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Rain no dampener for New Zealand cardboard cathedral

Rain no dampener for New Zealand cardboard cathedral | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wellington (AFP) July 19, 2013 - Sections of an innovative New Zealand cathedral being made from cardboard have gone soggy in the rain, but the project will still be completed next month, the Anglican Church said Friday.
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Raw sewage makes summer swimming hazardous in New York

Raw sewage makes summer swimming hazardous in New York | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New York City, New York (AFP) July 18, 2013 - New Yorkers and tourists tempted to cool off during the current heatwave by plunging into the Hudson River have been warned: it's never been more dangerous.
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Avocado farmers face unique foe in fungal-farming beetle

Avocado farmers face unique foe in fungal-farming beetle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 19, 2013 -
Beetles with unusual green thumbs for growing fungi are threatening avocado crops and could transform into a more destructive pest, according to an international team of researchers.
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First atlas on oceanic plankton

First atlas on oceanic plankton | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 19, 2013 -
In an international collaborative project, scientists have recorded the times, places and concentrations of oceanic plankton occurrences worldwide.
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The best defense against catastrophic storms: Mother Nature, say Stanford researchers

The best defense against catastrophic storms: Mother Nature, say Stanford researchers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 19, 2013 -
Extreme weather, sea level rise and degraded coastal systems are placing people and property at greater risk along the coast.
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Kaspersky Lab Uncovers Global Cyberespionage Network

Kaspersky Lab Uncovers Global Cyberespionage Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Jun 12, 2013 - Kaspersky Lab, a Russian computer security company, said on Tuesday its experts have uncovered a global cyberespionage campaign, which may have been in existence for nearly a decade and compromised...
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Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Swedish designers made the Sweat Machine, which recycles sweat into perfectly good drinking water
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How Mars' atmosphere got so thin: New insights from Curiosity

How Mars' atmosphere got so thin: New insights from Curiosity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —New findings from NASA's Curiosity rover provide clues to how Mars lost its original atmosphere, which scientists believe was much thicker than the one left today.
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Should Wolves Stay Protected Under Endangered Species Act? by Ted Williams: Yale Environment 360

Should Wolves Stay Protected Under Endangered Species Act? by Ted Williams: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has stirred controversy with its proposal to remove endangered species protection for wolves, noting the animals’ strong comeback in the northern Rockies and the Midwest.
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'Invisibility wetsuit' to protect against sharks launched in Western Australia

'Invisibility wetsuit' to protect against sharks launched in Western Australia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Suits are designed to mimic nature, some camouflaging swimmers, others warning sharks to stay away
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New Clue Emerges in Mysterious Manatee Die-Off in Florida - Wired Science

New Clue Emerges in Mysterious Manatee Die-Off in Florida - Wired Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Late last week, a chemist found what might be an important clue in the ongoing mystery surrounding mass animal deaths in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon: Multiple unknown toxins, isolated from algae in the lagoon, that kill mammalian cells.

But despite widespread media coverage implying the case is all but closed, the toxins are just one of many clues in a complicated case. Before the toxins can be linked to the deaths, there are many crucial questions that need answers — including whether the compounds are found in the carcasses.

 

Since last July, 112 manatees, 51 dolphins, and as many as 300 pelicans have died in the northern Indian River Lagoon, which runs along the state’s Atlantic coast. Scientists studying the situation are still trying to find the culprit, or culprits, behind the deaths; at this point, they’re not even sure the die-offs are all the work of the same killer. The manatees, which normally eat sea grass, die quickly — but their outward appearance doesn’t give any clues to what killed them.

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Recycled Lunch: Using Human Waste to Grow Food, and Fight Climate Change | @pritheworld

Recycled Lunch: Using Human Waste to Grow Food, and Fight Climate Change | @pritheworld | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Synthetic fertilizers have helped fuel a food boom over the last century, but they also contribute mightily to climate change.
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Science | Climate Change | US EPA

Science | Climate Change | US EPA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Earth's climate is changing in ways that affect our weather, oceans, snow, ice, ecosystems, and society.

Natural causes alone cannot explain all of these changes. Human activities are contributing to climate change, primarily by releasing billions of tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping gases, known as greenhouse gases, into the atmosphere every year. [1]

Climate changes will continue into the future. The more greehouse gases we emit, the larger future climate changes will be.

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India pays a high economic price for pollution: study

India pays a high economic price for pollution: study | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Delhi (UPI) Jul 18, 2013 -
The annual cost of environmental degradation in India is about $80 billion, or 5.7 percent of the country's gross domestic product, says a new report by the World Bank.
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Australia pledges more cash for reef starfish battle

Australia pledges more cash for reef starfish battle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sydney, New South Wales (AFP) July 18, 2013 - Australia pledged another Aus$5 million (US$4.6 million) to the fight against a predatory starfish devastating the iconic Great Barrier Reef Thursday, revealing 100,000 of the creatures had been wiped...
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European fish stocks poised for recovery

European fish stocks poised for recovery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Jul 19, 2013 - The results of a major international effort to assess the status of dozens of European fish stocks find that many of those stocks in the northeast Atlantic are being fished sustainably today and tha...
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80 percent of Malaysian Borneo degraded by logging

80 percent of Malaysian Borneo degraded by logging | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 19, 2013 -
A study published in the July 17, issue of the journal PLOS ONE found that more than 80% of tropical forests in Malaysian Borneo have been heavily impacted by logging.
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How rice twice became a crop and twice became a weed - and what it means for the future

How rice twice became a crop and twice became a weed - and what it means for the future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
St. Louis MO (SPX) Jul 19, 2013 -
The evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould once asked whether the living world would be different if the tape were played twice.
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Nanoparticle Opens the Door to Clean-Energy Alternatives

Nanoparticle Opens the Door to Clean-Energy Alternatives | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
University Park PA (SPX) Jun 18, 2013 -
Cheaper clean-energy technologies could be made possible thanks to a new discovery.
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How mice teach us about disease

How mice teach us about disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers have created a large new resource of more than 900 genes switched off one-at-a-time in mice to discover which genes are important for a wide range of biological functions such as fertility or hearing.
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Geoscientist finds beavers play a role in climate change

Geoscientist finds beavers play a role in climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ellen Wohl, a geology professor at Colorado State University, has published a paper in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, describing the role beavers play in climate change.
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Detroit, once a symbol of industrial might, becomes largest US city to file for bankruptcy

Detroit, once a symbol of industrial might, becomes largest US city to file for bankruptcy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DETROIT — Detroit has become the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy.
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Yale Environment 360: Malaysian Borneo Plundered As 80 Percent of Rainforests Are Logged

Yale Environment 360: Malaysian Borneo Plundered As 80 Percent of Rainforests Are Logged | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The first comprehensive, satellite-based assessment of industrial logging practices in Malaysian Borneo has shown that more than 80 percent of the region’s forests have been heavily impacted by logging. Reporting in the journalPLOS One, researchers from Australia, New Guinea, and the U.S. say that Malaysian Borneo — which just 30 years ago was considered one of the wildest places on Earth — now has been eaten away by 226,000 miles of roads that have enabled companies to legally and illegally log most of the territory, which consists of the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. At best, only 17,500 square miles of forest ecosystems remain intact, the study said.

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So bromantic! Bumble bee high fives excited British man

So bromantic! Bumble bee high fives excited British man | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yes, this actually happened. Check out the moment a very excited British man shares a high five with a fuzzy bumble bee.
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Welcome to the plastisphere

Welcome to the plastisphere | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new world in the making SINCE 2008 geologists have been mulling over the idea of the Anthropocene, a proposed new epoch in the history of the Earth that would...
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