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More evidence that vision test on sidelines may help diagnose concussion

More evidence that vision test on sidelines may help diagnose concussion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A simple vision test performed on the sidelines may help determine whether athletes have suffered a concussion, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.
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LDL cholesterol indicates an amino acid deficiency, researcher says

LDL cholesterol indicates an amino acid deficiency, researcher says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the 'bad cholesterol' that doctors consider a sign of potential heart disease, is merely a marker of a diet lacking all of the essential amino acids, says University of Illinois comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, 99, a longtime opponent of the medical establishment's ...
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Decline of Bronze Age 'megacities' linked to climate change

Decline of Bronze Age 'megacities' linked to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists from the University of Cambridge have demonstrated that an abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon affected northwest India 4,100 years ago. The resulting drought coincided with the beginning of the decline of the metropolis-building Indus Civilisation, which spanned present-day Pakistan and ...
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Harvested rainwater harbors pathogens

Harvested rainwater harbors pathogens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
South Africa has been financing domestic rainwater harvesting tanks in informal low-income settlements and rural areas in five of that nation's nine provinces. But pathogens inhabit such harvested rainwater, potentially posing a public health hazard, especially for children and immunocompromised individuals, ...
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Still-fresh remnants of Exxon Valdez oil protected by boulders

Still-fresh remnants of Exxon Valdez oil protected by boulders | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Twenty-five years after the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, beaches on the Alaska Peninsula hundreds of kilometers from the incident still harbor small hidden pockets of surprisingly unchanged oil, according to new research being presented here today.
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NASA turns research to California drought

NASA turns research to California drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday.
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Garbage Ecology: The Secret World Of That Floating Ocean Plastisphere

Garbage Ecology: The Secret World Of That Floating Ocean Plastisphere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

You may not know it but on our biosphere - Earth - there is also a relatively unknown world hiding in plain sight. It is composed of microbes that live on floating pieces of plastic floating on the ocean. 

This "Plastisphere" of microbial organisms living on ocean plastic that was first discovered last year and it is now getting studied.

When researchers first examined the Plastisphere, they found at least 1,000 different types of microbes living on the tiny plastic islands, and worried that they might pose a risk to larger animals, including invertebrates and humans. They also found that the Plastisphere's inhabitants included bacteria known to cause diseases in animals and humans. Since then, researchers have been trying to figure out why these potentially dangerous bacteria live on the Plastisphere, how they got there and how they are affecting the surrounding ocean. 

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Gulp: Climate Change May Be Causing a Global Coffee Shortage

Gulp: Climate Change May Be Causing a Global Coffee Shortage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If there was ever a reason to rise up in support of a benevolent climate-obsessed world dictator, this could be it. Climate change has already taken the Winter Olympics, your Eggos, and the McDonald’s dollar menu, and now it’s coming for your coffee, too. An epic drought—Brazil’s worst in decades—is...
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Kerry Recruits Partners to Seek Sustainable Ocean Solutions » US Mission Geneva

Kerry Recruits Partners to Seek Sustainable Ocean Solutions » US Mission Geneva | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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REPORT: Reuters' Climate Coverage Continues To Decline Under "Skeptic" Editor

REPORT: Reuters' Climate Coverage Continues To Decline Under "Skeptic" Editor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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How Can States Get Climate Smart? A New Guide Lays Out the Steps for Action | Ben Chou's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

How Can States Get Climate Smart? A New Guide Lays Out the Steps for Action | Ben Chou's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The “new normal” taking shape across the country paints an increasingly dismal picture—extreme weather and climate change continue to wreak havoc in our communities, hammering home the same wake-up call, year after year.  Communities in the Midwest are currently struggling...
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To keep out Beijing's smog, architects think giant bubbles

To keep out Beijing's smog, architects think giant bubbles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Could enclosing parks in giant plastic bubbles help with Beijing's toxic air?
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Climate Code Red: Connecting the dots to win on climate

Climate Code Red: Connecting the dots to win on climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

On 20 March I spoke, together with Adam Bandt MP, at a forum in Melbourne onGlobal warming, Tony Abbott and the need for climate action. 

The second half of my presentation was on how to turn the tide, looking at the "middle third" in recent polling and Tony Abbott's and his government's vulnerability on climate, and what they are desperate to not talk about:

More and more intense extreme weather events (exemplified by theirsilence on the spring 2013 fires, and record January 2014 heat);  A public conversation that "connects the dots" between extreme events and climate change, and which gives immediacy to the perception of climate impacts;   Constructing a climate narrative about human climate impacts, rather than electricity prices and taxes;Public focus on the responsibility of political leaders to "protect the people" from climate change; andClose attention being paid to the efficacy of their "direct action" climate plan.
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Don't throw out old, sprouting garlic—it has heart-healthy antioxidants

Don't throw out old, sprouting garlic—it has heart-healthy antioxidants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
old garlic bulbs with bright green shoots emerging from the cloves—is considered to be past its prime and usually ends up in the garbage can. But scientists are reporting in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that this type of garlic has even more heart-healthy antioxidant activity than ...
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Study links nurses' workload and education to patients' survival after surgery

Study links nurses' workload and education to patients' survival after surgery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Patients are more likely to die after common surgical procedures when they are cared for in hospitals with heavier nurse workloads and fewer nurses with bachelor's degrees, concludes the largest investigation of nursing and hospital outcomes in Europe to date, published in The Lancet.
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Individual ecosystems survived the largest known mass extinction event

Individual ecosystems survived the largest known mass extinction event | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The end of the Permian geologic time period, 252 million years ago, was marked by huge volcanic eruptions that resulted in global warming and a change in climate so severe it caused the extinction of nearly all animals on the planet.
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No warming hiatus for extreme hot temperatures

No warming hiatus for extreme hot temperatures | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Extremely hot temperatures over land have dramatically and unequivocally increased in number and area despite claims that the rise in global average temperatures has slowed over the past 10 to 20 years.
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Quantifying global supply chain risks due to climate change

Quantifying global supply chain risks due to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate indicators and country risk ratings developed by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) will be instrumental in a new partnership announced Tuesday (Feb. 25) whose goal is to develop the Climate Change Risk Management (CCRM) application.
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Greenpeace accuses P&G over Indonesian forest destruction

Greenpeace accuses P&G over Indonesian forest destruction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental group Greenpeace on Wednesday accused US consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble of being responsible for the destruction of Indonesian rainforests and the habitat of endangered orangutans and tigers.
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How Long Does Mass Extinction Take?

How Long Does Mass Extinction Take? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
By figuring out the timing and rate of the world's most massive extinction 252 million years ago, scientists hope to figure out how such lethal events work
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10,000 hatchery salmon eggs die; pollution feared

10,000 hatchery salmon eggs die; pollution feared | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A hatchery program on the Oregon coast reports all of its salmon eggs are dead due to creek water contamination.
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Trees On The Move As Temperature Zones Shift 3.8 Feet A Day

Trees On The Move As Temperature Zones Shift 3.8 Feet A Day | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To keep pace with the present rate of temperature change, plants and animals have to migrate poleward a few feet a day, according to a team of ecologists. If they can't, they may not survive.
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Malaysia, Singapore grapple with prolonged dry spell

Malaysia, Singapore grapple with prolonged dry spell | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Residents collect water from a water tanker at Taman Setia Balokong, outside Kuala Lumpur, on February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said
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Acidic Waters Kill 10 Million Scallops Off Vancouver

Acidic Waters Kill 10 Million Scallops Off Vancouver | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ocean acidification is being blamed for the mass shellfish die-off plaguing the West Coast.
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Is Brazil's epic drought a taste of the future?

Is Brazil's epic drought a taste of the future? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With more than 140 cities implementing water rationing, analysts warning of collapsing soy and coffee exports, and reservoirs and rivers running precipitously low, talk about the World Cup in some parts of Brazil has been sidelined by concerns about an epic drought affecting the country's agricultural heartland.
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