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Report: Climate change could devastate agriculture

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A new USDA study predicts climate change could create more pests and force farmers to change.
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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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Why hotter temps won't convince Republicans climate change is real

Why hotter temps won't convince Republicans climate change is real | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Polling data suggests that even when the heat is on, political ideology outweighs facts.

 

Scientists and science journalists like to say that one of the best ways to tell that climate change is real is to take a look at the changes we can already see: This year is on track to be the hottest ever recorded, and glaciers, corn, and even grizzly bears are responding to the warming. But all those shifts won’t be enough to convince most conservative climate skeptics, a new study in Nature Climate Change finds.

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Climate change is just another sign of the end times, according to half of America

Climate change is just another sign of the end times, according to half of America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What a new report on theology and global warming means for public policy.
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Aussie miners working harder for less money

Aussie miners working harder for less money | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Average salaries fell 19% over the two-year period from 2012, while the average working week increased by four hours, a study shows.
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Feeling—not being—wealthy drives opposition to wealth redistribution

Feeling—not being—wealthy drives opposition to wealth redistribution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People's views on income inequality and wealth distribution may have little to do with how much money they have in the bank and a lot to do with how wealthy they feel in comparison to their friends and neighbors, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association ...
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Does a yogurt a day keep diabetes away?

Does a yogurt a day keep diabetes away? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A high intake of yogurt has been found to be associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research published in open access journal BMC Medicine. This highlights the importance of having yogurt as part of a healthy diet.
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For Google's self-driving cars, learning to deal with the bizarre is essential

For Google's self-driving cars, learning to deal with the bizarre is essential | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 700,000 miles of navigating roads, Google's self-driving cars have encountered just about everything - including an elderly woman in a motorized wheelchair flailing a broom at a duck she was chasing around the street.
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Ten ways to stay safe while shopping online

Ten ways to stay safe while shopping online | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the holiday shopping season gets underway, the importance of avoiding hackers, phishing scams and phony websites while buying online becomes increasingly important.
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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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@bionerd23 rescuing rationality from the suits

@bionerd23 rescuing rationality from the suits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Guest Post by Geoff Russell. Geoff recently released the popular book “Greenjacked! The derailing of environmental action on climate change“. She looks a little like Noomi Rapace playing the legend...
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Chevron wants to fund science class. What could go wrong?

Chevron wants to fund science class. What could go wrong? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Chevron’s Fuel Your School program allows K-12 teachers in participating districts to request a chunk of petro-change to implement classroom projects, particularly in STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering, and math. In participating areas, the company contributes $1 toward projects and equipment for every fill-up of at least 30 liters (about 8 gallons) at a local Chevron station. That way, drivers can feel good about buying gasoline, and, in a horrifyingly ironic twist, kids can thank their elders for burning a fuel whose emissions are wrecking their future!

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Oil sands producers aim to cut water usage by 50% by 2022

Oil sands producers aim to cut water usage by 50% by 2022 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil-sands producers set a target to lower the amount of fresh water used in bitumen processing by 50% by 2022 in a bid to reduce harm to the environment, an industry group said
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Wyoming a step closer to self-regulating uranium industry

Wyoming a step closer to self-regulating uranium industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The state's industry is currently regulated by The Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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Research, food-safety fundamentals guide holiday meal preparations

Research, food-safety fundamentals guide holiday meal preparations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This is the time of year when we gather to feast on roasted turkey, stuffing and other fixings. For many, it will be the first time they will prepare a holiday dinner, while for others, it will be the latest of many memorable occasions. But those memories should not revolve around foodborne illness, ...
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Sex traffickers 'using Facebook' to lure victims

Sex traffickers 'using Facebook' to lure victims | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gangs are using social media sites such as Facebook to lure young women into crime and prostitution, the head of European policing agency Europol said Tuesday.
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Researchers find way to turn sawdust into gasoline

Researchers find way to turn sawdust into gasoline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at KU Leuven's Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, ...
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Introducing one of the most sophisticated espionage bugs ever discovered

Introducing one of the most sophisticated espionage bugs ever discovered | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The computer-security firm Symantec says it may have found some of the most sophisticated malicious software ever made. The cyber-espionage bug, called Regin, has been making attacks for many years without being caught.
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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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