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Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’

Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A paper contends that we have already crossed four “planetary boundaries,” including carbon dioxide levels and the extinction rate.
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Certain questions cross my mind as I read this upsetting report> First,  where is Dr. Who when we need him? Second, when will the quality of life start deteriorating for us, not just for the poor and desperate but for all of us? Third, can we stop our egocentric behavior long enough to recognize as a species what we are doing to our children and to other life; and if we do recognize it, can we care and try to do better? Fourth, can I find a Tardis?

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Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Republican attorneys general have formed an unprecedented, secretive alliance with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
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Hey voters, this is what corruption is really about. Sadly, it will be our grandkids who reap the consequences. But that's okay because the grandchildren of those energy maggots will have just as hard time breathing as will the folks who say they don't care about politics or that the parties are all the same and don't bother to vote. Shame on us all.

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Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water

Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A highly flammable byproduct flowed from oil tankers into an area stormwater system for at least a year before state regulators inspected the problem.
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Often we here how there are too many regulations and regulators strangling business. Here we see the other side of the problem: there are too many regulations and regulators for government to exercise proper supervision. Time to simplify regulation and enforcement by creating integrated systems for specific problems and industries. In the process, my guess is that most of the small businesses that actually get stifled will actually be given more freedom while real problems are addressed. Most important, we need better whistle-blower laws.

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Unleashing An Epidemic To Kill The Tumbleweeds

Unleashing An Epidemic To Kill The Tumbleweeds | Upsetment | Scoop.it
U.S. Agricultural Research Service scientists have applied to release exotic Eurasian fungi to kill invasive tumbleweeds in the American West.
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As we should always ask when we try to change nature, even nature that has been changed: "What could possibly go wrong?" Now say "Cane Toads in Australia."

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Amazon destruction increases again

Amazon destruction increases again | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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Humans working to make the world uninhabitable one acre of trees at a time.

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BP, found grossly negligent, may face $18 billion in gulf spill fines

BP, found grossly negligent, may face $18 billion in gulf spill fines | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Energy giant BP’s willful misconduct and gross negligence led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a federal judge said in a ruling Thursday that exposes the company to billions of dollars in civil penalties.
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The real problem is a world in which money becomes the measure of everything. Even this finding misses the point. The destruction of our environment and of peoples' lives cannot be made fungible, not by law suits and not by fines. That there is no real sense of anyone taking responsibility means that there will be no change except in the names of future players and victims.

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Obama okays sonic cannons for offshore oil exploration

Obama okays sonic cannons for offshore oil exploration | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for oil and gas companies to search for deposits off the east coast of the US, using sonic cannons which could harm sea life.
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And we we humans, our species filled with hubris, moves forward towards the spoliation of the earth and ultimately our own extinction. I know we need oil, but what are we doing to the seas, which we need every bit as much?

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When air becomes a public health hazard

When air becomes a public health hazard | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new report from the American Lung Association lists the cities that have the worst air pollution in the U.S.
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This is a new report by an independent organization; but guess what, they put a lot of onus on the Bush administration and some on the old guard at the Supreme Court. Time for the conservatives to wake up and smell the pollution.

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WASHINGTON: 25 years later, Exxon Valdez oil spill still clings to lives, habitats | Environment | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: 25 years later, Exxon Valdez oil spill still clings to lives, habitats | Environment | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Andy Wills was sleeping on a friend’s couch in Cordova, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, ready to head out and harvest spring herring in Prince William Sound.
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Our world has become petroleum based, but we are paying a heavy price for that dependence. Every time we move towards sustainable alternative fuels, we are doing something that will make the future of our species and our planet better. Think conservation.

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Calls for Oversight in West Virginia Went Unheeded

Calls for Oversight in West Virginia Went Unheeded | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As chemical accidents continued in West Virginia, so did calls for increased oversight, but those recommendations went unheeded by lawmakers, federal regulators said.
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Can't be said too often: Business is important, but the first concern of good government should be the quality of life of its citizens. Sadly, GOP dominated state governments tend to forget that simple rule.

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Fears Grow of a Himalayan Tsunami as Glaciers Melt | TIME.com

Fears Grow of a Himalayan Tsunami as Glaciers Melt | TIME.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Melting glaciers and rising temperatures are forming a potentially destructive combination in the deep ravines of Nepal’s Himalayan foothills, and the Phulping Bridge — on the Araniko Highway linking Kathmandu with the Chinese border — is a good...
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And when the glaciers are gone, the great rivers of India will be reduced to streams. What then for the millions of people who need that water to live? We live in a scary time if we bother to think about the environment.

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Wading Bird Nesting in Key U.S. Area Plummets 39 Percent Below 10-Year Average

Wading Bird Nesting in Key U.S. Area Plummets 39 Percent Below 10-Year Average | Upsetment | Scoop.it
One of the nation's largest and most important wading bird breeding areas – south Florida, which includes the Everglades National Park – has seen wading bird nesting plummet to levels 39 percent below ten-year averages, according to a new report by...
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We must start worrying about our environment and the creatures that surround us or we will soon be living in a barren place -- or perhaps we will no longer be able to survive either.

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Tree Tipping Generates Cash and Seasonal Woes in Maine

Tree Tipping Generates Cash and Seasonal Woes in Maine | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The telltale white tips of snapped off branches may be signs of the seasonal larceny, in which branches are snatched without permission and sold to make wreaths.
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Sure it isn't taking rhino horns or elephant tusks, but it is still a form or poaching and even when legal harmful to the growth of these great trees, which I grew up loving. And for what? That wreath somebody buys at WalMart or Target or Michael and discards after the New Year. We are such wasteful creatures, we human scavengers.

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Preserving an Accident, the Salton Sea in California, for the Good of Nature

Preserving an Accident, the Salton Sea in California, for the Good of Nature | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Salton Sea, a briny lake created by a mismanaged effort to divert a river, has become a key habitat for migrating birds and is now in danger of drying out.
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I have visited this region, and it is a very sad place. The drought has certainly made a bad situation worse. The use of the water for irrigation of crops in the Imperial Valley is frightening; one can only imagine the illness that will eventually cause. The best solution would obviously be to add fresh water, but we have less and less of that available. A national water management plan is essential—not just in the U.S. but in every country. We must look at the future and PLAN!

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U.S. carbon emissions tick higher; Obama tells U.N.: ‘We have to do more’

U.S. carbon emissions tick higher; Obama tells U.N.: ‘We have to do more’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A growing economy produced more greenhouse gases, defying efforts to battle a major cause of climate chage.
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What are you personally doing to lower your carbon footprint? Will our individual efforts matter if business and government don't follow suit? What about all the military activity; doesn't that cause emissions and lots of them? Well, today I'll turn the temp on the air conditioner up another degree and try to avoid driving to the store. At least I'll try.

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Fishing for shrimp, but netting jail time | Al Jazeera America

Fishing for shrimp, but netting jail time | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A depleted marine population in Indian waters forces fishermen to illegally ply their trade in Sri Lanka
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Another example of how technology has negative consequences in the real world and how government planning has to include environmental concerns if mankind is going to survive. Sadly, in this story it is some of the poorest people on earth who are suffering and whose livelihoods are being threatened by what was thought of as progress. 

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In shadow of oil boom, North Dakota farmers fight contamination | Al Jazeera America

In shadow of oil boom, North Dakota farmers fight contamination | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
One county's infertile lands offer a test case of the long-term effects of wastewater spills
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"Drill, Baby, drill!" has consequences. Remember this is not just a few people in North Dakota but our food supply. At some point we have to realize that unfettered pursuit of profit is not good for the economy because it is not good for us as people.

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California Legislature fails to reach a deal on Tesla battery factory

California Legislature fails to reach a deal on Tesla battery factory | Upsetment | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO — Looks as if California's effort to attract an electric car maker's battery factory has run out of juice, at least for now.
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I can see giving tax breaks to an innovative industry, but isn't the big point for Tesla its lack of environmental impact? Why do they need to waive the environmental protections? Somehow that sounds like robbing Peter to pay Peter.

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Endangered Florida Forest Will Be Destroyed To Make Room For Walmart And Chick-Fil-A

Endangered Florida Forest Will Be Destroyed To Make Room For Walmart And Chick-Fil-A | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A section of rare and endangered forest in Florida's Miami-Dade County will soon be a Walmart, Chick-fil-A, Chili's, 900 apartments, and an LA Fitness.
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I'm sure lots of money will be made, and that is so clearly more important than wildlife or environment, especially in Florida, where so much has already been destroyed. What does just a few hundred acres more of concrete and urban sprawl mean? Heck, who wants a livable earth anyway?

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Political Rifts Slow U.S. Effort on Climate Laws

Political Rifts Slow U.S. Effort on Climate Laws | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Efforts to tackle climate change have repeatedly collided with politics in Washington, where Republicans question the science of global warming, and ties to the fossil fuel industry have made them resistant to change.
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Strangely, many of my friends don't realize there really are differences between the two political parties in the U.S. Many others can only see government as the enemy. While I see the limits of government and the many mistakes to which both parties are prone, I do know that we cannot hope to solve the problems of the environment without rational thought and action so yes, I am picking sides. Perhaps it is time to put the survival of our world at the top of the list.

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RODANTHE: While the seas rise in the Outer Banks and elsewhere in NC, science treads water | State Politics | NewsObserver.com

RODANTHE: While the seas rise in the Outer Banks and elsewhere in NC, science treads water | State Politics | NewsObserver.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Two years after the North Carolina legislature ordered a moratorium on state rules or plans based on changes in sea level, the Coastal Resources Commission has not started work on a new, official sea-level prediction due in 2016.
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Why does the story of King Canute come to mind? Only in America do we believe that politics is more powerful than nature. Only in America do we think that politics should tell scientists what to predict. Oh well, we have become the "Know Nothing Country."

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In Swiss Alps, Glacial Melting Unglues Mountains

In Swiss Alps, Glacial Melting Unglues Mountains | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In a stark example of what’s happening to Switzerland’s glaciers, global warming is melting the ice that buttresses the mountains around Grindelwald, menacing the region with rock slides and flood threats.
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And yet another instance of the terror that awaits in the midst of global climate change.

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The Scariest Environmental Fact in the World | TIME.com

The Scariest Environmental Fact in the World | TIME.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
China is burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined. We won't solve global warming until that changes
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Another example of why unbridled econmic growth is not the best plan for the world. What good is all that stuff if we end up breathing crap?

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