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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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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 2014 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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Sao Paolo: The Psychology of Drought

Sao Paolo: The Psychology of Drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Circle of Blue: Sao Paulo is a paradox of water scarcity and abundance. Brazil’s largest city, located in a region that averages 25 more inches of rain each year than Seattle, is gripped by the wor...
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A New Alternative to Antibiotics? - Modern Farmer

A New Alternative to Antibiotics? - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This new technology could one day replace the use of antibiotics in livestock and perhaps even humans for a variety of pathogenic digestive tract infections.
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China Cuts Interest Rates After Market Plunge

China Cuts Interest Rates After Market Plunge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Action by the bank was viewed as a sign that the government is not eager to see an end to a rally that has more than doubled prices in the last 12 months.
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California Set to Mandate Childhood Vaccines Amid Intense Fight

California Set to Mandate Childhood Vaccines Amid Intense Fight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The measure, approved by the Assembly, would end the religious and personal exemptions often sought by parents opposed to vaccinations
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Drought May Prompt Californians to Let Personal Hygiene Slide

Drought May Prompt Californians to Let Personal Hygiene Slide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Forget the brown lawns. California’s historic drought may make the state’s residents less keen on washing their bodies and their homes.

 

The water woes in the Western U.S. may cut sales of traditional cleaning products sold by the likes of Procter & Gamble Co., Bloomberg Intelligence analysts Deborah Aitken and Gregory Elders wrote in a report Friday. But it could boost sales of dry shampoos, which customers spray on and comb through their hair in lieu of washing in the shower, they said.

 

Consumers changing their cleaning patterns in response to a drought isn’t unheard of. Unilever Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman recently told analysts and investors that Brazilians are showering 15 percent less because of water shortages. Meanwhile, the company’s products that are geared toward helping consumers use fewer resources are growing twice as fast as its other brands, and they’re more profitable, Polman said at a conference this month.

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How Antonin Scalia Could Undo a Key Part of Obama’s Green Legacy

How Antonin Scalia Could Undo a Key Part of Obama’s Green Legacy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fate of a sweeping air-pollution regulations may be in the hands of the conservative justice.
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When it comes to climate change not all opinions are valid, scientists say | Toronto Star

When it comes to climate change not all opinions are valid, scientists say  | Toronto Star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While featuring all sides of an issue is a hallmark of good journalism, many in the scientific community feel that the media should do a better job of separating facts from opinions.
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DebbyBruck's comment, June 26, 10:55 PM
Demarcio - My alternate view on this article: Conferences are held around the world on various topics every day by people with the same or similar views on said topic. Those people are not obliged to cover the views of others, because it is not those others who are having the conference. In mainstream media, as the article states, there is a 97% consensus of those who support the theory of "human caused global warming (a.k.a. anthropogenic climate change). One also has to admit that they are given an absolute majority of mainstream coverage - nearly all of it. I've rarely seen those people stop to consider or offer to the public the alternate view that although humans are a part of it, it is possible we are a small part of it and that the true driver could be solar cycles, which our Earth and solar system have experienced before. Just because someone shows us a "model" doesn't not mean that model was based on factual information or information that contained views of those who had nothing to benefit (that's quite frequently what it comes down to.)
When homeopaths have a homeopathic conference, are they obliged to cover allopathic medicine's view on the topic of their conference? Of course not, as it was not the topic or purpose of that conference(nor would it happen in a vice versa scenario).
None of us know for sure, however when 31,5K scientists believe that climate change/global warming is primarily being driven by solar cycles, they are ridiculed as "The Fringe" or "climate deniers" and are given almost no mention by mainstream news & media, or by leaders, religious or otherwise. When 6 individuals own all media and those six fall within the 1-2% of global elitists who wish to control all - it surely must send a message to more than just myself? A majority of supporters or people does not a fact or the truth make. It's industry that must be held accountable for the "human" contribution to climate change and destruction of our earth. If so concerned about it, why don't they instantly make Tesla technology, solar and wind power affordable and/or free? It's easier to blame "the people" and continue to charge outlandish prices for any human being to have energy, eat healthy, choose their medicine and live as free people. But then again, was freedom and truthfulness ever their goal for humanity?
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Pakistan heatwave deaths close to 700

Pakistan heatwave deaths close to 700 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly 700 people have died in a severe three-day heatwave in Pakistan, officials said Tuesday, with medics battling to treat patients as a state of emergency was declared in hospitals. The majority of people died in government-run hospitals in the port city of Karachi, Pakistan's economic hub of around 20 million people, as temperatures reached 45 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) at the weekend. "The number of people who have died in the heatwave has now reached 692," said Saeed Mangnejo, a senior provincial health official, adding that the toll may rise futher.
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U.S. Summers Bringing More and More Heat

U.S. Summers Bringing More and More Heat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Interactive map shows the rate at which summers have been warming in every region of the country since 1970.
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White House climate strategy hits its stride

White House climate strategy hits its stride | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change agenda should brace themselves — the Obama administration isn’t letting up. President Barack Obama has launched an unprecedented regulatory assault on greenhouse gas emissions, putting the White House’s executive branch power on display and enraging conservative...
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The New Big Oil Is State-Owned | OilPrice.com

The New Big Oil Is State-Owned | OilPrice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global oil usage has increased 10 million bpd over the last 10 years, most of this oil came from state owned oil producers which now occupy most of the top 10 positions
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The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
These six shifts will transform markets over the next 25 years
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Jim Inhofe: There is No Climate Change. My Gay Friends are Upset with the Supreme Court.

Jim Inhofe: There is No Climate Change. My Gay Friends are Upset with the Supreme Court. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thin line between denial and delusional. Raw Story: Republican senator from Oklahoma, who once brought a snowball onto the Senate floor to disprove climate change, expressed his dismay with the Sup...
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A Changing Arctic Continues to Surprise

A Changing Arctic Continues to Surprise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Salon: Any associations you might have with Alaska being a generally chilly place, actually, were belied by last month’s heat wave: with average temperatures 7.1 degrees above normal, the state had...
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US overtakes Russia as top oil and gas producer, report says

US overtakes Russia as top oil and gas producer, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The United States has overtaken Russia as the biggest oil and natural-gas producer in the world, in what one economist has described as “a changing of the guard of global energy suppliers.
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World’s Aquifers Losing Replenishment Race, Researchers Say

World’s Aquifers Losing Replenishment Race, Researchers Say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly a third of the world’s 37 largest aquifers are being drained faster than water can be returned to them, threatening regions that support two billion people, a recent study found.
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70 million Americans teetering on edge of financial ruin

70 million Americans teetering on edge of financial ruin | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

According to a survey of 1,000 adults released by Bankrate.com on Tuesday, nearly one in three (29%) American adults (that’s roughly 70 million) have no emergency savings at all — the highest percentage since Bankrate began doing this survey five years ago. What’s more, only 22% of Americans have at least six months of emergency savings (that’s what advisers recommend) — the lowest level since Bankrate began doing the survey.

 

These findings mirror others — all of which paint an abysmal picture of Americans’ ability to withstand an emergency. For example, a survey released in March by national nonprofit NeighborWorks America also found that roughly one third (34%) of Americans don’t have emergency savings.

 

Greg McBride, the chief financial analyst for Bankrate.com, says these low savings reflect that households haven’t seen their incomes ramp up and thus “household budgets are tight.” Plus, he adds “people don’t pay themselves first — they wait until the end of the month to save what’s left over and then nothing is left over.”

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China puts $6 trillion price tag on its climate plan

China puts $6 trillion price tag on its climate plan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It will cost China over $6.6 trillion (41 trillion yuan) to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals it will lay out later this month in its strategy for United Nations climate negotiations, the
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, June 25, 8:09 AM

While key details of China's plan are not yet known, it is expected to include targets announced in November, when it reached a key climate change deal with Washington to cap its emissions by 2030 and fill 20 percent of its energy needs from zero-carbon sources.

Earlier this month, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reaffirmed the government's commitment to hit a carbon emissions peak by "around 2030". The country's coal consumption decreased for the first time in years in 2014, however, leading some to speculate that its emissions could reach their peak sooner.

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No let-up seen in Santiago's driest June in 50 years

* Met office sees no rain in seven day forecast* Driest year to date since records began* Lack of rain has worsened pollution in Chile capital* No snow on ski slopesBy Rosalba O'BrienSANTIAGO, June 23 (Reute
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Millennials want tech gadgets to save energy. But can they afford them?

Millennials want tech gadgets to save energy. But can they afford them? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Young people are most likely to have college degrees, but still be unemployed. That's a big drawback for a demographic that's trying to take the lead on energy solutions.
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Meet China’s Clean Energy Wildcatters Who Are $9 Billion Richer

Meet China’s Clean Energy Wildcatters Who Are $9 Billion Richer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A new class of clean energy entrepreneurs is emerging in China and creating fabulous wealth -- $9.13 billion this year alone. Call them the wildcatters of the solar age.

 

To some extent, they’re riding the froth of Chinese equity markets. The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index is up about 40 percent since Jan. 1, compared with an increase of about 3 percent for the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

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Climate Change Health Risk Is a 'Medical Emergency,’ Experts Warn

Climate Change Health Risk Is a 'Medical Emergency,’ Experts Warn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change “has very serious and potentially catastrophic effects for human health and human survival,“ experts say.
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2015 New Energy Outlook

NEO 2015 is Bloomberg New Energy Finance's annual long-term forecast for global power, based on detailed analysis of electricity demand, costs of generation and structural changes in the electricity system.
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These hackers warned the Internet would become a security disaster. Nobody listened.

As the Web arrived in the 1990s, tech giants churned out flawed products, unleashing bugs that persist today.
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