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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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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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Questions We Should Have Asked about Technology

Questions We Should Have Asked about Technology | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It is surely time to start exploring and outlining the ingredients of something new and relevant that starts with and is bound by respect for nature, its limits, and its wildlife, as well as people.
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A Watershed Moment for Los Angeles

A Watershed Moment for Los Angeles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The timing might seem odd, even self-destructive.

 

Last month, in the midst of one of the most severe droughts in California’s historical record, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive order calling for his southern California city to cut its water imports by half within a decade.

 

Water transferred hundreds of miles from northern California and the Colorado River currently accounts for about 80 percent of LA’s water use, so the goal is ambitious, to say the least.

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Nuclear war, the black swan we can never see

Nuclear war, the black swan we can never see | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Several centuries ago in England, the black swan was a popular symbol for the impossible because no such creature had ever been seen. Then came the surprise: Black swans were discovered in Australia. Since then, the bird has symbolized that which seems impossible but can in fact occur. The black swan reminds us that believing something cannot happen is often just a failure of imagination.
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Russia's Plans In Iran Could Make Waves In Nuclear Talks

Russia's Plans In Iran Could Make Waves In Nuclear Talks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Russian plans to build nuclear plants in Iran. Robert Siegel talks with Ariane Tabatabai, columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, about how that might affect the nuclear talks resuming on Tuesday.
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Federal judge sides with Pebble to halt EPA mine action for now

Federal judge sides with Pebble to halt EPA mine action for now | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of the Pebble mine project and put a temporary halt on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to protect the salmon-rich Bristol Bay watershed.
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Large-scale die-off of small seabird along Sonoma Coast

Large-scale die-off of small seabird along Sonoma Coast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists up and down the West Coast are monitoring what appears to
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Federal Forums Reveal Deep Divisions On Causes of, Solutions to Pollinator Decline

Federal Forums Reveal Deep Divisions On Causes of, Solutions to Pollinator Decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nov. 18 As federal agencies develop a nationwide strategy to reverse a dramatic decline in the number of pollinator insects a pair of recent public forums revealed deep disagreements among the issues stakeholders beekeepers farmers environmental activists and chemical companies.
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Air pollution costs EU up to 189 billion euros - EU agency

Air pollution costs EU up to 189 billion euros - EU agency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
* Recession, environment law has cut cost from 2008* Researchers say progress will be harder when economy grows* Industry says regulation adds to competitive pressuresBy Barbara LewisBRUSSELS, Nov
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India's Jindal Steel mothballs $10bn coal project

India's Jindal Steel mothballs $10bn coal project | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The company became the first major casualty of a Supreme Court decision to scrap most coal fields allocated to private firms since 1993.
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Canadian First Nations march to demand ban on uranium exploration in Quebec

Canadian First Nations march to demand ban on uranium exploration in Quebec | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
They plan to arrive in Montreal on Dec. 15, the final day of hearings on uranium development by Quebec’s environmental watchdog.
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More aging boomers, but fewer doctors to care for them

More aging boomers, but fewer doctors to care for them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By 2030, the last of the Baby Boomer generation will have turned 65 years old, putting the population of 'senior boomers' in the United States at approximately 71 million. Currently, only about 7,000 certified geriatricians – physicians specializing in the care of older adults – are practicing in ...
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Self-driving cars could be the answer to congested roads

Self-driving cars could be the answer to congested roads | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If cars with drivers still suffer under gridlock conditions on roads, how will driverless cars fare any better? With greater computerisation and network awareness, driverless cars may be the answer to growing traffic congestion.
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Climate Crisis and the Pursuit of Happiness: Reflections on Community Solutions Conference

Climate Crisis and the Pursuit of Happiness: Reflections on Community Solutions Conference | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This last phrase has been sticking out in my mind all day--the pursuit of happiness, especially. 

 

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the Sixth Community Solutions Conference:  “Climate Crisis—Curtailment and Community—and The Power of Individual Action,” held in Yellow Springs Ohio by The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions.  To those not familiar with permaculture, the work of  Community Solutions or for that matter The Post Carbon Institute, the most remarkable thing about the conference was what was not included—namely, the usual salvo of smart-grids and breakthroughs in efficiency, panel after panel celebrating the decreasing price of solar and wind, the false promise of carbon capture or a new knowledge economy, or, if necessary (so that we might continue to live as if there is no tomorrow) the prospect of blasting the tops of mountain tops, this time to fill the air with sun-blocking dust.  There was no suggestion, here, that we might magically maintain our unsustainable way of life with nary an inconvenience; the message was far more optimistic and uplifting than that.

 

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How to Shrink the Economy without Crashing It: A Ten-Point Plan

How to Shrink the Economy without Crashing It: A Ten-Point Plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The human economy is currently too big to be sustainable. We know this because Global Footprint Network, which methodically tracks the relevant data, informs us that humanity is now using 1.5 Earths’ worth of resources.

 

We can temporarily use resources faster than Earth regenerates them only by borrowing from the future productivity of the planet, leaving less for our descendants. But we cannot do this for long. One way or another, the economy (and here we are talking mostly about the economies of industrial nations) must shrink until it subsists on what Earth can provide long-term.

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Why America should move toward dry cask consolidated interim storage of used nuclear fuel

Why America should move toward dry cask consolidated interim storage of used nuclear fuel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Despite the recommendations of the 2012 Blue Ribbon Commission Report, the US government has made no substantial progress toward the permanent, or even temporary, consolidated storage of used civilian nuclear fuel. To complicate matters, a November 2013 decision by the United States Court of Appeals (2013) in Washington, DC eliminated the very fee designed to finance used-fuel storage—which had accumulated over $30 billion so far—introducing a further obstacle (Nuclear Energy Institute, 2014a). 

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How does religion really influence Iranian nuclear policy?

How does religion really influence Iranian nuclear policy? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the most enduring myths about post-revolutionary Iran is that the country’s policies, including those on nuclear matters, are shaped by its leadership’s obsession with martyrdom and Messianic ideals. Many observers, especially in the arms control community, base their analyses on this notion, and it leads to some harrowing conclusions. If, after all, a country’s stance is basically suicidal, there’s no telling what it would do with a nuclear weapon.
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As sea level rises, an Alaska village faces an existential dilemma

As sea level rises, an Alaska village faces an existential dilemma | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If Alaska is a test, the United States is failing in efforts to deal with sea level rise
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Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With Lake Powell, the Colorado River reservoir, at historic lows, kayakers have new channels to explore. But alarm about drought in the West is rising.
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In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit U.S. launches

In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit U.S. launches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - China’s barriers to imports of some U.S. genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies' plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether.Two
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Bird flu is major threat to poultry along migration routes: FAO/OIE

Bird flu is major threat to poultry along migration routes: FAO/OIE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
PARIS (Reuters) - A bird flu strain found in Europe represents a major threat to the poultry industry in countries crossed by migrating wild birds, two intergovernmental organizations said on Monday.Germany,
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Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems?

Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks so.
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Aussie mining magnate Clive Palmer investigated over $10 million fraud

Aussie mining magnate Clive Palmer investigated over $10 million fraud | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The scale of the fraud alleged against the tycoon-turned-politician may double to about A$23 million.
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47 dead as plague spreads to Madagascar capital (Update)

47 dead as plague spreads to Madagascar capital (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Madagascar said Monday it was trying to contain an outbreak of plague—similar to the Black Death that swept medieval Europe—that has killed 47 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo.
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Healthy gut microbiota can prevent metabolic syndrome, researchers say

Healthy gut microbiota can prevent metabolic syndrome, researchers say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Promoting healthy gut microbiota, the bacteria that live in the intestine, can help treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that increases a person's risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Cornell University. Their ...
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New tool displays West Coast ocean acidification data

New tool displays West Coast ocean acidification data | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Increasing carbon dioxide in the air penetrates into the ocean and makes it more acidic, while robbing seawater of minerals that give shellfish their crunch. The West Coast is one of the first marine ecosystems to feel its effects.
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