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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, 2014 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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Fix chemical safety bill to honor Lautenberg, protect the public: Editorial

For a proactive state like New Jersey, this bill would actually be harmful, because it takes away our existing authority to protect ourselves from dangerous chemicals.
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Arctic Council sets low bar for environment protection

Arctic Council sets low bar for environment protection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The region’s premier forum for international co-operation has a mandate of “sustainable development and environmental protection”. It is not living up to that noble goal
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Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides, study finds

Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bees have a preference for sugar solutions laced with the pesticides, scientists say, as a separate landmark field trial show neonicotinoids harm bee population
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Can This Oil Baron’s Company Withstand Another Quake?

Can This Oil Baron’s Company Withstand Another Quake? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
His company’s massive water disposal wells have helped drive Oklahoma’s fracking boom. They may also lead to man-made disasters
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What Do We Really Know About Roundup Weed Killer?

What Do We Really Know About Roundup Weed Killer? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s probably in your garage and on your lawn. And it’s used on nearly every acre of corn and soy. But what risks does it pose?
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This Giant Oil Rig Could Usher in a Radically Altered Arctic

This Giant Oil Rig Could Usher in a Radically Altered Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A floating oil rig just delivered to Italian and Norwegian oil companies will soon be operating farther north than any other.
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Arctic Oil Spills In Canada Likely To Spread Across Borders: Study

Arctic Oil Spills In Canada Likely To Spread Across Borders: Study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

New research suggests that any type of significant oil spill in Canada's western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and possibly as far west as Russia.

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History lessons highlight climate threat to birds - Climate News Network

History lessons highlight climate threat to birds - Climate News Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
25 April, 2015 − Evidence from the Ice Ages helps show how vulnerable bird populations are to change driven by human-induced global warming.
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Ethical Impact L3C's curator insight, April 26, 4:44 PM

Alaskan natives have no name for the red breasted bird that has been showing up there (Robins). Wings, however are faster than seeds....

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Nepal earthquake and Everest avalanche kill 2,500 people with 'violent' aftershock causing more chaos

Nepal earthquake and Everest avalanche kill 2,500 people with 'violent' aftershock causing more chaos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says some British nationals "almost certainly" caught up in Nepal's earthquake, but no reports yet of any Britons killed or injured - follow latest updates
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The downside of “Drill, baby, drill!”—degraded North American ecosystems

The downside of “Drill, baby, drill!”—degraded North American ecosystems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As wells go in, vegetation loss and water use skyrocket.
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Ethical Impact L3C's curator insight, April 26, 4:45 PM

We are trading water for oil - try drinking oil.....

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North America’s Oil And Gas Industry Has Taken Over 7 Million Acres Of Land Since 2000

North America’s Oil And Gas Industry Has Taken Over 7 Million Acres Of Land Since 2000 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The chunks of land turned over to oil and gas development, if combined, would equal three Yellowstone National Parks.
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China is burning through its natural resources | MINING.com

China is burning through its natural resources | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China is the globe's top mining country, but its alarming reserves-to-production ratio is forcing domestic miners to hunt for deals in the rest of the world.
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Would Earth Day’s creator have celebrated this Earth Day?

Would Earth Day’s creator have celebrated this Earth Day? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A protest that's gone corporate.

 

“Launched in 1970 as a protest against corporate environmental misconduct, Earth Day has become a planet-hugging marketing frenzy for companies themselves,” the Wall Street Journal wrote in 2008. “Makers of everything from snack chips to sport-utility vehicles now use April 22 to boast about their efforts to help save the planet.”

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All The News That's Fit to Eat: The Bird Flu is Back | Civil Eats

All The News That's Fit to Eat: The Bird Flu is Back | Civil Eats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Bird flu is so 2009, right? That was the year the H1N1 virus made headlines around the world when the first case was found in the United States, prompting fears of a global pandemic and lots of face mask-wearing on public transportation. Since then it’s been quietly mutating and killing humans and poultry around the world.

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What California can learn from Saudi Arabia’s water mystery

What California can learn from Saudi Arabia’s water mystery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia’s once massive underground aquifer system is drying up due to years of overpumping. And California, in the midst of a drought, is heading down the same path. Here’s what the rest of th...
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Lake Mead On Track For Record Low Water Level Amid Drought

Lake Mead On Track For Record Low Water Level Amid Drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Nevada's Lake Mead, the largest capacity reservoir in the United States, is on track to drop to its lowest water level in recorded history on Sunday as its source, the Colorado River, suffers from 14 years of severe drought, experts said on Friday.

The 79-year-old reservoir, formed by the building of the Hoover Dam outside Las Vegas, was expected to dip below 1,080 feet on Sunday, lower than a previous record of 1,080.19 feet last August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Predictions show that on May 31, the reservoir will have dipped again to 1,075 feet, well below its record high levels of around 1,206 feet in the 1980s, according to Bureau of Reclamation data.

Lake Mead supplies water to agriculture and about 40 million people in Nevada, Arizona, Southern California, and northern Mexico.

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Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study

Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.

 

But in the study published by the journal Nature on Wednesday, honeybees - which get trucked from place to place to pollinate major crops like almonds- didn't show the significant ill effects that wild cousins like bumblebees did. This is a finding some experts found surprising. A second study published in the same journal showed that in lab tests bees are not repelled by the pesticides and in fact may even prefer pesticide coated crops, making the problem worse.

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How Many More? 116 Environmental Defenders Were Murdered Last Year, Mostly in Latin America

How Many More? 116 Environmental Defenders Were Murdered Last Year, Mostly in Latin America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As we continue to mark Earth Day, we look at a new report that finds killings of environmental activists on the rise, with indigenous communities hardest hit. According to Global Witness, at least 116 environmentalists were killed last year — more than two a week. Three-quarters of the deaths occurred in Central and South America. Just recently, three indigenous Tolupán leaders were gunned down during an anti-mining protest in northern Honduras, which has become the most dangerous country for environmental activists. We speak to Billy Kyte, campaigner for Global Witness and author of their new report, "How Many More?"
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Ethical Impact L3C's curator insight, April 26, 5:13 PM

The violence being vented on environmentalists and doctors is a reg flag of huge proportions!

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Chernobyl: The catastrophe that never ended

Chernobyl: The catastrophe that never ended | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly 30 years after the explosion, Bob Simon travels to Ukraine and discovers the reactor still has the power to kill
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Big mining firms falter in environmental responsibility

Big mining firms falter in environmental responsibility | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Some of the companies perceived as bigger, more powerful and influential score very low marks in environmentally responsible operations, according to the investigations conducted into the Akoben programme of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ghana.

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Nepal quake was 'nightmare waiting to happen'

Nepal quake was 'nightmare waiting to happen' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Major earthquakes hit Nepal on 75-year cycle, but poverty, crowded populations and poor construction mean death tolls will only rise, warn experts
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California orders no water diversions despite legal rights

California orders no water diversions despite legal rights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions.
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Does the return of the mercenary mean a world with more war?

Does the return of the mercenary mean a world with more war? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Increasingly, America, Britain and even Australia are relying on ‘private security contractors’ to fight their wars. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry, but it’s also largely unregulated. Are we headed towards a world where armies and navies are available to the highest bidder? Antony Funnell investigates.
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Climate Study Points To Much Warmer Summers, Less Snow, For Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Climate Study Points To Much Warmer Summers, Less Snow, For Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, like Glacier National Park, will endure hotter summers, and less snowy winters, in the coming decades due to climate change, according to projections made by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization.

 

In a 55-page report issued Tuesday, Greater Yellowstone In Peril, The Threats of Climate Disruption, the climate organization, along with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, warned that impacts from these climatic changes will sweep across the landscape, impacting wildlife, forests, fisheries, and local economies.

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