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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 Turns out, it's an unpublished study by an industry-connected scientist.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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Necropsy: Plastic debris may have caused whale’s death

Necropsy: Plastic debris may have caused whale’s death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Marine biologists have completed a necropsy of the 45-foot whale that died Thursday, shedding light onto what caused its demise.
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Assembly bill could lower cost of residential solar in California

Assembly bill could lower cost of residential solar in California | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Californians who want to put solar panels on their roofs could benefit from a state bill headed to the governor’s desk.
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Demand for Renewable Energy Is Real

Demand for Renewable Energy Is Real | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
But the industry still has a few hitches to work out—like solar panels burning birds
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Global spotlight on Europe as villages fight against dirty coal | Climate Reality

Global spotlight on Europe as villages fight against dirty coal | Climate Reality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When many activists talk about “standing together to fight Dirty Energy”, they use the phrase as a figure of speech to convey the coordinated phone calls from a thousand phones, and emails from a thousand keyboards (to name only a few actions). But this weekend, standing together becomes more than just a metaphor for thousands of European activists who will stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a human chain to fight expanding coal operations that threaten not only the existence of two historic villages, but the continent’s commitment to a clean-energy future. 

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Global Health and Environment in the Post-2015 Agenda: Lessons from the Fukushima nuclear accident

Global Health and Environment in the Post-2015 Agenda: Lessons from the Fukushima nuclear accident | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
*Ms. Ito's Powerpoint slides *Dr. Kanter's Powerpoint slides **Due to Dr. Kanter's illness, his associate Mr. Alfred Meyer presented his speech. ★★★ March 10, Monday, 4:30PM to 6PM, at the Armenian...
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Bank Of America Settlement Only Proves Invincibility Of Wall Street

Bank Of America Settlement Only Proves Invincibility Of Wall Street | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Critics say even the largest settlement to date shows that the big banks never really pay for their financial crimes.
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Fukushima Emergency what can we do?: Is the UN report underplaying Fukushima?: IPPNW issues scathing critique

Fukushima Emergency what can we do?: Is the UN report underplaying Fukushima?: IPPNW issues scathing critique | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
UNSCEAR’s use of the phrase “are expected” is also heavily nuanced. The increase in childhood leukemia cases near Germany’s operating nuclear reactors, compared to elsewhere, was not “expected,” but was proved in 1997. The findings, along with Chernobyl’s lingering consequences, led to the country’s federally mandated reactor phase-out. The plummeting of official childhood mortality rates around five US nuclear reactors after they were shut down was also “unexpected,” but shown by Joe Mangano and the Project on Radiation and Human Health. 

The International Physicians’ analysis is severely critical of UNSCEAR’s current report which echoes its 2013 Fukushima review and press release that said, “It is unlikely to be able to attribute any health effects in the future among the general public and the vast majority of workers.”

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Alaska requests involvement in regulation of new B.C. mine

Alaska requests involvement in regulation of new B.C. mine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The state of Alaska has taken the rare step of asking the Canadian government for greater involvement in the approval and regulation of a controversial mine in northwestern British Columbia.
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August downpour results in sewage overflow of 12 million gallons

August downpour results in sewage overflow of 12 million gallons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Baltimore city officials belatedly disclosed Friday that sewage overflows topped 12 million gallons during last week's downpour, four times what had previously been acknowledged. It was the most untreated waste reported spilled in the city in a single day since 2006, according to state records.
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Efforts to Revive Rich California Mine Hit Strong Resistance

Efforts to Revive Rich California Mine Hit Strong Resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Where forty-niners once roamed, a plan to dig up 240,000 ounces of gold is vehemently opposed by local residents who fear damage to the environment and their way of life.
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Gold mine collapse in Central African Republic kills 37

Gold mine collapse in Central African Republic kills 37 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The mine is owned by Canadian Axmin, but was taken over by rebels over a year ago.
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Oil thieves cause pipeline leak, pollute Mexico river

Oil thieves cause pipeline leak, pollute Mexico river | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thieves who tapped an oil pipeline in northern Mexico caused a spill that contaminated the San Juan River, a key irrigation source for farmers, authorities said Thursday.
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WEEKEND FOCUS: The politics of pollution

WEEKEND FOCUS: The politics of pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

They’re a nuisance and disruption to people trying to live their lives, go about their work or operate a business in Pictou County this summer. They’re possibly a health threat, too, though provincial governments have never done an epidemiological study to find out.

 

But the emissions from the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point — both the sulfurous ones that reek and the tiny particulates that increase the risk of respiratory disease — have also become a metaphor this summer of a sea change in how the public expects the provincial government to regulate the health and environmental impacts of industrial development.

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There's No Way I'm Eating My Next Seafood Dinner Without Checking This Chart First

There's No Way I'm Eating My Next Seafood Dinner Without Checking This Chart First | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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We need to call out Abbott's climate nihilism

We need to call out Abbott's climate nihilism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alexander White: It's hard to pin down exactly what prime minister Tony Abbott really believes on climate change, but his policies could only have been developed by someone who believes global warming is a hoax.
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Icelandic volcano erupts : Nature News Blog

Icelandic volcano erupts : Nature News Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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Greenland And West Antarctic Ice Sheet Loss More Than Doubled In Last Five Years

Greenland And West Antarctic Ice Sheet Loss More Than Doubled In Last Five Years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"That is the highest speed observed since altimetry satellite records began about 20 years ago.”
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Getting Camel Milk Over the Hump - Modern Farmer

Getting Camel Milk Over the Hump - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Camel milk is hitting the mainstream -- it's now on sale at Whole Foods -- courtesy of America’s “drome-dairies.”
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Concern over toothpaste ingredient

Concern over toothpaste ingredient | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New health concerns about an active ingredient in a popular toothpaste have re-ignited the debate over its use in other cosmetic products.
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Organic Farming Taking Off in Poland … Slowly | Inter Press Service

Organic Farming Taking Off in Poland … Slowly | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Today, around 3.5 percent of Poland’s agricultural land is taken up by organic farms. Their number has been growing steadily over recent years, yet farmers complain of obstacles. Of the country’s some 1.8 million farmers, just 26,000 have organic certification (though some of these farms are just meadows and do not necessarily produce food), and only 300 of these are vegetable producers.

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Carbon capture and storage finally approaching debut | Science News

Carbon capture and storage finally approaching debut | Science News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carbon capture and storage offers a way to rein in global carbon emissions. But financial and regulatory obstacles, as well as public fears, are delaying the technology’s long-awaited implementation.
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Metro Detroit treatment plants released 4.5B gallons of sewage into rivers after storm

Metro Detroit treatment plants released 4.5B gallons of sewage into rivers after storm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Metro Detroit treatment plants released about 4.5 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into local streams and rivers as a result of last week's massive rainstorm, according to a preliminary report from the state Department of Environmental Quality.
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Climate Code Red: Dangerous climate change: Myths and reality (2) Part 2 in a 3-part series | Part 1 | Part 3

Climate Code Red: Dangerous climate change: Myths and reality (2)  Part 2 in a 3-part series | Part 1 | Part 3 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tipping points, often an expression of non-linear events, are difficult to project. But if it is sometimes hard to see tipping points coming, it is also too late to be wise after the fact. Estimated tipping points around or below ~1.5ºC include: 

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, Today, 6:57 AM

"Estimated tipping points around or below ~1.5ºC include:


West Antarctic Ice Sheet,
Loss of summer Arctic sea-ice,
Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS),
Coral reefs,
and Permafrost."

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New paper calls for more carbon capture and storage research

New paper calls for more carbon capture and storage research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must involve increased investment in research and development of carbon capture and storage technologies, according to a new paper published by the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources (SER) Institute for Carbon Management.
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Water crisis threatens thirsty Sao Paulo

Water crisis threatens thirsty Sao Paulo | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sao Paulo is thirsty. A severe drought is hitting Brazil's largest city and thriving economic capital with no end in sight, threatening the municipal water supply to millions of people.
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