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Pesticide exposure = Autism with Algae Solution

Pesticide exposure = Autism with Algae Solution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

utism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. and Autism prevalence figures are growing. The CDC estimates that one out of every 68 children has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, (ASD). Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism, but scientist do not know why. There is currently no medical detection or cure for autism.

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Image: Fires in California and Oregon

Image: Fires in California and Oregon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Little Deer fire in California began as a lightning strike on July 31, 2014. Currently it has burned 4,700 acres and is 43% contained however there has been increased humidity over the fire the last 24 hours with shifting wind conditions. The threat of thunder storms today (08/04) and tomorrow (08/05) ...
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Australia launches 'Green Army' for environment

Australia launches 'Green Army' for environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia on Saturday launched its 'Green Army' which plans to recruit up to 15,000 young people for projects to conserve and rehabilitate the environment—the biggest land care mobilisation in the nation's history.
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How should flood risk assessments be done in a changing climate?

How should flood risk assessments be done in a changing climate? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Growing consensus on climate and land use change means that it is reasonable to assume, at the very least, that flood levels in a region may change. Then why, ask Rosner et al. in a new study, do the dominant risk assessment techniques used to decide whether to build new flood protection infrastructure ...
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Climate change is fueling forest disturbances

Climate change is fueling forest disturbances | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is already altering the environment. Long-lived ecosystems such as forests are particularly vulnerable to the comparatively rapid changes in the climate system. A new international study published this week in Nature Climate Change shows that damage from wind, bark beetles, and wildfires ...
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Amid drought, California declares war on lush lawns

Amid drought, California declares war on lush lawns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lush green lawns, a symbol of the American way of life, are under attack in California, where 'cash for grass' programs have sprouted like weeds amid a severe drought.
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Atlantic warming turbocharges Pacific trade winds

Atlantic warming turbocharges Pacific trade winds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research has found rapid warming of the Atlantic Ocean, likely caused by global warming, has turbocharged Pacific Equatorial trade winds. Currently the winds are at a level never before seen on observed records, which extend back to the 1860s.
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How A California Company Is Recycling Waste Slag To Deliver A Cheaper Advanced Battery

How A California Company Is Recycling Waste Slag To Deliver A Cheaper Advanced Battery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thanks to a new chemistry, a California company can use cheaper recycled vanadium in its batteries rather than the purer and more expensive supplies.
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Last Call at the Oasis

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Last Call at the Oasis, now in theaters! Help aid the global water crisis.

 

The global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. We can manage this problem, but only if we are willing to act now. Last Call at the Oasis is a powerful new documentary that shatters myths behind our most precious resource. This film exposes defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects and highlights individuals championing revolutionary solutions during the global water crisis. Firmly establishing the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century, the film posits that we can manage this problem if we act now.

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The Case Against Sugar | C&EN Chemical & Engineering News

The Case Against Sugar | C&EN Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Amid calls to cut back or even ban added sugars, scientists hunt for alternative ways to satisfy our cravings.


Sugar is toxic. The fat and sodium we’ve spent so much time fretting over may in fact be the lesser of the evils in our diet. New evidence suggests that sugar—and possibly artificial sweeteners—might be the ultimate cause of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease.

 

Natural sugars in our diet aren’t the ones on trial here. It’s added sugars that are under greater scrutiny than ever before. 


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Experimental Ebola vaccine to be tested on humans

Experimental Ebola vaccine to be tested on humans | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The drug, one of around four in development in U.S. labs, has seen positive results in clinical trials treating primates, prompting the government to move towards testing the possible life-saving vaccine on people for the first time.
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World's top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers

World's top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ten firms say they will not represent clients that deny man-made climate change or seek to block emisson-reducing regulations
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Setting rivers free: As dams are torn down, nature is quickly recovering

Setting rivers free: As dams are torn down, nature is quickly recovering | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the removal of many dams, conservationists are seeing the return of the natural bounty that fed Native Americans and astonished European settlers.
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Image: Fires not slowing around Yellowknife

Image: Fires not slowing around Yellowknife | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fires and the resultant smoke that comes from them are both just as widespread and heavy as they were in the month of July. Hundreds of fires dot the landscape and the Northwest Territories Live Fire map shows the extent of the wildfires and hot spots that have been reported. Fire danger around this ...
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Diet change – a solution to reduce water use?

Diet change – a solution to reduce water use? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eating less meat would protect water resources in dry areas around the world, researchers at Aalto University have found.
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Cover crops make stover more sustainable, profitable

Cover crops make stover more sustainable, profitable | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Farmers using cover crops as a soil conservation method can remove much more corn stover per acre for biofuels or other uses and at the same time potentially increase their income, Purdue University research shows.
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Climate change or public health: Which matters more?

Climate change or public health: Which matters more? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Political leanings unquestionably influence how many people hear the conversation over climate change. The political polarization of the discussion has made it difficult to reach agreement on changes in environmental policy.
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Students explore effects of nation's largest dam removal

Students explore effects of nation's largest dam removal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A group of Washington state students spent the spring looking at the effects of the largest dam-removal project in history, now underway on the Olympic Peninsula. They worked alongside University of Washington oceanographers studying what a century's worth of accumulated mud, stones and debris are doing ...
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Climate change not so global

Climate change not so global | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Scientists are calling for a better understanding of regional climates, after research into New Zealand's glaciers has revealed climate change in the Northern Hemisphere does not directly affect the climate in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Eat Meat and Save the World? | George Monbiot

Eat Meat and Save the World? | George Monbiot | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 4th August 2014

 

Allan Savory tells us that increasing livestock numbers can reduce desertification and reverse climate change – but where is the scientific evidence?

 

It doesn’t matter how often miracles are disproved; our willingness to believe in them remains undiminished. Miracle cures, miracle crops, miracle fuels, miracle financial instruments, miracle profits: the continued enthusiasm for these claims reflects the triumph of hope over experience.

 

Here’s another one: a miracle technique that allows us to reconcile our insatiable demand for meat with the need to protect the living planet. Better still, it proposes, eating meat could actually save the biosphere. A TED talk which makes this claim has been viewed 2.6 million times.

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7 Things You Need To Know About The Toxin That’s Poisoned Ohio’s Drinking Water

7 Things You Need To Know About The Toxin That’s Poisoned Ohio’s Drinking Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here are 7 things you need to know about microcystin -- what it does, why it's there, and why it's spreading in the largest system of fresh water in the world.
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Why California Could Run Out of Water in Two Years If the Drought Continues

If anyone knows how dire the drought is, not just in California but throughout the Southwest of the United States, it’s Jay Famiglietti. A senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor at the University of California, Irvine, Famiglietti is frighteningly familiar with the dynamics of a warming climate and an increasingly stressed water supply as well as the Byzantine way we regulate—and don’t—a commodity that will be more valuable than oil this century.

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Andy Nolan's curator insight, August 5, 2014 9:25 AM

Water stress in the western world - could prove to be the tipping point in global action on water conservation and management. Or maybe not. 

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Strong quake kills at least 367 in southern China

Strong quake kills at least 367 in southern China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Strong quake kills at least 367 in southern China.

 

A strong earthquake in southern China's Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 367 people and injuring more than 1,800.

 

About 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian, a densely populated county located around 366 kilometers (277 miles) northeast of Yunnan's capital, Kunming, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The magnitude-6.1 quake struck at 4:30 p.m. at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was in Longtoushan township, 23 kilometers (14 miles) southwest of the city of Zhaotong, the Ludian county seat.

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ICYMI: Dogs, horses show high rates of Lyme disease

ICYMI: Dogs, horses show high rates of Lyme disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lyme disease threatens dogs, horses; tick illnesses grow
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Nigeria, Shell not cleaning oil pollution: report

Nigeria, Shell not cleaning oil pollution: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday.
Oil production has contaminated the drinking water of at least 10 communities in the Ogoniland area but neither the Nigerian government nor Royal Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary have taken effective measures to restore the fouled environment, said the new report by Amnesty International, Friends of The Earth Europe, Center for Environment, Human Rights and Development, Environmental Rights Action, and Platform.
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