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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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"Merchants of Doubt" Will Show Links Between Climate, Tobacco Misinformation

"Merchants of Doubt" Will Show Links Between Climate, Tobacco Misinformation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Director Robbie Kenner talks about his new film, "Merchants of Doubt", which profiles the parallels between tobacco industry science denial, and climate denial. Kenner is the director of the highly...
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Russia pushes forward plans to mine the moon

Russia pushes forward plans to mine the moon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The country's ultimate purpose is to extract rare earth elements, breaking China's dominance and pushing prices down.
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Research shows urgent need to address instability of world's power supplies

Research shows urgent need to address instability of world's power supplies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study reveals the urgent need to address instabilities in the supply of electrical power to counteract an increase in the frequency and severity of urban blackouts.
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Ancient auditory illusions reflected in prehistoric art?

Ancient auditory illusions reflected in prehistoric art? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some of mankind's earliest and most mysterious artistic achievements—including prehistoric cave paintings, canyon petroglyphs and megalithic structures such as Stonehenge—may have been inspired by the behaviors of sound waves being misinterpreted as 'supernatural.'
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Lava burns shed, creeps toward homes in Hawaii

Lava burns shed, creeps toward homes in Hawaii | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A river of asphalt-black lava that has slowly snaked through unoccupied land for months has burned down a shed on residential property on Hawaii's Big Island.

 

Lava burned the empty wooden shed Tuesday and came within 200 yards of two homes in Pahoa Village, the commercial center of the island's agricultural Puna district.

 

Dozens of residents in the rural community have been told they might have to evacuate because of the slow-moving flow.

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UN climate summit will fail unless US sets big goal: EU

UN climate summit will fail unless US sets big goal: EU | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The UN climate summit in 2015 will fail unless the United States sets 'a concrete and ambitious' goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard warned.
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Citizen science network produces accurate maps of atmospheric dust

Citizen science network produces accurate maps of atmospheric dust | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Measurements by thousands of citizen scientists in the Netherlands using their smartphones and the iSPEX add-on are delivering accurate data on dust particles in the atmosphere that add valuable information to professional measurements. The iSPEX team, led by Frans Snik of Leiden University, analyzed ...
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A New Climate Economy: Shifting Corporate America onto a Low-Carbon Path | World Resources Institute

A New Climate Economy: Shifting Corporate America onto a Low-Carbon Path | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As more businesses take action on climate change, new research could help accelerate the trend by showing why it’s in U.S. companies’ economic best interests.
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From Transactions to Transformation: More Companies Commit to Renewable Energy | World Resources Institute

From Transactions to Transformation: More Companies Commit to Renewable Energy | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
See why major companies are joining together in their commitment to renewable energy, and how they can help scale up renewable energy throughout the corporate sector.
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ACT 2015 | World Resources Institute

ACT 2015 | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Agreement on Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015) consortium of climate experts from developing and developed countries will put forward an innovative framework for the forthcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreement in 2015.
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Europe to Make It Easier to Import Dirty Tar Sands Oil From Canada

Europe to Make It Easier to Import Dirty Tar Sands Oil From Canada | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The EU waters down a proposal to slap a warning label on the most polluting petroleum.
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Solar cheaper in India than imported Australian coal : Renew Economy

Solar cheaper in India than imported Australian coal : Renew Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Results of latest solar auction shows solar PV projects in India are cheaper than the electricity price needed to pay for imports of coal from Australia.
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New Normal? Debating Climate Solutions, Not Climate Science

New Normal? Debating Climate Solutions, Not Climate Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, report from ABC News shows how Republican politicians with hopes for future credibility are sidling toward the exits of the CrazyTown Hilton. George P Bush, newest clan member, is running fo...
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At least 23 Turkish miners trapped in coal mine after collapse

At least 23 Turkish miners trapped in coal mine after collapse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Initial media reports said the collapse occurred after water that had built up inside the mine coursed into areas where the workers had been located.
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China, Russia linked to cyberspying, researchers say

China, Russia linked to cyberspying, researchers say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Russian and Chinese governments are likely behind widespread cyberespionage that has hit targets in the US and elsewhere, two separate security reports said Tuesday.
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Study finds wider use of premium gas could save fuel, money

Study finds wider use of premium gas could save fuel, money | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If the majority of light-duty vehicles in the United States ran on higher-octane gasoline, the automotive industry as a whole would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 35 million tons per year, saving up to $6 billion in fuel costs, according to a new analysis by MIT researchers.
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Boulder team wins International Water Prize

Boulder team wins International Water Prize | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Groundbreaking work by a group of Boulder scientists has been recognized this month with one of the world's most prestigious awards for innovations related to water resources.
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Glacier song

Glacier song | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mountain glaciers represent one of the largest repositories of fresh water in alpine regions. However, little is known about the processes by which water moves through these systems. In this study published in Geology on 24 Oct. 2014, David S. Heeszel and colleagues use seismic recordings collected ...
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Emissions drop puts EU just shy of 2020 goal

Emissions drop puts EU just shy of 2020 goal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The European Union's environment agency says the bloc's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by nearly 2 percent last year, putting the EU very close to reaching its emissions target for 2020.
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World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage

World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated land in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt, according to a study by UN University's Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health, published Oct. 28.
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Intelligent Imagining: Scenarios to Manage Water as the Climate Changes | World Resources Institute

Intelligent Imagining: Scenarios to Manage Water as the Climate Changes | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Using Aqueduct data, participants in a recent workshop in Trifinio, Guatemala developed scenarios for decision-makers to manage water and adapt to climate change.
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Tougher Greenhouse Goals Could Cut EU’s Gas Imports in Half | World Resources Institute

Tougher Greenhouse Goals Could Cut EU’s Gas Imports in Half | World Resources Institute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Later this week, the European Council will decide on a target to further reduce the EU’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030.

At issue is whether the Council will decide to reduce emissions by “at least 40 percent” from 1990 levels—leaving the door open to increase ambition in negotiation with other countries—or cap reductions at just 40 percent, locking in a lower goal and possibly influencing other countries to do the same.
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CAIT:Equity 1.0: WRI's climate data visualization

What is climate equity? That depends on the lenses through which you view it. 

Use CAIT Equity Explorer to visualize the many dimensions of climate equity in a holistic way and to make comparisons among countries. The extent to which a country's radar chart is filled suggests the level of action a country should take. Please begin by selecting 1-4 countries and 3-8 indicators. To learn more here click the "About" link above.

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Momentum for Change Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Resilience in Bangladesh

Momentum for Change Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Resilience in Bangladesh | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The problem:

The poorest and most powerless people in Bangladesh, women in particular, are the most vulnerable to climate change. Parts of the country are subject to flooding, drought, cyclones and the encroachment of salinity into freshwater sources. Women in Bangladesh are often marginalized and unaware of their rights or how to participate in their communities; this leaves them even more exposed to the effects of climate change.

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Spring Heat Wave In Australia Breaks Records Across The Country

Spring Heat Wave In Australia Breaks Records Across The Country | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Temperatures reached as high as 108.6°F this weekend.
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