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Bell collars on cats reduces the number of native birds caught and killed, research suggests

Bell collars on cats reduces the number of native birds caught and killed, research suggests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If domestic cats wore bell collars in urban areas the numbers of native birds caught and killed could be reduced by as much as half, a new University of Otago study shows.
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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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New type of stent could help some brain aneurysm patients

New type of stent could help some brain aneurysm patients | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After Susan Wakulich was told she had an aneurysm, she figured an invasive brain surgery and lengthy recovery lay ahead of her.
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My brother's keeper: Study says uninterrupted playtime between siblings is key for learning

My brother's keeper: Study says uninterrupted playtime between siblings is key for learning | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Whether it's how to throw a ball or put together a puzzle, young children learn a lot from their older siblings. While researchers have long known that brothers and sisters teach each other about the world, most of their observations about this have been made in a lab setting.
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Recuperating waste heat under the hood

Recuperating waste heat under the hood | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For his semester project in mechanical engineering, Eliott Guenat studied the best way to recuperate waste heat from a car's engine. The challenge is figuring out how to incorporate the heat exchangers micro-turbomachines.
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Britain wins carbon capture funding from EU

Britain wins carbon capture funding from EU | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A coal-burning power plant in Yorkshire is to receive 300 million euros in EU funds to develop a new way of keeping polluting carbon emissions out of the atmosphere, the EU said Tuesday.
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Fish skin lesions, oil residue decline in years after Gulf oil spill

Fish skin lesions, oil residue decline in years after Gulf oil spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists studying the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the health of fish in the Gulf of Mexico have found strong evidence that an outbreak of skin lesions and oil residue signatures discovered in fishes a year after the spill may be related to the catastrophe.
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Carbon clean-up needs energy revolution, leaders told

Carbon clean-up needs energy revolution, leaders told | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than two dozen scientific institutes, in unprecedented advice to world leaders, on Tuesday urged major economies to unleash an energy revolution for slashing carbon emissions to safer levels by 2050.
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Identifying and Treating Spider Bites | Ready Nutrition

Identifying and Treating Spider Bites | Ready Nutrition | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most spiders do not pose a threat to humans, but knowing how to identify and treat bites is important just in case.
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Earthquakes Linked To Fracking

Most people have become familiar with the complaints about how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is used extract oil or gas from shale: It contaminates local land and ground water, depletes
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8 seafoods to ponder before purchasing

8 seafoods to ponder before purchasing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reconsider buying these seafoods if you're worried about the environment or your health
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BP employees should have manslaughter charges reinstated, prosecutors argue

BP employees should have manslaughter charges reinstated, prosecutors argue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Prosecutors tried Tuesday to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate some of the manslaughter charges against two BP employees in a case arising from the deaths of 11 workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf...
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Want to limit global warming? Bring cash — The Daily Climate

Want to limit global warming? Bring cash — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Any effort to limit global warming to 2ºC will require deep investment in low-carbon research and development, a new assessment warns. Promises on emissions cuts alone are not sufficient.
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In China’s Heartland, A Toxic Trail Leads from Factories to Fields to Food by He Guangwei: Yale Environment 360

In China’s Heartland, A Toxic Trail Leads from Factories to Fields to Food by He Guangwei: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Long known as China’s granary, Hunan Province has been a major rice producer for the nation’s growing and increasingly urban population. But toxic pollution from Hunan’s mines and heavy metal plants has contaminated large tracts of its once-fertile farmland and put China's staple food supply at risk.

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Beautiful but a threat: Tropical fish invasion destroys kelp forests

Beautiful but a threat: Tropical fish invasion destroys kelp forests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The migration of tropical fish as a result of ocean warming poses a serious threat to the temperate areas they invade, because they overgraze on kelp forests and seagrass meadows, a new study concludes.
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Minimally invasive heart stents prove safer

Minimally invasive heart stents prove safer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have documented the safety benefits of aortic stent grafts inserted during minimally invasive surgery to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms – weaknesses in the body's largest artery that can rupture, causing potentially lethal ...
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Eating lean beef daily can help lower blood pressure

Eating lean beef daily can help lower blood pressure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Contrary to conventional wisdom, a growing body of evidence shows that eating lean beef can reduce risk factors for heart disease, according to recent research by nutritional scientists.
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So you think you can delete? AVAST knows better

So you think you can delete? AVAST knows better | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nice. You have decided to give your old Android phone a second life more noble than the junkheap and so you delete all your files and wish the phone well with its new owners. Reality alert. Read the new AVAST study first. Every day Americans are selling away their identity by selling their smartphones, ...
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Knowledge exchange network releases first oil palm policy report

Knowledge exchange network releases first oil palm policy report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A knowledge exchange network led by the University of York, which aims to increase the use of scientific evidence to guide oil palm policy, has produced its first science for policy report. The report – 'Change in carbon stocks arising from land-use conversion to oil palm plantations' – focuses ...
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Poles apart: Arctic sea ice has shrunk but Antarctic sea ice has grown

Poles apart: Arctic sea ice has shrunk but Antarctic sea ice has grown | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study of satellite sea ice measurements shows that over the last 35 years there have been dramatic changes in sea ice cover around the world.
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Urban heat—not a myth, and worst where it's wet

Urban heat—not a myth, and worst where it's wet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new Yale-led study quantifies for the first time the primary causes of the 'urban heat island' (UHI) effect, a common phenomenon that makes the world's urban areas significantly warmer than the surrounding countryside and may increase health risks for city residents.
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BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes - Telegraph

BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes  - Telegraph | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BBC Trust says 200 senior managers trained not to insert 'false balance' into stories when issues were non-contentious
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Could Whale Poop Help Fight Global Warming? - weather.com

Could Whale Poop Help Fight Global Warming? - weather.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Great whales' number twos do much more than occasionally foul the ocean surface, according to a new study. They help filter carbon out of the sea by providing abundant food for plankton, which soak up carbon and sequester it at the bottom of the sea.
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What's the Next Quinoa? Farmers, Foodies Revive Heritage Grains

What's the Next Quinoa? Farmers, Foodies Revive Heritage Grains | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ancient grains and "orphan crops" like fonio and amaranth have advantages for farmers and consumers.
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Diamond-mining firms deposit death into Save River - NewsDay Zimbabwe

Diamond-mining firms deposit death into Save River - NewsDay Zimbabwe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

At one point Lucia Karenyi (57) thought that the discovery of diamonds in her home would transform her family life for the better.

 

The diamond-mining companies have been under fire from villagers like Karenyi who are demanding compensation for the loss of over 500 cattle owing to chemicals which are used to purify the gems.

 

Villagers attending a provincial mining indaba recently accused the diamond-mining companies of discharging mineral waste and raw human waste into Odzi, Singwizi and Save rivers.

 

Most of the effluent is believed to contain toxic chemicals.
As a result of the pollution, the villagers say the water in the rivers is no longer suitable for domestic and agricultural use.

 

“The number of cows that I have lost is increasing every day,” said Karenyi.

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Waves for Worry? Scientists weigh-in on status of radioactive waters from Fukushima

Waves for Worry? Scientists weigh-in on status of radioactive waters from Fukushima | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When the roof blew off reactor building No. 3 at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011 releasing toxic amounts of radioactivity into the environment, Californians felt safe knowing the disaster was unfolding more than 5,000 miles away across the Pacific. However, the same ocean that separates us from Japan also connects us and the radioactive waters that have been riding a current for more than three years are expected to wash ashore some time this year.
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What's killing the Yukon's salmon?

What's killing the Yukon's salmon? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When Stephanie Schmidt became Alaska’s Yukon River fishery research biologist in January 2012, she knew that all was not well along the sinuous length of the famed river. Chinook salmon numbers had been dwindling since 1998, and as a result, commercial harvest of the fish — also called king salmon for their immense size and sumptuous meat — was frequently halted. That didn’t help: The 2010 run was the second-worst in recorded history. 2011 was only a few fish better.

 

Faltering returns also hurt the Yukon’s subsistence fishermen, who catch chinook with nets and fish wheels to feed their families through the long Subarctic winter. But past hardships paled in comparison with 2014, their most difficult season yet. 

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