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Globe had fourth hottest March; US cooler than normal

Globe had fourth hottest March; US cooler than normal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. government forecasters calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marchs on record—except in the United States.
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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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Report: why health care costs are lower in Europe than US

Report: why health care costs are lower in Europe than US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—European residents have access to the same health care services as U.S. residents but pay much less, and this is related to several specific factors, according to a report published by INDIGOMED on April 25.
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An experimental Alzheimer's drug reverses genetic changes thought to spur the disease

An experimental Alzheimer's drug reverses genetic changes thought to spur the disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Aging takes its toll on the brain, and the cells of the hippocampus—a brain region with circuitry crucial to learning and memory—are particularly vulnerable to changes that can lead to Alzheimer's disease or cognitiv
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Medical error third leading cause of death in US: study

Medical error third leading cause of death in US: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Medical error is the third largest cause of death in the United States, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ.
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Move over drones, driverless cars—unmanned ship up next

Move over drones, driverless cars—unmanned ship up next | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's not only drones and driverless cars that may become the norm someday—ocean-faring ships might also run without captains or crews.
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Comprehensive report of world's transboundary water basins finds hotspots of risk

Comprehensive report of world's transboundary water basins finds hotspots of risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental stresses including climate change and population growth will have an enormous impact on the world's waterways that cross international borders, a new report concludes, but economic development may have consequence
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How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected

How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(2016). How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Vol. 72, Young People and Existential Threat, pp. 112-115. doi: 10.1080/00963402.2016.1145910
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Countries eyeing coal-fired plants must reassess energy strategy: IRENA

Countries eyeing coal-fired plants must reassess energy strategy: IRENA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Countries that plan to build coal-fired power plants need to reassess their energy strategy because such facilities may not be a viable investment, the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said on Monday.
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This disease has killed a million trees in California, and scientists say it’s basically unstoppable

This disease has killed a million trees in California, and scientists say it’s basically unstoppable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The disease could have been stopped far earlier, if major resources had been brought to bear, research shows.
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Study: Native Oregon oysters in Netarts, Coos bays contain low levels of pharmaceuticals, chemicals

Study: Native Oregon oysters in Netarts, Coos bays contain low levels of pharmaceuticals, chemicals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Native oysters in Oregon's Netarts and Coos bays contain a "cocktail of pharmaceuticals" and chemicals -- including pain relievers, antibiotics, mercury and pesticides.
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Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’

Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A $48 million grant for Isle de Jean Charles, La., is the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the effects of climate change.
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Ocean's Oxygen Starts Running Low

Ocean's Oxygen Starts Running Low | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising levels of CO 2 are making it hard for fish to breathe in addition to exacerbating global warming and ocean acidification
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Climate Code Red: Arctic sea ice is falling off a cliff and it may not survive the summer

Climate Code Red: Arctic sea ice is falling off a cliff and it may not survive the summer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Near zero sea ice by the end of melt season. The dreaded Blue Ocean Event. Something that appears more and more likely to happen during 2016 with each passing day. 

These are the kinds of climate-wrecking phase changes in the Arctic people have been worrying about since sea ice extent, area, and volume achieved gut-wrenching plunges during 2007 and 2012. Plunges that were far faster than sea ice melt rates predicted by model runs and by the then scientific consensus on how the Arctic Ocean ice would respond to human-forced warming this Century.
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Parkinson's disease pathogenesis reduced in rat model by a cell-signaling inhibitor drug

Parkinson's disease pathogenesis reduced in rat model by a cell-signaling inhibitor drug | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers report the first documentation that suppressing a key cell-signaling pathway in a rat model of Parkinson's disease reduces pathogenesis. Oral administration of AZD1480—on
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Study finds high rate of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions in US

Study finds high rate of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions in US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An estimated 30 percent of outpatient oral antibiotic prescriptions in the U.S. in 2010-2011 may have been inappropriate, findings that support the need for establishing a goal for outpatient antibiotic stewardship, accordin
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Infants much less likely to get the flu if moms are vaccinated while pregnant

Infants much less likely to get the flu if moms are vaccinated while pregnant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Babies whose moms get flu vaccinations while pregnant have a significantly reduced risk of acquiring influenza during their first six months of life, a new study shows, leading the authors to declare that the need for gettin
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Developing customised snacks through 3D food printing

Developing customised snacks through 3D food printing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd aims to develop advanced food manufacturing technologies by combining expertise in food, material science and 3D printing technology. Healthy snacks with great textures are i
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Tracking climate change? Use the daily highs

Tracking climate change? Use the daily highs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists using long-term surface temperature data to track climate change caused by greenhouse gases would be best served using only daily high temperature readings without the nighttime lows, according to new researc
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Jimmy Kimmel Tears Into Sarah Palin’s ‘Offensive and Dangerous’ Climate Change Denial

Jimmy Kimmel Tears Into Sarah Palin’s ‘Offensive and Dangerous’ Climate Change Denial | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sarah Palin has been speaking out against climate change and Jimmy Kimmel has had it.
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Birds beating global warming by adjusting their egg-laying times

Birds beating global warming by adjusting their egg-laying times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Birds’ ability to adjust their spring egg-laying times as temperatures rise could help them beat global warming, according to experts from Edinburgh University and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).
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Lab-grown meat is in your future, and it may be healthier than the real stuff

Lab-grown meat is in your future, and it may be healthier than the real stuff | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Producers say ‘cultured meat’ tastes good and is better for you and the environment.
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How moss helped reveal Portland’s pollution

How moss helped reveal Portland’s pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Surveys of tree moss uncovered contamination that may have led to higher cancer rates.
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As Flint was slowly poisoned, Snyder's inner circle failed to act

As Flint was slowly poisoned, Snyder's inner circle failed to act | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A year ago, Gov. Rick Snyder was stoking rumors of a presidential bid as a metrics-driven Republican whose ability to run government like a business transformed a troubled state.
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EHP – Pipe Dreams: Tapping into the Health Information in Our Sewers

EHP – Pipe Dreams: Tapping into the Health Information in Our Sewers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most of us have an attitude of “flush it and forget it,” but to scientists like Rolf Halden, our waste is a bonanza of valuable information on population-level chemical exposures.
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Greenpeace Publishes Leaked TTIP Documents Revealing ‘Grave’ Environmental, Public Health Concerns

Greenpeace Publishes Leaked TTIP Documents Revealing ‘Grave’ Environmental, Public Health Concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The environmental nonprofit highlighted “grave concerns” over the contents of the documents detailing talks between the U.S. and EU regarding the trade deal.
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