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

A thoughtfull read.

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Aussie mining magnate Clive Palmer investigated over $10 million fraud

Aussie mining magnate Clive Palmer investigated over $10 million fraud | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The scale of the fraud alleged against the tycoon-turned-politician may double to about A$23 million.
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47 dead as plague spreads to Madagascar capital (Update)

47 dead as plague spreads to Madagascar capital (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Madagascar said Monday it was trying to contain an outbreak of plague—similar to the Black Death that swept medieval Europe—that has killed 47 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo.
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Healthy gut microbiota can prevent metabolic syndrome, researchers say

Healthy gut microbiota can prevent metabolic syndrome, researchers say | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Promoting healthy gut microbiota, the bacteria that live in the intestine, can help treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that increases a person's risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Cornell University. Their ...
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New tool displays West Coast ocean acidification data

New tool displays West Coast ocean acidification data | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Increasing carbon dioxide in the air penetrates into the ocean and makes it more acidic, while robbing seawater of minerals that give shellfish their crunch. The West Coast is one of the first marine ecosystems to feel its effects.
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Study finds way to conserve soil and water in world's driest wheat region

Study finds way to conserve soil and water in world's driest wheat region | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the world's driest rainfed wheat region, Washington State University researchers have identified summer fallow management practices that can make all the difference for farmers, water and soil conservation, and air quality.
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Avoiding ecosystem collapse

Avoiding ecosystem collapse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From coral reefs to prairie grasslands, some of the world's most iconic habitats are susceptible to sudden collapse due to seemingly minor events. A classic example: the decimation of kelp forests when a decline of otter predation unleashes urchin population explosions. Three studies published in the ...
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Extreme shrimp may hold clues to alien life

Extreme shrimp may hold clues to alien life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —At one of the world's deepest undersea hydrothermal vents, tiny shrimp are piled on top of each other, layer upon layer, crawling on rock chimneys that spew hot water. Bacteria, inside the shrimps' mouths and in specially evolved gill covers, produce organic matter that feed the crustaceans.
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"Yoga Ministry" Stirs Doubts among Scientists

"Yoga Ministry" Stirs Doubts among Scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ancient remedies and practices are seeing a boost in government support in India, but evidence of their effectiveness is scarce
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Banking Culture Primes People to Cheat

Banking Culture Primes People to Cheat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Individual bankers behave honestly except when they think about their jobs
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Hydrogen May Prove Fuel of the Future

Hydrogen May Prove Fuel of the Future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Will the most common molecule in the universe make for pollution-free cars?
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World Bank to ditch coal for clean energy

World Bank to ditch coal for clean energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The World Bank will only fund coal projects in cases of "extreme need."
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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, November 24, 11:36 PM

More and more money is turning away from fossil fuels, which signals the eventual collapse of the industry, and the sooner the better.

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Protecting the Bering Sea Canyons

Protecting the Bering Sea Canyons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The North Pacific is an important are with unique and vital resources. We know it is under increased stress from warming. This 8 minute vid is a really well done and fascinating first look at a ver...
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India's Jindal Steel mothballs $10bn coal project

India's Jindal Steel mothballs $10bn coal project | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The company became the first major casualty of a Supreme Court decision to scrap most coal fields allocated to private firms since 1993.
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Canadian First Nations march to demand ban on uranium exploration in Quebec

Canadian First Nations march to demand ban on uranium exploration in Quebec | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
They plan to arrive in Montreal on Dec. 15, the final day of hearings on uranium development by Quebec’s environmental watchdog.
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More aging boomers, but fewer doctors to care for them

More aging boomers, but fewer doctors to care for them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By 2030, the last of the Baby Boomer generation will have turned 65 years old, putting the population of 'senior boomers' in the United States at approximately 71 million. Currently, only about 7,000 certified geriatricians – physicians specializing in the care of older adults – are practicing in ...
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Self-driving cars could be the answer to congested roads

Self-driving cars could be the answer to congested roads | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If cars with drivers still suffer under gridlock conditions on roads, how will driverless cars fare any better? With greater computerisation and network awareness, driverless cars may be the answer to growing traffic congestion.
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Palm oil sustainability body to expel non-compliant companies

Palm oil sustainability body to expel non-compliant companies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WWF has welcomed a move by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to expel member companies that have failed to keep even their most basic promises to the sustainability body. 
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Scientist gets more support to study Deepwater Horizon spill impact on coast

Scientist gets more support to study Deepwater Horizon spill impact on coast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in 2010, Annette Engel has been traveling the coastline by boat and foot, taking samples to study how the oil has changed the coastal ecosystems.
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Global warming cynics unmoved by extreme weather

Global warming cynics unmoved by extreme weather | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What will it take to convince skeptics of global warming that the phenomenon is real? Surely, many scientists believe, enough droughts, floods and heat waves will begin to change minds.
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Amazon and Google Change Places on Going Green

Amazon and Google Change Places on Going Green | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Google recently explained its pullback on sustainability while Amazon has just announced a "long-term commitment" to achieve 100 percent renewable energy use
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Feud Erupts over U.S. Congress Inquiry into Research Value

Feud Erupts over U.S. Congress Inquiry into Research Value | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
University scientists warn probe will reveal names and comments of anonymous peer reviewers, and warp research evaluation
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Does Uber Make Cities More Energy Efficient? | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

Does Uber Make Cities More Energy Efficient? | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It seems you can’t read an article about new mobility or the sharing economy without stumbling across Uber; the mobility service that sprung up in 2009 ...
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Life’s extremists may be an untapped source of antibacterial drugs

Life’s extremists may be an untapped source of antibacterial drugs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the most mysterious forms of life may turn out to be a rich and untapped source of antibacterial drugs. The mysterious life form is Archaea, a family of single-celled organisms that thrive in environments like boiling hydrothermal pools and smoking deep sea vents which are too extreme for most other species to survive.
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Even this organic advocate thinks African farmers need herbicide

Even this organic advocate thinks African farmers need herbicide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The hard truth for poor farmers is that the organic method can cost too much and fail to deliver higher yields, according to a new paper from an expert on the ground.
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The Climate Threat to Chocolate

The Climate Threat to Chocolate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dude. Have you heard what Einstein said? "If chocolate disappears from the globe, then man would only have four years of life left." I read it on the internet. Washington Post Wonkblog: Chocolate d...
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