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Climate change forcing thousands in Bangladesh into slums of Dhaka | Toronto Star

Climate change forcing thousands in Bangladesh into slums of Dhaka | Toronto Star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change refugees struggle to survive in slums of Dhaka. The city faces a population explosion, with inadequate infrastructure.
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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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Boeing and Chinese firm to turn 'gutter oil' into jet fuel

Boeing and Chinese firm to turn 'gutter oil' into jet fuel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
US aircraft maker Boeing has set up a facility with a Chinese firm to transform waste cooking oil—the source of repeated food safety scandals—into jet fuel, it said Wednesday.
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Researchers resolve the Karakoram glacier anomaly, a cold case of climate science

Researchers resolve the Karakoram glacier anomaly, a cold case of climate science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from Princeton University and other institutions may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, and that could help understand the future availability of water for hundreds of millions of people.
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And now, the volcano forecast

And now, the volcano forecast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists are using volcanic gases to understand how volcanoes work, and as the basis of a hazard-warning forecast system.
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Beijing's focus on coal lost in haze of smog

Beijing's focus on coal lost in haze of smog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The soaring, grimy chimneys of the coal-fired power station have belched the last of their choking fumes into Beijing's air, authorities say—but experts doubt the plan will ease the capital's smog.
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Volcanic plumbing at mid-ocean ridges goes far deeper than thought

Volcanic plumbing at mid-ocean ridges goes far deeper than thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Two-thirds of earth's surface is covered in oceanic crust, but the deep plumbing that generates new crust remains poorly understood. New images from a chain of volcanoes beneath the Pacific Ocean show that magma may be erupting from a multi-layered magma chamber extending two miles or ...
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BP Oil Spill ‘Didn’t Ruin The Gulf,’ Says Politico Article Written By BP

BP Oil Spill ‘Didn’t Ruin The Gulf,’ Says Politico Article Written By BP | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Politico readers have to go through ten paragraphs of someone telling them BP's historic oil spill was environmentally negligible before they know that the writer is one of BP's top executives.
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Shots fired at Canadian War Memorial, Parliament; soldier killed, police scouring downtown Ottawa

A soldier was reportedly shot at the nearby War Memorial, while the parliament was locked down.
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INTERVIEW-U.S. needs to invest in Arctic ships, technology to prepare for climate change - envoy

INTERVIEW-U.S. needs to invest in Arctic ships, technology to prepare for climate change - envoy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Billions of dollars of new equipment needed as US prepares for melting ice in Arctic, top official says
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UN climate negotiators urged to lay foundations for new global deal

UN climate negotiators urged to lay foundations for new global deal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Negotiators moving closer on sensitive issues, may not be far from consensus on many areas, minister says
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Crude oil spills into Caddo bayou, kills wildlife

Crude oil spills into Caddo bayou, kills wildlife | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pipeline owner Sunoco Logistics estimates 4,000 barrells of crude spilled from line.
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Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Owner Wins Climate Leadership Award

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Owner Wins Climate Leadership Award | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -– The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline was recognized this week for leadership on climate change -– to the shock of environmental activists.

Alberta-based TransCanada, which has been seeking permission ...
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'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles

'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for surfing waves than the Web. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built 'Silicon Beach.'
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$58 million effort to study potential new energy source

$58 million effort to study potential new energy source | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded approximately $58 million to analyze deposits of frozen methane under the Gulf of Mexico that hold enormous potential to increase the world's energy supply.
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Global consumption an increasingly significant driver of tropical deforestation

Global consumption an increasingly significant driver of tropical deforestation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
International trade with agricultural and wood products is an increasingly important driver of tropical deforestation. More than a third of recent deforestation can be tied to production of beef, soy, palm oil and timber. 'The trend is clear, the drivers of deforestation have been globalized and commercialized', ...
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More management needed for Rottnest marine debris

More management needed for Rottnest marine debris | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A marine ecology expert says it could take an international effort to manage the amount of debris and pollution that washes up on Rottnest Island.
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Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change

Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As permafrost soils thaw under the influence of global warming, communities of soil microbes act as potent amplifiers of global climate change, an international study has shown.
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Coal Could Suffer Major Setback In The Deep South

Coal Could Suffer Major Setback In The Deep South | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“The industry has said the Gulf is their [coal export] plan B.”
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South Florida City Votes To Secede In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Being Swallowed By The Sea

South Florida City Votes To Secede In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Being Swallowed By The Sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The resolution -- like all other secession attempts in the U.S., apart from the one in 1775 -- isn't likely to make it very far. But the three South Miami councilmembers who voted for the resolution still think sea level rise is serious enough to make the secession statement.
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Keeping the Lights on - Even with Intermittent Nuclear and Fossil Fuel Power Plants

Keeping the Lights on - Even with Intermittent Nuclear and Fossil Fuel Power Plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The line you hear about renewable energy, over and over again, is that "renewables like solar and wind are intermittent" and therefore need a back up. Hello? All sources of energy are intermittent,...
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China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests

China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drop of 1-2% in amount of coal burned offers ‘a window of opportunity’ to bring climate change under control, say Greenpeace energy analysts
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Texas’ Top Toxicologist: EPA’s New Smog Regulations Unnecessary, Just Stay Indoors

Texas’ Top Toxicologist: EPA’s New Smog Regulations Unnecessary, Just Stay Indoors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Texas' chief toxicologist is arguing that we don't need tougher ground-level ozone restrictions because we spend so much time indoors.
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Russia prepares for ice-cold war with show of military force in the Arctic

Russia prepares for ice-cold war with show of military force in the Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vladimir Putin sends troops and jets to oil- and gas-rich region also coveted by Canada, United States, Norway and Denmark
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In just 15 years, wind could provide a fifth of the world's electricity

In just 15 years, wind could provide a fifth of the world's electricity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report projects big growth for the wind industry. But only if we get real about climate change.
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What It's Like to Spend a Month Under the Sea

What It's Like to Spend a Month Under the Sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Live Science caught up with Fabien Cousteau, who spent a month in an undersea lab this past summer.
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