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The sustainable vegetables that thrive on a diet of fish poo

Who needs soil when you have a fish tank? “Aquaponics” combines growing plants in water, or hydroponics, with fish cultivation, or aquaculture. It’s …

Aquaponics

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

It's Final: FDA Issues Long-Awaited Food Safety Rules

Five years ago, Congress promised an overhaul of the nation's food safety system, passing the Food Safety Modernization Act.<p>It took much longer than expected, but the Food and Drug Administration has now released the centerpiece — or at least, the most contested — part of that overhaul. These are …

A history of the world in funny puns

UN food security expert warns about impact of climate change

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. expert is warning that more extreme weather, higher temperatures, floods, droughts and rising sea levels linked to climate …

A group of middle-aged whites in the U.S. is dying at a startling rate

A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published Monday that shows a sharp reversal in decades of progress toward longer lives.<p>The mortality rate for white men and women ages 45-54 with less than …

Is Keystone dead?

Greens are ready to declare victory as TransCanada asks the Obama administration to pause its review of the oil pipeline project.<p>TransCanada on Monday asked the Obama administration to pause its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, a shift in strategy that could push the fate of the project past the …

10 Brain Myths Busted

It's going to take more than 10 percent of your brain to read this story<p>In the Hollywood action-film <i>Lucy</i>, actor Morgan Freeman—playing a world-renowned neurologist— speaks to a packed auditorium. “It’s estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of their brains’ capacity,” he says. “Imagine if …

How a Better Diet Could Save Your Life

Two new studies underline the knowledge that maintaining a good diet is crucial to overall health and stopping deaths that are usually considered …

Holistic Medicine

The world's most polluted city is a 'toxic pollutant punchbowl with myriad ingredients'

By assessing the megacity's landscape, weather, growing population and energy consumption, scientists were able to work out how and why Delhi is so polluted.<p>The team, from the University of Surrey, found a combination of factors combined to cause elevated levels of air pollutants - leading to the …

Russia thwarts plan for Antarctic ocean sanctuary, China on board

SYDNEY, Australia - Russia has again thwarted attempts to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica, the final country opposing the protection of a vast swathe of rich waters from fishing, after a revised international plan won support from China.<p>The Commission for the Conservation …

Persian Gulf heat: It may become too hot for humans to survive, study warns

<b>(CNN) —</b> We frequently hear of the future dangers that human-caused climate change could bring, but few paint as bleak a picture as the one laid in a new study released this week.<p>The study by authors from Loyola Marymount University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a harsh …

No Crap: Missing 'Mega Poop' Starves Earth

Earth has a problem: not enough poop.<p>The extinction of megafauna both at land and at sea has led to a shortage of mega manure, new research finds. As …

Who wants my corn? US farmers grapple with another super crop | Reuters

LAKE CRYSTAL, Minn./CHICAGO, Oct 27 (Reuters) - U.S. grain warehouses are filling up so fast with a bumper harvest that they are storing soybeans and corn out in the open despite the risk of damage and even refusing crops from farmers without binding contracts.<p>The scramble shows that even in the …

Agriculture

Global Shark Conservation: Good News for Some Species, Alarming Trends for Others

Changing Planet<p><i>Reversing overfishing, climate change, and population growth can seem insurmountable. Safina Center Fellows strive to amplify the global conservation discussion and, in targeted ways and places, they make a difference. Their drive to redefine the future of our planet starts with the</i> …

Processed And Red Meat Could Cause Cancer? Your Questions Answered

The World Health Organization made an announcement Monday that's likely to come as a blow to anyone whose favorite outdoor snack is a hot dog.<p>Processed meats — yes, hot dogs, plus sausage, ham, even turkey bacon — are cancer-causing, a committee of scientists with WHO's International Agency for …

Processed Meat

What to Know About Meat and Cancer

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Nutrition

Gang Of About 20 Great White Sharks Spotted Off Ocean Beach And Pacifica

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.<p>On Friday, October 16, the U.S. Coast Guard spotted a cluster of 20 or so great white …

San Francisco

Snow leopards rebounding in Afghanistan amid concerns the species are verge of extinction

By Khaama Press - Sun Oct 25 2015, 9:32 pm<p>539 views<p>The World Wildlife Fund has expressed concerns regarding one of the world’s most endangered …

Are We Recycling Too Much of Our Trash?

A recent credible study suggests the amount of waste Americans dispose in landfills each year is over twice what the EPA had been estimating.<p>Although …

Facing its worst drought in 30 years, can Ethiopia stop famine this time?

NORTH WOLLO, Ethiopia — For decades past, poor Ethiopians lived at the mercy of a royal court that neglected them and a military junta that imposed …

Fracking ruled out in prime farming area in Western Australia's south-west

The Western Australian Government has ruled out the possibility of hydraulic fracking being undertaken on a large parcel of agricultural land in WA's …

3 Spiritual Practices for Anxiety-Packed Moments

Modern life brings more stress than ever, and a natural reaction to stress is anxiety. It's a multidimensional response that originates, physically …

How U.N. Climate Negotiations Are Like Splitting A Bar Tab

When you go out with friends to a bar or a restaurant, there's always this awkward moment when the waiter shows up with the check and you've got to figure out how to split the bill. Well, something similar is happening right now in climate change negotiations.<p>The United Nations is trying to get …

Climate

The EU is emitting way more greenhouse gases than it says

One of the planet’s exemplars in preventing climate change, the European Union has instituted tough emissions rules and strong support for renewable energy. Yet this doesn’t necessarily mean more solar panels or wind turbines dotting Europe’s skyline. Nope, the EU’s biggest source of renewable …

Fossil Fuels

Solar Power Expansion Could Pose Ecological Risks

Solar power development is big business in sunny California, fueled by low solar panel prices and the drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to …

Renewable Energy

Climate Change This Week: More Hunger Games, Banks Bail on Coal, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.<p><b>Stop Cutting Down My Home!!!</b> When forests disappear, so do beautiful unique wildlife, like this Amazonian wild flycatcher. <i>Source timanseeuw.wordpress.com</i><p><i>By threatening the world's forests, humans ultimately harm themselves.</i><p><b>OO Brazil:</b> …

U.N. climate talks push forward with beefed-up deal draft | Reuters

BONN, Germany (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments have begun negotiating on an updated draft of a global climate change deal that was released on Tuesday at the latest round of U.N. talks in Bonn, amid relief that new additions had not seen the text balloon.<p>Developing countries voiced anger …

8 Podcasts That Will Captivate Your Mind

A month ago, if you asked me what my favorite podcast was I would have paused awkwardly and asked, “What’s a podcast?” A lot has changed since …

Self-improvement