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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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Ship runs aground near Stockholm, spilling oil among pristine islands

Ship runs aground near Stockholm, spilling oil among pristine islands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A ship carrying 52 tons of oil in the Baltic Sea ran aground off Stockholm’s sprawling archipelago Wednesday morning and began leaking its cargo into the intricate network of islands and inlets, an online news agency reported.
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Toxic Chemicals and Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites, Study Says - US News

Toxic Chemicals and Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites, Study Says - US News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The spikes almost certainly will lead to a cancer increase in surrounding areas, a study author says.
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Good for the gander? As Alaska warms, a goose forgoes a 3,300-mile migration — Environmental Health News

Good for the gander? As Alaska warms, a goose forgoes a 3,300-mile migration — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The vast marshes on the southwestern tip of the Alaskan peninsula must look like a buffet to a seagrass-loving goose like the Pacific black brant.

 

Right now virtually the entire population  – about 160,000 birds – is gathered in the sheltered and remote wetlands within the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, feasting on the most extensive beds of eelgrass on Earth.

 

In the past, the Izembek was just a stopover in the brant's autumn journey down North America's western coastline. After a short stay to fatten up, the sated sea geese would lift off together and head south on a 3,300-mile, nonstop migration to Mexico's Baja California.

 

But nature doesn't follow that predictable course anymore.

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"Merchants of Doubt" Will Show Links Between Climate, Tobacco Misinformation

"Merchants of Doubt" Will Show Links Between Climate, Tobacco Misinformation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Director Robbie Kenner talks about his new film, "Merchants of Doubt", which profiles the parallels between tobacco industry science denial, and climate denial. Kenner is the director of the highly...
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Russia pushes forward plans to mine the moon

Russia pushes forward plans to mine the moon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The country's ultimate purpose is to extract rare earth elements, breaking China's dominance and pushing prices down.
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Research shows urgent need to address instability of world's power supplies

Research shows urgent need to address instability of world's power supplies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study reveals the urgent need to address instabilities in the supply of electrical power to counteract an increase in the frequency and severity of urban blackouts.
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Ancient auditory illusions reflected in prehistoric art?

Ancient auditory illusions reflected in prehistoric art? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some of mankind's earliest and most mysterious artistic achievements—including prehistoric cave paintings, canyon petroglyphs and megalithic structures such as Stonehenge—may have been inspired by the behaviors of sound waves being misinterpreted as 'supernatural.'
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Lava burns shed, creeps toward homes in Hawaii

Lava burns shed, creeps toward homes in Hawaii | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A river of asphalt-black lava that has slowly snaked through unoccupied land for months has burned down a shed on residential property on Hawaii's Big Island.

 

Lava burned the empty wooden shed Tuesday and came within 200 yards of two homes in Pahoa Village, the commercial center of the island's agricultural Puna district.

 

Dozens of residents in the rural community have been told they might have to evacuate because of the slow-moving flow.

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UN climate summit will fail unless US sets big goal: EU

UN climate summit will fail unless US sets big goal: EU | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The UN climate summit in 2015 will fail unless the United States sets 'a concrete and ambitious' goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard warned.
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Citizen science network produces accurate maps of atmospheric dust

Citizen science network produces accurate maps of atmospheric dust | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Measurements by thousands of citizen scientists in the Netherlands using their smartphones and the iSPEX add-on are delivering accurate data on dust particles in the atmosphere that add valuable information to professional measurements. The iSPEX team, led by Frans Snik of Leiden University, analyzed ...
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A New Climate Economy: Shifting Corporate America onto a Low-Carbon Path | World Resources Institute

A New Climate Economy: Shifting Corporate America onto a Low-Carbon Path | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As more businesses take action on climate change, new research could help accelerate the trend by showing why it’s in U.S. companies’ economic best interests.
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From Transactions to Transformation: More Companies Commit to Renewable Energy | World Resources Institute

From Transactions to Transformation: More Companies Commit to Renewable Energy | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
See why major companies are joining together in their commitment to renewable energy, and how they can help scale up renewable energy throughout the corporate sector.
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As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost

As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The nation's aging pipes and water mains are springing expensive leaks, wasting more than 2 trillion gallons of drinking water nationally and 22 billion gallons in the Chicago area alone.
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How to Be Eco-Friendly When You're Dead

How to Be Eco-Friendly When You're Dead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Standard burial and cremation take tons of energy and resources. So what's the most environmentally sound way to deal with a dead person?
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They don't talk about "sky burials" which Both Tibetan and North American indigenous cultures have used.  Can't get much greener than that! 

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Share in Luxembourg | Infogreen

Share in Luxembourg | Infogreen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Le Luxembourg se lance enfin dans l’économie collaborative

Il est nécessaire et impératif aujourd’hui de veiller à ne pas surexploiter les ressources des générations futures, c’est pourquoi Meet & Share se positionne comme plateforme d’économie collaborative et s’inscrit dans la mouvance globale du développement durable.

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New Normal? Debating Climate Solutions, Not Climate Science

New Normal? Debating Climate Solutions, Not Climate Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, report from ABC News shows how Republican politicians with hopes for future credibility are sidling toward the exits of the CrazyTown Hilton. George P Bush, newest clan member, is running fo...
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At least 23 Turkish miners trapped in coal mine after collapse

At least 23 Turkish miners trapped in coal mine after collapse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Initial media reports said the collapse occurred after water that had built up inside the mine coursed into areas where the workers had been located.
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China, Russia linked to cyberspying, researchers say

China, Russia linked to cyberspying, researchers say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Russian and Chinese governments are likely behind widespread cyberespionage that has hit targets in the US and elsewhere, two separate security reports said Tuesday.
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Study finds wider use of premium gas could save fuel, money

Study finds wider use of premium gas could save fuel, money | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If the majority of light-duty vehicles in the United States ran on higher-octane gasoline, the automotive industry as a whole would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 35 million tons per year, saving up to $6 billion in fuel costs, according to a new analysis by MIT researchers.
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Boulder team wins International Water Prize

Boulder team wins International Water Prize | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Groundbreaking work by a group of Boulder scientists has been recognized this month with one of the world's most prestigious awards for innovations related to water resources.
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Glacier song

Glacier song | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mountain glaciers represent one of the largest repositories of fresh water in alpine regions. However, little is known about the processes by which water moves through these systems. In this study published in Geology on 24 Oct. 2014, David S. Heeszel and colleagues use seismic recordings collected ...
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Emissions drop puts EU just shy of 2020 goal

Emissions drop puts EU just shy of 2020 goal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The European Union's environment agency says the bloc's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by nearly 2 percent last year, putting the EU very close to reaching its emissions target for 2020.
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World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage

World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated land in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt, according to a study by UN University's Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health, published Oct. 28.
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Intelligent Imagining: Scenarios to Manage Water as the Climate Changes | World Resources Institute

Intelligent Imagining: Scenarios to Manage Water as the Climate Changes | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Using Aqueduct data, participants in a recent workshop in Trifinio, Guatemala developed scenarios for decision-makers to manage water and adapt to climate change.
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Tougher Greenhouse Goals Could Cut EU’s Gas Imports in Half | World Resources Institute

Tougher Greenhouse Goals Could Cut EU’s Gas Imports in Half | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Later this week, the European Council will decide on a target to further reduce the EU’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030.

At issue is whether the Council will decide to reduce emissions by “at least 40 percent” from 1990 levels—leaving the door open to increase ambition in negotiation with other countries—or cap reductions at just 40 percent, locking in a lower goal and possibly influencing other countries to do the same.
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