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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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GMO debate grows over golden rice in the Philippines

GMO debate grows over golden rice in the Philippines | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vitamin A deficiency is a deadly threat to kids and pregnant mothers in the Third World. In the Philippines, the best nutrient sources are rarely part of the daily diet, so researchers have tried adding vitamin A to rice, a staple food. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien investigates the debate that’s grown up over the development of golden rice, a genetically modified crop. Continue reading →
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Europeans have little appetite for U.S. apples

Europeans have little appetite for U.S. apples | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the harvest underway, Jon Alegria figures he’ll pack more than 400 million apples from this year’s crop by mid-November, relying on a widely used chemical to keep them looking fresh for months.
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China Sees Week-Long Protest Against Chemical Plants - The Epoch Times

China Sees Week-Long Protest Against Chemical Plants - The Epoch Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thousands of citizens protested against a chemical plant that emits stinky smell in central China’s Henan Province on Monday, the seventh day since the protest started.
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Time after Time: Environmental Influences on the Aging Brain

Time after Time: Environmental Influences on the Aging Brain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The population of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to double between 2010 and 2050,1 and by midcentury the proportion of the human population made up of people over age 80 is projected to have quadrupled since 2000.2 So factors that affect this aging population are of increasing importance. Of particular concern are the neurological diseases and disorders typically associated with advanced age, among them Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, dementia, and reduced cognitive function. Investigators are studying the effects of not just present-day exposures and environmental influences such as physical and mental exercise, but also exposures that occurred much earlier in life, whose effects may only become apparent in old age.

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Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage: Fantasy or Reality?

Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage: Fantasy or Reality? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage (UW-CAES) — a step beyond underground energy storage in caverns — may soon offer conventional utilities a means of long-duration load shifting for their large-scale electrical grids, and niche microgrid operators a means of reducing their fossil-f
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Global importance of pollinators underestimated

Global importance of pollinators underestimated | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Declines in populations of pollinators, such as bees and wasps, may be a key threat to nutrition in some of the most poorly fed parts of the globe, according to new research.
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Ebola 'fear factor' risks economic disaster: World Bank

Ebola 'fear factor' risks economic disaster: World Bank | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The World Bank warned Wednesday that fear of the deadly Ebola virus is choking off economic activity in West Africa with potentially 'catastrophic' results.
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Australia promises $6.4 million to fight Ebola

Australia promises $6.4 million to fight Ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia announced on Wednesday it will immediately provide an additional 7 million Australian dollars ($6.4 million) to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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Mateship key to boosting resilient youth

Mateship key to boosting resilient youth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Having a supportive friend who is connected to their family and greater community can be the critical factor that protects and promotes resilience in vulnerable Aboriginal youth, according to research from the Telethon Kids Institute.
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Artificial 'beaks' that collect water from fog: A drought solution?

Artificial 'beaks' that collect water from fog: A drought solution? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From the most parched areas of Saudi Arabia to water-scarce areas of the western U.S., the idea of harvesting fog for water is catching on. Now, a novel approach to this process could help meet affected communities' needs for the life-essential resource. Scientists describe their new, highly efficient ...
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The future of global agriculture may include new land, fewer harvests

The future of global agriculture may include new land, fewer harvests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change may expand suitable cropland, particularly in the Northern high latitudes, but tropical regions may becoming decreasingly suitable, according to a study published September 17, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Florian Zabel from Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany and colleagues.
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Pollution risks of megacity 'street canyons' examined in unique new research

Pollution risks of megacity 'street canyons' examined in unique new research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People living in Hong Kong's towering skyscrapers may be away from the hustle and bustle of its notorious traffic-snarled streets but the effects of traffic emissions should not be ignored, says a ground-breaking research project led by King's College London.
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Vaping and Health: What Do We Know about E-Cigarettes?

Vaping and Health: What Do We Know about E-Cigarettes? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As a pulmonologist with the San Diego Veteran’s Affairs hospital, Laura Crotty Alexander has probably answered every possible question about smoking. Whether her patients were looking for ways to quit or simply wondering whether their current health problems might be related to smoking, Crotty Alexander provided answers.

 

A couple of years ago, however, her patients began asking new questions: Are electronic cigarettes safer than conventional cigarettes, and should they switch? “I didn’t have the answers. As a physician and a researcher, that was very frustrating,” Crotty Alexander says.

 

Physicians all over the country are encountering the same questions from their patients. Out of nowhere, it seems, e-cigarettes—or electronic nicotine delivery systems, as they are formally known—are appearing at gas stations, convenience stores, and anywhere else cigarettes are sold. Advertisements claim e-cigarettes offer health benefits by helping smokers quit. All e-cigarette users inhale is “harmless water vapor.”1 The e-cigarette, it would seem, takes all the risk out of smoking.

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Reuters - Water's edge: the crisis of rising sea levels

Reuters - Water's edge: the crisis of rising sea levels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reuters investigates how rising seas are not a future threat, but a troubling reality in the U.S. and around the world.
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Fish-Choking Microbeads Have States Limiting Cosmetic Contents

Fish-Choking Microbeads Have States Limiting Cosmetic Contents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Microbeads, the tiny plastic balls added to body scrubs and toothpastes by such manufacturers as L’Oreal SA and Procter & Gamble Co., were marketed as the greatest beauty aid since cold cream. Now fish have a gut full, and some U.S. and state lawmakers want the ingredient banned.
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The great frack forward: A journey to the heart of China’s gas boom

The great frack forward: A journey to the heart of China’s gas boom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
US companies are salivating over the biggest shale gas resources in the world. What could possibly go wrong?
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Mass murder by botulism: Surge in Great Lakes bird deaths driven by invaders — Environmental Health News

Mass murder by botulism: Surge in Great Lakes bird deaths driven by invaders — Environmental Health News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The botulism bacterium "is the most toxic natural substance on Earth. Just one gram could kill off like two million people. And for these birds it's essentially just widespread food poisoning." -Stephen Riley, USGS

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Reducing pesticides and boosting harvests

Reducing pesticides and boosting harvests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists in Italy are experimenting with sound vibrations to replace pesticides. Adapting different eco-friendly methods they are able to boost harvests and open up a new chapter in sustainable farming.
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France to receive first Ebola patient

France to receive first Ebola patient | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
France on Wednesday prepared to receive its first Ebola patient, as the World Bank warned the spiralling epidemic is threatening economic catastrophe in west Africa.
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Study highlights concern for homeless seniors

Study highlights concern for homeless seniors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study for the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, co-authored by researchers at the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University, has found that a disproportionate number of people chronically staying in Victoria's emergency shelters are seniors.
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Healthy Briton to be injected in Ebola vaccine trial (Update)

Healthy Briton to be injected in Ebola vaccine trial (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A healthy British volunteer became the first person to receive a new vaccine for the Ebola virus in a trial at the University of Oxford on Wednesday.
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Philips introduces BlueTouch, PulseRelief control for pain relief

Philips introduces BlueTouch, PulseRelief control for pain relief | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pain sufferers have a new way to manage their personal treatment to relieve pain, said Philips. Its introduction this month of BlueTouch and PulseRelief devices involve app-enabled tools managed by iPhones or iPads.
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Tropical Storm Odile targets US-Mexico border states

Tropical Storm Odile targets US-Mexico border states | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tropical Storm Odile headed for a new landfall in northwestern Mexico on Wednesday after leaving a trail of destruction in beach resorts, requiring tourists to be airlifted to safety.
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Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate

Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Trees have been growing significantly faster since the 1960s. The typical development phases of trees and stands have barely changed, but they have accelerated—by as much as 70 percent. This was the outcome of a study carried out by scientists from Technische Universität München based on long-term ...
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NASA air campaigns focus on Arctic climate impacts

NASA air campaigns focus on Arctic climate impacts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to three times faster in the Arctic. As the region's summer comes to a close, NASA is hard at work studying how rising temperatures are affecting the Arctic.
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