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'Great opportunities' from climate change: Iceland PM

'Great opportunities' from climate change: Iceland PM | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reykjavik (AFP) April 02, 2014 - Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson said Wednesday that climate change will create great opportunities for the Nordic island nation in the future.
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Hundreds of millions with tropical diseases lack treatment

Hundreds of millions with tropical diseases lack treatment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
At least 1.4 billion people worldwide require treatment for a group of 'neglected' tropical diseases and almost two-thirds are going without adequate medical care, eradication campaigners said on Wednesday.
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Research method integrates meditation, science

Research method integrates meditation, science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is always personal and often spiritual, but the meditation experience does not have to be subjective. Advances in methodology are allowing researchers to integrate mindfulness experiences with brain imaging and neural signal data to form testable hypotheses about the science—and the reported ...
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Unvaccinated infants act as 'kindling' to fuel epidemics

Unvaccinated infants act as 'kindling' to fuel epidemics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly 4 million children under 5 die from vaccine-preventable diseases worldwide each year, and two University of Michigan doctoral ecology students are working to change that.
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Guinea's Ebola victims wait for death

Guinea's Ebola victims wait for death | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Isolated from the outside world in a medical centre in Ebola-hit southern Guinea, victims of one of the deadliest viruses known to mankind wait listlessly for the merciful release of death.
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Reduced fuel use by US drivers a persistent trend

Reduced fuel use by US drivers a persistent trend | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Despite U.S. population growth, fuel consumption by American drivers of light-duty vehicles is now lower than it was 15 years ago, says a University of Michigan researcher.
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Earthquake research explores use of high-performance concrete

Earthquake research explores use of high-performance concrete | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New, stronger concrete that can better withstand an earthquake isn't much good if it's too expensive to use.
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Climate change forces flower festival forward a month since 1960s

Climate change forces flower festival forward a month since 1960s | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Organisers of flower festivals are being forced to adapt to increasingly early first blooming dates in spring, according to a study by a Coventry University academic which is shortly due to be published in the journal Climate Research.
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Warm North Atlantic Ocean promotes extreme winters in US and Europe

Warm North Atlantic Ocean promotes extreme winters in US and Europe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The extreme cold weather observed across Europe and the east coast of the US in recent winters could be partly down to natural, long-term variations in sea surface temperatures, according to a new study published today.
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Psychology could hold the key to tackling climate change

Psychology could hold the key to tackling climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It is widely understood by scientists that in order to tackle climate change a revolution in individual behaviour needs to happen.

 

"We want to test whether taking up a new green behaviour - such as recycling - can spill over to other green behaviours, such as taking your own bags shopping, and if so, under what circumstances," she said.

 

"Most people are willing to make only very small changes to their lifestyle, so we need to find ways of encouraging green behaviour which can match the scale of the climate change challenge.

 

"The spillover effect has already shown to be effective in spheres such as seat-belt use and other safety behaviours, and we hope that it will show similar levels of success in encouraging environmentally-friendly behaviour.

 

"If so, it could also help to address other societal problems such as obesity and crime that rely on changing behaviour," she added.

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Bill O'Reilly: Environmentalists Dumb to Advocate Green Energy Decades before I Did.

Bill O'Reilly: Environmentalists Dumb to Advocate Green Energy Decades before I Did. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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'Conspiracist' climate change study withdrawn amid legal threats

'Conspiracist' climate change study withdrawn amid legal threats | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lunar landings? Made in Hollywood. Smoking causes cancer? No way. And as for climate change, better not ask.
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Hawaiian Electric ahead of 2015 renewable energy goal - Pacific Business News

Hawaiian Electric ahead of 2015 renewable energy goal - Pacific Business News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
HECO has passed the 15 percent goal for 2015; the 2020 target is 25 percent and the 2030 target is 40 percent.
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Quarter of Europe's bumblebee species risk extinction, study says

Quarter of Europe's bumblebee species risk extinction, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Almost a quarter of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction, largely because of climate change and intensive farming, the International Union for Conservation of Nature warned on Wednesday.
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Call for circumcision gets a boost

Call for circumcision gets a boost | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the United States the rate of circumcision in men has increased to 81% over the past decade. In an important new study just published in advance in Mayo Clinic Proceedings authors from Australia and the United States have shown that the benefits of infant male circumcision to health exceed the risks ...
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Coffee consumption reduces mortality risk from liver cirrhosis

Coffee consumption reduces mortality risk from liver cirrhosis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research reveals that consuming two or more cups of coffee each day reduces the risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 66%, specifically cirrhosis caused by non-viral hepatitis. Findings in Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, ...
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Levels of sodium intake recommended by CDC associated with harmful health outcomes

Levels of sodium intake recommended by CDC associated with harmful health outcomes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study published in the American Journal of Hypertension finds evidence that the average daily sodium intake of most Americans is actually associated with better health outcomes than intake levels currently recommended by the CDC and major health departments, which are now being viewed by many ...
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Americans using more energy, analysis shows

Americans using more energy, analysis shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Americans used more renewable, fossil and even nuclear energy in 2013, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
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Steel-fiber reinforced concrete for conventional construction work as well

Steel-fiber reinforced concrete for conventional construction work as well | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Reinforcing concrete with steel bars is a very common practice in construction. The industrial engineer and researcher Aimar Orbe-Mateo (UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country) has studied the possible use of a material that is normally used for other applications for these tasks: concrete reinforced ...
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New model shows moderate resource use, reduced economic inequality keys to sustainability

New model shows moderate resource use, reduced economic inequality keys to sustainability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new analytical tool adds human factors to a widely-used biological model of how animal populations interact, suggesting that human societies can reach a steady state that is sustainable when they do not over-deplete natural resources and avoid extreme economic inequality.
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Extreme weather events provide window for scientists studying Amazon climate change

Extreme weather events provide window for scientists studying Amazon climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three extreme weather events in the Amazon Basin in the last decade are giving scientists an opportunity to make observations that will allow them to predict the impacts of climate change and deforestation on some of the most important ecological processes and ecosystem services of the Amazon River ...
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New project to help millions of people living in deltas adapt to climate change

New project to help millions of people living in deltas adapt to climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of Southampton are leading an international project to understand the effect of climate change on people living in deltas in South Asia and Africa, and how they respond.
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Fracking, Oil Shale Suck Water from Where its Most Needed

Fracking, Oil Shale Suck Water from Where its Most Needed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pesky people and their food will have to make way for progress. Guardian: America's oil and gas rush is depleting water supplies in the driest and most drought-prone areas of the country, from Texa...
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California Drought Update

California Drought Update | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Peter Gleick - Significant Figures: Effectively 100% of California is experiencing abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions, as reported by the U.S. Drought Monitor.(click here for larger) ...
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Californians to Receive "Climate Credit" from Pollution Permit Sales | Alex Jackson's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Californians to Receive "Climate Credit" from Pollution Permit Sales | Alex Jackson's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California residents and small businesses will save on their April electricity bills thanks to the state’s comprehensive strategy to combat climate change under its groundbreaking Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Since its 2006 passage, AB 32 has reduced carbon...
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