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Backyard pesticides show up increasingly in California watersheds: report

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Levels of a type of pesticide commonly used in backyard gardens and on farms have increased in urban and rural watersheds in California, the state said in a report released
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More Than Ebola, Other Tropical Diseases Pose Growing Threat to U.S.

More Than Ebola, Other Tropical Diseases Pose Growing Threat to U.S. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dengue, chagas, and chikungunya may establish U.S. footholds.
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California environmental groups call for tighter fracking controls | Al Jazeera America

California environmental groups call for tighter fracking controls  | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
They claim billions of gallons of fracking wastewater may have illegally ended up in aquifers as state testing continues
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Parent company liability for foreign subsidiary’s actions – alarming new trend?

Parent company liability for foreign subsidiary’s actions – alarming new trend? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent lawsuit in British Columbia is the latest example of an emerging trend in which plaintiffs are seeking to hold parent companies liable in negligence in relation to the actions of their foreign subsidiaries.
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How an IPCC graph linked fossil fuel use to climate change, and why it led to a heated debate | Carbon Brief

How an IPCC graph linked fossil fuel use to climate change, and why it led to a heated debate | Carbon Brief | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a majornew report, summarising scientific knowledge on climate change.

 

It contained something of a milestone in IPCC history - a chart linking greenhouse gas concentrations to fossil fuel emissions, rising global temperatures and sea level.

 

That might sound fairly innocuous. But some countries argued against its inclusion.  So why was a figure outlining the well-understood link between carbon dioxide and climate change contentious?

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Asia Pushes Hard for Clean Energy

Asia Pushes Hard for Clean Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More than $250 billion a year will pour into renewable energy generation, two-thirds of Asia’s power investment, but the use of fossil fuels is also growing.
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Parched San Diego Looks To Wastewater Recycling

Parched San Diego Looks To Wastewater Recycling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Acknowledging California's parched new reality, the city of San Diego has embraced a once-toxic idea: turning sewer water into drinking water.
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion ...
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Egypt reports second bird flu death in a week

Egypt reports second bird flu death in a week | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A woman has died of bird flu in southern Egypt, a health official said on Wednesday, the country's second death from the H5N1 strain of the virus in a week.
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UN calls for end to open defecation amid Ebola threat

UN calls for end to open defecation amid Ebola threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The UN called Wednesday for an end to defecation in the open, with fears growing that it has helped spread the deadly Ebola virus ravaging west Africa.
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Bad marriage, broken heart?

Bad marriage, broken heart? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Older couples in a bad marriage—particularly female spouses—have a higher risk for heart disease than those in a good marriage, finds the first nationally representative study of its kind.
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Should health systems send patients abroad to save money?

Should health systems send patients abroad to save money? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While various options can be explored to rationalize resources in the health sector, delegating certain medical services to foreign hospitals should be assessed in an interdisciplinary context, says Catherine Régis of the University of Montreal's Faculty of Law. If you were offered the possibility ...
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Gut microbiota influences blood-brain barrier permeability

Gut microbiota influences blood-brain barrier permeability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study in mice, conducted by researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet together with colleagues in Singapore and the United States, shows that our natural gut-residing microbes can influence the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, which protects the brain from harmful substances in the blood. ...
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Cross Currents

Cross Currents | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southern Africa has some of the world's richest waters. But debate swirls over how to sustain these seas and the fishing communities that depend on them.
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Shale Oil Fuels Indigenous Conflict in Argentina | Inter Press Service

Shale Oil Fuels Indigenous Conflict in Argentina | Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CAMPO MARIPE, Argentina, Nov 18 2014 (IPS) - The boom in unconventional fossil fuels has revived indigenous conflicts in southwest Argentina. Twenty-two Mapuche communities who live on top of Vaca Muerta, the geological formation where the reserves are located, complain that they were not consulted about the use of their ancestral lands, both “above and below ground.”

 

Albino Campo, ”logko” or chief of the Campo Maripe Mapuche community, is critical of the term “superficiary” – one to whom a right of surface occupation is granted – which was used in the oil contracts to describe the people living on the land, with whom the oil companies are negotiating.

 

“We are the owners of the surface, and of what is above and below as well. That is the ‘mapu’ (earth). It’s not hollow below ground; there is another people below,” he told IPS.

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What Happened When Whole Foods Tried to Challenge Elitism, Racism, and Obesity in Detroit

What Happened When Whole Foods Tried to Challenge Elitism, Racism, and Obesity in Detroit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, as winter gave way to spring, Toyoda Ruff began to think about changing how she ate. Ruff had always been heavy, but her son, Tarik, a freshman honor student, had recently crossed the 300-pound mark, prompting Ruff to ferry him to appointments at a children’s...
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Industrial pollution is turning lakes into ‘jelly’

Industrial pollution is turning lakes into ‘jelly’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As Canadian lakes have become more acidic, they've become increasingly dominated by jelly-like plankton, new research suggests. And these gummy invaders aren't going anywhere.
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At least eight dead in 'historic' U.S. blizzard | The Japan Times

At least eight dead in 'historic' U.S. blizzard | The Japan Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A "historic" storm dumped more than 5 feet of snow, stranding scores of motorists, canceling flights and killing at least eight people in the Northeastern
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Australia stands firm against G20 pack on climate change

Australia stands firm against G20 pack on climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australian PM warns 2015 Paris climate summit will fail if leaders put cutting emissions ahead of economic growth
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7 health benefits of drinking hot cocoa

From the 'too good to be true' file: Hot cocoa has some really surprising health benefits.
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Ocean health threatened as traffic soars 400% in 20 years

Ocean health threatened as traffic soars 400% in 20 years | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEWS: Indian Ocean worst affected by marine pollution say researchers, who used satellite data to track ships
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IMF, World Bank policies may share blame in Ebola crisis

IMF, World Bank policies may share blame in Ebola crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alpha Conde, the president of Guinea, was stunned. In front of him, Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, had just called for an increase in the country's budget deficit so that it could battle Ebola—a complete reversal from the Fund's orthodox view that deficits ...
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Cuba says doctor catches Ebola in Sierra Leone

Cuba says doctor catches Ebola in Sierra Leone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with the disease, according to state media.
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Beverage companies still target kids with marketing for unhealthy, sugary drinks

Beverage companies still target kids with marketing for unhealthy, sugary drinks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beverage companies spent $866 million to advertise unhealthy drinks in 2013, and children and teens remained key target audiences for that advertising, according to a new report released today by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. The report, Sugary Drink FACTS 2014, highlights some progress ...
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Adult daycare helps caregivers' emotional stability

Caregivers who employ adult daycare services to help care for individuals with dementia have fewer emotional ups and downs, and that may protect the caregivers' health, according to Penn State researchers.
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