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This town was almost blown off the map -- now it's back, and super green

This town was almost blown off the map -- now it's back, and super green | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When the town of Greensburg, Kan., was nearly wiped off the map by a giant tornado, local residents decided to rebuild a town that would endure.
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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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Robust copper price prompts switch to aluminum

Robust copper price prompts switch to aluminum | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's a trend already established in China where only 25% of insulated and overhead cables use copper versus 60% in developed economies.
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Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants

Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and ecologically important plants, and so conservationists establish seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity.
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Fatigue, fear are daily lot of Ebola fighters: experts

Fatigue, fear are daily lot of Ebola fighters: experts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Doctors, nurses and hospital workers fighting the Ebola epidemic in west Africa are struggling with a daily burden of exhaustion, shortage of staff and fear for themselves over the deadly virus, specialists say.
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Extreme weather kills 2,000 in U.S. each year: CDC

Extreme weather kills 2,000 in U.S. each year: CDC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Each year in the United States, at least 2,000 Americans die from extreme heat or cold, floods or lightning, health officials said Wednesday.
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Isolated indigenous communities of South America under threat

Isolated indigenous communities of South America under threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Indigenous people in the most remote regions of South America are under threat from development, a regional human rights body warned Tuesday, urging that inhabitants these areas be left alone.
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How might climate change affect our food supply?

How might climate change affect our food supply? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's no easy question to answer, but prudence demands that we try. Thus, Microsoft and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have teamed up to tackle 'food resilience,' one of several themes that make up the White House's Climate Data Initiative.
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Big data confirms climate extremes are here to stay

Big data confirms climate extremes are here to stay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a paper published online today in the journal Scientific Reports, published by Nature, Northeastern researchers Evan Kodra and Auroop Ganguly found that while global temperature is indeed increasing, so too is the variability in temperature extremes. For instance, while each year's average hottest ...
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Algae Biomass Novel Foods Workshop | Algae Observer

Effects of the Novel Food Regulation on the algae biomass novel foods are to be discussed at the Algae Biomass Novel Foods Workshop.

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Produzione vinicola: la cantina perfetto connubio di tecnologia e sostenibilità

Produzione vinicola: la cantina perfetto connubio di tecnologia e sostenibilità | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La Cantina in Trentino dove la produzione vinicola ha una sede all’avanguardia per sostenibilità e tecnologia innovativa per risparmio energetico e uso del webGIS.

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Hopineo : Favoriser le Tourisme Durable par l'Exemple - e-RSE : Votre dose d'inspiration pour une meilleure Planète, Entreprise, Consommation, et Solidarité

Hopineo : Favoriser le Tourisme Durable par l'Exemple - e-RSE : Votre dose d'inspiration pour une meilleure Planète, Entreprise, Consommation, et Solidarité | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Deux jeunes passionnés de voyage et de développement durable se sont lancés dans l'aventure du tourisme durable avec la plateforme collaborative Hopineo.
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Biomimicry Lessons for Business from Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins

Biomimicry Lessons for Business from Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

At an event entitled “Biomimicry + the Regenerative Economy" in NYC, experts Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins share lessons business can learn from nature.


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Large Methane Plumes Discovered on Laptev Continental Slope Boundary: Evidence of Possible Methane Hydrate Release | Robert Scribbler Blog

Large Methane Plumes Discovered on Laptev Continental Slope Boundary: Evidence of Possible Methane Hydrate Release | Robert Scribbler Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

SWERUS-C3 researchers have on earlier expeditions documented extensive venting of methane from the subsea system to the atmosphere over the East Siberian Arctic Shelf. On this Oden expedition we have gathered a strong team to assess these methane releases in greater detail than ever before to substantially improve our collective understanding of the methane sources and the functioning of the system. This is information that is crucial if we are to be able to provide scientific estimations of how these methane releases may develop in the future (emphasis added). — Örjan Gustafsson

 

Over the past few years, the Arctic has been experiencing an invasion.

 

Emerging from the Gulf Stream, a pulse of warmer than normal water propagated north past Iceland and into the Barents Sea. There, it dove beneath the surface fresh water and retreating sea ice, plunging to a depth of around 200-500 meters where it concentrated, lending heat to the entire water column. Taking a right hand turn along the Siberian Continental Shelf, it crossed through the mid water zones of the Kara. Finally, it entered the Laptev and there it abutted against the downward facing slopes of the submarine continental region.

 

 


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Will the KSM project suffer the same fate as Pebble?

Will the KSM project suffer the same fate as Pebble? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Potential problems in the horizon for Seabridge Gold's proposed gold, copper, silver and molybdenum mine in northern British Columbia, just 30 km from the Alaska border.
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Fish experience heart failure as water temperature rises

Fish experience heart failure as water temperature rises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fish may experience heart failure as ocean temperatures rise due to climate change, according to new research from the University of Auckland.
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Liberia shuts schools in battle against Ebola: president

Liberia shuts schools in battle against Ebola: president | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Liberia announced Wednesday it was shutting all schools and placing 'non-essential' government workers on 30 days' leave in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa.
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Hong Kong makes Ebola 'contingency' measures

Hong Kong makes Ebola 'contingency' measures | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong said Wednesday it was quarantining all people from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia who were showing Ebola-like symptoms on arrival in the city, as fears grow worldwide about the spread of the deadly virus.
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Eating tree nuts results in 'modest decreases' in blood fats and sugars, survey finds

Eating tree nuts results in 'modest decreases' in blood fats and sugars, survey finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eating tree nuts appears to help reduce two of the five markers for metabolic syndrome, a group of factors that raise the risk for heart disease and other health problems such as diabetes and strokes, a new research paper says.
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Conservation scientists asking wrong questions on climate change impacts on wildlife

Conservation scientists asking wrong questions on climate change impacts on wildlife | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists studying the potential effects of climate change on the world's animal and plant species are focusing on the wrong factors, according to a new paper by a research team from the Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Queensland, and other organizations. The authors claim that most of ...
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Famine in the Horn of Africa (1984) was caused by El Niño and currents in the Indian Ocean

Famine in the Horn of Africa (1984) was caused by El Niño and currents in the Indian Ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oceanic patterns are important drivers of climatic variability. There is a clear link between periods of drought in the North Ethiopian Highlands and oceanic phases of El Niño, the Indian Ocean Dipole and the Southwestern Monsoons.
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Malaria vaccine shows continued protection during 18 months of follow-up

Malaria vaccine shows continued protection during 18 months of follow-up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A vaccine previously shown to reduce malaria in young infants and children reduces larger numbers of malaria cases in areas of higher malaria transmission, according to results from an ongoing clinical trial published in PLOS Medicine.

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Le case con i tetti verdi che proteggono dalle alluvioni

Le case con i tetti verdi che proteggono dalle alluvioni | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tetti verdi per le nuove case che proteggono dalle alluvioni gli abitanti della più densa città del Vietnam grazie a corti con giardini e sistemi di raccolta di acqua piovana.

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Une victoire pour les défenseurs des alternatives aux pesticides de Dordogne et d'ailleurs

Une victoire pour les défenseurs des alternatives aux pesticides de Dordogne et d'ailleurs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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"La voie pour une véritable alternative aux pesticides nocifs pour la santé et l'environnement s'entrouvre", affirme Jean-François Lyphout dans un communiqué.

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Japan Bets on Hydrogen’s Potential to Diversify Energy Sources

Japan Bets on Hydrogen’s Potential to Diversify Energy Sources | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The hydrogen market in Japan is set to expand to 1 trillion yen ($9.8 billion) by 2030 and 8 trillion yen by 2050, according to a government report.

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Diet Affects Men’s and Women’s Intestinal Microbes Differently

Diet Affects Men’s and Women’s Intestinal Microbes Differently | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 The microbes living in the guts of males and females react differently to diet, even when the diets are identical, according to a study by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and six other institutions published this week in the journal Nature Communications. These results suggest that therapies designed to improve human health and treat diseases through nutrition might need to be tailored for each sex.

 

The researchers studied the gut microbes in two species of fish and in mice, and also conducted an in-depth analysis of data that other researchers collected on humans. They found that in fish and humans diet affected the microbiota of males and females differently. In some cases, different species of microbes would dominate, while in others, the diversity of bacteria would be higher in one sex than the other.

These results suggest that any therapies designed to improve human health through diet should take into account whether the patient is male or female.

 

Only in recent years has science begun to completely appreciate the importance of the human microbiome, which consists of all the bacteria that live in and on people’s bodies. There are hundreds or even thousands of species of microbes in the human digestive system alone, each varying in abundance.


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Resource Insights: Why doesn't the 'long emergency' feel like an emergency?

It seemed as if the public might let go of this fossil-fueled fantasy after 2008. But because of the extraordinary financial measures deployed in an attempt to return us to business-as-usual, the global economic and financial system has been revived just enough to allow us to engage in a few more years of fantasizing--until our cumulative debts to nature and to one another catch up with us.


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, July 30, 2:08 PM

Great article by Kurt Cobb on how our elites are ruining our childrens' futures in order to keep up our eternal economic growth fantasies.