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The Rich See a Different Internet Than the Poor: Scientific American

Ninety-nine percent of us live on the wrong side of a one-way mirror
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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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Appeals court upholds EPA’s mountaintop removal crackdown

In a significant victory for the Obama administration’s coal policies, a federal appeals court on Friday upheld U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiatives aimed at reducing water pollution from mountaintop removal mining operations.

 

A panel from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the EPA was within its authority to set up a process to coordinate with the Army Corps of Engineers on reviews of Clean Water Act permits for mining operations.

 

The three-judge panel also said EPA guidance aimed at reducing conductivity pollution from large-scale surface mines was not a final agency rule and, therefore, not subject — at least at this point — to legal challenge.

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World Council Of Churches To Divest From World’s Dirty Fuels

World Council Of Churches To Divest From World’s Dirty Fuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Representing more than half a billion people, the decision is called 'major victory' for global movement calling for transition away from oil, coal, and gas
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When the Well Runs Dry, Try Dry Farming - Modern Farmer

When the Well Runs Dry, Try Dry Farming - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As California suffers through a record drought, irrigation-free farming starts to step up.
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The polar vortex is coming back next week

The polar vortex is coming back next week | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Well buckle up, America. We're getting another dose of polar air next week, and just in time for what is normally the hottest week of the year.

 

While next week's mid-summer cold snap won't send you rushing for the nearest space heater, its origins are similar to the cold snaps that defined the brutal winter just past.

 

The same basic large-scale weather pattern has been settled in over North America for months now, and it even has a name: the ridiculously resilient ridge. Coupled with the occasional cut-off low pressure center dawdling over the Great Lakes region (next week's will camp out over Quebec), it's been a recipe for extreme warmth on the West Coast and colder than average weather out East. On the west side of the Rockies, tropical Pacific air gets funneled northward from around Hawaii toward Alaska while California dries out and roasts; on the other side, cold air from the Yukon cascades southward toward the Midwest and East Coast.

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Regional Ebola response centre to be set up in Guinea

Regional Ebola response centre to be set up in Guinea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A regional centre is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds of people in west Africa, the World Health Organisation said Friday.
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The end of the antibiotic era

The end of the antibiotic era | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Doctors' propensity to prescribe antibiotics for any illness and the human behavioural influence on outbreaks have come under the spotlight at the 10th Prestigious Lecture entitled Superbugs: Are the bugs winning the war?
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Why the renewable target should be ramped up, not cut

Why the renewable target should be ramped up, not cut | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's hard to predict which of Australia's climate policies will survive, or perhaps even thrive, in the current parliament. But our research suggests that if the Abbott government wants to cut long-term power costs and risk to electricity consumers, it should consider ramping up rather than weakening ...
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Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill

Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A company official says the path of brine that spilled from a North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine.
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'Tailored' water—the latest in lawn care

'Tailored' water—the latest in lawn care | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and other major cities in New Mexico, nearly every public golf course is now watered with treated municipal wastewater rather than precious potable water supplies. Across the U.S. Southwest as a whole, more than 40% of all golf courses receive treated effluent. Reusing the ...
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Satellite data shows livestock emitted more methane than oil and gas industry in 2004

Satellite data shows livestock emitted more methane than oil and gas industry in 2004 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Analysis of data received from a satellite in 2004 has shown that at least during that year, livestock in the U.S. emitted more methane into the atmosphere than did the oil and gas industry. In their article published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, a team of researchers from Harvard ...
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Reposting: Isaac Asimov on Climate Change, 1989

Reposting: Isaac Asimov on Climate Change, 1989 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the greatest ever popularizers of science fact, Isaac Asimov, was aware of the science of climate change long before most understood the dangers.
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Global effort needed to stem elephant slaughter

Global effort needed to stem elephant slaughter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elephants will be wiped out in some parts of Africa unless more countries get involved in efforts to prevent poaching and ivory smuggling, according to wildlife regulator CITES.
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Why were this company’s computers attacked millions of times this year? Algae.

Why were this company’s computers attacked millions of times this year? Algae. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Florida firm says it holds the key for climate friendly biofuels – and it’s under siege from the Chinese military
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Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds

Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research is first to find wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals
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Can the Arctic Reshape Global LNG Shipping?

Can the Arctic Reshape Global LNG Shipping? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising global temperatures are melting Arctic sea ice, so much so that some companies are now viewing the Arctic Ocean as a major shipping route for energy supplies. China and Japan promise to
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Governor: Tornadoes 'new normal' in New York

Governor: Tornadoes 'new normal' in New York | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(WKTV) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the Town of Smithfield on Wednesday morning and took a tour of the damage.Cuomo says tornadoes in New York are "the new normal." He calls it a challenge for government, first responders and a challenge for every citizen.
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Canada's Supreme Court rules against First Nation on logging

Canada's Supreme Court rules against First Nation on logging | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that Ontario's government has the right to allow commercial logging on a tract of First Nations' traditional land.

 

A defeat for the Grassy Narrows First Nation, the 7-0 decision means the province does not need Federal permission to take up treaty land for forestry and mining. 

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Study finds alarming global rise in use of antibiotics

Study finds alarming global rise in use of antibiotics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Antibiotic use has surged by 36 percent worldwide in a decade, much of it unwarranted, according to a new study.
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How coffee protects against Parkinson's

How coffee protects against Parkinson's | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A specific genetic variation discovered by researchers at Linköping University in Sweden protects against Parkinson's Disease – especially for those who drink a lot of coffee.
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Changing diets favour meat and milk producers: FAO

Changing diets favour meat and milk producers: FAO | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The UN food agency FAO on Friday predicted that global farming will move increasingly towards meat and milk production and away from traditional rice and grain agriculture in line with changing consumer tastes.
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New study identifies contributing factors to groundwater table declines

New study identifies contributing factors to groundwater table declines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's no secret groundwater levels have declined across the state over the past eight decades, and that the primary reason was the onset of irrigation in agriculture and population growth. But a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study has identified other factors having an impact.
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Climate Code Red: The real budgetary emergency and the myth of "burnable carbon"

Climate Code Red: The real budgetary emergency and the myth of "burnable carbon" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We have to come to terms with two key facts:  practically speaking, there is no longer a "carbon budget" for burning fossil fuels while still achieving a two-degree Celsius (2°C) future; and the 2°C cap is now known to be dangerously too high.

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Climate Code Red: Is a 2014 El Niño still on the way?

Climate Code Red: Is a 2014 El Niño still on the way? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
El Niño on the Wane? The intensity of El Niño is determined by a number of factors but, as discussed in theprevious 2014 El Niño post, the size of the equatorial warm water volume (WWV) anomaly is a crucial ingredient because the heat from this warm water volume is discharged to the atmosphere as El Niño matures.
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Integrated approach vital to reduction food waste and loss

Integrated approach vital to reduction food waste and loss | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Governments, international organisations, businesses and community agencies worldwide must create joint programmes to reduce food loss and waste (FLW), if they want to show that they are really committed to developing sustainable food systems. This is the only way to ensure that future populations have ...
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Overfishing in the English Channel leaves fisherman scraping the bottom of the barrel

Overfishing in the English Channel leaves fisherman scraping the bottom of the barrel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Decades of overfishing in the English Channel has resulted in the removal of many top predators from the sea and left fishermen 'scraping the barrel' for increasing amounts of shellfish to make up their catch.
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