk unless ...
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Remote surveillance may increase chance of survival for 'uncontacted' Brazilian tribes

Remote surveillance may increase chance of survival for 'uncontacted' Brazilian tribes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lowland South America, including the Amazon Basin, harbors most of the last indigenous societies that have limited contact with the outside world. Studying these tribes, located deep within Amazonian rainforests, gives scientists a glimpse at what tribal cultures may have been like before the arrival ...
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Increased infrastructure required for effective oil spill response in US Arctic

Increased infrastructure required for effective oil spill response in US Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A changing climate is increasing the accessibility of U.S. Arctic waters to commercial activities such as shipping, oil and gas development, and tourism, raising concern about the risk of oil spills. A new report from the National Research Council says that a full suite of proven oil response tools ...
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Next 15 years is 'crunch time' for climate change

Next 15 years is 'crunch time' for climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Time is running out to employ a mitigation strategy that would avert severe global damage from climate change, a University of Illinois energy policy expert says.
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Running Out of Time

Running Out of Time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are years, not decades, left to start reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and American leadership is urgently needed.
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China's new environment law submitted to parliament

China's new environment law submitted to parliament | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

BEIJING, April 22 (Reuters) - Amendments to China's 1989 environmental protection law that will mean stiffer punishments for polluters have been submitted to the country's parliament for deliberation, official news agency Xinhua reported late on Monday.

 

The National People's Congress (NPC), China's legislature, will consider the amendments during its latest bimonthly session, which runs until Thursday this week, Xinhua said.

 

The first change to the legislation in 25 years will give legal backing to Beijing's newly declared war on pollution and formalise a pledge made last year to abandon a decades-old growth-at-all-costs economic model that has spoiled much of China's water, skies and soil.

 

The amendments, now in their fourth draft, are expected to enshrine environmental protection as the overriding priority of the Chinese government, and will also include provisions to help Beijing impose rules on powerful industrial interests.

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Cow manure harbors diverse new antibiotic resistance genes

Cow manure harbors diverse new antibiotic resistance genes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manure from dairy cows, which is commonly used as a farm soil fertilizer, contains a surprising number of newly identified antibiotic resistance genes from the cows' gut bacteria. The findings, reported in mBio the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, hints that cow manure ...
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Male health linked to testosterone exposure in womb, study finds

Male health linked to testosterone exposure in womb, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Men's susceptibility to serious health conditions may be influenced by low exposure to testosterone in the womb, new research suggests.
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Clinics not bogged down by red tape can ease health cost burdens

Clinics not bogged down by red tape can ease health cost burdens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Health clinics that can provide primary care for low-income patients may ease the financial burden on both hospitals and insurance companies while improving patient health, researchers have concluded.
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