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Polley Mine tailings pond was growing at unsustainable rate, says environmental consultant

Polley Mine tailings pond was growing at unsustainable rate, says environmental consultant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An environmental consultant who examined the tailings pond in central British Columbia that breached over the weekend says the storage facility was growing at an unsustainable rate.
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FOOD SECURITY: Aquaculture is hooked on chemicals, an addiction that must be fixed in the future -- study

FOOD SECURITY: Aquaculture is hooked on chemicals, an addiction that must be fixed in the future -- study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In part of the search to find ways to feed future populations, given the mounting impacts of extreme weather on traditional farming, many have begun to turn their attention to the ocean. Over the past 40 years, aquaculture has grown rapidly, accounting for half of human-consumed seafood in 2011 and continuing at a 6 percent annual increase in production. But along with increased demand and rapid expansion are many of the same problems presented by industrialized agriculture.
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Tsilhqot'in First Nation tells junior miner to stop drilling

Tsilhqot'in First Nation tells junior miner to stop drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Another mining company has run up against the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, whose aboriginal title to land in its traditional territory were recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada.
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Grizzly research offers surprising insights into diabetes-obesity link

Grizzly research offers surprising insights into diabetes-obesity link | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While diabetes rates are on the rise and are having serious effects on millions of people's health, researchers studying grizzly bears have now discovered a natural state of diabetes that serves a real biological purpose and is also reversible. Investigators reporting in the August 5 issue of the Cell ...
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How spiders spin silk

How spiders spin silk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spider silk is an impressive material; lightweight and stretchy yet stronger than steel. But the challenge that spiders face to produce this substance is even more formidable. Silk proteins, called spidroins, must convert from a soluble form to solid fibers at ambient temperatures, with water as a solvent, ...
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Mining bacterial blueprints yields novel process for creation of fuel and chemical compounds

Mining bacterial blueprints yields novel process for creation of fuel and chemical compounds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified the genes and enzymes that create a promising compound—the 19 carbon furan-containing fatty acid (19Fu-FA). The compound has a variety of potential uses as a biological alternative for compounds currently derived ...
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New study finds shingles vaccine remains effective after chemotherapy

New study finds shingles vaccine remains effective after chemotherapy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The herpes zoster vaccine continues to be effective in protecting older adults against shingles, even after they undergo chemotherapy, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
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Warning to parents on high acidity drinks

Warning to parents on high acidity drinks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Dental researchers at the University of Adelaide are warning parents of the dangers of soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks and other drinks high in acidity, which form part of a 'triple-threat' of permanent damage to young people's teeth.
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Tackling the many challenges of smarter, greener cities

Tackling the many challenges of smarter, greener cities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Zero-energy districts are the only possible future for European cities, as costs associated with palliating the effects of climate change soar, but there are many challenges ahead
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Despite expected benefits, concerns about self-driving vehicles still exist

Despite expected benefits, concerns about self-driving vehicles still exist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —While more than half of Americans have favorable opinions about self-driving vehicles, most believe that humans are still better drivers than automated technology, say University of Michigan researchers.
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Researchers contribute to new USDA report and tools to measure, manage greenhouse gas emissions

Researchers contribute to new USDA report and tools to measure, manage greenhouse gas emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities.
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Missing from New Zealand's ski slopes? Snow

Missing from New Zealand's ski slopes? Snow | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Winter has rolled into its third month in New Zealand, and Nick Jarman says he's going stir crazy as he stares out at the driving rain on the small ski area he manages in the Southern Alps.
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Careless use of drugs bred baby-threatening germ: scientists

Careless use of drugs bred baby-threatening germ: scientists | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Careless use of a broad-spectrum antibiotic in the 1950s created a "hyper-virulent" strain of germ that worsened risks for newborn babies, according to detective work by French-led gene scientists.

Today's strain of Streptococcus agalactiae results from massive over-use of tetracycline in the post-World War II antibiotics boom, they reported in the journal Nature Communications on Monday.

Strains of the microbe that were sensitive to tetracycline were wiped out, leaving behind a dominant, resistant superstrain that is dangerous for newborn babies without careful preventive care.

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Fertilizer pollution fears bubble up in wake of Toledo water crisis

Fertilizer pollution fears bubble up in wake of Toledo water crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Experts say that lax rules for fertilizer and creeping climate change brought on algae bloom that tainted city’s taps
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What caused the Mount Polley tailings pond failure?

What caused the Mount Polley tailings pond failure? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“Whatever the facts, the failure casts a poor light on the industry, and makes all of our jobs more difficult in the future.”

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More habitat 'clumps' needed in restoration efforts

More habitat 'clumps' needed in restoration efforts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In order for reptiles and mammals to successfully recolonise rehabilitated mine sites an improvement in coarse woody debris (CWD) use for restoration is needed, local research suggests.
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Bacteria that assist fungus-farming ants may be a source of new drugs

Bacteria that assist fungus-farming ants may be a source of new drugs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, leaf-cutter ants carry fresh foliage back to their home colony. There, the partially digested leaves nourish a 'garden' of white fungus that the ants cultivate to feed their larvae, their queen and other ants that never leave the nest.
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Spanish missionary in Liberia tests positive for Ebola

Spanish missionary in Liberia tests positive for Ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Spanish missionary working in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, the aid organisation he works for said Tuesday.
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US woman with Ebola arrives in Atlanta for treatment

US woman with Ebola arrives in Atlanta for treatment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An American woman infected with the dangerous Ebola virus arrived at a US military base in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday and is headed for treatment at a specially equipped hospital.
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A guide for fliers worried about Ebola outbreak

A guide for fliers worried about Ebola outbreak | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa grows, airlines around the globe are closely monitoring the situation but have yet to make any drastic changes. Below are some key questions about the disease, what airlines are doing and how safe it is to fly.
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Study reveals important environmental trade-offs for biogas production on dairy farms

Study reveals important environmental trade-offs for biogas production on dairy farms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There is increasing interest in on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) in the UK to manage animal manures and food waste, and to generate renewable electricity and heat via combustion of biogas.
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Why now is the time to link science, ocean policy

Why now is the time to link science, ocean policy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brian Helmuth, a professor of marine and environmental sciences and public policy at Northeastern, co-authored a paper published July 30 in the journal Nature Climate Change in which he and his colleagues argue for greater integration of science research into U.S. climate and ocean policy—a need they ...
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Global economic losses from cyclones linger for decades, study finds

Global economic losses from cyclones linger for decades, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Around the world, economic losses due to hurricanes continue for decades after disastrous storms strike, and the losses are not alleviated by spending on reconstruction and may climb with storms that are intensified by climate change. These are among the key findings of a new study co-authored by a ...
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Humans leaving a permanent mark on deep Earth

Humans leaving a permanent mark on deep Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Human forays deep underground, such as boreholes, mines and nuclear bomb tests, are leaving a mark on the planet's geology that will last for hundreds of millions of years, say scientists.
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