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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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Carbon emission cuts at a local level could avoid dangerous global warming

Carbon emission cuts at a local level could avoid dangerous global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Climate Economy report says local action is among measures that could make up shortfall in emissions cuts from pledges ahead of Paris summit
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Consumer advocates: Oil refiners manipulate California gas prices

Consumer advocates: Oil refiners manipulate California gas prices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Filling up at the pump is often painful in California, where drivers tend to pay more for gasoline than in most other states.
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Billions in gas projects stranded by climate change action, says thinktank

Billions in gas projects stranded by climate change action, says thinktank | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carbon Tracker report reveals keeping to emissions targets would render obsolete more than $280bn worth of global liquefied natural gas projects
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B.C. salmon prices set to skyrocket with climate change, according to new study

B.C. salmon prices set to skyrocket with climate change, according to new study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report predicts a sharp decline in B.C. fish numbers due to climate change. The result means the costs of iconic west coast species will increase significantly by 2050.
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French architect firm designs a sustainable vertical city to be installed in the Sahara desert

The arid expanses of the Sahara desert could be transformed within a decade, according to French architecture company OXO.The Parisian firm has proposed building a futuristic mixed-use tower in the world's biggest desert. The tower's desi
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What Happens in a Dollar Collapse?

What Happens in a Dollar Collapse? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

According to the classical Ricardian model, international trade is a good thing. It encourages countries to specialize in the production and export of commodities in which they have a “comparative advantage,” and to use those earnings to buy commodities others can produce more cheaply. That’s been the rationale for the dismantling of U.S. manufacturing and its move to Asia, where wages and other input costs are low, relative to the U.S.

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What Happened to the Republican Consensus on Climate Change?

What Happened to the Republican Consensus on Climate Change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A lot of these clips you may remember seeing, but when you watch them all together - the effect is somewhat stunning. For one brief, shining moment around 2007-8, taking action on Climate Change wa...
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Research team finds bacterial biofilms may play a role in lupus

Research team finds bacterial biofilms may play a role in lupus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lupus, multiple sclerosis, and type-1 diabetes are among more than a score of diseases in which the immune system attacks the body it was designed to defend. But just why the immune system begins its misdirected assault has remained a mystery.
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Lifestyle factors associated with less heart failure after 65

Lifestyle factors associated with less heart failure after 65 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Adults who walked briskly, were moderately active in their leisure time, drank moderately, didn't smoke and avoided obesity had half the risk of heart failure as adults who did not optimize these modifiable risk factors, according to a study that followed nearly 4,500 adults for two decades. The study ...
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Philippines confirms second MERS case (Update)

Philippines confirms second MERS case (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A foreigner who flew to the Philippines from the Middle East has become the second confirmed case of MERS in the country, the health department said Monday, as a deadly outbreak in South Korea spreads alarm across Asia.
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Age-related cognitive decline tied to immune-system molecule

Age-related cognitive decline tied to immune-system molecule | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A blood-borne molecule that increases in abundance as we age blocks regeneration of brain cells and promotes cognitive decline, suggests a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco and Stanford School of Medicine.
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Unburnable Fossil Fuels Necessitate Zero-Carbon Goals | Sustainability Advantage

Unburnable Fossil Fuels Necessitate Zero-Carbon Goals | Sustainability Advantage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
McGlade and Ekins then go further and make it personal. They distribute the carbon budget by allocating how much oil, gas, and coal extraction from reserves is
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Will Pope Francis inspire climate activism among Texas Catholics?

Will Pope Francis inspire climate activism among Texas Catholics? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

While Texas Catholics are known for their anti-abortion activism and their work assisting new immigrants in the state, Parra Codina doesn’t see enough of them taking a strong stand against the hazards of oil and gas development, economic globalization that hurts the poor, or the existential threat posed by climate change. Many are asking if Pope Francis’ June encyclical letter proclaiming a moral obligation to respond to the climate crisis will change that, especially among Catholics.

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How jellyfish have become nature’s ultimate guerrilla protesters against power plants

How jellyfish have become nature’s ultimate guerrilla protesters against power plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The rise of jellyfish blooms have caused headaches for power plants.
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NOAA: Bleaching likely to return

NOAA: Bleaching likely to return | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LIHUE — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday said abnormally warm waters that threaten the spread of major heat stress to Hawaiian reefs are likely to return.
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Billions of dollars of Pacific infrastructure at risk from climate

Billions of dollars of Pacific infrastructure at risk from climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It would cost billions to replace buildings like houses, schools, airports and power stations, which are currently at risk in the South Pacific from rising seas and other climate-change related events, say researchers.
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NZ commits to post-2020 emissions reduction target - National - NZ Herald News

NZ commits to post-2020 emissions reduction target - National - NZ Herald News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Zealand has committed to a higher emissions reduction target for the post-2020 period ahead of crucial climate talks in December. - New Zealand Herald
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Hawaii Becomes First State in The Nation to Ban Plastic Bags

Hawaii Becomes First State in The Nation to Ban Plastic Bags | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The state followed a nationwide trending of cities, finally banning plastic bags.
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10 Easy Ways to Save on Energy at Home

10 Easy Ways to Save on Energy at Home | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s easy to save on energy, and thus save money, at home. There are a variety of easy ways to lower energy bills, and several can be done over a weekend or in even less time. These 10 ideas will set you on the road to home energy savings.
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Study: Flood Risk Underestimated - Rising Due to Climate Change

Study: Flood Risk Underestimated - Rising Due to Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
One of the key findings of a recent National Academy of Science panel on abrupt climate change, is that its important not just to look at potential sudden tipping points in climate effects, but als...
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Is phosphate the next sodium?

Is phosphate the next sodium? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Is phosphate the next sodium—a once seemingly benign food additive now linked to heart disease and death? It's nearly as ubiquitous as sodium in processed foods but so under the radar, it's not even listed on food labels.
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Fundamental beliefs about atherosclerosis overturned

Fundamental beliefs about atherosclerosis overturned | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Doctors' efforts to battle the dangerous atherosclerotic plaques that build up in our arteries and cause heart attacks and strokes are built on several false beliefs about the fundamental composition and formation of the plaques, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine shows. ...
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MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital

MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Another doctor at a major hospital that has been the epicentre of MERS outbreak in Seoul has contracted the deadly virus, the government said Saturday.
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Autonomous taxis would deliver significant environmental and economic benefits, new study shows

Autonomous taxis would deliver significant environmental and economic benefits, new study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Imagine a fleet of driverless taxis roaming your city, ready to pick you up and take you to your destination at a moment's notice. While this may seem fantastical, it may be only a matter of time before it becomes reality. And according to a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley ...
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