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Report warns global warming could trim tree supply for lumber industry

Report warns global warming could trim tree supply for lumber industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — Canada’s forest products industry is booming but faces a long-term threat from climate change, according to a new federal report tabled in the House of Commons.
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A Rush to Expand Oil Drilling in the Arctic

A Rush to Expand Oil Drilling in the Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Experts worry about potential risks as nations move to exploit the region.
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Plastic 'a threat' to biodiversity

Plastic 'a threat' to biodiversity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tiny particles of waste plastic that are ingested by shoreline "eco-engineer" worms may be negatively affecting biodiversity, a study says.

 

So-called microplastics may be able to transfer toxic pollutants and chemicals into the guts of lugworms, reducing the animals' functions.

 

An estimated 150 million tonnes vanishes from the global waste-stream each year.

 

The findings have been published in the academic journal Current Biology.

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A Gut Reaction

A Gut Reaction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

America’s obesity epidemic may be caused by its favorite drug

 

Your Thanksgiving dinner could be going to your thighs in more ways than one. Since low doses of antibiotics have been used to promote weight gain in food animals since the 1950s, it should come as no surprise that America's obesity epidemic may be linked to use of these drugs.


For many years scientific studies have illustrated the connection between weight gain and antibiotics, due to their bacteria-killing action. One as early as 1954 found that Navy recruits given daily doses of penicillin to prevent strep infections gained 4.8 pounds over seven weeks compared with the 2.7 pounds gained by participants given a placebo. 

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Tokyo launches $53.8 bn stimulus package

Tokyo launches $53.8 bn stimulus package | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 05, 2013 - Tokyo approved a spending package worth almost $54 billion on Thursday in a bid to offset a tax hike that comes into effect next year and which critics fear will derail Japan's economic recovery.
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Chinese tycoon unveils $10bn Ukrainian port project: report

Chinese tycoon unveils $10bn Ukrainian port project: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Dec 06, 2013 - A Chinese tycoon who plans to dig a canal across Nicaragua has unveiled his latest project - a $10 billion deal to build a deepwater port in Ukraine, giving him a foothold in Europe, state-run media said Friday.
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Turning waste into power with bacteria and loofahs

Turning waste into power with bacteria and loofahs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 06, 2013 - Loofahs, best known for their use in exfoliating skin to soft, radiant perfection, have emerged as a new potential tool to advance sustainability efforts on two fronts at the same time: energy and w...
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Industrial age helps some coastal regions capture carbon dioxide

Industrial age helps some coastal regions capture carbon dioxide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Columbus OH (SPX) Dec 06, 2013 - Coastal portions of the world's oceans, once believed to be a source of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere, are now thought to absorb as much as two-thirds more carbon than they emitted in the p...
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Malaysia floods force more evacuations as 1 more dead

Malaysia floods force more evacuations as 1 more dead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Dec 05, 2013 - Severe flooding in Malaysia has left a second person dead and two missing, while the number of evacuees has risen to some 56,000, a report and officials said Thursday.
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Hong Kong steps up border health checks over bird flu

Hong Kong steps up border health checks over bird flu | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hong Kong (AFP) Dec 05, 2013 - Hong Kong authorities have stepped up border health checks after the city reported its first human case of the potentially deadly H7N9 bird flu, officials said Thursday.
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Antarctic fjords are climate-sensitive hotspots of diversity in a rapidly warming region

Antarctic fjords are climate-sensitive hotspots of diversity in a rapidly warming region | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manoa HI (SPX) Dec 06, 2013 -
Deep inside the dramatic subpolar fjords of Antarctica, researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa have discovered an unexpected abundance and diversity at the seafloor.
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Rapid climate changes, but with a 120 year time lag

Rapid climate changes, but with a 120 year time lag | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Dec 06, 2013 -
Regional climate changes can be very rapid. A German-British team of geoscientists now reports that such a rapid climate change occurred in different regions with a time difference of 120 years.
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Sea-level rise to drive coastal flooding, regardless of changes in hurricane activity

Sea-level rise to drive coastal flooding, regardless of changes in hurricane activity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Dec 06, 2013 - Clamor about whether climate change will cause increasingly destructive tropical storms may be overshadowing a more unrelenting threat to coastal property - sea-level rise - according to a team of r...
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LePage points to climate change as plus for Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

LePage points to climate change as plus for Maine  | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
But his opponents and a transportation industry expert see sobering challenges, not just business opportunities as the ice cap melts and Arctic shipping lanes open.
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Climate Change: Years of Living Dangerously

Climate Change: Years of Living Dangerously | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
James Cameron, the creator and director of many smash hit movies, has teamed up with producer Jerry Weintraub to make a television series on climate change for the Showtime television channel.
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Beyond “Sissy” Resilience: On Becoming Antifragile

Beyond “Sissy” Resilience: On Becoming Antifragile | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What’s the opposite of a person or organization that's fragile? If you ask most people this question, they’ll likely say “robust” or “resilient
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A giant passes

A giant passes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The greatness of Nelson Mandela challenges us allAMONG Nelson Mandela’s many achievements, two stand out. First, he was the world’s most inspiring example of...
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Electronic pickpocketing risk from radio-frequency gadgets

Electronic pickpocketing risk from radio-frequency gadgets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tampa, Fla. (UPI) Dec 4, 2013 -
Credit and debit cards validated by radio-frequency identification are not as secure as generally thought and consumers are at risk of electronic pickpocketing, a report warned.
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Releasing radioactive water an option for Fukushima?

Releasing radioactive water an option for Fukushima? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tokyo (UPI) Dec 5, 2013 -
The International Atomic Energy Agency has suggested that Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, consider discharging less harmful radioactive water from the site into the sea.
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Team reports on US trials of bioenergy grasses

Team reports on US trials of bioenergy grasses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The first long-term U.S. field trials of Miscanthus x giganteus, a towering perennial grass used in bioenergy production, reveal that its exceptional yields, though reduced somewhat after five years of growth, are still more than twice those of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), another perennial grass used as a bioenergy feedstock. Miscanthus grown in Illinois also outperforms even the high yields found in earlier studies of the crop in Europe, the researchers found.

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Biden criticises China's treatment of US reporters

Biden criticises China's treatment of US reporters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Dec 05, 2013 - US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday criticised China's tightening of controls on foreign journalists, days after British Prime Minister David Cameron reportedly aired similar concerns when he met the country's...
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China alarm over 'New Citizens' activist movement

China alarm over 'New Citizens' activist movement | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) Dec 06, 2013 - China's reformist New Citizens Movement is widening the attraction of activism with its low-key gatherings - and its loose cell structure worries the mighty Communist state despite the group's tiny size, campaigners say.
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Scientists discover vast undersea freshwater reserves

Scientists discover vast undersea freshwater reserves | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sydney (AFP) Dec 05, 2013 - Australian researchers said Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves trapped beneath the ocean floor which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle.
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Report Calls Attention To Abrupt Impacts From Climate Change

Report Calls Attention To Abrupt Impacts From Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 06, 2013 - Climate change has increased concern over possible large and rapid changes in the physical climate system, which includes the Earth's atmosphere, land surfaces, and oceans.
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Continuing with pledge pathways to 2030 could push climate goals out of reach

Continuing with pledge pathways to 2030 could push climate goals out of reach | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Dec 06, 2013 - Current pledges for greenhouse gas emission reductions are inadequate and will further increase the challenge to reach internationally agreed climate targets, according to new research from a global...
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