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Clean Break » Blog Archive » GDP doesn’t accurately reflect the true impact — positive and negative — that mining has on our collective wellbeing

Clean Break » Blog Archive » GDP doesn’t accurately reflect the true impact — positive and negative — that mining has on our collective wellbeing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

These days, the “North” is talked about more as a bank account full of easy money than as a beautiful and biologically diverse part of Canadian geography that should be cherished and protected.

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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

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Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong

Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When it comes to good eating habits, protein and fat are not your dietary enemies
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Minnesota city sues makers of 'flushable' wipes over clogged sewers

Minnesota city sues makers of 'flushable' wipes over clogged sewers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The city of Wyoming, Minn., is suing six makers of wet wipes, arguing that so-called “flushable” wipes are clogging plumbing networks and costing the city big money.

 

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court, might be the first seeking class-action status on behalf of cities grappling with the disposable cloths that wastewater officials say are plugging pipes and pumps.

 

“These flushable wipes do not degrade after flushing,” the city of Wyoming’s suit says. “Rather, the flushable wipes remain intact long enough to pass through private wastewater drain pipes into the municipal sewer line, causing clogs and other issues for municipal and county sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants, resulting in thousands, if not millions, of dollars of damages.”

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Cameras reveal the secret lives of Chernobyl's wildlife - BBC News

Cameras reveal the secret lives of Chernobyl's wildlife - BBC News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists' camera traps offer a snapshot into the secret lives of wildlife inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
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Oil spill reaches coast of Gran Canaria

Oil spill reaches coast of Gran Canaria | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spanish officials say sunken Russian fishing boat Oleg Naydenov continues to leak up to 10 litres of fuel an hour off tourist island
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In an Already Troubled Nepal, a Picture of Despair Emerges

In an Already Troubled Nepal, a Picture of Despair Emerges | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nepal was in political and economic disarray well before a powerful earthquake on Saturday shattered buildings, and lives.
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Search for greener solution to pest control

Search for greener solution to pest control | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A NEW international study to find eco-friendly pesticides which only target insects that damage crops is being led in Scotland.
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Carmichael mine may push rare bird to extinction, scientists warn Greg Hunt

Carmichael mine may push rare bird to extinction, scientists warn Greg Hunt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists say clearing the largest remaining habitat of the black-throated finch to make way for coalmines will have ‘irreversible consequences’
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Plant flares emit more pollutants than previously thought, the EPA reports

Plant flares emit more pollutants than previously thought, the EPA reports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formula for calculating the amount of pollutants released by flares at refineries and chemical plants nationwide shows that those emissions are four times higher than previously thought. The EPA said last week that the court-ordered update of a decades-old method used by the government and individual industrial facilities to calculate pollution releases will provide more accurate estimates of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds released by the flaring or burning of waste gases at those facilities. The change was triggered by a 2013 lawsuit against the EPA by Environmental Integrity Project, a Washington, D.C., environmental enforcement advocacy organization. The EPA said the new formula does not apply to, and should
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Paul Krugman Blasts Right-Wing 'Truthers' Who Refuse to Admit They Were Wrong . . . About Anything

Paul Krugman Blasts Right-Wing 'Truthers' Who Refuse to Admit They Were Wrong . . . About Anything | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When in doubt, just deny, deny, deny
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Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos

Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rumours of germline modification prove true — and look set to reignite an ethical debate.
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China is burning through its natural resources | MINING.com

China is burning through its natural resources | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China is the globe's top mining country, but its alarming reserves-to-production ratio is forcing domestic miners to hunt for deals in the rest of the world.
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Would Earth Day’s creator have celebrated this Earth Day?

Would Earth Day’s creator have celebrated this Earth Day? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A protest that's gone corporate.

 

“Launched in 1970 as a protest against corporate environmental misconduct, Earth Day has become a planet-hugging marketing frenzy for companies themselves,” the Wall Street Journal wrote in 2008. “Makers of everything from snack chips to sport-utility vehicles now use April 22 to boast about their efforts to help save the planet.”

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Major Earthquake Hits Nepal

Major Earthquake Hits Nepal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit just 80 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu on April 25, crumbling buildings and devastating much of the city. The ground shook well beyond Nepal’s borders, into Tibet and northern India, in one of the worst natural disasters to strike the Himalayas in years; thousands of people are feared dead. Here, Nature takes a look at the geological and social circumstances that combined to make the Nepal quake so deadly.

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China's Great Green Wall Helps Pull CO2 Out of Atmosphere

China's Great Green Wall Helps Pull CO2 Out of Atmosphere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China contributed the most to a global increase in carbon stored in trees and other plants
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Medical waste incinerator shut down after air pollution exceeds limits

Medical waste incinerator shut down after air pollution exceeds limits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alberta Health Services may be looking for a new disposal site for tonnes of medical waste after an incinerator in Wainwright shut down by local officials last week due to air pollution concerns. The Wainwright incinerator was shut down after emissions of toxic dioxins and furans were found to be above the provincial limits, said Ted Wilkinson, board chair of the municipal Waste to Energy Authority that owns the facility.
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Getting Oil Out Of Water Is A Lot Easier When You've Got This Nano-Coated Mesh

Getting Oil Out Of Water Is A Lot Easier When You've Got This Nano-Coated Mesh | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The lotus leaf-inspired coating attracts oil and repels water.

 

Five years after Deepwater Horizon spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are realizing that the dispersant used to "clean up" the spill is even more toxic to some marine life than the oil itself. But a new technique may eventually be able to remediate oil spills without any chemicals—by using specially coated mesh to scoop oil directly out of water.

 

Researchers at Ohio State University created a prototype of a coating that attracts oil while repelling water. "In an oil cleanup, we envision that you'd take a large mesh or cloth with this coating, and you just swipe the ocean floor where the spill is," says Bharat Bhushan, a mechanical engineering professor at Ohio State who led the research. "The water will go through, while the oil is collected in the mesh."

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China Needs 2 Trillion Yuan Annually to Combat Pollution

China Needs 2 Trillion Yuan Annually to Combat Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
But even money can’t fix some forms of damage, like heavy metal-laced land and polluted groundwater.
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Drought blamed for upsurge in dengue fever in Brazil

Drought blamed for upsurge in dengue fever in Brazil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brazil's armed forces have joined the battle against an outbreak of deadly dengue fever in São Paulo, South America's largest city, a jump blamed in part on the severe drought and water crisis plaguing the region.
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Chipotle is now GMO-free

Chipotle is now GMO-free | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chipotle co-CEO Steve Ells told CNNMoney that his restaurants are removing GMO ingredients from its food.
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New Mexico leaders push for high-level nuclear waste

New Mexico leaders push for high-level nuclear waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The barren stretch of desert between Carlsbad and Hobbs is poised to be the next national conversation about how to dispose of the country’s spent nuclear fuel.
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Our Renewable Future: Part three of a four-part video series. Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

Our Renewable Future:  Part three of a four-part video series.  Society Beyond Fossil Fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This video is the third in a four-part series by Richard Heinberg and Post Carbon Institute. The themes covered in these videos are much more thoroughly explored in Heinberg’s latest book, Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels. (View Part 1 Here and Part 2 Here)The themes covered in these videos are much more thoroughly explored in Heinberg’s latest book, Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels.

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Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change with major document

Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change with major document | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Even unseen, the encyclical is attracting outrage from conservatives and praise from environmentalists.

 

The largely secular climate movement is about to get what some predict will be a historic boost from an intriguing source: Pope Francis.

 

Francis is putting the final touches on what may be the most authoritative papal teaching ever on the environment, a topic bound up with economics, global development and politics and thus very controversial. Even though no one outside Francis’s inner circle has seen the document — called an encyclical — it’s already being lambasted by some religious and political conservatives and held up by environmentalists as a potential turning point in their movement.

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Aftermath

Aftermath | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WHAT happens right after a natural disaster matters almost as much as what takes place during the calamity itself. The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck west of...
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Fix chemical safety bill to honor Lautenberg, protect the public: Editorial

For a proactive state like New Jersey, this bill would actually be harmful, because it takes away our existing authority to protect ourselves from dangerous chemicals.
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Arctic Council sets low bar for environment protection

Arctic Council sets low bar for environment protection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The region’s premier forum for international co-operation has a mandate of “sustainable development and environmental protection”. It is not living up to that noble goal
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