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Children's self-control may help keep them thin as adults

Children's self-control may help keep them thin as adults | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The ability to delay gratification as a child may lower a person's chances of being overweight later in life, according to new research.

 

Researchers found that people who were better able to put off receiving a reward at age 4 had lower body mass indexes (BMIs) three decades later, when the researchers followed up with them. For every minute that children resisted the temptation to eat a marshmallow placed in front of them, their BMIs decreased by . . .

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Human domination of the biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind

Human domination of the biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Earth is a chemical battery where, over evolutionary time with a trickle-charge of photosynthesis using solar energy, billions of tons of living biomass were stored in forests and other ecosystems and in vast reserves of fossil fuels. In just the last few hundred years, humans extracted exploitable energy from these living and fossilized biomass fuels to build the modern industrial-technological-informational economy, to grow our population to more than 7 billion, and to transform the biogeochemical cycles and biodiversity of the earth. This rapid discharge of the earth’s store of organic energy fuels the human domination of the biosphere, including conversion of natural habitats to agricultural fields and the resulting loss of native species, emission of carbon dioxide and the resulting climate and sea level change, and use of supplemental nuclear, hydro, wind, and solar energy sources. The laws of thermodynamics governing the trickle-charge and rapid discharge of the earth’s battery are universal and absolute; the earth is only temporarily poised a quantifiable distance from the thermodynamic equilibrium of outer space. Although this distance from equilibrium is comprised of all energy types, most critical for humans is the store of living biomass. With the rapid depletion of this chemical energy, the earth is shifting back toward the inhospitable equilibrium of outer space with fundamental ramifications for the biosphere and humanity. Because there is no substitute or replacement energy for living biomass, the remaining distance from equilibrium that will be required to support human life is unknown.

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'Everyone here associates death with the mining': the Kyrgyz town sitting on nuclear waste

'Everyone here associates death with the mining': the Kyrgyz town sitting on nuclear waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Residents of Mailuu-Suu, one of the most polluted places on the planet, complain that officials are doing little to protect them from health hazards. EurasiaNet reports
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Saving Florida bee colonies, growing an industry

Saving Florida bee colonies, growing an industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alma Johnson's back yard is swarming with bees, but she is not afraid.
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Pesticide ban has not hit crops, with bumper oilseed harvest forecast

Pesticide ban has not hit crops, with bumper oilseed harvest forecast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Britain’s oilseed rape harvest looks set to be better than normal this summer, according to figures which appear to undermine farmers’ claims that the ban on nerve-agent pesticides would decimate the crop.
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From open sewage to high-tech hydrohub, Singapore leads water revolution

SINGAPORE, August 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fifty years ago Singapore had to ration water, and its smelly rivers were devoid of fish and choked with waste from shipbuilding, pig farms and toilets that emptied directly into streams.
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U.N. states agree post-2015 sustainable development agenda

U.N. states agree post-2015 sustainable development agenda | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The United Nations 193-member states agreed on Sunday on an agenda for the world's sustainable development over the next 15 years that pledges to leave no-one behind and is now due to be formally
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ARCTIC: Shell starts work on first well in Chukchi Sea

ARCTIC: Shell starts work on first well in Chukchi Sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Royal Dutch Shell PLC began drilling in the American Arctic yesterday evening, shortly after the company's icebreaker, MSV Fennica, left a Portland, Ore., repair dock where it has been delayed by Greenpeace protesters.
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Why Coal Companies Are Collapsing in Such Spectacular Fashion : Greentech Media

Why Coal Companies Are Collapsing in Such Spectacular Fashion : Greentech Media | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Energy Gang looks at the factors contributing to coal’s demise.
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#drylandsCA - The difference between knowing something and...

#drylandsCA - The difference between knowing something and... | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The lake is at 33% capacity, and photos of Oroville’s drop have been published for years. But, still, that first glimpse: My eyes traveled from the treeline down-down-down burnt-orange cliffs and finally to the water. The houseboats crowded on the narrowed lake looked like they were cars in a choo-choo train.

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ENERGY POLICY: Crude export ban emerges as bargaining chip for wind, solar

ENERGY POLICY: Crude export ban emerges as bargaining chip for wind, solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Senators skeptical of lifting the 40-year-old ban on crude exports signaled a willingness yesterday to negotiate if they're offered language to extend tax incentives for wind and solar generators.
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Ted Cruz expresses 'full out denial' of global warming during forum

Ted Cruz expresses 'full out denial' of global warming during forum | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Republican presidential candidate said the debate was a device used by liberals to appease ‘environmentalist billionaires and their campaign donations’
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Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants

Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts…
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Health gains lost to climate change | The Japan Times

Health gains lost to climate change | The Japan Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
All of the impressive scientific and medical gains of modern civilization are in danger of being lost because of the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.
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Kochs Rebrand Themselves As Champions Of Poor, Fight To Slash Wages And Eliminate Their Health Care

Kochs Rebrand Themselves As Champions Of Poor, Fight To Slash Wages And Eliminate Their Health Care | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"We, too, are seeking to right injustices that are holding our country back," Charles Koch told the room full of donors and candidates.
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‘I drank the water and ate the fish. We all did. The acid has damaged me permanently’

‘I drank the water and ate the fish. We all did. The acid has damaged me permanently’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the villages near Africa’s biggest copper mine, you can smell and taste the pollution. As a legal battle against metals giant Vedanta/KCM reaches London, villagers in Chingola, Zambia, tell of blighted lives and a looming catastrophe
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Ebola vaccine works, offering 100% protection in African trial

Ebola vaccine works, offering 100% protection in African trial | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unusual clinical trial in Guinea offers promise for stopping epidemic
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How the Persian Gulf Might Solve Its Water Problem

How the Persian Gulf Might Solve Its Water Problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Qatar is the richest yet thirstiest nation in the world. Now it's looking to test out a new, greener way forward for desalinating water.
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Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California’s cities need water. Its farmers have it. Could leasing rights to it solve the crisis responsibly?
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Obama Policy Could Force Robust Climate Discussion From 2016 Candidates

Obama Policy Could Force Robust Climate Discussion From 2016 Candidates | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Having to answer questions about President Obama’s aggressive actions on climate, those vying for president might have to debate what they will do to his climate legacy.
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See Which States Use Coal the Most as New Climate Rules Loom

See Which States Use Coal the Most as New Climate Rules Loom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the Clean Power Plan aims to tamp down emissions from the nation's power plants, coal-dependent states face big decisions.
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Country club golf course plans sewer plant as newer fix for grass water woes

Country club golf course plans sewer plant as newer fix for grass water woes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Diablo Country Club tees up plans pioneering recycling project to secure its water future
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RENEWABLE ENERGY: 'Empathy,' not incentives or environmentalism, sells solar power in India

RENEWABLE ENERGY: 'Empathy,' not incentives or environmentalism, sells solar power in India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The market for off-the-grid solar products in India is heating up, with no incentive but profits.
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California Has a Plan to End the Auto Industry as We Know It

California Has a Plan to End the Auto Industry as We Know It | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mary Nichols, the California regulator who showed the world how to clean up smog, is pushing for all cars to be electric.
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Paul Ehrlich: The Population Bomb

Paul Ehrlich: The Population Bomb | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 1968, Paul Ehrlich released his ground-breaking book The Population Bomb, which awoke the national consciousness to the collision-course world population growth is on with our planet's finite r
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Basu: Why climate change is a woman’s issue

Basu: Why climate change is a woman’s issue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Empowerment connects to the environment.

As extreme climate events dominate the news, the impact from landslides, hurricanes and floods is felt most heavily in the developing world. And as the ones most often responsible for farming and feeding families, women have a special stake. When there is less food, they are expected to go without, yet they are often denied input into how the land is used.

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