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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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Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases

Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola were bracing for new caseloads on Monday after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide checkup and a large new clinic.
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A multiscale approach to Ebola response

A multiscale approach to Ebola response | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Ebola outbreak in western Africa continues to spread uncontrolled, affecting thus far five countries. On September 16th, President Obama spoke at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta and pledged a dramatically higher involvement: funding, providing supplies and ...
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Sales influence consumer food shopping habits

Sales influence consumer food shopping habits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Consumers are more likely to buy high-calorie foods (HCF), but not low-calorie foods (LCF) on sale, according to a study published in the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.
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Narrow focus on physical activity could be ruining kids' playtime

Narrow focus on physical activity could be ruining kids' playtime | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While public health authorities focus on the physical activity benefits of active play, a new study from the University of Montreal reveals that for children, playing has no goal – it is an end in itself, an activity that is fun, done alone or with friends, and it represents 'an opportunity to experience ...
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Gov. Brown signs clean-air vehicle legislation

Gov. Brown signs clean-air vehicle legislation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law several bills designed to boost use of clean-air vehicles in California.
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Engineers call for national approach to flooding

Engineers call for national approach to flooding | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for dealing with rising flood risks.
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Ditching coal a massive step to climate goal: experts

Ditching coal a massive step to climate goal: experts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Phasing out coal as an electricity source by 2050 would bring the world 0.5 degrees Celsius closer to the UN's targeted cap for climate warming, an analysis said on the eve of Tuesday's UN climate summit.
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Climate change report identifies 'the most vulnerable'

Climate change report identifies 'the most vulnerable' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Extreme weather events leave populations with not enough food both in the short- and the long-term. A new report by the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford concludes that better governance could have lessened the impact on the ...
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World May Blow Through Global Warming Pollution Limit in 30 Years

World May Blow Through Global Warming Pollution Limit in 30 Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To avoid more than two degrees Celsius of global warming, CO2 pollution would have to stop growing soon
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China Surpasses EU in Per-Capita Pollution for First Time

China Surpasses EU in Per-Capita Pollution for First Time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China surpassed the European Union in pollution levels per capita for the first time last year, propelling to a record the worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions that are blamed for climate change.
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Pope Francis: You Can’t Use Religion To Justify Violence

Pope Francis: You Can’t Use Religion To Justify Violence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“Let no one consider themselves to be the ‘armor’ of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression!” Pope Francis said.
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Obama Action On Antibiotic Resistance Decried As Soft On Agricultural Use

Obama Action On Antibiotic Resistance Decried As Soft On Agricultural Use | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for agricultural use, mostly given at low doses to animals that are not ill -- the perfect conditions for building up antibiotic resistance among bacteria. Action to end this practice is unfolding most aggressively at the city level.
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Different watering regimes boost crop yields

Different watering regimes boost crop yields | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Watering tomato plants less frequently could improve yields in saline conditions, according to a study of the impact of water and soil salinity on vegetable crops.
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Nipah outbreak in South Asia offers lessons for controlling Ebola in West Africa

Nipah outbreak in South Asia offers lessons for controlling Ebola in West Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It is a deadly virus, killing more than half the people it infects. It originates in bats, crossing into humans who come in contact with them. It first causes fever, as do many other ailments, leaving health care workers with few early hints that they're dealing with something contagious and potentially ...
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Ebola kills 2,811, outbreak 'contained' in Senegal, Nigeria: WHO

Ebola kills 2,811, outbreak 'contained' in Senegal, Nigeria: WHO | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The deadliest Ebola epidemic ever has now killed 2,811 in west Africa, the World Health Organization said Monday, adding though that in Senegal and Nigeria the outbreak had been basically contained.
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Western diet leads to poorer performance

Western diet leads to poorer performance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Higher intake of a western diet by 14-year-olds has been linked with diminished cognitive performance at age 17.
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Dry roasting could help trigger peanut allergy

Dry roasting could help trigger peanut allergy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dry roasted peanuts are more likely to trigger an allergy to peanuts than raw peanuts, suggests an Oxford University study involving mice.
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China blocks 'privacy' search engine DuckDuckGo

China blocks 'privacy' search engine DuckDuckGo | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China has begun blocking the privacy-protecting search engine DuckDuckGo, which avoids storing user data or tracking online activity, according to the company and security researchers.
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Implications for the fate of green fertilizers

Implications for the fate of green fertilizers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The use of green fertilizers is a practice that has been around since humans first began growing food, but researchers are warning that modern techniques for the creation of these fertilizers could have implications on soil toxicity.
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Arctic sea ice helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere

Arctic sea ice helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is a fact, and most of the warming is caused by human activity. The Arctic is now so warm that the extent of sea ice has decreased by about 30 pct. in summer and in winter, sea ice is getting thinner. New research has shown that sea ice removes CO2 from the atmosphere. If Arctic sea ice ...
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Geologists find well water chemicals changed prior to two different earthquakes

Geologists find well water chemicals changed prior to two different earthquakes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from Iceland, Sweden and Saudi Arabia has found evidence of chemical changes to underground well water prior to two different earthquakes that occurred in 2012 and 2013 in Iceland. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the researchers ...
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Drinking water contaminated by excreted drugs a growing concern

Drinking water contaminated by excreted drugs a growing concern | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If we’re taking it, we’re also drinking it: painkillers, blood thinners, hormones, chemotherapy agents, even cocaine and amphetamines. What happens when excreted drugs get into drinking water?
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Solar-powered charger, cooler buildings, better indoor gardens emerge from MIT science competition

Solar-powered charger, cooler buildings, better indoor gardens emerge from MIT science competition | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
School kids at soccer practice could use solar panels lying out in the field to charge their smartphones. A mix-in for concrete could keep buildings cooler longer, cutting the cost of air conditioning. A gel that dries to a crisp could soak up water and swell, transforming into a single-layer, mess-free base on which you can grow a garden indoors.

These are the visions of a better world from emerging engineers tackled at MADMEC, the annual design competition hosted by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT.
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Paul Krugman’s Errors and Omissions

Paul Krugman’s Errors and Omissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a New York Times op-ed, economist-columnist Paul Krugman took a swipe at my organization, Post Carbon Institute, lumping us together with the Koch brothers as purveyors of “climate despair.” Apparently our shared error is that we say fighting climate change and growing the economy are incompatible.
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Sudbury digging deep for underground mining research

Sudbury digging deep for underground mining research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Centre for mining Excellence in Sudbury is launching a request for proposals that would be eligible for its $46 million Ultra Deep Mining Network, Northern Ontario Business reported earlier this month.
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