Sustain Our Earth
Follow
Find
40.6K views | +8 today
Sustain Our Earth
News that effects the sustainability of life on Earth
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Kerry calls climate change a weapon of mass destruction, derides skeptics

Kerry calls climate change a weapon of mass destruction, derides skeptics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The secretary of state derides skeptics who deny evidence as “shoddy scientists” as he urges developing nations to do more to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Richland Superfund site part of $63M payout to EPA

Richland Superfund site part of $63M payout to EPA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Decades after it dumped toxic waste in Upper Bucks, a leading chemical company has finally paid for the damage. Formerly PhillyBurbs
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Excessive radiation levels detected at New Mexico waste site

(Reuters) - Underground sensors have detected excessive radiation levels inside a nuclear waste storage site deep below New Mexico's desert, but no workers have been exposed and there was no risk to public health, U.S. Department of Energy officials said on Sunday.


An air-monitoring alarm went off at 11:30 p.m. local time Friday indicating unsafe concentrations of radiation inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in what DOE officials said appeared to be the first such mishap since the facility opened in 1999.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

In Ecuador, oil boom creates tension

In Ecuador, oil boom creates tension | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As Ecuador oil rush pushes deeper into Amazon, tribal violence flares.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Elizabeth Kolbert: Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age

Elizabeth Kolbert: Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Will this bring the 6th mass extinction in Earth's history?

 

In the history of the planet, there have been five known mass extinction events. The last came 65 million years ago, when an asteroid about half the size of Manhattan collided with the Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs and bringing the Cretaceous period to an end. Scientists say we are now experiencing the sixth extinction, with up to 50 percent of all living species in danger of disappearing by the end of the century. But unlike previous extinctions, the direct cause this time is us — human-driven climate change. In "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," journalist Elizabeth Kolbert visits four continents to document the massive "die-offs" that came millions of years ago and those now unfolding before our eyes. Kolbert explores how human activity — fossil fuel consumption, ocean acidification, pollution, deforestation, forced migration — threatens life forms of all kinds. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

The Crushingly Expensive Mistake Killing Your Retirement

The Crushingly Expensive Mistake Killing Your Retirement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
401(k) fees are costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars over your lifetime.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Iron Men of Wall Street

Iron Men of Wall Street | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Greg Mankiw has written another defense of the 0.1 percent — and this one is kind of amazing.

Before I get to the amazing part, however, can I say enough with the movie stars. Yes, a handful of media stars make a lot of money. But they are a trivial part of the story (pdf).

 

The upper tiers of the income distribution are overwhelmingly occupied by executives of one kind or another — corporate, finance, real estate, and lawyers who are surely more corporate than Perry Mason. And even the biggest names in media aren’t real players. Remember, the 40 top-paid hedge fund managers and traders made an average of more than $400 million each in 2012.

 

Which brings me to the amazing part of the column. Mankiw invokes the strong role of financial fortunes in U.S. inequality to argue that the incomes are deserved:

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Chinese bloggers press Kerry on Internet freedom

Chinese bloggers press Kerry on Internet freedom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Feb 15, 2014 - Chinese bloggers urged US Secretary of State John Kerry to push for greater freedom online in China during a rare meeting in Beijing Saturday, asking for help to tear down the great Internet firewall.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Hundreds of cars stuck in snow-hit Japan

Hundreds of cars stuck in snow-hit Japan | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 16, 2014 - Hundreds of cars are stuck on a hillside trunk road in Japan after it was hit by a snowstorm which is now heading north, officials said Sunday.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Kitty litter parasite infects Arctic beluga whales

Kitty litter parasite infects Arctic beluga whales | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chicago (AFP) Feb 14, 2014 - A parasite that is found in cats and can cause brain disease, blindness and miscarriage in people has been found for the first time in Arctic beluga whales, scientists said Thursday.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Environmental Influences on Health, Starting Before Birth | Duke University Research

Environmental Influences on Health, Starting Before Birth | Duke University Research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Emerging field of "epigenetics" studies the signals that tell DNA to work.The active, coding parts of DNA can be activated or inactivated by the attachment of molecules called methyl groups. Methylation can be set by environmental factors such as diet or pollutants and then passed on to a new generation. (image - Christoph Bock, Max Planck Institute for Informatics)
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Kerry Warns Indonesia: Climate Change Threatens 'Entire Way Of Life'

Kerry Warns Indonesia: Climate Change Threatens 'Entire Way Of Life' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The secretary of state told students that the world shouldn't allow skeptics to "hijack" the issue.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Reimagining Waste – Moving Towards Zero Waste - Earth911.com

Reimagining Waste – Moving Towards Zero Waste - Earth911.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reimagining waste brings businesses, municipalities and households closer to achieving zero waste.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Science Linking Drought to Global Warming Remains Matter of Dispute

Science Linking Drought to Global Warming Remains Matter of Dispute | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While a trend of increasing drought that may be linked to global warming has been documented in some regions, there is no scientific consensus yet that it is a worldwide phenomenon.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Endako mine effluent affecting aquatic environment in north-central B.C.

Endako mine effluent affecting aquatic environment in north-central B.C. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Ministry of Environment is re-evaluating the amount of waste water the Endako mine in north-central B.C. is allowed to discharge because a review has found effluent is affecting the aquatic environment. Although the waste water discharged from Thompson Creek Metals’ molybdenum mine does not exceed its permit limits, monitoring indicates that effluent is affecting the aquatic environment in Francois Lake, the Endako River, and streams originating from the mine site, according to documents obtained by The Vancouver Sun.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Killer starfish threatens Great Barrier Reef

Killer starfish threatens Great Barrier Reef | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Waves of carnivorous starfish are eating their way through Australia's Great Barrier Reef - and sugar cane farming is being blamed.

 

Researchers at Australia's Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), just outside Townsville, Queensland, in north-east Australia, have mapped the pattern of destruction.

 

"Coral cover is half of what it was 27 years ago, coral cover is going down at an alarming rate." Dr Katharina Fabricius, coral reef ecologist and AIMS principal research scientist, told the BBC World Service programme Discovery.

 

She said the biggest culprit was the Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTs).

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Indian Peoples Action vs. the Montana Tar Sands

Indian Peoples Action vs. the Montana Tar Sands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lost in the media coverage of the blockade was the prominent role Native Americans played in organizing the protest.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

California's New 'Dust Bowl': "It's Gonna Be a Slow, Painful, Agonizing Death" For Farmers | Zero Hedge

California's New 'Dust Bowl': "It's Gonna Be a Slow, Painful, Agonizing Death" For Farmers | Zero Hedge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"It's really a crisis situation," exclaims one California city manager, "and it's going to get worse in time if this drought doesn't alleviate." For the state that produces one-third of the nation's fruits and vegetables, the driest spell in 500 years has prompted President Obama to make $100 million in livestock-disaster aid available within 60 days to help the state rebound from what he describes is " going to be a very challenging situation this year... and potentially some time to come." As NBC reports, Governor Jerry Brown believes the "unprecedented emergency" could cost $2.8 billion in job income and $11 billion in state revenues - and as one farmer noted "we can't recapture that." Dismal recollections of the 1930's Dust Bowl are often discussed as workers (and employers) are "packing their bags and leaving town..." leaving regions to "run the risk of becoming desolate ghost towns as local governments and businesses collapse."
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

The Rise (and Rise and Rise) of the 0.01 Percent in America

The Rise (and Rise and Rise) of the 0.01 Percent in America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The average 1 percenter is quite rich. But she lives in a state of relative poverty compared to the astronomical wealth of "the 1 percent of the 1 percent."
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

US to appoint Arctic envoy

US to appoint Arctic envoy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Feb 15, 2014 - The United States announced Friday it would appoint a special envoy to the Arctic, a region increasingly coveted by several countries for its oil and other raw materials.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

US, China to share policy ideas to fight global warming

US, China to share policy ideas to fight global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Feb 15, 2014 - The US and China, the world's two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, Saturday announced they were joining forces to share more information on trying to combat climate change.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Wolf hunt stand-off in Sweden heightens rural tensions

Wolf hunt stand-off in Sweden heightens rural tensions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Karlstad, Sweden (AFP) Feb 15, 2014 - Farmers and hunters in Sweden are crying foul over a wolf hunt ban which they say threatens their way of life and may lead to civil disobedience.
SustainOurEarth's insight:

Pinnacle predators are an entegral part of nature, and a prime indicator of environmental health.  We are always trying to bend nature to our will, and ultimately to our own determent, just look at where we have put ourselves; facing world climate change, rising oceans, and experiencing ever more extreme weather events, and highly likely initiating "the 6th Extinction Event" which could include us.

 

Best is to learn to live with and understand nature, not work against it for nature will always win in the end.  There has always been loss of crops and livestock to wildlife, but we must seek minimize the loss without destroying the wildlife.  Best to plan and account for some marginal loss and see it as a tithe to nature for the all the other bounty it brings.  It seems we are always sorrowful for our loss, but never thankful for what is given to us.  How narrow and short sighted we are.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Remarks on Climate Change

Remarks on Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Remarks on Climate Change:  

John Kerry
Secretary of State@america
Jakarta, Indonesia
February 16, 2014 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

Chevrolet Will Now Give Money To College Campuses If They Pollute Less

Chevrolet Will Now Give Money To College Campuses If They Pollute Less | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Detroit-based automaker said it has already begun to purchase carbon credits from campuses in exchange for those campuses undertaking projects that reduce their emissions.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by SustainOurEarth
Scoop.it!

This Is What It Looks Like When 100,000 Gallons Of Coal Waste Spill Into A West Virginia Stream

This Is What It Looks Like When 100,000 Gallons Of Coal Waste Spill Into A West Virginia Stream | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Images from the new spill contaminating a West Virginia waterway, this time 100,000 gallons of coal slurry.
more...
No comment yet.