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The Scientific Case for Outlawing Guns | MIT Technology Review

The Scientific Case for Outlawing Guns  | MIT Technology Review | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that U.S. laws should go further to limit gun ownership and improve enforcement.
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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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Iran: Dried out - FT.com

Iran: Dried out - FT.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Farmers who worked the fertile lands around Isfahan have had to find a new way to make a living since the river at the heart of this Iranian city ran dry. Instead of raising and selling crops irrigated by the Zayandeh Roud, they are now paid to keep
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Results of contamination study show Deadly DDT levels in St. Louis, Michigan, robins' eggs.

Results of contamination study show Deadly DDT levels in St. Louis, Michigan, robins' eggs. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Michigan State University environmental toxicology professor Matt Zwiernik presented part two of the results from the 2013 dead bird collection in St. Louis to the Pine River Superfund Taskforce Wednesday.
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Vandana Shiva’s Crusade Against Genetically Modified Crops

Michael Specter on Vandana Shiva, an activist who accuses biotechnology companies such as Monsanto of imposing “food totalitarianism.” Others believe that G.M.O.s are the key to solving world hunger.
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George Carlin -"Who Really Controls America" - YouTube

This material belongs to HBO and is used here under fair use law. Pass this on! If there were any video worthy of being passed on it's this one! And while yo...
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London Mining says Ebola now impacting output, costs

London Mining says Ebola now impacting output, costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Company lowers production guidance at Marampa mine in Sierra Leone as outbreak impacts supply chain and ramp up.
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Ethical experts urge 'fair' sharing of Ebola test drugs as doctors cured

Ethical experts urge 'fair' sharing of Ebola test drugs as doctors cured | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The limited doses of Ebola trial drugs must not be reserved for the well-off or well-connected, two medical ethics experts said on Thursday as two American doctors treated with an experimental serum were pronounced cured.
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The ethics of driverless cars

The ethics of driverless cars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jason Millar, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Philosophy, spends a lot of time thinking about driverless cars. Though you aren't likely to be able to buy them for 10 years, he says there are a number of ethical problems that need to be tackled before they go mainstream.
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Drying Sierra meadows could worsen California drought

Drying Sierra meadows could worsen California drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carpeting the high valleys of Yosemite and other parts of the Sierra Nevada, mountain meadows are more than an iconic part of the California landscape. The roughly 17,000 high altitude meadows help regulate the release of Sierra snow melt into rivers and streams.
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Viruses take down massive algal blooms, with big implications for climate

Viruses take down massive algal blooms, with big implications for climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Algae might seem easy to ignore, but they are the ultimate source of all organic matter that marine animals depend upon. Humans are increasingly dependent on algae, too, to suck up climate-warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sink it to the bottom of the ocean. Now, by using a combination ...
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The Cost of Caring for Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected to Rise

The Cost of Caring for Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected to Rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Europe's ageing nuclear fleet will undergo more prolonged outages over the next few years, reducing the reliability of power supply and costing plant operators many millions of dollars
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Suburbs and Farms Team with Global Warming to Threaten Wild Animals and Plants

Suburbs and Farms Team with Global Warming to Threaten Wild Animals and Plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Land use will complicate the speed of climate change as a threat to species
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CHINA'S FUTURE / WHAT CHINA WANTS

CHINA'S FUTURE / WHAT CHINA WANTS | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As China becomes, again, the world's largest economy, it wants the respect it enjoyed in centuries past. But it does not know how to achieve or deserve it.

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Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away.
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Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing

Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From heavy machinery to hand-held flour sifters, this town is pulling out all the stops to save its water.
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Inside The Most Dangerous Room in the World

Inside The Most Dangerous Room in the World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"To enter you must wear a respirator, 3 pairs of gloves, 2 pairs of socks, rubber boots and a hard hat—along with a hazmat suit"
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Oceans Hid the Heat and Slowed Pace of Global Warming

Oceans Hid the Heat and Slowed Pace of Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Atlantic and Southern oceans may be responsible for the slowdown in the acceleration of global warming—but not for long
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Climate Code Red: Dangerous climate change: Myths and reality (1)

Climate Code Red: Dangerous climate change: Myths and reality (1) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Few would disagree that the world should avoid "dangerous" (or unsafe) climate warming, but what does that term mean? What does climate safety mean? Is climate change already dangerous? Are greenhouse gas levels already too high? This report surveys some recent developments in climate science knowledge as a way of discerning the gaps between myth and reality in climate policy-making.

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Watch for pet poisons around your home, and form a plan for emergency response

Watch for pet poisons around your home, and form a plan for emergency response | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Accidental poisoning is among the most common problems we see in emergency veterinary medicine, so it's a good idea for pet owners to understand sources of toxicity, to take preventative steps, and to have a plan for response in case of ingestion.
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Mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits

Mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A mindfulness-based therapy for depression has the added benefit of reducing health-care visits among patients who often see their family doctors, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).
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Climate change: meteorologists preparing for the worst

Climate change: meteorologists preparing for the worst | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Intense aerial turbulence, ice storms and scorching heatwaves, huge ocean waves—the world's climate experts forecast apocalyptic weather over the coming decades at a conference in Montreal that ended Thursday.
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Water conservation strategy should consider health, cost and community concerns, too

Water conservation strategy should consider health, cost and community concerns, too | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In April, California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order asking residents to reduce their water consumption by 20 percent. That hasn't happened. Since then, the state's dry conditions have worsened, with more than 80 percent of California now in an extreme drought according to the National Weather ...
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How Dust Could Solve California's Drought

How Dust Could Solve California's Drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dusty air can change the amount of precipitation produced by clouds
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Swelling Waves Could Hasten Demise of Arctic Sea Ice

Swelling Waves Could Hasten Demise of Arctic Sea Ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ice melt causes a growth of large waves in previously iced-over areas, which could further exacerbate the loss of sea ice
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The Importance of Debating Energy Policies—Not Technologies | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

The Importance of Debating Energy Policies—Not Technologies | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As a researcher working in the area of energy technology and policy, I often find myself drawn into debates surrounding certain energy technologies, and what role ...
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Addressing economic inequality at root

Addressing economic inequality at root | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Spiralling economic inequality is undermining our economy, society and democracy. Now seen by many as one of the world’s most pressing challenges – the time has come for action.

Is it any surprise that four out of five British citizens want the government to act on inequality? The richest 1% of the UK population are now wealthier than the poorest 50% put together – a disparity that has been growing steadily since the 1970s, and on current trends is set to get even worse.

But this isn’t about the politics of envy; nor is it purely about what is morally right or wrong. We have convincing evidence that extreme economic inequality is contributing decisively to financial instability, wasted human capital, lower well-being and mental health, domination of politics by an elite few and low voter turn out.


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