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Did microbes cause mass extinction?

Did microbes cause mass extinction? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) March 31, 2014 - Volcanoes and asteroids are sometimes blamed for wiping out nearly all life on Earth 252 million years ago, but US research Monday suggested a more small-time criminal: microbes.
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16 killed in China storms

16 killed in China storms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) March 31, 2014 - At least 16 people were killed in rain and hailstorms that triggered flooding and landslides in southern China, officials said Monday.
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Surprise snowstorm traps thousands of Iranians

Surprise snowstorm traps thousands of Iranians | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tehran (AFP) March 31, 2014 - Thousands of travellers, many of them visiting family during the Iranian new year holidays, have been rescued after being trapped by unexpected snowstorms in north Iran, a report said Monday.
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US landslide death toll rises to 21

US landslide death toll rises to 21 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Arlington, United States (AFP) March 31, 2014 - The confirmed death toll from a huge US landslide rose from 18 to 21 on Sunday, while four more bodies were located but not counted in the official tally, authorities said.
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Chinese chemical plant protest turns violent

Chinese chemical plant protest turns violent | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) March 31, 2014 - A protest over a proposed chemical plant in a Chinese city turned violent at the weekend, officials said Monday, but added order had been restored and no-one had died.
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Great earthquakes, water under pressure, high risk

Great earthquakes, water under pressure, high risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Apr 01, 2014 -
The largest earthquakes occur where oceanic plates move beneath continents. Obviously, water trapped in the boundary between both plates has a dominant influence on the earthquake rupture process.
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Research Clarifies Health Costs of Air Pollution from Agriculture

Research Clarifies Health Costs of Air Pollution from Agriculture | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 01, 2014 -
Ammonia pollution from agricultural sources poses larger health costs than previously estimated, according to NASA-funded research.

Harvard University researchers Fabien Paulot and Daniel Jaco
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Chinese shadow banking and commodities

Chinese shadow banking and commodities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The story that commodities are at the centre of China’s shadow banking system has gained prominence in recent weeks.
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Chinalco forced to halt Peru’s copper project over ongoing pollution

Chinalco forced to halt Peru’s copper project over ongoing pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The ruling was sparked by inspections carried out from March 16 to March 20 that detected contaminants in adjacent lakes.
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Young women: Eat more fruits and vegetables now to protect your heart later

Young women: Eat more fruits and vegetables now to protect your heart later | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables for middle-aged adults has been associated with reduced rates of coronary heart disease (CHD), especially in women. Now, research supported by the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) shows that for women, what you eat in your 20s may be just as important ...
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Doctors should give greater weight to the effects of low back pain on patients' social lives

Doctors should give greater weight to the effects of low back pain on patients' social lives | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The way that back pain is assessed and treated needs to change to take into account its impact on the social lives of sufferers, according to a new Arthritis Research UK-funded study.
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Guinea battles to contain Ebola as death toll rises

Guinea battles to contain Ebola as death toll rises | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Guinea's President Alpha Conde warned Sunday of a 'health emergency' as authorities raced to contain a spiralling Ebola epidemic which has killed 78 people and prompted neighbouring Senegal to close its border.
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Hybrid vehicles more fuel efficient in India, China than in US

Hybrid vehicles more fuel efficient in India, China than in US | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What makes cities in India and China so frustrating to drive in—heavy traffic, aggressive driving style, few freeways—makes them ideal for saving fuel with hybrid vehicles, according to new research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley ...
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Liberia confirms spread of 'unprecedented' Ebola epidemic

Liberia confirms spread of 'unprecedented' Ebola epidemic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Conakry (AFP) March 31, 2014 - Aid organisation Doctors Without Borders said Monday an Ebola outbreak suspected of killing dozens in Guinea was an unprecedented epidemic as Liberia confirmed its first cases of the deadly contagion.
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Calls for action as world faces fork in climate road

Calls for action as world faces fork in climate road | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) March 31, 2014 - A stark warning by UN scientists of menacing climate change prompted demands Monday for urgent action to curb greenhouse-gas emissions even as a global pact remained elusive.
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Top UN court orders Japan to end Antarctic whale hunt

Top UN court orders Japan to end Antarctic whale hunt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Hague (AFP) March 31, 2014 - The United Nations' top court on Monday ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, saying in a landmark ruling that the programme was a commercial activity disguised as science.
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Climate change boosts conflict risk, floods, hunger: UN

Climate change boosts conflict risk, floods, hunger: UN | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yokohama, Japan (AFP) March 31, 2014 - Soaring carbon emissions will amplify the risk of conflict, hunger, floods and mass migration this century, the UN's expert panel said Monday in a landmark report on the impact of climate change.
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Research suggests autumn is ending later in the northern hemisphere

Research suggests autumn is ending later in the northern hemisphere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Southampton UK (SPX) Apr 01, 2014 -
A study by the University of Southampton suggests that on average the end of Autumn is taking place later in the year and Spring is starting slightly earlier.

A team of researchers examined sa
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Food insecurity a growing challenge in Canada's northern and remote Aboriginal communities

Food insecurity a growing challenge in Canada's northern and remote Aboriginal communities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ottawa, Canada (SPX) Apr 01, 2014 -
A new expert panel report on food security in Northern Canada, has found that food insecurity among northern Aboriginal peoples requires urgent attention in order to mitigate impacts on health and w
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The Absurdity of US Natural Gas Exports

The Absurdity of US Natural Gas Exports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Quiz: 1. How much natural gas is the United States currently extracting? (a) Barely enough to meet its own needs (b) Enough to allow lots of exports (c) Enough to allow a bit of exports (d) The Uni...
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Former mining tycoon goes on trial over mafia gang in China

Former mining tycoon goes on trial over mafia gang in China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Judges on Monday began hearing arguments in the closely watched murder and corruption trial of Liu Han, apowerful mining tycoon from western China accused of killing at least nine people and bullying villagers into surrendering their land to build his fortune.

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Baker's yeast shows potential for combating neurological conditions

Baker's yeast shows potential for combating neurological conditions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A humble ingredient of bread – baker's yeast – has provided scientists with remarkable new insights into understanding basic processes likely involved in diseases such as Parkinson's and cancer.
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Whether for small steps or elite strides, treadmill gains an edge on gravity

Whether for small steps or elite strides, treadmill gains an edge on gravity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gingerly stepping into the opening of a deflated rubber tent mounted on a large treadmill while wearing ungainly neoprene shorts does not inspire thoughts of speed or efficiency, let alone balance.
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Excessive hospital occupancy levels result in avoidable mortality

Excessive hospital occupancy levels result in avoidable mortality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Once a hospital reaches a certain occupancy level, the quality of care it provides deteriorates, increasing the risk of mortality of critically ill patients. What is worrying is that this safety 'tipping point' is reached at occupancy levels that are below 100%. The findings are reported by a team of ...
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Emergency management in Arctic: Experts offer seven key recommendations

Emergency management in Arctic: Experts offer seven key recommendations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Inadequate risk assessment, planning and training are among the gaps in many parts of Canada's Arctic, compounding the challenges of brutal weather, vast distances, difficult transportation and spotty communications and exposing the region's residents to the ever increasing risks of natural and man-made ...
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