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Turning Floodwater into Drinking Water | MIT Technology Review

Turning Floodwater into Drinking Water | MIT Technology Review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Thai government agency has developed a mobile unit called SOS that can purify contaminated water in the aftermath of a flood.
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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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A massive hurricane just slammed into Cabo

A massive hurricane just slammed into Cabo | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hurricane Odile is the strongest storm on record to hit the resort town … and just the latest monster storm from the Eastern Pacific this year.
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Black church leaders rev up for climate justice

Black church leaders rev up for climate justice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The good revs. Lennox Yearwood and Otis Moss III say it’s time to get serious about caring for our planet — and our fellow men.
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Self-Driving Cars Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Self-Driving Cars Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report shows how autonomous and connected car technologies could begin to reduce the amount of pollution put out by vehicles
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Sea Shepherd launch anti-poaching campaign | Voxy.co.nz

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Costa Rica and Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Association have launched Operation Pacuare, an anti-poaching campaign to protect sea turtles on Pacuare Beach in Costa Rica’s Limón province.
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An Inhospitable World to Come?

An Inhospitable World to Come? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ron Kramer in Mission Viejo, Calif., writes:Global warming is not the problem. Species extinction is not the problem. Ocean pollution is not the problem. These are the symptoms. The problem is overpopulation of our planet. All the discussion is focused on the symptoms and not the problem. There are no solutions because the human population [...]
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Challenging the economics of climate solutions — The Daily Climate

Challenging the economics of climate solutions — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ahead of the UN climate talks, a high-level panel makes the case that investing in climate solutions is the smart-money choice.
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Stronger Together on Twitter: "If money is speech, then speech isn’t free, the poor have no voice & the rich have outsized influence http://t.co/IpnIWajjmV #GOPKochAddicts"

Stronger Together on Twitter: "If money is speech, then speech isn’t free, the poor have no voice & the rich have outsized influence http://t.co/IpnIWajjmV #GOPKochAddicts" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Tesla's Big Bet on a Desert Diamond

Tesla's Big Bet on a Desert Diamond | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What does Elon Musk know that others don't? Bloomberg: Last week, Tesla released sketches of the future plant. It’s powered by renewable energy andshaped like a diamond. So why has Musk designed a ...
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5 ways to preserve food without refrigeration

5 ways to preserve food without refrigeration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fridges are convenient only until the power goes out, which is why it's worthwhile knowing how to preserve food in alternative ways.
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The deadliest environmental problem today is indoor air pollution — killing 4 million a year

The deadliest environmental problem today is indoor air pollution — killing 4 million a year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It now kills 4 million people each year — more than malaria and AIDS combined.
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Coal ash issue raises doubts about future of Duke plant

Coal ash issue raises doubts about future of Duke plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental groups hope Duke will stop burning coal at the Lake Julian plant.
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China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet

China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Inside the slow, frustrating - and maybe even hopeful - struggle to reduce China's climate-changing pollution.
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There's a place in the world that is fighting poverty with solar power

There's a place in the world that is fighting poverty with solar power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar power is taking off in villages where connecting to the grid is seen as a bad joke.
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Why we're getting ready to march for climate change

Why we're getting ready to march for climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The largest climate march in history is happening in a week, right through the middle of Manhattan. Here's why the event organizers think you should pay attention.
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Preventing climate change and adapting to it are not morally equivalent

Preventing climate change and adapting to it are not morally equivalent | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change mitigation and adaptation are often discussed as though they are interchangeable. They are not.
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Indonesian lawmakers approve Southeast Asia smog-fighting pact

Indonesian lawmakers approve Southeast Asia smog-fighting pact | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the biggest palm oil producer, Indonesia has now formally agreed to prevent and monitor haze pollution
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The Malaspina Expedition confirms that pollution reaches even the most remote areas of the ocean

Three years after the Hesperides vessel returned to Spain culminating the around the world of the Malaspina Expedition, researchers have an increasingly clear picture of how the global ocean works and what is its health condition. Specifically, the input of pollutants from the atmosphere is not limited to coastal areas, but also occurs in the most remote areas of the planet, and it is already affecting the ocean ecosystem.
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Bluefin Tuna Are Showing Up in the Arctic—and That’s Not Good News

Bluefin Tuna Are Showing Up in the Arctic—and That’s Not Good News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When you throw a net into the ocean, you never know what you’ll pull out.

 

That was the case for researchers cruising the freezing Arctic waters off Greenland in August 2012 in search of mackerel to see if there were enough of the fish to support a commercial fishery. In one haul, three endangered bluefin tuna, each weighing roughly 220 pounds, were pulled onto the ship’s deck amid six metric tons of mackerel.

 

“It was a bit surprising,” said Brian MacKenzie, a marine ecologist at the National Institute for Aquatic Resources at the Technical University of Denmark. The research ship was sailing in the Denmark Strait, between Greenland and Iceland, where water temperatures have historically been too cold for bluefin tuna.

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FEATURE-Climate-smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's bread basket

FEATURE-Climate-smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's bread basket | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thousands of farmers are learning to adapt to climate change, boost soil fertility and reduce their carbon emissions
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Texas Schoolbooks: Education Without Enlightenment

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BillMoyers.com: One of the tasks of the Texas State Board of Education is to update curriculum standards and textbooks for Texas schoolchildren. The Texas school system is so large — 4.8 million te...
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Renminbi is Already A De Facto Reserve Currency

Renminbi is Already A De Facto Reserve Currency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Approaching Rapid Internationalization of Chinese Currency By JC Collins “There are signs lately of growing disaffection with the United States dollar.”    - Yves-Andre Istel, former vice chairman ...
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Hydroponic Gardening

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Can you grow a garden in the winter without soil?

 

Yes, it is entirely possible to grow a garden in the winter without soil. In fact, you can grow a garden in the winter without these things, using an increasingly popular technique called “hydroponics.” 

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Farmers on board to limit area’s phosphorus runoff

Farmers on board to limit area’s phosphorus runoff | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While scientists and some politicians crank up the pressure on agriculture to stop the flow of algae “nutrients” into the rivers, farmers are going to school and planting “cover crops” to keep the fertilizer down on the farm. Just ask hundreds of
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How First Nations in Canada Are Winning the Fight Against Big Oil

How First Nations in Canada Are Winning the Fight Against Big Oil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If it wasn’t for the cannons, the pond might be a tranquil sight: its rippling surface reflects the blue of the sky, diffusing the harsh midday light.
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DuPont to pay $1.85 mln fine after herbicide injures trees | Reuters

Sept 15 (Reuters) - DuPont will pay a $1.85 million penalty to resolve allegations that the global chemical company did not properly disclose the risks of using one of its herbicides, leading to widespread damage to tree species through several U.S. states.

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