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Trial sans Error: How Pharma-Funded Research Cherry-Picks Positive Results [Excerpt]: Scientific American

Trial sans Error: How Pharma-Funded Research Cherry-Picks Positive Results [Excerpt]: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Clinical trial data on new drugs is systematically withheld from doctors and patients, bringing into question many of the premises of the pharmaceutical industry—and the medicine we use
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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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Feeding 9 Billion People: A Q&A with Paul McMahon - Modern Farmer

Feeding 9 Billion People: A Q&A with Paul McMahon - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We talk to Paul McMahon about his refreshingly non-dogmatic look at the global food system -- and how it must change if the world hopes to feed 9 billion people.
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How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph

How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are more U.S. jobs now than there were before the recession. But the jobs are different — and they're in different places.
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Pew poll suggests U.S. leads the world in climate change denial

Pew poll suggests U.S. leads the world in climate change denial | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Jul 22, 2013 -
A new poll offers details on the way citizens of the world think about climate change, and U.S. participants are looking particularly ignorant to the risks of global warming. Only one in four Americans said climate change was a major threat, making the U.S. the least concerned nation.
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NASA Starts Campaign To Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

NASA Starts Campaign To Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 23, 2014 - NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic p
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Drinking Water Systems Draw Federal Concerns, by Neena Satija

Drinking Water Systems Draw Federal Concerns, by Neena Satija | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Several public drinking water systems in Texas have quality issues that have not been adequately addressed, the Environmental Protection Agency told the state in recent correspondence obtained by the Tribune.
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FORESTS: 'Unprecedented' spate of wildfires incinerates homes and forces evacuations in Wash., Ore.

FORESTS: 'Unprecedented' spate of wildfires incinerates homes and forces evacuations in Wash., Ore. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fire crews are making an unheard-of scramble as a huge number of lightning-sparked wildfires continue to burn across drought-parched regions of Oregon and Washington. One fire in north-central Washington has already caused severe damage, destroying an estimated 150 homes.
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Pennsylvania Regulator Faulted for Lax Role in Fracking

Pennsylvania Regulator Faulted for Lax Role in Fracking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pennsylvania regulators were
unprepared for the fracking-fueled boom in natural gas
production during the past decade, putting drinking water
supplies at risk, the state’s watchdog said.
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Water, super-sewers and the filth threatening the River Thames

Water, super-sewers and the filth threatening the River Thames | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stuart Jeffries: The Great Stink of the 1800s alerted politicians to the filth in the Thames. The Victorian sewers fixed it, but trouble is brewing again. Is a clean river just a pipe dream?
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Man dies from plague in China, 11 others infected

Man dies from plague in China, 11 others infected | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP) -- Thousands of people have been placed under quarantine in a town in northwest China after a man died of pneumonic plague and 11 others were confirmed infected with the deadly lung infection, health authorities said.
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Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied

Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Black lung opinions by Dr. Paul Wheeler of Johns Hopkins should be assumed to lack credibility, senators are told at a hearing.
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Canada’s Cities Lead On Climate Action

Canada’s Cities Lead On Climate Action | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
That tangible positive action on climate change is happening in Canada’s cities.
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South Portland bans Canada’s oil sands

South Portland bans Canada’s oil sands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Enbridge's Line 9 reversal project threatened after Maine city council opposes exporting Alberta oil.
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Keeping oil production from falling | Econbrowser

Keeping oil production from falling | Econbrowser | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When a given region is found to be promising, more wells are drilled, and production initially increases. But eventually the force of declining pressure takes over, and we see a broad decline in oil production from a given producing region that additional effort and price incentives can do little to reverse. For example, production from the North Sea and Mexico, which had been quite important in the world total in 2000, have been declining steadily for the last decade despite a huge increase in the price of oil.

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Nuclear Waste Not Want Not

Nuclear Waste Not Want Not | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This article started out as a piece about the 10 countries that generate the most nuclear waste annually. Unfortunately, the most recent data is from
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China domestic abuse victims voiceless as network disbands

China domestic abuse victims voiceless as network disbands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) July 22, 2014 - The beatings began a month after the wedding, she says. For more than two years the kicking, pushing and slapping continued, as Ma Shuyun's husband - who had wanted a son - abused not only his wife but also their baby daughter.
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New report shows MERS virus may be airborne

New report shows MERS virus may be airborne | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Jul 22, 2013 -
MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, may be transmitted by air, a paper published Tuesday in the scientific journal mBio suggests.
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Smallpox and Anthrax Scandals Cap History of Fumbling Dangerous Materials

Smallpox and Anthrax Scandals Cap History of Fumbling Dangerous Materials | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The CDC, NIH, and FDA have mishandled hazardous materials, but they aren't alone.
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Why the California drought affects everyone.

Why the California drought affects everyone. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

All of California is in a state of emergency because of the prolonged drought, now in its third year. And it’s more than just Californians who are feeling the impact – the state uses its scarce water to provide the nation with more food than any other state. Center for Investigative Reporting

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Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots

Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The effects of climate change are creeping into the city's low-income neighborhoods.
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Using a nicotine patch during pregnancy tied to higher ADHD risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to a higher chance of the child having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and a new study suggests women who use nicotine
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Town in Northwest China Sealed After Man Dies of Plague

The police in Yumen, Gansu Province, closed the city on Tuesday as a precaution after health officials said a man had died of pneumonic plague after having come in contact with a Himalayan marmot.
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U.S. troops in Afghanistan sent waste to open burn pits, report finds

U.S. troops in Afghanistan sent waste to open burn pits, report finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Although the U.S. has spent millions to build incinerators in Afghanistan to avoid exposing anyone to toxic smoke from open burning, American troops sent waste to an Afghan-operated open pit for five months last year, according to an inspector general’s report issued late Monday.
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Amazon oil spill has killed tons of fish, sickened native people — Environmental Health News

Amazon oil spill has killed tons of fish, sickened native people — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

July 23, 2014

CUNINICO, Peru – On the last day of June, Roger Mangía Vega watched an oil slick and a mass of dead fish float past this tiny Kukama Indian community and into the Marañón River, a major tributary of the Amazon.

 

Community leaders called the emergency number for Petroperu, the state-run operator of the 845-kilometer pipeline that pumps crude oil from the Amazon over the Andes Mountains to a port on Peru’s northern coast.

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Iran Fulfills Nuclear Promise By Eliminating Most Potent Uranium

Iran Fulfills Nuclear Promise By Eliminating Most Potent Uranium | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Iran Fulfills Nuclear Promise by Eliminating Most Potent Uranium.
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Alaska frogs reach record lows in extreme temperature survival

Alaska frogs reach record lows in extreme temperature survival | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Freezing and thawing might not be good for the average steak, but it seems to help wood frogs each fall as they prepare to survive Alaska's winter cold.
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