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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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Fungus Cripples Coffee Production Across Central America

Fungus Cripples Coffee Production Across Central America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A plant-choking fungus called coffee rust has hurt farmers and sent economic damages rippling through local communities.

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Etude - Les oiseaux sont aussi victimes des néonicotinoïdes

Paris, 9 juil 2014 (AFP) - Déjà soupçonnés de tuer les abeilles, les insecticides néonicotinoïdes affectent également les oiseaux, peut-être en décimant les insectes dont ils dépendent pour se nourrir, selon une étude néerlandaise publiée mercredi.

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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Fighting for Oil | TomDispatch.com

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Fighting for Oil | TomDispatch.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Call it a double whammy for the planet or simply irony with a capital “I.”  As the invaluable Michael Klare, TomDispatch regular and author of The Race for What’s Left, points out today, if you scan the planet for conflict, what you’ll find from Syria and Iraq to the South China Sea are a series of energy wars -- fossil-fuel conflicts to be exact. 

 

At present, despite some hopeful signs, this crazed planet of ours is still a ravenous beast that only fossil fuels can sate.  No question that conflicts and wars are terrible things.  Just consider the million new refugees being generated by the disintegration of Iraq in a blaze of warfare and sectarian killings. 

 

But oil wars add a grim twist to the mix, because when they’re settled, however miserably or bloodily, the winners take to the oil rigs and the refineries and pump out yet more of the stuff that puts carbon dioxide and methane, both greenhouse gases, into the atmosphere and, as in the Middle East today, creates the basis for yet more conflict.

 

That region has been going through a period of heightened dryness and drought that researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe to be caused, at least in part, by global warming.  This winter, the driest in decades, Syria and Iraq in particular have experienced a severe lack of rainfall in what should be the wettest part of the year and record heat as well. 


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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting to Happen | Motherboard.vice.com

Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting to Happen | Motherboard.vice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Dubai is building "the world's first climate-controlled city"—it's a 4.3 mile pedestrian mall that will be covered with a retractable dome to provide its shoppers with air conditioning in the summer heat. The Mall of the World, as it's called, will become the sort of spectacular, over-the-top attraction Dubai is known for. Shortly after, it will probably become an equally spectacular real-world dystopia.

 

By sectioning off a 3-million-square-foot portion of the city with an air conditioned dome, Dubai is dropping one of the most tangible partitions between the haves and the have nots of the modern era—the 100 hotels and apartment complexes inside the attraction will be cool, comfortable, and nestled into a entertainment-filled, if macabre, consumer paradise.

 

The masses, including the underpaid immigrants who will no doubt help build it, may be free to wander through by day, but they will surely find no residence there. According to the UN, a full 88.5 percent of United Arab Emirates residents are foreigners; most are migrant workers, who receive few protections from the nation's labor laws. There are estimated to be hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in Dubai alone, many of whom toil in conditions that resemble indentured servitude.


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Des fientes de baleines contre le réchauffement climatique

Des fientes de baleines contre le réchauffement climatique | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La chasse aux baleines pourrait avoir accéléré le rythme du changement climatique. L’hypothèse découle d’une étude scientifique qui révèle que les fientes de cétacés ont une grande capacité d’absorption du CO2. Un rapport de l’université de Vermont, publié le 3 juillet dans la revue « Frontiers in Ecology and Environment », souligne l'importance des baleines dans l'équilibre des écosystèmes marins. Leurs déjections auraient en effet de nombreuses vertus écologiques. Les fientes relâchées à la surface, très appréciées des planctons, sont particulièrement riches en nutriments. Mais elles ont surtout une capacité d’absorption du CO2 exceptionnelle pour un être vivant. 

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L’eau n’est pas une marchandise, mais un droit humain !

L’eau n’est pas une marchandise, mais un droit humain ! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Selon les chiffres officiels de l’ONU, près de 6.000 enfants meurent de soif chaque jour. Pourtant, ce sont environ cent milliards de tonnes d’eau qui tombent sur la terre tous les ans.


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L’économie collaborative, la seconde vague de changements dans la distribution. - Share You See

L’économie collaborative, la seconde vague de changements dans la distribution. - Share You See | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
L’économie collaborative représente pour le secteur de la distribution une nouvelle source de valeur ajoutée. Les entreprises vont devoir passer de « comment développer la confiance en notre marque ? » à « comment développer la confiance en nos clients ? ».

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Leroy Merlin, Décathlon, IKEA, Casino, Auchan ... les distributeurs voient dans le collaboratif une nouvelle source d'inspiration pour leur modèle. Mais si l'économie collaborative change la relation entre les marques et les consommateurs, attention à ne pas confondre "fichier clients" et "communauté" !

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L’économie collaborative représente pour le secteur de la distribution une nouvelle source de valeur ajoutée. Les entreprises vont devoir passer de « comment développer la confiance en notre marque ? » à « comment développer la confiance en nos clients ? ».

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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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Food Prices Inch Up As California Drought Enters Third Year - CBS Los Angeles

Food Prices Inch Up As California Drought Enters Third Year - CBS Los Angeles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If your lunch seems a little more expensive than it used to be, analysts say just blame it on the rain - or lack thereof.
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ND pipeline leaks about 1M gallons of saltwater

ND pipeline leaks about 1M gallons of saltwater | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) â€" Around 1 million gallons of saltwater has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, some of it into a bay that leads to a lake that provides drinking water for an American Indian reservation, company and tribe officials said Wednesday. Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Tex Hall told The Associated Press that an underground pipeline near Mandaree leaked about 24,000 barrels, or just over 1 million gallons, of saltwater near Bear Den Bay, a tributary of Lake Sakakawea. The Missouri River reservoir provides water to communities on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, occupied by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes in the heart of western North Dakota's booming oil patch. Saltwater, an unwanted byproduct of oil and natural gas production that is between 10 and 30 times saltier than seawater, is considered an environmental hazard by the state. Miranda Jones, vice president of environmental safety and regulatory at Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Services Inc., whose subsidiary Aero Pipeline LLC owns the pipeline, said the leak likely started over the holiday weekend but was not discovered until Tuesday. Fort Berthold Indian Reservation plays a key role in the state's oil production, the second-highest in the nation.
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Health Canada's quiet move to end use of antibiotics to fatten up animals

Health Canada's quiet move to end use of antibiotics to fatten up animals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A cow can get penicillin without a prescription in most parts of Canada, unlike humans who have to see their doctors first.
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Here's another complication for fracking — radioactive waste

Here's another complication for fracking — radioactive waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fracking is already a controversial topic, with environmentalists charging that the technique could ruin drinking water, along with other pollution problems. But now, radioactive waste from drilling the wells is raising a whole new environmental concern.
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Dans l'Inde rurale, le revenu de base change les vies

Dans l'Inde rurale, le revenu de base change les vies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Une expérience de versement d’un revenu de base modeste aux habitants de certains villages les plus pauvres de l’Inde a transformé leurs vies. Cela pourrait fournir un programme anti-pauvreté efficace pour tous les pauvres de l’Inde. Mais quelle sera la réaction du gouvernement de Narendra Modi ?


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After 'Cadmium Rice,' now 'Lead' and 'Arsenic Rice'

After 'Cadmium Rice,' now 'Lead' and 'Arsenic Rice' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study of soil, water and rice grown around a metals smelter in Hunan Province shows high levels of toxic pollutants, adding to a growing body of evidence that China’s soil is badly degraded in many areas.

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New Tetra Pak Campaign Encourages Industry-Wide Commitment to Renewable Packaging

New Tetra Pak Campaign Encourages Industry-Wide Commitment to Renewable Packaging | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tetra Pak has launched a campaign to raise industry awareness of the importance of the importance of sourcing renewable packaging materials — and is calling on the consumer goods industry to commit to prioritizing renewability. The company has also released a white paper with input from the WWF, which outlines how using renewable resources creates value that can help businesses grow.

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Bamboo could help developing cities urbanize

Bamboo could help developing cities urbanize | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What if there were a local, renewable material that could be used instead of steel in reinforced-concrete buildings? And what if that substitute could be manufactured easily? These questions have motivated Dirk Hebel, an assistant professor of architecture and construction at the Future Cities Laboratory, in Singapore, to investigate a bamboo fiber composite as a possible substitute for steel reinforcement in concrete. The Future Cities Laboratory is a research arm of ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) Zürich, in Switzerland, and is the first program under the newly formed Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability, which conducts multidisciplinary research to foster urbanization that conforms to the principles of sustainable development.


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There are many "ifs" here, but this is an intriguing approach that may avoid the pitfalls of previous attempts at using bamboo for such a strengthening role in buildings.  I suspect that this won't work, and am always worried when press releases go out before a project has even preliminary results, but I very much like the innovative and new idea-type approach these folks are taking here.

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Water cuts start hurting Mumbaikars as taps go dry in many suburbs - The Times of India

Water cuts start hurting Mumbaikars as taps go dry in many suburbs - The Times of India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The water cuts imposed by the BMC have begun hurting the city, with complaints pouring in from several neighbourhoods of inadequate supply or insufficient pressure.

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Développement durable: dix métiers de demain

Développement durable: dix métiers de demain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Les métiers du développement durable ont le vent en poupe.Focus sur dix d’entre eux, parfois méconnus du grand public.

Les métiers du développement durable connaissent un grand succès et pourtant, les postes à pourvoir restent peu nombreux. "En 2013, nous avons collecté entre 800 et 1200 demandes par poste recherché!", souligne Jean-Philippe Teboul, directeur associé du cabinet de recrutement Orientation durable, qui a publié son baromètre 2013 des emplois de la croissance verte et du développement durable: fin 2012, 2219 offres d’emplois avaient été publiées sur internet, soit 75% de plus que dans le baromètre précédent.

 
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JAPON. Le typhon Neoguri à l'origine d'inondations meurtrières

JAPON. Le typhon Neoguri à l'origine d'inondations meurtrières | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ce phénoménal cyclone tropical file tout droit vers le centre du Japon. Il a fait une quarantaine de blessé et causé indirectement au moins cinq décès.

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U.S. officials: Terrorist seizure of nuclear materials in Iraq of minimal concern

U.S. officials: Terrorist seizure of nuclear materials in Iraq of minimal concern | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Militants in Iraq have taken hold of nuclear materials at university science facilities near the northern city of Mosul, the Iraqi government has said.
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In-N-Out Burger and Chipotle Taco Prices Rising as California Drought Persists

In-N-Out Burger and Chipotle Taco Prices Rising as California Drought Persists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The jingle “hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us” may need to include hold the hamburgers too, as drought-related costs have spiked the prices of hamburgers at favorite fast-food restaurants like In-N-Out Burger.
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Many over 50 are still saddled with student loans

Lingering student-loan debt — which in recent years has been a drag on the economy as borrowers delay big-ticket purchases such as homes and cars — is beginning to affect millions of people as they head toward retirement.

 

More than 16 percent of the nearly $1.2 trillion in outstanding student-loan debt in the nation is held by people over 50, according to the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

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Pregnant women warned about water in Falmouth

Pregnant women warned about water in Falmouth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Falmouth Board of Health is cautioning pregnant women in their first and second trimesters about a drinking water test result that could affect their babies' birth weights and increase the risk of early deliveries.
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Agent Orange ingredient 2,4-D could soon be sprayed on thousands of fields near U.S. schools

Agent Orange ingredient 2,4-D could soon be sprayed on thousands of fields near U.S. schools | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Agent Orange ingredient 2,4-D could soon be sprayed on thousands of fields near U.S. schools
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Microplastics lodge in crab gills and guts | Science News

Microplastics lodge in crab gills and guts | Science News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Crabs can absorb microplastic particles through their gills and by eating polluted mussels.

 

Crabs sop up microplastic pollution via their food and gills, researchers have found in a laboratory study. The tiny particles can lodge in the crustaceans’ bodies for weeks. Crabs become the first marine creature known to trap microplastics in their respiratory systems.

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