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Environmental lab sets up shop in Abilene; can test water near oil drilling

Environmental lab sets up shop in Abilene; can test water near oil drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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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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China lifts quarantine after man dies of plague

China lifts quarantine after man dies of plague | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—A nine-day quarantine imposed on parts of a northern Chinese city where a man died of bubonic plague has been lifted, China's official news agency reported Thursday.
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New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut

New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A multi-institutional team of researchers has developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This safe, noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the GI tract in real time could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of gut diseases.
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Farmers market vouchers may boost produce consumption in low-income families

Farmers market vouchers may boost produce consumption in low-income families | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vouchers to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets increase the amount of produce in the diets of some families on food assistance, according to research led by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
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Joblessness could kill you, but recessions could be good for your health

Joblessness could kill you, but recessions could be good for your health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Being unemployed increases your risk of death, but recessions decrease it. Sound paradoxical? Researchers thought so too.
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More than 10 million people gained coverage under obamacare, study finds

More than 10 million people gained coverage under obamacare, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—A new study estimates that more than 10 million uninsured Americans gained health coverage over the past year due to the Affordable Care Act.
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Number of people susceptible to painful mosquito-borne virus increasing, says leading researcher

Number of people susceptible to painful mosquito-borne virus increasing, says leading researcher | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In just two weeks, the number of Americans infected with the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya has almost doubled and the virus has now been found in mosquitoes in the United States, something that is very concerning to a Kansas State University professor who is a leading researcher of the virus.
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Scientists identify the flavour that helps us eat less

Scientists identify the flavour that helps us eat less | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The flavour that gives food its 'deliciousness' could also be telling us information about its protein content, according to new research by the University of Sussex.
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India's lax antibiotic controls raise killer disease fears

India's lax antibiotic controls raise killer disease fears | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An Indian pharmacist swiftly pulls white boxes of powerful antibiotics from neatly stacked shelves behind him, and hands them over the counter without asking for a doctor's prescription.
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Study gives new perspective on agricultural plastic, debris burning, and air quality

Study gives new perspective on agricultural plastic, debris burning, and air quality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To reduce fire hazard in the United States, wildland managers often utilize the silvicultural practice of mechanically cutting woody shrubs and suppressed trees (ladder fuels). These cuttings and other post-logging debris are then burned during periods of low fire danger in order to dispose of the material. ...
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'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A major drought across the western United States has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists said Thursday.
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Synchronization of North Atlantic, North Pacific preceded abrupt warming, end of ice age

Synchronization of North Atlantic, North Pacific preceded abrupt warming, end of ice age | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push Earth's climate system across a 'tipping point,' where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible—a hotly debated scenario with an unclear picture of what this point of no return may look like.
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Arctic Ice: Then and Now

Arctic Ice: Then and Now | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DailyClimate: The impacts are increasingly being felt everywhere – bigger storms in the Midwest, soggy summers in England, drought in Colorado. But nowhere on the planet are the impacts as dramatic...
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S. Korea reports first foot-and-mouth case for 3 years

S. Korea reports first foot-and-mouth case for 3 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
South Korea on Thursday confirmed its first case of foot-and-mouth in more than three years, and just two months after the country was declared free of the disease.
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Researchers discover that Klotho is neuroprotective against Alzheimer's disease

Researchers discover that Klotho is neuroprotective against Alzheimer's disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Boston University School of Medicine researchers may have found a way to delay or even prevent Alzheimer's disease (AD). They discovered that pre-treatment of neurons with the anti-aging protein Klotho can prevent neuron death in the presence of the toxic amyloid protein and glutamate. These findings ...
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Pesticide linked to 3 generations of disease: Methoxychlor causes epigenetic changes

Pesticide linked to 3 generations of disease: Methoxychlor causes epigenetic changes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington State University researchers say ancestral exposures to the pesticide methoxychlor may lead to adult onset kidney disease, ovarian disease and obesity in future generations.
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Natural products from plants protect skin during cancer radiotherapy

Natural products from plants protect skin during cancer radiotherapy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Radiotherapy for cancer involves exposing the patient or their tumor more directly to ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays or X-rays. The radiation damages the cancer cells irreparably. Unfortunately, such radiation is also harmful to healthy tissue, particularly the skin over the site of the tumor, ...
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Background TV can be bad for kids

Background TV can be bad for kids | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parents, turn off the television when your children are with you. And when you do let them watch, make sure the programs stimulate their interest in learning.
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Warning: Birthdays can be bad for your health

Warning: Birthdays can be bad for your health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research has found that birthday-related drinking is associated with upsurges in hospital admissions among young people. This study of drinking behaviour in Ontario, Canada is published online today in the scientific journal Addiction.
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Frozen blueberries pack more powerful antioxidant punch

Frozen blueberries pack more powerful antioxidant punch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Blueberries pack a powerful antioxidant punch, whether eaten fresh or from the freezer, according to South Dakota State University graduate Marin Plumb.
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Showers may be linked to Crohn's disease say researchers

Showers may be linked to Crohn's disease say researchers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Humans may be exposed to bacteria linked with Crohn's disease through fine spray from showers and rivers according to research led by Lancaster University.
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Study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun

Study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Imagine a smog-free Los Angeles, where electric cars ply silent freeways, solar panels blanket rooftops and power plants run on heat from beneath the earth, from howling winds and from the blazing desert sun.
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New Indian government takes promising steps on agriculture, water and climate

New Indian government takes promising steps on agriculture, water and climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Riding high on a populist mandate but facing growing concerns of a slowdown in the economy and a rising fiscal deficit, last week Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the new Indian government's first annual budget, attempting a delicate balancing act that reforms populist subsidies while  providing ...
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Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—Many people in this tiny hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago.
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Fukushima monkeys show possible 'effects of radiation'

Fukushima monkeys show possible 'effects of radiation' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Monkeys near the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have lower blood cell counts than cousins living further away, possibly because of radiation exposure, a study said Thursday.
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Another Way Tobacco Companies Contribute to Climate Change

Another Way Tobacco Companies Contribute to Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Speaking of Rainforests, (see post on this page).. I guess it wasn't enough for the Tobacco companies to perfect the anti-science movement template. Turns out global deforestation is also business ...
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