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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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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 8:26 PM

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MIT Turns Dead Car Batteries Into Clean Solar Energy

A team of MIT researchers thought there might be something worth keeping, and now say they have successfully recycled materials from spent batteries
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India in danger of moving towards water scarcity condition: Asian Development Bank

India in danger of moving towards water scarcity condition: Asian Development Bank | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI: India is in danger of moving towards water scarcity conditions as per capita availability of water is reducing in the country, a Asian Development Bank official said today. He further...
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The Economics of Ebola Drugs

The Economics of Ebola Drugs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
James Surowiecki on the economics of Ebola drug development. The lack of a treatment is disturbing but predictable. What will persuade pharmaceutical companies to develop unprofitable drugs?
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Pesticides Used On Florida's Mosquitoes May Harm Butterflies

Pesticides Used On Florida's Mosquitoes May Harm Butterflies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmentalists and a South Florida community want to limit aerial spraying for mosquitoes — saying it's ineffective and harmful to wildlife. Two butterfly species were added to the endangered list.
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China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn

China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Reasons behind move not clear.

 

China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. The permits, to grow two varieties of GM rice and one transgenic corn strain, expired on 17 August. The reasoning behind the move is not clear, and it has raised questions about the future of related research in China.

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Iran: Dried out - FT.com

Iran: Dried out - FT.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Farmers who worked the fertile lands around Isfahan have had to find a new way to make a living since the river at the heart of this Iranian city ran dry. Instead of raising and selling crops irrigated by the Zayandeh Roud, they are now paid to keep
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Results of contamination study show Deadly DDT levels in St. Louis, Michigan, robins' eggs.

Results of contamination study show Deadly DDT levels in St. Louis, Michigan, robins' eggs. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Michigan State University environmental toxicology professor Matt Zwiernik presented part two of the results from the 2013 dead bird collection in St. Louis to the Pine River Superfund Taskforce Wednesday.
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Vandana Shiva’s Crusade Against Genetically Modified Crops

Michael Specter on Vandana Shiva, an activist who accuses biotechnology companies such as Monsanto of imposing “food totalitarianism.” Others believe that G.M.O.s are the key to solving world hunger.
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George Carlin -"Who Really Controls America" - YouTube

This material belongs to HBO and is used here under fair use law. Pass this on! If there were any video worthy of being passed on it's this one! And while yo...
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London Mining says Ebola now impacting output, costs

London Mining says Ebola now impacting output, costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Company lowers production guidance at Marampa mine in Sierra Leone as outbreak impacts supply chain and ramp up.
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Ethical experts urge 'fair' sharing of Ebola test drugs as doctors cured

Ethical experts urge 'fair' sharing of Ebola test drugs as doctors cured | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The limited doses of Ebola trial drugs must not be reserved for the well-off or well-connected, two medical ethics experts said on Thursday as two American doctors treated with an experimental serum were pronounced cured.
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The ethics of driverless cars

The ethics of driverless cars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jason Millar, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Philosophy, spends a lot of time thinking about driverless cars. Though you aren't likely to be able to buy them for 10 years, he says there are a number of ethical problems that need to be tackled before they go mainstream.
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The Ebola Outbreak, In 15 Numbers

The Ebola Outbreak, In 15 Numbers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The current outbreak is on track to kill more people than all previous outbreaks combined. There aren't enough doctors. And women are at particular risk.
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California is even bigger than you thought

California is even bigger than you thought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's not news that California’s economy is big. But its so big that its gross domestic product eclipses even Texas’s, the No. 2 state economy in the U.S.
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Despite Current Debate, Police Militarisation Goes Beyond U.S. Borders | Inter Press Service

Despite Current Debate, Police Militarisation Goes Beyond U.S. Borders | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“We have a lot of military equipment and hardware looking for a place to end up, and that tends to be local law enforcement.” -- WOLA's Maureen Meyer

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State to boot smog-causing pesticides from S.J. Valley

State to boot smog-causing pesticides from S.J. Valley | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
State pesticide regulators expect to restrict use of smog-producing pesticides, commonly used on grapes, almonds, walnuts, alfalfa and other leading crops,
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Up in Flames

Up in Flames | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The energy boom that transformed South Texas into an economic powerhouse also has created a prolific source of air pollution and wasted natural gas.
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Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away.
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Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing

Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From heavy machinery to hand-held flour sifters, this town is pulling out all the stops to save its water.
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Inside The Most Dangerous Room in the World

Inside The Most Dangerous Room in the World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"To enter you must wear a respirator, 3 pairs of gloves, 2 pairs of socks, rubber boots and a hard hat—along with a hazmat suit"
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Oceans Hid the Heat and Slowed Pace of Global Warming

Oceans Hid the Heat and Slowed Pace of Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Atlantic and Southern oceans may be responsible for the slowdown in the acceleration of global warming—but not for long
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Climate Code Red: Dangerous climate change: Myths and reality (1)

Climate Code Red: Dangerous climate change: Myths and reality (1) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Few would disagree that the world should avoid "dangerous" (or unsafe) climate warming, but what does that term mean? What does climate safety mean? Is climate change already dangerous? Are greenhouse gas levels already too high? This report surveys some recent developments in climate science knowledge as a way of discerning the gaps between myth and reality in climate policy-making.

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Watch for pet poisons around your home, and form a plan for emergency response

Watch for pet poisons around your home, and form a plan for emergency response | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Accidental poisoning is among the most common problems we see in emergency veterinary medicine, so it's a good idea for pet owners to understand sources of toxicity, to take preventative steps, and to have a plan for response in case of ingestion.
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Mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits

Mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A mindfulness-based therapy for depression has the added benefit of reducing health-care visits among patients who often see their family doctors, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).
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Climate change: meteorologists preparing for the worst

Climate change: meteorologists preparing for the worst | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Intense aerial turbulence, ice storms and scorching heatwaves, huge ocean waves—the world's climate experts forecast apocalyptic weather over the coming decades at a conference in Montreal that ended Thursday.
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