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Research study takes deeper look at the role of gut microbes in the immune system

Research study takes deeper look at the role of gut microbes in the immune system | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research suggests that gut microorganisms do not merely influence immune cell function, but also support the production of immune cells that form the first line of defense against infection. By understanding the mechanisms responsible for maintaining and replacing immune cells, researchers hope ...
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Canada has possible Ebola case: health officials (Update)

Canada has possible Ebola case: health officials (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A man returning to Canada from Liberia is seriously ill in hospital after experiencing symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus that has killed dozens in Guinea, health officials have said.
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US says Bitcoin is taxable as property, not a currency

US says Bitcoin is taxable as property, not a currency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The US tax authority on Tuesday ruled that Bitcoin will be taxed as property, like stocks or real estate, rather than as a basic currency like the dollar.
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Arizona's future climate includes temps rising, water disappearing

Arizona's future climate includes temps rising, water disappearing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —The southwestern United States is facing an increasingly stressful future with unabated population growth, oversubscribed water resources and a hotter and drier climate. This, in a nutshell, was the message delivered by a panel of three environmental experts discussing how climate change ...
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Causes, consequences of global climate warming that took place 56 million years ago studied

Causes, consequences of global climate warming that took place 56 million years ago studied | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The growing and justified concern about the current global warming process has kindled the interest of the scientific community in geological records as an archive of crucial information to understand the physical and ecological effects of ancient climate changes. A study by the UPV/EHU's Palaeogene ...
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Oil seed can slash CO2 emissions in farming by 13%

Oil seed can slash CO2 emissions in farming by 13% | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to the initial results of EU-funded research the use of rapeseed cake in the production of livestock feed can cut methane and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 13%. This is the preliminary finding of a study carried out by the LIFE-SEED CAPITAL project, co-funded by the European Commission´s ...
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Global warming not stopped, will go on for centuries - WMO

Global warming not stopped, will go on for centuries - WMO | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Craig Blanchard, a Park Service employee, poses in front of an unofficial temperature gauge at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park in California on June 29, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

 

Global warming not stopped, will go on for centuries - WMO

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Creationism Is Not Being Ignored On ‘Cosmos’ — It’s Actually The Focus

Creationism Is Not Being Ignored On ‘Cosmos’ — It’s Actually The Focus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tyson is deliberately and straightforwardly giving a whole lot of time to creationism.
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WHO doubles estimates of air pollution’s health toll : Nature News Blog

WHO doubles estimates of air pollution’s health toll : Nature News Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The World Health Organization has singled out air pollution as the number one environmental health risk in the world. In 2012, more than 7 million people worldwide died as result of exposure to either indoor or outdoor air pollution — one of every eight deaths — the Geneva-based organization warns in a report released today.

 

The death toll, calculated on the basis of a global analysis of pollution-related health risks and mortality across all ages in rural and urban areas, more than double previous estimates.

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World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska

World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Wind turbines have become airborne! An enormous helium-filled wind turbine will soon float over the city of Fairbanks, Alaska to produce enough electricity for more than a dozen families living off the grid. Designed and built by MIT startup Altaeros Energies, the turbine known as BAT-Buoyant Airborne Turbine will hover at an altitude of 1,000 feet for 18 months, catching air currents that are five to eight times more powerful than winds on the ground.

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Single-serve packs could help overweight people eat less

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Replacing standard packaging with single-serve packaging may help some overweight peopleto consume less food, according to a small new study.

 

Although the research wasn't specifically looking at people who were trying to lose weight, it "indicates that single-serving packages may help overweight individuals," author Hollie A. Raynor told Reuters Health by email.

 

Raynor, a researcher in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, wanted to know if single-serving packaging offers cues about the appropriate amount to eat.

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Carrying extra weight could be healthier for older people

Carrying extra weight could be healthier for older people | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Older people with a BMI (body mass index) in the overweight range live longer, according to the results of a new study.
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Low back pain causes more global disability than any other condition

Low back pain causes more global disability than any other condition | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Low back pain causes more disability around the globe than any other condition, reveals research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
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Technofossils—an unprecedented legacy left behind by humans

Technofossils—an unprecedented legacy left behind by humans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study by an international team of scientists, including Dr Jan Zalasiewicz and Professor Mark Williams of the University of Leicester's Department of Geology, suggests that the fossil impact humans have made on the planet is vast and unprecedented in nature – and that there's been nothing remotely ...
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Researchers evaluate unprecedented environmental flow to Colorado Delta

Researchers evaluate unprecedented environmental flow to Colorado Delta | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
University of Arizona scientists Karl Flessa and Ed Glenn and a binational team of scientists will monitor the effects of an engineered spring flood to bring water to the parched Colorado River delta.
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Health costs of China's polluted air 'up to $300 bn a year'

Health costs of China's polluted air 'up to $300 bn a year' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Premature deaths and health problems from air pollution cost China as much as $300 billion a year, an official report said Tuesday, calling for a new urbanisation model for the world's second-largest economy.
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Air Pollution Kills 7 Million

Air Pollution Kills 7 Million | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Air pollution is often linked to terminal ilness and severe
diseases such as heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease and
lung cancer
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China's face mask industry under scrutiny as pollution worsens

China's face mask industry under scrutiny as pollution worsens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CHINA MASK/POLLUTION (PIX): Chinese citizens are feverishly snapping up face masks as worsening fuels a multi-million dollar industry where many products fail to provide even basic protection, drawing calls for better oversight and standards.


The country's worsening air quality is at the top of the list of concerns of China's stability-obsessed leaders, anxious to douse potential unrest as a more affluent urban population turns against a growth-at-all-costs economic model that has poisoned much of the country's air, water and soil.

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Federal red tape ties up marijuana research

Federal red tape ties up marijuana research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite drug’s legalization in two US states, biomedical science faces continued restrictions.
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Bummer, Dude: Climate Change Biffing on Australia's Chocka Waves

Bummer, Dude: Climate Change Biffing on Australia's Chocka Waves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Translation: Large wave events in Australia are likely to decrease owing to greenhouse gas emissions.
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World unprepared for climate damage to food security - Oxfam

World unprepared for climate damage to food security - Oxfam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lack of investment in preparing for climate change threatens to put the fight against hunger back by decades, campaigners say
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Construction to Finally Begin on the World's Tallest Tower Next Month

Construction to Finally Begin on the World's Tallest Tower Next Month | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world's tallest tower has been on hold for the past few years, but the company has received the go ahead to start construction on the 3,280 foot tower.
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Oil spill puts wildlife in harm's way

Oil spill puts wildlife in harm's way | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists found the birds on a wildlife refuge just two miles from where a partially sunken barge leaked as much as 168,000 gallons of thick bunker fuel oil after colliding with another vessel Saturday. [...] the worry also extends to the bay's oyster reefs and the shrimp, crabs and fish that rely on the coastal marshes for shelter and food. The marshes also filter water and serve as a productive nursery for a variety of sea life, from white and brown shrimp to blue crab and red drum. Since the collision, crews have deployed more than 69,000 feet of boom to protect the marshes from the spill, officials said. Across Galveston Bay, the Nature Conservancy reported no oil at its 2,300-acre Texas City preserve, which supports migratory birds and year-round waterfowl populations. Laura Huffman, the Nature Conservancy's Texas director, praised the state's containment and cleanup efforts, but said the oil spill "couldn't have come at a worse time because it is the high point of the migratory season."
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