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Limbaugh: ‘If You Believe In God, Then Intellectually You Cannot Believe In Manmade Global Warming’

Limbaugh: ‘If You Believe In God, Then Intellectually You Cannot Believe In Manmade Global Warming’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In reality, millions of church-goers in the United States already recognize that the evidence for climate change is undeniable.
SustainOurEarth's insight:

He means, "... intellectually you cannot believe in Rush Limbaugh."

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Round Up: your sweater-wearing beer-drinking football watching at risk

Round Up: your sweater-wearing beer-drinking football watching at risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the round up this week: more on morals, climate framing tips, and some cool links. If you’re a science communicator or educator at an informal science center (such as a zoo, aquarium, or museum)...
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The future China chooses will dictate the future of the planet

The future China chooses will dictate the future of the planet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China is the largest contributor to global warming and also the biggest investor in renewables. The future it chooses will affect us all, writes Georg Kell
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Headstone for an Apocalypse

Headstone for an Apocalypse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just across the river from New York City, the looming cliffs of the Palisades are monuments to a global-warming catastrophe.
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In Appreciation of our Firefighters

In Appreciation of our Firefighters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Around the nation, one of the more tragic and tragically overlooked impacts of climate change is the toll it takes on our firefighters.
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Apples losing their crunch to global warming

Apples losing their crunch to global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Global warming is causing apples to lose some of their crunch but is also making them sweeter, a study said Thursday
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Andrew Dessler on Why It's Stupid not to Act on Climate Change

Andrew Dessler on Why It's Stupid not to Act on Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Should we listen to the 97% or the 3%? 

 

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Documents show oilsands pollution concerns

Documents show oilsands pollution concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Disappearing caribou, whooping cranes with "oily underbellies" and more than a dozen warning letters about alleged environmental infractions to a major Canadian energy company are among the concerns about oilsands development highlighted in newly...
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Squeezed households cut energy use by a quarter as prices soar

Squeezed households cut energy use by a quarter as prices soar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Average use in England and Wales falls to 19.7 mWh as people go without heating in face of stagnant incomes and price rises
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Obesity's Death Toll May Be Much Higher Than Thought – WebMD

Obesity's Death Toll May Be Much Higher Than Thought – WebMD | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Study shows 18 percent rate of related deaths in U.S. adults aged 40 and up, compared to earlier estimates of 5 percent
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Keystone Xl: TransCanada acknowledges oil sands crude could sink if spilled -- Friday, August 16, 2013 -- www.eenews.net

In comments released yesterday by the State Department, TransCanada Corp.
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Colorado River: Drought forces first-ever cutbacks in Lake Mead water deliveries

The Bureau of Reclamation today announced it will reduce for the first time ever Colorado River water deliveries from the Lake Powell reservoir downstream to Lake Mead, which provides nearly all of Las Vegas' water.
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Peru's Oil Rush Threatens Native Tribes, Again : NPR

Peru's Oil Rush Threatens Native Tribes, Again : NPR | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three ministers in Peru have resigned over pressure to continue oil exploration in the Camisea area of Peru. In the 1980s uncontacted tribes were partially wiped out by diseases brought in by oil workers.
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Daily Kos: This week in science: Who you gonna believe?

Daily Kos: This week in science: Who you gonna believe? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NASA GISS analysis using meteorological station data, with the base period 1951-1980, derived from the meteorological station network.

Here's a newsflash for the faithful or the analytical: See ...
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Study Reveals Unbelievable Tool For Battling Climate Change

Study Reveals Unbelievable Tool For Battling Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study released Wednesday on the effect of climate change on old-growth redwood forests revealed a surprising silver lining: not only have the trees thrived as the temperature has risen, but they may also be an unparalleled tool in fighting global...
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How Mushrooms Can Clean Up Radioactive Contamination - An 8 Step Plan

Paul Stamets, the master of mycorrhiza, describes how to isolate the radioactive material at Fukushima, specifically Cesium 137, and reduce its impact on the surrounding land and its wildlife and people.
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HuffPost: They covertly let water from Fukushima reactors flow into Pacific Ocean — Remains unclear what’s happened to melted cores — World’s worst atomic catastrophe is very far from over

Officials have a big problem: they have to pump huge amounts of water onto the super-hot molten cores every day to prevent further meltdowns. But this creates a second problem: hundreds of thousands of gallons of radioactive water. [...]

After denying for months that there was a problem, filling dozens of leaky pools with the water and letting most of it just flow covertly into the ocean, officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) have now come up with a last-ditch plan. They want to surround the entire facility with a frozen wall [...]

Others point out that even if you could build the wall, eventually the water behind it would build up and breech the wall [...]

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Obama Administration Rushes To Expand Fracking On Public Lands, Despite Frightening Evidence

Obama Administration Rushes To Expand Fracking On Public Lands, Despite Frightening Evidence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A significant milestone in the future of fracking in the United States is fast approaching, as the public comment period closes next week for industry-approved plans to open 600 million acres of public lands to the controversial drilling practice.
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Gorgeous Glimpses of Calamity

Gorgeous Glimpses of Calamity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Man-made perils to the universe’s garden of life are evident from space.
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SteveSalmony's comment, August 18, 2013 11:42 AM
Somehow we have got to do many things differently, do them much more ably,
and do all of them simultaneously, collaboratively and fast. Ready or not,
like it or not, we are presented with a planetary emergency.This is the time
for making necessary behavioral changes by thinking globally and acting
locally. Science and common sense will give us direction. What we cannot do
is sit on the sidelines. No, we cannot afford to sit this one out. All hands
are needed on the deck at this critical moment in the history of our
planetary home. Our generation is simply not stepping up to the challenges
before us. The consequences of our failures appear colossal and profound
with regard to the prospects for future human well being and environmental
health. The very last thing a responsible person is to do in such
circumstances is consciously and deliberately choose to remain silent, I
believe. Are we not participants in and witnesses to yet another
preposterous failure of nerve? When are the leaders going to speak out in an
intellectually honest way and act with a sense of moral courage? How
terrible are things going to have to become on Earth before
the-powers-that-be begin to talk about and do the right things, according to
the lights and best available knowledge they possess? Whatsoever is real and
true must be acknowledged if we are to respond ably to climate
destabilization, pollution, biodiversity loss, resource dissipation,
environmental degradation and overpopulation,but the manufactured 'nothing
is wrong' reality is well-established and those who speak truth to power
are consistently marginalized and ignored. It is difficult even to imagine
how much can be done in such unfavorable circumstances. Still our efforts
are vital because the-powers-that-be are living in a fool's paradise, and
the stakes are such that the things that are not being acknowledged will
likely destroy life as we know it on Earth. We know how to stop
overpopulation humanely.The gravity of this and other looming human-driven
global threats are understood and could be confronted with a long overdue
determination to do what is necessary. All of the world's human resources,
including overrated intelligence and technology, need to be deployed in
order to overcome the emerging and converging wicked problems looming
ominously on the horizon.The-powers-that-be could save the world if they
acted with the intellectual honesty, moral courage and power they possess to
sound alarm bells, forcefully warn the world, and call out loudly and
clearly for changes toward sustainable lifestyles and right-sized corporate
enterprises. But most of the necessary changes are unlikely to happen,
The-powers-that-be want to maintain the status quo, come what may. They lack
the moral courage and the imagination to save the world we are blessed to
inhabit as a fit place for habitation by children everywhere and coming
generations.
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Gov visits first injection oil wells in Montana

Gov visits first injection oil wells in Montana | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock joined oil company officials on Friday to laud the state's first production carbon dioxide injection oil field as a big step forward.
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Latin American Herald Tribune - Cuba Opens 2nd Solar Farm of 2013

Latin American Herald Tribune - Cuba Opens 2nd Solar Farm of 2013 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

HAVANA – Cuba inaugurated a 5,200-panel solar farm in the central city of Santa Clara this week, the second such facility installed this year on the island, the official press reported Thursday.

The farm, which will be able to supply some 750 homes daily, will have a generating capacity of 962 KW once it is fully operating.

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Three new pipelines through Kentucky, Indiana compete for natural gas liquids markets in the Gulf

Three new pipelines through Kentucky, Indiana compete for natural gas liquids markets in the Gulf | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The race to transport lucrative natural gas liquids to the Gulf Coast is running through Kentucky and Indiana — with three pipeline proposals competing to be first.
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IPS – Kashmiri Farmers Unprepared for Drought | Inter Press Service

IPS – Kashmiri Farmers Unprepared for Drought | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kashmiri Farmers Unprepared for Drought - Zareena Bano has had to skip school 17 times this year to help out on her family’s farm in Tangchekh village in the northern Indian state of Kashmir.
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Laos Gripped by Deadly Dengue Fever Surge

Laos Gripped by Deadly Dengue Fever Surge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Laos is one of several countries in the region seeing record numbers of people infected with the mosquito-borne virus. The others are neighbors Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia. 

The higher prevalence of dengue is attributed to fluctuating weather patterns, the hot weather, and heavy rainfall— conditions that are conducive to high breeding rates of mosquitoes.

There is currently no approved vaccine or specific drug treatment for dengue fever, which globally kills some 20,000 people every year out of between half a million and one million people infected with it.
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