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FALLING within days of one another this (Gregorian) year, the Han Chinese and Tibetan New Year’s celebrations have almost shared a single calendar. For both...
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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, 2014 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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#Beavers the unpaid workers,are saving #California’s wild #salmon ~ thxu @WaterVole

#Beavers the unpaid workers,are saving #California’s wild #salmon ~ thxu @WaterVole | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With California's wild Coho salmon populations down to 1% of their former numbers, there's growing evidence that beavers - long reviled as a pest of the waterways - are essential to restore the species, writes Maria Finn. In the process, they raise water tables, recharge aquifers and improve water quality. What's not to love?

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, March 2, 2:54 AM

In ongoing research that covered six years, Pollock and his colleagues showed that river restoration projects that featured beaver dams more than doubled their production of salmon.

 

Can the animals help bring back the Coho salmon? "Absolutely", Pollock says. "They may be the only thing that can."

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Une serre du futur construite à Neuenburg

Une serre du futur construite à Neuenburg | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

La serre est capable de produire des légumes et du poisson avec le minimum d'énergie possible, et sans recours au pétrole. Le concept s'appuie sur le principe de l'aquaponie, un circuit fermé qui reproduit un mini-écosystème dans un bâtiment de 200 m2.

 


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Values to Build a Better World

Values to Build a Better World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
GCGI seeks to offer - through its scholarly and research programme, as well as its outreach and dialogue projects - a vision that positions the quest for economic and social justice, peace and ecological sustainability within the framework of a spiritual consciousness and a practice of open-heartedness, generosity and caring for others, by encouraging us all to know and to serve the common good.

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Share The World's Resources's curator insight, March 2, 5:51 AM

Kamran Mofid: 'What we lack today is not money or resources, but moral and spiritual imagination and compass.'

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Reforming Money and Banking: Keys to Debt and Jubilee

Reforming Money and Banking: Keys to Debt and Jubilee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Reforming Money and Banking: Keys to Debt and Jubilee
by Hazel Henderson. 


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Share The World's Resources's curator insight, March 2, 6:54 AM

"In the face of economic instability, we need to consider creative solutions - like jubilee, public banking policies, and currency reform - that take into account the complexity of the environment, the nature of money itself, and the possibility for social innovation."

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L'innovation, un moteur pour les entreprises - Chefdentreprise.com

L'innovation, un moteur pour les entreprises - Chefdentreprise.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

L'innovation constitue une opportunité pour l'avenir des entreprises, devant le recrutement de nouveaux talents et le développement durable. C'est ce que pointe une étude réalisée par OpinionWay pour APM.


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Économie circulaire : quelles stratégies pour les villes ?

Économie circulaire : quelles stratégies pour les villes ? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Pour réduire leur consommation de ressources et leur production de déchets, les municipalités  sont de plus de plus nombreuses, comme les entreprises, à faire le choix de l’économie circulaire. Les flux de ressources qui traversent leur territoire ne sont souvent utilisés qu’une seule fois alors qu’ils pourraient être exploités beaucoup plus efficacement, en boucle ou en cascade. Mais, à la différence des entreprises, ces territoires sont traversés par des flux innombrables de ressources : équipements, matériaux, matières organiques, eau, chaleur, énergie. Comment alors mettre en œuvre l’économie circulaire dans les villes ?

Même si elles sont encore peu nombreuses, les premières expériences semblent montrer que les villes disposent de quatre stratégies pour s’engager dans l’économie circulaire.


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Forum International de la Météo et du Climat : du 28 au 31 mars 2015

Forum International de la Météo et du Climat : du 28 au 31 mars 2015 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Le forum international de la météo et du climat sera sur le parvis de l'Hotel de Ville du 28 au 31 mars. Objectif : sensibiliser le public aux enjeux du climat,fournir aux professionnels une plateforme d'échanges et de réflexions, valoriser les compétences et créer des synergies. 


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Les industries de la biomasse énergie en Île-de-France

Les industries de la biomasse énergie en Île-de-France | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dans la transition écologique de l’économie, la biomasse énergie joue un rôle clé.

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The devastating effects that #climate change has on the world's poor

The devastating effects that #climate change has on the world's poor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Want to join thousands of others raising their voices for change? Register as a Global Citizen, and start taking action to fight extreme poverty today.

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Laboratory for Microclimates

Laboratory for Microclimates | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Under what circumstances would we become mindful stewards of living systems, not just their expoiters?

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[INFOGRAPHIE] Le tour du monde de Solar Impulse 2 #AFP

[INFOGRAPHIE] Le tour du monde de Solar Impulse 2 #AFP | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
[INFOGRAPHIE] Le tour du monde de Solar Impulse 2 #AFP pic.twitter.com/wKkxy4HHqq

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Garbage Diet Slashes Southern B.C. Seagull Population

Garbage Diet Slashes Southern B.C. Seagull Population | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gulls historically ate mostly small fish and shellfish, but gradually began eating more land-based food like garbage and earthworms....

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As #Antarctica Melts Away, Seas Could #Rise Ten Feet Within 100 Years

As #Antarctica Melts Away, Seas Could #Rise Ten Feet Within 100 Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rapid melting of Antarctic ice could push sea levels up 10 feet worldwide within two centuries, "recurving" heavily populated coastlines and essentially reshaping the world, the Associated Press reported Friday.

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Des chrétiens s'engagent dans le combat contre le réchauffement climatique

Des chrétiens s'engagent dans le combat contre le réchauffement climatique | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
De plus en plus d’initiatives invitent les chrétiens à se saisir de l’enjeu climatique et de la question écologique. Partout dans le monde, les (...)

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Une autre agriculture, la permaculture, est possible

Une autre agriculture, la permaculture, est possible | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Aux antipodes des canons de l'agriculture industrielle, plus on est petit, plus on est efficace : tel est le credo de Perrine Hervé-Gruyer et de son époux Charles, adeptes de la « permaculture », une approche qui propose une vision écosystémique de la nature combinant les savoirs des anciens et les connaissances scientifiques les plus actuelles. Un idéal de néoruraux en mal de rupture avec le système ? Un rêve en tout cas très enraciné dans le réel, puisqu’il s’incarne en Haute-Normandie, au Bec Hellouin, dans une ferme de 20 hectares comprenant un bois, une mare, des herbages, des vergers, et un maraîchage de 4 500 mètres carrés… Autant de microsystèmes qui, en entrant en interaction les uns avec les autres, multiplient le rendement par plus de… dix.


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LEDs fuel drive to cut energy use

LEDs fuel drive to cut energy use | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

nsight,energy audit,Japan's push to keep power flowing after it shuttered its nuclear program may best be illustrated by 73 million light bulbs. That's the number of LED bulbs.


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Limpet's Shell Could Inspire Next-gen Transparent Displays

Limpet's Shell Could Inspire Next-gen Transparent Displays | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"..an MIT/Harvard study suggests that a specific type of limpet's shell may hold the key to transparent displays that require no internal light source. The mollusk in question is the blue-rayed limpet which, as its name implies, has bright blue stripes on its translucent shell. It is believed that these are used to make potential predators mistake it for a poisonous snail, which also has blue markings. The iridescent lines appear blue due to the fact that the shell material in those areas reflects the blue spectrum of incoming light, while absorbing other colors so that they don't drown out the blue."


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RSE, Personas y Organizaciones, un ménage à trois necesario -

RSE, Personas y Organizaciones, un ménage à trois necesario - | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Referencia en análisis independiente en sostenibilidad, rse, rsc, esg, gobierno corporativo y triple resultado.

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Albert Vilariño Alonso's curator insight, February 28, 7:23 AM

Publicación por parte de ADRES del estudio "RSE, Personas y Organizaciones: El capital humano en la empresa responsable". Muy interesante!

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¿De qué está enferma la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa? - El salmón contracorriente

¿De qué está enferma la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa? - El salmón contracorriente | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La crisis ha supuesto una reducción de las actividades y programas de Responsabilidad Social Corporativa o RSC de las empresas, pero también ha (...)

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Hundreds of #Farmers Block Roads in #Poland to Protest of #Monsanto's #GMO Crops

Hundreds of #Farmers Block Roads in #Poland to Protest of #Monsanto's #GMO Crops | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Poland’s largest farmer uprising ever has occurred as tractors took to the roads in protest of GMO infiltration and land grabs by biotech corporations.

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Lutte contre le changement climatique: le Sénégal s’organise pour réduire les risques à 2%

Lutte contre le changement climatique: le Sénégal s’organise pour réduire les risques à 2% | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
« Le Sénégal est fortement exposé à des changements climatiques ». C’est l’avis du directeur de cabinet du ministre de l’environnement et du développement durable, Souleymane Diallo.

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« Le Sénégal est fortement exposé à des changements climatiques ». C’est l’avis du directeur de cabinet du ministre de l’environnement et du développement durable, Souleymane Diallo.

Mais en attendant le grand rendez vous de Paris, les experts devront travailler à réduire les risques jusqu’à 2%. Tel a été l’objectif de l’atelier tenu hier jeudi 26 février à Dakar sous la formule de contributions prévues déterminées au niveau national (CPDN).

Les acteurs de l’environnement se sont encore réunis à travers un atelier de partage et d’information sur les contributions prévues déterminées au niveau national (CPDN). La rencontre qui a eu lieu hier, jeudi 26 février revient sur les changements climatiques et leurs méfaits au Sénégal.

Frédéric Liégeois's curator insight, March 2, 10:58 AM

Changement... climatique...

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18 Visions Of The City Of The FUTURE, From The Past

18 Visions Of The City Of The FUTURE, From The Past | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

From fanciful flying cars to garden-covered rooftops, here's a look at what designers have imagined for our citiesand how they've shaped our urban future.


In 1939, visitors stood in line for hours to see the Futurama exhibit at the New York World's Fair, an incredibly detailed model imagining 1960s America. Complete with half a million tiny buildings and a million handmade miniature trees, it also visualized a network of highways crossing the country. And while the interstate system probably would have been built without it, it's arguable that the visualization—sponsored by GM—helped the roads happen.

 

A new exhibit called the Future City, up now at London's Royal Institute of British Architects, looks at how drawings and models of futuristic cities can shape the cities that actually are built.



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How To Save The World From Death By Plastic — Medium

How To Save The World From Death By Plastic — Medium | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
My parents raised me to recycle.

We erred on the side of caution, and nearly everything went in the recycling. Glass, metals, paper, and seemingly dozens of different types of plastic. This made me feel good. Even from an early age, I had the foresight to understand that throwing everything in a landfill wasn’t ever going to be a permanent solution. So, I took pride in my recycling habit.

Only years later did I understand that much of this feel-goodery was a disillusion. While the metal, glass, and paper most likely made it’s way to a genuine recycling program, the plastics did not.

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Collectivités et pesticides, comment agir ? - [Veille au grain : pour une Bourgogne sans OGM ni pesticides !]

Collectivités et pesticides, comment agir ? - [Veille au grain : pour une Bourgogne sans OGM ni pesticides !] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Réduire voire supprimer l’utilisation de pesticides dans les espaces publics Pourquoi réduire ou supprimer les pesticides dans ma commune ? Pour (...)

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Nepal steps up safe pesticide use

Nepal steps up safe pesticide use | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nepal’s safe pesticide use programme now includes training for vendors who deal with farmers.

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