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This broad topic includes how humans act in the environment and are affected by it including food, pollution, and human history.
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Worth a Thousand Words: Connecticut's Coastline Changes - UConn Today

Worth a Thousand Words: Connecticut's Coastline Changes - UConn Today | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
From early hand drawings and aerial photos to today's drone images, a new website tells the story of changes in the Connecticut coastline over the past century.
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The “Great Green Wall” Didn’t Stop Desertification, but it Evolved Into Something That Might

The “Great Green Wall” Didn’t Stop Desertification, but it Evolved Into Something That Might | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it

The multibillion-dollar effort to plant a 4,000-mile-long wall of trees hit some snags along the way, but there's still hope
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Gets Into A Rap Battle With B.o.B Over Flat Earth Theory : The Two-Way : NPR

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Gets Into A Rap Battle With B.o.B Over Flat Earth Theory : The Two-Way : NPR | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
NPR delivers breaking national and world news. Also top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture. Subscribe to podcasts and RSS feeds.
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When Dams Come Down, Salmon and Sand Can Prosper

When Dams Come Down, Salmon and Sand Can Prosper | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
The removal of a dam on the Elwha River in Washington has found a beneficiary other than fish: a beach.
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Can The Earth Be Conscious?

Can The Earth Be Conscious? | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
Just as the development of a biosphere can imply new evolutionary paths for a planet, maybe the development of a planetary Noosphere has its own concrete evolutionary implications, says Adam Frank.
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A City's Fingerprints Lie in Its Streets and Alleyways

A City's Fingerprints Lie in Its Streets and Alleyways | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
Researchers propose another way to analyze the character and evolution of cities.
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The Paradox of Undernourishment

The Paradox of Undernourishment | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
The world produces enough calories for everyone to eat enough. So why are almost one billion people still chronically undernourished? The problem isn’t always food, it’s access. Solving world hunger means figuring out ways to get existing food to people in need.
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Toxic Algae Problem Likely To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Toxic Algae Problem Likely To Get Worse Before It Gets Better | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
The issue of blue-green algae in lakes took the spotlight in August after the Ohio city of Toledo banned its drinking water for two days. Toledo could be a wake-up call for people around Lake Erie.
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The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.
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The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
Aquaculture in the U.S. has lagged because of opposition from environmentalists and people living on the coast. But entrepreneurs say they've found a way to produce fish on land with little pollution.
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What Is The Psychological Effect Of Naming Storms?

What Is The Psychological Effect Of Naming Storms? | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
Nick Epley at the University of Chicago has been studying the effects of naming inanimate things like storms. He finds that doing so gives them human-like qualities --among them, intentionality.
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Study Says the Ocean's Largest Life is Under Threat of Extinction - UConn Today

Study Says the Ocean's Largest Life is Under Threat of Extinction - UConn Today | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
Human fishing poses a greater threat than climate change to future ocean life, according to UConn's Andrew Bush and co-authors, in a new study in Science.
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Brown Alumni Magazine - The Wonder Down Under

The Alumni Magazine from Brown University, published bi-monthly since 1900.
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Every county in America, ranked by scenery and climate

Every county in America, ranked by scenery and climate | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
The most beautiful places in America (and the ugliest, too).
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The Danger Of GMOs: Is It All In Your Mind?

The Danger Of GMOs: Is It All In Your Mind? | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
Genetically modified foods are often regarded as "unnatural" and approached with distrust. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers the psychology behind these reactions.
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Redistribute California's Water? Not Without A Fight

Redistribute California's Water? Not Without A Fight | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
What's a fair way to divide up California's scarce water? The current system relies heavily on history: Some farmers will get water, others won't, based simply on when their land was first irrigated.
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Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions

Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
Donations to fight Ebola are lower than expected. One psychologist thinks the reason may be the impact of hopelessness. A really big problem makes people less likely to give.
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Think about how this concept applies in climate change

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Ethanol fuel from corn faulted as 'unsustainable subsidized food burning' in analysis by Cornell scientist | Cornell Chronicle

Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University
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Lakes Around the World Are Rapidly Disappearing : DNews

Lakes Around the World Are Rapidly Disappearing : DNews | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
The Aral Sea is just one of several iconic inland bodies of water across the world that is now receding drastically. Continue reading →
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Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Great Pacific Garbage Patch | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. Marine debris is litter that ends up in oceans, seas, and other large bodies of water.
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Envisioning Landscapes Of Our Very Distant Future

Envisioning Landscapes Of Our Very Distant Future | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
Nuclear waste repository projects may be developing some of the best tools for re-thinking humanity's place within the deeper history of our environment, says anthropologist Vincent F. Ialenti.
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Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
The Justice Department wants the settlement with mining company Kerr-McGee to send a powerful message: corporations can't shirk their responsibility to clean up the toxic legacies of their operations.
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Toxic Chemical Dioxane Detected In More Water Supplies

Toxic Chemical Dioxane Detected In More Water Supplies | Humanity and the Environment | Scoop.it
West Virginia's drinking water crisis earlier this year highlighted an unsettling truth about tap water: Treatment plants test for only a fraction of the chemicals in use.
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