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Do palm trees hold the key to immortality?

Do palm trees hold the key to immortality? | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
For centuries, humans have been exploring, researching, and discovering how to stave off life-threatening diseases, increase life spans, and obtain immortality. Biologists, doctors, spiritual gurus, and even explorers have pursued these quests.
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Another plant ally for human health, bolstering case for plant conservation as insurance option for human development.

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Scientists publish consensus statement on deforestation emissions : Nature News Blog

Scientists publish consensus statement on deforestation emissions : Nature News Blog | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Back in January, a group from the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts deployed a pantropical forest carbon map to estimate emissions from global deforestation and land use at 8.1 gigatonnes (or 2.2 petagrams of carbon) of carbon dioxide per...
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EU politicians back science-based fisheries

EU politicians back science-based fisheries | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Fisheries experts were celebrating today after European politicians advanced and strengthened a major scientific reform of fisheries policy.
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Birdsong: the cure for all ills?

Birdsong: the cure for all ills? | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Recordings of the dawn chorus are being used to calm children in hospital
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A stock from nature, that flows to us, and we do not consume it; we simply enjoy.  This act reflect our biophilia, as E.O. Wilson notes.

 

And, some are healed.

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New Earthscan book - Crop Genetic Resources as a Global Commons

New Earthscan book - Crop Genetic Resources as a Global Commons | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
A new book from world's leading publisher on environment and sustainability focused resources, Earthscan, addresses how the collective pooling and management of shared plant genetic resources for food and agriculture can be supported through laws...
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Genetic resources can be seen as a kind of library-insurance resource.

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Reservoirs 'can affect rainfall'

Reservoirs 'can affect rainfall' | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Researchers say large man-made reservoirs can increase the intensity of rainfall and can affect the effectiveness of flood defences.
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The limits of the productive capacity of ecosystems

The limits of the productive capacity of ecosystems | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
In a new article, researchers discuss how the measurement of biomass production and consumption can be used to gain a better understanding of the limits of the productive capacity of ecosystems.
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Fish have enormous nutrient impacts on marine ecosystems, study finds

Fish have enormous nutrient impacts on marine ecosystems, study finds | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Fish play a far more important role as contributors of nutrients to marine ecosystems than previously thought.
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Bianca Jagger: life depends on a thin layer of soil - Telegraph

Bianca Jagger: life depends on a thin layer of soil - Telegraph | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
As her ex-husband’s band goes on tour again, she is heading a drive to restore vegetation to the world’s degraded lands...

environmentalists have long campaigned over the pollution of the earth’s air and water, its changing climate and its disappearing wildlife, they have remained pretty silent about the state of its soil. Yet all terrestrial life depends on a thin layer of earth, normally just six to 10 inches thick, for survival – and the world loses at least 30 billion tons of it a year, mostly from the drylands that provide nearly half of the world’s food.


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Often overlooked, soil provides so many ecosystem services for us.

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Frankincense collection can damage trees, and threaten the livelihoods of villages who depend on them

Frankincense collection can damage trees, and threaten the livelihoods of villages who depend on them | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Frankincense is harvested by wounding the bark of trees and collecting the resin that is subsequently released from the wound, a process known as tapping.
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Harmful greenhouse gas turned into tool for making pharmaceuticals: New technique finds use for ozone-destroying chemical waste product

Chemists have developed a way to transform a hitherto useless ozone-destroying greenhouse gas that is the byproduct of Teflon manufacture and transform it into reagents for producing pharmaceuticals.
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World's big trees are dying: Alarming increase in death rates among trees 100-300 years old

World's big trees are dying: Alarming increase in death rates among trees 100-300 years old | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
The largest living organisms on the planet, the big, old trees that harbor and sustain countless birds and other wildlife, are dying.
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Red de mujeres indígenas sobre Biodiversidad de América Latina y ...

Red de mujeres indígenas sobre Biodiversidad de América Latina y ... | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

Statement of International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity. Posted by Red de mujeres indígenas sobre Biodiversidad...

 

"to makai (from the mountains to the ocean) stream flow provided critical fresh water for drinking, supported traditional agriculture and aquaculture, recharged ground water supplies, and sustained productive estuaries and fisheries by both ..."


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An indicator framework for assessing agro-ecosystem resilience ...

An indicator framework for assessing agro-ecosystem resilience ... | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Taking departure in the theory of resilience in social-ecological systems, this publication presents an analysis and discussion of how resilience theory can be applied to agro-ecosystems. Building on the premise that ...
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Insurers are Learning to Adapt to Climate Change

Insurers are Learning to Adapt to Climate Change | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
In the wake of Sandy, a study notes how insurers are seeing the benefits of embracing risks related to climate change.
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Herbs And Empires: A Brief, Animated History Of Malaria Drugs - NPR (blog)

Herbs And Empires: A Brief, Animated History Of Malaria Drugs - NPR (blog) | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Herbs And Empires: A Brief, Animated History Of Malaria DrugsNPR (blog)What do Jesuit priests, gin and tonics, and ancient Chinese scrolls have in common? They all show up in our animated history of malaria.
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Cinchona bark and Artemesia annua extracts remain front line anti-malarials.

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International Seminar on Neglected and Underutilized Species

International Seminar on Neglected and Underutilized Species | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Bioversity International is a co-organizer of the International Seminar Old and New Crops To Meet The Challenges Of The XXI Century where researchers, farmers’ representatives, policymakers and donors will discuss how neglected and underutilized...
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Arctic Apples Developer Neal Carter's TEDx talk "Biotech and the hungry planet"

Arctic Apples Developer Neal Carter's TEDx talk "Biotech and the hungry planet" | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

Useful 12 min overview of the benefits of ag biotech. Here's how he describes the talk,

 

"I am convinced of the benefits biotechnology provides our global population, including saving lives. I have a unique perspective from working around the world as a bioresource engineer for nearly three decades, in addition to my experience as an orchardist and as the founder of Okanagan Specialty Fruits. My presentation covers the history and future of biotech crops, why they’re still controversial and the importance of public education in furthering the discussion"


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Genetic biodiversity:  a kind of insurance for us all, if preserved and studied.

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6,000 Insect Species Found in One Acre of Rainforest | Wired Science | Wired.com

6,000 Insect Species Found in One Acre of Rainforest | Wired Science | Wired.com | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
A sweeping census involving more than 100 scientists and lasting almost a decade has estimated that Panama's San Lorenzo forest is home to an estimated 25,246 arthropod species.
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Report compares greenhouse gas and black carbon emissions tracking across North America

Report compares greenhouse gas and black carbon emissions tracking across North America | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Scientists in North America have taken an important first step in looking at the state of comparability of emissions data at national and subnational levels with the completion of a background report: Assessment of the Comparability of Greenhouse...
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Citizen science more than a century later: Ordinary people go online to track Gulf oil spill

Citizen science more than a century later: Ordinary people go online to track Gulf oil spill | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Researchers report on a new form of "citizen science," concluding that it can help assess health and environmental threats, such as those posed by the 2010 Gulf oil disaster.
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Such data gathering can become part of environmental verification.

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Pacific fisheries meet 'fails to end tuna overfishing'

Pacific fisheries meet 'fails to end tuna overfishing' | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Conservation body accused of failing to take responsibilities seriously.
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Marine ecosystems, particularly fisheries, often collapse due to over-extraction.

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Widespread Devastation Found in 2010 Amazon Megadrought - ScienceNOW

Widespread Devastation Found in 2010 Amazon Megadrought - ScienceNOW | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Widespread Devastation Found in 2010 Amazon Megadrought - ScienceNOW...
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MEPs Adopt Biopiracy & Intellectual Property Report -

MEPs Adopt Biopiracy & Intellectual Property Report - | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

A committee of the European Parliament adopted a report on intellectual property, biopiracy, and exploitation of genetic resources / traditional knowledge.


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Research in Southern India provides a sweet look at preservation of ecological knowledge

Research in Southern India provides a sweet look at preservation of ecological knowledge | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
A professor in anthropology studies behavioral and evolutionary ecology in small-scale societies.
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