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New environmental team booed amid pollution woes

New environmental team booed amid pollution woes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rare display of discord in NPC as committee that oversees country's widely criticised anti-pollution efforts gets large number of 'no' votes
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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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Serious strain of bird flu found in Minnesota turkey flock

Serious strain of bird flu found in Minnesota turkey flock | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Federal officials say a serious strain of bird flu has been found in a Minnesota commercial turkey flock.
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Improving your fitness could improve your spouse's fitness

Improving your fitness could improve your spouse's fitness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Your exercise regimen isn't just good for you; it may also be good for your spouse.
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New insight into inflammatory bowel disease

New insight into inflammatory bowel disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may be influenced through a protein in the gut leading to inflammation according to research.
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Researchers take to the skies to assess infrastructure damage

Researchers take to the skies to assess infrastructure damage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have become increasingly popular over the last half dozen years or so among amateur aeronautical aficionados, engineers and generally anyone fascinated with relatively inexpensive flying machines.
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Power-generating urinal pioneered in Britain

Power-generating urinal pioneered in Britain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
British scientists on Thursday unveiled a toilet that unlocks energy stored within urine to generate electricity, which they hope could be used to light remote places such as refugee camps.
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Scientists warn Obama of marine life harm from seismic tests

Scientists warn Obama of marine life harm from seismic tests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Marine scientists are raising concerns about the Obama administration's decision to move ahead on use of seismic air guns in the Atlantic Ocean for oil and gas exploration.
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The tides they are a changin'

The tides they are a changin' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists from the University of Southampton have found that ocean tides have changed significantly over the last century at many coastal locations around the world.
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China vows to fight pollution 'with all might'

China vows to fight pollution 'with all might' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday renewed pledges to tackle the country's chronic pollution, without announcing any significant new environmental measures.
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Sleep specialist says begin preparing now for this weekend's change to daylight saving time

Sleep specialist says begin preparing now for this weekend's change to daylight saving time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When daylight saving time takes effect on Sunday, March 8, it doesn't have to mean a miserably groggy Monday morning. Start planning now to ease your body into the time transition.
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Washington state spill covers 50 birds in used motor oil

Oil-spill responders on Tuesday are evaluating the impact to wildlife from a used motor oil leak into a river in an agricultural area of south-central Washington, as at least 50 ducks, geese and other waterfowl were observed covered in oil.
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Climate change ruled out as most dominant factor for watersheds

Climate change ruled out as most dominant factor for watersheds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A UBC-Chinese Academy of Sciences joint study shows that land cover plays as significant a role as climate change on the hydrology of watersheds.
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As Delhi chokes, pressure grows for Indian climate action

As Delhi chokes, pressure grows for Indian climate action | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Torrents of thick black smoke billow up toward the smoggy skies as Kunti Desai feeds a coal-fired furnace to make tar for a Delhi road.
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States on edge about the future of health insurance markets

States on edge about the future of health insurance markets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for backup planning.
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Freshwater algae can infect wounds, study shows

Freshwater algae can infect wounds, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The cases of two men who got injured while enjoying the great outdoors in Missouri and Texas are giving insight into a freshwater algae that can infect wounds.
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How healthy is genetically modified soybean oil?

How healthy is genetically modified soybean oil? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Soybean oil accounts for more than 90 percent of all the seed oil production in the United States. Genetically modified (GM) soybean oil, made from seeds of GM soybean plants, was recently introduced into the food supply on the premise that it is healthier than conventional soybean oil.
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Salt increases physical performance in resistance competitions

Salt increases physical performance in resistance competitions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spanish researchers have analysed the effectiveness of salt on sports performance in triathletes. The athletes who added salt supplements to their usual hydration routines during the competition took 26 fewer minutes to complete a medium-distance triathlon course than those who only used sports drinks.
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How bamboo could help build a sustainable future

How bamboo could help build a sustainable future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin's School of Engineering believe that bamboo could be used to build many things from bicycles to houses in the not-too-distant future.
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Explainer: What is a superconductor?

Explainer: What is a superconductor? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Materials can be divided into two categories based on their ability to conduct electricity. Metals, such as copper and silver, allow electrons to move freely and carry with them electrical charge. Insulators, such as rubber or wood, hold on to their electrons tightly and will not allow an electrical ...
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El Nino finally here; but this one is weak, weird and late

El Nino finally here; but this one is weak, weird and late | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A long anticipated El Nino has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it's too little, too late, meteorologists say.
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Coral reefs' physical conditions set biological rules of nature

Coral reefs' physical conditions set biological rules of nature | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Much ecological literature focuses on the effects that human actions have on species, habitats or ecosystems. Unfortunately, human effects on the natural world are often negative. Whether it's deforestation, carbon emissions, plastic pollution or industrialized fishing to name a few, humans are having ...
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Defined by your possessions? How loving parents unintentionally foster materialism in their children

Defined by your possessions? How loving parents unintentionally foster materialism in their children | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Can loving and supportive parents unintentionally encourage their children to define their self-worth through possessions? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, children who receive more material rewards from their parents grow up to be more materialistic as adults.
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How to make palm oil without destroying forests

How to make palm oil without destroying forests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The versatility of palm oil has led to its use in not just food products but also in everyday goods from lipstick to laundry detergent. But its utility has resulted in the destruction of Southeast Asian rain forests that are the primary source of the oil. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ...
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Genetic data can help predict how pine forests will cope with climate change

Genetic data can help predict how pine forests will cope with climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Data from only a small number of gene variants can predict which maritime pine trees are most vulnerable to climate change, scientists report in the March issue of Genetics. The results will improve computer models designed to forecast where forests will grow as the climate changes, and promises to ...
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New material captures carbon dioxide with high capacity

New material captures carbon dioxide with high capacity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new provisionally patented technology from a New Mexico State University researcher could revolutionize carbon dioxide capture and have a significant impact on reducing pollution worldwide.
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Scientists question rush to build Nicaragua canal

Scientists question rush to build Nicaragua canal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A consortium of environmental scientists has expressed strong concern about the impact of a controversial Central American canal across Nicaragua.
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