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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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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 8:26 PM

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WASHINGTON: EPA rules on coal ash may disappoint environmentalists, buoy industry | Environment | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: EPA rules on coal ash may disappoint environmentalists, buoy industry | Environment | McClatchy DC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The federal government is about to announce its first rules for the handling and storage of potentially toxic coal ash, months after tons of the waste spilled into a major river in North Carolina.
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Safe water and basic sanitation would slash maternal deaths, report says

Safe water and basic sanitation would slash maternal deaths, report says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Health groups press for emphasis on hygiene in next development goals with 289,000 women dying from childbirth complications each year
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Oil spill in Israel’s Evrona Nature Reserve is disastrous news for a precious resource

Oil spill in Israel’s Evrona Nature Reserve is disastrous news for a precious resource | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pipeline breach two weeks ago has sent crude into the heart of a precious nature preserve in the desert.
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New York's Gov. Cuomo Bans Fracking in the State, Citing Health Concerns

New York's Gov. Cuomo Bans Fracking in the State, Citing Health Concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that his administration would ban hydraulic fracturing.
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Former Guatemala gum growers live off sustainable jungle

Former Guatemala gum growers live off sustainable jungle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Waving his hands as if conducting an invisible orchestra, Juan Trujillo sings an old song known to Carmelita settlers living deep in northern Guatemala's Mayan jungle.
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Washington governor proposes cap on carbon pollution

Washington governor proposes cap on carbon pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.
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Report: Arctic loses snow, ice; absorbs more heat

Report: Arctic loses snow, ice; absorbs more heat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—The Arctic and its future are looking dimmer every year, a new federal report says.
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NASA satellites measure increase of Sun's energy absorbed in the Arctic

NASA satellites measure increase of Sun's energy absorbed in the Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NASA satellite instruments have observed a marked increase in solar radiation absorbed in the Arctic since the year 2000 - a trend that aligns with the steady decrease in Arctic sea ice during the same period.
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North Atlantic signalled Ice Age thaw 1,000 years before it happened, reveals new research

North Atlantic signalled Ice Age thaw 1,000 years before it happened, reveals new research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Ocean at mid-depths may have given out early warning signals – 1,000 years in advance - that the last Ice Age was going to end, scientists report today in the journal Paleoceanography.
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Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters discovered deep underground at locations around the world

Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters discovered deep underground at locations around the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team of scientists, led by the University of Toronto's Barbara Sherwood Lollar, has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometres beneath Earth's surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia.
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Deep-sea mining pioneer now hunts for resources in space

Deep-sea mining pioneer now hunts for resources in space | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Julian Malnic, the founder of world's first deep-sea miner Nautilus Minerals has joined the board of Deep Space Industries.
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Aviation fuel settlement may help phase out lingering source of U.S. lead pollution

Aviation fuel settlement may help phase out lingering source of U.S. lead pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“Avgas” used in small planes produces half of U.S. air emissions
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Legacy pollution forces small town to look for new drinking water supply

Legacy pollution forces small town to look for new drinking water supply | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About 10 years ago, a weird chemical started showing up in the drinking water in St. Louis, Michigan.It was a byproduct of DDT. The insecticide is now
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China's largest coal power plant violating air pollution levels every week

China's largest coal power plant violating air pollution levels every week | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Waigaoqiao plant in Shanghai violating national air pollution levels every week, study finds
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Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters

Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Amid a fracking boom, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has quietly weakened air pollution guidelines for toxic chemicals.
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Air Pollution Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Autism in Study

Air Pollution Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Autism in Study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Women who are exposed to high levels of air
pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice
as likely to have an autistic child, a study found.
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Global CO2 emissions increase to new all-time record, but growth is slowing down

Global CO2 emissions increase to new all-time record, but growth is slowing down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
2013 saw global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production reach a new all-time high. This was mainly due to the continuing steady increase in energy use in emerging economies over the past ten years.  However, emissions increased at a notably slower rate (2%) than on average in the last ...
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Obama bars oil, gas drilling in Alaska haven

Obama bars oil, gas drilling in Alaska haven | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama declared Alaska's ecologically rich Bristol Bay off-limits for oil and gas exploration on Tuesday, saying the move was necessary to safeguard the region's fishing and tourism industries.
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Colorado River Delta greener after engineered pulse of water

Colorado River Delta greener after engineered pulse of water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The engineered spring flood that brought water to previously dry reaches of the lower Colorado River and its delta resulted in greener vegetation, the germination of new vegetation along the river and a temporary rise in the water table, according to new results from the binational team of scientists ...
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Even in restored forests, extreme weather strongly influences wildfire's impacts

Even in restored forests, extreme weather strongly influences wildfire's impacts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The 2013 Rim Fire, the largest wildland fire ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada region, is still fresh in the minds of Californians, as is the urgent need to bring forests back to a more resilient condition. Land managers are using fire as a tool to mimic past fire conditions, restore fire-dependent ...
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Study hints that ancient Earth made its own water—geologically

Study hints that ancient Earth made its own water—geologically | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study is helping to answer a longstanding question that has recently moved to the forefront of earth science: Did our planet make its own water through geologic processes, or did water come to us via icy comets from the far reaches of the solar system?
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Study reveals abundance of microplastics in the world's deep seas

Study reveals abundance of microplastics in the world's deep seas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The deep sea is becoming a collecting ground for plastic waste, according to research led by scientists from Plymouth University and Natural History Museum.
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INFOGRAPHIC: How to ensure your diamond is conflict free

INFOGRAPHIC: How to ensure your diamond is conflict free | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jeff Gear, the owner of Gear Jewellers Dublin, submitted this infographic that explores the realities of the blood diamond industry.
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Overgrowth | George Monbiot

Overgrowth | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What can you say about a society whose food production must be hidden from public view? In which the factory farms and slaughterhouses supplying much of our diet must be guarded like arsenals to prevent us from seeing what happens there?

 

We conspire in this concealment: we don’t want to know. We deceive ourselves so effectively that much of the time we scarcely notice that we are eating animals, even during what were once rare feasts, such as Christmas, which are now barely distinguished from the rest of the year.

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