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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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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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FORESTS: 'Unprecedented' spate of wildfires incinerates homes and forces evacuations in Wash., Ore.

FORESTS: 'Unprecedented' spate of wildfires incinerates homes and forces evacuations in Wash., Ore. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fire crews are making an unheard-of scramble as a huge number of lightning-sparked wildfires continue to burn across drought-parched regions of Oregon and Washington. One fire in north-central Washington has already caused severe damage, destroying an estimated 150 homes.
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Pennsylvania Regulator Faulted for Lax Role in Fracking

Pennsylvania Regulator Faulted for Lax Role in Fracking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pennsylvania regulators were
unprepared for the fracking-fueled boom in natural gas
production during the past decade, putting drinking water
supplies at risk, the state’s watchdog said.
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Water, super-sewers and the filth threatening the River Thames

Water, super-sewers and the filth threatening the River Thames | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stuart Jeffries: The Great Stink of the 1800s alerted politicians to the filth in the Thames. The Victorian sewers fixed it, but trouble is brewing again. Is a clean river just a pipe dream?
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Man dies from plague in China, 11 others infected

Man dies from plague in China, 11 others infected | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP) -- Thousands of people have been placed under quarantine in a town in northwest China after a man died of pneumonic plague and 11 others were confirmed infected with the deadly lung infection, health authorities said.
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Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied

Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Black lung opinions by Dr. Paul Wheeler of Johns Hopkins should be assumed to lack credibility, senators are told at a hearing.
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Canada’s Cities Lead On Climate Action

Canada’s Cities Lead On Climate Action | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
That tangible positive action on climate change is happening in Canada’s cities.
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South Portland bans Canada’s oil sands

South Portland bans Canada’s oil sands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Enbridge's Line 9 reversal project threatened after Maine city council opposes exporting Alberta oil.
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New study reveals vulnerability of sharks as collateral damage in commercial fishing

New study reveals vulnerability of sharks as collateral damage in commercial fishing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study that examined the survival rates of 12 different shark species when captured as unintentional bycatch in commercial longline fishing operations found large differences in survival rates across the 12 species, with bigeye thresher, dusky, and scalloped hammerhead being the most vulnerable. ...
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Lead in hunting bullets is dispensable – study proves suitability of alternatives

Lead in hunting bullets is dispensable – study proves suitability of alternatives | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study concerning terminal ballistics of lead-containing and lead-free bullets shows that both materials are equally suitable for hunting in accordance with animal welfare. Lead-free bullets even leave smaller fragment clouds than leaded ones.
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Town 'sealed off' after man dies of plague in China (Update)

Town 'sealed off' after man dies of plague in China (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Chinese town has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday.
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American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations

American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Blood donations to the American Red Cross are down substantially, and the agency says an 'emergency situation' could arise within weeks.
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Why are Fukushima engineers creating walls of ice under a contaminated nuclear plant?

Why are Fukushima engineers creating walls of ice under a contaminated nuclear plant? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Engineers at Fukushima nuclear power plant have been trying to create a £185m ice wall to isolate contaminated water from mixing with groundwater. However, there has been a steady stream of news articles reporting on problems associated with the work so far. They are simply adding to the sense of despair ...
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Why the California drought affects everyone.

Why the California drought affects everyone. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

All of California is in a state of emergency because of the prolonged drought, now in its third year. And it’s more than just Californians who are feeling the impact – the state uses its scarce water to provide the nation with more food than any other state. Center for Investigative Reporting

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Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots

Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The effects of climate change are creeping into the city's low-income neighborhoods.
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Using a nicotine patch during pregnancy tied to higher ADHD risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to a higher chance of the child having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and a new study suggests women who use nicotine
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Town in Northwest China Sealed After Man Dies of Plague

The police in Yumen, Gansu Province, closed the city on Tuesday as a precaution after health officials said a man had died of pneumonic plague after having come in contact with a Himalayan marmot.
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U.S. troops in Afghanistan sent waste to open burn pits, report finds

U.S. troops in Afghanistan sent waste to open burn pits, report finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Although the U.S. has spent millions to build incinerators in Afghanistan to avoid exposing anyone to toxic smoke from open burning, American troops sent waste to an Afghan-operated open pit for five months last year, according to an inspector general’s report issued late Monday.
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Amazon oil spill has killed tons of fish, sickened native people — Environmental Health News

Amazon oil spill has killed tons of fish, sickened native people — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

July 23, 2014

CUNINICO, Peru – On the last day of June, Roger Mangía Vega watched an oil slick and a mass of dead fish float past this tiny Kukama Indian community and into the Marañón River, a major tributary of the Amazon.

 

Community leaders called the emergency number for Petroperu, the state-run operator of the 845-kilometer pipeline that pumps crude oil from the Amazon over the Andes Mountains to a port on Peru’s northern coast.

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Iran Fulfills Nuclear Promise By Eliminating Most Potent Uranium

Iran Fulfills Nuclear Promise By Eliminating Most Potent Uranium | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Iran Fulfills Nuclear Promise by Eliminating Most Potent Uranium.
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Alaska frogs reach record lows in extreme temperature survival

Alaska frogs reach record lows in extreme temperature survival | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Freezing and thawing might not be good for the average steak, but it seems to help wood frogs each fall as they prepare to survive Alaska's winter cold.
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Ancient grassland species take a century to return

Ancient grassland species take a century to return | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Old chalk grasslands that have been disturbed by farming can take more than a hundred years to recover their full diversity of plants, new research shows.
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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, Today, 2:20 AM

Questo e muy interesante para nosotros, donde estamos intentando de crear (o dejar crear la natura) un santuario natural para las abejas y otra flora y fauna.  ¿Alguien sabe donde podemos conseguir una lista de plantas indígenas del Yucatan para poder ver cosa plantar para ayudar la tierra re-encontrar su forma "original"?

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Are state Medicaid policies sentencing people with mental illnesses to prison?

Are state Medicaid policies sentencing people with mental illnesses to prison? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics have linked tighter Medicaid policies governing antipsychotic drugs with increased incarceration rates for schizophrenic individuals.
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Control of HIV pandemic will not be achieved without radical improvement in support for sex workers

Control of HIV pandemic will not be achieved without radical improvement in support for sex workers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Across the world, in high- and low-income countries, women, men, and transgender people who sell sex are subjected to repressive and discriminatory law, policy, and practice, which in turn fuel human rights violations against them, including violence and discrimination. All of these factors are preventing ...
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Encephalitis kills 60 in eastern India in fortnight

Encephalitis kills 60 in eastern India in fortnight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An outbreak of encephalitis has killed 60 people in two weeks in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a top health official has said, calling the situation 'alarming'.
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Energy Efficiency: The Forgotten Giant

Energy Efficiency: The Forgotten Giant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Amory Lovins in Forbes:


Michael Liebreich, chairman of Bloomberg New EnergyFinance’s advisory board, points out that the U.S. fracking revolution and the consequent 2004–13 rise in domestic oil output displaced oil imports equivalent to 10 percent of domestic consumption—while two little-noticed demand-side trends, less driving and more-efficient vehicles, saved 18percent, nearly twice as much. Drilling advocates somehow forgot to mention that their impressive achievements were almost lapped by demand-side shifts. Those saved barrels were nearly invisible because we can’t see energy we don’t use or buy.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, July 22, 7:32 PM

While American, German, and British energy intensity all fell by similar amounts during 1990–2012, technical efficiency improved much more in Germany.