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Climate change creating a new world

Climate change creating a new world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Within the lifetimes of today's children, scientists say, the climate could reach a state unknown in civilization.
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What more is there to say? The way in which we have lived our lives has destroyed the environment in which we thrived. Now the children will suffer the consequences. This is the consequence of industrialization and consumerism, capitalism and communism, and the What more is there to say? The way in which we have lived our lives has destroyed the environment in which we thrived. Now the children will suffer the consequences. This is the consequence of industrialization and consumerism, capitalism and communism, and the unrestrained appetite for profit and power all combined.  The perfect toxic mix!   All for the lack of midfullness.

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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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Polar Code too weak to properly protect polar environments from increased shipping activity

Polar Code too weak to properly protect polar environments from increased shipping activity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Responding to today's adoption by the International Maritime Organisation of the long-awaited Polar Code, aimed at regulating shipping in Polar Regions, a coalition of environmental groups criticised the measures for not going far enough to adequately protect the fragile Arctic and Antarctic environments.
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Earthquake early alert system ready to expand in California

Earthquake early alert system ready to expand in California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Officials are planning the first major rollout of California's earthquake early warning system next year, providing access to some schools, fire stations and more private companies.
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Mining can damage fish habitats far downstream, study shows

Mining can damage fish habitats far downstream, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Anglers across the nation wondering why luck at their favorite fishing spot seems to have dried up may have a surprising culprit: a mine miles away, even in a different state.
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Sea spray represents complex chemistry with big effects on climate

Sea spray represents complex chemistry with big effects on climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Take in a deep breath of salty ocean air and more than likely, you're also breathing in naturally occurring sea spray aerosols. But, there's much more in each of those tiny bursting 'bubbles' than salt. They're also bursting with ocean life, from bacteria to phytoplankton—even viruses. Because sea ...
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Yucca Mountain redux

Yucca Mountain redux | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Republican takeover of the Senate and consequent sidelining of the Democratic majority leader, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, will undoubtedly increase calls for reviving the Energy Department’s proposed nuclear waste repository at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. The project got a big boost from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff when it recently concluded that the Energy Department has “demonstrated compliance with NRC regulatory requirements” limiting long-term radioactive leakage from the pr
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Will Cheap Gas Undermine Climate-Change Efforts?

Will Cheap Gas Undermine Climate-Change Efforts? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Crude oil has hit its lowest price in four years, just days after the UN asked the world for a complete fossil-fuel phase out.
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Does ‘Clean Coal’ Technology Have a Future?

Does ‘Clean Coal’ Technology Have a Future? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Supporters say innovations in technology will rise to the challenge. Skeptics say the economics simply don’t—and won’t—work.
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Re-thinking our Monetary System: Bay Bucks and the New Economy - Teleseminar

Re-thinking our Monetary System: Bay Bucks and the New Economy - Teleseminar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Our monetary system is the operating system of our economy. Right now, it is impoverishing the majority of our population, and killing our ecosystem. It is past time for a re-think.
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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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Study finds two-thirds of Hawaiian reefs are covered with algae

Study finds two-thirds of Hawaiian reefs are covered with algae | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to a study published today in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society – Biological Sciences, just one-third of the coral reefs ecosystems in Hawai'i are dominated by healthy corals and calcareous algae. The study, led by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stanford University's ...
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China insists rich nations must do more at Lima climate meeting

China insists rich nations must do more at Lima climate meeting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Developed countries must do more than their less wealthy counterparts to tackle climate change, the world's biggest polluter China said on Tuesday, reaffirming its longstanding position before a United Nations climate conference next month.
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"Ferrari of space' yields best map of ocean currents

"Ferrari of space' yields best map of ocean currents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A satellite dubbed the 'Ferrari of space' has yielded the most accurate model of ocean circulation yet, boosting understanding of the seas and a key impact of global warming, scientists said Tuesday.
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Rocky platforms dissipating wave energy – a new option for coastal defence?

Rocky platforms dissipating wave energy – a new option for coastal defence? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Communities across Wales are coming to terms with the very real threat of coastal flooding as the Welsh Government announces that as many as 48 areas have been identified where coastal defences will not be maintained in the long term.
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Study shows Beijing haze linked directly to gaseous pollutants from traffic, industrial emissions

Study shows Beijing haze linked directly to gaseous pollutants from traffic, industrial emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A combined team of researchers from the U.S. and China has found a direct link between gaseous pollutants from motorized vehicles and industrial emissions and the thick haze that often covers the Chinese capital. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ...
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Don't Look Now, but, - Cold Mystery Blob Blocking Gulf Stream

Don't Look Now, but, - Cold Mystery Blob Blocking Gulf Stream | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow", warm water from the Gulf Stream get's shut off in a perverse impact of global warming, leading to worldwide catastrophe. No in is predicting that - at all. B...
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Sapping the sweet spots: How long will US energy boom last? | Al Jazeera America

Sapping the sweet spots: How long will US energy boom last? | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The majority of the country’™s shale oil and gas reserves could prove too deep and too expensive to drill
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Delicious Development: The Powerful Role of Local Food in Job Creation

Delicious Development: The Powerful Role of Local Food in Job Creation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Michael Shuman, author of Local Dollars, Local Sense presents at the Sustainable Communities Workshop on October 29, 2014 in Sarasota, FL.
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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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