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Elizabeth Warren Asks Regulators Why No Trials on Wall Street | Politicol News

Elizabeth Warren Asks Regulators Why No Trials on Wall Street | Politicol News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Warren at your Service, pries out from Bank Regulators why they have not prosecuted any Wall St banks after the 2008 meltdown of Wall St, the ruthless foreclosures accepting mere penalties as punishment.
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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, 8:26 PM

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Water dispute boils

Water dispute boils | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ranchers, environmentalists disagree about how water rules should be applied
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Stanford's Water in the West program offers new way to view groundwater resources

Stanford's Water in the West program offers new way to view groundwater resources | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New website, with interactive graphics, illustrates problems caused by California's over-tapped aquifers.
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If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained

If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In ten years, the Colorado River Basin has lost the equivalent of two Lake Meads, the largest reservoir in the U.S., pictured here at dusk with Las Vegas in the background.

 

As drought ravages surface water supplies, we're pumping groundwater to save us. And it will-for a while.

 

Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western United States and in several dry regions globally, threatening our future.

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Maryland Fracking Study Cites Toxic Air Emissions as Top Concern | InsideClimate News

Maryland Fracking Study Cites Toxic Air Emissions as Top Concern | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A state-commissioned report found that air emissions trump water pollution and drilling-induced earthquakes as a top public health threat posed by future fracking projects in Maryland. For nearly a year, experts at the University of Maryland's School of Public Health examined past research into the link between oil and gas activity and health.
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China mine disasters point to poor safety record

China mine disasters point to poor safety record | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The deadly accidents highlight the perils of mining in China.
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Consumer Reports: Pregnant women should ‘avoid all tuna’

Consumer Reports: Pregnant women should ‘avoid all tuna’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fish can be a great source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids -- and mercury.
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Urgent action needed to tackle Sahel's lack of rainfall: UN

Urgent action needed to tackle Sahel's lack of rainfall: UN | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A dearth of rainfall in the Sahel could have 'severe consequences' for food and agriculture across the region, a UN official said Tuesday, urging urgent action to tackle droughts.
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Is falling recycling rate due to 'green fatigue'?

Is falling recycling rate due to 'green fatigue'? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's been suggested that a recent fall in recycling rates is due to green fatigue, caused by the confusing number of recycling bins presented to householders for different materials. Recycling rates would rise, according to waste recycling firm Sita UK which carried out the survey, if the process was ...
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Green Billionaires Club? David Vitter Owns Stock in Coal Utilities Fighting EPA Carbon Rules

Green Billionaires Club? David Vitter Owns Stock in Coal Utilities Fighting EPA Carbon Rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On July 30, the Republican minority of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, headed by Sen. David Vitter, released a report titled “ The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA .”
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Global Warming Deniers Grow More Desperate By The Day

Global Warming Deniers Grow More Desperate By The Day | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This is a guest post by David Suzuki.

The Heartland Institute’s recent International Climate Change Conference in Las Vegas illustrates climate change deniers’ desperate confusion. As Bloomberg News noted, “Heartland’s strategy seemed to be to throw many theories at the wall and see what stuck.” A who’s who of fossil fuel industry supporters and anti-science shills variously argued that global warming is a myth; that it’s happening but natural — a result of the sun or “Pacific Decadal Oscillation”; that it’s happening but we shouldn’t worry about it; or that global cooling is the real problem.

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Michael Mann's Opponents In Hockey Stick Defamation Case Regurgitate Half-Truths In New Court Filing

Michael Mann's Opponents In Hockey Stick Defamation Case Regurgitate Half-Truths In New Court Filing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Put up your hand if you’ve been a follower of news about climate change in recent years and haven’t heard of the “hockey stick” graph.
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Landslides hit Japan's Hiroshima, killing at least 27

Landslides hit Japan's Hiroshima, killing at least 27 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Police say death toll expected to rise after landslides triggered by torrential rain slam into outskirts of Hiroshima
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New formaldehyde report supports EPA's assessment that chemical is 'human carcinogen'

New formaldehyde report supports EPA's assessment that chemical is 'human carcinogen' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The ongoing debate about the risks of formaldehyde is intensifying in light of a new report by the National Academy of Sciences that said the Environmental Protection Agency's labeling of the chemical as a "human carcinogen" is supported by...
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Understanding California’s Groundwater | Water in the West

Understanding California’s Groundwater | Water in the West | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This series explores groundwater management in California through new research into key groundwater issues, interactive graphics and a synthesis of existing knowledge on groundwater in California, all designed to advance public understanding of this critical issue.
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How the West was Lost

How the West was Lost | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just as the settling and development of the arid American West was fueled by harnessing its available fresh water, the growing lack of water availability may well be its undoing. California’s epic ...
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Earthquakes near deep-earth wells raise concerns

Earthquakes near deep-earth wells raise concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
GREELEY, Colo.—A series of small but unusual earthquakes near a well being pumped full of liquid drilling waste north of Denver has reignited a debate about the impacts of oil and gas development near homes.
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Judge rules corps can ignore mining health studies

A federal judge in Charleston ruled this week that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not have to consider scientific studies linking mountaintop removal to public health problems when the agency approves new Clean Water Act permits for mining operations.

 

U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. on Monday turned down an effort by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and other groups to force the corps to consider potential adverse human health effects as part of the review of applications for “dredge-and-fill” permits from strip-mining operators.

 

The case concerned a permit application from Raven Crest Contracting for its proposed Boone North No. 5 Surface Mine, a 725-acre site in Boone County, near the communities of Peytona and Racine.

 

Citizen groups had urged the corps to look closely at four specific studies that examined that increased risks of adverse health effects experienced by residents who live near mountaintop removal mining operations.

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Buffalo’s other waterfront renaissance - The Buffalo News

Buffalo’s other waterfront renaissance  - The Buffalo News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since last fall, a crew dredging a six-mile stretch of the Buffalo River has removed enough sludge laden with PCBs, lead, mercury and other pollutants to fill 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools.The Cadillac they pulled from the river? Call it a bonus.So were the Ford Ranger, the Che... - The Buffalo News
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Humanity exhausts its annual ecological budget in less than eight months

Humanity exhausts its annual ecological budget in less than eight months | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Humanity has exhausted its annual ecological budget in less than eight months, according to data from Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability think tank and WWF partner.
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Sunblock poses potential hazard to sea life

Sunblock poses potential hazard to sea life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The sweet and salty aroma of sunscreen and seawater signals a relaxing trip to the shore. But scientists are now reporting that the idyllic beach vacation comes with an environmental hitch. When certain sunblock ingredients wash off skin and into the sea, they can become toxic to some of the ocean's ...
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Raw Video: Jason Box Looks Down a Moulin

Raw Video: Jason Box Looks Down a Moulin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some groups have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars using helicopters and gyrostabilized cameras, to peer into the inner maw of Greenland's mysterious Moulins, places where surface water plunge...
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Rail CEOs to Investors: "Bomb Trains" Safe At Almost Any Speed

Rail CEOs to Investors: "Bomb Trains" Safe At Almost Any Speed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trains in Devil’s Lake, N.D. to 60 MPH  from 30 MPH, despite opposition from local officials . 
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Report Reveals Cost Cutting Measures At Heart Of Lac-Megantic Oil Train Disaster

Report Reveals Cost Cutting Measures At Heart Of Lac-Megantic Oil Train Disaster | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Today the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its final report on the July 6th, 2013 train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The report produced a strong reaction from Keith Stewart, Greenpeace Canada’s Climate and Energy Campaign coordinator.
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Sounds from Alaska: Seaside Wolf | Orion Magazine

Sounds from Alaska: Seaside Wolf | Orion Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There are creatures one expects to encounter at the seashore when recording the sounds of nature--gulls, sandpipers, and the like--and then there's what happens in Alaska.

 

New at the Orion blog, Hank Lentfer relates how celebrated author and naturalist Richard Nelson recently had a microphone ready for an extraordinary moment, when a lone wolf began singing from the beach grass.

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Serious damage detected in Brazil's 2015 coffee crop

LAVRAS, Brazil, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Farmers and researchers are detecting serious damage to Brazil's coffee plants after a drought earlier this year and say farmers in 2015 could harvest the smallest arabica crop in a decade.

 

The worst stretch of hot, dry weather on record in Brazil's coffee belt has already cut 30 percent from the nearly harvested 2014 crop in some regions and pushed arabica prices up 55 percent in the last 12 months to a two-year high.

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