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Exxon Confirms 80,000-Gallon Spill Contains Canadian Tar Sands Oil

Exxon Confirms 80,000-Gallon Spill Contains Canadian Tar Sands Oil | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
The 20-inch Pegasus pipeline was carrying Wabasca Heavy crude from western Canada when it ruptured, spilling 80,000 gallons of oil.
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Hague #climate change judgement will inspire a global civil movement #renewables #justice

Hague #climate change judgement will inspire a global civil movement #renewables #justice | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Dutch ruling could trigger similar cases worldwide with citizens taking their governments to courts to make them act on climate promises “You have been negotiating all my life”, cried out 21-year-old Anjali Appadurai from the lectern of a UN...
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#Dengue Fever Virus is Rapidly Evolving #climate #science

#Dengue Fever Virus is Rapidly Evolving #climate #science | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it

Scientists have been looking at dengue fever and they have concluded that the virus that causes the disease is capable of rapid evolution. This means finding ways to kill the virus is a very challenging task.

 

Dengue virus is prevalent in some 100 countries worldwide and the signs are that the disease is spreading to more territories. By spreading the genetic diversity of the virus has increased, meaning that the hunt for effective counter drugs becomes more difficult.

 

Dengue fever is a disease, spread by mosquitoes, that affects over 50 million people a year. The disease manifests as fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, accompanied by a skin rash. In some cases fatal dengue hemorrhagic fever can result, causing internal bleeding.

 

A researcher at Duke-NUS called Eng Eong Ooi has recently found a new strain of dengue, called serotype 2 virus (DENV-2). This stain has evolved from and replaced another form of the virus that was common during the 1990s, in Puerto Rico. The dengue virus has four known serotypes (DENV1-4) circulating in nature.

 

The virus was able to make this genetic transformation due to three mutations that have been discovered in the tail of the dengue viral genome. Through these mutations the viral strain was able to suppress the human antiviral response. This allowed the newly emerging strain to spread, infect more mosquitoes and thus infect more people.

 

The study is important because it provides a new understanding as to how the virus mutates and this insight might offer ways to combat the virus. Studying the virus at the genetic level also provides information about which stains of the virus are most likely to trigger epidemics. This information is useful in dengue surveillance.

 

The research has been published in the journal Science (“Dengue subgenomic RNA binds TRIM25 to inhibit interferon expression for epidemiological fitness.”)


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#Greens go all in to fight #Arctic #drilling #pollution

#Greens go all in to fight #Arctic #drilling #pollution | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Environmentalists are throwing everything they have at an issue that has helped elevate their profile.
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Investors pushing for #methane emissions rules now worth $1.5 trillion #psychopathic #greed #Wallstreet @work #vomit

Investors pushing for #methane emissions rules now worth $1.5 trillion #psychopathic #greed #Wallstreet @work #vomit | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
The level of outpouring represents investments worth five times the support methane rules captured last year.
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Ocean Racers Sound Alarm About Sea #Pollution #Sailing

Ocean Racers Sound Alarm About Sea #Pollution #Sailing | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
The Volvo Ocean Race ended several weeks ago, with the competitors back in port after spending 38,739 nautical miles at sea. For the record, the Abu Dhabi team won the event, followed by six other boats.

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The #evil #oil #Billionaires #Koch brothers are lobbying in #Europe now too #greenpeace #avaaz #HRW

The #evil #oil #Billionaires #Koch brothers are lobbying in #Europe now too #greenpeace #avaaz #HRW | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Charles and David Koch, the oil-baron brothers who’ve spent big to prevent climate action in America, are at work overseas as well. Over the last three years, their company has spent about $600,000 lobbying in the European Union.
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People Are Still Dying From #Measles In The United States #antibiotics resistance

People Are Still Dying From #Measles In The United States #antibiotics resistance | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
A young woman in Washington State has died from complications stemming from the measles, according to health officials — which marks the United States’ first confirmed measles death in more than a decade.
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Deaths mount as #Pakistan #heatwave is linked to #climate

Deaths mount as #Pakistan #heatwave is linked to #climate | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Creative Commons: Vicki Francis/Department for International Development, 2011 Authored by Saleem Shaikh, re-posted from Climate News Network Pakistan’s lack of preparedness in the face of increasingly intense weather events is being blamed for a...
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#Water Use Skyrockets as #Fracking Expands in the #USA #pollution

#Water Use Skyrockets as #Fracking Expands in the #USA #pollution | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Water used for fracking is increasing across the U.S., but the quantity of water used per frack job depends on the region.

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Decline of 97% #wildflower meadows in the #UK

Decline of 97% #wildflower meadows in the #UK | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Meadows and grasslands were an intrinsic part of British agriculture, but a staggering decline has left this important habitat covering just 1% of the UK
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#Australia adds new colour to temperature maps as heat soars #climate #heatwave

#Australia adds new colour to temperature maps as heat soars #climate #heatwave | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Damian Carrington: Forecast temperatures are so extreme that the Bureau of Meteorology has had to add a new colour to its scale. It is a sign of things to come
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#India approves $8 billion plan to boost irrigation

#India approves $8 billion plan to boost irrigation | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
India's government Thursday approved spending nearly US$8 billion over five years to develop infrastructure for rural irrigation to boost crop productivity in a country where farmers rely largely on annual rains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet gave its nod to allocate 500 billion rupees ($7.9 billion) for the project that aims to help India's 120 million-odd farmers, many of whom lack access to irrigation and struggle with deficient monsoon rains. "The scheme's main objective is to increase cultivable area under irrigation, improve on-farm water use efficiency and to introduce sustainable water conservation practices," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said at a press conference in New Delhi.

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Sunlight Striking Earth’s Surface in Just One Hour Delivers Enough Energy to Power World Economy for Entire Year

Sunlight Striking Earth’s Surface in Just One Hour Delivers Enough Energy to Power World Economy for Entire Year | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
It is worth remembering the sunlight striking the Earth’s surface in just one hour delivers enough energy to power the world economy for one year. The solar revo
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#Scotland doubles #wind power output over 'astonishing' June #climate #renewables

#Scotland doubles #wind power output over 'astonishing' June #climate #renewables | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Higher winds and increased capacity sees electricity produced increase 120 per cent from 2014
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10,000 #Canada marchers demand a greener economy #climate #pollution

10,000 #Canada marchers demand a greener economy #climate #pollution | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Courtesy of: Robert van Waarden/Survival Media
Thousands of marchers from all walks of life poured into Toronto streets Sunday, urging leaders to put “Jobs, Justice and the Climate” at the forefront of Canada’s political agenda.
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#Greenland's ice is #melting faster this summer under a dome of high pressure #climate

#Greenland's ice is #melting faster this summer under a dome of high pressure #climate | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
The Greenland ice sheet has sped up its surface melt this summer due to a stalled weather pattern that has brought mild air and clear skies to the island.
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New report: the chance to rescue the world's #oceans from #climate change is drifting away

New report: the chance to rescue the world's #oceans from #climate change is drifting away | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Failing to stick to the world's agreed global warming limit of 2C won't just affect the atmosphere - it will play havoc with the oceans too, potentially ruining ecosystems on which much of humanity depends.
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'Historic' #Toronto #climate march calls for new economic vision - The Guardian

'Historic' #Toronto #climate march calls for new economic vision - The Guardian | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Martin Lukacs: More than 10,000 people demonstrate for “jobs, justice and climate action” in Canada
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#Arctic temps warmer than #Miami? We have a serious #methane problem! #professor #Cambridge #climate

#Arctic temps warmer than #Miami? We have a serious #methane problem! #professor #Cambridge #climate | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xdOTyGQOso by Robert Hunziker The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as well as world governments ignores
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#TTIP: released emails show #biotech, seeds on the trade talks table #GMO #Monsatan

#TTIP: released emails show #biotech, seeds on the trade talks table #GMO #Monsatan | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
The secretive discussions about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a trade agreement between European Union and the United States under negotiation since July 2013, have led to many concerns being raised regarding food and...
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#Dutch start petition to force #referendum on #banks #health #environment #renewables #basicincome

#Dutch start petition to force #referendum on #banks #health #environment #renewables #basicincome | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
De afgelopen jaren hebben de bezuinigingsmaatregelen van het Europees Parlement, en de diverse regeringen in Europa waaronder Nederland, ondanks alle prachtige politieke taal alleen maar geleid tot meer armoede, een hogere werkeloosheid, een slechtere gezondheidszorg, onbetaalbare medicijnen, minder opleidingsmogelijkheden, meer voedselbanken. De banken en bedrijven zijn niet werkelijk aangepakt en de corruptie van onze samenleving tiert vrolijk verder. Er is een moderne technocratische klassemaatschappij ontstaan, waar het verschil tussen rijk en arm alleen maar is toegenomen.
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#Taxpayers to pay for #fracking #pollution if companies go bust #UK

#Taxpayers to pay for #fracking #pollution if companies go bust #UK | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Minister rejects proposal to amend regulations to make companies sign a bond to pay for potential pollution incidents
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#Evil #Monsanto’s “Discredit Bureau” really does exist #Sauron #Monsatan

#Evil #Monsanto’s “Discredit Bureau” really does exist #Sauron #Monsatan | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Company functionary spills the beans  
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Is #Climate Change to Blame for Increased Number of Shark Attacks? NO. #overfishing is

Is #Climate Change to Blame for Increased Number of Shark Attacks? NO. #overfishing is | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
National Geographic theorizes that there might be a link between the recent uptick in shark attacks and climate change. The Australian government has come up with
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Spy Drones Expose Smithfield Foods Factory Farms #pollution #GMO #greenpeace

Spy Drones Expose Smithfield Foods Factory Farms #pollution #GMO #greenpeace | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Since 2012 "Speciesism: The Movie" director Mark Devries has been secretly using drones to spy on factory farms. This video is what his investigation found.
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#corrupt Federal Judge Overrules Hawaiian Vote against #Monsanto #GMO Crops - AllGov

#corrupt Federal Judge Overrules Hawaiian Vote against #Monsanto #GMO Crops - AllGov | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Monsanto and Dow Chemical opposed the local measure, which voters approved last November. Both companies operate farms on the island that study GMO crops.
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