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More Americans Want Tough Fracking Regulations | The Energy Collective

More Americans Want Tough Fracking Regulations | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent Bloomberg National Poll found that 66 percent of Americans want more government oversight of fracking--a big increase over the last three months. Some people completely oppose fracking, but even those who don't want tough rules and enforcement. Bloomberg quotes a Virginia resident as saying: "“I’m a big proponent of natural gas, but I still need to be sure that we are not damaging our water supply.” Many Americans share this view.
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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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When Every Drop Of Water Could Be Poison: A Flint Mother's Story

When Every Drop Of Water Could Be Poison: A Flint Mother's Story | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For Flint resident Jeneyah McDonald, using bottled water for everything has become an onerous but necessary routine. Still, she worries about the effects that toxic tap water will have on her sons.
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Global Food Waste: The Numbers Behind The Problem

Global Food Waste: The Numbers Behind The Problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When we’re finishing up a delicious home cooked meal, we often take our plates over to the bin and scrape away the leftovers without giving it a moment’s thought.

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What happens to a tiny town when Walmart disappears?

What happens to a tiny town when Walmart disappears? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pullback from underperforming stores has left some rural communities without a vital source of support.
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The Return Of Crisis

The Return Of Crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Financial markets the world over are increasingly chaotic and either retreating or plunging.  Our view is that there’s a gigantic market crash in our future and it’s possible that this has started now.
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Higher nurse to patient ratio linked to reduced risk of inpatient death

Higher nurse to patient ratio linked to reduced risk of inpatient death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A higher nurse to patient ratio is linked to a reduced risk of inpatient death, finds a study of staffing levels in NHS hospitals, published in the online journal BMJ Open.
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China confirms first imported Zika case: report

China confirms first imported Zika case: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China confirmed its first imported case of Zika late Tuesday, Xinhua reported, as fears mount over the fast-spreading virus that has been linked to severe birth defects mostly in Latin America.
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Wound-healing intestinal bacteria: Like shrubs after a forest fire

Wound-healing intestinal bacteria: Like shrubs after a forest fire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In injured mouse intestines, specific types of bacteria step forward to promote healing, scientists have found.
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You can train your body into thinking it's had medicine

You can train your body into thinking it's had medicine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Marette Flies was 11 when her immune system turned against her. A cheerful student from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she had curly brown hair and a pale, moon-shaped face, and she loved playing trumpet in her high-school band. ...
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Travelers urged to take precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses

Travelers urged to take precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Penn State Global Programs is issuing advice to travelers about the risks of mosquito-borne illnesses, like Zika, based on the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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'Brain road maps' reflect behavior differences between males and females

'Brain road maps' reflect behavior differences between males and females | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Differences in the neural wiring across development of men and women across ages, matched behavioral differences commonly associated with each of the sexes, according to an imaging-based study from researchers at the Perelman ...
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Robots in health care could lead to a doctorless hospital

Robots in health care could lead to a doctorless hospital | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Imagine your child requires a life-saving operation. You enter the hospital and are confronted with a stark choice.
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Harnessing wave energy to light up coastal communities

Harnessing wave energy to light up coastal communities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There's a new renewable energy player in town and it's about to make waves in the industry. Despite its massive potential as a source for renewable energy, the ocean is unlikely to contribute meaningfully to electricity supplies ...
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Lead flakes in Flint water like a game of Russian roulette

Lead flakes in Flint water like a game of Russian roulette | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It’s been almost four months since Flint went back to buying water from Detroit’s water system. Here’s the good news: Since January, more than 90 percent
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Video: "Insidious, invisible" impacts on baby health — Environmental Health News

Video: "Insidious, invisible" impacts on baby health — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“Because preterm birth occurs less frequently in many places, it gives us hope that we can prevent it,” says expert February 10, 2016 By Lynne Peeples  Environmental Health News When Dr.

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Oil industry woes grow as storage levels hit ‘critical level’

Oil industry woes grow as storage levels hit ‘critical level’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With oil storage at Cushing, Okla., the delivery point for the New York Mercantile Exchange crude contract, edging closer to full capacity, a new set of problems for the industry is emerging.
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After 1,428 years here’s what brought down the world’s oldest business

After 1,428 years here’s what brought down the world’s oldest business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In 578 AD, a Korean immigrant named Shigemitsu Kongo made his way to Japan at the invitation of the royal family.

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The Physics of Energy and the Economy

The Physics of Energy and the Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I approach the subject of the physics of energy and the economy with some trepidation. An economy seems to be a dissipative system, but what does this really mean? There are not many people who understand dissipative systems, and very few who understand how an economy operates. The combination leads to an awfully lot of…
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CDC emergency operations ctr moving to level 1 activation

CDC emergency operations ctr moving to level 1 activation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is moving to Level 1 activation to enhance its response to the Zika virus outbreak.
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Gun, drug, car deaths loom large in US longevity gap, study finds

Gun, drug, car deaths loom large in US longevity gap, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Guns, drugs and cars contribute substantially to the life-expectancy gap between the United States and other developed nations, a study found.
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A new home - but with no medical home? Study of immigrants' kids with special health needs

A new home - but with no medical home? Study of immigrants' kids with special health needs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
They may have made America their new home, but immigrants whose children have special medical needs appear to be having trouble finding a true "medical home" for their child, a new study finds.
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Video: Barley helps improve blood sugar levels and reduce appetite

Video: Barley helps improve blood sugar levels and reduce appetite | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent study from Lund University in Sweden shows that barley can rapidly improve people's health by reducing blood sugar levels and the risk for diabetes. The secret lies in the special mixture of dietary fibres found ...
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Exposure to air pollution 30 years ago associated with increased risk of death

Exposure to air pollution 30 years ago associated with increased risk of death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new report comes from one of the world's longest running air pollution studies, which included 368,000 people in England and Wales followed over a 38 year period. The team, from the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and ...
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Poor REM sleep may be linked to higher risk for anxiety, depression

Poor REM sleep may be linked to higher risk for anxiety, depression | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the phase when dreams are made, and a lack of good REM sleep has long been associated with chronic insomnia.
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Why not recycled concrete?

Why not recycled concrete? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can't we recycle concrete from our deteriorating infrastructure for ...
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Smart energy management systems can improve plug-in hybrid efficiency by 12 percent

Smart energy management systems can improve plug-in hybrid efficiency by 12 percent | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) can reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared to their gas-only counterparts. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering ...
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