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Opinion: Record snow in a warming world? The science is clear — The Daily Climate

Opinion: Record snow in a warming world? The science is clear — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, February 9, 2013 3:15 PM

"The science behind this is clear: Warmer temperatures cause more water to evaporate into the atmosphere, and warmer air holds more water than cooler air. The air's "water-holding capacity," in fact, rises about 7 percent with each Celsius degree of warming. This results in air that becomes super-saturated with water, often bringing drenching rainfall followed by flooding or – if it is cold enough – heavy and intense snowfall. "

 
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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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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 5:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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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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7 reasons we need a Sustainable Development Goal on reducing economic inequality

7 reasons we need a Sustainable Development Goal on reducing economic inequality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ignoring inequality will undermine global efforts to fight poverty and climate change
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Zero Waste World

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When the economy goes in circles, everybody wins.

 

Welcome to the emerging world of the circular economy. Faced with rising prices for energy and raw materials, along with pressures from environmentalists and regulators who have passed “extended producer responsibility laws” in Europe and some U.S. states, forward-thinking companies are finding ways to take back, reuse, refurbish or recycle all kinds of things that would otherwise be thrown away. In contrast to the traditional “take-make-dispose” linear economy, which depletes resources, a circular economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design.

 

Inspired by nature, a circular economy aspires not merely to limit waste but to eliminate the very idea of waste: Everything, at the end of its life, should be made into something else, just as in the natural world, one species’ waste is another’s food.

 

The transition to a circular economy could generate savings of more than $1 trillion in materials alone by 2025, according to an analysis by the U.K.-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation, McKinsey & Company and the World Economic Forum, which are collaborating to promote circular thinking.

 

So are we moving closer to the circular economy — or further away? Accurate data is hard to come by, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates indicate that recycling rates grew rapidly from 1980 through 2000, and only gradually since then. Disposal of waste to landfill declined from 89 percent of the amount generated in 1980 to 54 percent — about 135 million tons — in 2012.

 

Clearly there’s lots of work ahead for advocates of the circular economy. But the vision they are pursuing is a bold one: In a truly circular economy, where waste becomes nutrients and energy is renewable, economic growth would be decoupled from environmental restraints. Companies could sell more stuff without generating pollution. Consumers could buy more stuff, without guilt. What’s not to like?


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, August 21, 5:22 AM

So paying the full cost for products, including the cost to recycle them completely at the end of their life, could end up costing LESS, not more, since we will design products to be reused longer and eventually recycled.

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Changement climatique : les météorologues anticipent l’avenir et se préparent au pire

Changement climatique : les météorologues anticipent l’avenir et se préparent au pire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Turbulences aériennes accrues, épisodes polaires et caniculaires toujours plus extrêmes, vagues géantes dans les océans: les spécialistes mondiaux du climat ont brossé un tableau apocalyptique de la météo des prochaines décennies.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, August 21, 5:32 AM

À l’initiative de l’Organisation météorologique mondiale, agence des Nations unies, un millier de scientifiques ont débattu autour du thème, «la météo, quel avenir?» à l’occasion d’une première conférence mondiale sur la météorologie, qui s’est conclue jeudi à Montréal.

 

Près de 10 ans après l’entrée en vigueur du Protocole de Kyoto qui visait à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre, la question n’est plus d’établir si le réchauffement de la Terre va avoir lieu.

 

«C’est irréversible et la population mondiale continue d’augmenter, il faut que l’on s’adapte», observe Jennifer Vanos, de l’Université Texas Tech.

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The Changing Face of the Global City

The Changing Face of the Global City | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I want to highlight a couple of recent studies by Joel Kotkin for which I provided some research support. The first is a report on global cities from the Singapore Civil Service College called "Siz...

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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

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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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This is how we solve economic inequality

This is how we solve economic inequality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

I’ve blogged before about the most insidious aspect of economic inequality: its ability to hijack the democratic process, as the wealthy elite move seamlessly from Oxbridge into positions of power from where they have the clout to out-lobby, out-publicise and out-finance anything that challenges the status quo.

 

Setting a binding national target for reducing economic inequality, much like the recent target for reducing child poverty, would be a vital first step in defusing this effect. It would solidify government commitment to act, serve as a barometer of success and, most importantly, provide an important means for the public to hold them to account. Download the report to read more about how an economic inequality reduction target could work and the indicators we could use to measure it.

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Mapping the LA Neighborhoods Most at Risk From Global Warming

Mapping the LA Neighborhoods Most at Risk From Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The UCLA Luskin Center and Environmental Defense Fund have just released a new report looking at Los Angeles's opportunities for using more solar power (which are still 98% untapped, they say) and it includes these fascinating maps of which areas of LA County are most vulnerable to global warming.

According to the report, it's the "first study to provide specific climate-change projections for the greater Los Angeles area [in the years 2041 to 2060], with unique projections down to the neighborhood level." By mid-century, SoCal can look forward to "slightly warmer winters and springs but much warmer summers and falls, with more frequent heat waves," but the burden won't be spread around evenly: "The study predicts a likely tripling in the number of extremely hot days in the downtown area and quadrupling the number in the valleys and at high elevations." But of course higher temps aren't the only threat.


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Towards a New Co-Existence: On Reframing Our Ecological Crises

Towards a New Co-Existence: On Reframing Our Ecological Crises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How we think about and talk about ecological crises and our role in them form the structures of our responses.

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À Chittagong, "le réchauffement climatique c'est du concret"

À Chittagong, "le réchauffement climatique c'est du concret" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chaque année, les zones inondées sont plus nombreuses autour de la ville côtière de Chittatong, au sud du Bangladesh. Un phénomène...

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, August 21, 5:26 AM

Le Bangladesh est considéré comme l'un des pays les plus vulnérables au réchauffement climatique. Dans une étude de 2013, la Banque mondiale a estimé que le pays était de plus en plus sujet à "des débordements extrêmes de rivières, des cyclones tropicaux plus intenses, la hausse du niveau de la mer et des températures très élevées".