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China's wine boom of little profit to giant pandas and small farmers

China's wine boom of little profit to giant pandas and small farmers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vineyard growth plan for 'Bordeaux of China' raises concerns for animal habitats and livelihoods of villagers who switch to grapes
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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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Did the Senate's Climate Change Vote Matter?

Did the Senate's Climate Change Vote Matter? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, aspiring Republican Senate candidate. Could he be headed for disappointment? I thought last Senate's sideshow vote on "whether Climate Change was real" seemed a bit lame to me, and the resul...
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Fact Checking Science - a New Effort

Fact Checking Science - a New Effort | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FactCheck.org has a brand new “SciCheck” project, fact-checking science-themed claims by politicians and/or partisans. Here is a sample of their inaugural post, surveying recent statements by high ...
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Call It What You Want, RYNO Is One Tough Eco Machine

Call It What You Want, RYNO Is One Tough Eco Machine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just what is a RYNO? A bike? Unicycle? Whatever you choose to call it, RYNO Motor's latest creation is not only super cool, its also easy on the planet too.
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10 signs the stars are aligning for a climate deal in Paris

10 signs the stars are aligning for a climate deal in Paris | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Following Al Gore and Pharrell Williams’ Live Earth 2015 announcement, we round up nine other reasons to feel happy ahead of crunch climate talks in Paris in December
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Bee Decline Could Cause Malnutrition In Developing Countries

Bee Decline Could Cause Malnutrition In Developing Countries | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"The take-home is: pollinator declines can really matter to human health."
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Congress can protect climate and protect jobs

Congress can protect climate and protect jobs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new Congress could enact a simpler, market-friendly alternative with greater potential to head off catastrophic global warming while creating millions of jobs.
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The coming food disaster - CNN.com

The coming food disaster  - CNN.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Every effort should be made to prevent the introduction of additional herbicide resistant crops.

 

One would expect that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the best interests of the public in mind, but its recent decisions have cast serious doubt upon this assumption.

 

One in particular could have a dramatic impact on the safety of the U.S. food supply: It is the mandate of the EPA to regulate the use of agricultural chemicals like insecticides and herbicides, as well as to determine their allowable limits in food and drinking water.

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Pipeline not state-inspected before 3M-gallon saltwater leak

Pipeline not state-inspected before 3M-gallon saltwater leak | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pipeline that ruptured recently in North Dakota and spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater produced during oil drilling wasn't inspected by the state before being installed, according to state regulators.
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Oklahoma worries over swarm of earthquakes and connection to oil industry

Oklahoma worries over swarm of earthquakes and connection to oil industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last year, 567 quakes of at least 3.0 magnitude rocked a swath of the state. Oil and gas drilling are the implicit culprits, but some hesitate to blame an industry that has kept Okla.’s economy afloat.
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WATER POLLUTION: Court backs EPA, greens in CAFO privacy lawsuit -- Wednesday, January 28, 2015 -- www.eenews.net

WATER POLLUTION: Court backs EPA, greens in CAFO privacy lawsuit -- Wednesday, January 28, 2015 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A federal judge ruled for U.S. EPA yesterday in a lawsuit filed by agribusinesses angry about the agency providing information on large livestock farms to environmentalists.
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To sustain our organization, retreat land and infrastructure we greatly depend on your contributions to our Ari Bhöd mandala. Lama Gyatso Memorial Fund

To sustain our organization, retreat land and infrastructure we greatly depend on your contributions to our Ari Bhöd mandala.      Lama Gyatso Memorial Fund | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Dear Friends of Ari Bhöd,

2015 marks a new year filled with boundless possibilities and auspicious beginnings including being able to share wonderful news: confirmation of the 2015 visit of HIS HOLINESS THE SAKYA TRIZIN RINPOCHE to Pema Drawa on April 28, for a special public event! Details coming soon!

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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as 'vaping' grows in popularity.
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"Holy S@%(!! - Passenger's Reactions to Tesla's Insane Mode

"Holy S@%(!! - Passenger's Reactions to Tesla's Insane Mode | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The thing people do not get about electric cars? They have crazy acceleration. And note the lack of vibration, roar or smoke. More below - Brewster MacCracken of Austin, Texas' Pecan Street Project...
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Students Build Tiny Home for $489

Students Build Tiny Home for $489 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Students build tiny house, one scrap at a time.

 

 Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten had no money. How could they build a house?

 

The Central College students, both environmental studies majors, wanted to build a small, sustainable home for their senior project. They proposed a $3,350 budget — but when no grant money was available, they became scavengers to complete the project as cheaply as possible. With truckloads of reclaimed materials and 10 weeks to build, the students created a house for $489.

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For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud

For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Nubian-style vaulted roof mud homes are surging in popularity in the Sahel

 

Building a house in the poorest villages of southern Mali has for years involved cutting trees for timber frames and struggling to save cash for a corrugated iron roof.

 

Now families are turning to an alternative: Nubian-style domed mud-brick homes that are cheaper, protect fast-vanishing local forests and make homes cooler in the worsening summer heat, experts say.

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Venereal Disease, Taxes, But Not Climate Change: Where Disney Draws The Line On PSAs

Venereal Disease, Taxes, But Not Climate Change: Where Disney Draws The Line On PSAs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Why did Disney refuse to let characters from "Frozen" star in a climate change PSA?
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British belief in climate change on the rise, research finds

British belief in climate change on the rise, research finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Poll finds 15% list climate change as major threat in next two decades, jumping to 29% for people with direct recent experience of flooding
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Scrapping the National Children's Study is a mistake

Scrapping the National Children's Study is a mistake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental health research has confirmed that chronic, low-level exposure to toxins in our environment – including our food, air and water – can have a significant impact on our health. We need to expand…
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Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream

Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many dams in the United States have outlived their useful lives. A movement to remove them is gaining traction and growing in ambition.
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The Making of a Climate Refugee

The Making of a Climate Refugee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Four years ago, Ioane Teitiota barely knew what global warming was. Today, the migrant farmer from the tiny island nation of Kiribati is a test…
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Build better roads in developing world to bolster food supplies: study

OSLO (Reuters) - Billion-dollar investments in basic transport and electricity in developing nations are among the best ways to curb hunger by 2030 since a quarter of all food is now wasted after harvest,
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The GOP’s plan to stop environmental protections: attack science

The GOP’s plan to stop environmental protections: attack science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By changing how agencies use science, they could stop major environmental regulations before they even get off the ground.
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Report on what caused Mount Polley disaster expected this week

Report on what caused Mount Polley disaster expected this week | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The highly anticipated independent expert panel report will determine the cause of the dam failure and is expected to lead to new safety standards for the entire Canadian mining industry.
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Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costs

Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two papers co-authored by a University of Illinois expert in the regulation and financing of health care conclude that tort reform has had relatively little impact on the U.S. health care system.
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