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Fewer bees in US threaten almond crop

Fewer bees in US threaten almond crop | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fewer bees are available to pollinate California's growing almond crop. Beekeepers in the US have fewer bees this year because of drought and ongoing colony collapse disorder.
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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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Keeping the dust down in California’s Owens Valley

Keeping the dust down in California’s Owens Valley | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A civil engineer battles Los Angeles over its air pollution legacy.
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Iron nanoparticles snatch uranium

Iron nanoparticles snatch uranium | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With a dash of iron nanoparticles and a magnet, researchers can quickly harvest radioactive fuel.
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As the River Runs Dry: An ongoing battle between urban and rural water users

As the River Runs Dry: An ongoing battle between urban and rural water users | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ranchers like Tom and Dean Baker are fighting to retain water rights on the Utah-Nevada border
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Deadly bacteria release sparks concern at Louisiana lab

Deadly bacteria release sparks concern at Louisiana lab | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A dangerous type of bacteria, Burkholderia pseudomallei, that lives in soil and water and can kill up to half the people it infects has somehow been released from a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Center in Louisiana. Officials say there is no risk to the public.
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Secondhand smoke exposure in womb linked to eczema in childhood

Secondhand smoke exposure in womb linked to eczema in childhood | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Secondhand smoke exposure in the womb may heighten risk of eczema and other dermatitis in children, a study finds.
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This viral documentary is challenging China’s powerful polluters—and skirting censors

This viral documentary is challenging China’s powerful polluters—and skirting censors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A different kind of horror story.
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Jimmy Kimmel: The Template for Skewering the Anti Science Movement

Jimmy Kimmel: The Template for Skewering the Anti Science Movement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you just substitute "climate change" for "measles", "Renewable Energy" for "vaccines",  and "Climate scientists" for "Doctors", the parallels are uncanny. The fossil fuel and tobacco industry ha...
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EDITORIAL: Pipelines, petroleum and politics - Editorials - Northwest Florida Daily News

EDITORIAL: Pipelines, petroleum and politics - Editorials - Northwest Florida Daily News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gasoline prices may rise and fall, but Americans still get nervous about oil exploration on their home turf — especially if the local economy isn’t built on oil.
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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra tells host Steve Curwood about a climate denial funding scandal and the 104th anniversary of the Weeks Act.
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The Closed Minds Problem

The Closed Minds Problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

How do you deal with Rick Santelli and Allan Meltzer?

 

When I was a young economist trying to build a career, I lived — or thought I lived — in a world in which ideas and those who championed them met in relatively open intellectual combat. Of course there were people who clung to their prejudices, of course style sometimes trumped substance. But I believed that by and large better ideas tended to prevail: if your model of trade flows or exchange rate fluctuations tracked the data better than someone else’s, or resolved puzzles that other models couldn’t, you could expect it to be taken up by many if not most researchers in the field.

 

This is still true in much of economics, I believe. But in the areas that matter most given the state of the world, it’s not true at all. 

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Leonard Nimoy Leaves Legacy Beyond Science-Fiction

Leonard Nimoy Leaves Legacy Beyond Science-Fiction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leonard Nimoy didn't just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction world, he also left his mark on science itself. Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of real-world extraterrestrial life as the senior astronomer at SETI Research, recalled that Nimoy was regularly willing...
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Solar lights a healthy – and empowering – path in disasters. — The Daily Climate

Solar lights a healthy – and empowering – path in disasters. — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar energy's gains in technology and price offer hope and normalcy to those caught in strife and disaster, especially the world's 50 million refugees.
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China orders two local governments to punish polluting steel mills

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's environmental ministry has ordered local governments in two key steel-producing cities to take tougher action against polluters from the sector as part of efforts to improve
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Micro plastic harming reef coral: study

Micro plastic harming reef coral: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coral inhabiting the Great Barrier Reef have added plastic to their menus, a toxic option that researchers have found to be also affecting some marine life.
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Fukushima data show rise and fall in food radioactivity

Fukushima data show rise and fall in food radioactivity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Giant database captures fluctuating radioactivity levels in vegetables, fruit, meat and tea.
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Persistence Pays Off In Studying Persistent Organic Pollutants | March 2, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 9 | Chemical & Engineering News

Persistence Pays Off In Studying Persistent Organic Pollutants | March 2, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 9 | Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As an organic analytical chemist, Ronald A. Hites of Indiana University has been taking the measure of persistent organic pollutants in the environment for decades. In a career spanning 50 years, Hites has watched some of these chemicals survive only a few days in the atmosphere. But to his surprise, they never seem to go away completely—some have stuck around as long as he has.

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Administration Reportedly Settles $8.9B Exxon Lawsuit in a Hurry -- For Only $250M - NJ Spotlight

Administration Reportedly Settles $8.9B Exxon Lawsuit in a Hurry -- For Only $250M - NJ Spotlight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Critics claim that by settling natural-resources damages suit in current fiscal year, money can be diverted to closing budget gap
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IPCC future hinges on greater relevance, amid tricky politics. — The Daily Climate

IPCC future hinges on greater relevance, amid tricky politics. — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The unique intergovernmental panel has forged scientific consensus on climate change by steering clear of hot-button issues. Will new leadership find a way to address the most critical issues for curbing global warming?
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Yakima Herald Republic | Take steps to assure safety of oil trains

Outside of the fluctuating price of gasoline and general outrage over petroleum spills, oil industry issues don’t get much notice in Washington state, whether from residents or regulators. But in recent years, derailments of trains hauling crude oil elsewhere have called attention to the increasing number of oil trains that are traversing our state, and those numbers will increase in the future. The public needs to be aware of this development, and regulators and first responders — firefighters, police and other emergency personnel — need the tools to assure the safety of our citizenry.

 

The most recent high-profile derailment occurred last month, when more than 100 cars carrying crude from the Bakken fields of North Dakota went off the tracks in West Virginia. The derailment caused multiple explosions that nearby residents likened to “a biblical judgment.” The accident caused no deaths, but hundreds of people were evacuated, and oil leaked into a nearby river tributary, threatening the area’s water supply.

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Facing down drought: We're in it together

Facing down drought: We're in it together | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Our View: A Colorado River diminished by climate change impacts all of the Southwest, urban and rural alike.
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Politics, science, and public attitudes: What we’re learning, and why it matters

Politics, science, and public attitudes: What we’re learning, and why it matters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Collection of papers explores how and why the public bends scientific findings to fit their beliefs
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Gates Foundation Ditches McDonald’s, Coca-Cola in Fourth Quarter

Gates Foundation Ditches McDonald’s, Coca-Cola in Fourth Quarter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Gates Foundation Asset Trust, which manages the investments for the $42.3 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, liquidated its positions of McDonald’s Corp., Coca-Cola Co. and Exxon Mobil Corp. in the fourth quarter.

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Tallying the economic winners of the status quo. Snowballing costs of climate denial.

Tallying the economic winners of the status quo.   Snowballing costs of climate denial. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There is a cost to gridlock, but there are also economic winners.

 

 

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