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Environment: Some Gulf of Mexico beaches are still contaminated with a toxic sludge of oil and dispersant

Environment: Some Gulf of Mexico beaches are still contaminated with a toxic sludge of oil and dispersant | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, beaches along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline are far from being clean, says University of South Florida researcher James “Rip” Kirby, who recently documented accumulations of remnant oil with “scary high” concentrations of carcinogenic oil-related compounds.

 

In fact, the weathered tar product from crude oil dispersed with Corexit were found to have PAH concentrations consistently in excess of limits set to identify danger to life and health — IDHL limits, as defined by NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration.
In all, 32 sites were sampled; only three were free of PAH contamination. Samples at 26 of the sites exceeded the IDHL limits. Testing was done at beaches between Waveland, Miss. and Cape San Blas, Fla.


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Los Angeles Union Station master plan

Los Angeles Union Station master plan | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
this multi-modal transit hub and urban plan generates an integrated experience for riders, offering streamlined access to the river and park system during commutes and travels.
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Australian billionaire to launch "unsinkable" Titanic

CANBERRA April 30-Australian billionaire announced plans on Monday to build an unsinkable version of the Titanic, 100 years after the original sank.
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Royal Society Calls for Redistribution of Wealth and More Birth Control to Save Planet

Royal Society Calls for Redistribution of Wealth and More Birth Control to Save Planet | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

"The Royal Society wants the world to do something about population growth in a bid to stave off environmental and economic calamity, according to a new report dubbed “People and the Planet” released on April 26. At the same time, the excessive consumption of the world’s richest billion people must be restrained so that pets in the U.S. don’t consume more resources than people in Bangladesh." (Source: Scientific American blog )

 

A new report by the UK's Royal Society states some inconvenient truths and gets storm of critique from growth fundamentalists.


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Israel begins building wall on Lebanese border

METULLA, Israel, April 30-Israel began building a wall along a 1-km stretch of its border with Lebanon, saying the barrier was necessary to boost security...
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Will Marre Interview: Do we need a new model for leadership in business today?

Will Marre Interview: Do we need a new model for leadership in business today? | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Will Marré, has been involved in the cutting edge of business improvement for 25 years.

 

Will Marré has been on the cutting edge of business improvement for 25 years. He is cofounder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center, founder of the American Dream Project, and cofounder of the Seacology Foundation, an international nonprofit environmental organization focused on saving the endangered species, habitats and cultures that are linked to the world's islands.

 

In this interview at Chapman University in Orange County, California, Marré speaks to Vision about his 2009 book, Save the World and Still Be Home for Dinner.

 

 


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Russia says many states arming for cyber warfare

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany, April 25 (Reuters) - Russia has stepped up its campaign for a globally binding treaty on cyber security.
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Evidence shows that anti-depressants likely do more harm than good, researchers find

Evidence shows that anti-depressants likely do more harm than good, researchers find | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

Commonly prescribed anti-depressants appear to be doing patients more harm than good, say researchers who have published a paper examining the impact of the medications on the entire body.

 

What the researchers found is that anti-depressants have negative health effects on all processes normally regulated by serotonin. The findings include these elevated risks: . . .


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How Making Food Safe Can Harm Wildlife And Water

How Making Food Safe Can Harm Wildlife And Water | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
After an outbreak of E. coli in spinach killed several people in 2006, farmers clamped down on every possible source of contamination.

 

"We'd probably like to think that clean, safe food goes hand in hand with pristine nature, with lots of wildlife and clean water. But in the part of California that grows a lot of the country's lettuce and spinach, these two goals have come into conflict. Environmental advocates say a single-minded focus on food safety has forced growers of salad greens to strip vegetation from around their fields, harming wildlife and polluting streams and rivers. The heart of this conflict is the Salinas Valley, on California's central coast. ...

 

There was barely any food or shelter for insects, or the birds that feed on them, or bigger animals that need even more space. Also, when it rained, soil and fertilizer washed straight into drainage ditches, streams, and the Monterey Bay. ..."


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Mitchell discusses dangers, won’t give up on Middle East peace | Greenwich Post

Mitchell discusses dangers, won’t give up on Middle East peace | Greenwich Post | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Greenwich Library hosted a discussion this week on America’s role in negotiating peace in the Middle East with a man who has been on the front line trying to end the conflict.
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Annan welcomes monitors force, says 'pivotal moment' for Syria

GENEVA, April 22-Annan said that the UN's decision to deploy a further 300 monitors in Syria marked a "pivotal moment for the stabilisation of the country".
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Drink Red Wine, Stop Fat Cells? - Diet and Nutrition - Everyday Health

Drink Red Wine, Stop Fat Cells? - Diet and Nutrition - Everyday Health | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Researchers at Purdue University have isolated a compound in wine, grapes, and peanuts called piceatannol that blocks the development of new fat cells.

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Why Trees Matter

Why Trees Matter | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
They offer much more than shade. They cool and clean the earth and reduce stress.

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Interactive Feature on Clouds and Climate

Interactive Feature on Clouds and Climate | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
At any moment, about 60 percent of the earth is covered by clouds, which have a huge influence on the climate.
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Twitter, Facebook, and social activism

Twitter, Facebook, and social activism | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925...
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Governments failing to avert catastrophic climate change, IEA urges

Governments failing to avert catastrophic climate change, IEA urges | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Ministers attending clean energy summit in London to be gravely warned about continuing global addiction to fossil fuels...

The IEA under the leadership of Fatih Birol and now also new executive director Maria van der Hoeven, is one of the only international institutions with the guts to tell things as they are.


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It’s official: China now eats twice the meat we do

It’s official: China now eats twice the meat we do | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
China's meat consumption has changed a lot in the last 20 years -- so much so that corn to feed industrially raised animals is now more prevalent than rice.

 

China becoming the green transition leader? think again.


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Strawberries And Blueberries Halt Cognitive Decline In Elderly

Strawberries And Blueberries Halt Cognitive Decline In Elderly | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Elderly individuals who eat plenty of strawberries and blueberries are less likely to experience cognitive decline, compared to those who rarely or never eat berries, researchers from Brigh...

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DIARY - Global Environment

DIARY - Global Environment | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Double click on for an index of all diaries For additional information on carbon market and climate policy events, please join the Reuters online carbon communityat; http://communities.thomsonreuters.com/Carbon...
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Global food prices on the rise again

WASHINGTON-Global food prices are rising again due to costlier oil, strong demand from Asia and bad weather in parts of Europe, South America and U.S.
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Raising Financially Literate Children

Raising Financially Literate Children | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Smart money lessons begin at home....

 

Some great ideas on helping kids become financially responsible adults. For example, take real life parenting activities and turn them into a financial game. . . .

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Videos - Michael Hudson: Austerity Doesn\'t Work

Michael Hudson, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics, University of Missouri, Kansas City speaking in Berlin at the Paradigm Lost conference organised by George Soros' Institute for New Economic Thinking.


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5 Dangers Of 21st Century Living

5 Dangers Of 21st Century Living | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
An observation of some of the dangers associated with the incredible technological and social changes that mark the internet revolution, and some pointers towards potential answers. (Have you really unwound this weekend?

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Plastic garbage in oceans: Understanding marine pollution from microplastic particles

Plastic garbage in oceans: Understanding marine pollution from microplastic particles | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Biologists have prepared guidelines for a more precise investigation into marine pollution from microplastic particles.

  

Large quantities of globally produced plastics end up in the oceans where they represent a growing risk. Above all very small objects, so-called microplastic particles, are endangering the lives of the many sea creatures. An estimate of how greatly the oceans are polluted with microplastic particles has so far failed in the absence of globally comparable methods of investigation and data. Together with British and Chilean colleagues, scientists of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association have now analysed all published studies on this topic and have proposed standardised guidelines for the recording and characterisation of microplastic particles in the sea.


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Water and the Environment

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"Clean water seems limitless for those of us who live in places like the U.S, Norway, and other developed countries. Whether it’s for washing our hands, cooking a meal, flushing a toilet, taking our medicine, or enjoying a cold drink on a hot day, clean water is at our disposal without a moment’s wait. The truth, though, is that . . ."


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