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Nike, Starbucks: Betting against climate scientists is ‘false hope’ - The Hill's E2-Wire

Nike, Starbucks: Betting against climate scientists is ‘false hope’ - The Hill's E2-Wire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A corporate coalition that includes big clothing and food companies says confronting global warming is a big economic opportunity for the U. S.
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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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Kingston, Jamaica hybrid project to harness sun and wind

Kingston, Jamaica hybrid project to harness sun and wind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A hybrid energy project in Kingston, Jamaica, aims to satisfy the need for money-saving renewable energy. U.S.-based WindStream Technologies recently announced the wind solar hybrid installation commissioned on the rooftop of a Kingston, Jamaica, law firm. The WindStream Technologies installation consists ...
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Firefighters battle wild blazes in Spain

Firefighters battle wild blazes in Spain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spanish firefighters on Saturday battled forest blazes that have destroyed hundreds of hectares of parched land and forced scores of people from their homes, authorities said.
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Water problems lead to riots, deaths in South Africa

Water problems lead to riots, deaths in South Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three babies who died from drinking tap water contaminated by sewage have become a tragic symbol of South Africa's struggle to cope with a flood of people into cities designed under apartheid to cater to the tiny white minority.
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Climate: Meat turns up the heat

Climate: Meat turns up the heat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eating meat contributes to climate change, due to greenhouse gasses emitted by livestock. New research finds that livestock emissions are on the rise and that beef cattle are responsible for far more greenhouse gas emissions than other types of animals. It is published by Climactic Change.
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Fake flooding impacts considered

Fake flooding impacts considered | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Artificial flooding may be a water-efficient way to irrigate dry landscapes but scientists warn it is not a solution for all problems and the ecological impact needs more thorough monitoring.
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Tourists leave environmental concerns at home

Tourists leave environmental concerns at home | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —People who have environmentally friendly lifestyles at home often engage in environmentally harmful behaviour when they go on holiday, research shows.
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Global warming 'pause' since 1998 reflects natural fluctuation, study concludes

Global warming 'pause' since 1998 reflects natural fluctuation, study concludes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 shows that the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to research by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.
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Research reveals the comparative environmental costs of livestock-based foods

Research reveals the comparative environmental costs of livestock-based foods | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We are told that eating beef is bad for the environment, but do we know its real cost? Are the other animal or animal-derived foods better or worse? New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, conducted in collaboration with scientists in the US, compared the environmental costs of various foods ...
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Mixing it up: Study provides new insight into Southern Ocean behaviour

Mixing it up: Study provides new insight into Southern Ocean behaviour | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study has found that turbulent mixing in the deep waters of the Southern Ocean, which has a profound effect on global ocean circulation and climate, varies with the strength of surface eddies – the ocean equivalent of storms in the atmosphere – and possibly also wind speeds.
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A One Way Street to Oblivion | George Monbiot

A One Way Street to Oblivion | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As soon as an animal becomes extinct, a new bill proposes, it will be classified as “non-native”.

 

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 21st July 2014

 

Can any more destructive and regressive measures be crammed into one bill?

Already, the Infrastructure Bill, which, as time goes by, has ever less to do with infrastructure, looks like one of those US monstrosities into which a random collection of demands by corporate lobbyists are shoved, in the hope that no one notices.

So far it contains (or is due to contain) the following assaults on civilisation and the natural world:

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The World's Second Richest Man Has a Radical Idea on How Many Hours You Should Work

The World's Second Richest Man Has a Radical Idea on How Many Hours You Should Work | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
And he's convinced it would make us more productive.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, July 21, 6:46 PM

"With three work days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life," Slim said during a recent business conference in Paraguay. "Having four days [off] would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied."

 

The downside though, is that people would work until they're 70 or 75 years old. The work week would be shorter, but there would be a lot more of them. Retiring at 50 or 60, which mainly seems like an impossible pipedream these days, would not be in the cards. 

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South Australia Reaches 30% Renewable Energy : Renewable Energy News :

South Australia Reaches 30% Renewable Energy : Renewable Energy News : | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Electricity demand and emissions across Australia's NEM have continued to fall throughout the year according to the pitt&sherry Carbon Emissions Index (CEDEX).

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 21, 6:34 AM
OK this is really an ad but it has great info too.
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Using 'Big Data' approach to map relationships between human and animal diseases

Using 'Big Data' approach to map relationships between human and animal diseases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health are building the world's most comprehensive database describing human and animal pathogens, which can be used to prevent and tackle disease outbreaks around the globe.
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Replacing coal and oil with natural gas will not help fight global warming

Replacing coal and oil with natural gas will not help fight global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Both shale gas and conventional natural gas have a larger greenhouse gas footprint than do coal or oil, especially for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating.
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Australia carbon tax repeal a 'perfect storm of stupidity'

Australia carbon tax repeal a 'perfect storm of stupidity' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia's axing of its carbon tax and a plan to replace it by offering incentives to polluters to increase their energy efficiency is 'the perfect storm of stupidity', scientists and academics argue.
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Researchers provide guide to household water conservation

Researchers provide guide to household water conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Want to conserve water and save on your utility bill? A paper co-written by an Indiana University researcher and published in the current issue of the journal Environment can help.
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Filter bed substrates, plant types recommended for rain gardens

Filter bed substrates, plant types recommended for rain gardens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Urban stormwater runoff is causing problems for the world's water sources. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency found stormwater runoff to be one of the top 10 causes of compromised environments in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, bays, and estuaries. The pollutants from ...
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Ten reasons why policy makers should take direct air capture seriously

Ten reasons why policy makers should take direct air capture seriously | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite the fact that the impacts of manmade climate change are already being felt and that failure to mitigate these effects by lessening fossil fuel CO2 emissions could result in dire consequences, policies enacted to reduce these emissions have been grossly insufficient. While there is no one silver ...
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Water, water—not everywhere: Mapping water trends for African maize

Water, water—not everywhere: Mapping water trends for African maize | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Today's food production relies heavily on irrigation, but across sub-Saharan Africa only 4 percent of cultivated land is irrigated, compared with a global average of 18 percent. Small-scale farming is the main livelihood for many people in the region, who depend on rainfall to water their crops.
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World breaks monthly heat record two times in a row (Update)

World breaks monthly heat record two times in a row (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May.
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Study vindicates climate models accused of 'missing the pause'

Study vindicates climate models accused of 'missing the pause' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate models can recreate the slowdown in global warming since 1998, as long as they correctly factor in crucial variables such as the state of the El Niño system, new research has shown.
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Team finds sea level rise in western tropical Pacific anthropogenic

Team finds sea level rise in western tropical Pacific anthropogenic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study led by Old Dominion University and the University of Colorado Boulder indicates sea levels likely will continue to rise in the tropical Pacific Ocean off the coasts of the Philippines and northeastern Australia as humans continue to alter the climate.
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Two Architects Have an Amazing Plan for What to Do With Brazil's Soccer Stadiums

Two Architects Have an Amazing Plan for What to Do With Brazil's Soccer Stadiums | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Now that the World Cup is over, this would send a powerful message to the world about Brazil's priorities.

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Nucléaire : le Japon s'apprête à redémarrer 2 réacteurs | Enviro2B

Nucléaire : le Japon s'apprête à redémarrer 2 réacteurs | Enviro2B | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
L'autorité japonaise de régulation du nucléaire vient de donner son feu vert pour le redémarrage de 2 réacteurs. La décision finale de relance du nucléaire dans le pays revient désormais au gouvernement de Shinzo Abe.

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Government reforms will 'probably kill stand-alone solar PV in the UK'

Government reforms will 'probably kill stand-alone solar PV in the UK' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By publishing its 'reform' proposals for the support of large scale solar PV in two separate documents on the same day, the Government managed to conceal its true intent from the industry, writes Chris Goodall. The truth is much worse than anyone realised.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 21, 6:06 AM

They need to team up with industry to off set the new added cost to install these solar farms by locating them in parking lots doubling as parking cover over cars. Paved areas contribute to a lot of heat anyway and the land is already unavailable for farming and ugly.  Solar Panels could make it be more comfortable and attractive with good design underneath. I have read that some places are already doing this. Industries with parking lots could help offset the cost and in return get energy back to use as well.


There are usually cameras and security already in those areas that could help protect the panels from abuse. We need to this in all developed countries with tons of ugly often too hot, cold, windy or wet parking lots. They would need to  carefully designed cart and walking trails and driving areas that are not a pain and are easy to use so people will stay on and enjoy the people and car spaces and not tear up the supporting structures of the panels.Why not use the land we have already ruined for farming and herding? This is a natural and the land is already cleared of trees.

malek's comment, July 21, 7:04 AM
The snag is, that if no-one wants grid power, those windmills and solar arrays are going to be effectively useless. So stop building them and subsidising them NOW.
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, July 21, 8:11 AM
Yes, But nobody likes coal or oil lines in their backyard either and that hasn't stop subsidising for them. Black lung and black waters are not very popular either. I do think there is good reason for business and private individuals to off set cost if they can participate in the dividends both in energy use and profits. I would put a solar panel in my yard, or over my vehicles…..But don't ask my to dig a coal mine there.