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Understanding how mountains and rivers make life possible

Understanding how mountains and rivers make life possible | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Favorable conditions for life on Earth are enabled in part by the natural shuttling of carbon dioxide from the planet's atmosphere to its rocky interior and back again. Now Stanford scientists have devised a pair of math equations that better describe how topography, rock compositions and the movement of water through a landscape affects this vital recycling process.

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Researcher finds methane from oil spill has entered food web

Researcher finds methane from oil spill has entered food web | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, so did large volumes of methane, or natural gas.
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New satellite movie shows massive Eastern US cool down

New satellite movie shows massive Eastern US cool down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three days of satellite imagery from NOAA's GOES-East satellite were compiled into an animation that showed the progression of the storm system that drastically changed temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. from spring-like warmth to the bitter cold of winter.
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Ribbon Seals: Stunning on the Outside, Bizarre on the Inside | Running Ponies, Scientific American Blog Network

Ribbon Seals: Stunning on the Outside, Bizarre on the Inside | Running Ponies, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Look at this guy. So casual. People pay money to look this casual. Just out on the ice in his black and white pyjamas. Waiting for ...
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The U.S. Conservation Crisis That No One Hears About

The U.S. Conservation Crisis That No One Hears About | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

An extinction crisis is quietly unfolding in the southeastern U.S.

 

In a popularity contest, the homely little catfish known as the chucky madtom stands no chance against majestic, endangered sport fishes such as the Chinook salmon. Yet the catfish's plight is far more dire: none have been seen in the wild since 2004.

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Algae in Glass Cases Could Determine Fracking’s Toll

Algae in Glass Cases Could Determine Fracking’s Toll | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tiny diatoms would add precision to the ongoing efforts to measure the natural gas boom’s effects on water quality
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Rise of Genghis Khan Linked to Unusual Rains in Mongolia

Rise of Genghis Khan Linked to Unusual Rains in Mongolia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Changing precipitation patterns helped Genghis Khan rise to power—and ride to victory across Eurasia
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Defy Climate Denialism With "Mythopedia" | PlanetSave

Defy Climate Denialism With "Mythopedia" | PlanetSave | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Humans have come to live under a 24/7 barrage of misinformation--and we don’t always get around to refuting denialism. A new tool from Media Matters...
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"More fish in the sea" is not a reason to keep overfishing

"More fish in the sea" is not a reason to keep overfishing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study suggests we've been underestimating the amount of fish in the oceans by a factor of 10 -- but that doesn't mean we get to drive bluefin tuna to extinction.
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Why is there no Manhattan Project to tackle climate change?

Why is there no Manhattan Project to tackle climate change? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tom Delay: We must overcome short-termism, inconvenient truths and cuts to R&D and find the Brunels of low carbon technology
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Oil cleansing: Why would I want to do that?

Oil cleansing: Why would I want to do that? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The oil cleansing method has women everywhere ditching face soap in favor of oil — but why?
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Italian Judge Orders Shutdown Of Coal Plant Following Deaths And Disease

Italian Judge Orders Shutdown Of Coal Plant Following Deaths And Disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While those afflicted by pollution from Tirreno's plant will likely breathe a clean sigh of relief from the Italian court's decision, those who think they are in a similar situation in the United States are unlikely to see similar results.
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Climatologist Who Predicted California Drought 10 Years Ago Says It May Soon Be ‘Even More Dire’

Climatologist Who Predicted California Drought 10 Years Ago Says It May Soon Be ‘Even More Dire’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists predicted a decade ago the loss of Arctic ice would dry out California and the very change in the jet stream that has driven the current drought. One of those scientists told me last week, “the actual situation in the next few decades could be even more dire that our study suggested.”
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Fish species unique to Hawaii dominate deep coral reefs in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Fish species unique to Hawaii dominate deep coral reefs in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Deep coral reefs in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) may contain the highest percentage of fish species found nowhere else on Earth, according to a study by NOAA scientists published in the Bulletin of Marine Science. Part of the largest protected area in the United States, the islands, ...
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Japan's Panasonic to give China expats 'pollution pay'

Japan's Panasonic to give China expats 'pollution pay' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday it would give employees sent to China a wage premium to compensate for the country's hazardous air pollution, in a possible first for an international company.
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Paris makes public transport free to tackle severe pollution (Update)

Paris makes public transport free to tackle severe pollution (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris authorities said Thursday they would make public transport free for three days to encourage drivers to leave their vehicles behind due to severe pollution caused by unusually warm weather.
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Elephants Recognize the Voices of Their Enemies

Elephants Recognize the Voices of Their Enemies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
African elephants can distinguish human languages, genders and ages associated with danger.
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Does Climate Change Stand a Chance against the Oil Boom in U.S. Elections?

Does Climate Change Stand a Chance against the Oil Boom in U.S. Elections? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Recording-breaking domestic oil production is likely to swamp any effort to inject climate change concerns into the 2014 elections
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Lower Diet Diversity Threatens Crops and Us

Lower Diet Diversity Threatens Crops and Us | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
More of the world's population is eating the same stuff, meaning more monocultural crops at risk for disease and less gut microbial diversity, a health problem for humans. Cynthia Graber reports
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The Children of Japan's Fukushima Battle an Invisible Enemy

The Children of Japan's Fukushima Battle an Invisible Enemy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

KORIYAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it's like to play outside -- fear of radiation has kept them in doors for much of their short lives.

 

Though the strict safety limits for outdoor activity set after multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in 2011 have now been eased, parental worries and ingrained habit mean many children still stay inside.

 

And the impact is now starting to show, with children experiencing falling strength, lack of coordination, some cannot even ride a bicycle, and emotional issues like shorter tempers, officials and educators say.

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Troubled waters: Nuclear radiation found in B.C. may pose health concerns

Troubled waters: Nuclear radiation found in B.C. may pose health concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A radioactive metal from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan has been discovered in the Fraser Valley, causing researchers to raise the alarm about the long-term impact of radiation on B.C.’s west coast. Examination of a soil sample from Kilby Provincial Park, near Agassiz, has for the first time in this province found Cesium 134, further evidence of Fukushima radioactivity being transported to Canada by air and water.
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Assessing Our Oceans: IAEA Environment Laboratories Monaco Host Workshop on Pollution of Open Ocean

Assessing Our Oceans: IAEA Environment Laboratories Monaco Host Workshop on Pollution of Open Ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Much of the scientific research conducted today on marine environmental protection focuses on studies about the condition of the continental shelves.

 

A workshop recently held at the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco provided an opportunity for marine experts to discuss recent scientific findings on a range of open ocean pollution topics. Members of the Task Team on Pollution of the Open Ocean, under the aegis of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Protection (GESAMP), participated in the workshop which was held from 25 to 28 February 2014. Michail Angelidis of the IAEA Marine Environmental Studies Laboratory (MESL) and Harmut Nies of the IAEA Radiometrics Laboratory (RML) also joined the Task Team during the 4-day workshop.

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Nitty Gritty on the Oil Cleansing Method | Crunchy Betty

Nitty Gritty on the Oil Cleansing Method | Crunchy Betty | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Everything you ever wanted to know (and more!) about washing your face with the oil cleansing method.
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A Peek Into The Astonishing Future Of Wind Power

A Peek Into The Astonishing Future Of Wind Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As wind power takes hold across the world, developers are constantly looking for new ways to make the technology lighter, faster, and more efficient but some of the most inventive ideas are often stymied by a lack of financial support.
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Egyptian activists rally against coal imports

Egyptian activists rally against coal imports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Allowing the cement industry to use coal could set Egypt up for a coal-dependent future, campaigners say
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