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Connecting Depressed Wages to High Oil Prices and Growth Limits | The Energy Collective

Connecting Depressed Wages to High Oil Prices and Growth Limits | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I discovered a disturbing connection between high oil prices and flattening or declining wages
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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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Why Lego Is Spending Millions To Ditch Oil-Based Plastic

Why Lego Is Spending Millions To Ditch Oil-Based Plastic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The toy company wants to find an alternative material for the 60 billion bricks it makes a year. But it's not going to be easy.
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How Will We Feed a World of Nine Billion People?

How Will We Feed a World of Nine Billion People? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The key, says the author of a new book, is to use water better, close yield gaps, eat less meat, and family planning.
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Book Excerpt: 'On the Burning Edge'

Book Excerpt: 'On the Burning Edge' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This excerpt is from Kyle Dickman's new book, "On the Burning Edge" (Penguin Random House, 2015). In his book, Dickman, a journalist and former firefighter, writes about the Yarnell Hill disaster and the wildfire fighting system in the U.S. Read also ICN's Q&A with the author.
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State issues toughest-in-the-nation fracking rules

State issues toughest-in-the-nation fracking rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
State officials on Wednesday formally adopted new rules governing hydraulic fracturing in California, setting in motion some of the toughest guidelines in the nation for the controversial oil extraction practice. The oil and gas agency also released its environmental impact report that concluded fracking could have “significant and unavoidable impacts” on a number of fronts, including air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and public safety.
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Life in a disappearing country

Life in a disappearing country | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's one of the clearest injustices of climate change: The Marshall Islands likely won't exist if we warm the planet 2 degrees. And CNN's John Sutter finds some people already are making the painful decision to leave.
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Our annual summer reading list — Environmental Health News

Our annual summer reading list — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Old and new books on the science, politics, wonder, and, of course, the guilt trips that are wrapped up in our relationship with the environment

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Facing the waves: Low-lying Maldives adapts to constantly changing environment

Facing the waves: Low-lying Maldives adapts to constantly changing environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Low-lying island states such as the Maldives are at the frontline of rising sea levels caused by climate change. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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Paul Gipe: Is this the Year We Declare a War for Independence from Fossil Fuels?

Paul Gipe: Is this the Year We Declare a War for Independence from Fossil Fuels? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
King George was a pussycat compared to King Koch. Paul Gipe's Windworks: In a stunning turn in the battle between corporate domination of renewable energy and community ownership, a cooperative of ...
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Will Heat Wave Wave Change Minds in 2015?

Will Heat Wave Wave Change Minds in 2015? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
My guess is yes. The last time we had a year of extremes quite like this was 2012, which I think will go down in history as the hinge year when polls in the US began to swing from climate apathy or...
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This civil engineer is building houses to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes

This civil engineer is building houses to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Hausler Strand founded Build Change, a nonprofit, to bring in the (literal) reinforcements when natural disasters strike.
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EPA restricts climate-warming chemicals used in refrigeration

EPA restricts climate-warming chemicals used in refrigeration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Obama administration to restrict the use of a potent greenhouse gas.
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India approves $8 billion plan to boost irrigation

India approves $8 billion plan to boost irrigation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India's government Thursday approved spending nearly US$8 billion over five years to develop infrastructure for rural irrigation to boost crop productivity in a country where farmers rely largely on annual rains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet gave its nod to allocate 500 billion rupees ($7.9 billion) for the project that aims to help India's 120 million-odd farmers, many of whom lack access to irrigation and struggle with deficient monsoon rains. "The scheme's main objective is to increase cultivable area under irrigation, improve on-farm water use efficiency and to introduce sustainable water conservation practices," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said at a press conference in New Delhi.
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Orion Magazine | The Future of Infrastructure

Orion Magazine | The Future of Infrastructure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In this, the last installment of the Reimagining Infrastructure series, we look at projects that are not yet real, but represent some of the most ambitious thinking about the built environment of the future.
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Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands

Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water used for fracking is increasing across the U.S., but the quantity of water used per frack job depends on the region.
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Drought drives greater household use of gray water

Drought drives greater household use of gray water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Strands of silver hair fell into Annie Costanzo's face as she wielded a sledgehammer against the brick walkway in her backyard. Plumes of dust and debris filled the air, and reddish-pink shards scattered in the wake of the 64-year-old sculptor's latest water conservation project.
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The Drought's Scapegoat

The Drought's Scapegoat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In April, The Wall Street Journal published a news column that reduced the complicated story of California water, drought, fish, and farmers into a simplified...
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In a major moment for climate policy, China, Brazil, and the U.S. all announce new commitments

In a major moment for climate policy, China, Brazil, and the U.S. all announce new commitments | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The three major emitters collectively pushed the ball downfield considerably Tuesday, as the world moves towards a major Paris summit at the end of the year.
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Temperatures soar as heatwave sweeps across Europe

Temperatures soar as heatwave sweeps across Europe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A heatwave is sweeping across Europe, with temperatures set to exceed 40C in some countries.
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Secrecy over fracking chemicals clouds environmental risks, advocates say

Secrecy over fracking chemicals clouds environmental risks, advocates say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite a report that links practice to contaminated drinking water, list of more than 1,076 chemicals used during fracking process remains unknown to public
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Can Republicans Climb Down on Climate Change?

Can Republicans Climb Down on Climate Change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Director of Citizen's Climate Lobby, reacting to feedback from 800 CCL members, who descended on Washington, DC last week for their trademark respectful and consistent dialogue with climate den...
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Watch us explain how to feed the world and end poverty at the same time

Watch us explain how to feed the world and end poverty at the same time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
All the complex and amazing truth about getting the whole world onto a better-for-the-planet diet, boiled down to this one little video.
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Catholic leaders press GOP to heed pope on climate, poor

Catholic leaders press GOP to heed pope on climate, poor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The push from bishops threatens to disrupt the historically reliable alliance of evangelical Christians and conservative Roman Catholic voters, putting pressure on Republicans who have leaned on their religious faith to guide them on social issues.
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Bluer skies? Beijing picks up pace in cutting dependency on coal

Bluer skies? Beijing picks up pace in cutting dependency on coal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing plans to shutter the last of four major coal-fired power plants in the capital next year. Reducing coal use is at the center of wide-ranging goals on climate change that China committed to this week.
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Saving West's iconic landscapes from wildfires, one steppe at a time

Saving West's iconic landscapes from wildfires, one steppe at a time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With fire seasons getting worse, the US Interior Department is expanding the scope of its efforts to improve key areas' resilience to wildfires.
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