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Governments agree to rein in veterinary drugs in food

Governments agree to rein in veterinary drugs in food | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Governments have agreed new food standards calling for zero residue of veterinary drugs in meat, and limiting lead pollution in infant formula and toxins in maize, a UN body said Tuesday.

 

The Codex Alimentarius Commission -- the top global decision-making body for food standards -- made a raft of recommendations at its ongoing annual meeting in Geneva, Angelika Tritscher, the UN's food safety coordinator, told AFP.

 

While often complex, the decisions of the 186-nation commission run by the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization have real meaning on the ground.

 

"They really impact on the food we buy in the store and that we eat," said Tritscher.

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Desert dust feeds deep ocean life — The Daily Climate

Desert dust feeds deep ocean life — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 Marine scientists have a better answer for why the deep ocean is blue while coastal waters are usually green, as well as a better handle on the more complex questions about the ocean's role in the absorbing all the carbon dioxide we're pumping into the atmosphere.

 

The insight comes as scientists measure levels of iron dissolved in the Atlantic ocean and trace the metal back to its source.

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MAP: Which States Have The Most Expensive Energy Bills

MAP: Which States Have The Most Expensive Energy Bills | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The greener the state, the lower the monthly energy bill. The redder the state, the higher the monthly energy bill.
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Groundwater pumping propping up farms in California drought

Groundwater pumping propping up farms in California drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Consumers will see no shortages of California-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables this year despite one of the worst droughts in state history, but that's because farmers are draining groundwater reserves and leaving no insurance should heavy rains fail to materialize next winter, UC Davis researchers said Tuesday. Howitt and Lund were among the authors of a new study by the watershed sciences center that combined NASA satellite data with economic models to forecast the effect of the drought on Central Valley farm production. The drought is projected to sap $2.2 billion from the state's economy, with $1.5 billion of that coming from agriculture, through revenue losses and higher costs to buy and pump water. Get the most out of itHowitt said the market-driven move by farmers to plant permanent crops such as almond trees and vineyards is the right thing to do, even though such crops cannot be fallowed for a year or two, as with vegetable crops such as lettuce and broccoli. [...] I believe that the crops which are best for California's economy are the ones that make the most money.
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North Dakota wrestles with radioactive oilfield waste

North Dakota wrestles with radioactive oilfield waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Regulators look at raising the limit for radiation amid a rash of illegal dumping.
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The biggest environmental controversy few have heard of | Al Jazeera America

The biggest environmental controversy few have heard of | Al Jazeera America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A proposed mine has divided Alaska and become one of the biggest environmental decisions facing Obama since Keystone
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Still No Real Accountability: Citigroup To Pay $7 Billion For Its “Egregious Misconduct”

Still No Real Accountability: Citigroup To Pay $7 Billion For Its “Egregious Misconduct” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Banking giant sold "toxic financial products," reaped profits; critics say it now gets a "sweetheart immunity deal."
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America’s #1 In Oil — But It Doesn’t Really Matter

America’s #1 In Oil — But It Doesn’t Really Matter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We may be producing more than ever and more than everyone else, but that doesn’t mean long-term energy security at home.
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NOAA: With satellite on death watch, forecasts face uncertain future -- Monday, July 14, 2014 -- www.eenews.net

Five days before Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, weather forecasters predicted its infamous "left hook" -- the sharp turn that drove it straight into the New Jersey shore. That early warning was mostly due to polar-orbiting satellites, the high-tech flecks in the sky that rotate just 600 miles above the Earth's surface. Circling the planet on a north-south orbit, the satellites provide forecasters with high-resolution images and detailed data that their geostationary counterparts miss from a 20,000-mile-high perch. But soon, some of that data could disappear.
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Laine Welch: In Prince William Sound, remote-controlled gliders measure ocean acidification

Laine Welch: In Prince William Sound, remote-controlled gliders measure ocean acidification | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unmanned gliders operated from Seattle by an iPad are measure the pace of ocean acidification in Prince William Sound, where they've found more extensive glacial plumes than scientists previously believed existed.
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Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked

Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Genetically modified organisms have become the world’s most controversial food. But the science is more clear-cut.

 
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Behind ‘Smokescreen’ Of Charity, Global Financial Elite Pillage African Nations $60bn E

Behind ‘Smokescreen’ Of Charity, Global Financial Elite Pillage African Nations $60bn E | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Notions of aid and charity are in reality aiding politicians and multinational corporations to continue plundering Africa behind a shroud of ‘generosity’."

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What Plastic Baby Bottles and Climate Change Have in Common

What Plastic Baby Bottles and Climate Change Have in Common | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A simple mistake can derail the best planned experiments. But sometimes – just sometimes – such an error can lead to an even bigger discovery.
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Ten Scientists Want A Meeting With Florida’s Governor To Explain Climate Change

Ten Scientists Want A Meeting With Florida’s Governor To Explain Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL)
CREDIT: Office of Rick Scott / Meredyth Hope Hall
If you’re not a scientist, presumably you should listen to people who are when grappling with climate change.
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Storms Get Headlines, but Drought Is a Sneaky, Devastating Game-Changer | Nat Geo Food

Storms Get Headlines, but Drought Is a Sneaky, Devastating Game-Changer  | Nat Geo Food | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Droughts like the one unfolding in California don't offer the drama of deadly storms, but they can change society in profound and long-lasting ways.
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In DFW, Little Traction on Improving Air Quality, by Neena Satija

In DFW, Little Traction on Improving Air Quality, by Neena Satija | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Dallas-Fort Worth region boasts a growing economy larger than that of many countries — but it also sports some of the worst air quality in the nation. Scientists fear the politics of economic growth is preventing improvements.
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As jellyfish come in waves off Maine coast, questions follow - The Portland Press Herald

As jellyfish come in waves off Maine coast, questions follow - The Portland Press Herald | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The early summer invasion appears to be heavier than normal this year, surprising some and distressing others.
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Chinese town trades lead poison test results for milk

Chinese town trades lead poison test results for milk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DAPU China (Reuters) - After a test showed farmer Zhao Heping's toddler grandson had high levels of lead in his blood two years ago, local officials in China's Hunan province offered the child medicine,
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The World Is Going Solar

The World Is Going Solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"Despite what Big Oil executives and their cronies in Washington might say, going green isn’t just a choice. It’s reality. "
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Another Silent Spring? | George Monbiot

Another Silent Spring? | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Neonicotinoids appear to have devastating effects across the natural world: we need a global moratorium.

 

Here’s our choice. We wait and see whether a class of powerful pesticides, made by Bayer and Syngenta, is indeed pushing entire ecosystems to oblivion, or we suspend their use while proper trials are conducted. The natural world versus two chemical companies: how hard can this be?

 

Papers published over the past few weeks suggest that neonicotinoids, pesticides implicated in killing or disabling bees, have similar effects on much of life on earth. On land and in water, these neurotoxins appear to be degrading entire foodchains. Licensed before sufficient tests were conducted, they are now the world’s most widely used pesticides. We are just beginning to understand what we’ve walked into.

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Second investigation of CDC anthrax lapse finds more problems

Second investigation of CDC anthrax lapse finds more problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Another federal investigation has found numerous safety problems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ’s bioterrorism lab after a lapse last month that potentially exposed several dozen workers to anthrax, according to a House memo posted Monday.
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LA Smog: the battle against air pollution

LA Smog: the battle against air pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How can the Chinese live with terrible air pollution? One answer: Americans did.
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Stuck on land? Polar bears find ways to grab dinner — The Daily Climate

Stuck on land? Polar bears find ways to grab dinner — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Starving polar bears, icon of the climate change movement, may be able to adapt to an ice-free summer season in the Arctic after all.

 

Unless you've been living under a rock the last few decades, you're aware that Arctic Sea ice is melting, and that this is bad news for polar bears.  - Linda Gormezano, American Museum of Natural History

Scientists have long thought that polar bears essentially starve during the summer, living off fat reserves until the sea ice returns and they can venture out to sea to capture their main source of calories: seals.

 

But polar bears are eating on land as they adapt to a longer ice-free season, according to research shared at the North American Congress of Conservation Biology here in Missoula on Monday. Bears are raiding nests for eggs, grabbing abundant geese, and snagging caribou to make it through a longer summer, said Linda Gormezano, an ecologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

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Rising mercury levels leave their mark on yellow-billed loons, study says

Rising mercury levels leave their mark on yellow-billed loons, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mercury levels in yellow-billed loons were, in general, twice those found in birds collected before 1920, a new study found. Birds that migrate from Alaska to Asia -- the wintering grounds for most of the Alaska-nesting yellow-billed loons -- are more likely to encounter mercury
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