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A Ferocious Predator Came Face-To-Face With A Photographer... Then It Tried To Be His Mother.

A Ferocious Predator Came Face-To-Face With A Photographer... Then It Tried To Be His Mother. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The leopard seal is a fantastic and beautiful creature that resides in the artic, donning a stunning spotted coat, similar to that of the big feline for which it’s named after.


Yet this type of seal not only shares a similar appearance to the wild cat,
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Will falling gas prices be bad for the climate?

Will falling gas prices be bad for the climate? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lower prices could have two negative effects: more gasoline burning and less investment in cleaner alternatives and technologies.
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Climate depression is for real. Just ask a scientist

Climate depression is for real. Just ask a scientist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Climate change takes its toll on the scientists who study it. But maybe those on the front lines can eventually help the rest of us cope.

 

Two years ago, Camille Parmesan, a professor at Plymouth University and the University of Texas at Austin, became so “professionally depressed” that she questioned abandoning her research in climate change entirely.

 

Parmesan has a pretty serious stake in the field. In 2007, she shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for her work as a lead author of the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2009, The Atlanticnamed her one of 27 “Brave Thinkers” for her work on the impacts of climate change on species around the globe. Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg were also on the list.

 

Despite the accolades, she was fed up. “I felt like here was this huge signal I was finding and no one was paying attention to it,” Parmesan says. “I was really thinking, ‘Why am I doing this?’” 

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Business is booming in the Chinese town of Guiyu, where the world's electronic waste ends up for recycling. But the industry has a heavy environmental cost. Electronic remnants are strewn in a nearby stream, and the air is acrid from the burning of plastic, chemicals and circuitboards.

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CAMPAIGN 2014: Koch, Environmental Defense Action Fund back former coastal czar -- and that's not the strangest thing about this race

CAMPAIGN 2014: Koch, Environmental Defense Action Fund back former coastal czar -- and that's not the strangest thing about this race | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Garret Graves might be the only candidate to receive substantial backing from both Koch Industries and a major environmental group.
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Great Barrier Reef protection plan 'ignores the threat of climate change'

Great Barrier Reef protection plan 'ignores the threat of climate change' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists warn the government’s strategy is likely to prove ineffectual as ‘unless Australia cuts back on carbon dioxide emissions we won’t have much of a Great Barrier Reef left’
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BP spill left 'bathtub ring' of oil across more than 1,200 square miles of Gulf seafloor, new study says

BP spill left 'bathtub ring' of oil across more than 1,200 square miles of Gulf seafloor, new study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have found evidence of a "bathtub ring" of oil particles from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill covering more than 1,200 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico's seafloor, according to a study published online Monday (Oct. 27) in the...
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First 'green' sites unveiled in $3 billion effort to keep sewage out of Lake Erie

First 'green' sites unveiled in $3 billion effort to keep sewage out of Lake Erie | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Officials on Monday unveiled the first of a series of ''green' projects that use natural landscaping, rather than underground pipes, to absorb rainwater and help reduce sewage overflows into Lake Erie.
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Cost of informal caregiving for US elderly is $522 billion annually, study finds

The price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and relatives in the United States comes to $522 billion a year, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
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Study documents millions in unused medical supplies in US operating rooms each year

Study documents millions in unused medical supplies in US operating rooms each year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Johns Hopkins research team reports that major hospitals across the U.S. collectively throw away at least $15 million a year in unused operating room surgical supplies that could be salvaged and used to ease critical shortages, improve surgical care and boost public health in developing countries.
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IBM offers analytics platform for Ebola fight

IBM offers analytics platform for Ebola fight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
IBM announced Monday it would offer its analytics platform and other technology for use in African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.
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A lethal virus more threatening to public health than Ebola

A lethal virus more threatening to public health than Ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With Americans on edge about the potential spread of Ebola, it is easy to overlook another virus to which we have long been accustomed – influenza. According to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu takes anywhere from 3,000 to 48,000 lives a year in this country, ...
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It's better for memory to make mistakes while learning

It's better for memory to make mistakes while learning | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Making mistakes while learning can benefit memory and lead to the correct answer, but only if the guesses are close-but-no-cigar, according to new research findings from Baycrest Health Sciences.
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John Oliver's takedown of the sugar industry is pretty sweet

John Oliver's takedown of the sugar industry is pretty sweet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Last Week Tonight host slams Big Sugar just in time for Halloween.
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This plane could lower carbon emissions -- and give everyone a window seat

This plane could lower carbon emissions -- and give everyone a window seat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A design firm proposed a lighter airplane that may help lower carbon emissions for air travel.

 

The Center for Process Innovation (CPI) recently proposed an airplane design with floor-to-ceiling wraparound screens that make those tiny, frustrating monitors on the back of seats look like child’s play.

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Swan numbers show 'alarming crash'

Swan numbers show 'alarming crash' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The UK's smallest and rarest swan has suffered an "alarming crash in numbers", the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has said.

The Slimbridge-based charity said more than a third of Bewick's swans have disappeared since 1995, when the total population peaked at 29,000.

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Sorry, your gut bacteria are not the answer to all your health problems

Sorry, your gut bacteria are not the answer to all your health problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We're told that tweaks to the microbiome can cure everything from allergies to Ebola. Not exactly, say experts.
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EPA Adds 23 Chemicals, Including BPA, to Key List for Scrutiny, Possible Action

EPA Adds 23 Chemicals, Including BPA, to Key List for Scrutiny, Possible Action | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oct. 23 The Environmental Protection Agency has added 23 chemicalsincluding bisphenol A BPA seven phthalates and two flame retardantsto a key list of chemicals that will have particular uses carefully scrutinized for possible regulation or other controls.
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In the fight against green slime on Lake Erie, farmers try to clean up their act

In the fight against green slime on Lake Erie, farmers try to clean up their act | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nasty green slime poisoned water in Ohio last summer, and it's becoming a regular thing in the region — and around the world. The problem is agricultural pollution, but some Ontario farmers are trying to try to cut back on the pollution that leads to the slime.
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With storms intensifying, Milwaukee braces for bigger floods — The Daily Climate

With storms intensifying, Milwaukee braces for bigger floods — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Milwaukee is emblematic of how climate change is forcing the hand of sanitation departments in the Midwest. More frequent, intense storms threaten aging systems, making repairs, upgrades and innovative solutions more urgent.

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Ebola drug maker Fujifilm to buy US vaccine maker (Update)

Fujifilm said Monday it would buy a US vaccine maker as the Japanese firm increases its supply of an experimental Ebola drug to help stem the spread of the virus.
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More kids harmed by drinking in pregnancy than expected, study reports

More kids harmed by drinking in pregnancy than expected, study reports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Although drinking during pregnancy has long been considered taboo, new research suggests that as many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure before birth.
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Study a first test of Australian honey's medicinal potential

Study a first test of Australian honey's medicinal potential | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manuka honey from New Zealand is already established as a valuable antibacterial agent, particularly for treating slow-healing wounds. Now scientists will test the potential of honey derived from related trees in Australia to meet the increasing worldwide demand for medical honey.
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Just 30 minutes of exercise has benefits for the brain

Just 30 minutes of exercise has benefits for the brain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
University of Adelaide neuroscientists have discovered that just one session of aerobic exercise is enough to spark positive changes in the brain that could lead to improved memory and coordination of motor skills.
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