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Will the UK's pollinator strategy be enough to stop bee decline?

Will the UK's pollinator strategy be enough to stop bee decline? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Can a strategy that fails to address the issue of pesticides and lacks targets on habitat restoration prove effective? Karl Mathiesen investigates
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The Red Canal: Uncertainties Surround Nicaragua's New Waterway Project - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The Red Canal: Uncertainties Surround Nicaragua's New Waterway Project - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nicaragua is soon to begin construction on a new canal connecting the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean. But even as up to 30,000 people face resettlement, details on the Chinese-funded mega-project remain sparse.
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China factory whirs overtime to make Ebola suits

China factory whirs overtime to make Ebola suits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 11,000 kilometers (7,000 miles) away in West Africa.
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Osteoporosis, not just a woman's disease

Osteoporosis, not just a woman's disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Each year nearly two million Americans suffer osteoporosis-related fractures, and as the population ages that number is expected to increase dramatically, placing a major burden on the health care system. While osteoporosis prevention and treatment efforts have historically been focused on post-menopausal ...
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New supplement superior to calcium and vitamin D for bone health

New supplement superior to calcium and vitamin D for bone health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study by a Florida State University researcher reveals that a new dietary supplement is superior to calcium and vitamin D when it comes to bone health.
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A vaccine-resistant polio strain discovered

A vaccine-resistant polio strain discovered | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The global initiative to eradicate poliomyelitis through routine vaccination has helped reduce the number of cases by more than 99% in 30 years, from an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to 650 reported cases in 2011. However, major epidemics are still occurring today, such as the ones in the Republic ...
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Climate and emerging diseases: dangerous connections found

Climate and emerging diseases: dangerous connections found | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change may affect human health directly or indirectly. In addition to increased threats of storms, flooding, droughts, and heat waves, other health risks are being identified. In particular, new diseases are appearing, caused by infectious agents (viruses, bacteria, parasites) heretofore unknown ...
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Population boom, droughts contributed to collapse of ancient Assyrian Empire

Population boom, droughts contributed to collapse of ancient Assyrian Empire | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There's more to the decline of the once mighty ancient Assyrian Empire than just civil wars and political unrest. Archaeological, historical, and paleoclimatic evidence suggests that climatic factors and population growth might also have come into play. This is the opinion of Adam Schneider of the University ...
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Study says natural factors, not humans, behind West Coast warming

Study says natural factors, not humans, behind West Coast warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When scientists on a boat in the Gulf of Alaska pulled their net in August, they saw something stunning: a live ocean sunfish.
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Inspired by nature, scientists design protein-esque molecules to lock up carbon dioxide

Inspired by nature, scientists design protein-esque molecules to lock up carbon dioxide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For eons, marine organisms have taken in carbon dioxide dissolved in water and turned it into protective calcium carbonate layers, or seashells with the assistance of proteins. Inspired by these creatures and looking to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, a team led by scientists at Pacific Northwest ...
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The Problem With Your Washing Machine That's Hard to See But Impossible to Ignore

The Problem With Your Washing Machine That's Hard to See But Impossible to Ignore | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ecologist Mark Browne is trying to stop one of the biggest contributors to ocean pollution: microplastics in our clothes.
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Ozone-destroying chemical making comeback, scientists find

Ozone-destroying chemical making comeback, scientists find | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hydrogen chloride was long thought to be in the decline in upper atmosphere
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BHP Billiton to export US oil without permit

BHP Billiton to export US oil without permit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The move is considered another sign that Washington’s decades-old federal ban on crude exports is crumbling.
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High-fat diet postpones brain aging, study suggests

High-fat diet postpones brain aging, study suggests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Danish-led research suggests that signs of brain aging can be postponed in mice if placed on a high-fat diet. In the long term, this opens the possibility of treatment of children suffering from premature aging and patients with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The research project is headed ...
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Vitamin D levels examined for long-term health effects

Vitamin D levels examined for long-term health effects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A West Australian study has recorded the vitamin D levels of local children, along with the genes involved in its production, setting the foundation for future research into vitamin D effects on a person's health from childhood to adulthood.
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Jet-fueled electricity at room temperature: New fuel cell can run without high heat

Jet-fueled electricity at room temperature: New fuel cell can run without high heat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
University of Utah engineers developed the first room-temperature fuel cell that uses enzymes to help jet fuel produce electricity without needing to ignite the fuel. These new fuel cells can be used to power portable electronics, off-grid power and sensors.
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Small New Zealand population initiated rapid forest transition c. 750 years ago

Small New Zealand population initiated rapid forest transition c. 750 years ago | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Human-set fires by a small Polynesian population in New Zealand around 750 years ago may have caused fire-vulnerable forests to shift to shrub land over decades, rather than over centuries, as previously thought, according to a study published November 5, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by ...
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Belief in climate change doesn't always lead to action

Belief in climate change doesn't always lead to action | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Americans are undergoing a significant shift in thinking about climate change, but rising public awareness of a warming climate has not translated into action, according to new survey research.
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Coexist or perish, new wildfire analysis says

Coexist or perish, new wildfire analysis says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many fire scientists have tried to get Smokey the Bear to hang up his 'prevention' motto in favor of tools like thinning and prescribed burns, which can manage the severity of wildfires while allowing them to play their natural role in certain ecosystems.
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THE U.S. IS COUNTING ON A LONG-TERM ABUNDANCE OF OIL & NATURAL GAS. But what if the boom is just a bubble?

THE U.S. IS COUNTING ON A LONG-TERM ABUNDANCE OF OIL & NATURAL GAS.  But what if the boom is just a bubble? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on U.S. Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom investigates whether the Department of Energy’s expectation of long-term domestic oil and natural gas abundance is founded. It aims to gauge the likely future of U.S. tight oil and shale gas production based on an in-depth assessment of all drilling and production data from the major shale plays, current through early- to mid-2014. The report determined future production profiles given assumed rates of drilling, average well quality by area, well- and field-decline rates, and the estimated number of available drilling locations.

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Oil Price Slide - No Good Way Out

Oil Price Slide - No Good Way Out | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The world is in a dangerous place now. A large share of oil sellers need the revenue from oil sales. They have to continue producing, regardless of how low oil prices go unless they are stopped by bankruptcy, revolution, or something else that gives them a very clear signal to stop. Producers of oil from US shale are in this category, as are most oil exporters, including many of the OPEC countries and Russia.

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