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Less Snow, More Blizzards - Climate Changes Winter Math

Less Snow, More Blizzards - Climate Changes Winter Math | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paul Douglas does a great job explaining the paradox that a lot of people have noticed. I love his style because you can shoot this video to your grandmother, and she'll be comfortable with the for...
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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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Study shows trees save many lives—are tree-huggers onto something?

Study shows trees save many lives—are tree-huggers onto something? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first study to directly link trees' air pollution removal to human health shows that a significant amount of lives are saved and countless respiratory problems averted thanks to trees.
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Hong Kong-based inventor's breakthrough robotic boat aims to clean-up oceans

Hong Kong-based inventor's breakthrough robotic boat aims to clean-up oceans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Hong Kong-based environmentalist and inventor is developing special boats with shape-shifting hulls to help clean-up the oceans
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CDC urges U.S. health workers to be vigilant as Ebola virus’s toll grows in Africa

CDC urges U.S. health workers to be vigilant as Ebola virus’s toll grows in Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the risk of Ebola spreading to the United States was low, but it nevertheless issued a Level 2 health alert, advising U.S. health workers to be vigilant.

 

The largest outbreak of the Ebola virus on record has spread across the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since first detected in March, with more than 670 deaths, according to the CDC.

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UPDATE 1-Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests | Reuters

(Adds Monsanto statement)By Caroline StaufferSAO PAULO, July 28 (Reuters) - Genetically modified cornseeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracioustropical bugs, increasing costs as
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Caviar’s Last Stand

Caviar’s Last Stand | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How the international caviar underground ended up in the Ozarks
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Green Going Gone: The Tragic Deforestation of the Chaco

Green Going Gone: The Tragic Deforestation of the Chaco | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Monolithic agricultural companies are claiming they can practice sustainable farming in the heart of one of the world's most important wildernesses. The ravaged state of the Paraguayan Chaco forest is telling a different story.
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Australian environmental watchdog approves Cameco uranium mine

Australian environmental watchdog approves Cameco uranium mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Western Australia's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended state approval for the project, under certain conditions.
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Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures

Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Before the colonial era, 100,000s of people lived on the land now called California, and many of their cultures manipulated fire to control the availability of plants they used for food, fuel, tools, and ritual. Contemporary tribes continue to use fire to maintain desired habitat and natural resources.
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The mysteries of Antarctic sea ice

The mysteries of Antarctic sea ice | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world is unmistakeably warming, melting glaciers and raising sea levels world-wide.
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New study confirms water vapor as global warming amplifier

New study confirms water vapor as global warming amplifier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study from scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and colleagues confirms rising levels of water vapor in the upper troposphere – a key amplifier of global warming – will intensify climate change impacts over the next decades. The new study ...
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Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies

Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change to cut food supplies. But these studies have, for the most part, ignored the interactions between increasing temperature and air pollution—specifically ozone pollution, which is known to damage crops.
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Heartland Joins Creationists: Takes Aim at US Education

Heartland Joins Creationists: Takes Aim at US Education | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Heartland Institute, famous for misinforming on the Health effects of cigarettes, and the bogus science of climate denial, now promotes the views of the creationist Discovery Institute, in atta...
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Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA

Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to 'knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,' NASA said.
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5 Industries Worried About Peak Oil

5 Industries Worried About Peak Oil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The debate over the impact of peak oil has been raging for decades. Although few deny that the end of mass oil consumption is drawing nearer, educated estimates now range between 2020 and 2030. But more important than the timeframe of peak oil are its consequences.


Some seek to spell the end of life as we know it, so reliant is the world upon black gold. Others, equally extreme in their views, embrace the news, looking forward to a time when humanity will magically clean up its act. The truth is somewhere in the middle. 

 

The consequences of peak oil are not to be underestimated. Society would undergo a difficult time, given the sheer spread of oil on our culture. Doomsday predictions of ...

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Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CAIRO (AP) — A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country as foreigners flee the chaos.

 

Libya's interim government said in a statement that the fire could trigger a "humanitarian and environmental disaster" in Tripoli, appealing for "international help" to extinguish the inferno. It did not say what it specifically needed.

 
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Has Meat Met Its Match?

Has Meat Met Its Match? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sensitized to the environmental costs of livestock, a new generation eyes options for changing our carnivorous ways.
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EPA Considering Regulating More Chemicals Under Its Rule for High-Hazard Substances

EPA Considering Regulating More Chemicals Under Its Rule for High-Hazard Substances | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
July 24 In response to the deadly 2013 explosion at a Texas fertilizer facility the Environmental Protection Agency is considering adding ammonium nitrate and other substances to those covered by its regulation to prevent highhazard chemical accidents the agency announced July 24.
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Emails show secrecy on federal oilsands probe | Toronto Star

Emails show secrecy on federal oilsands probe | Toronto Star | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Proposed answers from Environment Canada to questions about a 2013 oilsands leak triggered emails suggesting the ministry “limit information” given to media.
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Scotiabank, Deutsche, HSBC accused of rigging silver price

Scotiabank, Deutsche, HSBC accused of rigging silver price | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The three banks have been accused of fixing the price of trillions of dollars worth of silver.
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Pacific summit to urge action on climate change

Pacific summit to urge action on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pacific island leaders will renew calls for meaningful action on climate change at a regional summit opening in Palau on Tuesday, amid fears rising seas will swamp their low-lying nations.
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NOAA: 'Nuisance flooding' an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise

NOAA: 'Nuisance flooding' an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eight of the top 10 U.S. cities that have seen an increase in so-called 'nuisance flooding'—which causes such public inconveniences as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains and compromised infrastructure—are on the East Coast, according to a new NOAA technical report.
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Study finds Europe's habitat and wildlife is vulnerable to climate change

Study finds Europe's habitat and wildlife is vulnerable to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research has identified areas of the Earth that are high priorities for conservation in the face of climate change.
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Impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coral is deeper and broader than predicted

Impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coral is deeper and broader than predicted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new discovery of two additional coral communities showing signs of damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill expands the impact footprint of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery was made by a team led by Charles Fisher, professor of biology at Penn State University. A paper describing ...
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US plans widespread seismic testing of sea floor

US plans widespread seismic testing of sea floor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—The U.S. government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which led to a court battle by environmentalists in New Jersey.
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Western Ground Water Loss "Shocking"

Western Ground Water Loss "Shocking" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

News about water shortages in the American West are usually illustrated with pictures like that above, showing the decline in surface reservoirs. Now, a science team has looked below the surface.

 

Turns out the news is worse than we thought.

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