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We could have more volcano eruptions thanks to climate change

We could have more volcano eruptions thanks to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is making Iceland taller and more volcanic, a new study finds.
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Big soy: small Paraguayan farmers fighting back against global agribusiness

Big soy: small Paraguayan farmers fighting back against global agribusiness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We’re moving closer to creating a shared and sustainable vision for farmers’ territory, but challenges abound. Vicki Hird reports
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Can Sun and Wind Make More Salt Water Drinkable?

Can Sun and Wind Make More Salt Water Drinkable? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Almost all the water we drink comes from the one percent of the world's water that's unfrozen and fresh. But more nations and companies are working to use renewable energy to unleash drinkable water from the world's oceans.
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Pollutants threaten long-term survival of wandering albatross

Pollutants threaten long-term survival of wandering albatross | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seabirds, aerial ocean predators, are known to amass harmful contaminants over their lifespan. Scientists believe this exposure to pollutants negatively impacts survival rates as well as reproduction, therefore contributing to large-scale population declines. Although previously these assumptions were largely theoretical, recent research involving blood samples from wandering albatrosses points to new conclusions.
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Mercury levels rising in Pacific yellowfin tuna, study says

Mercury levels rising in Pacific yellowfin tuna, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mercury levels in yellowfin tuna caught in the Pacific Ocean have been rising at a 3.8% annual rate since 1998, according to a new study.
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Arctic Oil On Life Support

Arctic Oil On Life Support | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Arctic has been an offshore drilling target for years, but many projects have been put on hold or cancelled for many reasons, leaving only one major player…
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Water privatisation: a worldwide failure? | John Vidal

Water privatisation: a worldwide failure? | John Vidal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lagos is among the many cities in the global south where investment in water supplies is desperately needed, yet there is no consensus on whether the answer lies with private management, the public sector, or a combination of both. John Vidal reports
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7 Important Knots You Should Know - Page 2 of 2 - Homestead Notes

7 Important Knots You Should Know - Page 2 of 2 - Homestead Notes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There's no reason you shouldn't know a few of these basic knots so you can pull them out when you need them.
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The best idea in a long time: Covering parking lots with solar panels

The best idea in a long time: Covering parking lots with solar panels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar carports make a lot of sense. So why aren’t there more of them?
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Expert panel recommends new sleep durations

Expert panel recommends new sleep durations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), along with a multi-disciplinary expert panel, issued its new recommendations for appropriate sleep durations. The report recommends wider appropriate sleep ranges for most age groups. The results are published in Sleep Health: The Official Journal of the National ...
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Study finds occupational link in kidney disease epidemic in Central America

Study finds occupational link in kidney disease epidemic in Central America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sugarcane workers in northwestern Nicaragua experienced a decline in kidney function during the harvest, with field workers at greatest risk, suggesting that heat stress or other occupational factors may be playing a role in the high rates of chronic kidney disease in the region, a new study led by ...
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Researchers study elder financial exploitation factors

Researchers study elder financial exploitation factors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Wyoming are lifting the veil on elder financial exploitation—trying to identify red flags that could foretell and prevent shattered familial relationships and broken hearts.
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Older adults can build more muscle by doubling protein intake

Older adults can build more muscle by doubling protein intake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You are what you eat, especially when it comes to how your body builds protein. It is well known that consuming protein stimulates the body's cells to build protein. However, getting older combined with eating less protein can lead to a decline in the body's muscle-building efficiency. Maintaining and ...
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The View from Afar: Satellite-Derived Estimates of Global PM2.5

The View from Afar: Satellite-Derived Estimates of Global PM2.5 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

More than 3 million people died prematurely in 2010 due to ambient exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5), according to estimates from the Global Burden of Disease Study.1 Although air pollution measurements taken from ground-level monitors can help inform such estimates, a paucity of monitoring stations outside of North America and Western Europe make it difficult to compare levels and trends in PM2.5 and their health effects around the world.2 Fortunately, satellite data provide a way of filling in data gaps for areas with no ground-based monitoring. In this issue of EHP, a team of researchers report their satellite-derived estimates of global exposure trends to PM2.5 over 15 years.3

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Tracking Alternative Flame Retardants: Hand-to-Mouth Exposures in Adults

Tracking Alternative Flame Retardants: Hand-to-Mouth Exposures in Adults | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Like polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants, replacement compounds have been widely found in dust samples from homes, offices, and vehicle interiors.

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Caspian sturgeon population declining to critical level

Caspian sturgeon population declining to critical level | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recent studies show that the number of sturgeons in the Caspian Sea has decreased to a critical level, a leading expert said.
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Is Sewage Beer The Next Big Thing?

Is Sewage Beer The Next Big Thing? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Naturally, this is going down in Portland. ...

Sewage beer sounds like something out of a dystopian movie or someone's terrifying, unsavory nightmare. We've seen beer made from seaweed and whale bones, but of all the weird and wacky ingredients used to make craft beer, sewage is by far the most unappetizing. But could it catch on? Oregon's Clean Water Services is putting money on it. The water resources management company is backing an initiative to use purified sewage water to make beer.

 

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New Link in the Food Chain? Marine Plastic Pollution and Seafood Safety

New Link in the Food Chain? Marine Plastic Pollution and Seafood Safety | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In recent years plastic pollution in the ocean has become a significant environmental concern for governments, scientists, nongovernmental organizations, and members of the public worldwide. A December 2014 study derived from six years of research by the 5 Gyres Institute estimated that 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing some 269,000 tons are floating on the surface of the sea.1


At the same time, plastics in consumer products have become subject to increasing scrutiny regarding their potential effects on human health. Bisphenol A (BPA),2 a component of polycarbonate plastics and suspected endocrine disruptor, is one of the most widely known chemicals of interest. But BPA is only one of many monomers, plasticizers, flame retardants, antimicrobials, and other chemicals used in plastics manufacturing3 that are able to migrate into the environment.

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The rise of 'scam PACs'

The rise of 'scam PACs' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A few hours after a certain former Florida governor took to Facebook last month to announce he was going to “actively explore” a presidential run, a political action committee called the Conservative Action Fund blasted out an email to thousands of recipients urging them to “help us stop Jeb Bush today.” The email, signed by...
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Obama targets foreign profits with tax proposal, Republicans skeptical

Obama targets foreign profits with tax proposal, Republicans skeptical | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget will seek new taxes on trillions of dollars in profits accumulated overseas by U.S. companies, and a new approach to taxing foreign profits
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Running on renewable energy, Burlington, Vermont powers green movement forward | PBS NewsHour

Burlington, Vermont, the state's largest city, recently became the first in the country to use 100 percent renewable energy for its residents' electricity needs. In a state known for socially conscious policies, the feat represents a milestone in the growing green energy movement. NewsHour's William Brangham reports on the implications for the country's green movement. Continue reading →
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Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are 'extremely silly' says Elon Musk

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are 'extremely silly' says Elon Musk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Casting shade.

 

Elon Musk thinks hydrogen fuel cell technology that is used for powering cars is "extremely silly" and the reasons why will become "super obvious."

 

Musk made the remarks at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit last month when asked by a reporter why he was so critical of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. (Musk makes theremarks at the 10:08 mark.)

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When it comes to jogging, easy does it, study suggests

When it comes to jogging, easy does it, study suggests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—A little jogging is good for your health, researchers say, but too much might not be.
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Impact of probiotics on metabolic health in women with gestational diabetes

Impact of probiotics on metabolic health in women with gestational diabetes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a study to be presented on Feb. 5 in an oral concurrent session at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting, in San Diego, researchers will report on the effect of a probiotic capsule intervention on maternal metabolic parameters and pregnancy outcomes among ...
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Why we should aim for 100% vaccination coverage

Why we should aim for 100% vaccination coverage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The measles outbreak traced back to Disneyland has spread to eight states, with as many as 95 cases reported by January 38. Media outlets are highlighting the rise of anti-vaccination sentiments. Scientists are expressing their dismay at people who reject sound medical advice and put their families ...
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