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Hanford nuclear tank in Washington State is leaking liquids

Hanford nuclear tank in Washington State is leaking liquids | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The long-delayed cleanup of the nation's most contaminated nuclear site became the subject of more bad news Friday, when it was announced that a radioactive waste tank is leaking.
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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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This civil engineer is building houses to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes

This civil engineer is building houses to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Hausler Strand founded Build Change, a nonprofit, to bring in the (literal) reinforcements when natural disasters strike.
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EPA restricts climate-warming chemicals used in refrigeration

EPA restricts climate-warming chemicals used in refrigeration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Obama administration to restrict the use of a potent greenhouse gas.
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India approves $8 billion plan to boost irrigation

India approves $8 billion plan to boost irrigation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India's government Thursday approved spending nearly US$8 billion over five years to develop infrastructure for rural irrigation to boost crop productivity in a country where farmers rely largely on annual rains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet gave its nod to allocate 500 billion rupees ($7.9 billion) for the project that aims to help India's 120 million-odd farmers, many of whom lack access to irrigation and struggle with deficient monsoon rains. "The scheme's main objective is to increase cultivable area under irrigation, improve on-farm water use efficiency and to introduce sustainable water conservation practices," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said at a press conference in New Delhi.
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Should You Pay To Charge Your Electric Car? This Startup Says No

Should You Pay To Charge Your Electric Car? This Startup Says No | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So far, advertising is enough to fund Volta's stations.
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Climate change could drain global seafood supplies

Climate change could drain global seafood supplies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"The types of fish that we will have on our dinner table will be very different in the future," one researcher said
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The Coming Financial Apocalypse For U.S. Shale | OilPrice.com

The Coming Financial Apocalypse For U.S. Shale | OilPrice.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While even the biggest investment banks in the world cannot reach a consensus outlook for oil, the longer prices stagnate, the higher the risk of widespread defaults
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Farm Waste and Animal Fats Will Help Power a United Jet

Farm Waste and Animal Fats Will Help Power a United Jet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Later this summer, United Airlines will begin using fuel generated from farm waste and oil from animal fats to help power its commercial flights.
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As Arctic Warms, Shrinking Ice Brings Unwelcome Surprises for Drillers, Shippers

As Arctic Warms, Shrinking Ice Brings Unwelcome Surprises for Drillers, Shippers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
David Barber is a fascinating speaker and great personality in the arctic ice world. His TED talk here dovetails nicely with the Stanford Research on Extreme weather profiled today, and yesterday's...
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Shell Rushes Back Where Wise Men Fear to Drill

Shell Rushes Back Where Wise Men Fear to Drill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Obviously, drilling for oil in the Arctic is a stupid idea. A lot of people are angry with President Obama for approving the new effort by oil giant Shell, which is nudging a huge rig up the coast ...
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Pioneering study may explain the origin of several digestive diseases

Pioneering study may explain the origin of several digestive diseases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are numerous studies related to the absorption of nutrients from the stomach since understanding what happens in our digestive system is crucial, for example, in order to be able to avoid certain diseases. In the UK, a group of researchers from the Medical Research Council, led by Professor Dr. ...
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S. Korea fears MERS may have spread to new hospital

S. Korea fears MERS may have spread to new hospital | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
South Korea on Saturday said it was closely monitoring a hospital in eastern Seoul over fears that hundreds of people there may have been exposed to the deadly MERS virus.
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Little faith in carbon capture in the EU and USA

Little faith in carbon capture in the EU and USA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pessimism prevails about the future of carbon capture and storage in both the USA and EU. This is despite the fine promises that it was precisely this technology that would save the oil and gas industry.
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Watch us explain how to feed the world and end poverty at the same time

Watch us explain how to feed the world and end poverty at the same time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
All the complex and amazing truth about getting the whole world onto a better-for-the-planet diet, boiled down to this one little video.
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Catholic leaders press GOP to heed pope on climate, poor

Catholic leaders press GOP to heed pope on climate, poor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The push from bishops threatens to disrupt the historically reliable alliance of evangelical Christians and conservative Roman Catholic voters, putting pressure on Republicans who have leaned on their religious faith to guide them on social issues.
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Bluer skies? Beijing picks up pace in cutting dependency on coal

Bluer skies? Beijing picks up pace in cutting dependency on coal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing plans to shutter the last of four major coal-fired power plants in the capital next year. Reducing coal use is at the center of wide-ranging goals on climate change that China committed to this week.
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Saving West's iconic landscapes from wildfires, one steppe at a time

Saving West's iconic landscapes from wildfires, one steppe at a time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With fire seasons getting worse, the US Interior Department is expanding the scope of its efforts to improve key areas' resilience to wildfires.
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This dome in the Pacific houses tons of radioactive waste – and it's leaking

This dome in the Pacific houses tons of radioactive waste – and it's leaking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands is a hulking legacy of years of US nuclear testing. Now locals and scientists are warning that rising sea levels caused by climate change could cause 111,000 cubic yards of debris to spill into the ocean
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California Drought Taking Serious Toll On Aging Sewer System In San Francisco

California Drought Taking Serious Toll On Aging Sewer System In San Francisco | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Few things in America have lasted 150 years. San Francisco’s sewer system is a working relic but one that works.

 

You might think that the drought would give the sewer system a break, with not as much water going through it. But, while San Franciscans are sending less water down the drain because of conservation, the same, or more sewage is being sent through the system that isn’t being drained as well as before.

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Mapping Where Electric Vehicles Actually Cause More Pollution Than Gas Cars

Mapping Where Electric Vehicles Actually Cause More Pollution Than Gas Cars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A detailed geographic analysis counters the idea that EVs are always greener.
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Dutch city of Utrecht to experiment with a universal, unconditional income

Dutch city of Utrecht to experiment with a universal, unconditional income | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Dutch city of Utrecht will start an experiment which hopes to determine whether society works effectively with universal, unconditional income introduced.
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Stanford/Princeton Researchers Expand on Extreme Weather - Climate Connection

Stanford/Princeton Researchers Expand on Extreme Weather - Climate Connection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More on the study from last week, plus a new video from Stanford with author interviews. Here is the territory where a real scientific debate and detective story is being played out. Not in whether...
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Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide

Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research published today in the journal Circulation and previously presented as an abstract at the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention in 2013.
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South Korea reports 32nd MERS death

South Korea reports 32nd MERS death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
South Korea on Sunday reported its 32nd death from MERS as the virus's mortality rate continued to rise even as the pace of the outbreak appeared to slow.
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First-ever possible treatments for MERS

First-ever possible treatments for MERS | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the South Korean epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) continues unabated, researchers have raced to find treatments for the deadly virus, which has killed more than 400 people since it was first discovered three years ago in Saudi Arabia.
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Food for thought: Use more forages in livestock farming

Food for thought: Use more forages in livestock farming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Small-scale livestock farming in the tropics can become more intensive yet sustainable if more and better forage is used to feed the animals being reared. This could benefit farming endeavours in rural South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, and see a move away from the increased ...
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