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State of Green Business: Cities become hotbeds of promise

State of Green Business: Cities become hotbeds of promise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Big data, LED lighting and smart parking programs are helping to spur a global urban revolution. 
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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, 8:26 PM

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Texas probes potential second case of Ebola

Texas probes potential second case of Ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Texas health authorities Wednesday were investigating a potential second US case of Ebola, in a person who was in close contact with a man diagnosed with the virus.
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Ethical behavior can be contagious, study says

Ethical behavior can be contagious, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study from Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty members Steven Huddart and Hong Qu examines the power of social influence on managers' ethical behavior. The Department of Accounting researchers find that managers tend to become more honest after observing honest peers and more dishonest ...
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First large-scale carbon capture goes online in Canada

First large-scale carbon capture goes online in Canada | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world's first large-scale carbon capture and storage—built into a SaskPower coal-fired power plant in the Canadian prairies—will be inaugurated Thursday.
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Fall in monsoon rains driven by rise in air pollution, study shows

Fall in monsoon rains driven by rise in air pollution, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Emissions produced by human activity have caused annual monsoon rainfall to decline over the past 50 years, a study suggests.
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Can fair trade plastic save people and the planet?

Can fair trade plastic save people and the planet? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —It's old news that open-source 3D printing is cheaper than conventional manufacturing, not to mention greener and incredibly useful for making everything from lab equipment to chess pieces. Now it's time add another star to the 3D printing constellation. It may help lift some of the world's ...
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Grouse moor burning causes widespread environmental changes

Grouse moor burning causes widespread environmental changes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Evidence of the environmental effects of moorland burning is published today in the first authoritative scientific study on the subject, with the aim of relieving tensions on both sides of the grouse moor management debate.
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Evolving plumbing system beneath Greenland slows ice sheet as summer progresses

Evolving plumbing system beneath Greenland slows ice sheet as summer progresses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team led by scientists at the University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Geophysics has for the first time directly observed multiple parts of Greenland's subglacial plumbing system and how that system evolves each summer to slow down the ice sheet's movement toward the sea.
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Measuring Emissions from Oil and Gas Drilling

Measuring Emissions from Oil and Gas Drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Description: CIRES, NOAA study confirms leaks from oil and gas operations During two days of intensive airborne measurements, oil and gas operations in Colorado's Front Range leaked nearly three ti...
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Renewable Energy Prices Drop Dramatically (again)

Renewable Energy Prices Drop Dramatically (again) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I've been to several conferences in recent weeks tracking the rollout of renewable energy regionally and nationally. The interview above was recorded a few weeks ago in Traverse City, Michigan, and...
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California governor vetoes 'unnecessary' livestock antibiotics bill

California governor vetoes 'unnecessary' livestock antibiotics bill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Consumer and environmental groups cheer California governor Jerry Brown’s veto of antibiotics bill, calling it too weak
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Feds unveil cleanup plan for nuclear waste dump

Feds unveil cleanup plan for nuclear waste dump | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) â€" The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to cost more than $240 million. The timeline and cost details were included in a recovery plan developed by the department over several months with help from nuclear industry experts. Mark Whitney, acting assistant secretary for the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management, said officials estimate that 90 percent or more of the nuclear waste dump is free of radiological contamination. Watchdog Don Hancock said the plan fails to establish safety standards for the public and for workers as recovery continues. Getting the nuclear dump back on track has been a top priority for the department given that the plant is the government's only permanent repository for waste such as contaminated gloves, tools and clothing from decades of building nuclear bombs.
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Cement factories cast pall over village in northern Vietnam

Cement factories cast pall over village in northern Vietnam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thousands of people from Ha Nam Province have sought relief from the thick factory smoke and omnipresent cement dust that's plagued their community for years, but authorities have failed to act.
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Uranium mining near Grand Canyon to remain banned: court

Uranium mining near Grand Canyon to remain banned: court | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Revoking the ban would have resulted in the development of 26 new uranium mines and 700 uranium exploration projects.
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First US child dies from enterovirus D68

First US child dies from enterovirus D68 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A child in the northeastern US state of Rhode Island has become the first to die from an ongoing outbreak of a respiratory virus, enterovirus D68, health officials said Wednesday.
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Memory loss associated with Alzheimer's reversed for first time

Memory loss associated with Alzheimer's reversed for first time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Patient one had two years of progressive memory loss. She was considering quitting her job, which involved analyzing data and writing reports, she got disoriented driving, and mixed up the names of her pets. Patient two kept forgetting once familiar faces at work, forgot his gym locker combination, ...
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Study evaluates reef corals' ability to persist over various time scales

Study evaluates reef corals' ability to persist over various time scales | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Contrary to the popular research-based assumption that the world's coral reefs are doomed, a new longitudinal study from UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) paints a brighter picture of how corals may fare in the future.
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Scientists identify most pressing environmental issues posed by pharmaceuticals

Scientists identify most pressing environmental issues posed by pharmaceuticals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study led by the University of York identifies the key research questions about the risks of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment.
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Eastern basin of the South Aral Sea completely dry for the first time in modern history

Eastern basin of the South Aral Sea completely dry for the first time in modern history | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Summer 2014 marked another milestone for the Aral Sea, the once-extensive lake in Central Asia that has been shrinking markedly since the 1960s. For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried.
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Scientists see bleached coral in northwest Hawaii

Scientists see bleached coral in northwest Hawaii | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warm ocean temperatures have caused large expanses of coral to bleach in the pristine reefs northwest of Hawaii's main islands, scientists said Tuesday.
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Survival Basics: Starting a Fire - Backdoor Survival

Survival Basics: Starting a Fire - Backdoor Survival | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It has been awhile since I have written about living a strategic life.  For those of you new to Backdoor Survival, living a strategic life is something tha
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August 2014: Greenland is the New Black

August 2014: Greenland is the New Black | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jason Box returned to Greenland for a few days late in August, and was able to shoot the video above. Newest observations show the lowest reflectivity on record for Greenland's Upper elevations. An...
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Transforming the Age of Extinction

Transforming the Age of Extinction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Guardian: The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them fo...
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Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway

Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bring in roughly 40 percent of the goods shipped to the United States. Once there, the first leg of their journey to warehouses and stores and cities across the country is a 20-mile stretch of roadway between the ports and downtown L.A. known as the Alameda Corridor, used almost exclusively by large trucks hauling goods between the ports and various freight rail links. The corridor's high concentration of diesel-truck traffic has created a similarly high concentration of pollution in the surrounding areas, causing health and air-quality concerns for nearby residents and the region as a whole.

 

But a new road design project dubbed the e-highway is aiming to reduce and maybe even eliminate the pollution problems caused by all this truck traffic. 

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Country’s ‘strictest’ air pollution laws introduced in city tomorrow

Country’s ‘strictest’ air pollution laws introduced in city tomorrow | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI tomorrow introduces “China’s strictest air protection law,” with maximum fines of 500,000 yuan (US$81,244) — five times the current level. And this fine itself will be hiked on a daily basis
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35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska

35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The enormous gathering was spotted during NOAA's annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey, spokeswoman Julie Speegle said by email. The gathering of walrus on shore is a phenomenon that has accompanied the loss of summer sea ice as the climate has warmed. Females give birth on sea ice and use ice as a diving platform to reach snails, clams and worms on the shallow continental shelf. In recent years, sea ice has receded north beyond shallow continental shelf waters and into Arctic Ocean water, where depths exceed 2 miles and walrus cannot dive to the bottom.
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