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La Russie avertit les États-Unis : la disparition des abeilles provoquerait une 3ème guerre mondiale

La Russie avertit les États-Unis : la disparition des abeilles provoquerait une 3ème guerre mondiale | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Fait incroyable en Russie la semaine dernière : John Kerry, le secrétaire d'Etat américain, a été forcé d'attendre pendant 3 heures Vladimir Poutine, très énervé contre Barack Obama. La raison ?  Des pesticides et la destruction massive des abeilles."


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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, 2014 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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China's deserts are expanding at an alarming rate. So it's fighting back, with straw mats

China's deserts are expanding at an alarming rate. So it's fighting back, with straw mats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The expanding sands have already claimed ancient relics, cities and even sections of the Great Wall.
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On the Front Lines of Wisconsin's Big-Money, Small-Town Iron Mine War | VICE News

On the Front Lines of Wisconsin's Big-Money, Small-Town Iron Mine War | VICE News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We traveled to northern Wisconsin to check in on the bitter environmental, economic, and political battle raging over a proposed iron mine.
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France urges ‘quick action’ on endocrine disruptors

France urges ‘quick action’ on endocrine disruptors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris has placed the EU’s endocrine disruptor strategy on the agenda of a meeting of environment ministers on Thursday (12 June), saying the effects of some chemicals on the human body are now sufficiently documented and call for urgent action at the European level.
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Peak Pollution: China to Lead the Clean Energy Revolution

Peak Pollution: China to Lead the Clean Energy Revolution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Despite off-the-chart air pollution levels in some cities, China has long been the world’s leading producer and user of clean energy. It already has the largest wind market in the world and its installed capacity has nearly doubled every year since 2005.

 

Last year, China accounted for 45 percent of total new wind power installations worldwide. The government has ambitious plans to more than double its wind capacity by the end of the decade. By 2020, it plans to have installed a cumulative 200 gigawatts (GW) of wind, up from the current 92 GW.

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The life and death of a master of the universe

The life and death of a master of the universe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Blackstone exec Bruce Wrobel did well and wanted to do good—and that may have had tragic consequences.
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China’s Clean-Fuel Focus Tests U.S. Coal-Export Lifeline

China’s Clean-Fuel Focus Tests U.S. Coal-Export Lifeline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The mud-colored air that blankets Chinese cities these days is bad for the people who live there. It may prove unhealthy for U.S. coal producers, too.
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How environmental disaster is making Boko Haram violence worse

How environmental disaster is making Boko Haram violence worse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Drought, population explosion, and poverty are aggravating conflict in Nigeria. Climate change will likely add fuel to the fire.
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Banned in Europe, Safe in the U.S.

Banned in Europe, Safe in the U.S. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Why are some chemicals banned in Europe while considered safe in the U.S.?

 

In the United States, children can drink fruit juice beverages made with Red Dye No. 40 and eat macaroni and cheese colored with Yellow Dye No. 5 and No. 6. Yet in the U.K., these artificial colorings have been taken off the market due to health concerns, while in the rest of Europe, products that contain them must carry labels warning of the dyes’ potential adverse effect on children’s attention and behavior.

 

Atrazine, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says is estimated to be the most heavily used herbicide in the U.S., was banned in Europe in 2003 due to concerns about its ubiquity as a water pollutant. Also widely used by U.S. farmers are several neonicotinoid pesticides that the European Commission says pose “high acute risks” to bees and has placed under a two-year moratorium. These pesticides — with which about 90 percent of the corn planted in the U.S. is treated — have been identified in numerous scientific studies as toxic to bees and are considered likely contributors to the alarming global decline of these essential pollinators.

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Moms, Nurses Laud New EPA Carbon Pollution Plan: ‘Ultimately, It Will Save Lives’

Moms, Nurses Laud New EPA Carbon Pollution Plan: ‘Ultimately, It Will Save Lives’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wendy Bredhold lives within 62 miles of 17 coal-fired power plants and on some days, the pollution is so bad her two-year-old daughter can't play outside.
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Treating Food as an Investment | Eric Garza

Treating Food as an Investment | Eric Garza | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This comparison between fast food and fresh vegetables ties to the realization that our cheaper, industrially produced diets have unseen costs associated with them, particularly with respect to our heath. While declines of food expenditures through the 1960s yielded savings overall when healthcare expenditures were added in, after 1970 this trend reversed so that rising healthcare expenditures gradually ate up the savings gained from spending less on food. Since 2008 the sum of food and healthcare expenditures, as percentage of personal income, are higher than at any time in the last 100 years. Yes we spend less on food, but we pay for these savings with more frequent trips to the doctor and hospital.

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Researchers suggest Greenland ice shelf melting faster due to embedded dust particles

Researchers suggest Greenland ice shelf melting faster due to embedded dust particles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A team of planetary scientists with members from several research centers in France, has developed a theory that suggests that one of the reasons that Greenland's ice shelf is melting faster than models suggest, is because of embedded dust particles that hold more heat. In their paper ...
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David Brat, the libertarian who beat Eric Cantor, doesn't believe in the "common" good

David Brat, the libertarian who beat Eric Cantor, doesn't believe in the "common" good | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brat has called for slashing Social Security, Medicare, and education spending and says "rich" nations don't have to fear climate change.

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malek's comment, June 11, 2014 3:14 PM
2 weeks after EU earthquake!?
Dana Hoffman's comment, June 11, 2014 3:34 PM
imagine that!
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Deep Sea Fishing Threatens to Wipe Out a $150 Billion Carbon Sink

Deep Sea Fishing Threatens to Wipe Out a $150 Billion Carbon Sink | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Marine life in the high seas soak up an amount of carbon equivalent to 30 percent of the US’s annual emissions. This carbon-sequestering service is worth about $148 billion a year, according a new study from the Global Ocean Commission.

 

At the same time, increased fishing activity threatens the whole process, according to the researchers.

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Not Much Refuge In Klamath Basin For Migratory Birds · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting

Not Much Refuge In Klamath Basin For Migratory Birds · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The nation’s original waterfowl refuge may be too dry this year to provide much hospitality for migratory birds arriving in the Klamath Basin.

 

You could blame it on the region’s prolonged drought.

 

But critics say that’s not the whole story. They also point to the way water for the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge has been managed.

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War on Cornfield Pest Sparks Clash Over Insecticide

War on Cornfield Pest Sparks Clash Over Insecticide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pesticide use is surging among U.S.
corn farmers who are worried that some insects have become
resistant to genetically modified versions of the crop.
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IEA Investment Report - What is Right; What is Wrong

IEA Investment Report - What is Right; What is Wrong | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

IEA’s investment report is one documenting diminishing returns, even though it never uses that term. Diminishing returns take place if society is becoming less and less efficient at producing energy products. For oil, the issue is that the easy to extract resources were pulled out first; we must now move on to more difficult to extract resources. For electricity, the issue is that the old resources produced too much carbon; we must now move on to higher-priced approaches that (hopefully) produce less carbon.

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World first: Australian solar plant has generated “supercritical” steam that rivals fossil fuels’ (ScienceAlert)

World first: Australian solar plant has generated “supercritical” steam that rivals fossil fuels’ (ScienceAlert) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A CSIRO test plant in Australia has broken a world record and proved solar power could efficiently replace fossil fuels.
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In Kenya, schools lead renewable energy surge in remote areas

In Kenya, schools lead renewable energy surge in remote areas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Schools are becoming clean energy “incubation centres” as part of a government push toward off-the-grid energy
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A Push to Save Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake

A Push to Save Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists are digitally tracking the links between human activity and the fragile ecosystem of Cambodia’s great lake.
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Rivers don’t meet water standards, despite improvements

Rivers don’t meet water standards, despite improvements | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the rivers carry much less municipal and industrial waste than before cleanup efforts began, there is no clear-cut improvement in many key measures, an analysis shows.
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New Study: Carbon Tax “creates jobs, grows the economy, saves lives, and makes Americans richer"

New Study: Carbon Tax “creates jobs, grows the economy, saves lives, and makes Americans richer" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A brand new study of a national, revenue-neutral carbon tax was released earlier today by the policy-neutral economic modelers Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) and Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. The key findings are as follows.

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Economist: U.S. Banks Preparing to Charge Customers For Deposits

Economist: U.S. Banks Preparing to Charge Customers For Deposits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Negative interest rates coming to USA.

 

In the week that the European Central Bank cut its deposit rate for banks from zero to -0.1%, economist Martin Armstrong warns that negative interest rates are coming to the United States, meaning that Americans will be forced to pay just to keep their money in the bank.

 

In a move described as unprecedented, the ECB became the first central bank in history to cut any main interest rate to negative yesterday, part of a package of measures designed to encourage banks to provide more loans to businesses and households. Many view the policy as a desperate sign of Europe’s faltering economic recovery.

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No limits to human effects on clouds

No limits to human effects on clouds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Understanding how clouds affect the climate has been a difficult proposition. What controls the makeup of the low clouds that cool the atmosphere or the high ones that trap heat underneath? How does human activity change patterns of cloud formation? The research of the Weizmann Institute's Prof. Ilan ...
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