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Amazon showing signs of degradation due to climate change, Nasa warns

Amazon showing signs of degradation due to climate change, Nasa warns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rainforest area twice the size of California experiencing drought rate that is unprecedented in a century, study shows
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Jesse's Café Américain: The Scandal in America That Is Hidden In Plain Sight - Privilege Blindness

Jesse's Café Américain: The Scandal in America That Is Hidden In Plain Sight - Privilege Blindness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

One of the great marvels of the time is how effectively well-funded propaganda campaigns and a captive mainstream media have distorted the peoples' view of reality so that they act as if they are sleep-walking.

An ongoing trend in the US has been a tax code that favors large multinational corporations with loopholes and subsidies that far too often result in an effective tax rate of close to zero, despite booming corporate profits in the face of a long stagnation in median family income and wages.  

The real unemployment numbers are shockingly high, and those jobs that are available are often part time and poorly paid.   Justice is openly administered in ways that give the powerful a free pass on grossly criminal activity, from laundering drug money to financial racketeering. The rigging of prices and markets by powerful interests, and the lack of effective prosecution of such grave abuses of power, is something that seems to be de facto government policy.


This places small private businesses and individuals at a distinct disadvantage with regard to economic viability in the marketplace.  It fosters consolidation and monopoly.  It lends itself to a cynicism that is undermining the conscience of many of those who have sworn oaths of office.  It isolates dissent to corrals and 'free speech zones.'  It breaks up peaceful gatherings of protest with pepper spray, bullets, and clubs.  It pollutes the internet with campaigns of disinformation, and silences the voices of journalists.

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Survival on a Budget

Survival on a Budget | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The graph above is not a realistic prediction of what the cost of climate change will be to the global economy. It is not meant to be. What it is meant to do is illustrate the relatively slight cos...
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About 40,000 illegal miners ignore Peru’s deadline to formalize status

About 40,000 illegal miners ignore Peru’s deadline to formalize status | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tension grows as the illicit miners keep evading government efforts to bring them into the formal economy.
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Rural microbes could boost city dwellers' health

Rural microbes could boost city dwellers' health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The greater prevalence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory disorders among people of lower socioeconomic status might be due in part to their reduced exposure to the microbes that thrive in rural environments, according to a new scientific paper.
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A little wine might help kidneys stay healthy

A little wine might help kidneys stay healthy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests.
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Loss of memory in Alzheimer's mice models reversed through gene therapy

Loss of memory in Alzheimer's mice models reversed through gene therapy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia and affects some 400,000 people in Spain alone. However, no effective cure has yet been found. One of the reasons for this is the lack of knowledge about the cellular mechanisms which cause alterations in nerve transmissions and the loss of memory ...
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Lower birth weight, less breastfeeding linked to adult inflammation and disease

Lower birth weight, less breastfeeding linked to adult inflammation and disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Individuals born at lower birth weights as well as those breastfed less than three months or not at all are more likely as young adults to have higher levels of chronic inflammation that contributes to cardiovascular disease, according to a new Northwestern University study.
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More Americans in their golden years are going hungry

More Americans in their golden years are going hungry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a country as wealthy as the United States, it may come as a surprise that one in 12 seniors do not have access to adequate food due to lack of money or other financial resources. They are food insecure.
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Odds of storm waters overflowing Manhattan seawall up 20-fold, study shows

Odds of storm waters overflowing Manhattan seawall up 20-fold, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two and a half feet since the mid-1800s, making the chances of water overtopping the Manhattan seawall now at least 20 times greater than they were 170 years ago, according to a new study. Whereas sea-level rise, which ...
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Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by U.S. ocean scientists.
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How to avoid water wars between 'fracking' industry and residents

How to avoid water wars between 'fracking' industry and residents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The shale gas boom has transformed the energy landscape in the U.S., but in some drier locations, it could cause conflict among the energy industry, residents and agricultural interests over already-scarce water resources, say researchers. They add that degraded water quality is a potential risk unless ...
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Remote surveillance may increase chance of survival for 'uncontacted' Brazilian tribes

Remote surveillance may increase chance of survival for 'uncontacted' Brazilian tribes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lowland South America, including the Amazon Basin, harbors most of the last indigenous societies that have limited contact with the outside world. Studying these tribes, located deep within Amazonian rainforests, gives scientists a glimpse at what tribal cultures may have been like before the arrival ...
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Increased infrastructure required for effective oil spill response in US Arctic

Increased infrastructure required for effective oil spill response in US Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A changing climate is increasing the accessibility of U.S. Arctic waters to commercial activities such as shipping, oil and gas development, and tourism, raising concern about the risk of oil spills. A new report from the National Research Council says that a full suite of proven oil response tools ...
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Eight Energy Myths Explained

Eight Energy Myths Explained | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Republicans, Democrats, and environmentalists all have favorite energy myths. Even Peak Oil believers have favorite energy myths. The following are a few common mis-beliefs,  coming from a variety ...
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Canada says whales no longer in danger as oil pipeline verdict looms

Canada says whales no longer in danger as oil pipeline verdict looms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite objections from several groups, the Harper government declared over the weekend the humpback a "species of special concern" under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).
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Researchers detail newly discovered deer migration

Researchers detail newly discovered deer migration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team of researchers including University of Wyoming scientists has documented the longest migration of mule deer ever recorded, the latest development in an initiative to understand and conserve ungulate migration in Wyoming.
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Pollutants from coal-burning stoves strongly associated with miscarriages in Mongolia

Pollutants from coal-burning stoves strongly associated with miscarriages in Mongolia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Burning coal for domestic heating may contribute to early fetal death according to a new study by experts from The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – the coldest capital city in the world.
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New scale useful for predicting sick leave for back pain

New scale useful for predicting sick leave for back pain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—A new user-friendly 10-item rating scale is useful for predicting the duration of sick leave in patients with acute lumbar back pain, according to a study published in the April 20 issue of Spine.
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Picture books aren't just fun: Moms are exposing toddlers to rich information about animals

Picture books aren't just fun: Moms are exposing toddlers to rich information about animals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Children hear as much sophisticated information about animals when parents read picture book stories about animals as when they read flashcard-type animal vocabulary books, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.
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Bioethicists use theatrical narratives to bridge the gap between society and science

Bioethicists use theatrical narratives to bridge the gap between society and science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A pair of bioethics experts have added 'playwright' to their resumes in an effort to aid the genomics community in grappling with an onslaught of ethical issues as genomic science transitions to bedside healthcare, a decade after the human genome was first sequenced.
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Drought may take toll on Congo rainforest, study finds

Drought may take toll on Congo rainforest, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.
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Dying coral reefs threaten the livelihood of millions

Dying coral reefs threaten the livelihood of millions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Declining coral reef health is threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people living in the coastal tropics, according to a study by University of Queensland researchers.
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Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift

Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists are watching an iceberg bigger than the island of Guam as it slowly moves away from an Antarctic glacier.
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Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier

Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest.
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60% of China underground water polluted: report

60% of China underground water polluted: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sixty percent of underground water in China which is officially monitored is too polluted to drink directly, state media have reported, underlining the country's grave environmental problems.
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Fiction prepares us for a world changed by global warming

Fiction prepares us for a world changed by global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate fiction, or simply cli-fi, is a newly coined term for novels and films which focus on the consequences of global warming. New research from University of Copenhagen shows how these fictions serve as a mental laboratory that allows us to simulate the potential consequences of climate change and ...
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