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Who Rules America: Wealth, Income, and Power

Who Rules America: Wealth, Income, and Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Details on the wealth and income distributions in the United States (1% of households control 35% of the wealth), and how to use these distributions as power indicators.

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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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Gov't Digs Into Soil Pollution Problem with Proposal for New Standards -

Gov't Digs Into Soil Pollution Problem with Proposal for New Standards - | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Plan by environmental ministry would lower limits for certain metals in ground across the country, but experts say a unified approach will be hard to implement
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Winnipeg-wide boil water advisory in place

Winnipeg-wide boil water advisory in place | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The city of Winnipeg is under a boil water advisory Tuesday night after tests confirmed the presence of E. coli.
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Oysters With a Day Job - Modern Farmer

Oysters With a Day Job - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Bringing back the New York Harbor's oysters.

 

Oysters were once a vital part of New York Harbor’s ecosystem, but, by 1906, every last one had been eaten.


Now, bivalves are back, but they’re not for eating. These oysters have a mission: ecological restoration.

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How 2014’s Huge Market Moves Are Affecting the Economy in 2015

How 2014’s Huge Market Moves Are Affecting the Economy in 2015 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For every American enjoying a cheaper tank of gas or a more affordable mortgage, there are major employers wrestling with lower earnings abroad.
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4 ways to stay warm without raising your electric bill

4 ways to stay warm without raising your electric bill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With a massive storm set to pound the Northeast, keeping warm is a not just a matter of comfort, but of cost. Here are four ideas for...
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Oil Prices Changing The Face Of Global Geopolitics

Oil Prices Changing The Face Of Global Geopolitics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Weakening oil prices have spurred Russia to take extreme measures, encouraged Iran to softens relations with the West and pushed Venezuela to the brink of default
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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts....
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Life in the Sickest Town in America

Life in the Sickest Town in America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I drove from one of the healthiest counties in the country to the least-healthy, both in the same state. Here’s what I learned about work, well-being, and happiness.
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UBC votes on removing fossil fuel investments from endowment

UBC votes on removing fossil fuel investments from endowment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Divestment intended to put political pressure on the Canadian government to adopt a national carbon pricing system, says campaigner.
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China officials dine on endangered salamander: reports

China officials dine on endangered salamander: reports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese officials feasted on a critically endangered giant salamander and turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports Tuesday on the event which appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign.
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World Bank: world 'dangerously unprepared' for pandemics

World Bank: world 'dangerously unprepared' for pandemics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned Tuesday that the world remains 'dangerously unprepared' for deadly pandemics like the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa.
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Student loans take emotional toll on young adults

Student loans take emotional toll on young adults | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Student loan debt is a major cause of stress for young adults, a new study finds.
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Developing Nations Write Hopeful New Chapters in a Toxic Legacy | Inter Press Service

Developing Nations Write Hopeful New Chapters in a Toxic Legacy | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Blacksmith Institute released a report Tuesday highlighting cleanup success stories, such as that of Dong Mai in Vietnam’s agricultural heartland, where residents once had some of the highest blood lead levels ever recorded.

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'Time to link nature and wellbeing'

'Time to link nature and wellbeing' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Scientists need to capitalise on a growing body of evidence showing a link between biodiversity and human wellbeing, a US review has suggested.

It said rapid progress could be made if there was better communication and collaboration between researchers and public health and land-use officials.

A global research project was recently launched to examine the impact of urban policies on human health and wellbeing.

The findings have been published in the journal Ecosystem Services.

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China’s Louisiana Purchase: Environmental concerns in ‘Cancer Alley’ | Al Jazeera America

China’s Louisiana Purchase: Environmental concerns in ‘Cancer Alley’ | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese company behind methanol plant in mostly black Louisiana town under fire for shirking health laws
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Worried super rich 'plotting escape' in case people rise up against inequality

Worried super rich 'plotting escape' in case people rise up against inequality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hedge fund managers are buying up remote ranches and land in places like New Zealand to flee to in event of wide-spread civil unrest
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The Rat Tribe of Beijing

The Rat Tribe of Beijing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Young migrants who come to Beijing for work or to follow their dreams often look for the cheapest housing--and find it underground, in converted bomb shelters and hidden warrens of windowless rooms, where they can save money, socialize and even find a strange kind of peace unavailable to them in the hubbub of city life.
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Updated ice sheet model matches wild swings in past sea levels

Updated ice sheet model matches wild swings in past sea levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Changes make Antarctica lose more ice, faster.
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Hedge Funds Bet On Oil Dropping Further

Hedge Funds Bet On Oil Dropping Further | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

(Bloomberg) -- Hedge funds boosted bearish wagers on oil to a four-year high as U.S. supplies grew the most since 2001.

 

Money managers increased short positions in West Texas Intermediate crude to the highest level since September 2010 in the week ended Jan. 20, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Net-long positions slipped for the first time in three weeks.

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Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up

Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since 2000, the middle-class share of households has narrowed as more have fallen to the bottom of the economic ladder.
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The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living : zen habits

The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living : zen habits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Why live frugally? First, because it allows you to spend less than you earn, and use the difference to pay off debt, save or invest. Or all three. Second, because the less you spend, the less you need to earn. And that means you can choose to work less, or work more but retire early. Or take mini retirements. You have more options with a frugal lifestyle.

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Breakthrough will help increase food security with better, more robust wheat varieties

Breakthrough will help increase food security with better, more robust wheat varieties | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After years of research efforts worldwide, researchers have finally identified a draft sequence of the bread wheat genome - an accomplishment that will lead to more robust and better wheat varieties in the years ahead.
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Researchers identify natural plant compounds that work against insects

Researchers identify natural plant compounds that work against insects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Each year millions of deaths result from diseases transmitted by insects. Insects are also responsible for major economic losses, worth billions of dollars annually, by damaging crops and stored agricultural products.
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Don't become a blizzard casualty

Don't become a blizzard casualty | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The blizzard conditions and frigid cold blanketing the U.S. Northeast pose numerous health threats, a doctor warns.
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Tips to enjoy a lifestyle that can prevent premature aging

Tips to enjoy a lifestyle that can prevent premature aging | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Year's has become synonymous with a desire to change your lifestyle – in fact, 4 in 10 individuals have been said to made resolutions to lose weight. But what about individuals who are facing physical limitations to weight loss and other barriers to healthy living?
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