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Great Barrier Reef on the brink as politicians bicker

Great Barrier Reef on the brink as politicians bicker | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environment minister Tony Burke says the government has done its best to stop downgrading of UN heritage status
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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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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 5:26 PM

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Zambia lifts ban on safari hunting

Zambia lifts ban on safari hunting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Zambia has lifted a 20-month ban on safari hunting because it has lost too much revenue, but lions and leopards will remain protected, the government said Wednesday.
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Biotech firm's GM mosquitoes to fight dengue in Brazil

Biotech firm's GM mosquitoes to fight dengue in Brazil | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's a dry winter day in southeast Brazil, but a steamy tropical summer reigns inside the labs at Oxitec, where workers are making an unusual product: genetically modified mosquitoes to fight dengue fever.
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Taking aim at added sugars to improve Americans' health

Taking aim at added sugars to improve Americans' health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Now that health advocates' campaigns against trans-fats have largely succeeded in sidelining the use of the additive, they're taking aim at sugar for its potential contributions to Americans' health conditions. But scientists and policymakers are still wrangling over the best way to assuage the nation's ...
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WHO medic with Ebola taken to Germany for treatment (Update)

WHO medic with Ebola taken to Germany for treatment (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A World Health Organization doctor who has contracted Ebola arrived in a German hospital Wednesday, the first patient with the virus to be treated in the country, officials said.
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US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse before it gets better.
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Lifetime of fitness: A fountain of youth for bone and joint health?

Lifetime of fitness: A fountain of youth for bone and joint health? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Being physically active may significantly improve musculoskeletal and overall health, and minimize or delay the effects of aging, according to a review of the latest research on senior athletes (ages 65 and up) appearing in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons ...
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Fighting prostate cancer with a tomato-rich diet

Fighting prostate cancer with a tomato-rich diet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests.
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Seniors face barriers to critical dental care

Seniors face barriers to critical dental care | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Research has shown that poor oral health can have a negative impact on seniors' overall health and well-being, but for many, there are significant barriers to visiting a dentist, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Behavior.
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Japan sees first local dengue case in over 60 years

Japan sees first local dengue case in over 60 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years.
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Dismantling ships and the trajectory of steel

Dismantling ships and the trajectory of steel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tell me how you dismantle a ship, and I'll tell how a region can prosper from its steel! This could be the motto of this master's cycle at ENAC during which the projects of two civil engineering students gathered extensive data on the largest dismantling port in the world: Alang in India.
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NASA sees massive Marie close enough to affect southern California coast

NASA sees massive Marie close enough to affect southern California coast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two NASA satellites captured visible and infrared pictures that show the massive size of Hurricane Marie. Marie is so large that it is bringing rough surf to the southern coast of California while almost nine hundred miles west of Baja California.
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What weekend's earthquakes mean for future seismic activity in the Bay Area

What weekend's earthquakes mean for future seismic activity in the Bay Area | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Large earthquakes occurred much more frequently in the Bay Area during the 19th century, says Stanford geophysicist Greg Beroza. Last weekend's magnitude 6.0 quake in Napa was a reminder to stay ready for something bigger.
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Heavy metal songs: Contaminated songbirds sing the wrong tunes — Environmental Health News

Heavy metal songs: Contaminated songbirds sing the wrong tunes — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Scientists have long known that mercury is a potent toxicant: It disrupts the architecture of human brains, and it can change birds’ behavior and kill their chicks. But after extensive research in Virginia, scientists have shown that mercury also alters the very thing that many birds are known for – their songs.

 

Emitted by the burning of coal, mercury in the atmosphere has quadrupled since the days before industrialization, according to a recent study published in Nature. And the amount of methylmercury in animals throughout much of the world is rising, too.

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Museum specimens, modern cities show how an insect pest will respond to climate change

Museum specimens, modern cities show how an insect pest will respond to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that century-old museum specimens hold clues to how global climate change will affect a common insect pest that can weaken and kill trees – and the news is not good.
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Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights (Update)

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.
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West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A young man on camera names the person who's challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water—part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention in West Africa.
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Canada pulling Ebola lab team from Sierra Leone

Canada pulling Ebola lab team from Sierra Leone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canada is evacuating a three-member mobile laboratory team from Sierra Leone after people in their hotel were diagnosed with Ebola. The World Health Organization earlier announced it is pulling a team out of the country.
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Expression of privilege in vaccine refusal

Expression of privilege in vaccine refusal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Not all students returning to school this month will be up to date on their vaccinations. A new study conducted by Jennifer Reich, a researcher at the University of Colorado Denver, shows that the reasons why children may not be fully vaccinated depends on the class privilege of their mothers.
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Soda tax for adolescents and exercise for children best strategies for reducing obesity

Soda tax for adolescents and exercise for children best strategies for reducing obesity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Childhood obesity in the United States remains high. A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks would reduce obesity in adolescents more than other policies, such as exercise or an advertising ban, and would also generate significant revenue for additional ...
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For older adults, exercise is good medicine for health, mobility and mood

For older adults, exercise is good medicine for health, mobility and mood | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Because folks over age 65 will make up 40 percent of the U.S. population in 30 years, according to the Census Bureau, quality of life looms as an important public health issue as baby boomers head into retirement. Figuring out how seniors can best maintain it was a major goal of the recently completed ...
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India asks Pepsi to cut down sugar in sodas

India asks Pepsi to cut down sugar in sodas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India has asked US soft drinks giant PepsiCo to reduce the sugar content of its sodas as the country battles growing levels of obesity and diabetes.
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Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact

Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.
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US protects 20 species of coral as threatened (Update)

US protects 20 species of coral as threatened (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.
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Yellowstone supereruption would send ash across North America

Yellowstone supereruption would send ash across North America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the unlikely event of a volcanic supereruption at Yellowstone National Park, the northern Rocky Mountains would be blanketed in meters of ash, and millimeters would be deposited as far away as New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, according to a new study.
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Big snowstorms will still occur in Northern Hemisphere following global warming, study finds

Big snowstorms will still occur in Northern Hemisphere following global warming, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If ever there were a silver lining to global warming, it might be the prospect of milder winters. After all, it stands to reason that a warmer climate would generate less snow.
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