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Public concern forces Beijing to act on environment - Sydney Morning Herald

Public concern forces Beijing to act on environment - Sydney Morning Herald | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Sydney Morning Herald Public concern forces Beijing to act on environment Sydney Morning Herald Beijing: Li Keqiang's declaration of war against pollution underlines the urgent political dimension China's environmental problems have taken on due to...
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The Patent That Could Destroy Monsanto And Change The World...

The Patent That Could Destroy Monsanto And Change The World... | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
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Endangered Chinese sturgeon faces new threat to survival in Yangtze River

Endangered Chinese sturgeon faces new threat to survival in Yangtze River | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A man-made ecological disaster is unfolding on the Yangtze River in China which could drive a critically endangered species of fish closer to extinction in the wild, according to a news website report.
The increased threat to the Chinese sturgeon, which has existed for about 140 million years, comes after dams were opened to cope with flooding on higher reaches of the river this year.

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Farmington-area customers demand more from water supplier

Farmington-area customers demand more from water supplier | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Farmington-area residents affected by a months-long water crisis are demanding more from the water supplier.

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EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico | Mike Ludwig | Truth-Out.org

EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico | Mike Ludwig | Truth-Out.org | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Environmentalists are warning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its draft plan to continue allowing oil and gas companies to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and wastewater directly into the Gulf of Mexico is in violation of federal law.

In a letter sent to EPA officials on Monday, attorneys for the Center for Biological Diversity warned that the agency's draft permit for water pollution discharges in the Gulf fails to properly consider how dumping wastewater containing chemicals from fracking and acidizing operations would impact water quality and marine wildlife.


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Enzymes used in cleaning products and food 'are potent allergens', warns study

Enzymes used in cleaning products and food 'are potent allergens', warns study | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Research says genetically modified enzymes, which allow products to be still labelled as ‘natural’, should be tested like potentially hazardous chemicals
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Characteristics of Adults Who Use Tanning Beds in Private Residences

Characteristics of Adults Who Use Tanning Beds in Private Residences | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Research from JAMA Dermatology — Characteristics and Practices of Adults Who Use Tanning Beds in Private Residences
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Gardening as a child may lead college students to eat more veggies

Gardening as a child may lead college students to eat more veggies | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
As researchers nationwide try to get college students to eat healthier foods, they’re finding that gardening may lead to a lasting habit of eating more fruits and vegetables.

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Far more plastics floating in oceans than thought

Far more plastics floating in oceans than thought | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Plastic pollution in the ocean frequently appears as seabird guts filled with cigarette lighters and bottle caps, marine mammals entangled in fishing gear and drifting plastic bags mimicking a gelatinous meal. Last year, a study estimated that around eight million metric tons of our plastic waste enter the oceans from land each year.


But where this plastic ends up and what form it takes is a mystery. Most of our waste consists of everyday items such as bottles, wrappers, straws or bags. Yet the vast majority of debris found floating far offshore is much smaller: it’s broken-down fragments smaller than your pinky fingernail, termed microplastic.


In a newly published study, we showed that this floating microplastic accounts for only about 1% of the plastic waste entering the ocean from land in a single year. To get this number – estimated to be between 93,000 and 236,000 metric tons – we used all available measurements of floating microplastic together with three different numerical ocean circulation models.


Our new estimate of floating microplastic is up to 37 times higher than previous estimates. That’s equivalent to the mass of more than 1,300 blue whales.


The increased estimate is due in part to the larger data set – we assembled more than 11,000 measurements of microplastics collected in plankton nets since the 1970s. In addition, the data were standardized to account for differences in sampling conditions. For example, it has been shown that trawls carried out during strong winds tend to capture fewer floating microplastics than during calm conditions. That’s because winds blowing on the sea surface create turbulence that pushes plastics down to tens of meters depth, out of reach of surface-trawling nets. Our statistical model takes such differences into account.


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Soil management may help stabilize maize yield in the face of climate change

Soil management may help stabilize maize yield in the face of climate change | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
How will we feed our growing population in the face of an increasingly extreme climate? Many experts suggest the answer lies in breeding novel crop varieties that can withstand the increases in drought, heat, and extrem

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Addressing climate change as a social issue

Addressing climate change as a social issue | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
We cannot rely on governments, businesses or the public to adopt technological solutions to solve the problem of climate change, instead, social solutions must be put in place, according to research published in the Internationa

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Why women are more at risk of PTSD – and how to prevent it

Why women are more at risk of PTSD – and how to prevent it | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
It may make you think of male soldiers – but most people with PTSD are women. Discovering how memory, hormones and the brain interact is creating new treatments  

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DEA Set to Ban Chemicals Contained in Kratom

DEA Set to Ban Chemicals Contained in Kratom | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Many use the herbal supplement to self-treat pain, PTSD and opioid addiction  
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Single clothes wash may release 700,000 microplastic fibres, study finds

Single clothes wash may release 700,000 microplastic fibres, study finds | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Tiny plastic particles released by synthetic fabrics can cause harm to marine life when they enter rivers and oceans

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Rules For Bottled Water Companies Need To Change: Wynne

Rules For Bottled Water Companies Need To Change: Wynne | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
"It's not good enough from my perspective to say there's lots of industries that need water."

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Scientists Find Root That Kills 98% Of Cancer Cells In Only 48 Hours

Scientists Find Root That Kills 98% Of Cancer Cells In Only 48 Hours | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
This potent root builds up blood and immune system- cures prostate, lung, and other cancers better than chemotherapy.
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America's First Wave-Produced Power Goes Online in Hawaii | Cathy BusseWitz | ABCNews.com

America's First Wave-Produced Power Goes Online in Hawaii | Cathy BusseWitz | ABCNews.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity.

The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it feeds into Oahu's power grid — the first wave-produced electricity to go online in the U.S.

By some estimates, the ocean's endless motion packs enough power to meet a quarter of America's energy needs and dramatically reduce the nation's reliance on oil, gas and coal. But wave energy technology lags well behind wind and solar power, with important technical hurdles still to be overcome.


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Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan to spend $3B to cure disease

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan to spend $3B to cure disease | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The goal is to prevent, cure or manage disease 'within our children's lifetime,' the couple said.
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Shape Shifting Protein Behind Alzheimer’s Disease

Shape Shifting Protein Behind Alzheimer’s Disease | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

"The peptide amyloid beta plays a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Now new research from Washington University in St. Louis shows it shape-shifts in order to enter brain cells. NeuroscienceNews.com image is credited to the researchers."


"Summary: Researchers report amyloid beta may change its internal structure to be absorbed into the cell and become toxic. 


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New research shows how amyloid beta enters brain cells. Researchers have known that the peptide amyloid beta plays a role in causing Alzheimer’s disease, but they are still working to determine how it becomes toxic. 


Jan Bieschke, a biomedical engineer at Washington University in St. Louis, and collaborators in Germany have found that amyloid beta must change its internal structure into a long, flat structure called a beta sheet to be absorbed into the cell and become toxic. 


Results of the research were published Sept. 9 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry."


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Nature Works Everywhere: Apply for School Grant

Nature Works Everywhere: Apply for School Grant | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

The Nature Works Everywhere program periodically awards
grants to schools to help fund projects such as green infrastructure.


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Tainted Fukushima groundwater in danger of reaching surface after Typhoon Malakas - The Straits Times

Tainted Fukushima groundwater in danger of reaching surface after Typhoon Malakas - The Straits Times | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Heavy rain brought by Typhoon Malakas has caused contaminated groundwater at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to rise almost to ground level, raising fears of tainted water flooding out to the plant's port area, a report said, citing the radiation-hit plant's operator.
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2016's hellish summer weather: A told-you-so climate moment?

2016's hellish summer weather: A told-you-so climate moment? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
This summer's weather was relentless and hellish, crowded with the type of record-smashing extremes that scientists have long warned about.

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Sticker shock seen for U.S. motorists after key pipeline break | Reuters

Sticker shock seen for U.S. motorists after key pipeline break | Reuters | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Colonial Pipeline Co aims to restart a key U.S. gasoline line by Thursday after delays to repair a leak boosted fuel prices, but analysts expect some motorists to feel the sticker shock for longer.
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Otter Diet in Freshwater Ecosystems - Conservation Articles & Blogs - CJ

Otter Diet in Freshwater Ecosystems - Conservation Articles & Blogs - CJ | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) is an incredibly opportunistic predator with prey diversity varying greatly across its range in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Surprise! We've been wrong about giraffes for centuries

Surprise! We've been wrong about giraffes for centuries | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
For centuries, scientists believed all giraffes fall under one species.
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