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Secretive Donors Trust Pumps Far More Money Into Climate Denial And Inaction Than Kochs And Exxon Mobil Combined | ThinkProgress

Secretive Donors Trust Pumps Far More Money Into Climate Denial And Inaction Than Kochs And Exxon Mobil Combined | ThinkProgress | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A secretive funding organization called Donors Trust spent the last decade funneling vast sums of money to an array of think tanks and activist groups, all dedicated to undermining the science of climate change and heading off the progress of...
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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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Bio- Un safety Level 3: Could the Next Lab Accident Result in a Pandemic?

Bio- Un safety Level 3: Could the Next Lab Accident Result in a Pandemic? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So-called gain-of-function pathogen research will likely receive closer scrutiny after three U.S. biolab incidents
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Parents rank their obese children as 'very healthy'

Parents rank their obese children as 'very healthy' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine-led study suggests that parents of obese children often do not recognize the potentially serious health consequences of childhood weight gain or the importance of daily physical activity in helping their child reach a healthy weight.
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Potential new flu drugs target immune response, not virus

Potential new flu drugs target immune response, not virus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The seriousness of disease often results from the strength of immune response, rather than with the virus, itself. Turning down that response, rather than attacking the virus, might be a better way to reduce that severity, says Juliet Morrison of the University of Washington, Seattle. She and her collaborators ...
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Risk of antibiotic overuse in aged care settings

Risk of antibiotic overuse in aged care settings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Antibiotics are being overused in residential aged care facilities (RACFs), and more integrated efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing practices need to be introduced, researchers say. 
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Missing sleep may hurt your memory

Missing sleep may hurt your memory | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine.
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Using 'Big Data' approach to map relationships between human and animal diseases

Using 'Big Data' approach to map relationships between human and animal diseases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health are building the world's most comprehensive database describing human and animal pathogens, which can be used to prevent and tackle disease outbreaks around the globe.
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Replacing coal and oil with natural gas will not help fight global warming

Replacing coal and oil with natural gas will not help fight global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Both shale gas and conventional natural gas have a larger greenhouse gas footprint than do coal or oil, especially for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating.
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Australia carbon tax repeal a 'perfect storm of stupidity'

Australia carbon tax repeal a 'perfect storm of stupidity' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia's axing of its carbon tax and a plan to replace it by offering incentives to polluters to increase their energy efficiency is 'the perfect storm of stupidity', scientists and academics argue.
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Researchers provide guide to household water conservation

Researchers provide guide to household water conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Want to conserve water and save on your utility bill? A paper co-written by an Indiana University researcher and published in the current issue of the journal Environment can help.
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Filter bed substrates, plant types recommended for rain gardens

Filter bed substrates, plant types recommended for rain gardens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Urban stormwater runoff is causing problems for the world's water sources. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency found stormwater runoff to be one of the top 10 causes of compromised environments in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, bays, and estuaries. The pollutants from ...
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Ten reasons why policy makers should take direct air capture seriously

Ten reasons why policy makers should take direct air capture seriously | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite the fact that the impacts of manmade climate change are already being felt and that failure to mitigate these effects by lessening fossil fuel CO2 emissions could result in dire consequences, policies enacted to reduce these emissions have been grossly insufficient. While there is no one silver ...
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Water, water—not everywhere: Mapping water trends for African maize

Water, water—not everywhere: Mapping water trends for African maize | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Today's food production relies heavily on irrigation, but across sub-Saharan Africa only 4 percent of cultivated land is irrigated, compared with a global average of 18 percent. Small-scale farming is the main livelihood for many people in the region, who depend on rainfall to water their crops.
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The U.S. Neglects Its Best Science Students

The U.S. Neglects Its Best Science Students | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Educators must do a better job of spotting talented kids early, encouraging them and challenging them
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Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers.
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Eating probiotics regularly may improve your blood pressure

Eating probiotics regularly may improve your blood pressure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eating probiotics regularly may modestly improve your blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.
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Healing the heart with fat

Healing the heart with fat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Too much dietary fat is bad for the heart, but the right kind of fat keeps the heart healthy, according to a paper published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine.
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Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools

Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study suggests that disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools—their health may also benefit.
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Sewage treatment contributes to antibiotic resistance

Sewage treatment contributes to antibiotic resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wastewater treatment plants are unwittingly helping to spread antibiotic resistance, say scientists.
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Kingston, Jamaica hybrid project to harness sun and wind

Kingston, Jamaica hybrid project to harness sun and wind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A hybrid energy project in Kingston, Jamaica, aims to satisfy the need for money-saving renewable energy. U.S.-based WindStream Technologies recently announced the wind solar hybrid installation commissioned on the rooftop of a Kingston, Jamaica, law firm. The WindStream Technologies installation consists ...
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Firefighters battle wild blazes in Spain

Firefighters battle wild blazes in Spain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spanish firefighters on Saturday battled forest blazes that have destroyed hundreds of hectares of parched land and forced scores of people from their homes, authorities said.
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Water problems lead to riots, deaths in South Africa

Water problems lead to riots, deaths in South Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three babies who died from drinking tap water contaminated by sewage have become a tragic symbol of South Africa's struggle to cope with a flood of people into cities designed under apartheid to cater to the tiny white minority.
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Climate: Meat turns up the heat

Climate: Meat turns up the heat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eating meat contributes to climate change, due to greenhouse gasses emitted by livestock. New research finds that livestock emissions are on the rise and that beef cattle are responsible for far more greenhouse gas emissions than other types of animals. It is published by Climactic Change.
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Fake flooding impacts considered

Fake flooding impacts considered | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Artificial flooding may be a water-efficient way to irrigate dry landscapes but scientists warn it is not a solution for all problems and the ecological impact needs more thorough monitoring.
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Tourists leave environmental concerns at home

Tourists leave environmental concerns at home | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —People who have environmentally friendly lifestyles at home often engage in environmentally harmful behaviour when they go on holiday, research shows.
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Global warming 'pause' since 1998 reflects natural fluctuation, study concludes

Global warming 'pause' since 1998 reflects natural fluctuation, study concludes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 shows that the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to research by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.
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