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Chinese Companies Projected To Make Solar Panels for 42 Cents Per Watt In 2015 | ThinkProgress

Chinese Companies Projected To Make Solar Panels for 42 Cents Per Watt In 2015 | ThinkProgress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Future cost drops from Chinese crystalline silicon solar producers will not be as steep as recent years, but they will still be significant.
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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, 5:26 PM

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Rail CEOs to Investors: "Bomb Trains" Safe At Almost Any Speed

Rail CEOs to Investors: "Bomb Trains" Safe At Almost Any Speed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trains in Devil’s Lake, N.D. to 60 MPH  from 30 MPH, despite opposition from local officials . 
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Report Reveals Cost Cutting Measures At Heart Of Lac-Megantic Oil Train Disaster

Report Reveals Cost Cutting Measures At Heart Of Lac-Megantic Oil Train Disaster | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Today the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its final report on the July 6th, 2013 train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The report produced a strong reaction from Keith Stewart, Greenpeace Canada’s Climate and Energy Campaign coordinator.
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Sounds from Alaska: Seaside Wolf | Orion Magazine

Sounds from Alaska: Seaside Wolf | Orion Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There are creatures one expects to encounter at the seashore when recording the sounds of nature--gulls, sandpipers, and the like--and then there's what happens in Alaska.

 

New at the Orion blog, Hank Lentfer relates how celebrated author and naturalist Richard Nelson recently had a microphone ready for an extraordinary moment, when a lone wolf began singing from the beach grass.

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Serious damage detected in Brazil's 2015 coffee crop

LAVRAS, Brazil, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Farmers and researchers are detecting serious damage to Brazil's coffee plants after a drought earlier this year and say farmers in 2015 could harvest the smallest arabica crop in a decade.

 

The worst stretch of hot, dry weather on record in Brazil's coffee belt has already cut 30 percent from the nearly harvested 2014 crop in some regions and pushed arabica prices up 55 percent in the last 12 months to a two-year high.

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Double threat for Tibet

Double threat for Tibet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change and human development are jeopardizing the plateau’s fragile environment.
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Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden

Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Samples from a lake hidden under 800 metres of ice contain thousands of microbes and hint at vast ecosystems yet to be discovered.
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Jet Stream Changes Driving Extreme Weather Linked Again To Global Warming, Arctic Ice Loss

Jet Stream Changes Driving Extreme Weather Linked Again To Global Warming, Arctic Ice Loss | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In recent years you may have noticed a quantum jump in record-smashing extreme weather events and suspected that it's linked to global warming. A new study from scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research says your intuition is right.
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Growing National Unrest Has Many Worried, Even Capitalists

Growing National Unrest Has Many Worried, Even Capitalists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.”
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Is Global Income Inequality Really Falling?

Is Global Income Inequality Really Falling? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you look within individual countries, income inequality is clearly rising around the globe. But what happens if you forget about national borders and treat the world as one big, 7 billion-person whole? Flip the question that way, and some would argue that “Inequality Is Falling on Planet Earth,” as...
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Rights to California surface water far greater than average runoff

Rights to California surface water far greater than average runoff | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California over the last century has issued water rights that amount to roughly five times the state’s average annual runoff, according to new research that underscores a chronic imbalance between supply and demand.
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Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change

Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists predict that higher temperatures will speed up the creation of lung-damaging ozone in the world’s metropolises.
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The Real Cougars of Malibu Have Lives Full of Murder, Bad Sex and Poison

The Real Cougars of Malibu Have Lives Full of Murder, Bad Sex and Poison | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
But a simple bridge over the freeway could help save the charismatic big cats
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Green Billionaires Club? David Vitter Owns Stock in Coal Utilities Fighting EPA Carbon Rules

Green Billionaires Club? David Vitter Owns Stock in Coal Utilities Fighting EPA Carbon Rules | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On July 30, the Republican minority of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, headed by Sen. David Vitter, released a report titled “ The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA .”
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Global Warming Deniers Grow More Desperate By The Day

Global Warming Deniers Grow More Desperate By The Day | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This is a guest post by David Suzuki.

The Heartland Institute’s recent International Climate Change Conference in Las Vegas illustrates climate change deniers’ desperate confusion. As Bloomberg News noted, “Heartland’s strategy seemed to be to throw many theories at the wall and see what stuck.” A who’s who of fossil fuel industry supporters and anti-science shills variously argued that global warming is a myth; that it’s happening but natural — a result of the sun or “Pacific Decadal Oscillation”; that it’s happening but we shouldn’t worry about it; or that global cooling is the real problem.

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Michael Mann's Opponents In Hockey Stick Defamation Case Regurgitate Half-Truths In New Court Filing

Michael Mann's Opponents In Hockey Stick Defamation Case Regurgitate Half-Truths In New Court Filing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Put up your hand if you’ve been a follower of news about climate change in recent years and haven’t heard of the “hockey stick” graph.
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Landslides hit Japan's Hiroshima, killing at least 27

Landslides hit Japan's Hiroshima, killing at least 27 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Police say death toll expected to rise after landslides triggered by torrential rain slam into outskirts of Hiroshima
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Fracking Fluid Survey Shows Missing Information

Fracking Fluid Survey Shows Missing Information | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Little toxicity or environmental persistence data available for about one-third of chemicals
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Meet the climate deniers who want to be president

Meet the climate deniers who want to be president | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From Jeb Bush to Rand Paul, Ted Cruz to Chris Christie, the Republicans eying the presidency don't intend to do a damn thing about climate change.
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Icelandic volcano shakes ominously

Icelandic volcano shakes ominously | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seismic unrest at Bárðarbunga has scientists primed for an eruption.
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Duke Energy Spilled At Least 5,000 Gallons Of Diesel Into The Ohio River On Monday

Duke Energy Spilled At Least 5,000 Gallons Of Diesel Into The Ohio River On Monday | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Officials shut down 15 miles of the river and closed intake valves to prevent the fuel from entering drinking water supplies.
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The U.S. Economic Collapse Will Trigger a Revolution

The U.S. Economic Collapse Will Trigger a Revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When the next economic collapse comes, and it’s inevitable, the revolution against the upper class will kick into higher gear!

 

Let me explain using my long-term economic cycle — the new 80-year, four season, Generation Wave — and an important 250-year cycle…

 

Just like the weather, the economy shifts through four seasons as generations pass through it: spring, summer, fall and winter. There are dynamic fluctuations that favor innovation… then efficiency… then inflation… then deflation… all through different booms and busts.

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9 Ways Hydrogen Peroxide May Be Useful When SHTF

9 Ways Hydrogen Peroxide May Be Useful When SHTF | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Some good reasons to keep a few bottles of hydrogen peroxide on hand and as part of your medical supply cabinet.

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'Ticked Off' report shows people increasingly bugged by outdoor pests

'Ticked Off' report shows people increasingly bugged by outdoor pests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Longer droughts, more intense and widespread wildfires, and the increasing prevalence of so-called superstorms are all possible indicators of a changing climate. A new report shows bugs and other pests are also an impact.

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Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It?

Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If the anti-abortion movement could rouse itself to oppose spraying a civilian population with miscarriage-causing chemicals, it might actually make a difference.
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Mexico environment official says mining company lied about chemical spill into rivers

Mexico environment official says mining company lied about chemical spill into rivers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MEXICO CITY — Mexico's top environmental official said Tuesday that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream
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