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Europe's forests nearing carbon saturation, study finds

Europe's forests nearing carbon saturation, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The ability of Europe's aging forests to absorb carbon dioxide is heading towards saturation point, threatening one of the continent's main defences against global warming, a Nature study.
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As temperatures rise, pests and invasive plants thrive

As temperatures rise, pests and invasive plants thrive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Next time you swat at a mosquito in early March, remember that it wasn't always this way.
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Chemical plant would turn emissions into useful products

A construction materials company and a chemical company have teamed up to build a $125 million chemical plant that proposes to demonstrate to the world how greenhouse carbon dioxide emissions can be captured and converted to marketable products.
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Shale Grab in U.S. Stalls as Falling Values Repel Buyers

Shale Grab in U.S. Stalls as Falling Values Repel Buyers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil companies are hitting the brakes on a U.S. shale land grab that produced an abundance of cheap natural gas -- and troubles for the industry.
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Insight: Some U.S. feedlots rue loss of 'Vitamin Z' Zilmax

Insight: Some U.S. feedlots rue loss of 'Vitamin Z' Zilmax | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

After nearly a decade of relying on weight-gain feed additives as a lifeline to survival, some of the 75,000 U.S. cattle feedyards that dot rural America in places such as Texas and the Great Plains, suddenly must do without the leading product Zilmax - nicknamed "Vitamin Z."


Reuters on August 13 reported that JBS USA, prior to Tyson's announcement, played short video clips at an industry conference showing cattle fed beta-agonists that were reluctant to move and stepping tentatively as if on hot metal.


When Tyson said it would suspend purchases of Zilmax-fed animals, the company, which slaughters one in four of the nation's beef cattle, said it had observed similar behaviors in some animals delivered to its facilities.

 

 


 

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Crews Rush to Clean up Former California Nuke Lab

Crews Rush to Clean up Former California Nuke Lab | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots collected jars of dirt as part of a massive effort to clean up from a partial nuclear meltdown a half century ago.
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Trace Metals Debate | August 19, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 33 | Chemical & Engineering News

Trace Metals Debate | August 19, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 33 | Chemical & Engineering News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In 1905, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, the nonprofit standards-setting organization known as USP, introduced a method to check for heavy metals in U.S. pharmaceuticals. More than 100 years later, drug manufacturers still use the same chemistry to determine whether the level of 10 metal impurities is acceptable in their products.

Exposure to metals such as arsenic and mercury can have negative health effects; the substances can also weaken drug stability. But rather than targeting individual metals for their toxicity and setting limits accordingly, the old USP test, described in chapter 231 of the group’s standards, measures all of the metals that can react with a sulfide ion to form a visible precipitate. 

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Idaho wildfire rages into 12th day near Sun Valley ski resort

Idaho wildfire rages into 12th day near Sun Valley ski resort | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A wildfire that has forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 homes in central Idaho roared largely unchecked into a 12th day on Monday near the ski resort of Sun Valley, even...
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Red Sea shore loses up to 70% of its fish stock to pollution | Arab News

Red Sea shore loses up to 70% of its fish stock to pollution | Arab News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Arab News, an English-language daily, is a leading source of commentaries and news on Saudi Arabia, sports, business, Islam, lifestyle and more.
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WILMINGTON: Oyster rising: Farmers work to propel aquaculture in NC | Local/State | NewsObserver.com

WILMINGTON: Oyster rising: Farmers work to propel aquaculture in NC | Local/State | NewsObserver.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
North Carolina oyster farms have been slow to take off despite efforts by state officials, scientists and fishermen. The industry here lags behind that of other Atlantic states, but the tasty products are good business and help the environment.
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GreenSpace: Who's monitoring food additives?

GreenSpace: Who's monitoring food additives? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
About 10,000 chemicals are added to Americans' food to make it taste better or look better, to thicken it, preserve it, or otherwise improve it.
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UW study finds link between lead paint, discipline problems

UW study finds link between lead paint, discipline problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A UW study has found that lead paint — long known as a contributor to learning disabilities — also appears to be a factor in discipline problems at schools.
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BPA, phthalates tied to kids' weight, diabetes risk | Reuters

BPA, phthalates tied to kids' weight, diabetes risk | Reuters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children exposed to two chemicals commonly used in food packaging are more likely to be obese or show signs of diabetes precursors than those with lower exposure, new research...
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Coastal cities face $1tn floods by 2050

Coastal cities face $1tn floods by 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On present trends the world's largest coastal cities will by 2040 be suffering flood damage costing 0.7% of the value of the entire world economy in 2012.
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Flood insurance scheme overlooks climate change, warns LSE

Flood insurance scheme overlooks climate change, warns LSE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New report from Grantham Institute says Flood Re proposals fail to take account of rising flood risk caused by global warming
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NRC sets meeting on improvements at shutdown Fort Calhoun nuclear plant

NRC sets meeting on improvements at shutdown Fort Calhoun nuclear plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Representatives of  long-shuttered Fort Calhoun nuclear plant will meet with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Aug. 27  to discuss plans for operational improvements, should the plant win approval to restart.
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The Tyee – Is Bill McKibben Making the Climate Change Fight Harder?

The Tyee – Is Bill McKibben Making the Climate Change Fight Harder? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Observers worry about missed opportunities in the environmentalist's anti-Keystone XL campaign.
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San Luis Reservoir 17 percent full, causing Silicon Valley water problems

San Luis Reservoir 17 percent full, causing Silicon Valley water problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This San Luis Reservoir along Highway 152 between Gilroy and Los Banos -- the largest off-stream reservoir in the world -- sits just 17 percent full and its problems are flowing into Silicon Valleys drinking water.
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At school, fall is in the (cough) air | Recordnet.com

At school, fall is in the (cough) air | Recordnet.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the San Joaquin Valley, "back to school" means books, alarm clocks and air pollution.
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Noise from seismic air guns could be skirmish before war over offshore drilling

The noisy devices used to map oil and gas reserves have led to conflict both inside and outside of Congress.
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Oil leaks from submerged Philippine ferry

Oil leaks from submerged Philippine ferry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CEBU, Philippines — Philippine authorities said Sunday they were unable to stop fuel leaking from a ferry that sank, as oil spread to coastal villages, fishing grounds and mangroves more than five kilometres (three miles) away.
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Delaware makes big gambit over smog rule in contesting EPA

Delaware makes big gambit over smog rule in contesting EPA | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
State environmental regulators are arguing for the right to allow local power plants and factories to go outside Delaware to buy credits for pollution reduction, a practice that could lead to more pollution produced here.
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China bans more New Zealand dairy products on new contamination scare

China bans more New Zealand dairy products on new contamination scare | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - More New Zealand milk products sold to China have been banned after elevated levels of nitrates were found, raising further concerns over quality and testing in the world's largest...
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Bat war calls for nuclear option | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Bat war calls for nuclear option | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fight to save brown bats from white-nose syndrome includes using sterilized weapons bunkers as caves.
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After Chernobyl, complexity surrounds local health problems

After Chernobyl, complexity surrounds local health problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Establishing a relationship between disease and radiation exposure is not clear-cut, experts say.
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