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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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PSU study shows Portland's urban forest reduces air pollution but also finds hazards

PSU study shows Portland's urban forest reduces air pollution but also finds hazards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new Portland State University study that maps Portland's air pollution patterns highlights the air-cleansing benefit of urban trees. But an economic analysis of the detailed pollution map shows Portland's air quality may be more hazardous than previously thought.
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U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks

U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The report says that warming has already led to food and climate crises, and that the failure to reduce emissions will lead to worse catastrophes.
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A Fatal Sting

A Fatal Sting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"You can't blame everything on neonics. Bees are hit by a whole host of things," McNeil said. "But I believe neonics are overused. If people knew more, I think they would use a whole lot less of them."
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World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production

World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The last section of dam is being blasted from the Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula on Tuesday.
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In Detroit, Water Crisis Symbolizes Decline, and Hope

In Detroit, Water Crisis Symbolizes Decline, and Hope | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As poor residents strain to pay bills, neighbors and activists step up.
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Empty nests of the North: “Massive chick deaths” in seabird colonies; climate, oceanic changes blamed — Environmental Health News

Empty nests of the North: “Massive chick deaths” in seabird colonies; climate, oceanic changes blamed — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Massive deaths' in seabird colonies blamed on climate, oceanic changes. Iceland is the Serengeti for seabirds. But nests have gone empty recently, with scientists reporting sobering descriptions of chick die-offs and colonies abandoned. The leading culprit: Profound changes in the world's oceans. Part of an ongoing series.

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Emission-free Hydrogen May Now Be Truly Emission-free

Hydrogen-powered devices-–cars, mostly--run on hydrogen made from natural gas, a fossil fuel that produces greenhouse gas emissions.
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Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges

Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Surveys of top colleges found virtually no change from the 1990s to 2012 in enrollment of students who are less well off despite a huge increase in the number of such students going to college.
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Why Arizona is doing low-resource farming right

Why Arizona is doing low-resource farming right | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How this Arizona aquaponics farm is building a better food system.
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Monarch butterflies plummet 90 percent, need protection

Monarch butterflies plummet 90 percent, need protection | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Monarch butterflies are dying off fast, with 90 percent gone in the last 20 years, and they urgently need endangered species protection, a coalition of environmental and health groups said Tuesday.
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Ebola 'easier to avoid than malaria': USAID

Ebola 'easier to avoid than malaria': USAID | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The head of the US Agency for International Development said Tuesday poor understanding of Ebola was undermining the fight against the epidemic, pointing out that the fever is harder to get than malaria.
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Animal joint surgeries may lead to human repairs

Animal joint surgeries may lead to human repairs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pair of unique surgical procedures performed on animals promises to revolutionize the ways surgeons repair cartilage and meniscus tears in human knees and other joints.
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World Health Organization Urges Stronger Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes

World Health Organization Urges Stronger Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Governments should ban the use of e-cigarettes indoors and in public places, the organization said.
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"Zombie" Servers and Inefficiency Drive Energy Waste at Data Centers

"Zombie" Servers and Inefficiency Drive Energy Waste at Data Centers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. data centers throw away billions of dollars in electricity every year because of inefficiencies in how they are run, according to a new report.
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Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To sidestep Senate approval, President Obama’s negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal to “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions.
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Can Birds Be Protected From Huge Solar Plants? | Climate Central

Can Birds Be Protected From Huge Solar Plants? | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bird deaths have stoked legal action that could challenge half a dozen solar plants planned in Calif. and Ariz.
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China police seize 30,000 tons of tainted chicken feet - Business - Chinadaily.com.cn

China police seize 30,000 tons of tainted chicken feet - Business - Chinadaily.com.cn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Authorities have detained 38 people involved in the sale of the chicken feet in provinces including Zhejiang, where the haul was valued at $48.7 million.
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On Calif. coast, biotoxins cause deadly sea lion seizures, seafood scare | Al Jazeera America

On Calif. coast, biotoxins cause deadly sea lion seizures, seafood scare | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An outbreak of algae-produced biotoxins that attack animals'€™ brains also poses a grave risk to humans
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7 Seriously Farmed Bugs - Modern Farmer

7 Seriously Farmed Bugs - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If we all ate insects, the world would be a better place.
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The Federal Reserve Is Not As Powerful As You Think It Is

The Federal Reserve Is Not As Powerful As You Think It Is | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This past week marked the annual gathering of bankers, financial officials, and other economic experts hosted by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. On Friday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi both spoke; in a slow week for the markets, these...
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Teaching Survival Skills to Children

Teaching Survival Skills to Children | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even if you're separated for a few minutes or a few hours, if your kids know how to react, it can make the difference between safety and tragedy.
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Europe is burning our forests for "renewable" energy. Wait, what?

Europe is burning our forests for "renewable" energy. Wait, what? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The European Union decided that burning wood to generate electricity was good for the climate. WRONG.
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British Ebola sufferer 'receiving experimental drug'

British Ebola sufferer 'receiving experimental drug' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A British nurse infected with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is being given the same experimental drug used on two US missionaries who have recovered for the disease, doctors in London said Tuesday.
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Crohn's disease gene discovery points towards new treatments

Crohn's disease gene discovery points towards new treatments | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Genetic changes that occur in patients with the bowel condition Crohn's disease could hold clues to fighting the illness.
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Curcumin blocks the metastasis of colon cancer by a novel mechanism

Curcumin blocks the metastasis of colon cancer by a novel mechanism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Novel research led by the UA Steele Children's Research Center has identified one of the mechanisms by which curcumin, a bioactive molecule derived from the spice turmeric, can prevent cancer cell metastasis in colon cancer.
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