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SE Asia palm oil problems could hit consumers worldwide

SE Asia palm oil problems could hit consumers worldwide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jakarta (AFP) May 11, 2014 - Southeast Asia's booming palm oil industry is facing a double blow from a recent drought and a possible El Nino weather phenomenon later this year, with analysts warning a production shortfall could spark a jump in consumer goods prices.
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NASA Video: Antarctic Collapse Explained

NASA Video: Antarctic Collapse Explained | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Description: Glaciologist Eric Rignot of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine, narrates this animation depicting the processes leading to the decline of six rap...
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Having a sense of purpose may add years to your life, study finds

Having a sense of purpose may add years to your life, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Feeling that you have a sense of purpose in life may help you live longer, no matter what your age, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
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Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide

Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide each year, more than AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined, the World Health Organization said Monday, warning that booze consumption was on the rise.
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Endocrine disruptors impair human sperm function

Endocrine disruptors impair human sperm function | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A plethora of endocrine-disrupting chemicals interfere with human sperm function in a way that may have a negative impact on fertilization. These are the findings of a German - Danish team of researchers from the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research in Bonn, Germany, and the University Department ...
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IEA says extra $44 tn needed for clean energy future

IEA says extra $44 tn needed for clean energy future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The global cost of securing a clean energy future is rising by the year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned Monday, estimating that an additional $44 trillion of investment was needed to meet 2050 carbon reduction targets.
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Cautious optimism at bitcoin summit despite uncertain future

Cautious optimism at bitcoin summit despite uncertain future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some 200 virtual currency enthusiasts excitedly traded namecards and participated in panel discussions Saturday at China's first-ever Global Bitcoin Summit—but several expressed shock that the event was given the green light in the first place.
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West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse is under way

West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse is under way | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which holds enough water to raise global seas by several feet, is thinning. Scientists have been warning of its collapse, based on theories, but with few firm predictions or timelines.
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Ice-loss moves the Earth 250 miles down

Ice-loss moves the Earth 250 miles down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At the surface, Antarctica is a motionless and frozen landscape. Yet hundreds of miles down the Earth is moving at a rapid rate, new research has shown.
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Hydrologists find Mississippi River network's buffering system for nitrates is overwhelmed

Hydrologists find Mississippi River network's buffering system for nitrates is overwhelmed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new method of measuring the interaction of surface water and groundwater along the length of the Mississippi River network adds fresh evidence that the network's natural ability to chemically filter out nitrates is being overwhelmed.
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Toxicologists outline key health and environmental concerns associated with hydraulic fracturing

Toxicologists outline key health and environmental concerns associated with hydraulic fracturing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since the rise in the use of hydraulic fracturing of shale to produce natural gas and oil, scientists, politicians, industrialists, and others have debated the merits and detractions of the practice. In a newly published paper in Toxicological Sciences, members of the Society of Toxicology (SOT), alongside ...
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Bigger Cities Do More with Less

Bigger Cities Do More with Less | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New science reveals why cities become more creative and efficient as they grow
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Vietnam sea spat part of China's larger strategy: experts

Vietnam sea spat part of China's larger strategy: experts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2014 - China sending an oil rig to waters disputed with Vietnam is a move to assert its legal claim and practical hold over contested territory whatever the short-term political and diplomatic costs, analysts say - but could play into Washington's hands.
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China demand for luxury furniture 'decimating rosewood'

China demand for luxury furniture 'decimating rosewood' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Runaway Chinese demand for luxury furniture is spurring illegal logging across Southeast Asia, stripping the region of precious Siamese rosewood and driving a chain of cross-border corruption and violence, environmentalists said Monday.
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US reports second case of MERS virus (Update)

US reports second case of MERS virus (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A second case of the dangerous Middle East respiratory virus, called MERS, has been found in the United States, health authorities said Monday.
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Bacteria on your hands reflect the country you live in

Bacteria on your hands reflect the country you live in | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Where and how you live strongly influences both the type and number of microbes you carry on your hands, according to a new international study led by scientists at Yale and Stanford.
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Demo of mind-controlled exoskeleton planned for World Cup

Demo of mind-controlled exoskeleton planned for World Cup | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The World Cup opening ceremony next month in Brazil in and of itself will be enough to make June 12 a standout for athletes and their fans but yet another eye-opener may make the Sao Paulo stadium opener long remembered globally. This is when a mind-controlled exoskeleton designed to enable a paralyzed ...
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Boeing, Embraer to open joint biofuel research center

Boeing, Embraer to open joint biofuel research center | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
US aerospace giant Boeing and Brazil's Embraer said Monday they will open a joint research center in Brazil to develop a sustainable biofuel for the aviation industry.
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West Antarctic glacier loss appears unstoppable, study finds

West Antarctic glacier loss appears unstoppable, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in irreversible decline, with nothing to stop the entire glacial basin from disappearing into the sea, according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine and NASA.
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Satellite view of volcanoes finds the link between ground deformation and eruption

Satellite view of volcanoes finds the link between ground deformation and eruption | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Using satellite imagery to monitor which volcanoes are deforming provides statistical evidence of their eruption potential, according to a new study in Nature Communications.
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Ocean winds keep Antarctica cold, Australia dry

Ocean winds keep Antarctica cold, Australia dry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Australian National University-led research has explained why Antarctica is not warming as much as other continents, and why southern Australia is recording more droughts.
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Sustainability needs link between theory and practice in education

Sustainability needs link between theory and practice in education | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How can you ensure that people do not only spend time thinking about important global issues like climate change or world food supplies, but also roll up their sleeves and do something about them? Four researchers, including Professor Arjen Wals from Wageningen University, think that the education sector ...
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Fed govt failed to inspect higher risk oil wells

Fed govt failed to inspect higher risk oil wells | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage.
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What Makes Congress’s Latest Effort to Curb Science Funding So Dangerous?

What Makes Congress’s Latest Effort to Curb Science Funding So Dangerous? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A bill making its way through the House Science, Space and Technology Committee would set the country’s science agenda by favoring certain disciplines
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