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Medieval Spanish ghost town becomes self-sufficient ecovillage ...

Medieval Spanish ghost town becomes self-sufficient ecovillage ... | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's a utopian fantasy- discover a ghost town and rebuild it in line with your ideals-, but in Spain where there are nearly 3000 abandoned villages (most dating back to the Middle Ages), some big dreamers have spent the past 3 ...

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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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How kids can benefit from boredom

How kids can benefit from boredom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From books, arts and sports classes to iPads and television, many parents do everything in their power to entertain and educate their children. But what would happen if children were just left to be bored from time to time
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New paper outlines ways of reducing impacts of pollution, climate change, noise and crime

New paper outlines ways of reducing impacts of pollution, climate change, noise and crime | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study from Washington University in St. Louis suggests eight interventions that will help create healthier and more sustainable cities of the future, built to reduce the negative impacts of pollution, climate change
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CDC: 3 Miami businesses epicenter of 1st US Zika outbreak

CDC: 3 Miami businesses epicenter of 1st US Zika outbreak | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Zika outbreak in Miami's Wynwood arts district centered on three businesses with outdoor areas shared by employees, customers and breeding mosquitoes, and the number of people infected was likely greater than reported
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Parkinson's disease protection may begin in the gut: Intestinal cells' immune response protects vital neurons

Parkinson's disease protection may begin in the gut: Intestinal cells' immune response protects vital neurons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Your gut may play a pivotal role in preventing the onset of Parkinson's disease. And the reason may be its knack for sleuthing.
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How plastic ends up in our seafood and what you can do about it

How plastic ends up in our seafood and what you can do about it | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When you eat fish, it may contain tiny pieces of plastic.
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US not on track to meet 2025 carbon pollution cutting goal, study finds

US not on track to meet 2025 carbon pollution cutting goal, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unless it does more, the United States probably will fall short of goals set under last year's Paris agreement to dramatically reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases, according to a new study.
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New finding supports Moon creation hypothesis

New finding supports Moon creation hypothesis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A layer of iron and other elements deep underground is the evidence scientists have long been seeking to support the hypothesis that the moon was formed by a planetary object hitting the infant Earth some 4.5 billion year
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Creationism Invades Europe

Creationism Invades Europe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An antiscience movement once limited mostly to the U.S. is gaining ground on the eastern side of the Atlantic
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Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science

Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientific American evaluates responses from Clinton, Trump, Johnson and Stein to 20 questions
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Severe health warning for young and old as serious levels of air pollution chokes Hong Kong

Severe health warning for young and old as serious levels of air pollution chokes Hong Kong | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bad air said to be caused by passage of tropical cyclone Megi, which is disrupting air traffic between Hong Kong and Taiwan
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Bruce Charles 'Bill' Mollison 1928-2016, co-founder of permaculture

Bruce Charles 'Bill' Mollison 1928-2016, co-founder of permaculture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 
Bruce Charles 'Bill' Mollison (born 1928 in Stanley, Tasmania, Australia and died today, 24 September 2016 in Sisters Beach, Tasmania).
A few people are born who are world class heroes to those who know them and unkown to the great majority
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Residents of 5,000 Cedar Rapids homes asked to evacuate

Residents of 5,000 Cedar Rapids homes asked to evacuate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Cedar Rapids fire officials plan to ask for the names of next of kin of residents who refuse to leave the flood zone.
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The Madhouse Effect of climate denial

The Madhouse Effect of climate denial | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new book by Michael Mann and Tom Toles takes a fresh look on the effects humans are having on our climate and the additional impacts on our politics. While there have been countless books about climate change over the past two decades, this one – entitled The Madhouse Effect - distinguishes itself by its clear and straightforward science mixed with clever and sometimes comedic presentation. 
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Working out how much exercise to do takes more than gadgets

Working out how much exercise to do takes more than gadgets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ancient Greek scholars realised long ago that physical activity was a requirement for good health. Hippocrates proposed that "eating alone will not keep a man well – he must also take exercise", while Galen [later noted](www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(12
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Pregnant women shouldn't vape

Pregnant women shouldn't vape | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
E-cigarettes are increasingly popular, and adult women of childbearing age are the most common users. This is especially true in Kentucky, which has the country's second highest rate of smoking during pregnancy. Many wome
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Walking is medicine? It helped high-risk seniors stay mobile

Walking is medicine? It helped high-risk seniors stay mobile | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's not too late to get moving: Simple physical activity—mostly walking—helped high-risk seniors stay mobile after disability-inducing ailments even if, at 70 and beyond, they'd long been couch potatoes.
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India to ratify Paris Agreement on climate change

India to ratify Paris Agreement on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
India's prime minister said Sunday that his country will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change early next month.
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Study: Earth's roughly warmest in about 100,000 years

Study: Earth's roughly warmest in about 100,000 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in more than 2 million years.
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Melting Greenland ice threatens to expose Cold War waste

Melting Greenland ice threatens to expose Cold War waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A snow-covered former US army base in Greenland—dubbed "a city under ice"—could leak pollutants into the environment as the climate changes, raising difficult questions over who is responsible for a clean-up.
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How the FDA Manipulates the Media

How the FDA Manipulates the Media | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit
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Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition

Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Choosing Myron Ebell means Trump plans to drastically reshape climate policies 
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Some cities are taking another look at LED lighting after AMA warning

Some cities are taking another look at LED lighting after AMA warning | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
First-generation high-intensity models emit light that may disturb sleep, raise health risks.
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The Bangladeshi Traffic Jam That Never Ends

The Bangladeshi Traffic Jam That Never Ends | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A visit to the city of Dhaka, where there are two types of traffic: really bad and really, really bad.
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Yellowstone River reopens after deadly parasite killed thousands of fish

Yellowstone River reopens after deadly parasite killed thousands of fish | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Montana reopened a stretch of the Yellowstone River to fishing and other recreational activities on Friday after a month-long closure prompted by the spread of a deadly aquatic parasite that killed thousands of whitefish and sapped the local economy.
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Could ants be the solution to antibiotic crisis?

Could ants be the solution to antibiotic crisis? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bacterial defences of fungus-farming ants could help in medical battle against superbugs
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