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California Drought Transforms Global Food Market

California Drought Transforms Global Food Market | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For more than 70 years, Fred Starrh’s family was among the most prominent cotton growers in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Then shifting global markets and rising water prices told him that wouldn’t work anymore.
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Global warming: Rapid rise in Arctic temperatures linked to changes in extreme weather and global wind patterns

Global warming: Rapid rise in Arctic temperatures linked to changes in extreme weather and global wind patterns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have linked the rapid rise in Arctic temperatures over the past two decades to weather extremes in the northern hemisphere such as heatwaves in the US and flooding in Europe.
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Potato giant finds fewer pesticides please consumers, neighbors, bottom line

Potato giant finds fewer pesticides please consumers, neighbors, bottom line | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Minnesota fields offer a clear look at how Fargo-based Offutt, the nation's largest potato grower, is rethinking the way it uses pesticides.
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Greenpeace study finds high dose of pesticides in tea

Greenpeace study finds high dose of pesticides in tea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Several popular Indian tea brands are laced with high dose of pesticides in violation of the regulatory norms, a Greenpeace study has found.
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Coal oversupply to cap prices to 5-year-low

Coal oversupply to cap prices to 5-year-low | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Not even higher seasonal demand expected as the Northern Hemisphere heads into winter will save coal from its free falling, analysts say.
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Venom gets good buzz as potential cancer-fighter

Venom gets good buzz as potential cancer-fighter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bee, snake or scorpion venom could form the basis of a new generation of cancer-fighting drugs, scientists will report here today. They have devised a method for targeting venom proteins specifically to malignant cells while sparing healthy ones, which reduces or eliminates side effects that the toxins ...
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Flowering plants revolutionised life on Earth

Flowering plants revolutionised life on Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New evidence from liverworts and beetles shows how the rise of flowering plants 100 million years ago created ideal conditions for a boom in terrestrial life.
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New research reveals most adults need to double fruit and vegetable intake

New research reveals most adults need to double fruit and vegetable intake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research published in the September issue of the British Journal of Nutrition and featured in the just released Global Phytonutrient Report highlights a significant shortfall in fruit and vegetable consumption in people's diets around the world. Commissioned by the Nutrilite Health Institute of ...
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Highly drug resistant, virulent strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa arises in Ohio

Highly drug resistant, virulent strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa arises in Ohio | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team of clinician researchers has discovered a highly virulent, multidrug resistant form of the pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in patient samples in Ohio. Their investigation suggests that the particular genetic element involved, which is still rare in the United States, has been spreading heretofore ...
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Study shows links between city design and health

Study shows links between city design and health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a rare study of how street network design affects public health, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Connecticut have discovered that older, more compact cities promote more walking and biking and are generally healthier than many newer cities.
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Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug

Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spain has imported a U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for the killer virus.
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Postmenopausal breast cancer risk decreases rapidly after starting reg. physical activity

Postmenopausal breast cancer risk decreases rapidly after starting reg. physical activity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Postmenopausal women who in the past four years had undertaken regular physical activity equivalent to at least four hours of walking per week had a lower risk for invasive breast cancer compared with women who exercised less during those four years, according to data published in Cancer Epidemiology, ...
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Not only in DNA's hands: Epigenetics has large say in blood formation

Not only in DNA's hands: Epigenetics has large say in blood formation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Blood stem cells have the potential to turn into any type of blood cell, whether it be the oxygen-carrying red blood cells, or the many types of white blood cells of the immune system that help fight infection. How exactly is the fate of these stem cells regulated? Preliminary findings from research ...
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Beleaguered Firefighters Turn to New Technology

Beleaguered Firefighters Turn to New Technology | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As climate change and drought produce a fire season in the American West that is both longer and vastly more dangerous than past seasons, high tech is increasingly making its way to the flaming front, with the potential to revolutionize the way we fight devastating wildfires.

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Subsistence hunters collect blood samples in research project

Subsistence hunters collect blood samples in research project | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NOME, Alaska - Subsistence hunters in western Alaska are helping collect blood specimens from mammals that will be tested for possible threats to food security.
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Consumers are demanding antibiotic-free meat, and Big Food is starting to listen

Consumers are demanding antibiotic-free meat, and Big Food is starting to listen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The US government has been slow to respond to the health threat posed by the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock. But consumer concern about antibiotic resistance is growing, and that's leading some US companies to start changing their ways.
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Invader Batters Rural America, Shrugging Off Herbicides

Invader Batters Rural America, Shrugging Off Herbicides | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A herbicide-resistant weed known as palmer amaranth or carelessweed has devastated Southern cotton fields and is poised to wreak havoc in the Midwest, partly because of farming practices.
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Opponents of South Dakota uranium project demand more info

Opponents of South Dakota uranium project demand more info | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Dewey-Burdock mine is expected to recover 1 million pounds of uranium annually for eight years.
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Ladderless peach and nectarine orchards explored

Ladderless peach and nectarine orchards explored | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Can shorter peach and nectarine trees reduce labor costs without sacrificing fruit quality and yield?
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Eight Chinese quarantined in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

Eight Chinese quarantined in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eight Chinese medical workers who treated patients suffering from the deadly Ebola virus have been placed in quarantine in Sierra Leone, the Chinese ambassador in Freetown said Monday.
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Ebola vaccine trials set to begin in September

Ebola vaccine trials set to begin in September | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Officials at the World Health Organization said that the first round of clinical trials of a potential Ebola vaccine made by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline could begin next month.
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Gloves after hand washing associated with fewer infections in preterm babies

Gloves after hand washing associated with fewer infections in preterm babies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Extremely premature babies in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) had fewer infections when medical staff wore gloves after washing their hands compared with hand washing alone.
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WHO meets on experimental Ebola drug use (Update)

WHO meets on experimental Ebola drug use (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the world scrambles to stem the rapid spread of the killer Ebola virus, the World Health Organization hosted a meeting on Monday to discuss the ethics of using experimental drugs.
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Nigeria confirms new Ebola case in Lagos

Nigeria confirms new Ebola case in Lagos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nigeria on Monday confirmed a new case of Ebola in the financial capital Lagos, bringing the total number of people in the country with the virus to 10.
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Vaccine alternative protects mice against malaria

Vaccine alternative protects mice against malaria | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers found that injecting a vaccine-like compound into mice was effective in protecting them from malaria. The findings suggest a potential new path toward the elusive goal of malaria immunization.
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