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March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally | Climate Central

March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally | Climate Central | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
March 2014 was the fourth-warmest year on record, globally, 1.2°F above the 1951-1980 average.
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Climate fears over Colombia drought

Climate fears over Colombia drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BBC Mundo's Arturo Wallace reports from Casanare province in central Colombia on fears that a drought may be a sign of a harsher climate to come.
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Flowing salt water over graphene generates electricity

Flowing salt water over graphene generates electricity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dragging a drop around produces voltage.
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Real-Life Survival Uses for Newspaper

Real-Life Survival Uses for Newspaper | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Newspaper is a wonderful multi-purpose product to include in your stockpile, which could be used within the house, and also for outdoor survival.
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Reef fish arrived in two waves

Reef fish arrived in two waves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Davis CA (SPX) Apr 15, 2014 -
The world's reefs are hotbeds of biological diversity, including over 4,500 species of fish. A new study shows that the ancestors of these fish colonized reefs in two distinct waves, before and afte
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Odds that global warming is due to natural factors: Slim to none

Odds that global warming is due to natural factors: Slim to none | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Apr 15, 2014 -
An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth's climate, according to a new study
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Researchers say Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting

Researchers say Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
York NY (SPX) Apr 15, 2014 -
Archaeologists at the University of York are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous.

A research team from PALAEO (Centre for Human Palae
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Farming for improved ecosystem services seen as economically feasible

Farming for improved ecosystem services seen as economically feasible | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 15, 2014 -
By changing row-crop management practices in economically and environmentally stable ways, US farms could contribute to improved water quality, biological diversity, pest suppression, and soil ferti
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US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study

US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, "Who governs? Who really rules?" in this country, is: 

 

"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, ..." and then they go on to say, it's not true, and that, "America's claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened" by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead "the nearly total failure of 'median voter' and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."

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Planned uranium mine in South Dakota clears key hurdle

Planned uranium mine in South Dakota clears key hurdle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Powertech Uranium's proposed mine may have gotten a license to operate last week, but opponents say they'll fight the ruling.
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Penicillin redux: Rearming proven warriors for the 21st century

Penicillin redux: Rearming proven warriors for the 21st century | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Penicillin, one of the scientific marvels of the 20th century, is currently losing a lot of battles it once won against bacterial infections. But scientists at the University of South Carolina have just reported a new approach to restoring its combat effectiveness, even against so-called 'superbugs.'
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Researchers describe four new species of 'killer sponges' from the deep sea

Researchers describe four new species of 'killer sponges' from the deep sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Killer sponges sound like creatures from a B-grade horror movie. In fact, they thrive in the lightless depths of the deep sea. Scientists first discovered that some sponges are carnivorous about 20 years ago. Since then only seven carnivorous species have been found in all of the northeastern Pacific. ...
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As african ebola outbreak spreads, hopes for vaccine remain years away

As african ebola outbreak spreads, hopes for vaccine remain years away | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—As a major outbreak of deadly Ebola virus spreads through the West African nations of Guinea and Liberia, public health officials are struggling to contain the horror-movie pathogen before it slips into neighboring countries.
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Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change - Inter Press Service

Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change - Inter Press Service | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle has few sanctuaries left in the world, and this is one of them. But in 2012 only 53 nests were counted on the beaches of this national park in Costa Rica. And there is an enemy that conservation efforts can’t fight: the beaches themselves are shrinking.

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For Miami's immigrants, some of the cheapest land is the most vulnerable to climate change

For Miami's immigrants, some of the cheapest land is the most vulnerable to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rising sea levels and surging hispanic immigration into low-lying areas west of Miami have combined to make a climate crusader out of a Venezuelan immigrant.
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'Modest hope' to slow warming, but no 'free lunch,' U.N. warns

'Modest hope' to slow warming, but no 'free lunch,' U.N. warns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Carbon emissions must be cut to "near zero" by 2100 to keep global warming to acceptable levels, the U.N. warns.
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China officials seek to block corruption protesters: report

China officials seek to block corruption protesters: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) April 14, 2014 - Local Chinese officials are blocking citizens seeking to report corruption to a central government inspection team, state media said on Monday, in the latest apparent abuse of the country's petitioning system.
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Iconic boreal bird species declining in the Adirondacks

Iconic boreal bird species declining in the Adirondacks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Adirondack Park NY (SPX) Apr 15, 2014 -
A new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society finds that several iconic Adirondack birds are in trouble, with declines driven by the size of their wetland habitats, how connected these wetlands
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Warming Climate Has Consequences for Michigan's Forests

Warming Climate Has Consequences for Michigan's Forests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Houghton MI (SPX) Apr 15, 2014 -
In the last 100 years, Michigan has become warmer, with more rain coming through heavy downpours. Climate models suggest that the state will continue to warm and variability in precipitation pattern
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Astronauts to Grow Lettuce in Space with NASA Veggie Farm

Astronauts to Grow Lettuce in Space with NASA Veggie Farm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Astronauts longing for fresh lettuce in orbit will soon have the chance to grow it for themselves: NASA is sending a mini-farm into space.

 

When the private spaceflight company SpaceX launches its next Dragon cargo mission to the International Space Station on Monday (April 14), the capsule will be carrying a small plant growth chamber built to let astronauts grow "Outredgeous" lettuce in orbit.

 

The goal of the Veg-01 experiment, nicknamed "Veggie", is to see how well plants grow in orbit. If these early tests go well and the food proves safe, scientists hope to expand the menu.

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GM crops under the microscope at international debate

GM crops under the microscope at international debate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Belfast UK (SPX) Apr 15, 2014 -
One of the world's most contentious food issues - Genetically Modified (GM) crops - will be debated by some of the world's leading authorities on the subject at Queen's University Belfast today (Wed
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Canada’s First Nations may build alternative to Northern Gateway pipeline

Canada’s First Nations may build alternative to Northern Gateway pipeline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings and Aquilini Group say they have signed non-disclosure agreements with a substantial number of First Nations in northern British Columbia to earn a “social licence” for the project.
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Switchable material could harness the power of the sun—even when it's not shining

Switchable material could harness the power of the sun—even when it's not shining | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's an obvious truism, but one that may soon be outdated: The problem with solar power is that sometimes the sun doesn't shine.
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Scientists pinpoint when harmless bacteria became flesh-eating monsters

Scientists pinpoint when harmless bacteria became flesh-eating monsters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don't always understand what turned them into disease-causing pathogens. In a new study, researchers have tracked down when this switch happened in a flesh-eating ...
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Disease threatens world's bananas, says UN

Disease threatens world's bananas, says UN | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The United Nations warned on Monday of the potential 'massive destruction' of the world's $5.0-billion (3.6-billion euro) a year banana crop as a plant disease spreads from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.
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