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Scientists call for new stewardship of the deep ocean: Earth's last frontier

Scientists call for new stewardship of the deep ocean: Earth's last frontier | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Feb 19, 2014 -

The deep ocean, the largest domain for life on earth, is also its least explored environment. Humans are now encroaching more vigorously than ever into the ocean's deep regions, exploiting the deep's resources and placing its wealth of vibrant habitats and natural services for the planet at risk.

 

Lisa Levin, a biological oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, believes the vital functions provided by the deep sea-from carbon sequestration to nurturing fish stocks-are key to the health of the planet.

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Why did the orangutan come down from the trees?

Why did the orangutan come down from the trees? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Feb 19, 2014 - Orang-utans come down from the trees and spend more time on the ground than previously realised - but this behaviour may be partly influenced by man, a new study has found.


Dr Mark Harrison, based in the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester and Managing Director of the Orang-utan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop) has, along with international colleagues, published results of a seven year study of orang-utans in Borneo in the journal Scientific Reports.

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How global forest-destroyers are turning over a new leaf

How global forest-destroyers are turning over a new leaf | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Feb 19, 2014 - Indonesia is the world's biggest destroyer of forests and four multinational corporations - APP, APRIL, Wilmar and Golden Agri Resources - have been responsible for much of it. Until recently these mega-corporations were considered environmental pariahs, but suddenly things seem to be changing, with all four proclaiming "no deforestation" policies. What gives?

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Sea star wasting devastates Pacific Coast species

Sea star wasting devastates Pacific Coast species | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Sea stars off the Pacific Coast are dying en masse at an 'unprecedented' rate and geographic spread, and Cornell researchers are trying to find out why.
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China pillages Africa like old colonialists says Jane Goodall

China pillages Africa like old colonialists says Jane Goodall | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China is exploiting Africa's resources just like European colonisers did, with disastrous effects for the environment, acclaimed primatologist Jane Goodall has told AFP.
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GW spirituality and health pioneer publishes paper on development of the field

GW spirituality and health pioneer publishes paper on development of the field | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While spirituality played a significant role in health care for centuries, technological advances in the 20th century overshadowed this more human side of medicine. Christina Puchalski, M.D.'94, RESD'97, founder and director of the George Washington University (GW) Institute for Spirituality and Health ...
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Nitrogen-tracking tools for better crops and less pollution

Nitrogen-tracking tools for better crops and less pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As every gardner knows, nitrogen is crucial for a plant's growth. But nitrogen absorption is inefficient. This means that on the scale of food crops, adding significant levels of nitrogen to the soil through fertilizer presents a number of problems, particularly river and groundwater pollution. As a ...
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Study of 2011 flood will lead to better preparedness

Study of 2011 flood will lead to better preparedness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In May 2011, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used explosives to breach a levee south of Cairo, Ill., diverting the rising waters of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers to prevent flooding in the town, about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland were inundated. It was the largest flood of the lower Mississippi ...
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Heavily-contaminated water found in Thames Valley

Heavily-contaminated water found in Thames Valley | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
High-levels of faecal-contaminated, disease-ridden bacteria have been found in floodwater in the Thames Valley Wraysbury, Berkshire in University of Reading analysis for Sky News and Channel 4 News.
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Why growing crops for food rather than energy in the Midwest can help mitigate climate change

Why growing crops for food rather than energy in the Midwest can help mitigate climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To examine agricultural and land use practices and their climate mitigation potential in a 14-state portion of the U.S. Midwest, PNNL scientists at the Joint Global Change Research Institute nested a high-resolution agricultural model, EPIC (Environmental Policy Integrated Climate), within PNNL's flagship ...
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Peat bog restoration work holds back water

Peat bog restoration work holds back water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Restoration of peat bogs on Exmoor has resulted in a third less water leaving the moorland during heavy rainfall compared with three years ago, a new study involving the University of Exeter shows.
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3 Questions: Urban studies professor on helping cities plan for climate change

3 Questions: Urban studies professor on helping cities plan for climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Because cities hold a growing portion of the world's population, they are an increasingly important locus of planning for climate change. JoAnn Carmin, an associate professor in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has surveyed urban leaders worldwide on the subject. Now, in a new report ...
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Fracking Well Blowout Causes Oil And Chemical Wastewater Spill In North Dakota (Updated)

Fracking Well Blowout Causes Oil And Chemical Wastewater Spill In North Dakota (Updated) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"This is a large one and also a health and human risk, it's a big one," said Lynn Helms, the head of the North Dakota's Department of Mineral Resources.
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Ancient settlements and modern cities follow same rules of development

Ancient settlements and modern cities follow same rules of development | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Feb 19, 2014 - Recently derived equations that describe development patterns in modern urban areas appear to work equally well to describe ancient cities settled thousands of years ago, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder.

 

"This study suggests that there is a level at which every human society is actually very similar," said Scott Ortman, assistant professor of anthropology at CU-Boulder and lead author of the study published in the journal PLOS ONE. "This awareness helps break down the barriers between the past and present and allows us to view contemporary cities as lying on a continuum of all human settlements in time and place."

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Australian state has higher rate of hypothermia deaths than Sweden

Australian state has higher rate of hypothermia deaths than Sweden | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Feb 19, 2014 - New research from the University of Adelaide shows that the state of South Australia has a higher rate of deaths from extreme cold compared with the northern European nation of Sweden.

 

The study, by a team from the University's School of Medical Sciences, analyzed forensic cases of hypothermia deaths from 2006-2011 in both South Australia and Sweden.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Bitcoins and how to mine them

INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Bitcoins and how to mine them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Understanding bitcoins is just one aspect of jumping into the market. How can you make the most of your mining software to earn more bitcoins?
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Garlic counteracts virulent bacteria

Garlic counteracts virulent bacteria | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Garlic contains a substance that is particularly effective in encounters with even the hardiest bacterial strains. A young researcher at the University of Copenhagen will soon be defending his Ph.D. thesis on the positive properties of the malodorous plant.
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Controversial Nordic farms flourish on fur comeback

Controversial Nordic farms flourish on fur comeback | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fur has made a comeback on the world's most important catwalks, fostering a thriving industry in the Nordic region to the dismay of animal rights activists.
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Researchers warn against abrupt stop to geoengineering method

Researchers warn against abrupt stop to geoengineering method | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As a range of climate change mitigation scenarios are discussed, University of Washington researchers have found that the injection of sulfate particles into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight and curb the effects of global warming could pose a severe threat if not maintained indefinitely and supported ...
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Study shows coastal water, not sediment, predicts mercury contamination

Study shows coastal water, not sediment, predicts mercury contamination | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Dartmouth-University of Connecticut study of the northeast United States shows that methylmercury concentrations in estuary waters—not in sediment as commonly thought—are the best way to predict mercury contamination in the marine food chain.
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Increase in Arctic cyclones is linked to climate change, new study shows

Increase in Arctic cyclones is linked to climate change, new study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Winter in the Arctic is not only cold and dark, it is also storm season when hurricane-like cyclones traverse the northern waters from Iceland to Alaska. These cyclones are characterized by strong localized drops in sea level pressure, and as Arctic-wide decreases in sea level pressure are one of the ...
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Feeding global population without degrading the environment a major challenge

Feeding global population without degrading the environment a major challenge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

(Phys.org) —Scientists are warning we are undertaking 'the greatest challenge we have ever faced' in trying to get more from the earth to feed the world's growing population.

 

Writing in and editing a special edition of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Professor Guy Poppy, of the University of Southampton, says the world's approach needs to change in order to get more from the land without harming it.

 

"We cannot go backwards," Professor Poppy says. "We have to get more from the farming environment because there's a growing population. But we cannot do it in the same way as we have been doing for the last 2,000 years. We must make it more sustainable."

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Researchers reveal that organic agriculture can pollute groundwater

Researchers reveal that organic agriculture can pollute groundwater | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), using specialized monitoring technology, have determined that intensive organic agriculture in greenhouses in Israel can cause significant pollution from nitrate leaching into groundwater.
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Climate change refugees are our responsibility

Climate change refugees are our responsibility | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia needs to plan for an influx of climate change refugees from neighbouring countries that face ever increasing risks from cyclones, rising sea levels and more severe droughts, according to a researcher at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
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Why Obama’s New Fuel Standards For Big Trucks Matter

Why Obama’s New Fuel Standards For Big Trucks Matter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Obama on Tuesday is announcing plans for improved fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, which comprise four percent of registered vehicles but are responsible for nearly a quarter of fuel use and GHGs in the transportation sector.
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