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This Man Wants You to Believe That BPA-Laced Plastic Is Harmless

This Man Wants You to Believe That BPA-Laced Plastic Is Harmless | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
News outlets have heralded a new report finding the plastic chemical BPA safe for humans. Turns out, it's an unpublished study by an industry-connected scientist.
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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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A thoughtfull read.

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The 2014 GOOD City Index

The 2014 GOOD City Index | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
GOOD's annual breakdown of the most inspiring cities in the world.

'The heartbeat of a city is a difficult thing to measure. Some, like physicists Geoffrey West and Luis Bettencourt, say you can measure a city by the precise pace at which its citizens walk. Others think a city’s true worth lies in the cost of its housing, or the growth of its population, or the fiscal outlook of its property developers. At GOOD, we believe that a city’s heartbeat is best measured in “possibility”—the pervading sense that though a place may be far from perfect, its citizens are taking a bold stake in its future through a mixture of creativity, hustle, and civic engagement.'


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5 % de la population est victime des maladies environnementales émergentes

5 % de la population est victime des maladies environnementales émergentes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

La part de responsabilité de la pollution environnementale dans l’épidémie de maladies chroniques comme le cancer ou le diabète est reconnue. Mais aujourd’hui, l’alerte porte sur l’apparition de maladies neurologiques ou immunitaires causées par l’exposition aux polluants tels que produits toxiques, champs électromagnétiques, etc. Ces "maladies environnementales émergentes" touchent 5 % de la population, selon le Réseau environnement santé. Avec des conséquences sur la santé très invalidantes, tandis que les instances de santé publique semblent les négliger.


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Concernant les causes de ces maladies, les chercheurs sont unanimes: la transformation de notre environnement. Nous sommes exposés à des dizaines de milliers de produits toxiques, à des champs électromagnétiques plus d’un million de fois plus élevés que dans les années 1960… Autant de facteurs qui sont responsables chez certains individus de dysfonctionnements neurologiques ou immunitaires.

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En Savoie, des chercheurs étudient les effets de l'utilisation des pesticides en domaine viticole

En Savoie, des chercheurs étudient les effets de l'utilisation des pesticides en domaine viticole | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
L'utilisation des pesticides en agriculture et ses conséquences à long terme sur l'environnement sont encore peu étudiés. Des chercheurs de l'Université Savoie Mont-Blanc étudient donc la terre pour savoir où ces pesticides sont passés. ...

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→  Pesticides : bannis, ils resurgissent du passé


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#Climate fixes 'could harm billions', really? Who decides what is good? #tech #people #Earth

#Climate fixes 'could harm billions', really?  Who decides what is good? #tech #people #Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say.

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Impossible : un vélo électrique et pliable ultra-compact

Impossible : un vélo électrique et pliable ultra-compact | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Il se conduit plus ou moins comme une trottinette mais c’est bel et bien un vélo. Conçu par Impossible Technology, une firme chinoise, ce vélo électrique totalement pliable peut tenir dans un sac. Design compact et épuré au possible pour cet ovni à deux roues qui ne possède presque aucune des caractéristiques des vélos traditionnels.

 


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New Technology for Steam Turbine Power Plants Increases Efficiency While Reducing CO2 Emissions

New Technology for Steam Turbine Power Plants Increases Efficiency While Reducing CO2 Emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Today's net carbon emitters could cut fossil fuel energy requirements in half and reduce emissions by half as well if material adopted.

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Avoiding ecosystem collapse: Experts Weigh in

Avoiding ecosystem collapse: Experts Weigh in | 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 hold the promise of helping resource managers predict, avoid, and reverse the tipping points that lead to degraded habitats, economic losses, and social upheaval.

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Gross national happiness in Bhutan: the big idea from a tiny state that could change the world

Gross national happiness in Bhutan: the big idea from a tiny state that could change the world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bhutan measures prosperity by gauging its citizens' happiness levels, not the GDP. Now its ideas are attracting interest at the UN climate change conference in Doha

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Bhutan's principles have been set in policy through the gross national happiness index, based on equitable social development, cultural preservation, conservation of the environment and promotion of good governance.

 
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Climat: les régions se mobilisent pour un accord mondial en 2015

Deux rencontres internationales réunissant collectivités locales et acteurs privés seront organisées en France en 2015 afin d'oeuvrer à un accord mondial sur le climat, a indiqué mercredi l'Association des Régions de France (ARF), qui se veulent actrices de premier plan dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique.

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Grey seals identified as killers behind mystery harbour #porpoise #deaths via @sharontrys < tx

Grey seals identified as killers behind mystery harbour #porpoise #deaths via @sharontrys < tx | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Study reveals seals along the coast of the Netherlands are switching from eating fish to eating mammal

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"The porpoises are targeted by the seals for their blubber, with healthy and fat juvenile the favoured prey. The scientists speculate as to whether porpoises will adapt to the threat of being eaten by seals by becoming leaner and faster swimmers, though this would put them at risk of dying from emaciation, another major cause of their death."

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Explosions, Evacuations and Death: The Incredible Risks of Transporting Crude Oil Via Train

Explosions, Evacuations and Death: The Incredible Risks of Transporting Crude Oil Via Train | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Local residents and government officials are often unaware of the potential dangers they face.

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World's Highest Wind Turbine Will Hover Above Alaska - IEEE Spectrum

World's Highest Wind Turbine Will Hover Above Alaska - IEEE Spectrum | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The title for world's largest wind turbine is constantly up for grabs as manufacturers build higher and bigger to capture more energy from the passing air.


One turbine in Alaska, however, will now spin high above the rest. Altaeros Energies will launch its high-altitude floating wind turbine south of Fairbanks to bring more affordable power to a remote community. Ben Glass, CEO of Altaeros told The New York Times that the company expects to provide power at about $0.18 per kilowatt-hour, about half the price of off-grid electricity in Alaska. 

 

Bonus: it could provide cell service

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Piketty : 'Taxer le patrimoine ne tuerait pas l'esprit d'entreprise'

Piketty : 'Taxer le patrimoine ne tuerait pas l'esprit d'entreprise' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thomas Piketty plaide en faveur de l’impôt sur la fortune. Pas pour enquiquiner les capitalistes, mais justement pour éviter le déraillement du système. 'Le capital au XXIe siècle', la brique publiée par l'économiste sur les inégalités, est un des livres à succès de 2014. Rencontre avec la rock star de l'économie la plus controversée de la planète.

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Le ciment écologique anti-CO2

Le ciment écologique anti-CO2 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

L’industrie du bâtiment compte parmi les principales sources d’émission de gaz à effet de serre. A elle seule, la production de ciment est responsable de 5% du CO2 rejeté dans l’atmosphère. Alors, pour faire face à ces données désastreuses, certains lancent une contre-offensive et passent à la construction écologique. Zoom sur les alternatives écologiques pour la création du ciment.

 

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Un rifugio per pastori diventa casa per le vacanze

Un rifugio per pastori diventa casa per le vacanze | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tecnologie per l’architettura sostenibile, progetti, consigli e materiali per progettare la bioarchitettura.

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Les maires invités à redoubler d'énergie pour le climat

Les maires invités à redoubler d'énergie pour le climat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Un an avant la conférence mondiale pour le climat qui se tiendra à Paris en décembre 2015, Nicolas Hulot, envoyé spécial du président de la République, a appelé les maires à poursuivre leurs efforts

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Bosco Verticale: un grattacielo urbano sostenibile - Different Design

Bosco Verticale: un grattacielo urbano sostenibile - Different Design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bosco Verticale è un edificio residenziale sostenibile che valorizza il verde e la biodiversità nel contesto urbano, migliorando estetica e qualità di vita

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Pollution des océans : un Néerlandais de 20 ans récompensé par les Nations unies

Pollution des océans : un Néerlandais de 20 ans récompensé par les Nations unies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

À tout juste 20 ans, le Néerlandais Boyan Slat vient d’être primé par le Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (PNUE) pour un projet de lutte contre les débris plastique dans les océans. Le fondateur du projet The Ocean Clean-up (le nettoyage de l’océan) devient ainsi le plus jeune lauréat du prix Champions de la Terre.

 


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Le prix bas du pétrole pose la question de la soutenabilité de la stratégie énergétique européenne

Le prix bas du pétrole pose la question de la soutenabilité de la stratégie énergétique européenne | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
C'est dans un contexte tendu que se réuniront à Vienne, le 27 novembre, les pays exportateurs de pétrole. Alors qu'il stagnait depuis trois ans autour de 100 dollars le baril, le prix du pétrole a chuté en deçà de 80$. Retour sur les raisons, les enjeux et les conséquences d'une telle situation.

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Les oiseaux communs ne sont pas épargnés en Rhône-Alpes - LPO Coordination Rhône-Alpes

Les oiseaux communs ne sont pas épargnés en Rhône-Alpes - LPO Coordination Rhône-Alpes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Une étude européenne démontrait récemment que plus d'un cinquième des oiseaux européens avaient disparu. En France, et notamment en Rhône-Alpes, les (...)

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Predicting Travel Patterns in Future Disasters

Predicting Travel Patterns in Future Disasters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers hope mobility data gleaned from Twitter during Hurricane Sandy can eventually help boost New York City's resilience.

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Sivens: l’Europe aussi ouvre son enquête - Journal de l'environnement

Sivens: l’Europe aussi ouvre son enquête - Journal de l'environnement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Pressentie depuis 8 jours, la procédure d’infraction européenne à l’encontre de la France a bel et bien été lancée, ce 26 novembre, au sujet du projet de barrage de Sivens (Tarn). Paris va recevoir dans les prochains jours une lettre de mise en demeure.



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Conférence environnementale : la santé – environnement, une thématique clé ?

Conférence environnementale : la santé – environnement, une thématique clé ? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Parmi les enjeux de la table ronde santé - environnement de la Conférence environnementale figurent l'antibiorésistance, la nécessaire réduction des pesticides, les liens entre santé, biodiversité et climat ainsi que la formation des professionnels.

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This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth

This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it’s a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrat
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The Neo-Rurals | Dissent Magazine

The Neo-Rurals | Dissent Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Spain’s intractable fiscal crisis has brought with it widespread disappointment with cities. Since 2008, a “lost generation,” raised on the tales of financial betterment from EU cohesion, has graduated from university expecting well-paying jobs on par with their northern European neighbors. What they have found instead is mass unemployment and a new era of emigration evocative of the early twentieth century, when thousands of Spaniards left the Iberian peninsula in search of more robust economies and escape from fascism. Those who remain in Spanish cities are often confronted with a high cost of living paired with chronic unemployment. Day by day, newspapers crank out stories of the new urban dispossessed: large families living on a single pension, many of them on the brink of foreclosure and watching their neighborhoods empty out around them; thirty-something ex–postal workers digging through dumpsters for their next meal; retiree couples choosing to commit suiciderather than face eviction. It is this economic reality that has driven tens of thousands of people back to the land and created an unlikely new class of “neo-rurals.”

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